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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #022- Free Graduation Collage Sheet and Independence Day Wreath
May 20, 2009

Issue #022 - Graduation commencement has always been a ceremony of "Pomp and Circumstance." The familiar mortar board hats and gowns, or "academic dress," originated in English universities about 600 years ago. The American variation on academic dress was officially codified in 1895, and has remained pretty much the same for more than a century.

Perhaps you know some eager, young graduates this year, and you want to craft a unique card or gift for the occasion. To help you, we've created a FREE collage sheet with four vintage images from Commencement Day circa 1900.

Our May edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look helps you get crafting for both Commencement Day and the soon-to-arrive Independence Day - 4th of July!

  • Download your FREE collage sheet for May, Graduation Day I.
  • Craft an Independence Day Wreath that sings America's praises!
  • Bathing Beauties I continues to make a splash!
  • Browse the beautiful vintage work of Iva's Creations.

Let's get crafting...

FREE Collage Sheet
Graduation Day I

Commencement Day is steeped in tradition, making vintage images the perfect foundation for your hand-made graduation cards, gifts and scrapbook pages. We found four unique examples to share with you: a 1907 postcard illustrated by Archie Gunn; a 1920 cover illustration for the Saturday Evening Post painted by J.C. Leyendecker (1874-1951); and two beautiful antique photographs of hopeful graduates.

As our free gift to you, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Graduation Day I:

FREE Download PDF: Graduation Day I

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Craft this musical
Independence Day Wreath

We were leafing though a century-old school songbook and came upon the "patriotic songs" section - and thought about how those songs could be incorporated into an Independence Day Wreath. A little paper, ribbon, and a ton of hot glue... and we came up with this festive wreath that celebrates the rich musical heritage of America.

The FREE vintage image download for this wreath is a six-page PDF file. We've included scaled versions of the patriotic songs from that old school book, as well as a rare original cover for "The Stars and Stripes Forever." In addition, we've given you five patriotic Victorian postcards to craft the three-dimensional stars that embellish the wreath. All together, you have all of the creative materials to craft this star-spangled tribute to the songs of America.

We've provided the FREE vintage images and complete instructions at:

Independence Day Wreath

Drop us a note if you have any questions - or want to show us other ideas for using these remarkable vintage images from America's past.

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Scandalous Bathing Beauty Images at
Our Vintage Image Download Gallery

From Bathing Beauties I

This is turning out to be our most popular Image Book ever - so we want to be sure you have had a chance to browse. These are some of the cutest and slightly risque vintage images of Victorian Bathing Beauties frolicking in their bathing dresses. Martin's mother collected these and kept them in a plain brown album! We've scanned them at a high resolution and gathered them into a four-page collection that will come in very handy for scrapbooking your own day at the beach!

Our goal is to create the "picture perfect" image resource for your crafts, scrapbook and altered art projects. We are proud to invite you to browse our first offerings of our Vintage Image Download Gallery.

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Creative Books 'n Blogs

Collage by Iva WilcoxIt is both rare and wonderful to meet a creative "kindred spirit" - and we recently found one in artist Iva Wilcox. Iva has filled her website, her Etsy store, and her blog with beautiful and whimsical artworks that play off of the vintage images she loves. See how she uses beeswax and patinas to mellow her surfaces; how she layers materials to achieve depth and texture; how she uses color to draw your eye and create unity. A visit to Iva's shop will open your eyes to the potential in vintage images. And, she loves all things Halloween! Tell Iva we sent you to, Iva's Creations on Etsy, and Iva's Blog.

Next issue:

Father's Day is around the corner and we have some ideas for unique, hand-crafted gifts you can make. Give us a week and we should have a Special Edition out in time!

Coming up in June, a crafting luminary will share with you how she launched a publication - and a movement - around the interaction of creative women and their environments.

When you can, please write to us and let us know what you'd like to see from VintageImageCraft over the coming months. More cards? More decorations? Candles? Fabric crafts? Ships in bottles? Let us know what you are yearning for.

Celebrate this summer with creativity!

Scott & Martin

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