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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #023- Independence Day crafts and vintage images!
June 01, 2009

Issue #023 - Good Ol' Uncle Sam has been an American patriotic symbol since the War of 1812. You can read the story of the nation's original Uncle Sam, Samuel Wilson, in this Special Independence Day Issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look!

Start the crafting fireworks:

  • Craft a sparkling Uncle Sam Stand-up Figure to start your 4th of July decorating theme!
  • Uncle Sam I joins our parade of Independence Day image books.
  • Discover our "collective" heritage in Scrapbooks, An American History by Jessica Helfand.

Let's get crafting...

Craft this Patriotic
Uncle Sam Stand-up Figure

Will the real Uncle Sam please stand up? You recognize him: He's patriotic to beat the band in his formal stars and stripes swallow-tail suit. You've seen standee figures like these in the gift stores for a pretty penny - now you can make one just as impressive for your home.

The FREE vintage image PDF download for this Uncle Sam figure is waiting for you at VintageImageCraft. See the complete instructions at:

Uncle Sam Figure

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Vintage Uncle Sam Images at
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From Uncle Sam I

Our newest image book, Uncle Sam I, is a four-page, visual fireworks display for Independence Day cards, crafts and scrapbooks! We've collected fourteen vintage images of "Uncle Sam" in all his patriotic finery, including post cards from 1900-1910 and recruitment posters from World War I, circa 1917.

For the official story of Uncle Sam, the U.S Congress credits the New York meat-packer Samuel Wilson. During the War of 1812, between the United States and Great Britain, Sam Wilson shipped barrels of meat to the U.S. Army, all stamped with the initials "U.S." The troops started joking that the meat shipments were gifts from "Uncle Sam" Wilson. Even before Samuel Wilson's death in 1854, "Uncle Sam" had come to symbolize the spirit of the country, and cartoons of the character in his star-spangled suit of red, white and blue began appearing as early as 1838.

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 offerings in our Vintage Image Download Gallery.

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(And you can also visit our Etsy store at VintageImageCraft on Etsy!)

Creative Books 'n Blogs

Scrapbooks, an American History coverIf you are interested in the history of scrapbooking, or want to emulate the style of authentic vintage scrapbooks, this is an inspirational book. Jessica Helfand is a graphic designer and scrapbook collector, and she has assembled a pictoral history that traces the evolution of scrapbooks from the early nineteenth century to the present. There are photos from more than two hundred scrapbooks with a well-researched narrative that together provide a unique perspective on the ever-changing landscape of American culture. Buy Scrapbooks, An American History at, or get a copy from the library.

BONUS: Watch a 6-minute video production with Jessica Helfand talking about her remarkable book:

Next issue:

Father's Day is coming on June 21 to a father near you! We are just finishing a truly unique father's day gift craft that we'll be sharing in a Special Father's Day Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look.

By the end of the month, a crafting luminary will share with you how she launched a publication - and a movement - around the interaction of creative women and their environments.

Don't forget that Commencement Day is extra-special with a hand-made card!

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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Thank you for writing to us with your comments and suggestions (especially Sal, who is turning out fabulous vintage-look cards and tags with Corel Paint Shop Pro!). It's easy to write to us anytime.

June is busting out all over!

Scott & Martin

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