Collecting beautiful vintage graphics from the Victorian era of the late nineteenth century has become a passion for me and I’m always seeking copyright free photos, trade cards and postcards to add to my growing collection of ephemera.
There’s just something so alluring about the flamboyant typography and hand penned illustrations of that era that make my heart beat a little faster.
So….. when I was searching my collection for an image to create a vintage bookplate for my new journal, I stumbled upon these lovely cherubs and knew that with a little bit of tweaking and adding in a frame, they’d be perfect. Aren’t they just adorable!!
I loved them…. but I originally had a floral bookplate in mind, so created a second option with a few pretty roses floating in the background.
Now they looked thoroughly romantic and are perfect for a vintage journal.
Do you add a bookplate inside your journal covers?
Bookplates, also known as ex libris (meaning ‘from the library of’), have been used since the 15th century and often included a coat of arms, a crest or custom artwork.
As I mostly use my journals for writing in or as art journals, I use bookplates to identify them as mine and to date them….. who knows, maybe they will be passed on when I’m gone.
I’ve not seen a bookplate quite like these before…. which for me, makes them even more appealing.
In a market flooded with graphics and re-worked vintage, I strive to be different to others when I’m designing and although these bookplates were initially created for my own use, I thought that perhaps you might appreciate ‘something a little bit different’ too.
I added in a more standard rectangle shaped bookplate as well and have created a printable collage sheet containing five bookplates.
It’s available as a free download PDF in both A4 and letter size.
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To make my bookplates, I simply printed the page on matte photo paper, cut them out and lightly inked the edges. I used my corner punch on some of them too.
These are 300 dpi graphics and can therefore be resized, if you’d prefer your bookplates to be smaller.
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