Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Small free collection of Art Deco Papers: Birthday gift from me to you

Download the 5.4 MB paper pack here.

Papers, all 12 x 12 at 200 dpi. They'll print just fine a 300 dpi.

They are variations on two basic designs

Based on a colophon,a stylized daylily in a circle, resting on a stylized stem with a flower bud on each end
  • Slate blue with creamy orange motif
  • Navy blue with blue and orange motif
  • Black with blue and orange motif
  • Black with white motif
  • Gray with slate blue and orange motif
  • Gray with navy blue and dark orange motif
  • Gray with light slate blue and orange motif
Based on a circle motif on the title page for "The Firefly Who Scattered Sparks":
  • Cream with orange and blue motif
  • Slate blue with yellow and orange motif
  • Purple with dark blue and dark orange motif
From the last freebie fast forward 30 years
We're fast-forwarding 25 years from our last freebie, moving in time from the Arts & Crafts movement in 1900 to Art Deco in 1925, with it love of geometry and color.

This paper pack uses artwork in a children's book published by The Volland Company in the 1925. The illustrations are by VE Elizabeth Cadie.

I wish I knew more about Ms. Cadie. There is almost nothing on the Web about her except exclamations over her lively Deco illustrations. It's unclear whether her name was Ve or whether this is a V. E. Elizabeth Cadie. The two motifs in these papers come from details. One is a colophon, the other a title page in The Cat Whose Whiskers Slipped by Ruth Campbell... and I cannot find anything about Mrs. Campbell.

Her stories are delightful.

Volland is well-represented on the net, primarily because it was the Joliet, Illinois (Chicago) publishing house for Jonny Gruelle and his Raggedy Ann and Andy series.
Art Deco
Ah - it's too complex. See the Wikipedia entry for Art Deco and the article about its birth place and time, the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Art Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes. The style partakes of all sorts of attributes: Art Nouveau, Cubism, Modernism, and plenty more.

Downloading and installing the SMB format
You can download it (5.4 MB) here. The file is an .SMB for Scrapbook Max and SBM automatically installs it.

To use the file, when your Web browser asks you what you want to do with the file, click the "Open" button (Internet Explorer or Opera browsers) or choose "Open with: Scrapbook MAX!" and click OK (Firefox browser). Once the file has downloaded, you should see a message that tells you that the template has been successfully installed. It will now be available the next time that you create a new project or page.
Don't have Scrapbook Max?
For those of you without Scrapbook Max: the file is really a ZIP file. You download it, change the file extension to .ZIP and use any ZIP utility to retrieve each of the JPEGs and PNGs. But you should get Scrapbook Max...
Foster + McKeehan types

clean lines
hip & trendy

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