I’ve had a love for all things Vintage since I was a child! My grandmother, Ruth, loved antiques and I would spend hours going through her collections of antique Teacups, Old Dolls, vintage buttons, early Clocks, silverware etc. She also loved to make things, she had a huge Loom that she kept in a spare bedroom. I often slept in that bedroom, the walls were decorated with beautiful skeins of yarn hanging on wooden pegs… I would fall asleep after visually taking inventory of my favorites. During the day… in order to keep my sister and I entertained during visits, she would often hand us a seed catalog, along with some cardboard and rubber cement, and we would spend some happy time quietly cutting out flower pictures from the catalogs and making little collages out of them.
Those happy memories helped to spark the idea for my blog The Graphics Fairy. I’ve been running that blog for 10 years now. In 2014, I joined forces with my friend Emily to create this Membership Site. Emily has an incredible eye for vintage design and I knew she would be the perfect partner! We have so much fun putting together the themed kits for this site, and we could not be more thrilled that so many of you are enjoying them as well, and that you are finding so many uses for them in your Design and Craft projects.
What I know for sure… You are never too old to learn new things!
I’m in my mid 50’s now. Our kids are grown and we are empty nesters. That means there is more time to focus on the things that I love to do! Many of you have told me that you are in the same boat… your kids are in college, or they are married with their own homes, or you are retired … and you find that you have more time to spend on your art or focusing on learning some new skills, like digital design. When we started adding Photoshop Elements Tutorials to our Membership, we had you guys in mind. We don’t want you to feel intimidated by Digital Design, we walk you through step by step so that you can easily follow along and if you get stuck, you can always leave a comment on the tutorial and we will talk you through it. I believe if you give digital design a try, it will open up a whole new exciting creative world for you! It doesn’t matter if you are in your 50s, 60s, or 70s+ … many of our members are the same age as you and I, and they tell us that they are having a blast with these new skills! One of the things that I love most about digital design, is that you can create all day long and never make a mess in your house! So if you have downsized and don’t have the space for a craft room, no worries as all you need is a computer and a printer. And if you travel, you can take your projects with you on your laptop.
Hi! I’m Emily. I live with my family in the great state of Virginia, outside of Washington, DC. My husband and I have two children (10 and 7), and a dog (dachshund/beagle mix) and a mini rex rabbit.
I’ve been admiring and working with graphics since I can remember. Through the years I’ve made lots of craft projects for myself and to sell, and have done websites and print ad work.
I collect antique prints, mainly architectural prints and natural history images – birds, plants, butterflies – but I love great art in general. Though my book collection is no where near the size of Karen’s (which I can, and have, looked through all day), some of my favorites that I own are an 1800’s French architectural encyclopedia with fold out drawings of doors, archways, and architectural details; an antique guide to minerals from Germany (the amethyst page – also my birth stone – is my favorite); and a mushroom hunter’s guide with gorgeous book plates in pencil and watercolor from the former Czechoslovakia.
As someone who has bought & sold antique prints and used vintage images in my own designs, I have seen a lot of what is out there. I have run in to “free images” that upon closer inspection, were of poor resolution, or came with all sorts of restrictions. I have fallen in love with an image, only to learn the cost to use it was many times what our Premium Membership is offered for. In the beginning, as a designer just trying to make prints and projects to earn extra money doing what I love, this all was really disheartening.
What I love about this site is the variety and the quality, and that the site caters to vintage design. The Premium Membership site is uncomplicated, the terms are straightforward, and the price is and value is something we can be proud of. We have also taken extra time cleaning up & fixing images, extracting them from backgrounds, offering images in multiple formats, and creating ready-made printables. We also turned what were originally “nice to have” bonus tutorials, in to a growing library of how-tos, that answer many questions about how we manipulate our images each week.
I can say that I am very grateful for this site & how I get to spend my time every day! Whether it’s searching for unique books and ephemera with great images, curating collections of images to offer, cleaning up & editing images, designing printables, or writing tutorials; I enjoy it all! Nothing is more satisfying than seeing someone rework images in to a unique design, or get a message from a Member who tried out one of our tutorials and now feels like a new world has been opened up for them!
Thanks for coming along on this journey with us!