Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Trade Card Tuesday - Christmas Freebie

Here's another gorgeous Victorian Trade Card freebie for you, taken from my collection.

This week's Trade card comes from the late 1800's and features a Christmas themed graphic of a girl in a red coat and hat holding a rabbit. Isn't she adorable!?

As always, I'd love to see what you create with this. Feel free to post any pics of your creations onto my Facebook fan page here:

The reason I'm posting this on Wednesday instead of Tuesday is that my iMac hard-drive failed, and I had to get it replaced this week at the Apple Store! Thankfully, they gave me a brand new one, even though the 1 year warranty was up :)

This is a strictly personal use version only. You can post creations you make with it on your blog, just be sure to provide a link-back to this blog. Please do not steal or give away the trade card on your site. Thank you! 
A commercial-use license for hand-made crafts is available HERE.
The original Trade Card is for sale HERE.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trade Card Tuesday Winner!

Paul Browning is the winner of this week's 'Trade Card Tuesday' challenge. Paul has created an adorable greeting card with the Fairy Tradecard Freebie  I gave out on my blog last week. Here is Paul's card! Isn't is so pretty! I love his attention to detail. He even used a 'Jodie Lee' printable paper from the 'French Market' pack, and sewed it onto the card!
And take a peek at Paul's blogger page 'The Artsiders' when you get a chance. He has some very gorgeous creative ideas for card designs - very inspiring indeed. Congratulations Paul, check your mailbox for a signed copy of my new book:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My First Book Published! :)

Create Your Own Printable Scrapbook Papers: 135 Vintage Designs For Use With Photoshop Elements
A new Dover Publication by Jodie Lee Patterson - 

Create an endless supply of uniquely designed scrapbook papers for use in digital scrapbooking, paper scrapbooking, card making, and other crafts. This easy-to-use and versatile book/CD contains 135 beautifully crafted royalty-free vintage patterns that were designed from a stunny array of antique motifs and images! 

This collection is a wonderful resource not only for scrapbookers and crafters, but also for graphic designers who will find these designs suitable for a wide range of applications. Step-by-step instructions are included in the book on how to add your own color and texture to the paper patterns in Photoshop Elements to create myriad combinations of designs that you can print out at home!

Also included are 40 colored, ready-to-print A4 sized files.  Instructions are given for use with Photoshop Elements, but any graphics editing program that will accept JPG and PNG files may be used. All pattern designs are provided as either high resolution JPG and PNG files in both 12x12 inch and A4 sizes. Please note: Photoshop elements is not included. 

Whether you're a beginner scrapbooker, or an experience graphic designer, I know you will find this book a wonderful, inexpensive design resource to fuel your creative spirit!

Available for pre-order now on Amazon (ships January 19, 2012).

It's Trade Card Tuesday! ... that means a freebie! :)

I have another freebie for you to download here on my blog ... today, and every Tuesday! Let's call it 'Trade Card Tuesday'.

I started collecting trade cards to use in my scrapbook collections a couple of years ago, and I must say, it's very addicting!!  The graphics on some of these cards are just incredibly gorgeous, using the old chromolithograph style of printing that you don't see a lot of today.

So, what is a trade card, you may ask?  Well, these were an early example of a modern business card.  Starting in the early 17th century in London, businesses would distribute these small advertising cards to potential customers, sometimes even including a map on the back that gave directions to their store!  Their designs became increasingly sophisticated as printing methods improved, and they very soon became collectibles.

My collection of Victorian trade cards is starting to pile up here, and so I really wanted to share some of these wonderful little treasures with you, as I know some of you love these old images as much as I do.

We will also be having a little challenge :)

CHALLENGE: I want to see you incorporate these into your card designs, your altered art designs, and your scrapbook layout designs.  This is a  chance for you to show me 'what ya got' in terms of your design style, (rumor has it that I will be on the lookout for a CT team very soon, so what better way to showcase your work) :) So, the challenge is to use this card to create something with a Christmas theme - anything your heart desires ... scribble outside the lines, do something unique to you.

Post a photo of your creation onto my Facebook page at by next Monday 12pm (USA/EST), and I will pick a winner. The winning entry will receive an autographed copy of my brand new book 'Create Your Own Scrapbook Papers', see my blog later tonight for more details on that :)

Here is the first trade card below. Isn't she a sweetie? This is one of the most gorgeous cards I have ever seen ... quite rare. The bidding war over at Ebay was fierce on this one, I can tell you!  

This is a strictly personal use version only. You can post creations you make with it on your blog, just be sure to provide a link-back to this blog. Please do not steal or give away the trade card on your site. Thank you sweeties!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Paris Bunting Freebie to Download!

Here's a free mini-bunting for you. Download, print, hang, enjoy. Buntings are so fun and easy to make and they provide instant eye candy for any space that needs a little design inspiration.  You can also use them on cards, or your scrapbook layouts (simply print at about 70%). These were created with images from my antique postcard collection!

You can download this bunting instantly from my Facebook page:

Just look for the 'VIP FREEBIES' link in the left hand column. You need to 'like' the page to get the download - I want you on-board so I can send lots more freebies your way! :)

Here's what you'll get in your free download. Two 8.5x11 printable buntings. Love to see what you make with them!

... And here's what Paul Browning from created with the bunting! Check out The Artsider's Blog ... he's a paper craft genius of sorts, and women from all ends of the earth swoon over his shabby chic card designs, which are just gorgeous! :) Thanks for the inspiration Paul!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day! :)

Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day/Weekend to all my digi-scrap friends out there! Here is a free digital scrap paper I created for you.

Download the high res version HERE (12x12 inches/300 dpi).

To get a low res version, click on the image, right click and save to your computer. Low res version is 5.3 inches (300 dpi).

©Jodie Lee 2011 (personal use only)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Jodie Lee Wall Art and Home Decor!

Dear friends, I'm very excited to annouce that I have just been signed to Art in Motion, a division of ICA Home Decor to produce a range of fine art prints and home decor products.

Art in Motion is a leading fine art publisher and art licensing agency, creating collections of fine art prints for sale to wholesale frames, retail stores, distributors and designers in over 70 countries.

I am very honored to be creating art for such a reputable company, who represent a high calibre of international artists and photographers, including the Royal Photographic Society in the UK.

Over the coming months, I will keep you up-to-date on all my new creations and where you can find them. Thank you for taking and interest in me and being here to support my art!  For further information about Art in Motion and ICA Home Decor, click the images below to visit their websites.

Jodie Lee signs to Art Licensing House, Art in Motion