Free vintage The Lilac Girl book pages with illustrations are charming antique ephemera, ideal for spring-themed home decor and DIY projects.
I absolutely love the title The Lilac Girl for spring home decor and craft projects. Of course, vintage book pages with illustrations are charming in their own right and can be used for numerous other applications as well.
About The Lilac Girl and Ralph Henry Barbour
The Lilac Girl is a romance novel written by Ralph Henry Barbour in 1909. The protagonist, Wade Herrick, took a break with his business partner in a train station in Colorado when he first saw a female passenger, Eve, getting off a train. It was love at first sight. Wade confessed his love on the spot. Amused, Eve gave him a sprig of lilac before departing, hence the name The Lilac Girl. Five years later, Wade finds himself with Eve as his new neighbor. Their story unfolds from there. [Google Books]
Ralph Henry Barbour (1870-1944) was an American novelist who wrote over 100 novels as well as a number of short stories over the span of his career. Barbour is best known for his sports fiction for boys, in which he crafted well-written, idealistic tales that emphasized the importance of sports, teamwork, and school spirit. He won Life Magazine’s Shortest Story Content, along with George Randolph Osborne, in 1916. [Goodreads]
If you’re interested in reading The Lilac Girl in its entirety, you’ll have no problem finding digital versions online. There are also lots of vintage copies floating around if you’re interested in picking up one for yourself.
I’m providing 20 full pages from a vintage version of The Lilac Girl. Every page features a charming black-and-white illustration. Enjoy!
How to use vintage book pages
Typically, when you arrive at a vintage book pages collection, you already know what you’re going to do with your new printables. If you’re looking for inspiration or simply want a few more ideas for the antique book pages, think about one or more of the following projects.
- DIY home decor. One of the most common ways to use vintage book pages is to make whimsical wall art and other home decor. I love the concept of using The Lilac Girl pages for spring-themed decor as well as literary-themed art. Old book pages are ideal for homes, offices, classrooms, libraries, and more. The pages look fabulous as is. I also think that they would look great overlaid with lilac images.
- Greeting cards. Antique book pages make great backgrounds and layering pieces for a wide variety of greeting cards and other paper art projects.
- Glass or bottle cap magnets. You can use any type of paper for my sheet music magnets tutorial.
- Pendant necklaces. The above tutorial is also perfect for pendant necklaces. Simply swap in pendant bails for the magnets.
- Tile coasters. My vintage sheet music botanical coasters project is another tutorial that works well with any kind of paper. I love the concept of a literary-themed set or a floral-themed set with lilac flower overlays on the pages.
- Christmas ornaments. There are so many fun possibilities for literary-themed holiday ornaments to make for your own tree, to give as gifts, and to sell online and/or at craft fairs.
- Art/junk journals and other mixed media art. Vintage book pages are a popular material for art/junk journals and other types of mixed media art. You can use them as-is or layer them with ink, paint, stamps, and more.
- Scrapbooking. Antique book pages make ideal backgrounds and decorative components for physical and digital scrapbooks. They’re also perfect for DIY scrapbook embellishments.
About the vintage The Lilac Girl book pages
You may use the antique book pages for as many personal projects as you wish, which includes classroom use. You may also use them for limited runs of commercial projects (5,000 items or less). Commercial use DOES NOT include made-to-order sites, such as Redbubble and Zazzle. Digital commercial items must be flat, finished products (i.e., not Adobe Illustrator files) consisting of your own original content. You are not authorized to sell the book pages, either as individual items or as part of larger collections.
Finally, please don’t distribute the download files. If friends, family, or co-workers would like their own The Lilac Girl book pages, please provide them with a link to this post where they can download their own files. Your support enables me to continue to offer free vintage printable sets!
Full book pages
I’m providing 20 full pages from a vintage edition of The Lilac Girl by Ralph Henry Barbour. All of the pages are 3460 x 4850 pixels with 300 dpi resolution. Every page features a charming black-and-white illustration.
I’ve split the full book pages into four ZIP folders to give you large files in an easy-to-download format.
Extracting and downloading the ZIP folders
I’ve created ZIP folders for the vintage The Lilac Girl book pages. Zipped folders allow me to offer high-resolution files for crisp, vibrant printing and to protect said files against potential theft. Extracting and downloading the ZIP folders from Google Drive is a pretty simple process. Please note that it does take a little time for each folder to download in full.
- When you click on the download link, select the Open with ZIP Extractor option at the top of the page.
- The folder will open in a new window. The files will download.
- Once the files have downloaded, click Extract Now.
- When the files have extracted and uploaded, click View Extracted Files.
- Double click on the folder.
- To download, select the files you’d like to download. Click the three horizontal dots More Actions button. Choose Download.
I highly recommend moving your downloaded files out of your downloads folder and into your main photos folder. I also recommend creating a second copy of the files on an external hard drive or cloud storage drive. Keep your files in a folder titled “The Lilac Girl Book Pages” or something similar, so you’re able to locate them again easily.
Now you’re ready to use your vintage printables for wall art and numerous DIY projects!
Printing antique book pages
When you use old book pages and other vintage paper to create your own wall art and other home decor, my personal recommendation for home printing is Finestra Art Paper. The paper features an acid-free, matte surface, which dries ink quickly, producing crisp, vibrant images. I like the look that Finestra produces better than the aesthetic that you get with regular printer paper, card stock, or presentation paper.
Aside from basic affiliate commissions, Finestra doesn’t provide me with any sort of sponsorship or endorsement for promoting their products. I found Finestra Paper through my own research and have always been satisfied with the high-quality, consistent results that I get with their paper. I’ve been using it for many years to create art for blog posts and decor for my own home.
For all other DIY projects, I use white card stock. When you’re creating mixed media art, greeting cards, and scrapbook embellishments, it’s not as important that the images are really vibrant. When you’re making items involving multiple coats of Mod Podge or diamond glaze, such as glass magnets, pendant necklaces, and tile coasters, you won’t be able to tell any difference in the finish of your paper. As such, card stock is a good choice because it’s still high-quality and very durable but not as expensive.
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