Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Feeling Nostalgic with Vintage Buttons!

When I was a young girl I was always collecting something. When I was about 5-6 years old I collected paper. Any kind of paper, I cut the paper into strips and then collected "bookmarks" I had stacks of little bookmarks but didn't really read too much. I was also a bit of a tomboy and collected baseball cards.. I had a shoebox full of them, organized by team and player. Sometime between the paper strips and baseball cards I collected buttons. I had quite a collection of old buttons donated by my wonderful grandmothers and their friends and sisters. Some of them were really really old back then in the '70's. I don't know what classifies something as "vintage" but I reckon my button collection falls in that category. When I was in college, my boyfriend's mom made a lamp out of a Mason Jar and I put my button collection in the lamp. If not for the lamp, I probably would have disposed of the button collection years ago. And that would have been a shame because I think they may have some use to you for your vintage pages! I photographed a bunch of them and extracted them for you. There are 36 buttons in all, lots of metal ones, some military ones. My favorite buttons back then were those with the shiny rhinestones in them! And believe me I have about 200 more buttons to photograph if these are popular here. Here's what my jar o buttons looks like:

All of the buttons are saved individually in .png form. They are about 2" by 2" at 300 dpi. I hope you can use them!

Download my CU Button Collection1 Set HERE (23mb .zip)

Link was fixed on 10/19/08, 4Shared had messed it up somehow after over 800 successful downloads!

29 comments:

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Aug [LA 03:40am, NY 05:40am, UK 10:40am, OZ 08:40pm] ).

Danielle said...

I love these buttons, thanks for sharing! ;)

makeyesup said...

wow, what a great set of buttons. Thanks so very much.

DeliciousScraps said...

Thank you for this amazing set!! it will come in so handy!

Hugs,
~Anna

Mozz said...

lol. my nan was a dressmaker she did it from home, so she had one of those old singer tredle machines, you know the one with the metal plate you put your feet on and moved.. I used to have so much fun with that thing, got into loads of trouble as well, I used to like get several strips of paper and sewing down it no thread, made it so ripped apart easy, lmao.. got some well deserved punishments for that :)
She also had containers of buttons all sorts, should have invited you over you would have been in heaven lol...
I am snagging these, they will so come in handy .. *Hugz* Thank you..
By the way had some traffic from your blog yesterday lol..
I used :( to have a massive candle collection lol, I actually had that many candles that I could have heaps burning in every room and they were in every room, we had a black out once, and my neighbors came knocking on my door they wanted to know how come I still had power lol my daughter didnt like the dark so she had gone around and lit them all :)
By the way I love your new look blog it looks stunning :)
have a great one

Joni said...

Thank you so much for these great vintage buttons, they are gorgeous.

Bydelstorp said...

Thank you very much for sharing your lovely button collection. I think I have collected nearly everything collectible during my childhood *lol*. Unfortunately not everything is still as usable as your buttons. There must be a huge bag full of different erasers somewhere, and I do not think they would still work today. ;-)

Mad Hatter said...

Thanks for sharing these buttons. I like them as much as the wonderful animal templates that you have so generously shared with all of us.(:

Becky Jo said...

Love these buttons! TFS
Hugs,
Becky Jo

Crazy Diamond said...

Thanks a billion for the buttons!

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

OMGosh Deb!!! These SO rock and you have taken me back and to my very own jar of vintage buttons!!!

Whilst your collection is MUCH more impressive, it is mind-boggling to sit here and see buttons in your jar that are the same design as some of mine, which means they were VERY trendy back in the day! He, he ...

Thank you SO much darlin' for your continued generosity in sharing with ALL of us here in SCRAPLAND to INFINITY and BEYOND!!!

Your talent NEVER ceases to AMAZE me and having been so distracted by my daughter's wedding this past month, I have fallen behind in keeping up with you!

I cannot say enough about your templates - THEY TOTALLY ROCK ... and then SOME, as do YOU!!!

Have a GORGEOUS day and thank you for helping to make our world a better place all the way around!

XOXO,
Linda :)

Becky in Texas said...

Thank you Deb for sharing these-they are AWESOME! Leaving my luv with a great big hug!

Chris said...

I am a button fanatic! I don't think I've ever done a layout without at least 3 buttons on it! Thanks so very much!

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks for sharing your freebie "Vintage Buttons" They really are classics, and will be used in many of my layouts!

Carole N. said...

I love your buttons and it gave me a great idea. I have buttons from my grandmother, mother, and aunt. We were all seamstresses. Sadly they are all gone and I don't sew anymore, but I still have the buttons.

You were wondering what makes something vintage (see I did read what you shared....LOL). At our county fair anything over 50 years old is considered an antique or vintage so I am sure a lot of your buttons probably qualify.

Several years ago I won grand champion in antiques for a hand made dress (white dotted swiss with blue smocking and embroidered rose buds) my mother made for me when I was 14 months old. Gulp...it made me realize I was an antique. ROFLOL

Thanks for sharing and big hugs!

Elizabeth said...

Are these cool! Some of those are huge buttons, I wonder how ladies wore them, as one button on an asymetrical coat at the top, I guess. Thank you for the work that must have been to extract and share, it's nice they'll be preserved across the globe!

Alnimema said...

Thanks, thanks, thanks!!! Love buttons... and these are fantastics!

Patamomma said...

Oh, I love, love the buttons. Really love that smiley one! I don't know if I care if you get the shadows out or not. That is awesome. Don't get rid of your button collection. It is worth more than you might think. THanks. Patty

Sue said...

Thank you very much for these fabulous buttons. These will be so fun to use! :D

Latte' Dah said...

Buttons are the best part of most LO's. Perfect. TY for sharing. :)

Shannon Scherz said...

Thank you! These are awesome! I have no patience for extraction, so deeply appreciate it when "real" items are posted. I know it takes forever to extract!
Thanks again!

Virginia said...

I love your buttons! Thank you so much for all of your hard work! Your collection is fab!!!!

clc said...

My grandmother had a button jar like that. I wish I knew what had happened to it. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

Deanna said...

Thanks so much for your button story! That makes working with these buttons so much more exciting. Since I have taken this journey backwards - starting from December 29th and working this way...i have downloaded all of the buttons - and they are wonderful. But the story makes me that much more enjoyable!

Thanks!

Shannon said...

Thanks again Deb - these are awesome!

Charmed by Gorjuss said...

Thank bunches!

Meagen said...

Woopeedoo! So many buttons! Thanks for these, some of which remind me of things years ago, lol!

Kirsten said...

Thank you ever so much for all the wonderful buttons!

Magnolia said...

Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful buttons!