Freebie Friday: Vintage Ex Libris Labels


Hey guys! I’ve got a new feature I’d like to unveil called “Freebie Friday”!  Each Friday, I’ll post something fun for you to download and print! 

This week, I’ve got six gorgeous book plates (also known as Ex-Libris labels) that I’ve found in various vintage books.  Use these to put your name in your books, so that when you loan them to friends, they won’t forget to give them back to you!  Print these out, and cut & paste them into your favorite books (or your own art journal!)  You can print them onto regular paper and use a glue stick, or print them onto sticker paper & make it even easier!


A bookplate, also known as ex-librīs [Latin, "from the books of…"], is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner. Simple typographical bookplates are termed ‘book labels’.

Bookplates typically bear a name, motto, device, coat-of-arms, crest, badge, or any motif that relates to the owner of the book, or is requested by him from the artist or designer. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as "from the books of . . . " or "from the library of . . . ", or in Latin, ex libris ….



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Speaking of books, I almost forgot to mention that earlier this week I got an invite from a friend to meet up at a local coffee shop and bring a few books that I’d already read and was ready to pass onto someone else.  We laid the books out and talked briefly about what they were about, how we liked them, etc. Then, we took turns picking out several new books each.  It was a fun afternoon and I got to meet some new people and now my “to read” stack is formidable!

Book exchange!!


PS: if you’re in Richmond, be sure to stop by Lamplighter and try the “Red-Headed Step Child”: 1/2 Chai tea, 1/2 Cider with a ginger infusion.  I got mine iced and it was delicious!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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