Designers are very protective of the ways their works are used – and with good reason. It’s way too easy for a shady character to repackage and resell those images as their own. Unfortunately for us, the purposes we would use these graphics for are new and frightening to these designers. And, should we decide to make our creation available for sale at Lulu, Blurb or even one of the big booksellers, does that make us a professional who must purchase the commercial license for the graphics we need?
One great designer you should get to know is Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made. Not only does she present many delightful project ideas, she frequently offers vintage clipart you are free to use. Check out her bookshelves at Scribd for lots of great stuff.
There will be a lot more happening in this arena so stay tuned for more updates.