Whenever the layout editor needed a graphic for the paste up, two options were available: produce it or find it. In both cases, the graphic was located separately before being cut out or "clipped" to fit the space on the paste up. This clip art procedure carried over to the introduction of the first desktop computers with VCN Execuvision developing a professionally-drawn digital clipart library in 1983. Throughout the '80's and '90's, the popularity of clipart grew to fill the increasing need made by the rise of desktop publishing. Soon, gone were the days of physical camera-ready paste ups-though, as with clipart, the term persisted-and in came the days of Illustrator, PageMaker, Publisher, and more.
By searching the internet, a scrapper can get ideas, inspiration, quotes, sayings, fonts and clipart for free. Many times, these items and inspirations are published online by other avid scrapbooking fans who simply want to share their creations with others who love the art.
I take the clipart and then print it out in various sizes for how I want to use it. I can drop it off at the cake decorator's so that she can make me a cake with that pattern. Then, I email a copy to my husband's work so that he can print out a few copies in a larger format. These become cut outs that I place on the walls... almost like a logo.