Paper Fair!

The Paper Fair at Toronto’s First Post Office is just around the corner!  It’s such a treat to be included in the annual show for paper and snail mail enthusiasts.  Expect Toronto’s finest stationery including greeting cards, pins, stickers, art prints, postcards, paper ephemera, handbound books and more!

To see the rollout of vendor announcements, make sure to follow the event on facebook here.

Otherwise, here are the show details:

What: The Paper Fair!

When: Saturday June 16, 2018.  11am – 5pm

Where: Toronto’s First Post Office, 260 Adelaide Street East, Toronto

For more info, please go here.


Paper Fair 2018!

It’s the Paper Fair at Toronto’s First Post Office!!  Join us for a day of paper goodness from a selection of the city’s finest stationers, paper artists, designers and illustrators.

What: Paper Fair!
Where: Toronto’s First Post Office, 260 Adelaide St. E, Toronto
When: Saturday June 16, 2018  11am – 5pm

For more information, please go here.

*New Workshop* Travelers Notebook Insert Making!

A brand new bookbinding workshop is scheduled for a couple of weeks away!  Join me at the beautiful and inspiring paper goods shop: Paper Plus Cloth for this new class.

Students will learn how to hand stitch your own Travelers Notebook inserts.  First, students will learn about the tools of the trade, then we’ll craft the notebooks in an easy to follow book binding method that is suitable for the Travelers Notebook REGULAR SIZE.  We will have a selection of papers (grid, craft, etc), that will make for some amazing customized notebooks for your TN. Once you learn the skills, you will be able to make all kinds of inserts in different sizes.

When: Sunday April 15, 2018  1pm – 5pm
Where: Paper Plus Cloth, 1340 Queen St. West, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Sampler Bookbinding Class!

Join me this saturday at the gorgeous Paper Plus Cloth paper shop!  I’ll be there teaching a Bookbinding Sampler class – perfect for anyone looking to learn the craft or expand their repertoire of bookbinding skills.

Learn 3 simple, easy, and decorative techniques to hand stitch your own soft cover notebooks.  First, students will learn about the tools of the trade, then we’ll craft the notebooks.

When: Saturday March 24, 2018. 1pm – 5pm
Where: Paper Plus Cloth, 1340 Queen St West, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.


Sprouts Press in Toronto’s East End

Introducing ROWAN, one of the lovely retailers carrying Sprouts Press handbound journals!  They’ve got a selection of our leather bound journals and handpainted notebooks, reach out to them to learn current stock levels.

We love this shop for it’s carefully selected products, workshops and in-shop crafted herbal skin care line.  Seriously, go check them out!

ROWAN Homespun Market
2196 Queen Street East, Toronto

Sprouts Press goes to Elora!

I’m so pleased to announce my newest retailer; Twice Loved Books in Elora Ontario!!

They’ve got a full roster of DIY Bookbinding Kits, perfect for crafty folks! Now go and visit this cute bookstore!!


365/365: Thank You! (but not goodbye)

Day 365/365

It’s the last day of the Sprouts Press 365 project!  It’s been a fun year sharing my journey as an artisan and creative small business owner.  I’ve enjoyed all your comments and likes, I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well.

DSC_0418_fotor_fotor_fotorI plan to continue blogging about Sprouts Press, my creative process, goings-on and other book-ish content, but it won’t be every day.  I’m looking forward to seeing what sort of content I’m capable of on a more relaxed schedule, and sharing the growth of my little company.  In the meantime, enjoy this collage of many of the books I’ve shared with you over the year!  That’s a lot of books!!

Gifts for Dad, Collection No. 2

Day 240/365


Still looking for a Father’s Day gift?  I’ve pulled together another great collection of items for dads that are cigar lovers, book collectors, allergy sufferers, poets and artists.  This list is tied together with a palette of greens and browns, inspired by springtime and days spent outside.

Starting from top left, going clockwise:

Tall Handbound Journal*: Part of a series of ‘one of a kind’ journals.  Since the covers are hand-dyed washi paper, no two books are identical.  Features a classy-yet-rugged reclaimed leather and brass button stud closure.

Ex Libris Bookplates, Set of 4*: For the book collector and/or serious reader, label your library with elegance!  Hand carved and printed, this set of 4 Ex Libris Bookplates comes in leaf green and has ample space to write your name and even a date, if desired.  Printed on self-adhesive paper.

Brown and White Organic Stripes Journal*: This book is part of the same series as the first in this collection.  It is a tall book with a substantial number of pages, 110 pages (220, front and back) to be exact, making it perfect for the daily entries of keen journallers.

Hay Fever Hankies*: Hand printed and hand sewn, these cute hankies depict some of the plants that cause hay fever.  Cheeky, I know.  A wonderful addition to your pockets or handbag, forget tissues and use a soft, 100% cotton, hand printed & sewn hanky instead!

Cigar Box Journal*: This series of handsome hardcover journals gives new life to old cigar boxes!  Various brands available, check the online shop to see if the perfect one is in stock.

Florentine Hardcover Journal: The beauty of this book lies in the details. A small wrap around closure, from reclaimed leather, fastens shut with an understated and simple yet classy antiqued brass button stud.  The covers depict a brown and green foliage motif, perfect for gardeners!

Grass Green Watercolour Sketchbook*: This is a lovely, hardcover landscape-oriented watercolour sketchbook, housing only 140lb watercolour paper.  Handmade bookcloth adorns the covers in grass green and a classy ribbon bookmark, in pale green, keeps your place.

*Can also be found in real life at brick and mortar shops around Ontario!  Go here to find a retailer near you.  I recommend calling ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Sprouts Press in Hamilton

Day 234/36510603784_10153326517165752_7690676808225393274_nHamilton friends, great news!  Studio 205 is now restocked with Sprouts Press handbound books, including two new items to the shop: Leather journals and Canadiana Journals, just in time for Father’s Day!
If you haven’t already checked out Studio 205 in Hamilton, you should.  They’ve got great coffee and tea, and they sell handmade and vintage goods from makers and sellers across Canada!  Doesn’t get any better than that!

For more information about Studio 205, go here.


Studio 205

Day 151/365

10897739_894805643875104_5883956333293440197_nToday is the grand opening of a new shop in Hamilton, Studio 205!  Sprouts Press is proud to be a part of this shop alongside 22 other talented makers and artists.

If you’re in Hamilton stop by for treats and coffee (and some loose leaf teas, we’ve been told!) and check out the diversity of handmade products!  Sprouts Press has a full line of products showcased, including journals, sketchbooks, book jewellery and bookbinding kits.  And keep your eyes open for workshops in the near future as they have a classroom space in the basement.