Wordless Wednesday 22.11.17


The Studio on a Sunday

Day 222/365photo 2_fotorI’ve been working on several custom orders lately, this is the latest.  It’s going to be a fabric-covered wedding guest book, with really nice watercolour pages.  I’m also making my own bookcloth for this one, to get the perfect colour!

Have a special book you want custom made?  Just click ‘Custom Order‘ on the top menu of my site and send me a note!

The Studio on a Sunday

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I was on the road again today, not actually in the studio.  I was near St. James town teaching another bookbinding workshop in a new venue, Little House in the City.  It’s a lovely little shop with a workspace in the back that is perfect for bookbinding.  DSC_0702

In all, I’m pleased to say that the first Creative Bookbinding workshop here went very well!  Stay tuned for more dates of this workshop at this wonderful location.

To see my full schedule of workshops, go here.

Merry Christmas!

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Happy Holidays, wishing everyone a great holiday season!

I’d like to thank everyone for their business, support and general awesomeness this year as I really pushed Sprouts Press to the next level.  I love receiving your feedback so I can grow and learn and keep Sprouts Press flourishing!  Keep it coming!!

I look forward to 2014, to designing and creating new items and journals (already have a few projects in the works!) and giving you more pen-to-paper options throughout the year!

Have a wonderful, happy and safe holiday!
Carolyn ~ Sprouts Press

Official Opening!

It’s with great pleasure that I announce the official opening party of my new vendor space at Arts Market!  I’m so pleased with my booth there, the lovely staff and the opportunity to host my book making workshops and classes on a regular basis.  It’s the start of something great!!DSC_0653

This opening is to celebrate not only my own vendor space, but also a few other Arts Market ‘newbies’.  We will be taking over the space for the evening and hope you’ll join us!

The details:
December 11, 2014 from 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Arts Market, 846 College Street, Toronto (just west of Ossington Avenue)

For more info, please take a look at our facebook event found here.

Plein Air

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I am a bookbinder, I hand bind blank books.

I also use books; as journals, sketchbooks, idea books, for to do lists, for a bucket list . . you get the idea – I use a lot of books.  But this is my world, it’s what surrounds me and it’s my everyday.  Many times I’ve heard people say that they never use their journals and wish this wasn’t so.  The books I make are meant to be used and well-loved; write in them, sketch in them, spill tea on them and yes, even rip out the pages if you really want to!  It’s your journal!!

But before I get totally carried away with my artsy-fartsy book arts ideas, I’m going to back up to the beginning, to the start of a creative journey.  I’ve decided to write a few posts about actually using the journals I make and how to get started.DSC_0100

So, today’s tip is: plein air.  Yup, that’s it: plein air.  It roughly translates to: ‘in the open air’, from the 19th century style of painting outdoors and one of the main components to French Impressionism.  I also think of plein air as having a strong sense of open air, or open space.

In the context of this post and sketching or journalling, I think of it as starting with a clean slate, in a space that is open.  For me, that might mean actually going outside, to the local park to sketch, going on a hike, or to a corner coffee shop to people watch and do a bit of writing.  I think it comes down to the idea of clearing my mind and letting inspiration come from the moment, my surroundings.  I find that physically removing myself from my studio/office and all the ‘to dos’ gives my creativity breathing room.  I realize that this isn’t always possible; clearing off a desk or table top can have the same effect!  Give it a try, I’d love to hear how it goes!

I’ll be posting more ideas for using Sprouts Press handbound books as the weeks go on, stay tuned!

ps. The photo above is from an amazing cottage trip near Algonquin Park in Ontario.  This is not my local park (I wish!), but I spent a lot of time on that bench sketching.  When I cannot get out to sketch or journal, I go on memories like this one.


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You maybe wondering what that photo was all about yesterday.  Why did I decide to post the photo that is also my site’s banner?  How does this make any sense!?  Well, because it’s time for a change and that photo was a farewell to my current banner.  Over the next couple of weeks you’ll be treated to some exciting changes from Sprouts Press and it’s all going to start right here!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So, without further ado, I formally introduce you to the Sprouts Press 365 blogging project!!  I promise to post something every day for 365 days.  There will be photos, words, stories and more, so stay tuned!!

Wordless Wednesday 08.10.14

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Weekend Fun!

Toronto is a great city, there’s always something going on.  Usually there are several things going on, actually, and there’s something for everyone.  For all you creative types, or those dancing around the edge of being a ‘creative type’, this saturday is my first book making workshop at Arts Market on College at Ossington.  photo1

I’ll be teaching the basics of bookbinding, and then diving into a main project; a soft cover journal.  It’s a hands-on class for all skill levels, so everyone will leave with a finished project!

I’ve taught similar workshops at other galleries in Toronto and beyond and I love it!  I am by no means a master bookbinder or expert in the field, but the bindings I choose to teach are the ones I practice daily.  After much trial and error with several book binding techniques, I’ve whittled it down to a select few.  They are the most useful, durable and beautiful bindings that I’ve learned, and I’m so happy to share them in a workshop!

To learn more and register, click here.

A New Adventure

If you’ve been following my blog posts lately, you will already know that there has been some exciting news for Sprouts Press!  Well, there’s more.  That’s right, Sprouts Press has started a new adventure; we’ve joined the ranks of many other talented artists and artisans selling their work in the popular Toronto shop: Arts Market on College!  Yay!!  I couldn’t be happier with this decision and look forward to seeing what the future brings.photo-5

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but wasn’t able to until recently.  If I’m going to be honest I must admit that doubt made an appearance once (or twice, maybe) when a little voice in my head asked ‘what on earth are you doing!?!’.  But I got over that, put the first coat of paint on my space, measured out where my shelving would go (shelves that my dad made a long time ago, before I was born, that I re-finished) and really felt a sense of accomplishment.  When it was all done and everything was in place and displayed just as I wanted, it was a truly great feeling!

If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out at 846 College Street, Toronto.  There is probably something for everyone at the Arts Market; stationery, home decor, vintage, flora/plants, clothing, jewellery, you name it!

Even though all my pieces are there and up for sale, this is a soft opening.  Stay tuned for the dates of the ‘official’ opening, coming soon.

ps.  I tried something new and made a short video about setting up my space!  I will upload it to social media and provide a link.