Last Chance for the Giveaway!!

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DSC_0709_fotorIt’s the last day to enter my Instagram Giveaway!!  You could win both prizes in the photo: The Medium Journal with Ocean ribbon bookmark, and a set of handprinted Ex Libris bookplates in matching grey!!

Head over for details and how to play, find me at: @sproutspress.

Surprise Giveaway!!

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Surprise!!  A big Thank You for all the love and support you guys have shown my little company as I grow and learn about being a creative business owner!  To celebrate reaching 1K followers over on instagram, I’m having a giveaway this weekend!  Yippee!! (actually, the contest starts now and runs till August 17, 2015).DSC_0705_fotorThere are a few ways to enter; follow @sproutspress on instagram and head over for details.

The prize is a handbound journal (the Medium Journal in stone grey, with an ocean blue ribbon bookmark) and pack of matching, handprinted Ex Libris bookplates (pictured above).  You have until Monday to enter and the winner will be announced Tuesday.

Sound good?  Head over to instagram to play!!  Good luck!!

 

Sprouts Press goes to Welland!

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It’s a great day for a road trip to the Niagara region!  Stop by Vermeers Garden Centre in Welland and say Hi to yours truly and many other talented makers!

What: Heirlooms Artisan Market
When: Saturday June 20, 10am – 6pm
Where: Vermeers Garden Centre, 684 South Pelham St, Welland, Ontario

Pro tip: This is an Etsy sponsored event, you know what that means – swag bags!!  If you’re one of the first 100 people you’ll get a swag bag with some pretty awesome goodies inside!

For more details and vendor profiles, go here.

Peonies & Roses

Day 255/365P9031589_fotorOnce again, I’ve been inspired by the state of the garden: peonies and roses!!  I suppose this happens because I try really hard to balance my work life (indoors) with some much needed time in the garden (outdoors).  I find a real connection between being a maker of tactile objects and working in the garden; multiple senses are needed to really enjoy both of these things.

If you’re interested in knowing where to find these things, read on.

Ex Libris Bookplates (2 designs pictured in red, 1 in salmon)

Quick Notes Notebooks (pictured in two-tone red and pink & gold)

Watercolour Sketchbook in red (pictured top left corner)

Starburst Journal (pictured in marsala, just below the Watercolour Sketchbook)

Hot Pink Watercolour Sketcher (pictured right in the middle)

Large Fancy Coptic Journal in Marsala (pictured bottom right corner)

Paper Fair!

Day 252/365Attention all Torontonian paper addicts: This thursday is the Paper Fair at Toronto’s First Post Office!  Stop by to meet local paper artists and crafters, and talented stationery designers.  It’s going to be a great selection of fun, beautiful, handmade paper goods!

For details and vendor spotlights, go here.

 

Tulips

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Enjoy a medley of red handbound books, inspired by all the tulips blooming across the city!!

Some of these are items that have sold, and some are available online on Etsy.  Read on to learn about them.

Starting at the top left, going clockwise:
Red Florentine Starburst Journal, Ex Libris Bookplates Hand-Printed set of 5, Paper Moon Book Earrings, Quick Notes Notebook Hand Painted in Two-Tone Red, Secret Belgian Journal in Florentine red, Large Fancy Coptic Journal with Vintage Button, Pocket Notes Mini Book, Red Watercolour Sketchbook.

Use Your Journal No.5

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Spring is in the air, the snow is melting/melted and many of us are eager to help welcome the new season.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsually, springtime means spring cleaning.  Oh joy.

Today’s post is a mix of ‘Use Your Journal’ and spring cleaning, specifically; getting your books, journals and sketchbooks organized and accounted for!  In a fun way, I promise!
DSC_0661My secret weapon to accomplish this, if you haven’t already guessed, is with Ex Libris bookplates.  

Ex Libris bookplates are labels that go in the front cover of your books (journals, sketchbooks, novels, biographies, etc).  Ex Libris is latin and roughly translates to ‘from the library of’.  Therefore, when you write your name in the space provided on each bookplate, you are creating your own library!  What’s more organized than a library!?photo 4

My Ex Libris bookplates are my own designs that I carve into lino blocks.  Then I hand print each one onto self-adhesive paper, making it easy and convenient for you to label your beloved books.  I’ve printed two different designs, each in a few different colours, you can read about my process here.

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I’ve even got gold bookplates!  They’re actually quite beautiful and classy, and make a great gift when tucked in the front of a special book for a friend.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA To recap, here are 3 steps to incorporate Ex Libris bookplates into your journalling, sketching and book-collecting lives, making it even more fun to use your journal!

1. Choose a selection of journals/sketchbooks/books to be labelled.

2. Write your name in the space provided on the bookplate.  Some people also like to write the date they start the book.

2a. If you’re giving a special journal/book as a gift and want to put an ex libris bookplate in the front cover, you can write the recipient’s name and the date.  You can also write the occasion for the gift, as a memento for life milestones or achievements.

3. Once you’ve written the info in the space provided on the bookplate, peel off the backing and adhere to the inside front cover of the book/journal/sketchbook.  Repeat for all your most fancy and special books!

Have fun!

Cabin Fever February: Only 2 Days Left!!

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Just a friendly reminder that there are only 2 days left of my shop-wide sale at Arts Market on college!

Everything in the Sprouts Press space is marked down by 30%, so make sure to scoop that journal you’ve been eyeing for a while – when it’s gone, it’s gone!

And the winner is . . . .

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Last tuesday I announced I was having a blog giveaway contest!  Well, the contest ran, so many amazing entries were submitted and I’m pleased to announce that we have a winner!!!  DSC_0727Congratulations to kwils3!!  You’ve won the prize pack!!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my contest.  I’m blown away by your heartfelt reasons for putting pen to paper.  It’s clear so many of you took time and great care to compose your answers.  I love hearing that journals make your hearts swoon!

Soooo, I decided to draw a second name for a smaller but still paper-fantastic prize!!  The winner is Lettersandlaces!!!  You’ve won one of my signature Loot Bags!!  It’s a small collection of my handmade goodies.

Again, thanks to everyone who participated in my first blog contest, I plan to have more in the near future!  And I promise to keep them creative and fun!!

**If you are a winner, please send me an email with your mailing address so I can ship your prize!

Last Chance!

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It’s the last day to enter my Valentines Day Giveaway Contest!valentines poster_fotor

One lucky winner will get all the goodies pictured above!!
For more information, rules and to enter, go here.

The winner will be announced on monday.
Good luck!!