What is a bookplate you might ask? Well, it’s a decorative label at the beginning of the book bearing the name of the owner of the book. They’ve been around for centuries and there are some really beautiful ones out there! You can find absolutely stunning customizable vintage options on Etsy. Careful though, it’s a rabbit hole you can spend hours browsing in! With the growing popularity of eBooks, I find physical books that much more endearing and a bookplate adds that heirloom quality. With the recent release of Craft the Rainbow, I wanted to provide readers with a Printable Bookplate to place inside their copy! Of course, you can use this with any book, and we hope it adds that personalized touch to your favorite reads!
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This tablescape was inspired by traditional blue and white porcelain that seems to never go out of style. The earlier versions of white pottery with blue glazed motifs have been found in 9th century present-day Iraq. China began their own renditions in the 14th century and the trend finally caught on in Europe in the 18th century. Can you believe it’s still popular today?! We wanted to make a paper version as a cheap and quirky alternative to the real thing. Enter: DIY Painted Cardboard Vases. We recycled cardboard boxes to cut out some traditional vase forms and then painted them to give them some real character! You could paint more traditional designs such as plant and botanical patterns, or make them a bit artsier. Here, we were inspired by the work of Danielle Kroll for our patterns. Easy, cheap, and sure to make a statement!
See how we made the vases and shop the entire tablescape!
The day has come! Craft the Rainbow is officially out in bookstores and online book sellers across the world! Ye haw!
I’ve been incessantly shouting it from the rooftops and I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “Brittany, tone it down, we got it”, but, you see folks, we’re just getting started with the colorful celebrations. We didn’t work our rainbow-craftin’ heinies off for nothing! So I’m going to send it out into the universe: I’d love to see it on tons of best-seller lists! There, I said it. If we’re honest, I’ve never actually seen a craft book on any best-selling list in general book categories, but why not start now, huh?! Could it happen? I don’t know! But I’d love to find out We are currently the #1 best-seller on Amazon’s Paper Craft list so I guess we’re off to a good start.
We’re kicking off the release with a 10 day online blog tour with some of our favorite friends from around the web. They’ll be sharing some tutorial features, remakes of craft projects from the book, sneak peeks of the book, and other exclusive content. Hop on over to see what they are all up to! The list is as follows:
Ever since having Baby J, life has gotten a bit more complicated. Juggling normal life, running a business, and taking care of a newborn baby is no joke. How do you all do it?! I’ve learned that it takes a village and there is no shame in asking for help and using resources available to you. One such resource that I’ve fallen in love with? Nest! Have you heard of it? It combines the familiarity of a doorbell with an HD security camera. Genius! Between packages being delivered, visitors to see Jasper, and everything in between, we get a lot of traffic at our front door. I love the convenience of being able to see who’s here, and even speak to them through a microphone without moving an inch! This comes in very handy when Jasper is eating or just being particularly adorable.
Basically, I’m nesting with Nest! Since we were upgrading our doorbell in a major way, I decided it was high time to update our wreath as well. This Crepe Paper Lemon Wreath is the perfect way to welcome in spring!
Hear more about Nest and see step-by-step photos to make your own Lemon Wreath!
Hello readers! When we announced The Language of Flowers as April’s book, we had instant feedback! Our Instagram post was full of comments with high praise for it, so we’re hoping you’ve been reading along with us, whether it’s for the first time or the second. How are you liking it? Parts of this book are not easy to read, as Victoria pushes everything good away from her again and again. Her communication is through flowers though, and it’s from that language that she gains knowledge and ultimately, confidence in herself as a mother and hope for a future with the people she loves. Yes, loves! By the end, Victoria has learned to let love into her life. Here are a few discussion questions and reading suggestions. If you have a copy of the book with the author’s other discussion questions, read those too! They’re fabulous! Our amazing artwork this month was illustrated by the incredible Lisa Grue! Stay tuned for an interview with her in the next week.
Continue to see the discussion questions and download The Language of Flowers Artwork!