Posts Categorized: Book Club

Book Club + DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018

Printable Bookplate

Printable Bookplate

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!

Printable Bookplate

Download your Printable Bookplate to start personalizing your library!

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Book Club + downloads + printable / Friday, 20 Apr 2018

The Language of Flowers Artwork

The Language of Flowers Artwork

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!

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Book Club + Design + Life / Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018

Artful board books for babies

Artful board books for babies

I thought reading books to a newborn would be a little premature, but I’ve been shocked at how much attention Baby J pays to each and every page I show him. He looks intently–maybe it’s because he really doesn’t have much choice in the matter. Ha! While I’ve been “reading” him these books, I’m astonished at cleverly written and illustrated they are. There’s a lot you can pack into one cardboard page! I’ve found quite a number of really beautiful, clever, and artful books for baby and I thought you might be interested in them too. There are some goodies here!

The round up includes books written by famous artists, illustrated by famous artists, or a focus on explaining about famous artist and art in general. Do you have any to add to the list? Please add in the comments!

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Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

April 2018 Book Club: The Language of Flowers

In Victorian times, flowers had romantic meanings and a language all their own: dahlia – dignity; lily – majesty; begonia – caution! The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is about a girl whose lifelong distrust and detachment from others left her with her beloved flowers as her only way to communicate. This story is about trust, love, redemption, and finding marvelous, unknown gifts you didn’t know you had. (And learning about flowers? What could be better for this spring season?!) Join us as we read and discuss The Language of Flowers on Instagram @larsbookclub! Stay tuned throughout the month, readers! We’ll have discussion questions and amazing artwork for you. Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt

Book Club + Design + Life / Friday, 16 Mar 2018

March Book Club Art

March Book Club Art

We’re halfway through March, readers! How are you liking Broad Strokes?? Are you impressed by these incredible women as much as I am? They accomplished some incredible feats. We’ve got some discussion questions for you below, as well as some fabulous printable artwork for you, illustrated this month by Kate Zaremba (you may remember the New Year’s Eve crowns we partnered on years ago!), who runs a design company with clever patterns for the home.

When I was thinking of illustrators to pair for this book I immediately thought of Kathryn. We first met in NYC when she worked for Jonathan Adler and I was interning there and then we reconnected at graduate school in DC. She’s an uber creative go-getter who shines bright light wherever she goes. Her whimsical work is clever and enchanting and makes you think. Lately, her work has been focus on themes of women empowerment so you can imagine why I thought of her! Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with her next week, in which I hope she reveals that she played Michelle Tanner’s best friend on Full House or payed Annie on Broadway back in the day 😉 And if not, now you know! Ha! You’re welcome, Kathryn! Read on →