Bonanza of greeting card tips at Whimsy

By heather at 4:44 pm on Friday, October 31, 2008

Debbie Ohi wrote a kind post about a few of my greeting card tips… her young site is dedicated to everything to do with greeting cards, and already has some great tips, worth keeping an eye on!

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Alice In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass

By heather at 1:11 am on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

alice in wonderland harry rountree

This is the other treasure I picked up for $10 from the antique flea-market here in Adelaide last week… a copy of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.” I’m not sure how old it is as there isn’t a publication/print date, and it’s missing it’s dust jacket (which I prefer anyway!)… but the book has some lovely plate illustrations by Harry Rountree, placing it at being printed around 1908.

alice in wonderland harry rountree

alice in wonderland harry rountree

alice in wonderland harry rountree

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One Man’s Junk | Vintage Pencil Tin

By heather at 2:11 pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2008

antique pencil tin

I found some treasures at an antique flea-market here in Adelaide on the weekend, including this vintage Cumberland pencil tin… not sure what I’ll do with it but I liked it!

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ClickGreen | Fight climate change from your inbox!

By heather at 5:19 pm on Friday, October 3, 2008

clickgreen carbon offsets

A few months ago my hubby got me hooked on ClickGreen… you sign up to receive emails from their advertizers, and for each one you click they plant trees to offset a day’s worth of carbon emissions for YOU! Thought it was a pretty cool idea… only wish they sent me MORE ads so that I could click more and earn more offsets!

My biggest concern with purchasing offsets is that the trees that are planted now are logged later on… so I checked it out, and ClickGreen is planting trees through GreenFleet, who are doing good by planting forests (we’re talking 3 million native trees in the last 10 years) in areas of environmental concern throughout Australia.

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Quick Green Promotional Ideas | iPhoto Calendars

By heather at 4:56 am on Thursday, October 2, 2008

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about promotional items! I’m always on the look out for new ideas for promotional items that a) show a sampling of my illustration styles, b) aren’t too expensive, and c) are green, (i.e. reusable by the recipient, have little waste in the printing process, and made with recycled content.)

My favourite reusable promotion idea is a calendar… it’s an excellent way to feature your artwork because it isn’t just filed away in a folder with other artist samples, and it’s seen and used every day for a year by the recipient and their coworkers. (Your art out in plain view = good. Your art in a filing cabinet = bad.)

So this year I put together a 2009 Calendar of my recent children’s book illustrations, featuring illustrations from The Little Boy’s Smile, Tartan Meets the Queen, Good-Bye, Baby Max, Spotty & Eddie Learn to Compromise, Bookie and the Scoliosis Diagnosis, and The Brotherhood of the Stinky Underpants.

iPhoto Calendars & Print-On Demand : Putting the calendar together couldn’t have been easier, as instead of creating it from scratch and handling the printing myself, I used iPhoto and was done assembling my calendar in about an hour. And conveniently, you can order your calendar through iPhotos print-on-demand service (i.e. only print & pay for the quantity you need.)

The lovely thing about print-on-demand is you only print what you need… whereas if you go with offset printing, you have to print a high-quantity which can bring down the cost per-calendar, but also means you may end up with a lot of unused & wasted promotional materials (not very green). Another benefit of print-on-demand for low quantity printing is you can create multiple promotional calendars tailored to specific target audiences at no extra cost to you.

Green Printing Specs :  I contacted Apple Photo Services directly to find out how environmentally conscious their products are, and was informated that their printed products use environmentally friendly materials. They use McCoy paper stock (by Sappi) which contains 10% post-consumer recycled content, is certified by both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the electricity to produce the paper was generated with 100% renewable energy. They also use nontoxic and recyclable dry inks for printing. You can find more product specs on iPhoto printed products here.

So there you have it, an easy reusable promotional item that’s quick to put together, not too expensive and green! If you’re interested in a copy of my new, (colourful, heavy stock, coil bound 10.5 x 13 inch, 12 month) 2009 Calendar, you can order a signed copy through my Etsy shop.

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Connections Photo Contest

By heather at 5:19 pm on Wednesday, October 1, 2008

india monkey temple little girl sacred baths jaipur

This is a photo I took while in India with my husband, Ben… which I just submitted to the CONNECTIONS Photo Contest. The contest calls for amateur photographers (sorry pros!) to submit a single photo that captures the authentic essence of a place. I think this is my favourite photo of our time in India… we were visiting the Monkey Temple near Jaipur, where pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred baths. We were the only tourists there, and upon arrival were being coerced into buying souvenirs, to be blessed by priests (for a fee,) and being chased by little girls with baskets of cobras to have our photo taken with them (also for a fee.) There were few places in India we felt uncomfortable on our trip, and this was one of them. But then we caught a glimpse of this little girl, all by herself, playing in the sink while gathering water, and snapped this picture. I feel like it captured something sweet and sad at the same time, the contrast between the struggles of poverty and childhood innocence.

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