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Book Plates & Stuart McLean Article

And this is the reason I love Stuart McLean. Seriously, go read it. It’s so….. true. And yet positively hilarious.

I think it was a few months ago when I mentioned that I was going to be making my own book plates, and a few people mentioned interest in seeing them… I’ve made a couple when I’ve actually found the motivation to sit down and do something for myself, and I’m actually quite happy with them – especially the second one. So for your viewing pleasure…

Ex Libris - Black and White
Download Black and White Book Plate PDF

Ex Libris Pink Flowers
Download Pink Flowers Book Plate PDF

As you can see from the links above, I’ve also uploaded PDFs of the book plates in case anyone was interested in printing them off for themselves. Just, when you print them, make sure the PDF doesn’t enlarge to fit the whole sheet of paper – it should be 3.5″ x 2″ (standard business card size). And it can just be printed off on any standard adhesive paper that you can buy at most office supply stores.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 9:04 pm August 14, 2007.
Category: Creative Excursions

  • Lisa

    Those are gorgeous Courtney! Thank you for sharing them!

  • Heather

    Have you considered opening one of the simple free stores at and putting these designs on print-on-demand stickers there? Seriously. They have a nice rectangular sticker, and you might make a few bucks. Just make sure to do a 300dpi rendition for best results.

  • Heather

    Oh, and if you feel like doing the cafepress thing and have any questions, feel free to email me (heather.grove at errantdreams dot com).

  • Court

    Lisa – Thanks! I hope you can make use of them or something. :)

    Heather – I have considered that, yes, or even a store at Esty… But I wanted to see if anyone had any interest in them first. If I do have any questions about cafepress, though I will contact you. Thanks so much. :)

  • Heather

    The great thing about doing the free store at CP is it doesn’t cost you any money, so even if you don’t make anything you don’t lose anything. And your designs go into their database, so you can get sales through their marketplace. And if it goes unexpectedly well, then, hey, reason to do the $60/year full store and go crazy. ;)

    Heh, you have to understand, my experience with CP started a year ago when my husband, a friend and I all said, “hey, that would be great on a t-shirt,” looked at CP on a lark, and decided that we’d be happy if we just made back the $60/year for the premium shop. Now we have a small company (not that we’re quitting our jobs or anything).

    So… weird and unexpected things can happen!

  • Court

    Heather – Well, I’m happy to hear good things about CP, I’ve never looked in depth into it. Where’s your CP store?

  • Heather

    We have two: one for gamers and geeks and one for everything else including stuff for readers & writers. (We started the second one about a half year ago after the first one got too big.) It’s fun. :)

  • Heather

    Whoops, that second link should have been caffeinated chicanery. That’s what I get for chatting on blogs before having my morning coffee—I mangled together the shop link and our website link! *grin*

  • Heather

    Oh, good grief! I hate to flood your blog with comments, but I messed that link up yet again. Lol. If there’s a way for you to delete that last comment of mine, PLEASE feel free. I’m going to go have that coffee now…

  • Heather

    *bangs head on desk* No, they’re having some sort of technical problem this morning. *sigh* Should be fine later. I swear this doesn’t normally happen.

  • Court

    Haha. Don’t worry about it. :) I’m the same way before my coffee too.