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Vintage Inspired Shipping Tags

I am always getting asked about my vintage inspired shipping tags. I use these to attach to my journals that I have for sale at Junction 71  in Amherst, NH. I found myself in need of more, so I thought that I would document how I do it. I not only use these for tagging my journals, but I love to have them all piled in a jar to complete my vintagy look in my art room. They keep my room smelling so amazing, and they are not that shabby to look at if I do say so myself.

Homemade vintage shipping tags

Now, you can make fun tags at home using my method. There are so many different ways people make them, and I have used many successful recipes. The good thing about making tags at home is there really isn’t a right or wrong way to do it. I have tried many different ingredients and the one ingredient that is the most important to me will always be the instant coffee. I have tried tea and brewed coffee, but using the instant coffee has always given me the dark color that I am looking for.  Oh, I always make up about 200 shipping tags at a time, so I don’t have to do this as often. I also like to use the little round tags that have the metal rings. I do not use these that often, but they make cute little thank you notes after you have wrapped a book. Sometimes, just a cute little thank you is enough.

Are you ready? Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get ready to make magic!

Ingredients~

8 TB instant Folgers coffee

8 TB vanilla

3/4 cloves- I use whole unless you are wanting a grungy look then go for it.

3/4 cinnamon – options but great to add more of a grungy look.

3 cups of boiling water

I mix it all up and let it cool enough that I can touch it. I let the tags soak for a minute or two, but not longer than 5 or 6 minutes. I try to pull the tag’s string through my fingers to remove the excess liquid before I line them all up on my baking sheet.

cooking tags

Once I am finished lining them all up on my first baking sheet, I slip them into the oven. I let these cook while I am adding more tags to the next baking sheet. Keep an eye on them, but I have found that by the time I am finished applying the other soaking tags to the baking sheet the first pan is ready to come out of the oven. Every oven is different though, so don’t let these babies burn! They cook fast and really have a great color, in my opinion. Sometimes, I like to double dip and run them into the oven again. It really depends on the shade of brown that you are looking for. The back side of the tags are always a bit lighter. You can turn them in the oven if you would like, but I do not find it to be that different to want to do this anymore.

rustic tags

After I remove them from the baking sheet, I just pile them up on the counter and let them continue to dry out over night and that is it! OH!! Do remember to wear gloves or else you will stain your nails! I have made this mistake more than I care to admit and it only take one quick dip in this magic juice to do it. Ha ha. I hope you have fun making tags and feel free to share with my your creations using these!
Thanks for stopping by and check out my journals here on my shop journal page, or my Etsy shop for all your journaling needs.
Kristi

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The photos from the GBK Productions PreOscars Lounge are in!

It has been a wild ride, but things are finally settling down after the Oscar’s gift lounge and winter break. I am just getting back into my art studio, but wanted to share with you the amazing photos that were captured at the event. I am so tickled to once again have my journals  displayed via The Artisan Group at this years invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge that was hosted by the GBK Productions this past February. First up, we have a nice photo of up and coming Actor Sam Asghari holding my favorite journal on display. I do hope that he shares some of the TAG goodies with his well know girlfriend Britney Spears. Um, Hello!! If you don’t follow him on Instagram, go check his page out. I promise that you will be in for a treat.

Sam Asghari OscarsAnd I was tickled to see that Anne-Marie Johnson took an interest in one of my journals, as well. She is best known for her role in The Heat of the Night. It was a favorite show of mine as I was growing up, so I am kind of fangirling right now.ANNE-MARIE JOHNSON-11 and last but not least, Fredrica Bailey also stopped by. She is an amazing writer and is best known for See You Yesterday, which was a nominee for Best First Feature. How cool is that? FREDRICA BAILEY-4I hope you guys enjoyed the photos as much as I did. It is always an honor to see my handmade journals on such a stage. I am truly honored and blessed. Now, I am off to go create more for you! Be sure to check out my shop section, or my Etsy site, to own a journal for yourself, or to give to that special someone in your life. Until next time, Kristi

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The Nib and Quill Participates in the GBK’s Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounge in Honor of the 2020 Oscar Nominees and Presenters.

I have been teasing you guys with what I have been working on for the last few months. Well, today is the day that I get to tell you! The Nib and Quill, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by the GBK Productions on Feb 7-8, 2020 at an exclusive location in West Hollywood, California in honor of the Oscar nominees and presenters.  Attending celebrities, select press and media, and other VIP’s will receive our pocket sized rustic leather journals.Oscar Journals by The Nib and QuillI am excited to say that 85 of these beautiful journals will be included in the celebrity gift bags. I have used assorted colored threads on them to keep it fun and interesting. I can’t help but want to know who receives which color. My favorite color to work with was the mustard, as it’s my go to color for anything in life. I decided to go with a basic packaging. I usually tend to go with the homemade rustic look in all of my packaging . Oscar Packaging by The NIb and QuillI will have two 5×7 journals on display. In the past I have received a few celebrity photos of them holding my journals at the event. I am crossing my fingers for this to happen again this year! Below is a picture of the the display journals in the process of being built. Display Journals by The Nib and QuillI fell in love this this handmade marble paper. I love to use vintage skeleton keys in most of my work, so it was a no brainer when I came across this beautiful piece! The brass skeleton key matched the gold marbling perfectly. If you would like to own one of these little Oscar books for yourself or want to browse my other many handmade journals and guest books, click here to claim yours today! Rustic Leather Pocket Notebooks

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Halloween is Upon Us.

owl spell book journal Halloween guest book

The Halloween season is upon us! Are you ready? In just a few short weeks, the lights will dim and we will have little strangers ringing our doorbells. I have been busy dusting out the cobwebs to come up with a few cool designs for those who celebrate Halloween. I think that these coptic bound journals would make beautiful hostess gifts or fun halloween themed spell books….. if you dare!spell bookowl journalwitch spell book

My daughter will be having several of her girlfriends over to house to help hand out the delicious candies and pickles in a pouch. Yes, I said pickles! These are usually well received by the grown adults running around the neighborhood reliving childhood memories. Ha ha… Any hoot, I have ordered the neatest paper confetti and cupcake toppers for the cupcake table. Check these out by Party Parts. She is such a delight to work with. FYI, she makes all of my paper feathers that I include in all of my packaging.pumpkin confetticat confettiI hope that you can find something fun from The Nib and Quill and Party Parts this Halloween Season. Stayed tunes for more Hostess Gifts from my coming up soon. Thanksgiving is just around the corner too!

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A Moment to Share

Ginnifer Goodwin responds moment to share vintage gifts wax stamp scroll period journal

I have a few quiet moments and would like to take the time to share. As many of you may know, I was recently selected to be one of six unique artisans to be featured in The Artisan Group’s TAGazine for the 2015 GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge. Needless to say, I was shocked and completely honored to have been one of the 6 chosen.

It really made me stop and think about my work and how inspired I truly am by what I do and how I want my books to inspire you, as well. My rustic guest books, journals, and special event books, just to name a few, are created to inspire others to document their history. I want people to be able to share and capture their precious memories, birth announcements, artwork, or their everyday childhood memories. And I painstakingly sew my books with care to ensure they will last a lifetime, creating heirloom quality as I sew. sewing

Handmade journals with a vintage feel

Each journal page is hand torn to create a special vintage feel, which I am known for. Authentic skeleton keys are added to remind us all of the times gone by. I seriously get excited just thinking about my journals and what they really mean to me. My packaging and presentation is just as important to me as the book itself. I gift wrap every journal as if I am receiving it myself.

The attention to detail is not forgotten here! I include little vintage inspired goodies along with extra journal paper to test your pens. Often I use fountain pens and I personally like to have a test sheet, just in case. I really want my customers to have an enjoyable experience when they purchase from The Nib and Quill. vintage gifts

It brings me great joy knowing that I can pass along my books to my children. And I can only hope that my customers will feel the same way. So, whatever you decide to fill your Nib and Quill journals with, just know that they were created with love and care in mind. I know that it will show, from my craftsmanship to my packaging. Thanks for letting me share with you today!

Kristi

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The Photos are In

photos are in MTV display piece piano journal book

The MTV Movie Awards are over but you can still hear the buzz. We were fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in the GBK MTV Movie Awards Celebrity gifting event via The Artisan Group. I chose a beautiful Heirloom Piano journal to represent The Nib and Quill.

Here are the photos from the event.  Josie DavisActress Josie Davis, best known for her role in Charles in Charge
kelley Jakel  Actress Kelley Jakel, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2Sufe Bradshaw Actress Sufe Bradshaw, Veep

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Lights, Camera, Action

The Nib and Quill labels lights camera action

I am excited to announce the following press release. Seriously, How cool is this? Lights, camera, action!

:: FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE ::

We are pleased to announce The Nib and Quill, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on April 11-12, 2014 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of The 2014 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters.

Our Piano Heirloom Coptic Journal will be prominently featured on display at The Artisan Group’s exhibit, and all attending celebrities will receive our little elegant music sheet coptic journals in their swag bags. This event will also be attended by nearly fifty press and media outlets. MTV Display Piece MTV Gifts get-attachment.aspx

To learn more about The Nib and Quill and our products, or our participation in this exclusive event, visit WWW.Thenibandquill.etsy.com, call (704)256-1496, or email Kb8ker@aol.com.

Kristi Baker, The Nib and Quill’s sole proprietor, is a resident of Waxhaw, NC.

For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, please visit http://www.theartisangroup.org or email press@theartisangroup.org.

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Golden Love at the Globes

paisley flowered journal cover with key

You may have heard that our little Paisley Pocket-Sized handmade journals were gifted to the Press at the Golden Globes.

#GBKPREGLOBES journal

It was all a part of the #GBKPreGlobes Celebrity Gift Lounge via The Artisan Group. Since then, The Artisan Group has been the talk of the town. Liz Kelly of The Examiner.com has been so gracious to rate us the best out of 10. I am so honored to have been included in this opportunity. Please take a moment and click on the link to check out the article, and feel free to help share it!

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Proud To Be Here

Artisan Group member

I wanted to take this time to tell you about a new group that I recently became involved with, The Artisan Group! The Artisan Group is a group of talented Artisans that are carefully selected to provide Celebrities and Members of the Press wonderful gifts at all the major events, such as the Oscars, The Primetime Emmy’ s and the Golden Globes. As you may have seen during the Emmy’s, Many Celebrities even pose with these beautiful gifts.

The minute that I joined, I was embraced with love and support. The guidance is truly amazing and I can’t say enough how friendly everyone is. It is more of a family than a group. I love hopping from shop to shop, from store to store looking at everyone’s items and goods. I am awe struck and honored to be included in this amazing group and really want to extend the invitation. They are always looking for great Artisans. If you are interested in being represented in the next major awards show Gift Lounge, Check out WWW.Theartisangroup.org. Come join the fun!

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And We’re Off

new labels The Nib and Quill New Hampshire handmade journals

I am over the moon to announce that my journals will be included in the Celebrity Swag Bags featured at the GBK’s Oscars Gift Lounge. My labels are in and the deadline is getting closer and closer… so much to do! Life moves very fast with the three children and their activities. My oldest son is busy driving here and there, having recently obtained his license. My young lady is busy being a star in the school show choir. And let’s be frank: a large amount of my mom energy is expended just trying to keep my youngest out of the dog’s water bowl! Any who, here is a sneak peek at my labels.

I think that I have the perfect ribbon in mind to wrap around the gift boxes (Thanks Kiki!) Kids are asleep… deep breath… let’s start making little journals!