Free Resketch Mini for the holidays Posted on December 12 2016 by Jack Burnett
To say thanks for your support and making 2016 an amazing year for Resketch, I'm offering a FREE Resketch Mini with every purchase of $25 or higher from now through the end of the year.
It's easy. All you have to do is...
- Shop as you'd like here, making sure to spend at least $25
- Add a single Resketch Mini to your cart
- Use the code BIGMINITHANKS when checking out
- I'll have a Resketch Mini added to your order free of charge!
No cash value. While supplies last. Through Dec 31st 2016.
Resketch Journal on Kickstarter Posted on December 06 2016 by Shawn Smith
As you may have seen, I produced a test run of a new size called Resketch Journal, and the feedback was fantastic. Today, I launched my third Resketch Kickstarter Project for Resketch Journal, and I hope you take a look.
As with all Resketch notepads and sketchbooks, Journal is entirely filled with reclaimed paper. Reclaimed paper doesn't go through a recycling process, and is instead found as is, always free of dirt / otherwise pristine condition, trimmed down, and reused. As such, it's the most eco-friendly option available (and what makes Resketch so unique).
However, Resketch Journal doesn't include the wide variety of paper the larger books do. Instead, it's primarily blank and lined to ensure it's useful for quick ideas, doodles, and lists. No crazy textures, or so on. It's also saddle-stitched instead of coil-bound, so it fits in your pocket nice and easy.
I've also worked with some awesome artists for special covers! I have Jon Burgerman, Camilla d'Errico, Jay Ryan, Jana Kinsman (and myself) with covers. Take a peek!
Thanks for your support since 2013, and I hope you’re as excited about Resketch Journal as I am. Please spread the word.
BOOST Finalist Posted on October 19 2016 by Shawn SmithI'm proud to report that Resketch is once again a finalist for the BOOST grant from Delta Emerging Leaders! This means Resketch is eligible for a grant up to $4000 to continue the good work it is doing in diverting paper from the waste stream and turning it into amazing journals and sketchbooks.
Resketch at Pitchfork Music Fest! Posted on July 12 2016 by Shawn Smith
Hey folks, if you're attending Pitchfork Music Fest in Chicago this weekend, July 15 - 17 we have the best news: Resketch will be available at the Coterie Market! We hope you can swing by to say hello and check out all three sizes of Resketch on display.
Whether you're an artist, designer, writer, note taker, or idea maker, eco-friendly Resketch books have you covered. Curious who else is selling? Hope to see you this weekend!
Like savings? Black Ink Friday deals Posted on November 26 2015 by Shawn Smith
I’m not totally into the whole Black Friday craziness (did the shopping thing one time many years ago, and vowed to never do it again).
But then again, there is a good side to it: you have been incredibly supportive of Resketch, and I know that the more books we sell, the more good we can do.
So to say thanks to YOU, I’m doing another Black Ink Friday deal this Friday, and extending the savings throughout the weekend. Use them on our new Resketch Minis, or a standard 7 x 9-inch edition, or… what’s this? A new size we’re testing? That’s right… a 4.5 x 7-inch top-coil-bound pad (released on Friday)!
Starting at 8am Central, the following codes will be activated at Resketchbook.com:
- BLACKINK1525 - 25% off all purchases on Friday only (until midnight)
- BLACKINK1510 - 10% off all purchases all weekend!
Thank you for your support, and please do spread the word about this promotion.
Alert: Resketch Minis available now! Posted on November 26 2015 by Shawn Smith
Now that the Kickstarter project is funded, and books have shipped, Resketch Minis are available now! Thank you for your support of the project, and please do spread the word about this truly unique notepad. Offices, design firms, studios, and many other places will be amazed by this eco-friendly, highly-creative choice.
Resketch Mini now on Kickstarter Posted on July 20 2015 by Shawn Smith
I'm excited to announce that I just launched a new project on Kickstarter for Resketch Mini: a new take on the pocket-sized, straightforward version of Resketch, perfect for quick sketches, ideas, notes, grocery lists and more.
SEED Chicago curated and promoted by an awesome organization called Accion along with World Business Chicago, and the City of Chicago all of whom do great things for small businesses. Read about SEED Chicago and the current crop of projects here: https://www.kickstarter.com/pages/seedchicago
You might remember that I did a test run of these awhile back, and got some awesome feedback from you and many others, and am excited about making this new run even better.
I hope you'll take a look, and spread the word via email, and particularly on social media like Twitter and Facebook. It would mean the world to me. Here's the link...
A lot has happened since the original project, and I’m proud what I’ve been able to accomplish and flattered by the tremendous amount of help from so many friends, customers, backers, stores, and many others. Thank you!
And while selling and shipping things is a lot of fun, what’s more important is sparking the creative process and doing good by using reclaimed paper. In fact, Resketch has diverted some 8,000 lbs of paper from landfills and recycling centers!
Looking forward, I've also been able to get production costs down by streamlining the process and product, and we're closer than ever to having a one for one-style product. That means for every larger Resketch book sold, one can be put into a pool to then be donated to art classes to students in need. In fact, we have over 100 books waiting for this right now! If you know of a class or two in need, please do let me know.
Thanks for your continued support, and for spreading the word.
Paper acquisition: Fox Art Supply Posted on June 02 2015 by Shawn Smith
Fact: there’s a lot of paper out there. A lot. And while there’s no shortage of basic types like copy paper, there are also rare gems you can find if you look hard enough—for a price.
As some of you know I often work with businesses like architecture firms and print shops to score some overstock or retired print outs for free. It takes that stock off of their hands and does good. Win, win.
The reality is if I relied on that alone, Resketch would run out of paper; or at least run out of interesting paper. So thanks to a simple IFTTT recipe, I get notified when paper posts appear on in the Chicago area on Craigslist. It’s not perfect by any stretch, as I have to sort through a bunch of unrelated oddities, but it’s become an important facet to my paper diversion efforts.
Recently I saw a post for some loose lined notebook paper. 57,000 sheets to be exact. The price was right, and it could be delivered so I jumped at the chance. Turns out there was more where that came from.
A family purchased a building in Humboldt Park and the business that operated in the lower level came with the sale. Enter: Fox Art Supply, a lesser-known, now-mostly-defunct art supply company that worked directly with Chicago Public Schools to provide them with a range of art supplies. From drawing to ceramics, paints to rulers, untouched sketchbooks to pencil sharpeners, they were a one-stop-shop for CPS art class needs.
But like all too many things nowadays, no doubt complicated by the ebb and flow of interest in art by CPS, the company’s time was up, and there was a lot of stuff to sell off.
I told them about Resketch, and thankfully, Eric the nice guy who sold me the lined paper, got in touch about some other paper he had in stock. I finally got over there and I was so glad I did. The sheer amount of amazing paper was staggering. Granted, much of it was going to be sold, but there was undoubtedly going to be some that would never sell, and would, therefore, be recycled or tossed.
Also keep in mind this place was a time capsule, untouched for years, much of the paper and other items in original packaging! It was a blast to go through; truly a pickers dream.
The nice thing about this paper is how special it is; no basic white copy paper here. Instead, it’s for art-making: charcoal paper, loose sketchbook sheets, manilla drawing paper, double-sided color sheets, scratchboard, adhesive-backed stamp paper, and so much more. Enough, in fact, to last two more production runs, if not more.
I also found a couple of things I bought and have put on sale outright: these fantastic ‘Jewel’ pocket notebooks by Westab, and these amazing 12-inch wooden printers rulers by Westcott. I thought, “why would I buy these only to cut them down and make them into spiral bound, when they’re perfect as is?” So a couple of dozen are online now, complete with a vague basement scent (no water damage, just the scent). The rulers are beautiful unto themselves, too, and worthy of any artist or designers desktop.
Westab is an interesting company, with beginnings in the early 1900s through the 1940s with their Big Chief Tablet. Then in the 1960s when they hit it big with a ‘spiral notebook’. As in they invented it! A few years later they were acquired by Mead. Year later, accompanied by a variety of mergers and acquisitions, MeadWestvaco is now a $6 billion dollar company.
The folks at Fox Art Supply were absolutely a joy to deal with. And while I never take joy in seeing a business wind down, I’m glad Resketch can make sure this paper is used in creative ways and is saved from an untimely death. I wish them well, and a give them a hearty thank you.
Now on The Colossal Shop! Posted on October 07 2014 by Shawn Smith
Needless to say, the fine folks at The Colossal have impeccable taste. They chronicle some of the most amazing art and design, revealing things you never knew you loved so much, tickling your creative fancy. More recently, they started a shop. And wouldn't you know it; they saw Resketch at the recent Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago last month, and now they're online just for you.
And remember: whether you grab one here or there, you're still diverting paper that would otherwise end up in a landfill, or at the minimum unnecessarily recycled (but grab it there, because we like them).
Many thanks to The Colossal folks for believing in Resketch!
Thank to you, a new lower price! Posted on August 18 2014 by Shawn Smith
Thanks to you, we can now offer Resketch at a lower retail price. Getting under $20 US has been a goal since the Kickstarter project last year, and now we've been able to get there. We appreciate your continued support of Resketch! Please do continue to spread the word.
Business competition: help Resketch win Posted on June 27 2014 by Shawn Smith
What's the competition all about? From the site: "The focus of the Internet of Things (IoT) Innovation Grand Challenge is to spearhead an industry-wide initiative to accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technologies and products that will contribute to the growth and evolution of the Internet of Things.This global open competition aims to recognize, promote and reward innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage startup businesses that can help us transform businesses and industries by re-inventing business processes, operational efficiencies and customer service innovations."
View our entry and vote for us here: http://rskt.ch/1mm7bK8
Creative Prompt booklet promotion! Posted on May 04 2014 by Shawn Smith
May brings flowers – and now Creative Prompts™ booklets! Through the month of May 2014, receive a free Creative Prompts booklet with any purchase. Originally created for our Resketch project on Kickstarter, we have a number of extra copies due to the print run. Now you can get yours for free with a purchase!
No coupon code necessary, just purchase whatever you'd like and a booklet will be added to your order automatically when it ships. What's a Creative Prompt? Read up here.
A few particulars: while supplies last, no rainchecks, no cash value.
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