an announcement and a proposition

Happy April everybody! Hope you all had a great weekend and didn't fall for any dumb April Fools pranks. I hate April Fools with a passion which is why I avoided most of the internet yesterday. Anywho, let's have a little chat, shall we?On cruddy days like today, I like to go home, sit on the floor, and surround myself with old magazines. There's just nothing like it. Growing up, I always dreamed of having a magazine. It's everything that I love rolled into one beautifully bound publication. Pictures, art, design, journalism - magazines have got it all. In the hard times when inspiration is low, I love flipping through them and gathering new ideas. Today was one of those days. I've been bummed for a couple reasons and have been trying to figure out what my next move is. A project that I was able to pitch in New York last month didn't go as well as I had planned (more on that at another time) and I've had a gigantic blank slate in front of me for the past few weeks. Sitting among my magazines this afternoon, looking for inspiration, it struck me like a ton of bricks. It's an idea I've had for quite some time and all of the proceeds from it are going towards something that I've been working on for a while now. Needless to say, this is a big announcement. Are you ready?lark & lace is going to release a quarterly magazine. All of the proceeds from this publication are going towards my non-profit charity, The Foster.See? Two-tiered awesomeness. I just need a little bit of help getting it started. I've created a Kickstarter that'll be up in a few days and will also serve as a sort of pre-order. Here are a few more questions that I know you'll probably have:How long will the magazine be? The first magazine, Summer 2013, will be 42 pages long. It will be all original content and in full color.What are the costs involved? I set the goal at $2,000.00. This will cover the cost of printing and shipping as well as the creative costs which include photo shoots and compensating contributors.  What exactly is this non-profit that I'll be funding? The non-profit will be a charity that will use the arts to benefit orphans in the U.S. and abroad and also the people and organizations that take care of them. My hope is to get a group of artistically-inclined people together to do short-term missions trips and create art, advertisements, web pages, and anything else that is needed to advocate for the fatherless.Why? Why not? For one, I think that more bloggers should be creating printed publications. The internet is wonderful but can anything really compare to holding a piece of literature in your hands? I think not. I want to create a piece of art that will look good on your coffee table and inspire you to do great things.Any other questions can be directed to the comment box! I'd love to hear your feedback. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me, lark & lace, and YOU!xo, e.m.  



22 comments

  1. this idea rules! I wanna help out anyway I can, especially if there's any sort of column I can write up for it from time to time!

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  2. This is so exciting!! I've always wanted to start my own magazine, but never knew where to even start. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
    xo

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  3. I support this one hundred and ten percent. Can't wait to order one!

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  4. Fantastic! You could really build on this idea.. Can't wait to get one!

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  5. great idea! would love to support your publication and your charity. i LOVE that it is a print mag. i love how many online mags i've seen in blog world, but it is always a slight disappointment not to receive them in print!

    as i'm sure many bloggers would, if you are looking for any contributors i'd love to help out.

    good luck!

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  6. This idea rocks! I would love to help you out with my graphic design services. Let me know how I can help.

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  7. You are super awesome!! There is definitely so much great content put out there by bloggers that would look so great in print! Great idea, and I'd love to help in any way I could!

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    Molly
    thecottagediaries.blogspot.co.nz

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  8. What an amazing idea! I would definitely love to help out and contribute in any way I can. Good luck and cannot wait to see it!
    Charlotte xx

    www.charlotte-eliza-king.com

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  9. How exciting girl!! That's amazing. Are you using kickstarter for it or just taking up donations? I'd love to get my hands on a copy! And any help you need, I'd be happy to offer :)

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  10. Oh my goodness! I am so excited for this! COUNT ME IN :) I will definitely be ordering!!!! Let me know if you need any help at all :D

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  11. This is such a great idea! I'm in the middle of creating a digital magazine but I'd love to make a published version. I'd love to read a copy :)

    Becky
    xx

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  12. I am soo excited. I can't wait to share it with people here in Australia. Are you going to do a kick starter so we can help you raise some start up funds? Just let me know. :) Can't wait to see it and fantastic that the money goes to your charity.

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  13. I love this idea, I've often dreamed of having my own mag, i have done a few online mags but nothing like this, that's so cool that it is going to be printed! I would love to help out if you ever need contributors. I an amateur photographer but I've been doing graphic design for about 7 years.
    I can't wait for the first issue!
    Best of Luck,
    Ashley
    Theprincessofprint.blogspot.com

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  14. ohhhh yesss excited for this! I'd love to help & contribute

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  15. I'm a fairly new reader, but I must admit I would love to be involved (in the event that you're still looking for contributors). I was a writer/editor at my college newspaper, and I miss it terribly. Either way, this is an awesome idea and best of luck to you! How exciting. :)
    -Meredith
    http://latchkeykid.typepad.com/

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