Saturday, April 11, 2015

Birthday giveaway - The Flow Book for Paper Lovers!

Well, I sure hope you are all well rested after our photography trip to Texel, because it's time for another fun event: my birthday!

Today I turn 45. My, how the time flies. As I've already stated in the past I have no hangups about getting older. So far life just gets better with age and I hope to keep that up.

While you are reading this I am actually on a little trip I gave myself as a birthday present. For years now I have wanted to go to the zoo in Emmen (which is in the east of the Netherlands and a gorgeous zoo) to have a day of just photographing all the animals there. I never really went, because as you know I live on an island and a trip like that would take me three days. Well, now I have actually booked a hotel in Emmen and am staying there for a weekend trip. A photography trip to the zoo! I swear, I'm still a kid at heart, that's how excited I am about this, haha. But hey, I'm 45, I can do whatever I want!

Now, to the exciting part for you:

It has become a bit of a personal tradition for me to do a giveaway on my birthday and this year I picked a really fun one. For years I have been a big fan of the Dutch magazine Flow and for years I was a bit sorry I could not share it with my international followers. It's gorgeous after all. But what do you know: Flow is taking over the world! There are now French and German and international versions of this magazine. You can read all about it here.

As it grew bigger and bigger Flow has been publishing special editions and now even weekly notebooks. But my absolute favorite is The Flow Book for Paper Lovers! It's exactly what it says it is: a book for lovers of everything paper. It's one thick book filled to the brim with pretty papers, stickers, tags, labels, posters, wrapping paper, pages to colour in, paper projects, postcards. You name it, it's in there.

Last year's edition was so popular it totally sold out, but thankfully this year's edition is still available.
Here are some pics to show you what I'm talking about. This is the book that is in my personal possession.











The above is just the tip of the iceberg, people!

So here's my giveaway: for one lucky commenter I will go to the Flow site and order and have shipped a paper lovers book to their door! And yes, this is an international giveaway, so you all can play.

The rules are simple:
  • Comment on this post before April 18. I'd love to hear what you would do with a book full of paper goodies, but just wishing me a happy birthday is allowed too.
  • I will randomly draw a winner on April 18.
  • Check between April 18 and April 25 to see if you have won and if so contact me (I will give the contact info in the April 18 post, but if you look at my profile you will see it too).
  • If you do not contact me before or on April 25 I will pick another winner.
  • I will not search half the internet to find you, so if you know you will not (be able to) check back, just don't respond. (Yes, I have hangups about this.) 

That's all. No jumping through hoops necessary.

I hope I can make somebody really happy with this book. How happy? Oh, about as happy as a birthday girl in a zoo!

Have a good weekend all!


35 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Carin. I hope your day has been really special, and you are enjoying your trip to the zoo. Sounds like fun.
    Love your photos of Texel, and well everything. You take amazing pictures!
    What a nice gift you are giving to a very lucky recipient. I hope it will be me! I would love to use the papers in my book making and art journaling (if I could bring myself to break it up). It looks like a great book just to browse through for inspiration, just like your blog! So generous of you.

    Best wishes for today, and the coming year.

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  2. Happy birthday, and what a fabulous birthday gift for yourself! Will you post some photos for us to see?
    My goodness the Flow books look wonderful, how I would love to own one. I have been art journalling only a matter of months but even so, I can think of lots of ways I would use pages such as you have shown us. I am sure some would find their way into my handmade books too :)

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  3. Fijne verjaardagstrip Caatje, ik hoop dat het weer een beetje meewerkt, er zit hier alweer blauw in de lucht... het ziet er naar uit dat de zon nog doorkomt en die verdien jij als geen ander! Geniet van JOUW dag en alle beestjes om je heen, ik ben benieuwd naar de foto's! Ik heb het 'flow papier-boek' al eens kwijlend doorgebladerd, maar niet gekocht (moet op de centjes passen...) dus ik zou dolblij zijn met alle inspiratie-papieren die het bevat. Wat ik ermee zou doen lijkt me duidelijk: bij stukjes en beetjes gebruiken in mijn art journals. Misschien zit er zelfs wel een scheur-collage 'a la' Julie Baltzer in, zoiets... http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2015/04/coming-soon-three-classes-in-montreal.html

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  4. Happy, Happy Birthday!!!! What a wonderful tradition to treat yourself to something nice on your birthday!!! I love Flow Magazine and I've been lucky to find a few local here. The Book??? OH, my. First I'd fondle all the pages, then I'd share some with my best buddy who also loves all things paper, then I'd make some mail art. I've been noticing "pocket letters" lately in the Internet and I'd like to try make some of those!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! Emie

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  5. Hoi jarige eilandbewoonster,
    Allereerst van harte gefeliciteerd en een heel fijn weekend gewenst! Wat een mooie give away♡♡♡♡ en natuurlijk is daar heeeeeel errrug veeeeeel mee te doen;-)
    Groet Nely

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  6. Happy birthday and yes giving yourself a present is a good tradition. And even nicer to offer a random and wonderful gift like the Flow book. Oh the ideas it gives me! For stitching and painting and drawing and scanning and image transfer. Lucky recipient whoever she is!

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  7. Happy Birthday, Carin! I wish you happiness and joy. What a wonderful way to celebrate! This magazine looks yummy. My art journal would be so happy to have bits of Flow put into it. And I can see that my cards would be happy, too! Stay well and thank you for sharing your adventures to places I can only dream of.

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  8. Happiest of birthdays, Caatje,and thank yoy for your generosity. If I won I would use the paper to make I'm thinking of you cards for all 14 grandchildren. By the way number 15 is arriving end of this month and number 16 in august.
    Enjoy your holiday and thank you

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  9. Happy Birthday! <3 I just love your blog. I love seeing your photos of travel and where you live. I love your journals and doodles, that is what first brought me here to your blog. I love seeing your art progress too. I am aware of Flow via a ustreamer who buys the magazine and does a flip. They are amazing and yummy! A whole book of papers sounds amazing! I would use mostly in art journaling, art, and happy mail. Thanks for sharing on your birthday, may be it be a magical day :)

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  10. Happy Birthday! I would definitely use such a lovely book to make my penpals happy! Fingers crossed!

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  11. Happy Birthday....So young , (compare to me who is 73!!!) enjoy it all...

    Annie v.

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  12. Well, thank you for sharing your birthday fun with us! I would probably use most of the paper to create mail art cards which I send out for swaps and to friends. Happy Birthday!!

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  13. Happy birthday Caatje! Hope you are having a fun time. Thanks for a chance to win the Flow book. I would use the papers in my mixed media work.
    Aloha, Kate

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  14. Happy Birthday, I am so glad I stumbled on your blog last week. Takes me way out of my little world, even my 86 year old mother travels farther on the internet searching for quilting inspiration. Does Flow publish in English?

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  15. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Caatje! What a great way to spend your birthday. Zoo's are so much fun and full of inspiration and smiles. I am looking forward to the pictures. I always enjoy going along with you!

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  16. Happy, happy Birthday to you. enjoy your day at the zoo. Animals can be such characters.

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  17. Gefeliciteerd Caatje en een hele fijne dag gewenst, met een hoop zon!
    Leuk dat je iemand blij gaat maken met het papierboek, ik hoef m niet, haal mij maar uit de trekking en maak iemand anders blij.
    Groet, Wanda

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  18. drool! wow, I can't believe that book (and that I didn't even know such a thing existed - what else is out there in the world that I don't know about that is so delicious!). Anyway, I was hooked by that "paper house" - I have a thing about houses.

    Have a happy birthday, and I can't wait to go through the zoo with you when you get back and start posting photographs - your Texel photos made me so happy - I can see so much through your eyes without leaving my home!

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  19. Happy Birthday honey, you don't have to enter me in the giveaway (although it is a gooooorgeous yummy prize), I just wanted to wish you many happy returns and a brilliant year that is to be your 45th, much love xoxo

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  20. A very Happy Birthday to you Carin, and what a wonderful idea to treat yourself to the Zoo. I hope to see those great animal pictures real soon. This Paper Book looks wonderful. I can already see why it's your favorite. Since I'm a card maker, and I enjoy calligraphy and art journaling, I would probably use it in all three of those areas. I particulary like to send out "thinking of you" type cards and encouragement cards to people who are going through tough times to brighten their day. So that would probably be my main use for the papers, although not the only use. Thanks for this give-a-way opportunity. Again, have a wonderful birthday.....Linda E.

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  21. Oh my oh my..lots of cups of tea and admiring before desicions about the use of this beauty will begin!! ♥

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  22. The happiest of birthday to you dear Carin! Your blog is always so full of wonder... Thank you so much for the great giveaway! If I were to win, I would share the goodies with my 2 daughters and create so that we may share with others!

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  23. Happy Birthday! Have a terrific time!

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  24. Hoi Carin,
    Nog van harte gefeliciteerd en veel plezier in mijn mooie Emmen. Onze dierentuin is echt heel mooi! Wat ik met het book for paper lovers zou doen? Ik zou het heel veel gebruiken voor mijn snail mail want volgens mij kan ik heel veel van het boek daarvoor gebruiken. Groetjes, Cindy J.

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  25. Belated Happy Birthday! So much celebrating and happy here! Oh my. isn't FLOW amazing. Such a wonderful chock full magazine and this paper book? Well, I would use it, share it, cut it tear it and completely enjoy it to bits!
    Thank-you for the opportunity to win it.

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  26. Gefeliciteerd meisje in de dierentuin!
    Wat een heerlijk kado! Ik kreeg van.mijn Sinterklaas een weekend Amsterdam. Gaan we volgende week verzilveren. ;-)
    En dat papierboek heb ik ook. Heerlijk en eindeloos. Leuk dat je dat een ander gunt! Kijk uit naar je foto's uit Emmen.

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  27. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! Hope it is what you need, full of rest and contentment and creative fulfillment!

    If I had this edition of Flow, I would love it and squeeze it and call it my own! It's paper goods- What couldn't you do with it?!

    Shine on!
    Kelley

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  28. Happy birthday! How nice of you to give us a gift for your birthday!
    I would love to win this book, I'm obsessed with paper! I would use some in my art journal, I'm always collecting interesting paper bits to stick in there! Plus, I love the cards in the book, and I'm one of those crazy people who still mail people letters!

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  29. Happy birthday, Caatje! I hope you are enjoying your trip. I would LOVE to win this book. I would fill up my art journals with all that yummy goodness! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I have purchased "Flow" magazine in the past and totally love it!

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  30. Alvast nog een Gelukkige Verjaardag Caatje en wat een mooi gebaar van jou want het is inderdaad een schitterend tijdschrift waar ik ook van in den beginne fan van ben , ik heb het me al aangeschaft en gretig gebruik van gemaakt , de ontvanger mag zich gelukkig prijzen !

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  31. Happy Belated Birthday! I've no idea how I missed it except that if it was a busy day, your email could have gotten buried in my box and I just got to it [what - almost a week later? lol] I hope your day was a nice one. I've never heard of the Flow Book before but it does look awesome for sure!

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  32. happy birthday to you...and thanks for this awesome giveaway....i could say this book is not for me, as i am not paper lover, and paper addict :)) love this prize, i can only imagine all this project you can do with it...aww...

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  33. Happy Birthday Caatje, Wow that is one awesome book of paper stuff. I received your card the other day and I absoluetly love it. I'll have something back to you in the mail in a couple of days! Love you and your blog!

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  34. Happy Birthday month! (belated but still heart-felt!) - fabulous present for the lucky winner. I have managed to find Flow magazine in NZ but never seen this delightful addition. What delicious opportunities to include this in all sorts of projects. You know these would find their way into my cards, my art journaling, and other mixed media pieces. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  35. Happy belated birthday! I like to make handmade cards and paper gifts for my friends and family so this book would definitely be really handy for my craftwork :D

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