Colouring Outside the Lines

You may have known that Spark Your Imagination is mom-made-in-BC.

But, did you also know that the illustrations featured in the SUPER Story Starters and Story Starters DRAW were created by BC moms too?

These talented BC mom-illustrators worked on Spark at the crack of dawn and during nap times.  And we are so thankful for their fun contributions to the games!

Alissa Staples

Alissa Staples is an illustrator and mother of two girls, Sophie (4) and Abigail (10 months).  She has loved drawing since she could hold a crayon, so now loves creating pictures that inspire kids to do the same.  Besides illustrating, she also loves to run, crochet, and make cute bento lunches for her kids. Alissa, her husband Ben and their two girls live in North Vancouver, BC.
Alissa loves playing Story Starters with her family and delights in finding the Spark products on display at local stores.  She is so proud to watch Spark grow!

Website:  www.alissastaples.com

Suzy Beattie
Suzy Beattie is an artist and an illustrator and the mother of Bella (5).  She has been creating art since she could hold a pencil. “It’s my most favourite thing to do.  When I was 3, I drew fishes all over the oceans in my Dad’s world atlas. Thankfully, my parents let me off easy and began gifting me art supplies as often as possible (thank you).”

She moved to BC from Glasgow in 2003 and is now making the adjustment to good old-fashioned country living at Paul Lake (just outside Kamloops) with her husband Jason and their daughter.
Suzy enjoyed working on Spark Your Imagination games because the focus is on freedom of imagination.
Website: http://suzybartistandillustrator.blogspot.com/

Island bound!

We are really excited for the upcoming Vancouver Island Baby Fair – happening on Saturday, Sept 24th & Sept 25th in Victoria at Pearkes Arena.

Not only are we officially launching our 2 new games – Story Starters DRAW and SUPER Story Starters, we are also going to be up on the main stage!

Join us as we explore 50 common household items that you can re-purpose for playtime!  We guarantee your kids won’t look at a potato masher the same again.

And…we hope their creative problem skills and lateral thinking will be all the better for it!

Weekend passes are just $7, day passes $5 – tons of great vendors, baby & child related information…and The Kerplunks!

 

Vancouver Island Baby Fair

Testing, Testing….1, 2, 3

Exciting news!

We are going to be interviewed this Saturday, September 10th on Real Parenting on CFAX out of Victoria, BC by radio host (& producer of the Vancouver Island Baby Fair) Shirley Broback.

Listen in to hear Spark founder, Tamara Vukusic talk about re-purposing for playtime!
(we’ll add the link to the podcast once it’s available as well!)

 

 

The Challenge

Go BIG or go HOME!

You know how when there is something that pushes you out of your comfort zone you can find at least a dozen excuses not to do it.

At this time, your bath tub usually is spotless.  Groceries bought.  Bills paid.

Well…you could say this challenge is our little ‘motivation’ to get out of the comfort zone, and get on the phone!

Like most people, cold sales calls push us out of our comfort zone (in fact, you might even say, it pushes us into a cold sweat!), and with 3 children under the age 6, it is REALLY easy to come up with reasons why calls to new retailers didn’t happen that day!

But, we really believe in Spark, and we are REALLY excited about the 2 new products we are launching this fall.

And, the only way we are going to get them in the hands of Canadian families, is to get them into the stores where Canadian families shop!

We believe in the ‘go big or go home’ philosophy, so we are challenging ourselves to find 100 new retailers in just 10 days!

Our kick off is Monday, September 12th and we’ll wrap up on the 23rd (we need every day we can get, so the Sunday won’t count!).

We would truly appreciate your help.

There are so many wonderful toy, book and gift stores that we simply won’t find on our own (and definitely not within the next 10 days!!)

So, if you happen to know a great spot that you think would be interested in Spark games, let us know!

You can post it to our facebook wall, leave a comment below, or email info@SparkYourImagination.ca

And, when we get our 100 stores we’ll be giving away $1,000 in Spark cards to charity (because giving makes us feel good, and it gives us another strong motivation to ‘ring those phones!)

Looking forward to discovering some great new places across Canada!

Tamara & Erin