extra extra: the 2012 design*sponge newspaper is out!

by Grace Bonney

Today I am thrilled and overjoyed to announce that our 2012 Design*Sponge Newspaper is out! Last year Amy, Kate and I embarked upon an incredibly last-minute journey to produce a print newspaper and had so much fun in the process. This year we decided to try again, but with a new theme: Summer Camp! Inspired by the 100 Year Anniversary of the Girl Scouts, we came up with 32 pages of ideas that will get you back in the camp frame of mind. From recipes and DIY projects to camp tours and puzzles, we wanted to gather a wide range of ideas that would inspire you to make something with your own two hands, whether that takes place in the great outdoors or in your own apartment. Want to know what’s inside? Here’s a preview of this year’s 32 page paper, organized by achievement badges (all of which were custom-designed and embroidered by Maricor/Marcar!):


  • Camping Badge: Summer Camp Tour + Tips for creating your own indoor camp
  • Crafting Badge: 4 camp-inspired DIY projects for the home
  • Scavenger Badge: Illustrated Beach and Forest scavenger lists to take with you on trips. The paper’s decorative centerfold has spaces for you to pin or glue your finds for displaying!
  • Camp Cook Badge: 3 recipes (drink, dinner and dessert) from The Jewels of New York that are perfect for summer camping
  • Games Badge: Summer camp themed Rebus Puzzles and Matchstick Puzzles
  • Storyteller Badge: The history behind some of our favorite camp crafts like Macrame and Tie Dye


Last year’s newspaper was a test-run with a limited distribution and we were thrilled to receive requests for the paper from across the globe. Our goal for this year was to have the paper available in print for anyone who wanted a copy, so I’m thrilled to announce that we will be selling the paper online, both domestically and internationally for anyone who wants a copy. In addition to online ordering, we are very happy to announce that the 2012 Design*Sponge Newspaper will be available in-store exclusively through Anthropologie. So, if you don’t want to wait for a copy to arrive in the mail, starting today you can visit ANY Anthropologie store (click here for all locations across the US) and pick up a copy in person for $5.

  • In Person: Visit any Anthropologie store (store locations here) to pick up a copy for $5
  • By Mail: Click here to order a copy online for $5 + shipping (Shipping costs: $1 domestic and $5 international)

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year’s paper possible. Amy Azzarito, Kate Pruitt, Walton Press, Anthropologie, Jenny Volvolski, Julia Rothman, Kim Krans, Lucy Engelman, Emily Anderson, Annica Lydenberg, Laura Buchan, Maricor/Maricar, Camp Wandawega, Jewels of New York and Anne McClain.

We threw a summer camp-themed party to celebrate the newspaper and our new office, so I thought I’d share some photos from that big night. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us and thank you to all of you for reading- I hope you enjoy this year’s paper! xo, grace

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    • Hi Claire – I’m sorry. It’s only available at Anthro stores in the U.S.

  • Hi Grace!

    I’m having an issue with the online order form. It’s not letting me submit the form with the “international” shipping option selected. It’s acting as though I have not selected anything. I’ve tried it in Safari and Chrome…! Just wanted to give you a heads up.

    • Hi Katie – Please make sure that your using the most updated version of the browsers and you’ve filled everything out in the form properly. It won’t give you payment options. If you haven’t filled out the form correctly, it won’t give you the payment options. Let me know, if it’s still not working, and we’ll email you directly.

  • I love the idea of friendship bracelet curtain ties! I’ve been looking for something to replace my plain ribbons (which were always intended to be a stop gap) and this could be perfect…

  • The Anthro in Boston actually had them out for sale last week, so I enjoyed mine all weekend :) it looks great, I’m so glad I got a copy this year!

  • Hello! I’m also having the same problem for international shipping. It says to select an option, but when international is selected it still gives the error?

  • I just ordered my copy! I’m a grad student on a very tight budget but I know this publication will be worth every penny. So excited to receive it!

    • Hi guys –
      We’ll check on the international shipping tomorrow. Can you double check that you’re filling out the form completely?

  • Oh goodness, just when I thought I couldn’t like Design Sponge more… you add a dose of summer camp. I am a summer camp lifer and lover of the great outdoors (and the great indoors… as we affectionately call our craftshop where I spent a lot of time while on staff). I actually just got up to visit my New Hampshire summer camp and posted a mini photo tour last week! (http://megantada.blogspot.com/2012/06/weekend-waygone-1.html) There’s the link in case you feel the urge to indulge on more old-timey-goodness, wooden cabins, pine needle paths, bunk beds, waterfront swimming areas, campfires, and an excellence plaque. Yes, an excellence plaque, along with an honor plaque awarded each week to whichever cabins got the highest marks on morning inspection. Gosh, I miss it! I can hear the bugle calls now! So glad to see you dive into the wonderful world of summer camp!!

  • You are such a talented team!! I really admire you all and all your work. Greetings and Congratulations from Argentina! I wish there were things like that here!

  • This is so fun, and I love the summer camp idea. Looks like you’ve all done such a fantastic job. But not that I’d expect anything else from this team!

  • Same problem with international shipping, tried selecting USA and then reselecting international, but still a no go. Look forward to ordering it though! Summer and camping and design sponge? Yes please.

  • Hello, I just tried to buy the Newspaper with an international address and unfortunately it’s still not working. I encountered the same problem as Katie. Hope it will sort it’s self out. Can’t wait to buy it!

  • Hi Amy, I’m having the same problem with the form when I try and select “International”, and am filling it out completely. I’ll check back tomorrow!

  • I love Design Sponge and read it everyday. The projects, tutorials and features are creative, stylish and inspirational. I imagine D*S Newspaper will be equally as great. However, if you are promoting D.I.Y home decor and capturing people’s unique style why sell at Anthropologie–the largest retail chain that sells pre-packaged, mass produced wears and home decor? How about selling D*S Newspaper at the little and the local shops who grace your very pages?

  • Hi there, can’t wait to order it but I’ve also had the same problem with the International shipping. I’ve filled out the form completely but when I hit submit I get an error message that either USA or International has to be selected even though International already is. I experimented by changing it to USA and it took me to the payment page even though the address was an international one.

  • I’m having the same problems as the other international buyers above. It keeps telling me that I need to select an option, even when International is highlited.

  • Love the illustrations~can I ask who did them? I met Amy & Grace and their Moms at terrain on Mother’s Day and just want to say how excited I was. Same last name if you remember? Can’t wait to go to Anthro and pick up a copy of the newspaper. Everything looks like so much fun.

  • I am having issues as well with the international shipping option. I was too late last year and I missed out (thank you for the pdf version btw, it made my day) so really don’t want that to happen again. merci!

  • This turned out so incredibly perfect and fun! It was a blast to be a part of this project. I’ll be waiting on my front step for the mail to get here. So much beautiful adventure and summer time magic I cant wait :)

  • The people at Anthropologie in Santa Monica looked at me like I had two heads last night when I went looking for it last night.

  • Hello DS! I’m reallu excited to get my hands on a copy of the newspaper, but I can´t seem to submit the form as the ‘International’ option doesn’t work. I’ve tried on different, updated browsers but still nothing..

    Any other way to order?

    • Hi guys – If you’re having problems with an international order, could you please email: “designsponge at gmail dot com” with the subject line “newspaper order” and we’ll do it manually. Thanks! Amy

    • Hi Jamie –
      We still want to put a few finishing touches on the space, but we definitely want to show it to everyone very soon! :)
      xo Amy

  • Hey! Sadly the ‘international orders’ drop down still isn’t working (I’m using an android tablet which is up to date). Are you still needing us to email you our details to place an order? Jill x



  • Hi Design Sponge ( my fav newsletter)
    Please tell me how to print the BEACH SCAVENGER LIST, and the KNOTTED CURTAIN TIE BACKS.
    I want to give these to my younger and older grandchildren for fun summer activity.
    Thank you. (7/6/2012)

    • Hi Jean –
      The full instructions are available in the newspaper, which is sold at Anthropologie stores or via the link above.

  • Hi everyone! I’m leaving this comment because I placed my order on the 25th, but it’s not come yet… How can I check that you did get the order? Thanks!

  • Ordered one a little more than two weeks ago (paid through PayPal) and still haven’t gotten mine… Hope it comes soon!

  • I work for a Girl Scout council and would love to have a couple extra copies to share with people in my office. I already ordered my personal copy, but is there an easier way to bulk order multiple copies? It seems like the only way I can do it is to “check out” multiple times. If not, that’s fine, just thought I’d ask.