T-shirt Design Contest Extended

As of now, 7 designs have been submitted for Bibliopolis T-Shirts. And they’re looking good! Nope, I won’t preview any of them, lest they bias your creative energies.

Many people have told me, “I have an idea! But I need more time!” In the words of Ray (or Ray’s dad, actually) from Gracepoint Irvine, “Just ask.” You asked, and you shall receive. More time, that is.


You will have all of Narnia November to work on a design, and submissions must be received by November 30, 2015. Don’t forget!

And remember, you don’t need to know fancy Photoshop. If you already submitted a design, but want to change it, that’s ok too. We are very flexible here. Happy designing!

No Photoshop? No Problem!

Perhaps you are feeling discouraged because you want to design a shirt for the Bibliopolis T-shirt Design Contest, but don’t know Photoshop. As it says in the best book of all time* – “Fear not.” You can still submit a design for the contest using the ooShirts: T-Shirt Design App or the Custom Ink Design Lab.  I’m sure there are others out there too, but these are two resources for those of us who are Photoshop-challenged.

Happy designing, y’all!



*I hope you know what book that is, and you’re just checking to make sure that I know the answer is the Bible. 🙂


Bibliopolis T-Shirt Design Contest!

To celebrate the four-month anniversary (because four-month anniversaries are a thing, didn’t you know?) of beginning my work here as the Gracepoint Berkeley church librarian this past June, we will be having a Bibliopolis T-Shirt Design Contest. It’s actually another of the kiddos’ fundraiser ideas. 🙂


The kids and some adults have been hankering for a shirt ever since day 1, so we can check another item on the #goals list.

The contest is open to young and old alike across all of our Gracepoint ministries. Wouldn’t it be awesome for a parent-child team to submit a design idea?

You can include some tagline* or appropriately attributed bookish quote to go along with it. If you could refrain from using “City of Books” as the tagline, that would be great. Not that I think Powell’s City of Books (one of my favorite book stores ever) would mind or even notice, but still. 🙂

Please submit your JPG and PSD file to gracepointchurchlibrary@gmail.com no later than October 31, 2015. That gives you two weeks to work on a design. We will unveil the entries for public vote on Sunday, November 1st, which is also the first day of Narnia November *AND* NaNoWriMo. Busy day, busy day. The names of submitters will be removed so as to prevent bias.

Prize: the esteemed title of this year’s T-Shirt Laureate**, and a free shirt with your design on it. Wowza! If you’re not a designer, but a wordsmith, you can submit your tagline as a comment below, and maybe a designer who’s not a wordsmith will pick yours up and run with it! In the case of a tag team victory, you will BOTH win a free t-shirt. Let the collabs begin.

Ideas for a snappy tagline for Bibliopolis? Excited to enter the contest? Or just excited to buy one of our future shirts and wear your love for reading? Chime in below!

EDIT: Be sure to check the update on how you can submit a design without Photoshop.

*such as: “Gracepoint reads,” which isn’t that snappy. Or “One book to rule them all”…uh, I welcome your suggestions!

**laureate: a person who is honored with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement.