Summer Recap Zine // Vegetarian Ventures Issue 1


I already showed this on VV’s Facebook and Pinterest yesterday but I wanted to share it with all of you. I created a short Summer recap zine with some of my favorite highlights for what has been going on around VV this past season.

I am totally hooked on independent magazines right now. Having articles published in Chickpea, Incadenscent, and Remedy Quarterly has made me realize how fun it is to see your work in print. There is something so satisfying about being able to stack your pieces of creative work on a shelf instead of in a hard drive. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the internet but there is nothing better than being able to flip through pages of inspiration over and over again.

In addition to hoping to write a small recap zine every season, I’d really love to start making a collaborative publication in the near future. I really enjoy the community that is built around having a blog and would love to expand it beyond guest posts and re-pins. You know, something physical [eventually] and filled with recipes, adventures, tricks, tips, guides, drawing, a cute name (Toast? Hibiscus?), and (of course) beautiful photography. I realize that will mean recruiting a co-op of writers, adventures, photographers, taste-makers, bakers, and designers (these people could be YOU. Yes? No? Maybe?). Until then, I’ve got my VV recap zine to get my technique down.

What independent zines have you been lusting over lately? I’ve been SO into Kinfolk, Pure Green Magazine, and Weekend Almanac.



  • Harriet
    August 30, 2013

    OH man, I’m so in love with this! A great zine – the idea of recapping and encapsulating periods in our lives really appeals to me. There is such a special feeling about holding something physical in your hands and seeing your words printed on the page – but there’s also definitely something about digital zines as well. I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say that I would absolutely LOVE to be involved with your future ventures!

    • Shellywest
      September 1, 2013

      Yay! Glad to hear you are on board, Harriet!!

  • Sarah
    August 30, 2013

    As I said last time, I would be SO IN FOR THIS!!! Looks/sounds amazing.

    • Shellywest
      September 1, 2013


  • Kris
    August 30, 2013

    This is just stunning! Well done, lady!!

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook
    September 4, 2013

    This is so great! Beautiful, interesting and delicious 🙂

  • Sandra @ Kitchen Apparel
    September 6, 2013

    I still love printed magazines over the internet or pdf files any day. HOw cool that you can make your own! I have seen Chickpea before but I’ve been checking out some of the others you mentioned. How much fun it would be to make your own magazine and have it sitting on a coffee table or bookshelf 🙂

  • gina
    September 10, 2013

    This is so great!!! You did a wonderful job miss!

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    April 26, 2016

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