DIY Daily Journal Calendar by Vanessa Spencer

January 17th, 2012

Imagine if you were able to look back in five years’ time and see what you did on any given day! This project provides an artful way to record memories, whether it’s a big event like a wedding or simply a quiet outing to your favorite park.

Inspired by a calendar journal project that was featured on Design*Sponge, our Shoppe manager decided to use a similar concept, but adapt it by using the 7gypsies library drawer to store her daily journal pages.

 

DIY Daily Journal Calendar

 

Materials

Library Drawer

Clearly Impressed Typewriter Alphabet Stamps

Acrylic Mounts

StazOn Ink Pads (in Jet Black, Pumpkin, and Olive Green)

Elegant Ledger and Wrought Scroll stamps by Christine Adolph

7gypsies Paper Tape

Cavallini Decorative Paper Tape

 

Instructions

Start by creating a journal card for every day of the year. If cutting out the 365 pieces of cardstock and stamping all of the dates onto the pieces seems a bit time-consuming, try creating an assembly line. First stamp all of the months, and then stamp all of the days. This way you can quickly stamp 31 January cards with “JAN,” crank out all 12 months with “01”, and so on.

Now it’s time to alter and embellish the cards! Keep in mind that this is a big project, so consider gradually decorating the cards throughout the year.  I added a few very simple elements using some of my favorite stamps and colorful inks.  On my cards, I used a little bit of white-washed paint to give the stamped images a slightly faded look and finished them off with a bit of decorative tape.

Journal just a little tidbit every day and make it a tradition to do so every year. You’ll enjoy looking through your cards, sharing memories with family and friends, and seeing just how much you’ve accomplished!

 

What would you write down on your journal card for today?

 

—  Vanessa Spencer, Shoppe Manager

 



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Imagine if you were able to look back in five years’ time and see what you did on any given day! This project provides an artful way to record memories, whether it’s a big event like a wedding or simply a quiet outing to your favorite park. Inspired by a calendar journal project that was […]

A Glimpse Inside…

January 13th, 2012

Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, and indulge in a sneak peek of the inspiring artwork within our January issues on your well deserved break!

Every month, Somerset Place will provide a special glimpse inside the magazines that are currently on newsstands. If you like what you see, enter this exclusive discount code for our blog followers to receive FREE SHIPPING on any of these brand-new issues.

Offer Code: BLOG0112*

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Somerset Life

Join Melony Bradley as she describes how to stamp and dye your own fabric ribbon, and use adorable wooden spools to keep them neat and tidy.  Don’t miss “Getting Back into My Heart,” an insightful article by Liz Lamoreux that will encourage you to organize your thoughts and get outside to take on the world! The beautiful opening image can be found in this month’s issue of Somerset Life!

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Somerset Studio

Mixed-media artist Carissa Page describes her creative process and reminds us that we all share the ability to create and “own” our own story.  Fall in love with Michelle Maule’s unique combination of illustration and mixed media, and see how your favorite Somerset artists paint every hue of chartreuse into their artwork!

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Belle Armoire

Peek inside the curious process of hat blocking with hat-ista Jenny Pfanenstiel, and discover how you can solder layers of colorful metal into a bracelet and earrings set! Find out how Deborah Nake turned a crafting hobby into a thriving business in Knitting on the Road, a new column profiling outstanding yarn shops!

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Stuffed

Read about Kellie Diguangco’s darling creations, a pair of sisters separated at birth—one fated to be a mermaid in the ocean, the other a human on dry land. Don’t lose your head over Corinne Buchholz’s frighteningly cute zombies or Kelice Penney’s yetis, complete with detachable limbs!

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Art Journaling

Discover how Donna Mulholland combines watercolor and mixed media to record her daily musings, and see how Heather Dutton has been influenced by the digital world of journaling. The inspiring stories and eye-catching artwork in this issue will encourage you to start documenting your own artful story!

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Create With Me

Introduce your children to the exciting world of DIY by helping them create stylish T-shirt stencils for boys and girls alike. Discover the journaling styles of three generations of women, and read about how one woman’s love of creativity sparked the beginning of an amazing art event for girls!

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Prims

The adorable duo, Livy and Hattie, seen here are products of Cheryl Foster, an artist who creates her dolls with special people in mind.  Pick up this issue to see how Ruth Rae incorporates hand-stitched elements into dolls that she fashions after her beloved Raggedy Anne doll!

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I’m going to start off the weekend with my brand-new copy of Somerset Life and a glass of mango iced tea by my side. How will you be getting a little R & R this weekend?

 

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following January 2012 issues: Art Journaling, Belle Armoire, Create With Me, Prims, Somerset Life, Somerset Studio, and Stuffed only.  Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 1/31/12.

 



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Kick off your shoes, pull up a chair, and indulge in a sneak peek of the inspiring artwork within our January issues on your well deserved break! Every month, Somerset Place will provide a special glimpse inside the magazines that are currently on newsstands. If you like what you see, enter this exclusive discount code […]

Get 2012 off to a Creative Start!

January 5th, 2012

Celebrate the New Year by making one resolution that you will actually ENJOY sticking to! Whether you are looking to refine a skill or begin an entirely new art form, resolve to do it now. Do you keep a collection of train tickets and movie passes with the intention of (eventually) creating a scrapbook? Want to revamp your wardrobe, but need to dust off your sewing machine? Evaluate your crafting repertoire, and open your mind to new creative paths and possibilities!

To keep your finger on the pulse of the creative world, we have put together seven Starter Kits, a handpicked collection of magazines and supplies to help you dabble in a new technique or craft. Get your friends in on the fun, and purchase these kits as gifts! Each kit also comes with a bonus DIY project, complete with color photos and step-by-step instructions.  See what else comes inside of them here!

After a New Year’s poll, here’s what the Stampington team resolves to do in 2012:

Write down my ideas before I forget them, and finish what I started!

– Jen Razo, Junior Designer

Try new crocheting and jewelry-making techniques, paint something on canvas, crochet a new afghan for my brother’s apartment, and make a new bed for my dog—I’ll try my best, Bailey!

– Laura Burns, Advertising Sales Manager

To make one handmade “Thank You” card for every month of the year.  It’s easy to get caught up with work and play, so I would like to share with others just how grateful I am they have put up with me all this time!

Jordan Burnier, Marketing Manager

I’d love to learn how to emboss!

Andrea Rango, Assistant Editor

 My goal is to try and finish as many quilts as I can this year—sometimes I make two to three a month, and I want to try and beat that. Oh, and I want to organize all my fabric!

Linda Wood, Customer Service Representative

My crafting resolution is to find more time to craft!

Cheryl Kui, Operations Manager

I want to make my own version of the projects from Creative Impulse and Post Script!

Ashleigh Fleury, Advertising Assistant Manager

(Are you currently receiving our free project inspirations via Creative Impulse and Post Script e-letters? Find out more here!)

As for me? My 2012 creative resolutions are to keep an art journal of my handwritten lettering doodles, take a letterpress class, seek out local craft fairs and buy handmade. I agree with my colleagues—I just need to find another couple hours in my day to craft.

When I find them, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Cheers to a crafty New Year–what are your artful resolutions?

 

photo credit: Lauren Eatherly


Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,

Celebrate the New Year by making one resolution that you will actually ENJOY sticking to! Whether you are looking to refine a skill or begin an entirely new art form, resolve to do it now. Do you keep a collection of train tickets and movie passes with the intention of (eventually) creating a scrapbook? Want […]

A Dose of Nostalgia: Free Ephemera Download

December 28th, 2011

Jump on the digital train with this vintage ticket download! Use these colorful admission passes to add an aged layer of  rare, authentic scraps from the past to your scrapbook pages, art journals and other mixed-media projects!

Click here to view full sizes of these images and to download yours today.  To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com!

To receive even more free downloads and project inspiration, please sign up for our E-Letters!

 

Will you be crafting into the New Year this weekend? Tell us what projects you’re working on!

 



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Jump on the digital train with this vintage ticket download! Use these colorful admission passes to add an aged layer of  rare, authentic scraps from the past to your scrapbook pages, art journals and other mixed-media projects! Click here to view full sizes of these images and to download yours today.  To incorporate more vintage […]

Deck the Halls and Don Your Sweaters!

December 22nd, 2011

When you tell a bunch of creatives that the company holiday celebration is a Tacky Sweater Party, you know you’re in for a treat. From DIY sweatshirts to vintage vests, the Stampington team pulled out all of the stops and donned fabulous holiday get-ups. Here are the tackiest of the tacky!

 

The winners of our Tacky Sweater Contest (left to right): Cynthia is decked from head to toe in tinsel and ornaments; Nichole lights up the room with her holiday light garland; Mykaela is rockin’ around with Christmas trees for each employee on her DIY sweater. Great job, ladies!

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Stampington! We wish you a season filled with family, friends, joy and creativity.

 

P.S. The winner of our Apronology giveaway is Lynda Marquez! Please email me at blog@stampington.com to claim your prize.

 

photos by Johanna Love and Dianne Sapra

 



Sarah Holidays ,

When you tell a bunch of creatives that the company holiday celebration is a Tacky Sweater Party, you know you’re in for a treat. From DIY sweatshirts to vintage vests, the Stampington team pulled out all of the stops and donned fabulous holiday get-ups. Here are the tackiest of the tacky!     Happy Holidays […]