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 […]

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 […]

Tips for the Procrastinating Gift Wrapper: Bitty Bag Gift Card Holders

December 20th, 2011

Bitty BagsI have a confession. I’m not the most timely when it comes to making handmade holiday gifts. No matter how early I vow to start my crafting, you’ll find me locked in my room on the eve of any given holiday, juggling a glue gun in one hand, paper cutter in another, painting chipboard and stringing bunting until the sun comes up. In between cooking, decorating, and last-minute place card additions, time can fly by faster than the Polar Express.

Sound familiar? We’re here to save you the stress and minimize the craft room mess. Pair a gift card with a cute handmade package with this easy and adorable tutorial!

 

Bitty Bag Gift Card Holder

 

Materials

Bitty Bags (Notebook – Little)

Divine Twine (Cherry)

Cavallini & Co. Paper Tape (Numbers)

Cavallini & Co. Rubber Stamps (Numbers & Symbols)

StazOn Ink Pad (Jet Black)

 

Instructions

1)      Adhere artfully torn strips of tape to bitty bag to create desired pattern

2)      Slide in gift cards

3)      Wrap Bitty Bag with coordinating Divine Twine to create an artfully decorated package

4)      Personalize bags with “To” and “From” stamps as a final touch!

 

What’s your best trick for last-minute gift wrapping?

 



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I have a confession. I’m not the most timely when it comes to making handmade holiday gifts. No matter how early I vow to start my crafting, you’ll find me locked in my room on the eve of any given holiday, juggling a glue gun in one hand, paper cutter in another, painting chipboard and […]

Welcome to Somerset Place!

December 7th, 2011

Stampington & Company has been a part of my family for years, long even before I became a part of the Stampington family. While other girls were reading Seventeen Magazine, I was flipping through the latest issue of Sew Somerset.  I blame thank my mom for my crafty brain, as do-it-yourself (DIY) projects were always in progress in the Hill household.  Old nightstand?  Distress it. Shutter panel? Alter it. AP English project? Break out the Mod Podge!

Growing up, I drew a lot of my artistic inspiration from the Stampington magazines, and made sure to keep my collection close when I went off to college.  You could often find me camped out in a bookstore in-between classes, coffee by my side and unfinished term paper buried beneath the premiere issue of Artful Blogging.  Priorities.

Now that I have officially joined the Stampington family, I have a new home where I can continue to be inspired—not only by the magazines, but by my new fabulously talented coworkers as well.  In the spirit of settling into a new creative environment, I am privileged to invite you into Somerset Place, Stampington’s own new artistic platform where you’ll meet talented guest bloggers, and we’ll spill all the juicy details about the place where the magazine magic happens.  You can look forward to new project ideas, exciting giveaways, and fresh spins on the hottest crafting techniques! We’ll share a bit about us, like insider tips from the editors, but we also want to get to know you.  We hope you’ll take the opportunity to provide your feedback and ideas via blog comments, so that we can get a little better acquainted with you as a reader and your creative life.

I am overjoyed to begin Stampington’s new adventure with you.  So grab some coffee, break out that Mod Podge, and prepare to be inspired!

 

Elysa Hill

Marketing Communications Manager

 

 



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Stampington & Company has been a part of my family for years, long even before I became a part of the Stampington family. While other girls were reading Seventeen Magazine, I was flipping through the latest issue of Sew Somerset.  I blame thank my mom for my crafty brain, as do-it-yourself (DIY) projects were always […]