Protect Your Lips for Summer: DIY Lip Balm Recipes

April 21st, 2015

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Do-It-Yourself describes me perfectly. If there’s a way to make it myself — I will. I’ve tried my hand at everything from shower scrubs to laundry detergent, crocheted my own dish scrubbies and even mixed my own dry shampoo. It may be faster to just go to the store, but I’m always in favor of the route that lets me control exactly what goes into my finished project – especially if it’s going to end up on my lips or skin. Making it at home allows you to customize anything to suit your tastes, and that means that your end product is chemical-free or contains your absolute favorite scent. For those people with allergies or sensitivities, they can adapt any recipe to to your specific needs. And don’t forget to take into account the cost.  When I discovered that I could make my own lip balm, instead of spending  $4+ per tube, I was totally on board.

In honor of Willow and Sage’s 1-year anniversary in May,  Somerset Place wanted to offer some ideas for homemade bath and body products to add to your collection. Read the rest of this entry »



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  Do-It-Yourself describes me perfectly. If there’s a way to make it myself — I will. I’ve tried my hand at everything from shower scrubs to laundry detergent, crocheted my own dish scrubbies and even mixed my own dry shampoo. It may be faster to just go to the store, but I’m always in favor […]

Re-purpose, Reuse, Recycle — Green Projects to Celebrate Earth Day and Comment for a Chance to Win!

April 16th, 2015

Earth Day is fast approaching. On April 22nd, the world celebrates the Earth and rallies for a cleaner, better tomorrow. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing some earth-friendly projects that focus on reusing, re-purposing, and recycling. In addition to being good for the Earth, they’re also affordable. You’re using materials that you already have.

Being eco-friendly shouldn’t be difficult — it should be about thinking creatively. How can you get a second use out of your scraps? Can you redecorate it instead of throwing it out? My nightstand has been re-stained, painted over, and stenciled in the 8 years I’ve had it. Its next incarnation is definitely going to have book pages and decoupage involved. These are easy weekend projects that saved my nightstand from the dumpster. When my favorite dress shrunk in the washer, it was shortened and became my favorite blouse. A catastrophic coffee spill became a framed piece of artwork with the simple addition of a little paint. Recycled art isn’t just art for art’s sake… it can be functional too.

These eco-friendly projects are also good for your bottom line. Using materials you already have, and would otherwise have thrown out, saves money. Re-purposing items is also a great way to exercise your creative muscles. It will force you to think outside your current artistic box and introduce you to a whole new set of possibilities.

Here’s a creative challenge for this Earth Day: Save one thing from a landfill and make it a work of art. Find a way to restore its functionality and make it a stylish part of your life again. If you complete this challenge, tell us about your eco-friendly triumph in the comments below.

 

The Earth Book: Project by Audrey Hernandez

Earth Book Celebrate Earth Day This project is all about celebrating Mother Nature. In addition to the Angela Cartwright transparencies, incorporate natural and recycled elements to add an earthy quality. Consider using actual elements from nature, such as pressed flowers or twigs. Or, for those of us who aren’t outdoorsy, incorporate found items such as book page scraps or old ads to brighten the cover of your Earth book.



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Earth Day is fast approaching. On April 22nd, the world celebrates the Earth and rallies for a cleaner, better tomorrow. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing some earth-friendly projects that focus on reusing, re-purposing, and recycling. In addition to being good for the Earth, they’re also affordable. You’re using materials that you already have. […]

Tips for Getting Published Straight from the Editor’s Mouth

April 10th, 2015

Managing Editor Cynthia Levens sat down with Stampington & Company’s editorial team to discuss the best methods for submitting artwork to our publications, so you can increase your chances of being published. Here, she offers their tips for getting noticed by the panel that reviews incoming submissions, with everything from pitching ideas, to labeling your artwork, to communicating with your editor.

Tips for Getting Published Straight from the Editor's Mouth

~Photo by Jacqueline Miller

How do I get published? What are the secrets to getting published? The 1-2-3 of it is to create eye-catching original artwork; include the properly labeled artwork, return postage, and brief instructions in your mailing package; and get it into our offices before the deadline (The “4-5-6” of it can be found at stampington.com/submissions). As for secrets, well, there really are no secrets; but, we as editors can share with you some valuable tips that you won’t find anywhere else. Read the rest of this entry »



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Managing Editor Cynthia Levens sat down with Stampington & Company’s editorial team to discuss the best methods for submitting artwork to our publications, so you can increase your chances of being published. Here, she offers their tips for getting noticed by the panel that reviews incoming submissions, with everything from pitching ideas, to labeling your […]

Top Pins and Inspiration from our National Craft Month Pinterest Board

April 7th, 2015

Pinterest National Craft Month InspirationNational Craft Month ended March 31st, but we are all still wishing that there were a few more days to celebrate all the inspiring projects that were pinned on our public Pinterest board. Thank you to those who shared their creativity with us and our artistic followers: We had over 774 amazing pins on the board by the end of the month! Everything from mixed-media collages to home décor found its way to the board and I feel completely inspired having so many clever ideas to peruse all in one spot. Read the rest of this entry »



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National Craft Month ended March 31st, but we are all still wishing that there were a few more days to celebrate all the inspiring projects that were pinned on our public Pinterest board. Thank you to those who shared their creativity with us and our artistic followers: We had over 774 amazing pins on the board […]

Glimpse Inside April Issues — Plus, a Coupon Code and Giveaway!

April 1st, 2015

From art journaling with the royals to farmhouse parties, there is something for everyone in these must-have April issues. Follow along as we open up their pages to give our Somerset Place readers an exclusive glimpse inside. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win.

glimpse inside April Issues discount code

Receive $5 off any April title of your choice. Copy and paste coupon code BLOG0415 when prompted at checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer).

 

 

Art Journaling

Art Journaling glimpse inside April

Spring is in full swing! Let nature be your muse and find interesting ways to put pen, chalk, paint, and fabric onto your pages. Gather your thoughts, and delve into the creative journaling techniques inside this must-have issue. Ella Wilson celebrates this refreshing time of the year by creating a nature-inspired journal using peat moss, and Kate Yetter looks to the past for inspiration in her “Vintage Vibes” journal. You also won’t want to miss how collage artist Brigid Gallagher Davies transforms scraps of paper and swipes of paint into stunning works of art. Read the rest of this entry »



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From art journaling with the royals to farmhouse parties, there is something for everyone in these must-have April issues. Follow along as we open up their pages to give our Somerset Place readers an exclusive glimpse inside. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win. Receive […]