Ephemera Freebies: Word Lesson

January 13th, 2014

 

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Take a word from the wise, or just make your own using this fabulous, textual ephemera freebie!

Add to your paper projects, wrap around a notebook, or use in your art journal to add an academic touch.

Click here to download these letter and word ephemera pieces.

Click here to browse more beautiful, vintage ephemera.

 



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  Take a word from the wise, or just make your own using this fabulous, textual ephemera freebie! Add to your paper projects, wrap around a notebook, or use in your art journal to add an academic touch. Click here to download these letter and word ephemera pieces. Click here to browse more beautiful, vintage […]

Trend Spotter: Why Country-Chic Living is “In”

January 9th, 2014

Country Chic Living

We’ve never doubted the classiness of farmhouse charm, but it seems as though suddenly the whole world has also hopped on board – from brilliant designers to artful bloggers and reclusive crafters. So what better time than now to spotlight the projects, ideas, and people who put the “chic” in country-chic living?

The Perfect Match: Lavender + Farmhouse Chic

Country-Chic CaddyNothing says “welcome” like a lavishly stocked french caddy, perfect for guests visiting your country abode. With the scent of lavender and pampering bath essentials, it’s impossible not to be absolutely delighted during their stay.

Click here to learn how to style your own french farm caddy filled with dried lavender, crisp white towels, and other luxury items.

 

Homemade Pecan Pie

Homemade Pecan pieGolden crust, rich chocolate chips, nutty pecans — how could one resist? Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin share this indulgent treat (a tried and true recipe) that combines sweet and nutty for one delicious delight.

For this recipe and more country-infused pie recipes, peruse the pages of Pie∙ography.

 

Country-Chic Packaging

Country Chic JarsDress up some vintage jars and tins or recycle the ones that were destined for the trash. With a bit of twine, jute ribbon, and canvas, your home décor will exude rustic charm in no time.

Click here for the step-by-step project.

 

 

Farmhouse Femininity: Finding a Sense of Self

Country-Chic GlamourEmbracing tradition without skimping on elegance, Anne Marie Klaske finds her freedom on the farm while preserving her own sense of self. Encouraging others to tie on their aprons or grab their gardening gloves, she and carpenter husband Jason restored their 1920’s neglected farmhouse, by turning the lawn into pastures, a large family garden, and three acres of Illinois prairie.

To read more, check out the full article in  Where Women Cook.

 

The Simple Life of Artisan Lylah Ledner

Where Women Create Business - FarmSmack dab in the middle of Scottsdale suburbia, just past the freeways and busy shops, you’ll find a three-acre farm with a goat dairy, garden beds, fruit trees, and a Farmer’s Market nestled in between the day-to-day chaos. Lylah and Michael Ledner, the proprietors of The Simple Farm, are intentional about food, family, and the possibilities of a life unrestricted by the norm. No wonder this lifestyle is so “in” – where do we sign up?

Click here to read the full article in Where Women Create BUSINESS.

 

Countryside Poetic Wanderlust

Tracy Porter Blog PostDo your heart strings yearn endlessly for a kaleidoscope of inspiration that only the country lifestyle can offer? Just like farmer Tracy Porter, if you look closely, you’ll find poetry in simple farm life, like the rich brilliance of ripened fruits or the vibrant sunrise that wakes up the world with her golden tones.

Click here to find more poetic prose from country-chic business woman, Tracy Porter.

 

Dress up a Table with Rustic Charm

Farmhouse Lifestyle

What better way to decorate your home sweet home than with a table runner that offers charming graphics, sweet sentiments, and a little romance? Add the rustic goodness of burlap and vintage lace ruffles, and you’ve got yourself a “right off the farm” tabletop that any country girl would adore.

Click here to read the full article inside Somerset Home.

 

Chic Distressed Cabinets

cabinet“Chippy white paint brings so much interest to a space,” says Kathleen Beyer of Faded Charm. With a love of all things weathered and worn, her home was built only 10 years ago, but bursts with the character of an aged farmhouse.

Read the whole story inside the winter issue of Artful Blogging.

 

 

Layers of Lace Tabletop

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Stitched with layers of cream colored lace, Trina Lucido creates a beautiful ruffled tablecloth to capture sweet, country elegance.

Read the full post here.

 

 

We want to know:

What are some other styles of living or décor that you love to infuse into your home? 

 



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We’ve never doubted the classiness of farmhouse charm, but it seems as though suddenly the whole world has also hopped on board – from brilliant designers to artful bloggers and reclusive crafters. So what better time than now to spotlight the projects, ideas, and people who put the “chic” in country-chic living? The Perfect Match: […]

Organizational (and Creative!) Calendar Ideas for the New Year

January 6th, 2014

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Journal Your Year Calendar Project

Get organized and remain artful with this bright idea from Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer. Simply stencil the months from January-December onto Project Life cardstock and place inside a rustic wire basket for a functional and interactive calendar, sure to inspire a very creative 2014!

Click here for the step-by-step tutorial.

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Magnetic Calendar

Days of the Week Magnet Board

Use some of your favorite black and white family photographs, along with the Kelly Rae Roberts magnets to communicate (creatively) with your loved ones every week. Write down important events or fun messages and combine with mixed-media magnets for a unique twist on the traditional family calendar.

Click here for the free project.

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Monthly Ephemera Drawer Project

Inspired by a library drawer and bright, vibrant colors, you can create this easy-to-make ephemera calendar to store your tasks, big dreams for the New Year, and whatever else you wish. Adding a few stamps and handwritten decorations really makes this project pop.

Click here to discover the step-by-step tutorial.

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Book of Lists

 Little Book of Lists

Organize your wishes or daily to-dos in a compact (and did we mention cute?) way. Instead of just storing lists in your phone or using your hand to pen down a sudden thought, use this adorable mini cigar box to capture ideas and carry it with you wherever you go.

Click here to create your own little book of lists.

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Daily Calendar Project

Daily Calendar Journal 

Imagine in five years time, if you were able to look back and see what you did on a specific day every year.  This project provides a great way to record memories, whether it’s a big event like a wedding or a simple trip to your favorite farmer’s market.

Click here to learn how to create your own daily calendar journal.

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Light Tomorrow with Today

Papaya Art 2014 Weekly Planner

 

Simply crack open this gorgeous Papaya Art planner and start organizing your week. With a sturdy, hard cover and special features like foil accents, pockets, and elastic closure, this spiral bound beauty can easily be stored on your desk or in your handbag to tote wherever you go. Each week features a new, feminine image to inspire your creativity.

Click here to start planning with Papaya Art Weekly Planners.

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For even more organization-inspired ideas and free projects, click here to visit The Studio.

*Do you have a “get organized” resolution? Please comment below with any other ideas that have helped you, to share with your fellow creative community!

With Somerset Place love,

Blog Writer

 



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Journal Your Year Calendar Project Get organized and remain artful with this bright idea from Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer. Simply stencil the months from January-December onto Project Life cardstock and place inside a rustic wire basket for a functional and interactive calendar, sure to inspire a very creative 2014! Click here for the step-by-step tutorial. *** […]

$5 Off Coupon + Pin to Win: Celebrate 2014 with New Titles!

January 2nd, 2014

Enter 2014 with creativity on your side when you glimpse inside our brand-new January titles. From mixed-media mélanges and innovative art journaling ideas, to primitive artwork and new, unique trends on the jewelry scene – this month’s titles are sure to impress every type of creative. Please join me as we delve inside and learn how you can win your favorite one of the bunch!

Special Discount  $5 off any January title of your choice

We want to offer our blog subscribers an exclusive promo code to receive $5 off any January title of your choice. ($5 off discount code can be used only one time per customer.)

Use Promo Code*: BLOG0114 at checkout

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The Stampers’ Sampler

 

Stampers Sampler 2014

Start your New Year off right by diving into the latest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our Stitched Hearts challenge is sure to inspire you to spread the love. Also included in this issue are the stunning results from our Bird Template Challenge and Mail Art Challenge, both of which garnered a huge and enthusiastic response from readers. And last, but certainly not least, our special Guest Artist Tim Holtz will be on hand to share some gorgeous cards and amazing techniques. Trust us, you do not want to miss this exciting issue!

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Where Women Create BUSINESS

Where Women Create Business 2014

Whether your business is small, large, or merely a dream just waiting to unfold, this issue of Where Women Create BUSINESS has useful guidelines that will help make it a success. From what it takes to run a quaint Bed & Breakfast in San Luis Obispo to what makes major manufacturers like Ellison – parent company to Sizzix – tick from its CEO Kristin Highberg, you’ll get useful advice that’s easy to apply to your own business in practical ways. We’re also very excited to reveal relevant tips from Annie Sloan, creator of Chalk Paint and founder of Annie Sloan Paints, as well as share insights from Mai Olivo, creator of Ruche, a vintage-inspired online boutique with a modern touch.

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Somerset Studio

 

Somerset Studio 2014

New Year’s Resolution #5: Make time to do what you love, make something with your hands,  and dream. Push your limits, and elevate your craft with the innovative paper crafting techniques inside January’s Somerset Studio. We want you to be inspired. From an Artist Profile on mixed-media and assemblage artist Crystal Neubauer to ways to rework old art, this issue gives every creative mind a fresh start. You’ll also find an interesting faux encaustic technique, take a peek inside OKLovely’s print shop, learn how to make paper from discarded teabags, and devour a striking palette of Bordeaux-colored artwork.

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Somerset Life

 

Somerset Life 2014

Make a resolution to infuse creativity into every facet of your life! There’s no better way to start living more artfully than with the Winter 2014 issue of Somerset Life. Tracey Leber shares how to turn a tool caddy into a functional storage piece for art supplies, and Monica Sabolla Gruppo offers her take on a portable studio. Those looking for smaller projects will love reading about how to personalize plain tea towels with a bit of ribbon and a rubber stamp. And as always, our “Creative Living Ideas” present simple ways to make everyday items extraordinary.

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Prims

 

Prims 2014

Revel in the simplicity behind each and every one of the primitive, handmade creations inside Prims. Tattered, weathered, and worn: You’ll delight in clay and cloth rabbits by Cheryl Foster, Hope Rayel Morgan’s nesting dolls, and Barb Moore’s family of rabbits, “Nana, Mamma And Squeak.” From Rachael Kinnison’s miniature bunnies to Candice Worth’s beautifully handcrafted Odesa Owl – this issue’s art will warm your heart and inspire your own creativity. Come join us for a number of primitive, handmade pieces, including artwork by Colleen Moody, Junker Jane, Andrew Dyrdahl, Paula Walton, along with many others.

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Mingle

Mingle 2014

 

The winter release of Mingle is our best issue yet! Climb aboard for a breathtaking bohemian wedding and a tutu-themed tea party for little girls. In addition to eye-catching photography of the most unique and artistic events, this issue also reveals a sentimental celebration of adoption with a “Gotcha Day” party, and how to throw a heartwarming wedding on an $800 budget. We’re excited to set sail and explore Pino Pie Days with Katherine Dunn, as well as share the creative details that make any gathering a memorable success.

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Jewelry Affaire

 

Jewelry Affaire 2014

Kick off your New Year diving into our latest winter issue! Filled with delectable delights and stunning statement pieces, you will be mesmerized by the latest, innovative trends on the jewelry scene. Featured artist Marcy Mantle shares with us her journey in making jewelry, and shows us how to create our very own metal etched jewelry set. The washi tape trend has taken over the arts and crafts world, and Vanessa Spencer and Johanna Love are no strangers to this popular material. Creating their own variations of feather earrings shows that a roll of washi tape can go a long way. Watercolor art takes a big leap from the canvas to wearables, as Susan Chesley takes us on this new venture.

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Belle Armoire

 

Belle Armoire 2014

Absorb the stylish, winter fashions inside the newest edition of Belle Armoire. We’re tipping our hat to Amy Granville, millinery artist and this issue’s featured Designer Collection, as well as sharing darling fashions from Dawn-Younger Smith, the Boudoir Queen. Get ready to soak in even more artisan, wearable projects like how to make nuno-felted dresses, leather purses, felted purses, and hand-woven jackets, and don’t miss out on the results from our striking silhouettes challenge.

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Art Journaling

 

Art Journaling 2014

It’s a new year, and we’ve got brand-new techniques to share within the winter edition of Art Journaling. Uncover a transcendent Artist Portfolio featuring the spiritual artwork of Bebe Butler, and follow along with Roc Nicholas, as she uses striking color and imagery in her gratitude journal.  This issue also reveals a record of Lydia Velarde’s days that she journaled in her artist’s sketchbook, and you will definitely want to stick around to see how Brigid Gallagher Davies elevates everyday ephemera into art.

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Your Chance to Win!

[This giveaway has ended.]

We’re giving away a brand-new January title to one lucky winner! Simply follow these steps to enter for your chance to win:

1) Click on your favorite spread above.

2) Pin or “Like” that particular issue. 

3) If you pinned to Pinterest, share the link in the comments section below. If you “liked” on Facebook, tag us so we can see. 

4) If you don’t have Facebook or Pinterest, please comment below with which issue you’re most excited to crack open and why!

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Good luck! With Somerset Place love,

Blog Writer

*Winner is selected at random and will be contacted via email. *$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following (January ’14 titles) issues: The Stampers’ Sampler, Where Women Create Business, Somerset Studio, Somerset Life, Prims, Mingle, Jewelry Affaire, Belle Armoire, Art Journaling. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 01/31/14. Contest is open to U.S. residents and ends 01/31/14 at 11:59pm.

 



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Enter 2014 with creativity on your side when you glimpse inside our brand-new January titles. From mixed-media mélanges and innovative art journaling ideas, to primitive artwork and new, unique trends on the jewelry scene – this month’s titles are sure to impress every type of creative. Please join me as we delve inside and learn […]

Eco-Chic: 3 Innovative Ways to Upcycle Gift Wrap

December 30th, 2013

Recycled Gift Wrap

*Photography Credit for all images: Vanessa Spencer, Shoppe Manager

Are you swimming in a sea of wrapping paper leftover from the holidays? Instead of tossing it all in the trash, consider repurposing it. Read on to find three easy ways to upcycle your plain and patterned gift wrapping paper.

1) Handle with Care: Shred into Pretty Shavings to Protect Breakables

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How-to:

“Using a bunch of tissue, wrapping paper, and cards, I shredded them with our electronic shredding machine here at Stampington. I wanted a neutral palette so I just used natural colors like gold, brown, ivory, and tan. Anything that was bright I set aside to use and shred another time, when I want a more ‘colorful’ batch of shredded paper for packaging.” – Vanessa Spencer

 

2) Turn Trash into Handmade Tags:

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How-to:

Paper gift bags can only be reused so many times before they start looking worn and tattered.

“I was looking at leftover paper bags from our holiday party, trying to figure out how to creatively use them. I realized I could maximize the material and make 4 gift tags out of each bag by cutting the handles in half and then cutting out tag shapes. To make them a little bit more special, I sewed leftover pieces of tissue paper onto them, and added a handwritten note.” – Vanessa Spencer

 

3) Wrap with Rustic-Chic Style:

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How-to:

“For an antique look, use the back side of crumpled wrapping paper.  After opening presents at most holiday parties, the wrap gets fairly crinkled; but I think the texture only adds to the beauty of it! Just add some ribbon and you’ve got a pretty little present.” – Vanessa Spencer.

 

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*Photography Credit for all images: Vanessa Spencer, Shoppe Manager Are you swimming in a sea of wrapping paper leftover from the holidays? Instead of tossing it all in the trash, consider repurposing it. Read on to find three easy ways to upcycle your plain and patterned gift wrapping paper. 1) Handle with Care: Shred into […]