Guest Artist Tricia Whitmer: How Smartphones and Instagram can Leverage Your Photography

November 4th, 2013

Tricia Lee Photography

Please join me in welcoming to our blog the lovely and talented Tricia Lee Whitmer: brilliant photographer, frozen yogurt fanatic, and guest artist published in Artful Blogging Autumn 2013. Today she shares how Instagram has transformed her photography and gives practical tips to inspire image-capturing moments.

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For years, since I started this photography business, I’ve filled my workload by photographing people and the real emotion that takes place on a day-to-day basis in their lives and relationships.  Although it will always be the heart and soul of my business and what brings me the most joy, I have recently found myself surrendering to the instant gratification of iPhone photography and Instagram.

Instagram has allowed me to connect with so many creative people and experience the magic of their faraway places around the world in a way that is completely different than other social media outlets simply because of their photographs. I have often failed at a 365 Project or even a 52 Project, but using my iPhone has allowed me the opportunity to finally enjoy doing a photo a day and it has even changed my creativity when I am shooting with my DSLR.

But the reason that I am most smitten with Instagram is because I’ve found that since I’ve been using it, I am much more aware of how filled with loveliness my life is. When you start looking for beauty and whimsy and grace to share with others you find them all in abundance. Instagram reminds me to capture, share and be grateful for this amazing life that I get to live!

Although nothing will ever compare to my love for the people that I capture on a regular basis, a little iPhone creativity is a fantastic creative outlet.

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If you too find yourself cheating on your DSLR for that quick glimpse of life, work, or surroundings that you can capture with your Smartphone camera, then we would love to follow along on your adventures on Instagram — please comment below with your Instagram name and use #Stampington in your photos!

Do you have other interesting tips that have helped inspire your photographs? Please share with your fellow creatives by commenting below.

For daily Instagram inspiration, follow along with us here:

Stampington on Instagram



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Please join me in welcoming to our blog the lovely and talented Tricia Lee Whitmer: brilliant photographer, frozen yogurt fanatic, and guest artist published in Artful Blogging Autumn 2013. Today she shares how Instagram has transformed her photography and gives practical tips to inspire image-capturing moments. *** For years, since I started this photography business, I’ve filled […]

Hot Off the Press: New November Issues!

November 1st, 2013

Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, and Somerset Studio are just a few of my favorite titles that are making their debut this November! Come join me as we reveal a sneak peek inside this month’s iconic Stampington titles, and click here to subscribe to our blog if you want to take advantage of special savings: 

Special Discount  $5 off any November title of your choice!

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

Use Promo Code*: BLOG1113 at checkout

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Artful Blogging

Artful Blogging November 2013

The winter issue of Artful Blogging takes you behind the screen to introduce the fresh, promising faces responsible for some of the most prolific blogs read around the world. Featured blogs include scrapbooker and photographer Maggie Holmes, mixed-media artist Junelle Jacobsen from Yes and Amen, and Brittany Watson Jepsen from The House that Lars Built. A feast for the eyes as well as the soul, you’ll be swept away by hundreds of full-color photos, including the beautiful images from blogger Kelly Saur, along with much more.

Where Women Create

Where Women Create November 2013

The November issue of Where Women Create brings you a creative and impressive lineup of extraordinary women to finish out another memorable year. Peek inside the beautiful creative spaces of Margaret Wrinkle, author of “Wash,” Nancy Quinn, and Creative Co-Op Vice President Tamra Bryant. Get a firsthand look at the School of Art Fashion, held by Martha Pullen, and the studios of artists Bettina Lancaster and Donna O’Brien.

Somerset Studio

somerset studio November 2013

 

Spend your time indoors this winter with a variety of must-try projects inside the newest Somerset Studio. Learn how to incorporate ice effects into your art journal pages, create mixed-media holiday gift-wrap, and use wax and plaster to make gorgeous handmade books. We’re thrilled to feature paper, collage, and digital artist Debrina Pratt as our Artist Profile, as well as some new takes on typical holiday color palettes. You also won’t want to miss the cozy and charming tea-themed artwork by Becky Shander or whimsical mixed-media necklaces by Cat Kerr, so reserve your copy today.

 Altered Couture

Altered Couture Nov 2013

Not only is our newest issue of Altered Couture full of fresh winter styles like revamped military jackets and Erica Felton’s high-end clutches made from leather jackets, but it’s also packed with spring and summer fashions you can get started on now: dresses, tanks, vests, and more. You’ll also find a gorgeous embellished tank from Krista Raak and the soaring results of our Fly-High Feather Challenge.

HandCrafted

HandCrafted Nov 2013

We’ve revamped the newest issue of HandCrafted to bring you over 250 of our favorite homemade projects for all occasions. Kate Crane shows how to art journal your year, Debi Beard shares an ensemble inspired by Betsey Johnson, and you’ll also discover how to make a clever photo holder with the help of Heather Anderson. For the first time ever, we’re introducing new green-crafting ideas, and this issue’s also chock full of gift ideas that are perfect for holiday crafting, along with a sweet, simple housewarming gift you’ll want to make for all of your friends.

Art Doll Quarterly

Art Doll Quarterly November 2013

Just like Santa’s sack, the winter issue of Art Doll Quarterly is chock full of wonderful things! Beautiful dolls that include charming elves, snowmen, angels, and more, grace our pages to help inspire you for the festive season ahead. We also reveal the winners of our Song Character doll challenge with some fun doll replications of David Bowie, Cher, Dancing Queen, and Puff the Magic Dragon proving how much our readers love a good tune!

*Your Chance to Win!

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Want to win one of these new titles? Simply follow these steps for your chance to receive your favorite November issue! Winner is selected at random and will be contacted via email by 11/30/2013.

1) Pick your favorite spread(s) from above and share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Make sure you tag us!

2) Click on your favorite spread from above and you’ll be taken to that magazine’s description page. Browse through the images and pick your favorite one and explain why in the comments section below.

*$5 off discount applies to purchases of any of the following November issues: Altered Couture, Art Doll Quarterly, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Sew Somerset, Somerset Studio Gallery, Take Ten, and Where Women Create. Discount code can be used only one time per customer and expires 11/30/13. 



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Artful Blogging, GreenCraft Magazine, and Somerset Studio are just a few of my favorite titles that are making their debut this November! Come join me as we reveal a sneak peek inside this month’s iconic Stampington titles, and click here to subscribe to our blog if you want to take advantage of special savings:  Special Discount → $5 […]

Share Your Memories and Get Published: Seeking Your Submissions!

October 28th, 2013

There's No Place Like Home by Mou Saha

 Artwork: Mou Saha

With nearly 30 niche, mixed-media titles in production at Stampington, many of those pages are filled with creative artwork submitted by readers and artists just like you! If you want the chance to share your art with other fellow creatives and see your name featured in one of our favorite titles, please see details below:

Currently, Jana Holstein, editor of Somerset Memories, is looking for a variety of projects that showcase your most beloved photographs.

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Organic Style Pages 

Are you in love with the outdoors? If you’ve snapped simple, raw images close to nature, we want to see them displayed with an artistic touch. From the Spring 2013 edition of Somerset Memories, Dorota Piechowiak’s “Sunrise to Sunset” piece portrays elements of nature, beautifully bound in a memory album. She incorporates mixed-media elements like vintage book text and other punched out shapes and images to tie the look together. If you have your own unique way of showcasing your nature-infused photos, whether in an art journal, bound in a notebook, or in a 3-D frame, please share your ideas with us!

Deadline for artwork to be received: November 15th
A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork. Click here to download form.

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Think Outside The Book

Somerset Memories pg. 20

A collection of memories doesn’t always have to be presented in a book. We absolutely love Caroline Rondel’s “Collections” featured on page 20 of our Spring 2012 issue. Her beautiful presentation of memorabilia and nature finds make this a charming and attractive way to capture her memories. For this challenge we want you to “think outside the book.” How can you present an assortment of memories in a way that’s different and unique? We’re looking for innovative ways to compile collections of memories. Maybe you can come up with a folder or box, a necklace, or something else distinctive that will wow us!

Deadline for artwork to be received: November 15th
A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork. Click here to download form.

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Instagram-Inspired

Somerset Memories Instagram

As technology has revolutionized the photography world, it’s no surprise how easy and fun it is to use Instagram as a platform to showcase your images. Emmanuelle Chauvin’s “Insta Happiness” mini album was created for a scrapbooking challenge, and captures her most beloved instagram images inside. Gather your most gorgeous pictures from your Instgram page and present them in an artful way for chance to be considered for this challenge.

Deadline for artwork to be received: November 15th
A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork. Click here to download form.

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Artistic Project Life Pages

Our guest artist Roben-Marie Smith shows us how to put a mixed-media spin on Project Life using some of her own designs as backgrounds for the cards, and layering pieces of them together for an added effect. If you too have created your own scrapbook pages with an edgy twist using photographs or color copies of your own artwork, we would love to see your creations!

 Deadline for artwork to be received: November 15th
A Submission Form must be attached to your artwork. Click here to download form.

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We ask that you please review our guidelines prior to submission, and best of luck!

Do you have a question about how to submit your work or any other feedback? Please comment below and I’ll be happy to write back to you!

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer

 

 



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 Artwork: Mou Saha With nearly 30 niche, mixed-media titles in production at Stampington, many of those pages are filled with creative artwork submitted by readers and artists just like you! If you want the chance to share your art with other fellow creatives and see your name featured in one of our favorite titles, please […]

A Harvest Affaire: 3 Thanksgiving Projects + Free Article Download

October 24th, 2013

Create gorgeous centerpieces and stunning holiday décor this Thanksgiving without spending your entire budget. Join our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa Spencer, as she shows you how to dress up your table to achieve a chic look with rustic and recycled elements.

Thanksgiving DIY Harvest Affaire

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Harvest Affaire Kraft Paper Placemats:

Use some stamps and inexpensive Kraft paper to create fun, interactive placemats that all your guests will enjoy. It’s a great way to remember all you are thankful for.

Click here for the full instructions.

Harvest Placemats

Harvest Affaire Pinecone Place Cards:

We’re fortunate that our Stampington office is located near a park with beautiful walking trails lined with pine trees. On a recent lunch break, Vanessa Spencer and another coworker gathered fallen pine cones to use in this project.

Click here to learn how to paint pinecones for a lovely dip dye effect.

Thanksgiving DIY Harvest Pinecone

Harvest Affaire Wrapped Pumpkin Muffins:

To impress guests and create a comfortable ambiance, it all comes down to presentation. These pumpkin muffins are dressed up and artfully wrapped to look just as enticing as they taste.

Click here to learn how to creatively package baked goods to display on your Thanksgiving table.

Harvest Affaire Wrapped Pumpkins

Harvest Affaire Muffins Recipe:

There’s nothing better than walking into a home this fall season with the rich smell of freshly baked goods in the air. Tie together this entire Harvest Affaire tabletop setting by baking your own delicious pumpkin muffins.

Get the recipe in this free article download from Where Women Cook.

Free Article Download Where Women Cook

 

Special Harvest Affaire Kit: Free Bonus Issue/Offer

Create and artfully wrap gifts using the materials in this special Where Women Cook-inspired kit. Filled with some of our favorite packaging materials, it’s a must-have this holiday season for guests and for gifts.

Harvest Affaire Serendipity Kit

 Special Free Gift Offer: 



For a limited time, treat yourself to this lovely kit, and you’ll receive a complimentary issue of Where Women Cook, featuring special stories and delicious recipes from expert foodies. Keep for yourself or give away as a gift this holiday season!


Serendipity Kit Contains:

  • 1 (8 x 12”) cotton bag
  • 6 pinch bottom Kraft bags
  • 6 natural wax paper bags
  • 10 sheets or 12 x 12” wax paper
  • 1 roll of kitchen-themed washi tape
  • 3 tart tins
  • 6 large grubby tags
  • 1 spool of gray bakers twine

Click here to order your kit today and receive a free issue of Where Women Cook.

Thank you so much Vanessa, for sharing these simple yet stunning Thanksgiving project ideas! I can barely wait to take home the delicious pumpkin muffin recipe to bake for my special someone. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, I’ve been reflecting on how much I adore my family, appreciate my home, and cherish my friends. Please comment below and tell me, what are you thankful for?

With Somerset Place Love,

 

Blog Writer

 

 



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Create gorgeous centerpieces and stunning holiday décor this Thanksgiving without spending your entire budget. Join our Shoppe Manager, Vanessa Spencer, as she shows you how to dress up your table to achieve a chic look with rustic and recycled elements. *** Harvest Affaire Kraft Paper Placemats: Use some stamps and inexpensive Kraft paper to create fun, […]

Debi Beard Guest Artist: Facebook Takeover + Win the New HandCrafted

October 21st, 2013

Debi Beard Facebook Takeover

To celebrate her quirky style and the debut of her feature article in the new HandCrafted magazine, we’re inviting design star and recycle queen Debi Beard to take over our Facebook page for two one-hour sessions for a live Q&A! Mark your calendars for a chance to get inspirational ideas in real time Wednesday, October 23rd at 9a.m. PST (12pm EST) AND 12 p.m. PST (3pm EST).

Ten lucky participants, five from each session, will also be randomly selected to receive a FREE issue of HandCrafted 2013.

 

10 Things You Should Know about Debi Beard:

10) Debi Transforms Trash into Dreamy Treasures

Debi is renowned for her dumpster diving abilities to transform discarded materials into unique keepsakes.

9) Debi is an Actress!

“I started taking acting workshops a few years ago, but up until that point I spent most of my life very afraid of speaking in public or being on camera. The first day of acting class I almost left because I had so much anxiety.”

 8) Debi Ditched Teaching Plans to Pursue Art Dreams

“I originally went to school  to study english literature and planned to become a teacher. Soon after finishing school I realized that this was not the right choice for me and started selling my handmade work full time.”

 7) Art Paid Debi’s Way for School

“When I was in my twenties, I  sold my handmade projects at local craft fairs to pay for books and school supplies. My designs sold quickly and before I knew it I was selling my crafts to hundreds of  retail stores across the country.”

6) Before Social Media there was Face to Face Interaction

“When I first started making handmade items,  social media didn’t exist. There was no Etsy, Blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, or even beautiful art magazines like all the Stampington publications. The only way to market your work was through local events, and literally going door to door, meeting with shop owners, and showing them samples of your work. It’s a very different world now and it’s an exciting time to be creative!”

 5) Unlikely Creativity

“I was the only one in my family who loved to create. The family I grew up with was not interested in art, and it wasn’t until I was in my forties that I discovered where my creativity came from. I recently found my biological father through Facebook — turns out he is an artist  and he has a whacky sense of humor too.”

 4) Somerset Life Plays Role in Reunion with Biological Father

Debi Beard Shop

“There was an article about my vintage shop located in Solana Beach published in Somerset Life that actually led to me finding my long lost biological father.”

Claire Bracato rusty bike

“It’s a long crazy story, but in a nutshell, a photographer named Claire Brocato took a photo  of an old rusty bicycle on display in front of my store and posted it to her Flickr profile.

When Stampington’s publisher Kellene Giloff, saw the rusty bicycle picture on Flickr, she e-mailed Claire to find out where it was taken.  After discovering that it was taken in front of my shop, Kellene enlisted in Claire’s help to capture more images of my store, which was then featured in Stampington’s “Locales of Intrigue” column.

When Claire arrived at my shop for the photography session, she shared how she had reunited with her daughter that she had been forced to give up for adoption. Even though Claire started searching for her daughter with virtually no leads, (as her daughter lived on the other side of the world) she miraculously found her through Facebook. I had spent years searching for my dad and had given up. When Claire told me her story, I realized that social media didn’t exist at the time I was looking, so I decided to try finding my dad via Facebook. I found him within one week! The sheer randomness of it all is a miracle to me. If Claire had never walked by my store, taken the photo of the rusty bicycle, posted it to her Flickr site — if Kellene had not happened to find that picture, and liked it enough to email someone she had never met before, l probably would still not know who my Dad is, not to mention an entire new family.”

 3) Vintage or Bust

“The majority of the supplies in my craft room are vintage. I love to peruse  estate sales and find old sewing boxes and craft supplies from way back when.”

 2) Debi Doesn’t Own a T.V.

“I don’t own a television or watch T.V. (Which is kind of ironic after spending so many years auditioning for television!) The only shows I miss watching are: Project Runway and Inside the Actors Studio. When people make reference to Game of Thrones or  Breaking Bad I have no idea what they’re talking about.”

 1) YouTube Inspiration

I started my YouTube channel because I had auditioned for HGTV design star eight times in a row. I was almost selected three times but  never quite made it on the show. Out of frustration, I created my own one woman DIY show on Youtube. I had no idea how much fun it would be or that so many people would be interested in watching my amateur productions. In the most recent video, I announce my Facebook Takeover on Stampington’s page and offer a DIY and giveaway for a sugar skull T- shirt made with vintage lace:

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Stampington FacebookJoin our creative community on Stampington’s facebook page, share your thoughts with us, and don’t forget to join us for Debi Beard’s live chat coming up in only 2 short days!

 



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To celebrate her quirky style and the debut of her feature article in the new HandCrafted magazine, we’re inviting design star and recycle queen Debi Beard to take over our Facebook page for two one-hour sessions for a live Q&A! Mark your calendars for a chance to get inspirational ideas in real time Wednesday, October 23rd at 9a.m. PST […]