3 Valentine’s Day DIYS You’ll Love

January 20th, 2014

Prepare for the sweetest day of the year with these free love-inspired DIY projects. We’ve narrowed down our viewers’  three favorites to inspire your creativity this Valentine’s Day.

 

#1 Kristen Robinson: Beloved Valentine’s Day Boxes

This lovely packaging idea by Kristen Robinson is perfect for holding sweet treats or even valentine décor!

Click here to learn how to create your own.

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#2 My Love For You Is Beyond Measure by Vanessa Spencer

 

Roses are red, violets are blue, this journal is sweet and can be created by you!

Click here for the step by step tutorial.

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#3 Romance Cards and Mini Banner Project by Vanessa Spencer

Creating romantic cards for your loved one is all too easy with washi tape, a stamp, and a bit of twine.

Hang your mini banner somewhere fun for Valentine’s Day or reuse at another event to dress up the décor.

Click here to learn how to piece together this easy project.

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All these great gift ideas made me a bit nostalgic, thinking about a fun Valentine’s Day in particular that I celebrated years ago. A friend sent me an unexpected card in the mail (like this one) and surprised me with a heartfelt letter about all the reasons why they loved me. With today’s advancements in technology, it was refreshing to receive a handwritten note from a loved one – so simple, yet so thoughtful. Do you have a fond Valentine’s Day memory of your own? Comment below with your story for your chance to win an issue of Somerset in Love.

 

*We will pick 5 lucky winners at random and contact you via email by Friday, January 24th.

 

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer



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Prepare for the sweetest day of the year with these free love-inspired DIY projects. We’ve narrowed down our viewers’  three favorites to inspire your creativity this Valentine’s Day.   #1 Kristen Robinson: Beloved Valentine’s Day Boxes This lovely packaging idea by Kristen Robinson is perfect for holding sweet treats or even valentine décor! Click here to learn how […]

Top Artists Reveal Their Art Journal Must-Haves

January 17th, 2014

Whether you’re new to the art journal scene or a seasoned veteran, we’re excited to reveal today’s must-have materials to work with, chosen by top artists in the industry. Follow along as they divulge their favorite art journal items to work with, insider tips, and tutorials:

Traci Bautista’s Must-Haves:

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Click here to check out the tutorial for this gorgeous art journal page.

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Tim Holtz’s Must-Haves:

Tim Holtz project

Click here to learn how to recreate the Time Canvas piece that Tim Holtz creates using his favorite materials.

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Mindy Lacefield’s Must-Haves:

Mindy Lacefield Card

  • Foam stamps are great for adding layers of pattern, like I did in this art journal page.
  • Stickles serve as a finishing sparkle to my page.
  • Deli paper was introduced to me through artist MaryBeth Shaw. I love to do stream of consciousness writing on the deli paper and tear out words and/or phrase and paste them directly into my journal.

Click here to discover this free art journal DIY.

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Roben-Marie Smith’s Must-Haves:

  • My huge scrap paper box –  I am not sure I could journal without paper from my stash.

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Jen Cushman’s Must-Haves:

Jen Cushman art

  • White sharpie oil based paint marker – It writes over everything. Paint, crayon, watercolor – everything!
  • Pan pastels are gorgeous and highly pigmented, perfect to use for full-bodied color or like watercolors with brush and water.
  • ICE Resin paper – I coat old book pages and paper scraps with ICE Resin that’s left after my bezel pours. These snips of paper are saved and then brought out during art journaling and collage work to add texture and a bit of the unexpected. Resin loves paper and there is something magical about using snippets of this translucent-yet-strong paper in your art.

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Junelle Jacobsen’s Must-Haves:

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  • Homemade art journals – The kind where the old and loved book gets painted with new white gesso and wrinkled with paint and ink.  I love everything about homemade art journaling. It is a transformational wonderment of delights.
  •  Sketchbooks – The simpler the better.

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 Claudine Hellmuth’s Must-Haves:

  • Gel medium – for gluing collage papers and items down. If I was stuck on a desert island I would want gel medium with me!
  • Scissors – I don’t know where I’d be without scissors. My favorite are the tried and true Fiskars with orange handles.
  • Word salad – I like to cut words and phrases out of dictionary pages, old books, ephemera, etc. The text gives me prompts and ideas on what to make a journal page about.
  • PITT pens – these are my most favorite pens for sketching and drawing, they even draw over acrylic paint. 10% off 1 week only!

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Seth Apter’s Must-Haves:

Seth Apter

We’d like to give a huge “thank you” to each artist for sharing their favorite art journaling materials and interesting mixed-media tips with our blog readers! These artists have been featured in a number of Stampington titles including Art Journaling and Somerset Studio.

Please comment below if you have any questions for the artists!

With Somerset Place Love,

Blog Writer



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Whether you’re new to the art journal scene or a seasoned veteran, we’re excited to reveal today’s must-have materials to work with, chosen by top artists in the industry. Follow along as they divulge their favorite art journal items to work with, insider tips, and tutorials: Traci Bautista’s Must-Haves: Speedball soft rubber brayer Sakura waterbrush […]

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

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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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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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Ephemera Monthly  Project

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. *** […]