Simple 6 Step DIY: Crafty Mixed-Media Envelope Book

May 31st, 2013

When it comes to storing paper pieces like little notes, ephemera, and reusable craft scraps, we’re convinced that a purse would be too cumbersome and a wallet a bit unwieldy, so our very own creative connoisseur [Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer] came up with this altered envelope book project  – a perfect pocket for safe-keeping your mini treasures!

final piece

 

Materials:

EnvelopesWhite Flora Envelope Set

 

 

 

purple twinePurple Plum Twine

 

 

 

ephemera pack

Assorted Handmade Ephemera Pack

 

 

 

time stampsEclectic “Time” Stamps

 

 

 

purple washiPurple Striped Washi Tape

 

 

 

green washiGreen Chevron Washi Tape

 

 

 

6 Simple steps:

envelopes

1) Take two flora envelopes at a time, backside up, their flaps facing each other, lined up horizontally. Wrap a piece of green washi tape around the center, front and back, binding them like a book. When you’re finished you should have three sets of 2, like the image above.

 

2) Compile all three sets and layer into a mini book. Bind together by wrapping a piece of Purple Plum Bakers Twine and tying into a bow on the cover.

 

3) Embellish the front of the book with a piece of white mulberry paper from the handmade ephemera pack. Secure it to the envelope with a strip of the green chevron washi tape.

 

clock

4) Stamp the clock design onto the front. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Faded ink can add a vintage feel.

French text

5) Glue a piece of torn French text or another image from your handmade ephemera pack onto the cover and then add a few small strips of green chevron and purple striped washi for pops of color.

 

Journey

6) Stamp the “Journey” definition onto the right side of the cover to add some interest and remind yourself what this life is all about – the voyage of discovery!

final piece

Voilà! Now you’re ready to open up the pages of these personalized pockets and store snippets of your favorite things!

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When it comes to storing paper pieces like little notes, ephemera, and reusable craft scraps, we’re convinced that a purse would be too cumbersome and a wallet a bit unwieldy, so our very own creative connoisseur [Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer] came up with this altered envelope book project  – a perfect pocket for safe-keeping your […]

Guest Artist: Mindy Lacefield’s Art Journaling Magic

May 28th, 2013

We’re absolutely elated to welcome Mindy Lacefield, mixed-media expert and cover artist of the spring 2013 issue Art Journaling, to Somerset Place! 

Have your hours of art journaling been dragging on like an arduous chore rather than valued as precious time to express yourself, or maybe you’ve yet to try your hand at this soul satisfying hobby? No matter where you find yourself on the art journal skill scale, this blog post will deliver the skinny on how to infuse fun and balance into your craft.  Follow along with Guest Artist Mindy Lacefield as she invites you to “see the miracles in the small and minute” with this inspiring video and other insider tips, sure to spur on your creativity!

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Spice up your art journaling routine with these 10 tips from Mindy!

1) Don’t wait to be inspired. Get out your journal every day even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes.

2) Make a bunch of gelli plate prints to serve as libraries of textures. I love the idea of having your own language and textures. This will bring in your own voice and style. I use these prints to collage with and cut out areas that speak to me as I’m working.

3) Start using bleeding art tissue. This stuff is so amazing! Although it can bleed, it does serve as a stunning transparent color layer that’s so unique when painted over with a palette knife.

4) Do some small figure sketches on lined notebook paper and tear them out. You can do several in a 15-20 time span. It looks really neat and child-like and it also helps when deciding about your composition. You can really play and test out the composition with these little sketches before gluing them in your journal.

5) Using black and white creates interesting contrast. Use black paper and paint white gesso over the page, and then do white paper and paint black gesso over the page.

6) Use the top layer of a patterned napkin to create visual interest and transparency and collage it into your journal.

7) Play with neon colors! I love using a bland color next to bright neon for added contrast.

8) Use small touches of glitter glue for fun.

9) Get out into nature and be still. Write what you see. Write how it feels with absence of movement. Absence of sound.

10) Write a special word with your non-dominant hand in pencil or oil pastel. You are channeling your 8 year old self.

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tims-sally

Join us as we “Ask Mindy”

Would you recommend preparing yourself before you art journal or create as you go?

I pretty much create as I go. I love the idea of showing up and not really knowing what I’m going to do. Facing the blank journal can sometimes be daunting so I write in a spiral bound journal through the use of automatic writing to see what comes out. I begin my journaling process by simply just gluing something down or painting a swatch of color and go from there.  Then the moment comes when thinking is no longer happening. I’m only doing. I’m free from worrying about the outcome. I work on several pages or pieces at a time so that there are pages at various stages throughout the process.

traci dina stamps

Are there any specific stamps you like to art journal with?

I love Traci and Dina’s stamps because they have such a unique painterly texture. You can stamp them into wet paint or use them with ink and paint around them. I love the idea of a stamp giving the illusion of text and/or lettering without actually writing something. Also, what I love, are that the shapes are very organic and raw. This is exactly what I’m looking for when deciding on a stamp to purchase. Traci and Dina are amazing artists and I consider both of them my mentors. I adore their spirit and their art!

What advice would you give to artists who are working part-time or debating on taking the leap of faith into a full-time investment in their art career?

I say you only have this one life. Go for it!

Having a plan definitely helps and to work part-time while you get your art career off the ground is one thing I do recommend. With the added support of the part-time job, you aren’t left stressed to totally rely on your art to make a living. When you aren’t stressed, you can have the freedom to create from a beautiful place and everything else will fall into place as it should.

Just curious, what is “Tim’s Sally” all about?

Tim’s Sally comes from a love of my favorite movie director Tim Burton. My favorite character is Sally from Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” My husband’s name is also Tim and while I was trying to come up with a catchy, easy-to-remember name for my Etsy shop, Tim’s Sally was born. It has kinda stuck with me all these years and I love its simplicity and nod to my two favorite Tims! A funny story…someone was asking me about the name and she thought that is was a catch-phrase like “bees knees.” I couldn’t be more flattered!

 

About Mindy:tims sally button

Random Fact: She believes in magic
She Adores: Dolls from the 70s and 80s (especially strawberry shortcake!)
She Has: An awesome blog site www.timssally.com

 

 

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We’re absolutely elated to welcome Mindy Lacefield, mixed-media expert and cover artist of the spring 2013 issue Art Journaling, to Somerset Place!  Have your hours of art journaling been dragging on like an arduous chore rather than valued as precious time to express yourself, or maybe you’ve yet to try your hand at this soul […]

Blog Poll: Spill the Beans for $50 Giveaway

May 23rd, 2013

Whenever my teacher uttered the dreaded word “QUIZ” in class, I remember squirming uncomfortably in my seat, looking for an escape window that unfortunately never appeared. But today on the blog, there’s no need to fear – we’re bringing a brand-new light to test taking by offering a fun pop quiz in order to give you what you want. Whether you’re new to the blogging scene or you’re a seasoned guru, we want your input!

Blog Poll

[This giveaway has ended.]

As our way of saying thank you for your participation and in hopes to inspire your next artful endeavor, we’ll pick 2 winners out of a hat to receive a $50 gift certificate to spend at the Shoppe, home to over 3,000 unique art and crafting materials.

  •  CLICK HERE to take the poll and be entered to win!

  • Deadline: June 1st

  • Comment below with “I took the poll” so we can track your e-mail and contact the 2 winners!

MORE: Thank you all for sharing your ideas! We’ll announce the winners soon, but while we wait I have one more question for all you Somerset Placers that you can answer in the comments below!

Would you be interested if we added more blog posts featuring food recipes and creative studio spaces from our top titles Where Women Cook and Where Women Create? Let me know! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

-Bethany, your Somerset Place Blogista



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Whenever my teacher uttered the dreaded word “QUIZ” in class, I remember squirming uncomfortably in my seat, looking for an escape window that unfortunately never appeared. But today on the blog, there’s no need to fear – we’re bringing a brand-new light to test taking by offering a fun pop quiz in order to give […]

Dreamy Damsels: Free Ephemera Download

May 20th, 2013

ephemera

Travel back in time with these lovely ladies dressed to the nines. You’ll find a dramatic damsel adorned in a gold embroidered gown captured in a moment of grace and an entertaining starlet, high-kicking the night away in Paris.

Classic color combos and vintage text make it easy to use these images together or separately as a stunning accent in your next art project.

 

Click here to view these images at full size and to download yours today.

 

To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com!

*More freebies: Did you know we also give away free ephemera downloads in our newsletters? For printable inspiration that won’t cost you a cent, be sure to signup today!

We want to see your art! If you download this free image and make anything from a mixed-media project to a creative card idea, we want to see the final piece! Please comment below with a link to the image. If you need some inspiration to get started, check out our ephemera challenge post, featuring fellow artists’ unique pieces. Happy creating! ❤



Sarah Uncategorized

Travel back in time with these lovely ladies dressed to the nines. You’ll find a dramatic damsel adorned in a gold embroidered gown captured in a moment of grace and an entertaining starlet, high-kicking the night away in Paris. Classic color combos and vintage text make it easy to use these images together or separately […]

Eco-Chic Challenge: Get Published

May 16th, 2013

Debi Beard Videos

Whether you dumpster dive for trash like our dear friend Debi Beard, or you’ve already got an item collecting dust on your shelves that you could put to good use – we want to invite all of you green crafting connoisseurs  to crank up your creativity level with our Eco-Chic Challenge!

Our art team wants to see the most innovative way you can rescue and recreate an object whose fate was destined for the junk yard. We’re always accepting submissions for GreenCraft Magazine; but with this challenge, we’re curious to see what new and inventive ways our artists can come up with in their eco-crafting endeavors, for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate AND get published in an upcoming issue of GreenCraft.

Guidelines:

Option 1 Trash to Treasure:

1)      Use an item you already have in your possession that you’d otherwise throw out (an empty curly fry container, a handful of plastic grocery bags, or an In-N-Out drink holder.)

2)      Transform your trash into something truly innovative/fashionable/chic.

3)      Submit your finished piece to our art department. (Read detailed instructions here.)

*Deadline: June 15th

 

Option 2 Wasteland Rescue:

1)      Use an item that that you’ve recovered from the wasteland (an old skateboard, a rusty bike, old cell phone parts.)

2)      Transform it into something completely new/unique/functional.

3)      Submit your finished piece to our art department. (Read detailed instructions here.)

*Deadline: June 15th

 

Prize:

Our top 3 picks of the most innovative and stylish submissions will each receive a prize of a $25 gift certificate and shout outs on our social media sites!

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To get your creative juices flowing, browse through these previously published garbage to grand transformations and get a better idea of what we’re looking for!

 

Trash to Treasure:

Upcycled Color Catcher Sachets

laundry recycle

DIY Herb Caddy

drink holder

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Wasteland Rescues:

Super chic: A pretty pistachio shell necklace

pistachio shell necklace

 

 

So clever! Children’s toys made from an old skateboard

toy cars

 

GreenCraft

*Reminder: Even if you don’t land in the top prize spot, you’re submission will automatically have a chance at being featured in the upcoming issues of GreenCraft Magazine – so we urge and encourage all of you to submit your projects. :)

 

 

Comment below: To inspire some ingenious ideas, please share what material you think would be the most interesting to see in an eco-chic project. For example, we once had an artist create pretty pendants and fashionable earrings from bike tires!

 

Photo credits:

 



Sarah Uncategorized

Whether you dumpster dive for trash like our dear friend Debi Beard, or you’ve already got an item collecting dust on your shelves that you could put to good use – we want to invite all of you green crafting connoisseurs  to crank up your creativity level with our Eco-Chic Challenge! Our art team wants […]