Cultivate Your Creative Muse: Tips to Infuse Wonder into your Workspace

March 18th, 2013

Johanna's Office

“I couldn’t spend more than half my life somewhere without loving every inch of my space – it’s very simple.”- Johanna Love, Director of Photography at Stampington & Company

There’s no better place to search for inspiration than within oneself, which is why we’re so excited to feature the inside of our very own Director of Photography, Johanna Love’s office.

From rain boots and tiny tea cups, to vintage books and colorful fabric swatches, Johanna surrounds herself with some of the most unexpected yet interesting snippets of inspiration to help draw out her own creative muse in the work place.

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Inside Johanna’s Office:

  • Rainboots for Inspiration: Johanna reveals, “I grab inspirations from everywhere I can, from crafting books to my sons’ rain boots.” She recommends surrounding yourself with things you love by bringing a bit of home into your workspace. You don’t have to leave your shoes at the door if they hold sentimental value.
  • Carry on with Creativity: Johanna also collects antique luggage to prop for vintage-style artwork. These pieces add an element of old-fashioned whimsy to her office.
  • Floral Appeal: A pot of flowers can give you a lift when combating a stressful work week. They add color, life and a beautiful fragrance. Johanna opts for artificial to add a touch of beauty she can reuse as background props.
  • Texture: White walls can drown out your colorful ideas. Johanna keeps a stack of distressed wooden boards ranging in shades from dark-light to use in backdrops for photos. Repurposed wood boards can also be used to add texture to dull, lifeless walls in any work space.

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Johanna Typewriter

A “Type” of Prop: As the Director of Photography, it comes to no surprise that Johanna’s workspace can pile up with a plethora of props. A vintage thrifted typewriter serves as a the perfect platform for showcasing artwork for Somerset Life. Bring your own props from home to creatively display sentimental photographs, stage a certain scene, or infuse a vintage feel into your office space.

 

Johanna Books

Words of Wisdom: “Some are collector’s items, others are more common, but these books all have interesting worn covers and beautiful text pages inside,” says Johanna. If she’s not using these for a photo shoot, books are always inspiring to open and read during a break.

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Many fellow employees (like me!) have fallen in love with the artful ambiance Johanna has cultivated. Within moments of stepping into her office space, the stresses of work seem to melt away and are replaced by a wonderful eclectic energy.

What interesting or inspiring materials do you surround yourself with at work? Comment below to help fellow creatives find their muse and reduce stress!

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JohannaAbout Johanna:

Favorite Food: Watermelon

Random Fact: She experiences déjà vu on a regular basis.

Favorite Quote: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

 

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“I couldn’t spend more than half my life somewhere without loving every inch of my space – it’s very simple.”- Johanna Love, Director of Photography at Stampington & Company There’s no better place to search for inspiration than within oneself, which is why we’re so excited to feature the inside of our very own Director […]

Pie∙ography: A Taste of 39 Inspiring Stories

March 14th, 2013

“Savory and hearty, simple and sweet, or messy and gooey, these pages tell women’s stories through more than just words.”

Pieography

Nearly drooling on myself, I skimmed the pages of Pie∙ography, which revealed life’s delicious captured moments of salacious treats. My taste buds salivating, I managed to gain some sense of composure as I began to read the stories behind each pie recipe. Not only do the pictures of pies look lovely, but the hands behind them hold amazing stories. Please join me in a sneak peak of the most ins-PIE-ring recipes that reflect the fascinating lifestyles of several special women.

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As I perused the pages of Pie∙ography, I found Anne Marie Klaske’s charming story and soul-satisfying recipe. Finding a balance between femininity and farm life, Anne dedicates her mouthwatering Chicken Potpie to her traditional roots. Drawing upon her country lifestyle, she uses rustic flavors to infuse her dishes. Everything she cooks is thoughtfully prepared from scratch, without uniformity or perfection.Chicken Pot Pie

 

“When Jo Packham contacted me early last year, to contribute to her book, it was more than just flattering, it was a chance to contribute to a book featuring my life intimately snuggled under pie crust all warm and satisfying to whoever wants to try it.”- Anne Klaske

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After reading Anne’s story in Pie∙ography, I became enamored with her country charm and the way it reflects in the delicious food she creates. I was eager to indulge in the new March issue of Where Women Cook to learn even more about her farm, food and fashion life.

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Individual Pie

Creative connoisseur and author of Pie∙ography, Jo Packham opens up her new book by sharing two tantalizing pie recipes with a twist on tradition. “Nothing about my life, or my pies, can be considered classical or conventional,” she explains. She approaches her pies the way she approaches people: “exclusively, distinctively and creatively,” which shows why her pies are made fresh in individual servings. Special attention is given to each petite pie to achieve that signature golden flaky crust – I think it would be a challenge to have just one!

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Pecan Pie Recipe

Don’t forget the dessert! Because I’m a fan of all things chocolate, this Dreamy Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe really caught my eye. Golden crust, rich chocolate chips, nutty pecans — how could one resist? Vickie Hutchins and Jo Ann Martin share this tempting treat (a tried and true recipe from their friend Doris) that combines sweet and nutty for one delicious delight.

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Whether you’re dreaming of satisfying your sweet tooth or getting a savory fix, these plethora of pie recipes will be sure to deliver. Hungry for more? Take a bite of life’s most successful recipes and order your brand new copy today at 10% off — it’s as easy as pie! Hurry, this is a one week only sale.

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Jo Packham
Author Jo Packham has been a successful entrepreneur and leading innovator in the handmade publishing market for more than 30 years. She currently has partnered with Stampington & Company to produce the best selling magazines: Where Women Create, Where Women Cook , and Where Women Create BUSINESS.

 



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“Savory and hearty, simple and sweet, or messy and gooey, these pages tell women’s stories through more than just words.” Nearly drooling on myself, I skimmed the pages of Pie∙ography, which revealed life’s delicious captured moments of salacious treats. My taste buds salivating, I managed to gain some sense of composure as I began to read the […]

A Case of Sunshine: Function Meets Fashion

March 11th, 2013

Sunshine Case

What a bright idea! Our creative Shoppe Manager shows how to alter the ordinary by transforming plain fabric into a pretty purse. In just a few simple steps, she unzips the secret to achieve ultimate functionality without compromising beauty and style.

 

Materials:

 Flower Case

Directions:

First lay the 12” x 12” fabric page flat on a protected surface. Using either fabric paint (or acrylic will work fine – just try not to get the case wet), and the Marrakech Stencil, gently stencil the design onto the canvas and allow to dry.

Once the paint has dried, stitch a zipper onto the canvas. To do this, fold the canvas in half, and stitch the zipper onto those top edges. Make sure you stick on the correct side so that the seam is correct. Unzip the zipper half way, turn the case inside out and then stitch the two sides up, properly securing the ends of the zippers to ensure that it is sturdy in place.

Spray mist two Blanc Delicious Flowers using the Squeezed Orange on one and Lemon Zest on the other. Using a hot glue gun, glue a brooch pin onto the back of each flower. Using the brooch pin is great because then you can change out the flowers as you like. Now you’re ready to fill your bags with all your favorite things!

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We’d like to know: What’s the most unique design you’ve ever stenciled? Please share your ideas with a link to the image if available.

Bonus: If you’ve ever used a Stampington & Company stenciling product, you can also consider entering those images into our Instagram Contest for a chance to win a free magazine and gift certificate!

Project and photographs by Vanessa Spencer

 



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What a bright idea! Our creative Shoppe Manager shows how to alter the ordinary by transforming plain fabric into a pretty purse. In just a few simple steps, she unzips the secret to achieve ultimate functionality without compromising beauty and style.   Materials: Fabric Page Marrakech Stencils Fabric Flowers Ink Spray   Directions: First lay […]

INSTA Win: National Craft Month Contest

March 7th, 2013

Stampington Instagram Contest

In celebration of National Craft Month, we’re holding an instantly gratifying Instagram Contest!

How to Play:

  • Submit a photo that includes any products from The Shoppe at Somerset, and you’ll be entered to win twice! Add the hashtag: #marchshoppe2
  • Submit a project photo that uses any products from The Shoppe at Somerset, and you’ll be entered to win twice! Add the hashtag: #marchproject2
  • Submit a photo that includes any of S&C’s magazines in it, and you’ll be entered to win three times! Add the hashtag: #marchpub3

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but we think it holds even more value than that…

What You can WIN:

  • 3rd Place: Mention on S&C’s Facebook and Instagram, plus a $10 Gift Certificate
  • 2nd Place: Mention on S&C’s Facebook and Instagram, plus a $25 Gift Certificate
  • 1st Place: Mention on S&C’s Facebook and Instagram, $25 Gift Certificate, plus winner’s choice of one magazine.

Bonus Drawing:

Help us grow our Instagram followers to over 3,000 by March 31st, and we’ll add two FREE subscriptions to our list of prizes! If you share this contest with your facebook friends or crafty family members, let us know by commenting “I Shared!” (please include your Instagram name) on our Facebook or Twitter pages, and you’ll be entered to win a subscription if you help us reach our goal.

Take Your Best Shot:

You may have to adjust your lens to capture all of the goodness in this contest, but when you’re ready, we’ve provided some creative and inspiring prompts at the bottom of our complete contest rules here.

*Instagram contest ends March 31, 2013.

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All submissions must comply with Instagram’s Terms of Use or result in disqualification from this contest.

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In celebration of National Craft Month, we’re holding an instantly gratifying Instagram Contest! How to Play: Submit a photo that includes any products from The Shoppe at Somerset, and you’ll be entered to win twice! Add the hashtag: #marchshoppe2 Submit a project photo that uses any products from The Shoppe at Somerset, and you’ll be […]

Let Your Creativity Bloom: Glimpse Inside March Issues + Win Your Fave

March 4th, 2013

 

Bring on the bold this Spring and gather a bouquet of fresh ideas with these mesmerizing March magazines. From delicious treats to artistic feats, these inspiring reads will have you shedding that winter coat to welcome a wonder of creativity.

INCREDIBLE OFFER: It’s that time again to thank our lovely blog readers by offering a FREE SHIPPING discount on all of our March releases. If you haven’t subscribed yet, simply click here to get our blog promos and projects delivered directly to your inbox.

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Mix It UpThis fresh spring Somerset Digital Studio issue features the best of the best digitally created artwork around! Top artist Nicoletta Raineri shares some of her finest work to spark your own genius. Mini spotlight articles showcase breathtaking images by talented digi-scrappers and designers, and our Gallery is filled with page after page of great ideas. This issue is filled with so much inspiration you’ll be eager to access your computer (or tablet or smart phone!) and start designing your own artwork right away.

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Where Women Cook Spring 2013

Celebrate the beginning of spring with the new issue of Where Women Cook! Our March issue features an array of beautiful home kitchens and bustling restaurants, and of course the amazing women behind them all. You’ll get a behind-the-stove look at Mary Cleaver, owner and founder of the sustainable eatery and wine bar The Green Table; Marie Nygren of Serenbe Bed and Breakfast; the kitchen of interior design guru Kristin Alber; and Teri Arnold of Teresita’s Panaderia and Bistro in Sonora, Mexico. There’s no better way to welcome the beautiful sights of spring than with the delicious flavors inside Where Women Cook!

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With more than 275 quick and easy stamped projects, the spring issue of Take Ten is vamped up! Jump right in with a gorgeous technique article featuring white pencil detailing on Kraft cardstock, then read on for a unique take on masculine cards just in time for Father’s Day. Fall in love with the cards of this issue’s Guest Artist, Melisa Waldorf, whose simple, yet stunning style leaves you wanting more. There’s also a free designer artist paper tucked inside and ready to use!

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This issue of Somerset Apprentice will teach you basic techniques guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing. Get a glimpse into the creative processes of top talented artists Pam Carriker, Karla Nathan, Julie Haymaker Thompson, Kristen Robinson and many more, as they thoroughly explain how to make your own mixed-media works of art. Also, in this issue’s From the Pros section, we present tips and tricks from successful artists like Christine Adolph, Sarah Whitmire, and Seth Apter.

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Spring forward into the innovative techniques and inspiring creations packed inside the newest Somerset Studio. Showcasing a wonder of whimsical mixed-media artwork and new ways to work with wire, pick up the March/April issue to explore precious paper mache dolls by Sarah Hand and an incredible Artist Profile on Cori Dantini. You won’t want to miss the charming journaling of Joanne Sharpe or Kimberly Ward’s tutorial on creating in Technicolor, so be sure to reserve your copy – complete with free artist papers tucked inside!

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Hold onto your hats, and get ready for an unforgettable issue that is a thrill ride of never-before-seen jewelry from cover to cover!  The newest Belle Armoire Jewelry will teach you how to make soldered glass pendants, a handmade caged pendant, gorgeous bezel necklaces, and eco-friendly patinas. Brace yourself for all new artwork from industry power houses Cat Kerr, Carol Kornievsky, and Cathy Combs, and explore the amazing Designer Collection of Jen Cushman.

 

*Win the issue you love most!

In order to be entered in our March issue giveaway, you must:

(1) Click on the Facebook “like” button below to share this post.

(2) Comment below with your favorite March issue to let us know you shared!

From those who participate, we will select one winner at random to win. Contest ends on March 31st, 2013.

 

*Free shipping offer applies to U.S. purchases of the following March (Spring ’13) issues only: Somerset Digital Studio, Where Women Cook, Take Ten, Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire Jewelry. Discount code cannot be combined with any other offer and expires 3/31/13.

 



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  Bring on the bold this Spring and gather a bouquet of fresh ideas with these mesmerizing March magazines. From delicious treats to artistic feats, these inspiring reads will have you shedding that winter coat to welcome a wonder of creativity. INCREDIBLE OFFER: It’s that time again to thank our lovely blog readers by offering […]