Journal Your Year: Free Article Download by Kate Crane

December 21st, 2012
“There aren’t many mistakes in an art journal. How can there be? An art journal is personal, so who is there to judge?”                                                                                                                                
– Kate Crane

Journal Your Year by Kate Crane

We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to Kate Crane’s Guest Artist blog post back in July that we thought it only fitting to bring her back by sharing another one of her inspiring journaling projects with a free article download! This fresh calendar take shows inventive ways to catalog your year and memories in a wonderfully mixed-media fashion.

Click here to download this free article and CREATE every day.

“Journal Your Year” by Kate Crane originally appeared in the November/December ’11 issue of Somerset Studio, on sale for only $6.99.

You may also be interested in: Art JournalingMixed-Media Stamps by Traci Bautista

Is there an artist you’re dying to learn from or hungry for a closer look at their inspiring projects?  Comment below your most sought after artist, and if it’s in our power, we’ll create a dialogue by inviting them to be a guest artist at Somerset Place!



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“There aren’t many mistakes in an art journal. How can there be? An art journal is personal, so who is there to judge?”                                                                                                                                 – Kate Crane We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to Kate Crane’s Guest Artist blog post back in July that we thought it only fitting to bring her back by […]

A Daily Calendar Journaling Project Just For You!

December 17th, 2012

Daily Calendar Journal in 7gypsies Library Drawer

Join our Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer as she shows you how to journal just a little tidbit every day and make it a tradition to continue to do so every year by creating this daily calendar project inspired by Design Sponge.

I decided to draw on a unique concept (because it’s simply an amazing idea) that I spotted on the Design Sponge blog, but adapt it by using the 7gypsies library drawer to store my daily journal pages.  Imagine in five years time, if you were able to look back and see what you did on January 10th every year?  This project provides a great way to record memories, whether it’s a big event like a wedding or simply a trip to your favorite park or farmer’s market.

You will need a journal card for every day of the year. Cutting out the 365 pieces of cardstock may take a little while, but it’s certainly worth it! The other step that may take some time is stamping the dates onto all of the cardstock pieces, but this can be split up over time.  I suggest creating a little assembly line by making some piles for the cards and doing all the months at the same time, followed by the days (all the 1’s for each month, then all the 2’s, etc.).  For this project, I used a simple Typewriter Alphabet clearly impressed set for the names and dates with an assortment of colorful StazOn Inks.

Daily Calendar Journal in 7gypsies Library Drawer     Daily Calendar Journal in 7gypsies Library Drawer

You may want to alter the cards and embellish them just a little – or save this part for when the inspiration strikes during your journaling process. There is nothing wrong with gradually doing the cards throughout the year – this definitely does not need to be completed all at once! For my cards, I added a few very simple elements using some of my favorite stamps with colorful inks and a bit of decorative tape.

On certain days, it might also be fun to include a photo of a special event or even a sleepy Saturday afternoon at home.  For more creative journaling ideas and prompts, be sure the pick up the latest issue of Art Journaling, or instantly download sold-out issues for your PC or Mac computer at e-Crafting.com.

How would you journal your year?  Comment below with your unique embellishing ideas for this daily calendar project, or if you’re feeling especially brave, share with us what “one day’s” post would be from your year in 2012.  Journal without reservation, journal without judgment, and journal daily!

Project and photographs by Vanessa Spencer.


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Join our Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer as she shows you how to journal just a little tidbit every day and make it a tradition to continue to do so every year by creating this daily calendar project inspired by Design Sponge. I decided to draw on a unique concept (because it’s simply an amazing idea) […]

Happy Birthday Somerset Place! Celebrate with a Giveaway & Free Vintage Clip Art on Us.

December 13th, 2012
Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012Featured Artwork and Photograph Credits (top to bottom and left to right): Claire Brocato, Kate Crane, Susan Tuttle, Donna Downey, Beth Conklin, Lauren Eatherly, Linda Bloom, and Vanessa Spencer.

This month we’re celebrating Somerset Place’s one year anniversary!  We can hardly believe it ourselves, but we’re so excited and grateful to our subscribers who have cheered us on from the beginning or embraced us along the way.  Over the past 12 months, we’ve shared new project ideas and introduced fresh spins on the hottest crafting techniques, held exciting giveaways and contests, and also been so privileged to welcome a multitude of talented guest bloggers to our online crafting corner.

As the end of 2012 draws near, we wanted to take a moment to revisit our top 12 most popular blog posts.

Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012:

1.  Free Mingle Article Download + Tips for an Artistic Gathering

2.   Layers of Colour by Guest Artist Kate Crane

3.   An iPhoneography Tutorial with Guest Artist Susan Tuttle

4.   Art Journaling Video with Guest Artist Donna Downey

5.   Pearls of Wisdom Caption Contest

6.   10 Ways with Washi Tape!

7.   National Tie One On Day: Q&A with EllynAnne Geisel

8.   Shabby Chic Organizational Solutions to Brighten Your Office

9.    Distress a Crate with a Vintage Whitewashing Technique!

10.  Garden Grunge Accordion Book Tutorial with Guest Artist Dina Wakley

11.  Digital Designs Showcase + a Somerset Digital Studio Giveaway

12.  Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Creative Minds + Giveaway

Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012

Featured Artwork and Photograph Credits (left to right): Dina Wakley, Melanie Ritchie, and Tawnye Vaughan.

Thank you, loyal readers for sharing in this adventure and your own inspiration with us.

Please enjoy the special treats below as we celebrate!

 20 FREE Vintage Clip Art Images:

Just for being a loyal reader, we would like to present you with a FREE digital ephemera download featuringtwo sheets of classic vintage clip art (20 images!) to play with.  Images come individually and on two collage sheets.

Want to Win a Gift Certificate to The Shoppe?!

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Did your favorite post make the list?  Leave a comment telling us which one inspired, intrigued, or impressed you the most from our past year at Somerset Place for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates to use at The Shoppe at Somerset.*

We hope you enjoy these freebies, and thank you again for your continued readership.  We look forward to bringing you even more inspiration in 2013 and beyond!

 



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Featured Artwork and Photograph Credits (top to bottom and left to right): Claire Brocato, Kate Crane, Susan Tuttle, Donna Downey, Beth Conklin, Lauren Eatherly, Linda Bloom, and Vanessa Spencer. This month we’re celebrating Somerset Place’s one year anniversary!  We can hardly believe it ourselves, but we’re so excited and grateful to our subscribers who have […]

Chatty Cathies Caption Contest + Giveaway

December 11th, 2012

Did you hear?

Oh, heaven’s to Betsy!

Well, I do declare.

We’re up to no good.

Do these four finely dressed ladies seem familiar? Perhaps they mirror your close group of friends, or remind you of the lovely ladies in your family? Give this photo a caption and we’ll choose one winner at random to receive the current issue of Artful Blogging!*

Artwork by Abby Bastedo from Artful Blogging Spring 2012

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*Contest is open to residents of the U.S. only.



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Did you hear? Oh, heaven’s to Betsy! Well, I do declare. We’re up to no good. Do these four finely dressed ladies seem familiar? Perhaps they mirror your close group of friends, or remind you of the lovely ladies in your family? Give this photo a caption and we’ll choose one winner at random to […]

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Creative Minds + Giveaway

December 6th, 2012

Top 10 Holiday Gift IdeasIt took some time and quite a bit of debate amongst a few of us to decide which of our crafty items were our most sought after gifts this holiday season. After a few games of “Go Fish” and a couple dozen rounds of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” we finally agreed on our favorite gift ideas for 2012.

Drum roll please …

Somerset Life RSVP Package1)      Somerset Life Gift Subscription

  • Subscribe a friend or loved one to this great quarterly magazines and receive a FREE gift at the same time! You’ll also get a gift announcement card, artfully packaged in a hand-stitched mesh bag, that you can personalize sand send to the recipient.

Book of Organization2)      Where Women Create: Book of Organization

  • Once you see how amazing this book is, you might just want to gift one for yourself. With hundreds of photos of “organizational secrets” from some of today’s most notable artists, this backstage pass is hard to pass up!

Faber Castell Gelatos3)      Faber Castell Gelatos – 34 Pack

  • This all-in-one set includes all 28 Gelato colors, water brush, two smudge sticks, and two foam blending tools in a slide-out gift box that doubles as a storage container for use in the studio or for easy on-the-go.

Papaya Art Luxe Totes4)      Dream Luxe Tote Bag

  • Luxe Totes are just right for transporting all of your necessities and adding a little “pretty” to the daily grind. Made of highly durable oil cloth material with sturdy hardware details and hidden magnetic snap closure, structured bottom panel, and colorful interior linings that are wipeable and water resistant, Luxe Totes also have a cell phone compartment that’s big enough to fit an iPhone, a zipper pouch and two additional slip pockets. This is no ordinary shopping bag.

2013 Planners and Calendars5)      2013 Weekly Planners & Calendars

Interior elements to this gorgeous Papaya weekly planner include a six pocket accordion storage folder, slide-out spiral planner, elastic band closure, and extra pages for personal notes. Just the perfect place to stay organized the whole year through!

Graffiti Glam Cling Mount Stamps by Traci Bautista6)      Traci Bautista Stamps: Creative Soul

  • Having to pick a favorite design from Traci Baustista’s new stamp collection was probably the hardest part of this process, but here is our winner! Her textured backgrounds and hand-drawn doodles fit perfectly on a variety of our easy-to-grip acrylic stamp mounts, which you can also be used with any of our Clearly Impressed stamps.

Cavallini & Co. Rubber Stamp Sets7)      Cavallini Rubber Stamp Sets: Paris

  • Packaged in an adorable Parisian tin, this stamp set is ready-to-wrap! Giftable tin includes eleven different French-themed stamps and a black ink pad.

Metal Stacking Tins8)      Metal Stacking Tins: Birds and Flowers

  •  These adorable and reusable stacking tins are great for giving as gifts or using to wrap gifts in. Compact and stackable, there really is no way to go wrong with these!

Insulated Lunch Totes9)      Botanical Study Lunch Bag

  • Papaya Art lunch bags are the perfect gift for your eco-conscious friends at the office or family members at home. Made of sturdy polywoven fabric that can be wiped off easily, a thin insulated material keeps snacks & lunches fresh.

Vintage Reproduction Boxes10)   Vintage Divided Box

  • Ready-to-wrap or use as unique wrapping, these faux vintage boxes add character to any project, whether you’re storing images, your own treasures, or artfully packaging treats to give away as a gift.

 

Did we miss one of your favorites?  Comment below with the gift that’s #1 on your wish list from The Shoppe at Somerset for your chance to win it!

 

 



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It took some time and quite a bit of debate amongst a few of us to decide which of our crafty items were our most sought after gifts this holiday season. After a few games of “Go Fish” and a couple dozen rounds of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” we finally agreed on our favorite gift ideas […]