Ring in the New Year with Artful Resolutions

December 27th, 2012
Artwork by Mou Saha

The impending arrival of 2013 and the beacon of hope and optimism that it represents is something that we’re all ready to embrace.  If you’re personally looking to take control of your creative vision, discover fresh perspectives and explore new art forms, we have you covered. Over the years, our Shoppe Manager has created dozens of inspiring projects designed to make keeping artful resolutions even easier, and we think they are worth a second glance.

Click here to view our Artful Resolutions Collection, and find all the resources you need to get creatively organized, venture into new crafts, and even benefit the environment!


Ready to take a creative leap of faith? Leave a comment below and tell us what YOUR artful resolutions are for 2013! We’ll select two winners at random to receive a 1) 2013 Desk Calendar and 2) 2013 Weekly Planner from Papaya Art to help you tackle and successfully achieve all your goals. Good luck and Happy New Year from all of us at Stampington!

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



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Artwork by Mou Saha The impending arrival of 2013 and the beacon of hope and optimism that it represents is something that we’re all ready to embrace.  If you’re personally looking to take control of your creative vision, discover fresh perspectives and explore new art forms, we have you covered. Over the years, our Shoppe […]

Happy Holidays From Stampington!

December 24th, 2012

Christmas Card 2012



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.

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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 […]