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Handcrafted Projects for Christmas & the Holiday Season
Christmastime is when most crafters truly shine — it is the time to create beautiful handmade gifts, lovely wrapping and cards, and artful decorative pieces. In this upcoming issue of A Somerset Holiday, we are aiming to create an inspirational, instructional companion for the holiday crafter with an abundance of simple projects, covering everything from artwork and gifts, to creating the packaging and tags labeling each memorable gift item. We invite you to join in the celebrations and submit your very favorite holiday-themed artwork, gifts, and more. Projects that might spring to mind are Christmas cards, gift wrapping paper, wreaths, advent calendars, and quick and easy gift ideas (i.e. face scrubs, gift baskets, imaginative gift card holders, stocking stuffers, candles, food/beverage ideas, and so on). Start a lasting tradition by giving gifts straight from the heart and made with your own hands. Please submit your most festive DIY projects to be considered for this stunning, full-color 144-page publication.
Deadline: Every May 15th.
A Little Bit Handmade
The holidays are a very busy time, so it is not always easy to have the time to make something by hand. In this department, we aim to take a purchased item and personalize it in some way. For instance, taking a thrifted coffee mug and turning it into a hot cocoa kit, making a scarf in 20 minutes or less from a yard or two of fabric, or altering a Moleskine journal for the recipient with their monogram in a faux-calligraphy style. These are creative, inexpensive, simple projects that ideally take 30 minutes or less to make.
Deadline: Every May 15th.
In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for capturing their emotions. From stamping and collage art to painting and sketching, each journal is filled with innovative techniques and inspirational stories. If you have an art journal that you would like to share with our readers, we would love to hear from you.
Deadline: every August 15th, November 15th, February 15th, and May 15th.
Quilting and mixed-media techniques come together in stunning works of art in Art Quilting Studio. Each issue features a variety of articles, showcasing quilts that exhibit artistic techniques, unexpected materials, and inspiring stories. Art Quilting Studio also includes a number of recurring departments: Artist Portfolio, Series Showcase, Art Quilt Walking, Quilting the Odd and Unusual, and The Last Page (see details below). Whether for a feature article or for a specific department, we welcome quilters of all levels and styles to submit their artwork for consideration.
Deadlines: January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, and October 15th
In this department, we showcase the artwork and story of an artist with an impressive portfolio.
Here, we highlight an extraordinary series of quilts created by one artist.
Art Quilt Walking
This department features quilted, wearable arts, including clothing, accessories, jewelry, and more.
Quilting the Odd and Unusual
These are not your ordinary quilts — the quilts included in this department encompass a specific and unique theme.
The Last Page
On The Last Page — which is literally the last page of every issue — we feature a single quilt that has a special meaning or inspiring story behind it.
Bella Grace is a print publication devoted to discovering magic in the ordinary. Our aim is to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photographs that capture life's beautiful adventure.
At Bella Grace, we believe that:
- Every cloud has a silver lining.
- An ordinary life can be an extraordinary life.
- There is beauty and magic to be found everywhere.
- It's OK to embrace imperfection.
- Life should be lived with a full heart and open eyes.
Bella Grace is currently seeking submissions from writers and photographer
What We Are Looking For
We are currently looking for original narratives and poetry that focus on the idea that "life is a beautiful adventure." Submitted work can be about simple pleasures, life lessons learned, slowing down, embracing your authentic self, and more. Written submissions can include accompanying photography, but we will also pair writers up with photographers if necessary.
Picture submissions should capture the spirit of Bella Grace. They should depict simple moments, bits of romance, feelings of happiness, etc. Photography can be submitted on its own and will be considered for use with narratives or as the background for some of the quotes featured throughout the book.
Who doesn’t love making a great list? Creating lists can be a very effective and inspiring form of writing. They’re also incredibly fun to read! We aren’t looking for your grocery list; we’re looking for your life lists. A few ideas include 10 Ways to Turn a Day Around, 5 Times I Laughed Uncontrollably, and 15 Things I’d Tell My 15-Year-Old Self. Make it funny, make it sweet … the choice is yours.
Who doesn’t love Instagram? As artists and creatives, it’s such a great way to beautifully share our days with others. It also serves as a diary to help us document our days. In each issue of Bella Grace we feature a few Instagram collections. We’re now opening this up to submissions! All you need to do is send 15 images that you feel capture your Instagram and a statement about what living a Bella Grace life means to you to firstname.lastname@example.org. If selected, you will need to provide high-resolution images that can be printed at 5" x 5", 300 dpi.
Ideas To Get You Started
We are happy to receive general submissions, but in case you need a few ideas to get you started, we are also looking for responses (photographic or written or both) to the following prompts:
Stories of Self-Love
Most of us have our own bag of tricks we turn to when we need to show ourselves a little love and kindness. For our editor-in-chief, it’s a quiet night spent under her very favorite blanket and the first book in the Harry Potter series. It never fails to brighten her spirits. What is it you turn to? What’s your recipe for self-love? (Lists and narratives accepted.)
Small, Random Acts of Kindness
It's been said that you never know what another person might be going through, so it's important to be kind with everyone. A small gesture, such as a flower placed on a car windshield or an anonymous note left for someone to find, can make a huge impact. For an upcoming issue of Bella Grace, we are hoping to gather as many ideas for committing random acts of kindness as we possibly can. Furthermore, if you have a story to share about the impact an act of kindness has had on you, we'd love to hear it.
You in a Song
Wouldn't it be great to have a theme song for yourself? One that would be played as though you were in a movie? Here in our office, we've been asking each other what a song about them would sound like, and what lyrics it would contain. Now, we want to issue the same question to you. If someone wrote a song about you, what would the lyrics be?
Super Sassy Bios
One of the most challenging assignments can be to write a biography for yourself. No matter how short the requirement, the task can be daunting. While perusing blogs, we've spied some really clever bios, some so unique that we can't help but feel we know that blogger. In 30 words or less, what can you say about yourself? Don't be boring and follow the usual format. Make it fun and attention-grabbing.
Bella Grace is released on a quarterly basis: March, June, September, and December. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis, but must be received on or before the following dates to be considered for a specific issue.
Deadline for submissions:
Summer Issue — January 15th • Autumn Issue — April 15th • Winter Issue — July 15th • Spring Issue — December 15th
For consideration, please send any of the above to:
Click here to download our guide for submitting photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.
Be a Part of a New Generation
We’re sharing Bella Grace with a whole new generation of young women.
In 2018, we will be launching Bella Grace New Generation, which will feature the same inspirational content you love in Bella Grace, but geared toward girls ages 12 to 19.
We are currently looking for the following people to help us launch this exciting new title:
- Writers and photographers who fall within our target age range
- Young women ages 12 to 19 interested in being part of a special focus group where they will help generate ideas for content as well as provide feedback on potential topics, designs, and stories
- Leaders of young women’s groups, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts who can write thoughtful, reflective articles geared toward young women in this age group OR are willing to share what kinds of content they would like made available to girls ages 12 to 19.
If you fall into one of these categories and are interested in being part of something truly special, please send an email to email@example.com.
If you'd like to share your inspiration and detailed, how-to instructions for creating beautiful jewelry with readers, we want to hear from you. Belle Armoire Jewelry covers a broad range of mediums, such as polymer clay, metal working, lamp work, wire-wrapping, mixed-media, and much more. Whether you create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, or other jewelry, we welcome you to submit your artwork to be considered for publication.
Deadline: Every October 15th, January 15th, April 15th, and July 15th.
In Her Studio showcases the creative spaces and lives of female artists, designers, and makers.
We invite artists and creatives of all kinds to submit photos of their creative spaces to be considered for publication. Whether you have a dedicated room or you create in an artistic corner, send us a variety of photos that show off your entire space, the interesting details within it, and don't forget the artist at work!
Deadline: Every March 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and December 15th.
Know any creative women you would like to see featured within its pages?
We want to hear from you!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your ideas, and submit your own creative spaces or storage solutions for publication consideration.
Unique gatherings take center stage with our now-quarterly publication, Mingle! From intimate art retreats, to creative, one-of-a-kind celebrations, Mingle provides the inspiration you need to plan extraordinary gatherings with an artistic flair. For this publication, we are looking for stunning photographs and stories from unique gatherings such as the following:
- Intimate Affaires Do you get together regularly with close friends for a night in of crafts? Perhaps you have a tradition of going to the park for a knitting circle or a picnic.
- Art Retreats Do you plan art retreats for others to come participate in? Have you attended one that had a profound effect on you?
- Handcrafted Weddings Was your wedding completely crafted by hand? Did it take place somewhere unique?
- Birthday Parties & Anniversaries Did you throw a party for a friend that was simply over the top? Maybe you thought of an interesting theme.
- Party Details Did you take a couple pictures (or maybe just one) of a stunning aspect of an event that you think Mingle readers need to see?
This is just a sampling of the items we are looking for to publish in each issue of Mingle. Submissions and questions can be emailed to the editor at email@example.com, or saved on a disc and mailed to our physical address. If selected, we will need hi-res versions of your photographs.
Deadline: Every February 15th, May 15th, August 15th & November 15th.
Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.
As the leading mixed-media publication, Somerset Studio aims to share the latest tips, tricks, and techniques being used in the art community, as well as share tales of creativity through essays. Each issue has a selected theme that we provide to give artists inspiration for their work, but we also accept submissions that do not follow a selected theme. All submission samples should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief as outlined in our Submission Guidelines.
Who Needs a Napkin?
How many of us are guilty of stashing away gorgeous paper napkins to use at some later undetermined date? With so many beautiful and striking designs, it's hard not to hoard them. Did you know, though, they are the perfect addition to your mixed-media work and/or journal pages? Simply remove the top layer (the one with the design), and use decoupage medium or gel medium to adhere it to your work. The result is a stunning transparent look. We want to see all the wonderful ways you incorporate paper napkin layers into your art.
Deadline: March 15, 2019
We’ve decided to keep one issue each year open to submissions of all kinds. Did you miss the deadline on a recent challenge? Submit your creation to this issue! Did you make something that doesn’t follow any of our upcoming themes? Send it in! Though we are constantly taking submissions that don’t fit our theme, we’re leaving this issue open to share art of all kinds. Art journals, collages full of luscious layers … we’re excited to bring you our annual themeless issue!
Deadline: June 15, 2019
An easy way to take your artwork to the next level is simply adding a stitch or two — or maybe even more. It’s become wildly popular to add hand- and machine-stitching to mixed-media work, and it’s something we always love looking at. For this challenge, we’re asking you to grab a needle or thread, or your sewing machine, and incorporate some stitching into your mixed-media work.
Deadline: September 15, 2019
Somerset Studio is published on a quarterly basis. We take general submissions (art journals, collages, assemblages, art dolls, art jewelry, altered books, etc.) on an ongoing basis. To be considered for a specific issue, please refer to the following deadlines:
February (Spring) issue: September 15
May (Summer) issue: December 15
August (Autumn) issue: March 15
November (Winter) issue: June 15
Launched in 2014, Willow and Sage features natural, handmade products that soothe both body and soul. We're paying special attention to unique packaging and the art of presentation, and we want YOU to be a part of the next issue!
Here's what we're looking for:
• bath salts and soaks • solid perfumes • natural scents • homemade soaps • chemical-free lotions and make-up • toiletries (such as deodorant and toothpaste) • hair treatments, spray-in conditioners, and dry shampoos • face masks • sugar scrubs • soy and wax candles • unique spa kits • gift bundles • handmade bath and body products in beautiful packaging • lifestyle stories that touch on adopting a natural lifestyle • and more
Deadline for Submissions:
For February issue: September 15th
For May issue: December 15th
For August issue: March 15th
For November issue: June 15th