Friday, May 1, 2009

Your Home and National Scrapbook Day

What does your home and National Scrapbook Day have in common? Stampington and Company's new Somerset Home Vol 3 publication!

Use your scrapbooking supplies to create beautiful home decor inpired by this fabulous book!

Stampington & Company publishes many different magazines covering a wide variety of topics. Somerset Home is one of their many publications that is sure to inspire and bring artistic expression to your home.

To date, Stampington & Company has published three volumes of the Somerset Home. When I received volume 3 of Somerset Home for this review I was taken with the cover which showcases a “lazy susan” created by Stampington’s Director of Publication, Jenny Doh. Somehow I knew that I would fall in love with the projects found on the enclosed pages.

Typical of the style of Stampington & Company’s publications, the Somerset Home is broken up into chapters making it easy to find projects that fit your needs.

  • Chapter 1: Welcome Home
  • Chapter 2: A Room of Your Own
  • Chapter 3: Heart of the Home
  • Chapter 4: Suite Retreats
  • Chapter 5: Bountiful Boudoir
  • Chapter 6: Mantels & Walls

Introducing each project is a paragraph or two from the artist which explains how or why they created the featured project. Next you will find an explanation on how to achieve the particular style of the project. This section is titled Technique followed by Tips which will give you helpful suggestions for creating the project. You will also find a Tools & Materials list along with contact information for the artist.

A Gallery is located at the end of each chapter and highlights additional projects which include a supply list and instructions for each. You will also find contact information for each of the artists that are featured.

I know I must have looked through this book at least 5 times and each time I realized I wanted to create just about every project found in this book. I finally decided to start with inspiration that I found in the Bountiful Boudoir chapter from artist Christen Olivarez. Like Christen, I am always looking for ways to alter items if they are not stylish. I keep all of my stamps stored in wooden CD racks and to be honest I have wanted to alter them since the day they were purchased. When I saw the A Place for Everything project I knew that this was the makeover that my CD racks were needing. I used white gesso to prime the CD rack and then applied my acrylic paint. Once the paint was completely dry I sponged the edges with black ink and applied my patterned paper to the outward facing sides of the CD rack. I am looking forward to completing the other three CD racks to match this first one. I can’t tell you how wonderful it made me feel just to get this first one completed!

Stamp-Rack
Title: Altered CD Rack
Products used: Wooden CD Rack
White Gesso (Liquitex)
Acrylic Paint (Golden)
Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex)
Ink (Ranger)
Patterned Paper (My Minds Eye)

In the Gallery section of the Suite Retreats chapter I found the cutest Collaged Tins by Eunice Pitman. I loved how she used tin cans to create beautiful works of art. I glanced at my tiny buckets that I have sitting in cubbyholes and realized that they looked very plain and needed an immediate extreme makeover. Each of my tiny buckets were already painted so I only added some antiquing varnish to them to give a bit of an aged appearance. I then began adding lace, patterned paper scraps, ribbon, tissue paper, and various embellishments from my stash. Once I was finished I couldn’t believe the transformation that my tiny buckets had taken. Frankly, I really just wanted to sit and stare at them for awhile.

Bottom-Row Top-Row

Once my newly altered tin buckets were tucked into their little cubbyholes, I decided that I will eventually alternate the compartments with my altered buckets and cloth remnants.

Cubby-Hole-Box
Title: Tiny Buckets
Products used: Tin Buckets
Instant Age Varnish (Delta Ceramcoat)
Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex)
Patterned Paper, Tissue Paper, Embellishments (misc)

It has been a long time since I have found this much inspiration inside the covers of a magazine. With 138 color pages and over 170 projects and ideas you would think that there would be at least a handful of projects that didn’t suite me. Nothing is farther from the truth! This magazine is packed with projects that could keep me decorating and redecorating for months to come. I give the Somerset Home, volume 3 edition two thumbs up!

If you are looking for fresh ideas on how to decorate your home, I highly recommend Somerset Home from Stampington & Company.

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