Sunday, January 17, 2016

Why I love this industry called ART! and dreams coming true! (p.s. - there could be a giveaway inside)

UPDATE!  WINNERS PICKED!

The winner of the January/February Edition of Art Journaling

Emily Decker

The winner of the January/February Edition of Somerset Studio

Denise Spillane

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Thank you for the support and comments!  

xoxo....Tina

  
Happy Sunday!

Today, I would love to share my thoughts on why I love this industry and why my wildest dreams are coming true!

If you have followed me for awhile, y'all know I started my creative journey with Scrapbooking.  I've always dabbled in creative play, but when I moved to Utah it really took off.  

My scrapbooking started as basic memory keeping but quickly morphed into something so much more.  Although Scrapbooking started as a way to preserve family memories, I found that I enjoyed the creative outlet of cutting and gluing papers and embellishments.  I began submitting my layouts to various Scrapbooking publications, finding that I was 'publish worthy' and that my layouts were enjoyed by many.  My first experience with the Stampington group of magazines was submitting and being published in Somerset Memories.  I had read SM for years and always loved the wonderful talent and inspiration each edition shared.  So being part of this magazine was a dream come true.  I still remember the day I received my first email from Jana Holstein congratulating me on being published and asking if I was interested in writing an article for the magazine.  Um, YES! Pinch me!  During the next 2 years, I was lucky enough to be included in this wonderful magazine several times AND completed another bucket list item - being on a cover!! Yes, me!  I am a cover girl!  ;)

(here's a peek at the cover)



 While I still love the scrapbooking community and the ability to preserve memories while making art, my focus and creative energy turned to mixed media, art journaling, and mini book making.  My life was pretty stress filled and when I resigned to my art 'room' each night, I felt un-caged and free to express my true self.  As my stress increased my creative desires exploded.  Creating was no longer a hobby, but more a 'way of life'.

For the past 2 years, I really embraced mixed media art forms.  You can find me creating assemblage pieces, art journal pages, mini books, and more.  During the 2nd half of 2014, I went through a major life 'shift' and relocated first to Wyoming (from Utah), then ultimately to Pennsylvania.  Due to my moves and starting a new job, my free time was spent creating, but not submitting.  As my life settled into routine, I felt comfortable once again and decided it was time to submit. But this time, I wanted to share my mixed media and Art Journaling projects.  To be honest, I was scared to death!  I was questioning my mixed media 'worth' and wondered if it was publication worthy.  But 'if you don't try, you'll never know'.  So in late summer of 2015, I submitted to both Art Journaling and Somerset Studio, both long time loves!  I crossed my fingers (and toes) and hoped that the editors enjoyed my art as much as I did.

So, you can guess the outcome of that story!  YES, I was selected to be in both Art Journaling AND Somerset Studios!  Someone please pinch me!  More dreams coming true!  And....the story gets better.  

Not only was I going to be included in the Jan/Feb edition of Art Journaling, I was the Artist Profile!  Huh???  Are you serious???  Can't be!  In the Jan/Feb edition of Somerset Studio, I didn't have one article and project featured, but TWO!  Whoa!  Pure Crazy!  (and I got the emails for both within a day of each other - I really thought someone was playing a joke on me)

https://stampington.com/new-issues/Art-Journaling-Winter-2016

https://stampington.com/new-issues/Somerset-Studio-Jan-Feb-2016

Can you tell I was excited?




My experience with all 3 magazines and editors has been nothing but FABULOUS!  I seriously love working with Jana Holstein, Amber Demien, and Christen Hammons!  These 3 women are beautiful, professional, and full of creative spirit!  They made the process easy, simple, and worth every minute.  Actually, as I type this post I have several other projects all packaged up and ready to be mailed to Stampington, with the hopes of being part of a future edition.  Wish me luck!

Just to give you a little tidbit of what each magazine includes, here's a peek at one of my favorite Art Journal pages from the Art Journal Artist Profile article and several book pages not shared in the Somerset Studio article(s).




these are from my 'Old Is New' article....





and these are from my 'An Exploration of Eco-Dyeing' article.



 So what is the moral of my story??  Find what you love and DO IT!  Do it without fear and with abandon!  Never give up and dreams DO come true!

But don't leave just yet!   
How would you like to win a copy of either the Jan/Feb 16 edition of Art Journaling or the Jan/Feb 15 edition of Somerset Studio?  

What do you have to do to win?  I'd love to share more of my creative inspiration with you, so leave a comment below telling me what type of projects you want to see more of me in the future!  2016 will be a year full of creative abandon!

I'll pick a winner on Feb 24, 2106.
(contest open to US residents only.  Stampington will be mailing the magazines directly from their location)

As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by!

21 comments:

Katie smith said...

huge HUGE congrats, Tina! That is amazing, I remember how excited I was whenever I used to get published in Creating Keepsakes.

Also, thanks for the chance to win!

Sanna Lippert said...

Wtg my friend!! I love your art, whatever you do!! The fabric books and the paper whimsy projects have been gorgeous! But whatever you do, it is always absolutely beautiful <3

Mary Jo said...

Congratulations! You make it all look so easy! Love your energy, and eager to see what comes next! Everything is beautiful. I have a special fondness for books, and mixed media, too--where anything and everything goes! Keep up the fabulous work. Happiness looks really good on you!

by belle said...

You SO deserve all of this!!! Your work is always inspiring and beautiful! I can't wait to see more...oh, I think I would love to see more of your canvases. XO

Lisa said...

Congratulations Tina. I love mixed media and would love to win a copy of the magazine. Thank you for the opportunity.

lindsay ostrom said...

congrats on the cover... yippie!!! also on my bucket list. One day.... and congrats on all the great work and publications. Can't wait to see them all in person - i mean, in print!
Lindsay

Emily Decker said...

I love seeing all of your work, but would love even more art journal pages!! Congrats!!! Your work is so beautiful!!

Amy Lynne said...

I'm so happy for you Tina, you're so deserving. A truly lovely person, who is supportive of other artists in the kindest of ways. I deeply admire how your emotions and creativity transform any mixed media project into something absolutely special. I look forward to seeing your work in my favorite magazines, always stopping to sit in my local Barnes and Noble to look through them and smile. Thank you for the opportunity to win, and I look forward to seeing the innovative projects (of any kind...I don't have a preference) you will create in the future! :)

Denise Spillane said...

I love your work and blog. Been a fan and I can't say what I would like in the future because I enjoy what ever you post.

Theresa said...

Congrats Tina. Best wishes for your creative success in 2016. Have you ever played with paper fabric? Just wondering if you ever tried it in your books. Love how you are combining fabric and books. Mixed media is so much more than just adding paint to projects. thanks as always for sharing.

Heather Jacob said...

congrats Tina .... love this post it gives us an insight to your inner feelings ... beautiful work Tina ... well done ... love and hugz to you x

Robyn said...

Whatever you decide to make would be georgeous! Congrats on all you achievements...........well deserved! Good luck with all your future endeavors!

Irma said...
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Irma said...

Hi Tina, huge congrats on the publications! I bought the Jan/Feb issue of Art Journaling and got to see your awesome artwork ( haven't got a chance to see the Sometset Studio). Getting published in one of these publications is a bucket-list item for me, but I still battle the 'my art is not worthy' feelings and inner critics.
What type of projects would I like to see more of? Book binding and making your own art journals/books.
Keep on chasing your dreams and sharing your art with us!
Irma

Annette Allen said...

yay congratulations Tina.. that is because you are so fabulous.. :)

Margie Higuchi said...

Had to stop in to congratulate YOU!! Love these magazine....and you're right, you won't know until you try. This year I am challenging myself to SUBMIT...haven't done it for a couple of years and need to jump back in! Thanks for that reminder - great post. P.S. SO sorry to miss you at CHA. It was pretty crazy this year. Hoping for Phoenix if you are there xo

jbonomo said...

Big congratulations to you! I have been following your work for years in scrapbook trends (how could I resist those doggie eyes on your layouts), Frog Dog Studio, your "cover magazine"......loved following your journey as an artist. You are fearless and oh so talented. Thank you for sharing all that you do. BTW, you do not need lucky with your submissions....You Got This!

Shelley E said...

Congratulations on being in the Art Journaling and Somerset Studio magazine. 2016 is getting off to a wonderful start for you. May your luck continue! I am new to journaling and mainly use micron pens and watercolor. I try to combine verbal and graphic story telling. As for sharing your creativity with your readers-well sky's the limit!

Becky said...

Congratulations! I would love to see more art journal pages.

Heather Jacob said...

spectacular Tina .. huge congrats to you x

Webster said...

Nice blog,Tona. Referred here by Sandra Strait (Life Imitates Doodles). I am newly interested on art jounalling when I can make the time.

21 comments:

Katie smith said...

huge HUGE congrats, Tina! That is amazing, I remember how excited I was whenever I used to get published in Creating Keepsakes.

Also, thanks for the chance to win!

Sanna Lippert said...

Wtg my friend!! I love your art, whatever you do!! The fabric books and the paper whimsy projects have been gorgeous! But whatever you do, it is always absolutely beautiful <3

Mary Jo said...

Congratulations! You make it all look so easy! Love your energy, and eager to see what comes next! Everything is beautiful. I have a special fondness for books, and mixed media, too--where anything and everything goes! Keep up the fabulous work. Happiness looks really good on you!

by belle said...

You SO deserve all of this!!! Your work is always inspiring and beautiful! I can't wait to see more...oh, I think I would love to see more of your canvases. XO

Lisa said...

Congratulations Tina. I love mixed media and would love to win a copy of the magazine. Thank you for the opportunity.

lindsay ostrom said...

congrats on the cover... yippie!!! also on my bucket list. One day.... and congrats on all the great work and publications. Can't wait to see them all in person - i mean, in print!
Lindsay

Emily Decker said...

I love seeing all of your work, but would love even more art journal pages!! Congrats!!! Your work is so beautiful!!

Amy Lynne said...

I'm so happy for you Tina, you're so deserving. A truly lovely person, who is supportive of other artists in the kindest of ways. I deeply admire how your emotions and creativity transform any mixed media project into something absolutely special. I look forward to seeing your work in my favorite magazines, always stopping to sit in my local Barnes and Noble to look through them and smile. Thank you for the opportunity to win, and I look forward to seeing the innovative projects (of any kind...I don't have a preference) you will create in the future! :)

Denise Spillane said...

I love your work and blog. Been a fan and I can't say what I would like in the future because I enjoy what ever you post.

Theresa said...

Congrats Tina. Best wishes for your creative success in 2016. Have you ever played with paper fabric? Just wondering if you ever tried it in your books. Love how you are combining fabric and books. Mixed media is so much more than just adding paint to projects. thanks as always for sharing.

Heather Jacob said...

congrats Tina .... love this post it gives us an insight to your inner feelings ... beautiful work Tina ... well done ... love and hugz to you x

Robyn said...

Whatever you decide to make would be georgeous! Congrats on all you achievements...........well deserved! Good luck with all your future endeavors!

Irma said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Irma said...

Hi Tina, huge congrats on the publications! I bought the Jan/Feb issue of Art Journaling and got to see your awesome artwork ( haven't got a chance to see the Sometset Studio). Getting published in one of these publications is a bucket-list item for me, but I still battle the 'my art is not worthy' feelings and inner critics.
What type of projects would I like to see more of? Book binding and making your own art journals/books.
Keep on chasing your dreams and sharing your art with us!
Irma

Annette Allen said...

yay congratulations Tina.. that is because you are so fabulous.. :)

Margie Higuchi said...

Had to stop in to congratulate YOU!! Love these magazine....and you're right, you won't know until you try. This year I am challenging myself to SUBMIT...haven't done it for a couple of years and need to jump back in! Thanks for that reminder - great post. P.S. SO sorry to miss you at CHA. It was pretty crazy this year. Hoping for Phoenix if you are there xo

jbonomo said...

Big congratulations to you! I have been following your work for years in scrapbook trends (how could I resist those doggie eyes on your layouts), Frog Dog Studio, your "cover magazine"......loved following your journey as an artist. You are fearless and oh so talented. Thank you for sharing all that you do. BTW, you do not need lucky with your submissions....You Got This!

Shelley E said...

Congratulations on being in the Art Journaling and Somerset Studio magazine. 2016 is getting off to a wonderful start for you. May your luck continue! I am new to journaling and mainly use micron pens and watercolor. I try to combine verbal and graphic story telling. As for sharing your creativity with your readers-well sky's the limit!

Becky said...

Congratulations! I would love to see more art journal pages.

Heather Jacob said...

spectacular Tina .. huge congrats to you x

Webster said...

Nice blog,Tona. Referred here by Sandra Strait (Life Imitates Doodles). I am newly interested on art jounalling when I can make the time.