We've had such wonderful growth in our three years and we can hardly believe that we have so many amazing followers! It's just astounding that by the end of our birthday month, we'll have had 154 challenges!
Now, we don't know about all of you out there, but a lot of things can change in three years and it's no different for the two of us! Both Ali and myself have increased our time working outside of stamping as well as within the stamping community, both of us have started new businesses and we've both explored a ton of new and different styles of stamping and mixed media. We've received a ton of satisfaction and inspiration from all these new experiences, but we are both ready to embark on even more new art adventures too!
Ali has already begun her newest adventure with Vintage Page Designs, her fabulous Etsy store.
She creates photo albums, journals and notebooks using old book pages, vintage maps, and sheet music. Vintage elements and clear and crisp design have always been near and dear to her heart. In her shop, she has used her wonderful sense of design and style to collect lots of vintage paper treasures for artists, designers and collectors to use in their work. You can see some of the wonderful things, Ali has been making on her new blog, Vintage Page Designs. She has decided to focus her attentions on this new venture and her job as she returns to work in the promotion and public relations field.
You all already know I've been busy with Rogue Redhead Designs and I am really excited to announce I am starting yet another new adventure - one that will also be online. Gingersnap Creations is being transformed into a fabulous new blogozine, Unruly PaperArts, of which I will be the editor and creative director.
This new blogozine will include articles and tutorials for all crafting levels in a variety of different styles and formats. Our features will range from step-by-step projects to technique tutorials to reviews to design concepts and more. As the blogozine title suggests, our main focus will be on the experience and exploration of papercraft and mixed media rather than any staid instruction manual. Inspiration and imagination will be our hallmarks with a little edgy attitude thrown in for good measure. We are Unruly after all!
We'll have posts from our regular columnists, many of whom you will recognize as Gingers, as well as from a number of contributing guest artists.
To apply for a columnist position with Unruly PaperArts, email firstname.lastname@example.org with Columnist Application in the subject line.
- Columnists will be expected to complete 3 columns in their chosen specialty over the course of the 6-month term, utilizing our issue themes as inspiration and guidance.
- Columnists will also be expected to provide at least one sample piece of art for each of 2 Reader Art Dares over the course of the 6-month term.
- Name and blog address
- Current and previous design teams
- Publication credits if any
- 3 to 5 links to work you have already created
- a brief description of your style
To submit potential articles for consideration as a Unruly Contributor, please see the requirements on UPA. For contributor material we will accept tutorials, step-by-step projects, demonstrations of product and themed inspiration articles. Contributor submissions are welcome at any time but there are limited spots per issue.
Unruly PaperArts will premiere in April 2012! We hope to see you all there! Be sure to become a follower so you don't miss out on any of our news!
What's happening with Gingersnap Creations? We've still got a month and a half of fabulous new content for you! We have 7 new challenges, a number of tutorials, and a lot of inspiration still to go. As regular readers know, we go all out for our Birthday month - March!
Our March challenges will be extra exciting. Not only is it time for our 4th Annual Copper, Ginger or Rust Color Challenge, we are going to let you, the readers, pick the Ginger Gems! We'll have voting enabled for all our March challenges. We will still draw a random winner for Home Page Artist and a sponsor prize but the 10 pieces receiving the most votes by the end of each challenge will be our new Ginger Gems.
During the month of April, we'll be showing off all those fabulous Ginger Gems - 40 in all - and showing off the fabulous work of our Gingers, the Gingersnap Creations design team.
We will be leaving the Gingersnap Creations blog live as we know many of you use our fabulous tutorials as inspiration and resources in your art. The tutorials, reviews and interviews will continue to be accessible for as long as we can manage. There's been too many awesome ideas and gorgeous art over the last 3 years to just let it evaporate into cyberspace!
We cherish the fabulous Gingersnapper groups that exist on Facebook and Yahoo Groups. As these groups have always been about sharing and friendship, we see no reason to close either one. They can continue as places where supportive, friendly artists can come together.
It's an exciting time for all of us and we hope that you will hang out with us here for the rest of February and all the fun in March! When April arrives, we hope to see you at Unruly PaperArts and Vintage Page Designs too!
For both Ali and myself, this is not an end but rather two new beginnings! We've been so proud to be part of the Gingersnapper online community, such a friendly and supportive group of wonderfully creative and talented people! We can't wait to share more adventures and art with you all!
-- Sharon Briss, Founding Femme