Monday, November 19, 2007

A Day in the Life of a Managing Editor - Part 3

Another one of my responsibilities as Managing Editor is to put together our designers' kits. This is very time consuming as we have 10 designers, however, I love filling their boxes with goodies from companies who are generous enough to supply our design team with their products.

I'm especially excited about the kits I'm working on now because we received some really fun products from We R Memory Keepers, Art Declassified, Andrea's Scraps, AMACO and others. (I won't say too much more right now because that would spoil the surprise for my designers.)

Our designers use these products when designing their artwork. It's always fun to see what they come up with.

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Day in the Life of a Managing Editor - Part Two

Today we had our monthly meeting. This is a time where we come together to discuss all of the exciting things that are happening with Altered Arts magazine and The Altered Book Club.

One of the topics of discussion at today's meeting was our interest in learning what new things our readers would like to see in Altered Arts. So readers - here is your opportunity to bring your great ideas to the table. Email me at letting me know what topics, artwork, etc. you'd like us to include in the magazine. I look forward to reading your ideas.

Also, take some time to get to know some of our designers by visiting their blogs. Just click on the links on the right side of this page.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Creative Spirit and Imagination

My husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. We spent a couple of days away at a cabin in an Amish town. The view was spectacular!

I absolutely love the fall season -- the colors greatly inspire my creative spirit. It leads me to admire an artist such as Monet who loved painting the outdoors. If I could paint using watercolors, I'd be outside painting as often as I could. I would then use those paintings as backgrounds for my altered books and canvases. I would add embellishments that would emphasize various areas of the painting and stamp words of inspiration. I can close my eyes and visualize this piece of artwork and a sense of peace surrounds me. Even if I don't have a hard copy of this artwork, sometimes just my imagination is all I need.