I love magazines, especially when they have silky paper or a pleasing matte finish, and gorgeous illustrations. It’s fun to flip through them, physically enjoying the tactile sense of the pages, with an ice-cold lemonade or cup of mocha. I’ll typically read through once looking at the highlights, then turn back to the start and read the longer articles in detail, before deciding whether this is a keeper, or just has pages that I want to pull for my idea or how-to files.
But mostly I like magazines that refresh my spirit, and inspire me to keep creating. Just add any, literally any, of the Stampington publications to that list.
Of course there are a couple of magazines that I keep in their entirety, at least for a season. One of those is a UK imprint, Daphne’s Diary. It comes filled with stickers, luscious punch-out paper elements, beautiful collage or scrapbooking papers, and seasonal tags for cutting out. There are usually instructions for some quick crafts, sweet recipes for edibles or home-made skin care, and articles covering travel to artsy destinations in Europe, small arts and crafts businesses, and individual artists’ practices. The aesthetic is a little cottage, a little shabby chic, with sweet pen-and-ink and water color illustrations. We get to follow the activities of the family and their dog, and the whole thing feels very personal and scrappy, rather than slick.
I love online magazines with links and videos too. One of my favorites is the terrific craft business resource, Handmade Seller Magazine, a monthly digital subscription of new info, with all the content from back issues conveniently organized and available to subscribers in the form of “courses” on crafting and arts business topics. Areas include marketing your arts business, managing your inventory, choosing a sales platform, and taking better product photography. What is neat about a digital magazine, is the ease of skipping directly from the Contents page to whatever article you want, and then the ease of following further links to other sites. It is a very well spent $4.99 a month.
I’d love to hear what magazines, paper and digital, that you find inspiring and refreshing. Come and join the conversation in my Creativity Blast Facebook group. Maybe making your own journal is like creating a magazine.