Notes by Christen: All in a Day’s Work

I’ve been asked before what an average day around the Stampington office looks like. Well, it looks like this: Art—gorgeous art—everywhere. While choosing the artwork for our April issues, someone passing through the office said, “You should really take a picture of all of this.” We agreed.

We usually have an art selection session each day. Some magazines take several sessions to pick the artwork for, while others go by fairly quickly. On this particular day, we had four — Prims, Somerset Memories, Haute Handbags, and Jewelry Affaire. For those of you who have wondered what the art selection process looks like, it pretty much looks like this.

All artwork gets laid out on the tables for the selection, to review. Each piece is then looked at, and the committee decides if it’s a fit for that particular magazine or perhaps another one of our titles, or if it isn’t quite a fit at all.

Once the pieces are selected, the committee then goes through and groups pieces together for articles, and talks about potential photography ideas or cover recommendations.

The next step is to hand over the work to our fabulous photographers. There are lots of fun secrets to reveal there, but I’ll save that for another post! Be sure to pick up our April issues to see what made it into the issues!

Christen Olivarez is Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio, the top-ranked magazine for mixed-media and paper artists. Her blog posts appear on every other Tuesday.

Get more inside scoop into the world of Stampington submissions in this blog post by Ricë Freeman-Zachery.


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