As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! And part of what makes it wonderful is it is one of the longest vacations I take all year long!
That being said, all of us here at Iaconagraphy wish you and yours a blessed and bright Holiday Season, whether you and yours are celebrating the birth of the Son, or the birth of the Sun, or both! (Or even something else entirely!) We also hope that you will enjoy our extended Black Friday sale, happening from November 24th through December 1st, 2017. We may be on blog and design hiatus, but don’t worry, you can still find us on social media at facebook.com/Iaconagraphy, and you can look forward to tons of great art, inspiration, and Heidhrinn musings beginning January 15, 2018!
Christmas/Yule/”The Holidays” is absolutely my favorite time of the year! If I can light it up, throw some ribbon at it, or hang a bauble on it, I probably either already have, or will in the near future. Yes, it’s a hustling-bustling time of the year, but that’s also part of it’s charm. And, oh, my goodness, the FOOD! But it’s also a time for introspection, both spiritual and from a business standpoint. December marks the final month of the Fourth Quarter, when it comes to business, and right about now, I feel like Tom Brady without Bill Belichick!
In case you haven’t already guessed it by now, it’s Connla here (the artist formerly known as “The Warrior”). Since taking over Michelle’s business completely back in June, things have finally gone from just plain nuts around here to the good kind of nuts around here. We have had a lot of changes–in business focus, in how we actually run the business, and in how the business is actually running–and we’ve rolled with a lot of punches in 2016, but I can honestly say, as we’re finally here, coming down to the wire, that we’re all leaving behind 2016 with a lot more hope than regret. And that’s a very good feeling! It has totally put all of us in the Holiday Spirit, and we’re very excited to be sharing that Spirit with you!
Lots of you got very excited when I released my first Christmas set, Jingle Express. That little convertible with the reindeer driver was an instant hit! But we all love Christmas/Yule/”The Holidays” so much that we just couldn’t stop ourselves at the one kit–in short, everybody wanted to get in on the act. And that’s how I came up with the concept for Ghosts of Christmas.
Because we’ve changed the business focus so drastically over the course of the last year, combined with being new on the scene in an industry that is primarily female-driven, a lot of people seem to have some very basic misunderstandings about exactly what we’re doing here at Iaconagraphy. The concept of channeled art is so far out of most people’s wheelhouses, that most folks just address our business (and, consequently, the main dude behind it, that dude being me) as Michelle’s business; a business run by yet another strong business woman. Those same folks look at the tremendous range of what we offer here, and all the different artistic styles represented, and think “Wow, she’s just bursting with talent!” Which makes Mishy look good, which is something all of us are always okay with, but on the flip side of that, there’s the truth, and that truth is that Iaconagraphy isn’t just one more little wordpress shop set up by one little lady: it’s a store, just like the larger ones you may already be frequenting, populated by a range of different unique artists, all of whom just happen to be getting here via the same “one little lady”. Ghosts of Christmas is the first in a series of monthly offerings which we’ll be doing every month, starting in 2017: like the Pickle Barrel at Pickleberry Pop, or the Hatchery at The Digichick, every month, we will be using one palette and one theme from which at least three of our artists will work to create coordinating bundles available for a limited time at a reduced price so you can build-your-own-kit. The Gathering will allow you to “Create Your Own Artful Gathering” each month, from a selection of specially-priced papers, elements, word art, masks, and more from at least three different Iaconagraphy artists. We’re hoping that when our artists start strutting their unique and distinctive styles side by side using the same palette and theme, it will become way more apparent what’s really going on here at Iaconagraphy!
Most of you probably recognize the Ghosts of Christmas reference from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In that story, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge encounters three spirits–The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Future–who profoundly change his life. Now, maybe it’s a bit much to hope that a bit of digi-design will change someone’s life, but we’re certainly hoping it’ll at least change some people’s perspectives, and perhaps open them up to a slightly larger view of what’s possible in this little world of ours! Since we’ve all been given this second chance at art, that theme of Scrooge’s second chance, given to him by the Ghosts of Christmas, seemed like a brilliant way to start communicating what we really do here.
Next week, our first Gathering, Ghosts of Christmas, featuring three different page kits (and all the individual items that go along with that!) by Tobias (Asphodel and Wormwood), Ariadne (Working Girl, London Fashion), and Willow (whom you haven’t met yet!), will be available at prices that will enable you to pick and choose and create your own artful gathering. Or, if you want it ALL, the full Collection will be available at a special price for a limited time. Here’s a sneak peek, featuring a couple of layouts by our new CT Head, Wilde, and myself:
We hope our designs will bring a bit of extra magic to your digi-scrap, artist journaling, and hybrid craft this Holiday Season, and we can’t wait to bring you a bit of Winter Wonder with our January 2017 Gathering!
It’s that time of year again: Christmas and Halloween crafting supplies are flooding into A.C. Moore, Jo-Ann’s, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby, and all of our non-crafting friends and family members are regarding them with discontented looks, wondering why in the happy heck there should be Christmas stuff out now, and it’s only September! As crafters, we get it, don’t we? If we want to accomplish all of our stuff by December, we can’t exactly start in October or November, now, can we?
Just like those craft stores, magazines (and small businesses like me) need to start working on getting those holiday submissions and editions out like right now. So, when I spotted Scrapbook & Cards Today’s Winter Submission Call, I took that as a sign that it was officially time to design my first Holiday set of papers.
Wintry Wood is an “outside the box” set of papers and ephemera with a focus on the enchanted elements of the Holiday Season. I designed it to be both Christian and Pagan friendly–something you don’t see very often, lemme tell ya! One of the biggest inspirations for this set is my Guru, Linda Brown’s, love of all things reindeer at Christmastime: her house at that time of year always looks as though the Elves themselves rode in and did the decorating (and left more than a few of their antlered friends behind!). Some other big influences on the aesthetics of this set include the 80’s fantasy film, Willow, the more recent Snow White and the Huntsman, and a really fantastic music video by an artist named Kerli. I brought all of that together with some thematic elements from a Christmas tradition here in our household in New England: every year, we read the children’s book, Stranger in the Woods, and every year, I’m just as enchanted by it as any child could ever be.
I hope you’ll be enchanted by Wintry Wood. I certainly had a magickal time making the first card with it for the Scrapbook and Card’s Today Winter Submission Call: