Hi there! Here are a few snapshots from the studio today. We are working like crazy this weekend. We usually take weekends off, but this one is an exception. Hope you enjoyed this little peek into our crazy world! xoxo. elsie
Many of you have asked about the process behind writing a book. Today we want to invite you into our studio for an inside look at our process. It has been one of the most fun, consuming and intense projects we've worked on to date...When we began, we made bulletin boards to use as visual outlines. Because this book was all about the images (it's a photo book!) we felt like we need a visual outline so we could see when sections fill up, got too full or needed more work. We organized all of the photos for each chapter so that we had a quick reference throughout the entire process. We added and cut photos each week while writing the copy for the book. We had about five boards full of tiny images and notes by the end of the process. Seeing it grow each day was really exciting! Since this was a photography book we took hundreds of new photos. This was one of the best parts of the creative process. The challenge inevitably led us to a deeper love for photography. It may sound a little dramatic, but writing this book really changed our lives. We started carrying our cameras everywhere daily and it didn't end when the book was turned in. This week we have been working on edits. We are lucky enough to have a fantastic editor, and everyone working with us on this book has been absolutely invaluable. Emma has been keeping a folder on her desktop of all the photos that have been cut so far. Currently there have been over 40 images cut, and we still have some more editing to do. It's one of those necessary steps that's still so bittersweet. But we know that this next step will strengthen the work; helping us to include only the very best work.
Today we want to invite you in for a little peek at what a regular day in our studio is like. On Tuesdays we all work in the studio. We work on DIY projects and photo shoots for different articles for A Beautiful Mess. Our studio space never stays clean for long... it's usually a mess.
Emma had a lot of e-mail to answer today. She usually does. Kinsey and I started a rug DIY a few weeks ago. It wasn't turning out very well so today we started over. That happens sometimes. We figured out a much smarter and more durable way to make the rug. I'm excited to see how it turns out!
We always chat throughout the day while working on our separate tasks. We like to work as a team. Some days I work in the studio alone and it's not as fun. Not at all...
Kinsey helped develop a wood burning idea with Emma today. It turned out really cute, but took a lot of testing. Wood burning is cool. It smelled a little bit like a camp fire in our space all day. We are always trying to learn something new. While Kinsey was working on this we thought of three more ideas to try next week. We love little experiments because you never know when you'll stumble on something amazing.
I spent the day developing an idea that's been on my list for a while. Sometimes ideas sit on our lists for six months or more before we are able to execute them. We just started talking about September blog content in the last few weeks. I'm not sure if you would expect that or think it's weird... we work pretty far ahead, but not as far as a magazine. (luckily!) We love A Beautiful Mess. Each day is filled with projects and even though they aren't always winners, we are always learning. XO. elsie
This past week we expanded into a new studio for A Beautiful Mess. We needed some really big windows for lots of upcoming photo shoots and here's why...
We are currently working on two upcoming books. The first is a photography book and the second is a craft book. The first book is scheduled to be released in 2013. We're thrilled and having so much fun! Thank you for reading our blog. We can't wait to share this next step in our journey with you! In the meantime, this new studio will be amazing for creating blog projects too! We love you. xoxo, elsie + emma