24.5.10

Gem Says


I'm FREE! After staying up all night long (which was just surreal... I feel deathly now!) I handed in my magazine project today. As much as I enjoyed it, it will be nice to put my feet up for a while now. It's been a really intense 4 weeks for me and I am looking forward to some me time. First stop - dyeing my roots! I learnt so much on this project (Adobe Photoshop & Indesign are my new BFF's) and now I know I can do it, I'm definitely thinking about starting a proper magazine some day...

So a bit of background. The brief was to create a print magazine targeting a gap in the market. The 'gap' I identified was you guys. People that like to read blogs and get the sense they're reading a real person's opinions, not robotic mainstream fashion media drivel. I wanted to create a magazine that was like a blog but in print. Written by a real person with honest opinions and an ad strategy that wouldn't compromise that honesty. Some of you may recognise some features from stuff I've done on the blog, but what with my concept, it just made sense to use some of my previous 'material'! So yes, imagine you are reading an actual magazine, because it is intended as a print mag, not an online mag.

I wish I'd had the time to add more to it. Due to a mixup at uni I had to complete that film project in the first 3 weeks of this project, so I just couldn't do everything I wanted in the end. Thanks to those that gave me some lovely outfit pictures to include, but I ended up not doing the feature due to said time constraints. I really wish I could've done a really cool double page spread of all of your nice outfits, it would've been the icing on the cake of my little mag! But I'm pleased with what I did manage to do in the little time I had so I mustn't be a negative Nancy.

So I give you 'Gem Says'. It's not perfect, but it's my baby so I love it.

Let me know your thoughts :)



x

30 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Gem this is so fantastic! You must be so proud. I especially love the recipe page - makes a refreshing change in between mostly fashion and style pages. Perhaps some wealthy sponsor will come along now and invest in your zine for print so we can all have copies! :D

    Claire @ Jazzpad

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  2. I love love love it and would buy it every month :P Especially loved the DIY (of course) and 'Life's A Picnic' - beautifully put together, all of it.
    http://bittenfingernails.blogspot.com

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  3. oh gem its FAB! Love the way you designed it and all the little features! I'd totally buy it!
    xxx

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  4. Wow! I would definitely buy your mag, it's crazily good! You put my attempts at "uni work" to absolute shame! although i'm not sure psychology could look as appealing as that if it tried.
    But yeah, i reckon you could totally exploit the gap in the market for all of us real people living on a budget :)
    I hope you get the amazing marks that you deserve and get a good rest now!
    Hazel
    xxxx

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  5. ah super, you should be really proud(and relieved!)

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  6. Well done girlie :) Absolutely brilliant stuff, you should be so proud of yourself! I would genuinely read your magazine if you released it monthly, was so fun and interesting from start to finish :) hope you get a great mark for it at uni! xx

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  7. Gem your magazine is wonderful! I love it! <3

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  8. Yay! Love it all ^^
    Also, my boyf's a graphic designer and he just looked over my shoulder and said "Wow, that's really awesome!" Heeeee :o)

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  9. Wow, I loved that! Literally brilliant! I love the whole style of it, with the illustrations & , well, just everything!

    I feel weirdly proud, which I know is bizarre, seeing as I don't actually know you & had absolutely nothing to do with you putting that together, but.. I don't know what I'm talking about - I hope you're proud of yourself, because you should be :)

    www.heart-shaped-bruise.blogspot.com

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  10. That was incredible! You should totally make more issues!

    I wrote an ebook on how to start your own online magazine actually, if you want to check it out!!!

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  11. Gem! This is totally amazing. I'd pay really good money to read that! It's excatly what I would want from a magazine, and what makes it just perfect is that it is written by you! Absolutely incredible! You must be so happy! xx

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  12. Oh Gem it's utterly wonderful! Such a fun, fresh style. I love it!

    Big congrats for getting it finished and most importantly, for doing it so flipping well!!

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  13. wow wow! it's so cool! I hope you're pleased with it, even tho you were stressed out about it and put under unfair time constraints - well done you! xx

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  14. I love it, I wish it were a real magazine! You'd totally have another subscriber...me!

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  15. It's wicked Gem! Really unique and cute :)
    I completely empathise with you on the all-nighter thing; I did it so many times at uni when I left essays until the last minute - horrible horrible horrible! Make sure you get some well deserved rest now xxx

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  16. And........relax! Must be a relief to have that all done! The picnic page is definitely my fave! xx

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  17. That magazine is really good, mademoiselle ! I definitely can dig it, and if it were for sale, I'd pick up a copy. Good work. Enjoy your sleep. xoxo

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  18. congratulations on finishing everything! i did a couple of all nighters towards the end of my course this year (im in my second year studying HR and business management) so i know exactly what you mean by 'surreal'!!! very happy for you :) have a lovely time relaxing and taking some time for yourself! xxxxx

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  19. OMG this is too amazing, I already want you to make another one even though it probably took up a lot of your time, but I just love everything about it. The layout, the content, you're truly talented. Maybe it could come out twice a year for the major trends? No pressure ;)

    Kb from I Want You To Know

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  20. Firstly congrats on getting it done and handing it in! It's such a relief when such a stressful piece of work is finally out of your hands isn't it?

    Secondly, the mag is great, it's everything we dear readers love about you and your writing (I'm sure everyone else won't mind me saying so ;)

    I'm sure you'll get a great mark for it, you should be super duper proud of yourself, you did a really great job! ♥

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  21. that magazine is fantastic! i love it. i like your faves & fails hehe. i really like the idea of a magazine like that, will you be doing other issues?

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  22. I really love it! I just wish it kept going forever :) I definitely think you should do more issues as I would definitely read them :) Very very cool Maria xxxx

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  23. Wow, that's really impressive! I would definitely pick that up if it were in the shops! Well done!

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  24. love the magazine! i'd definitely buy it :)

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  25. This is just so fantastic. I want to BUY this magazine! LOVE the pug on the front so much, and think it's well written, well designed and has brilliant composition all the way through.

    Magazine editors should be shaking in their boots! :) x

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  26. Love the magazine, it is definately the kind of thing I want to read! Love your witty writing style!

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  27. woo congrats! i'd definitely jump on the team of your soon to be magazine, i'd buy it!

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  28. litterally amazing, not a single thing i dislike about it!
    xxx

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