Profile. Susanne Schanz

When composing these profiles my favourite part is to write the short introduction. This is because I/we have got a story with each and every one of our contributors. Susanne for instance somehow read about us on Facebook and sent me a short message. After a short (okay, I admit – very long) stroll through her blog, I instantly replied avidly. Although there was little time before the first issue would launch, we agreed to collaborate. Ideas were mailed back and forth, we phoned and finally came to a decision: Susanne would produce a bread feature in our sisterMAG colours.
My favourite memory however goes back to a very dark and very cold evening in February. I had just finished layouting Susanne’s pages, send them through to her, a little uneasy and unsure – would she like it? Only a few minutes later my phone rang with an unknown number. Susanne had just been sitting in front of her computer as well, editing pictures and wanted to let me know that she liked it! She even commented on the little aslant square on page 43. This makes me the happiest: when people notice the small and little details one thinks about for ages, turning and pushing a square around the page!

However I’ll stop rummaging through old memories and present Susanne Schanz – photographer (http://www.fotografie-schanz.de/) and Blogger (http://la-petite-cuisine.blogspot.de/)!

Susanne Schanz Kontributor

What’s your name and blog’s or business’ name??
Susanne Schanz. My food blog is called la petite cuisine and is one year and about four months old!
What’s your blog about? Is that your profession or hobby?
On my blog I want to tell about my love for food, cooking and photography – in words and pictures! I work as a food and interior photographer in Cologne. My blog is a kind of mental chargeback, my place to experiment and at the same time my current authentic portfolio! I write about Food & Drinks, out of my life, about restaurants and cafés, about cookbooks and blogs, about markets, delicatessen shops, food styling and food photography.
What was your favourite book (or magazine) as a child?
My donkey Benjamin and a lot more!
What is your favourite magazine?
Donna Hay Magazine, Jamie Oliver Magazine, essen&trinken, delicious, Living at Home, Sweet Paul (online)
What’s your home page when opening the browser?
Quite unspectacular: my website.
What will you contribute to SISTER?
Firstly I did a photo and recipe feature about homemade breads and baked goods. And we’ll see what comes out of it in the future!
What is your suggestion for our magazine (category, feature, technology, …)
Perhaps sometimes a very little part for the “brothers”, so to say men?

Susanne Schanz Kontributor

Susanne SchanzAnd in the end I have to show you a little picture which Susanne sent to me in the hectic phase before sisterMAG issue 1. Isn’t it true? Thank you so much, Susanne!

MAG Crush April: Rêverie Magazine

Even more excited because of my meeting with Mary (blogpost here) some days before we were waiting for the second issue of Rêverie Magazine. Rêverie Magazine (Rêverie is French and means a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts) is truly a dream – not only for soon-to-be brides but for all people in love with beautiful sceneries, innovative decorations and inspiring ideas. It is maybe the most beautifully designed magazine of all digital-only magazines I know.

Rêverie Magazine

I felt immediately in love with the second issue when I saw that it featured the wedding of The Duke & Duchess of Windsor as Past Reverie (hier lesen). I’ve just finished two biographies of the tragic couple. The wedding dress of Wallis Simpson aka Duchess of Windsor is well published as Cecil Beaton took the wedding photos. Just click on the pictures below to go directly into Rêverie Magazine!

Rêverie Magazine

One particular focus of the second issue is Britain and its various talents like Paul Antonio, the leading calligrapher in the UK or the photographer Julia Boggio.

Rêverie Magazine

Rêverie Magazine

But what really makes you hold your breath are the wedding features. Even a person like me who hasn’t planned her wedding since kindergarden wants to be star of a Mexican Wedding like Zaheen and Reginas or head to Claridges as husband and wife like Sarah and Oli.

Rêverie Magazine

Rêverie Magazine

Rêverie Magazine

Rêverie Magazine

There is so much to discover in the latest issue of Reverie Magazine – just have a look at Mary and Kate’s masterpiece.

Yours, Toni

Starting the final spurt!

Judging from the latest tweets and messages on Facebook you may have figured that we are up to something … which is issue N°2 of sisterMAG. We decided it is just fair to give you heads up regarding timelines and activities of this final phase. This is why we will again be tweeting a lot more – keep your eyes open for the hashtag #lifewithsismag (follow us here: @sister_mag). Especially Thea will tell you more about the coming together of the magazine and what goes into making this magazine, she’ll also reveal what music the editorial team listens to and where the inspiration comes from! Today’s inspiration comes from a lovely blogger – Joy from sageandberries.com – who will also be contributing to our new issue. The confetti we found on her blog where she has the most lovely freebies and design inspirations!

sisterMAG will launch on 4th May!

Which brings us to issue N°2. Drum roll please … we’ll present the new issue exactly 10 weeks after launching our first publication : on 4th May 2012. We’ll keep our options open and say that we will publish on that Friday if nothing goes terribly wrong. Bear in mind: we are a startup, so there are also things, which can go terribly wrong ;)!

Let us tell you this: it will be packed with eye candies and interesting stories. We have travelled up and down the country, talked to people at the other end of the world and will work nights to bring you the newest version of the journal for digital ladies!

Best, Toni & Thea

On her desk: London’s street maps

One of my secret favourite features of issue 1 was the London DIY walk. Not only the walk itself was a lot of fun, but there were a lot of the shops included I DO go to every time we are in London. Furthermore a lot of work went into the illustration of this article. You might remember the maps and introduction pages to each new district. Today we want to tell you a little bit about how we put all of it together.

Making of maps for London DIY Feature

The first step was to draw all the maps by hand. I used a simple Google maps print and drew the most important streets on transparent paper. These maps were then scanned again and edited in Photoshop (contrast, clarity etc.). I used a seamless background from Lost and Taken (a great ressource site!) as background for the whole page. Then I added all the paint drops (Photoshop Watercolor brushes – this is a pack from Deviant Art). In Indesign I added all the text as well as the headlines (font: Weltron Urban)

Making of maps for London DIY Feature

Looking at those pages I somehow had the feeling that something was missing. Without further ado I decided to add some watercolor illustrations. They are hand-painted, scanned and placed in Photoshop, put on “Multiply”. Some of you might even remember the evening I made them because I couldn’t keep myself from tweeting some images ;) (which means: you should follow us on Twitter to get some inside scoops of sisterMAG production ;))

Making of maps for London DIY Feature

If you haven’t done so already: you can download all of the maps as free PDF here! Lets see what we’ll come up with for issue N°2, which is not that far away – there will be another city walk and maybe I have to get out my paints once again ;) Have a lovely day – I am working on the cover for issue 2 today!
Yours, Thea

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Ressources: Seamless Pattern : Lost & Taken – “SOHO” font : Weltron Urban – Photoshop Brushes : 60 Brush Pack MouritsaDA

Profile: Clara aka Tastesheriff


This feature about one of our dear friends in the sisterMAG team has been in our folders for a little while already. Today we want to introduce Clara! The stylist already helped a whole lot with our first issue – for example with the feature about “Granny’s birthday decoration” and will be again on board for issue 2.

What’s your name and blog’s or business’ name??
Clara Kirchner – Blog Tastesheriff – normal business: Interior Designer working as stylist
What’s your blog about? Is that your profession or hobby?
I write about everything which is dear to my heart. With my job as stylist I am always searching for new influences and try to share new ideas and creative inspirations. The name – Taste Sheriff – comes from my actual dream job … I would love to work as taste police ;)! Unfortunately this job doesn’t exist, but you do find tast in every region of life, whether it is lifestyle, food or DIY or in my own field of expertise: Interior.
What was your favourite book (or magazine) as a child?
Classically raised I love “St. Clare’s” or “Anne of Green Gables”. However I also own the whole series of Asterix, which I inherited from my older brother.
What is your favourite magazine?
In this field I am entirely online: matchbookmag, Sweet Paul and the Japanese edition of AD for iPad, as well as Martha Stewart for iPad.
What’s your home page when opening the browser?
Apple, well … I’ve never changed it and I am living in the fear of missing out on a product novelty!
What will you contribute to SISTER?
I will try to support the sisters with words and deeds. I will realise a few styling ideas and perhaps help with interior reports from all over the world … lets see where it takes us!