Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Digital Bling and Baubles on Sale

We have beautiful bling and baubles on sale at our digital shoppe today!

Take a look at this digital layout by Audrey Tan:

Such a lovely layout of the kids meeting "monsters"!

Here are the other supplies Audrey used:
Jenni Bowlin Studio: Vintage Bling, Pearl Baubles, Jeweled Butterflies, Sunny Skies, Stenciled Banners & Bubbles
Pink Reptile Designs: House Blend (stitched flower)
Julianna Kniepp: So Sweet (lace)
Maya de Groot: An Artist's Diary - Cyclist (paint), Summer Is (borders)
Font: Pea Kristy

You can buy these two digital kits through Wednesday midnight PT.  Visit our Digital Shoppe all week long!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Scrapbooking with Anchors

This week we are focusing on a popular summertime icon in the scrapbooking industry: the anchor.   Living close to the ocean myself, I have found this a very welcome trend.

The anchor most obviously evokes images of the sea, ocean, and beach, but can also conjure up the themes of stability and security.

The August JBS Mercantile Papercrafting Kit and Artisan Kit were filled with anchor images and I played off the many meanings of the word anchor and combined it with anchor quotations you can find online to create this mini album for my son.

The cover is a shaker box created with the exclusive wood veneer frame, an anchor 3-D sticker, and vellum tag from the kits.

I made an accordion style album and paired up anchor quotations with photos of my son from the beach for half of the pages.

The vintage cigar box paper from the Papercrafting Kit is gor.geous and worked so well to create the pocket that runs across the entire album.  The circles on the cigar paper were accented with sequins (my JBS stash) and enamel dots from the kit.

I played with the anchor products form the kits on the the other half of the pages.

I hope you were lucky enough to grab one of the Papercrafting or Artisan kits before they sold out.  If so, have fun creating your own anchor themed projects.  You can still pick up the Antiquarian, Historian, or Crafted Kit - there are just a few still available!

If you'd like to see my collection of anchor images and quotes, check out my "Anchor" pinboard on my Pinterest account.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Spotlight on Vintage: Old School Meets Back to School

Ledger papers, cards, labels, book pages, and more: this month's kits at JBS Mercantile include vintage elements that make delightful additions to projects and pages. 

The vintage elements on this layout, which documents the first week back to school, help to set the tone of the page and add extra layers of meaning. 
The ledger papers from the kits remind me of the lists and charts that I deal with all the time as a teacher. The numbered ledger paper from the August Papercrafting Kit, for instance, brings to mind the numbers in a roll book.
I worked a few squares of the paper into the grid design, accenting them by running tape over the columns and sprinkling the glass glitter from the Antiquarian Kit over the lines.

One of the classes that I am teaching this year, as I mention in the journaling, is Folklore and Mythology. The vintage cards (from the Antiquarian Kit) containing references to fairy tales and folk tales are right at home on this page, as is the image of a queen from a vintage label.
To give a few of the items on the page a boost, I placed them atop a few of the butter pat squares from the Papercrafting Kit.

I printed the journaling on the back of a check and tucked it behind the layers of the grid, which is backed by book pages and labels that I flipped over.

The idea of "fresh vintage" is definitely evident in this month's kits!

Thanks for visiting today!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Spotlight on Vintage: August Kits

I'm such a fan of mixing old and new...modern with vintage...rustic with contemporary! So I was excited to see the classic vintage elements in this month's JBS Mercantile Papercrafting Kits.  The August kit contains a sheet of vintage numbered graph paper, 2 strips of vintage cigar box labels, 4 vintage butter pat squares and 1 cotton twine spool.

To show how perfectly these historic ephemera coordinate with new papers and embellishments, I created this page to document our summer:

I used a white-washed wood pattern as my backdrop, since its light and airy feel was perfect for a fresh summer page.  I cut my papers to 1-inch high to match the cigar labels, and varied the lengths to form a staggered stripe background.  A bit of stitching to each stripe adds dimension and texture. I also tucked in a few of the Kit Cuts, a staggered diamond design, for an added layer of interest.

The gold epoxy stickers included in the kit were perfect embellishments, adding sparkle to the page and tying in with the gold accents on the cigar labels.

I love how the old cigar labels and graph paper add a richness and patina to this design, while still mixing wonderfully with the brighter, more modern patterns. So don't be afraid to blend in some vintage to your next design! And if you're looking for even more antique-inspired pieces to incorporate into your scrapping, be sure to check out the Antiquarian Add-On.  It's full of treasures that will take your next project over the top!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Digital Magpie

It's One Buck Wednesday  and today we have two of our most popular digital kits on sale:

These two kits are great additions to add to your digital or hybrid stash.

We also have two gorgeous layouts to share with you today.  Susie Moore worked her layering magic to make this layout ...

and Chantalle McDaniel created this beauty that honestly doesn't look digital at all, does it?



JBS Parade Day Cardstock: Gold
JBS Magpie Papers: Nest A, Salvage B, Gather A
JBS Magpie Labels
JBS Magpie Journaling Cards
JBS Magpie Borders
JBS Magpie Buttons
JBS Magpie Flashcards
JBS Magpie Index Tabs
JBS Definition Labels: Heartfelt
JBS Mercantile Mix Cut Files
JBS Vintage Patterns: Book Print Silver
JBS Vintage Buttons
JBS Printers Block Alpha

Im in love with these layouts! So inspiring, aren't they?

Our sale is happening today, Wednesday, through midnight PT, so pick up a sale digi kit of your own!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Welcome Our August Guest Star Tami Taylor!

Tami Taylor is a former Michigander who relocated in 2006 from a small farm town to the large and wild city of Las Vegas. This move is very reflective in her style that bounces from easy and simple to overly decorated.

Since early childhood she’s loved making collection books from books of her favorite stickers to books of vacation memorabilia to photo albums. After a friend introduced her to scrapbooking that showed her how to put all of this together, she was hooked. A few years ago, she heard of Debbie Hodge’s book, Get It Scrapped!; found Debbie's online site and took an online class. She’s been at Get It Scrapped! ever since. Currently she writes articles for Get It Scrapped, administers Masterful Scrapbook Design and owns and operates Creative Passion Classes.  To learn more about Tami visit her blog, TheTaylorLife, or connect with her on facebook. 

When I saw these butter pat squares on the August kit sneak, I knew I would be using them for photo frames. When I saw the Pink Paislee gold foam "#Perfect" and the # sign in the glitter alpha I knew it would be Instagram photos! I can't help it. This summer it seems everyone I know has taken to Instagram and hashtags. 
Honestly, working with realistic papers is usually hard for me. I find it difficult to incorporate the image into my layout and do it justice. Since this paper screams summer sun and photos with all that cute heart bokeh - it fit the theme perfectly. 

I love my studio. I have a rather large house and was lucky enough to bargain with my husband for the room my studio now resides. The deal was I got this mini-master bedroom and my husband got the garage. Since we are in Vegas and there is no snow shoveling involved, it was a no brainer for me. Most of the time my room is a mess, especially the floor. I'm not a clean and organized scrapbooker, plus I'm lacking some storage. So my floor tends to be covered in piles or bins with various supplies. Ahh, but my art counter, that I keep cleared. 
I like the idea that at any point in the day I can just walk over and do something. Whether it's just smear some paint on a tag or decorate my planner, or if I'm lucky dig in and scrapbook for hours. The whole set-up was rather in expensive, I bought a discounted counter at Lowes, along with a counter top that had a nick in it and then some peg board which is my favorite thing in my scrapbook room. I am a visual person so I will often hang things from a peg. I will hang a project I want to use, a favorite piece from a kit, a half completed layout or canvas that I don't feel is finished and just needs "something". This lets me see it over and over until it sparks an idea on how to finish that project or use that product. 

My current favorite photo is of my husband and son. It was taken by my brother in law at an Angels/Tigers game. My son's team went to California for a little league tournament, and they decided to take in the game from the cheap seats.  This happened after long summer weeks with lots of teenage angst and even more parental nagging about crazy things like "do your chores" and "get up it's 4pm". When my brother in law text me this silly photo with them in fish hats, it reminded me that it's all a phase and someday the nagging will be over and it will be just the fun stuff.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Do Not Take These Days For Granted

The August Kits are really perfect for beach vacations.  They have just the right amount of blue skies, sun kissed golds, and sandy creams.  I was especially tickled with the amount of vintage product in the Papercrafting Kit (sold out! sorry!).  I used the large ledger sheet to back my photos and the vintage cigar labels to mat them.  I also wanted to share this little tip:  if you're wanting to include more scenic photos, but just don't feel you have the room for them, try using them in the background and attaching a smaller action shot to the front.  The bit of layering adds visual interest and lets you get two photos in one space!  I'm in love with this look now!

And, of course, now that school has started back for us, I am looking back with longing on these lazy beach days of summer.  It was fun to reminisce while I scrapbooked them.

I went ahead and created the facing page in my album using the Historian Add-on so the pages would blend well.

The vellum overlays were just perfect for adding extra journaling, but still letting the photos peek through.  I guess I am very much into layered photos this month!

If you are still in your last few days of summer freedom with your children, I urge you to enjoy them to the fullest!  :)
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