Thursday, August 30, 2012

Man Pinwheels (ha) & Mercantile Sneak

Hey girls! Today I'm sharing a page I made with the JBS Mercantile August Kits. I used a little from all the kits here, I think.  The red cigar label and the vice tools type paper is from Antiquarian. The pinwheel paper and the diamond paper is from the main kit. And the yellow background paper is from the mini album kit.

So - I used my Silhouette to make the pinwheels. Man, that was easy peasy. The rest of the page is pretty simple and clean. I just layered large rectangular sheets behind my photo then offset that on the background paper. I typed the  long journaling strip and printed it on 12 x 12 matte scrapbook paper from Epson on my large format printer. The scallop was already along the top of the paper and it looks like I only added two stickers and that was that! I like this boy page - it's got pinwheels and lots of color but it's still very boyish - don't you think? Someone, I think it was Doris or Betsy, told me I had nice masculine pinwheels :)


So here's a sneak peek of the upcoming JBS Mercantile September Kit! I made this using the mini album kit designed by Corrie Jones. It's a really lovely kit with lots of white and soft colors with a few pops of brights - it's perfect for summer memories or fair memories! Fair stuff is a hint ;) Oh I also used the chipboard buttons here which are from Artisan. Check it out on September 1st!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Jenni Bowlin Studio Design Team Call!

WOW! Can you believe it! Jenni Bowlin Studio is having a design team call! The requirements are listed above and there's a spot for questions and answers on our message board: FOUND HERE.
This is such a fabulous opportunity and the first ever design team call for Jenni Bowlin Studio!
Being a part of the Jenni Bowlin "scrapbook family" is wonderful. The people are all fabulous and friendly and the communication is always open and positive! I'm very very happy being on the team. I know you will like it too - so come on and give it a try! Good luck everyone!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Triangle Crazy Layout & Summer Pool Photos

I've got this happy end of summer triangle page up at the Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration Blog today if you would like to read more about it and check out my inspiration! And that is all JBS paper - because I played with JBS digi paper! You've got to see all the custom colorways I made of that floral paper.

So here's a few more pictures from them playing in the giant inflatable pool. They loved this thing. I mean they would stay out there for hours. I think one day they played out there for 4 hours. The game that gets the most smiles is when she gets on his back and pretends to be a backpack and he acts like he's choking. They think that's great fun. It's so nice to see them smiling and laughing together. Then they get mad, then they get happy. And they would run in and out of the house getting popsicles to eat in the pool.

Dancing in the sunlight :)

He's splashing her and the look on her face totally cracks me up

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Definitely Vintage Inspired Layout

Hey girls. Today I've got another page I made with the August Mercantile Kits - Artisan with a few bits from Antiquarian. The first thing I did getting started with this page was to cut out the calligraphy/music sheet type paper from 7 Gypsies and straighten and center it on a very light taupe sheet of cardstock. I wanted to keep the same feeling of that 7 Gypsies paper and I thought about what kinds of Silhouette cuts I could combine with it - and how was I going to do it without covering up the background paper so I thought a fancy border would be perfect.

I always love it how Jenni uses that German foil in her kits. It's always delicate and shiny, and so vintage-esque, I always feel like it's the perfect piece of jewelry for my kit! :) Here I cut the foil in half then layer the ends under my photo for a touch of simple elegance. So I added the pink border punch for just a touch of color and finally the little yellow hearts from Antiquarian were perfect! Perfect color for my photo and the perfect size to another simple embellishment. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Here's the picture from the layout - I wanted to share it here for me to enjoy :) This was at the Princess Tea Party at Disney World. She had a good time. She liked pouring her own little teapot and meeting Princess Aurora.

Friday, August 10, 2012

JBS Mercantile Gallery Updates, JBS Summer Games

JBS Mercantile Gallery updates will be posted tonight! I always get excited about these. We have over 14 new projects to share with you in the gallery!  This is one of the three pages I added. This was made primarily with the Main Kit. There are two small bits from two other kits layered behind the photo. I used gray metallic, aqua, blue, and dark brown mist, sparingly, with the exclusive stencil in the middle of the page.

So here's a bit about how I did the stars. Using the diamond paper as my pattern, I cut a 4 diamond out of the patterned paper as you can see here. I used that 4 diamond diamond as a pattern to cut out more diamonds out of the other patterns of paper from the main kit. Then you just cut those in half and arrange them into the star shapes you see on my page. I arranged mine on white scrap paper, glued them down, then cut them out so that I could move the stars around my page and play with the design without my stars falling apart. I stitched around the edges for a little more definition of the shape (sew on them on the scrap paper before you stick them down). One of the stars is attached with pop dots. It's really easier than it seems and with the diamond shape all ready for you on the patterned paper, it does make it faster than you would think.

Here's the detail shot of the stars. I'm really happy how these turned out. I like that it's all geometric put back together in a funky way. I placed maroon buttons in the center of each one (from my stash) and then finished it off with the heart stickers from the Basic Grey sitcker sheet from the main kit. I also used two sizes of heart punches on the blue JBS sticker sheet to make little alphabet hearts.

Here's what's going on at the JBS Mercantile Blog! We are hosting the JBS Summer Games! All month long the DT will be sharing projects inspired by Olympic sports! There have already been some really cool shares: Jill did gymnastics, Corrie did running, and Doris did archery. I think this is the most fun idea! And prizes are being offered! Come play along on our message board for a chance to win the gold, silver, or bronze prize package!

Schedule of Events:

All Month Long - design team inspiration from the summer games and a challenge for YOU!

August 10-17 - Four Woman Relay Challenge (with prize)!

August 24th - Team JBS Tennis Match

August 31st - Closing Ceremonies

Here's a link to the JBS Inspiration blog showing you just exactly will be included in the prize packages - Check it out

And here's the link to our JBS Mercantile Message Board to see how to enter to win!

And here's a link to our 4 Woman Swimming Relay Game!
Of course there will be a prize for that game too!

Wow, lots of fun stuff going on at JBS Mercantile!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

JBS Mercantile August Revealed!

JBS Mercantile kits are up for sale! Subscribers can purchase today and non subscribers can purchase starting tomorrow. Both of these layouts were made with the Main Kit + Artisan. I added the aqua bow from last month's mini album kit. The peach flowers are a Silhouette cut. The title is printed from my computer mixed with the JBS circle alphas from the main kit. The mother of pearl buttons are from my stash. I cut the top of the yellow paper off leaving the paper "Indie Chic" label strip along the bottom because I thought it went well with my photos. This is Ava eating a peach wearing a pirate bandana. We get really excited about peach season at this house :)

This started out with the collage in the lower left and I built out from there. This photo of me was taken at the Brimfield Antique Market so I told the story about how much I love old stuff and how it's also about the old stories - talking about my fave reads - historical fiction.  I'm really head over heels for both right now so pulling from the "Me" paper (cut from the Basic Grey paper pad from Artisan) I just told that story about what I'm thinking about right now.

The subtitle was typed in Silhouette, cut, and then I used it as a stencil with acrylic paint, dabbing it on lightly with a foam brush. The top fancy scallop is also cut with Silhouette.

Head on over and check out the kits and the gallery!

PS - how do you like my new header? I made that from an old billhead (collecting those right now too).  I'm always so surprised at myself when I'm able to accomplish something like that, lol! I think I like my old one a little better but it's fun to change it up from time to time and it was fun making this one. I scanned it and then removed the central wording and put my own in. I selected the outer border of the column and filled it in with pure white to appear seamless with my white blog body.