Monday, October 20, 2014

Scared-y Cats Are Not Just For Halloween!

It's no secret that my son and I love our kitties.  As I was unpacking my October kits i was particularly delighted with the scared-y cat stencil (and digital cut file!), matching stamp, and black cat sequins in the Papercrafting Kit.  I knew I would be using them often, not just for Halloween.

My first thought was to do a layout about Pepito, our boy kitty.  He is afraid of everything!  Perfect, right?  As I was looking through my recent photos for a suitable photo to use to tell this tale, I came across this one and laughed.  My son can be a bit of a scared-y cat at times, too.  It was a fun play on words as Chichi, our girl kitty, and I are the brave ones at our house.

I used the stencil, grey ink, and a blending tool to create my own scared-y cat patterned paper.  I then stamped the cat in black on a bit of vintage paper to use as an accent piece.  I love how this layout turned out and think the cat motif helps tell our story so well.

Of course, those cats are perfect for Halloween too, as Jill Sprott shows us!  :)
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Planning a Halloween Party? Check out Chantalle's Invite!

Chantalle McDaniel has sent us a beautiful Halloween Invitation and tutorial!  It is so very clever, as she creates a pocket to hold her invite and the invite flips over for all the party specifics.
Lets hear from Chantalle as she tells us just how she's made it:


'Too cute to spook’ invite

Halloween is one of my very favourite times of the year. We host an annual costume party at our place and have loads of fun! If you are thinking about making up some invites for your party, the JBS Vintage Halloween collection is perfect!

The pocket was created by printing off some ‘Starry Night’ paper onto plain card stock. It took a bit of time to work out the double sided printing, hehe!  I have tiled the star print at the bottom a bit, so I could have the pattern show when I folded it over.
The children and pumpkin have been fussy for interest. Machine stitch your pocket closed.


The title was half printed directly onto the design and half printed off onto card stock and cut out. This adds great dimension. Machine stitch on for even more definition.

The reverse is a journalling card, increased to a large size. For a seamless look, sample the cream colour of the card and give your background the same colour so you don’t get a white edge. 
The design of this card has been set in a word procession programme (I use InDesign)


For a final flourish, the cute kitty has been given a slick of Glossy Accents to make her pop on the paper.


Thank you Chantalle!  Here are the supplies Chantalle used:




Not a hybrid scrapper?  Try using our October Papercrafting Kit to create the same "pocket type design" invitation.  The Papercrafting Kit comes with the Scary Cat clear stamp too!


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Gallery and Flea Market Updates!

Happy Fall, Ya'll!  It is certainly finally feeling like the seasons are changing here in Tennessee, and Christy Strickler has actually even found a fall display in the Bahamas!  Be sure to check out our design team gallery for more inspiration with our October Kits.

You can also find lots of great new pieces in the JBS Flea Market, including some globe displays handmade by Jenni Bowlin.  There's also still time to enjoy the selection of Halloween themed product you'll find there.  Happy Fall shopping!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vintage Halloween and Printer's Block | Digi Sale Today

Hello digi and hybrid scrappers!  We have a great alpha kit and big Halloween kit on sale for you today!





Check out the digital layering and trimming Audrey Tan did in her layout here!  Oh so spooky, but oh so cute!


And here is a hybrid layout from Niru Kumar.  She printed out her elements from the digital kit, added journaling or embellishments and sewed them to her page.  


These two kits are only on sale through today, so don't miss out.  Grab these kits to have your own unending supply of JBS design!


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

From Pinterest to Page

Admit it: like me, you're all too familiar with the irresistible siren song of Pinterest, haven't you? Like me, you've fallen into the Pinterest vortex many a time, finding it nearly impossible to get out. You're nodding along with me, aren't you?  You've been there.  You were probably just there a moment ago (I was, too). 

Fear not! All those hours, however, will not be wasted hours, if they convert to inspiration. 

Take, for example, Lance Letschner's "Pink Curtain," one of my recent pins
I was immediately drawn to this composition, which includes a series of papers culled from various sources. including "old books and old letters, school books, recipes, [and] album covers" (Artsper.com). I love how all of the individual pieces also come together as a unified whole. 

Letschner's work did what all inspiring work does: it made me want to create something. It brought to mind my JBS Mercantile October kits, which I had reduced to paper scraps. Those very scraps were given new life on this layout: 
 
Inspired by Letschner, I pieced together rectangular paper strips. I altered many of them through the addition of ink, paint, doodles, and stitching.  Mixing the more modern papers from the Papercrafting and Artisan kits with the vintage ledger and label papers from the Antiquarian kit creates an eye-catching, colorful combination. 
The layout's real focus is on  a memory from exactly a year before I created the page. My daughter and I were flying into P0rtland, and she snapped a photo of Mount Hood just before we entered the city. The pinks and blues in the photo are echoed in the colors on the page, as are the woody and earthy hues that we saw after we landed. 
See? You might feel as if you are losing yourself each time you fall down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest, but you just might be surprised what you emerge with when you surface once again. 
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Monday, October 13, 2014

From Pinterest to Scrapbook Page | Banner Inspired


Do you use Pinterest as inspiration for your scrapbooking?  Watch our blog this month as our design team shows you how they've used Pinterest as inspiration for their pages using the September and new October Mercantile Kits.

I'd love to show you how I used a poster-type ad as inspiration for one of my layouts.

I had an older photo of my boys and their friends playing backyard football. This was a very common activity for my boys during particular years of their youth and I only had this one photo as a memory, so it is a precious photo and I couldn't wait to scrapbook it!


I was a bit stuck on how to use the photo on a page until I saw this ad in my Pinterest Board: Project Inspiration.  My Project Inspiration board is a collection of images that on first glance could inspire my pages in some way, whether it be layout design, color or virtually anything.  If I think there might be some inspiration in an image, it's pinned.  I don't give the actually act of pinning too much thought!

I liked the multi-banner flag in this ad and used that idea as the springboard and main focus of my page.


I went through a lot of revisions with my banner flag,  but stuck to these main design themes:  multiple banners, different banner colors and ends, and typewriting on the banner.  After playing with varying combinations I decided on the combination above and even turned my photo into a banner piece.

I wanted to use the oversized letters in the October Artisan kit, so created my title with them and placed them as if they were exploding from the photo.  Ink splats and Artisan kit sequins draw the eye diagonally.


The exclusive owl stamp stamps a beautiful image and I embossed this one to a shiny finish.  The die-cut in the lower left of the layout is a sneak at a new cutting file coming soon to the JBS Digital Shoppe - look for it early November.  It was so perfect here, I couldn't resist using it.

Keep checking our blog as you see more "Pinterest to Scrapbook Page" examples using our monthly kits!


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vintage Images as Journaling Prompts

There was a sheet of patterned paper in the September Papercrafting Kit that was simply a treasure trove of journaling inspiration.  You can see it in the bottom right hand corner of the image below.  I dare you to study it a moment and then not think of three or four stories that you need to tell.  It's just a beautiful sheet of paper for invoking memories.  I made this page about my brother and I based on thoughts that came to mind from the little follow the reader silhouette.  Now I am trying to decide which story from the page to tell next.

 
Several of our design team members were inspired by this page as well.

Jill used the little girls frolicking and a butterfly to document her daughter's Russian host family and their nature hike . . .

 Jill used another pair of little girls to express her happiness with a favorite drink . . .

And Lisa used another little boy and girl motif with a layout of her favorite guy.

Have you been inspired by this sheet of paper as well?  We'd love to hear about it!
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