Monday, September 30, 2013

Orange, Lime, and the Details : September JBS Mercantile Papercrafting Kit

I think my very favorite color combo right now might be orange and lime.  The September Mercantile PaperCrafting Kit has gorgeous patterned paper that use these colors.

Here are a couple of details of the last two layouts I created with the kit:

It's the Little Things :  I started this layout by creating a tone on tone background with white flower stems cut from cardstock with my silhouette:

I used the same die cut image cut from the Glitz Finnley orange ombre paper and the lime scalloped paper on the left hand side of the layout.  I ended up loving the negative portion of the cut and used one of those instead:

There are wonderful metal embellishments in the kit.  I took one of the wire cameras, backed the center with one of the orange patterned papers and filled the middle with Glossy Accents to give it a shine.


When I saw the alphabet stickers sheet my eye immediately went to the line with the letters "MMMOO" and I couldn't help but think of the calf I took a photo of this summer.  I pulled off all the letters, stuck them in my journal for future use, backed the "MMMOO" with more of the orange ombre paper, and stuck the entire sheet on a piece of black cardstock in the kit.  This became the left hand side of my page. In the middle of the Exclusive September Clock stamp image I placed a JBS chipboard milkcap.  It's the only item from my stash, but I just couldn't resist using it:

On the right side, I used the same die-cuts I used on the previous layout, and combined negative with positive cuts.  The colors are such a striking combination, don't you think?!

I love this kit and you will too!  There are limited kits available, so grab yours now!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

August Exclusive Stencil and Clear Stamp :) :) :)

Hello Hello

It is Louise here :) Today I wanted to share with you 2 of the layouts I created with the August Kits, specifically 2 that I created using both the Exclusive Clear Stamp and Stencil >>> Siiigh :) :) :)

First up is a layout I created using the wonderful Clear Stamp. 

I have used it to create a gold embossed background for my photo.  I do so love this chevron pattern, and in the gold it really makes the black and white photo pop!

This next layout I created a funky background for my photo using the Exclusive Stencil,

So loved creating a speech bubble pattern on the layout background, >>> [they coordinate perfectly with the new Jenni Bowlin Studio Rub-ons] :)

I used the stencil as a template to cut out a speech bubble out of patterned paper.

If you would like to see lots more amazing inspiration by the DT using the August Kits go >>> HERE

Sooo would you like an August kit of your own to create with??? >>> Check this out :) 

Cheers and Happy Scrapping

Louise :) xx
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Vintage Tags & Pockets - Get Your Unlimited Supply

We have a very popular JBS product available digitally today!  Our Printed Tags and Printed Pockets are a big hit in the paper scrapbooking world and now you can own them digitally and have your own unlimited supply!

They are so easy to print and cut and use in your hybrid layouts.  Roelien van den Berg did just that in her gorgeous layout below.  Roelien combined JBS traditional product with 2 of these pockets. 

                                            Paper: JBS Red/Black Collection (Red Cross Stoves) 
Paper: JBS Wren (Typing lessons)
Stencil: JBS Mercantile Stencil (Trellis)

Aren't the pockets great for tucking in your journaling or extra photos?  Of course these are also used digitally on digital layouts, too!

New digital releases are 25% off this weekend.  So pick yours up before the sale ends!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Welcome Our September Guest, Sue Althouse!

Sue Althouse lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband of 30+ years and two spoiled cats. She grew up in Ohio and all her family still live there, so she is truly a Buckeye at heart. She has a grown son who is married. Sue recently retired from teaching piano in her home for over 25 years. Sue started scrapbooking in 1998 after taking a trip to Israel and Egypt and coming home with a plethora of pictures and memories. When she is not scrapping, you might find her reading, knitting, watching Duck Dynasty, or rooting for her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes or Detroit Tigers - sometimes doing several of these at once! Sue is currently serving on the design teams for Get It Scrapped! and Write.Click.Scrapbook. She will soon be releasing her very first online class at Creative Passion Classes.

The layout, "You Are My Sunshine", is one of my current favorite pages. I love the photo and the way I could showcase it with a mixture of products from several of the September kits. This youngest daughter of my uncle and aunt was born later in their lives. At that time, my uncle joked that he hoped he would be able to escort her down the aisle without needing a wheelchair! He certainly got his wish.

Recently, my husband cleverly mounted a tripod on the wall of my scrap room so I could begin shooting process videos. I posted my very first video on YouTube using the September Papercrafting kit! I'm having great fun learning how to shoot, edit and post videos. I put off doing this for a long time, and am glad to finally be taking the plunge.
Link to the YouTube video: 

Right now, this photo of black-eyed susans growing in our back yard is one of my favorites. We've been trying unsuccessfully to grow them for several years, but the rabbits kept eating the young plants. Finally, we put them in their own raised bed with cages and marigolds to keep the rabbit away. They are one of my absolute favorite flowers and I'm thrilled to finally have a big bed of them!

Thanks so much for joining us this month Sue!  We have enjoyed every minute of it!
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Prepare Yourself for a Treat

Have we got a treat for you today!  We have two digital kits on sale which are not only great for digital scrapbooking, but can be used for your pocket pages and hybrid pages too.

Our Halloween Bingo Card Kit is only $1!  Yep, that's right!  Only $1 through midnight PT!

Our ever popular Vintage Halloween kit is 50% off.  There is so much in this kit and you will LOVE it for those fun Halloween layouts and projects!

And now for the real treat!  Take a look at the incredible inspiration from our design team!

Nirupama Kumar created a great hybrid Halloween invitation!  So adorable! I just love Jenni's owl!

Van Nguyen created this digital layout.  The patterned paper Van used for a background is one of my favorites and I just love the addition of blue Jenni designed into the collection.  Van also used our Halloween Merry kit to create the pretty subtle vine pattern in the middle.  Such a clean, fun layout!

Jenni Bowlin Studio: Halloween Bingo Card, Vintage Halloween Kit, Block Alpha Red On Black
Anna Aspnes: ArtPlay Palette Wicked, Curled Edge Frames No1
Julianna Kniepp: Be You
Font: Clipper Script Fat

Audrey Tan created this striking Halloween layout.  I love the use of the stars background. It makes the photo and embellishments pop, doesn't it?!  Doilies on a Halloween layout?!  I never would have thought to do that, but it looks perfect!

These kits are only on sale through midnight tonight PT, so hop right on over and grab yours!

You can find our entire Digital Shoppe right here!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Jenni Bowlin for Echo Park Photo Freedom Blog Hop!

We have a special treat for you today!  Jenni Bowlin has teamed up with Echo Park to bring you a new line of Photo Freedom product in Jenni's signature Red/Black combination.  Fabulous!

Welcome to the Jenni Bowlin and Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the teams are showcasing projects from our latest "Jenni Bowlin" Photo Freedom collection. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from EACH blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit. To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, September 29th. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, October 1st so be sure to check back to see if you've won.

Blog Hop List:

Here is a little peek at a Photo Freedom page from Doris Sander.  Hop along to all the blogs on the list above to see more samples and be sure to leave a comment here and on each blog along the hop for several chances to win this fun new collection from Jenni Bowlin and Echo Park!
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quick Pages with 4x6 Photos

I often have more ideas for layouts than I have time to make them. I am willing to bet that many of you are in the same boat. My JBS Mercantile kits always save me time. Since all of the kits coordinate well together, it's just a matter of choosing the photos and getting creative. If I am short on time, I print a few 4x6 photos. Their standard size makes them easy to work with whether you choose to make a pocket page or a 12x12  layout.

For a quick 12x12 layout, choose 1-2 photos. Cut a large block of pattern paper and adhere it to your cardstock. Layer a few embellishments on diagonal corners of the photos and just like that you are done. I had a lot of white space in the bottom section of my photos. I chose larger pieces of ephemera to hide it. While I could have cropped the photos down, layering items on the photo saved me quite a lot of time.

Pocket pages can also be a huge time saver. Take a look at the photos you wish to use and then choose a page protector that suits the orientation of most of the pictures. Cut 4x6 cards from a sheet of patterned paper. You can then easily use both sides to create the layout.Just slip the photos in place and spend a little bit of time embellishing the title card and journal cards.

I had originally intended to create a two page layout. However, using the pocket pages took a lot of the photo placement guesswork out of the equation. I also feel like I was able to add more journaling to accompany the photos. 

I did add some bulky items to my pockets which made the cards want to slide out. Use a staple, brads or a bit of clear glue to keep cards in place.

Most of the items used in these layouts came from the September kits. I like to keep some neutral supplies on hand that I can mix in as needed. There are a variety of letters, chipboard elements, brads and stickers in the JBS Mercantile store which coordinate well with each month's kit. Today I used:

Creating with 4x6 photos and JBS Mercantile kits sure makes scrapbooking easy! What's your favorite size photo to work with? Join in on the discussion on the JBS Mercantile message board.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Digi Friday: Three Brand New Releases!!!

Today is a big day for Jenni's digital fans, because over in her shoppe at she's got not one, but THREE brand new releases for you!!! Let's have a look...

The Boy Meets Girl Collection (Red and Black Extension V) is finally here and its perfect for scrapbooking, back to school, anniversaries or even everyday life!   And the Red on Black Block Alpha coordinates perfectly!

The Mercantile Mix Cut Files, include 4 JBS exclusive stamp/stencil designs released over this year and because of the variety of files offered in this download, these designs can be used as brushes or clipping masks in your digital scrapbook pages or are also suitable for use with several electronic die cutting machines.  

Here's a look at how I've used all three products in my own digital scrapbook page.  I've paired the bold patterned papers in the Boy Meets Girl Collection and the Red and Black Block Alphas with this fun gallery-wall inspired template to scrapbook one of my favorite photos of my husband and I as a tribute to our life together.  I also used the Mercantile Mix Cut Files to create the framed silhouette cut-outs and the feather die cut embellishments for my page.

Supplies: Jenni Bowlin Studio Digitals: Boy Meets Girl, Red on Black Block Alpha and
Mercantile Mix Cut Files 1; Creashens: Bare Necessities Cardstock; Mye de Leon: Torn
& Stitched; Wild Blueberry Ink:Gallery of Memories Template.

All three of these new releases will be 25% off through this weekend--so hop on over to Jenni's Digital Shoppe and grab them while they're on sale.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Day in the Life with the September Papercrafting Kit

Neutrals and neon, a bunch of brights, chalkboard effects, a stencil, a stamp, and multiple metal accents: this month's JBS Mercantile Papercrafting Kit contains them all!

I created two layouts this month with this stunner of a kit, and the fact that both of them have a dramatically different tone is a testament to this kit's versatility.

Although you can get a closer look at both of these (and more September projects) in the design team gallery, today I'll be focusing on the second one, a "day in the life" approach to scrapbooking that I return to periodically. This layout features a go-to grid design that has served me well!

A few years ago, I discovered "12 on the 12th," which challenged scrapbookers to take twelve photos (or a hundred, eventually settling on twelve favorites) on the twelfth day of the month. One year I managed to make it through all twelve months, but last year, I forgot my camera on a few of the twelfths, and temporarily abandoned the idea -- that is, until it occurred to me that it was perfectly fine to skip months. The point is that from time to time, I am capturing everyday life; the twelfth just happens to be a reminder to do so.  Heck, you could take ten on the tenth, or twenty on the twentieth, or depart from the alliteration altogether and go with seven on the thirteenth. Just pick a day, any day, and snap away.

That's just what I did when the twelfth rolled around this month. I started snapping pics in the morning, capturing the morning commute, and throughout the day, I kept my camera close at hand and in my line of sight, making sure to take a few photos here and there. A camera isn't even necessary at times -- I even included a screen shot of the pins that I pinned that day.

After deciding which of the twelve photos I wanted to use, I cropped them into squares, resized them to 2" x 2", and arranged them in a grid in Photoshop before printing.

After printing and trimming the photos, I matted each one with patterned squares from the Papercrafting Kit. I then used a white pen and a ruler to draw lines on a piece of red ombre paper from the kit. After drawing the lines, I backed each row of photos with long strips of patterned paper, and then I added stitching. 

Each photo has a tiny number (taken from the now sold-out Historian Kit) added to it, corresponding to the numbers in the journaling.  After each number is a description of the photo. 

Included in the journaling block is the title of the layout, abbreviated since "September" was a bit too ambitious a title for this layout. I altered the cream-colored alphabets from the kit by running a neon yellow ink dauber over them, and dabbing away any excess with a paper towel. 

I then attached the metal camera clip, using the coil on it to call attention to the day of the week, Thursday. I also circled the number "12" on the calendar card and stamped the date. My stamp was a little temperamental at first, so I just repeatedly stamped the date to cover up the fact that the "2" in "12" did not appear the first time I stamped.  Play through -- that's my scrappy motto! 

To see more design team projects, be sure to check out the gallery!  Thanks for stopping by today! 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Digi Sale Just in Time for Fall

We have two kits on sale today at .

Our widely popular Wren Collection with it's rich hues of blues and red with neutrals is available today at 50% off.

Two of our creative team members created with this kit.  One digital and one hybrid!

Susie Cannon Moore created this digital layout.  I just love how she faded the edges of the patterned paper into the background.  It looks sanded, doesn't it?

Roelien van den Berg created this hybrid layout by printing out pieces of the patterned paper in the collection and combining them with new traditional JBS product.

- Paper: JBS Digital Wren Collection
- Create flashcard: JBS Digital Playful embellishment kit- Mason jar and ink splatter stamps: JBS
- Doily Rub-Ons and Tiny Trims Revised Rub-Ons: JBS
- Gold sequins: JBS

Our other kit available to day for only $1 today is our Fall Bingo Card Kit.

Van Nguyen  used this kit for a project life hybrid page.  The Bingo cards fit nicely into the smaller pockets.

Do you see the play on words here? "Thank-Fall"  Funny Van!  She also used two cards from our Pocket Stuffers - Journaling Basics Collection.  

Grab these kits before midnight PT to get the sale prices!

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