Monday, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Hurry on over to Write.Click.Scrapbook for a chance to win one of TWO JBS Mercantile giveaways!
And after that, be sure to head over to Jenni's blog to read about a couple of very popular sold out kits that have been found (but won't stay around for long) and some details on upcoming excitement at JBS Mercantile!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
love and a kiss
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
And here's your peek at the June exclusives! It'll all be up for sale on Monday the 31st at midnght!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
P.S. Several people have asked if the cute journaling star (like the one at the top of this layout) is part of the new release. It is not. Each month we offer exclusive patterned paper, stickers, and journaling cards in the JBS Mercantile kit. The star is the excusive journaling card for the month of June. The only place you can get it now is in the June kit which goes on sale at midnight on May 31st. In six months time all the exclusive products are packaged in groups of six and sold in the JBS Mercantile General Store. Waiting is no fun. ;)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I know I've told you before how much I love Vintagefest. Well, I thought I'd share a little from one of our customers, Teri Davis. Our friends that come back to visit each year make the event and I think Teri embodies what Jenni really enjoys about teaching . . . enthusiasm, creativity, and taking an idea and running with it. Just take a look and a listen to what Teri did with one of her Vintagefest craft projects . . .
Loved seeing you all again at Vintagefest. Will definitely be there in December!
Thought I'd show you what I did with the tins. My friends and I were tossing around ideas of what we could do with them other than magnets and came up with a framed idea. I made the tins for my workout partner who loves to bake. I actually found a 1949 book of New Orleans recipes and tore out some of the dessert, candies, and pastry recipes to use as the background. I surprised her with it and she was giddy with excitement! I have been frantically scouring my antique stores and flea markets searching for more tins.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
have you ever created a layout where upon completing it you look at it and just feel like the colors don't fit the mood? or the embellishments are taking the attention from the photo? or do you ever just look at a page and think "wow, that's just not at all ME?!" i do. and when i do i can almost guarantee that it's a page that i overthought while creating it.
take, for instance, this layout i created using the may kit. i was excited about using this photo that was so slanted it could be scrapped both vertical and horizontal, i was excited to break out the new sandable green alphabet cardstock, and i hadn't used a bingo card on a layout in awhile and i really wanted to use one this month. the thing is, i try to go with my first instincts as far as color and design and when it comes to my scrapbooking, i try to get my pages finished in less than an hour. why? because i feel like if i'm taking more than that amount of time i am over-thinking it and forcing things that just don't "feel" right to me design-wise. as a result almost always end up with something that isn't me. i have learned over the years that very often it's those first instincts that i always go back to...no matter how hard i try to make something else work.
for me, staying true to my style is using lots of color, shades that fit the mood of the photos, a simplistic design and a few embellishments that add to the feel of the page without taking the focus off the photos. obviously, everyone's style is a little different (that's what makes art so fun!), and we all have a speed that works for us (i realize that an hour is way too long for some and unrealistically short for others), but it's important to stick to your own personal style.
and that is why i simplified my page, using the yellow cardstock that fits the warmth i feel when i look at this photo of my little family and that's design is smaller and more fitting for a multi photo layout. i also took off the bingo card, extra title and redid my journaling on the computer. the result is a layout that is much more cheryl and much less forced. i just wish i'd have gone with my first instincts...because if i had this layout would have been in my album days ago instead of sitting on my art desk screaming at me to tone it down and warm it up. :)
just remember, everyone else only sees our art for a day or 2 online, but we are the ones that will be looking at them for a lifetime...so stay true to you!
Thanks for the inspiration Cheryl!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I also just loaded the project kit instructions (and there are a handful of those left HERE).
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
After I received my file from ScrapHD I printed it out, cut out the flowers, and distressed the edges.
I layered the three different sized flowers, alternating the placement of the petals, and secured them together with glue dots.
I added a Vintage Sew On Button, painted barbeque skewers and adhered it to the back of the flower with a glue dot, and tied a green “leaf” ribbon around the skewer.
I made 12 flowers for my bouquet. I put a piece of flower arranging foam in the bottom of a small terracotta pot and placed the flowers in an arrangement I liked. In order to cover the foam, I filled the pot with tulle and tied tulle around the top. The clip on the bow is a piece of found jewelry with a Pearl Flower added.
Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration Betsy!
Happy Mothers' Day to you all! :)