Thursday, February 25, 2010

JBS Mercantile March Peeks!

You're going to want this month's kit for the exclusives alone! Such beautiful butterflies!

Lisa Dickinson

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

JBS Mercantile March Guest: Anabelle O'Malley

Hi! I’m Anabelle O’Malley! I live in Delaware with my husband and our six year old son, Ryan who is generally the subject of my scrapbook pages.! I’ve been papercrafting for the past five years and have loved every minute of it. It truly is my creative outlet. All of my creations contain lots of texture and details. I love all things vintage, shabby, soft and glittery. When I’m not in my scraproom I can be found relaxing with my family, cooking, reading or hitting the gym. I hate housework, so every once in a while I have to force myself to do that, too! I’m just thrilled to be the Guest Designer for this month. I adore Jenni’s kits and products and being a part of the team for March is such a treat.

I just adore this picture of Ryan that was taken a couple of years ago. He was helping my husband wash the car and started playing with the water. I love the burst of water, the sun shining through it, the expression on his face and how his hair still had curls in it. Most of all, I just love how it screams SUMMER, our favorite time of year!

The journaling is on the cards tucked behind the photo, so you can't clearly read them on the page. But, the layout is about my husband's birthday cake that wouldn't 'die'. We sang happy birthday to him, with it, three times over the course of a week. It became a standing joke and no one ventured a taste! I was waiting for the perfect papers to use with this picture and these were it!

Some detail info: I cut apart the Bingo letters and created the little banner for the title. I accented the edges of the letters with glitter. I added glitter to the floral paper, as well. Sanding the cardstock really made the circles pop and I added stitiching along the bottom to give it even more texture.

As for my scraproom, I am sending you a photo of several pieces in my milk glass collection. I have dishes, vases, candy holders and bowls throughout my room. The dishes hold embellishments and my pens, pencils and scissors live in the vase. I love the way they look scattered around my space!

I can't wait to see what other delicious treats Anabelle has in store for us this month, can you?

The big reveal is on the 28th (at midnight) this month, but more sneaks tomorrow!
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lisa Dickinson is Thinking of Spring!

When I pulled out the new JBS Homespun collection to create a page, I immediately thought of spring! The bright happy colors, fresh floral patterns, and of course those butterflies (yum!) made me think of flowering bulbs, new baby birds, and crisp spring air. It also brought to mind fresh starts and new beginnings. So I went way back into my photos and pulled a few from Riely's birth to scrap. Being the first granddaughter born on both sides of our family made her arrival a definite new beginning!

I used a 1" scalloped square punch to create a patchwork background of several of the papers. I added a large rose (hand cut from another paper) and layered it with the new buttons and a butterfly. The scallop punch across the top ties in with the red rub on numbers I used across the bottom.

So even if you're knee deep in snow right now, I challenge you to create a spring-inspired page with the new Homespun line. It's the perfect way to chase away those winter doldrums and bring a bit of spring into your scraproom. (And don't forget to share your creations by leaving us a link in the comments!)

Sweetness! Thanks for the inspiration Lisa!
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Monday, February 22, 2010

Homespun with Becky Novacek

The new Homespun JBS collection is complete bliss as far as I'm concerned! One of the words I often use when asked what my scrapbooking style is, is the word homespun. I am so happy that the word that I am drawn to, to describe my imperfect style is so beautiful and fresh! I really love when new products inspire me to want to make things! That is exactly what this new collection did for me. I'm sure you all will love it too!

The first layout I made with Homespun is a layout with my granddaughter Harper titled "sassy pants". Are the butterflies not the sweetest?

This layout of my granddaughter Addison incorporates my love of vintage with Homespun. I stitched together several scraps of quilts to create the ruffle. The journaling cards are about the same size as a wallet photo so they work well to use in a grid design.

These are such darling interpretations of the Homespun collection, don't you agree? Thanks for the inspiration Becky!
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

JBS Mercantile March Exclusives!

Here they are! JBS Mercantile Exclusives available only in the March kit!
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Today's offering, a gorgeous and heartfelt layout from Stephanie Howell . . .

i wanted to make a soft, sweet layout to document this precious photo.

the victoria collection was perfect for the occasion.

the journaling is a bit hard to see b/c it is layered under the tulle and didn't photograph right. it looks so soft and pretty in person. it says:

he may have to be tough at work...but make no mistake about it, he's a sucker for you and sadie. no matter how old you are he will, without fail, be your safe place to fall. your protector and your greatest champion. i can promise you this. he loves you so much, i see it every time he looks at you. 2/2010

i hung the buttons on plain old twine, i got it out of my husband's hardware box and separated it into strands. the pages has six layers. it starts with the cardstock, then the patterned paper base, then tulle, then patterned paper, rubon, photo, journaling, and some pearl flowers , then tulle, then the title work and hanging buttons. for the tulle i used cream tulle circles from the wedding section of hobby lobby. i adhered them using a combination of spray adhesive and glue dots.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mad Cardmaking Skillz!

No doubt about it. The girl knows how to rock the cards. Without further ado, four fabulous Homespun cards from Danielle Flanders . . .

I used the new Homespun Mini Papers here for this card and made little cherries out of the new Jenni Bowlin buttons! The green check is a journaling card that comes with the Homespun collection and I cut out the center of the little square to house the little cherries. The inside says *Wishing you a sweet day!* You could also use it as a thank you card and say *you're sweet* on it instead.

Supplies used on this card include new Jenni Bowlin Vintage Buttons and Multi Dotted Label Stickers, Heart tickets and Red Lined Ledger paper. I created my own flowers from ribbon and stitched over the label stickers with red thread.

Used the new Homespun Mini Papers and journaling cards to create a fun little baby announcement or card! The new Jenni Bowlin banner stickers would work for anything: birthday, announcement, congratulations...they are so versatile! I adhered the banner stickers to the string of pearls and then at the top of each corner, I punched a small hole and tied the pink floss though to hold the string of pearls up in the corners. The Jenni Bowlin ticket is added to the card with pink stitching.

Here I used the new Homespun Mini Papers (green) for the background and a new bingo card to create a thank you card for a coach! I stamped right onto the chipboard star with StazOn ink around the button. Buttons are new Jenni Bowlin buttons and I just can't get enough of these! I folded up the edges of the papers and machine stitched with black thread for extra dimension.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Homespun Dina Style!

Thanks for the inspiration Dina!
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Guest Star Bonanza: Jo-Anne te Raa!

I used a border from a die cut and the cute prima flowers.

I scanned the Bingo card onto fabric and with a vintage doily made a padded hanger for valentines, for my husband in Afghanistan.

A scan of the vintage school picture, vintage buttons and a scrap of wool felt and ribbon to make a needle case.
I love mad men...EVERYTHING about it and its on my washing line for all to see.

I used the Kaiser wooden board and made a collage of papers, stitching them as I went. I stuck everything onto the board and covered with bees wax....sticking gems into the wet wax.

Hand sewn hanger with hand made knotted paper flowers.....
Patchwork of paper scraps sewn under the wish for my son that he is loved and always knows HOW to love.

Just to show boys can do pink!

A quick apron made with vintage fabric, and old hand towel and a scan onto fabric of the vintage label in the kit. A little kitsch lace and a five year old to model it!

Today's post brings you some fabulously creative projects and layouts from our January guest Jo-Anne te Raa. (There are still a handful of the January kits for sale). Thanks for the inspiration Jo-Anne!
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine by Amanda Johnson

Ok, so this isn't exactly a Valentine's Day layout, but it is a pink friendship layout. Close enough, right? Love that soft pink soda paper for the background and I really must buy myself a dress pattern just to use the awesome pattern paper on my pages.

While I have you here, I want to point you in the direction of a couple more fabulous Mandi + JBS combos in case you missed them. Lovely the way she has made the Victoria line so fresh in her style file found HERE. And she slipped in one more charming layout with the January kit HERE.

Thanks for the inspiration Mandi!
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine by Wilna Furstenberg

Making Flickr mosaics of my favorite pictures are one of my favorite things to do. I love to look for inspiration for my pages everywhere. This week I did a Valentine theme as Valentine is this coming weekend. I combined some of my flickr favourites with some of my own pictures and it just made a cool combination. I also used all the text from this months kit to spell the word LOVE. Finally Taylor Swift's song, "Today Was a Fairytale" was the inspiration for the words. Thanks for looking! Make those LOVE pages and show us!
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Monday, February 8, 2010

Miss Prescott Had Once Been in Love . . .

We always love to see what our customers have been creating with the ideas we bring to you here on the inspiration blog. This treasure is by Cathryn Dubow. She created this gorgeous rendition of the vintage collage frame for her husband for Valentine's Day. Shhh! Don't tell him! She was also kind enough to send us these in progress shots that her friend Christy G. took so you can get a better idea of the process in action. I think this version is so striking with the portrait occupying the enlarged glass plate. Cathryn has entitled it "Miss Prescott Had Once Been in Love" based on some of the vintage book text that she used to complete it. Thanks so much for the inspiration Cathryn!

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