Monday, October 29, 2012

Digi Monday : It's Transferware!

Don't you just love the delicate patterns of Transferware?  And what a better color for the fall than a warm brown against a fresh white.

source: A Country Farmhouse

Jenni Bowlin Studio brought these lovely patterns to our scrapbooking world with their Brown Transferware Collection and now you can get this digital too.

This kit also comes with a bonus Punchable PDF:
and a Journaling Card Printable sized (2.5 x 4) for your pocket page albums:
Look at what creative team member Jenny made for us at

What a great combination of Transferware patterns in the block design.  Thanks Jenny for a wonderful layout!

Get it today while it's 25% off!  JBS Digital Transferware Collection

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Welcome Guest Star Sandy Ang for Artfull Crafts!

Today we are featuring a special guest designer from Artfull Crafts. They have been promoting Jenni Bowlin Designs in New Zealand for the month of October. We are happy to be part of the fun and make sure you check out their fabulous CentreStage promotion which has loads of exciting challenges and giveaways sponsored by us this month.

I am Sandy Ang from the sunny, little island of Singapore. My scrapping style, heavily influenced by graphic design, focuses primarily on line, shape and proportion. Being someone who scraps as a means of creative expression I enjoy trying something new with each project and having fun with products in an unexpected ways.

When I saw Kraft Bank Statement I knew I wanted to create a project about my Father and his ritual of reading the Finance Times cover to cover on Sunday. It turned out as a memory folder with his photo on the front and, on the inside, another photo, clippings from the paper and a series of layered pockets to hold journalling tags and other ephemera.    

Colour-wise I tend to gravitate towards rich, warm palettes and red has a special place in my heart which is why I couldn't resist mixing those stars and bingo numbers from the Christmas 2012 line into this project. Then with the rest of the Christmas 2012 Accessory Sheet I made this little seasonal greeting card.

JBS Supplies : Bank Statement Kraft, Christmas 2012 (Calendar, Accessory Sheet), Wren (Wheatgrass, Typing Lesson, Red/Black Line Extention IV Pen Nibs, Mini Pattern Sheet, Kraft Flag Tags, Rhinestone Stars (Red, Black), Hodge Podge Stickers Memo, Chipboard Buttons Office, Doily Flower Cream, This Way Rub-On : 20 minutes agoDetailsYou have 7 new messages.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Scrap Vintage - Memories

I must confess I find it hard to use vintage items and ephemera in my creating, not because I cant, it is more a case of not wanting to ruin some thing that is pretty amazing in its own right! So I could be accused of being a hoarder of all things vintage, and old! ....that includes all the wonderful items that Jenni finds and includes in the amazing Antiquarian Kits! 

So I have [grudgingly ....joke :)] used mostly vintage and found items from past Jenni Bowlin Studio Antiquarian kits, with the odd fabulous new release embellishment and quite possible you might spy an embellishment from an older range :) :) :)

For this particular layout I have used a vintage photo [credit The Whatevers] and used a fun mix of both vintage findings and old and new release embellishments. the black ground splash of green was made using the delicious paint Seed Packet.

Again I have used a vintage photo [credit The Whatevers], but kept it light and fresh with using the fabulous Die-cut Bank Statement paper as a background and a fresh color palette; the paint is the divine Chilli Powder.

This final layout is created using a contemporary photo and a play on words from the actual book page background. I thought it was a fabulous contrast with using the title 'A little field, I'd like to have a little field', with a photo representing me living in the 'concrete jungle'. The picture of a little cottage under a tree completes the contrast perfectly.

Sooooo as you can see I have well and truly overcome my fear of using wonderful vintage items and ephemera in my creativity, I do hope you have as much fun as I did! :)

Cheers Louise :) xxx
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Scrap Vintage : Mixing old & new

I joke with friends on instagram that #isaveoldthings. I can't go to a thrift or garage sale without picking up a few things that others might think are worthless. I have piles of things in the studio that i store in bins & boxes.  Interesting old wooden tools with painted handles. Broken vintage jewelry, especially if it has some bling. Interesting pieces of chippy wood from an old workshop. Christmas reflectors, mercury glass beads and old red dennison labels. Vintage metal sewing machine bobbins and wooden industrial thread spools. Bottles full of anagram letters and wooden bingo numbers. I can't help it.

It's one of the reasons why I adore the JBS line and the kits so much, especially the Antiquarian. There are always gorgeous vintage bits & pieces to use, From paper ephemera to cool buttons and beads, Jenni finds the most amazing things (just wait til you see November's, it's my fav yet!).

I love how incorporating these items into a piece, mixed with newer JBS designs, works so well. Adding a little metal, glitter and bling can add so much texture to something you're making. The vignette I made above uses a vintage album page from a past antiquarian kit (there's some similar ones in the shop) as the base as well as mix of vintage & new pieces from JBS that I had stored in a vintage cake tin on my studio table. 

I hope to see all of you incorporating a little more vintage into your work.
Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Scrap Vintage: Legacy

That which we consider vintage now was once considered new. It didn't always have a history, but now it does, and that is exactly why I love incorporating vintage items on my layouts. These treasures --  ticket stubs, jewelry, fabric, ribbons, ledger pages -- tell stories alongside my own stories, the past mingling with a present that is bound to become the past someday.  It seems only fitting, then, to create layouts featuring a mix of old and new. 
The watch in the photo has been passed down to the eldest male in my husband's family for generations.  Following the death of his uncle, my husband became the bearer of this legacy. When he holds this watch in his hands, he touches what the hands of his great-great-grandfather held. 

Just as this timepiece bridges generations, so do the items on this page serve as bridges across time.  
The JBS "Receipt" perforated paper serves as a base, since the repeated word "received" holds a special meaning, given the layout's topic. Under the die-cut numerals (which remind me not only of numbers on a clock but also of generations, moving forward) I placed a sheet of vintage ledger paper. 

Another strip of ledger paper runs beneath the photo and title, under which is a pocket (taken from a JBS Naked Chipboard Album) holding the journaling. 
The past is valuable, and the inclusion of vintage items on a layout affirms that.  
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Scrap Vintage - She Gave Me

For this month's theme, I chose to journal a bit about my grandmother. At the time when I was growing up, I had NO idea how big of an impact she had on me. Not until I was older and she was gone did it finally occur to me. Oddly enough on my last visit to my parent's home, my mom brought up that something that I did reminded her of her own mother... being the oldest child in the family, I was the one who knew her the best, as she passed when I was just sixteen...
I know. I've scrapbooked this photo before. In fact, a lot. But as much as my grandmother meant to me, I don't have a lot of photos of her. So, any time I journal a bit, or tell a story about her, or talk about how much she meant to me, I pull out this picture of her. When she was young and beautiful - the way I always see her in my mind.

For this layout, I chose to journal a bit about what she passed on to me. She was a beautiful person on the inside - and out. And I'll always remember the inner strength that she passed on to me...
{supplies: cardstock, Wren mini pattern sheet, Wren Typing lessons, Wren Lace Curtains, Die cut perforated paper, Diecut perforated tags paper, Hodge Podge Sticker - Souvenir , Mini Chalkboard alpha - red, Velum Feathers,  Labels - Postage Stamp Stickers, Embellished Butterflies - Red, Pearl Flowers - Powdered Sugar, Vintage Sew On Buttons - Red, Vintage Sew On Buttons - Cream, Rhinestone Stars - Red, Black Skinny Alphas, Kraft Flag Tags, Silhouette cut file - Doily}

~ Leah

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Digi Monday: Fall Bingo Cards

Hi everyone!  I’m SUPER excited to share today’s JBS Digital release with you all.

These Fall Bingo Cards are simply perfect for use on your digital scrapbooking pages or in your hybrid crafting as well.  In fact I have a fun little hybrid project to share with you today:
Fall Feast Place Cards

These simple but cute little cards are perfect for helping you arrange the seating for your Thanksgiving feast while adding a little handmade touch to your dinner table.


All you’ll need to make your own Fall Feast Place Cards are:

·         JBS Fall Halloween Bingo Cards

·         A 1” circle punch

·         Leftover or Handmade Fall Embellies

·         1.25 square photos or name cards

·         Mini Binder Clips

·         Foam Squares

First things first, you’ll want to print out an adequate number of Fall Bingo Cards and cut them out—I find that (6) fit perfectly when arranged in two rows of three across a landscape page.

Now follow these simple steps to turn your fall bingo cards into place cards for your next dinner party.


1.       Punch a 1” circle from the center of your mini bingo card.

2.       Clamp a mini binder clip to the bottom edge of your bingo card.

3.       Embellish the opening in your place card with leftover fall embellies like these leaves and acorns I’ve used.

4.       Print our 1.25” square photos or personalized name cards to cut out and layer behind the opening in your place card using foam squares in the corners of your photo or card.

Now these your place cards are ready to set at the head of each setting for your fall parties and Thanksgiving Day feast.


Stop by our shop over at Jessica  and grab these Fall Bingo Cards for 25% off, today only!

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Would You Like to Win Even More?

Create a project as detailed below, upload it into your gallery and link your project to this blog post:  Neighborhood Crop Party Challenge !  It's that easy ... and you could WIN!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Scrap Vintage: Bits & Memories

There are two awesome parts for me about scrapbooking vintage.  The first is all the embellishments.  I just love all the random bits and pieces like buttons, gears, plastic hearts, pins, tags, sewing trinkets, clock hands, ribbons, and this awesome foil stuff Jenni finds.  Wow, this stuff is great.  The papers are fun too, but all the smaller dimensional items are what I cherish the most.  I feel like they really add so much.  Plus they are incredibly special because no one else (or not many others) will have them.

The other part of scrapping vintage, which really is more important than the pieces, are the memories that stir up.  The smells of the papers and the aged colors always pull up some old memory for me.  This paper showing off the dress patterns instantly made me think of my grandmother.  She was so talented with a sewing machine, making clothes for all of us and later quilting.  She taught me how to sew during the weeks I spent with her in the summer.  I love her very much.

Usually, I try to incorporate vintage items along with my current supplies.  Jenni Bowlin products really make mixing so easy.  It is fun to see the current trends circling back.  And mixing them together really gives a project a fresh look.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Halloween Treats Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Jenni Bowlin Studio "Halloween Treats Blog Hop!"  Indeed we do have lots of treats for you! 

What's a blog hop without a giveaway?  We've got THREE of those today!  Leave a comment on this blog telling us your favorite fall color combo and you'll be entered to win your choice of one of the three MEGA KITS that have just gone on sale!

On each participating design team member's blog you'll be entered to win our debut line of digital cuts

And on Jenni's blog you'll be entered to win this adorable little Halloween House that she made!

We'd also like to take this opportunity to tell you about a great deal we've found for you on the Cameo!  Enter the code -  jbshalloweenbonanza - at checkout for a nice discount on the bundle shown above.  The sale price for all these items is $30 less than just the Cameo alone! 

And if you'd like a little extra help in getting to know your new Cameo, then this class is for you.  It is PACKED with information and support.  Packed!  Read more about it on Amanda Jones Robinson's blog.

Here is the complete blog list so you don't miss out on any of the inspiration or giveaways!

Amanda Jones Robinson
Amy Kingsford
Ashley Calder
Betsy Sammarco
Briana Johnson
Connie Mercer
Corrie Jones
Doris Sander
Jenni Bowlin
You are HERE -------> Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration
Your next stop is HERE -------> Jenni Hufford
Jill Sprott
Kerry Lynn Yeary
Leah Farquharson
Lisa Dickinson
Megan Klauer
Natalie Elphinstone
Shimelle Laine
Tina Walker
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Scrap Vintage: School & Falling Leaves

If you love to scrap vintage, then you belong right here at JBS! I made this page with the September JBS Mercantile Kit (available) and the September Antiquarian Kit (sold out). There were so many great vintage pieces in those kits: the yellow ledger paper, the flashcard, the cigar label, the vintage check, and finally the vintage math/school worksheet paper. I love all these elements on this red background - which is my son's new school color. The check shows an image of a bank but I thought it resembled an old school building so I thought it went well with my theme.

Frequently when I use vintage elements on my page I back them with white cardstock as I did on the cigar label shape. I used my Cuttlebug and my favorite Spellbinders dies to make the shape.

Sometimes you can cut vintage paper with your Silhouette and sometimes you can't - sometimes it's too fragile and it gets way stuck to the Silhouette mat. That's one reason it's good to keep an old mat that isn't so sticky for the vintage paper. So with that in mind, I made color copies on my little home printer of the math calculations paper onto white cardstock. Then I was able to cut the calculations paper into those gorgeous maple leaves designed by Lisa Dickinson for JBS Mercantile.

I love to scrap vintage because it always ends up looking so unique and different!

JBS Mercantile September 2012 Papercrafting Kit
JBS Perforated Tag Paper - Coming Soon!
JBS Mercantile Cut Files - Maple Leaves

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