Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Vacation

Hi everyone! Harumi here!
Today I am sharing with you a summery layout using Modern Mercantile!

In the image of a sandy beach and a wave, I cut paper in a curve.
I really like the combination of refreshing colors.

I was studded with spangles on the photograph. It is a glitter like sea spray!

Happy creating!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

JBS Mercantile Inspiration from Gina Rodgers

Hi, it's Gina and I'm very excited to share some creations with you as Guest Designer, using a multitude of gorgeous supplies from the June Papercrafting, Artisan and Historian add-on kits

First up, behind the photo I've layered some 2013 exclusive JBS patterned paper with a section of vintage perforated address labels which have been machine stitched for texture. I've also added some messy thread and a section of ribbon, which has been pleated and secured with mini fasteners

I've gone for a more subtle colour scheme on this next layout and fell in love with the exclusive Mercantile Ink Spots stamp. I've used a combination of chalk inks on the stamp for a few touches of colour

In this last layout, I've created a background with a few scrapes and smears of white gesso. Once dry, I traced inside some stars from the exclusive JBS scattered stars stencil with a black fine liner. With a little water on a small paintbrush I dabbed the outlines in a few spots to smudge the lines and create a bit of a 'grunge' effect

Happy Scrapping!


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Life's a Beach..

Hi, it's Gina here sharing a layout of a one of our many holiday snaps from last summer. I've used items found in three June JBS kits; the Papercrafting, Artisan and Historian Add-ons. As you can see I've had a lot of fun creating the background on this one. I've used the left over sticker sheet from the Papercrafting kit as a frame work for some misted paper scraps. The stars were created using the Mercantile exclusive scattered stars stencil also from the Papercrafting kit.

I've stencilled both positive and negative star images by spraying through the stencil and also printing with the excess ink left of the surface.

and to highlight the colours I've mounted the sticker sheet with some bright aqua cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week has been a creative one so far!


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Give Me Sunshine

I'm so jealous of you Northern Hemispherians still enjoying your Summer sunshine at the moment. It's Natalie here, and I'm shivering my way through the cold of Winter down in Australia. I could easily do warm weather all year round, I seriously think I'm more suited to the tropics. I'll take any opportunity to escape the cold, so when it comes to family holidays in Winter I'll chose somewhere hot. Every single time.

We recently had a vacation in Queensland which is much closer to the equator and known for it's lovely weather. In fact, it's one of the common phrases here to describe Queensland as "beautiful one day, perfect the next". I'm sure it came from some tourist campaign, but hey... it also makes a catchy title don't you think?!

I used my favourite Modern Mercantile collection for this layout, but mixed in a generous amount of pink to coordinate with my girl's bathing suits. Those butterfly stickers are still ranked amongst my most used supplies. And those gold feather rubons? Perfection.

One of the only good things about colder weather is that it makes the perfect excuse for staying inside and scrapping. So since I was on a roll I couldn't help but make a card with my Modern Mercantile supplies as well.

This time I chose to mix in a touch of red highlights to bring a fresh persepective on the collection. I love how adding in a new colour each time gives it a whole different feel. But there's one thing that will remain a staple to me and that's butterflies. This time I chose to go BIG!

I took one of the classic rubon butterflies and transferred it to acetate. After cutting around it I was able to bend up the wings a bit and give it some dimension whilst still keeping it's translucent quality. You could probably create a similar effect with vellum too, but I appreciate how sturdy this stuff is and I know it won't get ruined if I shove place this in an envelope.

Enjoy your summer! I'm off to turn up the heating. Bbbrrrrrrr.....

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

He be a fishy :) :) :)

Hello hello :)

Are you loving all of the Summer Fun creative inspiration so far? I know I am! :)

Today I would like to share a layout I created of a scrappy friends son who was enjoying a drip in the pool. I have used lots of of yummy Jenni Bowlin Studios goodies and a few extra fun products like sequins, staples, and cotton thread.

I especially love the JBS alterable alphas, whats not to love about being able to colour coordinate your alphas to suit your layout colour theme?!!! :) :) :)

The card stock chevrons I cut using the fabulous exclusive variegated chevron stencil cut from the July Paper crafting kit :)

Cheers for now and I do hope you are enjoying the Summer Fun :)

Louise :)

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Digi Friday: Hexagon Numbers

Hi all!  It's Friday again...which means that Jenni has another new release available over in the Digital Shoppe!

The Hexagon Number Tiles offer versatility, in that they coordinate perfectly with Jenni's extensive Red and Black Collection (as well as many others), not to mention they are a great way to add a trendy graphic punch to your pages.

In my page, "Lucky Number"  I've used these bold stickers to accent my misted hexagon background and to reinforce the relevance of numbers to my story.  As you can see these stickers coordinate perfectly with a variety of JBS products including the Classic Labels, The Souvenir Embellishment Kit and Alpha and the Soda Water Collection.

Lucky Number by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Jenni Bowlin Studio: Hexagon Number Tiles, Word Arrows, Souvenir Embellishment Kit, Classic Mercantile Labels, Soda Water Collection, Vintage Sew-On Buttons, Vintage Bling; Creashens: Hello; Crystal Livesay : Shapes - Hexagon V. 1; Scotty Girl Designs: Skinny Stitches - Shapes.

In addition to using a few sequential series of the tiles on her page, Chiara Castelluccia also used half-tiles to create decorative tabs merged a row of the tiles together to create a decorative border.  How very creative!

Happy Birthday by Chiara Castelluccia | Supplies: Jenni Bowlin Studios: Hexagon Number Tiles Wren Collection, Victoria Collection, Classic Chipboard Shapes, Be Our Guest; Crafty Button Designs: Vintage Birthday; Fonts: Splendid66-Bold

As always this week's new release is on sale for 25% off through Sunday, so hop on over and add it to your digital collection today!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Weather

 Summer just isn't summer without a little sunshine, and perhaps, an afternoon shower here or there. Whatever the season, I think it's fun to document the weather and the activities it inspires us to do.

Most summers, we beat the heat by hanging out in the pool. I used a disposable underwater camera to capture this shot of my son. The seals on the seal grid stencil remind me of little suns. I pulled out my gelli plate and paints to create this fun print. The colors were very intense ( just like sunshine) so I kept the rest of the layout simple with a few Vintage Sew-on buttons,chevron paper tape and the star flatback.

We do get a lot of afternoon rainstorms. I love walking in the rain with my son. I used to walk with my grandparents in the rain. Sometimes, the rain would be pouring down while the sun was shining through the grey clouds. They called it liquid sunshine. The grey doilies in the Wren collection reminded me of clouds. I added some scraps from the Modern Mercantile line to represent the sunshine and blue skies peaking through the storm. I found the doily in a thrift shop. I love mixing in thrift store finds with my JBS Mercantile supplies.

For whatever reason, I never seem to find any good bits or baubles at the thrift shop. I usually end up buying one of Jenni's Embellishment tins. Every tin is a surprise. In my last tin, I got some little gold birds and awesome rhinestone bits. The little bits are just perfect for adding a little bit of sparkle to my layouts.

Weather is definitely a big part of my family's summer stories? It guides our daily activities and sometimes, leads us to special moments of quiet. How does the weather guide what you do? Have you documented it? I'd love for you to share some of your summer weather stories over in the JBS Mercantile community.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

There May Have Been A Full Moon Yesterday ...

... but there's an extra extra special event tonight ...

We have FOUR!  yes FOUR! kits on sale today, Wednesday.  The sale prices are good through midnight PT - there are still some hours left to pick up a kit at a great price.

Here's what's up at great prices:

Here are some wonderful layouts by our Creative Team:

This is a hybrid Project Life layout from Van Nguyen using the Beach Bingo Cards, Labels and Seals 
as a brush on one of her photos, and a Sunny Day Pocket Stuffer as a journaling card.

Susie used a lot of patterns from the Magpie Collection to frame her photo on her layout.

featuring JBS Bird & Branch Stamps and Rubons
digi paper - JBS Farmer's Wife Country Store
JBS flag stickers, alterable letters, buttons, Boy&Girl patterned paper, letter stickers
other: acrylic paint

Nirupama took her creativity to another level with this layout.  In her own words:

I am obsessed with the Bird & Branch images. These same images are on some of my favorite patterned paper, which I think are begging to be fussy cut. I loved being able to use these images as rub ons. I recolored some in Photoshop and printed some out and painted to create custom accents.

Take advantage of this special sale night for us at JBS digital!
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Summery summer scrappin' with JBS

Hi everyone!
This is Ashley today, with a summery layout, using my DIY summery scrappin' kit I put together earlier this season with all of my favourite Jenni Bowlin Studio and JBS Mercantile kit products that were just perfect for sunny days and warm nights. 

The photo on this page is of the Beaver River, in Clarksburg Ontario, where my wonderful and amazing Great Aunt Maggie lived. She was an inspiration -- as a person, as an artist, as a gardener, as just the kind of person I hope to one day be -- and her house was just on the other side of the river bank. I can't think of summer, or smell summer, without being reminded of the wonderful summertime vacations we stayed at her beautiful house. 

Summers at Aunt Maggie's meant tomatoes warm from  her garden, cool breezes coming in from the woodshed, many cups of teas and family games of Solitaire, naps in the big armchair by the window overlooking the riverbank bathed in warm sunlight. Everything was better there. 

Driving into the little village of Clarksburg, we could see the bride over the river before we could see her house -- and that river and bridge meant we were almost there. It was like home, or maybe just the home we all wished we could live at forever. 

Aunt Maggie was not only accomplished at being an all-around wonderful person, she was an accomplished and talented artist. The walls of that wonderful house were full, right to the ceiling in some rooms, of her paintings; acrylic, oil, and my favourite, watercolour. Every room had some remnant of art in progress or put aside; jars and jars of pens and pencils and brushes in window sills, bookcases and counter tops. Kitchen drawers with scrap papers, turned over to find a fast little sketch by her, so much more perfect than anything I could have ever slaved over or hoped to have drawn myself.

I don't know if she ever painted the Beaver River or sketched the bank. I think she must have. Perhaps I just never noticed, maybe I never took the time to look. I wish I had, because I am certain she would have captured it the way I remember it, and the way I cannot do myself.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Hello there friends, Elizabeth here!
Today I wanted to share a layout I created for one of our summer activities! The 4th of July is one of my all time favorite holidays. I was even more excited to use my very favorite products from JBS in making this layout too!

There are lots of new things going on in my life and I couldn't wait to document this 4th as part of that! My new marriage, our new move, and 4th of July with a wonderful large family too!

What I love most about my fav's from JBS is layering! I love the fact that I can mix & match items together and they all go even if there are different themes throughout.

I liked using the punch and the note card for something other than what I would normally use it for and I turned the paper upside down to make the edge on top instead of the bottom!

That's what so wonderful about scrapping, you can create using your fav's with all the new things happening in your life too!
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Project Life

Hi everyone!  It's Jenni Hufford and today I am sharing a layout in my Project Life album using Modern Mercantile!

This week covers the week of June 17-23.   I am playing a little bit of catch up from an extra busy summer-- but I am okay with that!

When I am catching up in Project Life, I love to have products that coordinate and make the process quick and easy.  I loved using Modern Mercantile (among other JBS products)-- creating this Project Life spread to very little time!

I also used the Grocers card from the Vintage Mini Deck- Book Covers along with the fabulous exclusive splatter stamp from the June 2013 Papercrafting kit 

Thanks for swinging by today-- I hope this gives you some inspiration as you work on your Project Life album!

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