Thursday, October 23, 2014

From Pinterest to Scrapbook Page | Circle Inspired

My Pinterest boards are overflowing with inspiration for fashion, cooking, home decor, and of course, scrapbooking! But it's not just layouts and sketches that provide starting points for my page designs. Recently I cam across this pin, featuring a giclee print available on Etsy:


I was drawn to the series of circles, each with their own unique texture. And since I am a huge fan of grid designs, the 3x4 arrangement of elements was a composition I knew I could replicate on a page.





Using the  October Papercrafting Kit, I cut circles slightly smaller than 3 inches in diameter from the kit papers, as well as two photos of my kids in the pumpkin patch. To mimic the texture in the inspiration piece, I added simple twine stitching to some of the circles.



So what is inspiring you on Pinterest on lately? How could you translate it to a scrapbook page? We'd love to see what you create! And don't forget to check out the JBS Pinterest Boards for lots of inspiring layouts, cards, projects, and more!



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Digital Morning Mist and Halloween Bingo on sale 10/22 | Beautiful Inspiration

We have gorgeous kits on sale today Wednesday 10/22 and there's still time to grab 'em!  These kits are on sale through midnight pacific time!

So useful for this season and only $1.00 today:



and for only 1/2 price at $1.75 today:



Take a look at what our very talented creative team has done with our Morning Mist kit:





JBS-Definition Labels, JBS-Morning Mist, JBS-School Days Alpha, JBS-Soda Water Icons by Jenni Bowlin Digital; Flair Builder by Mommyish, Stitching & Staples by Carrie Arick; Font: Traveling Typewriter


Thank you ladies for your beautiful digital layouts!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From Pinterest to Scrapbook Page: Bold Letters

I will admit that I was a bit intimidated by the large letter stickers from the October Artisan kit. I could have skipped using them. However, I am not one to shy away from a challenge. Instead, I chose to peruse Pinterest for a few ideas.

It's easy to get lost on Pinterest. I like to approach the pins with a purpose and to set a time limit for me to search within. My goal was to search my boards for layouts or magazine ads that featured large bold letters. Almost immediately, I found a magazine cover that would work. Don't waste too much time second guessing yourself. Choose the inspiration that stands out to you in that moment.

Pin from Cover Junkie

This particular cover reads almost like a scrapbook sketch. It is clear where the title and photos should be placed. Journaling can easily fit in the space allotted to list magazine articles. Looking at this cover, I knew I wanted a four letter title and at least three photos.



One Halloween, my son went around Sea World posing as though he were one of the theme park characters. He had the parade day hand wave down pat and even offered to pose with strangers for photos and autographs. I had a big kick watching him ham things up that day. It was easy for me to conceive the four letter title to match these photos.

I began the layout by placing the title on cardstock. I then added the photos, leaving space in the center for journaling. My photos weren't quite large enough to fit the space in the same manner as the photos in the magazine cover. I chose to add a piece of patterned paper as filler. I could then cut down the cardstock and mount it to a piece of patterned paper.While I like the bold graphic look of the magazine cover, it's just not quite my style. I chose to layer in vintage tickets, patterned paper and stickers. 

Pinterest can yield many inspiring results. Approach Pinterest with a specific goal in mind,then set a timer and look around. It never takes long to find the perfect inspiration. 


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Scared-y Cats Are Not Just For Halloween!

It's no secret that my son and I love our kitties.  As I was unpacking my October kits i was particularly delighted with the scared-y cat stencil (and digital cut file!), matching stamp, and black cat sequins in the Papercrafting Kit.  I knew I would be using them often, not just for Halloween.

My first thought was to do a layout about Pepito, our boy kitty.  He is afraid of everything!  Perfect, right?  As I was looking through my recent photos for a suitable photo to use to tell this tale, I came across this one and laughed.  My son can be a bit of a scared-y cat at times, too.  It was a fun play on words as Chichi, our girl kitty, and I are the brave ones at our house.

I used the stencil, grey ink, and a blending tool to create my own scared-y cat patterned paper.  I then stamped the cat in black on a bit of vintage paper to use as an accent piece.  I love how this layout turned out and think the cat motif helps tell our story so well.

Of course, those cats are perfect for Halloween too, as Jill Sprott shows us!  :)
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Planning a Halloween Party? Check out Chantalle's Invite!

Chantalle McDaniel has sent us a beautiful Halloween Invitation and tutorial!  It is so very clever, as she creates a pocket to hold her invite and the invite flips over for all the party specifics.
Lets hear from Chantalle as she tells us just how she's made it:


'Too cute to spook’ invite

Halloween is one of my very favourite times of the year. We host an annual costume party at our place and have loads of fun! If you are thinking about making up some invites for your party, the JBS Vintage Halloween collection is perfect!

The pocket was created by printing off some ‘Starry Night’ paper onto plain card stock. It took a bit of time to work out the double sided printing, hehe!  I have tiled the star print at the bottom a bit, so I could have the pattern show when I folded it over.
The children and pumpkin have been fussy for interest. Machine stitch your pocket closed.


The title was half printed directly onto the design and half printed off onto card stock and cut out. This adds great dimension. Machine stitch on for even more definition.

The reverse is a journalling card, increased to a large size. For a seamless look, sample the cream colour of the card and give your background the same colour so you don’t get a white edge. 
The design of this card has been set in a word procession programme (I use InDesign)


For a final flourish, the cute kitty has been given a slick of Glossy Accents to make her pop on the paper.


Thank you Chantalle!  Here are the supplies Chantalle used:




Not a hybrid scrapper?  Try using our October Papercrafting Kit to create the same "pocket type design" invitation.  The Papercrafting Kit comes with the Scary Cat clear stamp too!


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Gallery and Flea Market Updates!

Happy Fall, Ya'll!  It is certainly finally feeling like the seasons are changing here in Tennessee, and Christy Strickler has actually even found a fall display in the Bahamas!  Be sure to check out our design team gallery for more inspiration with our October Kits.

You can also find lots of great new pieces in the JBS Flea Market, including some globe displays handmade by Jenni Bowlin.  There's also still time to enjoy the selection of Halloween themed product you'll find there.  Happy Fall shopping!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vintage Halloween and Printer's Block | Digi Sale Today

Hello digi and hybrid scrappers!  We have a great alpha kit and big Halloween kit on sale for you today!





Check out the digital layering and trimming Audrey Tan did in her layout here!  Oh so spooky, but oh so cute!


And here is a hybrid layout from Niru Kumar.  She printed out her elements from the digital kit, added journaling or embellishments and sewed them to her page.  


These two kits are only on sale through today, so don't miss out.  Grab these kits to have your own unending supply of JBS design!


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