Wednesday, March 31, 2010

JBS + Pencil Lines!

We at Jenni Bowlin Studios are excited to team up with Pencil Lines to bring you today's blog post. Three of our design team members have created layouts using a sketch
from their fabulous new book "Pencil Lines the Sketchbook." Founder Ana Bowkis helps deliver some awesome inspiration each week on their blog, Pencil Lines; you really should check it out!

In fact, if you do you could be a winner! We're giving away a Homespun sample pack to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment on this post and one on the JBS post on the Pencil Lines blog and we'll randomly choose a winner next Monday afternoon!

P.S. We'd also love to see what you create with this same sketch that our design team just used, so be sure to post a link here if you have a chance to scrap with it. :)

Layout by Betsy Sammarco using JBS ScrapHD digital product.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Guest Star: Jo-Anne Te Raa

My name is Jo-Anne and I live in Holland! I love all the tags in this month's kit and it inspired me to make an altered book. I thought a lot over the last few months about some of the memories I have that are so so simple but easily forgotten, never written down and lost. Like travelling on the red double decker bus each week with my nana or walking with my doll's pram whilst a bottle of bitter lemon rolled backwards and forwards in my basket. I can still hear that sound so clearly. So this is my book of tales, a book of simple memories and funny stories that I can add to when ever the fancy takes! Thank you Jenni for the tags this month!!!

And thank YOU Jo for sharing your delightful stories and charming book with us. :)

You can see more of Jo's work HERE.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Guest Star: Cathryn Dubow

When I started scrapbooking, I was working as a librarian, had young children and was very busy with all sorts of volunteer commitments. Even before digital cameras, I took a lot of pictures. So, it might not come as a surprise that I was primarily concerned with photo organization and preservation. My pages were simple and the more photos I could fit on the page, the happier I was. Having my albums “caught up” was my main goal.
Fast forward sixteen years.

My nest is empty and I take fewer pictures. Scrapbooking has become a creative outlet for me rather than another job to get done. I might only have one photo on the page. I might take the time to create an elaborate embellishment. I might even pull out the sewing machine and stitch on a page! Things I swore I would never do. But, I’m having so much more fun!

Thanks for the inspiration Cathryn!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Guest Star (x2) Amber Ulmer

Today's Guest Star is Amber Ulmer! Welcome Amber! You can look forward to seeing more of Amber's gorgeous work with JBS next week in the gallery reveal as Amber is also guesting for the JBS Mercantile April kit. Thanks for the inspiration Amber, and we're looking forward to more of it!

Amber is a work at home mama to a 12 month old lil girl named Josephine. Her & her husband are Professional Photographers & love capturing the love between people. You can view their website at & their blog at .

Amber's Personal Blog can be found here. (

P.S. Be sure to check if you're a winner on the post below.
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And the Winners Are . . .

ArlaMo for UR2Cre8ive!


The Grounds Family for Stretch Your Sketches!

Please email me ASAP at and I will get your prizes to you!

Back in a minute with our next guest! :)
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

JBS Mercantile News

April Kit Peek by Doris Sander . . .

April Exclusives . . .

Please Note: We had a couple shipping difficulties with this kit, so our design team is just now getting their kits to work with . . . they may not all have work done for you by the 31st, so be sure to check back for gallery updates on the 1oth as well.

Vintagefest is coming soon! See Jenni's blog for more details (as well as other class postings across the country and world)! You can register for Vintagefest HERE.

Homespun and all the new release embellishments are now available for perchase at JBS Mercantile . . . just look in the new items section of the general store.

Don't forget to leave a comment on the post below to be entered into Wendy's Ella Publishing giveaway!

Check back tomorrow to find out who our April guest is!
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Guest Star: Wendy Smedley + a GIVEAWAY!

I am a huge fan of Jenni Bowlin products, I still have a collection of the label stickers she made when she was working with Li'l Davis Designs and I took her class at Big Picture Scrapbooking last summer. Mixing the old with the new is something I am very found of, and Jenni's class instruction made opened my eyes even more to the possibilities of mixing and using items in new ways.

I have been redecorating my office and wanted a mini display of images for the top of a shelf, and I just happened to have some old wooden spools laying on my table next to lollipop sticks, and the next thing I knew I was making a delicate photo vignette with the sticks inserted into the spools.

I covered the sticks in book paper using mod podge and adhered the photos and flowers onto the backs of the sticks. Easy to do, and quick. Have fun and stop by my blog and say hello sometime, oh and I am working with Ella Publishing and we have a free eBook this month, download it and let me know what you liked and what you didn't like. (Don't you think Jenni should do an eBook?)

Wendy is also graciously sponsoring two ebook giveaways: UR2Cre8ive and Stretch Your Sketches! Leave a comment on this post and we will randomly draw two winners this Friday afternoon!

Source Notes:

Baker's twine is my new obsession, I purchase mine on etsy, my favorite sources are

Also a source for spools is your local thrift store or these etsy shops

Thanks for the inspiration Wendy! (and I like that ebook idea)!
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Guest Star: Celine Navarro

Céline Navarro is self-taught artist living in the South of France, near the Mediterranean Sea. She teaches scrapbook classes everywhere in France and all around the globe. She has started her own Book Editing company in order to release a scrapbook magazine called {entreARTistes}magazine. She also released her first Scrapbooking book last September called SCRAPBOOK - Inspiration & Techniques. This book is full of her freestyle, colorful and unique style, explains many techniques from scrapbooking to mixed media and will for sure inspire you!

Check out Céline's blog every day for inspiration and ideas! Be sure to check every tuesday for Inspiration Tuesday!

Thanks for the inspiration Celine!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Guest Star: Kelly Marie Alvarez

card stock: Bazill (sandbox dotted swiss)
patterned paper: Jenni Bowlin (geo flower Homespun collection, Homespun mini papers)
stamps: Lawn Fawn (petite florals)
ink: Ranger Adirondack (espresso)
stickers: Jenni Bowlin (Homespun banner alpha stickers)
ribbon: Offray

My name is Kelly Marie Alvarez. I live in Orange County with my sweet hubby, Mike, and my lovable and quirky dog, Putter. I love fun and bright design that makes people smile. When I first saw the Homespun mini papers, I just knew they had to become little flowers. Cherry and plaid printed flowers are just heaven! So I stamped and cut out these mini flowers and created a garden for the fabulous banner stickers to hang over. The cheery card is perfect to remind a good friend that you miss them and leave them with a smile.

My blog:

Oh I love these sweet stamped flowers! Thanks for the inspiration Kelly!
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Guest Star: Staci Taylor

Today's inspiration is brought to you by Staci Taylor. Don't you love how she used the bright happy Homespun line to help convey her wish for spring even though her photos are covered with snow and ice? Very well done Staci! Thanks for the inspiration! And I hope the sun is warming up your neck of the woods these days!
P.S. The entire Homespun line plus some darling vintage kits just went up for sale at JBS Mercantile!!! Hurry, hurry!!! The vintage kits are in very limited supply!!!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Take a Class with Danielle Flanders!

Our very own Danielle Flanders is teaching a JBS class this Friday, March 19th, at Lasting Memories in Danbury, Connecticut. This is just one of the layouts she'll be teaching. If you're not close enough to take the class in person check back on her blog once the class is over; there might be a class kit or two left over and available for purchase there!
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Guest Star: Lisa Pace

Supplies Used:
Homespun Die-Cut Label Paper
Homespun Mini Papers
Spring Mini-Bingo Cards
Homespun Banner Stickers
Red Banner Stickers
Multi Dotted Labels
Orange Embellished Butterflies
Vintage Style Sew-On Buttons - Green
Pearl & Rhinestone Pins - Cream

As soon as I saw Jenni's new Homespun paper line I thought of the old feed sacks my grandmother used to save and use to create gorgeous quilts. So with my grandmother in mind I decided to create this "Wishing You A Hoppy Easter" piece in her memory. I feel the color scheme of this new line is perfect for any Spring or Easter themed project. This sweet piece can be placed on a scrapbook page as an accent for your Easter photos or in a frame and hung for all to see.

Lisa lives in Frisco, Texas with her husband and two daughters. She is the Special Projects Coordinator for Maya Road and a Certified Fiskars Demonstrator. Her first book, “Delight In The Details,” was published in January of 2010 by North Light Books.

In May of 2007, she was picked as one of 5 master scrapbookers in Martha Stewart’s scrapbooking contest and August of 2007, was chosen as a 2008 Memory Makers Master.

Her work has been published in magazines such as Memory Makers, Scrapbooks etc., Better Homes and Gardens and Scrapbooking & Cards Today as well as numerous idea books like Holiday Home, Scrapbook Trends, Paper Trends, Paper Creations and Scrapbooking & Beyond.

To view more of Lisa's work you can visit her blog It's In The Details at

Thanks for the inspiration Lisa!
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Guest Star: Amy Tan

My name is Amy Tan, but my company name is Amy Tangerine. I am 31 years old and the founder of Amy Tangerine, a creative company based in Los Angeles, CA. We make fun, super soft shirts for ladies and children. We also do live scrapbooking at weddings, birthday parties and other special occasions.
I am an only child.
I'm a Libra.
I was born in Chicago, IL.
I do not like cold weather at all.
Sunshine makes me really happy.
Perms were cool when I was growing up so of course I had one.
I have been scrapbooking for over 3 years and got my first page published this year.
I have always had an affliction for all things crafty.
I made my high school prom dress.
Love to travel and have been to 5 continents.
Australia is my favorite place.
Hawaii and Thailand are tied for second favorite place.
I have 2 jack russell terriers, Buster and Bamboo.
I have a boyfriend. I call him Mr. Wonderful.
My favorite food is nachos. I think it counts as a food.
Giving people gifts they really want is fun to me-
I just gave my cousin my Nikon D40 & got the D90.
Seeing cute, old people makes me smile.
The movies I have seen recently are: Valentine's Day, An Education, and No Impact Man.
I usually only require 7 hours of sleep and don't wake up to an alarm most days.
My dreams usually consist of me being in a hotel or a school.
I enjoy laughing so hard my stomach hurts.
Most times I yell at the TV louder than anyone else while watching football.
I find inspiration in little silly things.
5 is my favorite number.
I live 5 blocks from the beach and my mom and grandma live 5 miles away from me.
I like lists.
I just love incorporating sewing into my layouts. For "The Life" layout I backstitched most of the quote. Loved using little strips of paper and the butterflies too. For "Our Visit to the Baha'i Temple," I cut out parts of the brochure and added some hand stitched flowers. The buttons are irresistible and rub-ons are one of my favorite products. For "Girls Trip to Napa" it was fun to use the paper to frame the photos. Everything is Jenni Bowlin, except for the Studio Calico sticker and the Washi Tape. Thanks so much for having me here!
Thanks for the inspiration Amy!
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Guest Star: Tiffany Johnson

Hi, my name is Tiffany and I'm an Army wife and SAHM of 2 boys, CJ and Liam. I came into this world of paper crafting as a scrapbooker and morphed into an avid card maker over the years! I enjoy trying different techniques and different styles. I'm a paper junkie and I adore the juxtaposition of vintage and modern, thus my love of all things Jenni Bowlin. When I'm not paper crafting, you can find me volunteering on Fort Irwin for Mother of Preschoolers, The Fort Irwin Spouses Club, and the 2/11 ACR Family Readiness Group. Thank you for reading and looking at my projects!

Thanks for the inspiration Tiffany!
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Guest Star: Latisha Yoast

My name is Latisha Yoast, and I am a stay at home mother to my 14 yr old daughter, and 9 yr old son. Wife to Jess, who is a US Navy helicopter pilot, and we call Orange Park, Florida home right now. I love all things crafty which include, paper crafting, sewing, making jewelry and photography. I love to make cards and altered items, scrap-booking is my weakness. Hopefully one day I will get it down. Currently I design for, Spellbinders, Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen, Lawn Fawn stamps & I am guest designing for the Unity Stamp Co. I love the flirty, shabby, vintage look of Jenni Bowlin products, they just bring out a really pretty feminine side out in my projects.

Thanks for the inspiration Latisha!
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