Oct 31, 2014

DIY Chalkboard Art Made Easy

A new Crafted Kit is coming to JBS Mercantile November 1.  Did you see the this kit and the other new kit sneaks in the newsletter?  You're going to love them all.

I'm super excited about the DIY Chalkboard Art Kit.  You know, you don't have to be a trained artist to make beautiful chalkboard art.  This kit shows just how easy it can be.  I'm already planning to make more as gifts.  It's so addicting.  And there's no such thing as a mistake.  If you don't like something, simply erase.  Yep, you're going to LOVE this kit!

Have a Happy Halloween!

Oct 26, 2014

Embellished Digital Layouts | How I Scrapped Back Then

I was very excited to be interviewed for an episode the DigiScrapGeek podcast.  Check out Carrie Arick's website here where all her podcasts and her blog can be found.

This particular episode was about the trend of paper manufacturers joining the digital world and it will be airing soon.  As a representative of Jenni Bowlin Studio Digital, I was able to contribute to the conversation a bit.  I was asked about the ways I use digital product and I reminisced about a particular way I used to create scrapbook layouts.  

At one point in my creative life I thought I was going to scrap completely digitally.  There were many reasons for making the switch, but I couldn't shake the idea of leaving my beloved physical and traditional supplies behind.

That's when I started making embellished digital layouts.  What are embellished digital layouts, you ask?  I would create a digital layout, have it printed out, and embellish the printed result further with my physical and traditional product.

Here are just a few examples:

Some of the layouts created this way remain my favorite layouts ever.  The interview, and the trip down memory lane with these older layouts, make me want to make embellished digital layouts all over again.

Do you ever look at your older layouts and get inspired to bring your old style and technique back again?

Have a creative week!

Oct 23, 2014

A Pinterest Inspired October

 The JBS design team has been showing how they can use Pinterest to inspire their own layouts. You can check out the gorgeous examples on the JBS Mercantile Inspiration Blog.

Two of my layouts using the October JBS Mercantile kit, were Pinterest inspired.  

"Play Football" was inspired by a print ad using a flag banner.  You can see the inspiration piece and read all about it here:  http://www.jennibowlinstudioinspiration.blogspot.com/2014/10/from-pinterest-to-scrapbook-page-banner.html

"In a Tree" was also Pinterest inspired.  I loved this piece of art by Philippa Leith:

And although Philippa's artwork is done on different material and has quite a different feel to it, I was able to take inspiration from the sections of folded paper and diagonal flow of bits and pieces on her work.  Does anyone know where I can find a current link for Philippa?  I would love to know!

I'm already planning my next project using October's kit and inspiration from Pinterest.  It's not only a fun way to complete a project, it challenges you also.