Saturday, June 30, 2012

The July Gallery Goes Live Tomorrow

Layout by Leah Farquharson

The JBS Mercantile July Gallery will be posted sometime tomorrow - we are having a technical/internet issue so the reveal tonight will be delayed. The kits will still be available for purchase at midnight central time to subscribers. Non subscribers can purchase on July 2nd. Thanks for your understanding and your inspiration will be live shortly!

P.S. Check out Jenni's blog for a look at two more of our July layouts!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guest Star Lory Bucaria

Today we have inspiration from guest, Lory Bucaria featuring our June kit offerings including Jenni's recent release, Wren, which is due to arrive at Mercantile on July 1st!

 Hello everyone ,

I’m Lory and i come from Italy!  I knew scrapbooking in 2003 thanks a friend and a little journey in a Funfair Park where I was actracted by a scrapbooking book full of colors and of die cuts ! Since then I made a long internet research about this hobby and Iwas really lucky to discover a new wonderful world !
Since then my life is changed ! Scrapbooking is become my lifestyle,it helped me in bad moments, like my dad’s death, I met new good friends around the world by internet , all thanks to scrapbooking. I love scrapbooking because it makes me happy, free, with the scrapbooking I forget all the ordinary worries, all the bad thoughts and only the page, the photos, the story about the photo exist ! I loves to be sitted down on my chair ,close to door of my scraproom and be in my scrapbook space with music in background to scrapbook her pages full of colors, of several and sometimes unusually materials. All for fun and for relaxing ! I have a big dream : to can teach around the world, it should change my life, I’d do what I really want to do! In Italy I have an online website and I have organized an international convention of scrapbooking and mixed media for three years (2008-2010) knowing the most famopus scrapbookers and enjoying so much everything!It was a dream came true! I am solar, joyful, full of things to do but I love my everyday life even if something is not like I would.I’ve got married last july with the love of my life and now I have a new so cute home that I improve day by day.I love my life even if I am not a Hollywood star! LOL!


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

JBS Mercantile July Peeks!

We've got some exciting news to share!  This month the Main Kit will include a great set of label stamps like the "Remember This" one that Briana Johnson used on her Main Kit only challenge layout above . . . PLUS we're reintruducing the EXCLUSIVE STENCILS!  You can see a peek of the July stencil in the lovely honeycomb pattern on Megan's layout below which uses the Artisan Add-On and this month's Mini-Album Kit designed by Jill Sprott.  You can see that July is going to be a great month at JBS Mercantile!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Jenni Bowlin Star Art Giveaway!

We had a great time chatting and scrapping this weekend at our online crop.  The challenges will stay open until next Sunday, July 1st, at midnight CST.  You're welcome to play along.  There is quite a variety!  Something for everyone!  We'll also be choosing a grand prize winner from the challenge entries to be a guest with JBS Mercantile Kit Club this fall.  It could be you!

We've also just added a giveaway for this original art created by Jenni Bowlin herself.  To be entered to win this gorgeous piece. you'll need to swing over to our message board and leavea  comment on the Drawing for Jenni Bowlin's Star Art.  Please note: we love your comments here, but we will not be looking to those for this  particular giveaway; we will only be using the comments from the message board.

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A Digi Kit that Sparkles

It's More in the Store Monday and we have a brand new sparkling kit releasing today:

I used two of the round buttons as flower centers in my layout below:

The detail of Jenni's original Rhinestone embellishments have translated so beautifully into the digital world!  And they're on sale today!  

Template: by OneLittleBird
Pink flower: Designs by Dani at

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Guest Challenge from Keisha Campbell

We have one more challenge for you!  This one comes from the elegant stylings of Keisha Campbell who writes, "I think that Wren has to be my all time favorite JBS line-I love the patterns (oh, the bird text paper LOVE it) and the line colors-love subtle tones. It's funny how I am usually trying to get Mikiela to look at the camera when I am taking her picture. Sometimes I like it when she looks away-this time I got her at such a good angle as she was trying to look at the tv."

Be sure to check out our message board for a challenge from Keisha as well as several more from the rest of this week's honored guests and our design team.  There are tons of prizes just waiting to be awarded including a grand prize guest spot with the JBS Mercantile Kit Club!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Guest Challenge from Stephanie Howell

Today's special guest is Stephanie Howell who once again brings us simple brilliance in her inspiration.  Stepahnie has used the kraft version of the Alphabet Diecut Paper.  She backed it with a sheet of the mini papers that showed through with nice variety.  The alpha sheet also worked nicely to highlight her friends' names.  Finally, she used the circle stickers from a JBS HodgePodge Sticker Sheet to create a scalloped border around her photo.  Thanks for the inspiration Stephanie!

Our online crop starts today!!!  Check out Stephanie's challenge and many others on our message board.  Our design team will be posting their challenges throughout the day today.  And our first chat is tonight!!!  Come join us at 8:00 pm CST for some fun times!  :)
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Guest Challenge from Wilna Furstenberg

Our weekend crop starts tomorrow!  Are you ready for some fun?  Here is another early challenge for you from special guest Wilna Fusrstenberg.  Wilna writes, "I took some maternity pictures of my friend and these JBS papers and embellishments were the perfect combination to make her a page. I embossed the hearts with a purple glitter emboss and punched a whole bunch of butterflies using the Jenni Bowlin butterfly punch. The letters was cut with my Silhouette Cameo."
My Challenge: Make a scrapbook page for a friend (of her/her family) that does not scrapbook. In my honest opinion, a few things are ever so much appreciated. When I make a page for a friend they are floored that i took the time (and supplies) to create something for them. They appreciate a hand made item sometimes more than a store bought gift…and a scrapbook page is a perfect gift! i challenge you!
Check out our message board to enter this challenge and find many more this weekend!
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's a Beach Party Giveaway - Blog Hop!

Have you checked out all the festivities going on at ?  I've been taking advantage of the classes and sales for sure!

This is one of the stops in the Jessica Sprague Birthday Celebration Blog Hop.  Visit everyone in the blog hop and you'll have one gorgeous Beach Party kit.

Here's how it works:

If you haven't started at the beginning of the hop, you need to get to Jessica's blog because she's the start.

If you've come to us from Echo Park ... GREAT!  You're in the right place!

Here's our contribution to the kit and you can download it HERE!  (download link available until 6/24 midnight eastern time)

Don't forget to visit our Digi Shoppe because everything is 40% off!

Your next stop in the bloghop is liv.Edesigns .  

Have fun! Show us what you create with your Beach Party kit!

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Guest Challenge from Becky Novacek

Today we have a heartfelt page from guest designer Becky Novacek.  She says, "There is so much to love about this collection! I was tempted to hoard the pretty red and gray polka dot labels, but decided to live a little and use them : ) I thought this quote would be perfect for this photo...because that's exactly how I felt at that moment. my challenge to you is to make your journaling your title. Use a quote or a sentiment, whatever you like, but make it bold!"

We're having an online crop this weekend!  If you want to take her challenge, swing by our message board and come crop with us this weekend!  There will be chats, games, prizes, and fun!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Guest Challenge from Celeste Smith

Have your heard the news?!  We're having an online crop this weekend with lots of challenges and prizes.  We'll be giving you a preview to the fun all week as we post challenges from our honored guests.  Our first challenge is from Celeste Smith who decided to play with some of our digital goodies.  Here's what Celeste had to say about her page . . .

"When Doris asked me if I wanted to guest this month, I immediately said yes and then begged for some digi-goodies to scrap with. I just love that Jenni is releasing all of these digital goodies and wanted to get my hands on some. The best part is that everything is completely resizable - which means I can change the size of the bingo cards and also shrink the scale on some of the larger scale papers."

Want to get an early start on our crop challenges?  Here is Celeste's guest challenge:
Design a page where all of your elements, papers, photos and journaling are on the top half of the page and the bottom half of the page is left completely empty.  Check out the challenge on our message board for more details.
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Birthday Celebration at !

What an exciting week!  Check out the schedule, check out the contest, learn something new!  There's a lot of fun in store, sales, and the most incredible prizes!  Click on the image below for more info!

And our new digital release today is a fun mix of classic JBS patterns:

Here are wonderful layouts from the JS creative team to inspire you!

From Nancy C:

From Kerrianne:

Just wonderful!  See you at the celebration this week!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

JBS Online Crop This Weekend!

Clear your schedule for some fun times with the JBS Crew plus some stellar guests as we challenge and inspire each other on to many amazing scrappy creations this weekend!  We'll have challenges from the talented ladies listed above as well as from the JBS Design Team with plenty of prizes, including a guest spot with our kit club for our grand prize winner!  We'll also be chatting up a storm Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.  We'll most likely throw in a few games as well.  It's always a fantastic time.  Trust me.  Won't you join us?

Stay tuned as our first guest challenge will go live Monday morning . . .
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hot Off the Press!

Are you looking for a little inspiration this weekend? Well look no further! The latest issue of the JBS Mercantile Gazette is hot off the press and ready to deliver! And it's packed full of fabulous ideas for using this month's kits. From journaling to stenciling to book binding, this free printable download features lots of projects that are sure to get your creative mojo flowing.  To download your copy, just click here. (It may take a few seconds for your download to begin.)  And enjoy your weekend!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Oh Snap! June Mid-Month Vintage Finds!

Lots of new old treasures were placed on the shelves at the JBS Mercantile Flea Market this morning.  Have you gone hunting for the perfect vintage find yet?  :)
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

One Buck Wednesday!

These two digi kits are on sale for just $1 each in the JBS Digi Shoppe!

Is there a new baby in your life?  Would you like to celebrate your own baby no matter how old he or she is?  These kits are perfect for Pocket Page Projects, cards, banners, and of course layouts!

More digi news ... take a look at what's happening next week to celebrate 5 years of :

Jenni Bowlin Studio will be celebrating and participating in Wednesday's Blog Hop.  Hope to see you!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hotel Key Holder

One of the exciting new products at stores now is our solid wood Hotel Key Holder.  Did you know that Jenni designed this product from a large vintage piece in her own home?   Just beautiful!

Connie Mercer shows just how versatile this piece can be!  She purposely added embellishments that could be easily removed so she could change the look of her piece when she wished.

In this arrangement, Connie hung the Key Holder from a vintage hanger.  Her embellishments are both made from the new Wren line and favorite vintage  pieces.  The vintage "5" card?  That's for her 5 grandchildren!

Connie then created another very special arrangement:

This one contains pieces that have a lot of sentiment and memories associated with them.  For example, Connie gave the earrings displayed on the banner tag to her grandmother Mary, and the large lock belonged to her great-great grandfather who was a preacher.  Every piece is tagged and labeled with its meaning.

Connie showed us how this one beautiful piece can be altered to give different looks!  Thank you Connie - these are not only beautiful, but meaningful too!

Is your mind spinning with ideas on how to use this?  I know mine is!

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Red, White, and Blue in the Digi Shoppe

These two kits released a bit early already for Jenni's Spotlight, but it's More in the Store Monday, so why not show them off again!


Two classic kits are available just in time for summer fun, Flag Day, the 4th of July, and celebrating our servicemen and women.  

I used the Trendy Collection for a layout about my son's baseball team when he was younger:

Digital scrapbooking can be so much fun AND addicting.  Not only can you use digital skills to make 100% digital layouts as above, you can use those skills to make hybrid layouts that use digi and traditional supplies together.   It's a blast!  Which is why I'm so excited about Jessica's FREE class running during her 5th birthday celebration: June: 18 - 23rd.

Never tried digi?  Why not take the class and see what you can do!  You can use Photoshop OR Photoshop Elements and you can get a free trial of Elements right here.  See you in class!

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JBS Mercantile June Gallery Updates!

Spend a moment or two today taking a "Wild Spin" through the June Design Team Gallery at JBS Mercantile.  There are TWENTY-NINE new projects that are sure to inspire, including several mini-albums and gift card holders.  If you haven't snagged a kit yet, act quickly, our add-ons are already sold out and at last check there were only two Papercrafting Kits and six Mini-Album Kits left.
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

6 Things About Jenni

Just a reminder that today is Jenni's Designer Spotlight on Jessica

Do you want to know a few things about Jenni?  I LOVED reading this.  Sounds "so Jenni" to me:

Designer Spotlight : Jenni Bowlin Studio

Everything in the Digital Shoppe is 40% off through Sunday midnight PT including the 2 new lines released today!

Meet us in the Jessica Sprague forum at 9pm ET for a Speed Scrap and a digital freebie for all who participate!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My Sweet Ory by Terena Schultheis

We have another awesome vintage inspired page from Terena to share with you today.  This one was created with bits from May, including the exclusive Diamond Ink Stamp

In case you were wondering, that really cool strip down the right side is vintage Dennison Transparent Mending Tape.  Love it!  Thanks for the inspiration Terena!

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