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.

Oct 20, 2014

September's Big Six

I wanted to post my six top September photos before October's over.  The days fly ... I want to stop time in its tracks ...

1. The "can she please stop growing now" photo.  I caught dear niece reading in her grandpa's chair.  It's her favorite thing to do and I love her little dimples and sweet smile.

2.  The "cows have beautiful faces" photo. Don't they?!   Mom and I stopped by to pick up homemade cheese, but they were closed.  The cows turned to smile anyway.

3.  The "thanks for playing up the scary Halloween cat look" photo.  Doesn't every garden nursery have a resident cat?  And they all sleep in a cardboard box on the counter.  This one decided I needed a scary photo and played it up real good.

4.  The "I held my breath during the entire workout" photo.  Watching ds in a cross-fit competition is not for the faint-hearted.  In this particular workout the competitors had to rise from sitting while lifting weights overhead with one hand.  Ya' - crazy.

5.  The "I can't believe I didn't know milk could do this" photo.  Creating projects for my design teams is a blast especially when I learn something new.  Like this project for SnapClickDesignCompany, where I searched online to find an interesting way to stick homemade, custom labels onto glass and found out MILK has been used for this purpose for years!    You can bet that no glass jar is safe in my house now.

6. The "nope, it's not Ireland" photo of my alma mater UCONN.  Visited ds in his last semester there and Horse Barn Hill still looks the same.  Ah, the green, the sky, the smells, the cows ...  I loved it then and still do now.

There you go with my Big Six for September! I hope your October is wonderful!