I am just crossing over the middle point of my Big Picture
Scrapbooking 12-week course called Re-Purpose, Re-think, Re-Invent. In preparation for class, I spent a lot of time contemplating ways to
recycle vintage items (those trapped in the dark corners of your attic or
awaiting discovery at the next Flea Market) into works of art.
As I have a love of all things worn and
shabby, I tend to think of “re-inventing” in terms of antique/vintage
materials. But . . . I am a
scrapbooker (and therefore a hoarder) just like many of you and in preparation
for this tutorial, I started to think of “recycling” in terms of scrapbook
material specifically. My goal
was to come up with a project that used a product I had laying around that was
either out of style, damaged, or as in this case, out of date! Check it out below and hopefully it
will inspire you to dig deep into your stash and come up with new ideas for the
“unusable.” (P.S. – read on to see how you can purchase this project as
Of course, as owner and creative director for Jenni Bowlin
Studio, much of my stash nowadays consists of my own products. In 2008 we came out with our first set
of 6x6 Calendar Cards which were based on a 1901 Calendar I had with the most
amazing graphics and interesting quotes. Considering we are now almost headed into 2010, many would consider a
2008 Calendar as past its prime! I
however decided that there was still some life left in these cards and came up
with this “Favorite Quotes” Swatch Book below.
first cut the calendar area off of each JBS 2008 Calendar Card (hold
onto the calendar parts as they make GREAT scraps to punch flowers and other
shapes from. You could also cut
out the “month” words and reuse those)!!
I printed out 12 favorite photos sized to 2.5 x 2.5 (the width of my now
trimmed cards) and adhered them along the top of each quote card. To cover the remaining blank area on
each card I used pages from the JBS Grey Memo Book (6), vintage
wallpaper (3) and trimmed JBS Gold Wallpaper Single Rub-On.
Special Note: To adhere the vintage wallpaper, use a
strong dry adhesive such as a Duck Brand Tape Runner covering the entire
area. You don’t want to use
a wet adhesive as this will activate the yucky adhesive still on the back of
the wallpaper! To add some color into the blank areas
of the rub-on cards, I first adhered the rub-on background and then sponged on
yellow ink lightly on top of it.
create the cover card, I used one of the “discarded” calendar pieces and cut it
to the same size as the other cards. I then added a card from the Memo Book to the center and embellished
with a label sticker (included in the memo book), German Gold Scrap Trim and a
flower handmade using different circle/scalloped circle punches, topped
off with a reproduction millinery flower. I added the title using some JBS Gold Tiny Alpha Rub-Ons.
bind, I used a large gold brad (available at any office supply store) in the
upper left corner, wrapped with tiny jewelry tags that were embellished with
sewn on vintage buttons.
you are free to embellish each page as you see fit and add your favorite
quotes! Here is a sample of
one of my finished pages. (Tip:
keep 3-dimensional embellishments at a minimum so the swatch book will open and
close with ease).
You may have some of these materials in your own stash (or enough to
improvise) but for those who don’t and are interested, we have added this
project as a limited edition kit available today at Mercantile - advertised first to Ali’s blog readers.
Each kit includes the following:
of 12 6” x 6” 2008 JBS Calendar Cards
1 JBS Grey Memo Book
1 JBS Gold Tiny Alpha Rub-On
JBS Gold Damask Rub-On Single
approx. 12” piece of vintage wallpaper border
vintage reproduction yellow millinery flower
strips of German Gold Foil Trim
small vintage mother of pearl buttons
For more “Re-cycling”
adventures check out my blog at www.jennibowlin.blogspot.com.
Jenni Bowlin resides in Nashville, TN with her husband and
two young sons. She is the owner and the creative force behind Jenni Bowlin
Studio - a boutique papercrafting manufacturer with a “Vintage Fresh”
attitude. Everything she creates
has a vintage edge and a general “re-invention” theme. She is also the owner of Mercantile, a
web-based company offering monthly papercrafting, project and jewelry kits. A published designer, Jenni’s work has
landed on the pages of Creating Keepsakes, Autumn Leaves Publications, Family
Circle, Country Living and Mary Engelbreit Home Companion. Jenni is also an accomplished teacher,
offering classes at stores and conventions across the country and the web.
You can find Jenni’s work and products at www.jbsmercantile.com or visit her blog