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Monday, August 31, 2015


Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a layout that I created for our son and the CSI Design Team.
Lee and his girlfriend attended her sister's wedding in The Carribean and had a wonderful time there. This layout was created to remember the lovely occasion.

I have used this kind of mesh before. It is part of a net bag for oranges that has been upcycled. In order to get it the color I had in mind, I had to first paint it with gesso, then use green acrylic paint to meet the criteria of the challenge.

Here is how the challenge works: Use all five colors in the Scheme. Other colors may be used as accent colors as long as it/they comprise no more than 10% of the layout. In addition, black, white, kraft, cream, gray and brown may be used. Choose three or more pieces of Evidence and one or more choices from Testimony to include in the layout. When you are finished with your page, upload it to CSI to share with us. We love new members! You may just win one of the wonderful prizes from our list of sponsors this month

The Scrapbook Store

Wouldn't you love to receive this gorgeous kit as a prize for being Star Witness from Flying Unicorn?

Now, back to the layout...

I love to include a lot of texture, layering and techniques in my scrapbook pages. You can see the results in these pictures. So much fun! 

In my collection of summer embellies were the little mother of pearl buttons, seen above. I also found in my stash little beads, glued them all together and it made an original, charming embellishment. 

For the Blue Fern Studios chipboard frame and title I used a brayer to apply gesso.  Then, I painted it with accrylic paint and finally used crackle paint for a fun finish. Other techniques used were stenciling, painting, stamping, embossing and die cutting. 

Just FYI.....sharing a little trick with you. The brayer makes painting go a lot faster and is well worth the expense.
You can find brayers at most craft stores. Look in the painting department. They traditionally are used to apply ink during the process of printing, but I use mine for applying gesso and paint. 


Blue Fern Studios paper, stamps and chipboard
Frantic Stamper die
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima stencil, ink, metal embellishment
Ranger/Tim Holtz die
From my stash: metal fish, rafia, netting, buttons, beads

Here is the little tag that holds the journaling! Thanks to my blog friends for stopping by and leaving a comment.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Hello scrappy friends! I have a tale of love here....just part of the ongoing story, actually. It is a perfect example of why we have been married forty one years.

The layout was created for the CSI design team and includes a lot of examples of technique. Participating in a challenge three times a month takes me to a higher level of accomplishment than I would probably otherwise achieve. 

Thank you Debbi Tehrani for all the encouragement and inspiration! Before we have more discussion of this page, I have to tell you that we have some great sponsors this month. They are: 

The Scrapbook Store

Here, I created a small bouquet using vintage lace from my paternal grandmother's collection. I only knew her for six years, so it is very special to me.  

Techniques seen here are 3-D work, printing, and painting. 

Can you tell that I love to use the 3-D technique? 

Here is a close up view of the embossing applied to chipboard elements. I'm crazy about the beautiful effect it has on my work. Also below, you can see the masking work used here. I added a little color to stay in line with the criteria for this challenge. 

Products used: 

Blue Fern Studio paper, stamps and chipboard
Prima spray mist and flowers
Ranger, Perfect Medium
Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol ink
Stampendous embossing powders and mica 
Stayzon ink

From my stash: 

lace from my paternal grandmother's collection
hemp cord
jute cord
metal heart

Here is my hand written journaling. I have a little pocket attached to the upper back side of the layout to hold my journaling, and do this on every page I do. Without a story to tell, what is the use of scrapbooking?   

I hope you will be able to leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by! See you next time. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Lee!

My son's birthday this week, so I decided to make him the subject of my LO for case file 132.

We're having all kinds of fun at CSI this week! The color scheme has been wonderful to work with on this layout, and particularly with this photo.   

Come play along. You still have plenty of time, as the challenge doesn't end until August 3rd.

Since this is a masculine layout, I decided to paint the chipboard gears and the flowers in a hap-hazard style to give the overall design a bit of a grungy look.

For the journaling, I wrote out my thoughts by hand on cardstock, trimmed around it, then painted gesso around the edges and glued it in various spots on the layout.

The background was created first, using Prima Blooms mist. While that was drying, I played around with the design and then using a cursive pattern stamp with red ink, I stamped in various places in the background. Next, I painted gesso over the flowers and chipboard gears. I thought the edges of the torn paper needed a little gesso, as well. Then, I did a little border punching around the edges of the paper that would directly frame the photo. Another technique I used was embossing.

For me, a layout is not complete without adding a little dimension, so I popped up various elements, such as the flowers and the photo.

Products Used:
     Bazzill Basics cardstock
     Daisy D's patterned paper
     Leaky Shed chipboard
     Liquitex modeling paste
     Prima Color Bloom, ink, mask
     Ranger Adirondack ink
     Technique Tuesday stamp
     Want2Scrap chipboard

Thanks for taking a peek!