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Friday, January 8, 2016

Brown Eyed Girl

Hello my scrappy friends! This layout was created for the CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration) Design Team. I enjoy the challenges at CSI and think most any scrapbooker would also like the fun of meeting all the criteria in a creative and fun way. Most importantly, I enjoy saving the stories of my family for future generations, and wish that I could read and pass along more stories from my ancestors. In order to compete and have a chance to win lovely prizes, as seen here, you need to join the group, follow the color "Scheme", include at least three items from the "Evidence" category and one from "Testimony". 

It won't take long to feel at ease each week as you enter the challenge. I will share a little secret with you....a good story almost always increases your chances of being featured! 

For  this layout, here is what I wrote for my description: 

Color Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: Stripes, music accents, string/fiber
Testimony: Use a song title or lyrics as part of your journaling. I chose Brown Eyed Girl performed and written by Sir Van Morrison. This song is iconic rock and roll from the sixties and because my daughter has brown eyes, I wanted to journal about her eyes. Here is my journaling: 

Brown Eyed Girl
by Van Morrison

Standin' in the sunlight laughing
Hididn' behind a rainbow's wall
Slippin and a slidin'
All along the waterfall

They say, "the eyes are a window to the soul", and I agree. Your eyes reflect the happiness in your soul, Elizabeth. You sparkle and shine in every way, my "Brown Eyed Girl"!

I love using certain techniques to make my layouts interesting. One technique is to use paint splattered on parts of the background paper and another is to texturize the background with modeling paste and a stencil. In addition, I use a stamp to highlight the area around the picture(s), and am a big fan of layering and 3-D work. 

I had this layout almost finished when I received my first shipment just in time to use the brand new Blue Fern Studio Imagine Ink Embossing Powder on the chipboard title! So excited to now have five different colors of this very fine powder! It makes embossing the chipboard title, frame or other elements a breeze! 

In the photo above can be seen quite a bit of the heat embossing I applied to the background with a chunky embossing powder. Below, is a little piece of costume jewelry that I purchased years ago to use in my scrapbooking. It was part of a necklace that had about fifteen little charms on it. I used a few inches of embossing thread to hang it from the chipboard. 

In this photo can be seen three of my most used techniques: fussy cutting, layering and texture on the background paper. 


Blue Fern Studio (Frolic paper collection), 
       chipboard, embossing materials and stamps
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste

Petaloo flowers
Prima Color Bloom Spray, flowers, template and 
Pro Art gesso
Ranger  Perfect Medium, Crackle Accents
Stampendous embossing products
StazOn ink
From my stash: embossing floss and  repurposed

Last, but never least is my hand written journaling. I almost always adhere a little library pocket to the the back of the layout...close to the top....so it can be easily pulled out and read. 

Back to my scrapbook room for more creative fun! See you next time! 


  1. Oh Patty! This layout is absolutely fabulous! I can always feel the love that you put into your work! And the hand-written journaling is so important and such a wonderful addition to your page. Thanks for your visit to my blog, dear friend! I hope all is well with you! HUGS, Sharon

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Sharon. Coming from you, they mean a lot, as I adore your scrapbook stories and creativity. We are all well, except Mother, who has had lingering chest congestion and I am taking her back to her doctor. She has been to the hospital for x-rays twice and for CAT scan once, they say it is not pneumonia, but at 94 you never can be too cautious. Big hugs to YOU, sweet lady!

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