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Saturday, October 13, 2018


Hello friends! I'm back with a layout for Color Stories Inspiration AKA: CSI. I absolutely had to use this picture of our daughter because it is so rare to not see her smiling or laughing. If you get a chance to play along, please do so. I love the challenge of solving the case!

One of the items listed on the evidence list is "something metal". When cropping this photo I almost cropped it out, but not completely! It is a little bow hanging from the large white rose on the right. 

Here is how I solved this case file:

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: metal, buttons, lots of layers. I counted
Testimony: Prompt Idea - Hidden Journaling

Another item on the evidence list is buttons. I used a vintage button, and it looks like a small cameo. It can be seen at about 10 o'clock from the large white rose, closest to the viewer. 

Here you can see the paint splatters that were added last. 


Blue Fern Studios Papers*

     Vintage Christmas, Magical
     Vintage Christmas 2, Holiday Cards
     Vintage Christmas 2, Let it Snow
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard:

     Berry Frame
     Serenity, Calm, Hushed
Blue Fern Studios Embossing Powders

     Snow, Ruby, Summer Breeze
Blue Fern Studios Seedlings

Blue Fern Studios Stamp, Jingle Bells

Michaels: small white flowers
Prima: Large white roses, 3-D Matte Gel

Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Reneabouquets, Etsy
     Beautiful Beads, Teal
From my Stash:

     Beads and Sequins
     Embroidery Thread
     Metal Bow
     Vintage Button
     Vintage Velvet Flowers

* All papers were purchased from Renee Bouquets on Etsy 

Above, you can see the stamping, embossing, tearing and bead work.

Regarding the hidden journaling, I have created the collage above to show how I managed this. I love to tell the story about the photo, but prefer to not have the journaling written on the front of the layout. In virtually all of my work, I create a pocket on the back of the layout using a library pocket or an envelope. In either case I cut areas off of the top so it can be glued close to the top and back  of the layout and the journaling card can be almost completely hidden with only the top seen peeking out from behind the LO, begging the viewer to pull it out, hold it and read it.  I have always loved interactive scrapbooking! 

The journaling reads, "Hushed is a word you will never hear from me to describe Liz. She is known by her family and friends to be the 'life of the party'. This is probably the only photo of her looking hushed!"

Thanks to EVERYONE who leaves a comment! 


  1. Replies
    1. Sweet Lizzy, my dear friend, thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment. Hugs and kisses to YOU!

  2. Love the blue glitter and clever idea for the journaling pocket!