Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hello Rock Hall Marina {CSI Case File No. 236}

Our August mid-month challenge is live at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration!

Here's the page I created:

And here's the Case File. Clues I used...Evidence: stripes, polka dots, wood, gold, banner, wet medium, nautical elements, clouds, sun (sort of), animal, wave shape, jute, triangles, buttons, ombre; Testimony: document an adventure, 6-word memoir

Here are some details. That little sailboat was cut from an Imaginisce paper I've had for a few years. My 6-word memoir was created from two phrase stickers. The banner is by Recollection. The wood anchor is from Michael's. I got it this summer, and it was so perfect for this page. As you can see, my chipboard title is gold (I hate the way gold sometimes photographs dark).

So I wanted to use this wave paper, which is sort of ombre, as the background for my page, but I didn't want to cover it up too much so that you could tell it was waves, which is why I designed my page sort of vertically. I felt it still needed another layer to tie all the elements together, but not wanting to cover up the waves, I decided I'd put it all on vellum, which did the trick.

How cute is that teeny-tiny crab? He's about a half-inch wide, from a border strip on a Bella Blvd. paper (Secrets of the Sea collection). He was a pain in the neck to cut out because he was so tiny, but I'm happy I hung in there because I love how he looks on the tail of the h. 

I've recently made a promise to myself that I'd use a stamp on every layout I make because I have so darn many and always forget to use them. I was looking for a label to put "Rock Hall" on my title, and I couldn't find one, but then I realized I probably had a stamp that would fit the bill. I found one the perfect size (about an inch long) by Pinkfresh. The color of the embossing powder I used looks really off in the picture, but in real life it's closer to the colors in the palette. It's a mystery to me why the camera changes colors.

Those clouds are by My Little Shoebox, a company which I don't think makes scrapbook stuff any more. I wanted to add a sun behind the clouds, and I found the perfect piece of wood veneer to use for this. That "Travel Record" bit is from an old Teresa Collins paper.

How awesomely opaque is that white spray ink? It's by Dylusions.

I hope you'll come play along! Please let me know if you have any questions about the CSI challenges. They might look complicated, but they're really easy. They're fun, plus we have eight awesome sponsors donating prizes:


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let's Be Weird Together {Stuck?! Sketches August 15 Challenge}

We've got a very cool, unique new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches. Here's the page I created with Laura's awesome sketch:

And here's the sketch. 

Leave it to Tracee, and she'll find the most fun photo ops. We were in a Michael's store, and of course we found the perfect props for some silly pictures. I knew I wanted to use that black Camera paper, so that was my starting point. Next, I found that hexagon paper, which was from a We R Memory Keepers pad I bought a couple of years ago. The white Polaroid frames along the diagonal are Silhouette cut files. The green paper is from that same collection, and the blue paper, layered behind the green, is from a BasicGrey paper pad. I think the chipboard frame is by Crate Paper.

I knew I wanted to use some playful accents on my page, and I remembered I had these monkeys on an old sheet of BasicGrey paper from the Oliver collection. I cut them out and attached some brads in the shapes of mustache and eyeglasses to make them even more playful. I found the perfect title for my page in the form of a gold edged MAMBI chipboard piece.

Here's a shot of another Monkey, who I trimmed from the edge of the paper--it didn't matter that his legs were cut off because I was going to have him peeking out from behind the frame. The speech bubbles were cut from a Simple Stories Emoji Love  paper. They were almost the perfect color. 

As I was building my page, I felt like it was too monochromatic and needed the playful punch of an extra color, so I added a bit of yellow. I had a tiny strip of that yellow grid paper in my stash of scraps, and it was just enough.

That bit of mesh was sitting on my desk, leftover from a prior layout, so I stuck it on my page. The "Making Memories" and gold heart chipboard pieces are also by MAMBI.

Here's a shot of that third monkey. I thought he'd be fun hanging by his tail from the hole in the tag.

This was certainly a fun sketch to work with. I hope you'll pop over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and see the awesome pages by the rest of the team, and you'll definitely want to play for a chance to win prizes from our sponsors:

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