Thursday, October 8, 2015

Smile {CSI Case File No. 178}

Well, school's been kicking my butt this year. I'm teaching a new grade after 25 years as a fifth grade teacher. But it's all good. Kids are awesome, my new team is awesome.

I'm home sick today (stress always does this to me), so I thought I'd do some catch-up posts on some layouts I made for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration since I last posted. Today I'm sharing my latest, and I'll schedule the last few for upcoming days..

Here's our current Case File:

And here's my page, another for my book of Debbi and Tracee's Epic Adventures. Don't you hate it when you spot a mistake after you've uploaded your page? Can you spot it?

Clues: I switched up the sketch a little by turning it sideways and making a few adjustments to fit my pictures. Evidence - stripes, cameras, polaroid frames, film strips, numbers, typewriter, transportation accent, sort of pie charts, light bulb, metal, word/phrase stickers, flair badges, stamps, borders, arrows, animals; Testimony: Write a haiku, document a selfie, inspo word, smile.

Here are some details. The chipboard bits I used are all by 2Crafty. The arrow and plus stamps are by Denim Tampons (Denim Stamps, in English), one of our sponsors this month, and the Laugh More stamps are American Crafts. The flair badges are from A Flair for Buttons. Papers I used are Bo Bunny (rust polka dots), American Crafts (diagonal stripe and the pie-chart-looking circles), Scenic Route (light blue), Pink Paislee (gray text).

I cut the typewriter from an American Crafts Paper. I always print out a swatch of the CSI palette on photo paper to match up the colors, and I decided I'd use it on my page. I outlined the colors with a fine pen, as I did with my papers and photos. The blue washi tape is by Recollections. The little metal dots are by Colorbok. Here you can see my haiku. Kind of lame, I know, but it tells the story.

One of the things I love about scrapping silly photos is that it feels perfectly comfortable to add quirky, unrelated elements. That light-bulb is by Maya Road. The little car was cut out of an old Cosmo Cricket paper. And how fun is that little cat puffy sticker. Tracee and I recently acquired a slight addiction to puffy stickers. This quirky cat is from a set by Funny Sticker World I snagged from ebay.

We've got some awesome sponsors this month, so you'll want to come play. Come check out all these sponsors and see layouts by our team and guest designers here. This Case File stays open all month, and the creators of our five favorite layouts will be invited as guest designers as well as be eligible for our prizes.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

2Crafty September DT Work

It's my turn to share my design team work on the 2Crafty blog today. Here's my post.

"Live It Up"

Every summer, my sister and brother-in-law splurge on season tickets 
to a local concert venue, and this is a picture they took from a recent concert. 
The "Live It Up" title was a perfect starting point to celebrate this summer event.

For the "Live It Up" title and "2015's" date, I first applied gesso to the chipboard. 
Then I colored the pieces with teal stamp ink and added texture by stamping on top of them 
with darker ink using a Kaiser Craft texture stamp. 
Finally, I used a white gel pen to outline the letters and numbers. 
The curvy arrow is from the "Crazy Arrow" set. 
I used silver Zing glitter embossing powder to give the page some sparkle. 
I used black ink to color the "Small Film Strip" and yellow ink on the "Handdrawn Stars."

I covered a small frame from the "Polaroid Assortment" with patterned paper. 
The "Music Notes" were a perfect addition to this page, 
and I used the silver embossing powder to match the curvy arrow.
2Crafty products used on this layout:

Live It Up
Handdrawn Stars
Polaroid Assortment
Crazy arrows
Small Film Strips
Music Notes
"Adore You"
Meet my sweet Miss Maisey. Here she is posing with her pretty pink toenails 
which we bought to prevent her from scratching the furniture. 
Alas, she wasn't having any of that and chewed them off in a matter of days. 
Fortunately I got this sweet picture before they were gone.
I found lots of wonderful chipboard to adorn my layout.

How awesome is that great big "Doodled Heart?" 
It's wonderful for serving as both a background layer 
and a canvas for holding your title and adding bits to decorate your page. 
I swiped various shades of pink ink on the heart to give it a mottled texture 
and match the various pinks on my page.
The "Adore You" was the perfect title to express my feelings about this picture. 
I used white paint to color the title.

Oh, how I love those little hearts from the "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars" sheet. 
They are just perfect for adding a sweet little extra. 
I colored them with pink stamp ink and then added some Stickles for sparkle.

The Chevron Bits, which I colored first with gesso 
and then with various shades of stamp ink to match my papers, 
were perfect to point to the subject of my layout.
2Crafty products used on this layout:

Doodled Heart
ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars
Adore You
Chevron Bits
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my pages. 
I hope I gave you some ideas for using the beautiful 2Crafty chipboard. 

And remember, to find a 2Crafty stockist near you, drop an email to...


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Road Trip {CSI Case File No. 174}

We've just opened a new Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

Tracee and I made another page for our book called Tracee and Debbi's Epic Adventures part 2. Here's my page. Clues I used... Evidence: globe, travel accents, chevrons, tape measure, hinges, metal, leaves, something woven, mesh, stitching, buttons, starburst. Testimony: Document something about a location.

I used a sketch from Stuck? Sketches. I flipped elements on the sketch horizontally to form a visual triangle with the bold brown elements on my page.

Here are some details. My background paper is a Dear Lizzy paper. I used a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and some texture paste mixed with a little white and blue acrylic paint. The brown cut files are from The Cut Shoppe.  The geotag came from the Round Up set and the title came from the Here and There set. The green stripe paper is really old, by Wild Asparagus. The globe was cut from an Echo Park paper, as was the chevron paper. The labels are also really old, by Fontwerks. I loved their labels. The tape measure rub-on is by 7Gypsies, and the tiny dot stamp is by Kaiser Craft.

Some more cut files from The Cut Shoppe--this is from The Happy Camper set. I found a hinge that I've had in my stash for eons, and I also rescued some mesh that has been sitting in my stash for ages. The phrase stickers are by 7Gypsies.

You should come see what the rest of the team and guest designers made, and you'll want to play because we have lots of prizes up for grabs.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Birds of a Feather {CSI Case File No. 173}

We've just opened a fun new Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

I made another page for Tracee and Debbi's Epic Adventure. Clues I used...Evidence: checker, grid, flowers, leaves, wet medium, animals, enamel dots, labels, slant something, pocket. Testimony: Inspiration Words: ideas, foolish.

Here are some details: The cute flamingo is a Silhouette cut file. The pink papers I used are ancient with a capital A. I added a chevron bag as my pocket clue. Those pink letters are Heidi Swap--also ancient. The leafy bit is a Cheery Lynn diecut.

In case you don't know, the journaling is a take off from the lyrics of "Dynamite," the part that says "I throw my hands up in the air sometimes, Saying AYO! Gotta let go!" I have had that song stuck in my head now for 3 days. Here's the video so you can have the song in your head too!

I mixed some pink and white acrylic paint with texture paste and used a Prima stencil for the background. That flower is by Recollections, and the label is seriously old, by Fontwerks. The red, teal, and light green papers are all by My Mind's Eye.

I hope you'll come play with us! Come see what the rest of the team and guest designers made here. Plus, we've got prizes from sponsors to win! Here are our sponsors this month:


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Here, There, Everywhere {CSI Major Case File No. 172}

We opened a new Case File at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration on Friday, and it will be open for investigation for the entire month:

I made another page from when Tracee visited last month, for my Tracee and Debbi's Epic Adventures book. I rotated the sketch counterclockwise. Clues I used...Evidence: dog, map, travel elements, string, mesh, metal, eyeglases, photo corner; Testimony: journal about an outing.

Here are some details. Last month, The Cut Shoppe sponsored CSI, and I got to work with some of their cut files, and I just fell in love with them. The cut file below if from their shop. The little metal dot on the geotag is by Colorbok. I have to give Tracee credit for the idea of putting the eyeglasses dirctly on the picture, and it was a perfect touch for this silly picture! We picked those glasses up at Hobby Lobby.

The little Say Cheese frame is by We R Memory Keepers. That little dog was cut out of an old Cosmo Cricket Joyride paper. The flair button is from A Flair for Buttons.

The little car is from the same Cosmo Cricket paper. I added some metal dots to the wheels. I used an old Making Memories metal photo corner, which knocked out two clues from the Case File. The red paper is ancient--old Creative Cafe paper. It was the perfect red for this Case File.

These metal-rimmed tags have been languishing in my stash forever, and I dug them out for my journaling.

I've had the Magic Mesh in my drawer at least a decade. A little goes a long way! There's another little car from the JoyRide paper. I added some teeny-tiny metal dots to the wheels. That gray background paper is American Crafts, the star paper is My Mind's Eye. The map paper was from a little scrap leftover from an October Afternoon paper. The Hello piece is from the same We R Memory Keepers set as the little Say Cheese Frame. That chipboard arrow is by MAMBI.

I hope you'll come play with us. This was a super-fun Case File to solve. Come see what the rest of the team and our guest designers made here. We've got several great prizes to be won, from Carolina Ghelfi Scrapbooking, Funky Flairs Studio, The Scrapbook Store, Flying Unicorn, and Scrapbook Fantasies.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

2Crafty August DT Layouts

It's my turn to share my DT work at at the 2Crafty blog today. Here's my post. 

"This Is Me Summer 2015"
I've had a super-busy summer, and I wanted to document all the goings-on. 
I just happened to have this picture of me holding the sign, 
and that made me think of the 2Crafty "This is Me" title, 
so that was the perfect starting point. For those who don't know, I scrap 8 x 8, 
which is why some of the 2Crafty elements look larger on my page.
I coated the "This is Me" title with gesso first, and then dabbed several different
 pink stamp inks to get the "This is" part to match my papers. 
Next, I used Gold Zing embossing powder on the "Me."
Since the idea of time was important for this layout, the "6" Clock Face Frames"
were a perfect accent for my page.  I coated the clock with gesso and then went over it 
with white acrylic paint. I treated the butterflies from the "Sharon's Butterflies" set 
with the same gold embossing powder as the title. The "Polaroid Assortment Frames" 
are a wonderful set to have--there are 8 pieces in the pack, 
and they give some great dimension and interest to your page. 
I covered mine with patterned paper.
I used a piece from the "2015's" set, coated with gold Zing embossing powder, for my subtitle.

I used a "Sharon's Butterfly" in place of a tab to pull the tag out of the little
 polka dot paper bag. I've journaled on both the back and front of the tag, 
listing the noteworthy things from my summer break.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
This is Me
6" Clock Face Frames
Sharon's Butterflies
Polaroid Assortment Frames

"Class of 2014"
I took these photographs right after I set up my classroom last year, 
and I got the 2Crafty Class of 2014 piece with the intention of scrapping the pictures. 
The school year zipped by, and I regretted not having scrapped them, 
but as I get ready to start a new school year, in a new grade level, I decided now was the time.

I wanted my title to match the school-themed elements I had cut out of a patterned paper, 
so I inked all of the letters in "Class of 2014" with black stamp ink, except for the zero, 
which I was planning to use with the "Light Bulb." 
Then, I outlined the title with a white gel pen to give them the same look 
as the school accents. I used several shades of yellow stamp ink
 to get a color that matched the yellow grid paper I used. 
The light bulb was coated with silver embossing powder. 
Isn't a light bulb a perfect accent for a school-themed page?

I cut the "Interlocking Grid Panel" in pieces to use as layers under a couple of the photos, 
coating them first with gesso and then dabbing them with two different stamp inks.

The circle framing the picture above is from "Circle Stack," and I coated it with gesso 
and then outlined it with a fine pen. The arrows with the words pointing to each picture 
are from the "Asst Arrows" set. I also used various shades of ink, 
tempered with a little gesso, to get a more muted primary color.
2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Class of 2014
Light Bulbs
Interlocking Grid Panel
Circle Stack
Asst Arrows

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my pages. 
I hope I've given you some ideas for using these awesome 2Crafty elements.



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