Friday, January 27, 2012

Where Did You Go? {CSI Case File No. 4}

CSI Case File No. 4 is Live! And we have a very beautiful Case for you to solve:


I was looking through photos to scrap and came across this photo of my Gram, and the pants she was wearing were the exact color of the last teal in the palette, so I went with that.

As I stared at that picture, I started thinking about how sad it is that my Gram is getting old and changing from the spunky, lively Gram I've known all my life into a very different person, so that's where I went with this layout.

The clues I used:
Evidence: frame, striped butterfly, rhinestones, something shiny (the epoxy brad)
Testimony: unexpected text, get curious and ask questions, my reflections, journaled in a frame, and inspiration word: change.

I remember this photo well. Gram and Nom went on vacation to Maine with us. We were on top of Cadillac Mountain, and it was very windy, and I started throwing my arms out and saying, "I'm flying," and soon everyone was doing it. I decided to have my Gram flying out of the frame and right off the page. I wanted my story to be the focus of my page. I photographed my page so that you could see the distressed edge and where the picture comes off the page a bit. In retrospect, I wish I had place it even a little more off the page.


In case you can't read the journaling on my photo, here it is:
What happened to this energetic, lively person? Is it possible to pinpoint a specific location in time when you became the person you are today? That person who  is dependent on others.  That person who no longer can drive. That person who gets out of breath  when she  walks to the mailbox. That someone who spends her days in a chair watching TV. There are times when that old you makes an appearance. The someone who still gets her hair and nails fixed. The person who loves to have her family visit. The person who still loves to give advice because she knows what's best. I'm thankful there's still a shadow of the old you left, but I just want to know, where did you go?
Here are a few details. I went to my Crate Paper folder to look for my papers and was pleased to find most of the colors I needed in there. All the paper I used is by Crate Paper, from various collections, including Orbit and Restoration. The felt flower is by Maya Road. The gold was a little tricky to match. The epoxy brad is a cheapy one I found at the Target Dollar spot a couple of years ago and matched that first blue almost perfectly.


Remember when Thickers first came out and it was so awesome because there were so many more varieties than Heidi Swapp letters? I remember AC Moore had a super-duper sale on these felt black Thickers and I bought a ton of packs of them. They're a little big for my 8 x 8 pages, so I don't use them a lot. The smaller letter stickers actually match that last teal, even though this photo doesn't show it. The gold butterfly is Pink Paislee, and the striped (and other cardstock butterflies) are by Making Memories.


The frame is by My Mind's Eye. Love those things and I wish they made them a little smaller too. I left the threads hanging on the butterflies after I stitched them on because I thought they sort of looked like butterfly trails.


Some more closeups of the Making Memories butterflies and a fuzzy Sassafras Lass brad.


You should definitely go check out what the rest of the team made with this Case File--all so different and all so beautiful! And make sure you play along this week if you haven't yet had the chance to crack the case--Dusty Attic is our sponsor, and you just may win a fantastic prize from them!

10 comments:

Ashley Horton said...

This is an amazing layout Debbie, and I love the way you used the awesome color scheme for this week! Sweet journaling and I can relate to the same situation with my grandmother. I really like your Scrapbooking style, because you use the "whole" page for your layouts! I like to spread out my designs, instead of having a small photo with everything clustered closely...white space and I don't play well together!! :) Looking forward to doing the challenge this week!!

Jennifer said...

Love your LO and take on the palette this week! Love these colours!! :) Heartfelt journaling.

Fi said...

Beautiful page and story, love it to bits.

scrapbookertink said...

Gorgeous layout and story, so pleased that CSI is such a big hit, well done, Doreen x

Marelize said...

Great journaling and gorgeous layout Debbi! Love it. :)

Denise Price said...

Such a sad LO...but beautifully done. Enjoy the time that you have left with your grandma.

Lynette said...

I have been watching your CSI cases develop and your interpretations just blow me away.

jeanie g said...

This is so poignant Debbie. I can empathise as my husband has become an old man in a few months, Heartbreaking isn't it. As you say you have to hang on and appreciate the fleeting moments when their old self reappears. I love how you made the page more about the journaling than the photo and that you kept it fairly (can't think of the right word here) I was going to say plain but it doesn't fit. Hope you understand what I mean. It's thought provoking, conjuroring mental pictures of past good times in a sweet way. xxx

Heather Jacob said...

sooooooooooooooo gorgeous .. love the pic Debbi and your page is so awesome .. full of love xoxoxo

Bente Fagerberg said...

Another wonderful piece of creativity here Debbi!
I love your novel way of presenting the photo and that your journalling takes such a prominent place. Gorgeous.

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