Friday, June 22, 2012

We Made It! {CSI Case File No. 25}

We have reached Case File No. 25 at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, and to celebrate this little milestone, we have a little bonus twist to our challenge this week: Choose a CSI Detective's layout that inspires you and scraplift that layout! We can't wait to see what you do with this special twist!

We continue our celebration of The Queen's Birthday Month with this Case File:

Here is the page I made. Clues I used: Evidence: Foliage, architectural elements, border punches, windows, spire/finial shapes, gold accents; Testimony: Write a letter to my former self; hide my story behind a window.

I started with the current sketch up on the My Mind's Eye blog

That gave me a start on selecting my papers. A lot of times, I'll start with my My Mind's Eye paper carts because I have so many of their papers, and they're bound to have the right colors. I used some of their older papers from the Wild Asparagus and Bohemia collections, and another paper from the Lime Twist collection, as well as some of their awesome brads.

Here are some close-ups of my page. The chipboard window is by Maya Road. I painted it with Making Memories acrylic paint and then rubbed some green and black ink on it to give it a weathered look. The little green and blue flags under the window are in the CSI Coordinates.

The window opens to show my whole story (8 little pages). I used gold jump rings to attach the pages to my window. That leather flower is ANCIENT, by Making Memories. I added that BasicGrey fabric brad to hold the window in place a little. The brad in the center of the flower is by My Mind's Eye and has a special meaning to my page, if you read my story below.

Here's my journaling: This is the summer I vow to get fit and healthy. Kathy Morris and I are going to walk together. We just started our first walk on Monday. We're walking the C&O Canal and heading out at 6:30 a.m. before it gets sweltering hot. 

Our first day, it was raining, but we went anyway. We walked about two or three miles, stopping only when the rain got harder because the forecast called for thunderstorms. 

On our second day, we talked about going the distance--to the Monocacy Aqueduct, which would make our walk five miles, but then we said maybe we should build up to that. We kept walking and said, Let's make it to the picnic tables. And then we said, Let's make it to that sunny spot. We kept pushing on, and to our amazement, the aqueduct came into view. We had made it. 

It was like a little epiphany that I can do this. Mom said the other day that I just might amaze myself if I try. So former self, I just want to say, I can  make it. I can reach the final destination of this weight loss journey. I have to take it one step at a time and just keep forging ahead.

Here's a peek at the upper cluster. That beaded flower is by K&Co, as are the cut-out leaves and flowers. The leafy branches are a die-cut by Cheery Lynn Designs. I was looking for gold accents for the Case File and found this goldish leaf that I added. I died some cheesecloth with some Tattered Angels mist and tucked a bit in there. The green brad peeking underneath is by My Mind's Eye.

I wanted to use a spire/finial shape for the evidence. I thought this EK Success punch sort of looked like a finial, and then I found this metal element when I was searching for gold accents, and I thought it had a similar shape, so I added it.

The other designers made some gorgeous layouts that you must come see! I hope you'll play along with us. Our sponsor, Little Black Dress Kit Club, is offering three kits as prizes this month!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading about my page!


Jennifer said...

Congrats on your 25th case Debbi! Thanks for providing so much fun with your amazing site! Your LO is lovely. The journaling element is terrific. It is a beautiful palette. I hear you on the weight goal thing. I'm three weeks into Weight Watchers. My husband is doing it with me so it helps to have support. A common phrase around here is, "I don't get much!". hee hee The dogs will lose weight too because we don't want to even give up a scrap off our plate. ;)

Miae said...

Yes! Congrats on your 25th CSI!! Your page is so full of wonderful details! My fav is your journaling "mini" it!

Lynn Murphy said...

total congrats. your cases are amazing and fun. i love your pages. they are beautiful.

Heather Jacob said...

soooooooooooo inspiring Debbi .. love that little book behind the window ... might borrow that idea if that is ok ??? great work with the weight loss too ... hard work but worth it .. I have started walking too I really need it I can tell you .. gotta slim down .. too heavy ... love this Layout Debbi ... fantastic xoxo

Patrice said...

Love the journaling idea!

Diana said...

Wonderful LO and a great story behind it. Thanks for so much inspiration.

Eila Sandberg said...

Debbi, Debbi you are such an amazing person! Of course you can do whatever you set your heart on doing, sometimes it can just take a wee bit longer but you'll get there! As the other ladies have already said, that little booklet is just spectacular and all the details on your page are created with the one and only Debbi style - gorgeous layout darling, gorgeous!! xoxo

marit said...

First I want to thank you for your nice words in my blog, thanks. Wonderful layout with so much to look at.

sandi said...

This is fabulous! I can't believe anothewr challenge is up again! Wow! Time just flies! I've got to find some time to enter your challenges!

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow, wow, wow! What a gorgeous page, Debbi! I always love your designs and am amazed at the details you add. And I'm so inspired by how you add older products into your pages and make them look brand new! LOVE the little chipboard window on here and how you turned it into a journaling flip book. This is fabulous! And good for you on getting out there and getting healthy!

Cheryl said...

I'd forgotten how much I love your work, Debbi!! What a wonderful surprise to see your lovely comment on my blog!!

Kelly Foster said...

AWESOME page, Debbi!! Loving the close up shots of your beautiful layering!!

Tina said...

Oh My Gosh Debbi - such a great layout and story - your journaling book is so creative! I love it! I might have to lift it ;) Hugs!


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