Friday, August 10, 2012

Hello, Ocean {CSI Case File No. 32}

We have a beautiful new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.


I used this awesome sketch by Em Stafrace from her way cool sketch site Page Drafts as inspiration for my design.


I used the following clues to solve my page: Evidence: textured paper, wet medium, vellum, softened edges, mesh; Testimony: Document a beach trip; inspiration word seek.


This is another page for Monica's book. In case you don't know about her story, Monica is my best friend's daughter. Her 23-year-old husband just died a month after a six-year battle with bone cancer. I'm grabbing pictures off of their Facebook pages to make her a book to remember all the precious memories from their too-short life together.

Here are some details. Most of the stuff on my page is really old. I get a little thrill from using old stuff! Here you can see a few different papers I used The seashell, starfish, and sand dollar came from a Creative Imaginations paper. The twiggy looking bit is from an old Making Memories 5th Avenue paper. One of my all-time favorite papers. I only have a few bits left and will be sad when I run out. The "Keep Calm and Go to the Beach" is in our CSI Coordinates this month--I inked the edges with two different colors, brown and aqua. That awesome button is by Jenni Bowlin. I stamped on the cardstock rings and added liquid pearl dots. Those blue doilies are cut out of a Heidi Grace paper with a Cheery Lynn Designs die.

I love the stacked pictures in the sketch, but I also hate wasting ink, so I put a white rectangle in the middle of the photos that don't show so I'd save ink when I printed them.


You can see I tucked in some really ancient textured mulberry paper that looks sort of like it's flecked with sand. The blue paper with the gold writing is also really old--it's by Creative Imaginations. The polka dot paper is ancient from a company called Cross My Heart. I think it's out of business. The funky scalloped paper is cut from the edge of a die-cut paper by Crate Paper. I also tucked some ancient blue vellum in there.


I used some really old Scenic Route letters that were the perfect color, paired with the awesome tiny Lily Bee letter stickers, which I adore.


At the last minute, I decided to add the pearls. There's a layer of paper beneath the polka dots that's a sort of beige with a matte metallic gold that I've had FOREVER--I'm talking about eleven years. And the lantern is from one of my all-time favorite Webster's Pages papers--another one I'll be sad to use up.


We have a gorgeous reveal. You'll have to come see what the rest of the team and guest designers made.

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


17 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS!!! I loveeeeee the photo, the colors, the layers and loving the starfish!!! WOW!!!!

Em said...

SWOOON! I said it on my FB Page but just had to stop by your blog to see all the close ups. I looove this page the colours are just so beautiful and the sketch. All your elements and papers remind me of all the bits and pieces you find during a walk on the beach, do you end up with full pockets like me?? Thanks Debs I think Monica will gasp with joy when she see's this page xox

Lizzyc said...

HI.. this looks amazing.. so many luscious layers. and I love the blue colors, and funny thing, I went up to a beach today... 2 hours away just for a few hours then drove home and it was soo lovely!!

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Debbi, This Layout ROCKS!! I love the black background. It really makes the colors pop! So many yummy layers.

sandi said...

Oh wow! I really love the color combo in this one! Love what you did with that sketch. Your lo looks so nice!

Eila Sandberg said...

My oh my Debbi isn't this the most delish page! gorgeous take on Em's sketch! fell in love with the paper that has gold script on. Beeeautiful Debbi, absolutely beautiful! xoxo

Audrey Pettit said...

Swearsies, Debbi.....you are Uh-Mazing! I don't know how you manage to pack so much detail into such a small space, and your designs are always perfectly balanced and never "over-done". You are a true master! And I SO love how you always fit in really old stash stuff and make it look brand new!

Jennifer Shaw said...

Hi Debbi! Your LO is lovely and I especially love the black background. This album is so beautiful and I am enjoying seeing it come together through your LO's at CSI and Creative Scrappers. It is so sad that this young fellow passed far too soon. Such a lovely couple.

Every Friday I admire the wonderful palette at CSI but never end up with time to get it done. :( My studio will be totally packed as of today, and ready for the move. I can feel the withdraw symptoms already! ;) Have a great weekend! :)

Helen Tilbury said...

Excellent page Debbie - love the colours and the way you have layered this all up with so much awesome texture. Thanks so much for your condolence comment on my blog - I really appreciate it!

Jasmine S said...

I just love this case and have started on my page thanks to the fabulous inspiration of you and your team. Love how you have used the black background. Everything just pops and the layers are wonderful.

Lizzy Hill said...

Iam SOOOO with re: using Stuff up:):) and it looks TOTALLY fab here...glad you popped on the pearls- great finishing touch.....the layers are amazing...& Em S's sketches ROCK!!!!!!!

Heather McMahon said...

Hi Debbie - regarding your note- I'm off on hols. Will look at this when I get back. Thanks! Heather.

MarĂ­lia Lopes said...

Wow this is breathtaking, so many beautiful details to look at.
Have a great weekend!

Lynette said...

Wow...this is breath taking. Love the color, the texture the layering...everything is just so perfect.

Riikka said...

This is such an awsome page. Love that you have used a black background instead of the "obvious" white!

Thank you fo visiting my blog! I really love CSI challenges - they are so inspirational!

Melinda said...

Hi Debbi!This is such a gorgeous layout! So sad but so gorgeous! Love using old stuff too! Loving all the elements here and those colours against the black cardstock! hope you are well :))xx

Lean said...

Such a cool beach page you have made the colors are perfect for it!
byebye,Lean

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