Friday, September 14, 2012

Best Friends For[n]ever {CSI Case File No. 37}

We have a brand-new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration! We're partnering up with Once Upon a...Sketch all month, and the OUAS designers are serving as Guest Detectives, and the CSI Detectives are guesting over at OUAS. Double the fun! You'll definitely want to play this month!

Here's my page. I took a break for Monica's book and made a page using a childhood photo of me and a random memory. I thought the colors were perfect for the picture.

Clues I used: Evidence - stripes and dots, labels, circles, buttons; Testimony - breaking journaling across several spots (I originally had it in 3 places but it looked better in two spots--thanks Tracee!); Journaled on note paper (sort of); I couldn't bring myself to handwrite such a long story, but I chose a handwritten font.

My journaling reads: I had a lot of best friends when I was a kid. But never a BFF. We were always moving. I was a shy kid, so it was hard to make friends. And whenever I finally did find a best friend, we'd move. Of all the best friends I had, the one I can remember most vividly was Diane Ryan. I remember going to her house a lot. I remember she had  an enormous Great Dane, and  I could ride him like a horse. I remember Diane had the most beautiful bedroom with a princess bed built right into the wall. Curtains shrouded the bed and we'd hide in there and play I Dream of Jeannie.        
I remember we'd play dress-up with her mom's trunkful of fancy dresses, the kind with layers and layers of ruffled tulle under the skirt, and we'd twirl around and feel just like princesses at a ball. I remember staying up late at night watching scary movies and playing Ouija board in her basement until we'd get goosebumps from imagining there were ghosts in our midst and then  we'd cram that board back in its box. I remember leaving my favorite sandals at her house and I couldn't  go get them because we moved. away again.

Here are some details.The ledger paper is by BasicGrey, as is the black-and-white stripe. The red polka dot paper is Jillibean Soup, and the gray chevron is by Echo Park. The Remember bit is cut out of an old K&Co. paper.

The hexagons are cut from a My Mind's Eye paper. I used my favorite stamp by Catslife Press. It's a stamp they made at my request! The label is by Jenni Bowlin.

I was happy to use some buttons. I have SO darn many. I was thinking about adding some brads sprinkled amidst the buttons, but I wasn't sure if I was going to regret it, so I punched some small circles to see about placement and how it would look with some small brads, and I ended up liking the way the tiny punched circles looked, so I stuck them on. That blue label is an old Fontwerks label.

If anyone recognizes this story, it's because this is an extreme makeover of an old layout I made several years ago. Wanna see? :D I revised the story to add a little more detail, too.

Eek! How embarrassing! I think at the time I thought it was a pretty cool page. How we evolve!

It's funny. I wasn't sure how I was going to like working with the colors. I just loved the inspiration and had to use it, but once I got to playing with it, and then when I saw all the amazing things the CSI Detectives and our guest designers did with this Case File, I fell in love! I hope you'll go check out the reveal and play with us!

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


Lizzy Hill said...

Now THAT'S bravery!!! I love seeing after...and then afters???!!!! Isn't it amazing how our scrappy styles change? LOVE your paper strips & the story is sweet/sad...& I reckon next time BE BRAVE - just whack on a load of those brads that are sitting there saying 'use me, use me'!!!! The confetti looks cute, tho:):))

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I loveeeeeeeeee that journaling! And funny, we have had a newscaster here in AZ for YEARS named Diane Ryan!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee both your pages!!!!!! It's always fun to look back on our old pages!!!!!!!

Lynn Murphy said...

I loooovvvveee them both. Always fun to see your pages. Great journaling!

Christy said...

I thought the original was pretty cute, but that remake is AMAZING!!!!

Renata Moni said...

Amazing work!
Thanks for playing along with us!

Tracey said...

Your style has definitely changed but I think that original layout is pretty good too!! The new one is awesome though!! Love it!!

Svetlana Austin said...

wow! this is awesome LO! I love your take on the challenge and I love all the layering of the elements! so beautiful!
thank you for joining us at OUAS!

Eila Sandberg said...

Gosh Debbi! what fabulous journalling! always in awe of your stash raiding, everything looks SO beautiful! really such a fab take on the challenge. Thanks a bunch for sharing your wonderful page with us at OUAS! *giggling*
aaaand you amazing amazing Debbi, thank you sooo much for putting all this together with Nadia!

Helen Tilbury said...

Great job & definitely a makeover of the first - which was still well balanced and well executed :)

Lynette said...

LOL! I love how much your style has evolved. I would never have guessed that you were a shy child...thank heavens we change as we grow older.

Zeneva said...

Great layout! I love how you have interpreted the case file!

Erin Blegen said...

Your designs are flawless- this is just beautiful!! So glad we got to team up with you this month @ OUAS!!


Mona L. Pendleton said...

Such a sweet layout! All the journaling looks fabulous! Please consider turning off the captcha feature as it is time consuming when commenting. Thanks for joining along with OUAS :)

Brises said...

Awesome page Debby... fantastic take on the challenge!!

Tamika said...

Very nice work,this color scheme somehow reminds me of Raggedy Ann. Such great work!


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