Saturday, October 27, 2012

Like a Princess {CSI Case File No. 43}

We just opened Case File No. 43 for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

I decided to scrap this photo from my junior prom from 32 years ago. The photo was discolored and dark, so I decided to use a diffuse glow on it. That's my husband, Farzad, who took me to my prom.

Clues I used to solve this Case File...Evidence: damask, frames, something transparent, foliage, patterned brad, black and white patterned paper, and rub-ons; Testimony: Document a special event, tie the past to the present.

(Pardon the bad picture of my layout. Cloudy skies and no time to re-take it.

I had no space for my journaling because I scrap 8 x 8, so I added my journaling to the back of my page, which reads:

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of Farzad and me. We look so young and joyful and beautiful. I remember every detail of that special night, and the days leading up to it, as Farzad took me in search of the perfect prom dress. We found my gown at Lord & Taylor in Bethesda, and I knew the moment I saw it that it was the dress I had to wear. It still hangs in my closet though I have no delusions that I will ever be able to fit in that size five dress, even if I ever do reach my Weight Watchers goal.

Farzad rented a tux that went just perfect with my dress, and he took me to dinner at Rive Gauche, a fancy-schmancy, expensive restaurant in Georgetown. Afterwards, as we walked to the car, I remember there were people wanting to snap our picture. 

Walking into the hotel ballroom where our prom was held, I felt just like a princess with my prince charming, and we danced the night away--fast dancing to Kool & the Gang and the Gap Band and slow dancing to Air Supply and Styx. Whereas I felt invisible in high school, I felt like a glowing light was on me that night. I felt just like a princess that night back in 1981, and you know what? Farzad still knows how to make me feel just like a princess 31 years later.

I used this beautiful sketch by Michele Singh as inspiration for my page:



I love that fluffy, sparkly yellow flower. It's by Prima, and I need to get some more of those. I wonder if they come in other colors? They're nice and small and perfect for my 8 x 8 pages.

My patterned papers are by My Mind's Eye (yellow), Paper Studio (light green), and Pink Paislee (darker green). The clocks are cut from a Teresa Collins transparency. The die-cut leaves are from a Cheery Lynn Designs die. I also cut a few leaves from a Webster's Pages paper and tucked them into the cluster.


I knew I wanted to put a crown on my layout. This one is a 7 Gypsies rub-on, rubbed onto a blank scrap of the transparency from the clocks. 


The fabric brad is by BasicGrey. I added those word stickers at the end, when I felt my page needed a little something more. I originally had a black-and-white patterned paper as the bottom layer of my page, but I decided to switch to plain cardstock. I wanted to use that clue, so I tucked a little black-and-white strip behind the green paper matting the photo. It's actually from the tear strip of a Teresa Collins paper. Her papers always have that lovely bit of decoration on the tear strips.


Here's a little closeup of the edge of my layout. I used an old Technique Tuesday stamp on the cardstock. The fancy borders on my page are cut from Cheery Lynn Designs dies. I'm not sure where I got those little tiny flowers--I had a little baggie of them, and they were just perfect for my page.


Thank you, Tracee for helping me decide where to put my title! The birdcage (or urn or whatever it is) is cut form a Webster's Pages paper. The frame is from a Teresa Colllins paper. The letter stickers are both by Webster's Pages.


As always, the design team and guest designers outdid themselves with this beautiful Case File. Come see, and play along for a chance to win an awesome kit from Scraps of Elegance.

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



8 comments:

Ashley S. said...

What a beautiful memory and a gorgeous page!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love the photo, the colors and loveeeeeeeee all the distressing!!

Kelly Foster said...

Love it!! Beautiful colors, and your sweet little clusters are perfection..so elegant. What an awesome color pallette, too!

Lynn Murphy said...

Oh wow!!! That page is beautiful and dramatic. Love it!!!

Tracey said...

I am loving the colour combo! A gorgeous page!!

Cathi ONeill said...

This is such a beautiful page, perfect colors and details!! I grew up in Maryland outside of DC so recognising all the places you talked about!!! It's a long way to Tipperary lol but Ireland is where I have ended up! My folks retired to Oregon so I do miss visiting DC... If you are still living there I hope Frankenstorm isn't too crazy for you!!! Have been enjoying CSI. Really only finding my way this year with layouts but amassing a huge stash lol and these challenges are a great way to mix papers and use my stash so thank you for coming up with the concept!!!!

Lynette said...

What a fantastic memory to scrap. My DH took me to my prom way back in 1978...and your journaling brought back many great memories for me too.

Eila Sandberg said...

Debbi dearest, had to read your journalling several times as I got a tear in my eye. This is SO beautiful, the photo, the memory, the page. I LOVE it all! No wonder they wanted to photograph you and Farzad, you had such film star quality in that dress. Amazing, have never fitted into a size 5 in my whole life :)) What I love most is how Farzad makes you feel like a princess even after all these years, he sure is your Prince Charming! Much much love,

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