Friday, December 7, 2012

Loot Piles {CSI Case File No. 49}

Case File No. 49 is open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. The beginning of the month is always exciting as we have new sponsors, new guest designers, and a new theme.


Clues I used to solve the case: Evidence: Numbers, stickers, punches, rhinestones, baker's twine, circle notch, snowflakes, winter/xmas stuff, hound's tooth; Testimony: doucment a holiday tradition, story inside something (sort of).

I often use a sketch to get me rolling, and I recently realized that digital templates are sort of like sketches. One of my favorite digital sites is Designer Digitals. I've bought a bunch of digital elements that I sometimes print out and use on my pages. When I was looking through their templates to use as a sketch, I came across this one, and thought it was just perfect for the feel of the page I wanted to make, and the little compartments reminded me of The Scene in the Case File:


I decided to document  a tradition of how we gather our presents into "loot piles" on Christmas Day. I thought the sketch had the feel of a loot pile. That's my mom in the picture. She has such a funny expression that I love. I used PicMonkey to do a special effect on the picture where the presents were in bright focus and the rest got more desaturated.


Here are some details. I tried to get that artsy stuff in the background, but, well, you know me...I'm just not very artsy, LOL, so here's my attempt. I stamped some dots in the aqua and then stamped some script over top and embossed with lime green embossing powder. Unfortunately, on the left side, I hadn't let the aqua dots dry enough, so they turned green. Oh, well. I hate throwing away paper, so I just went with it!


I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch, along with some jumbo-sized rhinestones. I mounted them with pop dots. Those cool number circle elements are in the Coordinates this week. (You can find those at the bottom of the Case File reveal).


I don't own any washi tape (yet), so I just used some bits of chevron paper instead. This chevron paper is by Simple Stories. The lovely intricate border is a die by Cheery Lynn Designs.


Aren't those journaling cards cute? Michele made them for the Coordinates this week. I adore those retro Santas. I like how he looks like he's almost sticking out of a chimney. I used a combination of older and newer papers this week. I love leafing through my stash in search of just the right colors. The polka dots and chevron are by Simple Stories. The green and black hound's tooth are by October Afternoon. The yellow stripe is My Mind's Eye. I accidentally sewed over the pocket and had to take out the stitches on the yellow.  I stuffed the journaling inside all those layers to seem sort of like piles of presents in Santa's bag.


Here's another picture where you can see I piled on some word stickers to make it look like piles of presents.


Here's my journaling. Did I mention I love those retro Santas? I printed my Coordinates on photo paper this week to keep their vibrancy.


You must come play with us! We have Noel Mignon as our main sponsor. Their design team is guesting, as well as Mariaje Munoz and our awesome team of Special Investigators. Come see what the team and guest designers made here.

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


15 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I love love love the colors, the snowflakes and the yummy layers!!!

Val Thorpe said...

Debbi, I love the way you manage to mix and match your papers. This is one of the hardest things for me.. I am a very MATCHY MATCHY person and it is also one of the things that I am learning to do at CSI :D. I thought that you had got the aqua and green on purpose... just goes to show that some accidents are wonderful. Thank you for being such an inspiration week after week.

Lynette said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I love your layers and your layout is so rich in color.

Sandie Edwards said...

I think the aqua/green looks fabulous and if you had not of mentioned, wouldn't have thought a 'boo boo'. Love it... ayour layout is fabulous, so much to look at.

Laurence said...

The details are even more fantastic, for example I couldn't guess the green text was embossed. Wouldn't have noticed the smearing if you wouldn't have said. TFS the digi site, it looks great !

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Love the lime green embossing and the layered pps!

Adriana B said...

fabulous and love the journalling in pockets, great fabulous colours too :)

AnnieC said...

Gorgeous page - love the aqua dots with the lime green embossing - I am SO going to pinch that idea! Fab sketch too. :o)

sandi said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love this to bits! So fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aline Marengo said...

HI Debbie

Your LO'm amazing ... I loved all the details ... you are very talented!

Hugs!

Di Garling said...

Fantastic layout Debbie. I love the embossed script on your background & all that amazing layering too. Great layout. Cheers Di xo

Heather Jacob said...

amazing absolutely amazing ... wonderful to gaze at, drooling here Debbi xoxo

Bente Fagerberg said...

Absolutely fabbo page Debbi. Love the amazing layering and fun photo. And of course the 'icing on the cake' the green embossed text. I love it!! Hugs!!

Al Hannah said...

Your "artsy" efforts are fab. I love the effect of the blue stamped dots, with the embossed green script over the top - it looks amazing!

Eila Sandberg said...

Bah! not arty? that's pure hogwash my dear!! I am totally digging your boo boo which is not one by the way, looks absolutely fabbo! Gosh what an amazing take on that sketch, just LOVE everything on your page! have been checking the details over and over again and just marvel at your skilfull layering. Totally gorgeous work Debbs!! we make piles for each person too :)) mwah mwah mwah!

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