Friday, January 25, 2013

50 by Fifty {CSI Case File No. 56 + Birthday Presents Blog Hop}




CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration turned one this month, and we've been celebrating with fun and festivities all month long. But what's a birthday party without presents?
We are rounding out CSI's birthday celebration with a huge pile of presents! The talented and very generous CSI design team, aka the CSI Detectives, have prepared special blog posts for you this week, and all you have to do is leave a comment on participating design team members' blogs for a chance to receive a present from them! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you'll have to receive a gift!
We also have the brand-new company Blue Fern Studios joining our blog hop! Our very own Detective Michele Singh is the designer of this company's beautiful chipboard, and we are delighted to have Blue Fern Studios join us to celebrate our birthday on the month they were introduced to the world!
The CSI Birthday Presents Blog Hop will run from January 25 - 29. Winners will be announced in our Full Disclosure (Announcements) Forum the following week. A newsletter will go out to members once this announcement is posted.
Here is a list of the blogs you will want to visit:

Here's a picture of my birthday present you could receive by leaving me a comment on my blog. Just some odds and ends from my stash--all unopened packages--things of which I had double or things from kits too large for my 8 x 8 pages. I just grabbed a bunch of stuff in various colors so that they might go with lots of different future Case Files. (Sorry for the not-so-great photo--hard to get a good one without the glare of plastic packaging.)





So here's our Case File that we just opened for investigation:


Look at these fabulous Coordinates Michele made for us this week. 


When I saw them, my mind went in a million different directions. Here is what I finally came up with. (Clues I used... Evidence:  clouds, strings, dangled something, plain (sort of) cardstock in the background; Testimony: Inspiration Word: optimism.)


How adorable are those little airplane characters? They're from the coordinates.

My design team is phenomenal, and I'm sure they're going to share all sorts of mind-blowing techniques. In my dreams I am a "technique-y" scrapper, but in reality...not so much. Instead, I'll just share my process and thinking behind the elements I chose. I love to try to include elements that help me to tell my story. Some of the things I included may not be so obvious just by looking at my page.

Here are some details. How could I not use this little lady? She's my favorite bit in the Coordinates this week. The papers I used this week are BasicGrey (the background and the black stripe), My Mind's Eye (the diagonal stripe),  and some super-old BoBunny (the red polka dot).


Here's my dangly part of the Evidence. I didn't have any letters in the right shade of gray, so I used some foam Thickers and colored them with gray chalk. The arrows are photo corners.


These two phrases from the Coordinates are what spurred the subject of my page. I'm on a mission to lose 50 pounds by the time I turn 50 in September. I've been saying "50 by 50," like a mantra in my head for the past week and a half since I went back to Weight Watchers after having fallen off the wagon and gained back almost all of my 60 pounds that it took two years to lose. I've been beating myself up about it, and I finally decided to listen to my Weight Watchers leader and give myself positive talk instead of negative. The brad is by BasicGrey, and the loopy border punch is by Martha Stewart.


A little closeup of the sweet doggie. I love that Michele put those stripes on the airplane! That gray element behind the dog is called Starburst from the Silhouette website. (Part of the star prompt in the Evidence list).


I wanted more stars to not only go with the Evidence but also to symbolize the stars we earn in Weight Watchers for positive behaviors and each time we lose five pounds. Hence the "Catch a Falling Star" (emphasis on the falling, as in dropping pounds...) These stars are made with a Studio Calico mask. I originally tried to use gray stamp ink, but they got all smudgy because the stars are so small, so instead, I just used a fine-tip pen and traced some of them. The Maya Road sheer ledger piece is part of the Evidence too, but I also chose one with numbers and turned it upside down so the numbers would be decreasing, as I hope my weight will do. :)


You will definitely want to visit the other design team members' pages, not only for the chance at winning some fun scrappy presents, but also to look in detail at their beautiful work.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading about my page. Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a birthday present!



78 comments:

Lynn Murphy said...

Love the colors and you can do it. One day atta time!

Rosa said...

You WILL do it, Debbi!!! Great layout, love all the layers and details. But above all, the picture! You look very confident! I wish I had that strength!!

Em said...

Good on you Debbi, I am going to do the same but your well on your way with your great lose so far...beautiful page too, love your style and have to say it, love you too he he xox

Paula F.P. Simionato said...

Hello Debby, congrats for the celebration, you made an amaizing page and a very generous gift for this hop...XX

Moongirl said...

I love your process! The plane people are adorable! Love the dangle 50 and the stars

Helen Wallace said...

It's so interesting to read about the process Debbi. I'm always impressed with the attention to detail. Congrats on making a start on 50 for 50 :)

Katie R. said...

I absolutely love this layout. It is so fun. Thank you for chance to win.

Miriam Prantner said...

Cute layout! Love how you hung the 50 and those little planes are darling!

Milly said...

lovely page! and what a awsome goal! good luck with it:)

Beatrice Lawson said...

Way to go!! I love your positive attitude and the cute title - ha, 50 by 50... I was wondering:-) Good luck!!

Linda said...

Well done so far, good luck on you journey I'm am confident you can do it, super cool page and a great thing to document

MichelleMc said...

Fantastic layout! Love the layering and details!

Buffy Esser said...

I just love your layout,and your use of the coordinates..hehe those were my favorite! Good luck!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Love love love love this!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee this lo!! I loveeeeeee the photo, the stars, and loving how you did the journaling on the cloud!! Good for you!!!!

Elena C said...

Debbi,I LOVE, love, love, your l.o.and also all your little cute embellies you used. That little airplane with the doggie...too cute!!!
Thanks for sharing the meanings and use of all the details.
Love your l.o.

Julene Matthews said...

Good on you DEbi.Hope your weight loss job goes well.I love your bright happy layout.Such cute little details.Your giveaway would be awesome to win.

WendyMac said...

WOW your work is amazing...so inspiring...thanks for the chance to win this generous prize pack..x

Adriana B said...

love how you have used all the coordinates, stunning layout :)

jengd said...

Fabulous page! Love the whimsical bits and your fantastic and optimistic journalling! Best wishes on your journey!

Davi said...

Fabulous LO, such fun elements to commerate the beginning of the journey that of course you will succeed in! I love the meaning behind the little stars! The great thing about the past is that is gone and the best thing about the future is it gives you a new beginning each day :) Fabulous 50x50 ahead!!

Val Thorpe said...

Ah Debbie what a wonderful layout. Such a nice photo of you too. What a lovely way to formalise your weight loss goals. I love it, and you can do it :D Your generosity is mindblowing and again I thank you. Happy Birthday CSI :D

Linda Eggleton said...

I love what you've done with this case, Debbi...such a fantastic layout & I love the colours combo! Best of luck with your 50x50...as you said, it's doable!!

Riikka said...

Fantastic layout and great goal! You can do it!

Thank you so much for keeping the CSI running and all your hard work for it! I'm honoured to be part of the DT :)

karen said...

great layout. All the layering and details super inspiring

Heather McMahon said...

Debbie - I haven't dropped in for a while. Just been busy. I'm loving your work - fabulous!

Jan said...

Such great inspiration. Well done.

Lizzy Hill said...

GReAT case file....good luck with the weight....you're almost my age...hope you enjoy turning 50. I had some ---'issues' with it!!!! LOVE your LO & thanks for the chance to win...HB CSI & it's Mummy:):):)!!!!!!!!!!!

Heather Jacob said...

wow Debbi this blog hop is fun fun fun !!!! your page is awesome with a capital A .... and you look so beautiful , keep up the great work , you have inspired me .. hugz x

annette said...

AWESOME !!!! love your pic !!! love your LO !!!! Congrats for your achievements !!! you are one amazing woman !!! cheers xx

Rusticdiva said...

Debbi I love how you have used the colours and such a super picture. I hope you achive your goal on the scales.

Cathi ONeill said...

Debbie, I know where you are coming from. I am a gold member of Weight Watchers who gained it all back. I am on a mission to lose my weight this year too. I love your layout and I know you can do it!!

Justie said...

Very cool layout. Like your layering and the cloud with your journaling.

Lydia said...

beautiful LO- gorgeous little details xxx

Laurence said...

This is so interesting to learn what is behind a page, TFS. I hope you'll succeed in your mission. And long life to CSI after this first year !

Zanka said...

Thank you for sharing your creative process! I'm so happy to be in your team. Your work is beautiful, so funny and down to earth. See you around:)

Lourdes said...

I love the colors of the challenge!

Your work is really beatiful and I'm fan of CSI!...I love it!

Congratulations for your 1st year!!!!

I just signed up as follower

Auntie Em said...

That is an awesome LO! OK so maybe you weren't over the top on technique (in my mind I plan all sorts of amazing things too...in reality it's paper and glue lol) but you go all the way on STYLE and CREATIVITY! I love the symbolism and the fun things you have added to your LO to tell your story. It's so personal and uplifting.
Thanks for sharing and best of luck with your goal! :)

Patricia said...

Such a great looking page! I love the touch of adding your airplane charachters. Good luck with your goal!

Jeanette said...

Wow Debbi! I feel so inspired by how you are losing weight. Remember that you are beautiful no matter what size you are. I am so glad i am in the same team as you! Feel so inspired by all these talent.

Pia said...

wow so beautiful projects
hugs Pia

Scrap2day said...

I just love the fact that you are creating a page of your goal! One day you'll look back at this and remember this time in your life. The layout is so filled with such gorgeous layers. I Love it..I struggle with layering and I'm going to come back to your blog and try and determine how you do it ...just beautiful!

Scraprageous said...

what a cool page! I love the idea of a weight-loss album - may be lifting this as some encouragement/to see where I started! Beautiful page as well. Thanks for the great chance for blog candy!

Michelle Looi said...

Love the layout! Such cute coordinates that you had added to it!

Miranda said...

I love your page. Great how all the details tell your story. Wishing you good luck with the 50 by 50. I know you can you it!

Denay said...

1st I have to say you do NOT look like you are almost 50...hope I look as good as you do when I approach that age! 2nd, You can do this; it's hard, but so worth it.
I love how you have commemorated such a huge moment(s) of your life. Great lo.

Hege said...

just luv your lo`s
love the consept of your CSI.
really fun to see every week.
and the designers.
I`m eating dust now after alle bowing ;D

MARCH said...

Joyeux anniversaire ^^
une belle mise en page et joli cadeaux !
il faut que je revienne sur le blog ... mais j'ai toujours du mal à faire le journaling :-(
a bientôt
corinne de france

Adrienne said...

Sweet Debbi! You are beautiful inside and out as is, but I KNOW you can reach your goal! Maybe we can excercise AND scrap when I come soon. hehe! Just Kidding. Just scrapping. LOL!

This has to be my fave from you, I love the girl on the cloud and the little bits of whimsy! So awesome. Your attention to detail!

MWAH!

Alia said...

You can do it, Debbi! Great LO, great goal!!

Shawn said...

Absolutely LOVE this layout! Good luck on your weightloss journey!

Nicole Doiron said...

Such an inspirational layout! I'm fighting the weight battle myself and i know how it feels. We can do it!!! We just have to hang in there! I wish you all the best and keep on creating! Thanks for the chance to win an awesome RAK! :)

Krystle said...

Great layout and RAK!

Keren Tamir said...

Gorgeous Debbie!! Thanks for the inspiration

Iryna Kittsteiner said...

Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win. Your LO is gorgeous!!

Greetings from Germany, Iryna

Eila Sandberg said...

Dearest darling Debbi, as Adrienne has already said - you are beautiful inside out and you CAN do it! Thank you so much for having me on your team, means the world to me! Just adore your page, the lady on the cloud is way too cute - and your mantra - you go girl!! xoxoxo

Margie said...

Beautiful page, Debbie!

Ayeeda said...

WOW! Just poping top say hi! Amazing page Debbi! Fabulous design and details! Awesome prize too :) xoxoxo

lindy Gillespie said...

Such an amazing page Debbi - love the design and not to menion that yummy gift...have a great hop xoxo

Carol said...

Hi Debbi - What an inspiring story behind your awesome page! Love how you used elements to reinforce your resolve to succeed Best luck to you.

lintsi said...

Oh Debbi this is a great layout! Good luck with your goal, you can do it!

diveloonie said...

As always, amazing page!

Rachelle Olaridge said...

Wow!!!! Fantastic LO Debbi. Love the details, your pic and accents. Love all your work. Awesome goodies. Love those Thickers. Blessings on your goal.
Huggies,
Rachelle

Borabbo garagalicano said...

Hahaha !Debbie Really Do a great Job making a plan For CSI Prizes!!LOL!! But It's great and a cool way to join a contest!!!Nice work Deb Really appreciated everything you did in that layout

dstandard said...

Your page is fabulous and I'm going to be your cheerleader! Love your details!

Elaine said...

Debbi, what a great idea this birthday blog hop is! And your layout is just as fantastic as always. Thank you for encouraging us to participate and for helping scrapbookers all over the world share their work and become ¨virtual¨friends!Your effort and the love you put into your blog is definitely noticeable and deeply appreciated.

DebiJ said...

What a brilliant page Debbi! Love all your work here, such amazing detail! I am so inspired!! I really hope you achieve your goal, and whatever your positiveness is so encouraging.

Hanne said...

Lovely page! So many great details and love the sewing.

Fluffy said...

Fabulous layout, the planes are adorable Michelle creates such wonderful coordinates. You can do anything you put your mind to and I will be willing you on! Tx

Sarah Rouault said...

So lovely Debbi. Love your honesty both in your aims and goals and your style of scrapping. I'd love to be all technical too but we do what we do because we love it the way it comes out because that's what our love goes into. Great idea for gifts and with following all these blogs I'm just gonna have to find even more time to spend on ME!

Sarahxx

Judith said...

Love the balance of patterns and colours but my favourite are the little figures on the planes.

Swissdutchy8 said...

I never did a bloghop before, I always thought that was something " notfun" and timeconsuming. But I reallly liked it today, saw so many different thingsand people. Love your optimistic layout this week. I think it is hard to lose weight, and I think you will have bad moments, but it is a goal! You will be very happy on your birthday in September,even if you dont make it. Whatever, you only live ones

Jennifer said...

Yay for you! I admire your fortitude in setting this goal -- sharing it and creating a cheering section will definitely help get you to the finish line! You must have SOME stash -- wow, what a prize! Thank you for this wonderful hop -- I am really enjoying it.

Lucy said...

Great motivational idea!

AnnieC said...

Fabulous page as always and I really enjoyed reading about your process - love all your cute ideas, like the photo corner chevrons - genius! :o)

Petra said...

Happy CSI Birthday! One of these days I am going to do them all! I just love to look and get inspired. Way to go!
You will succeed for sure, Debbi! One day at the time, OK! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbi
I've just read your profile, and see you reside in Frederick. Although I live in New Zealand, I have been to Frederick twice - a beautiful town with a wonderful ambiance, and it wasn't really too far from where my daughter was working in DC at the NIHS.
Gwen K

THcreates said...

What a fun layout - I love your idea in using photo corners as arrows. Always awesome to find new ways to use our supplies.
I hope I win your goodies.
PS I'm sending positive vibes your way to support your "50 by 50" goal. I'm shooting for 35 by my 35th high school reunion - yikes!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Great job Debbie - good luck with your goal - sounds very ambitious but I know you can do it!

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