Saturday, April 14, 2012

Monster in the Cupboard {CSI Case File No. 15}

Case File No. 15 is open at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, and do we have a fun, fun, fun challenge this week! In addition to National Poetry Month, we're celebrating National Library Week, and we went with Maurice Sendak's fantastic artwork to inspire our Case File:

I love, love, love the CSI Coordinates Michele Singh, made for us this week and used them on my page.

The monsters inspired my page. Please note that no animals were harmed in the making of this page. My cat Maggie loves to jump into cabinets and cupboards and closets whenever I open them, and as soon as I close the door, she wants out. I was loading books into the bookcases my husband put together for our new library, and Maggie kept getting in our way, jumping into the bookcases. So Farzad, being the practical joker he is, put her in the top bookcase and closed the door. She looks so cute and so funny looking down at us.

Clues I used to solve this case: Evidence: monsters, metal, zig-zags, stacking/layers, pom-pom, and something transparent; Testimony: document an adventure, poem type, poem in a pocket, and inspiration word imagination.

My poem in the pocket (vellum envelope) reads:

In her little kitty mind
I'm sure wild adventures await
inside every cupboard,
behind every door.
When I reach for a doorknob
she's always right there, 
summoned by some extrasensory 
Door opens, cat jumps in.
Door closes, cat wants out.
Some cupboard monster behind that door
Instead of the glorious adventure she'd dreamed up.

Here are a few details. I adore these little monsters Michele created! I printed them on a textured cardstock that had vertical ridges. I added Glossy Accents to their eyes to give them a more googly-eyed appearance. I think I put too much on there! I put the little guys on my page with pop dots. You can see I used vellum paper as one of my layers. I was originally going to try to make a banner out of the monsters, but it wasn't working on my pages, so I just connected them with the baker's twine.

I was determined to use CSI Coordinates bookshelf paper on my page, but I couldn't work it into my design--until I got the idea to have some of the books hold part of my title. I used Headline rub-on letters. They're nice and small and perfect for things like this. The little striped ticket and the "Live the life you imagine" bit are from the CSI Coordinates too. I used raw chipboard letters to match the gray in the palette. The gray grid paper in the background is by My Mind's Eye, and the orange paper is by Dream Street.

Here are some more layers that show you some more bits from the CSI Coordinates--the chevron paper and the orange label. I tucked some tiny yellow pom-poms between some of the layers.

Some more shots of those cute monsters. I like how the ridged cardstock makes them look striped. That "wild thing" bit is also in the CSI Coordinates.

The Detectives and guest designers have some awesome creations this week, so you should definitely go have a peek, and I do hope you'll play along! The Paper Bakery is sponsoring us, and you might even win  a voucher to their store.

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


Murphy's Law said...

How fun and adorable. and I love the poem...

sandi said...

Oh wow! Debbi this is just sooooooooooooo cute! Love how you used the little monsters!

sophie said...

love your blog! and great creations! thank you for popping by my blog!

Eila Sandberg said...

Yeah mama, this one's absolutely fabulous too! Your gal is adorable and her mama has scrapped her beautifully little monsters and all! xoxo

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