Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Crazy Brit {CSI Case File No. 22}

Case File No. 22 is open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration! June is The Queen's Birthday month, and this is our theme to tie our Case Files together.

Here is the page I made. Clues I used: Evidence: Patterned ribbon, corrugation, border punch, crown accent, fibers; Testimony, Inspiration Word: Some day.

I used the current sketch from Creative Scrappers as inspiration. My page often looks very different from the sketch since I scrap 8 x 8 and it's hard to fit everything on the page.

Here are a few details. This is my very good friend Tracee Provis who I only know from skyping with her. She lives in the U.K. Here you can see some of the papers I used. The blue and the tan papers are by Chatterbox and the red paper is by Jenni Bowlin. The frame is cut from an Echo Park paper. That crown is an old 7 Gypsies rub-on to which I added bling.

This next picture shows a little jar I cut out from this week's edition of CSI Printables, which you can find in the Case File reveal; if you scroll all the way to the bottom, they're attached. I used it to indicate that I have journaling on the back. I used some old fiber to thie around the jar. That sweet British flag heart is in the Printables. The "on back" is cut from a patterned paper tear strip (it said "coordinating pattern on back.")

Here's my journaling: She calls herself The Crazy Brit. She's anything but crazy. She's kind. She's supportive. She's funny. She's smart. She's wise. She's creative. She's a super-talented scrapper. She's my very close friend. And it's my very dear wish to meet her in person. I want to hug her and sit next to her and just hang out and talk for hours and go shopping at the scrapbook store together. Only problem is, we are separated by a very big ocean.

Luckily, we have Skype (The Crazy Brit is her Skype name), which is how Tracee came to be my very good friend. We talk just about every day. I look forward to getting up early in the morning so we can chat before I leave for work. We scrap together on the weekends. We even had a birthday party for her via Skype last November.

It's funny how you can have such a good, close friend that you've never actually met. But Tracee is the kind of person that just makes me feel at home. She brings sunshine to my mornings with her awesome, warm smile. She makes me laugh so hard with her witty remarks. She's a sympathetic listener when I've got woes and always has sage advice. She's always got great suggestions when I'm stumped with a scrapbook page. She kicks my ass when I'm too lazy to scrap or clean my scrap desk. Sometimes we just have our webcams on and we're scrapping together or surfing the web, not saying much, but it's cozy and fun knowing a kindred spirit is right beside me, even though she's really an ocean away.

Some day I'm going to meet Tracee in real life and hug her and sit right next to her. We've got big plans for her to come, and I'm already fixing up the guest room. I'm hoping it's sooner rather than later. Tracee, love you, girl!

Here's a peek at the title. I found the right blue in an ancient Mustard Moon paper, and those chipboard letters are old Heidi Swapp letters, of which I seem to have an infinite supply. The tiny letters spelling out "the" are Lily Bee, and I put them on a polka dot punched out of an old Wild Asparagus paper. I inked the edges and used a fine-tip pen to draw around the circle.

Here's a peek at some other elements from the CSI Coordinates. The circular label in the background is by Jenni Bowlin, and the scalloped label is by K& Company.

I dug out a bunch of scraps for my banners, including a printed vellum bit.

The Case File reveal is just gorgeous, as always, and I'm so, so excited to have Emma Trout, my scrappy idol, as our Special Agent this month! We have an awesome new sponsor for June, Little Black Dress Kit Club, and they're providing 3 prizes for us this month, so you'll definitely want to come and play.

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


Anonymous said...

Debbi! This page is pure magic! Your journaling is so thoughtful. Tracee also has a great friend in you! Your journaling had me all teary-eyed. Someday I wish to have someone whom is like Tracee to you. Wishin and hopin'!


Christie said...

Your projects are so great!
Is File No 22 a digital layout? So fab!
You have such a special friendship. I love the Crazy Brit layout! :)

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow!!! This is such a fun and vibrant page, Debbi! I LOVE IT!!!

Lizzyc said...

Wow! this looks amazing.. all the layers, and it is only a 8 by 8!! How do you fit all those layers and details on that size! This looks fabulously British, with the colors, the bunting, and I love the story behind it.. a great take on the CSI challenge!

sandi said...

Love this! Love the sweet crown too! :)

Audrey Pettit said...

OMGoodness, this is just beautiful, Debbi! Love, love your layout and love the whole story of your "crazy Brit" friend!

Lilith Eeckels said...

I haven't visited in a long time and wow I must say, each and every one of your layouts is just FABULOUS!

Murphy's Law said...

Your pages continue to blow me away.

BabyBokChoy said...

What a terrific prompt and your layout is just fantastic! So full of inspiration in every way!!!

Jill said...

Ooh, I love all of the COLOR and layering on this page!

Miae said...

I just love your version of R,W & B! It's beautiful! And what a story..it's amazing how the scrap world can bring people together!

Johanna said...

Beautiful page! The perfect picture by the theme and such a lovely journaling.
Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Cool page love your sweet banner and picture and title are great.

Eila Sandberg said...

Aaahh Miss Debbi! you and Tracee are a fabulous team of friends, loved reading how you Skype and talk to each other on a daily basis. Absolutely, sooner than you think you'll be meeting the crazy chick and having a ball IRL! Totally LOVE your page! xoxox

Tracee said...

Miss Debbi do dah, I am the lucky one to have you in my life! You brighten my mornings, you make me laugh you make me smile, you are always there through thick and thin. I am so honoured to be featured on your page... one day we wil sit and sip tea together(proper tea that is none of that "stuff" you drink lol)
Til then it's a big ole cyber hug from me for a wonderful layout Txx

Em said...

Debbi, this is an awesome page! You really rocked this case file. I adore how this page has been created...but even more, I LOVE the story of your friendship with Tracee. I hope you get your wish of meeting her! xo

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