Friday, November 1, 2013

The Story of a Girl {CSI Case File No. 95}

So I wasn't pleased with the photograph of my layout from this week's Case File, and I had wanted to retake it, but the week was so busy and now it's raining. Sigh. Anyway, we had a really pretty monochromatic palette in the Case File:

Here's my page. The transparent wing on the butterfly shifted (or maybe it was the shadow from the sun), which is the reason why I wanted to retake the picture. Clues I used...Evidence: paint, distressing, wood, fabric (canvas chipboard letters), metal, tearing; Testimony: Document an old memory, feeling blue (sad memory).

I used this sketch from ScrapFriends:

Here are some details. These butterflies are by Pink Paislee. The dots are on their leaves are sparkly. Papers I used on my page are by Little Yellow Bicycle (gingham and background), Echo Park (darker blue), and My Mind's Eye (brown inside the frames).  I printed my journaling on the gingham paper and it didn't quite show up, so I brushed gesso on it and ran it back through the printer. My journaling reads:

Gram says that if you looked at me cross-eyed when I was a kid, I'd break out into tears. Great big, fat tears. Crocodile tears, she'd call them.

I don't remember the cross-eyed part, but I do remember indulging in gargantuan sob-fests. The kind that clench your heart and don't let go. The kind that make your whole body shake. The kind that get you gasping for air. The kind of crying you just can't stop once you get going.

I cried a lot in school--problems at home made me sad. Kids being mean made me bawl--and that was the worst. Mom always told me that I was just giving them what they wanted when I cried, but I just
couldn't help myself.

I've always been sensitive--even now as an adult. I cry when my feelings are hurt, and I cry when I'm angry. I sob at sad movies. I cry at church. Every time I've been pulled over by a cop, I've cried. It's embarrassing, really. One thing I must say, though, I always feel better after I've had a really good cry.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the frames. I felt there was too much brown showing, so I tucked some pieces of doilies in there--I was happy with how that turned out.

I've been trying to be braver with getting messy on my backgrounds. I used a distress stamp in the background and then I mixed gesso and white acrylic paint and used a Crafter's Workshop stencil. I outlined a couple of the circles. I also did some spritzing with spray ink.

This Case File is open until Sunday, midnight. I hope you'll go check out the awesome layouts that the rest of the team and our guest designers made. This is your last chance to win some awesome prizes from our October sponsors, Wycinanka and PaperCrafts Scandinavia/Inkado.



Murphy's Law said...

ooooooo love the page- i think it photographed well. Love how you used the photo cards as the title. Perfect.And the where you put the journaling - genius. I'm a crybaby too - especially when its something totally emotional and i have to talk about it. drives me wild. hugs.

Heather Jacob said...

stunning work Debbi, and heartfelt journaling . so honest and open. lots of people are sensitive deep down but hide it by their anger, you are courageous showing your true self , you are beautiful inside and out, just keep being you . so unique and loved by many x

Unknown said...

love the textures, the doily, the richness and subtle colors in the page but most of all your heartfelt journaling! fab page!

Miae said...

A wonderful page! Love the look, the design, that journaling! Uh, I think you are describing my elder daughter to a tee!

Helen Wallace said...

Fantastic mixed media Debbi...you certainly are getting brave and brilliant with it!! I love that sketch and I totally love the whole layout; but you know my favourite bit don't you? The journalling just stole my heart. Bravo...it's lovely to see the real, authentic, Debbi...Love it :D

Lynette Jacobs said...

Gorgeous layout Debbi....and I love those Pink Paislee butterflies...bought a stack of them. Love your journaling.

Lynette Jacobs said...

Gorgeous layout Debbi....and I love those Pink Paislee butterflies...bought a stack of them. Love your journaling.

Lizzyc said...

Oh this layout is so lovely, and I too cry at anything.. and cried as a child too.. love that sketch and love how you used it for your layout.. the butterfly's look wonderful and love the doileys too..

Audrey Pettit said...

What an absolutely beautiful layout, Debbi! Love the blue and brown combo and love the mix of papers. The transparent butterfly is fabulous, and I truly adore the insta frames and bits of doily. The textured background is just amazing, too. :)

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