Beach Boys!

It may not be the time of year for a trip to the seaside here in the UK, but as soon as I saw Case File #105 over at CSI this week, that's where it took me ...

Here's the Case File (click on the image to enlarge it so you can read the clues) ...

It's the second week of the month, so we also have a fab sketch by Emma Stafrace at Page Drafts 

CSI Mastermind Debbi Tehrani has found this intriguing Scene for us to investigate - from this image, she takes the five colours for the Scheme, ideas for journaling prompts, and inspiration for design elements. CSI = Color, Stories, Inspiration

In order to solve the case, you need to follow all these clues to create a scrapbook page ...

  • Use all 5 colours in the Scheme
  • Use at least two items listed as Evidence
  • Use at least one item listed as Testimony
  • Use the sketch

Here's how I did it ...

I had a great time making this page about my boys splashing about on the beach at Looe in Cornwall, many years ago, but did I follow all the clues???
  • The Sketch: always love working with Em's sketches, and this was no exception
  • The Scheme: all the colours are there, plus some neutrals
  • The Evidence: circles; book pages; something odd or unusual.
  • The Testimony: some details are recorded on the front in mini alphas and I've handwritten on the reverse in white pen,
"When we lived in Truro, we sometimes used to escape for a few days to stay with Mandy in Looe. Georgia was really little then and Joe wasn't even born yet. You used to love the ride on the train from Truro to Liskeard and then the little branch line from Liskeard to Looe. It was great to have a few days away and you had so much fun paddling in the sea ... happy days!" 

Here are some close-ups under the magnifying glass so you can check the clues ...

The wooden waves and the little bottle came from Frog Dog Studio.
The bottle was originally filled with beads, which I emptied out and replaced with a tiny message.

The blue fabric was muslin from a kitchen shop which I dyed with Distress Stain in Faded Jeans.

The chipboard circles and flourishes were left natural, with just a touch of Distress Paint.
The background was corrugated cardboard packaging. I tore some of the top layer off, then coloured it with Distress Paint in Picket Fence and dripped ink down the page.
The knotted cord was anchored in place with some Golden Heavy Gel Medium which is brilliant for this kind of job and seems to stick anything to anything!

This cute little anchor printed with text came from a Frog Dog kit - I've been saving it for special!

Thanks for visiting my page :o) Remember to check out the Gallery over at CSI - so much amazing inspiration - and why not have a go at cracking this case yourself?!

See you againg soon :o)xxx


Lizzy Hill said…
Love all of this - especially the corrugated board, the blue dyed muslin & most of all the anchor...a special touch for a VERY special page:):):)
li-bee-ti said…
Such an artsy page! love the beach theme and the corrugated cardboard. you've made a wonderful background.