Remember to Enjoy the Journey

Hi there!

Case File #106 over at CSI this week is another delicious concoction of fresh colours, sprinkled with sweet ideas for design elements and garnished with a generous bunch of journaling prompts (can you tell that I am back on my diet and therefore obsessed with food?!)

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

CSI Mastermind Debbi Tehrani has found this interesting Scene for us to delve into this week - from this image, she has pulled five colours for the Scheme, ideas for design elements and inspiration for journaling prompts.

To solve the case, you need to make a scrapbook page using the following clues -

  • All five colours in the Scheme
  • At least two pieces of Evidence
  • At least one item of Testimony

And here's how I solved this case ...

This page is all about one of my New Year's Resolutions - a reminder to myself that it's great to squeeze as much as possible out of life, but it's important to remember that it's meant to be fun - so I shouldn't beat myself up if I don't finish all the projects on my list, but I should always enjoy the journey.

The layout is based on this wonderful sketch by Nadia Cannizzo for the Once Upon a Sketch January challenge ...

So, did I follow all the clues for Case File 106?
  • The Scheme: the colours are all there, plus neutrals a a tiny touch of bright blue.
  • The Evidence: arrows; speech bubble; quote sticker; stripes.
  • The Testimony: this is written all around the edge of the page in a doodling style and reads,

"this year i want to squeeze as much as i can out of every day but I also want to remember to enjoy and not to give myself a hard time if i don't always manage to finish everything." 

I also wrote myself a little reminder on the typewriter,

"Remember that it's supposed to be fun! Enjoy the journey."

Here are a couple of close-ups so you can check for clues ...

I used a whole lot of patterned papers from different collections -

  • Pebbles Inc Country Picnic "Back Porch"
  • Cosmo Cricket Evangeline "Sashing"
  • American Crafts Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic "Simplicity Circle"
  • Crate Paper Neighbourhood "Visit"
  • Three Bugs In A Rug Happy Bird-Day "Bird-Day Stripe"
  • Carta Bella Hello Again "Typewriters"
The edges of all the pp were distressed with my trusty Tim Holtz distressing tool - I love the way this adds depth and definition to the layers - and I also doodled around everything for added emphasis. 
The splats were created with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray in Canna Lily Burnt Orange and I doodled around those as well!

One last close-up ...

The photo mount hinges upwards to reveal an extra space for journaling, which I may add to later ...

Thanks for looking at my page - check out CSI and Once Upon A Sketch for lots more inspiration!

See you again soon :o)xxx


Lizzy Hill said…
FABULOUS! I especially like the doodling round the splats.....& that banner is delish. Yeah. Diets after Christmas. Seem to be what happens. OR try to happen!!! Love the mix of pp here, too...I feel a need to play along but just haven't gotten to it...hopefully next case file:):)
Great page. Love all the different patterned papers you have used and the layers. Great take on the sketch.
Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month.
Lizzy Hill said…
Ooops! Forgot to do my DT spiel from OUAS...sooo thanks for joining in! And the journaling works a treat AND if you haven't done so, we'd love to see you load this to our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page...there's a special FB prize up for grabs:):)
Val-Belle said…
Annie you always manage to inject fun into all your layouts even the serious ones have an element of fun in them somewhere. You have such a distinctive style that I just love. This layout is fab... annilicious :D Love the cut out photo and you holding the banner. Wonderful and I love it.
Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month. <3
Annie, this is so much fabulous fun!! Love your vibrant colors and design along with the doodled accents. Love your journaling around the page edge! I hope you'll have the chance to post your fab LO over on the OUAS FB page!! There's an extra chance for a prize when you share with us there. Thanks for joining us for the January Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace
Annie Claxton said…
Hey thanks for all the lovely comments ladies, I'm off to check out the OUAS FB page right now! :o)
Lou said…
I admire how you take the case file and turn it into a beautiful layout. Love the vibrancy of your page x x
li-bee-ti said…
Gorgeous page, Annie! love the layers, the banner, the big flower and the typewriter with the message.
Great take on the case file and on the OUAS challenge.
Great job! Everything is very beautiful!Thank you so much for playing along with us at OUAS this month!
Annie, congratulations on your fabulous LO being featured on the Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace
KarenB said…
This is so much fun, I love how the doodling makes the elements pop.
langeatheart said…
I love this layout it's so bright and happy! Love the colors and great job on layering. Really pretty. All the best! A new fan! Drop by sometime and visit would love to see you :)
Maria Ontiveros said…
Catching up on your scrapbook layouts. I love this one - great photo and flags. And I really, really love the beach boys one.