Hi everyone,

Spring is in the air and this week's Case File over at CSI has a suitably light-hearted feel to it, with a palette of fresh pastels, butterflies, birds and a generous sprinkling of fun ideas ...

Each week, CSI Mastermind Debbi Tehrani finds a new Scene for us to investigate. From this inspiration image, she takes five colours for the Scheme, as well as ideas for techniques, design elements and journaling. To solve the case, you need to follow all these clues to make a scrapbook page, then upload it to the CSI Gallery -
  • All five colours
  • At least two items from Evidence
  • At least one from Testimony
I love the look of the deep pink and aqua against the grey and fresh white and I thought it would be perfect for this picture of my favourite Uncle at our pre-wedding party ...

The patterned papers I used are from the Teresa Collins Daily Stories collection which were in the Feb kit from SJ Crafts - the colours and the recurring butterfly motif were just perfect for this Case File. It may seem odd to use these colours and all the butterflies on a page about a man, but I wanted it to reflect the way I see my Uncle Ian - he comes across as a bit gruff and grumpy sometimes, but really he is a sensitive soul and he has a great sense of fun.

So, did I follow all the clues?
  • Scheme: the colours are all there
  • Evidence: ledger paper; stars; butterflies; scallops; doodling; stripes
  • Testimony: IW "love, memory, family" - my journaling is written on the journaling spots, which you'll be able to read if you click on the image to enlarge it.
Let's have a look under the magnifying glass to check for the clues ...

Well, I think you will be able to spot the butterflies! Some of them are cut from the patterned paper, and to add interest and texture I also used some butterfly cork stickers from the American Crafts DIY Shop collection, and some Wood Veneer Butterflies from Studio Calico - check my post on the SJ Crafts Blog to see how I altered the butterflies to suit the style of my page. The final touch was a sprinkle of wood veneer stars from Studio Calico - I left the stars natural for some contrast.

A bit of doodling here - I circled around the number 20 on the background ledger paper, to indicate the date the picture was taken, and also doodled around the scalloped edge which I made with a border punch.

Stars and stripes here, and part of my journaling ...

... and finally a last little sprinkle of stars, with some enamel dots and a gorgeous decorative brad from the Daily Stories collection.

I really enjoyed making this page - it's great to finally get around to scrapping a few more of our wedding photos (nearly three  years after the event, but better late than never!) I think one of the many brilliant things about scrapping is how it gets you thinking - remembering happy times and why people are important to you. I'm not sure my Uncle will understand why he needed to be adorned with butterflies though ....

Check out the Gallery at CSI to see how everyone else solved this Case File - you'll be inspired! Thanks for visiting today - see you again soon :o)xxx