Jus' Chillin!

Hello Everyone,

It was a very unusual Case File over at CSI this week - quite a tricksy colour scheme for me, but lots of cool ideas for design elements (click on the image to enlarge it so you can read them) ...

To crack the case, you have to use all five colours in the Scheme, at least two items from Evidence and at least one from Testimony to create a scrapbook page.

This time, I decided to start with the Testimony before I even chose my photo - I checked out the Paper Wishes link and found a journaling prompt about what friendship means to you. I was inspired to dig out a photo taken during a visit to my dear friends, Maggie and Graham, in 2011, when I took my then fiance, John, down to Cornwall to meet them.

I also used a sketch by the amazing Lizzy Hill which you can see in the current issue of Scrap 365!

Here's my page - the photo shows Maggie, me and John, but you can also see Graham's shadow holding the camera in the bottom LH corner of the photo ...

Lizzy's sketch was brilliant to work with, right up my alley - but did I follow all the clues???

  • Scheme: all the colours are there, although that "grape" looks a bit purple now ...
  • Evidence: butterflies (on the fabric brad); glitter (on the fancy glittery brads); flowers; stars; check/plaid pattern (the houndstooth washi); tiny brads.
  • Testimony: Maggie and Graham saw me through some very difficult times and showed me what being a friend really means. I was so pleased that they got along so well and so easily with John, although of course I knew they would. My journaling is a bit personal to share with the world, but I've written it on a slip of paper and tucked it between the layers behind my photo. 
Here are some close-ups so you can check for clues under the magnifying glass ...

As part of my mission to use up my scraps, I created this page by layering leftovers on a base of plain cardstock splattered with inks, then adding a "confetti" of tiny brads, sticky gems and wood veneer stars from Studio Calico, which I coloured with Distress Inks in Orange Marmalade and Dusty Concorde.
All the different papers were distressed and inked in the same way to help to bring them together and I folded the edges over here and there, securing with staples for an extra funky detail. I also doodled around some of the edges with a fine black pen to add definition to some of the pieces.

The little words were Typeset Stickers from the Simple Stories DIY collection - I mounted them on scraps of pp before adhering to the page with pop dots. More scraps were cut into triangles to make the banner and I did added more doodling to make them stand out better.

The sunglasses were from the sticker sheet in the Chalk Studio 2 collection my MME - I stuck them to some of the "grape" paper first, then cut around the outline. The alphas were some lovely squishy Thickers - I had only one "L" left, so I used upside- down "7"s - genius!

Thanks for popping in today - check out all the amazing inspiration and the prizes to be won over at CSI and why not have a go at cracking this case yourself?! :o)