Sunday, February 2, 2014


Hello again.... Before I get started I would like to apologize to all the wonderful people who visit my blog..... I promised to share another post on Monday.... It's now Sunday morning here in WA and I am still only just getting around to it. I have been very unwell for a couple of weeks now, and extremely so this last week and I have not been able to do much at all so once again I am deeply sorry. The good news is this means I get to share with you 2 layouts today instead of 1. I will be sharing my layout from CSI case-file 107, and also my final layout for my Guest Designer spot as a CSI Special Agent, case-file 108. I have enjoyed this experience and opportunity so very much, and I would like to thank the lovely Debbie Tehrani and all the other wonderful ladies at CSI for having me along this month. I greatly appreciate the support everyone has given me, but most of all I would like to thank Debbie for believing in me. 

So first up today, I would like to share with you the layout I made for case-file 107. For the second time in a matter of weeks I have created a layout focused on me.  I adored the girly colors and fun elements of this case-file, and realized it was just perfect for scrapbooking a photo of me from my 21st birthday taken just 3 and a half years ago.... I still can't believe how much of my life has changed in such a small amount of time. I fell pregnant and became a mother, and now I am raising an adorable little boy who will be 3 in just a few months. It's strange to realize how much has happened and how much my life has changed in so small amount of time. I sometimes wonder where the last 3 and a half years have gone.  

Here is an image of case-file 107:

Make sure you pop by the website (you can find it here), where you can find out all the details for the challenges, including the rules, and where you can view all the fab DT work, visit the gallery to view other amazing entries, or stop by and have a chat with other members. I hope to see you there.
For my evidence I have used :
A long title: 'Only those who risk going far can find out how far one can go'
A wet medium: I have used gesso, texture paste, watercolor paints, stamping, and liquid pearls.
Raindrops/ Splashes: I have added splashes of paint randomly all over the background.
Stripes/ Harlequin pattern: My background paper is striped, as is the yellow and white piece of paper in my layers.
Diamond shapes: it's very hard to see but I have used some white Tulle in my layers, which is all diamond shaped, hopefully you will be able to see it in some close-ups.
Heart: Small heart shapes make up the cut out pieces of the white Prima cog on the top right-hand side of the photograph.
Ribbon: I have used twine around the photo.
Flowers: As always (well almost always) I have used some gorgeous Prima flowers on here, along with some cheapy mini roses from my local $2 shop.
Umbrellas: I have used a very small acetate Umbrella from Kaisercraft, which is placed near the top right-hand corner of the layout, held on by the washi tape.
I was aiming to use everything on the list to see if I could make it work and challenge myself a little extra, but no such luck.... I was three things short, clouds, flair, and mini brads did not make it onto this page.... :-( oh well, there is always next time!!
For my testimony I have once again used all 3 Inspiration words, getting a little repetitive I know but I could make the others work for me, and I didn't feel comfortable publicly complimenting myself... Lol!! The journaling is once again hidden on the back of my layout and it says....
 "I know that I have never been one for partying, clubbing, or casinos, not even dinner or the movies, but I must admit that my 21st birthday was an awesome night spent with family and friends. The hotel room I stayed in at the Crown Casino Perth was stunning.... the bath to die for! We had an amazing dinner with family and close friends at one of the fabulous restaurant's there, before heading up to the casino floor for some drinks and a play of the pokeys. This cool August night is one of my best memories of time spent with family and friends, and looking back, it is a good reminder that I need to get out and socialize more.... Just because something isn't really my 'thing', it doesn't mean I can't have fun and still enjoy the company of the people I spend time with"  

Here is how I solved case-file 107:

'Only Those Who Risk Going Far Can Find Out How Far One Can Go'

  As you can see, and as I mentioned above, I have used a variety of mediums for my background. I have started with some texture paste, and why that was still wet I have randomly added UTEE embossing powder, heat setting it before painting with my watercolors. I really love the effect this has given as the embossed areas act as a resist while the parts that are just texture paste, do not, and will still take color. I've also added paint flicks, stamping and created an enamel dot effect using ranger liquid pearls.


I'm also very into Ingvild Bolme everything at the moment.... I'm just so devastated that her products are next to impossible to buy anywhere I live.... even in Perth :-( Thankfully the last time I went shopping a few hours drive from here I was able to stumble on a few of her items.... Sadly though they only had 1 packet left of each item... needless to say I cleaned them out of their final products!!!!

When I saw the new paper clips Prima were releasing I remembered some old paper clips that I had stashed away somewhere, purchased at Target nonetheless, a couple of years ago. I vaguely remembered that they were Pink, which is when I realized they would be the perfect element to my page. You can also see much better in this photo my little tiny acetate umbrella, which I cut from some Kaisercraft transparency.... I had not thought that I would be able to use an umbrella as part of my evidence, but then I found this.... needless to say it was perfect!!

Once again I have decided to add the half of the Dusty Attic Chipboard frame to my layout, which I have simply painted white with gesso. Until I found these frames just a few weeks ago I had never really been one for chipboard..... even though I always buy it.... It just sits there and never gets used. I found myself digging through it all the other day finding bits and pieces to use on my layouts so you will be seeing much more chipboard in the future!!
As you can see I have layered my chipboard under my paper layers here though I have popped it up just the slightest with a hint of foam tape.

I chose this title because it had meaning that relates to my journaling. As I mentioned in it, I have never been one to go out much, not just parties, but even dinner or the movies. I always preferred to spend my time at home with my family. Going out for my 21st reminded me that I would never have the things I want in life if I didn't get out there and have a go. It made me realize that if I didn't go out and meet new people, make new friends, and have fun then i was wasting my life. It reminded me what was important, and that life was about taking risks.

Love this gorgeous pink Prima rose, the Le Mia flowers are some of my faves at the moment, I just wish I could find them somewhere in all the colors!! As you can see in this photo here I have tucked in some little random flowers around the edges, including that really cute little yellow one, tucked right under there!!
This photo was taken in my hotel room, and when I saw it, I couldn't believe how awesome it was, I was not expecting something quite so fancy. My parents really went all out for my 21st, hence the wood veneer, as that was my reaction when I saw my room, not to mention everything else they had done for me..... 'Seriously'..... Seriously amazing is what it was. I am very lucky to have such wonderful parents!!

Next up we have case-file 108, Sadly this is my final creation for CSI. I have enjoyed this experience so much and am eternally grateful to have been part of such an amazing team this month. When I first saw this case-file, I immediately thought of creating another girly page, and right up until it came time for me to stick the photo on my layout, this is what it was going to be. At the last minute I changed my mind and decided I could make this palette work for my Son. I have used a photo that I have used many times before, I'm slowly running out of good photo's to use, plus this remains one of my fave pics, and we currently have no photo paper or ink for the printer. I have lots of stunning new photo's on the computer which I am dying to print and scrapbook, so hopefully I will get that opportunity sometime within the next few weeks!

Here is Case-file 108:

For the evidence I have used:
Mixed-media background: I have used gesso, texture paste, watercolor pencils and paints, lead pencil, stamping, ink and kindy glitz.
Bird: There is a tiny little bird sitting on the bike seat in the MME brad.
Newsprint: I have used a newsprint paper in my layers.... Most of it got covered sadly, but you can see a small bit of it in one of the close-ups.
Flowers: As always I have added flowers, this time a combination of Prima flowers, and Dusty Attic mini rose stems.
Stamps: The butterfly Stamps in the background.
Pen work: I have actually used pencil but I figured it was kind of the same thing. I have used pencil to outline some of the masking as well as draw in the smaller circles everywhere.
For my testimony I have used the inspiration words: share, story and everyone, and have also chosen to document what art means to me. My journaling is once again hidden on the back of the layout. It says:
"I have always loved art and creating, ever since I was a little girl. Art has always been to me a way of expressing myself, a way to share my view on things with everyone, telling my story. Since i was little I used drawing and painting as a way to record how I saw the world, things I would imagine and dream were real, my hopes and dreams. Nothing in my entire existence though has inspired me to create more than you have. Everything I have created since I learned I was to become a mother has been created for, or because of you. Even if i draw a picture of a flower.... It's because I want to one day share with you the beautiful and precious things I see in the world. I truly love creating, I love scrapbooking and recording memories and moments of you, and for you. I believe it makes me a better mother to you, though I will never love anything as much as I love you. You are my reason for being, for existing, my reason for hope, happiness and love. All the joy in my life comes from you."

Here is my take on case-file 108:

'What Blue Eyes you Have'

For the background I have used a Crafter's Workshop 12x12 mask. It has three separate patterns.... hexagons, circles and stars.... As you can see i have used the circles. I brought this mask about 2 and a half years ago, and in all that time I used it once to add a few texture paste stars to a layout. Somehow I was never able to make mask with very close patterns work for me.... Now I don't know what I was thinking as I really love how this background turned out!! I have used a lead pencil to define some of the circles here and there, really making them pop off the background. I have also used it to circle around some of the paint flickers and add little circles all over the page. This is one of my fave things to do at the moment so you will likely see a fair bit more of it!!

Here you can see the little bird in the brad! It was so cute and perfect for this page.... I knew I had to find somewhere for it!! As you can see I have added dark brown thread around my paper layers, messy and loose poking out here, there, and everywhere. Its a great way to add just a little more texture to the page, as well as add to that distressed feel! My layers are made up, as always, with a combination of papers, calico, the photo and twine.

I cut this silhouette image of the little boys head out from some Kaisercraft paper. It just reminded me so much of Jet that I had to add it to my page. I have attached it on top of the photo using some foam tape. I have added some flowers behind, and below my layers, along with some metal pieces and the pegs to complete my cluster.
As you can see in this photo, after stamping my butterflies I have used a combinations of paints and pencils to add some extra color, before outlining and highlighting certain areas with Kindy Glitz. 

You can vaguely see the newsprint paper here... I'm not sure how it ended up practically invisible, it certainly was not my intention. As I said earlier, I have been using lots of chipboard lately and you could expect to see more! This little clock was broken when I pulled it out of my stash and I have been unable to find the other half, so I am thinking I must have used it sometime ago. I have also added the chipboard arrows which I have painted dark brown.

As always there is a fair bit of dimension on my page, though this time not quite as much as normal! I finished the layout by adding the small paper butterflies, the Prima Junkyard Findings and Studio Calico wood veneer on my twine frame, and adding some of the small Dusty Attic rose stems.

That's all I have to share today. I'm still unwell and need to rest a little. Thankfully though, I am getting better. Once again thankyou so much to the lovely Debbie Tehrani for having me along at CSI this month.... it has been a pleasure working with you. Thankyou also to the lovely ladies on the Design Team for making me feel so welcome!! Don't forget to pop over to the CSI website (you can find the link at the top of this post), and check it out. We would love for you to play along with this weeks challenge. They also have a new Scrap 365 case that just opened. I hope everyone is having a fantastic creative weekend and that you found something here to inspire you!! Thankyou for visiting!! I will try and stop by again soon with more to share!


  1. These are just fabulous! I really love all the layering on the top one...I just got some Dusty Attic chippy from a prize & it really IS gorgeous...I've not used it much before, either....but I think I'm sorta getting converted!!! And I love the colours in the bottom one....hope you're feeling much better now...& go you, enjoying being a Mum:):)


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