Monday, April 17, 2017

CSI #228 - Happy Together

I'm back again with another great case from CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. Here's the case file:

This colour combo is a great one - and I LOVE the scene photo! I really want that living room in my house. It feels kinda summery and light, doesn't it?

And, here's the layout that I created.

Last summer we celebrated my parents 45th wedding anniversary with them at the "home farm". Part of the celebration weekend included updating our family photos. This layout showcases a few of the photos that were taken of my family during that time.

And here's how I solved the case :


All of the colours are there.


Solid Background
Arabesque shape
Embossing folder - I did not use a folder but did use an embossed solid white cardstock as my base. The embossing pattern reminded me of the photo frames/mirrors in the scene photo.
Silver Metal


I used the April question prompt

#9. _______ makes me happy
#11. List the people you live with

And also used the inspiration word "home".

The journaling reads as follows:

Richard, Renee, Ethan, and Erica
Spending time with you makes me so very happy.
Wherever we are together, that is home.
I love you all.
04 . 17 . 2017

All the photos on the layout were taken by Danielle of Vallis Photography.

And here's some detail shots:

This photo shows the title work a little closer. I've had those flower stems (I think they're Prima) for a long time. I'm not usually a flower girl but I loved them when I saw them. After bringing them home though, I couldn't figure out how to make them look good on a layout until now. I really like them here. Also here you can see the "16" highlighted by the belt buckle - that's a play on the year that the photos were taken. Once again, I pulled my mini stapler into service, and discovered that you can staple wooden hearts with it. Speaking of which have you ever seen wooden hearts so TINY?? I love them!

This photo shows the left hand side of the layout. I really loved this family photo - it's an outtake, and I'm pulling a funny face, but truly shows what every family photo shoot ends up like for us. Love that our photographer captured the "real" for us.

And finally, this photo is showing the fussy cut arabesque shape at the top right of the layout. I cut out a second middle piece and then popped it up for a little dimension.

As I look back at my pages, I'm noticing that a few things always seem make it on to my layouts - I always have a bow or knot, always have something metal, always pop something up, and usually have something fussy cut. How about you? Is there something that you always do or a signature element that you always include?

Thanks for popping by to check out my page today!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Great Day to Fly - CSI Major Case #225

I'm back again with another page created for CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. I'm always thankful for the way Debbi tries to push us to make our pages more meaningful by including the story behind the photos. And the combos?? Gorgeous!

Here's the case file for this combo. It's is open until the end of the month, so there's still plenty of time to come play along!!

Here's my layout :

And here's how I solved the case :


All of the colours are there - and I loved them all! Red, blue and yellow?? HEAVEN. I had enough photos to make a 12x24 layout this time. I tried to incorporate the sketch a little on the left-hand side of the page but kind of mirror-flipped it if that makes sense.


Washi tape - the blue plaid pattern on the red strips around the page
Things that fly


Journal about an adventure and the inspiration word "fly"

The journaling reads as follows :

In April of 2015, Dad bought a sightseeing flight from Owen Sound Flight Services at Timothy Christian School's annual fundraising auction. He decided that he would treat his 5 oldest grandchildren to an awesome experience. In fact, for 2 of the 6 passengers, it was the first time ever on a plane! But there isn't enough room for 5 people in a Cessna 172. Dad solved that problem by buying an extra sightseeing flight, and that made room for 6 people. So, the three oldest granddaughters went up first, and then Dad joined his grandsons for the second flight. Renee took pictures during the girls flight, but they were lost when she switched phones. As a result, all the photos on this page, with the exception of one, were taken by Dad. I think one of the best photos is the one taken while the pilot was flying over the "home farm". The whole afternoon made for an extra special experience indeed.

And, as always, here's some close ups of the page.

I popped up the letters for the word "FLY", which I punched from a patterned paper.

All the stars are cork - a really fun texture to add to a page. Here you can see where I used my old Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser - I distressed all of the circles which I rough cut from a different patterned paper.

The small picture is popped up - that's my son and my nephew with the pilot. Also here you can see the canvas wings, and where I used my new Tiny Attacher for an interesting design element. (plus I just really wanted to give it a go - LOVE how easy it is to use!)

This photo shows the property where I grew up - the pilot flew over it and my Dad snapped this great photo! In it you can see the HUGE garden (to the left side of the houses) that my parents plant every year. When we were growing up Mom put a lot of the produce that we grew into the freezer and we ate from it all year long.

This photo shows my current home from the air (top left hand side). It's turned out to be unplanned but special that I have a bit of "then & now" documentation going on on this page.

Thanks for popping by today to check out my page!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I'm on a Roll !!!

I'm finally feeling like the dry spell might be over - my 3rd page in a month?? WHAT?

Anyways, here's the latest case from Color, Stories, Inspiration - isn't it great? These colours are some of my favorites!

Here's my layout :

And here's how I solved the case :


All the colours are there. The photos make the red look more orange, but IRL, they are very very close. Consistently dull weather here in Ontario isn't helping much either. While I liked the sketch, I found that the subject of this page didn't work well with it.

Stripes - blue patterned paper
Food - a stretch maybe, but I'm counting the silverware on the left side of the page for this clue
Animals - the foxes on the title tag
Pleats - red patterned paper on the right
Transparent Stuff - clear tag on the title tag
Fabric - the date tag is made of a jean-like fabric

Journal about a meal

This page isn't really about a meal per say, rather it documents my feelings about how little time we're spending around the table eating meals together as a family. The journaling is as follows:

when i was a kid, almost every meal was eaten around the kitchen table. the six of us ate dinner together just about every night. my dad started each meal with a prayer of thanksgiving and ended them with a time of family devotion.
this table - purchased second hand almost 20 years ago when we were young and full of dreams.
this table - so many stories and meals and so many memories created together around it.
this table - fewer and fewer meals are being eaten at it as a family of five - someone is leaving for college soon, another one working, and evening activities seem to be taking up this precious time together.
i miss being here - around this table.
february 5, 2017

Here's some detail shots :

This photo shows the title work. The little card with the foxes is actually from the packaging of a bookmark I bought last year. Those foxes are so super cute and just the right colours, so I couldn't resist using it on this layout. I love it when non-scrapbooking items that I am inspired by are able to be part of my pages.

This is the little cluster at the top left hand side of the page. I fussy cut the flowers out and stacked them using some pop dots to add dimension. I tried to make sure that all the colours in the combo were in this cluster as well.

This photo is showing the pleating on the right hand side of the page. I actually used 2 strips of paper, hiding the seam under the photo.

Thanks for stopping in and checking out my page today!

Friday, January 20, 2017

CSI : Case #222

Another case finished!!

Here's the beautiful case that was revealed January 15.
This case is open until January 31 so come on out and play!!

And here's what I came up with!

This is page for a friend - this cutie is her little guy.
Isn't he just SO sweet????
I loved this picture when I saw it and feel like the colours in this combo suited it very well.

All the colours are there.

Floral Pattern
Chevrons - red patterned paper under the photo
Snowflakes & Stars
Jewels & Pearls - I added 2 jewel beads to the star stick pin
Something fuzzy - the red letters in my title and the pom pom trim are both fuzzy
Ribbons and Bows
Flowers & Leaves - fussy cut under the title work
Stamps & Rub ons - the date stamp and the frame rub on around the photo
Glitter - the button on the large snowflake & the fussy cut flowers under the title are both glittery, although it's hard to see.

Document something about winter

Here's some detail shots :

I layered and popped 2 different sizes of chipboard to make this main embellishment.

Here, I layered and rolled 2 patterned papers to make the corner and layered on a clear black snowflake die cut as well.

This shot shows the title work - I wanted to have the title reflect the story which is why the N & the O are red.

And finally, this shot shows the large snowflake again as well as the rub-on frame that I added around the photo.

CSI never ceases to be an awesome source of inspiration for me!
You should pop over and give any of the fabulous combos a try!!
CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration

Thanks for popping by to have a peek at my page!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Um, it's only been 5 years.....

I cannot believe that it's been FIVE years since I posted on this blog.

That is ridiculous!! I want to be able to say that it will get better, but I like to try and be honest. I hope to be posting somewhat more regularly in the future.

Many of you that have read this blog before know that I play along over at a Ning page called CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. Recently, Debbi, the owner of the site, has moved the whole community over to Blogger and now I have a real excuse to begin using this blog again.

I think that posts will be mostly about my crafty pursuits, with a few tidbits of life thrown in for comic relief.

So 2017 over at CSI begins with this great combo, Major Case # 221. Here's a photo of the Case File :

I am not usually a lover of pink.

Actually, I really hate trying to create with pink.

Plus my mojo has been on vacation for about 4 months.

But I really love playing along with CSI.

So, a problem with no easy solution forthcoming.

Enter my scrappy friend with littles!!

We recently had a conversation about being crafty over Facebook Messenger and she lamented about not having the time to scrapbook anymore with small people in the house. So I offered to make a page for her, as I have no photos that currently inspire me. She finally took me up on the offer and, TA-DA!!! Here's the result :

All the colours in the combo are there. However, I think that I have about 5 different shades of pink. One of them has GOT to be close!! I tried to incorporate the sketch a little. While not exact, the outlines of it are there. I really like using a sketch to help get a page started.

Tiny dots - the brown background paper is a small dot print
Triangles & Circles
Different coloured letter stickers
Stamped phrase - I'm not sure this one counts as it's just a date stamp, but I'm claiming that clue anyways.
Pleats - the pre-pleated paper at the top left hand side of the page
Leaves - in the fussy cut flowers on the lower left hand side of the page

This page documents this littles 2nd birthday "Paintsplash" photo session. Isn't she just the cutest 2 year old EVER???

Here's some detail shots of this layout that I wanted to share :

These two shots show how 3D those fussy cut flowers are. I love using pop dots to give a page dimension! The largest photo is also popped up off the page.

And just a few more closeups on the details of the page.

I loved learning her nickname and chose to incorporate it into the title. I also added the date stamp (from Heidi Swapp) to the sticker over the largest photo. And, lastly, the little pleated paper trim cluster at the top of the page.

If you've never played along over at CSI, you should totally give
it a try! Here's a link : Color, Stories, Inspiration

Thanks for popping by to see my page today!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Another combo revealed!!!

It's my fourth week being a Special Investigator over at CSI!!!!

This week we're working with this fabulous combo :

And here's my layout & some closeups!!!

This is my nephew Tyler. He is our family's resident expert on how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. So when my sister sent me these pictures of him, along with the prompt to make an Etiquette guide, this fun page was created! I took the guide prompt pretty literally,  and created a small flyer with the help of a picture form the internet to tuck into my page. All the advice in the flyer was paraphrased from the book you see Tyler holding in one of the pictures.

You can find the book here :

Thanks for popping by today!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another week, Another Combo!

This week over at CSI we're working with a combo that I found somewhat difficult to use. I like the colour purple, but I'm not big on creating with it, and this combo had not one, but TWO different shades!

Here's the combo :

And here's my page.

This is my bestie Janice on her wedding day. Isn't she beautiful??

The inspiration words surprise and glow helped inspire this page. She really surprised me when she became a girly girl during her wedding day planning, as she's never really been one before. In the largest picture on the layout she has such a beautiful glow behind her, that it, along with the word, inspired the title of the page.

All photos used on this layout are by M.E. Photography.

Thanks for popping by to visit today!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Family History & CSI #45

This week over at CSI we are working with this gorgeous palette, which I felt was perfect for a heritage layout :

The journaling prompt to go visit this website inspired this whole layout actually. I chose prompt #13 "Write a story of one of your ancestors in connection to a famous event in history." Right away, I thought about how my Grandparents (both from the Netherlands) survived both World Wars. That got me wondering about their stories from that time. I never met my Grandfather, and my Grandmother passed away over 13 years ago, so I asked my Aunts and Uncles if they would be willing to share some of their stories with me. They were, but I didn't receive their stories until after I sent the picture to Debbi, so I'll be posting some revised shots here on my blog. Here's the shot of the layout that's in the gallery:

And here's some detail shots of the layout as it is now with the stories from my Aunt Tjaltje added in. 

I made a little booklet that is attached together by a brad so you can fan the pages to read them. It's really quite small (about 2.5 in x 4 in), but I didn't want the journaling to overwhelm the layout. I added an extra piece of paper over the back after I put the brad through, so that the prongs on the back of the brad wouldn't scratch the picture when you take it out of the envelope.

I was surprised to learn that during the war, my Grandparents hid a Jewish woman and later, her two nieces as well. My Aunt tells me that they, along with many other people during that time, believed that they were God's chosen people and that they needed help. So they helped. Simple, and very brave. I am so very proud of them. There are other stories there as well; about being cold in the winters, about having to miss school and how, because my Grandparents always had a huge garden, they fared better then some other families when it came to food.

And the whole layout again as it is now (this is a bad shot, as the light is stinky here today):

I am really hoping that I get a few more stories from some of my other Aunts and Uncles; if i do, they will be added onto the layout as well. If I get too many, I think I might add them in pockets on the back of the layout.

I feel that it's important to write down your family history. When I think of the stories that are already lost because Pake & Beppe are gone now, I get a little sad.

If you've never tried out CSI, I really encourage you to check it out!
Thanks for popping by today!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm a Special Investigator!!!!

I'm so excited to announce that I am one of CSI's Special Investigators this month!

My first case file is #44  - blue, yellow, orange, white & grey. I had such fun making this page!!

These are some pictures from Scrapfest Kitchener this past April. Thanks goes to my sister for lending me some of her pictures for this layout as well. The other person in the picture is Vicki Boutin, a Canadian scrapbooker that I admire. I purchased her book at Scrapfest, and she signed it for me.

Transparent element (hard to see, but there is a transparent sticker under my title block)
Something woven - I tried to "weave" my blue patterned paper into the grey card stock
Doily Pattern - my yellow patterned paper under the Doddlebug Frill

I wrote a fan letter (folded & tucked into the bottom)

If you're feeling un-inspired or need a new challenge, why don't you stop by CSI? I'm sure you'll find a colour combo or journaling challenge that will inspire! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Something Scrappy.....

to share today!! I've recently been playing over at CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration. Every week Debbi gives us a colour combo, and journalling prompts as well as a list of elements to include on your LO. It's really given me a good push creatively, plus it's a really fun group of girls over there. If you've never checked it out, I think you should! Go now. Seriously.

This week the colour combo is this GORGEOUS pallette - and currently some of my very faves.

So here's what I made :

I saw a LO over on Pinterest that had these rolled strips of paper on it and I wanted to give it a try. I LOVE how it came out! I just used my trimmer the same way you would scissors and got paper strips to start curling that way. It made the rolling easier. This was a great way to use up a lot of my scraps. I even cheated once or twice by cutting a roll in half to make it look longer under my picture strip. The roll at the very end of the row on the right hand side is special - I made it at the last Scrapfest that I went to in April. The photos are from our 12.5 anniversary (2.5 years ago) by the super talented Stacy Hayward of Stacy's Creations Photography.

Here's some closeups of my page & also the special piece before I rolled it : 

Otherwise, summer vacation is in full swing here in our house - I have the next 9 weeks off to do whatever! We've got camping planned and a trip for me and hubby to Stratford again to see another Shakespeare play as well. I'm also thinking of taking the kiddos to Sudbury for a couple of days to check things out there for fun as well. We also have a family membership to the museums here, so they are on the list for visiting as well.

What do you do in the summertime?? 

Thanks for stopping by!