Thursday, June 15, 2017

Camping and Case #232

Today is reveal day for Case # 232 over at Color, Stories Inspiration!!!

This one is a fun case, and really perfect for some camping or hiking pictures you might have waiting to be documented.

So, here's the Case file :

And here's what I made with it:

My sister and I live about 8 hours apart, and up until recently, every summer we would "meet in the middle" and go camping together for a weekend. The second year we started taking pictures of our kids together by the sign of the provincial park we were camping in right when we were leaving the park. Looking back at these pictures, it's amazing how much kids grow and change in a short period of time!!

Here's how I solved the case.


All the colours are there, plus I added in a little bit of green to the title and in some trees.


Wood Accents (buttons)
Stitching (on the red label on the left hand side of the page)


I chose the presentation prompt - Tuck your journaling in a pocket. The pocket is hidden under the photos.
I also used the inspiration word camp.


For many years, Monica's family and ours had gone camping together in the summer. It's the best and least expensive family summer vacation we've ever done! We live about 8 hours apart, so every year in April, Monica and I would get on the Ontario Parks website and the phone at the same time to book campsites for July right next to each other. Most of the time, we booked at campsites that were about midway between our homes.
We love camping with Ontario Parks - the amenities are just about the same at every campground and they are so pretty! In 2011, we missed going camping because our whole family was in Niagara Falls instead; celebrating Mom and Dad's 40th wedding anniversary.

When I look at these pictures of our children together, I can't believe how much they had grown and changed over 6 years! As time has moved on, and our kids have gotten older, we have stopped going camping. I'm sad that this tradition is starting to go by the wayside, in fact my whole family really misses these special times together. We need to get back to nature, and quick!!

Here's some detail shots:

I loved this little squirrel chipboard piece and he fit perfectly with the theme and the colour scheme!!

This is a closeup of the title work. Originally, the paper was green which wasn't one of the colours. I decided to paint it white and really love the texture that the quick paint job added to the title. Then I just starting layering things to the paper and I think it's my favorite part of the page. Isn't that owl super cute??

Here's what the original piece of die cut scrapbook paper looked like. It's by Creative Imaginations, and I've had it forever, but a quick search on the internet didn't return very many results. I also used a little of the inside plaid pattern as the colours fit well with the scheme.

And finally, a close up of the hidden journaling card. Using a pocket for your journaling is a really good way of fitting in everything you want to say without cluttering up the design of the page.

Thanks for popping by and checking out my page today!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

EXCITING News and CSI Case #231

I have some exciting news that I can now offically share!!

This month I debut as a "Detective" over at "CSI : Color, Stories, Inspiration!! That's right, I made the Design Team for a six - month term. And so, here's my first case as a design team member - #231 :

And here's what I created with it:

About 5 years ago my oldest and her best friend and cousin Sarah got together and we did a photo shoot here in Owen Sound at Morland Place. For extra fun, I invited a friend of mine who does photography on the side, and she took these great photos! When I first saw this combo I thought right away about these papers that I bought a couple of years ago from Reminisce. While I had the basics of the layout, I had some trouble finishing it up. I'm thankful for all the great suggestions from the design team and really love how this page turned out.

And here's how I solved the case:


All of the colours are there. I LOVED these bright primary colours this time! I tried to follow the sketch, adding in a third picture to the design.


Solid white cardstock background
Stripes (black diagonal)
Speech bubbles
Punctuation marks


I chose the presentation prompt - Write your story in a speech bubble, and also the inspiration word "super".

Here's some detail shots:

This photo is a closeup of the journaling. I printed it on white cardstock centered the wooden speech bubble around it, and then used my Exacto knife to cut the rest of the cardstock away. The speech bubble is popped up, and the dark blue strip of paper & main photo are as well.

Here's a closeup of the title block - every time I read it, I start singing the song "Super Freak" in my head.......

In trying to decide how to finish the page, some of the other DT Members suggested paint splatters, which I loved the idea of but when I looked, I had no paint left. Instead, I tried doodling in pencil some funky straight lines on the corners, trying to make it look a bit "comic booky". Then I went over those pencil lines with a thin black marker, erasing the pencil lines after, and I am in love with the result!!

And finally, this photo shows the lower right hand corner of the layout. Here also was another suggestion from the DT members - messy thread under the wood circle. I've never done this before, but I definitely love the texture it adds to the page!!

Thanks for popping by to check out my page today! I hope you join us over at CSI - this case is open until June 30th so you have lots of time to participate and be eligible for some really great prizes!