Monday, May 27, 2013

How to Stay Cool - CSI Case No. 73

Just a quick post to share the latest case from CSI.  Such a nice cool palette with that bit of warm orange-red thrown in.

And here's the page I came up with using a photo of my little nephew Thomas:

I used this really fun sketch by Julie Blanc.  Love it!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

5 years - CSI Case No. 72

There's a new case file up on the CSI site with a great palette and a lovely inspirational image.

Although I had full intentions of scrapping one of our geocaching-related photos, the inspiration image and evidence prompts kept telling me that I needed to be scrapping something a bit more delicate so I switched gears and decided to do a page about the 5-year journals that I bought last year for Jen and myself.

This really is an amazing little book.  It's called "Q&A a day: 5-year journal - 365 questions * 5 years * 1825 answers".  There's a journaling prompt for each day in the form of a question or fill-in-the-blank and a small space where you can jot down a one or two sentence answer.  Most of the prompts are simple and straight-forward but some are a bit more thought-provoking.  There isn't a lot of room to write your answer so if you like to write a lot then this probably isn't the book for you.  But if you're looking for a simple way to record some of your thoughts and small bits of your life and personality then this is a really good way to do it.  And, the fun part will be reading back through the answers as the years go by to see how they've changed over the course of five years.

I used a sketch from one of Kristine Davidson's eBooks.

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Travel - CSI Case No. 71

Here's the case that's up this week at CSI and since it's the second week of the month there's also a sketch which is included with the challenge. 

I always find the week two challenge of the month...well, challenging....because of the sketch.  It seems easier to work with a sketch when it's something that we have chosen ourselves.  But after some pondering I found a way to use the sketch and be happy with the results.

The beauty of these challenges is how they get you using bits of your stash that you don't necessarily think to use.  For example, Jen gave me a bunch of naked chipboard windows quite a while ago which have just been sitting in a container and never used.  Since one of the Evidence options this week was to include a window element, I was finally able to work one of these cute windows onto a page.
This week I've scrapped a couple of photos from our trip to Jasper back in 2011.  I think that's the last of my Jasper photos and with these CSI challenges I am making a serious dent in my pile of photos!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Awesome Studio Calico Find!

It was National Scrapbooking Day yesterday and while I didn't actually do any scrapping I did find an awesome deal on some Studio Calico supplies!  A couple of days ago Jen told me about a new scrapbook outlet which has opened up in my neck of the woods.  I went to check it out yesterday afternoon and I am so glad that I did.  It has a lot of older product but a few treasures to be found as well and the prices are awesome.  I got really lucky in my hunt. 
I love wood veneer embellishments and for the longest time I've wanted a pack of Studio Calico's asterisks.  By the time I found out about these they were no longer anywhere to be found.  I have searched high and low on the internet but it seems they are not available anymore.  Well, yesterday all that changed.
I spied a pack of asterisks at this new outlet!  I wanted them so much but the problem was that they were part of a large kit of SC product.  There seemed to be a lot in the package so I was expecting a high price tag but when I looked it was only $20!  I decided to buy it and when I got home and started going through everything it felt like a never-ending surprise bag.  Most of it is from the Autumn Press line and it's beautiful.

Here's what I got for $20:

8 sheets of patterned paper
1 diecut paper
1 funky text sheet with holes in it - love it!
1 sheet of alphas containing 2 fonts in different colours
1 pack of Fabrips (never tried these but the colour and pattern are great)
1 set of chipboard alphas
1 6x6 Autumn Press paper pad
1 pack of chipboard diecut tags
1 set of Scrap Pads (sticky crafting notes)
1 sheet kraft butterfly stickers
1 sheet sticker tags
2 packs cloud rub-ons
1 pack chipboard butterflies
1 pack of tissue paper borders (these are really delicate and pretty!)

and of course....1 pack of wood veneer asterisks!!
I am one happy scrapper and there's lots here to share with Jen.
Hope you all had a great NSD!

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

My New Gig - CSI Special Investigator (Case No. 70)

Over the past few months I have been having so much fun doing the weekly challenges on the CSI Challenge site.  I was thrilled when Debbi asked me to be one of the Special Investigators for the month of May and I'm happy to be part of this talented and inspiring team of scrapbookers.

The current palette contains a lovely mix of spring colours.

As soon as I saw the case file I knew exactly what photo I would be scrapping.  I wanted to document how life has changed for our cat, Tabby, since we've moved from a house to a condominium and she's had to adjust to being an indoor cat now.  She's no longer able to roam free on the property because of our condo by-laws. When springtime comes she wants to go outside so badly and spends a lot of time standing up at the door to look out the window and meowing to go outside.  She now has to rely on us to put her on a leash and take her outside.  Poor kitty!

Here's how I solved the case:

My journaling is written on a shipping tag and tucked into a small pocket.  And as you can see, I managed to get yet another title out of my all-time favourite set of Thickers alphas! 
If you're looking for a fun scrapbooking challenge you really should "investigate" CSI: Colors, Stories, Inspiration

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, May 3, 2013

CSI: 100% Fun - CSI Case No. 69

The colour palette at CSI this past week was great and inspired by such a quirky image - Mr. T and ET cycling together! Who would have thought?

The Evidence prompts were all about pie graphs and circles and I had a Creative Scrappers sketch in mind that I'd been wanting to use so I got to sleuthing and solved the case yesterday.  This page documents two things. First, a brief description of the funny thing that happened when I went to buy my notebook which I wrote about here.  And second, a little bit about how much I enjoy the CSI challenge site.  Here's my page:

One of the Evidence prompts was to include "something completely unexpected".  I made a quirky postage stamp embellishment with a funny-looking character whose tongue is stuck out.  It's the first time I've used my new Fiskars postage stamp punch and I love it.  The strange dude was cut from a sheet of Echo Park's Times & Seasons collection.  It contains all sorts of interesting images and you can see him there on the left side.

I used sketch #240 from Creative Scrappers.

Until next time...
Susan :-)