Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Little Peanut & His 2 Old Aunts - CSI Case No. 60

Another week has gone by and another CSI case has been solved.  This time I pulled out an older photo of Jen and I with our little nephew Thomas (who is not so little now at 3 years of age) and the colour palette was just right.

Thomas came into our family well after the rest of the grandkids had arrived, in fact not far from two decades after the last one.  As initially nobody knew what the new baby's name would be, we nicknamed him "Little Peanut" and referred to ourselves as his "two old aunts".  Doesn't that sound like a great title for a children's book?  Little Peanut and His Two Old Aunts...

I've fallen into that "Thickers Dilemma" lately where I keep pulling out my favourite sets of Thickers alphas only to discover that I don't have all the letters I need for my title.  A disappointment every time it happens.  This time it was the brown alphas that I love and have used for several pages but even with the leftovers of Jen's same set, I was still missing all the T's!  At the price we pay for these alphas it would be really nice if they included more vowels and more of the popular consonants.  I solved the problem by pulling out my Cricut and cutting the main part of my title from patterned paper.  It made me wonder why I don't do this more often.  I do love the dimensional aspect of Thickers but they are definitely not very cost effective when you consider how many go to waste. 

I used this sketch by Lydell Quinn:

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Amazing Stripo - CSI Case No. 59

Valentine's Day can be a sad day.  It was for us this year.  It was the day that we had to put down our cat Stripo, just one week shy of her 12th birthday.  She was born on February 21, 2001, right in the middle of our livingroom, the "daughter" of our other cat, Tabby.  Matthew named her Stripo (pronounced "Stripe-O"- maybe we should have spelled it that way!) because of the stripey appearance of her fur.  She had recently developed diabetes and began to fail fast over the past few weeks.  As hard as it was to have to say goodbye to her, we didn't want her to suffer.
I wanted to do a scrapbook page as a tribute to Stripo and used this week's CSI challenge as inspiration to help me put the page together.  The colour palette of red, pink and grey was perfect.

I've listed 14 things about Stripo in the journaling that is visible.  The shipping tag to the left is hidden journaling which documents our Valentine's Day - the last day we had Stripo as a pet.

This is the sketch I used from Creative Scrappers:

Stripo was a lovely and funny cat. We have lots of good memories of her as the boys were growing up but we miss her a lot. 

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

My Buddy - CSI Case No. 58

I'm on a scrapping roll here and have solved another CSI case this week!  These challenges really get a person going through their pile of photos and paper stash and seem to be just what I needed to make some progress on my scrapbooks.  This week there was also a sketch included with the challenge.  I took a few specific elements from the design to use as inspiration for my page.

The palette, which includes two shades of aqua, was exactly what I needed for this older photo of my nephew Thomas and their family dog.

And now, I've got another case waiting to be solved...

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Girl and Her Doll - CSI Case No. 57

I solved another CSI case this week.  I'm discovering that these challenges can be a little bit addictive!  It's quite fun going through the paper stash looking for the colours in the palette and figuring out how you can work the "evidence" and "testimony" into the page.  

This week's palette had two shades of pink in it, a colour that I don't use very much, but exactly what I needed as inspiration to scrap a photo of my mom holding her doll, Sally, which she has had since she was a little girl.  Once again I used my vintage typewriter for my journaling but this time I typed on vellum paper which I then attached to the page.  It didn't quite turn out as I had imagined it, and I'm not sure I would do this again, but I had a lot to say and didn't think I'd have room to write it all if I'd done it by hand.
 I used this sketch by Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers:

Until next time...
Susan :-)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

oh snap! - CSI Case No. 56

I decided to try my hand at doing the weekly colour challenge over at the CSI site this past week.  Jen has always been a big fan of these challenges and I was inspired to give it a try since it's been about three months since I've done a new layout and it's time I got something accomplished in that regard!

This page went together very quickly.  I didn't let myself agonize over details as I usually do!  I probably spent more time going through my stash to select papers and supplies than I did in actually creating the page.  The "pale greyish teal" in the palette gave me lots of problems (Jen would attest to that fact) but I finally found the right shade, although as usual it has not photographed very well to show its true colour here.  :-(    
I used my vintage typewriter to do my journaling.  This was an amazing find from our local antique market and was a steal at only $25, a gift to me from Jen and Rob during one of our "Friday Field Trips", which basically means that Robert gets dragged around half the day chauffeuring Jen and I to all sorts of places that he really doesn't want to be and buys us lunch in the process.   What a guy!  I absolutely love my typewriter but the one downside is that there's no easy way to correct errors other than starting over.  I went through three shipping tags before I finally got it right! 

I used this sketch from Creative Scrappers:

Until next time...
Susan :-)