Saturday, September 22, 2012

CSI challenges - SO MUCH FUN!

Well this month I decided to try a different sort of a challenge.  A great friend Renee Aslette put me onto the challenges over at CSI which push you to include a number of different elements, while giving you a great deal of choice with how you go about it.

I am just loving how different challenges can push you in very different ways.

There is a challenge that goes up every week and you get a week and two weekends to complete them.  How great is that!!  Aside from the great challenge... the work uploaded on there is simply AMAZING I am so inspired by all the work from the different ladies that take part.  Again I think that it is because there is a number of different elements included in each challenge.

OK so enough chatting here is my take on the challenge:

Here are the details of the challenge:

  • The Ink Is Black - black, from the book on the left - 21.16.22
  • The Page Is White - white, from the white parts - 253.253.253
  • Gray Reverie - medium-light gray, from the tape recorder reels - 214.213.219
  • Electric Blue - deep sky blue, taken from the table - 53.172.240
  • Red, Red Wine (Goes to My Head...) - dark red, taken from her shirt  - 154.212.214

  • You may interpret the elements in the design as you wish, but use the basic composition of the sketch.
  • You may flip or rotate the sketch to suit your design.
  • Have fun!
  • Use stripes and dots
  • Use wrappers/ packaging
  • Use a book page
  • Pen work/ doodling
  • labels
  • Use a craft knife
  • Circles (inspired by the knobs and reels)
  • buttons (inspired by the knobs)
  • Use a song title or lyrics as inspiration for your journaling (inspired by the tape recorder).
  • Handwrite your journaling.
  • Take a break - break your journaling across several journaling spots.
  • Write your journaling on note paper.
  • Do your journaling as a diary entry.
  • Inspiration Words: -- daydream, break, think -- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title

My take:

Evidence: Dots and stripes & Buttons
Testimony: Handwritten journalling broken across various spots

Here are some detail pics of my layout:

I used a number of different bits and pieces to create this one.  Again I used the My Mind's Eye 'All is Bright' collection (I love this for a Christmas paper - non Christmas theme)  the colours are just divine.  I also used some paper alphas and stickers from Echo Park's 'Dots and Stripes' collection.  Love this as there is always something there to team up with whatever I am working on.  To top that off I also used some paper from Authentique's 'Celebrate' collection.  To create my background and embellish from the top layer down, I used a number of different Tim Holtz Distress inks to blend, mask and stamp in layers. I also used Faber-Castell Pitt pastel pencil & Distress markers for the Chevron masking.  The stamp sets I used on this layout are Prima's reversed wall stamp & script stamp, and My Mind's eye's The sweetest thing, 'Happiness' and 'Remember' stamp sets and the 'Fun Day' stamp set.  I also used my favourite TCW, Reversed Chickenwire stencil and Scrap FX's Chevron A4 stencil. To finish all of it off I added some old Kaisercraft rubon's I had lying around in my rubon stash.

To put this all together I could only use my favourite product... HELMAR of course!  I used  Helmar  Premium craft glue and liquid scrap dots on this one.

Do you know you can buy from  Helmar direct?  Head on over to the website to do so Here (Australia) or Here (United States)

Hope you have enjoyed my share today and head on over to the CSI ning site and take part in all the fun!



Sandie Edwards said...

Another utterly gorgeous layout, you do 'boy' layouts to perfection Beck! Had a chuckle about the chicken wire when reading on FB...
Your boys are so cute!

Adriana B said...

Great take on the challenge at CSI, fabulous :) have a great week :)

Maureen Hayes said...

Beautiful layout and a great interpretation of the sketch.

I live in the US and am having an awful time finding Helmar products, particularly the liquid scrap dots. I tried going to the Helmar website to order, but $20 of products cost $ 230 in shipping! Do you have any suggestions for those of us in the US who want to use Helmar products?


Cheryl Walker said...

Awwww Beck your layout is beautiful hun!!! I love the picture of your Boys, they are darling!! I sure do miss those days when mine were little, they are so much fun! Enjoy everyday you can with them, before you know it they grow up! heheheheheeh

Beautiful job on this layout, and love all the details!!!

Tone-Lill said...

This is an Amazingly fun and colourful LO. Love the cute photo you used and how well it fit in with all the fun embelishments and layers of papers :)