CSI: 121 – Solved

As I said last month, I’ve been invited to become a Detective over on the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge site.  Today is my very first Case!  I have been solving these cases for a year now, and I just love them.  Not only are they fun, but they’re perfectly designed to make your skills grow.  I’ve developed more in my scrapping skills since joining this challenge than I have from any one other thing, ever.  These challenges really make you think.  Debbi, thank you so much for this brilliant challenge you run every week, and I’m thrilled to join your Detective Team!

This week is Case #121.  Here’s the Case File:

May Case File 121

May Case File 121

Here is how I solved the case:

May Case File 121 – Solved

Scene – All 5 colours are present, though the burgundy is only in the stamps.
Evidence – Maps, Book Pages, Metal, Something Transparent, String/Jute/Cording of Some Type
Testimony – Travel: v – Pursuing the unknown.  Make a journey, typically of some length, or abroad.  n – A state of Adventure.

As you may recall, I’ve just returned from an EPIC ADVENTURE to Australia and New Zealand.  I solved this case by centring my testimony around the journal prompt “Voyage”.  This photo just really captures a lot of how I feel about my travels.  I have a list of “must dos”, which is usually pretty short.  And I usually have some vague idea of what might be fun.  But the “plan” really is what I do when no more exciting opportunity presents itself.  I love not knowing what’s going to happen today (never mind tomorrow!) and often, not even knowing where I’ll sleep!  The excitement of the unknown.

This is a digi page, which is less usual, but I knew I wanted to do the watermarking on the journal, so it just worked.  Mostly the products are from Studio Maya (Steampunk collection) and Katie Periete (many different collections.)  The font is from dafont.com, Jefferson (as in, Thomas Jefferson.  Modelled on his handwriting.)

My File is now marked CLOSED: SOLVED.  Your turn!  Pop on over to CSI and have a go at solving this case yourself!

Interesting & Mad

Ok, so… I was just a bit cheeky and slipped my LO into the Child’s Play reveal from last week…. today.

My LO:


The 1st August Challenge is the Doctor’s Kit.  Well, my favourite TV show is Doctor Who.  I used a quote from the Doctor to explain my fun friends, “Anybody remotely interesting is mad, in some way or another.”

Go check out the challenges!  We’re having a bunch of fun over there.  Come play!

Going Costal

Recently I had the opportunity to spend 10 days in Oregon.  My dear friend Mooney had been giving me grief for 6 months that my last visit wasn’t long enough.  (Never mind that it was a visit she wasn’t even expecting!)  So I planned a visit that covered her birthday, her daughter’s birthday, and her almost daughter-in-law’s bridal shower.  She had to put up with me sleeping in the living room for TEN DAYS!  (It was supposed to be 12, but… Delta wasn’t cooperating.)

On the 1st Monday I was there she took off work and we headed to the Coast.  Turned out to be one of the few really good days we got, so it was a fortuitous pick.  We were SUPPOSED to go on Saturday.  But no.  I couldn’t get a flight out until the middle of the night, and even then I could only fly to Portland, not Eugene!  (Thanks Steff for the use of your sofa!)

Here are two LOs I’ve done using (some of) the Cost Photos:

Going Costal

Hybrid page.
PP – BasicGrey
Journal – Katie Periet
Stamp – Tim Holtz, BoBunny
Ink – Versafine, Tim Holtz
Clouds – Crafters Workshop
Fiber Paste
Burlap – Little Yellow Bicycle
Font – BasicGrey
Banner – Spellbinders
Pen – Zagg

Oregon Tide Pools

Digital Template – Pam Callaghan
Digital papers – One Little Bird

Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking (Giveaway!)

Creating Keepsakes has just released a new magazine, Better Digital Photos & Scrapbooking (The Digital Issue is here.)

This thing is LOADED with tips for every level of photographer.  Point & Shoot?  Kiss Auto good-bye!  Learning Apertures and ISO?  This is going to be your new best friend.  An old hand?  This has some great tricks.  Even if you don’t need the camera help, there are some amazing composition helps!  Seriously, this thing is bursting with great knowledge.

Then, as if that isn’t enough, there are all sorts of Photo Editing and Digital Scrapping bits!  I’m quite an advanced Digi-Scrapper (even if I do say so myself) and I still learned loads.  And if you’re thinking about dipping your toe but are a bit intimidated and don’t know where to start?  START HERE!!!!  Seriously, it’s wonderful.

Want a Sneak Peak?  Click the link to get a peak of all the wonderfulness that is this Special Issue!  And don’t forget to check out the Additional Online Content!

Ok, so as you can tell, I’m kind of a fan of this new magazine!  I’m such a fan that I’m going to give a copy away.  Leave a comment here by 11.59 pm Pacific 8 September, and I’ll post a winner on the 9th.

Here are a few more locations to get registered for a chance to win a copy:

Joey Manwarren http://everydayimagination.blogspot.com/
Laina Lamb http://www.lifeonthelamb.blogspot.com/
Adele Beck (You’re Here!) http://dleebug.wordpress.com/
Erika Hayes http://www.thinkingthroughdesign.typepad.com
Jana Morton http://janamorton.blogspot.com/
Mou Saha http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/
Gretchen McElveen http://www.gretchenmac.blogspot.com
Iris Uy http://www.irisbabaouy.typepad.com/
Ashley Harris (The Scrap Review) http://www.thescrapreview.com
Lain Ehmann http://www.layoutaday.com
Susan Mintmire http://www.designteamcalls.com
Patty Cieri http://thegreenhouseonthehill.blogspot.com/
Ashley Horton http://ashleyspaperdoll.blogspot.com/
Stacy Cohen http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/
Autumn Baldwin http://itsalwaysautumn.com

Creating Keepsakes May/June Magazine Giveaway

Welcome welcome!  Hope you’re enjoying the lovely spring weather.  If not… that’s a great excuse to cuddle up with a new Creating Keepsakes magazine.

If you don’t have a copy, however, never fear.  I have not one, not two but THREE copies of the May/June 2012 issue to give away.

Kim Jackson’s Tips & Tricks article has a fabulous digi technique.  She shows us how Autumn Baldwin created her cute chevron patterned paper with strips of a striped paper.  Such an easy trick, be sure to check it out on page 20!

Here’s the LO I made using my newly minted Chevron Creation Skills!

Now, on to the important bits.  To win one of the copies I’ve got, the rules are as usual, leave a comment here.  Become a follower (and let me know.) Link to my blog (and let me know).  Do it by 11.59 pm Friday evening (Mountain).  I’ll pick a winner on Saturday 20 April 2012.

There are also a bunch more places to get another chance at a free copy.  Check out the rest of the blogs on this list:

Piradee Talvanna http://piradee.blogspot.com/
Adele Beck (You’re here) http://considerthedayseized.blogspot.com/
Laina Lamb http://lifeonthelamb.blogspot.com/
Stacy Cohen http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/
Patty Cieri http://thegreenhouseonthehill.blogspot.com/
Mou Saha http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/
Autumn Baldwin http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/
Susan Mintmire (Paper Crafters Corner) http://papercrafterscorner.com/
Kim Jackson http://www.jacksoki.com/
Megan Hoeppner http://meganhoeppner.blogspot.com/
Erika Hayes http://www.thinkingthroughdesign.typepad.com/
The Scrap Review (Ashley Harris) http://www.thescrapreview.com
Laura Vegas http://lauravegas.typepad.com/
Joey Manwarren http://everydayimagination.blogspot.com/

March/April CK Magazine

Hey everyone… The wonderful people over at CK have given me another magazine to giveaway!  This time it’s the March/April 2012 Monthly Publication.

March/April 2012

As always, there are a bazillion awesome ideas in here.  I was particularly happy to use the Digi Sketch you can download!  It’s based off Suzzie Plantamura’s gorgeous LO, The Golden Years.

Suzzie Plantamura

Suzzie Plantamura

I love that she’s used so many photos!  I’m all in favour of showcasing the occasional fantastic photo as a single focus piece.  But, if I did 1 photo on each page, I’dnever get anything finished.  I’d never finish a single trip, much less get through an entire year!  So, for me, I’m glad they provide sketches with multiple photos.

Here’s my version (yes, it’s Digi):

D'LeeBug Scrapping

My version of Suzzie's LO.

I have been trying to figure out how to scrap these photos since 2009!  Bless you, CK for giving me the inspiration to get them done.

(Digi Credits: Flight of Fancy Mini-Kit available (at a serious steal!) at The DigiChick.)

Interested in winning your free copy? (Sorry, this is only available to US Residents and OP Boxes.)  You know the drill.  Leave a message here – 1 chance.  Link my blog to yours (or your FB account, or your Pinterest account), – 2nd chance.  Become a follower (don’t forget to let me know!) – 3rd chance.  I’ll pull the winner on Wednesday, 21 March.  Good luck!

Want another chance to win?  Stop by these awesome blogs:

Suzy Plantamura
The Scrap Review
Maggie Holmes
Hope Smythe
Laura Vegas

1st Pumpkin

I’ve been having such a great time scrapping my Nephew.  Of course, part of it would probably be that I’m crazy about that kid!  He was adorable over Halloween with the pumpkins. The 1st go around was when we went to the Pumpkin Patch to find the perfect pumpkins.  He was so happy toting around a tiny pumpkin or trying to pick up a full size one.  Adorable.  He did not want to leave!  It was adorable.  Here’s the proof:


Patterned Papers are all MME Mischievous (this year’s Halloween). Card Stock is Basil. Kind of like the fun pennants up at the top being ribbons! They’re stitched on. Inks are Distress Ink (Soot Black) and Color Box (Wicked Black).  Title is Fabric Thickers.

Journaling reads: E—- loved his first trip to the Pumpkin Patch. In fact, we had a tough time getting him to leave!

1 October 2011


Then, the adventure of carving our pumpkins!  Ooooh boy!  That was excitement, that was!  Seriously, this was brilliant!  He had to “help” Daddy by stealing the scraper.  Yeah, that made our lives a lot more complicated.  And forget getting it off him for a spoon.  Oh no, don’t be ridiculous.  He saw THAT trick coming a mile off.  Anything you want is clearly superior to whatever it is you’re trying to pawn off on him.  But it was worth it to see his smile!


Title – 1st Jack O’Lantern – Alphabet – Allison Pennington – Maniacal Monograms
Paper – Art Wharehouse – October 31st
Pumpkins – Katie Periet – Paper Cuts No 2
Journaling Font – CrazyCrazy

Journaling reads:

E—-’s 1st experience with pumpkin carving.  It was a total hit!  He loved “helping” Daddy carve.  Of course, once he was done with his pumpkin, he had to come “help” with Aunt Adele’s.  And good luck getting the tools away from him!

October 2011

August Sketch Blog Hop

Hello!  And welcome to Adele’s stop along the August Sketch Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Toree’s Blog.  Doesn’t sound familiar?  Well, pop on over to Amanda’s Blog for the start.  There’re some fun things happening along the way, so come join!

First, here’s the sketch:

Today’s lesson, children, is … Blog Hop + Being Out of Town + Moving = Crack of Dawn Posting.  I had been thinking about the Blog Hop for ages, but hadn’t gotten around to doing anything about it because I was out of town.  Or packed up.  Or flying, so didn’t have my digi goodies.  Or…. you know how it is.  Fortunately, my computer had got unpacked and set up on Wednesday.  So last night I sat down and finally made the template for Amanda’s Sketch.  And then I managed to use the template, and create my own LO for the Hop.  Of course, because I’m moving, I don’t yet have internet at my house.  So at the crack of dawn I dragged myself out of bed and over to my sister’s house so I could get the post written and up on the Blog.

My appologies to Amanda for being an empty headed layabout and not having this done earlier.

But, I did it!  Here you go.  My contribution to the Blog Hop:

The Papers/Embellies I used were from One Little Bird’s Paradise Found, which I bought over at Designer Digitals.  The font is 1553, from Dafot.com.  The Template I made (it’s a PSD file) can be found here.

As you can see, I followed Amanda’s sketch fairly closely.  But, I did a bunch of changes, as well.  No stitching, for example, on mine.  Which is funny, because I love stitching.  

But, let’s be honest… you came here for a prize!  Fair enough.  There are 3 ways to get a chance at a prize (Must be done by 9pm Pacific, Monday 21 August):

    1. Leave a comment on my Blog!
    2. Become a Follower of my Blog (there’s a button up at the top of the screen to let you do that, or an email subscription in the sidebar).  Be sure to leave me another note letting me know if you already are, or have just become, a follower.
    3. Use my Template, share it online, and come back here to post your link.

       Don’t forget, if you want to be entered into Amanda’s drawing, you’ll have to add your link to her site, separately!

      Plus, there’s an additional prize!  (This one never closes.)  My mother has written a book!  And it’s a brilliant book.  But, in order to get the 2nd book published, she needs enough sales of the 1st book.  So, an extra special, guarenteed prize, for anyone who orders her book off Amazon.  Just use the form below to send me an email with your order number from Amazon, and I’ll send you a special prize!  And, if you want an autographed bookplate (that I designed!) to put in the cover, let me know what name(s) to make it out to, and add your postal address.

      Ok…. onto the Next Stop: Shanon!

      Lost?  Confused?  Here’s the full Blog Hop list:

      Amanda http://www.lovejoypaper.com
      Ashley     http://ashleyspaperdoll.blogspot.com/
      Jennifer D http://scrapdrawer.blogspot.com/
      Kathy K2S http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/blogs/goheels/default.aspx
      Amanda Johnson http://asjmade.blogspot.com/Laura (moongirl) http://happinessequalscreation.blogspot.com/
      MBscrapping Cassie http://allsmilesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
      Andrea Joy http://andrea-preciousmemories.blogspot.com/
      Steffanie http://steffanies.blogspot.com/
      Toree http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/blogs/nightsmile/default.aspx
      Adele http://dleebug.wordpress.com/   ***YOU ARE HERE***
      Shanon http://scrappingandtraveling.blogspot.com/
      Heather http://craftyscrapbooker.blogspot.com/
      Mandi http://mjskraze.blogspot.com/
      Kelly http://scrappin-sisters.blogspot.com/
      Eternoly Yours Linda http://www.eterno-lyyours.blogspot.com
      Devra http://mycreativeview.blogspot.com/
      Lady of the Lake Andrea http://ladyofthelakeslog.blogspot.com/
      Laurie (Tulip scrapper) http://tulip-scrapper.blogspot.com/
      Veronica http://missonigur.blogspot.com/
      Traci http://stitchstampandstir.blogspot.com/ 
      Jackie http://www.scrapbangwallop.blogspot.com/
      Laurie http://lalmack63.blogspot.com

Sketch-It-To-Me Blog Hop!

Hello my friends, and welcome to my stop along the Sketch-It-To-Me Blog Hop!  You should have come here from Briana’s Blog.  If not, no worries…. just jump on over to Amanda’s Blog for the start!

As many of you know, Amanda is one of the most awesome scrappers and most awesomely web-active creative people in the world.  I’m always so honoured that she lets me bask in her glow, and I love to call her friend!  Anyway, this time around, she’s challenged us to use a sketch.  We were allowed to change it in pretty much any way we wanted, as long as we could explain our changes.  The second part of the challenge was to make a card AND a LO off the sketch. EEEEK!  Many of you know that I don’t do cards.  And I don’t do sketches, either!  So, this is a real challenge, indeed.

First of all, here’s the sketch:

The dimensions of those photo boxes are 2×2 and 4×6.

My LO is Digital, so the first thing I did was create a template of the sketch.  As a little gift, if you want the template, it’s Free to Download Here.

Part of the reason I have a hard time with sketches is, I start with my photos and that usually leads me to a title (I’m a linguist.  Titles are a form of word play with me, which makes me happy!) and only then do I start working on photo placement.  So, starting with a sketch is backwards for me!  Since I already had the template, I started looking for some fun photos that I could make fit the form.  Very strange to me.  But, at the end, I had this idea!  I had a very special vistor this summer; one Miss Amy Glitter!  For those of you who don’t know, AmyG is actually Amanda’s alternate identity.  It started off as a game a year+ back, and AmyG has sort of gained a life of her own.  Anyway, FlatAmyG spent a good deal of the summer with me “helping” me pack up to move from England to the United States.  Obviously I had to get her out and about occasionally.  One day I took her into London and we visited The Tower.  Now, the very special thing about Amy is that, as her name might imply, she’s got a thing for Glitter.  Ideally they’d be Pink, but…. I have this slight allergy to Pink.  That and, the livery of the Tower Yeomen is Blue and Red.  Couldn’t really put Pink on a Blue/Red LO, could I?

Anyway, this is what I ended up with:

Very strangely for me, I managed to keep very close to the original sketch!  I felt very proud of myself for that.  However, I did change it in a few ways.  You’ll note that I used a background image for the large central square (there actually is an outer block on the template.  It’s just that it’s white, so it doesn’t necessarily show up here.)  It was my favourite photo of AmyG from the day, but it didn’t work in any of the blocked spaces.  This is one of the reasons I love Digi!  You can do awesome things like that.  The second change was that I didn’t do any real journaling, though I did keep the title more or less in the location of the title from the sketch.  It was the obvious place.  The 3rd change was that I added a background texture border along the right hand side.  4th, I added an additional embellie on the title…. couldn’t resist!  I had to use a masking layer to remove the heart under the crown, but I think the effect turned out awesome!  5th, I added a triple layer mat to both the photo block in the right hand corner, and the background focal image.   6th, I added the date stamp to the right hand corner of the title.  Finally, I changed the circles/rectangle from the sketch into the awesome circle embellie from Katie Periet.  I love these fun sparklie embellies she’s created.  Both the circles and the crown are from Kate Periet’s SWAK collection.

Ok, now for a materials list:

Now, the 2nd part of the challenge – the card!

Yeah, this is quite different from the sketch!  Also, it’s paper, not Digi.  If you saw my post from earlier in the week, you know that this is the card I made to accompany the Airline Ticket my sister asked me to make for her Mother-In-Law.  (Go check it out.  It’s pretty awesome.  And there’s a template (free!) for that, too.)

Ok, so my changes.  First of all, I’m not a great card maker.  My brain doesn’t have much practice at it, mostly because I’m so pressed for time, I’d rather spend the time I do have on LOs, not cards.  But, scrapping, not card making, is my thing.  If you’re a card maker, awesome!  I salute you.  So, the thing of it is, this is much more how I use templates.  A rough guide for where to start.  You can sort of see a bit of the original sketch in the card.  I added the stitched border to the left hand side and top to reflect the same border as the sketch’s background and inside square.  The inked edge is the outside paper.  The stamped image is my nod to the inside square.  The tag is my nod to the photo block.  The button/twine is a sort of circle embellie, though you’ll notice that it’s migrated from the right hand side of the block to the left, and is completely missing off the top left corner!  And the airplane?  That’s just me!  Extremely different.  But, it’s what worked with the materials I had at hand!  I actually think it turned out very nice.

Materials used:

  • Ink – Him Holtz Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap.  Tsukineko’s Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Sparkle.  Tsukineko’s VersaMagic Chalk Ink – Night Sky.  Blue Pen – No idea.  Just a blue jell pen I had sitting around.
  • Twine – Martha Stewart’s Baking Twine.
  • Button – No idea.  Just a blue button I had sitting around.
  • Airplane – EKSuccess’s Sticko – Travel Pictograms.
  • Tag – 7Gypsies – 97% Complete Black & White Tags Assortment.
  • Stamp – Glitz’s Clear Stamps – Distressing Set 3.

And now for the fun part!  If you leave me a comment here, you’re entered to win an RAK!  If you post a link to my blog on your blog, or on your Facebook account, you’ve got a second chance.  If you become (or already are) a follower (you can sign up for email notification along the right hand side of the blog), you’ll get a 3rd chance.  Good luck everyone!  Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you do either the link or the follow step.

Thanks for stopping off here, and on to your next stop: Janice!

Don’t forget, if you get lost, you can always pop back to Amanda’s blog and figure it out from there.

Airplane Ticket

My sister’s mother-in-law sent my sister a heartfelt letter saying how much she hated that they live so far, and that circumstances were such that they couldn’t visit more often.  So my sister and her husband decided they’d buy her a plane ticket for the summer.  A brilliant idea!  However, since they have to coordinate schedules, they won’t have anything  physical to hand her.  This is where I enter the picture.  My sister does not scrap.  At all.  She appreciates it.  Just doesn’t have the interest in doing it herself.  Anyway, she asked if I’d make a cute ticket to give her.

So, here’s what I came up with!

I’m really pleased with how it turned out :)  Hope you like it as well.  If you’re interested in making your own, I’ve made a template.  You can find it Here.

Anyway…. I’ll show you the card I made later in the week, during the Blog Hop I’m participating in over the weekend.

Happy Scrapping!