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!) https://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