School Days

This month, Creative Embellishments is one of the sponsors for the challenges on the CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration site, so our team got to play along with their challenges! 😀 We always have a blast working their case files. Their format is fun and unique. They offer an inspiration image, evidence (select at least 3 items from the list to include on your layout), and testimony (select at least 1 from the list to inspire the journaling for your page). I played along with Case #211 which is a major case file, so there’s a sketch to use and has an longer open period, so entries are due by end of the month.

I was inspired by the books and reading theme of the inspo image, so I created a page about my youngest son who is obsessed with reading. 😀 He started early and was reading well before the start of Kindergarten. I replaced part of the patterned paper from the sketch with pictures of his word wall words as they changed the first few months he was reading. We have a cork board in the living room where I posted his new words and he’d get a star sticker on the corner of the word as he mastered them. By the 3rd rotation, we stopped since he’d already progressed beyond its usefulness, and could read the words before they ever made it to the board. lol Here’s how I cracked the case:

From the evidence column – I added text stamping to the background, a pair of eyeglasses from the wood veneer set, I stacked some embellishments in a cluster, and used both wood and chipboard CE pieces. From the testimony column – I used the word “want” in the journaling:

 

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Close up of the CE Star Doodle frame, Geek Chic Glasses, and stars I used:

 

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Close up of the Scribble Heart, Book Bag, and Globe:

 

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The mood board for CSI 211:

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The AWESOME CE pieces I used for this page (pics are linked to the item’s listing in the CE store)…

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My Buckaroo – CSI 198 and Creative Embellishments

Creative Embellishments is one of the sponsors for this month’s CSI, Color, Stories, Inspiration challenges, so several of us have been guest designing for some of their case files. 😀 They offer fun, inspiring challenges, with lots of prize ops, including the $30 gift voucher to the CE store that’s up for grabs! 😀 I had a blast solving case #198. The colors really work for me since blue is my favorite color and hey!…it’s also fave among my boys and my hubby! We all wear a lot of blue. lol Here’s how my page turned out:

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Close ups of some of the CE pieces I used:

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The Case File image:

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For my evidence, I used stripes, trees, leaves, mesh, weather-related elements. I then combined hanging something, animals, and string by attaching 3 wood fish pieces with string and hanging it from the corner of the cardboard with a brad (though I did cut up and adhere the fish to my layout with foam dots so they wouldn’t tear off or get snagged on something else. 😀

I hope you enjoyed my project and are inspired to play along with the CSI challenges this month! We can’t wait to see what you create! 😀

CE products on my project:

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2 layouts for Creative Embellishments – CSI 170 and Stuck?!

This month, Creative Embellishments is sponsoring both CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration and Stuck?! Sketches. Both challenge sites invited our team to guest design for them this month, so I actually have 2 layouts to share in the post. 😀

First up, I have my take on case 170 which I combined with the July 1st Stuck?! Sketch:

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Case details:

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July 1st Stuck?! sketch:

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Next is the layout I created for our guest spot on the Stuck?! Sketches site:

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July 15th Stuck?! Sketch:

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I hope you play along with the CSI cases and the Stuck?! Sketches challenges with us this month! 😀

Creative Embellishments/Heartfelt Creations team up!

I’m a huge fan of Heartfelt Creations’ products. I love their stamps and dies, but more than anything, I LOVE their gorgeous papers, so I was thrilled when I heard about the team up between two such amazing companies! I got to work with HFC’s Once Upon a Time Papersand Celebrate the Journey Papers. Since two other team members used Celebrate the Journey, I primarily used Once Upon a Time for my project along with a few scraps from other HFC papers I already had on hand. This is going to be photo heavy because it’s a paper bag mini album (my first!), using 3 full sized paper lunch bags.

For the cover, I also used these products by Creative Embellishments which I altered by using Smooch inks: Steampunk Timepiece from their 3 piece mini set, a Butterfly from their 3 piece set, Flourish 17 and Photo or Page Corners Set 2. Distressed edges on the papers are inked with Distress Ink and the trims are by Graphic 45 and My Mind’s Eye. I also used the other corner pieces from the set as holders for tags inside the album. :-D

The Cover:

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Back Cover:

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1st Spread with the left flap closed:

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1st Spread with the left flap open:

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2nd spread with the right flap turned into a pocket:
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Center (3rd) Spread:
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4th spread with the right flap closed:
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4th spread with the right flap open:
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5th spread with the left flap closed and tag inserted on the right:
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5th spread with the left flap lifted and tag removed on the right:
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To check out the rest of the team’s creations, visit the Creative Embellishments Blog here: CE Blog

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