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! πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜€ They offer fun, inspiring challenges, with lots of prize ops, including the $30 gift voucher to the CE store that’s up for grabs! πŸ˜€ 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.Β I then combined hanging something, animals, and string by attachingΒ 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. πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€

CE products on my project:

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Penn State York Bridge Building Contest

This year, Alex participated in the Penn State York Bridge Building Contest and came in 3rd! Everyone was pleasantly surprised since it’s rare for Freshmen to place at all. Most of the winners tend to be Juniors and Seniors each year. πŸ˜€ He was so proud of his creation (which shattered during testing, which happens to nearly all the bridges).

For this page, I was inspired by the CSI, Color Stories Inspiration case file #196 that we’re sponsoring. Be sure to check out their challenges this month for your chance to win the gc to the Creative Embellishments store that’s up for grabs, along with tons of other fabulous prizes! πŸ˜€ Here’s what I came up with:

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I chose glasses, cogs, gears, technology accents, and circles for my evidence. Most of the pieces were altered using acrylic paints or mists. For the testimony, I incorporated the word, “technology” into my journaling. Here are some close ups of the layered pieces:

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The CSI inspo board for case 196:

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CE products used:

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Valentine’s Treat Bag – Creative Embellishments

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and this year, I figured I would hand make some treat bags for the kiddos and make each of them unique. The one I’m sharing today was created for my daughter, Madison, using Prima papers, I am Roses flowers, and of course my favorite Creative Embellishments laser cut chipboard pieces and veneers! πŸ˜€ To create the base, I took a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock and scored the left and right 2.5″ in from the sides. I then rotated the paper 90 degrees and scored it at 5″ and 7″. I then folded it to create the center pocket and glued them in place. From there, it’s the fun part…embellishing! πŸ˜€ Since the paper I selected was kind of vintage looking, with muted colors, I decided to leave the chippies and wood pieces bare to lend it an earthy appeal. I hope you (and my daughter) like how it turned out!

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This pics shows the side a bit:

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Close up of the cluster with the wood veneer pieces:

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Close to show the dimension:

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The awesome CE products I got to use (click the pic to be taken to their listings in the store)…

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