Today we have a lovely earthy case file at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:
From the evidence items I used: trees, woodgrain, book pages (old dictionary), silver metal accent, and vintage text.
One of the journaling prompts that Debbi linked in the case file was to write about a relative who was part of a historical event, it made me think about my relatives who emigrated to the USA during the big emigration from Sweden. Between around 1850-1929, about 1.3 million Swedes emigrated, most of them to the USA. A large part of the Swedish population. Although many of them became farmers, Chicago was the world's second largest 'Swedish' city. This layout is about my grandfather's two brothers who emigrated in the early 1920s, and especially about the brother on this photo, who came to visit in the summers when we were children and made a very big impression on us. He lived in Chicago and emigrated when he was just about 18 years old. I wrote a long piece of journaling about my memories, and also included journaling from my dad about his memories of him (that I asked him to write for this layout). The journaling is placed behind the layout.
I found a patterned paper that worked really well with the combo and stamped a lot on top of it, to make it work for my topic. I used the fabulous ship stamp by Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous, and also a plane, old car, tickets, boarding passes, and a clock. There is also a script stamp which is an old Swedish letter.
I also used my favourite Branch Tree die, cut it from white mat board, painted brown, and sanded for texture. A lot of old Prima flowers were glued to it.
Thank you for looking! Don't miss the fabulous case file reveal page, the DT has done a wonderful job with this case file.
Stamps: Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous: Artful Voyage, Warehouse District, Going Somewhere, Odds & Ends: Reprint Brev från Toscana
Dies: Sizzix: Vintage Fan & Globe set, Branch Tree, Mini Tickets Movers & Shapers, Mini Hearts Movers & Shapers
Ink: Paint: Adirondack Espresso
Surfaces: FabScraps patterned paper; MME 6x6 woodgrain and token paper; BasicGrey Serenade 6x6 paper, Studio Calico 6x6 paper; Sizzix Little Sizzles 6x13 white mat board.
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology game spinners, Gears, ChitCat stickers; Prima flowers; Maya Road clear tickets;