Saturday, December 21, 2013

CSI case file #103 - Santa-ol-ogy

Hi all! Time for the last CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge of the year. We are continuing with our Christmas theme and this week the colour combo is a traditional Christmas one.
I had a lot of little Santa photos and made a double-pager: 
From the evidence I used: birds, stars, metal, something transparent and rub-ons. From the testimony I was inspired by the fun "...olo-ogy" category and made my layout about 'Santa-ol-ogy', how to make and photograph a little Santa. This layout is almost completely covered in photos of different sizes, with the embellishments being on top of the photos.

Little Santa - Layers of ink
I used kraft cardstock for the background and stamped it at the top with a Hero Arts tiny stars stamp and at the bottom with a Merry Christmas border stamp. I also added a strip of tinsel twine as a border, I keep reaching for Tim Holtz tinsel this Christmas, it adds such a festive feel. The photos were arranged on top of white cardstock.

Little Santa - Layers of ink
Some of the journaling was typed and cut into strips, but most of the journaling is on the tag behind this photo block. It is about this photo session, which contained a lot of running around and making funny faces (and many blurry photos as a result). The Santa prop, which happens to be one of my favourite Christmas ornaments, was flying through the air quite a few times. When I developed these photos, a free A4 print was included and it was fun to use this large photo on the layout. I don't often scrap such large photos.

For embellishments, I used a mix of die cuts, white rub-ons and Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal pieces. The tree is a Simon Says Stamp die. The journaling on these strips translate: "A small Santa = red clothes, happy, lots of running around, funny, full speed". I like the look of the white rub-ons on the photos.

Shapes were also die cut from mat board, inked with Pumice Stone and coated with Pumice Stone Distress Glitter.

I had a piece of leftover acetate that was stamped with a Wendy Vecchi Christmas text stamp (used on this window card), and used two small pieces on the layout. The 'happy' word is also a Simon Says Stamp die.
 I also used some mirror stars and a few cut out stamped images.
Favourite Christmas song: Jingle Bells.

Another piece of stamped acetate, attached with the brads used for the Word Band.

Thank you for looking! I hope you will join us in our last challenge of the year!

Happy crafting!!


Dies: Sizzix: Mini Jingle Bell & Christmas Bell, Mini Cardinal & Poinsettia, Vintage Market Sizzlits; Simon Says Stamp: Mod Tree, Happy
Stamps: Hero Arts: Tiny Star Background CG616; Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous: Art of Making it Merry; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mini Holidays; Panduro stamps
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Pumice Stone; Stazon Cotton White
Glitter: Distress Glitter: Pumice Stone
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Christmas Time Remnant Rubs, Christmas Word Bands,  Mirrored Stars, Silver Tinsel Twine, Christmas Muse Tokens


  1. Fabulous layout, and your little boy is absolutely precious!

  2. Anna-Karin I love that you got so many photos on your layout :) What specatular ones they are too. Such a clean looking layout but packed full of little surprises. Fantastic.... I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas...

  3. Wow ! Your Santa's elf is an amazing top model ! And your scrapbook pages are brillant ! So many funny détails to look at. Have a wonderful Xmas :)

  4. What a cute kid! I've never seen a background of photos like this, with all that green grass plus the red pajamas--it's very colorful and Christmas-y. Using white as accents is the perfect touch. Merry Christmas.

  5. OH what fun photos! And fantastic layout~Thanks for sharing!
    Merry Christmas to all!...Jan


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