Saturday, January 7, 2012

CSI Case File 1: Sleep

I am so happy that the time has come for the very first CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge! I hope you can play along with us. Check out the site to look at the wonderful layouts created by the team.

This is the first awesome case file:

 And here's my layout:

I loved the vibrant colour combo and the fun inspiration photo. I particularly liked the tone on tone green background and tried to create something similar using paint and ink. The z’s were stamped with foam stamps and paint. I didn’t have the right shade of grey-green, so I had to mix it. The clocks, grid and splatter were stamped with Archival ink Olive. The cardstock wasn’t quite the right shade of green, so I inked the whole sheet with Adirondack Citrus. The edges were distressed and inked heavily with Distress Inks (Peeled Paint and Pine Needles). I stitched a transparency to the layout for an additional layer, and inspired by the red hair on the inspiration photo.

From the inspiration items I used: numbers, distressing and repeat stamp background.
From the testimony I used: journal about something mad, journal on tags, and the inspiration words 'chaos' and 'time'.

The layout is about my son enjoying to play ‘sleep’ at the moment. I wrote a too long piece of journaling and printed it on two tags tucked behind the photos. He wants a pillow and a blanket and then fakes to sleep on the floor, unfortunately it was impossible to get a photo with his eyes closed. While I was on the topic of sleep, I also journaled about his sleeping patterns and routines at the moment. The latest addition to the sleep routine is a little rhyme with movements that I made up one evening and now have to do many many times every evening and at nap time.

I really wanted to use the home stamp, but it was too big, so I stamped it on shrink plastic and shrunk it to the perfect size for the layout.

I was happy to have both a smaller and a bigger version of the alarm clock stamp and used the smaller on the background and the bigger as an embellishment. The ledger paper was also stamped with a clock background stamp (using Scattered Straw). I love the ‘you are my happy’ stamp and stamped it repeatedly on the piece of patterned paper.

Thank you for stopping by!!

Supplies: Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous grunge patterns, Steampunk stamps; Wendy Vecchi Stamper’s Anonymous home stamps; Hero Arts Studio Calico Love Book ST506, My Happy ST508; Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Scattered Straw, Antique Linen; Archival Ink Olive; Versafine Onyx Black; Stazon Jet Black; 7Gypsies, Fancy Pants, BasicGrey and KI Memories patterned papers; 7Gypsies tissue and bookbinding tape; shrink plastic; Hambly screen print; MS border punch and twine; BasicGrey letter sticker; mini stapler.


  1. Wow! Love everything about this page and the stamping and inking the most! Great job and congrats!

  2. This was such an adorable page, helps when you wee ones are super cute as well, can't let the page have all the credit "wink". Great background stamping,stitching and journalling. Look forward to seeing many more of your creations over at CSI.

  3. I loved this over @ CSI (what a great new challenge site!!)~ your work is amazing, just love it!! Your details are just great- so much thought put in here,
    Thx for sharing,

  4. I came by from your CSI publication to see the close ups as I really liked your design... now... shrink plastic? never heard of it! and I particularly like this detail... didn't really see it when I looked at it on CSI... I love this detail. I'll have to look into that material.
    Great blog :)


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