Saturday, March 29, 2014

Silhouette Filled With Thoughts

Hello! I hope you are having a good day! We have a new CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration case file:
My layout:
I've been wanting to do a layout about my son's curiosity and million 'why' questions every day. Why do we have a skeleton? Why does the Pink Panther not have a skeleton? Why is Dusty orange? Why? Why? Why? Why? I was very inspired of the case file photo, as you can see, and thought a silhouette filled with different thoughts and questions fit well for the theme. From the evidence I used: metal, silhouette, and monogram. And from the testimony I was inspired by thought processes and ideas. I first used black cardstock for the background, then I remembered this Core'dinations paper and thought it fit much better.

First, I started looking for silhouette templates online, but I changed my mind and used a photo of my son instead, to make it more personal and meaningful. I converted the photo to 'photocopy' in Photoshop Elements, cropped the head and printed it on watercolour paper. I painted the head with Iced Spruce Distress Paint. To fill the head with items, I mainly used Tim Holtz Sizzix die cuts and different small embellishments.

I found a photo of my son standing on a fence and cut him out. The globe was die cut twice from mat board, only using the continents from the second piece. It was painted with Distress Paint, stamped and then coated with Glossy Accents.

Most of the shapes were die cut from mat board, which gives a nice white surface to work on, great for both paint and ink. The gears were painted silver, distressed, stamped with a number stamp, inked with Black Soot and covered with Glossy Accents. The owl was painted black, backed with a number paper, got a sentiment with Label Stickers (spelling 'why') and also coated with Glossy Accents. The stars were painted and covered with Rock Candy Distress Glitter. The number 4 was inked red, stamped and also coated with Glossy Accents.
The shapes that are crackled were coated with Wendy Vecchi's new Crackle Paste (love it!) and when dry painted with watered down paint. I filled in the spaces between the larger shapes with metal gears, small wooden embellishments and other small items.
The bottle was not completely covered with paste, to give the look of it being filled with something. I found a few question mark chipboard shapes in my stash.

Insects are very interesting, which is why the heart was stamped with a bee stamp. I should have added a spider too, but only thought of that later.

A crackled butterfly, light bulb, little bird with a stamped word and more fun things. I only used items that were meaningful in some way.

The car was painted black and covered with Crackle Accents. I think the houses are also covered with crackle accents, they were in my scrap box. I love to place little words and details here and there, such as the words stamped on the arrow. This was a fun project! My journaling was really long so I printed it on an A4 paper and tucked it behind the layout. It is about being curious, learning things and that it is a good thing to ask 'why'. And about me having to think out sometimes creative answers to questions that can't always be answered.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you can join us this week!


Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board 6 x 13; Core'dinations cardstock; Canson Watercolour Paper
Dies: Sizzix: Vintage Fan & Globe, Mini Old Jalopy & Arrow, Townscape On the Edge, Mini Tattered Leaves, Mini Apothecary Bottles, Mini Owl & Crescent Moon, Mini Hearts Set, Mini Gears, Mini Pine Tree & Holly, Mini Butterflies, Cargo Stencil Numbers, Mini Bird & Cage, Vintage Market XL, Crescent Moon & Stars
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Tiny Things, School Desk, Stuff to Say
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Barn Door, Black Soot
Paint: Distress Paint: Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Black Soot; Adirondack: Silver
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stampers Anonymous: Crackle Paste; Ranger Glossy Accents, Crackle Accents
Glitter: Distress Glitter: Rock Candy
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Label Letters, Mirrored Stars, Mini Gears, Mini Fasteners, Mini Paper Clips, Word Bands, Pen Nibs, Game Spinners, Long Fasteners, Laboratorie Tissue Wrap, light bulb; Studio Calico Wood Veneer: Transportation, Potty People, Birds, Tiny Stars, Tiny Hearts; Kelly Purkey Letter Stickers


  1. what a fantastic page...I loved the thought behind it..n fab execution...

  2. wow this is fabulous, It reminds me of the why questions my daughter asked when she was younger! Groetjes Karin

  3. Wonderful layout Karen, the little picture of your son in the center is the best.

  4. Why,why, why, why, why.....

    That certainly brings back memories f inquisitive minds!
    It's a wonderful project in honour of your son :-)


  5. So dynamic and exciting - having a young nephew (aged 6) I know exactly how brilliant a view this is of a small boy's brain!! I love all the crackled elements, and the text, and the glossiness - altogether fabulous!

    Sorry not to have been around - catching up is long overdue! Looking forward to seeing what else you've been creating...
    Alison xx

  6. Love your LO! The details and colours against the black background, the fact that the silhouette is taken from a photo of your son and the attention to each little piece.
    Thank you for the amazing inspiration once again! :)

  7. This is just utterly genius Anna! I think it's one of my all time favorite layouts ever! Totally love what you created here!

  8. This is lovely. So awesome!!!!


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