Color Challenge: Color Story Inspiration with a Sketch Twist (CSI Case File #118)

 CSI Case file No. 118: With the CSI challenges, you must use all five colors in the scheme, at least 2 elements in your layout from the evidence list and at least 1 element from the testimony. And this week they threw in an extra twist by adding a sketch.


Case Solved- The Layout: I love  bright color schemes but the bright red with the soft seafoam green and yellow kinda sorta threw me for a second. But as I have said before, sometimes the inspiration comes from the pictures. The pictures here are of me feeling confident and happy wearing a fun red dress with some teal and red applique flowers. SO bam- I was able to connect the red with the other soft colors. Picture- check.  So now patterned paper. As I was going threw my stash I came across this pretty floral from Basic Grey’s Freshly Picked collection. Patterned Paper-Check. But ahh ease up there killer- neither the pictures NOR the background floral paper had that element of yellow required for the color scheme. I know I needed enough soft yellow to draw the eye but without distracting or seeming like a last minute thought forced into the layout. So…. drumming fingers on craft table.. A HA! I pulled out this beautiful bokeh paper from Glitz that had all of the colors in the scheme. That patterned paper paired with a small cut from a yellow gingham My Mind’s Eye patterned paper did the trick. I also tucked and smattered other yellow elements like the small butterflies and yellow vellum under my pictures to make the color scheme and design look cohesive.

Drink Up Cover


Evidence: I had to be a little more clever with the evidence this time around- (1) Jewels- on the butterflies and the mini pink flowers (2) Hearts- Patterned paper on the scallops and the vertical piece (3) Arrows- Pointed chevrons (4) Fabric- Peekaboo tulle under the pictures (5) Fibers- Sewing on the layout (6) Pockets- The journaling is tucked in aenvelope pocket.

Drink Up 2

Drink Up 1

Drink Up 3

Testimony: I was able to hit two elements. I tucked my journaling in a pocket and my journaling was inspired by the word “confidence.” Because of the personal nature of the journaling I am keeping it tucked in the envelope so I can pull it out to remind myself that everyday I should choose happiness.

Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia


Title: Today-Choose Happiness. Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White); Core’dinations (Lei Flower, Polar Ice, Pastel Yellow. Primary Yellow). Patterned Paper: Basic Grey-Fresh Cut (Violet Garden); Glitz- Hello Friend (Stripe, Bokeh); Tim and Beck (Item #SC10022); Fancy Pants- The Good Life (Good Times); Cosmo Cricket- Salt Air (Deck Chairs); My Mind’s Eye-Follow Your Heart (Be Amazing)- Collectable (6×6 paper pad); Crate Paper- Close Knit (6×6 paper pad); Carta Bella- Alphabet Junction (6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Heartfelt Creations (Majestic Morning, Vintage Morning); Stampin Up (Secret Garden). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design (Today You #15144); Heartfelt Creations (Majestic Blooms); Penny Black (Dancing Leaves); Hero Arts (Long and Cute Tag); Stampin Up (Secret Garden, 3/8 Circle punch, Chevron Border punch, Decorative Label punch); EK Success (Embossed Curve, ½ Circle punch); Marvy Uchida (5/8 Circle punch, Petite Butterfly punch); Fiskars (Small Flower punch); Recollections (Mini Flower punch); Studio G (Mini Flower punch). Embossing Folder: Sizzix-Tim Holtz Alterations (Bricked); Embellishments: Chic Tags (3/4 Card and Circle Diecut from Monthly Kit); Project Life (Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic); Studio Calico (Paper Clip); Two Peas in a Bucket (Flair); My Mind’s Eye (The Sweetest Thing- Brads; Find Your Wings and Fly Sky’s the Limit– Brads, Enamel Dots); American Crafts-Dear Lizzy Fifth & Frolic (Accent & Phrase Stickers); October Afternoon (Woodland Park-Tidbits); Prima (Anna Marie Sugardot Stickers); October Afternoon- Daily Flash (Eggnog Enamel Stickers); Doodlebug Design (Sprinkles Spring); Stampin Up (Jewel Basic); Queen & Company (Candy Shoppe Jellies); Misc. (Tulle Fabric). Markers: Copic (R20, R22, R29, Y13, Y15, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG70, BG72, BG75, Spica Buttermilk); Wink of Stella (White). Inks: Momento (Tuxedo Black).


You’re Not the Boss of Me: My Creative Scrapbook Sketch Contest

Yes, it is true folks. I have become a sucker for sketches. This sketch contest was definitely a different turn for me because it was a complete deviation of my scrappy style. But when the pictures are right, the story is true and the patterned paper is bright then no sketch can get in my way. So I am calling this one a win.


The Sketch:



The Layout:

Drink Up cover

The Details:


Drink Up 3

Drink Up 1

Drink Up 4

Drink Up 2


Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia


 Title: Drink UP. Cardstock: Project Life (Sunshine, Midnight); Core’dinations (Primary Yellow). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants- What A Wonderful Day (Remarkable, Strips, This Way, Swell, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Favorite Geotags, Are We There Yet). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Studio Design (Arrow Words #33793, 3 tabbed borders #19323); Technique Tuesday (Die-This Arrow Card); EK Success (Round Binding, Binding Edge); Stampin’ Up (1’circle punch); Fiskars (Jenni Bowlin Tab, Postage Stamp). Embossing Folder: American Crafts-Amy Tangerine Plus One (Camera). Embellishments: Fancy Pants- What A Wonderful Day (Sticker Fundamentals); American Crafts-Amy Tangerine Plus One (Stitched Vellum Pockets); Project Life (Sunshine); Studio Calico-Thataway (Diecuts); Chic Tags (Tabbed Journaling Card); WRMK (Enamel Shapes Warm); My Mind’s Eye-Cut & Paste (Enamel Dots); Twine + Ink (Enamel Dots); Doodlebug Design (Sprinkles Ladybug). Inks: Stampin Up (Basic Gray).


Manic Diecut Monday: Take a Picture it Last Longer

Not for nothing, there is a reason why I call my blog Just The Paper. Its all of the beautiful patterned paper that made me fall in love with scrapbooking. But once you get pulled into this subworld of adhesive, stickers and glitter you glom on to all the other wonders like Stamping and  Die Cutting. If you are reading this blog, then you likely know all the different ways (manual and electronic) you can make wonderful scrapbook embellishments with die cutting.  Personally, I am totally bicurious when it comes to die cutting. Although I have a Silhouette and a Cricut, I also still have tons of old Quickutz, Lifestyle now We R Memory Keepers, Spellbinders, Impression Obsession, Memory Box, Papertrey Ink and Simon Says Stamp dies and I don’t seem to be slowing down in my acquisitions (hoarding, collecting depending on whose asking).

So with all the above said,  I wanted to dedicate a Theme on the blog to my love of die cutting with all of the paper wonders that scrapbooking has to offer. First up for this Manic Diecut Monday is this layout:

Snapshot cover

Die Cut Details: What initially inspired the layout was the Dear Lizzy patterned paper with the cameras. I thought that a little die cutting would just turn up the fabulous of this patterned paper. This week I concentrated on Silhouette diecuts but stay tuned for more.

Snapshot 1

Snapshot 4

Snapshot 3

Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia.


Title: SNAPSHOT. Cardstock: American Crafts (Ash. Denim); Neenah Classic Crest (Antique Gray); Stampin Up (Raspberry Ripple). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Picture Perfect, Fascinating Friends) – Lucky Charm (6×6 paper pad); My Mind’s Eye-Cut & Paste (Charm-Carefree); Echo Park- All About a Boy (rough & Tough). Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Life in Pictures); Maya Road (Snapshot Words). Die Cut & Punches: EK Success (Dotted Wave); Silhouette (Love Heart Circle #39214, Photo Viewer #5525), Kerri Bradford (Life Additions #2). Embellishments: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Large Tags)- Lucky Charm (Printed Chipboard Shapes) -Fifth & Frolic (Brads)- Amy Tangerine-Yes, Please (Remarks Letter Sticker Book- Life); Freckled Fawn (Washi Tape, Camera Paperclip); Basic Grey- Capture (Label Stickers)- Kneehighs & Bowties (Brads)- Basics (Candy Buttons); October Afternoon-Eggnog (Enamel Dots); Tim Holtz- Ideology (Chitchat Stickers, Filmstrip Ribbon); Misc. (Camera Charm, Twine). Inks: Stampin Up (Costal Cabana); Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Graphite).