Color Challenge: Color Stories Inspiration (CSI Case File #106)

After doing this latest CSI challenge – I feel like singing a little Color Me Bad because that is exactly how I felt after completing this layout. It was just magic. I saw the color scheme and I immediately thought of this picture of me I have been waiting for just the right inspiration to scrap. Printed the picture like a Polaroid, went through my stash of papers, project life cards and other tidbits and BAM case solved!

CSI Case File No. 106: 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.


Case Solved- The Layout: As said above, the color scheme was perfect for this picture of me looking extra happy wearing a peachy orange top.  I pulled out the wonderful patterned paper by Chic Tags.  Most of us know this relatively new paper crafts company from their wonderful tags and other paper embellishment tidbits. They now have added patterned paper to their collections and I have to say I am smitten! I have always been a sucker for typography. So that coupled with the great heavy weight of their cardstock  and I could not have asked for a more perfect background to this layout.

Be Happy 1

Evidence: I was able to incorporate four design elements from the evidence list: (1)  Ombre effect (I used two Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist and a stencil to create a ombre effect on white paper as one of the foundation papers behind my focal point of pictures and embellishment); (2) Arrows (I was sneaky with this one by using a Silhouette die cut of a heart arrow to draw focus to my title and another arrow up to top to draw attention to my copic colored flowers and subtitle); (3) Gold (I smattered around gold embellishments throughout the layout with the gold heart up top, gold-edged sunburst label and gold scallop under the floral patterned paper); (4) Stripes (I was not completely sure if this qualifies but I used the chevron striped paper as an additional foundation paper).

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Some pretty copic colored flowers just for you. Notice, I did not use the typical Momento Tuxedo Black but instead switched it out with the Momento London Fog. Because of the softness of the color palette I thought that the black ink would be too bold. The gray was just perfect to set off these flowers especially after adding a little sparkle with the Spica glitter pens- which does not pick up well on camera. I like to take cues from my patterned paper choices. The Basic Grey Fiction floral paper had these smaller flowers made of hearts as petals. So I mimicked that with a mini heart punch and red patterned paper.

Testimony: I numbered my journaling of three noteworthy quotes on happiness. So that brings me to testimony element number 2 and that is the quote from Audrey Hepburn which inspired my journaling. She says “ be happy- its all that matters” (emphasis added).  That phrase inspired the choice of journaling and my title.

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Thank you for stopping by. More to Come. Celia

UPDATE: I am immensely proud of this layout and I made the CSI “Watch List” for this Challenge!


Title: Be Happy.  Cardstock: American Crafts (White, Geyser); Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White); Core’dinations (VC Oasis, BM Warlock, Butter Cream). Patterned Paper: Chic Tags- Happy Place (Bookworm); American Crafts- Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go (On the Block); Basic Grey- Fact or Fiction (Fiction 6×6 paper pad); Studio Calico- Thataway (6×6 paper pad); Glitz- Wild & Free (6×6 paper pad- Dreamcatcher).  Stamps: Heartfelt Creations (Posy Patch, Striped Sun Kissed Fleur); Lawn Fawn (Blissful Botanicals); Studio Calico (Inked Class Kit)  Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design # (53848); Studio Calico Cut File (Inked Class Kit) QuicKutz (Oatmeal); Heartfelt Creations (Sun Kissed Fleur, Posy Patch); Memory Box (Norland Flower); Lawn Fawn (Blissful Botanicals); Simon Says Stamp (Be die);  EK Success (Zig Zag Edger, Swiss Cheese, Embossed Curve, Falling Leaves); Stampin’ Up (3/8 circle punch); Recollections (Mini Starburst); Studio G (Mini Heart). Stencils: Heidi Swapp- Spray Stencils (Heart Cluster). Embellishments: Chic Tags- Happy Place (Clear Tags); Project Life (Coral Edition); Elle Studio (Sweet Life Cutouts, Penelope Frames); Recollections (Washi Tape); Studio Calico (Letter Stickers Kit);  Skipping5 (Puffy Things); Basic Grey-Up, Up & Away (Mixed Brads); My Mind’s Eye (Cut & Paste-Tiny Word Stickers, 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); Misc. (Pearl Dots).  Markers: Copic (E07, E93, E95, E97, Y11, Y13, Y15, YR23, G000, G00, BG32, Spica (Mint, Orange, Peach). Inks: Heidi Swapp- Color Shine (Coral, Peach); Momento (London Fog).