Color Challenge: Color Story Inspiration (CSI Case File #108)

Don’t blame me, blame the MEEEDIIA! Mixed Media, that is. For the classic scrapbooker, mixed media is a bit of a stretch. And for me, its more of a leap. I love all of the graphic design of patterned paper and most mixed media techniques either cover up or completely alter the paper. So this week’s CSI challenge was a challenge in deed.  But as always, I try to rise to the occasion. So, I gathered my stencils, paints, mists, stamps and sassy photos and got to work.

CSI Case file No. 108: 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: The color scheme was interesting this time – muted colors with some interesting low lights (dark chocolate) and highlights (kiwi green). At first, I admit I was thrown because I could not see how all of these colors could work together. Then I just started flipping through my scrapbook collections mental rolodex and then POOF, it came to me. Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes- Flea Market. This collection has this running color theme of pink, aqua with hints of a yellowish green that is almost a direct match to the kiwi green. And since this week’s challenge definitely had an artistic bent, I grabbed a Prima 6×6 and the Julie Nutting stamp dolls that I have been dying to use on a layout.

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Evidence: I try to challenge myself to hit as many elements from the evidence list. This week so far was my best-  (1) Mixed Media Background (I took a piece of smooth cardstock and just went to town with inks, mists, paints and gel medium. I know it is a beginner’s shot at mixed media but this is what works for my scrapbook style); (2) Newsprint (I stamped the Julie Nutting dolls on a newsprint paper and colored the skin tone with copics); (3) Music element (The great thing about the dolls is cutting out some pretty clothes and the music paper from Prima was just the right touch); (4) Hearts (This element keeps coming up in challenges and I try to be as creative as possible by using heart stencils with mist and ink and adding a couple of wooden veneer hearts); (5) Flowers (I went with a beautiful floral patterned paper that incorporated most of the color scheme. I also added a special element by cutting the paper and adding eyelets for base to have flowers spilling forth from the layout); (6) Border Punch (I added a small scalloped border punch under my photos to ground the pictures); (7) Stamps (Anytime I can incorporate stamping into my layouts I try. Here I stamped a preview  “Autobiographical In Nature” that this layout was me telling a story about me.

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Testimony: I was able to incorporate two testimonial elements. The journaling was definitely inspired by me telling my story. The story behind the pictures and the smile. It is a story that I have never told, “Truth be told, I don’t really like my natural smile. It’s too gummy and my eyes squint.  Here, I was going for that perfect pose with the manufactured smile and sassy stance. Except one shot was a natural smile and for once it’s my favorite.”

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Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia


Title: hello SASSY.  Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest (Crème); Coredinations (Sassy, Shabby Shutters); American Crafts (Coffee); Fancy Pants Designs (Mint Corrugated Paper). Patterned Paper: Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes- Flea Market (Curio, Ellie, 6×6 paper pad); Teresa Collins-Vintage Finds (6×6 paper pad); Prima-Madeline (6×6 paper pad);   Stamps: 7Gypsies (Disclaimer); Prima-Julie Nutting Mixed Media Dolls (Mia, Bolero Sweater).  Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Studio Design (Hello, Hey, Hi 46981); Fiskars (Mini Floral); Fiskars Jenni Bowlin (Tab); Sizzix (Branch w/ Leaves); Lifestyle Crafts (Pocket Scrap Dies-Today); EK Success (Scalloped Scallop). Embellishments: Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes- Flea Market (Ephemera)- The Pier (Slide Frames); Teresa Collins-Vintage Finds (Brads); We R Memory Keepers- Love 2 Craft (Chipboard Letters); Jillibean Soup- Cold Avocado Soup (Flashcards); Studio Calico-Atlantic (Wood Veneer Hearts)- Printshop (Accent Stickers); Eyelet Outlet (Eyelets); Queen & Co. (Jellies); Misc. (Embroidery Floss, Punchinella, Gem). Stencils: Heidi Swapp- Spray Stencils (Tiny Heart, Confetti). Markers: Copic (E11, E13, E15, R22, T1, T3, T5, T9, 110, Spica Chocolate); Wink of Stella Glitter Pen (Black). Inks: Stampin Up (Pool Party); Distress Inks (Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters, Broken China); Heidi Swapp- Color Shine (Blush); Claudine Hellmuth Paints (Traditional Tan, Painterly Pink); Golden Gel Mediums (Regular Matte).