Wednesday, 22 February 2012

CSI #7 Nature

After the previous very long post, this one is going to be comparatively short.

CSI released it's 7th palette on Saturday our time.

Just like the produce in our February images celebrating Exotic Vegetables and Starfruit Month, CSI is growing and growing! We're so excited by the enthusiastic participation of all our members! Our gallery has been rocking with gorgeous work!

Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits is our generous sponsor this month, and to celebrate that, several of our members have used inspiration from the Boys Rule kit and blog as jumping off points for our layouts. You'll read about that when we post our layouts in the gallery.

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new Detective: Michele Singh has joined the CSI design team. Michele's creativity and magical work caught our attention from the very first layout she added to our gallery, and we just had to have her on the team. We are certain Michele's designs and creative journaling will inspire you!

This week's Case File is a very challenging one, but we're sure you'll enjoy the process and end up with a beautiful layout. That's what challenges are all about--pushing ourselves to try something new!

So with that said, CSI Members, grab your forensics kits and get ready for some sleuthing as we reveal Case File No. 7 . . .


You must use all 5 colors (plus neutrals, if you like).

turnip - 229.188.230 - light violet highlights on the turnips
carrot greens - 178.207.176 - light green part of the carrot tops
pink - 247.152.185 - highlights on radishes
dark gray - 116.114.111 - table
red - 203.31.43 - darker parts of radishes


Choose two (or more)of the following elements to include on your layout:

wood or wodgrain (could be paper or embellishments)
an element to hold things, like an envelope or pocket
stripes (as inspired by the watermelon)
cluster similar items together
combine straight lines with organic shapes (i.e., shapes with curves)


Choose one (or more) of the following to inspire your journaling:

3-2-1: 3 most important things, 2 questions you have, 1 word to sum up the story.
Use all your senses in your journaling.
Grocery list: Journal in the form of a list.
The roots: What is the origin of the picture or what's underneath the story?
Inspiration Words: natural, vital, root.

We trust we've left enough clues for you to solve the case!

The deadline for completing Case File No. 7 is Sunday, February 26, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Thus, you have a week plus the two weekends to complete your layout.

We can't wait to see what you create!

And here is my page:

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It was the photo of the veggies that set me going on the theme for my layout this week; nature. Immediately came to think more of the feeling, rather than a specific photo, of when we had our garden allotment and that is also what my journalling is about. The joy of seeing the seeds transform into seedlings and then into actual plants. Tucking into that very first young carrot pulled out straight from the soil. Mmmmm ...

I have used papers from Swedish Pion Design's collection To Father and from their 2011 Christmas collection.

The chippie butterfly is from Imaginarium Design and I have chalked it in three different hues of purple and pink.

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The chippie title is from Dusty Attic and I chalked it in 4 different shimmering blue and green shades before touching up the edges in brown. I also made the little bird nest from muslin and coco nut fibre, the eggs are simply mini muslin squares that were rolled into little balls with the help of glue.

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The little gloves are cut out from a Tilda paper. Reading my own journalling, I really remember what it was like; both the hard manual labour but also the blissful moments of harvesting our little gems.

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Well, I didn't have any photos of radishes per se so I cut out these from a Tilda paper. The frame as well as the florals under the cluster, are cut out from some KaiserCraft Chanteuse papers.

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Punching and distressing of the edges.

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Do you see the mini clogs there in the cluster? I used to wear clogs when working on our allotment, and these remind me of all the endless completative hours of weeding and breaking up the soil. To get the dirty brown look, I misted the originally pine coloured clogs in Tattered Angels Sand and Suede before chalking them.

The organza bloom is from Australian Meg's Garden. The berries are cut off from a Petaloo flower vine.

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Splatter and misting with Tattered Angels Sand, Coffee, Gold and Suede as well as chalking of the edges in Tim Holtz Black Soot and Cat's Eye chalk in Chestnut Roan.

Et voilà! we've come to the end of this post. Thank you dearly for taking the time to look at my page!

Have a lovely rest of the week! take care! xoxox Eila


  1. Love your garden layout so wonderful Eila, beautiful work :)

  2. Just love your cluster and the misting, beautiful page Eila!

  3. Oh wow oh wow. You think of everything in your pages. The nest is just sensational and the clogs, perfect memory. Love the journaling strips and well, it is just a fabulous theme and page.

  4. Eila - I second Jasimines WOW - the details are incrediable here. Love them all! The bird nest, the lovely!

  5. love your clustering and embellie choices - just gorgeous

  6. waouh... all the details are fabulous...

  7. I really and truly loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this page Eila... so many beautiful elements and the way you have done the journaling is so inspiring ...
    awesome stuff !!!!!!
    hey I have really enjoyed my time at the color room being one of the RDA's this month .. it has been a blast, thanks so much for asking me mwah xoxxo

  8. This is fantastic, Eila. All the details are just fab like the gloves, the clogs, the tiny branch and the nest. Just gorgeous.

    You asked about Valentina. She will be moving to Milan in about a month after completing the course to become a Train specialist for a new high speed train (bullet train) company NTV. She's really excited about it and so are we :)
    Thanks for asking.


    ps. I have difficulty in posting. I don't know what it is with typepad, geez. I hate this technology!

  9. WOW - that is some layout!! Just perfect - you have excelled yourself here -from the hand-crafted nest to the inked up clogs - it's all blooming marvellous!!