Friday, August 29, 2014

Keep calm, and drink wine.

TGIF!  I really need this 3 day weekend in a bad way.  Been a crazy couple of weeks, and with school starting next week, it's bound to get even crazier.  Pile a nasty cold on top of it all, and I'm a regular hot mess.  Which makes this layout timely. ;-)  Today I'm sharing my take on CSI's latest case file.  CLICK HERE to see the full design team reveal.  Here is my layout and the case:

When I first saw the color scheme, I was a little worried because I had a hard time visualizing all of those colors together.  To make them work, I took a photo that was taken of me during a recent photo shoot and turned it black and white, sprucing it up with a bokah treatment.  Then I took the color scheme and incorporated lots of black to make everything pop a bit.

I didn't have a ton of embellies in the case colors, so I turned to my gelatos and some Tim Holtz distress paint to bring them into the background. I used a Heidi Swapp mini stencil to add some triangles, coloring them in with gelato and then taking a wet paintbrush to distribute the color a bit, then outlined some with a black gel pen.  Then I used the distress paint to make some drips.  I love the way the drips came out - the one that runs the length of the right side reminding me of a twister tornado, which is what this whirlwind that we call life feels like to me some times.

I literally had no papers in the case colors, so I took a sheet of vellum and pulled out the trusty old typewriter to make a mat to put my photo on.  I love the look of the repetitive days of the week back there.

My little phrase stamps from various Citrus Twist Kits always come in handy and I layered a few of them underneath the photo here.

Finally, I added the journaling.  I loved the testimony prompt about journaling about your attitude about something.  I don't know about you, but when things feel really overwhelming and I am in dire need of some relaxation, I love putting my feet up with a glass of wine and just vegging out for awhile.

On that note, there's a couch and a glass of wine calling my name right now.  (Okay I lied...Nyquil will be standing in for wine tonight.  I told you.  I have a cold! LOL)   Have a fabulous weekend everyone!




  1. LOL...add the grog to the drugs & I'm sure you'll sleep. No, seriously, I hope you're feeling well soon! You did a fab job on this one....& so 'real' too....LOOOOVE your photo's inspired!! And the gelato idea...corker:):)

  2. Amazing Shawna! Your pages always leave me wishing for mixed media skills! Your background is nearly as stunning as your photo and just love the title and journaling. xx

  3. If that isn't the sassiest photo I will eat my hat. I think that they should use that as one of the carry on posters :D My kind of a gal. Nothing wrong with drinking wine to keep calm :) fabulous background and STUNNING PIC.

  4. Firstly, that photo is just AMAZING! You look so beautiful and feminine! Your background work is once again extremely fabulous and how you put all together is just wonderful. Absolutely wonderful <3