Thursday, 20 June 2013

76 CSI Challenge - Play

My first glimpse of this week's challenge made me think of these playground photos with the bright primary colours.  My challenge to myself was to use a very busy background page.  Hmmmm....I think the jury is still out on the results.  Whoops...forgot to upload this challenge.  :(
I always enjoy using Em's sketches and this one was perfect for the smaller photos.

Numbers (stamped on the gesso)
Lady bugs
Small repeating patterns (stars)

I used the inspiration word “important” for my journalling

Watching you two little boys at the park with your Daddy reminds me of the importance of play and how lucky you are to have a Father who makes time to play with you. 

My Father was a good man who worked twelve hour days to put food on the table and clothes on our back, but there was rarely time for him or for my Mother to play with us. It was sad for us and possibly for them too.  I inherited their work ethic and now regret that I didn’t make enough time to play with our own childdren.

In two generations men’s roles in society have changed so much; there is more leisure time and you little children experience the joy of your Daddy's company as you learn by playing.  I love to see the determination on your faces as you explore and discover. 

In my opinion, this quote by an 18th century philosopher, sums up of the importance of play perfectly.

“Is it nothing to be happy?  Nothing to skip, play and run around all day long?  Never in his life will he be so busy again. “ Jean-Jacques Rosseau   Love Granny 

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may care to leave.  Details of materials used are on my blog if you are interested.

Bazzil Cardstock - Black
Doubles Mates - cardstock - Awesome Aqua
Cardstock - Yellow, and yellow, unknown
Authentique pattern paper - Bi fold, foundation (date & place)
My Mind’s Eye - Boy crazy, “Point the way” (chevrons)
My Mind’s Eye - Boy crazy, “Word Play” (Background)
Echo Park patterned paper - Clouds (Stripes)
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist - patina
Prima chalk ink - Teal Damask
Prima chalk ink - Coltsfoot stamens
Kaisercraft - Mini Crochet Doilies
Atelier - Gesso
Prima stamp - Romance novel
Prima Alphabets - Red
Spellbinders die - Grommet tags
Fiskars punch - Star shape
E.K. Success punch - corner rounder
Ladybugs wooden - unknown



  1. As always your journalling is outstanding Helen, wish I could express myself so eloquently. I think you have done a excellent job of making your photo's pop on a busy background

  2. Yep, I'm with Mary.....your journaling ALWAYS touches the heart...or gets to the heart of the matter! And this is such a bright, happy page....those little doilies & ladybirds really set it off:):):)

  3. This is lovely, and now that you mention it it does make me think of playgrounds or schools, the back ground paper is amazing.. love the 2 clusters of embellies too!!

  4. This is fabulous..what a fun and playful color palette!!! Loved your journaling!

  5. Awesome work!! Love it!!! Your journalling is perfect! :D

  6. Love the busy and fun papers you chose, which are just super for kids pages! The photo's are so super and love the ladybugs and crocheted flowers! You did a really great job with the sketch!