Saturday, 7 June 2014

I love summer - DT for CSI Color Stories Inspiration Challenge - 126

Welcome to my blog, I hope you will take your time,
have a look around and
perhaps find something to inspire you.
Today I’m sharing a Design Team page for CSI.
Having Sons and Grandsons makes me feel right
at home with these colours.
But there are lots of different takes on challenge.
Take a look HERE
to see what the other designers have created.

I used one of my favourite ranges for the background
Carta Bella, “Best Buddy Blue”
The yellow polka dots are by My Mind’s Eye
as is the dark teal photo mat.
 The title is cut from Paper People
and the yummy Chippie is from Imaginarium
 Love the flairs from Studio Fourteen 40
The ancient sticker drops are by Bo Bunny
(I never imagined they would see the light of day!)
The wooden camera was a gift from my friend 
the very talented JANICE NICHOLLS
Do yourself a favour and check our her blog.

Have I cracked the case?  Let's see.  All five colours used.
Polka dots
Ampersand (Small brad, top Left)
Transparent element (sequin)
Something sweet (tiny brad, bottom right)

I chose to use two of the inspiration words “Invite” and “Cheerful”.  If you are interested in the journalling, I’ve added it here too.

We invited you to have a mini holiday with us in the caravan at the beach.  You were highly amused about the table folding down to become your bed.   In the evenings we enjoyed playing “Fish,” “Uno,” and “Rummiking” and the day was spent either on the beach or in the water park.  At first you were a bit nervous of the huge bucket dumping cascades of water as it tipped over, but you soon got into the swing of things, when you noticed other children managing to escape with their lives!  Your cheerful mood reminded me of the carefree holidays I had at the same caravan park as a child.  My sisters and I ate breakfast and disappeared for the day, only returning to the caravan for food. I still remember the freedom and  relaxation we enjoyed after a dreary year of school.   The one thing we disliked was getting sunburnt, because there was no sun screen around back then. We burned, blistered, peeled and shed slabs of skin like lizards.  Treatment for sunburn was to dab methylated spirits or cut tomato onto the skin; which stung fiercely, but didn’t work.  Mum and Dad were serene too; the harvest was finished & our neighbours kept an eye on the stock so they could take a break after an exhausting year. Happy memories. Love Granny.  Oct 2013



  1. Happy memories he loves reading this when he's older, too....fab journaling with your super duper printer...LOOOVE that title & I am gobsmacked by how diverse the team has used this case file:):):)

  2. Those are wonderful memories...and wonderful that you could record it forever. I love tbe design of your page...striking.

  3. What a fun and cheerful layout Helen! great photos!

  4. What an awesome page Helen! Love love this! I love using old forgotten things on my page like your Bo Bunny stickers. I find myself doing it more and more - just scrolling through everything to find little treasures to put on my page!

  5. Love all your little areas of small embellishments & the beautifully neat printed story to accompany it - memories your grandkids will treasure!

  6. Ah you brought memories of holidays by the sea flooding back. You are right this colour scheme is PERFECT for summer and your photos are such fun. How wonderful to spend time with granny and grandpa. A beautiful layout Helen. Love the stitching and the negative title. So clever. :D

  7. Oh what a perfect layout for the challenge! Love this!

  8. Summery, bright and fun page! Love the design and your journalling always such a treat! x

  9. Simply fabulous...a lovely summery layout! :)