100% Boy: Case File 232

red, green, blue, beige boys mixed media scrapbooking layout with handmade flowers

I've recently recovered from a throat infection and realized I've neglected to post my most recent Design Team project for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration! The second case file for June is inspired by day camps. Zae is a little young yet for camp, but we recently went wandering down memory lane and wandered out onto the Reno Pike, which crosses the Mississippi from our side in Minnesota almost all the way to Wisconsin, where it reaches the Lock & Dam #8. It's a beautiful walk along wildlife habitat and bird refuges. Zae was enthralled with the view, but had just as much fun playing with rocks.

If you haven't joined in on the fun yet, I invite you to come over and play! I'll give a quick run down of the rules for those of you who are new to the CSI challenges, or to scrapbooking challenges in general. [WARNING: Scrapbooking challenges can be addictive. Proceed with caution!]

Firstly, here's this month's case file:

The scene is the inspiration for the case file, which contains a color scheme, clues, and testimony. To complete the challenge, use all five colors, choose THREE of the clues for your layout, and choose one of the journaling prompts (testimony). Here's a link to the Law and Order page (rules) for the rest of the details.

The evidence I used are a wood background, animals, labels, and enamel dots, and for the testimony I documented something about the outdoors and put it in a pocket. I have messy handwriting and I'm also a borderline perfectionist, and I often feel like my handwriting ruins an otherwise nice layout, so putting journaling in a pocket is the perfect way to hide it away but still have a little story with the page, especially since I've always struggled with the journaling part [am I the only one who thinks it's harder than it should be?!] 

The journaling prompts were one of the main reasons I joined in the CSI challenges. I'm so glad I did; my journaling has improved (from practically nothing, I suppose anything is an improvement!). I hope you'll come over and join us, too :)


"Masculine Projects" at Quick Quotes
"Something Old, Something New" challenge at Colorful Creations

The "old" are the boy stickers I've had for over a year, and the new are the Tim Holtz die cuts, which I recently bought and have been using as much as possible because I love Tim's vintage goodies!

I've also entered Mixed Media Monthly's "Year of Choices" challenge and used a button for a flower center. 

Finally, I used this great sketch from Stick It Down as inspiration!

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  1. Oh Carrie! This totally fun layout is so inspirational! I absolutely LOVE the way the angled striped paper looks and also that you off centered it. The splatters are 'fantabulous'! You nailed the CSI Case Challenge! All of the colors, splatters, patterns really bring Zae's adorable B&W photo to the forefront! Nothing at all wrong with your handwriting either....love that you are journaling memories to give to Zae!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment (as always!!) dear friend! :) xx

  2. I want repeat word for word what Lisa said. The layout is ADORABLE. I love how the red is so vibrant, how the splatters have visual impact, and how the striped paper anchors everything. I love the way you did the title. It's so creative. How cute is that little animal train. Great use of the vintage TH ephemeras. I love those but find it hard to incoporate them on my layouts. Love the layered flower and circles. What else can I say...you rocked the challenge. TFS.

  3. Wow, I love this page! those challenges look like lots of fun too, I should check them out since I'm WAY behind on my scrapbook albums. =D Thanks for joining us at Mixed Media Monthly. =)

  4. Great boy page! Love your paper choice, colors and details!(That means I love everything!)Thank you so much for joining us at Colorful Creations:)

  5. What a great page, love your paper and that photo is just so sweet. Thanks for joining us at Stick it Down.

    Colleen--Design Team for Stick it Down

  6. Wonderful job with the challenge, thanks so much for joining us at CC!

  7. Great looking LO, Love what you did here! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

  8. Wow! Love the background, the textures:)!

  9. Love your take on the challenge and all the beautiful color. Thanks for joining in with us at Colorful Creations.

  10. Super fun! Thanks for creating with us at SID!

  11. Beautiful! Love this LO and the colors are wonderful! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  12. So cute! Thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes:)

  13. Such a fun and colorful page and a great take on that sketch! Thanks for joining in on our challenge at Quick Quotes this month!

  14. Love this Carrie, fabulous background. Thanks for joining us at Colorful Creations :)

  15. fantastic layout and great incorporation of all the challenges! some new to me! I can't wait to check them out and thank you very much for sharing with us at Quick Quotes June Masculine challenge. good luck!


  16. Adorable. I just love that little train and the layered flowers!


Thanks for all your kind comments!