Scrap With Me: CSI Case File #231

In The Studio

Imagine teamed up with CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration to solve their June 1st Case File. I used to participate with CSI as a digiscrapper, but it’s been a few years since I was last on that site. And now, as part of the Imagine team, I needed to drag out my old school supplies to go back to basics for a traditional scrapbook layout!

Case #231 is super hero-themed, and it just so happens that the 2017 Rose Parade was also super hero-themed, and we had Duncan with us, so I had perfect pictures for this assignment.

The fun twist to the CSI challenges is that it’s more than merely a sketch and/or color scheme (though that’s part of it). To solve the case you have to use at least three pieces of “evidence” (that would be elements or supplies) and give appropriate “testimony” (aka journaling, and they give you prompts to choose from).

As per my usual these days, I ran video for this layout (considering how long it’s been since I’ve done a physical scrapbook page, this is right up there with historical documents!). Take a gander to see how I planned out the page and put the various pieces together.

The supplies in my CSI kit were:
Imagine Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Paper: khaki, red, white, yellow chevron (DCWV)
  • Stamps: Geek is Chic (My Favorite Things), Woofers & Tweeters (Paper Smooches), Make a Wish (Studio Calico), Speech Bubble (unknown), Clickable Typewriter Alphabet (Contact USA, I think…), Foam Stamps (Making Memories)
  • Paint Brush
  • White Gelly Roll Pen (Sakura)
  • Embellishments: Star brads (unknown), Epoxy brads & Camera clip (Paper Studio), Metal letter brads (JoAnn Scrap Essentials), Ribbon and Twine (Dollar Tree?), Wooden starburst (Michaels?)
    Adhesives: Create a Sticker 150 (Xyron), Tape runner (Home & Hobby)
  • Cutters: Scissors & Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), Craft Knife (Xacto)
  • Upholstery Needle
  • Adhesive Pick-Up Block
  • Acrylic Block
  • Bone Folder

My Year With Helmar

In The Studio

This time last year I was positively over the moon about being accepted onto the Helmar team, and I’ve had a blast working with their products and getting to know my fellow team members. I’ve been invited to stay on for the next six months, too, so who knows what I’ll come up with to share. But today I thought it’d be fun to look back over the projects I’ve created for them over the last 12 months.

Helmar Scrap Dots into Stamps!

I started out my Helmar time with a bit of a bang: using Liquid Scrap Dots to pipe out my own skull stamps to make ribbon to decorate the house with. Still one of my favorites!

Veteran's Day Shadowbox

My next assignment called for a Veteran’s Day project, so I borrowed some service pictures from a friend and made this shadowbox for her.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece for Helmar

Then, suddenly, it was Thanksgiving, and I made a centerpiece for our hall table.

Victorian Ornaments for Helmar

I ventured into glittered territory for my December post, showcasing these Victorian Lady ornaments I made for our Victorian-themed Christmas tree.

King Cake Pillow Boxes

I loved these King Cake Pillow Boxes I designed for my January project. The look almost good enough to eat (and yes, there’s still glitter freaking everywhere!).

Sculpted Fabric Hearts

Using their Fabric Stiffener and Draping Liquid I created some patched fabric hearts and had a lovely time getting nice and messy with it.

Victorian Memo Frame

Then I spruced up an old frame with some fabric, ribbon, and (of course!) for a pretty Victorian Memo Frame.

Accounting Joke Birthday Card

In March I made the most of Todd’s upcoming birthday by making him a very accounting-centric card with real adding machine tape.

Decoupaged Wooden Bunny

Then decoupaged this wooden bunny wall hanging that I’ve had around for ages in time for Easter.

Time To Craft Altered Clock

In April I took advantage of a spare clock laying around and had a little fun with paper and glue.

Pocket Letter & Decorated Envelope

In May I made a pocket letter and decorated envelope for my pen-pal.

Doll Courtyard Diorama

In June I got to show off some of my Dal’s in the courtyard diorama I made from upcycled cardboard and other things around the house.

Drive No Evil Art Car

And I doubt you’ve forgotten my July post, where I painted my own car and sealed it with Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss (that I then needed to disclaim because it wasn’t a tested use… oops!).

Altered Composition Book

After the art car, I toned things down a bit and altered the cover of a composition notebook--a much more traditional project…

Perfect Planner Clips

Made some seasonal paper clips for use with my planner…

Baby Girl Dimensional Baby Card

And crafted a sweet card for a friend’s baby shower (which is today’s post over on the Helmar blog).

And that’s what I’ve created for Helmar over the 12 months! I’m already working on my next project for Helmar to kick off the next 6 months with the team. I have no idea what will come after that, but I know it’ll be creative and fun!

Creativity Shared

Everyday Adventures

We’ll tackle the next art on Thursday, but first I wanted to catch up on some projects that I’ve been working on away from the 64 Arts.

In this month’s installment of The Dirt (Gauche Alchemy’s newsletter) I shared a little bit about the faux terrarium I made out of found objects:

UpCycled Terrarium

UpCycled Terrarium

Then for the blog I made this (I think) very cool Cocktail Clutch out of an old book mailer and the Shaken Not Stirred Mixed Media Kit.


And then before that I got to play with some more outstanding Helmar Glues as part of a swap Gauche Alchemy and Helmar hosted.


The grape clusters and vines are glue applied directly to the glass and (in the case of the clusters) dusted with shimmery glitter.

And speaking of swaps, I participated in a Button Fairy swap with the good folks at Viva Las VegaStamps. This was my first introduction to the concept of Button Fairies and I put together this girly, delicate, pink & pearl fairy for swappin


I received a fun and funky button fairy in return and am contemplating make a few more just for fun.

Of course, there are plenty of other projects still waiting for their turn. Unfortuantely both the antique desk and the bedroom redo are in limbo–the desk still needs a couple coats of varnish. The bedroom, on the other hand, did get a new bedspread and throw (both from West Elm and our trip before last to Jacksonville) so the pink and grey is creeping in, but I haven’t gotten any farther than that.

Time is the answer for everything, of course, but with the wedding coming up in just 4 months (!!!) I think the bedroom might take longer to finish. I’ll stick to the shorter-term projects until then!

In what ways have you stretched your creative wings lately?



Tulip Bride (in progress)

64 Arts

It’s coming along. There’s still a lot of embellishing left to do but it’s a more complete picture than when it began.

I did add the facial features but I’m still not sold on them. In the final rendition I may photoshop those marks out and go back to the plain face. Unfortunately those blasted taxes took more time than anticipated (but at least they are almost done) and it’s time to move on to the next Art. I’ll be sure to post when this piece is finished and post some more of the behind-the-process pictures as well.