Friday, January 27, 2012

Getting from A to X, Y, and Z - CSI Case File #4

Yay - It's Friday (doing a serious Happy Dance here).  I am ready for some crafting and getting dirty this weekend!  How about you?

Friday's are reveal days over at CSI.  If you haven't had a chance to check out this INCREDIBLE challenge site, you really should take a few minutes to see what it's all about.  Debbi puts together awesome challenges every week, and it really pushes you out of your scrappy comfort zone.  I LOVE IT!

During the month of January, the DT has shared their Design process secrets, me included.  :)  I have been sharing short videos of my design process and how I create my CSI layouts and use the challenge prompts to find inspiration.  To change things up this week, I thought I would share how I take a CSI challenge, and turn it into a finished layout.  (Be warned, this post is rather long, and full of skip ahead if you just want to see the finished product.)

Without further adieu, here is how I get from...

A to X, Y, and Z.

This is how is all starts. 

And this is how it ends.

I would love to say I have a consistent process, week to week, but I don’t.  I really just ‘go with the flow’ and find inspiration from each challenge in different ways.

When a new Case File is published, I read through the prompts, look at the inspiration photo, and just stare in amazement at the color palette. J Depending on what ‘pops off the page’ at me and what sparks my interest, I may start my creative journey down different paths.

Sometimes, the Case File sparks a specific photo and that photo starts the creative process. I use that photo as my starting point and build on it by incorporating the color palette, design elements, and journaling prompts. At other times, a design element or journaling prompt may trigger an idea, and the rest of the process falls in place.

In many instances, I am inspired by the color palette and start by digging through my stash for any product that would ‘work’ for the challenge. Sometimes I even pull out product that doesn’t match the color palette, but may work for other prompts knowing that I can change the color with inks, paints, and sprays.

This was how I approached my creative process for Case File#4.

I started by digging through my stash. Yes, this can turn into a big project if you have an abundance of stuff, but can be fun too. It’s like going shopping in your own scrapbook store. (It has also caused a sudden obsession with a stash purge at 1am in the morning. J)

Here are some pictures of what my archeological dig found for Case File #4. (I told you it would uncover a lot of stuff)

As you can see, so many options exist at this stage, the possibilities are endless, and almost unmanageable.

At this point, I usually find the photo I want to use on the layout and use it as a starting point to narrow my product choices. For Case File #4, my photo choice came from the inspiration photo. I was drawn toward the water and searched through my photos for one that was based on water, a beach, travel childhood play, etc. When I found this vintage photo of my mom, my sister, and I, I thought it would be a perfect match for the challenge. Now that I had my photo, I started narrowing my product choice for items that coordinated with the photo.

To continue narrowing down my stash options, I used the design element of frames and stripes to find paper that reflected these elements. This awesome Studio Calico paper was the base for my frame and stripe layout, but I really wanted to build on this theme. I ‘framed’ my photo with circles cut from various patterned papers, then placed this ‘framed’ center piece on a larger square of patterned paper. I stitched around the outside of this, thus ‘framing’ the entire piece, but didn’t stop there. I wanted more ‘framing’ so I stitched a frame around the outside of the background paper and placed that paper on another piece of patterned paper. All of these layers were placed on top a piece of coordinating cardstock. Framing at the MAX! :)

Here are some more pictures of what my desk looks like during this process.

To finish the layout, I added butterflies, rub-on’s, journaling words (in a series of steps), and a quote that was inspired by the Inspiration words. (Quote reads: ‘I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around till you get used to it’ by Charles M Shultz)

I wanted to show you that during this creative process, I may also try different designs and move stuff around on my page until I find a design I am happy with. During the design process, I will frequently take pictures with my phone (that’s why the quality is poor), to document different design layouts. This has come in handy in cases where I want to ‘go back’ to a previous design. Here are a couple different designs I tried before settling on the finished project.

Here is a picture of the finished layout again, and some close-ups.

Because I enjoyed the challenge this week, I created another layout, using the same prompts and inspiration points from the Case File.  Here it is....

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my ‘crazy, crafty mind’!  If I could provide one piece of creative advice – ‘JUST GO WITH IT’.  Try out new techniques, cut up paper, move it around, spray it, paint it, ink it.   If it doesn’t work, try again.  Have fun with it.
Have a great weekend!


Fran Brunke said...

Tina, I really enjoyed this look into your design process. Beautiful layout, and I love that give-and-take between plan and end result. It made me smile to see your table - it looks just like mine after I sort through my stash for the "possibles". Awesome post.

Ashley Horton said...

It's great to read your creative process Tina!! I like to do the same thing. I usually like to find my papers first that fit the color scheme (or whatever scheme I have in mind) and then I pull out some embellies that I thank might work with the page. I love how both of these turned out so differently, but based on the same challenge!! :)

Beth Hallgren said...

I wanna come shopping at your house! Lol. Love the circular theme and wave across the bottom with the little mushrooms :)

Diana Waite said...

FANTASTIC layouts! I love to see how you create--FABULOUS!

Eila Sandberg said...

He he my table looks sooo much worse at that stash-raiding stage, not to mention the floor of my nook ... this is when the cats think it's time to party with mummy's yummy stuff! I LOVE both of your pages, they both bear the unmistakeable Tina signs but the second one more so. Clean, crisp and just beautifully balanced! you ROCK!! xxxx

Helen Tilbury said...

Loved that peek into your mind and stash!! Great layouts as usual!!

missybossy65 said...

Tina, I just love your work so I am now a follower to get it straight from the horses (or dog's) mouth :0) Thanks for sharing your design process it must have taken ages to write!! Stunning layouts, as always. Ali x


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