Good Morning Everyone
I hope that you are all having a good Saturday. It is a beautiful winter morning here in Johannesburg. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the birds are happily feeding in the tree outside my studio. A truly perfect morning. Sigh :)
It also means that the new case file has been revealed over at CSI, which for me is the best place to play, the weekly challenges are awesome and really push you to the limits. Loads of eye candy in the gallery too.
Here is this weeks beautiful case file. The colours are just so beautiful.
I started off using this sketch from OUAS and then my layout kind of developed a mind of it's own - so I just went with the flow. When your MOJO has been MIA you don't want to mess with it too much and chase it away again.
Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Circles, clocks, birds, upside down ( the top aqua circle negative).
Testimony - Document an outing.
The journaling (on the back) reads :
Living in Africa we are blessed with all kinds of getaway places and terrain all within a days car ride. We have beautiful mountain resorts, where you can hike and climb mountains or just enjoy the majestic beauty, we have lush green countryside in the Midlands to rival that of England or Ireland, we have AMAZING game reserves for those who like to animal and bird watch, we have deserts for those who want to ride the dunes and we have the sea, vast stretches of white beaches and rocky outcrops that drop down into the water... and then we have Cape Town that has the sea, the mountain, the beautiful country side, the animals and the wine farms.
I am NOT a bush person, I don’t like scrubby terrain and the dust and the gogga’s. I don’t commune with nature as one in the bush – for that I need to be by the sea. To smell the salty air and hear the crash of the waves as they hit the shore. The sight of a sunrise or sunset on a long open beach fills me with a love and happiness so great that it hurts. I don’t have to be in the sea but I do have to be able to see it. It was the only criteria for me when we bought our holiday home. I have to be able to see the sea and not just from the roof through a slit in the trees... I want big sea and big sea I got. The saying “ Near to the sea we forget to count the days” reflects exactly how I feel when I am within sea range.
But still my favourite getaway is to the fairest Cape, so cosmopolitan and hip, streets of beautiful antique shops, top notch restaurants, guided wine tours, unrivalled shopping, and the fishing boats... I just love the fishing boats and the buzz at the harbour when they bring their hauls in. For me best of all is seeing the Capetonians wandering along the strand with friends, lovers, pets or just enjoying the alone time. It is also the only place in South Africa that really gets to experience late sunsets in summer. Now that Simon has expanded his business to the Cape I get to go with him on business trips. I know I am the luckiest girl ever and I love that I am so spoiled. I would not trade this for anything in the world.
Here are some close-ups of my layout.
I used a plain white cardstock for the background mounted it onto a teal, the little tear reveals a punched border. The patterned papers are from Imaginesce and had all the colours for this challenge which was great because they were a sea theme too. I painted the clock with gesso and paint then inked and covered it with diamond glaze, then sprinkled on some teal and orange micro beads. The bling was added once it had dried.
I kept the negative of the cut circles because I had seen the amazing Heather Jacob use them on some of her layouts and loved the look of them. Thank you Heather for your inspiration. :D I also printed the quote from the stamp I used onto the photo.
Here you can see the stamped quote. The title was just coloured using distress paint. I had such fun doing this layout. Sometimes we just need to play and not over think things. :D My words of wisdom for today:D
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and whatever you are doing :D
I am also entering this layout into theScrap Africa Challenge for this month which is to use chipboard on your layout.
Thanks for taking a look!