Wednesday, 8 April 2015


Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my Design Team layout for CSI case file #160. You can find out how to play along HERE and find out who our fabulous sponsors are too and the awesome prizes that are up for grabs.

Here is the case file - so time to pick up your forensic kits and get down to some serious sleuthing.

This case file also comes with a wonderful sketch from Em Stafrace over at The Nifty Pixel.

Here is my take on the case file.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - map print, travel elements, textured paper, flowers, metal, stamps.
Testimony - Journal about a trip.

The quote on the photo says:
Travel and a change of place impart new vigour to the mind.

My journalling (on the back of the layout) says:

Travel is my drug of choice.
If I haven't travelled for a while I find myself needing a travel fix. Travel comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be a short trip across the country for a long weekend, a weeks vacation in the mountains or at the sea, or a longer and more extensive holiday travelling overseas. It calls to me with a physical hunger. A restlessness sets in and I become agitated, I need to get up and go, see and explore new places, meet new people and try new food.
But when I travel too often, I need a break - a quick time-out and a chance to relax and re-group.

Travelling lets me know there's a wider world out there. If I've become too comfortable in my own neighbourhood, it calls to the spirit of adventure that lies buried within me. It is unknown, not always predictable. It challenges, pushing further each time. It teaches me that we are all the same and yet all different, it makes me humble and tolerant. It has expanded my horizons more than anything else I have ever done.

Travelling lets me leave stress behind, lets me run away, escape, explore and disappear into an environment far removed from home. It lets me temporarily forget and it refuels creativity and imagination. It also reminds that what I have is not so different to what is out there, and that I still have lots to be grateful for.

Most of all travelling is fun because if it wasn't, why would I keep going back for more. I love the unpredictability of travel, the not knowing what I will discover around the next corner. It has taught me that I don't need to be in control of everything to be ok.

Most of all travelling has made me a story teller. It is an ice breaker and a conversation starter. I have spent many happy hours reliving past trips, and inspiring others into wanting to travel.

That time has come again and so I have planned a spectacular trip that will last three months and take me to eleven countries, I will travel thousands and thousands of kilometers, take hundreds of photos, consume kilograms of food and liters of drink and I will come back richer and wiser with more tales to tell all because travel is my drug.

Here are some close ups.

I kept this layout clean and used the map paper as my starting point. I chose to add a bit of the corrugated card to highlight the colour in the photos and the map paper.. The tickets were cut with a Tim Holtz ticket die and then stamped with the stamp quotes. The flowers were made also using a TH die.

I cut the title on my Silhouette machine and then highlighted it with a white gel pen... I also added the camera flair because of the travel theme. The photos are of Lismore Castle in Ireland and I am looking forward to going back there again with my DH this time :D

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!