"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wanderlust (Featured at C.S.I Challenge #14)


Like so many other Suspects at C.S.I, these particular color combinations inspired me to jump in and solve the case and challenged me to be a little more creative by creating the background paper using the Wet medium (Evidence criteria), and creating a little marine animal as the Animal accent. I also printed and used some of Michele Singh’s pretty coordinate papers to assist me in establishing the tone of the Scheme in this case.

Animal accent: I made the little star fish (marine animal) out of clay and
stamped the clay with a small Prima script stamp to create texture on
their little bodies. Each star fish is unique because I had to carve the
little creatures out by hand using a paring knife, but they were so much
fun to make! This was the first time I used this particular clay which you
allow to air dry and is as light as a feather when it’s dried, it’s almost
a paper mache like quality. If you’re interested in the clay product, I used La Doll Premier, light weight stone clay.

Wet medium: For the background paper, I started with white card stock and
masked and misted with Glimmer Mist, Shimmerz, small amounts of acrylic
paint, and added pink embossing powder to fusible webbing for those small pink webbing bits I added throughout the page.

Something sand-like: On the background paper, a gritty, sand-like molding paste was used on top of a mask to give the pattern a sand-like texture.

Ruffles: Glimmer Mist was applied on white rayon
seam binding, and the ribbon was weaved in a ruffle in between each of the
hand-sewn pearl beads.

Write a Haiku: For me, this was the most challenging aspect of this case, and after several attempts, I was ready to give up, but I was really inspired by the idea and kept at it until I finally came up with something that I liked.

Hidden journaling:
This picture was taken during our Santa Barbara vacation trip when you were 14 years old. During the two hour drive to Santa Barbara, you asked me how long was it going to take us to reach our destination. My answer didn’t sit well with you and you asked if we could drive farther so that it would take more time to get to our destination. What? This didn’t make sense to me,
and when I asked why, you said that two hours wasn’t going to be enough time for Marcus, your first boyfriend, to miss you and you wanted to be missed terribly. Ha ha. I see so much of Scarlett O’Hara like qualities in you!
Thanks for taking a look.


  1. this is a lovely layout! I LOVE the hidden journal! Come by for a giveaway!

  2. oh my Joyce this is awesome, love the background texture so fab :)

  3. WOW this is stunning Joyce, love the paint work and the soft colours worked beautifully on the white background...just gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by my blog if you are ever looking for some more challenges drop on by Colorful Creations ning site. We'd love to see you over there.

  4. This is really beautiful Joyce! Love all the finer details...

  5. Oh Joyce, this is so enchantingly beautiful. I adore the peaceful, feminine elegance that flows through this LO, and am especially keen on the darling little starfish.

    Thank you very much for your comment on my post about hunting for shelving yesterday. It's been tricky being away from the scrapbooking world for most of this year, and it really means a lot to me when you stop by and I get to connect with a fellow scrapper for a while once more.

    Wishing you a gorgeous second half of April,
    ♥ Jessica

  6. Wow, the texture from your masking is amazing- love this page, an absolute stunner!

  7. wow...this is STUNNING Joyce!! you did an awesome job with that background! another beauty! xxx

  8. This was Gorgeous!! Found your blog through CSI and added myself as a follower. Have a nice weekend :-)

  9. oh my gosh. thats sublime! just such a stunning process in that background... way too gorgeous!