Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #1: Texting Skills

It may be Wednesday, but it's CAS-ual Friday here! My bestie, a CAS-ual Fridays design team member introduced me to the new challenge blog dedicated to clean & simple design. Its inaugural challenge was posted this past Friday: Texting Skills.


One goal crossed off of my 2011 list is: start craft blog. It seems like a simple enough thing to do, but having maintained this blog for the last 4 months, I can say that each post is a mini production on its own. Like a print magazine, there's a photo shoot, copy writing, sourcing, and timely publishing with each post. I would even call it a second 'job' if I didn't love it so much. Being that it's become a large part of my life, I wanted to document it in a clean & simple layout. The title "breaking free" is about having my blog as a platform to speak freely about my creative endeavors.

It was so nice to complete a layout with a simple and straight-forward design. What I loved most about creating this layout is that it challenged me to stay true to my contemporary whimsical craft style while keeping a very clean & simple design. I created dimension and texture with a paper-cutting technique in the title but was still able to keep the design very clean. I think it shows that designing with a CAS style doesn't mean loss of crafting technique! Thanks, CAS-ual Fridays, for great inspiration!


Here's a closer look at my "texting skills":


  • The title was stamped and then following the letters' outline I cut the tops and bottoms leaving the middle of the letters still attached to the cardstock base... it gives the appearance that the title is "breaking free" from the cardstock. :)

  • I then curled the detached parts to make the title pop.

  • I also cut the negative parts of the letters so when I slipped a French-English dictionary page under, the text would fill in the negative parts of the letters, for a double text effect.

Used: Kaisercraft pattern papers; Papertrey Ink Outlines alpha stamps; Bazzil cardstock; EK Success border punch; Fiskars craft knife

Thanks for stopping by and check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog for awesome clean & simple inspiration! Hope you like my interpretation of their first challenge!

-KRAFTY pearl


  1. Okay, how clever are you?!! So subtle, yet such a perfect element to this beautifully clean and simple layout. Love it! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

  2. First of all, congrats on starting a new blog! I can tell this is going to be an amazing place to hang out! Love your page with gorgeous colors and LO! Total genius idea for the title with text! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! So glad that you join on the fun!

  3. Yay a layout! and its out of this world gorgeous!
    Thanks for playing CAS!

  4. Awww, my little Pea Pea is playing along with CAS-ual Fridays! I am so so so so so so so so so proud of you and your work! But you already knew that! :))))) Going off tangent, but perhaps not really, your layout is divine and CAS at its best in the form of scrapbooking! You are so clever with the word play... breaking free.. haha! Brilliant!

  5. It's so great to see a layout as an entry in the break room over at CAS-ual Fridays. This is super cute and PERFECT for CAS design!

  6. Alright! Another layout! I love it ! What a great color combo and what you did with the clever :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  7. gorgeous! Love your crisp layout!

  8. Absolutley gorgeous!! I love this! That text behind the letters is so fun! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

  9. I've been attempting to post a comment on this particular project since Thursday afternoon. Such a clever use of text. I love the cut out letters and the whole page is just fab. Thanks for joining us for CAS-ual Fridays!