Monday, December 11, 2017

Announcing our 2018 Semester 1 Design Team

We're thrilled to announce our newest Detectives, who will make their debut in a few weeks with our January1st Case File reveal. We're proud to continue our tradition of including talented scrapbook artists from around the world representing a wide range of styles to inspire scrappers of all types.

Please join us in welcoming our incoming Detectives:

Returning Detectives:

We bid a fond farewell to these amazing ladies who will always wear the Detective badge, even though they are retiring:

Emma Stafrace
Gail Macaulay
Ginny Hickmott
Janet Fritz
Jennifer Walth
Nicole Doiron

Saturday, December 9, 2017

CSI Freestyle!

Have you heard? Starting in January, we're changing things up a bit here at CSI! Let's call it CSI Freestyle!

We'll still have the traditional Case File clues if you like playing the "old way," but for those who found the Case Files restrictive, we're introducing newer, more relaxed rules. You can use use those clues in any combination or number you'd like. 

For example, you can use just the colors in the Scheme. Or just the Evidence clues (as many or as few as you'd like). Or just the Testimony clues. Or any combination of the three. It's totally up to you--you're in charge!

OR--and this is a big game changer--you can draw your own inspiration from our Case File Scene.

Because at CSI, we're all about inspiration.

We're excited, and we hope you are too! (Oh, and we can't wait to reveal all our new and returning sponsors for 2018!)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Major Case File No. 243 - Deadline: December 31, 2017

Happy December! Christmas is right around the corner. Are you ready?

With a new month beginning, we present our Major Case File, which features an awesome Composite Sketch created just for CSI by The Nifty Pixel. This challenge will stay open for the entire month. We've also got a brand-new line up of sponsors, which always makes playing even more exciting!

So, are you ready for the new challenge? Grab you forensics kits, CSI players, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Major Case File No. 243.


It's only natural that we'll be celebrating Christmas with our Case File this month. We've got a sparkle-shiny Scene to inspire our challenge. Don't celebrate Christmas or have Christmas photos? No worries! The color scheme is very versatile and suitable for just about any theme, and our Testimony prompts give you options that will work with any theme.

Digital scrappers can find a free template for the sketch, created just for our players by the Nifty Pixel, here.

Remember to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this reveal post for RGB codes, color descriptions, and more detailed explanations of the Evidence and Testimony prompts.

For our Russian players, Detective Anastasia has translated our Case File into Russian:

Правила на русском языке вы можете прочитать здесь.


We're so excited to have eight generous sponsors this month! Our sponsors are among the best in the crafting industry, offering unique and trendy products. CLICK HERE to read more about these generous sponsors and the prizes they're donating.

We're delighted to have the design teams from Accent Scrapbooking and Scrapmatts joining us as Guest Detectives this month!


So...are you ready for some serious inspiration?

Our talented Guest Detectives from Accent Scrapbooking rocked the Case File:

Our inspiring Guest Detective from the Scrapmatts design team also did an amazing job solving the Case File:

And here is how the CSI Detectives have expertly cracked the case:


  • 208.208.208 – light gray
  • 156.223.231 – sky blue
  • 205.224.160 – honeydew melon color
  • 254.255.255 – white
  • 30.29.37 - black
  • Solid background
  • Christmas/winter elements
  • Wood
  • Silver
  • Brads
  • Ribbon
  • Frames
  • Hang something
  • String
  • Jars
  • Deer head
  • Circular elements
  • Something fuzzy
  • glitter
  • Topic: Document a winter celebration.
  • Prompt Idea: Be inspired by one of these December journal prompts.
  • Presentation: Tuck your journaling inside something
  • Writing Format: Write a wish list.
  • Inspiration Words: home, joy, shine
COMPOSITE SKETCH - Feel free to rotate, substitute elements, etc., but use as inspiration for your page.

We trust we've left enough clues for you to solve the case!

The deadline for completing this Case File is Sunday, December 31, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure to link your layout using the link tool in the sidebar, and mention the Evidence and Testimony clues you used. Also, please title your link with your name and country.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Congratulations to Our October Sponsor Prize Winners

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our October challenges, and a HUGE thank you to our generous sponsors!

Randomly selected from our players who were placed Under Surveillance:
Winner of the FabScraps prize pack - Tanya Kalendareva
Winner of the Maja Design collection - Polina
Winner of the Swirlydoos store credit - Linola's Blogg

Randomly selected from all of our players who solved our October Case Files:
Winner of the Scrapmatts prize pack - Rachel Dutko

Randomly Selected from our American players:
Winner of the prize from Cat's Meow - Sindi J
Winner of the Bowdabra prizes - Carol A

Aussie Apprentice winner:
Winner of the Scrap Matrix gift certificate - Unfortunately we didn't have any new Aussie players this month. Please spread the word about this wonderful prize for new players from Australia.

Star Witnesses:
Winners of the Scrapbook Fantasies prizes - Polina and Peg Hewitt

To claim your prize, please send a me a private message with your email, mailing address, and phone number via the CSI Facebook Page by December 20.

Under Surveillance - October Case Files

I am so sorry for posting this so late. A big thank you to everyone who participated in our October challenges. We have chosen our favorite layouts from the October Case Files.

Congratulations to all of our players who are highlighted! You can grab your badges here.

Here are our favorites from Major Case File No. 239. Here's a reminder of the Case File they used:

Tell your story. It's our tagline, and here at CSI, it's one of our missions to get our members to delve deeper into journaling--to document the meaningful bits and pieces that make up our lives. We would like to shine a special spotlight each week on a member who did an exceptional job telling their story. And we'd like to thank Scrapbook Fantasies for donating a wonderful prize to our Star Witness for each Case File.
We love the clean look of Polina's layout and how all the photos stand out and tell her story. We really like how Polina presented her list of seven things, with the enamel dots serving as bullets.

Star Witnesses, please send me your mailing address via private message on our CSI Facebook page for your prize.

For each Case File, three of our favorite layouts will be chosen to feature as our "Most Wanted."

Tanya Kalendareva

And a few more that caught our eye...
Emma Fryxelius

And here are our favorites from Case File No. 240. Here's a reminder of the Case File they used:

Peg Hewitt
We love the cool grunge look of this page and how Peg showcased so many photos to document "the mistake." We giggled at Peg's fun story and thought the handwritten journaling was perfect for the look of her page--so cool how she wrote in white on the black paper and then continued with black writing on the white journaling strips. Plus, we love her handwriting!

Linola's Blogg

Rachel Dutko