Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Case File No. 260 - Deadline: August 31, 2018

Wow! Is this summer flying by or what? Have you had a chance to solve our first August Case File? You still have until the end of the month for that one, but today we're sharing our mid-month challenge.

Both of our challenges stay open all month long. And did you know that you are welcome to submit as many layouts as you'd like for the challenges? We also don't mind if you combine our challenge with other challenges or with your design team work. We are here to inspire you to scrap and tell your story!

So, are you ready for the new challenge? Grab you forensics kits, CSI players, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 260.

We have a new Detective making her debut with this Case File. Or should I say, we have a Retired Detective putting her badge back on! Jess Mackenzie was a Detective some time back, and I hadn't seen her work for a while. When I saw Jess's work show up on the CSI sidebar, I knew I wanted her back on the team. Lucky for us, she accepted my invitation!

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As summer break closes here in the U.S., many folks are packing their bags for their last opportunities to get away, so we're celebrating vacations with our Case Files this month! To help us do that, we found this lovely, dreamy Scene by Bloomsical to inspire our Case File.

Feel free to interpret the Case File in any way that inspires you, or for our traditional clues, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

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


We're so excited to have thirteen 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 excited have talented design team members from the Tres Jolie join us as Guest Detectives  join us this month. We also have Kay Fatula, the gifted owner of The Midnight Kraft Desk, guesting too!


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

Here is how Kay Fatula, owner of The Midnight Kraft Desk rocked the Case File:

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The Guest Detectives from the Tres Jolie Kits design team did an inspiring job of solving the Case too:
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Heather's blog
 How Heather solved the Case File: I used the paper from the kit to my benefit on the prompts. I used the paper with a little floral pattern on it. I also use the travel theme and used a picture from our girls 40th Birthday holiday week in Key West. A sunrise on the eastern coast of the island. I added the ribbon and lace and some pretty blooms to go with it. I also added a bit of flair to incorporate the anchor in the page so fitting for Key West. I also used a label to write my journaling.

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Rae's blog

Here is how the CSI Detectives have expertly cracked the case. You can read more about how the Case File inspired them on their blogs (links on sidebar).

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How Jess solved the Case File: I absolutely love the colour palette of this challenge, it was super fun to work with!I have used a number of clues including floral pattern, notebook paper, camera, ribbon, gold, glitter, flowers & leaves. I have also documented a day trip by journalling on a tag and popping it in an envelope under the title!

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How Michele solved the Case File: I love the colours in this file photo, and I concentrated mostly on the blue, with just a few pops of the others. I also picked out the floral of the dress, the camera, and the gold.

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How Sue solved the Case File: I was inspired by the colours and the theme of escape from everyday life. I have included an anchor detail from the board.

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How Lisa solved the Case File: I was inspired by the colors. I used a solid white background, stripes, flowers/leaves and watercolor for my evidence. I used a label for my journaling as my testimony.

How Debbi solved the Case File: I loved the Scene and wanted my page to have the same lovely vibe. As I always do, I like to challenge myself to use as many of the Evidence clues. My page started with the anchor, which is one of those clues. Also from the Evidence list, I used the solid white background, florals, stripes, spiral punch, camera, anchor, flowers, watercolor, gold, twine, labels, brush lettering, and glitter. I also used the colors from the traditional Case File clues. From the Testimony, I documented a trip and used the word escape for part of my title.

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How Patty solved the Case File: I was inspired by the colors, as always. I was also inspired by this adorable photo of this baby girl, who is the daughter of one of my "best ever" students, He was in my third grade class circa 1994-1995.

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How Vivian solved the Case File: The word Bloom inspired this entire page, even though you won't see the word anywhere on the page. I loved this blurry cell phone picture of my youngest, taken at work while doing my circle check before leaving on my bus run. Every morning she meets me at the back door of the bus and sings a little song or is just silly. It's a good way to start my morning. This coming June she graduates Grade 8. I wanted to take a minute to remind her to never change who she is just to please others.

I was also inspired by this layout I saw on Pinterest by Steffi Ried who just happened to be a guest designer for CSI back in 2015, I believe. I loved how the folded papers looked and copied that idea into my design.

Recently, I bought a new paper pad and really wanted to challenge myself to use it. I've used 8 of the traditional clues, but chose a more muted colour palette, which the paper pad provided. I've also been trying out a little more mixed media papercrafting, so the watercolour clue was a good way to incorporate that into this page.

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How Lisa-Marie solved the Case File: I just loved every single part of this challenge! I found myself wishing I had one of those pretty dresses! The flowers were first and foremost my inspiration, so I incorporated them into my layout by using die cuts and then stamping flowers onto my solid white background, and then colouring those flowers with water colour pencil. I also used paperthat resembled note paper and also cut-out corners which resembled the suitcases. I loved that the two girls had their backs turned, so I chose a photograph with the same effect. Lastly, I spattered some gold mist around my flowers to complete the overall look.

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How Natsuko solved the Case File: I was inspired by the colors and the dress. I used Floral pattern, Flowers, leaves, watercolor and gold from the evidence.

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How Marinella solved the Case File: I choose this photo to remember these cute baby girls, and I was inspired by the cloth of the sofa, with all those little flowers. I thought it was perfect for the mood of this inspiration. I used floral pattern made by me using watercolors and stamping with embossing white powdered these flowers and leaves. I use the combo colors and twine and a tassel.

How Raechelle solved the Case File: I was inspired by the white background, the colors focusing on the blues and yellow/gold, the florals and leaves.

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How Annie solved the Case File: I loved all the colours and elements in this Case File and thought it was perfect for this happy sunshiney photo. All the colours are there, several items from the evidence list, including some hand-cut paper dolls, and my journalling is all about a family day out during a trip to Cornwall.

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How Ginger solved the Case File: This pretty young lady is my niece's daughter Brooke. I used the colors to create this sweet layout of her.

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How Nina solved the Case File: Inspired by the girls and their floral dresses, I made this page of our Sweedish summer girl Edith. She was so cute in her mum’s t-shirt and sun hat. For evidence I used solid white background, floral pattern, stripes, people embellishment, travel-themed elements, flowers, watercolour, ribbon and twine.

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How Wendy solved the Case File: Fabulous prompt for these photos! Just what I needed for inspiration! The girls, the sandles and travel theme ! I chose to use gelatos on an embossed floral background as this enabled me to achieve the colours which are a perfect combination!

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Choose as few or as many as you are inspired to use!

  • Solid white background
  • Floral pattern
  • Stripes
  • Spiral notebook paper or spiral punch
  • Tassel
  • People embellishments
  • Camera
  • Anchor
  • Travel-themed elements
  • Flowers/leaves
  • Watercolor
  • Ribbon, lace, or other trim
  • Gold
  • String/twine
  • Buckles
  • Labels
  • Brush lettering
  • Airplane or other transportation
  • glitter

  • Topic: Document a trip, vacation, getaway, daytrip, outing, etc.
  • Prompt Idea: Choose an idea from these Travel Journal prompts.
  • Presentation: Use a label to hold your journaling.
  • Writing Format: Write your story as an itinerary.
  • Inspiration Words: escape, bloom, couture
  • 127.214.233 – sky blue
  • 59.90.144 – navy
  • 255.255.251- white
  • 252.179.209 – bubblegum pink
  • 247.221.146 – butter yellow

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

The deadline for completing this Case File is Friday, August 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.


  1. Loving all the happy pages :o) Welcome back Jess, lovely to see your work again X

  2. Thanks so much for the wonderful challenge ideas and lots of beautiful inspiration! Just added my layout. :)