Wednesday, January 1, 2020

January 2020 Case Files - First Reveal - Deadline: February 4, 2020

Happy New Year! A new year brings lots of wonderful new happenings, and we've got some new sponsors and new Guest Detectives and more new surprises coming this year. A new revision to our challenge is that you'll have a few extra days beyond the end of the month to complete our challenges; challenges will be due by the 4th of the next month.

And Happy Birthday, CSI! CSI turns 8 today! We've brought you well over 300 challenges over the years, and we are still excited to bring you new inspiration every month in the form of fun new challenges!

For this first reveal, we'll be sharing inspiration from the design team and guest designers for our first Case File. On the 15th, we'll be sharing inspiration from the design team and guest designers for our second Case File as well as our Cold Case File, our special stash-busting challenge.


This month, we have seven generous sponsors donating prizes, plus CSI is going to donate a gift certificate in honor of our birthday! Click here to read more about our sponsors and the prizes they are donating. Winners will be selected randomly from all of our players, with a few exceptions where sponsors have asked us to choose from certain geographic regions.


We're celebrating CSI's 8th birthday this month with some fun CSI-birthday-related Case Files. Draw your own inspiration from The Scene on the Case File, or you can use the traditional clues, which can be found at the bottom of this blog post.

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We had to choose a detective-inspired Case File for our birthday!
Image Credit: Rebecca Jones
And for our stash-busting Cold Case File, who says donuts aren't for birthdays?

Image credit: Oh Happy Day
The traditional CSI clues can be found on our Facebook page in the first entry under the album. Just click on the Case File images above. They are also posted at the bottom of this reveal.

To submit your layouts, click on the Case Files  in our sidebar, which will bring you to the individual albums in our Facebook group.


We're thrilled to have some members of the CUT to YOU design team joining us as Guest Detectives this month! You are sure to be inspired by their beautiful work!


And now, are you ready for some serious inspiration? Here's what our design team and guest designers created with Case File No. 303. We will share their creations for Case File No. 304 and the Cold Case on the 15th.

Here's how our inspiring Guest Detectives from CUT to YOU cracked the Case:

How Gwen solved the Case: I was really inspired by the sweet birthday cake with the floral elements and the butterflies and saw this as a perfect opportunity to document my daughters 10th Birthday.

How Rachel solved the Case: I was inspired by the image and created a birthday layout featuring my daughter on her 18th.

How Raechelle solved the Case: I was inspired by the flowers, butterflies, and colors.

How Tamara solved the Case: I was inspired by the birthday theme and the bright colours. I have included dots, flowers, hearts, birthday themed items, and I’m documenting my daughters 10th birthday.

The CSI design team masterfully cracked the Case. We'll share how they solved the Case on Facebook.

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

Testimony Link: January Prompt

Testimony Link: Q&A Book

We trust we've provided enough clues for you to solve the Cases! You have until Tuesday, February 4, 2020, to solve this case. We can't wait to see what you'll create! Upload your creations in our Facebook Group (album links in sidebar).


  1. Happy birthday CSI!! I have enjoyed all the challenges and inspiration!!

  2. Happy birthday CSI, looking forward to having a go at these challenges.

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