Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July Case Files | First Reveal - Deadline: August 4, 2020

Happy July! How is it that 2020 is already half over?

We're excited to bring you some fantastic new challenges, new sponsors, and new guest designers to inspire you!

We hope you've been enjoying the June challenges, and don't forget that if you haven't yet had a chance to play, we've added a few extra days to the deadline--submissions will be accepted by the 4th of the next month.

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.


We're excited to announce that Melissa Vining will be joining our ranks as a CSI Detective. We are always on the lookout for talented new Detectives. Here's a little about Melissa:

Hello!! My name is Melissa and I'm so excited to be designing for CSI. I live in Queenstown, New Zealand with my husband and our 4 children. I'm a Town Planning Consultant and have been self employed for over 13 years. I first started scrapbooking when I saw a beautiful brag book that my sister in law made of her new baby. When my firstborn was 18 months I decided that I wanted to make him a baby book, but I couldn't find any pre-made ones that I liked, so I made my own and I've never looked back. I love creating traditional 12 x 12 layouts to record our everyday life, and I love playing with cut files, mixed media and stitching (machine and hand). I also love to make mini albums and travellers notebooks.

As well as scrapbooking I cross stitch, read, bake, mountain bike, snowboard and train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The international scrapbooking community is wonderful, and I've made so many friends from around the world all from this awesome hobby! I love the challenges at CSI, and am so honoured to be designing here. I'm looking forward to solving the cases each month, and I'm hoping to use up some of my stash!


This month, we have seven generous sponsors donating prizes! 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.


Since July is National Ice Cream Month, we're celebrating summer delights and Independence Day with our Case Files this month. 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.

Image Credit: The Lovely Drawer
Image Credit: Junk Garden Girl

Image Credit: Style Me Pretty

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 honored to have some members of the CUT to YOU and 2Crafty design teams joining us as Guest Detectives this month! You are sure to be inspired by their beautiful work!

Also, we've got a team of Special Investigators joining us as guest designers. We've invited our players whose work caught our eye and were placed Under Surveillance to join us this month.


And now, are you ready for some serious inspiration? Here's what our design team and guest designers created with Case File No. 324. We will share their creations for Case File No. 325 and the Cold Case on the 15th.

Here's how the talented team members of the 2Crafty Design Team solved the Case:

Our amazing Guest Detectives from the CUT to YOU design team will be sharing inspiration in the mid-month reveal.

We're excited to bring you a team of Special Investigators, chosen from our CSI players. Some of our Special Investigators will be revealed at our mid-month reveal.

Jinal Savla

This is Jinal Savla Gangar from Mumbai. I am a situationally introvert person however extremely passionate about crafting. A little quirky and sassy is what defines me accurately. Along with crafting, I am also a counselor and Arts-based therapist working with special needs children.
Layouts are my absolute favourite!

Check out Jinal's social media links:
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Youtube -

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How Jinal solved the Case: I totally enjoyed solving this case.. I am a hoarder and always wondered whether will I be able to create a project if I had less resources..well yes, this lockdown helped me to think out of the limits.. so here sharing my fun and quirky layout with all of you..this layout is inspired by my dogs who loves eating ice cream.. hence chose a picture of dog licking an ice cream..
I used 12*12 200 gsm white card stock..I picked up quadrangle as my clue.. so I drew it on iris paper, colored using water colors and stuck it.. it helped me give dimension to the project.. later cut the outline of quadrangle and stuck it above it to add a layer...took some funky pictures of icecreams arranged them as u can see in the picture..added beautiful sentiments and used pearl drops to depict enamel dots...and voila! hope you enjoyed this funky layout 

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Wendy Crowe

Hello! My name is Wendy Crowe and I am so excited to be a Guest Designer here. I have been scrapbooking for about 20 years now. I consider myself to be a simple scrapper but I do like to try out new techniques here and there. My main subjects are my 3 kids, son-in-law and my incredibly patient, understanding and supportive husband. My biggest motivations are always sketch challenges, mood boards and color palettes. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity!

How Wendy solved the Case: To solve this case, I used the most obvious clues and used the whole list of colors. Some of the evidence I gathered was: woodgrain pattern papers, pattern with multi colored dots, enamel dots, a quadrant design and an ice cream shaker box. Just for fun, I added some smaller balloon shaker stickers that matched the color clues.

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


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

Testimony Link - July Prompts

Testimony Link - 100 Ideas

Rosette tutorial

We trust we've provided enough clues for you to solve the Cases! You have until Tuesday, August 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).

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