Hello! I'm Anastasia from Moscow, Russia. 
I love to travel and that's how I discovered srapbooking. Several years ago when I returned from a trip I wanted to keep my memories and the paper junk I brought home (now I use a fancy word "memorabilia" for all this stuff). I googled something like "travel albums" - and that was it, I was hooked immediately. 
I love pretty papers and everything that goes with it. My pages are smaller in size (6x8 or 8x8) and have more or less clean look, though sometimes I like to play with paints. One of the best things about this hobby is that we can make things in any style you want, our only limit is our imagination, right?:) 

Hi there! I’m Carrie, wife to my high-school sweetheart, and proud (understatement!) mama to a toddler named Isaiah Mathias, who we call Zae. We live among the hills along the Mississippi River in Minnesota. I inherited my dad’s love of photography, so scrapbooking goes hand in hand with that love. I started scrapping in 2011, and after Zae was born my hobby became a passion. I want to capture all these precious moments as they fly past at warp speed!

Like the rest of my life, I am a jack of all trades (master of none), and have no single style. I tend to gravitate toward girly, romantic elements and flowers…but now that Zae is getting a little older I’m trying to branch out and scrap a little more masculine (keyword being try). He still usually ends up with flowers around him. Whattayado?

CSI was the first challenge I tried, and I’ve been hooked ever since! I’m thrilled to be joining the CSI team and look forward to cracking some cases! You can see more on my blog: dearzae.com.

Hello there fellow crafters, my name is Debbi McCue and I live in a small town on Prince Edward Island, Canada, the home of Anne of Green Gables!
I have been papercrafting since 2005. It began as a way to preserve my own heritage stories but shortly into this meaningful endeavour, I discovered that magicial world of creativity and a new found desire to explore this fantastical place.
I have three grown children who live in three different countries and three wonderful grandchildren, who feature in many of my layouts. I consider it a privilege to be a part of CSI and this team. I sincerely hope that in some small way I can be an inspiration to others as so many have been for me. Thanks!

Hi, CSI Members! I'm Debbi Tehrani, the owner and founder of CSI. I live in Frederick, Maryland, with Farzad, my husband of 36 years. We have no children, but we have three cats and a bearded dragon. The beardie accompanies me to school, where I teach fifth grade.
I've been scrapping since about 2000. I scrap 8 x 8, which is why you will see only one photo on most of my layouts. I love telling stories on my pages and using elements that will help to tell my stories. For me, scrapbooking is a creative outlet and a way to capture and celebrate all the random little things that make my life special and meaningful.
The internet has transformed my hobby from a solitary passion to one that I can share with friends I have made all over the world. I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to create this challenge site and to be working alongside so many talented people. I am looking forward to forging new friendships and being inspired by all the members of the CSI community!

Hi! My name is Em Stafrace. I live on the East Coast of Australia in sunny Queensland. My husband and son are my muses so you'll see they feature often in my projects.
I love to do both Traditional and Digital scrapbooking. For me the two go hand in hand, basically I can't do one without doing the other...I know that's sheer madness but seriously I almost always nut out a page digitally first then I re-create it in a traditional/hybrid format if I really like it. If you're interested here is a step-by-step tutorial sharing that process on my personal blog.
I recently embarked on a new career as a digital designer and now sell my own digital scrapbook kits. You can find The Nifty Pixel Shop over at The Digichick a flagship store in the digital world of scrapbooking.
If you are after some extra inspiration head over to my The Nifty Pixel Blog or Pinterest Gallery where you'll find lots of great sketches to kick start your mojo!

Hello I'm Gail
response "Hello Gail"
I think I'm in the right place?  I am an Addict and a Hoarder.
Crowd gets excited "Mmmm"
I have been an Addict and Hoarder for the past 11years.  I have a whole room full of ferreted away bottles, cartons, boxes and pouches.  My family; a husband of 34 years, 3 children, (33yrs son married, daughters 28 married and 26 attached) and 4 grandchilren, are understanding of my affliction.  My husband especially, as he watches me bring in yet another box, averts his eyes and no doubt sighs and has many thoughts going through his mind, like, Will she ever give up?  Will life ever be the same?  Will she always do her habit in solitude?  Will she always wake up at godforsaken hours of the morning and carry on from where she left off the day before?  Do I have to build another room for her hoarding, she already has two, and a bit here and there, and there and here for her habit.
Haha, I know I am in the right place, a place where everyone understands!  All the above is true, and you all know my habit and hoarding problems, we are in the same boat, I am a Scrapper!
I have been meaning to introduce myself for a while now but just havent had the chance or the inspiration, but its time, time to come out and say Hi.  So Hi, and thank you for the opportunity to come out and play with you.  I have been taking part in the Challenges since March this year, and cant tll you enough about how I have enjoyed them.  I missed last weeks challenge no. 124 because I had so much going on last week, with an event happening everyday for 9 days!!!)
My mission is to wade through my stash (and newly acquiring (is that a word?) stuff flowing in all the time!  Why Oh Why cant they stop with the new stuff just for a while?!!)  I have loved "finding" and "revisiting" old favourites and using all my bottles (of ink and sprays, and glues and glitters).  Oh, how I love what I do!
And my family do too, despite what I said in the beginning ;).  They are so happy that I have found this site and am getting to do layouts on a regular basis, I have made more layouts in the past couple of months than in the last several years, so  a big Thank You from me and looking forward to many more.

Hello - my name is Ginger Cameron and I have been scrapbooking for 14 years. I am a mother of 4 grown children and 5 beautiful grandchildren,  which they are my main source for my layouts. I am married to my high school sweetheart and now we are both retired. 

I studied art for 10 years at the University of Texas at Arlington. I have sold several paintings in an art gallery and was a layout artist for several years. After that I was an account manager for an advertising agency. 

 I love all kinds of scrapbooking from very simple to very complex. I am currently on the design team at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. Every day I look forward to scrapbooking even if it is just for a while or several hours. I love to try new techniques, styles, and mixed media. Thank goodness for "Scrapbooking"!

Hello everyone!  My name is Ginny and I live in the county of Monmouthshire, in Wales, in the United Kingdom.  I am originally from Norfolk, over the border in England but have lived in Wales now for 16 years. My husband Mathew is wonderfully supportive of my scrapbooking addiction! We have two children, William 11 and Holly 7. They are the main focus of my scrapbooking along with Evie, my beloved Labradoodle. You will see a lot of them!
I started scrapbooking in 2009 when my Mum introduced me to it and I have been addicted to it ever since! My styles have changed as I have gone along on my scrapping journey. Now I would describe it as layered, distressed, shabby chic with a touch of mixed media. I do like to get messy and ‘play’ with paint, mists etc. I love flowers, a layout without flowers is hard!! LOL!  I also love creating canvases, mini albums and altered art.
I love entering challenges and it was through searching for these that I came across CSI. I love the idea of CSI to encourage the journaling side of our LO’s. I also loved the challenge of matching my memories and photo’s to the case file themes and colours and in doing this, on occasions, being taking out of my comfort zones and thinking outside the box.
To be part of the CSI Design Team is a dream come true, I am so happy to be joining this awesome DT! My first DT!!  I was lucky enough to be a Guest Designer here back in June 2014 and have also been a guest designer at Swirlydoos in October 2016.
I am so excited, I can’t wait to get started and share with you my creations for the case files and to meet all of you in the Gallery and Discussion Forums.

Hello, Bonjour.

My name is Jacynthe Loubier. I live with my husband, our dog Félix, our cat Maxime, and an array of barnyard animals on a small hobby farm just outside of beautiful Sussex, NB Canada.

We have two grown daughters with families of their own.

I’ve been scrapbooking for many years. It’s a secret obsession that I only share with my on-line friends. My scrapbooking style is fairly old-fashioned. I love all things mixed media but cannot seem to master it myself. I prefer dark colours with a cream undertone. I love pattern paper and flowers. They find their way on every one of my pages. Journaling is an important part of my layouts. Thank you, Debbi, for letting me be part of this wonderful group of talented ladies.

Hi, my name is Janet and I am from San Jose, California where I live with my husband, Jim, and our two children.  Our daughter, Allie, is engaged to be married in 2017 and our son, Josh,  just turned 18.  I am a former Girl Scout Leader, 4H Leader, and homeschooling mom.
I've always said I started scrapbooking when a friend took me to a Creative Memories party in the early 2000's, however it recently occured to me that I made an entire scrapbook of a cruise I went on with my grandparents in 1986.  That scrapbook is full of ephemera, journaling and of course photos.  So I guess 1986 was when my scrappy life really began.  The women in my family are all very crafty we've been known to sew, crochet, knit, make cards and mini albums, we've dabbled in mixed media and much, much more.  In fact, my grandmother and her best friend made scrapbooks of their trips together and I recently found one from ____, I guess you could say I come from a long line of scrapbookers.  I live next door to my mom and we share a craftroom in her home this is where you can find me with a group of friends most Friday nights.  I love to participate in challenges, watch process videos on Youtube, listen to scrapbooking podcasts and take classes on all things scrappy. 
Since joining CSI, I have really stretched myself to think a bit more out of the box by using materials I wouldn't normally go to and I am using color in different and unexpected combinations, which I absolutely love.  I really appreciate how CSI has encouraged me to tell stories I NEVER would have even thought about telling.  Actually, over the last couple of challenges I have been looking to the testimony first and then deciding what story I can tell that I may not have considered without the prompt.  This is my first time on a design team and I am so honored, excited and grateful for the opportunity.

Hello and welcome to CSI! I am Jennifer and I live in southeastern Wisconsin in the US with my husband of eight years and our two children, a 5 year old girl and 2 year old boy. They are all that I scrap so you will see them a lot. I am very blessed that I have the chance to be a mom, wife, and have a career that I love. Majoring in marketing and public relations, I am a brand manager for a global equipment manufacturing company.

I am honored to be a part of the CSI design team. This is one of the first challenge sites I stumbled across in 2012 when I began scrapbooking. It started simply enough as I wanted to create a baby book for my daughter. My love of scrapbooking took off and I am lucky to have my mom, sister and aunt to craft with as well. I like to play around with different styles of scrapbooking, and alternate between girly and feminine and masculine and grungy. But one thing that never changes is there will always be ink, splatters, and stamping. A project isn't done if my hands aren't a mess!!

My other loves in life (other than my children) are gardening, shoes, and cross stitching.

Hello, my name is Laura Mooney.  I live, with my husband, in Eugene, Oregon.  We have been married for 26 years and have two children, a son and a daughter.  Our daughter has been married for a year and a half and our son will soon be married as well!  My husband and I love to go hiking and he recently got me back on a bike!  I love to scrap our adventures and, living in such a beautiful part of the world, I have a lot of material.
I started stamping and card making in the early 90s.  I resisted scrapbooking for a few years.  I just didn't like the white background page with shaped photos and stickers.  Then I realized that I could create my own backgrounds and off I went.  I really became serious when I got my first digital camera during my son's Freshman year of high school.  He was very involved with band and I had a ton of stories to scrap!
Since joining CSI, I have moved from an event scrapper to spreading my wings with a more artistic style and I am loving it!  Finding my artsy side has been so much fun!  I am really looking forward to growing along side all of you and telling some great stories.

A good friend introduced me to scrapbooking in 2007 and I was hooked within minutes.  I have, literally, thousands of digital photographs, so this was a great way for me to not only document my life and memories - but also have a passion for doing so.

I like to think that my scrapbooking has evolved in leaps and bounds since those first few LO's I have made, and I know that I will continue to grow as a scrapper.  There is always so much to learn and so many new exciting products and techniques!  I'm absolutely thrilled to be on the CSI team - since submitting my first LO in the challenge over 2 years ago, it has been my dream to be on this team!

Hello from France ! I’m Magali Do Souto, alias Mag&Scrap. I’m 39 years old, i’m married and have three children of 10, 12 and 14, and we live in Orleans.

I discovered scrapbooking in 2007 after the birth of my latest boy. I was glad to find a hobby, something to do not for my work, not for my family, but for me, which can match with my love of photography.

Then, I noticed that scrapbooking was also a way to keep wonderful memories of our family in a great way.

Thanks to the Internet which opened my arty world to so many fantastic artists and so many technics, inspiration and ways for practicing scrapbooking.

CSI is a great way to wake up my mojo, and it’s very exciting for me to join the team !

My name Denyse Bédard nickname Marek Marek and I prefer lol! I am 47 and I am with my love for 15 years. I have no children, but I am surrounded by children. Those of my sisters and my friends! I have a very large cat who weighs 35 pounds and is called (Ti-mine). I've been scrapbooking for many years, but since I have problems on occasion with my heart, I do a lot more because it's the only thing I can do sometimes.
I also did a lot of paint on canvas, but over time I abandoned that to devote myself to my passion, scrapbooking.

Hello! I'm Nicole and I'm from Canada's beautiful East coast. 

I share my life and home with my boyfriend/fiance of more than 10 years, Yves, and our furbaby, Sugar the cat. I love reading, music, crossword puzzles, board game night with friends and any time spent with our wonderful extended families. I also often sing in the shower and have been told that I have a quirky/cynical/sarcastic sense of humour (I hope that is a good thing!) 

I've always had an artistic side since childhood... drawing, writing poetry and trying on different crafts. I work at a regular office job during the day and cannot wait to get home every day so that I can spend a couple hours in my studio doing what I love and what makes me truly happy! I started scrapbooking in 2004 and have been hooked since. I create mostly layouts, both single and double, as well as cards and canvases. My overall style is shabby chic with lots of flowers, but I have to say that I am very versatile and can create in many different styles. I am loving mixed media more and more and really don't mind getting my hands dirty! 

Ever since I started blogging in 2011, I have been blessed to be part of many fabulous creative teams and have designed for awesome papercrafting companies. Just a little over a year ago, 5 scrappy friends and I have started our own challenge blog so I now know how much work is involved in hosting a successful challenge blog such as CSI! For years, I have been loving the whole CSI creative concept and am now thrilled beyond words to be part of this team! I love a good mystery so I'm looking forward to putting my awesome detective skills to work every month to help inspire you. 

Visit me on my blog, Scrap-Utopia, to see more of my creations!

Hi! I´m Nina! 
I´m married to John and mother of two teenagers whom you may already know;-) 
Ten years ago I had to give up teaching due to being diagnosed with Lupus. That led to seven years at home, giving me the opportunity to spend all my energy on my children. Three years ago I went back to work, but now part time as a secretary in a law firm. The rest of the day I drive my family to different activities like ballet classes, flute lessons, handball practice, school band practice, saxophone lessons, concerts, games, competitions... So how do I get time to scrap?! Well, I have a husband that loves to cook, and he is responsible for dinner every day. That means I have an hour or so to relax in my scrap room while he enjoys cooking:-)
In the beginning I only scrapped cards. There was always a need for a birthday card, and I loved to make them special and personal. Just imagine. Both my children had between 20 and 30 pupils in their classes, and as a school rule you invited all of them, or just the boys or the girls. That's a lot of cards to make! Now I create most layouts inspired by CSI case files and the gorgeous work from the design team in the reveal. 
I am not sure if I have a particular style, although my friends say they could easily recognize my work. I would like to try new techniques, and I want to learn more about mixed media. I sometimes try to make exciting backgrounds with paint and paste and stencils, but have not been successful so far. It turns out to be more messed media than mixed media:-)
Thank you for having me on the team. I am so excited to get started, and hope that I can encourage new members to keep playing in CSI. The friendly comments I got on my layouts made all the difference for me as a beginner. 

Hi, my name is Patty Rogers and I live in Texas, United States of America. I have been scrapbooking since I was a little girl, but officially, I have been scrapbooking for the past 25 or so years. I graduated from Texas Christian University with a major in Education and a minor in Art, and taught grades kindergarten through fourth for twenty five years. Now that I am retired from teaching, I feel blessed to be using my time creating layouts that I hope will be cherished across generations in our family. Most of my work is about our two children who are now grown.

I have been scrapbooking now for about 12 years. I am not sure how to define my style, a friend recently called it the SB style (Sandra Brimelow style), but I guess you could call it eclectic. 

I love working with mixed media and will use stencils, wet mediums, stamping, anything that will add a bit of texture to my layouts. My layouts usually combine mixed media with traditional, so paper, and journaling will also be in my work.

I am usually scrapping family photos, but I also like to scrap travel photos, and have been dabbling with project life. I like to search for things on Pinterest such as colour palettes, sketch ideas, for inspiration.

I have been married for 28 years, am a mother of 2 adult children, and a grandma to a 6 month old puppy. I live in Australia, and work as a Maternal and Child Health nurse.

I am also found on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sandrabrimelow/

My name is Sylvia Mellander Ekman and I live in Kungsbacka on the west coast of Sweden.
I have a supporting and wonderful soulmate and I'm blessed with two sweet kids--a son born in 2001 and a daughter born in 2003. 
Many of my pages feature those two (no guess, huh?).
My DD has autism and those issues affect our family in many and profound ways. 
I used to be a florist with my own business, but after the kids were born, I found I could not put in those long hours. 
I work in a preeschool now, but scrapbooking is my passion and creative outlet and I've been totally hooked since 2004.
If I would at any time choose to do something else it would probably have something to do with astrology, geocaching, or books. I love crime novels.
I'm also putting in some hours in our local church, being chairman (chairwoman?) in our parish council.

I´m Taru and I live in Finland. My home town Rauma is small port town and really summer city! I live with my two sons Sami (-00) and Niko (-02). They are just now teenage boys and we live in an old townhouse. We have 4 adorable cats – they are our sweet babies!
I've been on disability pension for over 10 years now. My first job was with PartyLite, doing consulting work. Then I retired (2004). After that I found crafts and started making cards – with stamping. Then it was the year 2007!
Next I started making scrapbook pages, and it was my big love! How many possibilities you have to make your own art! I love mixed media messy and clean and simple styles– both are so full of potential.
I love to take funny and crazy photos! I love to save memories of my own life. That is the reason why many many pages include photo of me. But I love to take photos also with my boys (my older son doesn´t like be in photo) and cats.

My Name is Tracee and I live in Bristol, UK, with my DH, our 2 youngest children, and our very spoiled doggies. 

I have always crafted in one form or another since I was a small child, from stuffed toys to knitted scarves. I was introduced to scrapping in 2004, and I have never looked back, with each layout bringing more love for this hobby, along with a whole group of friends who share the same love.
My family and dogs are the main focus of my work. I just love how you can turn a memory, that might otherwise be forgotten in time, into something very special indeed.
Really I'm quite a sensitive soul with a small amount of crazy thrown in. Right now I am loving my scrappy journey and all the fun friendship and memories it brings everyday. With an ever changing world scrapping remains my Safe Haven and most days you will find me at some point in my craft room.

Hi! I'm Vivian and I live in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. I've been married to my high school sweetheart Richard for 20 years. Together we have 3 beautiful children, ages 18, 17 and 12. I'm a part time school bus driver and also work occasionally at a local bed & breakfast. 

I started scrapbooking 10 years ago when my parents were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary and I wanted to make a unique gift for them. I really loved the creative process and I haven't quit since!! I've never been published but that dream is still very much on my bucket list. I have served on one design team before and am looking forward to my time on this team as well! I've been playing along here at CSI since Case File #1. I love the way Debbi challenges us to tell our stories! 

When I'm not scrapbooking you can find me in my kitchen cooking up a storm, curled up on my couch reading a book, or in the dojo practicing karate.

Wendy Bennett

I am now officially Mum of 3 teenagers!!!  The boys are 17 and 15 and don’t want any more photos!!! My daughter is so photogenic and has grown up with a camera looking at her. She has just turned 13. Of course my hubby is tolerant of my obsession and he knows it keeps me happy. We live in country NSW Australia in a small town called Young which is where the cherries are grown.
My scrapbooking started 10 years ago and over those years I have had many layouts in magazines here in Australia and once in Creating Keepsakes. Also I have featured in the Scrapbooking Memories Masters magazine for about 5 years, never got to the master level yet!
At my local scrapbooking shop (Joys Paperworks) I am part of the furniture, as I have been teaching classes there in all those years. I have the privilege of teaching sewing lessons to adults and children in the same business.
I have been a stay at home mum and still think it’s important to be there for my family, that stems from my Christian faith.
I find scrapbooking is an ever growing journey for me. I learn so much all the time and keep altering my style. Actually I think that’s what makes it fun too. It is a practical thing for me, not just an artistic outlet; I want to document and keep memories alive.  However it just makes me feel so good when I scrapbook, I am convinced it good for the mind and soul !!
I also think it’s so wonderful to now be able to share this passion with like-minded people on line.

Retired Detectives

From its very beginning, CSI has been home to an amazing group of artists. We pride ourselves in having a cast of talented and diverse Detectives from around the globe. Here are the people who, though retired from CSI, will always wear the CSI Detective badge:
Adele Beck (on sabbatical)


  1. I really miss you guys... trying so hard to come back.. maybe 2017 will be my year <3 fabulous girls and a stunning new home.

    1. Miss you too, Val! We've got a DT call running now! xoxo