How The Challenge Works

CSI is a scrapbooking challenge that inspires you to try new color schemes and to tell your stories. Our Case Files provide inspiration that will get you thinking about scrapbooking in a whole new way.
Challenges (called Case Files) will be revealed the 1st and 15th of each month, and will stay open the entire month.

There are two ways to play. 

Option 1 - Freestyle
Use "The Scene" as inspiration for your page, drawing whatever inspiration you choose. Here are some ideas:
  • Copy the color scheme. 
  • Does the Scene remind you of a story in your photos?
  • Do you see a title in the Scene?
  • Are you inspired by the style or design or technique?
  • Steal some details to draw from our stash.

Option 2 - Case File Clues
The Case File contains the following elements, which can be found at the bottom of the reveal. You may use some or all of the clues--it's your choice.
"The Scene" - This is the inspiration image from which the color palette, inspiration, and story starters are drawn.
"The Scheme" - This is the palette of five colors. You may use some or all of the colors. You may add neutrals (black, white, kraft, cream, gray, brown) to these colors. 
"Evidence" - These are elements drawn from the inspiration image that you could include on your page. They may be products, techniques, or other design ideas. Choose as many or as few clues to include in your layout. If you see other elements that inspire you in this picture, feel free to add those, too!
"Testimony" - This is the journaling part. You may choose as many or as few journaling clues.  The journaling elements are also drawn from the inspiration image and may be in the form of topic ideas, prompts, presentation ideas, journaling formats, or words to inspire your stories. They are meant to spark ideas for you to tell a story on your page. You can combine them, use them as a jumping-off point, or you can always use The Scene (inspiration image) as inspiration for your journaling.

A Few Rules
To be eligible for our sponsor's prize or to be featured as "Under Surveillance" (layouts that catch our eye and get featured), please submit your link by the posted deadlines and be sure to indicate on your blog post how the Case File inspired you.

Please include your name and country on your link, as some of our sponsors have limited their prizes to certain countries due to postage costs.

We also ask that you include the Case File image on your blog post, along with a link to the CSI blog.

Don't have a blog? You can post a link from Pinterest or Flickr or our CSI Community Sharing Page on Facebook

Feel free to combine our challenge with other challenges, and you may submit as many layouts as you'd like for our challenge, as there are infinite possibilities for solving the Case File! 


  1. Fantastic.... so easy to follow it..

    Dr Monika Tripathi Shukla

  2. And may I use any supplies? It's been a LONG while since I've played along, and I wasn't sure.
    Laughter and Consistency