Sunday, April 30, 2017

Play in Our Current Challenges

Click the images below to find our current challenges.

Make sure you play to win prizes from our generous sponsors!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Congratulations to our March Sponsor Prize Winners!

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our March challenges, and a HUGE thank you to our generous sponsors!

Randomly selected from our players who were placed Under Surveillance:
Winner of the Art Impressions store credit - Laetitia Pauchet
Winner of the Cat's Meow store credit - Carrie Williams
Winner of the Charm's Creations gift voucher - Jennifer Walth
Winner of the Maja Design collection - Lynette Jacobs
Winner of the Scrapbook Fantasies prize pack - Tracey B
Randomly selected from all of our players who solved our February Case Files:
Winner of the FabScraps prize pack - Piia Hiltunen
Winner of the Scrapmatts prize pack - Denise A
Winner of the Swirlydoos store credit - Carol A

Aussie Apprentice winner:
Winner of the Scrap Matrix gift certificate -Judy Y
Digital winner:
Winner of the Nifty Pixel shop credit - Thuria

To claim your prize, please send a me a private message with your email and mailing addresses via the CSI Facebook Page by May 15.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Case File No. 228 - Deadline April 30, 2017

We've got a fresh new Case File for our April mid-month challenge! 

Don't forget that you still have the whole month for our Major Case File too. 

Did you hear? We've got a design team call going. Click the image in the sidebar for more details.

So, are you ready for the new challenge? Grab you forensics kits, CSI players, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Major Case File No. 228.


We're mixing it up this month with our Case File themes. Did you know that April is National Decorating Month? Our lovely, serene Scene was found at Brazilian decorating blog Comprando Meu Ape.

Remember to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this reveal post for RGB codes, color descriptions, and more detailed explanations of the Evidence and Testimony prompts.

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

Правила на русском языке вы можете прочитать здесь.

We're so excited to have ten 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 are delighted to have the design teams from Accent Scrapbooking and Swirlydoos joining us as Guest Detectives this month!


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

This is how the CSI Detectives have expertly cracked the case:

Our inspiring Guest Detectives from the Accent Scrapbooking design team cracked the Case:

Our Guest Detectives from the Swirlydoos design team gorgeously solved the Case File:

  • 0.103.97 – dark teal green
  • 149.195.193 – sky blue
  • 162.172.86 – green, between asparagus and kiwi
  • 255.254.255 – white
  • 183.173.164 – warm gray
  • Solid background
  • Chevrons
  • Arabesque shape or pattern (like the one in the mirrors and rug
  • Frames
  • Monogram
  • Architectural elements
  • Branches
  • Flowers
  • Embossing folder or embossed paper
  • Silver metal
  • Something transparent
  • Jars
  • Puffy stickers
  • Topic: Today is Husband Appreciation Day. Write about your husband.
  • Prompt Idea: Choose an April question.
  • Presentation: Write on an artisan shaped label.
  • Writing Format: April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. Write a letter, or create a little card to add to your layout.
  • Inspiration Words: home, comfort, serenity--use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.

We trust we've left enough clues for you to solve the case!
The deadline for completing this Case File is Sunday, April 30, 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 in your post. Also, please include your name and country.
We can't wait to see what YOU create!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CSI Design Team Call!

CSI would like to add a few members to our talented team of Detectives. The design team term will run from June 2017 through December 2017 and could possibly be extended after that time.

Design Team Expectations:

  • Create one layout per month using our Case Files (you will be assigned to one of two teams and challenges will be sent to you at least a month in advance).
  • Comment on participant entries (we have five commenting teams, so you will be assigned one fifth of the layouts for commenting).
  • Have a Facebook account so you can communicate with the team.
  • Be a follower of the CSI blog and post the design team badge on your blog with a link to our blog.
  • Post our challenge and your layout on your blog within a few days of reveal day with a link back to the CSI blog.
  • Have fun!

How to apply:

  • Create a layout with one of our April Case File and post them by the deadline (April 30).
  • Post your layout on our sidebar using the inlinkz tool (in addition to posting your name and country, also write "DT Call").
  • Send Debbi a private message on the CSI Facebook page that you are applying to the team by May 3, 2017. Please include a picture of your layout and include links to your blog and any online galleries.
We welcome applicants from all countries. No design team experience is necessary. We look forward to seeing what you create with our April Case Files!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Under Surveillance - March Case Files

Thank you to everyone who participated in our March challenges. We have chosen our favorite layouts from the March Case Files.

Congratulations to all of our members who are highlighted! 
You can grab your badges here.

Here are our favorites from Major Case File No. 225. Here's a reminder of the Case File they used:

Tell your story. It's our tagline, and here at CSI, it's one of our missions to get our members to delve deeper into journaling--to document the meaningful bits and pieces that make up our lives. We would like to shine a special spotlight each week on a member who did an exceptional job telling their story. And we'd like to thank Scrapbook Fantasies for donating a wonderful prize to our Star Witness for each Case File. 

Star Witnesses, please send me your mailing address via private message on our CSI Facebook page for your prize.

We loved Lynette's beautiful layout and all the wings that are symbols for her story. The quote she chose is perfect, and we loved reading the story behind this page: "I used the inspiration words "fly" and "dream". The journaling on the front is a quote by Erin Hanson that says; "There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky, and you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, what if you fly?" The story behind this. Those that have followed my blog for a long time know that we are in full time ministry to the homeless and the addicted...that will always be a high calling from God and therefore the priority in my life. Over the years people have asked me whether I will put kits together or teach and my answer is always that "I know what I am and I know what I am not." Last year when Cariena asked me to pray about joining her for a mini event at Silverlakes in Pretoria...I wasn't too sure that it was the right thing. My darling husband urged me to go and do long as whatever I do gives glory to the I did it and loved every moment."

For each Case File, three of our favorite layouts will be chosen to feature as our "Most Wanted." There were so many awesome submissions for this Case File, we couldn't choose only three, so we're presenting our favorite five.

Laetitia Pauchet


Carrie Williams

2017 0305 Thuria - CSI case file (crop)

And a few more that caught our eye:

And here are our favorites from Case File No. 226. Here is a reminder of the Case File they used:

Gunilla R

We loved the way Gunilla documented her Easter traditions, both through the title and detailed journaling. Here's what she wrote on her journaling card: Why do I always have feeling of happiness at Easter? Partly because the Eastern-celebration after a long winter. Then it's so wonderful to meet everyone! My family and my parents and siblings. The tradition in our home is that we should be searching for Easter eggs (with candies inside the egg), and I hid up one of the eggs in a tree. My own idea is to photograph the place where I hid the egg and then send an sms with the photo to someone. I love sweets and it includes Eastern eggs (specially the dragee eggs candies). I am also happy that the flowers start to come and would like to plant and see how it sprouts in the garden. In addition to the family I am happy to hang out with the dog Billy and his friend Q-tip.

Here are our three favorites for this Case File:


And a few more that caught our eye:

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