Thursday, March 15, 2018

Case File No. 250 - Deadline: March 31, 2018

We're back with a fun new challenge for you! Don't forget that Case File No. 249 will stay open all month, along with this one. And did you know that you are welcome to submit as many layouts as you'd like for the challenges?

So, are you ready for the new challenge? Grab you forensics kits, CSI players, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 250.


Did you know March 15 is known as Absolutely Incredible Kid Day? With that in mind, we've got an adorable, playful Scene, found on the Baltimore Magazine website. Feel free to interpret the Case File in any way that inspires you, or for our traditional clues, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

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

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Правила на русском языке вы можете прочитать здесь.


We're so excited to have thirteen 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.


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

Here is how the CSI Detectives have expertly cracked the case. You can read more about how the Case File inspired them on their blogs.

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How Patty solved the Case File: I was inspired by the colors and a photo I had of Elizabeth, our daughter.
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How Carina solved the Case File: The kindergarten children made me think of my own as little ones. The houses in the background reminds me of England and I got to think about the first time we went to London with our children back in 1997! They were only 4,5 and 2 years old then - geez time really flies!

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How Natsuko solved the Case File: I used the color palette, paint, puffy stickers and twine. I also took inspiration from the picture, and divided my layout in two parts.

How Debbi solved the Case File: I first started thinking about using a quadrant design, since the schoolhouse on the Case File has four rooms, and then I decided I wanted to recreate The Scene on my page. I wasn't able to create a quadrant in the little schoolhouse I created because I printed my picture too big, and since I scrap 8 x 8, the photo was already pretty small. Plus I don't like to re-print photos because I'm cheap like that. As you can see, I used many of the details from The Scene on my page, as well as the colors from the clues at the bottom of this blog post, which were perfect for this photo of me and my student.

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How Libeeti solved the Case File: As always, I worked with the traditional way. I've used all 5 colors. My clues were: solid cs, scallops, clouds, labels, flowers, a twine (also tied in a knot), and stamping. I used the labels to write my journaling about a visit in a nature center at Ramon Crater.

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How Sandra solved the Case File: I was inspired by the "school building" image, and used this little building that I created. I also still used the evidence, and colours to create the layout, and the layout is about my daughter's first day at kinder.

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How Lisa-Marie solved the Case File: I took inspiration from this image in the form of the little animals, flowers and the sun and cloud! I also used a scallop design and decided to add a few hearts as well!

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How Annie solved the Case File: I tried to capture the playful feel of the Case File for this page about a fun day out with the grandchildren. I used the colours and several items from the evidence list. The wood veneer piece reminded me of the barrels piled up behind us in the picture.

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How Debbi solved the Case File: This was a fun page for me, I thought my grandson and his cousins looked kind of "Alien" in their helmets and goggles.. I hadn't planned on making this a traditional case but I ended up using all of the colours and many of the clues, too..

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

  • 162.220.224 – sky blue
  • 1.139.152 - teal
  • 178.171.127 – olive/khaki
  • 228.27.35 – bright red
  • 86.20.4 - brown
  • Solid cardstock
  • Scallops
  • Clouds
  • Sun
  • Architectural elements
  • Clocks
  • Triangles
  • Lamp/light bulb
  • Labels
  • Paint
  • Owls, birds, or other animals
  • Puffy stickers
  • Flowers
  • Hand-drawn elements
  • Cars/other transportation
  • String/twine
  • Tie something in a knot
  • stamping
TESTIMONY (Journaling ideas)
  • Topic: Document a childhood memory. Find some ideas here.
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a Journal Buddies prompt.
  • Presentation: Use labels for your journaling.
  • Writing Format: Write a list of 6 things.
  • Inspiration Words: absolutely, incredible, care

We trust we've left enough clues for you to solve the case!

The deadline for completing this Case File is Saturday, March 31, 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. Also, please title your link with your name and country.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Congratulations to Our February Sponsor Prize Winners!

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


Randomly selected from our players who were placed Under Surveillance:
Winner of the 2Crafty prize pack - Raechelle Bellus
Winner of the Clique Kits kit - Heather S
Winner of the FabScraps prize pack - Lynette Jacobs
Winner of the Lindy's Gang gift certificate - Lisa Moen
Winner of the Paper Issues gift certificate - Laura W
Winner of the Scrapbooker's Confetti Box prize pack - Heather McMahon
Winner of the Scrapmatts prize pack - Anna

Randomly selected from all of our players who solved our January Case Files:
Winner of the digital kit from a2z Scrapbooking - Crafty Renee
Winner of the It's and Bits gift certificate - Judy W
Winner of the subscription to Mixed-Up Magazine - Christel
Winner of the Maja Design "Celebration" collection - Priti Kedia
Winner of the gift certificate from The ScrapRoom - Jennifer O

Randomly Selected from our American or Canadian players:
Winner of the goodie box from Cocoa Daisy - Cynthia B

Randomly Selected from our Australian players:
Winner of the Scrapbook Fantasies prize - Barb Holmes

Aussie Apprentice winner:
Winner of the Scrap Matrix gift certificate - Lisa J

Star Witnesses:
Winners of the Scrapbook Fantasies prizes - Gunilla R, Jennifer Stahr

To claim your prize, please send a me a private message with your email, mailing address, and phone number via the CSI Facebook Page by March 31. Please also indicate which month and which prize you won.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Under Surveillance - Our February Favorites

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our February challenges. We have chosen our favorite layouts inspired by the February Case Files.

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

Here are our favorites from Case File No. 247. 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.
Gunilla R
We were so touched by the story of Gunilla's dog and the loss of his precious dog friend. We love the way she put the journaling right on her page, and the photos she chose help to tell this beautiful story of canine friendship.

For each Case File, three of our favorite layouts are chosen to feature as our "Most Wanted," but we had so many superb submissions this month, that we had to sneak in a few extras.

Laura W

Raechelle Bellus

Here are a few more that caught our eye...

Judy W

And here are our favorites from Case File No. 248. Here's a reminder of the Case File they used:

Jennifer Stahr
We got a kick out of reading Jennifer's layout--we love the humor in her voice! The great series of photos helped to tell the story of this nifty fifty celebration!

Raechelle Bellus