Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Case File No. 254 - Deadline: May 31, 2018

We're back with our midmonth challenge. We hope you've played with our May 1 challenge--that one stays open the entire month too. And did you know that you are welcome to submit as many layouts as you'd like for the challenges? You are also welcome to combine CSI with other challenges.

Before we share our challenge, we'd like to remind you that we're having a design team call. You can check out the details here.

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. 254.


Did you know May is Get Caught Reading Month? How perfect a celebration for scrapbookers! With that in mind, we found this delightful Scene to inspire our layouts.

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:

Правила на русском языке вы можете прочитать здесь.


We're so excited to have twelve 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're excited have talented design team members from Mixed-Up Mag, Newton's Nook, and Scrapmatts joining us this month as Guest Detectives!


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

The very talented Guest Detectives from Mixed Up-Mag, who are a main sponsor this month, solved the Case like this:

Riikka's blog
How Riikka solved the Case File: I did this layout "old school", too, and used all the colors of the Case File, Evidence and Testimony. My jumping off point for the page was the topic from the Testimony as I documented something about reading. I so wish I'd had more than 24 hours in a day to do fun things! I also tried to include the presentation part of the Testimony, as I wrote my journaling running across a label.

From the Evidence I included florals, flowers, labels and bling as well as puffy stickers, book pages and washi tape. I guess these are easy to spot, but gold embellishments and especially vintage elements might be harder. I'm not sure if a title is embellishment, but that was the inspiration for the golden, sparkly Thickers. And the vintage part, there's an old button hiding near the photo.

Heather's blog
How Heather solved the Case File: The kids and I went to visit my friend Laneen in Holland and we got to see some of the sites and make some memories. The colour palette worked perfect for my pictures of Eusebius Tower. The rich tones of light cherry red and ballerina pink pulled the colours out of the photos.

My Evidence: I can add flowers to anything, seeing spring was in the air it was perfect. Along with some ribbon weaved through out the page to add that extra texture. I also used some old vintage tissue paper to add to the layers of the focal point. I highlighted the elements with some gold paint to attract to the gold center's of the flowers.

Testimony: I added a little info on a storage label with the date and a snippet of Eusebius Tower.

Check out Heather's process video for this beautiful layout:

Samantha Mann, from the Newton's Nook Design Team, brilliantly solved the Case File too:

Samantha's blog

Our amazing Guest Detectives from the Scrapmatts Design Team solved the Case File like this:

Lisette's blog
How Lisette solved the Case File: I have taken inspiration from the title – Get Caught Reading and the colours. Evidence – Solid background, floral pattern, flowers, book page, gold washi tape and inked chipboard. Testimony – Documented how I love reading, on a label.

Lizzy's blog

Tania's blog
How Tania solved the Case File: I took inspiration from the colours, and the big flowers.Used a floral pattern, flowers, labels, bling, gold elements, and used some blank book pages behind my photo.

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 (links on sidebar).

How Annie solved the Case File: I went semi old-school with this one, adding some turquoise/aqua into the colour scheme, taking solid background, stripes, labels and gold elements from the evidence list and using the inspiration word "style". This picture captures the moment that we realised that the tea towel in our rented holiday cottage matched my shirt exactly

How Annie solved the Case File: Well, I was so keen to make sure I did this page before we went on hols last week, that I got carried away and made two pages! Old-school again - I added some soft aqua/green to the colour scheme, used several items from the evidence list such as pleating, tissue, stripes, bling, puffy stickers, labels, washi and gold elements, and my journaling is written on labels.

How Wendy solved the Case File: 254 inspired by the book page print and the pom pom flowers, I stamped flowers painted them with mists and inks! Almost kept to the colour theme too!

How Sylvia solved the Case File: I was inspired by the scene mostly. The circular elements and their colours -only softened them up a bit for the baby pic of Alice. I also used the grey from the person's clothes. I chose to place my photo in the centre like the book in the case scene. My journalling is hidden behind the photo. It can be read by pulling the tab.

How Anastasia solved the Case File:

How Jacynthe solved the Case File: I went about solving the case the traditional way. The inspiration photo has a girly feel to it so this was the perfect occasion to scrap this photo of my two grand-daughters, who are cousins and BFF.

How Debbi  solved the Case File: This is a layout for one of my students. My layout started with those giant pom-pom flowers, which reminded me of these tissue paper Martha Stewart flowers I've had in my stash for at least 7 years. Then, I found a beautiful page at Paper Issues that's been presented for a scraplift challenge, and I just loved the page design, so I went with that composition and just added as many of the clues as possible--Evidence: solid background, stripes, floral pattern, flowers, ribbons, labels, bling, puffy stickers, tissue paper, text print (in place of the book page), gold elements, and vintage elements (in the form of that slide frame). Testimony: Write on a label.

How Taru solved the Case File: I made my case with testimony and evidence.

How Ginger solved the Case File: This layout is my grandson Logan and his date for his high school prom. I love the colors we were asked to use for they are all so bright and pretty which made me think of this sweet photo.

How Lisa-Marie solved the Case File: This was such a pretty palette to work with! I used a solid background as my base; further, I used paper with stripes and paper with gold elements. I took inspiration from her necklace (and round pompom flowers!) and added some paper with dots on. I also incorporated paper with print on it to echo the book. Lastly, I fussy cut some flowers to finish off my overall layout.

How Laura solved the Case: I went old school with the clues, emphasising books and text, with some washi and stripes.

How Nina solved the Case File: Still hanging on to the traditional color palette here using these pieces of evidence from the list: flowers, label, bling and glitter (fairy dust).

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How Sandra solved the Case File: I was inspired by the colours, the reading challenge, as seen I am reading to a dog, lol. I used vintage items on the layout, as well as stripes, bookpaper and flowers.

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How Carina solved the Case File: I was inspired of the photo and the colors. In the photo I could see a notebook and the name of the designer of it which made me think of my bag I use for work. It´s the exact same brand as the notebook. So why not journal about something I really use EVERY day to work?

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

  • solid background
  • stripes
  • floral pattern
  • flowers
  • ribbons
  • labels 
  • bling
  • puffy stickers
  • tissue paper
  • book pages
  • gold elements
  • washi tape
  • vintage elements
  • pleating
  • Topic: Document something about reading.
  • Prompt Idea: Get inspired by a word at Sunday Scribblings
  • Presentation: Put your journaling on a label.
  • Writing Format: Write tips for something related to your topic.
  • Inspiration Words: style, hide, surprise
  • 217.206.200 - light warm gray
  • 254.179.186 – ballerina pink
  • 211.76.80 – light cherry red
  • 19.3.3 – black
  • 238.198.129 – buttery yellow

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

The deadline for completing this Case File is Thursday, May 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.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Congratulations to Our April Sponsor Prize Winners

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


Randomly selected from our players who were placed Under Surveillance:
Winner of the Accent Scrapbooking gift certificate - Leslie Williams
Winner of one of the gift certificates from A Cherry on Top - Lisa Moen
Winner of the Bramble Fox store credit - Giorgia Rossini
Winner of the gift certificate from The Cut Shoppe - Caroline
Winner of the Denim Tampons gift certificate - Lynette Jacobs
Winner of the Maja Design "Vintage Romance" collection - Maria Mrykhina
Winner of the Scrapmatts prize pack - Gunilla R
Winner of the Scrapbooker's Confetti Box prize pack - Heather McMahon

Randomly selected from all of our players who solved our April Case Files:
Winner of one of the gift certificates from A Cherry on Top - Deanna Deaton
Winner of the Cuts2Luv prize pack - Terri
Winner of the FabScraps prize pack - Monica Maier
Winner of the Lindy's Gang gift certificate - Polina
Winner of the subscription to Mixed-Up Magazine - Dolly B
Winner of the digital kit from a2z Scrapbooking - Kylie gW
Winner of the Wild Orchid Crafts eVoucher - Cynthia B

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

Randomly Selected from Our Australian players:
Winners of the Scrapbook Fantasies prize - Rachel Dutko

Aussie Apprentice winner:
Winner of the Scrap Matrix gift certificate - Bridget Blake

Star Witnesses:
Winners of the Scrapbook Fantasies prizes - Leslie Williams & Gunilla R

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 June 1. Please also indicate which month and which prize you won.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Under Surveillance - Our Favorites from April

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our April challenges. We have chosen our favorite layouts inspired by the April 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. 251. Here's a reminder of the Case File they used:

For each Case File, three of our favorite layouts are chosen to feature as our "Most Wanted." (We had a tie this time, so we have four faves.)
Lynette Jacobs

Heather McMahon


Maria Mrykhina

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.

Leslie Williams
Leslie's story tickled us. We love that this moment was captured on film and that she documented this funny story from her special day!

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


Giorgia Rossini

And here are our favorites from Case File No. 252. Here's a reminder of the Case File they used:

Lisa Moen

Lynette Jacobs
Rachel Dutko

Home is such an important part of who we are, and we love that Gunilla documented her memories and feelings about her childhood home, and we especially love that she included her extensive journaling as a part of her layout design.