Friday, August 10, 2018

Case File No. 259 - Deadline: August 31, 2018

Happy August! Summer sure is flying by, but we're excited to start a new month at CSI because a new month means new challenges, new sponsors, and new guest designers.

Our challenges stay open all month long. And did you know that you are welcome to submit as many layouts as you'd like for the challenges? We also don't mind if you combine our challenge with other challenges or with your design team work. We are here to inspire you to scrap and tell your story!

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. 259.


As summer break closes here in the U.S., many folks are packing their bags for their last opportunities to get away, so we're celebrating vacations with our Case Files this month! To help us do that, we found this super cool Scene on Pinterest to inspire our Case File.

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:


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.


We're excited have talented design team members from the Tres Jolie join us as Guest Detectives this month. Their inspiration will be presented for the July 15 Case File.


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 (links on sidebar).

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How Louise solved the Case File: "Dodgems" Inspired by the cars I firstly chose my photos. Then I wrote "show day" inspired words on a white background. I've used a speech bubble highlight and stamped the black border.

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How Lisa solved the Case File: I was inspired by the color, airplane, and flower in the photo. I used all 5 colors along with a map pattern, solid white background, architectural and travel elemnets and trees. For my testimony, I documented a vacation.

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How Laura solved the Case File: I used travel elements, stamping, solid white background, transportation. Journaled about our trip to LA.

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How Edith solved the Case File: I was inspired by : text pattern, solid white background, daytrip, word "hello" and the colors.

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How Lisa-Marie solved the Case File: Aside from using all the colours and working on a solid white background for this challenge, my eye was immediately drawn to the black speech bubble on the top left hand corner of the Inspiration Image. I decided to apply the same black highlighting feature on my layout, so I adhered my photo cluster to a large black circle. Further, I incorporated some flowers, script paper and travel element paper.

How Debbi solved the Case File: Tracee and I decided we'd each scrap this photo of us at the airport on the day she left to return home to England. I used as many of the traditional clues as possible. I obviously used the color scheme. Evidence clues I used include a text pattern, patterned paper with a hand-drawn look, speech bubbles, architectural elements, transportation, travel-themed elements, trees, cursive font, triangles, and stamping. Testimony clues include documenting a trip and putting my journaling in a speech bubble.

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How Natsuko solved the Case File: I was inspired by the colors, map pattern and vehicles. I used a cut file to make a map-like pattern and documented a daytrip picture.

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How Annie solved the Case File: This fun image inspired me to create a page with a cartoon feel. I followed the traditional clues, and printed my photo in black and white so that I could colour it with Distress Ink to match the Scheme.

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How Patty solved the Case File: I was inspired by the colors and a destination that is on my son's bucket list. He wants to go to Iceland! The land of Fire and Ice!

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How Libeeti solved the Case File: The first element in the inspiration photo that my eyes were drawn to was the black speech bubble with the white hand script and the plane. I went old school and used all 5 colors. From the clues I've used: map pattern (the globe die-cut), speech bubbles, architectural elements, transportation, travel-themed elements and stamping. 

My journaling, on the tags, document a daytrip in Paris, and I was also inspired by the word "Good", it reminded me the Beatles song, hence my title "Good day sunshine".

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How Anastasia solved the Case File: As soon as I saw word "food" I knew what I would be making. On my last vacation I spent a week with my family and we went out a few times and had a road trip. I had to document the food we had! 

Evidence I used: Solid white background, Text pattern, Transportation, Travel-themed elements (all dies cuts are from 2 travel collections), Food elements, Cursive font, Stamping.

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How Carina solved the Case File: I love making travel pages! I was inspired by the map over Madrid and I wanted to incorporate that with the vintage photos of London and Paris. I also added the little charm with the Union Jack. The photo is from one of our trips to London.

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How Nina solved the Case File: I was inspired by the gorgeous colour combo, and wanted to document a trip to Sweden and lovely Varberg this summer, where the sunny weather and long beaches made us try new outdoor activities.

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How Kim solved the Case File: I loved the colors of this case file and decided to go traditional with the colors (although I think my blues are a bit off). However, my photo is of me on my recent trip to Jamaica, so I kinda did the travel theme as well. I tried to sneak in some of the clues as well. I went with patterned paper with a hand drawn look, architectural elements(chipboard pieces) and stamping.

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

  • Map pattern
  • Text pattern
  • Patterned paper with a hand-drawn look 
  • Solid white background
  • Speech bubbles
  • Architectural elements
  • Transportation 
  • Travel-themed elements
  • Trees
  • Food elements
  • Cursive/brush/ hand drawn fonts
  • Flags
  • Straws
  • Triangles
  • Stamping
  • Design your layout as a map
  • Topic: Document a trip, vacation, getaway, daytrip, outing, etc.
  • Prompt Idea: Get inspired at Sunday Stealing.
  • Presentation: put your journaling in speech bubbles.
  • Writing Format: Write your story as dialogue.
  • Inspiration Words: hello, thanks, good
  • 255.255.251 – bright white
  • 23.200.218 – bright sky blue
  • 255.149.87 – medium muted orange
  • 177.221.224 – powder blue
  • 30.30.30 - black

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

The deadline for completing this Case File is Friday, August 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.

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