Monday, October 22, 2018

Case File No. 264 - Deadline: October 31, 2018

We're back with our mid-month challenge!

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. 264.


October is National Book Month, so we're celebrating with a beautiful new Case File, inspired by the Scene by Chinese artist Shih Yung-Chun. Don't feel like documenting reading? No worries! Just use any part of the Case File to inspire you. 

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 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.


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 Lisa-Marie solved the Case: From the image inspiration, I used light grey, white, teal, icy blue and a deep cherry red. I was immediately inspired by all the distressed / worn elements in the image and so chose a backing paper that has a distressed look - and I also distressed all the edges of my multitude of layers. The backing page also has some script text on it, as does some of my paper and the ephemera I have used - all of these are a direct inspiration taken from the books. Although the red in the image is very minimal, my eye was drawn there over and over - so I decided that I wanted to create the same effect on my layout - by using very little red - but make it punchy; hence the wings. I also added a little bird to my layout. The image is made up of a lot of squares and rectangles - so my layering and my stencil work comprises rectangles, squares and grid. My journalling stems from the prompt "what would you like to find at the end of the rainbow?"

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How Lisa solved the Case: I was inspired by the colors. I used book pages, metal, distressing and lots of layers for my evidence. I documented something about books and used the word "hide" for my testimony.

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How Nina solved the Case: I was inspired by the scene and wanted to document my love for reading. I used to read a lot, but then came years with children, busy workdays, smartphones and social media, and suddenly time flew by and the only books I read were children’s books. I am now slowly taking back my reading time, and I love it.Evidence: plaid pattern, text print, animal, button, puffy sticker and envelope.

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How Louise solved the Case: Colour inspiration and the books inspired me to tell the story of our Christmas Eve books.

I loved the color scheme and wanted to create a layout with the same grunge feel as The Scene. I used most of the traditional Case File Evidence clues (old BasicGrey solid, check pattern, text print, metal, dog photo, fabric, buttons, puffy stickers, light bulb, distressing, inked edges, and lots of layers). My page design was inspired by a digital template I saw at Designer Digitals.

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How Jess solved the Case: I was really inspired by the Dog in the picture and wanted to create a layout of my pup! As I didn't have any garnet red in my stash I swapped it for magenta and used all of the other colours in the palette. For the testimony I hid my journalling in an envelope that I used as one of my layers. I tried to incorporate as much evidence as I could and ended up adding grid pattern, book page, metal, dog, fabric, button, puffy stickers, light bulb, inked edges, envelope and of course lots of layers!

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How Sue solved the Case: I have used the colours and chose an old-world photo that had tiles, windows and doors that fit with the scene. Other elements, I have used are the whitewashed, vintage paper, containers, layers and text print.

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How Michelle solved the Case: I loved this inspiration, it made think of when my kids were younger and had book week at school - my daughter loved Nancy Drew books (and computer games  ) I used an incredible Book stamp by Darkroom door, coloured with Colour Blast Australia Artist inks which I also used to make a background in the colour scheme. So happy with the way it turned out!

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How Annie solved the Case: I really loved the unusual inspiration image, used all the colours and lots of items from the Evidence list. My journaling is hidden in the envelope with the speech bubble window which I made from recycled junk mail.

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How Ginger solved the Case: I love the colors so I added this sweet photo of my grandson Jaxson and his little dog Buddy!

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How Natsuko solved the Case: I just used the color palette in this Case File. This is my daughter with her best friend's dog. She is allergic to dogs, but she can't resist hugging him and she always gets a runny nose, sneezing and red eyes afterwards...

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How Vivian solved the Case: I was inspired by 3 different Testimony clues this time! I've used the inspiration word "hide", documented something about books, and hidden my journaling!

How Raechelle solved the Case: I was most inspired by the books and colors. For Evidence I used some book print and layers on the border and Testimony I documented about books

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How Laura solved the Case: I used books, distressing, inked edges, book plate, button (flair), and text washi. Journaled about passing on the love of books to the next generation.

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How Marinella solved the Case: I was inspired by the light grey the white and the teal of the combo. Inspired from the image I choose to realize these two column of pieces of paper layering one on each other. There are a lot of squares and grid in the paper I choose in this layout. I used a text stamp on the background.

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How Patty solved the Case: I was inspired by the gorgeous color combination!

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

  • Distressed solid background (e.g., old BasicGrey solids)
  • Plaid, check, or grid pattern
  • Book pages or text print
  • Metal
  • Book plates
  • Dog (or other animal)
  • Fabric or felt
  • Buttons
  • Jar or food elements
  • Puffy stickers
  • Light bulb
  • Distressing
  • Ink the edges
  • A container of some sort—envelope, pocket, or something you think up
  • Lots of layers
  • Topic: Document something about books or reading
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a prompt from here.
  • Presentation: Hidden journaling
  • Writing Format: Write your journaling as a confession.
  • Inspiration Words: hide, secret, intriguing
  • 198.198.194 – light gray
  • 255.255.255 – white
  • 100.162.159 – teal
  • 179.211.232 – pale ice blue
  • 131.45.54 – garnet red

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

The deadline for completing this Case File is Wednesday, October 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, October 21, 2018

Congratulations to Our September Sponsor Prize Winners!

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


Randomly selected from our players who were placed Under Surveillance:
Winner of the Cuts2luv prize pack - Yogiki (Ulia)
Winner of the Lindy's Gang gift certificate - Veana R
Winner of the Maja Design collection - Carolyn Haswell
Winner of the Scrapbooker's Confetti Box prize pack - Giorgia Rossini
Winner of the Tres Jolie kit - Rona Mallard

Randomly selected from all of our players who solved our Case Files:
Winner of the digital kit from a2z Scrapbooking - Anna
Winner of the Dies R Us gift certificate - Rachel Ivey
Winner of the Mixed Up Mag subscription - Barb Holmes
Winner of the Scrapmatts prize pack - Piia

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

Randomly Selected from Our Australian players:
Winners of the Scrapbook Fantasies prize - Jane Howden

Aussie Apprentice winner:
Winner of the Scrap Matrix gift certificate - Sadly, we had not new players from Australia this month! Please spread the word to your Aussie friends who haven't played with us yet that this prize has their name on it!

Star Witnesses:
Winners of the Scrapbook Fantasies prizes - Barb Homes & Rona Mallard

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 October 31. Please also indicate which month and which prize you won.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Under Surveillance - Our Favorites from September

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our challenges last month. We have chosen our favorite layouts inspired by the September 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. 262. 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 for this Case File, so we are featuring four here.)

Veana R

Giorgia Rossini
Gunilla R

Giorgia Rossini

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.
Barb Holmes

We thought the way Barb displayed her journaling in that teeny-tiny book was so clever and such a darling accent for her lovely page!

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

And here are our favorites from Case File No. 261. Here's a reminder of the Case File they used:

Gunilla R

Carolyn Haswell

Rona Mallard
Sometimes you are just so lucky to capture that perfect moment on film. Rona's story is so sweet, and the title so perfect, and we loved how her text embellishments help further convey her message. How fun will this page be to look back on for the little guy some day!