Saturday, December 1, 2018

Case File No. 267 - Deadline: December 31, 2018

Happy December! A chill is in the air, along with the excitement of the holiday season, and we're excited to start a new month at CSI because a new month means new challenges and new sponsors and inspiration from 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 stories!

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. 267.


Of course we have to celebrate Christmas in December with our Case Files. Don't celebrate Christmas, or don't have holiday pictures yet to scrap? 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.

The whimsical Scene for this month's first Case File is by British illustrator Dawn Machell.

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 to have members of the 2Crafty design team join us as Guest Detectives this month!


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

Here is how our talented 2Crafty Guest Detectives cracked the Case:

Kripa's blog

Emma's blog

Hetty's blog

Marie's blog

Rachael's blog

Tammy's blog

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 Wendy solved the Case: Inspired by all those little frames! I chose paper to match the scheme and cut strips then squares and just had fun randomly placing them ! No measuring, just a few straight lines marked on the cardstock !!

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How Edith solved the Case: I was inspired by Christmas for sure! Also dots, tags, snowflakes and buttons!

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How Lisa solved the Case: I was inspired by the colors and the calendar theme. For evidence, I used dots, a grid pattern, Christmas/holiday elements, numbers and animals. I documented something about the holidays for my testimony.

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How Jess solved the Case: I was so excited about this challenge as I just love everything about Christmas! I have have used all of the colour palette except bright olivey green, which I didnt have in my stash so I swapped it for a traditional green. I incorporated as much as I coulod from the evidence list and ended up adding: Dits, grid pattern, Christmas elements, numbers, stars, animals, snowflakes, bow and string.

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How Lisa-Marie solved the Case: On my layout, I have added various Christmas elements, inspired by the image - Christmas Tree, Star and Pointsettia's. I also added some striped and dotted paper; as well as some number stamped on the background. I used pink, turquoise, white, crimson and green. My journalling contains the IW - Advent. It tells the story of how I had just made this Advent calendar for my daughter and also how this was our first year with Elf visiting us. She was very excited to have him stay - only to be a little ticked off that he stole one of her chocolates!

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How Natsuko solved the Case: I loved advent calendars when I was a child, and this case file brought back many fun memories of my own childhood:) I chose Grid pattern, Christmas elements, Numbers, Animals and Winter elements from the Evidence.

How Debbi solved the Case: The pinks and turquoise made me think of Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa collection, and I found this adorable photo of my friend and her daughter in the snow wearing pink, so that was my starting point. From there, I incorporated lots of the Evidence clues, dots, plaid, tags, stars, animals, winter elements, buttons, hearts, a banner, a bow, and string.

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How Annie solved the Case: Loved the happy colours in this Case File, took inspiration from all the squares in the image but created lots of frames instead of a grid. Used dots, numbers, stars, hearts, and wrote a numbered list as my journaling.
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How Carina solved the Case: I was really inspired by the grid design, the colors and all the cute critters. I decided to make a Christmas layout with my dogs and all the pics except one is taken on Christmas Eve 2017.

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How Laura solved the Case: I went with the grid design, stars, snowflakes, tags, Christmas. Journaling is grandson's first Christmas, in captions form.

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How Kim solved the Case: I followed the colors and the clues. I used snowflakes/winter elements and Christmas/Holiday elements. I also cut up a silver star. I loved this palette.

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

  • Dots
  • Plaid
  • Grid pattern
  • Christmas/holiday elements
  • Numbers
  • Tags
  • Stars
  • Animals
  • Snowflakes/winter elements
  • Buttons
  • Hearts
  • Garland/banner
  • Stamps
  • Create your design using a grid
  • Bows
  • Car
  • string
  • Topic: Document something about the holidays
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a December prompt.
  • Presentation: put your journaling on a tag that’s attached to something on your page, reminiscent of a gift tag.
  • Writing Format: Create a numbered list or a countdown.
  • Inspiration Words: joy, advent, count
  • 73.183.182 – turquoise
  • 255.255.255 – bright white
  • 182.51.67 – crimson
  • 181.191.105 - Bright olive-y green
  • 259.197.220 – bubblegum pink

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

The deadline for completing this Case File is Monday, December 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.


  1. Love it, so much to work with!

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  3. Wonderful challenge and beautiful inspiration, everyone!! Added my layout. Thanks! :)

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