Saturday, December 15, 2018

Case File No. 268 - Deadline: December 31, 2018

We're back with our mid-month challenge. Christmas is right around the corner! We can just feel the excitement of the season! We know you're busy with all the holiday goings-on, but we're hoping you can take some time for fun in your craft rooms and play with us.

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. 268.


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 lovely Scene for this Case File was found on decorating website House of Four.

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


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We're delighted 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:

Di's blog

2Crafty products used on Di's layout:

Elena's blog

How Elena solved the Case: First of all, I was inspired by the color scheme. Used red, green and brown. Added Christmas elements: Santa, gifts, Christmas balls. Used pieces of paper with chalk lettering on the Board. The photo of the daughter in Santa's cap was decorated with a poinsettia flower.

Elisa's blog
How Elisa solved the Case: I drew inspiration from the challenge graphic and colour scheme for my layout, incorporating wood, circles, music, chalkboard and greenery as well as many Christmas elements like Baubles, poinsettias and presents. The challenge criteria was perfect for creating that special Christmas layout.

The 2Crafty Chipboard pieces used in my layout are as follows -
1. Circle Stack
2. Bauble Ornament Set
3. Christmas # Word Set 1
4. Present Set

Hetty's blog
How Hetty solved the Case: I tried to pick lots of elements from the evidence like Christmas elements in the form of chipboard of course. I also used the car cause it was so cute with the Christmas tree on top from 49 and Market as well as the plaid paper framing the photo. The circles are my 2Crafty chipboard baubles and I think the photo has got a real vintage feel to it. Of course it features the tree and poinsettia flowers as it wouldn’t be Christmas without them. From the testimony I added my 2Crafty chipboard title being the Christmas prompt and my photo is documenting Christmas Morning and the excitement of kids opening presents. I also wanted to add the word Merry as that is the feeling it portrays.

Lisa's blog
I have used the following 2Crafty Products to create this layout.
Fine Snowflakes
Mini Christmas Baubles
Xmas Mini Word Pack
Sabrina's blog
How Sabrina solved the Case: When I saw the challenge I knew exactly which pictures and materials would fit perfectly, as my inspiration for this layout had been brewing ever since my husband and I took these pictures. I just needed the perfect excuse to go in "full holidays mode"! I really love Christmas time (and reindeers) and a few weeks ago I found this amazing reindeer onesies PJ that can be worn as a costume so it was a match made in heaven.

For this challenge, I chose to integrate "Christmas/Holiday Elements", "Plaid", "Frames", "Deer", "Lightbulbs" and "Poinsettias" elements on a "Wood Background". I really like the result. The dark wood background brings some warmth to the layout while allowing the chipboard items to really stand out.

I used the following 2Crafty products in the layout:
  • Christmas Frame #1 [Fr0114]
  • Christmas Light Strands [m00606]
  • Remember Moments Like This [w00306]
  • Foliage Set 4 [m00801]

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 Raechelle solved the Case: I was inspired by the plaid, Christmas elements, deer/antlers, wood, car, circle elements, greenery, and poinsettia/other flowers.

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How Anastasia solved the Case: Evidence used: Christmas/holiday elements, Deers, Frames, Wood, Circles, Tie something, Vintage elements, Ribbon, Trees/greenery, Metal, Poinsettia + colors + Journaling about a holiday tradition

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How Lisa-Marie solved the Case: For this challenge, I used cream, olive green, red, charcoal and tawny brown. I added Christmas elements to my layout - Pointsettia's, snowflake & reindeer print paper and my title also has a Christmas theme. Further, I added 2 decorative frames and a Christmas themed sentiment on a pennant.

How Debbi solved the Case: I loved the plaid and started the whole layout by looking for a plaid pattern. The new Fancy Pants Cottage Christmas collection features several plaid patterns, so I started with that. I used the basic colors in the Scheme. Evidence clues I used are wood background, Christmas elements, circles, tie something, and greenery. And for the Testimony, I obviously chose the topic of documenting the holidays, along with the inspiration word merry.

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How Lisa solved the Case: I was inspired by the Christmas theme and colors. I used Christmas/holiday elements, deer, frame, wood, circles, trees and light bulbs as evidence. I documented something about the holidays for my testimony.

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How Sue solved the Case: I have used the colours and evidence; wood background, Christmas elements, frames, circles, wood, tie something and a tree.

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How Michelle solved the Case: I've used lots of elements from the inspiration this time! The colour scheme, a wood background, plaid, circles, and a poinsettia. Merry Xmas everyone!!

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How Vivian solved the Case: The Topic clue inspired my layout this time - about 5 years ago I did a different CSI Challenge (Case 150!!) and we took the first Christmas #selfie. Now every year before we open up presents, we take a new one. 

You can find that Case File on CSI's Pinterest Page here :

I've left room for this years picture. I haven't decided what size it's going to be yet, so I'm not sure where it will end up on the page. I think I will repost on the Community Sharing Page when I have the photo placed!

How Natsuko solved the Case: I made a wreath with fussy cut circles, snowflakes, leaves, wooden elements, sequins and a ribbon. From the evidence, I chose a wood background, Christmas/holiday elements, Circles and Ribbon.

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How Nina solved the Case: I was inspired by the Christmas theme in the scene, and documented a piece of December with small photos of advent calendar gifts, trip to a Christmas market, ice cold weather and angel decorations in our house. Evidence: wood background, Christmas elements, deer, car, jar, wood, circles and trees.

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How Magali solved the Case: I started to create my layout from the Inspiration word "Merry" and the case file's picture. From the list, I chose a deer, Christmas elements, the wood and something tied. I loved this beautiful combo... so Christmas's spirit!

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How Patty solved the Case: I was inspired by the colors and the story that is the subject of my journaling.

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How Carina solved the Case: I was inspired to scrap some photos of the decorations in our house and I also aimed to get a little vintage feeling in this one. Such a gorgeous inspiration photo!

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How Taru solved the Case File: I made this spread on my Traveler´s Notebook. I used tradioition challenge with holiday document, circles, trees and poinsettia!

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

  • Wood background
  • Plaid
  • Christmas/holiday elements
  • Deer/antlers or other animal
  • Frames
  • Car
  • Mason jar
  • Wood
  • Buckles
  • Chalkboard elements
  • Circles
  • Tie something
  • Vintage elements
  • Ribbon
  • Trees/greenery
  • Metal
  • Poinsettia/other flowers
  • Light bulbs
  • Topic: Document something about the holidays
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a Christmas prompt.
  • Presentation: Frame your journaling.
  • Writing Format: Use a song lyric as part of your journaling.
  • Inspiration Words: dreaming, merry, know
  • 247.244.239 – cream
  • 171.181.131 – olive green
  • 207.96.102 – red
  • 102.101.106 – dark gray, charcoal
  • 159.122.95 – tawny brown/ peanut brown

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.


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