Monday, June 15, 2020

June Case Files | Mid-month Reveal - Deadline: July 4, 2020

The month is sure flying by! We hope you've been able play with our first challenge. That one will stay open the entire month too, until July 4th actually. We're ready to share inspiration from our guest designers and design team for our second challenge as well as our stash-busting Cold Case.


This month, we have seven generous sponsors donating prizes! Click here to read more about our sponsors and the prizes they are donating. Winners will be selected randomly from all of our players, with a few exceptions where sponsors have asked us to choose from certain geographic regions.


We're celebrating the beginning of summer with our Case Files this month. Draw your own inspiration from The Scene on the Case File, or you can use the traditional clues, which can be found at the bottom of this blog post.

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Image credit: Paris Hotel Boutique Journal

The traditional CSI clues can be found on our Facebook page in the first entry under the album. Just click on the Case File images above. They are also posted at the bottom of this reveal.

To submit your layouts, click on the Case Files  in our sidebar, which will bring you to the individual albums in our Facebook group.


We're honored to have some members of the CUT to YOU2Crafty, and Paper Issues design teams joining us as Guest Detectives this month! You are sure to be inspired by their beautiful work!

Also, we've got a team of Special Investigators joining us as guest designers. We've invited our players whose work caught our eye and were placed Under Surveillance to join us this month.


And now, are you ready for some serious inspiration? Here's what our design team and guest designers created with Case File No. 322.

Here's how the talented team members of the 2Crafty Design Team solved the Case:

The  Paper Issues design team rocked the Case too:

Debbi combined this challenge with a Paper Issue Scraplift Sunday challenge.

Debbi used several FREE cut files from Paper Issues to create this layout.

We're excited to bring you a team of Special Investigators, chosen from our CSI players.

Karen Young

You can read Karen's bio in our June 1 blog post.

How Karen solved the Case: My jumping off point for this layout was the palm fronds which immediately reminded me of my feather die cut templates.
The evidence I used was a solid cardstock background, palm fronds, and phrase stickers. For the testimony I used the topic 'document a summer memory '.

Rona Mallard

You can read Rona's bio in our June 1 blog post.

How Rona solved the Case: I started with a peach cardstock to stay true to the color scheme but it just wasn't enough contrast with the rich colors in this Vicki Boutin Wander line. I did still include all the colors just added a few extras. I used the solid colored cardstock background, painted look paper, fruit, foliage, paint (splatters), a label, stamps, fussy cut the little sunburst circles that reminded me of fringe lol, washi tape, and i used the same font alphas in two different colors.

Melissa Vining

You can read Melissa's bio in our June 1 blog post.

How Melissa solved the Case: I was very inspired by the word “day”, the colour scheme, use of paint for texture and the fruit. I also added some subtle fringing. This was perfect to document my oldest daughter baking during our lockdown.

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Karen Brierly

You can read Karen's bio in our June 1 blog post.

How Karen solved the Case: I solved the case using the traditional clues:
* Scene - I was immediately drawn to the orange/white/hot pink colours, and the image of the fruit.
* Evidence - I chose a fruit theme for my papers - I love pineapples! I did some cutting (fussy cut the camera image) and I used washi tape.
* Testimony - I documented a summer memory, and I cut out some label-style words for my title. My inspiration word was 'day' - as in, Best day ever.

Kate Collis

You can read Kate's bio in our June 1 blog post.

How Kate solved the Case: Testimony - I was completely inspired by the Day One/One Day Quote to set myself some health and lifestyle goals after the rollercoaster of the last 2 months for everyone, and thought would be fun to document these in a mini book.
My word for the year is HABIT so set about thinking about what I could stop/start over an initial 20 day period. (As ever) I was a bit too optimistic in goal setting so didn't quite manage all my challenges but made progress and am really happy with the project and with my little book. Tasks included doing lots of outdoor exercise , healthier eating/drinking, sorting & even more loft sorting, read 2 books, get in a rhythm for home working and connecting with family and friends. In particular I read a great book called "The Kindness Method" which broke down how to change habits by looking at alternatives, focus on readiness to change and being kind to yourself [...and doing it all in steps vs. trying to change everything in 20 days!!!]

Evidence - I went through my pocket life cards and 6x6 paper pads and picked out anything with Peach/Orange/Pink/Blue tones from the colour palette as my basis for the pages and any phrases or themes that seemed a good match. I cut patterned acetate to 4x6 for the front and back to protect the album and some more smaller pieces to make the album pages more fun - was particularly chuffed when I found the "Love this" acetate with the pink writing on and the "Book Review" card for my reading challenge. I rounded all the corners to tie the pages together and used my cropadile to punch the hole for the ring. All the pages were prepped and embellished at the start of the project - mixing up the 4x6 and 3x4 cards throughout. I documented as I went along, then printed photos and added on alphabet stickers and chipboard phrases to them at the end and put it all together.

Hope this inspires you for your own "Day One" challenge.

Testimony - I wanted to make the journaling part of my design as a black border to frame the layout and did more reflections on the changes from lockdown and the copious amount of food we get through each week.

Lillian Morvik

You can read Lillian's bio in our June 1 blog post.

How Lillian solved the Case: My best summer memory of the summer 2018. My friends and I at our cabin. I have used all the colors and Patterns with fruit, text patterns, stamps, I have cut something and washi tape

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Tracey Beer

You can read Tracey's bio in our June 1 blog post.

How Tracey solved the Case: I've used paint, stamps and phrase stickers and documented a summer memory - coffee and cake with family at Peregian Beach.

Here's a little about Cynthia, in her own words: Hi, I’m Cynthia Baldwin. I live in Cypress, Texas (northwest Houston) with my husband of 24+ years, John. I have two kids, Nick and Aly - Nick is an engineering student starting his junior year of college, and Aly is a high school senior. Since I’m almost an empty-nester, I expect my scrapbooking will soon be about our sweet fur baby Lucy. :)
I’ve enjoyed this hobby since before my kids were born, and I love how CSI challenges keep me inspired!
How Cynthia solved the Case: Here's my take on case file 322. My daughter sent me all these selfies of her and my husband as they got smoothies every Friday during this quarantine (and my son joined in when he got home from college). Since their favorites are the fruit smoothies, I was inspired by the fruit theme of the case file, and the colors too. I found an older Paige Evans/Pink Paislee collection, Oh My Heart, that had a few patterns with spotted/dotted backgrounds and incorporated those. The grid design also inspired me to collage all of the selfies (I had a free 8x10 and Walgreens!) and use all the pics on my page. I used another Sketch N Scrap sketch here, as they have some challenges that end in early June.

The CSI design team masterfully cracked the Case. We'll share how they solved the Case on Facebook.

And here's some inspiration for our stash-busting Cold Case.

Our amazing Guest Detectives from the CUT to YOU design solved the Case this way:

Here's how the talented team members of the 2Crafty Design Team solved the Case:

The  Paper Issues design team rocked the Case too:

Our team of  Special Investigators did an awesome job of solving the Case:

Cynthia Baldwin

How Cynthia solved the Case: I was inspired by the carousel photo - I thought of spinning, and that led me to these pics of my husband and daughter dancing. (It was a Spanish class assignment, where she had to record herself doing the Meringue.) We were all laughing at the end of it!
I looked through my stash and found remnants of Echo Park's Everyday Eclectic line, which was perfect because it had muted pastel colors, paper with a music pattern, and amusement park-themed paper. I added stitched circles to represent the spinning carousel element, and glitter alphas and shimmer spray (on the music note wood pieces) to add shine.

Kate Collis
How Kate solved the Case: Product Clues - I was so inspired by the image - I love Carousels and have so many old products I could use and the perfect Paris photos with carousels in the background. Digging out my Maggie Holmes Carousel collection (of course) I made an arch from the chipboard banner and then had lots of fun going through my prima flowers I have had for years, leaves, wooden elements to frame my carousel chipboard in the muted colours from the picture. Using pink paper with a vintage feel I punched out borders for a more delicate look and set the layout off by using the pale green/blue ombre paper that matched with the diamonds on the carousel frame in the case file.

Design Clues - to balance the ornate arch, I layered up borders on the right hand side of the page to make it super decorative and added photos and hidden journaling from my Paris trip in the top right hand side in a little notebook, repeating the flowers and wooden butterflies before finishing off both clusters with pink thread. 

Lillian Morvik

How Lillian solved the Case: I have used the colors in the picture, some old, vintage and stripeed, papers, ornaments on die-cuts, and border punch. The picture is of my sisters oldest Grandson, He is so charming and lovely.

 Rona Mallard

Tracey Beer
How Tracey solved the Case: I've used old Basic Grey paper, a metal photo turn and a shiny heart and Bo Bunny confetti. I fussy cut some flowers which I stuck down and then didn't like so I covered them up with gesso. I created movement with drips of a couple of sprays.

Karen Young

How Karen solved the Case: For this bonus challenge I wanted to use my stash of older Maggie Holmes paper. I pulled out an old border punch and found some vellum (I haven't used vellum in years)! The design clue that I used was a large cut file for the background, and decorative borders and edges.

Melissa Vining

How Melissa solved the Case: I was so happy to use up older stash to create this layout, including Dear Lizzy Neapolitan which from when I first started scrapbooking. I was inspired by the colour scheme, and used lots of the clues like metallics, a border punch, and I muted my background with white acrylic paint.

The CSI design team masterfully cracked the Case. We'll share how they solved the Case on Facebook.


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

Testimony Link - Creative Writing Prompts

We trust we've provided enough clues for you to solve the Cases! You have until Saturday, July 4, 2020, to solve this case. We can't wait to see what you'll create! Upload your creations in our Facebook Group (album links in sidebar).