Monday, June 1, 2020

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

Happy June! It's finally getting warm here in Maryland, and we'll be celebrating summer with our Case Files. We're excited to bring you some fantastic new challenges, new sponsors, and new guest designers to inspire you!

We hope you've been enjoying the May challenges, and don't forget that if you haven't yet had a chance to play, we've added a few extra days to the deadline--submissions will be accepted by the 4th of the next month.

For this first reveal, we'll be sharing inspiration from the design team and guest designers for our first Case File. On the 15th, we'll be sharing inspiration from the design team and guest designers for our second Case File as well as our Cold Case File, our special stash-busting challenge.


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. 321. We will share their creations for Case File No. 322 and the Cold Case on the 15th.

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

Our amazing Guest Detectives from the CUT to YOU design team will be sharing inspiration in the mid-month reveal.

The  Paper Issues design team rocked the Case too:

Debbi used Sketch #30 from Paper Issues 30 Days of Sketches challenge.

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

Karen Young

Hi! My name is Karen Young and I am excited to be a Special Investigator here at CSI as it has been one of my favourite challenge blogs for years. I am an optometrist in Newfoundland, Canada where I live with my husband and 10 year old daughter. I have been scrapbooking for almost 20 years. I love all things crafty including painting, needle felting and hand lettering. I also like to walk and hike when I can.

Though I haven't updated it in quite some time, feel free to visit my scrapbooking blog!

How Karen solved the Case: My jump off inspiration from this scene was watercolor! For the colour scheme, I chose to use just the two shades of green. For evidence I used a solid white background, circles, texture paste and watercolors. My inspiration word was style.

Rona Mallard

Hi, my name is Rona Mallard and I am thrilled to be guest designing for CSI. I have loved this challenge site for quite some time now and have found that my layouts have improved over that time because of the out of the box thinking that comes from challenging myself to use as much evidence as possible and from gleaning from the inspiration layouts created by this very talented team! I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years and currently scrapbook mostly my two grandsons.

How Rona solved the Case: That cactus lady was adorable! I used all the colors, white background, watercolor, lots of texture, flair that I made and circles. It is kinda crazy busy but I like it lol!

Melissa Vining

My name is Melissa and I'm so excited to be Special Investigator for CSI. I live in Queenstown, New Zealand with my husband and our 4 children. I'm a Town Planning Consultant and as well as scrapbooking I mountain bike, snowboard and train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I've been scrapbooking for well over 11 years and I love creating traditional 12 x 12 layouts to record our everyday memories. I also make mini albums and travellers notebooks. The international scrapbooking community is wonderful, and I've made so many friends from this awesome hobby! I love the challenges at CSI, thank you so much for having me!

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How Melissa solved the Case: I was inspired by the majority of the colour scheme and especially the cacti. The hat reminded me of a planter box, so I created one for my page. The evidence I used are white cardstock, water colours, cacti embellishments with cut files and fussy cut elements, and floral patterns. For the testimony I journaled in a line along the bottom of the planter box. The photo is of my two youngest girls during our country's recent lockdown. The cut files are from Handipaper.

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Karen Brierly

My name is Karen Brierley, and I live in Queensland, Australia. Thanks so much for the opportunity to design for CSI this month! I've been a scrapbooker in some way or another, for as long as I can remember. Over the years I've tried all kinds of styles and techniques, but my go-to style is simple and linear, with strong colour combos and personal touches such as stitching or doodling. When I'm not scrapbooking you'll find me hiking, camping or scoping out cafes and country markets. You'll find my scrapbook and other creations on my blog:

How Karen solved the Case: I was inspired by the beautiful citrus/summer colours, and I couldn't resist some of the evidence prompts - cactus/plant motifs, and a mix of textures.

Kate Collis

Hi there - I am Kate, married to Paul (for 20 years now!) & mum of 3 - Lara (17), Isabel (15) and Luke (12). I work as a full time Charity Director and Trustee in London. We live in Hertfordshire in the UK and most of my spare time outside of family is filled with crafting and online scrapbook stalking, with occasional breaks for wine and book groups. 
I’ve always loved being creative and find it a great way to switch off from spreadsheets and strategy things that fill my work time. I used to do cross stitch and needlecraft and came to scrapbooking via a friend in 2010 and haven't looked back since. I love how much content and inspiration there is online and I do something crafty every day and subscribe to a couple of kit clubs. I am particularly loving the CSI challenges as they are making me look at and use my stash in a new way. I tend to use scrapbooking as a reflective diary as well as documenting our family adventures - so mix up event scrapping with quotes and journaling. My instagram account is if you want to see more of my work

How Kate solved the Case: Evidence - I used the Summer theme, plants, flowers, and fresh colours on a solid white background to document the food prep and scones I made for VE day front garden party for our street. I printed my photo in black and white as a contrast to the summer colours, fussy cut flowers and raised them on foam pads and made sure to add in the rainbows as the theme of lockdown round here with the green border matching the title and leaves.

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.

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Lillian Morvik

I am 52 years old. I have three children (21, 18 and 13) and a husband. My family lives on an island on the west coast of Norway. I am an engineer and work at a yard where we build oil-platforms. We are a busy family, so it is sometimes hard to find time to scrapbook. Therefore I really appreciate the time I get to just enter the scrapbooking world. I most like to scrap layouts, and I love CSI and its concept. I scrap new and old pictures, mostly of my kids, and I like to tell the stories as well. I do not have a particular style, but like to try things I see and get inspired by, and I like to start with a sketch, and make it my own way, as I play along .

How Lillian solved the Case: I used the colors, patterns with shapes, circles, enamel dots, eye glasses, floral patterns, buttons, summer themed elements( flip flop)
I have written some journaling at the bottom. The picture is of three young ladies spending some really fun days of summer holiday together. The three of them are very good friends, and the kindest girls. Never any problems.

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Tracey Beer

Hi everyone. I’m so excited to be here. I live in Melbourne and work full time as a Detective with Victoria Police. I’m a mother, scrapbooker and love to travel (staying safe at home now though) . I’ve been scrapping for about 16 years and my 20 year old son was my greatest source of inspiration until he became photo phobic about 6 years ago. He now has a delightful girlfriend so photos are have started to flow again! As a former fitter & turner familiar with technical drawings, when I first started scrapping I favoured a very graphic style and struggled to even place my photo on an angle. My style has evolved and I’m a big fan of mixed media. It’s still rare though that I place my photo on an angle!

How Tracey solved the Case: I used a solid white background, circles in impasto. buttons, a flair, eye glasses and water colours. I documented two passions of mine.

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).

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