Saturday, January 1, 2022

January Case Files - First Reveal | Deadline: February 4, 2021

Happy January! Happy New Year! And Happy Birthday, CSI! CSI is celebrating our tenth anniversary! Over the past ten years, we've had over 400 challenges, including special Case Files that were published in Scrap365 magazine and in collaboration with other challenge sites.

So, to celebrate our tenth anniversary, we have an exciting celebration. We've invited retired design team members to celebrate with us as Guest Detectives this month, and a bunch of them are joining us! Over the past decade, we've been proud had so many talented scrapbookers on our team, as you can see by looking at the roster of Retired Detectives (scroll down to the bottom to see the list).

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. 


This year, in addition to having sponsors donate prizes, CSI will be giving away a $20 (U.S. dollars) gift certificate to your favorite online craft store (must take Paypal) to one lucky player each month.

We'll also be inviting some players whose work catches our eye to serve as Guest Detectives.

We're excited to have CUT to YOU continue as a prime sponsor this year!
At CUT to YOU you’ll find unique digital cut files for all kinds of paper lovers. Our goal is to provide unique and versatile designs that inspire a world of makers and ignite their joy of creating. For use on all sorts of paper projects, including scrapbook pages, travellers notebooks, cards and more, with over 300 designs to choose from, we really do have a cut file for everyone.

CUT to YOU is all about helping you document your family in a fun and creative way. We create unique designs that do not overwhelm the page, that allow the photos to shine, AND that paper crafters of all levels can use, not just the Scrapbook elite. We believe that cut files should be accessible to everyone so all of our designs are available as Digital downloads as well as physical cut outs called Custom Cuts which can be shipped to you worldwide. In store, you will also find digital scrapbooking kits (KIT to YOU) which feature exclusive cut file designs and all the information you need to recreate the kit in the comfort of your own home, using supplies you already have.

Join our newsletter for FREE digital designs and exclusive offers – here.

Visit our blog for loads of inspiration from our International design team.

CUT to YOU is donating a generous selection of digital cut files to our winners to the value of $25. The prize packs will be carefully selected and themed around the CSI challenge. As the prize will be sent via email digitally, it is available to be shipped Internationally.

Here is a sample of CUT to YOU's beautiful products:

In addition, to celebrate our tenth anniversary, Retired Detective Nupur Patel is providing this lovely mini-digital scrapbooking kit to one lucky player.


In honor of CSI's 10th birthday, we're reminiscing about our very first Case File, which was themed around Alice in Wonderland because Lewis Carroll's birthday falls in January. You can take a look at our very first Case File and layouts from our original design team as well as some from our original players here. For our second Case File, we are celebrating winter.

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.

Image credit: Tart & Craft

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.


And now, are you ready for some serious inspiration? Here's what our design team and Retired Detective created with this month's first Case File. We will share their creations for our other Case File on the 15th of the month.

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

The Retired Detectives rocked the Case File too!

Retired Detective - Terhi Koskinen

Retired Detective - Helen Wallace

Retired Detective -Rikka Kovasin

Retired Detective - Janet Fritz
Check out Janet's process video here.

Retired Detective - Nupur Patel

Retired Detective - Shaunery Wharton

Retired Detective - Sue Smith

Retired Detective - Lorimar Ortega

Retired Detective - Wendy Bennett

Retired Detective - Annette Gearside


Choose as many or as few as you are inspired to use! You don't have to use all of the categories of clues. use what inspires you, or challenge yourself to use as many clues as you can. Or just use the image to inspire you as you wish!

Testimony Link: January Prompts

Testimony Link: Daydreaming on Paper

We trust we've provided enough clues for you to solve the Cases! You have until February 4, 2022, 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).


  1. Wonderful entries Happy 10thBirthday CSI & congratulations to Debbi for running such an inspirational site .. 🦋❤️

    1. Thank you for always being so kind and encouraging, and thank you for your beautiful inspiration this month, Annette!

  2. Love these cases! I keep trying to join in and I even managed a layout last month but life events meant it never got photographed! Definitely will this month though. Am I right in thinking there is no cold case this month? Thanks so much for the inspiration!