Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November Case Files - First Reveal | Deadline: December 4, 2022

Happy November, CSI Investigators!  We're excited to bring you a new month of fun and inspiring challenges and lots of beautiful inspiration. 

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 for our second Case File. 


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.


Autumn is in full swing in my part of the world with trees ablaze and leaves carpeting the lawn. We know Halloween was just yesterday, so we're dedicating our first challenge to scrapping the pictures you took of the Halloween Festivities. Our second Case File is devoted to Thanksgiving. As always, you don't have to scrap these topics. 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: Lizzie Mackay

Image credit: Darling Down South

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.


These talented ladies' work caught our eye in previous months' challenges, so we invited them to be guest designers for the month.

Ali Thomas Steer 

My name is Ali and I have been scrapbooking since 2005 when I discovered all the beautiful products I could play with, and I haven't stopped since! I live in the London suburbs with my family and two of my three grown-up children, who are the main source of my photo inspiration. I love CSI as it challenges me to use up my stash, mix and match collections and indulges my love of scraps (I can't throw anything pretty away!) I also love travel, birdwatching and crochet. I am a member of the Cheam Paper Party crop in my local area.

How I solved the Case: We don't celebrate Halloween but I love the season and especially Harvest Festival so I chose to showcase my autumnal photo with the lovely suggested colour palette. I made a wonky circle of triangles inspired by the little people, then sewed some with stripes and swirls and painted others. I used pumpkins, pears and leaves and a multicoloured title, as well as using stars as bullet points for my journaling.

Debra Beer

My name is Debra Beer, I live in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW, Australia.
I am mother to 2 beautiful daughters and 5 amazing grandchildren.
I have been scrapping for over 25 years, and love it, especially entering challenges.
My interests include scrapping, photography, travel and spending time with family.
I am thrilled to be Guest Designer for CSI Challenges.

How I solved the Case: I was inspired to use some of the Moodboard colours to create a Halloween layout. I used texture paste and, oxide inks and Stamping to create my background. The two tone title, highlighted the Halloween themed elements- a bat, pumpkins, a skull and a spider in its Web. A few stars and flowers finished my layout nicely.

Cynthia Baldwin

Hi, I'm Cynthia Baldwin. I live in Cypress, Texas (northwest Houston) with my husband of over 25 years, John. We have two kids, Nick and Aly, plus our fur baby Lucy. I've been papercrafting/memory-keeping for over thirty years, and I still love the creativity, photography, generous community - and of course the pretty supplies! - that come with this awesome hobby.

Thanks to Debbi and the CSI design team for providing me some much-needed inspiration for my memory-keeping.

How I solved the Case: I didn't have any Halloween pics, but the black and white reminded me of my dog Lucy. These pics are from a recent road trip we took when we helped my daughter move into a new college apartment. Lucy likes riding in the car, but this was different because we had a rental van, and she couldn't reach the window to stick her head out like she likes to do!

I started with the colors of the case file, and then added a few more. (CSI files are great, because you can pick and choose from the clues and colors, and you can shop your stash.) I also used the clues for distressed solid background, triangle print, stars, paint, circles, and stitches.
I used an SOS sketch for my page design.


And now, are you ready for some serious inspiration? Here's what our design team created with this month's first Case File. We will share 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.


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 Links: Brain Candy

Testimony Link: November prompts

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