Thursday, December 15, 2022

December Case Files - Mid-month Reveal | Deadline: January 4, 2023

Who's ready for Christmas? It's only 10 days away! We're back with inspiration for our second December Case File.

Don't worry if you haven't yet had time to play with our first Case File. Both challenges stay open until January 4.


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.


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And that's what we're celebrating with our Case Files this month. 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.

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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.

Here's how I solved Case File No. 401: I didn't have traditional Christmas products that matched the colour scheme so I improvised to create a background with my distress oxide inks in the different colours and a variety of star stamps. I used the pompom trim to create a wreath around my Christmas photo and tucked a few puffy sticker presents around the title.

 Hi, I’m Antonia and I live in the UK with my family. I’m an occupational therapist by day, avid scrapbooker by night and nature wonderer on the weekends. I started scrapbooking about twelve years ago, wanting to capture and record the special moments in my children’s lives, as they grow up. It has since become a passion and a form of therapy – it keeps me sane when life gets a bit crazy! I am a traditional patterned paper sort of girl at heart and enjoy creating single - and double page layouts and journal pages. You can find me on my blog, on my YouTube channel, and on my Instagram account

Here's how I solved Case File No. 401: The starting inspiration was the patterns for this layout - geometric (grid) design and scallops on the patterned paper. As there was a horizontal orientation going on, I carried on with it, adding two large flags to the middle, using this as the foundation for my photo. I created three embellishment clusters, using winter themed foliage elements, and added some acrylic pieces, too. I completed the layout by adding some faux bow and some buttons to create some visual interest.

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: Loved the colours in this Moodboard, very different for a Christmas layout.
My photo has 2 people in it, and Christmas themed. I used a stencil and texture paste to create texture in my background. Using Christmas trees, Baubles, presents, bows, houses and cartoon complete my layout.


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: December prompts

Testimony Link: December prompts

We trust we've provided enough clues for you to solve the Cases! You have until January 4, 2023, 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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