Sunday, January 15, 2023

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

Here we are, mid-month, ready to bring you fresh inspiration for our second January challenge.

Don't worry if you haven't had time to play along with the first challenge--both challenges stay open the entire month, even beyond (read the next section for more information).


CSI has been running our challenges for 11 years, since 2012, and our savings have dwindled over the years, so we no longer have the ability to provide a monthly gift certificate, but we do have enough to give away a prize every 4 months this year, so we'll be awarding a $20 (U.S. dollars) gift certificate to your favorite online craft store (must take Paypal) to one lucky player according to the following schedule--so the more you play, the more chances you'll have.

January - April Case Files will be awarded on or after May 4
May - August Case Files will be awarded in on or after September 4
October - December Case Files will be awarded on or after next January 4

You will see the customary due date on the Case Files because I'll check those for guest designers, but feel free to go back and play with Case Files that have expired. As long as they're in the albums by the May, September, and January dates listed above, you'll be eligible for the prize.

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


We're excited to announce a new Detective to the CSI team! Please give a warm CSI welcome to Kisha James. You will love her bold, fresh style!

Here's a bit about Kisha, in her own words:

Hi, y’all!!! I am super excited to be here! Just a little about myself: I’m 49 I've been married for 27 years this coming October. No children, just two rotten fur babies. I’ve been scrapping in some form or fashion since 1993. I met Debbi through Paper Issues. My IG is @kikiscrapsalot I can’t wait to get started!


I don't know about you, but I still have a huge stack of Christmas photos to scrap. With Christmas falling near the end of the month, we decided to extend our time for scrapping Christmas into January. The Scenes are wintry, so winter could also be a possibility. 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: Yu Kito Lee

Image credit: Tabula Rosi

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.

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 .

Here's how I solved Case File No. 402: I documented my kids being patient waiting for Christmas Eve. I have have used snowflakes, labels, hand lettering and hearts


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: Photo a Day Challenge

We trust we've provided enough clues for you to solve the Cases! You have until February 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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