Friday, December 1, 2023

December Case Files - First Reveal | Deadline: January 4, 2024

Happy December, CSI Investigators!  So hard to believe we are almost finished with 2023, but we're excited to bring you a new month of fun and inspiring scrapbooking challenges and lots of beautiful inspiration. 

For this first reveal, we'll be sharing inspiration for our first Case File. On the 15th, we'll be sharing inspiration for our second Case File. 


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.


Christmas is just around the corner, so we're celebrating the holiday season with our Case Files. 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:  Tonia Tkach

Image credit: Everyday Wholesome

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? A reminder of our first Case File...


We're pleased to have two Guest Detectives this month! These ladies' work caught our eye in the CSI album galleries.

First up, we present Ali Thomas Steer.

Ali Thomas Steer

Hi, I'm Ali from the UK. I've been scrapbooking since 2005 and mainly document my family, friends and travels. I love CSI because it makes me dive into
my stash and rediscover things I'd forgotten I have! 

For the Case File this month I took inspiration from the lovely colour palette and combined bits from a number of different collections to solve the case using circles, stars, wooden items, a solid background, candy cane swirls and a hot cocoa with marshmallows theme.

Our second Guest Detective is Nelya Lutsyuk.

Hi, everyone! I’m delighted to be a Guest Designer (thanks so much, Debbi). My name is Nelya Lutsyuk. I get to be a stay at home mommy to 4 kiddos. My oldest is almost 8, and my youngest is 6 months (he was born around Christmastime!). I enjoy crafting, scrapbooking in particular. I love how broad this craft is - you could include mixed media, fabric, collaging, doodling, painting, stamping, and more! It’s so much fun to be inspired and pushed out of my comfort zone by various challenges. Everyday/random stories are my favorite to document - hearing funny stories from my childhood is something I’ve always enjoyed, and I want my kids to know theirs (such as the time when my kindergartener refused to have her school picture taken). Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who totally enables me and my scrapbooking. 😁

Here's how Nelya solved the Case: The evidence I used was: hearts, sweets, stars, scallops, circles, sprinkled background, and the overall bakery/baking theme. The testimony also documents a Christmas season memory.

Next up, we have Leslie Williams guest designing.

Leslie Williams

Hello! I'm Leslie Williams! I'm a speech language pathologist, but I've put my career on hold for the past 4.5 years to be home with my girls, Gwendolyn ("Gwen") and Catherine ("Kitty"). They are spirited little creatures with advanced senses of humor and sharp intellects! I love them with every ounce of my being, even when they make me want to scream! I live in Philadelphia, in a row home that was built in 1837! I live on a cobblestone street and everything! Happy to be a guest DT member at CSI!

The case file inspired my color choices as well as my layout topic. I love baking with my girls, so I had plenty of photos to choose from. The texture of the house motivated me to dry emboss my hearts. I also included dots, stripes, Christmas sweets, scallops, sparkly Thickers, and a solid, white background. I finished it off by sprinkling some splatters!


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.


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: December Prompts 

Testimony Link: Photo a Day Challenge

We trust we've provided enough clues for you to solve the Cases! You have until January 4, 2023 (and beyond--read about this in the Prizes section), 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).


1 comment:

  1. Love all these layouts! Lovin’ the holiday spirit.