Friday, March 1, 2024

March Case Files - First Reveal | Deadline: April 4 (And Beyond)

Happy March, CSI Investigators! We're excited to bring you a new month of fun and inspiring scrapbooking challenges and lots of beautiful inspiration from our design team and guest designers. 

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. 


We'll be inviting some players whose work catches our eye to serve as Guest Detectives along the way. We'll investigate the albums on the 4th of the month, so if you're interested in serving as a Guest Detective, make sure you have your layout in the album by the 4th. (But feel free to use past Case Files as inspiration any time.)

And you never know, if your work really wows us, you might even be asked to join our talented design team.


This month, we're celebrating creativity with our Case Files because March is National Craft Month and International Ideas 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.

Image credit:  TWG Designs

Image credit: Vecteezy

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? First we present layouts created by our design team, followed by our Guest Detectives.

A reminder of our first Case File...


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.

I used a sketch from Just Create and Scrap for inspiration.


Here's what this month's guest designers created with this month's first Case File.

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 floral, pencils /pens, lamp, inkspots, books and furniture. This Case File was perfect to document my youngest grandson's first day of preschool 2024. He was so excited.

Donna Coughlin

Hello, My name is Donna Coughlin and I live outside of Reading, PA. I recently retired (YAH!) and enjoying every moment. I love to travel, especially Disney and the beach. I have been scrapbooking since 2002. I was on various design teams but about 2 years ago, I decided to stop doing that, but for now I just want to focus on catching up on tons of pictures I have of my 11 grandchildren and vacation pictures. I really enjoy the CSI challenges and I was thrilled when I was asked to be a guest designer!

How Donna solved the Case: For the evidence I used floral pattern, text pattern, coffee cup (on paper) For the testimony I handwrite my journaling For the Scheme I used golden yellow, white, and salmon.

Tammy McAnally

I collected scrapbook supplies for many years and only scrapbooked sporadically. After retirement I really started enjoying using my treasures. The variety of styles keeps me motivated and I consider myself an eclectic scrapbooker. Using multiple sources like sketches, classes, and challenges to inspire my layouts is currently my favorite way to complete projects.

Here's how Tammy solved the Case: I was influenced by the evidence: floral pattern, text pattern, art/craft themed items, photo corners, paint brush, paints, ink splats, and people. My own handwriting for the testimony suggestion was personal and felt appropriate for the sentiment. Variations of the color palette were easy to use with the collection I chose, Discover & Create by Vicki Boutin. The title is a play on words as “witnessed” by the journaling.


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: March prompts

We trust we've provided enough clues for you to solve the Cases! You have until April 4, 2024 (and beyond--read about this in the Guest Detective 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).


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