Welcome to CSI! We're so delighted you're here.

CSI is a  scrapbooking challenge that inspires you to try new colors schemes and to tell your stories. Our Case Files provide inspiration that will get you thinking about scrapbooking in a whole new way.

A new Case File opens for investigation the first, second, and fourth Friday evenings of each month at 6:00 p.m. EST. Come join the design team and CSI members in a live chat every reveal night!

CSI is all about inspiration and sharing and, most important, fun! We can't wait to see the stories you'll tell and the art you'll create!

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"THANK YOU Debbi and Team.... This is all because of you guys... you inspire me every week to push myself and I love it. This site has ignited my creativity and helped me to find my voice and given me more confidence than anything else and for that I am truly grateful." --Val Thorpe


"I want to thank you because I have had an amazing journey here so far. All my layouts have made either the Most Wanted list or the Watched list. I love CSI because it is run in such a professional manner, everything happens exactly when you say it is going to. This is a big credit to you and your team and I want to take this moment to thank you and all your team for this as it makes it so much easier for us that are still so new to the world of blogging let alone scrapbooking." --Carol Deal


"Thank you for providing all those beautiful Case Files. Without them I wouldn't be able to get over my shyness of writing on my layouts or writing in general. Your site has woken my inner muse. I am extremely grateful for that." --Sandra Taylor


"CSI is a very special place for me. I have made friends all around the world. I think of it like my creative homeroom. Thank you Debbi!" --Lydibel Porrata


"I have so enjoyed myself since I have joined CSI, it's such a different environment to anywhere else I have been. It's so warm and connected. The case files are so inspiring and I have ended up with some of my very favourite pages." --Hayley

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I'd like to say a special Thank you to Lydell Quin from our kindred site, The Color Room, for making many of the awesome graphics and helping me to get CSI off the ground!

And a huge thank you to Michele Singh, who has put countless hours into additional graphics for CSI, including our awesome CSI Coordinates! Please let Michele know how much you love and appreciate the Coordinates!

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Welcome to CSI!

Welcome to CSI and to the reveal of our 159th Case File! The inspiration shared by our members in the gallery continually dazzles us, and we hope that you will be inspired to play with us again this week.

If you haven't yet seen the artists who were placed Under Surveillance this past week, be sure to scroll down on this front page. We have added an archive in the forums so that you can always check out the Under Surveillance line-ups for past Case Files, and we've created a permanent page for our Star Witnesses (see sub-tabs under Suspects).

We're so excited to have 3 main sponsors this month!

First, we have SistersArt Creation, owned by our very own CSI Detective Merry Braheler and her sister..

"We are two sisters, Linda and Merry, who are crazy about scrapbooking. Somehow we decided to make our own chipboards and try to sell them on 2011, and somehow it work. Lately we've included some of corkboards and stencils too. And if you'd like and if it's not too complicated for us, we could make as well a custom design for you (only wordlets or names). We have quite selection of chipboards and corkboards. We have a blog  andFacebook Account (SistersArt Creation -sistersartcreation@gmail.com) where you can visit for inspirations of how to use our products."

Here's a look at the beautiful chipboard SistersArt Creation is donating:

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Our second Main Sponsor is SODAlicious.

SODAlicious is a Polish company owned by Nulka and Jaszmurka, who share a passion for paper and creating a unique and unrepeatable work.  SODAlicious makes beautiful, hip and trendy scrapbook papers, stamps, stencils, and embellishments. Visit the SODAlicious blog to find lots and lots of inspiration by their fabulous design team. You can also connect with SODAlicious on their Facebook page.

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Our third main sponsor is Vilda Stamps

Vilda Stamps is a Swedish company that makes  an amazing variety of stamps for every style and theme, from nature to fantasy, from holidays to architecture images, from journaling to sentiments, from steampunk to swirls. Check out the Vilda Stamps blog for inspiration on using their beautiful stamps. You can connect with Vilda Stamps on their Facebook page for more inspiration.

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As always, we're grateful to have our generous permanent sponsor, Flying Unicorn.

Flying Unicorn... it’s about One of a Kind. They offer an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest and greatest and includes an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing! Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot and happening place which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques and friendships that last! They also have a blog and a Facebook page where you can find loads of inspiration!

Starting this month, Flying Unicorn will be donating their beautiful Kit of the Month. Here's the prize for a lucky player this month:

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We are also pleased to present a second permanent sponsor who will be offering a wonderful prize of beautiful ribbons and trims each week to our Star Witness.

Scrapbook Fantasies  is a Scrapbooking, Papercrafts and Mixed Media business opened in November 2002 in Gladstone, Queensland.  The well stocked store receives new stock daily, and supports a boutique style online store here.  The owner Alicia runs Weekly Challenges and many other competitions giving away over $250 dollars in store vouchers every month.  The Gallery  hosts thousands of customer creations, and is available for viewing without login. Parcels are posted within Australia at a flat $6.50 or the actual postage rate (whichever is the lesser), or FREE for orders over $100.  International parcels are posted at the actual postage rate.

We thank all of our sponsors for their generous prize donations to our CSI Members!

Now, are you ready to solve this week's Case File? Click on the image below to see our most current Case File and all the gorgeous work by the CSI design team and our guest designers. 

Under Surveillance - Major Case

A big thank you to everyone who solved our February Major Case File. It was hard to choose our favorites, but after a thorough investigation we have our lineup. These talented artists will be invited as our Special Investigators in April.

Widow by Lisa-Marie Watling

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So Many Possibilities by Heather Robertson

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(always a) Karateka by Vivian Huizinga

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Je Ne t'oublierai Jamais by Jacynthe Loubier

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Any American Relatives? by Nina Straume

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Introducing the "Major Case"

CSI has been so honored to collaborate with Scrap365, UK's biggest and best scrapbooking magazine, since August 2013. We were saddened to learn that this amazing magazine is ceasing publication. 

We had been planning a monthly collaboration in which we'd have a Case File open for the entire month.

In its place, we will be continuing this tradition of having the first Case File of the Month to stay open for the whole month. We are calling this Case File the "Major Case."

We'll choose the designers of our five favorite layouts to be future Special Investigators (aka guest designers).

Click on the image below to see this month's Major Case and all the gorgeous work by the CSI design team and guest designers.

Under Surveillance

Tell Your Story. It's our tagline, and here at CSI, it's one of our missions to get our members to delve deeper into journaling--to document the meaningful bits and pieces that make up our lives. We would like to shine a special spotlight each week on a member who did an exceptional job telling their story. Click here to see an archive of all our Star Witnesses.

Where I Find My Peace by Lisa-Marie Watling

Lisa-Marie's beautiful words bring us right into her journey of peace and healing through yoga. Her page design, her photo, and her details work together perfectly with her story.  Thank you, once again, Lisa-Marie, for sharing your heart with us.

Each week, five layouts that caught our eye will be chosen to feature as our "Most Wanted." With so many amazing layouts in the gallery, it was incredibly hard to narrow the "lineup" down to five, but here they are, in no particular order. (Please click on the title beneath the layout to take you to the layout in the gallery where you can leave the artists some comments.) 

A Little Bit of Me by Christele Breuil

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And just because there were too many fantastic layouts in the gallery, here are a few more that caught our eye.

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February Sponsor Winners

 Thank you to everyone who solved our February Case Files. We had 165 images added to our gallery for these Case Files! Winners of our main sponsor prizes were chosen from our Most Wanted LIst.

We chose our five favorites from each of the February Case Files and assigned them a number and then had Random.org choose our winner from those on the Most Wanted list.

And a huge thank you to our sponsors for their generous donations!

Our first winner of the prize pack of beautiful chipboard from our main sponsor, 2Crafty Chipboard is . . .

Nina Straume

Nina created four layouts with our February Case Files. Here's a look at her winning entry:

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The winner of the gift certificate to A Cherry on Top, donated by one of our wonderful CSI Detectives is . . .

Heather Robertson

Heather solved one Case File in February and it was a winner!

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And the winner of this month's gift certificate from our generous permanent sponsor, Flying Unicorn is. . . 

Juliet Sherriff

Juliet solved one Case File in February, and it was her winning entry:

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Congratulations, ladies! Please message me with your mailing address and email addresses, so I can forward your information to our generous sponsors.



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    Please note that to win a prize, you need to follow the challenge guidelines. Basically,

    • You need to follow the challenge (use all 5 colors, at least two Evidence clues, and at least one Testimony clue).
    • In the description, you need to describe the Evidence and Testimony clues.
    • You need to upload your layout by the deadline.

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