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CSI is a weekly 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 every Friday evening 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


"CSI is a very special place for me. I had 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 137th 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.

We're excited to announce Quirky Kits as our main sponsor this month!

What are Quirky Kits?

Quirky Kits are papercrafting kits made primarily for scrapbooking although you can use them for other papercrafts too like cardmaking, home decor making and collage making, any making and creating you want to do! In each main kit you get archival quality patterned paper, solid coloured cardstock, an alphabet sticker set and a selection of different craft embellishments. Kit contents is inspired by current trends in homewares, fashion and papercrafts and kit contents and colour themes are put together with a quirky touch. There are three kits to choose from , the main kit which gives you a balance of paper and embellishments, (this is a good place to start if you’re not sure which kit is for you) the Lite kit which gives you a smaller selection of paper and embellishments, (this is a great one to go for if you’re an established crafter looking to add a little something new to your supplies to keep them fresh) and the embellishment kit which is a selection of just embellishments, (ideal for arty/crafty makers who don’t want so much patterned paper or Project Life™ scrapbookers looking for embellishments). You can also subscribe to more than one kit at a time as all three kits co-ordinate together to give you more to create with.

On subscription kits are delivered automatically every other month for as long as you want to subscribe and you can unsubscribe at any time you need to. It’s a great way to get fun new paper craft supplies without having to think about what you need or where to get it from just wait for your postie to bring you your Quirky Kit box full of new goodies! Kits arrive packaged in take out bags ready to take to craft groups or just to keep together in one place ready to craft with, (it’s a quick tidy up too, just chuck everything back in the bag when you’re done for the day!). The main kits come with a printout with starting points and scrapbook page sketches and you can also get ideas and inspiration on the Quirky Kits blog and by following us on Pinterest.

Here's a look at the fantastic prize one lucky CSI member will win:

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We also have two generous permanent sponsors...

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!

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 - ARTastic Collaboration Case File

A big thank you to everyone who solved our second Collaboration Case File. It was hard to choose our favorites, but after a thorough investigation we have our lineup. These talented artists will be our Special Deputies in September.

Vivian Huizenga

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Kathleen White

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Tracey L Henly

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Patricia Harbott

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Karen Watson


We are so excited about our collaboration with Scrap365, UK's biggest and best scrapbooking magazine. 

We shared our first Special Scrap365 Case File in August 2013 and are opening our seventh Case File during this month of August. After this Case File closes, we will be selecting our five favorite layouts to feature, and those people will be invited as CSI Special Deputies (guest designers) for June. 

If you've never seen this magazine, it's awesome. I've subscribed to just about every scrapbook magazine over the years, and I must say, this is the very best publication I've ever seen. Each issue is chock-full of gorgeous layouts from scrappers around the world, every single one accompanied by commentary from the designer. There are numerous articles in each issue: trendy technique with step-by-step instructions; tons of inspiring articles on topics ranging from journaling to designer's styles to tips for using products by top-notch designers; pull-out sketches; and so much more. Scrap365 has an amazing design team, including some of our very own past and present CSI Dectectives: Emma Trout, Heather Jacob, Riikka Kovasin, and Tracee Provis. You really must check out Scrap365! Check out the Scrap365 blog too for added inspiration.

Here's a look at the cover of the current issue of Scrap365:

Now, are you ready to solve this Case File No. S365-7? Click on the image below to see this special Case File and all the gorgeous work by the CSI design team and our guest designers.  This Case File will be open for the entire month of August.

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.

Crafting Happiness by Elizabeth Knight

We feel honored and privileged that Elizabeth feels comfortable to share her poignant story with the CSI community. Elizabeth's honest, courageous journaling sheds light on the very important topic of mental illness and depression. Her heartfelt journaling gives hope to us all. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing this piece of 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.) 

Special by Juliet Sherriff

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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.

Pranzetto da Mundaka by Giorgia Rossini

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Butterfly Gardens by Beth Ervin

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The Color Run by Tanya Cadieux @ Froggy

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Happy Moments by Zeffy

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Forever Flowers by Patricia Harbott

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July Sponsor Winners

 Thank you to everyone who solved our July Case Files. We had 215 images added to our gallery for these Case Files! Our randomly-selected winners for the prizes from our generous sponsor are listed below.

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

The winner of the prize from Lucky 7 Factory is . . . 


Tjet created four layouts with our July Case Files. Here is her winning entry:

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


Iseirinne created two layouts with our July Case Files. Here is her winning entry:

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


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