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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Announcing Our New Design Team

I'd like to thank everyone who responded to our design team call. We had over 50 applicants. There were so many talented and inspiring members applying, and I loved looking through your work on your blogs and galleries. I wish we could take everyone who applied.

We're sad to say goodbye to our cherished Detectives who are going into retirement. They will always wear the CSI Detective badge. We thank them for their inspiration and all they have done to make CSI the awesome community it is!

We are excited to announce the latest additions to our design team of CSI Detectives, along with our continuing Detectives. We are pleased to carry on the tradition of including an incredibly talented and diverse team of designers from around the globe who have a range of storytelling and artistic styles to inspire all types of scrappers.

Please help us welcome our newest  CSI Detectives (their term will begin with the first May reveal):

Anastasia M - Russian Federation

Andrea Jones - United States

Juliet Sherriff - New Zealand

Lisa-Marie Watling - South Africa

Marek - Canada

Taru Jehkonen - Finland

Vicki Christensen - Australia

And here are our returning Detectives:

Adele Beck - United States

Arnlaug Koppang- Norway

Carol Deal - Australia

Celeste Delorenzi - Argentina

Debbi Tehrani- United States

Debbie Standard - United States

Em Stafrace - Australia

Gail Macaulay - South Africa

Hayley Stewart - New Zealand

Heather Jacob - Australia

Kylie gW - Australia

Laura Mooney - United States

Marie Claude Rodier (aka Nini) - Canada 

Merry Braehler - Germany

Michele Singh - United States

Michelle Whorwood - New Zealand

Nupur Patel - India

Patty Rogers - United States

Sarah Groen - New Zealand

Sylvia Mellander Ekman - Sweden

Tracee Provis - England

Wendy Bennett - Australia

Welcome to CSI!

Welcome to CSI and to the reveal of our 161st 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 4 main sponsors this month!

Creative Embellishments is an online store that sells trendy scrapbooking embellishments, including chipboard, wood veneer, flair, and stamps. They ship internationally. Be sure to visit the Creative Embellishments blog for oodles of inspiration from their design team. Creative Embellishments is donating a gift certificate to their store.

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We're excited to welcome back The Dusty Attic, CSI's very first sponsor!

The Dusty Attic is an Australian owned and operated Laser Cutting business, which designs and manufactures craft items and embellishments.

Starting in July 2009 and located in Perth, Western Australia, we are proud to be able to make our mark on the scrapbooking and craft industry with our great range of products. We are continually designing so we can bring  our customers new and fresh designs. We love seeing what creations our customers have made. And we also love to hear your feedback, as this helps us with new ideas and creations. Visit the Dusty Attic blog for beautiful inspiration  from their design team.

Dusty Attic is donating $100 store credit for the winner to purchase their beautiful chipboard of your choice!

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Lindy's luscious luster is all uniquely two-toned! With vibrant shimmery sprays, flat sprays, vintage sprays, embossing powder and lots more!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang is the creative” baby” of Lindy Plakinger. She passed away in 2008 after bravely battling illness. She was a self-made cartoonist, loved drawing, crafting, designing new products, and creating her funny cartoon characters! One of her greatest joys was traveling to stamping and scrapbooking conventions across the US, demo-ing to her heart’s content with her sister, and giggle partner, Vicki!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang will continue, as was her hope, and dream. Her husband and daughter have taken over the company keeping her creativity alive. Tracey, (her daughter), has always been a “jar filler” in the background of Lindy’s Stamp Gang, but is now trying to fill some incredible shoes!

 Lindy's Stamp Gang is donating a $40 gift certificate!

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We're delighted to have our generous permanent sponsor Scrapbook Fantasies serve as a main sponsor this month!

Scrapbook Fantasies  is a Scrapbooking, Papercrafts, Art and Mixed Media store 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 prizes and 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 $8 or the actual postage rate (whichever is the lesser), or FREE for orders over $100.

Check out the beautiful prize pack Scrapbook Fantasies is donating:

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 March 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 May.

Snap! by Kathy Major

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#Keepinitreal by Tracey Henly

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Clic Clic Clic by Iseirinne

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Le Petite Maison dans la Prairie by Melany Lefebvre

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Finish by ELena Neger

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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.

Then She Said Don't Worry Mum, I'll be Alright by Sandra Taylor

Sandra's beautiful layout captured our attention, but it's her heart-wrenching story of having to care for her daughter who has diabetes that captured our hearts. Through Sandra's words, we learn the struggles of both Naomi and Sandra. Sandra captured the sadness of this terrible disease through words and the perfect photograph of her beautiful daughter. Thank you, Sandra, 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.) 

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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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