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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 165th 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! They are presented alphabetically.

First up, we have Flying Unicorn, our generous permanent sponsor, supporting CSI this month as a main sponsor.

Flying Unicorn...it’s about One of a Kind. ...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!

Check out the beautiful Kit of the Month Flying Unicorn is donating:

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Our second main sponsor is Paper Bark Crafts.

 Paper Bark Crafts is based in the beautiful Barossa Valley in South Australia.  We stock a variety of craft materials; big brands, small brands, all sorts of brands!  We also ship internationally.

Our two designers have over 50 years experience between them in various types of crafts.  We offer exceptional customer service and treat our valued customers the way we want to be treated. Products are added each week and if you do not see something you want, let us know and we will do our best to find it for you.  Check us out at:  

Store:   http://www.paperbarkcrafts.com.au/

Blog:   https://paperbarkcrafts.wordpress.com/

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/paperbarkcrafts

Paper Bark Crafts is donating a gift voucher to their store!

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Third, we have Studio Tekturek returning as a main sponsor.

We’re Studio Tekturek and we’re a small, Polish brand manufacturing papers and products for paper crafting (scrapbooking and cardmaking). We try to make our designs fresh and versatile with energetic colors. We make significant efforts to create modern design and high quality of manufactured goods, and most importantly we do it with passion! Our products are friendly to people and memories, in a simple way allowing to capture the magic of a great time and good moments. They’re complementary and provide an appropriate background for scrapbooking activity. Our most important goal is to bring color, fun and good energy to the scrap-world! Nice to meet you!

Be sure to check out Studio Tekturek's website, blog, and Facebook page for information about their products and for oodles of inspiration from their design team.

Here's a look at the beautiful collections Studio Tekturek is donating:

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Finally, we are pleased to our permanent sponsor who will be offering a wonderful prize of embellishments to this month's Star Witnesses.

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.

Click on the image below to see the current Case File and all the gorgeous work by the CSI design team and guest designers.

Special Collaboration Case File

CSI is joining forces with Archi-Scraps to bring you a special collaboration Case File that will be open for investigation the entire month of May! We're happy to welcome the Archi-Scraps design team as Collaborating Agents.

One of the perks of a Collaboration Case File is that you can create one layout and enter it for two different challenges. That means you have a chance to win a prize from Archi-Scraps' sponsor and CSI's awesome May sponsors.

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

Under Surveillance - Major Case

A big thank you to everyone who solved our April 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 June.

Happiness at the Track by Jennifer Walth

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Shipwreck Exposed by Angela Bailey

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In Oia by Karen Watson

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Voyage by Christele Breuil

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Big Trip by Rysa

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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.

Fabulous Fun by Sue Fraser

We loved that Sue documented this sweet, funny moment from a trip to Disney. We thought that writing her story on a postcard was a perfect way to make the story the highlight of her page. Thanks for the giggle, Sue!

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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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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March Sponsor Winners

 Thank you to everyone who solved our March Case Files. We had 164 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 March 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, Sisters Art Creation is . . .

Kathy Major

Kathy created  layouts with all three of our March Case Files. Here's a look at her winning entry:

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The winner of the box of papers of their newest and latest collections donated by our main sponsor SODAliciousis . . .

Sue Smith

Sue solved one Case File in March and it was a winner!

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The winner of the gift voucher from our main sponsor Vilda Stamps is...

Melany Lefebvre

Melany solved all three March Case Files. Here is her winning entry:

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


Margotlapie solved all three March Case Files. Here is  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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