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

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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Look for Coordinates on the first and third Case Files of each month.

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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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June Sponsor Winners

 Thank you to everyone who solved our June Case Files. We had 306 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 Meg's Garden is . . . 

Sandra Yanice

Sandra created four layouts with our June Case Files. Here is her winning entry:

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The winner of the prize from Core'dinations is . . . 

Lisa L

Lisa created two layouts with our June Case Files. Here is her winning entry:

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The winner of the prize from The Trinket Track is . . . 

Johanna Rol-Middelbos

Johanna created one layout with our June Case Files, and it was a winning entry:

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

Robin Anderson

Robin created six layouts with our June Case Files. Here's 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.

Welcome to CSI!

Welcome to CSI and to the reveal of our 130th 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 welcome back Lucky 7 Factory as our main sponsor this month!

The Lucky 7Factory is a young company in Quebec, Canada. It all started around a table practicing our favorite hobby, scrapbooking. Our friendship circle then added another string to its bow; by becoming business women.

For 3 years now, we offer collections that include double-sided papers and handmade ornaments. We are now in our eighth collection (Zenitude). With the latter, we offer die cut shape, polymer embellishments and alphabets stickers. Together, they are perfectly coordinated.

Our goal is to create a quality product while respecting our beautiful planet. That is why our paper is 100% recyclable. It is thick enough to make cards and is the perfect support for mix-media techniques. It is quite versatile. The handmade ornaments are made ​​with lots of love and care. To ensure customer satisfaction, we try to surpass ourselves with each new collection.

In addition, via our blog, we love sharing tips and tricks to create while recycling everyday objects. Twice per month, we create challenges that help motivate or get you out of your comfort zone.  It is also a great way to get to know each member of our Design Team (DT) and follow the evolution of the company.

Through this adventure, we love talking to our customers and share our passion with them.  These moments are always filled with small joys and madness. This represents us very well!

Here is a look at the prize one lucky CSI player will win this month:

Come discover Lucky 7 Factory by visiting our blog, our Facebook page and Pinterest.

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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. 

Special Collaboration Case File

Case File today! CSI is joining forces with ARTastic to bring you a special collaboration Case File that will be open for investigation the entire month of July! 

I've long been a fan of and cheerleader for challenges, and came up with the idea a few months back to collaborate with other challenges. CSI has been blessed to have a generous following, and this is our way to pay it forward and introduce our members to other scrapbooking challenges.

Layouts submitted to the ARTastic blog and the CSI gallery will be entered for prizes from both challenges. In addition, creators of our favorite layouts will be invited to join us as Special Deputies (guest designers) in September.

Come find out about ARTastic and see our awesome special Collaboration Case File, based on a Scene chosen by ARTastic Artistic Director, Jane Howden. Just click on the image below to see the Case File and the awesome work by the ARTastic team and the CSI Detectives.

Under Surveillance - Scrap365

A big thank you to everyone who solved our special Scrap365 Case File in June. 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 August.

Keep Looking at Me by mag&scrap

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Beautiful by Zeneva Kovic

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Perfectly Content by Lynette Jacobs

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Untitled by Rysa

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A Cool Fresh Swim by Robin Anderson


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 sixth Case File during the month of June. 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 CSI Detectives: 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. S365-6? 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 June.

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.

Hey There Cupcake by Erika Hayes

Erika's journaling is completely scrumptious! She had our mouths watering with her delightful, detailed words describing her love affair with cupcakes. Such a fun, fantastic page and story. Thank you, Erika for sharing this sweet slice of life! Now... I'm off in search of a cupcake!

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.) 

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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