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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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PRAISE FROM OUR MEMBERS

"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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!

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Welcome to CSI!

Welcome to CSI and to the reveal of our 171st 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 5 main sponsors this month! They are presented alphabetically. 

Check out the reveal thread for details on these fantastic companies.

First up, we have Carolina Ghelfi Scrapbooking

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Our second main sponsor is Creative Embellishments.

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Our third main sponsor is Funky Flairs Studio.

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Our fourth sponsor is Lawn Fawn.

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And our fifth main sponsor is The Cut Shoppe.

In addition to donating a prize, The Cut Shoppe is offering a discount to CSI Members through July 11th!

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As always, we have our generous permanent sponsor, Flying Unicorn.

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

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Click on the image below to see the current 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 June 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 August.

Lookin' Up by Debi Clark

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Universal Studios by Belinda Webster

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Destination Lie by Jennifer Walth

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Duck Feeding by Nina Straume

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Happy by Julia Tsvetkova

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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.

My Dad by Nina Straume

It is rare when an artist is named both Star Witness and Most Wanted, but Nina is so deserving of both for this Case File. Our hearts were touched by Nina's beautiful tribute to her dad, full of gorgeous detail. Her writing signs of her love for her wonderful father. We were also awed by how Nina incorporated so many details from her journaling into her stunning page design.

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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My Dad by Nina Straume

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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.

 

Good Thoughts by Rachel Dutko

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Pensamientos Profundos by Alejandra De Lisio

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June Sponsor Winners

 Thank you to everyone who solved our June Case Files. We had 118 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 Case Files and assigned them a number and then had Random.org choose our winner from those on the Most Wanted list.

The prize from our permanent sponsor, Flying Unicorn, is chosen randomly from all members who solved the Case Files.

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

Our first winner of the gift certificate from our main sponsor, A Flair for Buttons i

Véronique levasseur

Veronique solved one June Case File, and she won! Here's her winning entry:

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 The winner of the gift voucher from Funky Flairs Studio is...

Belinda Webster

Beliinda solved two June Case Files. Here is her winning entry: 

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The winner of the prize  from Scrapmatts is...

Tracey L Henly

Tracey solved one June Case File, and she won! Here's her winning entry:

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

Carrie Ann Martin

Carrie Ann solved one June Case FIle--it was her first time playing, and she won! Here's her winning entry:

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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