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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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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!

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 149th regular 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 our December sponsor!

Prima Marketing, Inc. is an established leader in flower embellishments in the scrapbooking and crafting industries. Our flowers are hand-made by skilled artisans, never by machine, to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship available. Our sophisticated and trend-setting crystal swirls designs in rhinestones and pearls are as breathtaking as our flowers. Our romantic scrapbooking papers and embellishments are full of gorgeous, eye-catching colors and textures. We hope our products spark your imagination as you use them in your scrapbooking, card, home décor, or mixed-media projects.

As a vibrant company we are very active on social media! We invite you to join us so you can catch our latest news, product releases, creative projects, and fun contests!

Be sure to check out Prima's websiteLive With Prima, and the Prima blog, where you can find loads of beautiful inspiration.

Prima is donating to one lucky winner their December Special Delivery kit! This amazing kit will not be fully revealed until December 15, but here's a sneak peek:

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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!

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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. 

CSI Scene Contest

We're starting a new contest. Have you ever wanted to be involved in creating a Case File for CSI? Now's your chance! Send Debbi Tehrani an image you'd like to see on a March Case File. If we pick your Scene to include on a Case File, we will invite you as a special guest designer for the month of March. Please send Debbi your image through the CSI Inbox system by December 24

What we look for in a Scene: a pleasing color palette and details from which to draw Evidence and Testimony clues.

Please title your message CSI Scene Contest. In your message, include the largest possible image by clicking the image button above the message box (it's the second button), and include a link to the source where you found the image.

We look forward to seeing what you find!

csi HAS BEEN PUBLISHED!

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 already planned a December Case File for Scrap365, so we have decided to include this special Case File in our December challenges.

This Case File will stay open for the entire month. After this Case File closes, we will be selecting our favorite layouts to feature, and those people will be invited as CSI Special Deputies (guest designers) for February. 

Click on the image below to see the December Scrap365 Case File 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.

Wise Words by Gilly Haigh

We were touched by Gilly's story of her daughter's beautiful Christmas message to the veterans. Her lovely page design has the perfect mood to accompany such a beautiful story. Wise words indeed.

 

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.) 

Coffee Time by Vicki Christensen

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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.

Details by Debi Clark

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Coffee by Jennifer Walth

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I Always Will by Paper Fairytales

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Gouter by triniti59760

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November Sponsor Winners

 Thank you to everyone who solved our November Case Files. We had 207 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 Denim Tampons is . . . 

margotlapie

margolapie solved three of our November

Case FIles. Here's here winning entry:

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The winner of the prize from Studio Tekturek is . . . 

Tracey L Henly

Tracey solved all four of our November Case Files. Here's her winning entry:

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

Lorraine Abing

Lorraine created three layouts in November. Here is her winning entry:

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And we have one more winner, chosen by Lydibel Porrata, for our special Case File No. CC-3...

Tjet

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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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