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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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"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 153rd 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 so pleased to have A2Z Scrapbooking as our January sponsor!

    a2z Scrapbooking is proud to be a premier Hero Arts Retailer. Our Etsy store carries an extensive array of Hero Arts  products and we love special orders. Our company, which is run by volunteers, was founded in 2007 in an effort to raise funds or Celiac and Behcets awareness. Have a question or a special request? Please contact us!

    Be sure to check out the a2z Scrapbooking blog for lots of inspiration from their design team, who will be joining us as Guest Detectives this month!

    a2z Scrapbooking is generously donating a gift certificate to three CSI players who are placed Under Surveillance in the Most Wanted category.

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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. 

    Collaboration Case File No. CC-3

    CSI is joining forces with Words & Paintery to bring you a special collaboration Case File that will be open for the rest of January.

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

    Under Surveillance - S365-10

    A big thank you to everyone who solved our special Scrap365 Case File in December. 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 Deputies in February.

    Riikka Kovasin

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    Erica Houghton

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    Claireliz

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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."

    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.

    Ouch! by Patricia Harbott

    Patricia's photo and title begged us to read her journaling, and we weren't disappointed. She did a terrific job explaining the story behind her injury with great detail. Patricia's writing has a wonderful conversational style that is so engaging. We're so happy to hear Patricia had an amazing trip to Australia in spite of her injury!

    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.) 

    Holiday Accents by Tracey L Henly

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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.

    Hello 2014 by Giorgia Rossini

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    New Holiday Tradition by Kathy Major

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    December Sponsor Winners

     Thank you to everyone who solved our December Case Files. We had 143 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 Prima Marketing Inc. is . . . 

    Susanna Granroth

    Susanna solved all three of our December

    Case FIles. Here's here winning entry:

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

    Adri du Preez

    Adri solved one Case File this month, and it was the winning entry:

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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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    Challenge Rules

    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.

    To see how we choose winners, click here.

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