Sunday, January 15, 2017

Case File No. 222 - Deadline: January 31, 2017

We are so excited to be celebrating our fifth birthday this month! In addition to terrific new Case Files and fabulous sponsors, we're delighted to have many of our Retired Detectives join us this month.

We hope you've had a chance to solve this month's Major Case File, which stays open the entire month.

So, are you ready for our mid-month challenge? Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 222.


We're celebrating winter with this beautiful Art Deco illustration we found on Pinterest.

Remember to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this reveal post for RGB codes, color descriptions, and more detailed explanations of the Evidence and Testimony prompts.

We're so excited to have ten generous sponsors this month! Our sponsors are among the best in the crafting industry, offering unique and trendy products. CLICK HERE to read more about these generous sponsors and the prizes they're donating.

We're thrilled to have the talented design teams from FabScraps and Swirlydoos joining us this month!

And we're beyond excited to have some of our Retired Detectives have put their badges back on for the month to join us for our 5th birthday celebration!
So...are you ready for some serious inspiration?
This is how the CSI Detectives have expertly cracked the case.
**To read about the design team's journaling, please visit their blogs (links to blogs are on the sidebar).

Nina's blog

Marek's blog

Debbi's blog

Arnlaug's blog

Joelle's blog

Renee's blog

Here's how our talented Guest Detectives from Fab Scraps cracked the Case Files:

The talented Swirlydoos design team creatively cracked the Case.

Bec's blog

Ginny's blog

Jan's blog

Kim's blog

And our Retired Detectives rocked the Case Files:

Anna-Karin's blog

Annie's blog

Heather's blog

Merry's blog

Riikka's blog

Susan's blog

  • 216.211.207 – light gray 
  • 44.41.48 – black 
  • 214.230.230 – pale powder blue 
  • 246.246.246 – white 
  • 194.38.52 – cardinal red 

  • Floral patterns 
  • Chevron 
  • Snowflakes 
  • Jewels/pearls 
  • Stars 
  • Something furry/fuzzy 
  • Decorative borders 
  • Fabric 
  • Ribbon 
  • Bows 
  • Flowers, leaves 
  • Stamps/rub-ons 
  • People icons or stickers/die cuts with people 
  • Chalk 
  • Glitter
  • Topic: Document something about winter. 
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a January prompt
  • Presentation: Add jewels to your journaling spot. 
  • Writing Format: Write a haiku or other 3-line poem
  • Inspiration Words: friends, fashion, lovely--use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.

We trust we've left enough clues for you to solve the case!
The deadline for completing this Case File is Tuesday, January 31, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure to link your layout using the link tool in the sidebar, and mention the Evidence and Testimony clues you used.
We can't wait to see what YOU create!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Congratulations to Our November and December Sponsor Prize Winners!

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our November and December challenges, and a HUGE thank you to our generous sponsors!

November prize winners:

Randomly selected from our Facebook friends who shared our November Case File:

Winner of the Maja Design collection  - Leila Evardsson

Randomly selected from our players who were placed Under Surveillance:

Winner of the Papercut Labs - Colour Series workshop - Carmen Crosseti Cohen-Henriquez
Winner of the Scrapbook Fantasies  Prize Pack #1- Marianne Ehlen
Winner of the Scrap Matrix gift certificate - Michelle Winston
Winner of the Scrapmatts prize pack - Zeneva Kovic
Winner of the SistersArt Creation prize - Louise Turner

Randomly selected from all of our players who solved our November Case Files:

Winner of the Papercut Labs Flashy Cards Fast workshop - Heidi Moniz
Winner of the Scrapbook Fantasies Prize Pack #2 - Carrie Williams

December prize winners:
Randomly selected from our players who were placed Under Surveillance:

Winner of the Charms Creations gift certificate - Nicole Doiron
Winner of the Maja Design collection  - Barbara
Winner of the Papercut Labs - Colour Series workshop - Ginger Cameron
Winner of the Scrap Matrix gift certificate - Belinda Webster
Winner of the Scrapmatts prize pack - Carrie Williams

Randomly selected from all of our players who solved our November Case Files:

Winner of the Papercut Labs Flashy Cards Fast workshop - Kathy Major

To claim your prize, please send a me a private message with your email and mailing address via the CSI Facebook Page by the end of January.

Under Surveillance - December Case Files

We've chosen our favorite layouts from December!

Here are our favorites from Major Case File No. 219. Here's a reminder of the Case File they used.

Congratulations to all of our members who are highlighted! 
You can grab your badges here.

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. And we'd like to thank Scrapbook Fantasies for donating a wonderful prize to our Star Witness for each Case File. 

Star Witnesses, please send me your mailing address via private message on our CSI Facebook page for your prize.

Carrie's beautiful message to her little one touched our hearts. Her journaling reads: 
"Christmas spirit lives in each of us. It is up to you to spread love and cheer, to help your family, friends, neighbors, and even those you may not yet know. Take the time to tell those you love what they mean to you. Give of yourself with no expectation of anything in return. The joy you bring to others is the balm to any wounded heart. There is no other gift that you will carry with you for the rest of your life, nor one that costs so little but is worth so much more than material goods."


For each Case File, three of our favorite layouts will be chosen to feature as our "Most Wanted." 

And here are a couple more that caught our eye:

Kathy Major
Ginger Cameron

And here are our favorites from Case File No. 220. Here is a reminder of the Case File they used:

Jennifer Walth
Jennifer's sweet journaling documents with wonderful specificity the experience of making these special cookies. Jennifer's journaling, on the back, reads: 
"You were such a big helper with making Christmas cookies. At daycare there is a cookie exchange every year and you wanted to make sure that your cookies were home made. When we bought the cookie cutters – you didn’t want the Christmas cookie cutters, we got the fairy tale ones and an airplane for daddy. Your favorite part was decorating the cookies with icing and sprinkles. We got white icing and food coloring. You mixed up the dye to make icing in different colors. You were so proud of them when they were done! And they tasted delicious."



Jennifer Walth

Nicole Doiron

And here's one more that caught our eye:

Marianne Ehlen