Sunday, January 14, 2018

Case File No. 245 - Deadline: January 31, 2018

Happy New Year! We're so excited to begin a shiny new year here at CSI! We've got some new Detectives making their debut this month, along with many returning Detectives. We've got lots of awesome new sponsors, along with many returning sponsors.

And--have you heard?--we've got a brand-new twist on our challenge! We're calling it Freestyle, and it's tailor-made for everyone. Like the old, traditional way we've had our challenges? We've still got the traditional clues, which you can find at the bottom. Want to try something new? Freestyle the challenge by interpreting the Case File Scene any way you'd like. Or, combine the traditional with the Freestyle and pick and choose the clues you want. No minimum requirements because CSI is all about inspiration and telling your stories YOUR way.

So, are you ready for the new challenge? Grab you forensics kits, CSI players, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 245.


We're celebrating winter with our first January Case File. This lovely, frosty Scene by Andrew Bannecker is sure to inspire you. Don't worry if you don't have winter photos. Can you imagine these colors with a summer page? Feel free to interpret the Case File in any way that inspires you!

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.

For our Russian players, Detective Anastasia has translated our Case File into Russian:

Правила на русском языке вы можете прочитать здесь.


We're so excited to have twelve 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.


So...are you ready for some serious inspiration?

Here is how the CSI Detectives have expertly cracked the case. You can read more about how the Case File inspired them on their blogs.


  • 29.49.48 – greenish black
  • 254.255.241 – off white
  • 183.211.189 – celadon color
  • 235.173.38 – mustard yellow
  • 132.131.83 – khaki green
  • Distressed solid background paper, like BasicGrey
  • Woodgrain
  • Polka dots
  • Bunting/banners
  • Moon, stars
  • Triangles
  • Trees
  • Mountains
  • Lights/lamps
  • Winter elements
  • Moose or other animal
  • String
  • Houses/other architectural elements
  • Flags
  • Dashed lines
  • distressing
TESTIMONY (Journaling ideas)
  • Topic: Document a winter activity
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a January writing prompt.
  • Presentation: Put your journaling behind a window.
  • Writing Format: 6-word memoir.
  • Inspiration Words: night, active, shine

We trust we've left enough clues for you to solve the case!

The deadline for completing this Case File is Wednesday, 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. Also, please title your link with your name and country.