Happy April, CSI Members! A new month brings so many new things to CSI: a new sponsor, new Guest Detectives, and a new team of Special Investigators. April is National Poetry Month, so that's the theme that will tie all of our Case Files together (yes, we are hoping you will try your hand at writing some poetry this month!). Our Case File also has a brand-new look, thanks to Michele Singh.

We want to thank our March sponsor, Words or Whatever, for their generosity in sponsoring us, and their awesome design team for providing inspiration all month. A hearty thanks to Melinda Thompson, our Special March Guest Detective, for sharing her gorgeous creations with us. And a great big hug and thank you to our first team of Special Investigators--Debbi McCue, Ellinor Bergdahl, Jennifer Shaw, and Sarah Martin. Their amazing contributions show why they were chosen as Special Investigators!

Now on to April. We are thrilled to have The Paper Bakery Kit Club sponsor us this month, and their design team is going to be with us all month providing fantastic inspiration! Joining us this week are Sarah Hill, owner of the Paper Bakery, Amanda JohnsonAngela GutshallErin Yamabe, Grace Tolman, and Mary Ann Jenkins. CSI Detective Tina Walker is also on the Paper Bakery design team.

Our Special Guest Detective for April is Sarah Klemish! We just love how she's interpreted the Case File with her clean and classic style.

And our April team of Special Investigators is sure to wow you. This month, we have Adrienne Ford, Heather JacobHelena Virpi, and Tracee Provis joining us. Their gorgeous work has caught our eye in the gallery time and time again, and we just had to ask them to be a part of CSI team this month!

Please use the links to visit all these ladies' pages in the Guest Detective forums and say hi and hear how they responded to our Interrogation.

So, are you ready for the first April challenge? The first week of April marks National Week of the Ocean. Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 14.

(Remember to scroll all the way down for RGB codes, color descriptions, and more thorough explanations of the Evidence and Testimony.)

We introduce our Guest Detectives from the Paper Bakery design team...

Presenting our Special April Guest Detective, Sarah Klemish...

We present our April team of Special Investigtors...

And here is how the CSI Detectives solved the Case File...

Here are your CSI Coordinates for this Case File. CSI Coordinates can always be found at the bottom of the reveal threads.  Scroll all the way to the bottom, where it says "Attachments." They are just above the reply box. Read about some tips on how to use these cool printables here

**Detailed clues, as promised...


  • Atlantic Sea Green - a pale olive green - taken from the ocean - 198.191.154
  • Powdery Sand - beige - taken from the sky around the center - 247.229.205
  • Bottom of the Sea - greenish brown - taken from the ocean where the water meets the sand - 102.88.51
  • Pink Ruffles - ballerina pink - taken from the ruffles - 251.206.204
  • Beachy Keen - pale buttery yellow with a peach tinge to it - taken from the bunny's head - 253.235.202


  • Use ruffles (e.g. fabric ruffles, make paper ruffles, ruffled ribbon, etc.).
  • Use animal accent(s).
  • Use a wet medium (e.g., paint, mist, ink, etc.)
  • Use something sand-like (e.g., sand or glitter or flocking or embossing powder).
  • Create waves (interpret that any way you wish!).
  • Use sanding as a technique.


  • Document a childhood memory.
  • Write a haiku or other type of poem. Here's a link for how to write haiku:http://www.creative-writing-now.com/how-to-write-a-haiku.html
  • Tell a story from behind--start with the end and then tell how you got there.
  • Tell a story where you're looking forward.
  • Spread your journaling over 3 different journaling spots (as inspired by the sky, ocean, sand).
  • Tell about how someone has left their footprints on the world.
  • Inspiration Words: horizon, innocence, time--Use these words as jumping-off points for your journaling.

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

The deadline for completing Case File No. 14

is Sunday, April 15, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Thus, you have a week plus the two weekends to complete your layout.

(See count-down timer on the right-hand sidebar of most pages.)

We can't wait to see what you create!

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Oh, I hope you do, Shell! Make a date with your scrap desk this week!

Beautiful work, beautiful challenge ... just to confirm, it's still at least 3 evidence and 1 testimony right?

Hi, Eleni, it's at least 2 evidence and 1 testimony. :)

Amaaaaazing New Layouts and what terrific "Special Investigators" this month....!! Loving all that Creative Inspiration!!...Can't wait to get started on the Beautiful Color Palette this week...

For those, who celebrate Easter... Hope it's a good one!!



Can't wait to see what you make, Debbi!

Love, love these colors!  Am inspired by Ms. Singh's coordinate papers.  The DT has really rocked this case.

que de jolies réalisations , le travail des détectives est fabuleux, mais je ne pense pas pouvoir participer :-(

Je n'écris jamais de journaling....

Maybe you can include some hidden journaling? It's important--and fun--to tell our stories! I hope you'll try it out!

je vais essayer ^^



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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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