What an amazing first week we had! Thank you to all the CSI Members who joined our site and jumped right in to solve the very first Case File. What a thrill to see all those wonderful layouts in the gallery! If you haven't yet had a chance to solve Case File No. 1, you still have time (see the black counter in the right sidebar of most pages. You will always have a week plus an extra weekend to complete the challenge.

Last week, we were so excited to announce that The Dusty Attic is our January sponsor. Mistra Hoolahan and Michelle Grant, our guest designers from The Dusty Attic design team, and Nadia Cannizzo, our special January guest designer, are here again this week with absolutely gorgeous inspiration.

If you haven't had time to familiarize yourself with the challenges, you will want to take some time to read the article "How the Challenge Works." Also, please take a moment to read the guidelines here for some logistical rules.

We continue our January Alice in Wonderland inspiration with another image from the Tim Burton film. The colors this week are so lovely and bright and positively dreamy. You will again see how versatile the color scheme is and how the look of this palette can change dramatically, depending on the neutrals you use and the proportions of the colors you design with.

Now, CSI Members, get out your forensics kits and get ready for some sleuthing as we reveal Case File No. 2...

(Be sure to scroll all the way down for RGB codes, color descriptions, and more thorough explanations of the journaling prompts.)

Presenting exquisite inspiration from our Guest Detectives from The Dusty Attic...


And a stunning layout from our Special Guest Detective, Nadia Cannizzo...


And more amazing pages from The CSI Detectives...















Detailed clues, as promised...


  • Absolem blue - (blue with a VERY slight touch of green) - 104.164.185 - dress
  • raspberry reverie - 152.45.75 - flower to the left of Alice
  • lost in lavender - 186.189.220 -purple flowers

  • wonderland yellow -  242.235.132 - yellow flowers
  • untamed teal - 72.178.175 - big leaf on the right (just under the curvy swirly plant)  



Choose one (or more) of the following to inspire your journaling:

  • Look at your photo and journal in a stream-of-consciousness way (free-writing).
  • Document an adventure.
  • Use this quote as inspiration: "Good advice. If I listened earlier, I wouldn't be here. But that's just the trouble with me. I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it." -- and journal as advice
  • Inspiration Words: dream, journey, subconscious


Choose two (or more)of the following elements to include on your layout:

  • flowers
  • architectural elements (e.g., gates, fence, windows, bricks, etc.)
  • sheer elements
  • swirls/flourishes
  • something stone-like (interpret that any way you wish!)


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

The deadline for completing Case File No. 2 is

Sunday, January 22, 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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WOW This looks truly amazing.  You have all made such beautiful, creative pages how do we mere mortals follow that!!!!  Will deffo be having a go at this one though. Thanks everyone for all your hard work. xxx

You are so sweet and make me smile, Jean! Love seeing your creative pages in the gallery! Can't wait to see what you make for this one!

Oh my goodness, these are beautiful colors! I'm super excited! Love the layouts created by the design team! Beautiful and inspirational work!!!

So happy you like the colors, Debbie! Can't wait to see what you'll create!

How cool is that!

wow... I ABSOLUTELY ADORE!!! this second challenge! the colors! the dreamy surreal image is just so inspiring...
I havent finished my second page of the doble page LO for case 1 that case 2 is already here and I can't wait to unveil it too! GREAT JOB! :)

It is a beautiful image, isn't it? Looking forward to seeing what you make, Carolina!

Oh goodie. I have been waiting for this. Love it all, the new Case File and the beautiful layouts.

Yay! Glad you like it, Tracey!

I am happy to see the second case file reveal! Gorgeous work everyone!! Looking forward to seeing all the layout created for the challenge.

Amazing work from everyone once again! How I love seeing all those beautiful pages lined up! I can't wait to see what all the members create with this one!

Loving these colors also ...just sooo pretty!!!


Challenge rules

Please note that to win a prize, you need to follow the challenge guidelines. Basically,

  • Follow the Case File (use all 5 colors, at least 3 Evidence clues, and at least 1 Testimony clue).
  • In the description, describe the Evidence and Testimony clues.
  • Upload your layout to the gallery by the deadline.

To see how we choose winners, click here.

Did you win?

We'd like to thank all of our players and generous sponsors. Check out who won our sponsor prizes in this forum.

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