Happy Friday! Thanks again for your feedback on the CSI survey. We've been looking over your feedback and already have some changes in mind in upcoming months. 

We're rounding out September with a cheerful, bright Case File.

So, are you ready for this week's challenge? Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 213.


We're celebrating the opening of school this month, specifically reading, writing, and 'rithmetic! This week, we feature 'rithmetic. With that in mind, we have a delightful Scene to inspire our Case File by German illustrator Christine Witte

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.

Have you heard about the sketch challenge Tell Us a Story, run by CSI Detective Anastasia? Go check it out!

And Anastasia has translated the Case File into Russian for our Russian players:

Правила на русском языке вы можете прочитать здесь.


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. This year, we are welcoming eight permanent sponsors! We present our sponsors alphabetically. Click here to read more about these generous sponsors and the prizes they're donating.

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We're thrilled to have the design teams of some of our sponsors inspiring us this month as Guest Detectives! For this Case File, we've got design team members from Creative Embellishments, Scrap FX, 13arts, and Uchi's Design joining us this month!

We have an awesome team of Special Investigators joining us this month: Sue Smith, Maikki-Noora Karvinen, Louise Turner, Belinda Webster, and Dawn Minnix.

Please visit our Guest Designer Forum to say hi and visit their blogs if you haven't yet had a chance. So much beautiful inspiration to be found on these blogs!


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

This is how the CSI Detectives have expertly cracked the case, arranged by color in order of The Scheme, followed by layouts using the colors evenly.

**To read about the design team's journaling, please visit their pages in the gallery.

The amazing Guest Detectives from 13arts Design Team expertly solved the Case:

The awesome design team from Creative Embellishments creatively solved the Case File

We've got the fabulous Scrap FX Design Team solving the Case Files this month:

The lovely Luciana from Uchi's Design also expertly solved the case:

Our talented team of Special Investigators rocked the Case File:



  • 255.255.255 – white
  • 249.230.112 – bright sunny yellow
  • 246.135.66 – bright orange
  • 215.213.126 – lime green
  • 145.201.202 - turquoise


  • Dots
  • Grid pattern or mesh
  • Numbers
  • Math symbols
  • Fruit
  • Flowers
  • leaves
  • Animals
  • Mushrooms
  • Triangles
  • Ruler/tape measure
  • Vellum
  • Ribbon-cut shape (like the gray etsy thing in the bottom right)
  • scallops


  • Topic:  Document something about school.
  • Prompt Idea: Find an idea at Can Teach.
  • Presentation: Incorporate number stickers into your journaling.
  • Writing Format: Write a numbered list.
  • Inspiration Words: add, subtract, multiply, divide -- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.

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

The deadline for completing this Case File  is  Friday, October 14, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure to include the number 213 in the title when you add your layout to the gallery, and tag your layout 213 (no # symbol).

We can't wait to see what YOU create!

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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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