Happy Friday! And Happy November! A new month brings lots of new surprises  and do we have a fabulous reveal this week. Our newest Detectives make their debut. We have three fabulous sponsors this month, which means lots of chances for prizes. We have a whole new group of guest designers, and we have a new theme that ties together our Case Files for the month.

We are excited to announce that My Mind's Eye is sponsoring us this month. Best known for their beautiful textured paper and designs as well as their fun coordinating elements, My Mind's Eye is a hip scrapbook company that offers cutting-edge scrapbook supplies for scrapbookers of all levels! My Mind's eye is donating a collection of your choice to one lucky CSI Member. We're delighted to have the My Mind's Eye design team join us as Guest Detectives this month. Joining us this week is Tamara Jensen.

We also are thrilled to have Flying Unicorn as a main sponsor this month. Flying Unicorn is generously donating six prizes this month! Come see the beautiful prizes Flying Uicorn is donating right here.

Flying Unicorn...it’s about One of a Kind. They offer an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest and greatest and includes an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing! The fabulous Flying Unicorn design team is joining us as Guest Detectives this month. This week, we have Alda Stevens, the owner of Flying Unicorn, Jackie ClarkShona Keehn, and Tammy Henderson.

We are also very thrilled to have Scrapbook Fantasies as a permanent sponsor who will be offering a prize of beautiful ribbons and trims each week to our Star Witness.  Scrapbook Fantasies is a Scrapbooking, Papercrafts and Mixed Media business opened in November 2002 in Gladstone, Queensland.  The well stocked store receives new stock daily, and supports a boutique style online store here.  The owner Alicia runs Weekly Challenges and many other competitions giving away over $250 dollars in store vouchers every month.  The Gallery  hosts thousands of customer creations, and is available for viewing without login. Parcels are posted within Australia at a flat $6.50 or the actual postage rate (whichever is the lesser), or FREE for orders over $100.  International parcels are posted at the actual postage rate. Here is the beautiful offering this week, which is hand-picked to coordinate with this week's Case File:

We are so excited to have the very talented Jennifer McGuire joining us as our Special Agent this month. Jennifer is a scrapbooker, stamper, and card artist. She's the contributing editor of Paper Crafts magazine and authored the popular "Tips and Techniques" column in Creating Keepsakes magazine as well as two fabulous books that were spin-offs of that column. She is an artist for Hero Arts and also contributes designs to Tim Holtz and Ranger Industries.  We are so fortunate to have her inspiring CSI members this month!

As always, we have handpicked CSI Members to join us as our October team of Special Investigators. Please welcome Miae, Suzanna Lee, and Vivian Huizenga. (It turns out that our fourth Special Investigator, Riikka Kovasin has joined the design team.) These ladies' beautiful work has consistently caught our eye in the gallery, and we're delighted to have them on the team this month!

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

As always, Michele has created a gorgeous set of printables for you! Check out the awesome framed elements and fabulous paper inspired by a pattern in one of our sponsor My Mind's Eye's current collection called "The Sweetest Thing Tangerine" that Michele made for us this week!

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. Please note that this week's coordinates are attached in two separate files.

So are you ready for this week's challenge? In November, our thoughts turn to the holidays and getting together with family and cozying up in our homes, so our theme that will tie our Case Files together this month is "Coming Home." Our beautiful Scene that inspires this week's Case File comes from Stagetecture.

Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 44. 

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

Presenting our Guest Detectives from Flying Unicorn... 






And our Guest Detectives from My Mind's Eye...



Our Special Agent, Jennifer McGuire, cracked the case, too...



This is how our talented team of Special Investigators have solved the case... 




And this is how the CSI Detectives have cracked the case, arranged by predominant color in the order of The Scheme...























**Detailed clues, as promised...




  • Teal Cheer - taken from the ceiling - 134.178.181
  • Sunny - a bright sunny yellow, taken from the curtains - 230.216.65
  • Bright White - a true white, taken from the window frames - 255.255.255
  • Sky Light - light gray, taken from the shaded parts of the window frames - 227.229.226
  • Orange You Glad? - bold orange, taken from the pillow - 212.118.64




  • Document something you love in your home.
  • Fan mail (inspired by ceiling fan!) Write a fan letter to either someone famous or someone you're close to you. Include details about why you're a fan.
  • Write your journaling in a swirling shape (inspired by those swirls on the framed print)
  • Write four things about your subject (inspired by the blades on the fan)
  • Frame your journaling
  • Inspiration Words: cheerful, sunny, open -- 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 Case File No. 44

is Sunday, November 11, 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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Awesome layouts and inspiration, as always. Can't wait to see what everybody else does!

So awesome. Beautiful examples. Love the inspiration.

wow gorgeous inspiration from everyone :)

love these fresh crisp colours!

Wow, an amazing amount of gorgeous layouts!!

Holy smokes! this is MASSIVE inspiration!! sooooo much gorgeousness bowls me over!!

Beautiful platte, Debbi, and fab layouts for inspiration!

Amazing inspiration from everyone!  truly wonderful!

So inspiring! Thank you, everyone, for your beautiful creations!

Truly fabulous inspiration!!  So happy to play! 

Wow! What amazing creations! Sooooooooooooo much inspiration for one fabulous challenge!

These are all such beautiful layouts and so inspiring!!


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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