Happy Friday! And welcome to our last Case File of December--and the last Case File of the year. It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since CSI launched! We have some birthday surprises for you coming up next month, but for now, we have an awesomely cool Case File to round out December.

We've had a blast having Noel Mignon sponsor CSI this month! Their designers have been fantastic and so enthusiastic about the Case FIles. We extend a huge thank you to Noel Mignon and her designers!

NoelMignon is a well established kit club and scrapbooking community, focusing on packing our kits full to the brim so that you can scrap for the whole month with just this one large NoelMignon kit. We also try our very best to coordinate items so that they all work beautifully together. Of course our design team is also always there to help with suggestions on how to leverage any of these unique kits to their fullest potential, through our blog and message board.  Each kit subscription includes:

  • (5) Cardstock sheets
  • Minimum of (20) twenty patterned papers
  • Minimum of (2) sets of alphabets
  • (1) Sheet of rub-ons
  • (1) Sheet of labels, borders or fabric
  • Trims, Buttons, Brads, Chipboard, ink/pens
  • Additional unique items
  • Discount Kit Price

You can always try out one of our kits if you are a non-subscriber, but we bet you'll be hooked after one month! :)

One very lucky CSI player will win one of Noel Mignon's fabulous, jam-packed kits! Click on the image below to see a close-up view of these lush kits.

We are also thrilled to have Flying Unicorn as our permanent sponsor. 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! Flying Unicorn is generously donating a gift certificate to CSI winners each month.

We are also delighted to have Scrapbook Fantasies as a permanent sponsor who will be donating 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:

Our December Special Agent is Mariaje Muñoz. Mariaje's work caught my eye as I was strolling through blogs one day, and I had to invite her to guest design for CSI! Mariaje has another gorgeous page to inspire us this week!

We also have some special CSI Members joining the design team this month as our team of Special Investigators:  Annie Claxton, Hilde Aaslund, Sarah Groen, and Wendy Sue Bennett. These ladies' beautiful work has consistently caught our eye in the gallery, and their creations this week are equally inspiring!

Please 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 fabulous set of printables for you! Check out the awesome Viewmaster reel and fun tags Michele made for us this week (my personal favorite is the funky screaming man). We can't wait to see how you use the Coordinates this week! Note: There are two separate files for our Coordinates 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

So are you ready for this week's challenge? Our theme tying our Case Files together this month is Happy Holidays. The yummy Scene which inspired this week's Case File is from Glorious Treats.

Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 52. 

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

Special Agent Mariaje Muñoz solved Case File No. 52 like this...



The inspiring Guest Detectives from Noel Mignon have cracked the Case File...




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






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



















**Detailed clues, as promised... 



  • Red Ribbons  - deep cranberry red, taken from the package on the left - 164.58.62
  • Winter White - creamy white, taken from the painted polka dots - 255.252.243
  • Coal - black, taken from the tag on package #1 - 40.38.39
  • Brown Paper Packages - taken from the brown paper packages, of course! - 216.195.152
  • Gifted Gray  - taken from the wood in the background   - 193.181.165


  • wood/woodgrain
  • twine/string
  • metal-rimmmed tags
  • paint
  • kraft paper
  • newsprint paper
  • tags
  • circles
  • burlap/gauze
  • number stickers
  • eyelets
  • washers



  • Document a gift (literal or figurative).
  • Write your journaling on tags and tie it to something on your page with twine.
  • Handwrite your journaling.
  • ...brown paper packages tied up with strings...document a few of your favorite things, likethe song.
  • Choose a prompt from here.
  • Label different things in your picture with numbers and have your journaling explain each number.
  • Make a layout as a gift and write a letter to the recipient for your journaling.
  • Inspiration Words: gift(ed), favorite, remember-- 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. 52

is Sunday, January 6, 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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absolutely stunning ladies

i just love the classy color combo in this CSI file, and the Coordinates are absolutely gorgous!
The DT with guests has, as usual, created lovely, inspiring layouts to go along with the Case File. Thanks a lot :-)

Fabulous colours and challenge - and the CSI Coordinates are INCREDIBLE - must make time to play along with this one. Absolutely beautiful inspiration by the DT!

Fantastic last reveal of the year!!

What an awesome case file! It is really an elegant and dramatic one. The DT rocked (again), with beautiful layouts. 

Beautiful layouts. Fantastic colors.

Oh, so pretty LO's :)


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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