Happy Friday! And Happy October! The beginning of the month is always extra exciting at CSI, as we have new sponsors, new guest designers, and a new theme to tie together our Case Files. With the beginning of the month, we present our Major Case File, which stays open the entire month. And our Major Case File has a fantastic Composite Sketch created just for CSI by The Nifty Pixel!

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 Major Case File No. 214.  


October is the month of Halloween, so we're celebrating all things monster. With that in mind, we have a super-fun Scene to inspire our Major Case File this month by Austrian designer Teodor Badiu.  

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 nine 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 2Crafty and Flying Unicorn joining us this month!


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 awesome Guest Detectives from 2Crafty Design Team expertly solved the Case:

The fabulous design team from Flying Unicorn creatively solved the Case File



  • 218.69.73 – muted red
  • 227.208.114 – goldish yellow
  • 253.255.254 – white
  • 208.204.203 – light gray
  • 19.18.14 - black


  • Dots
  • Stripes
  • X’s
  • Triangles
  • Scallops
  • Clouds
  • Monsters
  • Googly eyes
  • Bones/antlers
  • Wings
  • Gold metal
  • Animals
  • Puffy stickers
  • Vinyl, plastic, rubber


  • Topic: Document a gathering.
  • Prompt Idea: Choose an October Journal Prompt.
  • Presentation: Journal on a cloud.
  • Writing Format: Write from the point of view of the subject of your photo.
  • Inspiration Words: smile, gather, eccentric--use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.

COMPOSITE SKETCH - Feel free to rotate, substitute elements, etc., but use as inspiration for your page.

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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  Monday, October 31, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Be sure to include the number 214 in the title when you add your layout to the gallery, and tag your layout 214 (no # symbol).

We can't wait to see what YOU create!

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Wow.... what a awesome reveal!! Amazing pages, Ladies :)


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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