Challenges

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There are so many reasons to love challenges:

  • They push you creatively to try new techniques and styles.
  • They help you use your digital stash.
  • They nudge you to create a page on a topic that you might never have otherwise done.
  • They’re a great way to get involved in the digital scrapbooking community.
  • You can win prizes!

Let me show you a handful of pages that I’ve done for challenges and describe why I liked doing it:

CHALLENGE TO SCRAP A TOPIC

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For this challenge at MyScrapbookArt, we were asked to create a page using a free kit (how cool is that?!) about music.

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I made this page for a challenge at the Digi Dares to talk about health.

Why I Like Topic Challenges: It wouldn’t have occurred to me to scrap a page on these topics. More memories captured!

CHALLENGE TO SCRAP USING SPECIFIC COLOURS

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For this challenge at Mscraps, we were asked to create a page using mostly green and white, with pops of red.

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This page was made for a Sweet Shoppe challenge. It had to be entirely black and white, including the photos. A first for me!

Why I Like Colour Challenges: It may sound odd, but limiting the choice of items to work with actually makes me be more creative in using what I am allowed to use. It’s a great mental exercise!

CHALLENGE TO USE A PRODUCT

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We were asked to use shape templates and clipping masks as feature items to create a page for this challenge at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Why I Like Product Challenges: These challenges are great for helping me to see the potential of items I already have in my digital stash.

CHALLENGE TO SCRAP IN A CERTAIN WAY

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For this challenge at the Sweet Shoppe, we had to scrap in 4 quadrants that were distinct, yet formed a cohesive layout.

Why I Like Challenges to Scrap in a Certain Way: These challenges really force me to think outside my comfort zone! I would never have created the above page without the challenge and I really like how it turned out.

CHALLENGE RELATED TO PHOTOGRAPHS:

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We were challenged to use a single large photo for this challenge at Scrap Matters.

Why I Like Photo Challenges: I like photo-focussed pages so making one “the star” of the page really appeals to me.

CHALLENGE TO USE A TEMPLATE

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For this challenge at Mscraps, we were provided with a template and asked to use it in any way we wanted.

Why I Like Template Challenges: Two words – free template! Smile It is awesome to see the challenge gallery fill up with everybody’s take on the same template. They’re so versatile!

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FINDING CHALLENGES

There is no shortage of scrapbooking challenges! Katie put together an awesome list of store challenges in February 2010, but I thought it would be good to update it. I quickly scanned a lot of store forums and found these challenges. The descriptions below don’t do them justice. The variety and quality of the challenges is amazing.

  • Designer Digitals has challenges on their forums and challenges related to store events.
  • Design House Digitals hosts challenges every month with great variety: design, scraplift, template (free!), journaling, photography, and more.
  • The DigiChick has a challenge system where you earn points for participating. Challenges are around things like templates, themes, and Pinterest.
  • Digital Design Essentials has challenges hosted on their blog. For prizes, they offer great coupons to the store. Some of the challenges are done using really neat looking templates.
  • Gotta Pixel has daily challenges in categories like techniques and templates, and monthly challenges a wide variety of areas like fonts, all about me, scraplifting, word art and many more!
  • Jessica Sprague hosts a variety of challenges in the forums – there’s also an archive of past challenges for more inspiration.
  • The-Lilypad provides monthly challenges. They have challenges for templates (provided free), product challenges, scraplifting, journaling and more.
  • Mscraps hosts monthly challenges in categories like All About Me, Journaling, Scraplift, Theme and more. They have a monthly template challenge where you get a free template.
  • One Story Down hosts the Girl vs. Scrap challenge. The challenge runs for one month and combines a journaling prompt with some design element requirements. All participants in August 2012 win $5 to the shop.
  • Oscraps has monthly challenges in different categories like Web Inspiration, Camera Challenge , Creative Techniques, Copycat Challenge, and Color Challenge. Some challenges have free templates. Participants track their pages for the chance to win coupons to the shop.
  • Peppermint Creative has a monthly Pimp My Page challenge. The freebie templates are great!
  • Pickleberry Pop has monthly challenges where you can win discounts to the shop.
  • Scrapbookgraphics has monthly challenges posted to their forum, including a template challenge and font challenge.
  • Scrapflower has challenges on its blog every Saturday. They have challenges around current trends, using certain items, and inspiration challenges.
  • Scrap Matters has monthly challenges and speed scraps. In their monthly challenges, they provide an amazing list of 25 challenges to choose from. You win a discount to the store depending on the number of layouts you make.
  • Scrap Orchard has daily challenges, monthly challenges and speed scraps.
  • Scrap Take-Out offers monthly challenges like mini-kit and template challenges (both provided free) and challenges for scraplifting, colours, fonts and more.
  • Shabby Pickle has a challenge forum that includes colour, scraplift and freebie challenges.
  • Sweet Shoppe Designs hosts a monthly portfolio challenge where they issue many challenges and assign point values to each, depending on the difficulty. Participants receive a discount coupon the next month based on their point level. (I like to download the PDF of the challenges to keep for future inspiration too.)
  • Zig Zag Scraps hosts challenges with categories like fonts, One Little Word, theme, template and more.

There are also some non-store sites that host challenges:

  • The Digi Dares posts a new challenge every week and there is a selected winner and random winner each week. By participating you may win coupons to sponsoring designers’ stores.
  • MyScrapbookArt hosts a monthly designer challenge on their Home Is Where the Art Is magazine. When you sign up for the newsletter you receive a free kit from the featured designer and a challenge on how to use it.

(And if that’s not enough challenges, check out the blogs of your favourite designers. Many of them host challenges too!)

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THE DAILY DIGI IPHONE APP

For those of you with iPhones, Steph announced the new Daily Digi iPhone app a few weeks ago. It features a Challenge Me function. It will provide you with a challenge to create a page featuring a certain number of photos, papers, elements and more.

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I know that I’ll go back to many of these challenges for inspiration in the future! What an awesome resource available to digital scrapbookers!

PS – The pages above are linked to their credits.