One of the best ways to find ideas and motivation for scrapbooking is to use challenges for inspiration. Challenges come in many different forms, but they all serve as a starting point to get your creativity rolling. I (Katie) rarely scrap anymore without some sort of challenge in mind. I'm excited to share some great sources with you. I know you will find hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of ideas that will make you want to get scrapping!
THE DAILY DIGI CHALLENGES:
Right now I find myself very inspired by the challenges here at The Daily Digi. Each month we put together a "From the Files" challenge to use certain papers & embellishments to create a scrapbook. This is one of my favorite features here (and also the most difficult one for me to complete). I'm always amazed at how this exercise stretches my digital scrapbooking skills!
As a team member here at The Daily Digi, I do regularly scrap with contributions to the Digi Files. I'm not required to create a layout for each designer spotlight, but I have challenged myself to do so. I love to try and create something meaningful with each and every designer contribution to the files every month. As a result, I have completed close to 60 pages over the last few months using supplies from The Digi Files! I have dedicated an entire set to these on my flickr account if you want to take a look.
I hope to encourage you to follow along with us each month here at The Daily Digi and use the team's layouts as inspiration to show you new ways to work with the amazing kits included in each month's digi files. If you are looking for ideas for past month's files, browse through our archives here and review the designer spotlight entries relating to the kit you want to use. You will find that almost all of our entries here can serve as some sort of challenge to improve your digital scrapbooking. Challenge yourself to learn clustering techniques, to tune up your titles, to work with templates, or increase your knowledge of design principles. We provide a lot of great tutorials and learning links, but if you take the time to DO the things in the posts, you will learn so much more! That is the number one reason I participate in challenges - to learn new things and improve my skills!
We also love to link you up to some of the best challenges found in digiland like we did with this post on photography challenges, so I asked our team members to share some of their favorite resources for challenges around the web. Most major digital scrapbooking sites host some sort of challenges in their forums or on their blogs, so if you have a favorite stop that isn't listed here, be sure to check out what they have to offer. Many bloggers also offer occasional challenges so keep your eyes on your favorite blogs as well.
DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING CHALLENGES:
- A Cherry On Top Forum Challenges
- After Five Designs Challenge Forum
- Daily Digi Blog
- Designer Digitals Forum Challenges
- Designer Digitals Blog Challenges
- Digi Chick Challenge Forum
- Digi Chick Blog Challenges
- Digi Dares Blog
- Digi Shop Talk 365 scrapbook prompts
- Gotta Pixel Challenge Forum
- Hodge Podge Art Blog
- The Lily Pad Challenge Pad
- Little Dreamer Designs Blog Challenges
- MScraps Challenge Forum
- O Scraps Challenge Forum
- Pickleberry Pop Forum Challenges
- Polka Dot Plum Challenge Forum
- Scrap Matters Forum Challenges
- Scrap Orchard Challenge Forum
- Scrapbook Graphics Challenge Forum
- Scrapbooks Etc. Challenge Blog (mostly paper based but still a great resource)
- Shabby Pickle Pickle Challenges
- Sweet Shoppe Challenge Portfolios - I LOVE how they include a downloadable PDF file to help you keep track of all the challenges for the month!
- Two Peas in a Bucket Digital Challenges
- Weeds and Wildflowers Weed Patch Forum Challenges
- Weeds and Wildflowers Blog Challenges
There are a lot of challenges out there! There is no way you will be able to participate in all of them, so just pick one or two to start with. Or consider bookmarking this list and trying a new challenge link each week (or month) to get a feel for which ones you enjoy the most.
Not only will you get great ideas for scrapbooking by following these challenges, many times you can also win gift cards and/or participation points that reduce the cost of digital goodies. Sometimes there are even freebies given to those who play along. What a bonus!
P.S. Kellie was the random winner chosen from the comments in the CheekyMonkey post from yesterday! Congratulations! You have won $10 worth of products of your choice from her store! Check your inbox!