Over the years I’ve experimented with many forms of challenges and community sharing here at Simple Scrapper. After running the series of Community Show & Tell events for quite a while, I’ve decided to shake things up again for 2015.

I knew I wanted to again offer a monthly challenge with prizes, but it was equally important to make this an opportunity to document a meaningful memory. Then, someone on my team mentioned that many readers may not realize that I’ve been releasing new Story Starter™ storytelling prompts to members every month for the past four years.

The Story Starters are specific story directions for a layout that can be used again and again to uncover the memories that mean the most to you. I release twelve each month surrounding a specific theme. The themes for this year are:

  • January – New Beginnings
  • February – What Kind of Day Has It Been
  • March – You’ve Got Mail
  • April – In Good Faith
  • May – Leisure Time
  • June – Just the Ticket
  • July – Soundtrack of Life
  • August – Our Shared Stories
  • September – What I’m Reading
  • October – Inside of You
  • November – On the Table
  • December – Love, Me

To celebrate each month’s theme and get your brain brewing with new story ideas, I’m pleased to introduce the monthly Story Starter™ Challenge. Each month you will be invited to create a layout on this month’s theme and submit it for a chance to win a 3-month membership pass at Simple Scrapper.

January's Story Starter™ Challenge

How to Participate + Win

Step 1 (optional) – Download this free story discover tool to brainstorm story ideas and make a plan for your layout.

Step 2 – Create a new layout, pocket page spread, or mini album related to this month’s theme: New Beginnings

Step 3 – Submit a photo of your completed work in the comments below by 11:59pm on the 30th of this month.

This post will be updated on the 1st of next month announcing the winner of a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass. The winner will also be contacted directly with instructions on starting her membership.

Three Ideas from the Creative Team

Each of these layouts from our creative team uses a sketch or layered template from the membership along with one of this month’s twelve new Story Starters.

You can get instant access to a library of more than 400 Story Starter™ prompts when you become a member at Simple Scrapper.

This layout from Melanie Ritchie tells the story of a number of changes happening all at once.
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This layout from Delanie Wood tells the story of the promises she and her husband made to each other on their wedding day.
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This layout from Laurie Danielle a new family tradition of baking together every week.
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Now it’s your turn! Upload your layout by 1/30/15.

Congratulations to our January Story Starter Challenge winner – Beth Holmes! We will contact you soon with instructions!