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February Story Starter Challenge

Amy Melniczenko

February 7, 2015

For the past four years I’ve been releasing new storytelling prompts to members every month. This year, we’re celebrating each month’s theme with a Story Starter™ Challenge. You’re invited to create a layout and submit it for a chance to win a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass.

Upload a layout on this month's theme for a chance to win a 3-month membership pass!

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: What Kind of Day Has It Been

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 her memories of Saturdays as a child.

Layout by Melanie Ritchie for Simple Scrapper

This layout from Amy Melniczenko tells the story of the best days of her life from 1974 to 2005.

Layout by Amy Melniczenko for Simple Scrapper

This layout from Alexa Gill tells the story of how she lives for the weekend.

Layout by Alexa Gill for Simple Scrapper

Now it’s your turn! Upload your layout by 2/28/15.

Congratulations to our February Story Starter Challenge winner – Darlene Ragon! We will contact you soon with instructions!

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  1. Darlene Ragon

    It was easy to choose what mundane part of life fills me daily with gratitude because there is not a day that passes that I am not grateful for hot running water! Journaling reads:

    “Every time I turn on the water facet I am amazed how lucky I am to have clean, safe running water; and not just veritable unlimited fresh water but hot water on demand. An enormous amount of the world’s population spends the better part of their day in search of potable water. I am humbled that I use water so easily but am so thankful to have this blessing. Back in the early 1980’s we remodeled our hundred year old house; the electrical and plumbing services were totally updated and replaced. There were many times that I had to heat water in five gallon metal buckets over an open fire in the back yard to fill the bath tub to bathe my children. During the redo of the kitchen which took nearly nine months I had no sink with running water to clean the dishes.Plastic dishpans and water heated on the stove were my means of washing up. I love to camp out so I am familiar with not having easy access to water supplies. A group of friends I often camp with think nothing of hauling all the water we need for the weekend with us. One learns quickly how precious water is when you must ration it to last. When the remodel was complete and at the turn of a knob I again had clean hot running water I promised myself I would never take for granted this blessing. And for the most part I have; when I return to the house after a sweaty morning of working in the garden, when I am tired and longing for relief from aching muscles as I stand under the hot running water streaming over my face or back I am so thankful for the privilege of running water.” Layout and Journaling created February 11, 2015

    • Amy Melniczenko

      Wow, Darlene! This is so fantastic! I love that you’ve documented this in your pages! This sort of thing is exactly why I love the Story Starters so much!

  2. Pamela O'Connor - CTMH Independent Consultant

    I recently spent the weekend with my soul sister, Cindy, in San Antonio for an exclusive scrapbook retreat for two! We reserved a suite which had plenty of room for scrapbooking and spent most of our weekend there creating to our hearts content. We did set aside time one evening to go downtown and have dinner at a special restaurant. We both agreed that this should become an event we put on our calendars on a regular basis as it was a special time for the two of us to reconnect with each other, our creative passion, and do a little soul searching together. We are already looking forward to our next ‘Best Day Ever’!

    • Jennifer Wilson

      What an awesome story! That sounds like the perfect way to crop.

  3. Darlene Ragon

    Did anyone win?

  4. Amy Melniczenko

    Darlene – I just updated the post with the winner. You should definitely check it out! 🙂

    • Darlene Ragon

      Oh thank you all so much!


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