July Story Starter Challenge

by | Storytelling Ideas | 4 comments

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.


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: Soundtrack of Life

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 Jennifer Larson tells the story of a night club she went to when she studied abroad in Germany, one particular song she remembers hearing there and what it means to her today.


This layout from Arielle Gordon tells the story of how her family uses music to set the tone for their day


This layout from Jamie Leija tells the story of the few records that she listens to and how she isn’t a big music person.


Now it’s your turn! Upload your layout by 7/30/15.

Congratulations to our July Story Starter Challenge winner – Mrs Judith L Perry! We will contact you soon with instructions!

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  1. Mrs Judith L Perry

    Music was a huge part of my late husband’s life. He would have music playing 24/7 if he could. Since he passing 6 months ago, the house is mostly quiet – sometimes that most innocent of songs will bring tears. There are two particular songs that I can not listen to at all – “Right Here Waiting” and “Old and Wise”.

    The beginning our our relationship was turbulent and things were trying to pull us apart. The sing “Right Here Waiting” fit us perfectly. Even now, after his recent passing, it still fits because I know that he is right there waiting for me.

    “Old and Wise” was a song that had deep meaning to him and fit how he wanted his family and friends to view his life and his passing.

    So, I share both those layouts with you.

    • Amy Melniczenko

      So beautiful! What wonderful tributes to your husband. I’m so sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Joan Krebs

    Inspiration for my “Soundtrack of Life” layout comes from one of my late father’s favorite songs “Sentimental Journey.” I can still hear the scratchy old 78 rpm record quite clearly in quiet moments. The journaling on the layout includes the song lyrics and how I came to scrap my parents wedding photo as the start of their own sentimental journey.
    I used a Simple Scrapper template from June 2015, watercolor papers from Snickerdoodle Designs “Ramblin Rose” line, and elements from Just So Scrappy’s “Mom Kit.”
    Thanks for the challenge – I like to use challenges to kickstart my scrapping. It took me quite a long time to pull this layout together (I changed papers, color scheme and embellishments several times!), but I’m happy with the final results.

    • Amy Melniczenko

      How beautiful, Joan! I love how you documented one of his favorite songs with this gorgeous layout! So pretty!


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