August Story Starter Challenge

Amy Melniczenko

August 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.


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: Our Shared Stories

Step 3 – Submit a photo of your completed work in the comments below by 11:59 pm 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 Jamie Leija tells the story of her grandma’s life at 30 and how different their lives are at this age.


This layout from Christy Strickler tells the story of how things have changed for her and her husband since the early 1990’s.

8_Christy Strickler SS Aug 2015 #8, Sketch #253

This layout from Melanie Ritchie tells the story of technology and how it would be viewed by her ancestors.


Now it’s your turn! Upload your layout by 8/30/15.

Congratulations to our August Story Starter Challenge winner – Bernadette Gerich! We will contact you soon with instructions!

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  1. Joan Krebs

    My interpretation of “Our Shared Stories” is based on a recent breakfast I shared with 3 former HS classmates. We were not really friends as a group in high school – some were closer to each other than others, but we share a history of this time of our lives. Now over 40 years later, we reminisced and caught up on each others lives – literally sharing our stories. One of my favorite parts of the conversation focused on the topic of “mean girls” who made things difficult for two of my friends. None of us were or ever will be mean girls, so I chose this as a theme for the layout.

    • Joan Krebs

      I almost forgot credits for the layout:
      Template from Lori Whitlock – Summer Templates-Chevron (rotated).
      Paper and elements from Mye De Leon – Here and Now kit.
      Font – Shruti

      • Amy Melniczenko

        What a wonderful layout! I love that you’ve documented this! So great!

  2. Bernadette Gerich

    I used Hello I Love You collab from The Digital Press.

    • Amy Melniczenko

      Oh! I love this! So pretty! Love your page design!

  3. Kunal

    well, free no, you could look at Model Railroader magazine. They have a lot of great ideas for manikg a layout. Do you have a theme? Location? Are you wanting to make a prototype of a specific area, or railroad? A lot to think about. So, good luck.


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