October Story Starter Challenge

by | Storytelling Ideas | 7 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: Inside of You

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 Alexa Gill tells the story of the struggles she is facing to fit in with her peer group at this stage of her life.


This layout from Jennifer Larson tells the story of her grandmother, still beautiful and charming at 98. She was an important influence on Jennifer growing up, so she made a list of some memories that depict her personality to honor her, pairing the list with recent photos of her and Jennifer’s family.


This layout from Amy Melniczenko  tells the story of how her Myers Briggs results have changed over time.


Now it’s your turn! Upload your layout by 10/30/15.

Congratulations to our October Story Starter Challenge winner – Kelly Jean! We will contact you soon with instructions!

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  1. Kelly Jean

    Definitely giving this a try this month!

    • Amy Melniczenko

      So glad! I can’t wait to see your page!

  2. Lisa

    This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

    • Amy Melniczenko

      What a great page, Lisa! I love that you’ve documented this! It’s fantastic!

      • Lisa

        Well, I’m having a bit of an identity crisis. It was kind of cathartic to put it on paper and post it.

        • Kelly Jean

          Lisa, I love your layout! I also had been struggling with this for a few years, in a different role, pre-kids, but with furry kids, and as a wife. I think we all go through this in various stages of our lives. Good luck to you! I hope you find the true, happy you!

  3. Kelly Jean

    Here’s my page. I loved the story discover tool because it helped me to focus in on stories I want to tell and I finally got this one off my list! This layout is about having self-love and how coping with anxiety and digestive issues is a reminder that I need to have more self-love. Thank you for this amazing challenge!


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