Scrapbook Challenge | Starting Points

Welcome September! (Did I just say that? Where has this year gone?)ย At the beginning of each month, I’ve been issuing myself a challenge of sorts.ย As a way to keep the mojo flowing and to try new things.

This month, I’ve decided to follow along with a new series Shimelle started on her blog called Starting Points. She offers up a page design as a starting point for inspiration and you can take it in whatever direction works for you. I was really inspired by Shimelle’s Starting Points here andย here and they made for a perfect challenge.

Challenge Results

Page design has always been a weakness for me. If I’m not following a sketch or scraplifting a layout, I can push paper around on a 12×12 sheet of cardstock for hours and never go anywhere. I learned long ago that for me to be productive, I need a place to start. These starting points were so easy, I ended up creating two layouts.

I created my backgrounds pretty much exactly as she laid out, but once I added my photos and started playing around with embellishments and placement, my completed layouts look totally different.

Layout 1

A self imposed challenge to use a starting point; creating a layout foundation from a scraplifted design.

I used 2 4×6 photos on my layout and used the space to the right of my photos for a long title. I also added a large journaling block at the bottom, then added embellishments, forming a visual triangle that ties the layout together.

I’ve had the idea for this layout for a long time. When I went to Europe last year, I picked a specific trip because Florence was one of the stops. I studied Michelangelo in college and I was anxious to spend some time there. Unfortunately, it was only a few hours and I barely scratched the surface of what I wanted to see. I really wanted more time there.

Layout 2

A self imposed challenge to use a starting point; creating a layout foundation from a scraplifted design.

This layout was so much fun to work on because the papers are so bright and fun. Again, I followed Shimelle’s background almost exactly, but that’s where the similarities end. I also used a large photo, but I pushed it up to make room for my title. I cut the embellishment squares from one of the sheets of pattern paper in this collection. The squares gave me a place to scatter some phrase stickers. Because some of my sticker letters were glittered (the word “good”), I added some Stickles to each of the squares for additional glitter accent.

I didn’t have enough time to finish the journaling, but I plan to make a tag to insert behind the photo. I love this photo of my parents with my nephews and the journaling will be about how much fun they have together.

Challenge Lessons Learned

  • It’s good to get some help once in awhile. I love pages that are totally of my own creation, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy (or time) to start from scratch.
  • Creating a base from these starting points was easy and simple. I created the backgrounds one night watching TV. I think this is a great task you can accomplish when you are tired but don’t feel creative. I didn’t have to think to arrange the blocks of pattern paper. The next day, I finished layouts when I was feeling more creative.
  • Just because you use a base like this to start from does not mean your layout will look the same as the original.
  • Because the backgrounds were so easy, I focused more attention on the embellishments and I’m thrilled with how they turned out.

Thanks for checking out my challenge results. I hope this inspires you to issue your own challenges!

Editor’s Note: I will have a guest post at Simple Scrapper this week with more lessons learned from challenges! Stop by and take a look: Inspired By Scrapbook Challenges.


  1. I love how these turned out! They look so different with the pictures and embellishments! Awesome job! Definitely a great way to get yourself going.

  2. I love Shimelles’ sketches and you did a great job with them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sure hope you make it back to Florence someday to take a more in-depth tour. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love the starting points. Your layouts are very nice. Great way to jump start your creativity.

  4. Looks great!!

  5. I love the colors in the Florence layout! I’m definitely in a creative rut right now, so will need to check out Shimelle’s challenge. Sometimes it’s ok to get a nudge from others. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your results!

  6. I love these layouts! I have started using templates, sketches, quick pages, etc just so I can get some scrapping done. I’m too dang tired to do much thinking by the time I get home from work and can find time to scrap. I think you did a great job and love the colors in both, but the Florence one is my fav…( I was in Florence over 20 years ago!) Really want to go back!

  7. I love how you show the before and after. And I feel you about Florence. It seems I never have enough time to explore the places I visit.

  8. I really need to try my hand at sketches. I have a book full of them, but havent used them.
    Love how yours turned out.

  9. They are great – I like the idea of starting with the papers all in place and then just embellishing til my hearts content ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Both of these layouts turned our wonderful. I really like the happy papers on the second one and the long titles. I created a layout with this week’s Starting Point and really enjoyed it, too. So much fun to start with a base and then create the layout.

  11. I love the way you showed two versions, then the completed layouts. Very helpful and informative. I keep a list of possible starting points, so this will definitely be added. Wonder if I might eventually end up with a few favorite go-to backgrounds….the possibilities for variety would be fun to explore!


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