Digital scrapbooking is one of my favorite memory keeping methods. The Lilypad hosts a Month of Challenges each January with a new challenge each day and a $20 store gift certificate for everyone who finishes. I gave it a try this year but between being gone for 10 days at the beginning of the month and my husband and kids down with the flu at the end of the month, I didn’t quite make it. I did complete 22 of the challenges though, which I was happy with, and I learned SO MUCH! Here are a couple of my favorites:
This photo is several years old and although it’s a grainy, blurry phone photo, it’s still one of my favorites. For some reason though, I hadn’t scrapped it till last month. I was glad for the Month of Challenges to give me that push! (It wasn’t part of the challenge, but this was the first time I’ve ever used a QR code on a layout and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.)
This was for the first day of MOC. I can’t remember off-hand what the challenge was, but I’m glad I documented this “extraordinary everyday” moment.
For this challenge, we had to use a dispersion technique, which is the “movement” you see on the photo. I had never done it before and didn’t quite figure out how it was all supposed to work until actually doing the second-to-last step of the tutorial. There’s a lot of room for improvement in my dispersion, but I love both the photo and the overall layout.
I appreciate challenges that push me to tell a story. Just because I remember the details, doesn’t mean everyone else does, or that they even know the story at all. Getting family history written down is important, no matter how small it may seem at the time.
Just seeing this photo makes me smile, but now it’s lovingly scrapped for my son’s toddler-years photo album and even when he’s forgotten about his “sparkery shoes” and his love of Annie, we’ll still have this documented memory to savor.
This was another new-to-me technique and I loved it. The challenge was not only to combine multiple alphas (I believe we had to use at least five), but also to make sure they were “attached” to the page and not “floating.” I rarely used alphas in the past, much less combining and attaching, but this is going to be a favorite technique of mine from now on.
See? I used the alpha technique in one of the next challenges! These are more “old” photos I hadn’t gotten around to scrapping before. I’m so thankful for the push digiscrap challenges give me to get these pages done!
Next year I’ll be more prepared for Month of Challenges – I’m determined to complete it in 2019!
Do you scrapbook? Either digitally or traditionally? Feel free to leave a link to your gallery in the comments – I’d love to take a look!
I’m working on adding a page here that will link to as many digiscrap challenges as I’m aware of, something I’ll keep updated as challenges expire and new ones pop up. It will take me a bit to get the initial links compiled, but be on the lookout for that around the end of February.