Category Archives: Challenges

Sketch Challenge at Pickleberrypop

Sketches can be a great place to start a page design. March’s Sketch Challenge lets you choose from a variety of sketches to create a new layout. You don’t have to follow the sketch precisely but you must be close enough to identify the original sketch. I chose the following sketch.

Here is the layout I created from the sketch I chose. Credits and links are below the layout.

Rainbow Love Basics Papers

Rainbow Love Basics Elements

Designer: Jen Yurko
Font: Bebas Neue Regular

Title Font: Carolina Mountains

March Tic Tac Toe Challenge at Pickleberrypop

Welcome to March and a whole new lineup of wonderful challenges at Pickleberrypop! This month I’m hosting the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I hope you’ll join me in the challenge and create a layout choosing a column, row, or diagonal for the card provided. Here’s my layout.

I chose the middle column using the color green, camera charm (wildcard), and 2+ papers. The kit I used is Captured by Natali Designs.

Head over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and add your layout made with your selections from the Tic Tac Toe card. I can hardly wait to see your creation!

While you’re there be sure to check out and participate in the other challenges for March.

Photography Challenge at Pickleberrypop

If you’ve known me for long you know I love challenges.  The layout I’m sharing today is for the Photography Challenge this month at Pickleberrypop.  The challenge is to use one photo that depicts something, or someone, you love about your life.  Then split that one photo into at least two pieces.  Finally, add at least one line of journaling about it.  Like many of you, my grandkids bring me the most joy in life and I cherish time spent with them.

For the challenge, I blurred most of the large family photo and blended it into the background.  Then I focused and framed each of the grandkids separately.

Find out all the challenge specifics here & check out other clever and creative ideas used by other scrappers.  Be sure to post and share your challenge layout too.  The kit I used is Always by TirAmisu Designs.

Use It All Challenge January 2020

Use It All challenge this month is hosted by Isa at Bellisae Designs.  I must admit I loved this one so much I also picked up her full kit by the same name.  If you want to participate in the challenge you’re only supposed to use the mini kit but as a CT member, I’m not eligible for prizes anyway, so I used some pieces from the full kit too.  The credits below the layout are linked to the challenge and also to the kit if you want to pick that up too!

Use It All Challenge

Fresh Start collection

Designer: Bellisae Designs

Template Challenge January 2020

Template challenges are fun.  You get a free template and you can use whichever kit you prefer.  The template this month was designed by Heartstrings Scrap Art and I love it!  I also love her most recent collection, Tapestry of Life.  You may remember I used this same kit on my last layout and it won Layout of the Week at Pickleberrypop!  Naturally, since I love both, I had to pair these two together and I really like the resulting layout.  Here is my layout. The challenge and kit are listed below the layout and they’re both linked to the store.


Template Challenge

Tapestry of Life Bundle

Designer: Heartstrings Scrap Art

Mystery Box Challenge December 2019

It’s the final Mystery Box for 2019 and it’s a hodgepodge of delightful goodies. This is one of my favorites challenges because you just never know what you’re going to get.  The designers contribute their portions without any idea what the other designers are contributing so it really is a mystery all the way around. If you’d like to give it a go you can get the Mystery Box here.

We’re already a week into December, so you’re at an advantage.  You can see a good sampling of what’s included by checking out the layouts that are already posted.  Here’s mine.

December Journaling Challenge at Pickleberrypop

I’d love to have you join me for the Journaling Challenge I’m hosting this month at Pickleberrypop.  The challenge is to journal about 5 of your favorite things about Christmas or Winter (your choice).  The twist is to use a combination of stamps, photos, & shapes, then add text, word strips, or word art to tell the story that the stamps/photos represent.

Here are a couple of examples I created.  My first layout is for Christmas.  I used photos or elements to create stamps of my favorite things.  Then I used word strips and a countdown theme to tell the story of our Christmas traditions.

Christmas Traditions by Cheryl Day Designs


The layout for winter using shapes combines two photos + 3 three “journal card” shapes with elements that depict snow, snowmen, and winter foliage.  I then used a combination of one word-strip and text to tell the story.

Winter Painting by Tiramisu Designs


I had a lot of fun with this challenge and hope you will too.