Top March Scrapbooking Challenges!

March 2017 scrapbook layout challenges list
Hi all! Do you ever wander around looking at scrapbooking challenge blogs, decide you want to do one, forget where it was or what the exact details were, have to go back and look again, not be able to find it...pull out a few handfuls of hair {or is it just me with bald patches?} So I don't go completely bald, I compiled a little list for convenience and I thought I should share it with you so maybe you can save yourself a little time {and hair}, too. And perhaps get in on more of these challenges! {more challenges=more fun, right?}

Here's a list of challenges for March I've been compiling them for my own convenience, so I'm sharing them in hopes that you might find it convenient, too.

  • I will try to add ongoing and additional challenges that come up throughout the month as time permits (ie: when Zae permits!).
  • I've included links to each challenge site's rules page, so be sure to check there for further information.
  • Deadlines: Challenges with a RED deadline date are due before March 31st. 
  • Allowable Formats: All challenges here are for traditional layouts. I have noted if alternate formats are allowed.
  • Entries Allowed: Unless otherwise noted, it is presumed one entry is allowed per challenge. 
  • Combination Rules: Unless otherwise noted, you can combine these challenges with others (challenge yourself even more!). This can create the most interesting layouts.

Feel free to link to your layouts in the comments so I can take a look :)

Before I list the challenges, don't forget that you can win $10 to the store just for uploading and linking 3 products (which can be paper, flowers, scissors, glue-anything!)

Five Ingredients + Yours

Challenge: Use the five listed ingredients (and anything else!)
1. stars
2. twine
3. numbers
4. solid color cardstock background
5. 1-2 photos only
Allowable formats: Digital allowed
Prize: Random Act of Kindness chosen by
Deadline: March 31

Scrap Your Pet Challenge

Challenge: Make a new pet/animal layout (doesn't have to be your pet!)
Optional Twist (for an extra entry): Use Julie Bonner's sketch.
Allowable formats: Digital allowed
Prize: Random Act of Kindness (RAK) chosen by
Deadline: March 31

julie bonner sketch
Sketch by Julie Bonner

Hoarders Challenge

Challenge: Use something old from your stash.
Optional Twist: Use up a whole pack or the rest of the leftovers from a package of something. 
Allowable formats: Digital, mixed media, journal, smash book and cards welcome
Prize: Bragging rights and a slightly smaller stash!
Deadline: March 31

Two Page Sketch Challenge

Challenge: Two page sketch challenge. 
Optional Twist: Pull out those punches dust them off and use them
Prize: Random Act of Kindness
Deadline: March 31

2 page double  layout sketch challenge scrapbook sketch
Sketch by Laura Whitaker

Not To Be Squared Challenge

Challenge: Use triangles, hexagons, circles, stars, etc--anything instead of squares or rectangles. Photos and embellishments are anything you want.
Allowable formats: Digital allowed
Prize: Random Act of Kindness (RAK) this month will include a cut of a background done by host, Vivian 
Deadline: March 31

CSI: Major Case File 225

CSI Major Case File 225Find their rules here.

Challenge: Using the case file use all five colors, three clues, and one piece of testimony, along with the composite sketch.
Entries allowed: Unlimited!
Prize: An amazing array too vast to list! Check out the amazing prizes here.
Deadline: March 31

Challenge YOUrself

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Use negative space. Make sure YOU are in the photo that you include it in your layout. Entries that do not include YOU in the photo will not qualify for the Top 3 or prize winner.
Deadline: April 4th
Entries allowed: Two
Allowable formats: 12x12, 8x10, digital layouts and canvas layouts 
Prize: Random draw
Find their rules here.

Challenge: Use chipboard and something old from your stash. 
15th of the month: sketch challenge
Deadline: 10 PM EST March 31st
Combination rules: Yes on prompt challenges; no to other sketch challenges for the sketch challenge unless they are VERY similar (though of course you can combine with other prompt challenges)
Allowable formats: They encourage alternates like art journaling, painting, cards, mixed media, off-the-page work.
Prize: Gift certificate to

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Color challenge from the palettes below, and use some sort of ink: ink pad, pen, marker paints--you choose which medium, so long as the color combination is present.
Deadline: March 31st
Allowable formats: Not noted, but design team offered cards
Prize: TBA

lasting memories scrapbooking layout challenges

scrapbook layout sketch challenge by laura whitakerChallenge: Challenges released weekly under the monthly theme: birthdays. "Birthday" theme itself it optional, though each challenge must include the challenge request. Ex: Banner, Numbers, Tags and patterned paper.

Week One Challenge #333: Sketch challenge

March 5th Challenge #334: Include a banner on your Birthday layout

March 12th Challenge #335: Include lots of numbers on your Birthday layout.

March 19th Challenge #336:  Use three different tags on your Birthday layout.

March 26th Challenge #337: Use 5 different patterned papers on your Birthday layout.

Deadline: March 31st (6 pm)  for all challenges

Entries allowed: One per challenge (four total, each entry counts as another chance to win)
Prize: RAK prize package

Find their rules here.

Let's Get Sketchy scrapbook sketch layout March 1st 2017Challenges: Released weekly every Monday.
Deadline: March 31st at midnight
Entries allowed: One per week (per challenge)
Combination rules: No other sketch challenges
Prize: Random winner. You MUST participate in at least 3 of the 4 weekly challenges to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. 
Find their rules here.

Word Inspiration - BEAUTIFUL
Creative Challenge - BUTTERFLY

What does the word BEAUTIFUL inspire you to create?  You can choose to use the word somewhere on your project or simply be inspired by it. You have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, the word inspiration AND the creative challenge, on your project to be eligible to win. Please explain in your blog post how the word inspired you, if not already obvious.
Deadline: March 31st at 11:59 pm
Allowable formats: layouts, canvases and art journal pages only
Prize: The Top 5, including the winner and 4 runners-up, as voted by the DT, as well as a mystery winner and a random winner will be announced on the blog on the 8th of the following month.

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge
Create a layout and you must use all three items from any horizontal, vertical or diagonal row.
Deadline: March 29th
Combination rules: With any challenge other than another SOS challenge.
Prize: Prize info coming soon. The winners and top 3 will be posted the last day of each month. You will have until the 15th of the next month to claim you prize. Each month they offer one of the top 3 winners a Guest Designer position.  

Challenge: You; create a layout about you.
Deadline: March 12th
Prizes: Yes, unlisted

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Selfie- girls only!
Deadline: Presumed March 31st (not listed at this time as the link tool is not yet available at the time of this post; check their site)
Entries allowed: Unlimited
Combination rules: Combine with no more than one.
Prize: Prize pack from 2crafty Chipboard for the lucky winner. International Entrants are not eligible for prizes due to postage costs however will be asked to Guest Design for the Follow Month. Please note store vouchers do not include postage unless stated.  Winners must pay the postage rate stated by the store where required.
Instructions: Link up on blog and post to the Facebook wall.
Find their rules here.

Challenge: Masculine 
Deadline: Thursday 16th of March, 23:55PM European Time
Entries allowed: Up to four (4)
Allowable Formats: Layout, Card, Canvas, Mini Album, Mixed media, "Off the Page" Creations
Instructions: Must be a follower

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Mood board challenge.
You can use the colour palette, the spots or the general impression of the board to inspire you to create.
Deadline: March 31st
Entries allowed: Multiples allowed
Prize: Yes. First place receives the whole Easter Greetings collection of papers from Pion Design. Two winners each month, announced on or around 10th of each month, will receive a Winner's Badge to proudly display on their blog, and a chance to guest design.
Instructions: Remember to add the challenge mood board to you blog post and link it back to Picture This! Please, make sure that in your post you explain which element(s) exactly inspired your project.

Creative Embellishments

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Be inspired by at least one element in the picture below and mention how you were inspired if it isn’t obvious. The twist is to incorporate something that flies.
Deadline: 11:55 pm EST March 31st
Allowable formats: layout, mini album, tag, card, canvas, etc.
Prize: $50 gift voucher to Creative Embellishments. WINNERS will have 2 weeks to claim their prize. The winner will be announced on this post the day after the challenge ends. Keep an eye out to see if you are a winner.
Instructions: It is required that you mention in your blog post that you are playing along at Creative Embellishments together with a link back to their blog. Please make sure to reference their challenge.  They would love to see you use at least one Creative Embellishments products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along. However, everyone that does will get an extra chance at winning.

Stuck?! Sketches

Challenge: Sketch challenge

Deadline: March 29th by Midnight EST
Combination rules: Up to three other non-sketch related challenges, such as a colour challenges
Prizes:  Drawn at random. $25.00 gift certificate to Accent Scrapbooking Etsy Shop, $10.00 (pounds) gift certificate to Crafty Ribbons online shop to the second lucky participant! Will choose one scrapbooker from each challenge to guest design at a later date.


  1. Carrie, How very thoughtful of you to do this to help others! You're so sweet!

    1. I'd love to see your interpretation of a challenge or two, Miss Lisa :)

  2. Thanks for posting these, Carrie, and yes, you can enter as many as you'd like at CSI.

  3. This was super helpful, thanks a lot! I love challenges and I've discovered a few new ones! x

    1. Thanks, Maria, I'm so glad you found it helpful :)

  4. Thank you so much for a very useful resource. Please can you add my sketch challenges at UK Scrappers (two a month)
    Susan xx

    1. Hi Susan! I've added your link to my main challenge page ( and will add your April challenges to April's challenge list. Thanks for sharing :)


Thanks for all your kind comments!