No Foolin' - It's Time for April's Challenges!

April 2017 scrapbooking papercrafts challenge list for layouts

Greetings scrappy friends! March flew by despite the dismal weather here in Minnesota. Now it's a new month, and you know what that means: new challenges have been released.

If you've been here before, you already know I've become something of a challenge addict. I especially love to take lots of challenges ingredients and swirl them together in my Standard Size 2 Pewter Cauldron and see what kind of magic happens. 

Here's the big list of scrapbooking challenges, hoping you'll have as much fun as I do.
  • Rules: I've included links to each challenge site's rules page when available. Challenge sites occasionally change their rules, so bear in mind their information supersedes all information listed here.
  • Deadlines: Challenges are due the last day of the month unless noted with a RED deadline date. Specific times and time zones vary, so submit the day before the end of the month or check each challenge host's website for specific times.  
  • Allowable Formats: All challenges here allow for 12x12 traditional layouts. If you're a cardmaker or off-the-page artist, check challenge site rules for more information; many of these challenges welcome alternate forms of artwork!
  • Combination Rules & PrizesUnless otherwise noted, you can combine these challenges with others (but again, read the challenge rules carefully)Every challenge host is different. Some encourage the fun of combining challenges, some request exclusivity, and others are somewhere in between. Read the rules of each host site carefully if you are entering for prizes.

Have fun creating! 

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    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!) in the Share and Win Challenge.

    Five Ingredients + Yours


    1. Pink
    2. Clock
    3. Use a punch
    4. Visible journaling
    5. Pick an element from Marci's example as inspiration!
    Prize: Since this is the 5th anniversary of the 5 Ingredients challenge, there will be a $25 gift certificate from!

    Crazy 4 Color Challenge

    Challenge: Citrus color challenge: orange, lemon yellow and lime green. You can use these colors with neutrals of white, black and kraft.
    Twist: Use a photo of fruit.
    Prize: $10.00 gift certificate to
    Deadline: April 10th

    Inspired By a Word Challenge

    Challenge: Use inspiration words Grow, Renew, Bloom.
    Prize: $10.00 gift certificate to chosen at random.
    Deadline: April 10th

    Challenge: Use triangles, hexagons, circles, stars, etc. as your background instead of squares or rectangles. Photos and embellishments can be anything you want. 
    Prize: RAK

    Challenge: 2 Page Sketch Challenge
    Twist: Use both sketches to create two 24x12 layouts
    Prize: Random

    Challenge: Sports or Play Theme

    • Sports: All sports pages are welcome meaning, if your page is at all referenced as a sport, it is eligible ex: (Horse Racing, NASCAR, Cheerleading. For that matter, competitive eating will work, too!) Basically, if it is judged, scored, or a winner is chosen through competition, this is the category for your creation.
      • Twist:  Use a raw (unpainted, unmisted, unglittered, etc) woodie, chipboard embellie, or cardboard.

    • Play and ActivityIf your subject is being active, then this one is where you will want to submit it here.
      • Twist: Use at least 3 different rainbow colors (RedOrangeYellowGreenBlue and Purple)

      Prize: A monthly 'winner' will be chosen by for each category. Your name will be entered once into the drawing for each category that you have submitted a layout. You will receive an extra chance in the drawing for each twist. Two-page layouts count as two entries. To receive credit for the twist on each page, the twist must be completed on both pages.

      CSI: Major Case File 227
      Find 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!

      Prizes: From 10 amazing sponsors

      Note: Check the CSI site on April 15th for the mid-month minor case file challenge.

      Let's Get Sketchy

      Find their rules here.

      Sketch Challenge 

      Entries allowed: One per per challenge
      Combination rules: No other sketch challenges
      Prize: Random winner: DCWV Eclectic Chic Paper Pack

      Note: Check back on April 15th for the mid-month challenge.

      Challenge YOUrself #39

      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.

      Entries allowed: Two
      Allowable formats: 12x12, 8x10, digital layouts and canvas layouts
      Deadline: April 4th 

      Prize: Random draw for this gorgeous mixed media book, Painted Blossoms:

      Inspiration Challenge: Mood board

      Lasting Memories

      lasting memories scrapbooking layout challenges
      View their rules here.

      This month's theme is SPRING!

      Week One Challenge #338: Create a layout using Spring flowers. They can be flowers in the photos, floral patterned paper, or flower embellishments.

      Week Two Challenge #339: April 9th Reveal - Use the word "Spring" in your title of journaling.

      Week Three Challenge #340: 
      Easter Sunday - Use bunnies, chicks, or eggs on your layout.

      Week Four Challenge #341:  
      April 23rd Reveal: Color inspiration photo.

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

      Deadline: April 28th

      Anna's Craft Cupboard
      Find their rules on the post page.

      Challenge: Sketch challenge
      Prize: $50 gift voucher with free shipping

      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: Art Inspiration

      • Use pops of red on your creation. 
      • Use anything that inspires you from the artwork: the muted feel of this piece, the subtle colours, the vision of a field of flowers, the use of watercolours, documenting a family war history, gratitude or remembrance. 
      Entries: May enter more than once.
      Combinations: Combine with a sketch challenge only.
      Prize: Announced on the 8th of the following month. 

      • Random draw:

      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: Create a layout using a photo of just you.

      Note: Check back on April 15th for the mid-month challenge.

      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: Create on the subject of Easter or another Spring celebration.
      Combinations: As many as you wish.
      Prize: Gift certificate to

      More Than Words

      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: Must use the word inspiration and color combination.
      Combinations: New change this month: no more than 2 other challenges. More than that will not be eligible for prizes.

      • Word inspiration: dream
      • Color challenge: black & white + one more

      Allowable formats: layouts, canvases and art journal pages only
      Prizes (includes international shipping!) voted on by DT & announced on the blog on the 8th of the following month:

      • Mystery winner (picked at random)

      • Random winner (one entry hand picked by our Admin team which has captured their attention)

      • Lucky commenter (one blog follower who has commented on any of our April blog posts or FB posts)
        • $25 value prize from

      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge
      Deadline: April 29th
      Combination rules: With any challenge other than another SOS challenge.


      Find their rules here.

      Challenge 1: Numbers
      Challenge 2Patterned Paper on Half
      Deadline: April 9th
      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: Mood board. Take from this what you like. Be inspired by one of the photos, or just the colours.  It's all about how you want to interpret it.

      Deadline: April 29th
      Entries allowed: Unlimited
      Combination rules: Combine with no more than one.

      Scrap the Boys

      Challenge: Find a photo of your men helping their dad/grandad or any other male family member and create a beautiful layout. Must be boys only!

      Combination rules: No combinations allowed. Must be exclusive to StB.
      Prizes: Australian residents only eligible for sponsored prizes. International entry winners will be offered a GDT spot.

      1. One winner will receive a prize pack from Scrapping Life
      2. One Winner will receive a prize pack from Kitaholic Kits

      Scrapping 4 Fun Challenges

      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: Easter
      Deadline: April 13th
      Entries allowed: Up to four (4)
      Allowable Formats: Layout, Card, Canvas, Mini Album, Mixed media, "Off the Page" Creations
      Instructions: Must be a follower

      Counterfeit Kit

      Find their rules here

      Challenge: Create a kit from your stash, inspired by Cocoa Daisy's Ashton CourtThe challenge is to draw inspiration from the "real kit" to create your own "counterfeit kit" using just the supplies you already own.

      Find their rules here.

       GREEN with black or white
      Entries allowed: Multiples allowed
      Prize: BlueFernStudios / MixedUp Magazine (A Year's Subscription)! Announced around the 10th of the month. 
      Instructions: Remember to add the challenge 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: Please be inspired by at least 1 element from the picture below and let us know what you were inspired by.

      Twist: Add a flower to your project.
      Prize: $50 gift voucher to the Creative Embellishments shop!
      Notes: 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

      Find their rules here.

      Sketch Challenge
      Combination rules: Up to three other non-sketch related challenges, such as a colour challenges
      Deadline: April 29th
      Note: Check back on April 15th for sketch challenge #2


      1. $25 gift certificate to the Creative Embellishments shop 
      2. $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang
      3. Guest designer spot for following month

      1-2-3 Challenge Blog

      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: 3 Elements Challenge: A color, a word, a technique. contain all three criteria.

      Combination rules: Must created exclusively for the 1-2-3 Challenge
      Prizes:  Prizes requiring postage are only available for Australian residents. International entries are encouraged for the monthly International Guest Design Team spot.

      Find their rules on the sketch post page.

      Sketch Challenge

      Entries allowed: As many times as you like.
      Deadline: April 14th

      Prizes:  The winner will be a random draw and announced on April 15th. Anyone, anywhere, may enter this contest using any desired products. You do not have to be a member of our kit club to be eligible for the prize. They do ship their prizes internationally!

      Creative Scrappers

      Challenge: Sketch 305
      Prize: The Cut Shoppe

      Mixed Media Monthly

      Find their rules here.

       What's Your Superpower? 
      Create a project that shows or represents your "Superpower" be sure to tell us what your superpower is! Add this graphic to your blog post.
      Entries: Up to 5 times
      Combinations: Combine with no more than 4 others.

      Prize: Announced on the 5th of the month. The Winner and Honorable Mentions will be given a badge to display on their blog. The Random Winner will be will win a "multimedia" related prize. Everyone has a chance to win!

      1. You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
      2. You must comment on at least 3 design team member's blogs. 
      3. Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post 
      4. Add a link to your direct post

      Mixed Media Place

      Find their rules on the post page.

       Mood Board. Feel free to be inspired by theme, shape, pattern, color, or quote.
      Deadline: **April 19th

      Prize: Discount coupon to be used in the Mixed Media Place Store. Winners announced at the end of April. Guest designer position available for May. 

      Off The Rails

      Find their rules here.

       Mood board with the theme recycle something. You can create any sort of project that sparks your imagination, so long as it fits into the challenge theme.

      Entries: Two
      Combinations: As many as you like

      Scrapbook Fantasies

      Find their rules on the respective post pages.

      Challenge #11: Use an animal
      Combinations: One sketch challenge (unless SF challenge is a sketch).

      Deadline: April 9th

      Challenge #12: Use INK
      Combinations: One sketch challenge (unless SF challenge is a sketch).

      Deadline: April 16th

      Challenge #13: Color challenge
      Combinations: One sketch challenge (unless SF challenge is a sketch).

      Deadline: April 23rd

      Scrapping Outback

      Find their rules on the post page.

       White with a twist. Create a layout using at least one piece of chipboard and all the colors in the photo: White with hot pinklight pink and a touch of green. You can use varied shades of each colors.

      Combinations: No other judged challenges that award prizes. Inspiration challenges are fine. 
      Prize: $15 shop voucher to spend in Scrapping Outback shop.

      Promote Adult coloring with Chameleon OPens

      Stick it Down

      Find their rules here.

       Single and double page sketch challenge. You can rotate, flip, or alter the sketch, but we hope to see how the sketch inspired your creation.

      One Page Sketch Challenge

      Two Page Sketch Challenge

      Combinations: Encouraged
      Prize: Winners are chosen by the design team and will be posted on or around the third day of the following month. The challenge winners will be asked to be a guest designer in the future.

      White...With One

      Find their rules here.

      Challenge: Create a layout using 85% white and beautiful helium blue. You can use black (or dark brown) as an accent colour on your layout but it must not be the dominant colour on your layout, unless it is the specified colour for that month.
      Combinations: With a sketch challenge only.
      Twist: Use this sketch:

      Prize: Australian / New Zealand entries are only eligible for the main monthly sponsored prizes. There is a separate prize for International entries. Two of our prizes are decided via CT vote while our third prize is a random draw from remaining entries.

      Words & Paintery

      Find their rules here.

       Blues picked from the sky above us are this month's colors and the quote embrace the important in being YOU: "You are a Diamond dear, they can't break you!"

      Deadline: April 15th
      Note: Check back on the 15th for the next challenge. 
      Prize: Crafty Individuals offer the winner of our challenge a £30 gift certificate to their online store.

      Whew. I think we've definitely got plenty to keep us busy through April, right? Happy scrapping!


      1. WOW! A lot to choose from!!! Great information!

      2. Hey there! Thanks for sharing our sketch challenge! Do you have a logo for your challenge round up that I can put in the side bar on the Stuck?! Sketches blog? You can email me at


      Thanks for all your kind comments!