I'm more inspired by subject and sketch challenges than technique and product challenges. I often don't have the products and don't want to buy them for just a layout or two. Except Nuvos - I now own a boatload of Nuvos!!
I really enjoy all the challenges! I would put 'technique' last because I'm not a very technique-y scrapper. Although having said that, all the challenges involving stamping have encouraged me to get my stamps out.
If they are over-complicated then I get a bit lost sometimes...like there was one to spell 'HAPPY' using the things on your layout? But that's totally just me being a bit befuddled!
I really appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and ideas.
I agree with gramma about being inspired by subject as well. I like technique and product challenges because I do have most of the products and they are languishing in my stash. While I do use sketches, I tend to choose the photos I want to to use and then choose a sketch to fit them, so it's definitely challenging for me to start with the sketch first.
I like sketch and colour challenges as they are often easiest to recreate digitally. Then again, technique and product challenges can also work because I try and make digital versions. The only one I'm not so good with is a kit challenge.
Ultimately I like seeing something and then trying to recreate it
I want to add that I love all the challenges, and I know I won't complete them all (ever lol). There are the ones that push me a bit which I love and then there are others I won't be able to do. And it's all good!
The only challenges that DON'T help me are challenges to alter items, or use household items. I like my scrappy stash by itself I like the challenges for technique - stamping, dies, multi-media, tearing, layering, sewing - because they help me get out of ruts. I am finding the kit thing to be more a challenge (I'm just killing my first kit this month, I thought I'd kept it small but after 6 layouts of it I'm ready to be done with it. OTOH, the layouts really do have different vibes each, so I'm pleased with that!)
I would love to see more recipe challenges/tic-tac-toe type challenges, where you can pick items off a list to qualify. So, instead of a challenge to simply use "ephemera", maybe you have to use ephemera AND tilt your photo AND some inking. But you could have 3 points for it. Then it wouldn't be so easy for me to just do my normal scrapping, but collect found points at the end ("yay, I used enamel dots. 1 point").
My favorites are simple recipe challenges and stash challenges that Chinagirl posts every month. I can grab a few things and go. I love sketches too, but usually forget to pick one before I start 🙄 lol