I'm sure I've talked about it before, but I got started scrapping by making winning banners for a Mom's group I'm a member of. We have categories, submit pics, then vote. I used to just help, then the person who ran it, gave it to me. I have since gotten help (Callaluna/Heather) and are starting to involve one more person who said they would like to make banners!
This is a banner I made for the contest. I modified it for blog posting (removed some info). I think it turned out cute.
Previews of kits (images linked to store):