Have you been playing along with the monthly challenges over at The Lilypad? The TLP community really embraces the challenge system and many of the community members create layouts and enjoy the inspiration from each other. If you’re not familiar with the challenges, let’s have a quick overview and I’ll share a few ideas for using your Etc by Danyale stash (or maybe doing a little bit o’ shopping…)
There are seven challenges each month, all found in the Challenge Pad. Six of the challenges are posted on the 1st day of the month and the last one is posted when the monthly BYOC (Build Your Own Collab) is released on the 1st Friday. You create your layout and post it into the appropriate The Lilypad gallery category then use the linked image code provided to copy it into the specific challenge thread i.e. you would post your layout for the “One Word” challenge into the “One Word Challenge” section of the “Lilypad Challenges and Scraps” section in the pull down menu for the gallery. Then you would copy the “linked image” code on the right hand side of the screen and paste it into the “One Word Challenge” thread in the monthly Challenges thread in the Challenge Pad. Once that’s done, you would copy the same information (or the thumbnail size if you prefer) into your own personal thread in the Monthly Challenge Layouts spot, updating your thread with any challenge layouts you create for that month. Note: I’m using the September Challenges for these links so that this makes sense.
Generally the morning of the 1st, TLP members will create their thread in the Monthly Challenge Layouts thus saving their spot for the month. You number your layouts 1 to 7 so that the admin staff can easily figure your discount. Two challenge layouts completed earns a coupon for a 10% discount, 4 for 20% and 6 for 30% off. All 7 challenges completed for the month enters you into a random drawing for a guest Polly spot in a future month as well as the 30% coupon. Note that the coupons do not work on BYOC purchases nor other specific memberships like MPM or M3.
The challenges for September 2015 are:
Inspiration Challenge – a layout with only black and white items, minimal kraft allowed, and only one colored item. The colored item can be your photo or an element but only one.
Fill It Up Challenge – a layout where the page is filled about 90% with products, papers, elements, etc. (the opposite of a white space challenge layout)
Random Challenge – a comparison layout. It could be now/then, before/after, compare/contrast.
Product Challenge – a layout using a few different date/calendar/schedule etc type elements.
One Word Challenge – a layout using the word LIFE in some way, could be part of your title, word art or your journaling.
The above challenges require the use of 75% The Lilypad products (templates count as 15%). The BYOC challenge below requires 90% current month BYOC specific products (templates count as 15%).
BYOC Challenge – a layout using 90% current month BYOC products by at least three different designers.
And while we are on the subject of monthly challenges, don’t forget to participate in OUR challenge for September. Scrap a layout about something you didn’t get accomplished this summer using 100% Etc by Danyale products, post it in the TLP gallery or any other gallery and link it up in the comments for the September challenge on the Etc by Danyale blog.