Every night, Gareth and I lie down beside Harry and Charlie, holding their hands while the baby monitor plays five minutes of lullabies to send them peacefully to the Land of Nod. I must confess I love this part of the day.. I often find myself planning my next layout, or dreaming about ideas for starting a crafty business.. it's a productive time!
Tonight I found myself thinking about how Shimelle's class 'Something From Almost Nothing' is drawing to a close, and how lovely it would be to continue with the inspiration and the challenges to get using those old bits of stash.
I'd like to share some of my ideas and see what you think...
- The simplest idea would be to open a challenge thread on Shimelle's forum for members to post challenges - say once a month - and perhaps attach an example layout for inspiration. I loved how Shimelle found links to some incredible layouts on Two Peas In A Bucket for the buttons prompt. Maybe we could do that too, for extra inspiration!
- Another idea might be to start a new challenge blog, initially for SFAN participants and promoted through the SFAN forum, but there'd be no reason why others could then join in. Of course, the blog would promote Shimelle's class - her materials, free printables and video tutorials are absolutely top-notch and I'd recommend her class to anyone!!
- A different idea I had, but still related, would be to start a stash-swap challenge! Participants could put together a small kit of old stash, maybe based around a theme - say, several scraps of patterned paper, some brads, eyelets, stickers.. you get the picture! - and then swap them with someone else in the group. The challenge would be to create a layout or other project with whatever you've been given and post your project to the blog or forum.
I have a couple of other ideas swirling around in my head too, but I'll leave it at these three for now.. don't want to overwhelm you!
Any thoughts? Would you be interested in participating in any of the above, or have you had any other ideas? I look forward to hearing from you!