Hello! I have not been very active in the forum here, but I would really love to know if any of you have a solution for this problem. There are soooo many great blogs that have various challenges, using a specific sketch, or a specific color scheme or technique or even a word. I think they are great fun and add an extra layer of creativity to a wonderful hobby. But HOW on earth can a person keep them all straight and remember the deadlines for more than one or two at a time? Thanks so much for any ideas you may have!
Couldn't you do something as simple as setting up a Rolodex by date? You could jot down the website address and minimal notes about the challenge. Or maybe a dataebook like a Daytimer or Franklin Planner. You could even get creative and color code the cards/pages for technique, sketch, color, word, etc.
I did see the free class offered (and signed up, in fact, just read the first week's lesson). I thought it would only be addressing organization of my physical work space. Do you think/know if it will cover things like organizing deadlines for challenges? That would be terrific! Perhaps I just need to be patient for that lesson to show up in my inbox?
When I was active in the swaps and challenges, I went online and copied a calendar page for each month, then for each swap or challenge I would mark it on the appropriate due date and highlight the date it needed to be mailed. Then I posted those on the bulletin board next to my craft table so I could always see at a glance what was to be done and coming due.
When I started entering challenges I tried to enter as many as I possibly could. As you say, there are so many! What I found out was that trying to enter a lot of challenges ended up stifling my creativity. I started doing things to enter the challenges, instead of doing what I wanted and find a challenge where it would fit. Pretty soon I stopped having fun creatively. Finally, I gave up the idea of entering a lot of challenges. Now I enter a couple of challenges a month, usually when I really need inspiration or when my project fits into a challenge already. That's my advice.
Now that has me thinking! I probably have an unused recipe box somewhere. I could make tabs with 1 - 31 for the days of the month and then file an index card with the basic requirements of the challenge. That may just be the answer I was looking for!! Thanks so much!!
Edited by iluvmysix on 05-01-13 08:29 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
That's exactly what I do - put it on Word and keep it on my desktop. Since most of my challenges are due at the end of the month, I don't have to worry about dates that much - just the requirements of the challenge!