FEBRUARY is here and with it a new round of challenges guaranteed to spark the creativity flame in all of us.
I’ve been hosting the Anything Goes Challenge for the last couple of months, and I’m finding it a lot of fun. It’s keeping ME inspired at least. It’s also helping me get my enormous supply of excess scrapbooking products out my door and into the hands of those of you who can - and WILL - actually USE them. I can’t promise anything past FEBRUARY though, so we’ll see how it goes from here.
A word of caution - the points are fun, but some of us tend to get a little obsessive about them. If that kind of thing stresses you out, then you should probably skip the points and just play along for fun. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PLAY FOR POINTS! YOU ARE WELCOME TO PLAY ALONG AS A MOTIVATIONAL PLAYER. POINTS MATTER ONLY IF YOU WANT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRIZE RAKs.
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POINTS ~ All of the AGC challenges have a points structure assigned to them. There are points for project elements and techniques, as well as points for due dates. There are points for daily challenges and photographs, for the weekly challenge, for the monthly challenge, and our newly added Project 52 challenge. There are points for making comments, sharing techniques and product information, and points for cleaning up your scrap desk when you’re finished. There are even sometimes points for just being a good neighbor in your community. There are often bonus points for participating in other challenges here at Scrapbook dot com. The points don’t vary - once a point structure is set, it will stay set for the duration of the challenge.
CHALLENGES ~ There are daily challenges, weekly challenges, a monthly challenge, and a project 52 challenge. We’ve done a serious revision of the photo portion of the challenge so that the photos prompts are posted on the first day of the month. It’s up to you how many you do, or even if you do any at all.
DAILY CHALLENGES I post a daily challenge every single day. If you do them and keep track of how many you complete, then you will be eligible for an RAK at the end of the month. If there is a tie, then random.org will decide who the daily challenge winner is.
Daily challenges may be completed on a layout, a card, or an altered project. In general, you can complete those challenges at your own pace and you may combine several of them on a same layout, card, or altered project. But there are bonus points awarded for completing a daily challenge on the same day for which it is posted.
All LOs, cards, pics, or other projects to be counted for points or towards your LO goal must be uploaded to your gallery AND linked to this thread with your point details. Set up a tracking thread or post and update your total points each time you post a project. You are responsible for keeping track of your points. We’re all adults here, this is supposed to be fun, and I just refuse micro-manage things.
Deadline for posting points for timed challenge bonuses is MIDNIGHT. If a project is due on February 28th, you have until midnight on February 28th to turn it in. After the day rolls over, the bonus points on the challenge expire, but you can still get the 25 daily points for completing it. You may consider ANY TIME ZONE YOU WISH as adequate for posting. We’re a global community, it’s for fun, and we’re not going to fret about time zone issues.
Only pages that are NEWLY completed and uploaded on or after FEBRUARY 1st count towards your total points and layouts.
No money will change hands.
The RAKs will come from my scrap room, which I spent the last half of 2017 de-stashifying. This challenge really helped me get a tremendous amount of it gone, and I’m grateful to all of you who participated in this challenge in 2017. However, I still have way too much stuff. It's well organized, but I'm at a point in my life that I have to start being realistic. I have to either use up products or give them away. I don't want my kids to end up having to decide what to do with all the stuff that inspires me and feeds my need to create. So, my plan is to continue to send out monthly RAK’s to winners, but I think we’ll change the way that those are done and see if we can’t spread the wealth a bit…
The RAK boxes are going to be the small priority mail size ones. I like that I can pick up a bunch of those at the post office, stuff them at my leisure, and pay for them when I post them. The small ones are easy for me to store. They don’t take up much room.
You can only win in one category, and winners will alternate. If you won for the most points in January, you won’t be eligible for the “most points” category again until March, but you are still eligible to win in another category in February. Make sense?
POINTS PRIZE ~ Most points overall.
DAILY CHALLENGES PRIZE ~ Most daily challenges completed.
NEWBIE PRIZE ~ First time player, active in the challenge.
WEEKLY CHALLENGE PRIZE ~ Selected by random.org among all the layouts submitted for weekly challenges.
Note on embedding:
Hope this helps:
ALLOWING PUBLIC EMBEDDING:
1. Go to the layout in your gallery.
2. Click on 'Edit Image' tab under the layout.
3. Scroll down to the bottom left side.
4. Check the box that says, ‘Allow Public Embedding’.
LINKING LAYOUTS TO THE THREAD:
1. Go to the layout in your gallery.
2. Click on 'Share AnyWhere' on the 'share' tab beside the layout.
3. Click on 'IMG code' button.
4. Choose the button which selects the size you want to post your layout
5. Copy and paste the code which starts [url...] into the forum thread.