Hello Pad friends! Is anyone else in denial that's it's already APRIL? I'm super struggling with the fact that we're a quarter of the way through the year already! My scrap style leans toward a "minimalist" feel (although it's not true minimalist, and I am in awe of those who consistently scrap authentically minimalist pages). And really, I tend to be fairly minimalist in my daily life. And yet I rarely give much thought to the concept of "minimalist photography." It's a tough look to achieve - true minimalist photos require a very specific, uncluttered background that can be hard to find. Think a bird in flight with nothing but sky behind it. Or a boat on the water with nothing else on the horizon. But if you get creative, you can achieve a minimalist look where you least expect it: a foggy day can turn an otherwise fussy backdrop clean and distraction-free. You can use your scrap program to remove distraction from your background. The beauty of minimalist photography is that it isolates your subject and forces the viewer straight to the story you want to tell. So ... Your challenge this month is to scrap a minimalist photo. You may use an old or new photo, but try to really think about what it is you want the viewer to look at, and make that the only thing in your shot. Embrace white/negative space and don't worry about filling the photo up; minimalist photography is a great way to also showcase the rule of thirds. Here's my page - it's an old photo, but this challenge has made me want to go out and find opportunities for minimalist shots! You do not have to scrap a minimalist PAGE. Just your photo should stick to simple. Please remember our monthly challenge rules: * Your page must contain at least 75% Lilypad product. * Your page should be posted to the Lilypad Gallery and then linked to the April Challenge Layouts thread so it can be tracked, and to this thread. The Lilypad uses a percent system for our challenges; the number of challenges you participate in determines the store discount you will receive at the end of the month: 2 challenges = 10% off 4 challenges = 20% off 6 challenges = 30% off If you complete 7 challenges, you will receive a coupon for 30% off, plus you will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from the Lilypad! The first seven challenges will be posted on the first of the month; the eighth challenge is the BYOC challenge, which is posted on BYOC release day which is the first of the month in March! Each page counts for one challenge (you cannot use one layout for multiple challenges). Show me that you can be simple and minimalist!