Welcome to April’s Photography Challenge! I had so much fun hosting the Focus Challenge and Index-Card-A-Day Challenge during last summer’s Christmas in July Extravaganza, and I’m beyond thrilled to be back hosting another challenge for my fellow Pad peeps. The theme of this month’s challenge is BEFORE and AFTER. So many things in our lives go through a daily transformation, and we rarely give it much thought. A handful of beans and plain water coming out of the kitchen tap (BEFORE) become that glorious pot of coffee that gets me through my day (AFTER). Thank goodness! When I wake up in the morning, my face is pretty darn scary (BEFORE). My makeup table has become my best friend as I’ve gotten older, and Father Time has become my enemy. After my makeup has done its magic, my face has been transformed into something that will no longer scare small children (AFTER). The other day I told my husband that one day they’ll probably find us buried under piles of dirty laundry (BEFORE). If I ever find time to get all my laundry done, that would be an AFTER. Are you getting the idea? In my sample layout, I’ve scrapped roses my husband gave me for my birthday (ALIVE=BEFORE). I didn’t want to throw them out, so I cut and dried them out after they met the Grim Reaper (DRIED OUT=AFTER). Here are a few more ideas to get you going: RECIPE INGREDIENTS > PREPARED MEAL PREGNANCY PHOTO > PHOTO OF MOM & BABY TOGETHER POST-CHILDBIRTH ART SUPPLIES > FINISHED ARTWORK WALLET WITH MONEY (PRE-SHOPPING) > WALLET THAT IS EMPTY (POST-SHOPPING) DIRTY CAR (PRE-WASH) > CLEAN CAR (POST-WASH) So, here is your challenge. You must create a layout using a minimum of 2 photos. One of these photos must represent your subject in its BEFORE state, and the other photo must represent your subject in its AFTER state. You can have as many photos on your layout as you’d like, as long as these requirements are met. You can use older photos. The Pad is such a creative community, and I know your layouts are going to be amazing. I can’t wait to see what BEFORE and AFTER ideas all of you come up with once you put your thinking caps on! Just remember our monthly challenge rules: Your page must contain at least 75% Lilypad product (templates count as 15%). 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. Each page counts for one challenge (you cannot use one layout for multiple challenges).