Sometimes I look at the pages in our gallery and they're beautiful, the photos are amazing, the moment seems wonderful or it's a random place... but there's nothing on there. It's a mystery page. I always try to make my pages something my kids can pick up the book and go "OOOoOooOOH!" and understand WHY that page is there. WHY I made that page, WHY I chose that moment. So I want to have us create at least one perfectly clear page, even if it's the only one we ever do. Earnest Hemingway was challenged to write a complete story using only six words. He succeeded using "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Other examples have been: "I asked. You answered with silence." "Tripped over luck, stumbled upon tragedy." and more towards the better end: "She became the world's happiest woman." "What socks? My dog's tail said." "Oh how you make me smile." and a personal favorite: "They were wrong. Love did win." The whole story that tells is succinct and very stark in it's emotions. Six words create a flood of emotions. In our journey as memory keepers, scrapping to keep a moment, a thought, an emotion, a piece of time frozen forever, this is a powerful tool. How many times have we looked at the page where we've created this gorgeous background and even have a few photos on there, but the emotion or memory seems too big to describe? In that instance, I have, more than once, simply put on a title or just left it as photos on a page, sure that I could never do it justice. I'd like to challenge us all to try and capture and convey what made us choose that page. WHY those photos? WHY this moment? WHY did we take those photos in the first place? Were we happy? Were we wanting to remember the fun outfit? Were we amused by everyone laughing at some joke or something funny someone did or said that ISN'T in the photo? This month I'd love for you to be creative. Tell us an entire story in SIX. SIX. Pick one (or all!) Six words, six photos, six lines of journaling, any six that you wish to do, grab that idea and tell it in six somewhere on your page! You could even use six word arts if you can find some that create that perfect memory. Here's a page using 6 photos to tell an entire story: And here's one using the six words for a "tiny title" then explaining it: To Recap: Make a page with SIX of something. 6 words, 6 photos telling the story, 6 lines of journaling to capture the emotion, or moment or 6 word arts that tell us. Whichever you pick, take us on this journey with you for just a moment in time. "Share with me, your beautiful life." There's six words from me to you. I can't wait to see what you come up with!! As always, please remember the 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 July 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).