Welcome to a new month of challenges! I have the honor this month of hosting the July Journaling Challenge. Have you ever listened to the radio (or your music collection) and hear a song that transports you in time to a memory? Perhaps you see a car that looks like your first car, and you get that magical flashback... The July Journaling challenge is all about the flashback! When you see an ordinary everyday object, hear a tune, etc. what did you see or hear that triggers that FOND memory? That is what the July Journaling challenge is all about.. that fond memory, and a simple moment to document. ************************I smile every year at Easter when the marshmallow "peeps" are on the store shelves, and I call my Aunt to let her know. It is a favorite memory of hers and she re-tells it to me every year... The marshmallow peeps remind her of her Mom (my Grandmother) and my mother (her Sister). She and my Mom were 8 and 5 respectfully, and were playing out in the backyard sitting at the picnic table. My Grandmother came out and said to them both, did you see the Easter Bunny? He was just on the side of the house! With that, my Aunt and my Mom went running around to the side of the house to see if they could find him. They had no luck and walked back into the backyard, and sitting on the picnic table was a little Easter Basket for each of them with the mashmallow peeps in them. They were so sad from missing the Easter Bunny, but my Grandmother giggled watching them both squeal with delight that they missed him, but he delivered them goodies anyway. While there my not be an actual "photo" of that memory, the story is sparked by the "peeps" that only come out once a year. These are the simple things that we forget until we see or hear something. That is what we want to journal about. If I were to document this story (which I may do down the road), I would get a photo of Marshmallow Peeps to accompany the story. ************************ That is what I meant about a simple moment to journal. My page today is a different memory sparked by the Hosta plants blooming on the side of my house. I took a few photos the other morning after my walk. I saw them and I immediately had this memory, again of my Grandmother, and the Hostas she had growing at her house when I was little. ..................... [Credit: Dawn Inskip's June'18 M3 Add on He's All Mine Bundle ] To make it real simple, here are the instructions for the Journaling challenge: · Your page must contain at least 1 photo. (You can have more but at least 1 photo.) · You must include at least 3 lines of journaling to explain the spark of memory. (You can have more lines of journaling, but it must be at least 3.) As always: your page must contain at least 75% Lilypad product. Your page should be posted to the Lilypad Gallery and then linked to the 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 (new prize starting with the July challenges)! 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). Hope you enjoy this challenge! I cannot wait to see your pages!