Unfortunately, this past year we have seen a significant reduction in the number of players. In an effort to hopefully increase participation, we've made a decision to change our themes from mandatory to optional. HOWEVER, ALL creations must STILL be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. Participants must follow the theme in order to win the prize for Most Inspirational but all entries that abide by the general rules of the challenge, will be eligible to receive the random prize.
We also ask that participants continue to add a sentence on their blog (preferably) or in a comment on the challenge post, explaining how their project ties in with the theme. Also, we now ask that if you do follow the optional theme, that you add FT after your name so that we can include you in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational.
We have eliminated the prize for leaving a comment and also for the extra quote for everyone who enters. Both these prizes were originally added to encourage participation but this sadly hasn't been the case. Rarely were the prizes requested so we might as well not bother with them at all. There will still be a free sentiment offered at the start and midway of each challenge.
Finally, we'll also be eliminating one post a month by combining the DT Delights choices with the winner's announcement.
Along with changes to the challenge, there is also going to be a change to our team. I am excited to announce that we have a new Design Team member. Helen N. from Crafting Helen will be joining us. Helen has been a supporter of the blog throughout the past couple of years and I'm thrilled that her schedule opened up allowing her to take on some new design team work. We are so very lucky to have this talented woman join us. She will definitely be an asset to our little team. Let's get to know her a bit, shall we?
My name is Helen and I live in a small town called West Kirby which is in the north west of Britain - the nearest big city to us is Liverpool. I work for an organisation called The Abbeyfield Society which is a world-wide charity providing care for older people. I'm an Activities Coordinator and I work in a care home and two sheltered houses providing activities for the residents. We craft, play dominoes, do crosswords and do chair exercises as well as enjoying music and films together. I've been making cards for many years and love stamping, working with digi stamps and colouring with Promarkers. I also teach regular card making workshops and contribute to crafting magazine.
We hope that all of our regular players will be okay with the new changes. We also hope that these changes will help to encourage more people to join our Path each month. Please grab our badge and help to spread the word.
May this new year bring new beginnings, new possibilities and new choices for each of you to pursue!