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01 December, 2015

Welcome to the More Than Words Challenge Blog

We are a brand new challenge blog that was born out of the need to fill a gap.
We, the owners of More Than Words, were all on the Design and Admin Teams
of Scrap Around The World. When we heard that it would be closing 
at the end of this year, we knew it would leave a considerable hole 
in the challenge blog scene, so from that, we were born.

We are:
Di Garling, Heather McMahon, Nicole Doiron,
Pamela Ellis, Rachael Funnell and Valia Katzaki.

Collectively, we are More Than Words.


We have two challenges each month - a Main Challenge and a Mini Challenge.

The Main Challenge has two inspirational parts - 
a "Word" and a "Creative Challenge".

Part 1: Be inspired by the "Word". You don't have to use the actual word on your 
creation although you can if you wish. We just need to see how it inspired you.

Part 2: The "Creative Challenge" might be a colour, a technique, a mood board, 
a sketch or a theme. Every month there will be something different 
to go with the "Word" to help inspire you. 

You must use both parts of the challenge to be eligible to win
one of our six prizes from our fabulous sponsors. You can find more 
information on our sponsors in the Sponsors tab above.

You can enter layouts, canvases or art journal pages,
using our Linky Tool on the blog. 
Our first Main Challenge will debut on the 1st of January!

The Mini Challenge runs on the last week of each month and is for
cards, tags and ATCs only. This challenge requires you to use a specific 
word on your project. We must see the actual word. The challenge will open, 
and the word will be revealed, on the 23rd of each month (earlier in February).

Entry for the Mini Challenge is only via our Facebook page under the relevant 
post and our first Mini Challenge will debut on the 23rd of January! The winner 
will receive a $25 voucher from Dusty Attic, our fabulous Mini Challenge sponsor.

And just to sweeten the deal, all our prizes 
include free shipping to anywhere in the world!

You can see all our rules under the Rules tab at the top of this blog.

We really hope you will join in the fun!

We are proud and excited to introduce our wonderful Design Team.

"Hi, my name is Di Garling and I live downunder in Australia. I'm married to a very patient man, I have 2 grown up sons, 2 grandchildren & a little dog called Tilly. I owned and operated a Scrapbook shop for 8 years until I recently sold it and retired, although I still teach there once or twice a week. I think retirement
 is the best kept secret and I love it!"
Di's Blog!

"Hi! My name is Heather McMahon and I'm from Australia. I live on a small farm with my husband and will soon be an empty-nester as my kids head off to university. I've been scrapping for about 15 years and I never tire of it. Ok, I confess, I'm obsessed! I love the way scrapping keeps evolving and that anything goes when it comes to styles, products and creativity. I love the camaraderie among scrappy ladies and the way we can connect with people around the world. I also love to travel
 and have no end of travel photos to scrap!"
Heather's Blog

"I'm Nicole from Canada's beautiful East coast! I share my home with my fiance Yves and our fur baby Sugar the cat. I love reading, music, social game nights with friends, road trips and spending as much time in my scraproom as I can. I have a shabby chic romantic style and I love to dabble with mixed media techniques. I started scrapping in 2004 and started blogging about it in 2011,
and it has been a marvelous adventure ever since!"
Nicole's Blog

"Hello! I'm Pam! I'm a retired RN and live in a small northern town in Ontario Canada with my hubby. I am a grandma to 4 wonderful grandchildren who are often the subject matter in my scrapping. I love to garden, cross-stitch and read when I'm not scrapping. My style is for the most part shabby chic but I am open to new ideas 
and trends. I just love to try new things!"
Pam's Blog

"My name is Rachael Funnell and I live in the central west of NSW here in Australia with my awesome hubby and our 2 gorgeous kids. I have been scrapbooking for 6 years and in this time my style has changed a bit. At the present time, I am a big fan of mixed media with lot of texture, stamping, colours and layers. I have been fortunate to have been on a few design teams in the last 6 years and I am beyond thrilled to be part of this new challenge blog."
Rachael's Blog 

"Hello! My name is Valia Katzaki and I am from sunny Greece! I am a working mother of 3 and a passionate scrapper for the past 4 years. My style is a bit vintage, a bit shabby filled with tons of flowers with a touch of mixed media. I mostly do layouts but I love altered items as well. I can't wait to share this journey with all of you!"
 Valia's Blog

"Hi! My name is Elena Tretiakova. I live in Moscow, Russia, together with my dear husband and 2 sons. I'm in love with scrapping since 2012 when I began making cards. I like to test my creative ability and to always try to improve my skills. I like this wonderful therapy! My favorite style is shabby with some mixed media elements; however, I'm free to create depending on my moods and feelings."
  Elena's Blog

"Hi! My name is Helen Hapsi and I live in Chalkis, a seaside town in Central Greece. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a bookstore shop assistant, a sea lover, a bookworm and a scrapbook addict. Family history and everyday life are my sources of inspiration and, for me, giving them color, texture and a touch of imagination 
simply is one of the joys of life!!"

"Hi! My name is Jacqueline and I'm a SAHM to a beautiful little boy, Jet, age 4. I have been scrapbooking for around 8 years now, though only regularly since the birth of my son. I love bright colors, lots of layers and pretty flowers... Yep! Even on boy pages!!! I have been creative my whole life, drawing and painting since I was a kid and it shows in my creations, my love for everything mixed media! I am super excited to be part of this team with such talent from around the world. 
Thank you to everyone here at More Than Words for having me along!"
Jacqueline's Blog

"I am Julia Kissel from St.Petersburg, Russia. At the moment, I am a housewife, and I take care of my family and I try to bring bright colours to our little world. I learned about scrapbooking in 2012 and since then it is a big part of my life. I like to take pictures, cycling, fitness, cooking and baking, and can't imagine my life without traveling. In scrapbooking I like freestyle, adore mixed media, and sometimes even get in the mood to create something vintage or shabby."
   Julia's Blog

"My name is Kareen Brochu-Harvey but, in my scrap world, my name is KareenBH. I am 24 years old and I have been scrapbooking for 9 years now! I have an amazing boyfriend, but we don't have kids yet. I am a graphic designer and I am still in school to achieve higher education. I have 3 passions that combine so well, I love love love scrapbooking but I also love photography and traveling. Creative is my second name! I always have new ideas and I'm always trying to make them real! Some people like to call me a selfie girl and they are right about that! 90% of my pages are made with a selfie of me... probably because I don't have pets or kids yet and my boyfriend 
hates having his picture taken. My favorite product are my watercolours; 
I can't live without them!"
Kareen's Blog

"Hello everybody! My name is Lydie Denis, aka Lilibleu. I'm 43, married and a mother of 2 boys, aged 9 and 7. I live in the South of France in a sunny region that I love named Provence. Together with my husband, we run our e-shop called Ysandel, selling fantasy jewellery. I discovered scrapbooking during early 2009 after my second son was born. Now it's a real part of my everyday life! My kids, daily life and the beauty of nature are my main sources of inspiration. I love to give volume to my creations, using inks, modeling pastes and flowers."
Lilibleu's Blog

"Hi! My name is Mona Pendleton. I live in Phoenix, AZ, USA. I am married to my best friend, Scott, and between the 2 of us we have 4 children and 2 West Highland Terriers, Gretchen and Griffin. I work as a registered nurse in the operating room. In my free time, I exercise daily taking part in weight training, organized exercise classes, biking, hiking and running. I enjoy painting, stamping, paper crafting and sewing. I love to create various projects ranging from cards, home decor, tags, scrapbook pages as well as art journaling. I love to use a variety of mediums such as paints, inks, texture pastes and anything that allows me to be creative."
Mona's Blog

"I'm Valerie Ouellet from Québec, Canada, and I've been scrapbooking for 6 years now. I'm a stay-at-home mom, happy to be taking care of 3 little monsters which are often the main subjects of my pages. While I'm creating, my style is quite lively and colourful and I tend to use watercolour often and medium. I've been in the design team of 2Crafty Chipboard since July and I just finished my 4 month term for the guest team of Faber Castell Design Memory Craft."
Valerie's Blog

So there you have it - the new More Than  Words team! 
We look forward to bringing you exciting new challenges each 
month and to seeing what you create with them. 

Be sure to drop back in here on December 8th for a very special
New Followers' Contest with 6 fabulous prizes up for grabs!


  1. Very exciting news and I can't wait to join in, well done ladies - oh and thanks for the suspense today :)

  2. Congratulations on the new venture! What a fabulous team of designers. :)

  3. Fantastic news ladies! So pleased you have taken up the mantle to provide such a stimulating and engaging challenge site.
    I have been just a small cog in a mighty process, however if I can help in any way( behind the scenes)
    please let me know.

    1. So glad to see you here Rosemary looking forward to more of your creations!!

  4. Wow!! This is totally awesome!! So sad to hear that SATW is closing but so pleased to hear that you ladies are starting up this new challenge Blog!! Fantastic Team too!! Can't wait to see the first Challenge!!

  5. Hello! This all sounds wonderful! Looking forward to seeing the first challenge go up!

  6. We finally got here girls & I must say what a privilege it is. Welcome to our new design team & also welcome to all our new followers too. Lets all enjoy the ride. :)

  7. Woo hoo, sounds amazing and I can't wait till the 1st January. Wish you and all the girls the best for this new venture :)

  8. Good luck ladies, this is very exciting and amazing of you, to create such a new concept challenge!

  9. What a great new and new challenge blog ! Hope you all amazing adventure and i'm sincerely happy to discover this new blog here !

  10. So happy to read this <3 So many great challenge sites has retired lately so this is amazing news!!! Yay! Fab team also! Hugs from Ulrika!

  11. This looks so exciting looking forward to joining in with the fun in the new year! X

  12. Wow...this is very exciting! What a fab team :)

  13. Wow! Super exciting times ahead for you gals (& for all of us who Just ADORE your incredible creations) can't wait to join in on the fun! :)

  14. longue vie à ce nouveau blog !
    une belle équipe créative !!! et une petite française pleine de talent !!
    à très vite

  15. Congratulations with the new blog , sounds great! A super design team !

  16. Congrats ladies! Wishing you all the best! So excited for my Greek friends, Valia and Helen!! <3

  17. Wonderful Design Team!! The blog design is so beautiful :)

  18. What a wonderful new challenge blog! I am looking forward to it, my friends! This looks amazing!!!

  19. So exciting!!So glad you have done this.

  20. How exciting, see you on the 8th Tx

  21. very fun. way to keep the creativity flowing!!

  22. I am new here, would love to join and Looking forward with interesting word challenge! Sounds fun!

  23. Congrats Ladies!! This looks amazing and I'm sure it will be a huge success!!!!

  24. Oh that's great!!! I join you and waiting for new challenges!

  25. Wow! Sounds very exciting! Will keep my eyes peeled come January and hopefully will be able to join your challenges. one of my on-going crafty resolutions is to join challenges :D Congrats and goodluck!

  26. Hola chicas!... no les puedo contar lo entusiasmada que estoy de comenzar a jugar con uds en mas que palabras!, han sido tan buenas anfitrionas en satw que no pude mas que empezar a quererlas a traves de sus gestos de bondad en los comentarios y a traves de su arte que es cada mes mas hermoso y generoso. Gracias por capturarnos en vuelo a todas las que estamos enamoradas de su gran esfuerzo por mantener esta gran movida virtual del scrap en todo el mundo, Gracias de nuevo, ya soy seguidora y estoy ansiosa de lo que harán para nosotras. Éxitos!!
    -----------google traductor-------------
    Hi girls! ... I can not tell you how excited I am to start playing with you in more than words !, host have been so good in SATW I could not help but start to love them through their gestures of kindness in comments and through his art that is becoming more beautiful and generous month. Thank you for flying capture us all that we are in love with their great effort to keep this great move of scrap virtual worldwide, Thanks again, I am already a follower and I'm anxious to what they will do for us. Success !!. MarielaPapeletas

  27. I loved the newness and hope to be always here!
    Congratulations for the initiative! I wish much success!

  28. I am beyond thrilled to finally be able to share our gorgeous blog with everyone!!! I can't wait for the rest of the adventure to begin!!

  29. Congratulations!!! How exciting for you all. Can't wait to be inspired by such a great group of ladies.

  30. Good luck girls....I can't wait for the fun to start!!!!!!!!

  31. Good luck ladies! This team is amazing, everyone is so very talented!! I will be looking forward to the challenges! How exciting!

  32. Oh my gosh, congratulations to all of you lovely and talented ladies!! There is tons of amazing talent amongst all of you. I am so happy that you have created this new and wonderful challenge blog. Again, congratulations and good luck to all of you.
    Kathy Bradley

  33. Well this looks promising! Congrats on your beautiful blogspot and I am looking forward to those challenges! Hope to play along oftenly :)

  34. So excited to be designing along side all of you talented ladies! Thanks for inviting me along :)

  35. Woohoo congrats ladies! Sounds great!!! Heck I may even get to play along one day! I sure hope so xxxxxx I have signed up as a follower of course xxxxxx

  36. Wow !!, my congratulations on this new adventure !! are all great artists, so count on me to follow in this new beginning !!.
    I look forward to their works.
    A hug!!

  37. How exciting! Congrats and good luck :)

    Paula xoxo

  38. Absolutely FABULOUS....good luck with it all girls & can't wait for you girls to inspire us with your amazing creativity:):)

  39. Fabulous concept - looking forward to enjoying and creating. Hope all goes well!

  40. I am so excited about the opportunity to craft alongside this amazing team ! Congrats ladies !


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