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01 April, 2016

April 2016 Main Challenge

Happy April Fool's Day!

Yes, it is April 1st, but this is no joke... 
it's time for another awesome challenge at More Than Words!
Our Main Challenge is based on a Word Inspiration & a Creative Challenge.
This challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.

Word Inspiration - ESCAPE
Creative Challenge - MOOD PHOTO

Use the word ESCAPE as inspiration for your project. You can choose the add the word somewhere on your project or simply be inspired to create from it. Please explain in your blog post how the word inspired you, if it's not obvious.

Our creative challenge this month is a MOOD PHOTO. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so for this challenge we offer you not just one word as inspiration, but a thousand with this image! You can use any part of the scene as inspiration - rainbow, tree, white 'frosted' leaves, sky, horizon, fields, wild flowers, grass texture, birds, swirling smoky clouds, etc.  Show us how it inspires you!

VERY IMPORTANT! You have to incorporate both parts of the challenge, the word inspiration and the creative challenge, on your project to be eligible to win. When we vote, we specifically look for projects that display BOTH requirements, and not just the creative challenge. Just look at our DT members' interpretation as example.

Remember that you must include our board image and a link to our blog in your entry post. Please check out our RULES!

Rachael: "Once again, I have used the word inspiration in my title 'ESCAPE'.  The colours in the rainbow was the first thing that stood out for me from the MOOD PHOTO.  The bold black from the tree trunk also grabbed my attention so I added some black stamping and accents on my page."

Di : "I have called my layout "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in dedication to my
 beautiful "Poppy" girl who sadly passed away back in 2012. The word ESCAPE is
 what she did...she escaped her poor old tired and sick body. As evident from my
 title, I was inspired by the rainbow in the MOOD PHOTO and the overall peaceful 
heavenly feel of the scenery."

Kareen: "The word ESCAPE inspired me to scrap a picture of my little goddaughter because when I am with her, it's like an escape from the adult world. I think it's pretty clear how I've been inspired by the MOOD PHOTO. The colour palette was my first inspiration, and you can see that I have created my background to mimick the same shades of colours as in the sky of the photo."

Julia: "The word ESCAPE inspired me to make a page with a picture from our holidays in Cyprus. Here we escaped for the whole day away from civilization. We biked along deserted spots where there is only boundless horizon, blue sky with little clouds, along with stone fields... all included in the MOOD PHOTO."

Valia: "My wish for my youngest boy is to ESCAPE the boring reality, dare to dream big and chase his dreams and to live life to its fullest. The MOOD PHOTO inspired me to use some bright colours which is not usual for me.  The trunk of the tree inspired me to also use lots of black colour."

Nicole: "I used the word ESCAPE in my title and found a nice quote to go along with this sweet picture of my niece Ella taking a little break from a day of fun at the park to daydream at the bottom of the slide. There were many elements from the MOOD PHOTO that inspired me, but my main focus was to try and reproduce the same colour palette. So I played with my purple, blue and pink mists with a touch of gold to create my background, and then followed suit with my embellishments. I also added flowers and frosted my entire layout with touches of white paint
 just as the frosted leaves on the tree."

Helen: "For me, ESCAPE means only one thing... traveling! I used two photos of me and my husband from a trip to a lake in northern Greece.  I added the birds, inspired by the ones in the MOOD PHOTO as they are a symbol of freedom and traveling."

Mona: "Painting is my creative ESCAPE! I painted a bright and cheerful canvas inspired by the rainbow of colours in the MOOD PHOTO."

Elena: "My layout is about our ESCAPE from the big city in a fairy tale like setting... to the sea coast! It was a big adventure filled with bright colours and positive emotions just like the MOOD PHOTO makes me feel!"

Arantzazu: "When I read the word ESCAPE, the first thing that came to my mind was the plight of the refugees who have had to flee from their hometowns in search of hope.  The MOOD PHOTO to me displays a land of hope.  I have used the colour palette that appears in that peaceful scenery."

 Lilibleu: "I took this picture of my little guys in front of a Winter sea during one of our breaks at Les Saintes Maries De La Mer (a French seaside town) when the day was particularly sunny. I mainly picked the birds and the flowers 
as inspiration from the MOOD PHOTO."

Valérie: "The word ESCAPE was my main inspiration. I tried to illustrate how it feels when we pass some time in the woods to escape from our everyday life.  You will find on my page the same colours as in the MOOD PHOTO 
as well as flowers and an overall happy feel."

Heather: "My inspiration for this layout came from the word ESCAPE and the wide open spaces of the MOOD PHOTO. I felt that you can't really escape much further into wide open spaces than in outback Australia! My brother works in stunning remote areas like these and I love this photo that he took 
while driving between destinations one day."

We hope that you are inspired by all these beautiful creations from our DT!

All our prizes include international postage!


a $50 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD

(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:

"2Crafty is an Australian wholesale manufacture of laser cut chipboard, with thousands of designs, diverse in nature and always up to date with market trends. We pride ourselves on our reliable and quick turnaround of jobs, both large and small, and high quality products as well as unbeatable customer service. We cater to both local and international markets and are happy to quote on personalized jobs, whether it be a single title for a customer or large jobs for retreats, classes, etc."

Next, 4 runners up will each be awarded a prize as follows:


a $25 USD gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN


a $25 USD prize package from 13ARTS

(image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD prize package from MAJA DESIGN


a $25 USD gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG

In addition, we will draw one random winner from all eligible entries!


a $25 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT

(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Each month we hand pick a winner from all participants who have not made it to our TOP 5, but who has captured our attention someway, somehow. We might pick a project due to its original use of a certain product, the cleverest title, most beautiful photo, etc. Who knows what we will be looking for?
That's why we call it our mystery winner!


a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

And last, but certainly not least, we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our April blog posts.


a $25 USD gift certificate from HEARTFELT CREATIONS

To learn more about all our generous sponsors, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We cannot wait to see your interpretation of our 
April ESCAPE & MOOD PHOTO challenge!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by April 30th at 11:59 pm EST.

(Please note that you need to share your entry for our main challenge via a blog post to be eligible! We unfortunately do not accept entries via Facebook, Tumblr, Flicker or other.)


  1. Wow! Amazing inspirations & awesome challenge :)

  2. OH MY Gosh!! What an inspiring picture! JUST LOVE IT!!! And those design team pages, well girls you really have outdone yourselves, these are all gorgeous and so very inspiring!!

  3. Interesting challenge !! I love !!.
    Thanks to all the girls for their inspirational works !! :)

  4. With the festival of laughter!
    Awesome design team work and Main Challenge!!!

  5. Precioso reto, lleno de posibilidades, tienen razón, sus artistas son tan distintas entre sí, e inspiran todas, felicitaciones!!
    ------Beautiful challenge, full of possibilities, the mood board are right. Its artists are so different from one another, and inspire all, congratulations !!

  6. Gorgeous projects ladies! So proud to be part of such a talented team!

  7. What another great challenge! fabulous! Tons of inspiration with the DT! wow.

  8. Congrats to all the DT for such wonderful inspiration. :)

  9. Oh, I think this is my favorite reveal yet! Awesome DT work and just look at that challenge board! How can anyone resist playing along?!

  10. Ladies - your pieces are all gorgeous - so much inspiration!

  11. Amazing inspiration from all the DT's.. 💜

  12. Haven't scrap for a while and this caught my attention, will give it a try.

  13. Another fabulous challenge and beautiful inspiration from all the DT :)

  14. Fabulous word choice, and the mood board is beautiful too.
    *LOVE* all the different interpretations by the design time.

  15. Very beautifuls inspirations! Thanks!

  16. Gosh what amazing work, so much inspiration here!!!

  17. Beautiful works...Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Oh my goodness. You ladies are Soooooo talented. Thank you for sharing your jaw dropping works of inspiration.

  19. wonderful creations ! I was inspired to 2 times this month, thank you girls


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