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28 November, 2016

Announcing Our New More Than Words Design Team!

We recently had a design team call-out and we were thrilled with the standard of applications we received. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderfully creative people who applied. Opening the Design Team applications was like opening Christmas presents - there were so many goodies inside! We only wish we could have each and every one of you on our team.  

Without further ado, we would like to welcome the new
More Than Words Design Team to our fold and introduce you to these 
super talented ladies who will commence with us on the 1st of January, 2017. Plus there are existing members who will be returning again for another term.
We do hope you will FOLLOW all these inspirational girls.

You can find Aga's blog here.

You can find Anguree's blog here.

You can find Elena's blog here.

You can find Jennifer's blog here.

You can find Kareen's blog here.

You can find Kavitha's blog here.

You can find Sanderijn's blog here.

Here are our super talented girls that are returning for another term. Click on their photos on our side bar to be taken to their blogs.


And our admin team:

With special behind the scenes contributions from:
We would like to express our special gratitude to Rachael Funnell who was one of our founding admin team members but who will sadly be leaving us at the end of the year. Rachael's bright and cheery contributions to the behind-the-scenes running of this blog were always appreciated by us all.

We would also like to thank those DT members who won't be returning, for all their wonderful work throughout their term. Their work was always amazing and inspirational.

We will see the inspirational work of the new ladies right here on our blog in our January 1st reveal. If you would like to leave them a comment or two to welcome them to our team, we know they will all appreciate it.

23 November, 2016

November 2016 Mini Challenge - DAY!

Hello and welcome to our November More Than Words Mini Challenge!

These Mini Challenges are so much fun. Seeing your creations 
all come in within such a short time is amazing!

Here is our new challenge board:
Here's how it works:

The Mini Challenge runs on the last week of each month and is for
cards, tags and ATCs only. (ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of art, about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89mm). This challenge requires you to use a specific word on your project. We must see the actual word. You have only one week - until the last day of the month - to enter, so be quick!

Entry for the Mini Challenge is only via our Facebook page 
under the relevant post. 

The winner will receive a $25 USD 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.

Are delicious creative ideas running through your mind? Here's what 
our Design Team came up with:

Nicole Doiron - Card

Lilibleu - Card

Di Garling -Card

Valia Katzaki - Card

We hope this inspires you to give the challenge a go!

You have until 11.55pm EST on Wednesday the 30th of November to get 
your entries in right HERE so get your crafting on!

16 November, 2016

Special Guest Spotlight on

Hello everyone!

We are sure that you will be extremely pleased with
and greatly inspired by our November Special Guest,
so with no further ado, here she is:

Sharon Laakkonen is a very prominent name in the scrapbooking industry.
It is synonym of outstanding ambition and incredible talent
and we are thrilled to have her join us to inspire you this month!

Let's learn a bit more about Sharon, through her own words:

"Hello! First off, I am always humbled to be asked to share my work as I am so inspired by everyone else. I LOVE papercrafting, work in the industry for Prima Marketing, and have met so many wonderful people around the world 
as a result over the last 13 years. 

Alongside working full-time, I try to squeak out as much family time as possible: watching murder mysteries with my boys, shopping with my daughters, doing crafts with my granddaughters, and worshiping together on Sunday with the whole family!  Besides being a mom to 7 children, 3 daughters and 4 sons, I am also a Nana to 3 sweet little girls, Amariah, Madelyn, and brand-new baby Elizabeth 
who give me a lot of scrapbooking material.

As social media changes, you will fine me, and my latest scrapbook and planner projects, more and more on Instagram and Facebook, but I am also linking my blog as I do dust it off here and there!  I welcome you to come visit me!"


Here is a reminder of our November SPECIAL & OUR QUOTE challenge
followed by the exquisite project that it inspired Sharon to create!

Here is how Sharon describes how she was inspired by our word:

"As soon as I read this month's challenge, I knew the exact photo I was going to use: a very SPECIAL shot from my son's wedding. It fits perfectly with the quote too! The wedding was a high point in our family as we celebrated this SPECIAL love and welcomed another daughter into our crazy family!"

And this is how Sharon incorporated our creative challenge unto her project:

"'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'... I love symbolism in my projects so I could not wait to incorporate as  many as I could on my 'Wedded Bliss' shaker canvas. I started with a canvas (something OLD) that I had discarded because I messed up the stencil work (so don't ever throw those projects away!)  A 4 inch photo was trimmed to fit the shaker dome, then I filled the dome with glass beads (something NEW and BLUE), adhering the photo to seal it all in. Clips of lace are added around the dome while flowers, metal and wood pieces embellish it. A sweet little dove was added as a symbol of their new life together, wishing them a very SPECIAL lifetime together filled with peace and love!"

What a gorgeous romantic and elegant keepsake that Sharon has created here, absolutely perfect for our November challenge!  Let's take a closer look at all the fabulous details from the pretty beads right down to that inspirational dove.

Sharon, thank you so much for having accepted our invitation
and for sharing with us this incredibly beautiful mixed media canvas!

We hope that you will all take inspiration from Sharon and play along

Link up your project in our sidebar by November 30th.

08 November, 2016

Announcing our October Winners!!!

Once again a BIG THANK YOU to all that were inspired to play along with our October Main & Mini Challenges. There were so many fabulous entries which always makes it hard for our design team to vote!

We have tallied up the results & here they are...


EIRINI TSAIMA (entry 69)

Congratulations Eirini! You have WON our October MAIN Challenge!!!
please contact Camilla at camilla(at)majadesign(dot)nu 
to claim your $50 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN


KAVITHA (entry 7)

Kavitha, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindystampgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG


ELENA MARTY (entry 6)

Elena, please contact Anna at sklep(at)lemoncraft(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT 



Joanne, please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(au)
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 2 CRAFTY CHIPBOARD


EMKA (entry 9)

eMKa, please contact Alda at cs(at)flyinguncornllc(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FLYING UNICORN


VINITA JAIN (entry 51)

Vinita, please contact Aida at 13arts(at)wp(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value pack from 13ARTS


MARIA KOZVOLA (entry 28)

We absolutely adored the Fall colour palette on Maria's layout and the bright ombre effect that she created with those brilliant oranges and yellows. She says in her blog post that Autumn changes her soul for the better, and we have to agree!
It's a beautiful time of the year!

Maria, please contact  Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU


DG Dangina, please contact Pamela at langeaheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD promo code from THE DUSTY ATTIC


Ionabunny, please contact Kay at kaylori77(at)yahoo(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from KREATIVE KORNER 

And lastly, but certainly not least, these participants didn't quite make it into our prize winning list, but having received a high number of votes on the MAIN challenge, we think that they very much deserve an HONOURABLE MENTION:


BEC GENET (entry 61)

 KRIPA KOUSHIK (entry 24)

TANIKO (entry 18)


To learn more about all our wonderful and very generous sponsors,
please click on the SPONSORS tab above!

We encourage all of our merit winners, honourable mentions and participants who have had their projects featured on our facebook page to grab your badge from our left sidebar and PROUDLY display it on your blog! These have been made just for YOU!


 Have you seen that More Than Words is having a Design Team call?  We are looking for some new designers to join our team!
Applications close on the 25th November.

For more info on the DT call click HERE

We are really looking forward to hearing from you!


Lastly, a friendly reminder that we are well under way with our November MAIN challenge and we are really enjoying your projects so far! We can't wait to have many MANY more, so please keep them coming!

The details for our SPECIAL and OUR QUOTE challenge are HERE.

Link your project using the Linky Tool in the right sidebar by the 30th November at 11:59 pm EST.

Once again, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners and THANK YOU to each and every one of you for playing along! 

06 November, 2016

More Than Words
Design Team Callout For 2017

We are inviting applications from papercrafters who would
like to join our design team. If you are a skilled papercrafter with
 a strong online presence, and would love to be part of our amazing
team then we would love to hear from you.

#1.   The term is for six months with an option for an additional six months,
commencing 1st January 2017.

#2.  You will be required to create one layout per month and assist 
with commenting and voting duties.

#3.  You must have the ability to take great photos and have
strong photo editing skills.

#4. You must have an active blog and be active on 
various social media, especially Facebook.


Send us...

***  Three recent layouts that show us your style & skill. 

***  Links to your blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram,

You Tube etc.

***  A short biography including your name, where you live,
what DT's you are currently on & when they are due to
finish & what experience you have in general.

Applications close 25th of November 2016.

Send your application to:
(Put your "name, country & DT Callout" as the subject)

We look forward to hearing from you!

01 November, 2016

November 2016 Main Challenge

Oh, how time flies!  It's November already, almost a year since More Than Words made its debut. This time last year we, the Admin team, were excitedly brainstorming this new concept and working together day in and day out to shape it into reality!  We are thrilled about it all turned out and are so happy to see your entries
inspired by our challenges each month.

And speaking of challenges, here is a brand new one for November :

Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.
The challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.

Word Inspiration - SPECIAL
Creative Challenge - OUR QUOTE

What does the word SPECIAL inspire you to create? You can chose to use the word somewhere on your project or simply be inspired by it. Please explain in your blog post how the word inspired you, if not already obvious.

Even though we were inspired by weddings for our creative challenge, you do not have to create a wedding-themed project. The instructions are simple - we want you to follow OUR QUOTE as inspiration and use something OLD, something NEW, something BORROWED or something BLUE on your project. 

For example, you can decide to use a brand new paper collection (NEW) or add blue paint on your background (BLUE). You can use some of those old antique buttons you've got stored away (OLD) or use a tool that you have borrowed from a friend (BORROWED). Please let us know which ones you've used. You can even challenge yourself and use all four! We will also accept projects that display the quote itself.  Easy, right?

VERY IMPORTANT! You have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge - the word inspiration AND the creative challenge - on your project to be eligible to win. Just look at our desisgners' creations and descriptions as example. Also, remember that you must include our board image and a link to our blog in your entry post.

Please check out our rules in the RULES tab above.

Arantzazu: "The word SPECIAL inspired me to create this layout about friendship as we all have that special friendship that means so much to us!  I have used an OLD paper collection that I had, NEW Prima flowers and ColourArte H2O's, and for something BLUE, some flowers, gauze and paper." 

 Caroline: "What can I say more about the word inspiration that this picture doesn't say already? Yes, it was my SPECIAL day, 8 years ago, when I said 'yes' to this awesome man, and it was the best decision of my life. For the creative challenge, I used BLUE watercolours and flowers, I BORROWED a text stamp and dies from friends at a crop day.  My OLD elements are the sheer butterflies from Maya Road and my NEW item is the fabulous flower stamp from Tim Holtz."

 Di: "My layout for November features my gorgeous granddaughter who is super SPECIAL to me and I have a little quote saying so. For the creative challenge, I have used something OLD (old Prima flowers), something NEW (a new picture just taken), something BORROWED (lavender Magicals lended to me by a friend)
and something BLUE (my background)."

 Elena: "My November project is about my SPECIAL day - my wedding. Following our creative challenge, I've used some NEW crystals, my favorite OLD stamps
and light BLUE colours on my background."

Ekaterina: "The word SPECIAL this month has inspired me to create a sweet and tender page 'specially' for you. On my project, I used some NEW chipboard, lots of BLUE elements and OLD spray that I bought 2 years ago (my first ever)."

 Heather: "A SPECIAL feature about my daughter is that she is always changing her hair colour.  I used all four parts of the creative challenge quote - OLD alphas, NEW Colour Crush, a quote BORROWED from the Internet and, obviously, a lot of BLUE!" 

 Helen: "For me and my husband, riding our bike and travelling is something really SPECIAL - it's that great time when we are just the two of us on the road! For my layout, I used a photo of an OLD motorbike and some BLUE watercolour and mists."

Joyce: "Recently, I have been craving a SPECIAL moment where I can just stop, breathe and think. For the creative challenge, I have chosen to use NEW stamps, inks and watercolour products, BLUE watery background and OLD vintage elements. My quote reads: 'You know those things you always wanted to do?
You should do them now'."

 Kristina: "A SPECIAL image from Maja Design inspired me to experience with mixed media and create this canvas with different coats of paint. I also added a sticker with the word. The composition is complemented with a vintage frame which I BORROWED from a friend, as well as some NEW lace and a new knive from Mimicat.
 I really liked the experience!"

 Lilibleu: "To illustrate this new challenge, I chose to scrap a very SPECIAL moment for me since it is a picture of me on my wedding day. This is a theme I rarely scrap so I decided to go for it! The quote inspired me to add some BLUE flowers on my page.  Also, the big metallic golden heart is NEW."

Nicole: "The most SPECIAL person in my life (besides my mom) is my boyfriend of 10 years, Yves, who is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to me. I love this month's creative challenge and decided to incorporate all four parts of the quote on my layout: OLD (picture of my beau and I taken during the start of our relationship), NEW (2 scalloped tags recently ordered online), BORROWED (while the whole page features the BoBunny Genevieve collection, I also borrowed a few items from other collections to mix and match)
and BLUE (lots of it throughout my creation!)" 

NUPUR: "Live, Love, Create! Explore the unknown, create art, enjoy good times. Live in today. Reading and creating art is a magical world which makes me feel SPECIAL and takes me on a wonderful joyous ride. The colour BLUE brings me calmness and peace of mind to enjoy what I am doing, to live in today. This month's challenge is the perfect blend of SPECIAL and BLUE and this is how I have blended the two."

Pamela: "My grandson Jaxon is a very SPECIAL little boy! He inspires me in so many ways. I followed the OLD part of the quote by digging out my ancient Basic Grey papers from the Marrakesh line.  I got this adorable NEW flair this week from Cuts2luv. I BORROWED the photo from my daughter and the BLUE speaks for itself."

 Rachael: "This layout features my boy turning 13 last year.  It goes without saying that it is a very SPECIAL memory for him and for me! The quote inspired me to incorporate something OLD and something BLUE. These photos of my boy were taken last year so I would consider them old, and I painted all the chipboard pieces except the filmstrip with a metallic blue paint."

Valerie: "My daughter has many qualities that make her SPECIAL and unique. To incorporate the creative challenge, I used my NEW paintbrush to create my blue flowers and, as my OLD element, I added my first ever Cuts2luv flair."

We hope that you are inspired after seeing those gorgeous DT projects!
Now let's get on to the prizes!!

 All our prizes include free international postage!


a $50 USD prize package from STUDIO 75

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

"Studio 75 is a Polish manufacturer of scrapbooking papers and many other items such as chipboard albums, notebooks, spiral bindings and magnetic sheets. Please visit our website to see our varied selection. We also host a monthly challenge on our blog and offer you lots of beautiful inspiration from very talented designers!"

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


a $25 USD store credit from DUSTY ATTIC


a $25 USD prize package from COLOUR BLAST
(exactly as shown below)


a $25 USD prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS


a $25 USD gift certificate from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

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


a $25 USD prize package from 7 DOTS STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Each month, we hand pick a winner who has not made it into 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?


a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

And lastly, we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower 
who has commented on any of our October blog posts.


a $25 USD gift certificate from MAGENTA

We are so very grateful for all our generous sponsors for these amazing prizes!
To learn more about all of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

So now go ahead and get creative! Show us your project 
using something OLD, NEW, BORROWED or BLUE, inspired by our 
November Main Challenge SPECIAL & OUR QUOTE!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by November 30th at 11:50 pm EST.