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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.


  1. i loved all the DT inspiration.i started seeing every old,new objects in blue now..

  2. Where to post the project. In FB or here.There is no link here..

    1. The link is under the small picture of the challenge board on the right side of the blog post Alka. let us know if you still can't find it.

  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! So much inspiration here! If I was a scrapbooker I would certainly want to join in with this challenge. Every one of these projects is totally awesome!!

  4. That beautiful challenge !! ... love the blue !!!
    Thank you very much to the DTs so beautiful inspiration ... your works are wonderful !! :)

  5. What a fabulous challenge! Can't wait to see the entries!

  6. beautiful challenge and DT inspirations!

  7. So many beautiful projects by your team! I am in awe! This looks like a fun challenge! I joined your mini challenge for the first time last month!

  8. Gorgeous challenge. I'm in awe of what the DT has shown us. Wow, just WOW!

  9. All these DT creations look SENSATIONAL... :)

  10. Omg designers!!! All your projects are amazing!!! Feeling very inspired.

  11. What a great challenge concept, looks like a lot of fun! Once again the DT have provided fabulous inspiration!

  12. Wow !! Beautiful !! Great inspiration!!

  13. Gorgeous LO's ladies. Fun challenge. I do like blue....... Hugz

  14. So inspirational task! DT works are greate!

  15. Wonderful new challenge! You can do so much with this word and quote! I really think the DT projects are all amazing. This DT is such a talented DT! I am very curious how the next DT will be, hope just as inspiring as this one!

  16. Wow..great theme...amazing inspiration by DT..

  17. Beautifuls and specials creations! Bravo!

  18. Fabulous creations by DTs. Thanks for all fantastic inspirations, ladies!! time to get the paper out and work :)

  19. Fabulous creations as always made by DTs. Thanks for all the inspirations, ladies...time to get some paper out and work :)

  20. awesome challenge!! love the quote :) and so many wonderful creations by the DT. Excited to play along.

  21. wow I will be joining in , love your challenges =)

  22. Going to participate for the first time . Fingers crossed . Love love love all the DT inspirations

  23. Thanks for this so inspiring challenge!

  24. Hi!I really got inspired from this months challenge )))) such awesome idea inspires and gives wings. Thank you very much for such an interesting challenge for all design team !!!!!!!

  25. Absolutely beautiful projects. Loved the interesting styles. Thank you for the inspiration :) and I'm excited to participate here for the very first time :).
    - Khushboo Gandhi


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