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01 March, 2017

March 2017 Main Challenge

Happy March 1st, everyone!

A new month means a new Main Challenge, and we really hope that
you will enjoy this one and participate in huge numbers!

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.
Make sure to carefully read our instructions below!

Word Inspiration - BEAUTIFUL
Creative Challenge - BUTTERFLY

What does the word BEAUTIFUL inspire you to create?  You can choose 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.

For many, butterflies are the emblem of beauty and freedom. There are over 20,000 species in the world and each one is as pretty as the next. For this month's challenge, we ask that you add a BUTTERFLY, 
or as many as you wish, on your project.

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 designers' creations and descriptions as example.
Also, remember that you must include our board image
and a link to the More Than Words blog in your entry post.

Please check out our challenge rules in the RULES tab above.

Heather: "I found this gorgeous photo of my daughter and her bestie, and they definitely are two of the most BEAUTIFUL young women I know. I went crazy with the BUTTERFLY theme - there are die-cut butterflies everywhere! 
The stunning Dusty Attic flourish adds that something special to the page."

Jennifer: "The word BEAUTIFUL made me think of this picture of my little boy, also my youngest child.  He and I have such a merging relationship. He was born with health problems, and I find beautiful that despite all this, he is so very strong. I used BUTTERFLIES in my cluster of embellishments - I love butterflies!"

Nicole: "This month, I decided to do a mixed media canvas. The word BEAUTIFUL made me think of my favorite movie, the Italian drama 'Life Is Beautiful', and so I have used the title of the movie as the title of my project. I added one single chipboard BUTTERFLY amid a cluster of flowers, embellishments and microbeads."

Pamela: "Love to me is the most BEAUTIFUL thing. There are so many kinds of love, and people show it in so many different ways. That's why I chose the title 'Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful'. For the creative challenge, I stamped several BUTTERFLIES on my background and added some fussy-cut ones here and there on my page."

Caroline: "BUTTERFLIES are certainly one of my favorite embellishments to add to a layout! I don't mind adding flowers and butterflies, even on a boy's page. I used the word inspiration BEAUTIFUL in my title as a pun, 'be-you-tiful, to describe my sweet little boy who also has a big temper!"

Di: "The softness and prettiness of the board image, as well as the word BEAUTIFUL, inspired me to create a baby layout. I have added my BUTTERFLY tucked in underneath the top edge of the photo. I have used these little words 'beautiful moments' because that truly says it all."

Kareen: "BEAUTIFUL - simply because my little girl is beautiful! She is the sweetest and most amazing daughter! I have also used a flair with the word on it. For the creative challenge, I added some BUTTERFLIES to embellish my layout, 
perfect for a feminine page."

Elena T: "My children are the most BEAUTIFUL part of my life, and I always feel greatly inspired to create projects about them. The pictures are from our vacation by the sea. The BUTTERFLIES are tender creatures - I added them to show my tender feelings of love for my kids."

Lilibleu: "I found on Pinterest this BEAUTIFUL photo which I find illustrates perfectly this month's word. I even chose to use the word as my title as it fits so well with the photo. In addition to the BUTTERFLY in the picture, I added several 
paper butterflies as embellishments."

Kavitha: "A baby's smile is the most BEAUTIFUL thing, so I decided to make a soft and pretty baby page. I have added a printed BUTTERFLY among my floral arrangement."

Elena M: "I think all babies are BEAUTIFUL! So I chose to document a photo of me as a child on this layout. Here, I am 2 or 3 years old and I'm walking in our family garden at the time. Unfortunately, this garden is now owned by another family, as my father had to sell it because he couldn't take care of it anymore. I still have a lot of fond memories of it. I added lots of BUTTERFLIES on the page as I just love them! They add lots of lightness and freshness to the layout."

Aga: "I think that the vintage scrapbooking style is very BEAUTIFUL - I love all the layers and metal decorations. When I create in this style, I feel like a BUTTERFLY which flies higher and higher on the wings of imagination and nothing can stop me! I have added a metal butterfly trinket on top of my classic photo."

Valerie: "I used the word BEAUTIFUL as the title because my little boy is to me the most beautiful boy in the world! I printed BUTTERFLIES that I glued on my background before adding my ink spray and created 
a lovely mixed media base for my layout."

Sanderijn: "I made a mixed media canvas this month, and this challenge was so not difficult for me as I love butterflies! I use them on so many projects, and I usually love them stamped or embossed, and that is what I did here too. The word BEAUTIFUL is one of my favs too! Lucky me, I had one in chipboard in my stash. I love any word with a hashtag with it. I therefore created a soft and delicate canvas, and the BUTTERFLIES went along with it perfectly."

Anguree: "This layout was inspired by my love for flowers and the beauty of nature. In fact, this photo was inspired by sunflowers that I saw growing alongside on the road during my last visit to South Africa. I happened to have booked a fun photoshoot with two of my best friends on the following Monday, so I went and bought two bunches of sunflowers and a big bright bouquet of of roses, lilies and and daisies to use in the photoshoot.  I had no idea how I would use them all, but the thought of it made me happy! So, to me, this is a reminder of how BEAUTIFUL life really is because it's so easy to forget in the daily rush.  And where there are flowers, 
there are of course BUTTERFLIES!"

We are sure that you will agree that our designers have created 
some outstanding work here, each beautiful and unique... as a butterfly! :)

And now let's take a look at the prizes that are up for grabs this month:

All our prizes include free international postage!


a $50 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:
"7 Dots Studio is a European manufacture specializing in scrapbooking collections, owned by Tusia Lech whose passion for paper crafts knows no bounds. Tusia's dream is to support and inspire her fellow scrapbookers' creativity and 7 Dots Studio achieves that perfectly. Our paper collections as well as our stickers, stamps, chipboard and stencils are designed by renowned and very talented artists and inspire people around the world to create beautiful projects of all kinds."

Next, 4 runners up, in no particular order, will each be awarded a prize, as follows:


a $25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN


a $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES


a $25 USD value prize from MAGENTA


a $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

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


a $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC

Each month, we hand pick an entry that has not made it into our Top 5,
but that has captured our attention someway, somehow.
We might pick a project due to its original use of a certain product,
the cleverest title, the most beautiful photo, etc. We call it our


a $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

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


a $25 USD value prize from SCRAPBERRY'S
(Image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

We greatly look forward to seeing your takes on our
March Main Challenge BEAUTIFUL & BUTTERFLY!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by March 31st at 11:59 pm EST.


  1. Oh girls, this line up of beautiful butterfly projects has became one stunning line up!!

  2. fabulous inspiration to an awesome challenge, love it.

  3. There is nothing more beautiful in my books that butterflies. A great new challenge and beautiful DT work x

  4. An amazing project !!!

    Love it, georgous L.O

  5. Wow what a 'beautiful' challenge and amazing and inspiring creations from the designers too...

  6. I don't see the LinkyTool, only previous ones :(

  7. Wow, such a gorgeous inspiration photo and beautiful projects by your team! Thank you for inspiring!

  8. Beautiful challenge and beautiful inspiration of the DT !! ...
    Thank you for this!!

  9. "Beautiful" creations ladies! Love your challenge!

  10. Just an amazing challenge, I have the perfect picture for this one. Great job ladies on the awesome reveals.

  11. WOW! the DT are making more and more stunning projects every month!!
    have some ideas how I might tackle this challenge!!

  12. The DT has given us so much inspiration again this month! Gorgeous! Wow!

  13. Gorgeous inspiration from the DT. I might even be tempted to climb out of my comfort zone..... Hugz

  14. Beautiful inspirational creations and another awesome theme!!

  15. Beautiful...all these DT reveals!!

  16. Lovely challenge, and I think it will be a popular one too. Gorgeous examples by the MTW designers :)

  17. Interesting and beautiful inspiration.. looking forward to creating something...

  18. Fabulous inspiration!! 💖💖

  19. wow wow wow all I can this challenge this month ....beautiful creations as always and all those butterflies flying to your challenge wonder what we will see this month, can't wait...Agnes

  20. Fabulous projects and great theme. So close to my heart!!

  21. Lovely challenge, fabulous projects, gracias por la inspiración de este mes!!

  22. Awsome creations! Great inspiration!

  23. Amazing colors! My favourite combo! :)

  24. WOW! Another Month of Amazing Inspiration. The colors in the butterfly challenge are breathtaking.

  25. Where can I post my layout ?! :)

    1. Over in our righthand sidebar you will see where all the entries are under the heading "March challenge". Just scroll to the bottom of all the entries to where it says "add your link" & simply follow the prompts. Hope this helps.

  26. lovely theme foe challenge, such scope for the imagination!!!


  28. Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind words @Heather Mcmahon, I have added the banner now. Love looking at all the inspirational DT pieces. :-)


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