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28 June, 2017

Introducing 4 new DT members
... and saying farewell to 5 others!

We are thrilled to announce the addition of 4 wonderful ladies to
the More Than Words Design Team for the rest of the year!

However, bringing new talent in means of course having to say goodbye
to some equally talented designers which is always very bittersweet.



Ekaterina, Jennifer, Kareen, Sanderijn & Elena we want to say THANK YOU
for your time and dedication over the past months
as well as your exceptionally beautiful creations based on our challenges!
We wish you all the best of what life has to offer in the future
with much creative inspiration and awesome opportunities.
You are simply fabulous and we are very grateful to have had you on our team!

And now, without further ado, let us introduce to you our 4 new designers:

"Hello!  Nice to meet you here on the More Than Words blog!  My name is Heike aka Heike's AugenBlick on the web.  I live in the oldest city of the beautiful country of The Netherlands  with my biggest supporter and love of my life, Jörgen.  Our love is crowned with 2 girls and 2 boys, 1 son-in-law and 3 lovely grandchildren.  I always worked as a stay-at-home-mom, but now, with 4 grown-up children, I have more time for me and my passion, scrapbooking. My style?  Hmm... vintage, modern, abstract... I don't know.  But one thing is for sure, it's always colourful.  I am thankful for this opportunity to scrap together with an amazing team."

Visit Heike at the following links:

"Hello, I'm Janice Nicholls and I live in a small country town in South Australia.  I have been scrapbooking for over 10 years. My 2 children and my family all feature in my work. I'm not sure that I have a particular style; I love to try new techniques... not always successful, but it's fun trying! I like creating with smaller photos, lots of layers, small clusters and leaving some white space. I also enjoy creating cards for family and friends. I have been very fortunate to be part of a few amazing design teams, had the opportunity to guest design and lucky enough to have had some of my layouts published in Scrapbook Memories and Scrapbook Creations.  I am honoured and very excited to be amongst this talented bunch of girls here at More Than Words!"

Visit Janice at the following links:

"Hi! My name is Mary and I live in Greece with my husband and our 3 children.  I met scrapbooking 3 years ago and since then it has been my obsession!  My style is mixed media, with a little vintage and some shabby chic touches. I usually create layouts, but I also love to design tags, cards, mini albums and canvases as well. I like to test my creative ability and always try to improve my skills. I find a lot of my inspiration in everyday life and when I scrap I feel so happy that I totally forget everything about me. I am so honoured to be on some wonderful design teams, and being a member on the More Than Words DT is like a dream come true to me!"

Visit Mary at the following links:

"Hello!  I'm Torsa, I live in Maryland, USA, with my husband and our 8 year old daughter.  My family is my backbone!  I am a software engineer by profession, but art is my passion, my dream and the something I breathe for. I have studied fine arts (oil painting, acrylics and charcoal) for almost 20 years! I have started my mixed media journey last year.  I love colours! I need almost 10 different shades of every colour.  My favorite colours are teal and blue. Nowadays, my new love are stamps!  I also adore art journaling and always try to depict a story through my creations.  I am addicted to coffee, and I love to spend hours at my studio with my coffee!  I am so excited to now be creating for the More Than Words blog!"

Visit Torsa at the following links:

Welcome to the team Heike, Janice, Mary and Torsa!!!

We are so happy to be able to count you as one of our own,
and we are very much looking forward to showcasing your creations
inspired by our challenges over the next few month.

Come back in 2 days everyone for a brand new Main Challenge reveal!!!

23 June, 2017

June 2017 Mini Challenge - HE

It's time once again for another More Than Words Mini Challenge!

Can you guess what our Mini word is this month?!

In May, we celebrated mothers and the feminine pronoun,
and so in June, it's all about fathers and, yes, you guess it...
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 heart, about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm). 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, as voted by our DT, will receive a $25 USD value prize
from THE DUSTY ATTIC, our fabulous Mini Challenge sponsor!

You can see all our rules under the RULES tab above.

Is this word inspiring you to make a mini creation? We sure hope so!




Now that you've been inspired by our fabulous DT,
we hope that you will give our Mini Challenge a go!

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Friday, June 30
to share your entry right HERE on our Facebook page.

16 June, 2017

Special Guest Spotlight on

It is time for us to feature another fabulous Guest Designer!

Because of the STEAMPUNK element of our Main Challenge this month,
we knew that we had to find a designer who would be able to WOW you 
with her steampunk abilities, and one name came to mind right away...

Olga Heldwein is a true mixed media artist with a touch of vintage and industrial 
combined with beautiful and sometimes dark overtones. Her style, as well as 
her ever growing presence on the international scrapbooking scene, is definitely 
admirable and inspiring, and that is why we just had to have her as our June Guest.

Now let's learn a little more about Olga through her own words:

Hello all More Than Words fans!
I'm Olga, a Polish woman living in Berlin.  Ever since I discovered scrapbooking,
I've been totally addicted, and now I spend hours splashing and splattering ink.
I'm always on the lookout for something new, testing new supplies,
new tools and finding new ways of using my 'old' art stash.

My work is either steampunk-y with lots of shiny and metallic objects,
or clean and bright with lots of white space, but always with a vintage feel.
As time has gone on, I gravitated towards mixed media, and now gesso
and gel mediums are always on my work table.

You can visit Olga at the following links:

Here is a reminder of our June Main Challenge FATHER & STEAMPUNK
followed by the wonderful layout that Olga has designed for us!

Read below as Olga describes in her own words how she was inspired
by our word and how she chose to incorporate our creative challenge:

First of all, let me just say that it is such an honor to be 
in the spotlight this month here on More Than Words blog, 
and it was really a pleasure to take on this awesome challenge!

Inspired by the word, I created a layout with a very special photo of my Dad.
This is my first time scrapbooking a picture of my FATHER as his photos
have extra personal value for me.  We had an amazing connection 
and the quote that I chose for my page speaks so true to my heart.

To STEAMPUNK my layout, you can see that I added 
lots and lots of metallic accents as in clock faces, gears, cogs, 
buckles, wires, and more.  I also used a lot of my favorite mediums and techniques
and had a lot of messy fun with this page.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that you will all try out this challenge!
My fingers are crossed for all of you as I know that there are fabulous prizes
up for grabs and I wish you as much creative fun as I had.  
Have a nice and creative day!

We told you that we had found the perfect 'steampunk' designer, didn't we?

Olga sure didn't disappoint with her rusty mechanical composition
on this very special tribute layout to her father.  We also absolutely love
the quote that she chose to add to her page - it is so very fitting to our word!

Here are some close-ups of her work:

A big THANK YOU to Olga for joining us as our June Special Guest!

We hope that you will take inspiration from Olga's creation
and that you will play along our June Main Challenge, if not already done.

You have until June 30th to link up!

08 June, 2017

Announcing Our May Winners!!

We have some winners to announce, but first let us thank each and every one 
of our participants who month after month share with us your fabulous projects 
based on our challenges!

We so wish we could award each one of you a prize because you certainly all deserve one.  Every month we are wow'ed by your creativity and cannot believe how lucky and blessed we are to have so many of you playing along with us.  Thank you all!

And on that note, here are our winners for the month of May!

(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Daria! You are the winner of our May Main Challenge!
Daria, please contact Camilla at camilla(at)majadesign(dot)nu
to claim your $50 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN.

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

Martina, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.

Anna, please contact Helene at helene(dot)magenta(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAGENTA.

MAJA STOKK (entry 28)
Maja, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindystampgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S.

Christine, please contact Tenisha at scrapelegancescrapbooksupplies(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from COLOUR BLAST.

(selected via
JULD HANDMADE (entry 20)
JulD, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

Ginny, please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

VIJA ANTON (entry 18)
We were very touched by the story behind Vija's layout of her mother as a little girl.  
Vija reminded us that not everyone is blessed with a great relationship with 
their mother while growing up, but despite hardship and complication, 
there is still a strong bond between mother and child.  
As Vija points out in her blog post, forgiveness and compassion 
are synonymous to love and family, and those are most important.

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


Amy, please contact Jen at dustyattic(at)bigpond(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

Lastly, here are a few HONOURABLE MENTIONS who have not made it 
into our Top 5, but who received a high number of votes from our DT.

INNA'S ART (entry 51)
KATH WHITE (entry 16)
MABEL SIM (entry 59)
OLA KHOMENOC (entry 14)

Congratulations to all our winners
and again a huge THANK YOU to all our participants!

We encourage all you merit winners, honourable mentions and participants
whose project was featured on our Facebook page throughout the month
to grab your badge from our left sidebar and proudly display it on your blog.

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

is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by June 30th at 11:59 pm EST.

01 June, 2017

June 2017 Main Challenge

Hello all!  We are thrilled to have you back with us today
as we reveal to you a brand new Main Challenge for the month of June!

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 - FATHER
Creative Challenge - STEAMPUNK

What does the word FATHER inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since, as you are aware, words are an integral 
part of our challenges, we want to know how this month's word stimulated 
your creative process, so please do explain in your blog post how it inspired you!

We chose a creative challenge that is a bit more masculine in nature 
than last month's, quite obviously. We absolutely love the STEAMPUNK trend 
and how it has completely taken over the art of scrapbooking these last years. 
Gears, cogs, sprockets as well as top hats, goggles, mustaches.. 
these are all perfect for a homage to fathers!  We cannot wait to see
how you will incorporate this vintage yet futuristic style onto your project.

To be eligible to win, you have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, 
the word inspiration (FATHER) and the creative challenge (STEAMPUNK).
Just look at our designers' projects and descriptions as examples.
You must also include our board image as well as a link to our blog in your entry post.
AND you may combine our challenge with no more than 2 other challenges.

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

Sanderijn: I took this picture myself in the hospital, a day after our little girl was born. This picture of my daughter and her FATHER is one of my most treasured photos. The creative challenge was a real challenge for me! I don't use STEAMPUNK related embellishments very often on my projects, but with this new collection of papers, I finally got an idea. I made a masculine layout with some steampunk items like the clockwork in the background and the metal stars, but I still kept it very soft and elegant so it would fit this page and picture perfectly.

Kareen: I was inspired by the word FATHER to scrap a picture of my boyfriend with his son.  The love of a father is priceless!  I added a touch of STEAMPUNK to the layout by adding cogs and gears and lots of metal accents to finish this page full of love.

Kavitha: The word 'care' is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of my dad. My FATHER always makes sure everything is fine for everyone and puts himself last. For the creative challenge, I've used lots of gears, clock and wings 
to give out a STEAMPUNK feel.

Anguree: I was inspired by this photo of my FATHER and I. I have loved STEAMPUNK since the moment I discovered mixed media and am a sucker for any clocks, gears, light bulbs or metal accents. Yet, I also wanted to include flowers and a little softness. You see, my dad has a way of noticing the small details. I remember him calling me over to show me little flowers or critters in the garden and those small things that easily pass you by if you don't pay attention. He is a part-time minister and only started following this career path when he was much older. In fact, I was in my senior year in high school when he commenced his studies. This layout represents to me how we should dream big and follow those dreams. When I am worried about something, my dad always tells me not to worry because he is praying for me. This layout is really personal as it reminds me of all those special memories we share. Thanks Dad! I love you and, though we don't talk much, 
I really appreciate all that you do for me!

 Lilibleu: To illustrate this month's theme, I chose this picture of my husband helping our son to climb and walk on the rocks on a hike by the sea. This is how I imagine the role of a FATHER: supporting, encouraging and helping his children to move forward in life. About the STEAMPUNK challenge, although I flourished my page, the background is full of gears, metallic elements and wire mesh chipboard 
evoking industrial materials.

 Elena M: For my layout, I took a photograph of my grandFATHER. He was a good, decent, intelligent man. He loved to grow fruits and vegetables in his garden. I was his only grandchild and he loved me so much. For the STEAMPUNK creative challenge, I have added many items from chipboard (gears, bulbs, dial indicators) to wire and metal brads which allude to how my grandfather could do many things 
with his hands.

Aga: My FATHER always says you must take your life in your own hands and live it 100%. So with that in mind, I created a canvas to showcase how 'creativity takes courage'.  I STEAMPUNKed my canvas by adding lots of metal accents, wires and even my very own mustache.  Daddy, this work is for you!

Valerie: For this challenge, I decided to scrap a picture of my grandFATHER who died a few years ago from Alzheimer's disease. This is a very important photo for me because it is the only one that I have of him. I got creative by incorporating one clock chipboard, some metal embellishments and a die-cut and flair along 
with a STEAMPUNK feather that I drew myself.

 Jennifer: My man is a wonderful husband, but above all a great FATHER who is always present for his children. They are most important for him without fail.  
He stopped working to be able to take care of them. I am so proud 
of the man he became. For the creative challenge, I chose to add 
lots of STEAMPUNK style chipboard and decorations.

 Caroline: I chose a picture of my grandFATHER. This vintage photo was a perfect fit for the STEAMPUNK style. My grandfather was not a good father, but this is part of life. He redeemed his faults by becoming a loving grandpa and I really miss him now. He passed away when I was 12. The quote I used was perfect for our family story. 
I choose to remember the good about him.

Elena T: I loved this challenge! It was so fun to create this project. I took a photo of my boys and one of my husband in his youth and brought them all together, 
a FATHER and his sons. Clocks and some metal embellishments helped me 
achieve the STEAMPUNK look.

Di: This is a photo of my great grandFATHER Robert Alexander McLelland (1879-1952) and I thought it would be perfect for a STEAMPUNK layout. If you look closely, you can see he is even wearing a fobwatch.  I really enjoyed this challenge!

 Nicole: I intended to create a page about my FATHER this month. However, while looking through my 'to scrap' photo box, I found this photo of my maternal grandfather and thought it would be perfect for the creative challenge. 
Pepere Allard was very young during this pose, long before I came into the world, 
and I so wish I could have known him then. I knew him as a big burly man who was
 renowned for his loud laugh, his wooden cane and his beautiful vegetable garden. 
Sadly, he passed away when I was just 15. I went STEAMPUNK on my page by adding lots of cogs and gears, some metal and some chipboard, as well as a fancy mustache and a top hat brad.

Pamela: The photo depicts my new grandson after his birth on April 5th of this year snuggling with daddy and I thought it was perfect for the FATHER challenge. 
I used cogs, clocks and even the coach emblem that fell off my purse last year to catch the STEAMPUNK essence.

What a fabulous talented bunch we have here at More Than Words!
Thank you to all our designers for these gorgeous projects.

And now, on with the prizes up for grabs...

All our prizes include free international postage!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Here is more information about this month's 1st place prize sponsor:
49 and Market is your premium scrapbooking wholesaler of paper and products.  We are a B-to-B store that sells exclusively to retail businesses. With 15 years experience in the scrapbooking business, we have seen many trends come and go. We believe that beauty transcends the test of time. Our collections range from shabby chic to boho fabulous or romantically vintage, but in the end we believe the allure of 49 and Market products will appeal to those seeking quality.

(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

$25 USD value prize from 13 ARTS
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

$25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN

$25 USD value prize from SCRAP AND CRAFT

$25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from 2 CRAFTY
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

$15 USD value prize from LAWN FAWN

(hand picked by our Admin team - an entry not in our Top 5, 
but that has that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

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

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
June Main Challenge FATHER & STEAMPUNK!

Link up your projects using our LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by June 30th at 11:59 pm EST.