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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.


  1. Great inspirations! Beautiful work my friends!

  2. What a great mood board this month!

  3. Wow !!!Superb !! Everone just blown away the theme !! 💕

  4. One of the best DT reveals so far! What a fabulous challenge! I cannot wait to see all your entries!!

  5. Thank you for letting me know the rule of no more than 2 challenges, I missed that part! :)
    Great challenge and reveal

  6. thanks for another fun challenge :) beautiful inspiration from the dt, thanks ladies.

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE ....its just perfect for Father's day...and all work from DT looks fantastic.Thank You ladies for this challenge :)

  8. It's a great challenge, but it will not be easy :)


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