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23 January, 2018

January 2018 Mini Challenge - WISH

Are you ready for our very first Mini Challenge for 2018?!

It's one that you will not want to miss - for the first time, we are introducing postcards!
Here's how it works:

The Mini Challenge runs on the last week of each month and is for cards, tags, ATCs and postcards only.  ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of art, about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm. Postcards are usually an A6 size, which is a quarter of an A4 ie, around 4 x 6 inches or 105mm x 148mm. If your postcard is bulky, you could always pop it in an envelope to mail it. 

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!

ANAT WEKSLER - postcard






Now that you've seen this fabulous inspiration from our DT,
we really WISH that you will join us for our mini challenge!

We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, January 31st
to share your entry right HERE on our Facebook page.

16 January, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor Spotlight on

This year, we have decided to change things up a bit
and spotlight one of our fabulous sponsors each month
by inviting a few of their designers to be our guest designers!

We start off the year with none other than...

Let's learn a little more about CUTS2LUV through their own words:

Cuts2luv is the first brand of French Canadian flair (badges) founded in 2013 to fill a great void in the scrapbooking industry in Quebec, Canada. We are a small business operated from home with the interest of our clients at heart.  From the beginning, we have always been in search of trends and have considerably increased our product base. We offer as many badges in French as in English, and we also have a fabulous line of metallic flair for all tastes. We even have added several chipboard titles to our catalogue. Our biggest joy is to see our products on your artwork, 
all across the world!

You can find more about each designer showcased below as well as 
all the Cuts2luv product collection by visiting the following links :

Here are just a small sample of the many beautiful badges that Cuts2luv has to offer.
There are definitely some for every tastes, every theme and every style!
They also offer other products so make sure to check out their Etsy shop!

Here is a reminder of our January Main Challenge
 followed by projects designed by 3 of Cuts2luv's talented designers: 

Marie-France: For the word inspiration, I had the perfect photo inspired by BIRTHDAY and I used letters to spell 'BDAY' to go along with the theme. For the creative challenge, I used some TAGS with images on them and on others, I stamped the images myself. I didn't want my project to have happy bright colours which are usually used for birthdays. Since it's a man on my photo, I wanted to make a more masculine page with darker hues, but I couldn't resist adding splashes of ink and sparkly blue sequins for an irresistible festive look.

Sandra: For this challenge, I was inspired by confetti which we use during BIRTHDAY parties, thus I punched confetti in my TAGS. I also added different coloured sequins from Cuts2luv in with the confetti to make it look like rain. I used a photo of me with a title making reference to how many birthdays I have on my personal meter.
 I chose 2 badges from Cuts2luv to decorate my page.

Veronique: What is more magic than a child's BIRTHDAY? That's why I started my inspiration with a picture of my daughter blowing the candles on her birthday cake. Of course, the word magic was obvious to me as the title of my layout. I used 2 TAGS for the creative challenge in pastel shades to fit with my composition 
and 3 Cuts2luv badges. There are so many various designs!

Some of the Cuts2luv products used on these fabulous projects:

Thank you so much to Cuts2luv 
for joining us our Special Guest this month!

We hope that all of you will be inspired to play along
for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from our sponsors.
Cuts2luv is sponsoring our 1st place prize for the January Main Challenge!

You have until January 31st to link up! 

08 January, 2018

Announcing Our December Winners!

2018 got off on a fabulous start a week ago with a brand new
Main Challenge here at More Than Words, and today, we continue
ringing in the new year by announcing our December challenge winners!

December is a very busy month for everyone so we want to make sure to thank
all of you who have taken the time to participate in either our Main or Mini Challenge
and everyone who throughout each month encourages and supports us via
comments/likes/shares on our blog and social media. For those who have not had
the time to play along in December, we hope that you will this month and
we wait with anticipation to see your creations!

*DRUMROLL* please...

(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Olga K, 
you are the winner of our December Main Challenge!
Olga K, please contact Aneta at scrapandcraft(dot)co(dot)uk(at)gmail(dot)com
 to claim your $50 USD value prize from SCRAP AND CRAFT.

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

OLGA BIELSKA (entry 15)
Olga B, please contact Anna at skelp(at)lemoncraft(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT.

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

TIPHANIE (entry 6)
Tiphanie, please contact Janene at janene(at)49andmarket(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET.

PLUMO (entry 26)
Plumo, please contact Aida at 13arts(at)wp(dot)pl
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 13ARTS.

(selected via

PRIYA SATISH (entry 21
Priya, please contact Anna at info(at)piondesign(dot)se
to claim your $25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN.

MINA JUVELER (entry 19)
Mina, please contact Caroline at creationselliam(at)yahoo(dot)ca
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV.

KOYEL78 (entry 27)
Koyel78, please contact Marie at
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CANVAS CORP BRANDS.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

JACQUI HUNT (entry 2)
Jacqui has created a stunning page with a sad and beautiful story behind it. We believe that recording stories like this is an important part of scrapping and Jacqui and her daughter will treasure this beautiful page forever.

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

(as voted by our DT)

Cassie, please contact us at mtwchallenge(at)hotmail(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:

RIDDHI JANI (entry 9)
SARA K (entry 5)
MACARENA (entry 12)

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 January 31st at 11:55 pm EST.

01 January, 2018

January 2018 Main Challenge

Happy New Year to all our wonderful MTW family!

We feel so very blessed to be starting our 3rd year of creative fun and inspiration
with all of you and we are excited about the new year to come!
Along with an outstanding Design Team and some fabulous sponsors,
we have some wonderful challenges lined up for you
which we are sure will inspire you to keep creating month after month.

Thank you so much for helping us make this blog challenge so successful
the past 2 years and for encouraging us to keep the creative spirit alive!

And now, let's take a look at our first challenge of 2018...

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 - BIRTHDAY
Creative Challenge - TAGS

What does the word BIRTHDAY inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since 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!

January 2018 marks the 2nd anniversary of the More Than Words challenge blog. Happy Birthday to us! We thought we'd invite you to celebrate with us by incorporating a minimum of 2 TAGS on your project, just as you might on a birthday gift. You can keep your tags plain and simple or you can choose to decorate them however you like. You can choose the size, shape and colour. You can make them the focal point of your project, or you can slip them discreetly behind your photo. It's your choice, just as long as your layout, canvas or art journal page includes at least 2 tags!

To be eligible to win, you have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, 
the word inspiration and the creative challenge.
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.

Now let's see what our amazing DT have come up with to showcase this month's word and incorporate the creative challenge, starting with our brand new members.

Make sure to check out DT tab above where you can find out more
about each of our fabulous designers, new or returning.

Anat: As a cake designer, BIRTHDAYS are very special events to me, and I love participating in my clients' birthday celebrations. This is a photo of me with a huge cake that I made for my daughter's birthday party. And as for TAGS... they're my best friends! I absolutely love using them on almost all my projects!

 Asia: The word BIRTHDAY means so much to me, especially now that I am a mum. I think of my children's births, of birthday celebrations we had and the ones yet to come. But with this layout, I wanted to pay homage to our ancestors. After all, we are here thanks to them. This is my way of showing my love and respect - today I am celebrating their birthdays! I also added a few TAGS to my layout with a retro-looking ribbon. After all, what is a birthday without a gift, and a gift without a tag?

 Daisy: When I think of BIRTHDAY, I think of balloons, glitter and cake! The cake can be found on the smash the cake picture of my cousin's baby. Isn't she adorable? I also included on my page glitter and balloons. I used 4 TAGS on my creations. I often use tags because I find that they are easy to use as an embellishment 
and they fit everywhere.

 France: Nothing beats a baby's first BIRTHDAY. I just love this photo shoot of smashing the cake that my friend did with her lovely daughter. It was such a precious way to capture that special moment. I was inspired by the colours of the picture and wanted to keep the page light and sweet with a touch of multiple pink tones and delicate elements. TAGS are so much fun to integrate into a layout. They are perfect to help build layers under your pictures. I made 3 tags of different sizes using the coordinating papers in a set; this ensured that the papers 
and tags are a perfect match.

 Martina: BIRTHDAYS are always special. We all love them, celebrate them and remember them. I was inspired by this picture of my sweet daughter. She is 3 years old, and the More Than Words blog is entering its 3rd year. That's why I put the number 3 on my canvas and I also added 3 TAGS on it.

 Rosalie: The BIRTHDAY inspiration word inspired me to look through all of my old birthday cards that I have collected since I was born. My mum had kept them all to give me when I had my first child. The whole retro look and colour was like a blast from the past. I used TAGS to build up the mixed media base and with stencils, sprays and chipboard, I created a 1960's birthday card vibe.

Sivan: Most of my life I was overweight and remember how much I wanted to be like the girls who could wear the most beautiful dresses. I made this layout inspired by the word BIRTHDAY and to remind me that I fulfilled my sweet 16 birthday wish. On my 33rd birthday, I'll definitely be able to wear my best dress! I used TAGS in my composition, paper and wood, and I really enjoyed creating this layout.

 Aga: This month, my inspiration is as usual, standard, symbolic and with a hidden message. I created a simple art journal page with Lindy's mists and watercolours. I painted a BIRTHDAY gift and added two TAGS with an important message on them for me.

 Anguree: BIRTHDAYS remind me of flowers and the fact that each time a birthday comes around, it means that another year has passed. At the start of this year, I think that we need to remember to make the most of each day, to love, to laugh and essentially to live our lives rather than to just exist. With that, I'd like to wish you all the very best that this year has to offer. For the creative challenge, I opted to add lots of mini TAGS depicting important words to live by.

 Caroline: Every year, I ask my husband what he wants for his BIRTHDAY, and every single time he says nothing. This year I found the perfect present for him, and it was totally handmade by myself. He was doubly happy to get a present at low cost made with all my love. For our January creative twist, I used 4 TAGS
 behind my picture to add some depth and layering.

Heather: I wanted to record all the places we visited on my last BIRTHDAY, so I made four panels, one for each place we stopped at. I added four TAGS, one in each of the paper clusters around each photo. I had a lot to write about so I added most of the journalling on panels under each photo.

 Heike: This photo image is actually a BIRTHDAY card which I received from a friend. This card inspired me to create a colourful layout with 
homemade TAGS on the background.

 Janice: Happy 21st BIRTHDAY to my beautiful baby boy! The theme for the night was to come dressed in something starting with first letter of your name. He looked amazing! We had such a great night, celebrating with family and friends... lots of laughs, dancing and great memories. I have tucked a TAG under the photo with a bit of journalling and tied a string to help slide it in and out. I added more tags 
to the top and bottom of my page.

Mary: The word inspiration BIRTHDAY brought to mind balloons, happiness and love. So I made a page based on a photo of a woman on her birthday with lots of balloons and happiness. For the creative challenge, I used 2 TAGS layered behind my photo.

Nicole: To me, the word BIRTHDAY spells fun, party, cake, family and friends. I created this page using photos of my boyfriend's 30th birthday, way back in 2007, that we celebrated with his parents and for which I made him a homemade cake, topped with a multitude of candles. I wonder if I was part of his wish as he blew them out! The creative challenge was very easy for me as I tend to use TAGS on most of my layouts; I absolutely love them and I have an endless stash.

Pamela: My grandson Jaxon recently celebrated his fourth BIRTHDAY. He is such an awesome little person and is often the focal point of my scrapping. I've captured him here awaiting his birthday guests for his party. Such a pensive face for a little boy. I love this kid beyond words! There are TAGS throughout the project.

Torsa: To me, BIRTHDAY means a fresh new start! Blow off the past by blowing out the candles and be prepared for a whole new journey. For the creative challenge, I have used not just 2 but 5 TAGS on my project.

Valerie: This month's word inspired me to use this picture of my daughter with her big BIRTHDAY cake. For the creative challenge, I used some plain TAGS that I altered with modeling paste, 3 sprays and a stamp. I then glued my tags on my background and added some pretty twine matching my colour palette.

What a great start to the new year, isn't it?!
We believe that our DT has interpreted perfectly this month's word and creative challenge and we cannot wait to see what you will be inspired to create.

Now, let's take a look at the prizes up for grab this month!

All our prizes include free international postage!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

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

$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

$25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

$25 USD value prize from MINTAY

(picked at random from all eligible entries)


(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,
including a few new ones that have agreed to sponsor us in our 3rd year.
To learn about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into our
January Main Challenge BIRTHDAY & TAGS!

Link up your projects using our LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by January 31st at 11:55 pm EST.