23 May, 2018

May 2018 Mini Challenge - KEEP

It's that time of the month once again... only 1 week left,
so that means that it's time for a More Than Words Mini Challenge!

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!




Are you going to KEEP some special crafty time this last week of May
to play along with us with this fabulous Mini Challenge?

We sure hope so and are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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

16 May, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor

We are very happy today to showcase another one 
of our fabulous sponsors here at More Than Words!

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

Maja Design is a Swedish manufacture of craft paper. We are dedicated to create unique and very high quality papers for scrapbooking and crafts. Our papers, that are really thick and easy to work with, always follow a tasteful and matching color theme, even between the different collections, perfect for mix matching. Every collection is designed by the company's founder, Marie Janson, and are created with a unique story in mind. Our vintage inspired collections are created to be long lasting and timeless, but yet still modern. Today, we are proudly shipping our products to more than 30 countries worldwide, and we hope that our beloved designs will inspire your creativity!

You can find more about each designer showcased below as well as 
all the Maga Design product line by visiting the following links:

Since its debut, Maja Design has quickly become known for their gorgeous paper collections, and we will showcase just a few of them in this post 
through the stunning work of 5 very talented Maja Design designers 
who were inspired by our May Main Challenge

 Kerstin-Inga: Inspired by the May challenge, I created a vintage layout with the title 'Make the Time'. I used a very old photo from my ancestors, a beautiful MEMORY for our family. I feel like it's always a good idea to create with FRAMES on scrapbooking layouts. I added a printed chipboard frame in the lower right corner with a very wise saying in it. The second frame around the photo was made with cutting dies and old crafty paper in a weathered look.

Kerstin-Inga used papers from the latest Maja Design collection Celebration which she found very suitable for her precious family photo of a very special day to celebrate from so many years ago.

Amy: The word MEMORIES wasn't hard for me to use because I love it so much and I use it very often on projects. I took some older pictures of my son and me during our wonderful trip to Spain back in 2010. I added the lovely saying 'Leave footprints; Take only memories.' I incorporated 4 different FRAMES by The Dusty Attic and I used the Denim & Friends collection by Maja Design.

Take a look at the fabulous Denim & Friends line filled with beautiful blues!

Maja: For me the word MEMORIES represents that unique human ability to (figuratively) go back in time and live past moments again. Memories are also a 'spiritus movens' to scrapbooking, because preserving special moments in an artistic form is the essence of our hobby. Not all memories are always welcome of course, but some are particularly precious, and I chose that phrase to be the title of my layout. As for the creative challenge, I randomly picked some chipboard FRAMES from my stash and arranged them to mat and mount my photo.

Maja Design not only offers patterned paper collections; they also offer plain papers to coordinate with their patterns. On her layout above, Maja used some of these solid colour papers from the Monochromes: Shades of Denim line:

Lenet: I got inspired by the word MEMORIES because like most parents I have many beautiful memories of my kids, and I especially love this photo. My son has autism and at this age he did not really like physical contact and hugging, so this is a very precious memory that deserved to be framed. And speaking of FRAMES, I used a few of them, big and small, on my page to incorporate the creative challenge.

Both Lenet and Pascal below created their beautiful layouts using papers from the very soft and sweet Vintage Summer Basics collection.

Pascale: When I saw the word MEMORIES, I just had to take out the box where I keep my family's photos, but that was the easiest part. The hard part was to find the one that I wanted to use on this project. I finally chose this photo of my mother when she was just 19 months old. For the creative challenge, I added a large chipboard piece made of interlocking FRAMES.

We love Maja Design papers so much that we couldn't leave you without sharing a few more of our favorite collections that we know you will also love!

Check out the Maja Design website to see all their products!

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

We have no doubt that they will have inspired you to play along
with the May Main Challenge for which Maja Design is sponsoring 
the 1st place prize with a $50 USD value prize package!

There are many other fabulous prizes up for grabs so make sure to join in!

You have until May 31 to link up! 

08 May, 2018

Announcing Our April WINNERS!

Here at More Than Words, we just love the 8th day of the month!

That's because we get to make lots of people happy on this day
by announcing our previous month's challenge winners.

Of course, we wish that we could make everyone a winner
as we appreciate and find ourselves greatly inspired by all our
participants every month, and April was most definitely no exception!

Thank you so much to all of you who joined in!

But voting we must do, and winners there must be... 
so let's not waste any more time.  Here goes...

(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Libeeti, 
you are the winner of our April Main Challenge!
Libeeti, please contact Helene at helene(dot)magenta(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $50 CAD value prize from MAGENTA.

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

SAADIA NAWAZ (entry 38)
Saadia, please contact Anna at anna(at)piondesign(dot)se
to claim your $25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN.

VINITA JAIN (entry 12)
Vinita, please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD.

SCRAP BY ESZTER (entry 17)
Eszter, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindysgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S GANG.

SMOKASCRAP (entry 22)
Smokascrap, please contact Janene at janene(at)49andmarket(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET.

(selected via

DOTS TO LINES (entry 18)
Dots to Lines, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotstudio(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

DREA SLEE (entry 15)
Every month, we search our entries for that one gem of a project that caught our eye and that definitely deserves recognition, and this month it is this fabulous art journal page from Drea. We found that it captured perfectly the essence of both our challenge requirements. We most especially love all the wild animals depicted and the jungle feel and texture of the background, right down
 to the tiger print on the title alphas!

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

(as voted by our DT)

Hanna, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(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:

CRAFTY RENEE (entry 40)
TRACEY B (entry 23)
SIMONA (entry 37)
PAYAL BHALANI (entry 35)
GAYATRI (entry 29)

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.


Our May Main Challenge MEMORIES & FRAME
is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by May 31 at 11:55 pm EST.

01 May, 2018

May 2018 Main Challenge

The beautiful month of May is here, and along with it, comes a brand 
new Main Challenge here at More Than Words!
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - MEMORIES
Creative Challenge - FRAME

What does the word MEMORIES 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 if it isn't obvious in your work.

In homes across the world, we keep our special photo memories in frames. Look around your home and chances are you will see many frames. We also love to use frames on scrapbooking projects, whether they are chipboard, cardstock, stickers, stamps, etc. For our creative challenge, we would love to see you frame it up by adding at least 1 FRAME to your project.

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

Now let's see what our fabulous designers have come up with!

Torsa: MEMORIES... so many things come to mind with this one word! I have visited so many places and countries, but in the back of my mind I always miss my birthplace, India, where I grew up. One of my favorite memories from India is my visit to Taj Mahal so I created my layout with the Taj Mahal theme, using this beautiful quote: "Even though our lives wander, our memories remain in one place." For the creative challenge, I have used 2 resin FRAMES on my work.

Anguree: The word MEMORIES inspired me to create a page with a vintage feel, but also a modern twist. I don't think that we really appreciate what we have every day. Just the other day, a friend mentioned to me that she watched me kiss my hubby goodbye and even though it was just a swift 'goodbye, enjoy your day' kinda moment, she could clearly see our love for one another. She said that she wished her life could be like that. It made me realize that we should capture each moment spent with our loved ones, knowing that each one could be a future memory. I used several ornate FRAMES on my layout, of different sizes and styles.

Aga: In my art journal spread, I used a FRAME stamp with the word MEMORIES within it. It is so meaningful and symbolic in itself. Let's remember about important moments in our lives, and art is definitely one of the best ways to reminiscent and keepsake these important moments.

Heather: I chose to scrap about a night of which I have very special MEMORIES. Even though it's a poor quality photo, it still reminds me of the wonderful time I had with some great friends. I added a chipboard FRAME around the photo 
and other paper frames behind it.

Asia: Time goes so quickly. People disappear, and the only thing that stays with us are MEMORIES of them, of the life 'before'. How good were memories at the time when there were no photographs? How did people remember the ones they loved and lost? I can't imagine having no photo of the people who were so dear to me, and every photograph deserves a FRAME. This frame I made myself for my dad, 
to keep one of my best memories of him intact forever.

Daisy: Family moments are the MEMORIES I cherish the most. The memory on this picture is a moment spent with my boyfriend, my children and my brother. Since I do not see my brother often, I enjoyed this precious time and I made it a beautiful memory. I incorporated the creative challenge by adding
 2 chipboard FRAMES as embellishments.

Martina: We all preserve MEMORIES when creating: memories of feelings, moments, people... This month, I chose of my daughter to scrap. As kids grow up so fast, we do forget how small they really were once. So when I actually frame this layout, it will stay as a memory on my wall. For the creative part of the challenge, I put 
3 resin FRAMES underneath the embellishments.

Valerie: I was inspired by this month's challenge to scrap this adorable photo of my son posing behind a wooden FRAME. I used the word MEMORIES as the title for my page and I framed the photo with patterned paper. You could say that it is 
a frame within a frame!

Sivan: There are some unusual moments we don't take seriously in the moment, but which end up being the most important moments that will not come back but we'll remember forever. Those are our sweet MEMORIES. I took a picture of my son one day while playing in the park. He was enjoying the swing and was happy to almost reach the sky. When I looked for a picture for this challenge, this one brought a big smile to my face, at the thought of this memory. I used a FRAME box for my focal point because there is not more symbolic than framing a magical moment like that.

Janice: This stunning photo was taken at Sarah and Callum's engagement photo shoot. Callum proposed to Sarah at a salt lake on his parents' farm. He wrote 'Sarah, will you marry me?' in stones he had gathered from around the lake. It was a place they went to often so Sarah didn't think anything of it when Callum suggested they go for a bike ride to the lake one afternoon. She said 'Yes!' This was one of so many happy and special MEMORIES to treasure. I framed the photo by printing 2 of the same and punching out a square and using pop dots to layer and join them together. Then, I added chipboard FRAMES which I inked. I even snipped a chipboard frame into 5 pieces and used the pieces as embellishments to decorate my page.

Rosalie: I have chosen my version of MEMORIES by using a photo from Facebook. In the future, my everyday memories will be by looking back at my daily electronic footprint such as Facebook and Instagram, and of course the good old #selfie! I have incorporated FRAMES around my photo layered on another 
frame with stamped embossed frames.

Mary: "A life without MEMORIES... that's no life at all!" I chose to use that quote on my project because I do believe that to be true. Memories are the treasures of our lives. For the creative challenge, I have used a large resin FRAME.

Nicole: For ages, families have been posing for traditional family portraits to keep in frames in their homes. In one family portrait are countless stories and treasured MEMORIES. This is my family when I was only a baby, and even though I do not remember this time myself quite obviously, I am so happy to have this beautiful photo to cherish. I added many FRAMES to my page for the creative challenge, including a very pretty ornate frame from one of our sponsors, Dusty Attic.

Caroline: I found this old picture of me at 2 years old in my mother's picture stash. This photo is a fabulous MEMORY of my childhood when life was all about playing, eating and having fun. For the creative challenge, I added 3 FRAMES 
to my composition, 2 chipboard and 1 metallic.

Heike: My Fair Lady was the first musical I saw. I think I was about 12 years old. It was also my first movie with the fabulous actress Audrey Hepburn I remember seeing. I was deeply impressed by this beautiful woman and I have fond MEMORIES of watching her on screen over and over again. When I came across this photo, I knew that it would be perfect for the May challenge! For the creative part of the challenge, I created a mixed media background using a FRAME image stamp. 
There is also a video tutorial for this layout on my blog.

Anat: I miss very much that time when my daughter was still a baby. Although the MEMORIES are forever in my heart, I still love to use her baby photos in my creations, always using a FRAME to highlight them. I actually 
love frames as embellishments or as the project itself.

France: This month's word inspired me to capture this wonderful moment during our travels to Lisbon 2 years ago. Riding the train in the narrow streets of this beautiful city was quite a fun experience and a MEMORY that I will cherish forever. I am a huge fan of chipboard FRAMES. I love the dimension and details that they can bring to a layout. On my Lisbon inspired page, I used 3 frames in different embossing colours to highlight my picture and 1 more for my side ornament. 

Pamela: This photo represents one of my favorite MEMORIES of my 2 granddaughters being flower girls at my wedding. The Dusty Attic chippie is my take on the FRAME creative challenge. I love to frame my photos!

We are so pleased and inspired every single month by our amazing DT.
They have shared with us some of their best MEMORIES, 
each one of them as beautifully crafted and FRAMED as the next,
and we hope that you will play along with this challenge.

Here are the prizes up for grab this month!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

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

$25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

$25 USD value prize from MINTAY


$25 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

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

(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
May Main Challenge MEMORIES & FRAME!

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