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23 June, 2018

June 2018 Mini Challenge - WORLD

Hello everyone from all around the WORLD!

Are you ready for a brand new Mini Challenge here at More Than Words?!

Here goes...
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!



We hope that our designers' fabulous mini WORLD projects
will inspire you to play along with our June Mini Challenge!

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

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

16 June, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor

Have we got a sweet treat for you today!

We have another fabulous special guest sponsor to feature
and, without further ado, we introduce you to:

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

Pion Design is a manufacturer of high quality scrapbooking papers designed and printed locally in the north of Sweden. The company was established in 2009 and today we are releasing several paper collections every year and our papers can be found in stores worldwide. Our unique paper collections are of a timeless design with a romantic and vintage feel. The standards of Pion Design are impeccable, all the way from design to delivery, to ensure that our customers are satisfied. As a Pion Design customer, you can be sure that attention has been paid to every little detail. Since Pion Design has a true passion for paper crafting, our main goal is to provide you with inspiring products and endless possibilities!

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

With delicate attention to details and a soft vintage feel,
Pion Design offers some of the best paper collections
in the industry and today we have a few of their fabulous designers 
showcasing their products, inspired by our June Main Challenge

Cathrine: I'm so lucky to be a part of the Pion Design team, and I realized that one of their new collections is called The World Awaits. This collection is all about traveling and exploring. The images and papers are perfect for this challenge. I used an image from one of Pion's many sepia toned pictures. This little boy is on his own JOURNEY, and for that journey he needs a MAP to guide him through life. To incorporate the creative challenge, I used patterned paper with a map design.

We absolutely love Cathrine's page and, like her, think that The World Awaits collection couldn't be any more perfect for our June challenge
In Pion Design's own words, this gorgeous collection will 
'awaken your inner wanderlust while you relive the memories 
from your last vacation.' We couldn't have said it any better!

Ewa: I really like this challenge. The word JOURNEY inspired me to create this canvas of a man who loves to travel. For my canvas, I used several papers from Pion Design. The World Awaits collection has so many things going on on every single patterned paper, including lots of travel theme and of course a MAP design. It was a great pleasure for me to have creative fun on this exact topic.

Ewa wonderfully captured the essence of our challenge with her mixed 
media canvas using these beautiful papers from The World Awaits.
To match each of their paper collections, Pion Design also has a large pick of coordinating Palette papers in their repertoire.

Tracy: When thinking about the word JOURNEY, my mind wandered to my dad. He was a soldier in World War II, and this was the only time that he traveled ever in his entire life. He visited Singapore, India and beyond. Once he returned from the war, he never set foot back on a plane. My inspiration from the creative challenge was to include a MAP of the world in recognition of the only journey my dad took in his lifetime.

As her fellow DT members, Tracy used papers from The World Awaits collection to create her stunning canvas. Another must-have products that Pion Design offers lovely vintage cut-outs perfect for any project.

 Anne-Kristine: The word JOURNEY inspired me to create a layout from our vacation in 2017 using the Pion Design collection Seaside Stories. We had some truly amazing days together as a family. The picture shows my granddaughter and some of the treasures she found on a stroll along the beach. I added some MAP pattern in the paper layers behind this special photo.

 Take a closer look at the papers Anne-Kristine used on her beautiful layout
along with several more of our faves from the Pion Design catalogue:

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

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

We have no doubt that they will have inspired you to play along
with the June Main Challenge for which Pion 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 June 30 to link up! 

08 June, 2018

Announcing our May WINNERS!

You know what they say...
Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

We'd love to thank every single one of you who participated
in our challenges last month. Once again, we were wowed by your
creations and cannot wait to announce some winners!

(as voted by our DT)

DARIANNA NEKO (entry 76)
Congratulations Darianna, 
you are the winner of our May Main Challenge!

Darianna, please contact Marie at marie(at)majadesign(dot)nu
to claim your $50 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN.

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

PAYAL BHALANI (entry 67)
Payal, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.

CINDERELLA4282 (entry 63)
Cinderella4282, contact Karola at info(at)mintaypapers(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS.

TILIA (entry 72)
Tilia, please contact Nicolle at nicolle(at)creativeembellishments(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS.

PLUMO (entry 30)
Plumo, please contact Caroline at creationselliam(at)yahoo(dot)ca
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CUTS2LUV.

(selected via

Lapkodzielo, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

We picked Lisa-Marie as our May Mystery Winner because not only has Lisa-Marie shared a very precious MEMORY with us, but her photo is framed with multiple FRAMES! Lisa-Marie's words on her blog sum up why scrapping our memories is so important: "If you're a regular follower of my blog (and my life in general), you will know that I've been incorporating a lot of photos of my daughter with my late husband in my pieces. I'm so scared that she will forget him or rather aspects of him as she was not even 4 and a half when he passed. Also, in this day and age, where everything is social media, technology and/or digitally based, homes in the future of my child's generation will not necessarily have all the physical photos of memories which were made! I hate that! When I grew up, we had walls FULL of photos of us at various ages or stages." And this is exactly what we had in mind when we thought up this word and creative challenge combination!

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

(as voted by our DT)

Nuneka, 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:

HANNA HERSH (entry 25)
BUBU SCRAP (entry 55)

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 June Main Challenge JOURNEY & MAP
is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by June 30 at 11:55 pm EST.

01 June, 2018

June 2018 Main Challenge

We all wait with great anticipation for the 1st of the month to arrive
as we are so excited to reveal a brand new Main Challenge.

This month we are taking you on board for a wonderful creative JOURNEY!

Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - JOURNEY
Creative Challenge - MAP

What does the word JOURNEY 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.

For this month's creative challenge, we want you to use a MAP to get creative and go exploring! We want to see something from a map on your project. You may decide to add components like land outlines, roads, a compass, arrows, a legend or even a globe. You may want to tuck a piece of the map itself in between your paper layers or make your entire background a map. Let the map be your guide and inspiration on your creative journey!

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

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

Anguree: I was inspired by this photo of my husband and I in the desert near Dubai. We love to travel and have visited a number of destinations. Yet, one of our biggest trips was 9 years ago when we left our birth country to come to Australia and eventually become citizens. You see, life itself is a JOURNEY. Sometimes you think you know where you are heading, and then everything changes and forces you to change course. Other times you have to walk through a desert to find your oasis and sometimes you have to piece the map together to find your way. What is important though is to enjoy the ride! For the creative challenge, I tore pieces of a MAP patterned tissue paper and decoupaged it to add them on my background. I also fussy cut both a geographical and town map of Darwin to use under the photo. To finish it off, I used a die-cut globe image and a map stamp.

Sivan: This month I chose to use this picture of the capital of my country, Jerusalem, a city that is undergoing a difficult JOURNEY. There are so many people wanting to call it their home and I can understand why. It is a holy city, wonderful, unique and so beautiful. The picture is taken from the Tower of David, which is located in the Old City, where Christians, Muslims and Jews live side by side. I hope that just as so many religions manage to get along in the Old City, peace will come someday and create a good and peaceful life for everyone in the world. I used MAP prints all over the background on my layout.

Janice: Sarah and Callum JOURNEYed to Canada for a most amazing 3 week adventure in 2016. This photo was taken at their first stop, a night ferry trip out to Alcatraz Island, and this was the view looking back at the night lights of San Francisco. For the creative challenge, I found a sheet of peel and stick alphas which were printed onto a MAP and used them to add my title. 

Valerie: The word JOURNEY represents for me the adventure of the family life. My kids are not perfect, and sometimes we have our tough moments, but I'm always looking for happy moments together. I glued a drawing of a MAP I made to add 
some creative doodling background effect.

Martina: This month I have used a photo of me and my husband from our last JOURNEY to Rome, Italy. The creative challenge I incorporated by using a MAP patterned paper as a background for my page. I also used a stencil with travel words so you can find both the words 'journey' and 'map' on my project!

Heather: There are many JOURNEYS we can take in our lives, but I chose to scrap about a physical one. I adore the gorgeous background paper and didn't want to hide it so I kept the page fairly clean. There is no mixed media at all on this page! I added some MAP paper behind the photo and there's a world globe beneath the title.

France: The JOURNEY of my sales career ended with me achieving Sales Rep of the Year in Canada a few years ago, and with that came the extravagant team celebration in Hawaii. While exploring Maui, we encountering this amazing black rock lava beach. My world MAP chipboard inspired me to craft a layout for this trip. This journey was memorable as it is also the farthest that I have traveled from home.

Nicole: I have to confess... I'm not much of a traveler! I am fairly content in staying all comfy and cozy at home in my little part of the world. So, instead, I live vicariously through my friend who is a true globetrotter, having visited so many fabulous places across the world. She took this photo while in Turkey a couple years ago. What a wonderful JOURNEY it must have been and I was more than content and happy to document it for her on this page from the comfort of my scraproom. My interpretation of the creative challenge is quite easy to see... 
my whole background is a MAP!

Aga: This month's challenge made me contemplate on what JOURNEY means to me. For me, the main journey is my life, and we all get to choose which direction we want to go! I have used a MAP motif on my background to guide you 
through the important and beautiful journey that life is.

Caroline: I decided after a really bad year that my JOURNEY will now be to remove stress and sadness from my life whenever possible. The place where I feel the best is at the beach, in vacation with my family, and that's why I chose this picture. For the creative challenge, I used a background paper with parts of a MAP in the corners and a Cuts2luv badge of a world map.

Heike's: For this challenge I decided to take a photo of our youngest daughter Mia which was taken in Turkey. It was the last vacation week of elementary school, and I find that the word JOURNEY fits perfectly with the photo. This trip was a beautiful journey into the past for her.  I included the creative challenge 
by using a MAP stamp on my background.

Anat: JOURNEY means so many things to me: a voyage, a passage, a progress... We all pass through many! I tried to express that rich word in my project using the quote 'The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.' My layout was built on top of a MAP paper to give the project even more depth.

Asia: For me the most beautiful JOURNEY starts with a dream. I love imagining where I could go and since unfortunately I don't travel too much, I make journeys of my own by reading good travel books or imagining me and my family in a place far, far away. I dream of us flying in a plane, getting to know other cultures and visiting places far from civilization. I used many elements of a MAP 
on my art journal spread, mostly from stamps.

Daisy: Visiting the Rocher PercĂ© on the Gaspesian coast of Quebec Canada is the most beautiful adventure I have experienced. Why is this JOURNEY so special to me? It is because I did it with my maternal grandmother who has since passed away, one of the most important persons in my life. It remains to this day one of my most beautiful memories. The world MAP can be found on the badge that I used and on the corners on my background paper. I have also 
added this month's word on another badge.

Rosalie: This is a wonderful photo of my husband standing in the entrance of an ancient church in England. It represents the JOURNEY that he and I have had since our very first trip to England... a marriage, a family and our time together since our first visit. I have added a flair embellishment of a MAP 
and references to travel in the photo mats.

Mary: The word inspiration JOURNEY brings to my mind a lot of things and to be honest I couldn't decide which one to use. After a lot of brainstorming, I decided to make a vintage canvas. So I chose a photo of an old compass and a map which represents to me the journey of generations from the past until now. 
For the creative challenge I have used the MAP on the photo.

Torsa: "Life is a JOURNEY, not a destination." I love this quote and I believe it! Whenever I think about a journey, first thing that comes to my mind is a long drive on beautiful roads, enjoying the ride from dawn to dusk! I used a paper with a MAP print and a badge also depicting the world map.

Thank you so much to all our fabulous designers for bringing us along on their creative JOURNEY. We hope that you will be inspired to play along!

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 PION DESIGN

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

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

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

$25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

$25 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 CAD value prize from MAGENTA

(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 JOURNEY & MAP!

Link up your projects using our LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by June 30th at 11:55 pm EST.