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23 August, 2018

August 2018 Mini Challenge - OLD

It's time for yet another Mini Challenge here at More Than Words!
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 OLD projects
will inspire you to play along with our August Mini Challenge!

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

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Friday, August 31,
to share your entry on our Facebook page.

16 August, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor

We are showcasing once again this month a fabulous sponsor
and a few of their super talented designers as our Special Guests.

We all love laser cut chipboard and this manufacturer offers
an extensive collection of beautiful and inspiring designs
for all tastes and all styles!

Let's learn a little more about 2CRAFTY through their own words:

2Crafty is an Australian wholesale manufacture of laser cut chipboard, with thousands of designs, diverse in nature and always up to date with market trends. We pride ourselves on our reliable and quick turnaround of jobs, both large and small, and high quality products as well as unbeatable customer service. We cater to both local and international markets and are happy to quote on personalized jobs, whether it be a single title for a customer or large jobs for retreats, classes, etc. We also have a large international design team who inspire us daily on both our blog & all our other social media. If you are a retailer and would like to stock our products, please contact us for more information.

You can find more about each designer showcased below as well as 
all the 2Crafty product line by visiting the following links:


We are so very proud to spotlight the following gorgeous projects from 5 very talented designers from the 2Crafty DT which feature their chipboard and have been inspired by our August Main Challenge

 Bec: The word YESTERDAY made me think of old photos. The reason why I started scrapbooking was to preserve these photos, so I chose a favorite old photo of my daughter from 9 years ago. I followed the VINTAGE inspiration on my layout with my colour choices of warm classic tones, plus the use of antique lace and pearls.

Bec was able to capture the essence of our August challenge on her so very lovely layout with the use of these 2Crafty chipboard pieces: Frame Celia's Flourish, Flower Doilies, Corner Thick Vine, Lacey Border Set 1 and Friendship Mini Word Pack.

Hetty: I really enjoyed this challenge and combined the creative twist with the YESTERDAY word inspiration by using a vintage photo. To me, VINTAGE is all about old photos, muted colours, torn papers, distressing and lace.

This gorgeous page designed by Hetty is what we had in mind when we thought up our challenge this month. It doesn't get any more vintage than this. And we love Hetty's choices of 2Crafty chipboard as well, which are: Circular Leafy Frame, Summer Leaf Stems and This Girl.

 Hina: The word YESTERDAY inspired me to create this layout with an old picture of a lady in sepia tone. For the creative challenge, I combined the photo with several 2Crafty pieces that I found looked very antique and embossed them in coordinating colours to bring everything together in a VINTAGE feel.

We agree! Hina's choice of 2Crafty chipboard along with the photo could not have captured more beautifully the theme of our challenge. The chipboard she used are: Nella's Frame, Flourish Adornment Set 1 and Mini Word Set 2.

 Lisa: I was inspired by the YESTERDAY theme to create this layout using an older photo of my daughter. I loved the warm VINTAGE tones and feel to this paper collection and felt that my 2Crafty chipboard matched perfectly.

Lisa's choice of papers do bring a very soft classic look to her page and we love that our word inspired her to showcase this sweet memory of her pretty daughter. Such a gorgeous page! She used the Flower Doilies, Tangled Lamp Posts and Mini Swirls 1 from the 2Crafty collection.

Sabrina: I was inspired by both the VINTAGE creative challenge and the YESTERDAY word inspiration. I wanted to create a vintage ambience around my black and white picture by using a wood textured background along with a dull colour palette. I decided to apply a patina finish on some of the chipboards to accentuate the antique effect. I also used an aged-looking embossing powder and stamped some script writings with faded black ink.

We absolutely love Sabrina's layout with its faded vintage look and perfect purple accents. She was able to bring us back into the past with the help of these beautiful chipboard pieces from 2Crafty: Frame Yvette's, Circle Lace Panel, Fine Word Set 1, Foliage Set 1 and Pretty Flowers.

2Crafty is constantly updating their product collection and just recently they have released several cool new designs of which you can see a sneak peek below. 
Click HERE to see these and more, up close and personal, on their blog.




Check out the 2Crafty website to see all their products!

Thank you so much to 2Crafty
for joining us our Special Guest SPONSOR this month!

We hope that you will take inspiration from their designers' take on our challenge and you will play along with the August Main Challenge for which there are many other fabulous prizes up for grabs so make sure to join in!

You have until August 31 to link up! 

08 August, 2018

Announcing our July WINNERS!

It's the 8th day of the month and this is always a very happy day 
here at More Than Words because we get to award a few of our participants
with amazing prizes from amazing sponsors!

We have had a very good turnout for the July challenges!
The beach is quite obviously a very popular scrapbooking theme.
All your projects were just superb and we thank each and every one of you
for your support and for sharing with us how we inspire you every month.

That being said, we have some winners to announce...

(as voted by our DT)

LISA GRIFFITH (entry 45)
Congratulations Lisa, 
you are the winner of our July Main Challenge!

Lisa, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.

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

ESZTER (entry 54)
Eszter, contact Karola at info(at)mintaypapers(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS.

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

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

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

(selected via

WENDY CROWE (entry 1)
Wendy, please contact Marie at marie(at)majadesign(dot)nu
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

RIDDHI JANI (entry 25)
Riddhi's layout attracted our attention right away as it was so different and unique from other projects in its colour scheme, design and choice of photo. Her use of colour is such a beautiful and dramatic take on the BEACH theme and we love that she has incorporated SEASHELLS on her page from a bracelet given to her 
by a friend as a souvenir of her trip to the ocean.

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

We love Krista's art journal page in that she says it represents her personality. She says in her blog post that the first thing that comes to mind when she thinks BEACH is exploring for turtles and SEASHELLS. No lounging on a towel for her! We also love the beautiful turtle and shell embossed die cuts that Krista used on her page 
and the stunning sea-inspired background.

Krista, please contact Aga at shop(at)agabaraniak(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO.

(as voted by our DT)

IYulia, 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:

HINA MIRZA (entry 26)
PRIYA CHAJJED (entry 13)
MARJUT (entry 38)
PLUMO (entry 14)
LEANNE SMITH (entry 42)
SIMONA (entry 28)
MAJA STOKK (entry 60)

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


Our August Main Challenge YESTERDAY & VINTAGE
is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by August 31 at 11:55 am EST.

01 August, 2018

August 2018 Main Challenge

August has arrived with all the happy days that it has to offer, 
including some brand new creative inspiration and challenge
from us to you right here on the More Than Words blog!

July has been a very popular month as far as your participation
is concerned and we want to take the time to thank you
for your ongoing support and for inspiring us in turn
with so many gorgeous creations.

We hope that you will do so again this month with this brand new challenge:

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

Word Inspiration - YESTERDAY
Creative Challenge - VINTAGE

What does the word YESTERDAY 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.

We're heading back in time this month with a VINTAGE creative challenge. Think sepia or black and white photos, subdued colours and gorgeous textures. The vintage style evokes a sense of history with images and elements associated with a forgotten (or unforgotten thanks to the wonderful hobby of scrapbooking) past. You might like to use an old photograph, a patterned paper with an antique look or an old-fashioned embellishment on your project. Look back to the past for your inspiration!

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

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

Di: My layout features this photo of my dear mother in law who passed away back in 2003. She was a wonderful woman in so many ways and I thought that this challenge was perfect to capture the essence of her photo. 'Remember when', the quote that I used, is so relevant to the word YESTERDAY and reminds us of how quickly time passes us all by. One minute we are a young and beautiful woman and in the blink of an eye we are gone. It is the circle of life, I suppose. For the VINTAGE creative challenge, I chose old fashioned flower patterns and crochet doilies 
to go along with this gorgeous old photo.

Mary: I love creating vintage-style projects, and this month's word inspired me to make a canvas with an old photo of a beautiful young woman who lived in the 1900's. I used a sticker that states 'Stronger than YESTERDAY.' I added a fancy antique frame and some lace flowers as part of the VINTAGE creative challenge.

Pamela: To represent the word inspiration YESTERDAY, I picked a black and white formal portrait of my parents' wedding. There were no other photos from this day so I cherish it very dearly. To incorporate the VINTAGE creative challenge, I used pink and brown papers as well as a damask stencil and stamp to try 
and make the paper look older.

Valerie: I was inspired by the style and the VINTAGE colours of this challenge. I used a photo with a vintage look and added some old-fashioned items like crochet doilies, antique buttons and a clock. The word inspiration I incorporated by using 
a quote sticker with the word YESTERDAY.

Janice: My inspiration for this month's challenge came from this photo of my Mum's hands. I have journaled about what these hands have done on many a YESTERDAY and still do today. She is my inspiration. For the creative challenge I have added a filter to the photo to match it to the VINTAGE brown and beige colour palette and added a clock and a doily to my cluster.

Anguree: I love creating VINTAGE projects. There's just something so romantic about it. I was inspired by this photo of my cousin and his beautiful wife, kissing and celebrating their engagement a few years ago. It occurred to me that love is one of those things that never really gets old, yet it has been around since the beginning of time. I guess you could argue that unlike the car in the photo, it's not old but definitely vintage. It's a treasure of YESTERDAY that we are still blessed to enjoy today and tomorrow and for however long it is granted to us.

Asia: This month's challenge is to me a great reminder that I need to focus less on what has been and more on what will be. I tend to focus on the past, analyzing and reliving it, and that's not really good. I know I need to look more into the future. Instead of being rooted and tied up in the past (like the lady in the photo), I need to learn from my mistakes and move forward with a heart full of hope. So, for me, YESTERDAY should mean much, much less than it does. For the creative challenge, I used VINTAGE colours, papers and photo.

Torsa: To me YESTERDAY is only a closed door! No matter how much I miss it, no longer can I live it or get it back. Today it's just a part of memory. For the VINTAGE creative challenge, I have used an image of a shabby old door as well as a few old ripped up book pages and lace ribbons on my layout.

France: This month I was inspired by this amazing VINTAGE photo of my mother in law. I love the vintage elements like the clock and old camera ornaments that I found in my stash which were perfect for my layout. The word inspiration brought to mind this quote: 'Learn from YESTERDAY; live for today; hope for tomorrow' 
which I added to my page.

Anat: I absolutely love VINTAGE! The multilayered style matches so well with vintage designs. I decided to use my paternal grandparents' photo due to its vintage look and because of the happiness shown on my grandmother's face. The word YESTERDAY has everything to do with family in my mind and learning about our past and our roots. I enjoyed very much creating this layout.

Rosalie: This is a wonderful photo of my late father who enjoyed being creative even in his last years. The colour palette that I have used was inspired by the VINTAGE look and the photo reminds me of my dad. It still feel like only YESTERDAY when he was with us. The dragonfly, dandelion stamping and rose stencil are 
all a nod to my father's love of nature.

Caroline: My inspiration for this month's challenge started with this picture of my in-laws. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last month. To think about their journey together reminds me of our inspiration word YESTERDAY. Their life as a couple is made out of many yesterdays and they got through all of them with love. For our creative twist, I have of course my picture, but I also stayed 
in the VINTAGE style with a lot of brown and beige.

HEIKE: I created for the August challenge this layout with an old photo of my mother. Unfortunately she is no longer with us, and sadly, I do not have many photos of her. This photo is one of the few that we still have after a water damage in our house. The sepia photo incorporates the VINTAGE creative challenge 
and the word YESTERDAY is handwritten on the page.

Martina: This month's challenge inspired me to create a layout in greys and blues. I love this paper and its background reminds me of VINTAGE wallpaper. I also used this old black and white photo as inspiration. I love to give life to my projects so that they are not meaningless. That's why I, inspired by the August word, chose a quote from Rumi stating 'YESTERDAY I was clever so I wanted to change the world. 
Today I am wise so I am changing myself.'

Daisy: For this challenge, I got inspired by an old wedding picture of my grandparents. I never got to know my grandfather because he passed away before I was born, but I've had great moments with my wonderful grandmother before she passed away too. I wish I could go back to YESTERDAY just to enjoy another day of happiness with her. For me VINTAGE is all about soft pink and gold, 
doily textures and old vintage lights.

 Aga: I love this month's challenge. Family, and most specifically my ancestors, are the most precious people in the world because were it not for them and the life they had YESTERDAY, I wouldn't be here today. I created this canvas as a tribute to them using very old VINTAGE photos, colours and designs.

Sivan: For me YESTERDAY symbolizes the past, the memories of the times gone by, good or bad. I always miss these days, but I enjoy living in the present and look forward to the future. Anyone who knows me knows that I am very VINTAGE in my soul. I love old manners, hairstyles, flowers, lace dresses and the simple childhood without all the distractions there are today. In this layout I used a picture of a sweet little vintage girl and created many layers with a lot of flowers in antique colours.

Nicole: The word YESTERDAY obviously made me go back in the past, and this picture came to mind. It's of my mom when she was only a teenager posing with her youngest brother in an old photo booth. She was a spitfire as people tell me, and you can tell by this picture. I absolutely love the hairstyle! To incorporate the VINTAGE creative challenge, I chose the sepia photo and decorated my page 
with old-fashioned buttons and brads.

Oh, what precious creations once again has our DT shared with you!
There is no challenge that is too big for any of them.

Will you now take on this challenge?

Here are the prizes up for grab this month!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

$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)

$25 CAD value prize from MAGENTA

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN

(hand picked by our Admin team - two entries not in our Top 5,
but that have that special something that captured our attention)

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

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

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

We are looking forward to seeing your entries into out
August Main Challenge YESTERDAY & VINTAGE!

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