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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.


  1. Such a beautiful and inspiring reveal girls, each and everyone of you have outdone yourselves. LOVE them all and I LOVE this months challenge.

  2. Wow such amazing and inspiring creations.. a beautiful challenge to bring special memories out to scrap...

  3. Wow..all DT's inspirations projects just amazing and the sponsers are the August month challenge❤️



  4. Such talented designers! These pages are all divine!

  5. Hi, girls! Not see links ((Add my work!) please)

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