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23 October, 2018

October 2018 Mini Challenge - PLAY

One week left in the month so you know what that means...

Just enough time to play along with our 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!





 We hope that our designers' fabulous mini projects
will inspire you to PLAY along with our fun October Mini Challenge!

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

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

20 October, 2018

More Than Words
2019 Design Team Callout

We are inviting applications from papercrafters who would like to join our design team. If you are a skilled papercrafter with a strong online presence and would love to be part of our amazing team, then we would love to hear from you.

#1.   The term is for twelve months from January to December 2019
(with the January project due by mid-December 2018).

#2.  You will be required to create one project per month for our 
Main Challenge and assist with commenting duties. 

#3.   You are also welcome to contribute projects to our monthly 
Mini Challenge and to vote on challenge entries. 

#4.  You must have the ability to take great photos 
and have strong photo editing skills.

#5.   You must have an active blog and also be active on 
various social media, especially Facebook & Instagram.


Send us...

*** Three recent layouts that show us your style and skill.

*** Links to your blog and any social media on which you share your art,
ie. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, etc.

*** A short biography including your name, where you live, 
what DTs you are currently on and when they are due to finish,
as well as what experience you have in general.

We may require a few DT members to help out with some administrative duties like social media posting and sponsor coordinating so please mention if that would interest you, keeping in mind that it is NOT a requisite.

Applications close 9th of November 2018

Send your application to :

Please put your name and country as the subject.

We look forward to hearing from you!

16 October, 2018

Special Guest Sponsor

We are thrilled to showcase to you today
another one of our fabulous sponsors!

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

Fabrika Decoru is a Ukrainian manufacture which produces goods for various handmade crafts and scrapbooking. In our online store, you can find acrylic paints, flat sprays, sprays with a pearlescent and metallic effect, excellent quality white and colored texture paste (also texture paste with sand), enamel and glass drops, colored sand, different quartz, marble toppings, stencils and stamps. At Fabrika Decoru, you will find all that you need to create and decorate your scrapbooking pages, photo albums, greeting cards, notebooks and others. Fabrika Decoru has already won the hearts of many fans and renowned masters of scrap from all around the world. The advantage of our products: excellent quality at a low price, varied stock, possibility to order in small batches, constant updating of goods.

Fabrika Decoru has a very impressive and extensive catalog of products 
ranging from paints, sprays, papers, stamps, stencils, chipboard 
to so much more... definitely anything for all tastes and needs, 
as you will see below.

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


We are so very proud to spotlight the gorgeous projects 
from 5 very talented designers from the Fabrika Decoru DT 
who have been inspired by our October Main Challenge

Eszter: This challenge inspired me to create a layout about wanderings and excursions which is how I love to spend my LEISURE time. After a busy Summer, the Autumn excursions are so relaxing. The beautiful colours of nature also reflect nature's relaxation. I got creative by adding lots of white SPLATS on my page.

On her stunning Fall-themed layout, Eszter has used papers and embellishments from the Botany Autumn collection as well as beautiful designs 
from Fabrika Decoru's ever growing collection of laser-cut chipboard.


Maria: I decided to make a cheerful funny layout with a cat marionette on it. This layout came as a total surprise for me because this is not what I usually create, but the LEISURE theme and a crazy banner just put my brain to work in a totally unexpected direction. I will hang the layout in my working cabinet low enough for my daughter to entertain herself (the cat's paws and tail can be easily moved around) while I am busy with my paper hobby, so that it is leisure time for her too. The colour SPLATS are very entertaining themselves in fun bright shades that my daughter also loves. 

Maria created her fun and interactive layout using lots of different 
Fabrika Decoru products like die cuts and frames as well as overlays
She created her colourful splasts with liquid enamel dots, liquid glass drops 
and liquid drops with glitter. They come in all colours!


Alena: My favorite LEISURE activity is spending time with my friends just walking and chatting. I made this canvas as a present for my friends. I used this photo of when we were at a tulip exhibition. I added lots of different SPLATS to emphasize the bright sunny day and red flowers.

We are amazed at Alena's use of various mixed media Fabrika Decoru products
to create this superb canvas full of depth and texture. Among other products, 
she used deco glazemetallic paints as well as dots and drops.

Karolina: I love Summer which is absolutely my favorite moment for LEISURE activities. I love sunbathing, sightseeing and relaxing with a cold drink. I added some small green SPLATS using shimmer paint for the creative challenge.

Karolina's beautiful page helps showcase several fabulous LEISURE-themed collections in Fabrika Decoru's catalog as well as the chipboard to go along 
with them. Make sure to check out Tropical ParadiseSea Beeze 
and Wood Natural to see them up close and personal! 


Irina: The best LEISURE time that I spend is enjoying my favorite hobby which is art (not counting reading books!) I totally rest when I create mixed media canvases like this one. I always use a lot of colours and splashes. I really like to mix shades and add interesting tricks to my work. The SPLATS on my canvas were made with sprays, dry paints, "magic paint" and gesso. 

Irina has done a fabulous job using Fabrika Decoru art mediums 
(from magic paint to all kinds of sprays and glitterto create a fantastic 
mixed media canvas. She also decorated it with some of their fabulous chipboard.

As you can see,  if you wants SPLATS, Fabrika Decoru will certainly help you
create them! No matter the type of mixed media product you are looking for,
you will find them HERE in their shop
along with various other product needed for your scrapbooking.

Thank you so much to Fabrika Decoru
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 October Main Challenge!

You have until October 31 to link up! 

08 October, 2018

Announcing our September WINNERS!

Who are the winners of our September challenges, you say?!

We have been wowed once again by your brilliant creations
and it was a difficult vote as it is every month!

Thank you so much to all of you who participated
and we hope that you will join in again on the fun this month.

Without further ado, here are the lucky ones!

(as voted by our DT)

Congratulations Olga, 
you are the winner of our September Main Challenge!
Olga, contact Karola at info(at)mintaypapers(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS.

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

HADAS RAVIV (entry 27)
Hadas, please contact Nicolle at nicolle(at)creativeembellishments(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS.

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

HETTY HALL (entry 2)
Hetty, please contact Pamela at langeatheart(at)hotmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

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

(selected via

ELLY'S CREATIES (entry 10)
Elly, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

ADRI DU PREEZ (entry 41)
We loved this layout for its stunning photo showing a unique 
perspective of the child who is the SUNSHINE in the photographer's life. 
We also loved Adri's gorgeous page design, including that single soft 
YELLOW bracket, and wonderful journaling on the back of the page.
Adri, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.

GUYLAINE (entry 20)
We loved Guylaine's bright take on our challenge. Her colourful page 
with sweet YELLOW accents is the perfect way to record a special 
Summer memory under the SUNSHINE.
Guylaine, please contact Aga at shop(at)agabaraniak(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO.

(as voted by our DT)

Nicoletta, 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:

SARA K (entry 12)
DOTS TO LINES (entry 16)
LIZZY CRUST (entry 36)
HEMA (entry 33)
MARIE (entry 31)
SMOKASCRAP (entry 23)
VIVIAN'S DESK (entry 11)

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.


is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by October 31 at 11:55 am EST.

01 October, 2018

October 2018 Main Challenge

Are you ready for a very fun and messy October Main Challenge?!

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

Word Inspiration - LEISURE
Creative Challenge - SPLATS

What does the word LEISURE 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.

This month, our challenge concept is all about having fun! Remember when you were a child and you loved to play with paint and create splatters? Well, we at More Than Words still love to do this! Our creative challenge for you is to take your paints, inks, stains, etc and add SPLATS 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!

Heather: What better way to spend LEISURE time than with a game of chasey! These kids loved it when my husband played chasey with them. I created many SPLATS on my background with Tinby Designs Metallic Melts as well as stamps. I feel that the splatters help to reinforce the movement of the photo.

France: Our new favorite LEISURE activity is exploring some beautiful scenery on our bikes. It's fun now that the boys are older, we are starting to have more time as a couple. Spending a few hours per weekend exploring new areas is truly amazing. For the creative part of the challenge, I opted for a mix of SPLATS of ink 
and gesso on my layout. 

Martina: I only have a few LEISURE activities dear to me, but one of my favorites is definitely creating. I love spending time in the creative process. This is how this canvas came to life. When it was almost ready, I created SPLATTERS with gold paint. You can watch my video tutorial right HERE if you are interested.

Mary: As a mother of three kids, my free time is very limited. My only LEISURE time is early in the morning when all are still sleeping and I can enjoy a hot cup of coffee by my own. For the creative challenge I added lots of SPLATTERS 
with paint and gesso.

Anguree: This photo of us with our feet up on a bench next to the sea reminded me of LEISURE and fun times.  We did a photoshoot of our wedding anniversary and I remember how much we giggled and laughed. It was a photo that the photographer's assistant suggested and it's just one of those timeless moments captured on camera. Life is too fast, and too often, we run so hard that we forget to allow ourselves a bit of leisure time. I added lots of white SPLATS on my page for the creative challenge.

Nicole: No one knows how to have fun better than a child! This is what came to mind when I saw the word inspiration this month. LEISURE is all about enjoying oneself to the fullest so I thought that documenting these photos of my niece enjoying a Summer's day at the park would be perfect. For the creative challenge, I took out lots of different paint mists and had a little fun myself creating a colourful 
SPLATS-y mess on my background.

Caroline: I've always been creative. My LEISURE time has always been spent creating something. In the last years I discovered crocheting. Some people around me asked me to crochet hats for them and quickly it became a big success! This picture is a display stand I have in a coffee shop near my house. They now sell my Winter hats and I'm very proud of this! For our creative challenge, I chose white SPLATS to brighten up my composition.

Asia: I created an art journal page inspired by the word LEISURE. For me, busy mum and wife, my everyday leisure time is around 30 minutes in the morning when I can sit, read something and drink my coffee. This is my time; beware anyone who feels like disrupting it! It's my leisure and my 'simple passion' in one. Another passion of mine is splattering so this creative challenge was perfect for me. I really put my heart into all the SPLATS on my page.

Daisy: Since my childhood I have liked playing video games. As I get older, it's a LEISURE activity that I still enjoy. I like to liberate myself in this way and escape to another world. I am very lucky because the man who shares my life likes to play video games as well. It must be said that we have enjoyed lots of quality time together practicing this hobby that we have in common. I have added SPLATS of blue, aquamarine and bronze on my background to give 
a little grunge feel to my layout. 

Janice: This month's gorgeous graphic and the word LEISURE inspired me to create a layout using this photo of my daughter's favorite pair of sneakers that she had as a teen. A popular brand and worn by many of her peers, she really wanted a pair. It took her a while to save enough money to buy them, and once she did, she loved them and wore them at every opportunity. Many a sport activity and time of leisure did she have in these shoes! For the creative challenge, I used a CWS stencil and pink ink and white watered down gesso flicked from 
my paintbrush to create some SPLATS.

Sivan: I'm a busy mom, but I have many hobbies that I love doing almost every day. One thing that I really love to do is spending good time with my hubby, just walking together and creating for us some good LEISURE time.  In this intense life, it's so important not to neglect these little moments spent together.  The creative challenge inspired me to create a lot of SPLATTERS to increase 
the movement of my composition.

Rosalie: With such busy lives that we all lead, it is important to have some LEISURE time and remember to look after yourself. Some regular much deserved me time is a must! The SPLATS are in dark green and gold paints. I have also added sprays across the page and copper embossed stamping.

Anat: Back in Brazil, near our house, there is a square where every weekend a wide range of children's activities take place. That is our family's favorite LEISURE time on the weekend. In the picture my daughter is riding her motorcycle which she loves! I added SPLATS on my white canvas in all colours to give it a happy feel 
as we have always experienced in this place.

Torsa: To me LEISURE means a cup of coffee and my favorite book. Yes, I am a bookworm! If I get some more time, I love to do fussy cutting for my upcoming projects including this one. I also used a few black, pink and white SPLATS, 
inspired by the creative challenge.

Heike: One of our favorite LEISURE activities is to visit the cities in our country. This photo is from St. Martin's Cathedral of Utrecht. For the creative challenge I added with a brush black and purple colour SPLATTERS.

Valerie: The favorite LEISURE activity of my daughter's is to play in the sand while out camping. She loves to discover shells and hermit crabs. For the creative challenge I added some SPLATS with ink sprays.

Aga: LEISURE is when I can take time for myself and do my art journal pages and create. This is the moment that I can breathe and relax. The answer to the question I added to my page 'And what is your plan for today babe? is easy... Create! And one of my favorite means of creating is to add SPLATTERS on my projects which is what I did on this page, inspired by the creative challenge.

We are hoping that our fabulous DT creations
have inspired you and that you will play along with us this month.

One look at the prizes up for grab and we know that you will not want
to miss this challenge for a chance to win some of these goodies!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from LINDY'S
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

$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

$25 USD value prize from PION DESIGN

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

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

(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
October Main Challenge LEISURE & SPLATS!

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