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01 July, 2019

July 2019 Main Challenge

July is here and so is a brand new main challenge,
especially designed for you, right here on the More Than Words blog!

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

Word Inspiration - DISCOVER
Creative Challenge - OLD STASH

What does the word DISCOVER inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it. Please explain in your blog post 
how it inspired you if it isn't obvious in your work.

We bet you've got lots of treasures in your OLD STASH waiting to be discovered! Is there a favorite paper that you were saving for a special project or some old rub-ons or even an ancient pair of wavy-edge scissors that you forgot you had? It's time to drag them out and use them! Please tell us which of the old products or tools you used that have been sitting in your stash for a while.

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

Now let's see what our fabulous DT has come up with, 
inspired by the DISCOVER & OLD STASH main challenge!

Alicja: This month's word made me think how important it is to DISCOVER new places and beautiful things around us, inside and out. I've created this hexagon shaped canvas using OLD STASH, among other things, some old pastes that I hadn't been using in so long. 

Priya: For the word inspiration, I think everyone should find their spark and DISCOVER the shine within themselves. I used the beautiful Fabrika Decoru papers from the Wild Flowers collection, chipboard and Magic Paints that they were kind enough to send me for my project this month. From my OLD STASH I used a lot of metal charms, flowers and some moulds that I had been holding on to for a while.

Daria: I have chosen for this project a photo that I took myself at the Red Sea. It was an amazing journey during which I DISCOVERED many new and interesting things. I also used cuttings from an old 49 and Market collection as well as dots from my OLD STASH.

Caroline: For our Summer vacation this year we will DISCOVER California! I used a picture of the Santa Monica pier because I can't wait to see a beautiful sunset over it. I picked up a clear title from My Yellow Bicycle, some dew drops and label stickers from my OLD STASH.

Heather: The DISCOVER part of this challenge was fun for me - I love to discover new places. I dived into my supplies and used up loads of OLD STASH on this page. Just about everything is old and some is positively ancient! I love to use up old bits and pieces on my work and I think they can be modernized by using cool designs, funky colour schemes or mixing old products among newer ones.

Di: This month's word DISCOVER made me think of about my past, so I decided to scrap this beautiful photo of my great Grandmother. I remember her when I was a very small child. For the creative challenge I merged old with the new. I had a gorgeous parcel from one of our sponsors, Fabrika Decoru, including beautiful vintage papers that were perfect for my layout. From my OLD STASH, I used chipboard pieces and flowers I bought years ago as well as various other embellishments I had for a while. 

Anat: DISCOVER means so many things to me... I decided to create about discovering myself. That's why I have chosen this picture of a mirror, key pastel and dark colours. As OLD STASH I have used the light bulb and old chipboard collections.

Daisy: I would like one day to travel to Japan to DISCOVER the culture, architecture, nature and food of this country that fascinates me so much. For the creative challenge I used OLD STASH out of old blue sticker buttons.

Rosalie: My concept for the word DISCOVER was a gorgeous picture of my granddaughter and her  mum exploring the Adelaide Zoo. My OLD STASH was butcher's twine. I collected up a lot a few years ago, but forgot I had it. I have used it by embossing and painting it, using it as support to my textured grungy layout.

Edith: The picture on this layout was taken at an old prison built in 1865 in my city. Today it's closed and abandoned, but I've gotten lucky and DISCOVERED it during a private tour. For an history fan as I am, it was a very good moment for me. For the OLD STASH creative challenge, I used brads and buttons.

France: Hi everyone! On my end it was easy to discover great elements from my OLD STASH as I have acquired such an amount over the years. For this layout I used some old tiny resin stars by Jenni Bowlin. I chose to interpret the word inspiration with a photo from our trip to Venice. It's an amazing place that certainly needs to be DISCOVERED.

Nicole: This month I decided to create a mixed media canvas. The word DISCOVER made me think of this quote 'By discovering nature, you discover yourself.' So I went into my stash to find some nature elements to create clusters of blooms and butterflies. For the creative challenge I picked some metal flowers from Prima as well as other metal decorations that I had in my collection of OLD STASH for years, being afraid to actually use them.

Nuneka: I was looking for some OLD STASH in a box full of little treasures, and while I grabbed the peacock feathers and swirly paper clips, some memories of my first trip to London (where I bought those things) came to me. Isn't it magical how you can DISCOVER old memories?!

Mary: "Life is a journey towards the unknown, so get out on the way with a dream. At every step, wonder, explore, DISCOVER, and amaze." I don't remember who said that, but since I've read it I've kept it in mind. My canvas is based on this quote, and for the creative challenge, I used some pearls and lace from my OLD STASH.

How amazing are these creations from our fabulous DT!?
They took something old and made us discover some brand new art
which will be sure to inspire you to play along this month.

Another incentive to play along is also
our huge list of marvelous prizes from the absolute 
best sponsors in the industry!

(as voted by our DT)


(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 THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

$25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC
(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 USD value prize from EXPRESSIONSCRAFT

(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)

One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, 
will be invited to be our September 2019 Special Guest Designer.

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 our
July Main Challenge DISCOVER & OLD STASH.

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


  1. What an awesome reveal and a fbulous challenge!

  2. Awesome projects and a lovely challenge...

  3. Such a great challenge! Thanks for the inspiration. Additionally, those examples are phenomenal, so intricate and creative. Mine feels to boring to ink up, lol. Amazing job!

  4. well done everyone ! Thanks for the DT inspiration x

  5. Beautiful. Great inspiration. Since I've rediscovered my love for creating the perfect challenge.

  6. Thank you for another great challenge! I linked up!

  7. I enjoyed so much this monthly challenge! Discovering new places makes me always creating albums, and using up my old stash makes me feel satisfied. I linked up!


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