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23 August, 2019

August 2019 Mini Challenge - SMILE

We really hope that this brand new Mini Challenge will make you SMILE!

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 are looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge!

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

16 August, 2019

Special Guest Spotlight on

We are so pleased to introduce to you another fabulous guest
here at More Than Words. She has been wowing us with her talent
for a few months and we are happy that she has agreed to join us!

Let's learn a little more about Marie Sabatier through her own words:

Hello! I am Marie from Lyon in France. I am totally delighted to be the special guest designer for this month of August, and I thank all the fabulous team and sponsors of More Than Words! Scrapbooking has become a real passion for me about 10 years ago, but for the last 2 years, I have come across this wonderful online community full of inspiration. I have followed many scrappers through blogs and social networks, and I discovered a stronger passion. I like all styles - I let the photo choose what style I will create in. I especially love chipboard and flowers!

You can visit Marie at the following links:

Here is a reminder of our August Main Challenge
followed by Marie's stunning creative interpretation.

Read below as Marie describes in her own words how she was inspired
by our word and how she chose to incorporate our creative challenge:

My inspiration from the word HAPPINESS is represented on my page by the birthday of my little girl Mia and her cousin born on the same day of July 9, 2015. What happiness we felt on that day in our family and we love to celebrate it every year since, as we did just recently this year.

For my take on the SKETCH creative challenge, I integrated 2 photos in the center and I added special words and my french title 'Choisis le bonheur/Choose happiness' in the middle as on the sketch. 

Let's take a look at some details:

WOW! How so very special that these two adorable cousins share the same birthday!
It will be for sure a great source of HAPPINESS for them both for years to come. And Marie did a fabulous job at documenting this special event with this beautiful take on our SKETCH.

 A big THANK YOU to Marie for joining us as our August Special Guest!

We hope that you will take inspiration from Marie's creation
and that you will play along with our August Main Challenge.

You have until August 30 to link up!

08 August, 2019

Announcing Our July WINNERS!!

It's WINNERS' day here at More Than Words!

We thank everyone for their constant support and their participation
in our main and mini challenges.  We absolutely love seeing your projects every month!

We can't wait to put a grin on the face of some of our fabulous participants!

Winners, in your email to the sponsors, please clearly indicate:
(ex: March - Main / Runner Up / Mystery / Mini, etc)

(as voted by our DT)

KAMILA (entry 5)
Congratulations Kamila, you are the winner of our July Main Challenge!
Kamila, please contact Nicolle at nicolle(at)creativeembellishments(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS.

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

Margarita, please contact Janene at janene(at)49andmarket(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET.

LYDIA GUIJT (entry 28)
Lydia, please contact Janene at janene(at)thescrapbookdiaries(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES.

MUKTA MANIAR (entry 14)
Mukta, please contact Jennifer at dustyattic(dot)hq(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC.

PRIYA CHAJJED (entry 34)
Priya, please contact Nick at nick(at)7dotsstudio(dot)com
to claim your $50 USD value prize from 7 DOTS STUDIO.

(selected via

MINA JUVELER (entry 24)
Mina, please contact Bhavani at expressionscraft(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from EXPRESSIONSCRAFT.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

We love this sweet and adorable page created by Krystle. We find that the photos represent well the word DISCOVER and Krystle explains in her blog post that the alphas used in her title are from some of her OLDEST STASH items. They create a bold and eye-catching effect on this fabulous kid's layout.
Krystle, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.

We don't see them often, but we adore double page spreads! This double layout from Jessica seemed to be the perfect interpretation of our challenge. What better place to DISCOVER new things than at the museum?! And Jessica was able to incorporate even more OLD STASH on her 2-pager.
Jessica, please contact Aga at shop(at)agabaraniak(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

Wilma, we are thrilled to have you join us
as our Special Guest Designer for the month of September.

(as voted by our DT)

Dutt Preety, please contact Jennifer at dustyattic(dot)hq(at)gmail(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 merit winners' list, but who we feel deserve to be highlighted:

Main Challenge
PRIYA SATISH (entry 12)
GUYLAINE (entry 17)
ROSESARAH (entry 21)
MARJUT (entry 25)
LISA (entry 31)
MAGGIE (entry 10)
Mini Challenge

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 HAPPINESS & SKETCH
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, 2019

August 2019 Main Challenge

Another month, another main challenge reveal,
and we hope that this one will make you happy!
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - HAPPINESS
Creative Challenge - SKETCH

What does the word HAPPINESS 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.

Speaking of happiness, we know what would make you happy this month - this beautiful and unique SKETCH designed by none other than our very own Edith Cloutier. A sketch is a great way to kickstart your creativity! You can rotate it or change it up as you like as long as we can clearly see that you modeled your project on it.

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 HAPPINESS & SKETCH main challenge!

Heather: I chose these brightly coloured photos for this challenge because colour brings me great HAPPINESS. I found the SKETCH wonderful to use. I put 2 photos in each photo space to show more of the coloured buildings and added a funky frame around the title.

Alicja: The word HAPPINESS inspired me to create this layout of me laughing and having a great time. This month's SKETCH helped me with building the composition. I used butterflies and the idea of 2 photos with the title in between.

Rosalie: My take on HAPPINESS is when my best friend and I went to Bali for a week. She had never been there and it made me so happy to share with her one of my favourite holiday places. I turned the SKETCH sideways and used frames to create the square features of the layout.

Mary: This month's challenge inspired me to create a page with 2 bridal photos which to me always represent happy moments in life. I used the word HAPPINESS in the quote and I loved using the SKETCH as basis for my composition.

Nuneka: To me HAPPINESS is my hubby and I doing what we like the most: travelling. As soon as I knew this month's word, I thought of these photos of the 2 of us the first time we visited the Grand Canyon. The SKETCH helped me create a clean composition with just a little touch of mixed media, allowing 
the photos to get all the attention.

Anat: She is my HAPPINESS and he is hers! One year ago, Juice (the cat) arrived at our home, and since then, my sweet princess is always happy. I was inspired by the SKETCH to use 2 photos and made this layout which I really enjoyed creating. I love how it turned out and find that the sentiment I've chosen is perfect for these photos and this challenge: 'Happiness looks gorgeous on you!'

Nicole: I cannot but think of these 2 fabulous girls when I hear this month's word. My nieces are definitely a great source of HAPPINESS in my life ever since they came into it 12 and 14 years ago. They are smart, kind, beautiful and absolutely know how to have fun! I always enjoy a great SKETCH to get my creative 
juices flowing and Edith's was no exception.

Priya: HAPPINESS to me is that little things in life and the celebration for everything that it is. The photos I used here are of little moments of happiness. I was inspired by the beautiful SKETCH and kept my design very similar to it.

Hina: I rotated the SKETCH vertically to create my layout, featuring one of my favourite pictures of my daughter. We celebrated her 1st birthday recently which was a moment of immense joy and HAPPINESS for us!

France: When I saw the picture of my friend's boys all snuggled up together, I knew that they were the perfect subject for this challenge. True HAPPINESS is surely how these 3 little ones love each other. I especially love how the eldest is hugging both younger twin brothers. I played with the SKETCH and added a trio of butterfly concept, 1 large and 2 tiny ones to represent these little charmers.

Daisy: For this challenge my sister's family photos inspired me a lot to illustrate the word. We can easily see that they share a great HAPPINESS. I interpreted the beautiful SKETCH with lightness since the photos are already loaded with a lot of elements. I had fun creating in this minimalistic style.

Daria: For some reason, this SKETCH reminded me of a house with windows. Therefore, I wanted to create a layout resembling a house with blooming balconies. I now dream of a beautiful home which would represent true HAPPINESS for me.

Di: As soon as I saw the SKETCH I knew I had a series of photos I had been dying to use & so I decided to change it slightly & use three photos instead. As far as the word part of this challenge goes, well I thought this lovely smiling face means HAPPINESS in anyone's language.

Oh, all these gorgeous projects from our DT sure make us HAPPY,
and we hope that they have inspired you to play along using our SKETCH!

Here are the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

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

$25 USD value prize from THE VINTAGE CHICKS CLUB

$25 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

$25 USD value prize from KORA PROJECTS
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
(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)

One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, 
will be invited to be our October 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
August Main Challenge HAPPINESS & SKETCH.

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