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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.


  1. Loved this months challenge and the inspirations are amazing.

  2. Such beautiful and interesting works! Thank you for inspiration!

  3. I'm speachless - some works are amazing. They are replete with creativity. I could admire them all day long and it wouldnt be backbreaking work :) :)
    “Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” - Author Čestitka za rojstni dan otroku

  4. Am new here but planning to participate from now on :)
    love the challenge

  5. Awesome DT reveal once again! More Than Words ROCKS! :)


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