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25 September, 2019



There are big changes happening at More Than Words and we are looking for new admin team members to join us on our journey forward!

We are looking for a small number of friendly people who are experienced in working with blogs, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and have good organisational and communication skills. A reasonable level of English is required.

Working on our admin team is a commitment. It takes time and effort and there is no financial reward. We do this because we love this amazing craft of ours and we want to support and promote it to the best of our abilities. Working in the admin team can be lots of fun and very satisfying.

Successful applicants will have the option to join our Design Team as well.

If you are a team player, have the time to help and the skills we need, we would love to hear from you. Please message More Than Words through Facebook, simply telling us that you are interested. No need to add any more details at this stage. We will then get back to you to discuss it further.

Applications close Monday the 7th of October.

23 September, 2019

September 2019 Mini Challenge - FROM

FROM our creative heart to yours, here is the September 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 are looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge!

You have until 11:59 pm EST on Monday, September 30,
to share your entry on our Facebook page.

16 September, 2019

Special Guest Spotlight on

It is the day at More Than Words where we introduce to you
a very special designer and MTW participant who has caught our eye
and captured our heart with her recent entries!

Let's learn a little more about Wilma Voermans through her own words:

Hello! I'm Wilma and I am thrilled to be guest designing for MTW!
I was addicted to scrapbooking for many years, but my first passion is collage and that's what I do most, next to painting. Now and then, however, I just have to do a layout when I find a good picture and blog challenge that inspire me. The picture to me is always the most important element on the pages that I create. Inspiration starts from there. To have more time for my creative and personal life, I have stopped most of my social media. It was such a relief. However, I still have a blog just for scrapbooking because I will always be a scrapbooker at heart.

You can visit Wilma's blog right HERE.

Here is a reminder of our September Main Challenge
followed by Wilma's gorgeous creative interpretation.

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

I was born and raised in Amsterdam - they were great years in the 70s.
I will always stay Dutch at heart and stay true to my ORIGINS although I have now lived in Switzerland since 1980.

The COLOURS of the Dutch flag are red, white and blue,
which you will find on my page.

Let's take a look at some details:

We absolutely love the boldness yet elegance of Wilma's layout.
It is truly an amazing piece of work and very representative of our challenge!

A big THANK YOU to Wilma for joining us as our September Special Guest!

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

You have until September 30 to link up!

08 September, 2019

Announcing our August WINNERS!!

We have some WINNERS to celebrate today at More Than Words!

We thank all of you for your constant support and your participation
in our main and mini challenges. We love to inspire you every month and absolutely adore seeing your projects and being inspired by you in return.

Without further ado, let's go ahead and reveal the talented 
and lucky participants who are taking home the prizes this time!

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

(as voted by our DT)

ROSESARAH (entry 12)
Congratulations Rosesarah, 
you are the winner of our August Main Challenge!
Rosesarah, please contact Marie at marie(at)majadesign(dot)nu
to claim your $50 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN.

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

Mariya, please contact Linda at thevintagechicks(at)yahoo(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from THE VINTAGE CHICKS CLUB.

Olga, please contact Karola at info(at)mintaypapers(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS.

Irena, please contact Vanessa at salesat2crafty(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au
to claim your $25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY.

MARTA DEBICKA (entry 15)
Marta, please contact Elena at contact(at)koraprojects(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from KORA PROJECTS.

(selected via

JANJA/FINART (entry 17)
Janja, please contact Tracey at tracey(at)lindysgang(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from LINDY'S.

(hand picked by our Admin team)

TRACEY BEER (entry 29)
What a precious darling page this turned out to be! We absolutely love when layouts tell a story, and Tracey did a fabulous job in documenting a little boy's HAPPINESS. We also like how she has rotated our SKETCH!
Tracey, please contact Tanya at fabrikadecoru(at)gmail(dot)com
to claim your $25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU.

For many of us, we know we can always find HAPPINESS in our favorite comfort food! Sandra has chosen to scrap about how cake and coffee make her happy.  She has done a fabulous job, keeping her design pretty close to the SKETCH.
Sandra, 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)

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

(as voted by our DT)

Ksenia, 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
SAB_MYART (entry 1)
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 September Main Challenge ORIGINS & YOUR COUNTRY COLOURS
is currently underway and we hope that you will join in!
Link up your project by September 30 at 11:55 am EST.

01 September, 2019

September 2019 Main Challenge

Already September!? Time sure flies when we're having fun!

Well, we have some more fun reserved for you with a brand new Main Challenge 
and we are so looking forward to see how you will interpret this one!
Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - ORIGINS
Creative Challenge - YOUR COUNTRY COLOURS

What does the word ORIGINS 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.

For the creative challenge, we want you to wave YOUR COUNTRY COLOURS loud and proud! We ask that you create your project using colours that represent your part of the world. You can choose to use the colours in your country's flag, or the colour of your national flower or animal. You could even be inspired by the colours of a well known attraction or place or even custom that embodies your origins. Make sure to name in your blog post the colours you chose and explain to us why.

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 ORIGINS & YOUR COUNTRY COLOURS main challenge!

Caroline: When I thought about the word ORIGINS, I thought about the origin of life. This picture of my pregnant belly, almost 7 years ago, was obviously representing my idea of the challenge. For the COUNTRY COLOURS I chose blue as it represents my Canadian province of Quebec.

Daisy: For this challenge I was inspired by a photo of one of my favorite Canadian ORIGINS bands, Billy Talent. Red and white are the COLOURS on the flag of my country, Canada.

Alicja: Creating my page, I was inspired by my Polish ORIGINS. I used a photo taken in the Polish city of Gdansk and I added COLOURS of my COUNTRY's flag - white and red.

Nicole: I am not the most patriotic person, but I do love the history of my ORIGINS, which is l'Acadie, a region of the Canadian Maritimes with French roots, language and culture. We celebrate Acadian Day on August 15th during which we have a traditional 'tintamarre' to demonstrate the vitality and solidarity of a people who survived persecution and deportation, and we proudly display our flag COLOURS of blue, white and red, based on the France flag, with a symbolic yellow star to represent Acadie.

Nuneka: The word ORIGINS makes me think of nature and little pollinators, the small creatures that create life every day. It also makes me think of green fields full of red poppies, very common in my COUNTRY Of Spain, during Spring.

France: This challenge made me want to get back in contact with my true place of ORIGIN, the province of New Brunswick in Canada. I was inspired by the COLOURS of the flag which has red, yellow, blue and a touch of black. I chose an old picture of myself and just had fun stamping my own background.

Daria: My ORIGIN is Russia. I decided to interpret this challenge using the COLOURS of my country's flag: white, blue and red. I will not say that it was a simple challenge, but I enjoyed creating this project in honour of where I come from.

Rosalie: My ORIGINS inspiration is based on the Australian long weekend after a tiresome working week. I have used the COLOURS of the Australian flag with hints of red on the grungy embellishments.

Hina: The word ORIGINS takes me back to my childhood and those streets where I grew up. I am reminded of all those outdoor games we played every day after school... the time that will never come back, but will be cherished forever. For the creative challenge, as clearly specified, I've used COLOURS of my country's flag, India.

Edith: For this layout, I was inspired by my Canadian ORIGINS and my Summer vacation at a very famous Canadian landmark, the CN Tower in Toronto. I used the COLOURS of the flag of Canada, red and white.

Anat: My ORIGINS are Brasil and Israel. I found this gorgeous picture and thought it was ideal for this project. We can say the Brasil COLOURS are green and yellow although there's also blue and white in the flag while Israel's are blue and white, and I tried to feature a bit of each on my page.

Mary: The word inspiration ORIGINS inspired me to create a page with a photo of my country Greece using COLOURS which represent our flag, white and blue. The photo shows one of our islands. I've also added flowers in pink which represent the flowers blooming in the Summer. I hope that I've given you a little taste of my country of Greece.

Priya: My ORIGINS is India, and I was inspired by the flags in the challenge board, so I used my country's flag as the focal element. India is so vibrant and colorful! I chose our national flag COLOURS in my layout: saffron, white and green. I also put the words that stand for these colours: strength, peace and growth, respectively. I chose to add the numbers 1947, the year India got its independence.

Di: I was inspired by the word ORIGINS and found these great pictures of old Australian postage stamps, one featuring the wattle which is our national flower and the other an Australian bird. For the creative challenge, I decided to use the whole green and gold combination as they are Australia's national COLOURS although not the colours of our flag. These are the colours that our athletes wear when competing internationally and for the Olympics.

Heather: My ORIGINS are Australian. In Australia we have a chant that's used at international sporting events. It goes "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!" It doesn't make a lot of sense but it's fun! I used the three "Aussie" words to describe the three of us in a foreign country. For my COUNTRY COLOURS I chose the red, white and blue of our flag. I added some stars to the page as these are on our flag too. I even found an Australian flag in a newspaper ad to use!

How exciting is it to see where all our DT members are from and
 learn about their ORIGINS through their creativity and their beautiful
COUNTRY COLOURS that they chose to display for us!

We hope that they will have inspired you to play along.

Here are the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from 49 AND MARKET
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

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

$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)

$25 USD value prize from EXPRESSIONSCRAFT

(picked at random from all eligible entries)


(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 November 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
September Main Challenge ORIGINS & YOUR COUNTRY COLOURS.

Link up your projects using our LinkyTook in the right sidebar
by September 30 at 11:55 pm EST.