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16 November, 2019

Special Guest Spotlight on

We are so pleased to introduce to you another fabulous guest
here at More Than Words. We have been admiring her beautiful work for a while and we are happy that she has agreed to join us!

Let's learn a little more about Karine Smouts through her own words:

I am Karine, aka Smokascrap, and I live in Southern France, in the nice town of Martigues, which is also called 'the little Venice of Provence.' I have been scrapbooking for 10 years and particularly like inks and mediums. I don't have a scrap style (well, not that I know of). I really like to get inspired by a sketch; it's often the starting point of my work. Then comes a photo that I find inspiring and voila the rest follows on its own. I mainly do layouts, canvases and cards. I am so happy to be the guest designer this month at More Than Words and I want to thank all the MTW team for this wonderful opportunity!

You can visit Karine at the following links:

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

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

For me the word SUCCESS represents the work and the daily efforts to make a dream come true. I illustrated this challenge by focusing on the 'principal dancer' of the Ballet of the Opera National de Paris, Hugo Marchand. 'Principal dancer' is considered to be the supreme title in the hierarchy of dance, and to achieve such a rank takes a lot of dedication and hard work. For Hugo to hold this title is a freedom and a responsibility at the same time.

I represented the keys to success with words like 'mental', 'competition', 'ambition', 'generosity', etc. And of course, I also added a metal KEY embellishment to incorporate the creative challenge.

Let's take a look at some details:

What a splendid and stunning project!
We couldn't have picked a better subject matter to define the word SUCCESS.
And Karine sure demonstrated that she holds the KEY to creating a gorgeous layout!

A big THANK YOU to Karine for joining us as our November Special Guest!

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

You have until November 30 to link up!


  1. Oh wow - I love your take on the challenge and what a stunning design! Thanks for being our Guest Designer this month!

  2. This is gorgeous (and so is Hugo!) love everything about this layout!


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