01 December, 2019

December 2019 Main Challenge - REJOICE & ANYTHING GOES

"When you appreciate the blessings in life, your soul rejoices."
Lailah Gifty Akita 

This month, share with us how the word REJOICE inspires you!

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

Word Inspiration - REJOICE
Creative Challenge - ANYTHING GOES

What does the word REJOICE 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.

REJOICE!  It's December, and ANYTHING GOES at More Than Words!  

Yes - create anything you like so long as you are inspired by the word 'Rejoice', and you create a layout, canvas, art journal page or planner page.  Set your imagination free!

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 REJOICE & ANYTHING GOES Main Challenge!

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FRANCE:  REJOICE! Traveling the world is what brings me the most joy. I love seeing the architecture, exploring the culture, and discovering new food. For ANYTHING GOES I have chosen to stencil my background with modelling paste, using mandala and honeycomb stencils.

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ROSALIE:  REJOICE ‘in the small things in life’!   A beautiful picture of my son and granddaughter Amelia, building sand castles, brings me joy.  
For the ANYTHING GOES part of the challenge, I chose to use a mixed 
media beach theme.

DI:  Although there are many ways to interpret the word REJOICE, 
I was inspired to create a Christmas themed layout.  
For me, Christmas is a time for family and celebrating health and happiness.  
This is a photo of two of my grand babies taken last Christmas.  
I have been eagerly awaiting an opportunity to scrap it, 
and I think this is the perfect opportunity to do so!  
For the ANYTHING GOES part of the challenge, I chose to use traditional Christmas colours and embellishments & I even added a couple of little pinecones to keep with the whole festive vibe.

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DAISY:  For this challenge, I was inspired by a photo of my nephew Nolan. 
 I REJOICE greatly in being an aunt again!   
For the ANYTHING GOES creative part of the challenge,
I stayed in my comfort zone and made my background 
using a 13 arts stencil and 3D matte gel, 
Lindy’s sprays, and my favorite stamps... Design by Valerie.

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HEATHER:  Thinking about what makes me REJOICE, I realised how much I have enjoyed working with Nicole Doiron at More Than Words for the last four years.  
She is taking a break next year and I will miss her enormously.
For ANYTHING GOES I based my page around a scrap piece of paper that 
I used to clean my gelli plate with. I loved it so much 
that I pulled it out of the rubbish bin and used it!

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 DARIA:  Free creativity inspires me, and makes me REJOICE!  
For the ANYTHING GOES creative part of the challenge, 
I let inspiration flow through me and onto my page to share with you! 

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ANAT:  To REJOICE is to Celebrate! 
I’ve chosen to celebrate life with this fabulous picture I found. 
The butterfly reflects tenderness and strength at the same time.  
That will be my inspiration for 2020!
 This month, the creativity challenge is ANYTHING GOES.  
I decided to use a wooden block, instead of a canvas, to create my project on. 
I am looking forward to seeing all of your creations xoxo  

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ALICJA:  For the word REJOICE, I choose a photo of magical, holiday time 
that always brings much happiness to me. 
For the ANYTHING GOES challenge,
I created a festive layout with many details and shiny embellishments.

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CAROLINE:  Christmas is a season to REJOICE to me, 
and it begins with decorating my home.  
We take a day in early December 
and decorate our home together with our children.
I love how placing our decor starts the 
Christmas spirit!
For the ANYTHING GOES creative portion of the challenge, 
I chose to do stenciling and watercolouring in the background, 
and added thread for texture.

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EDITH:  Spending time with the girls in my life, 
is the real reason to REJOICE for me.
For ANYTHING GOES I created a background using watercolor, 
a little texture, and lots of my favorite color... pink!

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NUNEKA:  Winter is my favourite season of the year.  
I love the cold air and the snow falling on my hair. 
It makes me feel as joyful as this little fox 
who is clearly full of REJOICE at the moment!
For the ANYTHING GOES part of the challenge 
I decided to use natural elements on my project.

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PRIYA:  This has been an amazing year for me 
and it has given me great REJOICE! 
I am so thankful for everthing that has happened to me 
and my layout was inspired by this.  
I look forward to the future with a great deal of positivity!  
For the ANYTHING GOES part of the challenge, 
I chose to use combinations of the rose and mocha colours in the texture, 
Lindy's sprays, flowers, and embellishments.

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NICOLE:  The word REJOICE (and it being December), 
made me think of Christmas.  
For me, Christmas is definitely 'the most wonderful time of the year'!
It is a time for families to take joy in spending quality time together...  
a time for peace, love, and harmony.
For the ANYTHING GOES creative part of the challenge, I decided to create a canvas using a snowflake shaped wooden plaque.  
The plaque is 10x10 inches in diameter.  
I added lots of sparkly snowflakes and festive poinsettias as embellishments.

Our design team has shared beautiful projects inspired by the word REJOICE!
We hope that they will have inspired you to play along 
and share with us how the word 'Rejoice' resonates with you!

Here are the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

(as voted by our DT)

$50 USD value prize from MINTAY PAPERS

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

$25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY
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$25 USD value prize from KORA PROJECTS
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$25 USD value prize from LINDY'S
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$25 USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

(picked at random from all eligible entries)

$25 USD value prize from THE VINTAGE CHICKS CLUB

(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
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One participant, with a high number of votes and handpicked by our Admin team, 
will be invited to be our February 2020 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
December Main Challenge REJOICE & ANYTHING GOES!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter


  1. Such beautiful projects... each and every one!!!

  2. Faabulous projects ladies and such a great challenge!

  3. Wow, the team did so great this month. It makes me feel to make a scrappage again.

  4. Wow! I love the challenge and the inspiration this month! Thanks ladies!

  5. Oops, I couldn't get correctly my title and name Merkku to that number 1 layout. I tried again but somehow it didn't work.


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