Art Journalling challenge blog offering one monthly challenge, fantastic Design Team inspiration, and our monthly magazine, Artful Pages.

Join us, enjoy the journey and have some creative fun! We have an amazing new sponsor for our challenge!

31 January, 2021

Introducing our 2021 Sponsors

We are very pleased to announce our wonderful Sponsors for 2021!  We have a total of SEVENTEEN amazing Sponsors who have generously agreed to support our challenges this year by sponsoring our monthly challenges here on the blog.  Some are returning Sponsors who have supported us during 2020 and in previous years, and some are joining us this year for the first time. 

So without further delay, let me introduce our Sponsors!


For more details about this year's Sponsors please visit the Sponsors page or visit their social media channels using the links above.

24 January, 2021

January Prize Winners Gallery

 Welcome to our January Prize Winners Gallery!

Have you ever wondered just what you might receive as a prize in 
one of our challenges? 

Thank you to Cathy Frailey for sharing her prize from MAJA DESIGN.

Thank you to Zoe Chaos for sharing her winnings from MINTAY PAPERS.

Thank you to Iris Perez for sharing her PRIZE from 2020 Sponsor 49ANDMARKET.

Thank you to Vtk Rani for sharing her beautiful prize winner make using her package from our 2020 sponsor EXPRESSIONS CRAFT.

There are a number of ways you too can be featured on
More Than Words' social media:


We would love to see your unboxing photos  or videos! Share with us using the hashtags #MTWPrizeWinner and #MTWPrizeUnboxing on Instagram when you receive your prize or by tagging the sponsor plus 
More Than Words Challenges on Facebook.

We'd also love to see what you make using your prize products, so please show us by using the hashtags #MTWPrizeWinner and #MTWPrizeWinnerMake on Instagram and the same tags as above
on Facebook.

Add their hashtag to your "share".

13@rts - #13arts
2Crafty Chipboard - #2craftychipboard
3Quarter Designs - #3quarterdesigns
AB Studio - #abstudio
ArtStacks Designs - #artstacksdesigns
Darkroom Door - #darkroomdoor
Decoupage Queen - #decoupagequeen
The Dusty Attic - #dustyattic
Fabrika Dekoru - #fabrikadecoru
Gecko Galz - #geckogalz
Gypsy Soul Lasercuts - #gypsysoullasercuts
Itd. Collection - #itdcollection
Lemoncraft - #lemoncraft
Maja Design - #majadesign
Mintay - #mintaypapers
Scrapmatts - #scrapmatts
Stamperia - #stamperia

We'd love to share your good news, so also tag your pics with #MTWShare for permission to be featured on More Than Words' social media. 
We will spotlight the projects you have made with your winnings, on a blog post every month! They will also be pinned to a Prize Winners Gallery board on our Pinterest site, and shared on our Facebook and Instagram sites. 
Now off you go...get busy creating and sharing!!

Don't forget about entering our current challenges. You have until the end of the month, January 31st at 11:55am EST to submit your entries. 

21 January, 2021

Special Guest Spotlight on Veana R

This month, we are very pleased to introduce you to Veana R, our first Guest Designer for 2021!

We invite you to browse through her blog and Facebook and get to know her better through her beautiful work that as made her a favourite here and elsewhere.

Hi! My name is Zvezdana Rot, aka  Veana R. With my husband, son teenager and lovely puppy Gaja, we live  in a beautiful house, near the Adriatic sea. I come from Europe, Slovenia - the only country in the world that has the word LOVE in its own name, so let's  stay in love. I love my garden, where I am inspired by colourful and fragrant flowers, I love reading, because one life  is not enough for my curiosity and  I love scrapbooking, crafting and Mixed Media.

My crafting began 5 years ago with greeting cards for my family and friends. Then in June 2017 I started with my own blog and today I can say, that this is my perfect hobby, where I can spread my art creative wings.

You can see more of Veana's beautiful work on her blog and on Facebook, just click the links below.


Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge:

Word Inspiration - BEGINNINGS
Creative Challenge - WASHI TAPE

And now, let's enjoy Veana's interpretation of our challenge:

The year 2020 was difficult and strange, but it challenged us. All the people of the world had the same feelings and wishes for the first time and we couldn't wait for 2021 to begin. I think BEGINNINGS is a word for this year, as Covid was for the last year. I hope 2021 will bring us back to our normal lives.

For a long time I wanted to create a Mixed media layout on a blank white page and this is my first. So, for me it's a new start, a new beginning to express my feelings for more empty space, more vibrant colours and more freedom.

I want to underline that in my project I used products - papers, stencil and stamps - from AB Studio by Aga Baraniak, Poland. Last year I won their prize here at More Than Words and all the products are just amazing and of great quality .

I am very honoured to be a Guest Designer here at More than words, as you are my favorite blog. A BIG THANK YOU to all members for choosing me and for your gorgeous creations every month that inspired artists all over the world.  

Warm hugs and may this day fill your heart with  happiness!  Veana R.

A big THANK YOU to Veana for joining us as our 
January 2021 Special Guest!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.

We hope that Veana's bright and happy beginnings project inspires you to join us 
in our January Main Challenge.

Engage with us!

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

16 January, 2021

January 2021 Mini Challenge - NEW

 Happy NEW Mini Challenge! 

This year our mini challenge has relocated from Facebook to our blog so now you can enter the Mini Challenge by using the inlinkz below.  Now both of our monthly challenges are held on our blog!

How to enter

The Mini Challenge runs on our blog from today until the end of the month.

Enter your 
cards, tags, ATCs and postcards ONLY!

You MUST include the challenge word on your project! 

*ATCs. or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of art,
about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm.

You have two weeks - until the last day of the month - to enter, so be quick!

Please read the rules before entering.

Design Team Inspiration


Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

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

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe/UK

(as voted by our DT)

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

Regional Challenge Winner - International

(as voted by our DT)

$25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO

Thanks to our Sponsors

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes. To learn more about any of them, click here or on the SPONSORS tab above.

You have two weeks to enter below

We hope that you feel inspired by our challenge word and our DT inspiration this month and look forward to seeing your Mini Challenge projects! Our Design Team will be doing the rounds, looking and commenting on your entries.  Are you planning to enter the challenge?  Let us know in the comments below!  

Entry for the Mini Challenge is NOW held on our blog using the inlinkz below.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

12 January, 2021

JANUARY 2021 2nd Reveal of Main Challenge - BEGINNINGS and WASHI TAPE

Welcome to the 2nd reveal of our January Main Challenge! This month we are asking you to think about BEGINNINGS and to add WASHI TAPE to your project!

Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge. The word inspiration can appear on your project, or not, but you must show that you have been inspired by it. The creative challenge must be used on your project!

Word Inspiration - BEGINNINGS
Creative Challenge - WASHI TAPE


What does the word BEGINNINGS inspire you to create? Is there a new baby in the family, a new job or a wedding? Perhaps you have a New Year's resolution you want to record or maybe you’re beginning a new, healthier lifestyle. The New Year always inspires change, and new beginnings. Let's see yours!

For a fun touch, finish your project with some WASHI TAPE or any other tape.

And now let's look at our second DT Inspiration for this month:

AgaThe New Year came. I hope, you ‘trust in the magic of new BEGINNINGS’ as I do. New Year, new challenges, new statements – I think every moment is good for starting something new but we have to believe that we can change anything we want. That’s why I prepared colorful art journal pages with a quote and a magical fairy from a vellum paper full of new energy for new BEGINNINGS. I used a lot of WASHI TAPES and old calendar page to make the collage background. I also used a stencil with a star-shaped pattern and pink embossing powder with a galactic stamp.

AnnaWell - the beginning of year 2021 seams to be very special moment. The thing that I missed the most in 2020 was ability to travel... I really do hope that 2021 will be at least a little bit better. I decided to make an Art Journal spread - focused on traveling, but also with a quote about every morning being a new BEGINNING. I strongly believe that! I used several different WASHI TAPES as part of the background - but also in a way different roads that I'm hoping to discover.

AsiaThe word "BEGINNINGS" reminded me of important moments in my life like: my first day at university, my first job, a wedding, a child. Photo from my wedding was waiting for its layout, so I decided to use it for this challenge. Another challenge requirement is the use of "WASHI TAPE." I chose a few washi tapes that are related to the topic: dogs feet (my dog's were at our wedding), circles (as balloons) and hearts. I stuck them on white paper and that's how I created a base for my LO. I added some media: I applied a texture paste with one of my favorite stencils from AB Studio. I added pink powders and stamps, also from AB Studio.

Aude: Hello friends! I've decided to put myself in the spotlight (and it's very rare) because I'm really very happy to be part of this DT. So I used the title "2021 DT MTW" for this BEGINNING to a new adventure. I used MASKING TAPE on my background. And I had a lot of fun doing my creation.

Dana: Sometimes new BEGINNINGS mean beginning again...and again. I started my 52 Lists Projects Journal in 2016 and have 8 lists complete. Finally finishing this writing is on my list of goals this year. I incorporated WASHI TAPE into my collage style design in colors and prints that mirrored other elements on the page.

Emma: The word ''BEGINNINGS' made me think of the start to a new story and starting to 'grow' in life with the beginning of a new year. So my Layout is entitled 'STORY'. The Creative challenge using the WASHI was more challenging for me as I don't use it much on layouts anymore. So I teared a few different ones that matched my layout and added it to my trimmings around the edges as well under my layers.

Heike: The word "BEGINNINGS" inspired me to create a scrapbook layout with a snow covered flower-plant photo, so at least it is in the nature of the month of January. But unfortunately it is not so. We haven't seen snow here in the Netherlands for a long time. But I can dream about it, right? I scribbled the word "BEGINNINGS" with a pencil on my background. For the creative challenge "WASHI TAPE" I tore washi tape in little pieces and added it to my background. I also used washi tape on a photo image of Marilyn Monroe.


Priya: For the word Inspiration I used the quote "And suddenly, you know... it's time to start something new and believe in the magic of new BEGINNINGS." For the creative challenge WASHI I used the quote washi tapes. I did some background stamping and stenciling with some spray paints and added my main elements. Hope you like it.

Sharon: The word BEGINNINGS made me think of how my family life is going to change in 2021. My oldest daughter is contemplating going to graduate school and my youngest daughter will be graduating from high school and then attending college. Our lives are ever changing and BEGINNING new every year! I added WASHI TAPE on my banner across the bottom of my page. I folded the washi tape over the twine, and cut it to resemble a banner. I also placed it and at various areas throughout my layout, like under the word Joyful Memories on my photo, and over the word fun at the top of my page.

And now for some of those changes I mentioned above. There will no longer be Runner Up, Random, or Mystery Winners for our Main Challenge. This year we have changed to a Regional Prize structure, whereby there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners, one or more for each Region. The number of Winners/Prizes for each Region is dependent on the number of Sponsors for that Region. Some of our Sponsors remain International Sponsors, but many are now Region specific. It is now more important than ever that you add your NAME and COUNTRY to your Inlinkz entries!   

For this January Main Challenge, here are the prizes that you can win. 

(as voted by our DT) 

$25USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC

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

$25USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU


$25 USD value prize from ARTSTACKS


$25USD value prize from GYPSY SOUL LASER CUTS


$25USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT


$25USD value *digital* prize from ARTSTACKS

Regional Challenge Winner - International/Rest of the World 3

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from ITD COLLECTION

One participant, handpicked by our Admin team, may be invited to be our 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.

Challenge closes on the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter