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01 January, 2021


 Happy New Year from all of us at More Than Words! We are welcoming in the New Year with our amazing 2021 Design Team (old and new), our wonderful Sponsors (old and new), some very important changes to how our challenges run, and of course, our first Challenge of 2021!

This month, as we say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new year, we are asking you to think about (new) BEGINNINGS and to add washi tape to your project!

As always, 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

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

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.

Design Team Inspiration

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


The New Year is often a time when people decide to make changes in their lives.  "Out with the old and in with the new" and so it makes me think about new beginnings, and what changes I might make this year.  Change is often scary but this year I am going to trust in the magic of new beginnings and see what wonderful things the future might hold.  I painted a leaf background using watercolours and acrylics as new beginnings also makes me think of "new leaf" as in turning over a new leaf. On the right are the turning leaves of Autumn and on the left are the fresh green leaves of Spring. I used a leaf print washi tape to match my watercoloured leaves on my background.  The washi tape is actually holding my book together which is something I often use it for or to attach more pages in my journal.  What do you use your washi for? 

BEGINNINGS made me think of the first time doing something. I wanted to use an old photo with my vintage papers so I found one of me when I was first starting kindergarten. (I might be a bit 'vintage' but I'm not as ancient as the papers - one of them is 93 years old!)
I added WASHI in strips around the photo, using a music print to tie in with the background paper. The words "Happy Times" are also printed on a washi tape.

“Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.”

The word 'beginning' inspired me to look at the past year.. its been the most difficult year for many.. For many it has been a struggle to make the ends meet, or feeling of being lonely to losing someone dear.. its definitely not the year to celebrate.. Ofcourse it was not all negative.. we have learnt many things or started with something that one always wanted to do..and with this thought lets enter 2021 with a joyous heart, with a hope for things to get better.. here is to the new beginnings 🥂

Cheers and hugs to you.. ❤️

Kat Paleczny: The word "BEGINNINGS" inspired me to create a cover for Art Journal, the beginning of the year is a good opportunity to start a new notebook. I decided to create a new page in it at least once a month.

For the creative challenge of "WASHI TAPE" I used a washi tape with a floral motif for my background, I didn't think the tapes would make such a great addition. I think I will use them more often in my projects. 

Lisa:  The word "Beginnings" inspires my spirit to encourage the richness of fresh ideas and feed their growth.


Marie: The word "BEGINNINGS" inspired me to create a Art Journal spread about that it feels like we should draw a line over 2020 and just leave it behind. 2021 can only be better. I picked quotes that I find fit with the feeling that a new year is a new start with a lot of possabilities.

For the creative challenge "WASHI TAPE" I tore washi tape in little pieces and added to my background

Olya: Hi, everyone. I'd like to show you my first layout-canvas for MTW.
The word "BEGINNINGS" inspired me to create a atmospherical layout-canvas about my cousin Elena and her dreams.
The word 'Beginnings' made associative in her life with the beginning of a new dreams and it's realization. My canvas is entitled 'Dream'.
For the creative challenge "WASHI TAPE" I added washi tape in little pieces to my background.  You can watch Olya's video here.

The word BEGINNING inspired me to meet my son and my daughter, the beginning of this brotherly love. I used AB STUDIO Papers.  I used the WASHI TAPE in my background work.


Hello everyone,  I am very much excited to share my first inspiration of MTW challenge.
The challenge word is "BEGINNING" ! 2021 will be the most important year of my Life. As this year I decided to be strong as I am very emotional as a person and I have to be confident on my decisions. So, this year I am trying to built new me with a loud voice and strong mind.  Creative challenge is "WASHI TAPES" ! I love to play with washi tapes specially for art journal pages. They create perfect background and texture for your pages. I used measure tape washi tape here in my project.  Hope you like it. I even have recorded a process video of this Art Journal Page. Thank you.

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 as 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. 

Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from THE DUSTY ATTIC

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 2

(as voted by our DT) 

USD value prize from ARTSTACKS

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 3

(as voted by our DT) 

USD value prize from 13@RTS

Regional Challenge Winner - USA

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from GYPSY SOUL LASER CUTS

Regional Challenge Winner - International/Rest of the World 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from LEMONCRAFT

Regional Challenge Winner - International/Rest of the World 2

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD 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

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.

Special Guest Designer

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

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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  1. Wonderful DT inspiration everyone! Can't wait to see what you create with our challenge More Than Words - Elle xx

  2. Beautiful DT inspiration and entries thus far. First time visiting the blog and hearing about these challenges.


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