Monday, 30 November 2015

Hello and welcome to an exciting new venture that I am involved in!! I was devastated with the closure of Scrap Around the World. Having served on their team for two years it broke my heart to see this amazing challenge blog disappear into the shadows! But fret not for now there is. . .
We are a brand new challenge blog that was born out of the need to fill a gap.
We, the owners of More Than Words, were all on the Design and Admin Teams
of Scrap Around The World. When we heard that it was finishing up, we knew it
would leave a hole in the challenge blog scene, so from that, we were born.

We are:
Di Garling, Heather McMahon, Nicole Doiron,
Pamela Ellis, Rachael Funnell and Valia Katzaki.

Collectively, we are More Than Words.


We have two challenges each month - a Main Challenge and a Mini Challenge.

The Main Challenge has two inspirational parts - 

a "Word" and a "Creative Challenge".

Part 1: Be inspired by the "Word". You don't have to use the actual word on your 
creation although you can if you wish. We just need to see how it inspired you.

Part 2: The "Creative Challenge" might be a colour, a technique, a mood board, 
a sketch or a theme. Every month there will be something different 
to go with the "Word" to help inspire you. 

You must use both parts of the challenge to be eligible to win
one of our six prizes from our fabulous sponsors. You can find more 
information on our sponsors in the Sponsors tab above.

You can enter layouts, canvases or art journal pages,
using our Linky Tool on the blog. Our first Main Challenge will debut
on the 1st of January!

The Mini Challenge runs on the last week of each month and is for
cards, tags and ATCs only. This challenge requires you to use a specific 
word on your project. We must see the actual word. The challenge will open, 
and the word will be revealed, on the 23rd of each month (earlier in February).

Entry for the Mini Challenge is only via our Facebook page under the relevant 
post and our first Mini Challenge will debut on the 23rd of January! The winner 
will receive a $25 voucher from Dusty Attic, our fabulous Mini Challenge sponsor.

And just to sweeten the deal, all our prizes 
include free shipping to anywhere in the world!

You can see all our rules under the Rules tab at the top of this blog.

We really hope you will join in the fun!

We are proud and excited to introduce our wonderful Design Team.

"Hi, my name is Di Garling and I live downunder in Australia. I'm married to a very patient man, I have 2 grown up sons, 2 grandchildren & a little dog called Tilly. I owned and operated a Scrapbook shop for 8 years until I recently sold it and retired, although I still teach there once or twice a week. I think retirement
 is the best kept secret and I love it!"
Di's Blog!

"Hi! My name is Heather McMahon and I'm from Australia. I live on a small farm with my husband and will soon be an empty-nester as my kids head off to university. I've been scrapping for about 15 years and I never tire of it. Ok, I confess, I'm obsessed! I love the way scrapping keeps evolving and that anything goes when it comes to styles, products and creativity. I love the camaraderie among scrappy ladies and the way we can connect with people around the world. I also love to travel
 and have no end of travel photos to scrap!"
Heather's Blog

"I'm Nicole from Canada's beautiful East coast! I share my home with my fiance Yves and our fur baby Sugar the cat. I love reading, music, social game nights with friends, road trips and spending as much time in my scraproom as I can. I have a shabby chic romantic style and I love to dabble with mixed media techniques. I started scrapping in 2004 and started blogging about it in 2011,
and it has been a marvelous adventure ever since!"
Nicole's Blog

"Hello! I'm Pam! I'm a retired RN and live in a small northern town in Ontario Canada with my hubby. I am a grandma to 4 wonderful grandchildren who are often the subject matter in my scrapping. I love to garden, cross-stitch and read when I'm not scrapping. My style is for the most part shabby chic but I am open to new ideas 
and trends. I just love to try new things!"
Pam's Blog

"My name is Rachael Funnell and I live in the central west of NSW here in Australia with my awesome hubby and our 2 gorgeous kids. I have been scrapbooking for 6 years and in this time my style has changed a bit. At the present time, I am a big fan of mixed media with lot of texture, stamping, colours and layers. I have been fortunate to have been on a few design teams in the last 6 years and I am beyond thrilled to be part of this new challenge blog."
Rachael's Blog 

"Hello! My name is Valia Katzaki and I am from sunny Greece! I am a working mother of 3 and a passionate scrapper for the past 4 years. My style is a bit vintage, a bit shabby filled with tons of flowers with a touch of mixed media. I mostly do layouts but I love altered items as well. I can't wait to share this journey with all of you!"
 Valia's Blog

"Hi! My name is Elena Tretiakova. I live in Moscow, Russia, together with my dear husband and 2 sons. I'm in love with scrapping since 2012 when I began making cards. I like to test my creative ability and to always try to improve my skills. I like this wonderful therapy! My favorite style is shabby with some mixed media elements; however, I'm free to create depending on my moods and feelings."
  Elena's Blog

"Hi! My name is Helen Hapsi and I live in Chalkis, a seaside town in Central Greece. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a bookstore shop assistant, a sea lover, a bookworm and a scrapbook addict. Family history and everyday life are my sources of inspiration and, for me, giving them color, texture and a touch of imagination 
simply is one of the joys of life!!"

"Hi! My name is Jacqueline and I'm a SAHM to a beautiful little boy, Jet, age 4. I have been scrapbooking for around 8 years now, though only regularly since the birth of my son. I love bright colors, lots of layers and pretty flowers... Yep! Even on boy pages!!! I have been creative my whole life, drawing and painting since I was a kid and it shows in my creations, my love for everything mixed media! I am super excited to be part of this team with such talent from around the world. 
Thank you to everyone here at More Than Words for having me along!"
Jacqueline's Blog

"I am Julia Kissel from St.Petersburg, Russia. At the moment, I am a housewife, and I take care of my family and I try to bring bright colours to our little world. I learned about scrapbooking in 2012 and since then it is a big part of my life. I like to take pictures, cycling, fitness, cooking and baking, and can't imagine my life without traveling. In scrapbooking I like freestyle, adore mixed media, and sometimes even get in the mood to create something vintage or shabby."
   Julia's Blog

"My name is Kareen Brochu-Harvey but, in my scrap world, my name is KareenBH. I am 24 years old and I have been scrapbooking for 9 years now! I have an amazing boyfriend, but we don't have kids yet. I am a graphic designer and I am still in school to achieve higher education. I have 3 passions that combine so well, I love love love scrapbooking but I also love photography and traveling. Creative is my second name! I always have new ideas and I'm always trying to make them real! Some people like to call me a selfie girl and they are right about that! 90% of my pages are made with a selfie of me... probably because I don't have pets or kids yet and my boyfriend 
hates having his picture taken. My favorite product are my watercolours; 
I can't live without them!"
Kareen's Blog

"Hello everybody! My name is Lydie Denis, aka Lilibleu. I'm 43, married and a mother of 2 boys, aged 9 and 7. I live in the South of France in a sunny region that I love named Provence. Together with my husband, we run our e-shop called Ysandel, selling fantasy jewellery. I discovered scrapbooking during early 2009 after my second son was born. Now it's a real part of my everyday life! My kids, daily life and the beauty of nature are my main sources of inspiration. I love to give volume to my creations, using inks, modeling pastes and flowers."
Lilibleu's Blog

"Hi! My name is Mona Pendleton. I live in Phoenix, AZ, USA. I am married to my best friend, Scott, and between the 2 of us we have 4 children and 2 West Highland Terriers, Gretchen and Griffin. I work as a registered nurse in the operating room. In my free time, I exercise daily taking part in weight training, organized exercise classes, biking, hiking and running. I enjoy painting, stamping, paper crafting and sewing. I love to create various projects ranging from cards, home decor, tags, scrapbook pages as well as art journaling. I love to use a variety of mediums such as paints, inks, texture pastes and anything that allows me to be creative."
Mona's Blog

"I'm Valerie Ouellet from Qu├ębec, Canada, and I've been scrapbooking for 6 years now. I'm a stay-at-home mom, happy to be taking care of 3 little monsters which are often the main subjects of my pages. While I'm creating, my style is quite lively and colourful and I tend to use watercolour often and medium. I've been in the design team of 2Crafty Chipboard since July and I just finished my 4 month term for the guest team of Faber Castell Design Memory Craft."
Valerie's Blog

So there you have it - the new More Than  Words team! 
We look forward to bringing you exciting new challenges each 
month and to seeing what you create with them. 

Be sure to drop back in here on December 8th for a very special
New Followers' Contest with 6 fabulous prizes up for grabs!

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