Monday, 2 January 2012

Once Upon a Sketch January 1st Challenge is LIVE! Here are all the details!!

Hi Scrappy People!  I don't know about you but I have a
severe case of holiday brain!  That or I'm having a few
"senior moments" a couple of decades(okay maybe just one
decade) before expected!!  I'm trying to "get back into things"
but it's not coming too easily.January sales are calling my name!  

Today I bought a couple of pairs of jeans {very exciting in
my world as jeans is ALL I WEAR - yup, every day...
of. my. life - well of my life now that is} but anyway, I'm waffling so...
here they are ...all the deets you need to enter
the new Once Upon a Sketch challenge.

January 1st Challenge 
Journalling Criteria/themeNew Years Eve!

Our theme this time is New year's Eve. 
We would like you to journal about your feelings around this 
time of year, or tell us about your most memorable New Year's
Eve. Where were you? Who were you with? 
What did you do? Why is this one memorable?

 Note: the photo that you use for this challenge does not
have tonecessarily be from New Years Eve. For example,
if you spent New Years Eve with your family you can have a 
photo of your family taken ANY time of the year.

Remember that you are allowed to also create a 
card or altered project based on this sketch and 
instead of the journalling criteria you need to 
use a quote. You must combine our journaling 
criteria/theme with this sketch.

Guest Designers

We welcome 2 people to our blog this month.
The first is our winner from our November
challengewho could not participate in December.

Hello everyone! My name is Melenia Agapides and I live
in Greece (yes, the country that's usually in the headlines
of the news lately). I'm a mother of two, a wife to a 
sweet Canadian guy and an airport authority officer.
 I have been scrapping layouts since August 2009.
My style is constantly evolving, due to the fact that I'm the 
kind of person that gets bored very easily and wants to 
change and be renewed by trying new things often.
What I always strive for when scrapping is to achieve 
balance and harmony in my creations both colour wise
and style wise.  I'm a sucker for sketches and challenges,
as they help me improve my style and scrapping skills. 

The next layout comes from the winner
of our previous challenge - 

Hi! My name is Erin Blegen and I am 28 years old. 
My husband Josh and I have been together for 5 years
and we have 3 beautiful children together: Wyatt (4), 
Gunner (17 months), and Aspen (4 months). We make
our home in a small cabin in the woods in northeastern
Minnesota, USA. We love ANYTHING outdoors! But indoors, 
my passion is most definitely scrapbooking!  

I first tried it out when Wyatt was born in 2007, completed 
one album, and then quit until July of 2010 when Gunner was
born.  Since then, I've been HOOKED. I scrap daily, and get
rather irritated if I do not, lol!  I am passionate about documenting 
my family's history, taking beautiful photographs, and making sure
I never forget the small things that are so special :).  Feel free to 
check out my blog Scrappin' Sisters, which I share with my sister 
and best friend, Kelly :).

Finally, a big THANK YOU to Nadia for this wonderful and 
fun opportunity!  It's an honor being able to create alongside
your incredibly talented team!

Erin says - My journaling is hidden, you can see the 
pull tag on the right and reads:  "I used to believe that 
New Years Eve had a curse on me as every one of them 
ended badly...I grew to highly dislike the holiday.  But that was
in my "party girl" days...before I was married and had children.

Now the holiday is spent with family, visiting, playing games,
drinking wine, and watching movies while the kids play...
these are the memories I enjoy creating.

Thank you SO much to our wonderful Guest Designers
for their awesome work!

We are so excited to welcome some new 
sponsors to our blog this month!

The Craft's Meow
The Craft's Meow offers a variety of photopolymer 
clear stamps designed by some of the best artists in the
paper crafting world! This means there is something for 
everyone! We pride ourselves on great customer service 
and the lowest possible shipping cost. 
Come see what the buzz is all about! 
Visit our store blog and follow us on Facebook!

Feature Art is an art paper designing company
located in South Australia. CREATING THE 
UNIQUE DESIGN is our company mission. 
We offer unique patterned paper that help to develop
the versatile craft projects for the craft industry.  
All our paper product is designed and printed in Australia. 
 We will continue to provide our customers with excellent 
products and best service always.

I am thrilled to be a sponsor for Once Upon A Sketch.
Not only doI love the sketchesand the incredible design 
team interpretations, but I am also proud to sponsor a site
that my scrappy friend Nadiacreated. It is one of the 
top sketchchallenge sites in industry and definitely
embraces the true meaning of preserving memories. 
You can find a selectionof chipboard in my Etsy shop at 
I have ordered and will be receiving the newest released 
chipboardstyles towards the end of January.
I will also be restocking my site with the most popular
pieces at this time. They sell out very fast so be sure
to check back often! Youcan follow my personal 
scrapbooking blog at
where I post updates about chipboard shipment arrivals.


How would you like to be our  
Guest Designer for February?
This is the challenge where you have the chance to win 
a spot on our design team for the whole upcoming month 
simply by winning this challenge. As well as being our 
Guest Designer, as chosen by our Design team, you will 
also receive..... An in-stock stamp set from 
The Crafts Meow of the winners choice..

Fly Free Stamp Set
*example of stamp set the winner could choose. 

We also have 2 prizes to give away to two randomly 
chosen entries. Our first RANDOMLY chosen winner
will win 2 paper collections from FeatureArt.
Our second RANDOMLY chosen winner will receive this
Dusty Attic chipboard pack from Vicky Alberto's Etsy Shop.

Things to consider when playing along...

**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter

**You are allowed to create a card, layout or off-the-page item 
 based on the provided sketch and additional journalling criteria.
If you are creating a card or altered item you only need to
include a quote.
**You are also allowed to flip or rotate the sketch or alter it to 
suit your needs, but please make sure its still recognisable.
**Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery 
and link it on theright hand side of this blog using the
Link tool. Please provide a direct link to your post, not 
yourentire blog.If the link tool is down, please leave a
commenton the comments section and link your layout there.
** The deadline for this challenge is midnight 
January14th, Australian Eastern Standard Time 
The Design Team will vote and the winners and the
Top 5 project will be announced soon after the 
challenge has finished.
**You may enter as many times as you like 
and combine this with other challenges.
**Also, please consider turning off word 
verification for comments on your blog. 


Bellaidea said...

I will try this one, like the sketch a lot!

Lea said...

Great sketch and journaling challenge. The GDT creations are fabulous!

Rachael Funnell said...

Well HELLO Helen!!
Long time no chat... hehehe
YEAH! i'm finding it a bit hard to get back in the swing of things.....

Both these GDT ladies have Rocked the Challenge!!
Have A Wonderful Week...