Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Once Upon a Sketch/Get Creative - Season's Greetings Layout - Echo Park

Hi girls!  Happy Hump Day!!  Isn't time just flying by this week?
Time for a new challenge over at Once Upon a Sketch & as you 
probably know by now we are sharing this month with our sister
blog, Get Creative, so I have my layout up on display there this 
month instead.  


February 15th Challenge

Journalling criteria/theme: HOLIDAYS/VACATION 

Have you printed out all those photos from your last holiday/vacation 
or most favourite holiday/vacation? We would LOVE to see them
 and hear all about it. With the theme of holidays/vacation for this 
challenge, we would love to hear about: your favourite holiday/vacation
 of all time or a favourite place you would LOVE to take a holiday in .
 Or how about the last holiday/vacation you went to?  Maybe you 
have not travelled yet? Then tell us about your

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

You must combine our journalling criteria/theme with this sketch.

Now for a look at the layout I designed for the swap 
with Get Creative, using this sketch.
I took quite a lot of liberties with the sketch but if you
squint you can definitely see it!

I added a lot of technique to the background first 
with mists, stenciling, paper bag stamping & ink drops.

I also dressed up some Imaginarium Designs chipboard, 
with paint, ink and micro beads.  I used the oval frame and
 the picket fence, both available here, both of which I cut 
in half/smaller sections.

I used mostly Echo Park's Seasons Greetings Christmas line 
but added in some Prima & Maya Road flowers & 
Jenni Bowlin stick pins.  

Supplies List for "Season's Greetings Layout

Papers - Echo Park - Season's Greetings - Swirls & Plaid
plus tags, stickers & chipboard stickers
Mists - Maya Road Granny Smith  & Dragon Fruit
& Studio Calico "Mister Huey" Clover
Crafter's Workshop - 12'' Chicken Wire Stencil
Flowers - Prima & Maya Road
Berry Vine - Prima
Stick Pins - Jenni Bowlin
Punch - Martha Stewart "Beaded Arches"
Chipboard frame & fence - Imaginarium Designs
Red paint - Making Memories - Red Wagon
Ink - Gold - Pretty Color
Micro beads & doily - stash
Tulle - Vintage Inspired Netting - Webster's Pages


At Once Upon a Sketch there are various prizes on offer


We are delighted to be sponsored once again by a friend of 
Once Upon A..Sketch, the gorgeous US kit club..

Swirlydoos coordinated scrapbook kits are comprised of 
elegant papers and products that help our members create 
beautiful pieces of art both in their scrapbooks, and altered art projects. 

Swirlydoos tries to include only the newest and most innovative 
products on the market, as well as showcasing
 handmade and non-traditional products that we find 
within the crafting community. We encourage new 
growth in our members by offering monthly challenges
 on our forums and offering both photo and video tutorials
 which help them to learn new tips, tricks and techniques. 

We also offer a monthly technique or project kit to help further
 our members in their artistic ability. In addition, we offer 
various coordinating add ons for those ladies who can never 
have too many scrappy goodies!

 Come check us out at and see
 for yourself what sets Swirlydoos apart from other scrapping
 communities on the net!

Imaginarium designs,  is a new chipboard company
 founded in 2010.  It is the combined collaboration 
of  a Mother and Son team who both work in the
 paper craft industry.  

Please visit the blog for inspiration and to see 
what the design team has been up to   
and you can  purchase this amazing chipboard 
 at Seriously Scrapbooking (they ship anywhere
 in the world at actual postage cost)


We also welcome one more sponsor to 
Once Upon A..Sketch who will actually sponsor all our 
challenges with 1 prize all year long!! How exciting!

"Berry71bleu is an Etsy shop owned by 
Marivic Clifton. We specialize in custom and premade 
embellished hang tags, scrapbook pages, and altered 
gift ideas with a vintage flair.  Each handmade item
 is unique and embellished with vintage or modern replica 
findings that goes perfectly with what we sell. 

We also accept custom orders. Pls visit our etsy shop, for more information. 
Check out our blog, 
for inspiration from our Design Team".


Feature Art is an art paper designing company located in 
 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.


The winner of this prize will receive this gorgeous kit
 from Swirlydoos...

January kit

We are SO fortunate to have so many sponsors who love 
our site and want to sponsor prizes so besides the main prize
 for the winner,we will also have a prize for one person featured
in the Top 5.   I will do a random draw amongst the Top 5
 featured projects (sometimes depending on voting there are more)
 and 1 person will win this generous pack of chipboard from 

Lastly we LOVE to encourage EVERYONE here at 
Once Upon A..Sketch to play along with us NO MATTER 
your skill level or scrapbooking style. SO we have 2 prizes us
 for grabs for 2 RANDOMLY chosen people. 

A GORGEOUS handmade tag from Berry71Bleu. 
Here is an example of the kind of tag you could receive..

2 paper collections from FeatureArt...


At Get Creative there are a couple of prizes up for grabs too!

Dont forget our sponsor this month is

Memories Trend 

So I am looking forward to seeing some of you play along
at either Once Upon a Sketch or Get Creative, or BOTH!!


Bellaidea said...

First - what a beauty your DD is!
Second- you are so talented!
now it`s time for best regards!

Dolly Daydreams said...

Hi Helen, what a beautiful young lady your daughter is and you have created a beautiful backdrop for her with this gorgeous and fun layout. Great techniques here and perfectly created.


Heather Jacob said...

Oh Helen ... this is spectacular .. I absolutely love it , the colors, the pics and all your embellies ... great take on the sketch .... I did really love this sketch ... mine went together really quick for a change .. LOL
love yours xoxoxo

Lea said...

Wow, LOVE the layout! The white matting really sets the photos off, and what great photos they are! The leaves and vine are so pretty and that fence is awesome!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!!! I love love love that background, and loveeeeeeeeee the photos and the little fence pieces!!! You are soooooooooo amazing!

Toni Cartwright said...

SO LOVe this LO!!!
The colours are just beautiful along with your daughter she is just stunning!!!! loving that fence too actually i just love love love it all!!!

Fi said...

Gorgeous photo you can see she definitely likes to be in front of the camera. Lovely take on the sketch as well, love that little picket fence.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Totally stunning! What a gorgeous page and such a fab take on the sketch! Must try give this one a go! I've sooo many Chrissy photos that need scrapping - this looks to be a fab opportunity! TFS! xo

Desire Fourie said...

Sjoe, what a long post. Loving the Xmas creation with such beautiful details as usual. The picket fence is a nice touch.

Lynette said...

I love the misting on the background and the photos of Cami pops on this layout...well done.

Mitra Pratt said...

the fence, the flowers, the netting behind things, so much to look at here! Glad I took a second peek on a computer! And, that background allows you to play along with ScrapFit you made such a lovely background using your mists and whatnot!!!

jeanie g said...

Love this cheerful christmassy page Helen. Thanks for your wonderful comment about me on Mitra's blog too. I was blushing when I read it. xx

Vicky Varvadouka said...

This is SO TOTALLY eye catching! The bright colors, the design, but mostly the photos of your DD...OMG..She should be a photomodel, her face is just angel!!!and so photogenic!

Izzyb said...

I love love love your layout! Beautiful page and beautiful girl. Your DD is drop-dead gorgeous!

sandi said...

Awesome lo Helen! So full of the Holiday it!

Lizzy Hill said...

Hi Helen, just saw this on OUA...S's sis blog & had to come by & tell you how fabulicious it is... the colours & photos etc etc just go so perfectly together... it really does catch the eye. You certainly are talented & I love the way you give 'mini' tutorials with your LO's, too. Thank you:):)

Eila Sandberg said...

He he no need to squint, it's a fab take on the sketch! you can never ever go wrong with Cami in front of your camera, she is such a darling girl! LOVE the whole layout colours and embellies and design, the lock stock and barrell! *clapping my hands* xoxoxo