Friday, 3 February 2012

Once Upon a Sketch Teams Up with Get Creative! {Just follow the sketch and play along!!}

Over at Once Upon A Sketch, we are nearing the end of our first year and during 
this time we have noticed a huge amount of support from many countries 
around the world and we are incredibly lucky that our challenges are 
supported by so many people from different parts of the globe. One of these 
countries is Greece, and we have come to realize that we receive many
 entries from such a small country where scrapbooking is so new. So we 
decided to team up with another challenge blog based in Greece and run 
by OUAS' own Irini Liolia called Get CreativeHow exciting!! We have 
decided to become "sister" blogs, because let's face it...most of us scrapping 
are women and is there anything stronger than a sisterhood? 

So, for this month only, the Design Team from Once Upon A Sketch 
are guests over at Get Creative and taking part in their 1st and 15th of the
 month challenges and the Design Team from Get Creative are guests at
Once Upon A Sketch!  Thus a new bond is formed between 2 challenge blogs.

Here is the sketch that the Once Upon A Sketch Design Team had to follow.
 It is created by Get Creative Design Team member Elina Katechi.

Guest Designer Trina McClune (New Zealand) 

I started to scrapbook well before I realised it had a name, and when my MIL 
asked if I’d seen this new shop down the road, it was like I’d finally come home. 
As they say, the rest is history.I’ve been scrapping ever since – approx 7.5
 years - once my twins started sleeping through the night.  I’ve found it
 to be not only a wonderful creative outlet for me, but also a therapeutic 
way to mull  over ideas, and thoughts as I scrap about those I love.

I currently design for Prima Marketing. I’ve loved Prima for so long I can’t 
imagine a LO of mine without Prima product on it. But I’ve also designed for 
several online challenge sites, magazines and have been published widely
 throughout Australia, NZ and somewhat in USA.  I live in NZ with my family 
of 3 children (Matt and Sarah 7, and Daniel 5) and incredibly supportive husband
 Andy. We live in the middle of NZ’s largest city and have somehow managed to 
obtain 6 chickens, a cat, 3 large vege gardens and numerous fruit trees.

Life is full. Life is fun. Life is chaotic.  Life is challenging. Life is good. 
My Blog: Living My Dream  Here is Trina's layout for our challenge


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!


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, or email
 for more information. Check out our blog, 
for inspiration from our Design Team".


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 provideour customers with excellent products and best service
 always. Website:


How would you like to be our Guest Designer for MarchThe winner of this 
challenge as voted by the Design Team  will get to come back next month and be
 part of our Design Team. This person will also win this awesome kit from 


We also have 2 prizes up for grabs that will  be given to two RANDOMLY selected
 entries. The first prize is a BEAUTIFUL handmade tag from Berry71Bleu.

The second prize for another randomly chosen  person are these 2 paper collections
 from FeatureArt. 

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 the right hand side of this blog using the Link tool. 
Please provide a direct link to your post, not your entire blogIf the link tool is 
down, please leave a comment on the comments section and link your layout there.

** The deadline for this challenge is midnight February 14th,Australian Eastern 
Standard Time . The Design Teamwill vote and the winners and the Top 5 
projects 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. 


Evgenia Petzer said...

wow! stunning news and so is your layout!

Bellaidea said...

Great idea! I like OUAS sketches and Elina`s sketch looks very yummy too!

topkatnz said...

Such a pretty sketch:) ROFL though - that photo of Trina in LAPLAND makes it look like we live in the land of ice and snow!