Sunday, June 5, 2011

May 15th **WINNERS**

Hi everyone. Its time to announce the winners of our May 15th challenge. Everyone, I seriously am not joking when I say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to narrow down 83 STUNNING entries to a handful. As each of our Design Team members was sending me her votes I constantly heard the same message from them...that they are finding it VERY VERY hard to pick just a few as the quality of the work that you are all producing is amazing! 

For this reason, I have decided that along with the winners and the Top 5, I will feature some more layouts that caught our eye. 

At this point I need to stress that we had to overlook some OUTSTANDING entries, which did not follow the journalling criteria which was that the journalling had to be typed. This was SO hard for us to have to do as we could see the effort that was put into these layouts, so please make sure you remember the sketch always comes with the added journalling criteria. 

Please do not be discouraged to try again if you have not been featured yet. There are so many outstanding entries each fortnight and we really want to see many more from you!

So without further delay let me introduce you to the 2 winners from our last challenge. ..

The winner of the $20.00 gift voucher from Your Scrapbook Stash  is the super talented ...

 What is there not to like about this layout? The artistic photos, the well placed flowers and embellishments, the gorgeous layering. A perfect layout that was a favourite of all our Design Team. 

Congratulations Vibeke! We love your contribution to our blog so please email me, Nadia, here to claim your prize. 

Our second winner and a VERY close runner up is this gorgeous layout by 

 I am there something in the water in Norway, because we have seen some beautiful work come out of there! Keep going girls. Well done have won this kit, so please email me here to claim your prize. 

Now lets move on to our...

TOP 5 featured projects
(in winning order)

TINA DALTON from Australia

SANDRA CHERUBS from Lithuania 


HILDE AASLUND   from Norway

MILAGROS C. RIVERA from Puerto Rico

What gorgeous work. Well done everyone. 

Now, here are some more that were voted by the Design Team as eye catching..

Melenia from Greece

Eila Sandberg from Sweden
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Shamma Parvin from Singapore

Nadrah Maidin from Malaysia

Catherine Siwczak from France

Just gorgeous layouts and really any one these could have been a winner. Well done girls. Keep up the good work. 

Lastly I want to mention a couple of entries that stood out to me personally! A shout out goes to Elaine Forum Smidt who entered this layout. 

Elaine, was so pleased that she received some nice comments on her entry from our Design Team that she emailed me to thank me. She explained that where she lives, Argentina, supplies are SO limited and she feels quite isolated as not many people are fans of scrapbooking. Elaine is not only a really friendly person, but also inspiring. She has started her own challenge blog, where she posts a layout from someone she finds inspiring and the challenge is to try and recreate that layout with recycled , handmade or whatever items you have at hand. Well done Elaine for trying to encourage a new generation of scrappers in your country!

And something to make you giggle..When this lovely girl Dalia Chapman, from Lithuania, realised that our journalling criteria this time was to TYPE your journalling and upon discovering that her current printer was not working,  did the thing that would only seem normal to other addicted scrappers..she bought a NEW PRINTER..LOL! In her own words

"Here is my take on May 15 challenge at Once Upon A Sketch. This time journaling should be typed. Can you believe this, I even went and bought a printer for it, well it was about time I had one really, but as you can see scrapbooking has totally twisted my little head. ha, ha ;)"

LOL! That's what I call commitment Dalia and for that I would like to show everyone your gorgeous layout ..

Before we go, here is the RANDOMLY chosen winner of the gift voucher from Your Scrapbook Stash..

Congratulations Vanessa De Bonis. Please email me here to claim your prize. 

Thanks so much everyone. See you next time. 


  1. Congratulations to the winners and also to the featured artists ! Its seems to be that my layout caught your eye and I am very proud of that. But the level is very very high... perhaps a little too high for me... (laugh). Never mind ! I'll go on, it's a great pleasure to enter these wonderful challenges. Thank you so much !
    Tons of hugs from France. xoxo

  2. Wow so many stunning layouts, congratulations girls, you all deserve this, well done!! xx

  3. HURRAY for Norway!!
    Love these LOs!!!

  4. Congratulations to the all girls Vibeke, Marianne,Tina,Pebbi,Hilde, Milagros. Big big thanks from me, for selecting my to,to top 5. I do not need more than that :) I know that you think I am very strange :)))) ( laugh ) :))))
    Big congrats to Melenia,Eila, Shamma, Nadrah,Catherine,Elaine you better not worry, you work is very beautiful,Vanessa. And to Dalia for the best commitment to scrapbooking :)))
    Sorry for my english, i´t always sounds a bit dry....
    Thanks and hugs

  5. Wow truly worthy winners, both the ones I had picked as winners too, so that was good choices by me LOL, and to be a feature spot is fantastic, thanks so much for all the votes :)

  6. Gorgeous work indeed ! Bravo à toutes !

  7. well done Ladies! how can you pick just one when you get so many of excellant quality!! and so many international ladies too.. i love how scrapping makes us all united in our creativity.. congrats OUAS too for bringing us together! xx

  8. Awesome work to all!! Yes, it is extraordinarily difficult to chose winners each time. There are so many other outstanding pages, and in fact, we are so grateful to each and every single one of you for taking the time and effort to play along with our challenge. I hope you are all encouraged to keep creating with us!

  9. Congratulations ladies you are all so talented

  10. Congratulations to all the winners...what i especially loved was the international diversity of the enrtants...your work was ourstanding....this is what I love about scrapbooking,it is so universal and we get to meet lovely talented ladies from all over the world!!!

  11. WOW - thank you so much.
    So happy you girls liked my layout.

    Congrats to all !!:)

  12. wow!!! I'm stunned!!
    Thanks a lot for choosing my layout and congrats to Vibeke (not just from the same country but the same city :D) and to all the rest of the featured! Gorgeous projects all of them and a really difficult job for DT to choose!

  13. Congrats to everyone! Truly amazing work! And Nadia, you're so lovely, you think of everyone! Ha, didn't know I was such a joker, lol ;) let's get cracking with a new sketch now, LOVE that's about female and lots of flowers!

  14. These layouts are so amazing! I am always in awe of all the inpspiration from ALL of the layouts because I know how special they are to each you that have created them from your hearts and souls! xoxoxo

  15. That was a great read! Milagros' blog address is if you would like to add it. Exquisite work from all over the world - particularly Norway this week - very interesting that!! Congrats to everyone, particularly the lady who brought a new printer - we must be REALLY inspiring to warrant such drastic action LOL - that is scrappy commitment deluxe for ya! XX

  16. Congrats to all the winners - the level of the entries is so high, that just beeing among the featured five is like taking home the big prize.

  17. Congratulations to all winners! Amazing layouts!!!

  18. Congratulation to the winners and of course a special HURRA for Vibeke and Marianne.. You rock girls!!

  19. All the works are gorgeous!! And I really love the comments from Nadia, so personal and touching for ecah participant!!

  20. Congrads to all of you ladies! As I go through all the above layout, I simply think "wow"! All of you ladies have done an absolutely AMAZING job...well done. :)

  21. Oh my goodness! talk about shock, I saw a comment on my blog by Helen and came by to see. To find my LO featured among all the beautiful work done by all of you amazing scrappers is just incredible! So thank you for the feature and as I said before for challenging me to use the printer, LOL, and a big congratulations to all the winners! And to add to the diversity of this group I am from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico way here in the Caribbean!!!

  22. Woohoo is great feeling to see my name here today.... Def a cool birthday gift for me. Thank you!

  23. Congratulations to all the winners!! There is some AMAZING work on this site. Very inspirational!

  24. This is awesome. A very big THANK YOU to the team members for selecting and featuring some of us in the blog. Thank you so much. Congratulation to the winners.I have to say that all the entries, ALL 80 over are so so amazing. Each page has been beautifully done. This is such an inspirational site. Nadia and all her team in there are so wonderful people beyond words.
    Thank you so much

  25. Congrats to all the winners - you've all done an amazing job - lots of gorgeous inspiration - well done!!

  26. First of all biggie CONGRATS to all the winners!! You rock ladies! The work of the Norwegian girls is really unique and striking, so happy to see Vibeke and Marianne beeing featured! A wonderful surprise to see my page among the beautiful layouts that have caught your eye, thank you so much. Gosh, am not envying you one bit having to choose from all the incredible layouts submitted. The quality of work is always truly high and so inspiring. xxx

  27. So many BEAUTIFUL layouts!!!!!
    And Hipp Hurray for Norway!!!!! :D :D :D :D

  28. Many many congratulations from me as well to the winners of this challenge, they deserved to win, their layouts were JUST EXCEPTIONAL!!!
    I also want to thank the DT for choosing my page as an eye-catching one, I appreciate it and I feel encouraged to continue. Thanks :)!

  29. I love, love, love this blog and all the wonderful things that happen here. 83 entries for one challenge. Isn't that amazing? I looove that it is so international and that so many countries are represented. It is so inspirational. Thank you Nadia once again for being so personally involved and thank you for having mentioned my entry. I was so pleasantly surprised when I checked the results today and found my LO there!! Congratulations to all the winners on their beautiful work and also to all who participated and poured their hearts into their work. Sharing like this is the way to go if we want to help build a better world!

  30. Congratulations to all the winners! Such inspiring layouts here! Well done everyone :)