Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1st Challenge

**HAPPY NEW YEAR** everyone! May the year ahead be your best one yet. On behalf of my team and my self I wish you all a happy and healthy 2012. 

Our very first challenge for 2012 is here. 

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 to necessarily 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 journalling criteria/theme with this sketch.

Guest Designer s

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

Melenia Agapides (Greece)

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 colourwise and stylewise. I'm a sucker for sketches and challenges, as they help me improve my style and scrapping skills. If you want to see more of my work you can visit my blog

The next layout comes from the winner from 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 Minn
esota, 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 talent
ed 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!

Design Team
(please click on their names to be directed to their blog) 

Patti Hamil (USA)

***Imaginarium Designs chipboard clock, butterfly and title***
This page was very hard for me, last New Year's Eve we spend reflecting about my husband's Dad, and our beloved Bulldog who we lost on the 27th and 28th of December. But the page was theraputic!

Irini Liolia (Greece)
****Imaginarium Designs chipboard "Me and You" title

Gerry Van Gent (The Netherlands)
****Imaginarium Designs chipboard clock

Mahlin Wiggur (Sweden)

Translation of Journaling: Every year is the same. I feel the need to go back and see what happened the past year, what was good and what went wrong.  I make lists for the upcoming year, for what I want to accieve which goal to aim at. 

Vicky Varvadouka (Greece)
***Imaginarium Designs: Small frame, numbers, clock, frase (Moments in time), house.

Lene Neby (Norway)
***Imaginarium Designs chipboard butterflies, title and frames

Pamela Young (USA)
***Imaginarium Designs chipboard flourishes and clock piece

Natalie May (Australia)
***Imaginarium Designs chipboard leaves and title used

***Imaginarium Designs chipboard "Forever" title, "2006" numbers and the frame


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 do I 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 Please note that I have ordered and will bereceiving the newest released chipboard styles towards the end of January.I will also be restocking my site with the most popular pieces at thistime. They sell out very fast so be sure to check back often! Youcan follow my personal scrapbooking blog at where I post updates about chipboardshipment 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 the right hand side of this blog using the Link tool. Please provide a direct link to your post, not your entire blog.If 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 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. 

For a complete list of the rules please see the top of this page.


  1. Cool work girls and a great sketch.
    have a wonderfull 2012 you all!

  2. Congrats to both the guest designers, Erin B. -your work always just shines, love it!!! So happy for you to have this opportunity to show the scrapping world what amazing work you do :)

  3. Great challenge!! The work of your DT and your Guest Designers is absolutely amazing. That sketch is gorgeous, I can't wait to play along!!

  4. Esse sketch tá lindo Meninas! Adorei! Já fiz meu lo.
    bjkas da Paty

  5. Just found your site today... lovely! I have made the goal this year to get more involved instead of cheering from the sideline. Maybe!??!
    Happy New Year &
    Crafty Hugs,

  6. Wonderful Lo from the DT team. This is my first time here and I loved the sketch and it was really fun playing with it. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for the opportunity of submitting a layout with such a great sketch.

  8. i was so excited about creating my new layout for this challenge that i completely forgot to come here and thank you for the wonderful sketch/theme and to congratulate the DT for all the amazing pages and inspiration! hugs :)

  9. and also i would like to thank you girls for the nice comments on my page!

  10. This is my first time on tjis challenge. I really liked the sketch

  11. I haven’t checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend!