Sunday, May 6, 2012


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Well this is an exciting time for me! It is finally time to announce our first EVER Design Team call. 

How would you like to be part of our family here at Once Upon A..Sketch? I say family, because this is how I feel about people who are working with me on this little project of mine called Once Upon A...Sketch. Dedicated and professional individuals, whose talents go over and beyond their craft. People as passionate about my ideas as I am. Strong women with strong opinions! People like my current team whose term ends on June 30th :( . Women of character and integrity. 

This makes me so sad because let's just say they have been through thick and thin through the last year and half with me and yes, in many ways we became family! They listened to my anxieties about what will work and what won't, they held my hand during the biggest loss of my life, they created a book of hope with pages sent from all over the world, they advised, and listened and didn't panic during blog hops, and laughed and giggled and debated over "stuff". One thing is clear..the next lot of people who will be in this family have HUGE shoes to fill. 

So we are not saying goodbye yet, but getting excited with this announcement as I know many of you have been patiently waiting. I receive a question about when the next call will be, nearly every week from people eager to join this team. 

So what am I looking for? 

* style - I am looking to mix up the styles from clean and simple to layered to romantic and shabby to a non style.Thats people like me, who do not have a particular style LOL! .  So please do not think I am looking for 1 particular style. I urge you to give it a go. Also high on the list is a clean and professional presentation of your layouts in the way they are photographed. 

* commitment - I am after people that can commit to 1 layout PER month and comment and vote on all entries every SECOND month. I want to believe that I am very flexible and easy going. I can almost always work with my Design Team if they need time off!

* personality - yes this is important to me as you will be the face of Once Upon A..Sketch. I like friendly and warm people that are willing to work in a team and adapt to unforeseen changes, speak their minds when something is not right, give ideas and opinions etc etc.  

*organisation - this is imperative to me. I like working with organised people because it is the only way I know how to work. You will be given a deadline for when your layout is due so I really admire people that can work with deadlines. The challenges are created by me well in advance and will be easily accessible in our private Design Team blog for you to see so there are no excuses for being late UNLESS otherwise organised with me. :) Gosh that sounds harsh..LOL!  

* BLOG and FACEBOOK - you need to have an active blog and a Facebook account. The only reason you need a Facebook account is because we have a private page there where we chat so if you are not crazy about using Facebook you do not have to worry about posting anything there publicly. It will only be in our private page. In addition, you will need to post about our challenge on your blogs. 

* Term - the term of this Design Team is for 1 year. It will start on July 1st 2012 and finish June 30th 2013. 

* Other Design Teams - no problem for me at all. I do not mind if you design for other sketch challenge blogs or any sort of Design Team :)

 (UPDATED) * Internationals - yes this is open internationally to anyone anywhere

* Journalling - I know this is something people worry about as many people do not like journalling at the front of their layouts. However, journalling of some sort is required as it is our main focus on this challenge blog. But of course, we always allow for hidden journalling or for journalling to be written on the back of the layout. 

I think I have covered everything! 

If this sounds like something you would be interested in then send me an email here 

together with your blog address and any online gallery links. Please include on the subject line *DESIGN TEAM CALL* and please just include a simple message expressing your interest in joining my team . 

The Design Team call is open right now until midnight 31st of May 2012 Australian Eastern Standard Time. 

Please remember to just go for it! You just never know what it is I am looking for. 

I wish you luck :)


  1. oh, Nadia! I will strongly think about applying!

    and good luck to everyone!

  2. Hi Nadia ! I am pretty sure you will receive tons of demands from people wanting to join your DT. OUAS is a fabulous blog and you are a fabulous person ! I wish you all the best things in the world ! xoxo

  3. The best ever design teams girls! I can't wait to see all the new talent Nadia finds =)

  4. This is the most organized and easy going DT I was ever on!! I strongly recomend that you go for it!!!!!
    Good luck!!!
    p.s....I wish I could never leave....snif:(

  5. This is THE BEST design team I have EVER had the priviledge of being a part of! Nadia is awesome, and I urge anyone to try for this. You won't be sorry. I have LOVED every single second of being here!

  6. Hi Nadia,
    My name is Debbie and I live in Cumbria a lovely part of the Lake District in England.
    I am only a member of one card DT (fortnightly), but Scrapbooking is my first love, and I have been making pages for the last 7 years.
    I felt a bit frightened to ask to be considered for the team incase my work was not good enough.
    The other qualities you are looking for like timing issues, journalling, variation of style, friendly and outgoing and the amount of time given to the blog would not be a problem, I have my own Craft Studio and can craft daily if I need to, most evenings I can spend around 4/5 hours "playing".
    I have never done anything like this before, but I am up for a challenge should you consider me.
    I do not have a Facebook account and don't know anything about it, I wouldn't know how to even start with it, but I do have a very active Blog with all forms of craft posted weekly and sometimes daily.
    I may not be the sort of person you are looking for, but I thought I would say that OUAS is a fabulous blog and I enjoy joining in with your challenges and seeing all the beautiful Layouts made by the DT.
    The only other downfall is my awful photography...I wish I was better with a camera, hopefully I can find a programme that will help me edit my photographs better and make my work look nicer on the blog.
    I have popped a link to my blog and hope you like the work you see.


  7. oh this is exciting new....your current DT is so amazing and full of inspiration, good luck to all that apply!

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  9. Nadia Hi! I love your work, you think a person of extreme talento.xoxo

  10. sounds very interesting - I will certainly go for this call :)

  11. Thank you to the DT who have been such an inspiration and have done such an amazing job with all the challenges... and all the best to the new girls who will bring their talents to this site!

  12. Oh what a very sweet opportunity. Such a pleasure if I were able to be part of this fabulous challenge blog. But, giving a try is already an honor :)

  13. Hi girls!!!
    This is sound fantastic!!!I probabli I will try for that!!
    I love this place so many wonderful and talented ladies!!
    Big huges and kisses

    1. Wow, it would be wonderful to be part of this team of talented girls,
      I'll try, would be a dream!

  14. Having been on the team one year myself I can tell you that this team is run perfectly. You will never be in the dark about anything and I know that Nadia will choose an uber-inspiring team full of wonderfully diverse international designers. There is only one disadvantage to being on the OUAS team, and that is that you miss out on a chance to win all the wonderful sponsorship prizes LOL! Looking forward to being a player here at OUAS now that my term has ended and thanks again Nadia for your belief in me, giving me a real "start" and our true friendship xx

  15. Hi Nadia! Ehem, I should say, your DT call is SO cool! I like your personality, firm and know what you want. All the best for your selection process, I am certain you will get the best bunch of scrappers for this new term :)

  16. I sent mine in and would love to be a part of this team.

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