Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Challenge

Well the time has finally come to see the beautiful creations of our  new team. How exciting! As always this is half the team (team A) that will reveal their work today, while the other half of the team will show us their creations on the 15th of the month. 

Here is to new beginnings!! Let's get started with a brand new challenge..

Theme: Friend

We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Friend" however you like based on the following sketch. You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch below. Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . Hidden journalling is perfectly fine. 

Ideas for journalling: one of your current friends, a childhood friend, an unexpected friendship,what having friends mean for you, a friend that you miss or have lost, family member who is your closest friend, a scrappy/online  friend,  a special person that has touched your life, someone who has helped you out lately, a friend that you couldn't do without, your children's friends / classmates etc., your pet and the friendship you have with it..

*hidden journalling on the back of  the layout

Cathy Cafun (Australia)  
***Ribbon from Scrapbooking Fantasies used on the hidden journaling tag

Jeni O'Connor -(Australia /Canada)

Georgia Heald - (Australia)
*Imaginarium Designs butterfly, flourish & birdcage

Romy Veul (The Netherlands)

**Hidden journalling on a pull-out  tag behind the doilies

Renata Moni (Brazil)

**Hidden journaling on the tag to the left of the photo**
**Hidden journaling in an envelope behind the photo**

Florence Teixeira - France 

Svetlana Austin (South Africa)

We have 2 new featured sponsors this month. 

The first one is a gorgeous etsy shop by one of our newest Design Team member's Kay Fatula. Please welcome to Once Upon A...Sketch Kay's Kreative Korner. 

Arts & crafts has been my guilty pleasure since the first time I picked up a crayon.  With time, my love of crafts ventured into drawing, altering items, painting, stamping & finally scrapbooking.  Kay's Kreative Korner was opened in 2009.  It began simply as a way of sharing a few of my handmade items.  I opened my shop with a couple of handstamped cards & a few pre made scrapbook pages.  Within a year, I stopped making cards and decided to sell embellishments--specifically butterflies.  I've always admired the butterfly & what it symbolizes.  Change, transformation, a new start, beginnings...with this concept I started making scrapbook embellishments based on existing butterflies from all around the world.  Today I carry a couple of unique scrapbook embellishments.  In addition to the butterflies I specialize in vines & beaded flowers.  I make each item with much TLC and careful precison.  My greatest reward is seeing how others use my embellishments on thier own projects & pages...

Direct link to shop:

The second new sponsor for July is a new online store called Scrap Locker

Scrap Locker is a brand new online scrapbooking store with a huge variety of products from many favorite manufacturers including Tim Holts, Prima Marketing, Zva Creative and many more. Scrap Locker also has many handmade items. Some of the handmade items include crochet flowers, bead sprays and albums. Scrap Locker ships to many international locations. Scrap Locker also has a gallery and would love for you to fill out a gallery inclusion form and share your crafty inspiration with fellow scrapbookers. Check us out today at

Now here are our permanent sponsors for 2012. For more information please see our sidebar. 

How would you like to be our Guest Designer for the month of September?  The winner of this challenge with the most points, as voted by the Design Team will be invited to be our GUEST DESIGNER in September and create along side our Design Team. This person will also win this fabulous prize from Kay's Kreative Korner 

Prize consists of 2 mini embellishment kits (kits are called Desert Rose & Purple Rain).  Both mini embellishment kits contain 1 vine, 1 five inch stick pin & 3 coordinating butterflies.  One set of Auburn Rain beaded flowers (3 flowers in this set) & one set of Delicate Pink beaded flowers (2 flowers in this set).  All beaded flowers measure approximately 1 1/4" in diameter.  One set of 'glass' G1 butterfly embellishments.  These butterflies are made out of transparency & coordinate with just about any page or project.  Large butterfly measures approximately 3" inches in diameter. Medium butterfly measures about 2 1/4" inches in width & the smallest butterfly measures approximately 1 3/4" inches in diameter. **Measurement based on widest wing span**  Finally one set of Cinnamon Owl butterfly embellishments.  Largest butterfly measures approximately 2 1/2" inches in diameter. Medium butterfly measures about 2" inches in diameter & smallest butterfly measures 1 1/2" inches in diameter. **Measurements based on widest wing span**

The following prizes will be given to the next 4 winning entries

Mini June kit from C' est Magnifique kit club

Scrapbooking Fantasies has donated TWO ribbon packs (for 2 winners) from Scrapbooking Fantasies . Each prize is valued at over $10AUS each and contains 25 half metre lengths of ribbons, trims and lace in shades of pink and aqua from quality brands, plus FREE international postage!!

Of course we do not forget our random winners. These are the prizes up for grabs for our RANDOMLY drawn entries..

**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter

**You are free to combine Once Upon A..Sketch challenges with other challenges. We don't mind at all!!!

**You are allowed to enter only layouts  for our challenges

**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 July 31stAustralian Eastern Standard Time . The Design Team will vote and the Top 5 layouts PLUS Top 5 featured layouts will be announced soon after the challenge has finished.

**You may enter as many times as you like

**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. So many inspiring LO, and the topic is so cool!

  2. Beautiful layouts,ladies. So much inspiration!

  3. Wow.. the Dt have created amazing and beautiful layouts.. each one so special...

  4. So beautiful ladies - love the reveal!

  5. Amazng designs girls!!!Love to see how everybody can play with the same sketch in our own styles!

  6. I am speechless...............WOWOWOW is all I can say! Fantastic work ladies!!!!

  7. So many amazing layouts! They're all fabulous. I can't wait to see what everyone will come up with:)

  8. Wonderful layouts,ladies, I love them all!

  9. I haven't played along in ages...I think it's time I do enter again, for your sketches and the DT's work is just stunning!!!

  10. I'm so glad and proud to be here ( in portrait and layout haha!) thank, and congrats to my talented friend, Florence Teixeira!

  11. Stunning works ladies!

    Patricia, we will wait for you:) love to see south african friends in here:)

  12. Lovely projects from the team!

  13. Awesome reveal, ladies!!! So much gorgeous work all in one place, I love it!

  14. Look at all the wonderful artwork! You all such an inspiration!!!

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