Monday, October 1, 2012

October Challenge + Meet Our Guest Designer *GABRIELLE POLLACCO*

Hi everyone! Happy 1st of the month. I hope you are all happily scrapping away somewhere in the world. 

Today, being the first of the month we reveal a new challenge! After all the excitement of September with CSI things go back to normal here. Don't forget that September Challenge #4 goes until the 8th of October (Australian time), while this challenge revealed today is not due till the last day of the month. 

Also once again, just reminding you that the winners of the September challenges will be announced soon after the last challenge finishes on the 8th!

So here is a bit of a different challenge for you this month and I am SOOOO excited to show you all the sponsors this month! SO lucky to have such wonderful people wanting to sponsor our challenges which means more chances for you to win too. This month we have some really beautiful things up for grabs :))

Theme: The following quote..

great life quote.

We would like you to create a layout based on this quote. You can interpret it ANY way you like. There is no wrong or right way to interpret this quote  but your layout must incorporate something from this quote 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.

I am also very excited to announce this month's Guest Designer. This lady was a very big inspiration for me when I first started scrapping and her style has continued to be timeless. It is with great pleasure I welcome the gorgeous...

My name is Gabrielle Pollacco, I live in Canada. I started scrapbooking about 8 years ago and fell in love with this art form from the very first page I made. I love that this art form is ever changing and find myself constantly inspired by all the wonderful new products that come out each year. I'm married to the love of my life Steve, who has been one of my biggest supporters in all I do. I have 2 daughters aged 9 and 13 and are most often the subjects of my pages....and now we have added our new Labradoodle pup named Zoe to our little family. 
I've had the honour to be on a number of wonderful design teams over the years, some of my past design teams being Daisy D's, Zva Creative, and My Creative Scrapbook and am presently on the Bo Bunny, Webster's Pages, Dusty Attic, Scrap365 (UK Magazine) and  Color Room Design Team. I've had my work published in Memory Makers Magazine, Creating Keepsakes Magazine, Scrap365 and Scrapbooking & Beyond Magazine as well as a number of online magazines. I worked for a Tradeshow Design company as a project manager before I had my babies and now that I'm a stay at home mom I'm fortunate enough to have a little time to enjoy this amazing hobby. I'm honored to be asked to be Guest this month at OUAS and play along with this talented design team! xo
Visit Gabrielle's blog HERE !

And here is Gabrielle's take on our challenge..

Many thanks Gabrielle for being a Guest Designer for us this month. I am sure you have inspired many!!

Romy Veul (The Netherlands) 

*Hidden journaling on the back of layout

Cathy Cafun (Australia) 
* Imaginarium Designs chipboard  leaves and butterflies and Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon threaded onto button **

Georgia Heald - (Australia)
*Hidden journaling on tag behind the photo

*Hidden journaling on tag to left of photo*
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard frame and Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon and twine

*Hidden journalling

Anna Zaprzelska (Poland)
**Hidden journaling on tag to the left of photo**

Renata Moni (Brazil)

**Hidden journaling on tag to the right of photos

** Journaling in Kraft envelope **

Florence Teixeira - France 

Svetlana Austin (South Africa)
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard hearts 

We are very fortunate to have a gorgeous Danish manufacturer with us this month. Please welcome..

Riddersholm Design is owned by Connie Riddersholm and was founded in 2010 in Denmark . Connie has a background as a graphic designer and has earlier been into Web design and worked as partly self employed since 2004. It all started with Connie designing digital scrapbooking kits for her selves and later moved onto a few digital prints in 12X12 to see how they looked for real. Connie then had a group of hardcore scrapbookers to look at her designs and asked for their “honest” opinion.
They liked it and believed in it. So she decided to give it a go and invested her spare money into Riddersholm Design!  Today Riddersholm Designs sells paper lines in 10 countries and launch their new collections every spring and fall/Christmas 

Go HERE to see where you can get Riddersholm Design paper from and visit the blog for lots of inspiration from the Design Team HERE. 

Our other equally beautiful sponsor this month is the gorgeous Etsy shop owned by Natasha Naranjo- Aquirre called..

Moments of Tranquility online store grew from the requests of the followers of Natasha Naranjo-Aquirre's Blog.  Natasha shows such passion and love for her favorite products in her work that her blog followers often asked if she sold it, or could sell it... and so the online shop was born.   Natasha stocks all of her very favorite items, specializing in Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx and Spellbinders Dies, Want 2 Scrap Bling, Dusty Attic Chipboard & Blooms and beautiful Pion Design Papers.  By specializing in a few select items she can always offer the best service to her customers.
Here is a link to the shop Moments Of Tranquility Shop

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 December The winner of this challenge with the most points, as voted by the Design Team will be invited to be our Guest Designer in December and create along side our Design Team. This person will also win this fabulous prize from Riddersholm Design, who tailored this stunning prize just in time for the holiday season...

The next four winning entries will win the following prizes
A prize package from Moments of Tranquility. 
Prize includes: 14 Sheets of Pion Design Paper, 3 Packs of Dusty Attic Blooms,  3 Packs of Dusty Attic Chipboard,  2 Packs of Mix'd Media Inx

A mini kit from C'est Magnifique kit club + FREE postage to anywhere in the world + add any other item in the store at NO extra postage cost from C'est Magnifique kit club. 

Now here are the 3 prizes that are being offered to our Randomly chosen winners..

25 half metre lengths in black, white and hot pink ribbon pack from Scrapbooking Fantasies

**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 October 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. Amazing takes on the sketch ladies!!!

  2. Wow what a fantastic challenge and amazing layouts from the DT!!

  3. gorgeous layouts and so happy to see you as GDT Gabrielle!!! I am always amazed by your work!!!!

  4. Wow!!! Loving the design teams take on the sketch and quote!! It was such an pleasure working with this gorgeous sketch Nadia!...and wow!! wonderful prizes you've got going for the challenge!! xo

  5. Great challenge and so much gorgeous inspiration from the ladies!

  6. Great inspiration ! M glad to land up here via Gabrielle's blog :)

  7. Lovely sketch and truly fab layouts by Everyone!
    Had fun joining in :)

  8. Fantastic layouts everyone. Lots of inspiration!

  9. Olá scrappers!!! Layouts fantásticos de vocês!!! É a minha 1ª perticipação aqui adorei!!! Beijos

  10. Another fabulous sketch and lots of inspiration from the DT!

  11. LOVED playing along this month & the great idea of being inspired by the fabulous quote! Great inspiration from the Design Team too - thank you!!

  12. Love Gabrielle's creations and very happy to have come across this blog. Very inspiring!

  13. beautiful sketch! I played along this month-it was my first time but will definitely be back next month again!

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