Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Challenge + Meet Our Guest Designer Anna Maria Wolniak

Hey everyone!!! Welcome to the our blog ! Can you believe that it is November already? WOW ! What happened there? Time has just gone by so quickly that its scary. 

Thank you all who played along in our last challenge. The Design Team will have a look at all the entries and we will announce a winner soon.

Now here is November's challenge..  

Theme: Anything Goes..

Yep! You read right.. No theme this month. You are free to create a layout based on whatever theme you like.  You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must include SOME journalling 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.

Please help me welcome a super duper inspirational lady..

Hi! My name is Anna-Maria Wolniak and I am from Poland :)
Even few years ago scrapbooking was only a part of my artistic activity, this trivial section, which I practiced just because I wanted to archivise some moments of my life. Quickly it developed in one of my passions, and how it came out not long ago ? way of life. One thing that haven't changes is that I'm still doing it for pleasure. Currently I cooperate with eight scrapbooking companies, the biggest are: Prima Marketing, Lily Bee, Freckled Fawn, Chic Tags and Color Conspiracy and of course our Polish native I {lowe} SCRAP and SODAlicious. I am also a member of a French group Entre{ART}istes. Sometimes I am also a guest designer at various challenge blogs around the world like for example Cocoa Daisy and Pages of My Book and now - Once upon a sketch!

Besides scrapbooking I also design scrapbooking papers, write articles, I am a leader of various workshops in Poland and other countries of Europe (France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Hungary). I am also a co-owner of ILS. I'm not going to write about my other passions because it would took way too long. Those who want to get to know me better should visit my blog:
I absolutely love what Anna Maria creates and here is her layout for our November challenge. THANK YOU so much Anna Maria for being our Guest Designer this month!!

Now here is what our Design Team created. To see further details of their work please click on their name to be directed to their blog. 

*Journaling on the back*

Cathy Cafun (Australia) 
*Hidden Journaling on tag on left hand side*
 **Pink & Yellow ribbon is from Scrapbook Fantasies**

Georgia Heald - (Australia)
*Hidden journalling on tag behind photo
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard feathers and mini clock

*Hidden Journaling on tag behind photo
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard used

**Mini clock and frames from Imaginarium Designs**

***Just YOU Title from Imaginarium Designs***

Anna Zaprzelska (Poland)

 *Hidden Journaling on tag behind photo

Renata Moni (Brazil)
**Hidden Journaling behind photo. 
** Chipboard numbers  and  green swirls by Imaginarium Designs **

**Purple Cord is from Scrapbook Fantasies**

** Journaling hidden in pocket behind photo **
** Chipboard alphas and medallion by Imaginarium Designs **

Florence Teixeira - France 
** Journaling hidden behind photo **

Svetlana Austin (South Africa)
*Hidden Journaling on a tag at the back of the layout*
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard used
**Pink ribbon is from Scrapbook Fantasies**

Our main sponsor for November is a beautiful online store called The Trinket Track..

Welcome to The Trinket Track. The home of the cutest little trinkets around!
Here at The Trinket Track we aim to provide a variety of crafters with a wide selection of embellishments for scrapbooking and cardmaking. Love to make your own accesories? No problem, we have you covered too with a selection of beads, links, ribbon and other little trinkets.
We hope you have an enjoyable shopping experience down the track!
For ideas on how to use our embellishments visit the blog
 and our store address is

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 January The winner of this challenge with the most points, as voted by the Design Team will be invited to be our Guest Designer in January and create along side our Design Team. This person will also win a $25.00 store voucher from ...

The next four winning entries will win the following prizes

A 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.

There will also be 3 randomly picked winners who will receive the following..

2 ribbon packs for 2 winners from Scrapbooking Fantasies. Each pack includes 29 x ½ mt lengths.

**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 November 30th,  Australian 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. Another amazing reveal ladies... and gorgeous prizes to be won!

  2. Gorgeous sketch and the DT has done an amazing job on it! I can't wait to see what everyone will create for this challenge:)

  3. so much inspiration.....gorgeous !

  4. O-M-G!! have to say it again O-M-G!! I think this reveal has to be the best one in a string of nothing but best ones!! cannot believe my eyes seeing all the breathtaking pages!! Have been a fan of Anna-Maria's for ages, she's an incredibly talented artist! What a beautiful sketch Nadia, thank you! and ho ho Christmas has come early, just look at the prizes!! *sigh* Got to scroll a bit more ladies - gorgeous work everyone!! Happy weekend to ya all! (when it comes) xoxo

  5. My goodness these DT layouts are AMAZING!! so very beautiful and unique.. love them.. thanks for wonderful inspiration...

  6. WOW!!!! What a sketch!! And such beautiful examples - thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  7. Thank you so much for the sketch and for the inspiration! It is so hard to pick a favorite, all the pages are just stunning!

  8. wow ! wow! wow !! ladies !!!!!! amazing pages on here !!!!!!!!!! i'm so proud to be here with you !!

  9. Fabulous DT pages! I would love to add my own entry but your link has disappeared (I can't access the link gaget on any blogger blog) Not sure if it is just a NZ problem?
    Here is the link to my blog post anyway?

  10. Beautifull pages ...
    Loved the inspirations and could not help but join in!!
    My version:

  11. Beautiful sketch!
    so beautiful DT's LO!
    Here is
    Thank you.

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