Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Winners!!!

Hey everyone!

Thank you SO very much for playing along with us in August. We had some AMAZING entries and the votes are in. 

The winners from now on will ALSO be posted on our Facebook Page HERE  and with our Social Media DT Call ending tomorrow, please keep an eye on our Facebook Page from now on as we are planning on featuring layouts there from time to time AND we will also have a prize from an awesome sponsor for someone we pick from uploads there from next month. But more on that I reveal September's challenge on Sunday :) 

OK here we go. 

1. Elena Smoktunova (Russia)
Well done, you have won the prize from our main sponsor this month which is a US$30.00 voucher to The Reneabouquets Etsy Shop  store with FREE domestic or international shipping!! Please contact Renea at and please write "OUAS AUGUST WINNER"on the subject line. 

Elena, you are also invited to come back in October as our Guest Designer. Please contact me , Nadia, at so I can send you all the information you need! Well done to you!!

For your efforts you have won an Imaginarium Designs chipboard pack full at AU$50.00 shipped to you free! Please contact Natalie May from Imaginarium Designs at . Please put "OUAS June Winner" in the subject field. 

3. Tiffany Morgan  (USA)

Good work! As our winner you have won a Scraps of Elegance main kit valued at US$35.95 value, shipped to you free Priority shipping within the USA, or free First Class shipping for international winners! Please email Melinda Kelly at and  please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

4. Frau_Muller (Ukraine)

Congratulations! You have won a  US$25.00 gift voucher at The Flying Unicorn online store and kit club, with free domestic and international shipping ! Please email Alda Stevens at and  Shona Kheen at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

5. Taniko (Ukraine)
Well done to you. You have won a Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking patterned paper and canvas collection with free domestic and international shipping.  Please email Julia Cotrimat and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

Can all the above winners please grab your winners badge..

1. Camilla Ekman's pick of the month is

Congratulations for being a Designer's Pick you have won AUS$25.00 prize pack from Sassy Scrappers with free domestic and international shipping.  Please email Olga at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

2.Hilde Aslund's pick of the month is

Congrats to you for being a Designer's pick. You have also won a prize pack to the value of 15.00 Euro from Get Creative Embellishments  Please email Irini Liolia at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

3.  Solagne Marques' pick of the month is

Great work! Besides being a Designer's Pick you have also won a prize pack valued at AU$20.00 from  Njoyfull Crafts shipped to you for free!  Please email Njoyfull Crafts at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

4.  Efi Stamatelli's pick of the month is


Well done !!You have won yourself a ribbon pack from Scrapbooking Fantasies valued at over AU$10.00 shipped to you for free!  Please email Alicia at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

5. Kim Price's pick of the month is

You have won a prize pack from SA Crafters valued at US$15.00 shipped to you for free! Please email SA Crafters  at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

This is your badge to display proudly on your blogs

The spotlight feature was chosen this month by me personally. I went through all the entries and wanted to find one that included a difficult topic to scrap about because of course journalling is what we encourage here. I chose two that touched me personally.. yes probably because I know the feelings these ladies must have felt when scrapping these layouts all too well... 

THANK YOU for sharing these with us.. 

Well done! You have won a ribbon pack from Scrapbooking Fantasies valued at over AU$10.00 
 Please email Alicia at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

Thank you Jen for sharing this layout with us. I will put something in the mail for you . 

And here is your badge to display at your blog..

The entry picked via that has won the $10.00 ,voucher to  is Little Blue Button Stamps is 
Please contact Olga at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

The entry picked via that has won the Fancy Flair Designs store voucher is  6. Elvira 6. F.Souza 

Please contact Fancy Flair designs at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field

Friday, August 23, 2013

Social Media DT CALL and some more info!!!

Hey everyone! Thank you all very much for playing along with us in August. You still have 2 days to get your entries in and so far we have seen some AMAZING layouts. For the first time ever, I have featured some layouts on our Facebook page HERE . Please do check it out as it could be yours that I featured. I just was very impressed with the quality of entries so far. Please note, it doesn't mean these are the winners. The challenge hasn't ended yet so I just wanted to give you some inspiration. 

Now..some exciting news!! The brilliant Design Team I have here at the moment has been very very supportive and patient with me while I went on to have my baby, who is now 3 months old :) 
They have stayed on beyond the original term requirements, and although we lost some along the way (very understandable) the majority is still here and we have agreed that December will be their last month :( I am so proud of this team. We have people that since they started here, have ended up on MAJOR Design Teams and gone on to do amazing stuff.. SO proud. :) 

SO now we look forward.. ..I can let you know that there will be a Design Team call out in **OCTOBER**! Probably around the first week of October. The term will most likely be 1 year: January-December 2014. But more on that later. I am just giving you a heads up as I get asked AAALLL the time. I won't lie.. there are a few people that are already on my list to be asked and I have been keeping a close eye (and will continue to do so)  on the entries that have been coming in the last few months. I know once again it will be a very hard choice. But anyway.. stay tuned around that first week in October for all the details :) 

Now.............. I am looking for 1 member to join us as a permanent Design Team member starting in September for as long as I can have them for. :) 

This person will:
*start in September until the end of December 2014 
* be part of our permanent Design Team
*have access to our Design Team blog and Facebook page
*be expected to submit 1 layout per month
*comment on some entries throughout the month
*vote for the winning entries at the end of the month
and the most important thing of all
**have a STRONG knowledge of Social Media sites. 
The person I am looking for would be in charge of running our Facebook page by uploading the winners, sending out reminder posts and every other way they think would benefit Once Upon A..Sketch and maybe post about the challenge/sketch on Pinterest and wherever else they think would be of benefit.

Of course, I will also be looking at this person's blog, personal style etc etc but please do not be discouraged if you think you are not experienced enough! I will be honest that my priority is someone that can take over the social media sites that OUAS is on, but yes because you will also be designing for us I am looking for quality of work too :) But please apply.. I always say you never ever know!
SO no matter your skill level, or country PLEASE apply :) 

This what you need to do is.

*send me an email at by August 30th!
*in the subject line please write *Social Media DT Call* 
*I do not need very much text.. just tell me that you are able to run our Facebook page and can dedicate the time to it and please send me a link to your own Facebook account, and your blog and any other social media site you are a member of. 

You have 1 week :) I look forward to hearing from you

XOXO Nadia

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August CHALLENGE!!!!

Well hello there everyone! 

Somehow, we have reached August.. WHAT? Ummm... December is only 4 months away and I literally feel like I just took down the Christmas tree yesterday LOL! Well not much we can do about it I say but do what we love, and I hope one of those things for you is to play along with our challenges. 

I really would like to take a moment to THANK YOU all for continuing to support us here. Some of you might know that just 2 months ago I had a little baby, my 3rd girl :) Life is VERY hectic and chaotic and I find myself tired most of time LOL! From past experience, I know this will pass but its still SO hard some days and honestly.. blogging and crafting is the FURTHEST thing on my mind. At one point a few weeks ago I thought of taking a break from OUAS but when I check out the amazing amount of entries each month I am blown away. What am I thinking giving this up? This IS my 4th baby LOL! 

So THANK you so very much for popping in here and keeping all this going. And I also want to take a moment to also thank the amazing people I have designing for me. They just stuck it out, didn't complain , went about their job and also were instrumental in keeping OUAS alive. Last but not least, the amazing sponsors , who donate their prizes and contribute towards the success of this blog ... well what can I say? When I asked them a couple of months ago to change things around so that the winners contact them directly and to easy the pressure of me , they responded right away and all this, together with my need to have everything organised MONTHS ahead brings me to today, where I am a SO happy to reveal yet another challenge. 

So thank you all, and I feel energised and content to keep going with OUAS and to provide you with as many challenges as I can from here on :)

Ok here we go with August's challenge! I will say I am particularly impressed with the approach the Design Team took with this challenge. It is a bit of a hard topic... it can so easily be adapted to happy things but also ... not so happy moments we would rather forget but never will. 

I am especially interested in visiting blogs this month and reading your stories.. so if you have a sad or happy story to share, I am READY to read it! 


Journalling Theme: "I'll never forget"

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 . You are allowed to journal in any language but please tell us where on your page we will find your journalling. Remember journalling has to be a bit more than a title, or a generic comment. Hidden journalling is perfectly fine.

Please welcome the winner of our June Challenge

My name is Zaneta Glowa a.k.a Zanka. I’m originally from Poland but I have been living in Sweden for quite few years now. Came here for job reason and stayed for love ;) I have a little family, my little daughter, two stepchildren and my hubby. As you might’ve noticed, my works mainly feature the photos of our kids.My adventure with scrapbooking started in 2010, with some Christmas cards and an idea to make an album with the photos from our daughter’s baptising. Before I knew it, I was totally hooked and I now could almost start a little store with the amount of scrapbooking supplies I have! I currently design for Papercraft Scandinavia, Let's Get Shabby challenge blog and Color Stories Inspiration. 
You will find my blog HERE 

Journalling: "I'll never forget...the year when a tiny miracle,  our daughter came to our life"
 Journalling ticket is tucked  behind the photo, on top.
Supplies: 7 Dots Studio & Prima (papers) , Inkido (flower)

 Now here is what our Design Team came up with. Please click on their blogs for more details on their creations. I am sure they would love to hear from you !!!

Eila Sandberg (Sweden)
(Journalling at the back) 

Melenia Agapides (Greece)
***Imaginarium Designs chipboard (firefly & swirl)***

Hilde Aaslund (Norway)

 Efi Stamatelli (Greece) 
"Chipboard Imaginarium Designs"

Kim Price (Australia)

*Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
Personal journaling on pullout aeroplane envelope

Camilla Ekman (Sweden) 
**Chipboards from Imaginarium Designs**

Solange Marques (Brazil)
Journaling at the back.
Imaginarium Designs chipboards

The winner of this challenge,as voted by the Design Team will be invited to come back in October as our Guest Designer. They will also win the main prize from our main sponsor for August.

Our August sponsor is 
The Reneabouquets Etsy Shop offers unique and creatively beautiful scrapbook embellishments that are perfect for scrapbook layouts, cards, tags, mini albums, altered items, special events,  and weddings.  The shop also offers other Items that include:  premade scrapbook layouts, altered memory boxes, mini albums, decorative items, cards and tags. 
**Let Reneabouquets create something unique and beautiful for you! **

This month, our winner will receive a US$30.00 voucher to the store with FREE domestic or international shipping!!

Now here are the prizes from our monthly sponsors!

Imaginarium Designs chipboard, is donating a chipboard pack full of their newest releases valued at AU$50.00 , with free domestic and international shipping 

Scraps of Elegance kit club is donating their main kit valued at US$35.95 value, with free Priority shipping within the USA, or free First Class shipping for international winners!

The Flying Unicorn online store is donating a US$25.00 gift voucher to spend at their store with free domestic and international shipping ! 

Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking  is donating a patterned paper collection with free domestic and international shipping

Sassy Scrappers is donating a AUS$25.00 prize pack with free domestic and international shipping 

Scrapbooking Fantasies is donating a ribbon pack  for 2 winners valued at over AU$10.00 each plus with free domestic and international shipping 

Njoyfull Crafts is donating one of the above prize packs or similar valued at AU$20.00 with free domestic and international shipping 

Get Creative Embellishments is donating a prize pack valued at 15.00 Euro,  shipped free anywhere in the world

SA Crafters is donating a prize pack valued at US$15.00 , shipped anywhere in the world. 

Digital Designs by Olga, is offering a $10.00 voucher to the online store 

Fancy Flair Designs is donating a store voucher

The deadline for this challenge is midnight August 25th Australian Eastern Standard Time