Nadia Cannizzo (Australia) - Founder
My name is Nadia Cannizzo, and I live in Sydney Australia, although I was born and spent my childhood in Greece. I am proud to be, first and foremost , mum to two much loved and much wanted girls and I have been married to my husband for the last 12 years. In my professional life, I chose to work with children again and have been a Primary School teacher for the last 12 years. I have been scrapping/paper crafting officially for just under 3 years now and I have to say I am well and truly addicted and spend a small fortune on lots of supplies each and every month. Let's just say hubby has given up trying to fight my scrapping obsession. :)
I have maintained my creative blog HERE since late 2010 and that is the place I share all my creations and quite often some aspects of my personal life. I can't help it..I have the best followers from all over the world who listen and reply to my ramblings :) They continue to help me through some tough times, and they now feel like part of my extended family!
In March of 2011 I started this challenge blog. My challenges are based on my sketches that I create along with my journalling prompts. This was born out of my love and passion for journalling on my layouts. I believe that too few people are journalling on their pages these days, and through my challenge blog I am hoping to encourage people to do that more often. Journalling, and leaving a legacy behind is why I started scrapping in the first place and I never wish to lose this. Although I love to create pretty looking pages, I thrive on writing messages to my daughters on my layouts or more often these days, at the back of them. In the past 3 years, I have had the chance to work along side some very talented women through various spots on Design Teams, ranging from challenge blogs to kit clubs etc. I have learnt so much from so many people, and I never feel as though I have learnt it all! I love to be inspired by talented people. I get a kick out of learning something new and I often blog hop right into the wee hours of the morning.
Cathy Cafun (USA)
Hi, my name is Cathy and I live in Queensland, Australia with my very supportive husband of 25 years and 2 teenage children Luke and Brittany. Scrapping has been part of my life for about 7 years now and it’s an all-consuming passion!!I’m not sure of my style as it is constantly evolving, but I do love Shabby Chic/Vintage and am very partial to the grungy distressed look. My inspiration usually starts with photos of my family, and I just let my creations flow from there, but I also find inspiration from browsing blogs, online galleries & mags and all the ever-changing & exciting products out there. My creations usually have elements of texture and dimension and I find fussy cutting, layering and distressing a wonderful way to achieve this. I really enjoy experimenting with new techniques and am loving mixed media at the moment. Currently, I am designing for, Meg’s Garden, Scrapmatts Berry71Bleu & Bird is the Word. My blog is http://cathycafun.blogspot.com.au/ if you want to stop by and say hello.I'm so excited to have been asked to be part of this fabulously talented group which make up the OUAS Design Team... thank you so much Nadia.
Kay Fatula (USA)
My name is Karla but I'm better known as Kay--a nickname I rec'd in college & it simply stuck. I've loved arts/crafts my whole life. I've been drawing since the first time I picked up my first crayon. However, it wasn't until 2007 that I discovered scrapbooking & haven't looked back since. Scrapbooking provides a means for me to release my artsy side & to document my life in order to pass down to future generations. Along the way, I also discovered the art of stamping--I tend to stamp my own backgrounds & create my own designs. I also enjoy doing the occasional altered art. I've altered wooden frames, wooden boxes, mini albums & have done a couple of canvases.By day, I'm a senior level Quality Analyst working for a Fortune 100 global company. I'm married to a great guy that puts up with & supports my scrapbook & crafting addiction! I have no kids as of yet. Just one small fur-baby by the name of Toby who's my little ray of sunshine. I have two sides to me--the technical/analytical side seen by day and the crafty/artistic side seen mostly by night.I'm looking forward to working with the OUAS team & to hopefully provide innovative inspiration to some of you along this new creative journey!To see more of my work or to learn more about me, please feel free to visit my blog:www.kayskreativekorner.blogspot.com
Erin Blegen (USA)
Hi! My name is Erin Blegen, I'm 28 years old and live in rural Northeast Minnesota, USA. There my hubby Josh and I make our home in a little cabin in the woods along with our 3 beautiful children. We enjoy anything the outdoors has to offer and we live a fairly simple lifestyle that most people would not choose (no running water for starters lol)- but it's a good, quiet life and we like it that way :) I first started scrapbooking back in 2007 when my first child was born, completed one album, and then quit until July 2010 when my second child was born. Since then, I haven't looked back! In that time I"ve discovered my "style" which generally includes lots of beautiful layers, flowers, and distressing. I've also recently expanded my interests into cards and altered projects, which I've quickly fallen in love with! I'm a bit of a paper and flower collector, love to work with chipboard, and experimenting with different mediums. I'm super excited to be joining the team at Once Upon A...Sketch. I've been a fan since discovering the site about a year ago, and have had the pleasure of getting to know Nadia through C'est Magnifique Kits, where I have the privilege of being on the design team with her. I also design for the Australian chipboard manufacturer Scrap FX, and Scrappin' Patch, a scrapbook store in New Zealand.You can find me at my blog: My Scrap Cabin
Hilde Aaslund (Norway)
My name is Hilde Aaslund and I am a sketch addict! I live in Norway with my hubby, two boys 9 &12, FIL and a number of pets: dog, cat and budgies. I work full time as an engineer at construction sites and spend my leisure time driving kids to activities, running this place called home and scrap.I started my paper craft career as a card maker in 2005, but transformed to a layout scrapper a year later. My main scrap subjects are - quite naturally- my family, but I also scrap about subjects found in our everyday life – the pets, our friends, funny signs and anything that makes my day special.As life is busy, I hardly have time to sit down and scrap for hours, and this is reflected in my scrap style: often simple I-can-do-that layouts with plenty of white space or quite linear. But on occasions I get carried away and keep adding details as if I were paid by the number J Currently, I am on the DT for one of the US’ largest kit clubs, I have been published several times and I still enjoy participating in challenges on challenge blogs!I am, as I said, a sketch addict, and I am thrilled beyond words to be a part of the OUAS DT!
Camilla Ekman (Sweden)
I'm Camilla Ekman from southern Sweden. I work as a Montessori teacher and when I'm off work I do what I love most - that is of course scrapbooking. My favourite scrapping subjects are my two children, Julia and Filip, but also my sweet nieces and nephews. I have scrapped since early 2007 and enjoyed every minute of my hobby. Through scrapbooking I keep my memories alive but above all I get to be creative. I get to use my hands! I would say that I tend to scrap romantic and shabby. I love using flowers, bling and lace. When I don't scrap I enjoy books, travelling and spending lots of time with friends. I am so proud and honoured to design for Glitz Design, C’est Magnifique Kit Club and now Once Upon A Sketch. I LOVE sketches! My blog: http://camillaslillasida.blogspot.com
Svetlana Austin (South Africa)
Hi, everyone! My name is Svetlana Austin. I am a Russian girl who ended up living in hot South Africa for the last 10 years. I met my husband while he was doing mission work in Russia. We have 2 beautiful sons who keep us busy and fill our lives with sunshine (not that we have lack of it in the northern part of our country). I was always creative. I tried many different crafts but once I was introduced to scrapbooking by my friend, I never stopped. It was 8 years ago. I defiantly love to create layouts about my little boys. My aim is to reflect their personalities through my work. I love to make real boy’s layouts full of colors and details. I like to use paint and sprays in my projects, as well as hand-stitching. Sometimes I like to make very romantic and feminine layouts about myself or about my girl-friends. It allows me to express the stuff that I personally like. My scrapbooking style is always determined by photographs I use and what kind of story I would like to tell through my project. I had a pleasure to design for various Russian and international challenge blogs. I am also honored to design for Kaisercraft. You can visit my blog at Colourful Memories (http://www.colorfulmemories-protea.blogspot.com/)
My name is Mona Pendleton, I live with my sweet husband, Scott, two teenage step children, Connor 16, Meredith 15 and two 5 year old Westies, Gretchen and Griffin in Phoenix, AZ. I have two college age young adult children as well, Jerry 24 and Angie 22. I work as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room of an Orthopedic Hospital and in my spare time, I find it enjoyable to use the other side of my brain, playing with paper crafting products creating various projects.I first started scrapbooking too long ago to remember when which spilled over into card making, creating home décor projects and gifts for family, friends and co workers. I love lots of layers, colors and find happiness in all the little details!My blog : Cupcake's Creations
My name is Kelly Foster, I live in northern Minnesota (USA), with my other half, Jeremy, and our two beautiful red-headed daughters, Lilah and Paisley. I began scrapbooking shortly after Lilah was born, in 2010, and quickly became completely obsessed!! I love everything about this amazing hobby...I'm always wanting to try new things, and I especially enjoy working with sketches. I think my style is really all over the place...I will create a big pile of layers and mess one day,and something totally clean and simple the next! Aside from scrapbooking, when I can find the time, (or just need a break from scrapbooking..) I love to sew, (I recently taught myself!), cook and bake, shop, read, and of course, enjoy my babies (and take tons of photos of them..)!! I am so excited and honored to be joining this amazing team of designers, and so thankful to Nadia for giving me this awesome opportunity!! My blog: Scrappin'Sisters
Helena Virpi (Italy)
I'm extremely happy and honored to be part of the fabulous and extremely talented Design Team at OUAS. My name is Helena Virpi, I'm 54, originally Finnish, Italian by marriage and temperament. 3 kids, 1 husband. I have lived in Rome for the past 30 years and love it!
I started scrapbooking in 2005 and it was love at first sight. I have always done something with my hands, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and paper piecing but that was just the right time to start something new. My scrapbooking has gone through various phases from clean and simple but very much color coordinated to overly rich and elaborate which included layering, tearing, distressing and inking but for a long time I wasn't happy with my pages. I was convinced that there was a certain way, ”the right way” to scrapbook and I was frustrated because I wasn't achieving that. I was also haunted by the urge to preserve memories and to always include meaningful journaling. Two years ago I discovered mixed media and through various techniques and through much trial and error I have learned to express myself more freely and finally let go of the misconception that there's a ”right way” to scrapbook. I have found my style and I'm pleased with my pages. They are not perfect but they are ”me”. I do like to preserve memories and I like to think that my kids will appreciate my pages and their content one day, but I really scrapbook for myself: it's therapeutic, I love to play with colors and textures and sometimes I scrap a photo just because. Too many rules kill the joy and spontaneity. My other passions are photography, traveling and reading. I love my life! I currently design for CSI. I'd love you to visit me on my blog Scrappassion
Evgenia Petzer (South Africa)
My name is Evgenia Petzer and soon I will be 28. I am a mom to a boy, 3 years old and I was born and raised in Russia, but now we live in South Afric, its a anative country of my husband. I love it here! I am a photographer, so have lots of time to stay at home and scrap.I am proud do design for Melissa Frances, Tattered Angels, UHK and FabScraps brands and also I design for 3 scrappy boys kit club.I love shabby chic style layouts, but being a mom of boy you will see a lots of bright, "playful" layouts in my blog.Thank you so much for having me here.Here is a link to my blog http://evgeniapetzer.blogspot.com/
Ania Zaprzelska (Poland)
My name is Anna Zaprzelska, also known as Brises. I live in Poland with my family (my husband and one wonderful son).I discovered scrapbooking in 2009, but did not scrap as consistently as now and never imagined that scrapbooking would become a passion, or that I would have a craft-corner in my home dedicated to the hobby... Now, I’m addicted to scrapping and enjoy creating everyday. Every little things in my life are just an other reason to create more pages. And, of course, my family has always been a great source of inspiration for me. I love photography and believe that a good photograph can tell a great story and is the beginning of a great page.My style? Layers, layers, layers and a lots of hand-cut elements. At the end - stamps! I really love stamps! I proudly design for 7 Dots Studio, Ridderholm Design, Pion Design, Galeria Rae and Bird Is the Word. I am sooooo excited to be a part of this amazing team and invite you to visit me on my blog:
Hi! My name is Eila Sandberg and I live in Sweden's capital called Stockholm on the east coast by the Baltic Sea. My family is a small one; it's me and my very supportive and patient husband Bengt and our 3 cats - Max, Alice and Elsa. I have a grown-up stepdaughter Emelie, whom you will see in some of my layouts. My friends kindly let me scrap their children if I need willing guinea pigs for a layout.My roots are Finnish but I was born and raised in Sweden.I've been sort of dabbling with scrapping since 2009 but more seriously so since 2010. Scrapping is a wonderful way for me to gain balance and happiness in my otherwise very stressful office life. I work fulltime outside of our home.I scrap mainly 12 x 12 layouts and you will always see fussy cutting and flowers on my pages. I devour English crime novels and love BBC TV series and milk chocolate. Inspectors Morse and Lynley are my kind of coppers! If I don't get a big mug of coffee with milk in the morning I get very cranky.I have the privilege of being a DT member of the Australian challenge sites The Color Room and Meg’s Garden, and CSI Color..Stories..Inspiration in the US. I am honoured beyond words and rather nervous to be part of this awesome team!My blog: http://www.dollopsofscrap.blogspot.com/Melenia Agapides (Greece)Hello everyone! I feel honoured and very happy to become part of this wonderful team (thanks to Nadia)! I’m Melenia Agapides, I live in Greece with my DH and two kids! I work at the local airport as an airport authority officer. I got into the magical world of scrapbooking back in 2009 and from then on I have been scrapping like crazy! I am a DT member of Bird is The Word, Get Creative and Memories Trend, and some of my creations have been published in magazines and ebooks.I love colours and shapes, which I always try to combine harmoniously! I also love to tell stories and to express thoughts and dreams, through my pages. In this way I seek to store all the precious memories that can so easily be forgotten over time and in the stress of everyday life. My purpose is always to achieve balance and harmony in everything I create!
Solagne Marques (Brazil)I am Solange Marques, and I live in Curitiba, Brazil, with my husband, João, and some of my children. I have five children : Camila, Alexandre, Bruno, Gabriela, Miguel and two grandchildren: Clara and Samuel. They are always present in my creations. I am graduated in architecture and fine arts, but I have been working in a Bank for 23 years as an appraiser of jewelry.I have been in love with Arts and Crafts since I was a child . I discovered Scrapbooking in 2004 and today I am totally crazy about it.I love to use paints and texture in my layouts and I melt the photos with the background. I love mixing a lot of techniques and products in my pages such as acrylic paints, watercolor, stamps, modeling paste and acrylic gesso.I love the artsy style! My Blog : Solagne MarquesRenata Moni (Brazil)My name is Renata Moni Bidin. I am Brazilian, married and mother of a 6 year old boy named Guilherme, and he is my inspiration. I started scrapbooking after my son was born. Since then, I am in love with scissors and papers! Now I am a SAHM and I feel so blessed to be able to spend so much time with him. Scrapbooking for me is more than a hobby. It’s my therapy.Of course, I love to create something memorable for my family, but I must confess, the creative process is the best part for me, because that is when I can play and have fun! I adore trying new techniques and new products! So glad to be in this amazing team!My blog: Keeping My MemoriesRomy Veul (The Netherlands)My name is Romy and I'm a 19-year-old scrapaholic from the Netherlands. I study Dutch language & linguistics in Amsterdam and when I'am not studying, I love to be creative in some way. Since primary school I have always had a creative hobby (making jewelry, 3D cards, flower arranging), but after a while I was always looking for something new. That was until I was put in touch with scrapbooking. What a wonderful way to combine my love for creativity and my passion for photos. I am still hooked to creating both layouts and cards and photography has grown into a hobby too! I love to try different styles: from shabby chic & vintage to bold & colourful, though I tend to love the shabby chic/vintage style the most lately. No matter what style I try, I almost always incorporate lots of layers and details in my work. I think they are my signature. I am currently designing for Bo Bunny, My Creative Scrapbook, Scrap for Help, Scrapping Outback and Simpel Scrappen. I have been a fan of Once Upon a Sketch since the very first challenge. This is such an inspiring and encouraging challenge blog. I feel truly honoured to be part of such a wonderful and talented group of ladies and I can't wait to get started.My Blog : Scrapstuff And More
Hi, I'm ChantalleWith a background in Graphic Design, I recently discovered the worldof Scrapbooking.I am inspired by the everyday antics of my little ratbags and I try toconvey a sense of fun in my layouts.A technique I'm really enjoying at the moment is hidden journalling.I am so excited to be joining my first DT and I look forward to seeingyour interpretations of the 'challenges' ahead!You can find me on my blog The Anticlockwise Fish
My name is Kim Price, married to Simon and we live on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia with our two almost grown up teenaged daughters. Having discovered a love for scrapbooking in 2002 during a fabulous trip around Australia for 7 months I have been scrapbooking ever since. I have been lucky enough to have worked in the industry and taught including scrapbooking, card making, mixed media and technique style classes. I have recently returned to blogging earlier this year, and with that I have enjoyed being a part of some great creative and design teams including Green Tara, The Scrapbook Store, Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge, Kraft It Up!, Our Creative Corner, Scrap The Girls and The Studio. I am so excited to be joining Once Upon A Sketch and look forward to getting to know everyone and enjoy this wonderful community.You can find me on my blog Inkognito