Thursday, June 30, 2011

July 1st Challenge + meet our July Guest Designer Karola Witczak

*apologies for this being a day early! I have major blogger issues and JUST got the chance to post this. You still have some time to enter the last challenge**

Hi there everyone!

THANKS so much for your continued support and the absolutely wonderful talent you all displayed in the last challenge. The Design team is busy voting and I will have the winners soon.

Moving on to our...

Journalling Criteria: Who is in the photo? Name the person in the photo and at least 1 fact about them. This can be personality, character, talent , achievement etc. but it must be at least 2 sentences long. 


It gives me great pleasure to announce this very talented person to our blog. PLEASE give a warm welcome to the one and only....


Hi everyone, My name is Karola Witczak. I am an absolutely addicted scrapbooking Mommy to Rose, wife to Martin, friend of our furry babies - Miki and Chili (cat & the dog). I'm a little crazy woman, who is dedicated to my scrapbooking passion almost every day, for a few years now.  I am constantly trying to develop my passion - in different ways and stepping on different paths - from digital scrapbooking 6 years ago, to an intensive exploration of the intricacies of traditional scrapbooking, constant learning and teaching others as a scrapbooking instructor. Currently I am working as a freelance designer for a large group of scrapbooking companies, shops, projects, challenge blogs and I'm proud ambassador of many top brands and initiatives in my country of Poland and abroad. Sometimes I design products for scrapbooking - it gives me lots of joy and satisfaction. I am proud and honored to being Creative Director and Product Designer in The ScrapCake company. In everyday life I create a LO's, cards, albums, and other things not directly related to scrapbooking - such as notebooks, home decors. 
It is hard to define my style, mostly my friends call it "Karola's style," and often hear that this is a soft, romantic, feminine, eclectic. I love shabby chic but with something modern. In most of my work you can usually see portraits of my daughter - I am absolutely in love with her face, and such pictures usually go to my Lo's and albums. Definitely I like all feminine, romantic themes, delicate, soft colors, I'm also dependent on the sewing machine, especially when I make cards. I love to add new things to my projects, but usually I have a big inspirations from patterned papers, flowers and interesting color palettes - I believe when I have a piece of paper I can create anything!

I am so happy and honoured to be a Guest Designer in Once Upon A Sketch blog! Thank you so much for inviting me to this wonderful creative adventure!


And here is Karola's gorgeous layout.

" I made this Lo using my collection The Bright Side of Life, Prima flowers, Prima mask, gesso, and glimmer mists (for splashing).  On the photo is my friend Paulina" 

I have been emailing Karola the last few days and everyone let me just tell you how incredibly sweet she is. She is so warm and friendly and just an awesome person. 

Now we welcome the winners from our last challenge who are our Guest Designers this month too..

Jeni O'Connor

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous work!


Starting with our  Design Team member that was sponsored by Tidbitz In Time kit club this month, Natalie Elphinstone. Natalie had the chance to work with this amazing July kit from Tidbitz In Time and is Guest Designers there this month. Check out the rest of her projects at the Tidbitz In Time gallery and the Tidbitz In Time blog

**July Kit from Tidbitz In Time

Now the rest of our Design Team..

Gerry Van Gent

 Irini Liolia

Irma Peredne

and lastly me, Nadia Cannizzo


You might have read in Karola's biography something about The ScrapCake? Well..our very own Nerrida Mitchell and Gerry Van Gent are on the Design Team and I can confess that its one place I get lots of  inspiration from. 

The ScrapCake is a polish manufacturer of scrapbooking papers and paper accessories. We deliver designer collections produced with the smallest detail in mind to present you with the highest possible quality. Currently we released collections by Kinga Spiczko (aka Pasiakowa) and Karola Witczak. From the very beginning we are operating as an international brand distributing our products in many countries in Europe and other continents. We are cooperating with designers located in different countries and our international Design Team delivers lots of inspirations, challenges and contests on our blog.


The winner of this challenge will get the chance to come back in August as our Guest Designer and will also walk away with this COMPLETE collection from Karola Witzak..

The Bright Side Of Life 
Including: 6 12 x 12 doublesided papers, 5 7 x 12 doublesided papers, 13 tags and labels and 6 x 6 paper pad (24 doublesided sheets)

Our RANDOMLY drawn winner will receive this COMPLETE collection designed by amazing polish cartoonist - Kinga Spiczko. 

Summer At The Seaside 
Including: 6 12 x 12 doublesided papers, 5 7 x 12 doublesided papers, 13 tags and labels and 6 x 6 paper pad (24 doublesided sheets). 

These are simply amazing and JUST RELEASED! Lucky you! These will be sent directly to you from The ScrapCake.  

How would you like the chance to win one of these or to be our Guest next month? Take part in our challenge and you never know! It could be YOU!

Things to consider when playing along... 

**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter 
**You are allowed to create a card, layout or off-the-page item based on the provided sketch and additional journalling criteria. If you are creating a card or altered item you only need to include a quote. 
**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 our right sidebar 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 14th. The Design Team will vote and the winner and the Top 5 project will be announced soon after the challenge has finished. 
**You may enter as many times as you like and combine this with other challenges. 
**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.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL and hope you have lots of fun. 


  1. my goodness the DT have come up with stunningly beautiful layouts... awesome creations...

  2. Gorgeous work from the DT ! I am a big Karola fan & have only just found the lovely Scrap Cake company. Yummy, shabby & oh so pretty!!

  3. Gorgeous layouts!!

    Nadia, the deadline is July 14th, right? And not May...

  4. Another fantastic sketch and some beautiful samples. Can't wait to get started on this!! xx

  5. Oh my those DT layouts are AMAZINGLY STUNNING, gosh feeling a tad overwhelmed now lol, great sketch !!!

  6. What a fabulous sketch! There is some serious eye candy here in all of those amazing samples! Can't wait to get started on this one :)

  7. fabulous sketch ! And the projects are stunning !!!!

  8. OMG! they are ALL my faves and I dare not pick one! ALL of the examples are so fantastic. I hope I get a chance to participate this month :)

  9. Awesome....Beautiful take ladies. Karola's work is truly amazing..I'm a big fan of hers..Can't wait to get my hands on this. I'm so inspired..Thanks

  10. loooove the new sketch, and the inspiration is out of this world gorgeous!

  11. OOOH my goodness, this is almost too much for an old gal to take in!! First you have the wonderful wonderful stellar Karola as GD - holy moly! Then one lucky winner gets that truly gorgeous paper kit aaaand the DT's layouts as the cherries on the cake baked after that fantastic sketch. This certainly is a killer challenge!! xoxo

  12. stunning work girls !!iLOVE each layout !

  13. You ladies have done an amazing job with that sketch once again!!! Scrap cake products are awesome!!!!!!! Thank you!
    And of course I am a big Karola's fan!!!

  14. Oh, my, Girls, you are so incredibly talented!!
    Love, love love all projects!! Thank you so much for invite me to your creative place! I am so happy and honoured!

  15. Hi again! I already posted on my blog my entry for 1st July challenge. Thanks for all the inspiring works, really love to play with you! Tha link is

  16. what gorgeous and inspiring layouts from everyone! Karola is incredible and soooo very generous with this awesome prize!!

  17. WOW Nadia! This sketch is absolutely amazing and I just can't wait to create a layout with it. I am in awe of the DT jawdropping samples, how much inspiration in one place!

    ... and OMG! The prize is divine!!!!

  18. hi i m new follower of urs. very happy to join such blog.will try to participate in challange. have a nice day
    from india

  19. all so talented, what a gorgeous sketch too...thanks for the inspiration :)

  20. Happy to have found your challenge site via Nadia! Thanks so much for the awesome inspiration and great sketch to play with! Looking forward to the next!

  21. mine is done and linked, i loved this challenge

  22. I did mine and linked yet