Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December 1st Challenge + Meet our December Guest Designer **IVANA CAMDZIC*

Welcome everyone to another challenge here at Once Upon A...Sketch. We are already in December and the end of the year is just around the corner.

December 1st Challenge

Journalling Criteria/theme: The thing I look most forward to in December.

Write at least 2 sentences on what you look forward to in the next month. December is a festive month so your journalling could be about the Christmas season, the holidays, the presents or if you do not celebrate Christmas what does December bring for you that you look most forward to? Note:You layout DOES NOT have to be about Christmas! It can be about anything December brings.

Other ideas for journalling: an annual holiday or celebration, a specific event such as putting up the Christmas tree or pre Christmas traditions you might have leading up to Christmas, family time, snow covered fields or warmer weather, time off work, school holidays, change of weather, new season fruit.

Guest Designers

It is so wonderful to have this person here as our Guest for December! Please welcome the super talented ..

Ivana Camdzic from Canada

 Hi! My name is Ivana Camdzic. I am 26 years old, I live in Saskatoon, Canada, and I have always enjoyed paper crafting even before I knew it really existed. I started modern-day scrapbooking in 2004 during my University studies as a creative outlet to balance all the hectic schoolwork. Little did I know that it was the start of a serious addiction.  In my life now, not a day goes by without me scrapbooking! I am blessed to be managing our local scrapbook store and I have also been blessed to design for several wonderful companies, such as Webster’s Pages, Scrap That!, Scrapbook Studio and The Craft’s Meow.  I love every minute of what I do and I’m so happy to be able to inspire others doing what I love!

Ivana says: the reason I chose the "home is..." quote is because the thing I look most forward to in Dec. is going home for the holidays! :)

Our winner from our last challenge, Melenia Agapides from Greece , was unfortunately unable to create something in time due to pre-arranged commitments. She was stressed out and because I really did not want her , or anyone, to miss out on having her turn as GDT here at Once Upon A...Sketch, I asked if she wanted to be our Guest Designer in January and she accepted! I also asked the very talented person that was second placed in our last challenge if she would like to be our Guest Designer for December, and she also accepted! Everyone happy!! So please welcome..

Rachael Funnell from Australia

Hi! My name is Rachael Funnell & I’ll turn 35 years young in mid January 2012!!! I live with my wonderful hubby (Jason) & our 2 Gorgeous Kids (Ethan & Chloee) in Central NSW Australia! I’ve been scrapbooking for about 6 years, on & Off.. BUT for the Last 18 Months, scrapbooking has become a daily pleasure in my life......I really enjoy capturing & documenting all those moments in life that I share with my family & friends!! And if you ask my family they would tell you that... I have become a bit of a scrapaholic & photoholic!!! LOL!
Also! I would like to SHOUT OUT a big THANK YOU to the BEAUTIFUL Nadia for giving me this AWESOME opportunity..... I have had a BLAST!!!
drop by my blog sometime: A window To My Scrapping World

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

Thank you to our awesome Guest Designers for your outstanding work!

Design Team
(please click on their names to be directed to their blog)

Irini Liolia (Greece)
* Imaginarium Designs, Alphas, numbers, train, swirl and little boy reading..

Vicky Varvadouka (Greece)

Jeni O'Connor (Australia/Canada)
**Imaginarium Designs chipboard oval frame.

Lene Neby (Norway)

Pamela Young (USA) 

Vibeke Harila (Norway) 

Nadia Cannizzo (Australia) 

Sponsors and Prizes

We welcome a BRAND new sponsor to our blog this month! 

HandmadeBy Suzanne is a Perth, Western Australia based Scrapbooking and Craft online retailer.  Stocking an extensive range of the latest beautiful and exciting released scrapbooking and craft products. 
With over 3,500 products online and growing there isn’t much in scrapbooking and craft that we don’t sell!  Our brands include – Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny, Webster’s Pages, Prima, Hambly Screen Prints, Dusty Attic, October Afternoon, Martha Stewart,  Crate Paper, Cheery Lynn, Sizzix - just to name a fraction!

First time customers receive 15% discount off their 1st order.  Simply register and you will receive an immediate e-mail with the details of how to claim your discount.

HBS offers competitive prices, professional service and fast dispatch of your orders.  Orders under $50 are shipped for just $5 flat rate or shipped FREE for orders over $50.  Express Post is also available .  

International Customer?  Yes we ship overseas and for a flat rate of AUD$20 you can access all our wonderful online scrapbooking products and have them posted to your door.  Where the cost of posting is less than $20 we will refund automatically.

And what better timing to have Handmade By Suzanne sponsor us than the month of December, which is their BIRTHDAY SALE month!

Birthday Sale Starts Now! 20% Off Storewide

Handmade By Suzanne is 2 years old in December and to celebrate we are having a month long sale – there is 20% off all items storewide with the exception of the very latest arrivals the previous week 
(No Free Shipping, all orders will have a $5 flat rate postage charge, 1st Order Discounts cannot be applied and no further discount on the sale categories.)

Thank you Handmade By Suzanne for sponsoring our challenges this month!

The winner of this challenge, as chosen by the Design Team, will win a spot on our Design Team for the month of January. As well as that, the winner will also receive a AUD$20.00 voucher (plus FREE shipping) to spend in the store at Handmade By Suzanne!

Here at Once Upon A...Sketch we LOVE to encourage EVERYONE to participate, even those that are fairly new to scrapbooking so this is why we like to offer some prizes for RANDOMLY chosen winner so that everyone feels like they have a chance to win!

One lucky person will receive this prize from Handmade By Suzanne!

And one lucky person will win this..
A set of My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 paper pads in 4 different collections. 


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 the sidebar 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 December14th, Australian Eastern Standard Time . The Design Team will vote and the winners 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.


  1. I love the idea! Finishing my coffee now :), want to start creating...

  2. oooooooo LOVE the theme :) these are all really amazing ladies

  3. Stunning worK AS EVER dear girls!! And wow to the prizes this time round too!!

  4. Love this. I have to do this challenge regardless

  5. What an array of beautiful LO's here. Would love to win those papers etc. Better get busy!!

  6. Amazing!!!I'm doing this again!!! Thank You Nadia for such a wonderful site!!!! ;)

  7. HI.. what a wonderful challenge.. and the Dt always do such amazing layouts to get the ball for me to get thinking!!

  8. Nadia - this was SO much fun!!! Thank you so much for the invite and the feature! p.s. Beautiful work, ladies! :)