Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15th Challenge

Hi again everyone and welcome to a new challenge here at Once Upon A..Sketch. We are delighted to see so many of you embracing our sister blog Get Creative this month and playing along with our challenge as well as theirs. Its awesome to see how scrapbooking, which is JUST a hobby, can bring together so many people from all over the world. 

I hope you have been enjoying the challenges. Let's see what the next challenge is!
(Thanks to our lovely follower Denise Price for suggesting we add the word "vacation" as that is the word used instead of "holiday" in some parts of the world)

February 15th Challenge

Journalling criteria/theme: HOLIDAYS/VACATION 
Have you printed out all those photos from your last holiday/vacation or most favourite holiday/vacation? We would LOVE to see them and hear all about it. With the theme of holidays/vacation for this challenge, we would love to hear about: your favourite holiday/vacation of all time or a favourite place you would LOVE to take a holiday in . Or how about the last holiday/vacation you went to?  Maybe you have not travelled yet? Then tell us about your DREAM HOLIDAY /VACATION destination. 

Remember that you are allowed to also create a card or altered project based on this sketch and theme and instead of the journalling criteria you need to use a quote. 

You must combine our journalling criteria/theme with this sketch.
 Guest Designers

 Trina McClune (New Zealand) 

 Our winner of our last challenge... 

Jeanette Lee (Singapore)

THANK YOU so much Trina and Jeanette for your contribution this month. We hope you loved the challenges as much as we loved seeing what you created with them.

Get Creative Guest Design Team


We are delighted to be sponsored once again by a friend of Once Upon A..Sketch, the gorgeous US kit club..

Swirlydoos coordinated scrapbook kits are comprised of elegant papers and products that help our members create beautiful pieces of art both in their scrapbooks, and altered art projects. Swirlydoos tries to include only the newest and most innovative products on the market, as well as showcasing handmade and non-traditional products that we find within the crafting community. We encourage new growth in our members by offering monthly challenges on our forums and offering both photo and video tutorials which help them to learn new tips, tricks and techniques. We also offer a monthly technique or project kit to help further our members in their artistic ability. In addition, we offer various coordinating add ons for those ladies who can never have too many scrappy goodies!
 Come check us out at and see for yourself what sets Swirlydoos apart from other scrapping communities on the net!

Imaginarium designs,  is a new chipboard company founded in 2010. It is the combined collaboration of  a Mother and Son team who both work in the paper craft industry.
Please visit the blog for inspiration and to see what the design team has been up to and you can  purchase this amazing chipboard  at Seriously Scrapbooking (they ship anywhere in the world at actual postage cost)


We also welcome one more sponsor to Once Upon A..Sketch who will actually sponsor all our challenges with 1 prize all year long!! How exciting!

"Berry71bleu is an Etsy shop owned by Marivic Clifton. We specialize in custom and premade embellished hang tags, scrapbook pages, and altered gift ideas with a vintage flair. Each handmade item is unique and embellished with vintage or modern replica findings that goes perfectly with what we sell. We also accept custom orders. Pls visit our etsy shop, or email for more information. Check out our blog, for inspiration from our Design Team".


Feature Art is an art paper designing company located in South Australia.
CREATING THE UNIQUE DESIGN is our company mission. We offer unique patterned paper that help to develop the versatile craft projects for the craft industry. All our paper product is designed and printed in Australia. We will continue to provide our customers with excellent products and best service always.


The winner of this prize will receive this gorgeous kit from Swirlydoos...

** January kit

We are SO fortunate to have so many sponsors who love our site and want to sponsor prizes so besides the main prize for the winner, we will also have a prize for one person featured in the Top 5. I will do a random draw amongst the Top 5 featured projects (sometimes depending on voting there are more) and 1 person will win this generous pack of chipboard from Imaginarium Designs

Lastly we LOVE to encourage EVERYONE here at Once Upon A..Sketch to play along with us NO MATTER your skill level or scrapbooking style. SO we have 2 prizes us for grabs for 2 RANDOMLY chosen people. 

A GORGEOUS handmade tag from Berry71Bleu. Here is an example of the kind of tag you could receive..

2 paper collections from FeatureArt...

Good luck everyone!!

Things to consider when playing along...

**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 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 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 February 29th, 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 

**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. OMG!!! Love them!!!! You all are so talented!
    I am so blessed you are my friends!
    Thanks for the inspiration girls!
    Nadia love your sketch!

  2. Beautiful inspiration from all!!! All the tropical locations make me quite jealous, as it just snowed here again last night. :)

    Could I make one small suggestion? Could you maybe add a bit to the challenge wording to make it clear that this challenge is about vacation photos? I know that "holiday" is the proper Britglish word for "vacation," but some Americans may mistakenly think that the challenge is about Christmas and other holidays. Well, when they look at the inspiration photos from the team, they will probably figure out that it's about vacations. :) But maybe just add the word vacation, in case?? Thanks for considering my suggestion.

  3. Fabulous work ladies I really want/need/a holiday now !!


  4. Wow, great inspirations! I have already my idea for new layout, thank you!
    Hugs for all talented girls!

  5. Thank you Denise! Very good suggestion and have already altered the post above! THANK YOU :)

  6. another fantastic challenge - will def. give this one a go!! Love all the inspiration too - well done girls.

  7. Thank you Denise and Nadia for the clarification. Unbeknownst by me, I once gave up a cookie when I was offered a "bisquit". Anyone who knows me well, knows that I would never decline a cookie. Ha.

  8. beautiful sketch and wonderful inspiration from everyone!

  9. Fantastic LO's from everyone here. Can I apologise here for my mistake on my blog post. I have said that OUAS are teaming with Creative Scrappers this month not Get Creative. Thanks Helen for pointing out my error. So sorry to Get Creative too. Loved the sketch for the last challenge Nadia and this one looks equally good. Will try and get it done on time.x

  10. @ Nadia & Joyce: Glad to be of service. Joyce, as a cookie-addict myself, I feel your pain on the biscuit thing. :)