Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15th Challenge

Hi everyone! Today brings us a new challenge here at Once Upon A..Sketch but it is also a day to say goodbye to some of our Designers. April 1st will be 1 year since I decided to start this challenge blog, and most of our Designers have been here all this time. Originally, this would have been the time to have a Design Team changeover, DT calls, etc etc but due to some personal issues, I asked this wonderful team some time last year if they would all stay on past the first year as this was supposed to have been a difficult time for me to start a new term with a new Design Team. They all agreed of course, to stay as long as I would have needed them, but ...things did not go to plan for me and so I asked the Design Team members to feel free to move on from Once Upon A..sketch. The majority has decided to stay but for 3 members, their time at Once Upon A..Sketch ends this month. 

I wish to thank Irma Peredne, Helen Tilbury and Vibeke Harila for their outstanding contribution to Once Upon A...Sketch, for their dedication to me and this challenge blog, for their commenting and voting and overall "behind the scenes" stuff that goes on and takes lots and lots of time. I thank Irma for her Guest Designer Coordinator role , which helped me immensely this past year. I thank Helen for her wisdom ,  professionalism,  encouragement and support of me and Once Upon A..Sketch. Lastly I thank Vibeke, who was not with us for very long but in her short time provided much inspiration to all. I wish all 3 of you the very best and you will always be part of the Once Upon A...Sketch family. :)

For those that have been asking for a while..I will let you in on some thinking I have been doing regarding a new Design Team. At this point, there will be a Design Team call in May some time and the new Design Team will start in July 1st. :)

With all that said..I quickly want to tell you of 1 more change that will take place. This is the last time we have a challenge in the middle of the month. From April 1st, our challenges will be monthly. That means only 1 challenge at month, which will be revealed on the 1st of each month. This saddens me as I know lots of you look forward to our challenges, but it is simply a time issue. Life for me has changes somewhat this year and I am guessing it will only get busier so instead of driving my self mad and giving all this up for good I am slowing down a little bit and I do indeed plan to one day soon have fortnightly or even weekly sketches up again, but right now 1 challenge a month is what I can manage. There is a LOT of stuff that needs to be done to run this blog properly and how I want to, so I really do not want to let any of you down by doing half hearted work here. other little change is that you need to link up your entries to the BOTTOM of the post now and not the right hand side of the blog. It was getting a little crowded there and this way we can view the links bigger and better :)

So, lets have a look at the new challenge. 

March 15th Challenge

Journalling Criteria:   Finish this line "I miss...". 
 Tell us about someone you are missing right now and why. Your journalling can be as long or as little as you like, but we want to hear all about someone you are missing!

Ideas for journalling: missing time alone with your partner, missing your old self, missing your children because they are off to school, university or living away from you, missing your children being young, missing a friend you have not seen in a while, someone in another country, someone that has passed away, a mentor whose advice you could use, a relative you wish you lived closer to, someone you regret having an argument with, missing a pet

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 with this sketch..

Guest Designers

Our invited Guest Designer Iris Babo Uy
"This art journal is inspired by my memories of my grandma. She is still alive and well but because of her old age she is no longer the same. She can't remember a lot of things and I miss the way she were. The picture is a collage item but the lady there looks so much like her in her youth. Thanks! I enjoyed these two challenges"

And here is the winner from last month Cathy Cafun

 " It was so difficult to create this page of my Mother, but I'm really glad I did.  I have hidden my journaling and have attached a pic of this also.  Thanks for the wonderful challenge and for having me as a Guest DT member this month" 
Cathy has hidden journalling which is tucked in under the flowers on the left had side of the picture) 

I wish to thank both of these talented ladies for joining us this month. What a wonderful contribution you both made to our team and we hope to see you back here again :)

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

Nadia Cannizzo (Australia) 

Natalie May (Australia) 
**Imaginarium Designs chipboard clock, letter

Heather Jacob (Australia) 
** Imaginarium designs - alphas and cogs
 Heather has hidden journaling in a pull out section under the picture to the left. This is a layout about her precious son 'Mark' who was killed 2 weeks after this photo was taken.

Natalie Elphinstone (Australia)
**Imaginarium Designs: Alphas, clouds and hearts
"I know it seems like I haven't fulfilled the journaling criteria. But I've done my page from someone else's perspective (which just so happens to be Janet Jackson!) I saw her in concert the same day the verdict was read in Michael Jackson's manslaughter trial. At one point in the concert she had a very moving montage of photos of her and Michael as she sang the song "Together Again" and it was so very obvious that she was at the moment just an 'ordinary' person mourning the loss of her brother"

Georgia Heald (Australia) 
*Hidden Journalling

Helen Tilbury (South Africa)

Imaginarium Designs - Girl Silhouette and border 

Jasmine Shea (Australia)
Imaginarium Designs Butterfly 

Mai Kosugi (Japan) 


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)


"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".

And the owner, Marivic Clifton is opening up a brand new etsy shop called Zeus and Zoe at the end of the month. Check out the blog HERE 


Julia Cotrim's hand made papers and fabrics are unique and very special. The patterned papers are texturized and printed on a very thick cardstock. Our studio is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


 Feature Artis 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.


WE are SOOOOOO lucky to have so many sponsors approach us here at Once Upon A..Sketch and so many people wanting to sponsor challenges. We love it because it means we get to send out many more prizes to more of you :) 

This month we have a lot of stuff to giveaway form our sponsors. 

 The winner of this challenge,  as chosen by our Design team, will receive this GORGEOUS  pack of chipboard from Imaginarium Designs..
**example of chipboard you could receive

Our sponsor  Berry71Bleu is giving away a gorgeous handmade tag to a RANDOMLY chosen entry

Embellished, Altered Hang Tag If I Had A Bird Gift Vintage Style Tag ATC
**example of the tag you could win

A set of keys and buttons from Marivic's new etsy shop, Zeus and Zoe (opening end of March) will also go to 1 RANDOMLY chosen entry as well. 

Two more RANDOMLY chosen entries will win ..
 .2 paper collections from FeatureArt. 

A  paper and fabric collection from Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking

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 bottom of this post 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 March 31stAustralian 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. Gorgeous sketch and DT samples Nadia! I haven't have time to play along in a while but the inspiration here is amazing. I sincerely thank you for your dedication to this wonderful site.


  2. Hi Nadia, I think you and your team do an amazing job to run this blog and provide wonderful inspiration and creativity. I love this site and since I was introduced to it by Gerry van Gent I have entered just about every challenge! Thanks that you are so committed to this site and for your dedication to it! Your a star!

  3. I stumbled across your blog and I'm hooked. You and your design team have been doing an awesome job. I'm really enjoying the challenges.
    Thanks Heaps You put an awful lot of work in to it here.

  4. Oh my Goodness!!!!! Such a stunning inspiration, amazing work ladies, thank you so much!!!!
    Have a nice day! Hugs

  5. Thank you to the retiring CT girls, too ~ I'm sure they'll continue to inspire:) And I think it's good you're thinking of the whole piccy of your life, Nadia... I'm sure we'll cope with one challenge a month!!!!! Take care, take it easy...ish:):)

  6. OH congrats to the bloggy birthday coming up next month!! well done.. think of all the layouts created along the way and the special memories now on paper to cherish forever.. and thank you to the dt who truly are talented scrappers.. and once a month will be great for me... i will have no excuse now!! and these layouts are exquisite and so special.. well done to the dt..

  7. Hi Nadia, I adore your blog and enter your challenges when I can. It is amazing how one minute all is running ok then the next situations change and you cannot do what you used to. You all do an amazing job and the dt work is stunning.
    I am hoping you may consider me as part of your team when you do a dt call. I am only a member of one dt and it's a fortnightly challenge (couldn't cope with a weekly one) but if you are changing to Monthly that would suit me to a tee. My work might not be what you are after, but I can enter it when you do a dt call and see.
    Take care and all the best, hope the blog goes well. Debbiexx

  8. It's sad to say goodbye to Irma, Helen, and Vibeke, but I know we'll all still be seeing them around the it's not really goodbye.

    I am pleased with the change to monthly deadlines. That extra time really helps. Thanks!

  9. Thank you Nadia for all those lovely words :) I sure will miss Once Upon a Sketch! I know you will continue to go from strength to strength though & know that I will always be your encouragement whenever you need me xx

  10. this will be a challenge for me for sure ! Fabulous inspiration and examples from the DT. I am one that will miss the 'second' challenge but in saying that I totally understand about wanting to do the job properly in the time you have, so thanks for keepin at least this one going. have a great w/e all x

  11. Thank you so much for another wonderful, inspiring challenge. Your challenges always inspire me to go outside of my comfort zone and really put honesty and heart into my journaling, which usually isn't my strong point! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration from the DT, too!!

  12. Major WOWZER ladies!! gorgeous pages all of you, just gorgeous! Cannot believe a year has already passed, my gosh! Thanks for all your inspiration over the passed year Helen, Irma and Vibeke! I know where to find you! :)) The DT of UOAS is a constant inspiration and amazement, so many socks lying around in my living room as they constantly keep getting blown off tee hee I KNOW how much work it takes to run a site like this, sooo happy you are continuing. Changing it to a monthly challenge will hopefully ease up on things for you!! xoxox

  13. What amazing inspiration the DT has put together!!! Love all the beautiful art work. I don't see the linky, but here is the link to my blog for my entry
    Thanks for a chance to win!

    1. I visit all the time and am always amazed at the beautiful creations. This challenge prompted me to join in this time!

  14. I'm too late to enter the challenge, but I thought I would share my creation anyway!

    Here is my page for this sketch... Thanks for stopping by!