Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 1st Challenge **WINNERS**

The team was super quick to vote this time due to a new format in voting, so I am here today to announce the winners of our last challenge :)

I should start by saying CONGRATULATIONS to all you for going right ahead and creating layouts about YOU! It wasn't that hard after all was it? :)

Before I announce the winners, I would kindly ask..ok..maybe I will BEG you all to consider turning off the new double word verification that blogger has introduced. Its such a painful and time consuming thing, and I am sure most of you probably do not know you have it turned off. But because we take our commenting seriously here at Once Upon A..Sketch and we love to visit your blogs, WE definitely know you have it on LOL! SO please go to your blogger settings and turn off comment moderation. 

I had a great tutorial on how to turn it off, but I have lost it! But here is how Blogger says to turn it off!

Thanks girls :)

Ok..on to the results! The very clear winner of this challenge is...

Melenia (Greece)
Melenia, you might be too modest to admit that you are good at something, but all of us here at Once Upon A..Sketch were overwhelmingly impressed with your layout. Your open hearted journalling, the way you positioned your pictures and the clever use of the sketch make this one a winner. I think the next time you do a layout about something you are good at, you must definitely document about your impressive scrapping style. Well done!

For your efforts you have won a spot on our Design Team for April. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, we are changing our format to monthly challenges from April, so your Guest Designer spot will extend to May as well, until we get things rolling normally from April on! 

You have also won a GORGEOUS kit from Berry71Bleu and your winners badge from the left hand side of this blog. Please email Patti, at to claim your prize and please contact me, Nadia, at to get all the info on your Guest Designer spot. Well done Melenia :)

Top 5 Featured Projects 
(in winning order) 

Maja Stokk (Sweden) 
Maja, this is a gorgeous picture of you and the fabulous colours you have used here bring out a soft and feminine side to your layout The way your journalling peeks out, and what looks like gorgeous handwriting just makes me feel like looking into this layout a lot more, as there seems to be a story behind it. I also like the way you used the sketch.

Helena Virpi (Italy) 
CSI 8+OUASmarch1 
WOW! Talk about bright and eye catching. Helena, this layout was the very first layout out of 70 and I have been eyeing this all this time. It truly is a standout as you have such contrasting colours and a nice title. The way you positioned your journalling is magnificent, and the story behind you and the camera was such a nice read. Lovely work. 

Kay Fatula (USA) 
Well Kay, besides the obvious beauty of this layout, the Design Team was drawn to the "puzzle" of you! How clever to create a puzzle image on your photo and to title this "Pieces of Me" . As we know that you always have really creative ways of adding your journalling to your pages, I was trying to figure out where you hid it this time before spotting it rolled up on the right hand side of the layout in a scroll. Reading your jounralling on your blog was wonderful and it was a pleasure to know you just a little bit more. Inspiring work indeed. 

Hilde Aaslund (Norway) 
Hilde, this one was also an eye catching layout amongst all the other entries. Your simple style, up against the GORGEOUS orange background is just stunning. The way you blended in your journalling using a white pen is marvelous. Awesome work!

Christin, your beautiful picture and the simple and stunning take on the sketch is beautiful. I LOVE how it is your picture and the journalling that stand out in all that negative space and how I would have loved to be able to read Swedish to know where your nickname came from! I have often wondered about that :) 

Congratulations ladies. You were our Top 5 out of 70 layouts created. Well done, Please feel free to grab your Featured badge from the left hand side of this blog. 

We also have the winners of our 2 random prizes. 

The person that wins the gorgeous handmade tag by Berry71Bleu is Leanne Nankervis..

The person that wins the 2 paper collections from FeatureArt is Jeanette Lee. 

Congratulations to both our random winners. Please contact Patti at with your details to claim your prize. 

Thank you so much for your time everyone :) Look forward to many more creations from you. 


  1. well done girls.. what amazing layouts...

  2. Congrats to all winners, some truly stunning layouts there.

  3. Huge huge congrats to Melenia and to all featured layouts!!!!

  4. These are, once again, such gorgeous & wonderfully diverse LO's...well done everyone:):)

  5. Congratulations Melena congratulations to all the other ladies too...magnificant work once again!

  6. Yeay Melenia!!! I am so proud of you! Fantastic layout!!! Congrats to all the featured ladies! It was SO hard to vote!!!

  7. well done!!!!! Great work Melenia!!!

  8. Absolutely deserving winners, don't know how you managed to pick out of all the fabulous creations. Congratulations to all winners!

  9. I LOVED Melenia's LO when I first saw it- huge and well-deserved congrats to you!-- and to all the Ladies featured, well done!

  10. huge congrats everyones...just gorgeous!

  11. Hey girls, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! You all made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A million thanks!!

  12. Congratulations to all of the winners.


  13. Congratulations to all the winners!

  14. Wow some stunning entries! I remember reading that Christinn's nickname came from the fact that she comes from the North of Norway...(a Northener) - These are some great layouts - definitely ones that their families will treasure :)

  15. Congratulations Melenia! Wonderful & such inspiring pages by everybody! I feel very honored to be here with such talented ladies!!

  16. Congrats to all the Winners!!
    All of the LO's are gorgeous!!

  17. Congratulations Melenia!!!!!! So happy for you!!!

  18. wooohoooooo Melenia!!!! Congratulations, it's a STUNNING layout... your style never fails to amaze me!!!

    Congratulations to all the ladies for their beautiful layouts! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  19. Woww!!!So stunning Melenia!!!!!!Congrats!Amazing work as always!!!!

  20. Stunning pages, congrats ladies! Very inspiring work!

  21. My goodness what fabulous pages - all of them! An extra special congrats to Melenia, splendid job!

  22. Congratulations ladies, these are all so very creative and beautifully all just raised the bar for the rest of us. :)