Sunday, April 15, 2012

Guest Designers for April

I am so pleased to show you the 2 Guest Designers we have for you in April. These ladies have been very patient as with the blog hop earlier this month I had to postpone showing their work. 

But here we are now up to date. 

Our invited Guest Designer for April is a friend of Once Upon A..Sketch and very talented lady. Please help me welcome..

Marilyn Rivera from lovely Puerto Rico

My Photo

Hi!!  I'm Marilyn Rivera and  I live in Puerto Rico a Tropical island in the Caribbean  with my husband Israel(we've been  20 years married)  and my two teenagers Alexander and Paola Sofia. I'm a Fashion Designer so during the day I'm surrounded by fabrics, sewing machines, threads and dress forms and when I'm not playing with fabrics, it's with papers...I love to create!   In my pages you will see a lot of techniques that I made in my work(dresses) like  a pleat or  a draping.   I love mixing papers with fabrics, lace, feathers and pearls .  My sister Karen introduced me to this beautiful hobby 4 years ago and I Loved it immediately!!!I and now  It's a therapy for me!   You can see my work...

Our other super talented lady is all way from Greece and she will actually join us next month too until we get all settled in with our new MONTHLY challenges. 

Please welcome..

Melenia Agapides (Greece)

Hello everyone! My name is Melenia Agapides and I live in Greece (yes, the country that's usually in the headlines of the news lately). I'm a mother of two, a wife to a sweet Canadian guy
and an airport authority officer. I have been scrapping layouts since August 2009. My style is constantly evolving, due to the fact that I'm the kind of person that gets bored very easily and wants to change and be renewed by trying new things often. What I always strive for when scrapping is to achieve balance and harmony in my creations both colourwise and stylewise. I'm a sucker for sketches and challenges, as they help me improve my style and scrapping skills. If you want to see more of my work you can visit my blog

Now let's have a look at our current challenge

 The theme of this challenge is HOME. 
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "HOME" however you like based on the following sketch. You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must incorporate this theme  and this sketch. 

and here is what our Guest Designers have created

Marilyn Rivera

Melenia Agapides 

Talk about talent! WOW! Thank you ladies for your awesome inspiration. Thank you to both for playing along with us in April!!!

C'est Magnifique Kits is a US based company whose kits predominantly feature 'hard to find' international papers from Denmark, Poland, France and many other countries. We have also featured embellishments from Australia, the UK, Poland and more.  We strive to always be 'different' than other kit clubs and feel you will love our elegant and sophisticated touch.
You can find out website HERE and our forums HERE . To find out how you can join our club click HERE


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 (12"x12") are unique and very special.
The patterned papers are texturized and printed on a very thick cardstock.
The patterned fabrics look like canvas and coordinate with the papers.
Our studio is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The winner of this challenge as chosen by the Design team will win the gorgeous April kit from C'est magnifique kit club.

A Bouquet of Happiness
Contents:  papers from The ScrapCake (My Private Happiness) , Dusty Attic - Corner Flourish #1, Kaisercraft - Chipboard Alpha, Divine Twine - Yellow, Prima - Large Bird Houses, Kaisercraft - Hanging, Plaques Wood Flourishes, Americana - Lemon Yellow Paint, Melissa Frances - Attic Treasure Bags, Wild Orchid - White Gypsophelia, Wild Orchid - Pink/Cream Roses, Green Tara - Acrylic Butterfly, Green Tara - Wide Lace, Green Tara -  Turquoise Mini Rosebuds, Wrights -Hot Pink Ruffled Grosgrain

Our FANTASTIC sponsor, Imaginarium Designs, is giving away this BEAUTIFUL pack of chipboard to one randomly chosen entry..

**example of chipboard you could receive

Our sponso0 Berry71Bleu is also 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

We also have a paper and fabric collection from Oh girl! collection from Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking to giveaway to the one more randomly chosen entry. 

**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 only layouts  for our challenges

**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 April 30thAustralian Eastern Standard Time . 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

**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. These girls are both WONDERFUL shown here! So glad they're guest designers. LOVE their different styles:):):)

  2. I couldn't resist Nadia's beautiful sketch this month!

  3. Absolutely Stunning! Marilyn...I love your choice of papers and design!

  4. so beautifil LOs !!! Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. Wow, Marilyn and Melenia. These are GORGEOUS creations.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

  6. Toot toot! congrats to both Marilyn and Melenia! your pages are absolutely gorgeous! xoxox

  7. Wow! Fabulous creations! Love the Marilyn layout... GREAT JOB! Thanks for your inspirations.