Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight and More Inspiration for May's Challenge

Hey everyone! How are you going with this months challenge? You still have about 10 days to enter our challenge but today I thought I would offer you some more inspiration. 

One of our awesome sponsors for the month of May, who has also agreed to sponsor us for the rest of the year is a wonderful online store called Scrapbook Fantasies run by a very nice and professional lady called Alicia. Alicia has a small Design Team who I invited to be our sponsor Guest Designers here this month. They have created some lovely work for you to use as inspiration for the May challenge. 

Here is a little bit about Scrapbook Fantasies. 

Scrapbook Fantasies is a Scrapbooking, Papercrafts and Mixed Media store opened in March 2003 in Gladstone, Queensland.  The well stocked store receives new stock daily, and supports a boutique style online store HERE.  The owner Alicia runs Weekly Challanges and many other competitions giving away over $250 dollars in store vouchers every month.  The GALLERY  hosts thousands of customer creations, and is available for viewing without login. Parcels are posted within Australia at a flat $8.50 or the actual postage rate (whichever is the lesser), or FREE for orders over $65.  International parcels are posted at the actual postage rate.

 Theme: Mum
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Mum" 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 the sketch.

Ideas for journalling: you as a mother, your role as a working/stay-at-home mum, sacrifices/benefits of being a mum, one day in your life as a mum, how your life has changed since being a mum, a tribute to your own mum, grandmother, guardian or someone you consider as close as your mum, your relationship with your mum or your daughter, one trait you have take from your mum, your desire to be a mum, your feelings on motherhood, what does it mean to be a mum?, what kind of mum do you want to be? , Mother's Day celebrations/traditions, your favourite Mother's Day gift given/receive etc..

Hi my name is Alicia Redshaw and I live in Gladstone, Queensland. I am married to the most amazing man, and later this year we will celebrate 20 years together. We share three beautiful and talented children, who are our reason for living the life we live. I own Scrapbook Fantasies and love that my life is full of creativity and I get the opportunity to meet new people every day.  I have been creating all of my life, as I come from a long line of creative women.  I couldn’t imagine life without creativity.

My blog can be found at: www.aliciaredshaw.com.au

Hi my name is Candy and I am Married to Laurie with two grown up children, Tracy and Michael. I work in my dream job in our local Scrapbooking shop in Gladstone where I teach card classes to our lovely lady customers.  My favourite product to create with is of course, flowers.

My blog can be found at: www.cchelepy.blogspot.com

Hello my name is Margaret, but everyone calls me Mar. I wasn't going to Scrapbook, but fell victim to the addiction when my daughter opened Scrapbook Fantasies in 2003. I am a widow with two children and five grandchildren, all of whom feature in my creations.  My must use on every creation is my distressing tool.

My  blog can be found at: www.messymarmar.blogspot.com

Thank you SO much to these lovely ladies for their wonderful inspiration. Don't forget to drop by their blogs to leave them some love :)

Scrapbooking Fantasies has donated TWO ribbon packs (for 2 winners) from Scrapbooking Fantasies . Each prize is valued at over $40AUS each and contains 71 half metre lengths of ribbons, trims and lace in shades of pink, brown, cream and gold from quality brands such as Prima, Maya Road, Websters Pages, May Arts, Vandoros, Green Tara and Birch Australia, including international postage!!

Thanks so much to Scrapbooking Fantasies for their wonderful support of our blog :) I look forward to working with you the rest of this year!

Now here are the rest of the prizes from our other sponsors for May. 

We are SO lucky to have so many people wanting to support our site and our challenges! 

Due to this, we will change the way we give out prizes from here on. I am happy to announce that we will have more than one winner here at Once Upon A..Sketch depending on how many prizes we have to give away. SO from this month onward our Top 5 layouts will include the winner and they will all receive a prize. 

Then we will also have more featured layout on top of our Top 5. There are just TOO many gorgeous layouts to limit them to just a few. 

So the winner of this challenge with the most points, as voted by the Design Team will be invited to be our GUEST DESIGNER in July and create along side our Design Team. This person will also win this fabulous prize from Enjoy Scrapping ...
Be You Combo Kit (Brag Book/Kit)
Be You Combo Kit
(album kit 18x23 cm. Includes 50 blank pages, 15 pockets for photo keeping, an extra 15 pockets for memory keeping. Embellishments include, 12 pages of patterned paper, 10 cards, cover pages, 1 sticker sheet and 1 alphabet sticker sheet)

The following prizes will be given to the next 4 winning layouts. 
An Echo Park mini kit from Enjoy Scrapping .

A US$20.00 store gift card from C'est Magnifique Kit Club + FREE postage to anywhere in the world + add any other item in the store at NO extra postage cost from C'est Magnifique kit club. 

Of course we do not forget our random winners. These are the prizes up for grabs for our RANDOMLY drawn entries..

A chipboard pack from Imaginarium Designs.

Embellished, Altered Hang Tag If I Had A Bird Gift Vintage Style Tag ATC
A handmade tag from Berry71Bleu.

A fabric and paper set from the Oh girl! collection from Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking PLUS a decorated canvas collection.

**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 enter 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 May 31stAustralian Eastern Standard Time . The Design Team will vote and the Top 5 layouts PLUS Top 5 featured layouts 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 are lovely examples....thanks for the inspiration....just might get to it before the deadline yet:):):)

  2. Lovely creations, ladies - Very inspiring & such a wonderful variety :)

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  3. beautiful work...thanks for the inspiration

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