Friday, June 1, 2012

June Challenge + Meet Our June Guest Designer Eila Sandberg

Hi there everyone. Its time to reveal a new challenge here at Once Upon A..Sketch. As you know we recently had a Design Team call, which ended just tonight. Thank you SO very much to everyone that applied and expressed their interest and kind words towards our blog and being involved in our Design Team. The team has just about been finalised and I will send emails out in the next week or so. 

Can I also take a moment to THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart for the amazing support you showed us in May. We had a RECORD 124 entries! WOW! The Design Team and I have been overwhelmed and we are sorry if we could not get to everyone this month... We are devising a new way to show the winners this month because there are simply TOO MANY gorgeous ones not to be acknowledged. So stay tuned in the next few days when I announce the winners. 

The theme of this challenge is BIRTHDAYS

We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "BIRTHDAYS" 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 below. Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . Hidden journalling is perfectly fine. 

Ideas for Journalling:most memorable birthday celebration for you or anyone in your family, the last birthday you celebrated and tell us your thoughts on turning this age, your child's/other family member's birthday and your thoughts on their age, a birthday that was a turning point in your life and your excitement/fears or other thoughts you had, an upcoming birthday for you or anyone and your thoughts, the best birthday present you ever received/gave and why?. You can also base your layout on a non - person birthday. This means your birthday theme can be based on : a pet, a business venture, a milestone anniversary etc etc. Its up to you how you interpret "BIRTHDAYS

Our invited Guest Designer for the month of June is none other than the super sweet, super popular and super talented..

Eila Sandberg (Sweden) 
Hi! My name is Eila Sandberg and I live in Sweden's capital called Stockholm on the east coast by the Baltic Sea. My family is a small one; it's me and my very supportive and patient husband Bengt and our 3 cats - Max, Alice and Elsa. My roots are Finnish but I was born and raised in Sweden. I've been sort of dabbling with scrapping since 2009 
I have the privilege of being a DT member of the Australian challenge sites The Color Room and Meg’s Garden, and CSI Color..Stories..Inspiration in the US.  

Thank you Eila for being our Guest designer for the month of June!

Please click on their name to be directed to their blog for more details. I am sure they would appreciate some love too :)

(me!) Nadia Cannizzo  (Australia) 
(journalling written at the back of the page)
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard heart top fence, numbers and border

Patti Hamil (USA) 
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard frame

Irini Liolia (Greece) 

Natalie May (Australia)
**Imaginarium Designs Chipboard**

Georgia Heald (Australia) 

Jeni O'Connor (Canada/Australia)
*Imaginarium Designs oval frame.

Lene Neby (Norway)

Our main sponsor for the month of June is a gorgeous etsy shop Zeus and Zoe owned by Marivic Clifton who also runs Berry71Bleu. 

"Zeus and Zoe is an etsy shop selling one-of-a-kind crafting goodies, embellishments for scrapbooking, crafting, altered art, home decor, collage art. We also make custom/themed project collection boxes depending on your crafting needs.  Each box has different vintage themes and sold individually. We had put together papers, vintage elements (buttons, rhinestone brooches, doilies, ephemera items), trims, skeleton keys, flowers, charms, hand-made tag and so much more. With any of these boxes, you will be able to make numerous projects or use the embellishments to add to your existing projects. Some of the collections come with boxes to decorate with or use for extra storage.We had made these collection with all crafters in mind. We all love the vintage theme and it goes very well with any pictures you want to scrap or just to decorate your home with."

Here is the link to the Etsy shop:

For information on custom themed collection/boxes, pls email

Now here are our permanent ongoing sponsors for 2012. For more details on these sponsors please see the left sidebar of our blog or click on the images to be directed to their websites. 

The entry with the most points, as voted by the Design Team will be invited to be our GUEST DESIGNER in August and create along side our Design Team. This person will also win this fabulous prize from Zeus and Zoe

 A collection pack from the Zeus and Zoe etsy shop

The next 4 winning entries will receive the following prizes..

7 Dots Studio kit 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 

These are the prizes up for grabs for our RANDOMLY drawn entries..

Scrapbooking Fantasies has donated TWO ribbon packs (for 2 winners) from Scrapbooking Fantasies . Each prize is valued at over $10AUS each and contains 29 half metre lengths of ribbons, trims and lace in shades of red, yellow and sky blue from quality brands, plus FREE international postage!!

**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 June 30thAustralian 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. What a wonderful sketch and challenge!! Such gorgeous work and inspiration by the DT!! Such a perfect challenge for me. My sis is turning 50 in a couple days and we're having a party for her this Sunday. ~ Blessings

  2. yes, awesome sketch and adorable interpretations! :) xoxo

  3. oh this will be such a fun one with Birthdays:) gorgeous sketch and inspiration from everyone and hiiiiiii Eila :)

  4. What funny, fun & fab LO's....thanks, girls...looking forward to this one:):)

  5. How beautiful and unique these layouts are... such gorgeous styles amongst the designers! wonderful theme to scrap too!!

  6. Oh I LOVE this layout - and it's my daughter's second birthday this weekend. The timing is *perfect*!! I can't wait to play along!

  7. Lovely sketch.
    Can't wait to stert

  8. I'm wholeheartedly delighted that you have named Eila a Guest Designer on this site! she has continued to be an inspiration to me with her gift of art, her personal nature, and her gift of words that are like presents that she leaves on each of our blogs. She's very deserving of this honor. Congratulations Eila, you're a beacon in our scrapping world.

    1. Aww Joyce, you are the sweetest! thank you darling - mwah! xoxo

  9. I am so impressed with all the outstanding artwork of the DT here! You really rawked this sketch. And I think Eila's title is sooooooo clever!!

  10. I also really like the sketch and I'm loving part !

  11. I just saw this sketch yesterday, very pretty and worked very well for a photo of my granddaughter on her birthday. (She's almost two now.)

  12. Wow What gorgeous inspiration! Eila's work is really wonderful - this layout is just so beautiful!! And so much inspiration here from everyone - absolutely wonderful!!