Saturday, September 28, 2013

September Challenge ****WINNERS****

Well hello there everyone! Thank you ALL so much for playing along with us in September and for the uploads on our Facebook Page! We enjoyed very very much featuring extra layouts there and with just under 90 entries here this month I am so glad we did, because it is virtually impossible to feature everyone. 
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not be disheartened if your layout was not a winner or not featured. The Design Team do their VERY best to vote for the winners... If you have ever been on a Design Team you would know how hard it is to find your faves among 90 entries when they are ALL special in their own way. 

Having said that, we noticed this month and in the last couple of months a decrease in journalling on your layouts. We decided to not do anything about this month, but from next month PLEASE be aware that your layouts need to include some journalling whether it is at the front of your page, on the back or hidden under a photo etc. Acceptable journalling would be more than at least 2-3 sentences long of meaningful journalling and not just generic journalling such as the date or place the picture was take etc. 

We all understand that journalling is quite often difficult to include on the front of a layout. Thats fine! Please go ahead and tell us where on your page it is or even tell us what it says (if you wish to!). 

This is not so much a way for us to have strict rules! Not at all. But when we promote ourselves as a "monthly journalling and sketch challenge blog" it is not fair to those that create layouts with lots of meaningful journalling on them to be overlooked for layouts with no journalling on them at all , albeit gorgeous and stunning layouts. 

SO please remember this when you play along next month as we really do NOT wish to exclude anyone or have to eliminate amazing layouts for this reason. I want to believe our rules are pretty relaxed here at Once Upon A..Sketch and we definitely allow hidden journalling so I hope it is not too difficult for you to include it somewhere on the page!

OK now on to the winners. This month, we went back to the WHOLE team voting again after having many months of rotating the teams. So I can tell you a total of 18 Design Team members placed their votes for the winning entries. 

1. Taniko (Ukraine)
Well done, you have won the prize from our main sponsor this month which is the September main kit (The Black Album kit) from Scraps Of Darkness. Please email Melinda Kelly at and  please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

Taniko you are also invited to come back in October as our Guest Designer. Please contact me , Nadia, at so I can send you all the information you need! Well done to you!!

2. Zaneta Glowa (Sweden)
For your efforts you have won an Imaginarium Designs chipboard pack full at AU$50.00 shipped to you free! Please contact Natalie May from Imaginarium Designs at . Please put "OUAS June Winner" in the subject field. 

3. Song Li (USA)
Good work! As our winner you have won a Scraps of Elegance main kit valued at US$35.95 value, shipped to you free Priority shipping within the USA, or free First Class shipping for international winners! Please email Melinda Kelly at and  please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

4. Jackie Clark (Canada)
Well done to you. You have won a Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking patterned paper and canvas collection with free domestic and international shipping.  Please email Julia Cotrimat and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

5. Riika Kovasin (Finland)
Congratulations! You have won a  US$25.00 gift voucher at The Flying Unicorn online store and kit club, with free domestic and international shipping ! Please email Alda Stevens at and  Shona Kheen at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

Now, here are a couple more entries that that received high marks and we just believe they needed to be featured too..I really wish I could have more prizes to send to you but I dont:( So please know we loved your layouts too!

Elena (Russia) 
Can all the above winners please grab your winners badge..

1. Chantalle's pick of the month is

Evdokia (Greece)
Congratulations for being a Designer's Pick you have won AUS$25.00 prize pack from Sassy Scrappers with free domestic and international shipping.  Please email Olga at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

2. Mona's pick of the month is..
Maja Stokk (Sweden)

Congrats to you for being a Designer's pick. You have also won a prize pack to the value of 15.00 Euro from Get Creative Embellishments  Please email Irini Liolia at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

3. Melenia's pick of the month was

White Rabbit (Russia)

Great work! Besides being a Designer's Pick you have also won a prize pack valued at AU$20.00 from  Njoyfull Crafts shipped to you for free!  Please email Njoyfull Crafts at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

4.Hilde's pick of the month was..

Wiosanka (Poland)
Well done !!You have won yourself a ribbon pack from Scrapbooking Fantasies valued at over AU$10.00 shipped to you for free!  Please email Alicia at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

5. Evgenia's pick of the month was..
Tanya Privalova (Russia)
You have won a prize pack from SA Crafters valued at US$15.00 shipped to you for free! Please email SA Crafters  at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

Here are some more entries we really wanted to feature..

Karita Vainio (Finland)

Yvonne Yam (Singapore)

Jodi Cent (Australia)

Patricia Basson (South Africa)

This is your badge to display proudly on your blogs

The entry picked via that has won a  ribbon pack from Scrapbooking Fantasies is: 
  Please email Alicia at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

The entry picked via that has won the $10.00 ,voucher to  is Little Blue Button Stamps is

Please contact Olga at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field.

The entry picked via that has won the Fancy Flair Designs store voucher is 
Please contact Fancy Flair designs at and please put "OUAS Winner" in the subject field. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Challenge Reminder!

Hey everyone! THANK YOU to everyone that has played along with us so far :) We have LOVED seeing your work and visiting your blogs. 

You still have just over 2 days to play along with our challenge !

This month we also launched our Facebook contest and we are SOOO pleased some many of you have joined our little community there! If you have played along this month please remember to post your layout at our Facebook Page HERE where a RANDOM winner will be chosen to win this prize from our monthlyy Facebook sponsor 13arts

Here is this month's challenge :)) See you all soon for some exciting stuff happening in October !

Journalling Theme: "Lucky"

You are free to interpret our theme any way you like but please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes some journalling (hidden journalling is fine)

Please welcome back the winner of July challenge and former Design Team member
Hi, I'm  Georgia, I'm 37, from Tasmania Australia where I live with my husband, teenage son and furry cat child, Oscar.
I would describe my style as modern grunge with a real love for art mediums and stamping. I create mostly 12 x 12 layouts and journals with the occasional off the page project and canvas. 

I currently design for Ingvild Bolme, 2Crafty Chipboard, Australian Scrapbooking Memories Magazine, Scrap365 magazine in the UK and Paperhaus magazine as well as running and designing for my own small online scrapbooking storeI am very excited and honored to be back at OUAS as a guest designer. OUAS is very close to my heart as was one of my very first design teams. 

To check out my more of work:
Georgia xox 

*sketch rotated and journalling is at the back of the page

Now here is what our Design Team came up with. Please click on their blogs for more details on their creations. I am sure they would love to hear from you !!!

* Using September's Scraps Of Elegance kit*

Svetlana Austin (South Africa)

Kim Price (Australia)
**Imaginarium Designs chipboard frame and lettering
**Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon/trim

Cathy Cafun (Australia) 
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard title (cut apart)* 
** hidden journalling on 2 tags**

*Imaginarium Designs chipboard butterflies*

Melenia Agapides (Greece)
***Imaginarium Design Alphas

*Imaginarium Design chipboard clock used*

*Hidden journaling
*Imaginarium Designs chipboard: Double Oval Frame with Dragonfly, Photo Frame 1, Circle Frame with Brackets, Heart***

Anna Zaprzelska (Poland)
**Hidden journalling

Renata Moni (Brazil)
*hidden journaling (inside the envelopes)

(Journalling at the back)

Hilde Aaslund (Norway)

The winner of this challenge, will win our main prize this month from our September sponsor and will also be invited to come back in November as our Guest Designer.

Our main sponsor for September is

Scraps of Darkness kit club kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to another level. We strive to include the latest and greatest items on the market that will enable you to create not "just a layout", but a piece of art.  And don't let our name fool you - while we regularly include items for those who like to create "darker"  layouts, we also want to inspire you to venture into what we consider Alternative Scrapbooking, such as Steampunk, Grunge, and Technique based layouts and projects.Each month, we offer a Main Kit and several Add On Kits that coordinate with the Main Kit.
In addition to offering monthly kits, we have an online store, and offer free shipping to kit subscribers for store purchases that they would like shipped with their Main Kit.  We also have an amazing and diverse Design Team that never ceases to inspire with their gorgeous creations.  Our forums are a lively warm community of supportive scrappers and unique challenges. Stop by and visit our gallery where you can see work from both our Design Team and our subscribers!

Scraps of Darkness is donating their September main kit valued at US$35.95 with free shipping (picture to follow) for our September winner

Now here are the prizes from our monthly sponsors!

Imaginarium Designs chipboard, is donating a chipboard pack full of their newest releases valued at AU$50.00 , with free domestic and international shipping 

Scraps of Elegance kit club is a store credit voucher valued at US$35.95 value, with free Priority shipping within the USA, or free First Class shipping for international winners!

The Flying Unicorn online store is donating a US$25.00 gift voucher to spend at their store with free domestic and international shipping ! 

Julia Cotrim Scrapbooking  is donating a patterned paper collection with free domestic and international shipping

Sassy Scrappers is donating a AUS$25.00 prize pack with free domestic and international shipping 

Scrapbooking Fantasies is donating a ribbon pack  for 2 winners valued at over AU$10.00 each plus with free domestic and international shipping 

Njoyfull Crafts is donating one of the above prize packs or similar valued at AU$20.00 with free domestic and international shipping 

Get Creative Embellishments is donating a prize pack valued at 15.00 Euro,  shipped free anywhere in the world

SA Crafters is donating a prize pack valued at US$15.00 , shipped anywhere in the world. 

Digital Designs by Olga, is offering a $10.00 voucher to the online store 

Fancy Flair Designs is donating a store voucher

The deadline for this challenge is midnight August 25th Australian Eastern Standard Time