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. 


  1. Thank you so much! I am honoured and humbled - there were so many incredible layouts submitted. I loved playing along at OUAS this month!

  2. Congrats to all the winners!! Lovely pages ladies xxx Amy

  3. Congrats to all the winners!! Lovely pages ladies xxx Amy

  4. Congratulations to ALL of the winners... such amazing layouts this month again and so many gorgeous ones :D

  5. Congrats, поздравляю, Taniko!

  6. Wow, so many amazingly gorgeous lay-outs! Huge congrats to the winners!

  7. As usual I am so happy to see some of my picks as winners and features, I pride myself for having a good eye for winners!!! Congratulations to the winners and featured artists...and what an absolute joy to scroll down and find myself as a feature as well...thank you so much!!!

  8. Congratulations to all the winners. Your layouts are sooo beautiful.

  9. Wow! I'm very surprised and very, very happy! :-) Thank You! Congrats to all the features. So many beautiful projects!

  10. What a list of gorgeous layouts! Really stunning!

    Thank you so so much for feauturing my layout! I'm really honoured! <3

  11. Ladies, all your LOs are stunning!!! And for me it's a big honour to become the winner!!!

  12. Congrats to all the winners and featured artists, such stunning creations!!

  13. Thank you very much. You made me smile and dance with my white rabbit :) Thanks again and my regards from Ukraine!

  14. Huge congratulations to all whose layouts were winners/features! They are all wonderful and so deserving of recognition.

    Also, I wanted to mention that I really enjoyed having a 3-photo sketch to work with this month. Thanks, Nadia, for keeping things fresh...and thanks in general for all the work you do to make these challenges happen.

  15. Congrats to all of those featured!!! What an amazing line up of talented ladies we have here today..I am in awe!!! Great job, everyone!

  16. Wow amazing work ladies! Congratulations! I'm new here and so glad I stopped by!

  17. I'm so proud an happy to be among the winners, thank you Ladies!!! The level of talent on this blog is seriously out of this world :)

  18. Congrats to everyone on the winners/features! Amazing work! Glad I played along!

  19. All these layouts are just so inspiring I'm in awe of the fantastic work all have done. I will be studying these to boost my mojo.x

  20. Whooo hooo! Congrats to the winnners and Top 5 picks. Thanks so much for picking mine as a top 5!! xoxoxox

  21. Well done to everyone, such amazing and beautiful layouts!!

  22. Congratulations to each of the winners and featured artists!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  23. CONGRATULATIONS to Taniko, top picks, features, designer picks and honourable mentions! you ladies ROCK!! *clapping hands* xoxox

  24. A huge congrats to Taniko and to everyone featured! So many amazing projects! ;-)