March 31, 2012

OUAS first birthday blog hop!

Welcome to Once Upon A..Sketch' s first birthday blog hop! It is so exciting to have you here and we hope you are inspired along the way to join in the fun and get creative!! You should have arrived here from Larissa's blog, but if you haven't you need to go back to the beginning of the list below so you don't miss out.

(please note that due to time differences there could be some broken links..please check back later as the blogs will be updated asap) 

and then back to Once Upon A...Sketch blog to leave your name on the list.
Our new MONTHLY challenge has just been released! Each Design Team member has created their own  layout based on this sketch and journalling criteria and you need to follow the above list to see what they came up with. 

We would love to see what you create, so please link your project to back at the Once Upon A...Sketch blog. You DO NOT have to participate in the blog hop to enter this challenge. 

Here is this month's challenge....

April 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 my example...

I have also used Imaginarium Design chipboard Circle Border 8

I love this photo of Hannah, she looks happy and confident. For us, the real meaning of home is being together and since we only have one child, our home is where she is.

Our main sponsor of this blog hop is ....

 Imaginarium Designs
Imaginarium Designs chipboard is donating this prize to one lucky winner of the blog hop.

This prize pack includes AUS$70.00 worth of chipboard PLUS inks PLUS Spray Mists PLUS free postage to anyone in the world. 


 ***In order to be entered for the main prize,you must be or become a follower AND comment on ALL blogs along the way and finally back at the Once Upon A...Sketch blog to tell us that you have left a comment for everyone.

***There will also be some other prizes along the way which our Design Team have kindly donated.  To win these, you need only comment on and follow the blog which is giving the prize. The randomly chosen winners for these prizes will be announced at that Design Team member's blog.

This is the prize I am giving away....

$15 Gift Certificate from!

This is open to ANYONE that becomes or already IS a follower of my blog and leaves me a comment on this post. ..

 The blog hop starts today , April 1st and finishes midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) 5th April with the MAIN PRIZE winner to be announced soon after the blog hop ends at the Once Upon A....Sketch blog and the other winners announced at the Design Team member blogs soon after the blog hop ends also. 

Thank you for visiting and taking part in our blog hop!

We hope you found some inspiration along the way.

Your next stop is
Bente Fagerberg!

March 30, 2012

Loving my Imaginarium Chippies

I am sure you all agree with me that chipboards are one of our go-to products. We use them as a background, for masking, embellishment or sometimes a filler to complete a page. This is why I am so excited when using my Imaginarium Design chipboards.

Products Used: My Minds Eye patterned papers and embellishments, Gesso acrylic paint, Hero Arts and Ideaology stamps, Kaisercraft Acrylic Paint, Ranger Stickles and Washi tape.

For this layout, I have used one of the butterfly chipboard shapes as my photo matting. I used the large butterfly to draw the eyes of the viewer to the photo, making that part the focal point of my design


I painted the butterfly first with white Gesso acrylic paint before painting it with a yellow paint. I did this to make the yellow hue look lighter. Then, I added some orange stickles to add texture to the chipboard

Here are a few close up shots of my layout:

March 29, 2012

April Nook Kit and a DT Call!

Add a little pizzazz to your story telling with the bold patterns of the April kit! Gather all the little details and keep them straight with the help of clothespins, buttons and gorgeous trims and borders! If you've got a story to tell, this kit is your road map to success! Perfect for family reunions, the guys in your life, road trips and pets- this kit is loaded with classic tom boy charm, and enough ideas to keep you creating all month!

Kit content:
Crate Paper Storyteller Paper 
Crate Paper 12 x 12 Alpha/Label Sheet 
Crate Paper Sticker Sheet 
Crate Paper Boarder Sheet 
Crate Paper 12 x 12 Tag Sheet
Crate Paper Buttons Maya Road Ribbon/Chipboard 
MME Brads 
Pebbles Inc. Clothespins
We only have less than a handful of April kits left!!!!! New members who sign up will receive the May kit for FREE and A beautiful October Afternoon Grab Bag Kit. After a year paid subscription your 13th kit will be for FREE! 90.00 Value for free! Click HERE!
My Scrapbook Nook DT Call 

If you are interested in a spot on the Nook team, please send Leah an e-mail at

Please include:

phone number
link to your blog
link to your fb
and the links to your 3 favorite things you've made in the past two months.
then please tell her why she want you on this team.

She will do a call back once she eliminate 1/2 to 2/3rds of the initial applicants. 

March 23, 2012

My Scrapbook Nook Spring Blog Hop!

Welcome to the My Scrapbook Nook Spring Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping by! I am so excited to see you all here!. Before we get started please make sure that you started at Katarina's blog. You should have came from Jessy's blog before reaching me here.

Hiding among the blogs from the list below are 5 prizes and one HUGE Grand Prize! We're giving away FIVE $10 prize packs and ONE prize pack valued at $150! So be sure to leave a comment on EACH blog's post, because you never know which blogs have these prizes hidden. To qualify for a prize, comments are due by Midnight PST on Wednesday, March 28th, and all winners will be announced on the My Scrapbook Nook blog on Friday, March 30th.

For your reference, here is the bloghop order:




Today, I would like to share with you another March kit layout that I did inspired by the MME sketch for this month. What's great with the Nook kits is that the kits are loaded with the latest and greatest products in the scrapping industry, always balanced and creatively designed to help you in your creative journey! We draw from a variety of manufacturers, favoring textures, patterns and concepts that compliment and enhance the paper line of the month.

By highlighting a certain paper collection for the month, it allows it's subscribers to create gorgeous projects for a specific manufacturer, compete and share their works on the manu blogs, and  build a strong portfolio for possible DT calls.

 My take to the challenge:

Since there is no particular theme for this challenge, I decided to use this cute photo of Hannah taken during the Chinese New Year. The contrast of the colors in the photo is perfect with the color combination of the MME collection from the March kit.

Here are some close-up shots of the layout:

And here are a couple of more reminders:
Don't forget that the Nook April special is that new 12-month subscribers get the April kit for FREE and then after their subscription is over they receive ANOTHER kit for FREE! Subscribe here!!!

This month's April Grab Bag is valued at over $55, but only $10 for kit subscribers.

Guess what ELSE is happening at the Nook right now? We're having a DT CALL!!! Be sure to check out our message board here to find out more info!

Thanks for hopping with us!

The next stop on your hop is the very talented and gorgeous Anna! I'm sure she'll blow you away with another amazing project using the Nook kits! Also - don't forget to check out the Nook's DT-call! Apply! and who knows - you might be among the chosen lucky ones who gets spoiled by Pam & Leah!

March 15, 2012


Last year, Hannah was invited to be the Flower Girl, for the first time, of my friend's wedding. I was very excited for her because I know she loves doing those sort of things. She loves attention, she is one confident kid, and very charming.

I made a layout to remember her 1st flower girl moment. I never got the chance to be a flower girl so I wanted her to have this memory.

The layout was inspired by a sketch at Scrapidees. I have used Nook's October kit featuring MME goodies. All the yellow is perfect for her yellow dress. Here is a full body shot of my dd during the wedding:

I love how they accessorized her entire look. With the hat, blings and the flowers, I was inspired to accessorize my layout with the MME brads:

Thanks for dropping !

March 13, 2012

Thinking about joining a kit club-read this- you will be very Happy!

Since Feb. we have been running specials each month for new subs! 


Join now and receive your April kit for free!!!!!!!PLUS A FREE GRAB BAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VALUED OVER $55.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 



In order to receive the above special new subs must sign up for 1 year:)

March 12, 2012

March 8, 2012

March Nook Kit

Hi ladies! Did you receive your gorgeous March kit yet? I know!!!! Gorgeous isn't it? I love the wood patterns, the color combination, those cute buttons & pins, the twine, the colorful rubons, I can go on forever.

If you don't have yours yet, get one now! Check this out:

Manufacturer featured in this month's kit is MME Miss Caroline collection

You can order and subscribe to the Nook kits here!

Okay now, I am sharing with you my first layout that I did using this amazing kit. I am so in love with this kit that I wish I have two of it. I tried my best to maximize what I have so that I can create more projects with it.

I Simply Enjoy You

For this layout, I made my own background by misting different colors and stamping textured images to my cardstock. I have used Hero, Kaisercraft, MME and Idea-ology stamps.

To add a touch of teal on my page, I used my washi tape and a leftover Lily Bee rubon that I got from a previous Nook kit. I love, love, love how it made my page more cohesive. 

The patterned papers were added minimally to make the photo pop but with the cute embellishments that came with the kit, I was able to achieve the look I was aiming for.

Thanks for dropping by! I'll show you more in the next few days. One will be a double page class using the March kit.

March 6, 2012

OUAS March 1st Challenge!

Journalling Criteria/Theme:
All About Me!

The focus of your journalling and the theme of your layout has to be based on YOU and something/s that you are really good at. Don't be shy! We are all good at something as small or as big as it might be.

Ideas for journallingbeing a good mum, cooking, talking, understanding people, organising, cleaning, gardening, studying, computers, fashion, exercising, scrapbooking, good at my job, maths, languages, writing , drawing, painting, photography, running, craft, sewing. Maybe you can talk about an aspect of your personality..your sensitivity, your 6th sense, your patience, your strength or bravery, your ability to stay positive. 

Remember that you are allowed to also create a card or altered project based on this sketch and theme and instead of the journalling criteria you need to use a quote.

You MUST combine our journalling criteria with this sketch..

How would you like to be our Guest Designer for April? This is the challenge where you have the chance to win a spot on our design team for the whole upcoming month simply by winning this challenge. As well as being our Guest Designer, as chosen by our Design team, you will also receive this GORGEOUS kit from Berry71Bleu 's etsy shop....

Papers from GCD (sweet surrender collection), Journal, Lace trims, Fab Scraps metal embellishments, vial of silver glitter, set of clear stamps from 7 gypsies, Tag from Berry71bleu, paper flowers, prima flowers, Rhinestone vintage-style pendants,sequined picks, butterfly, adhesive faux pearl, glittered skeleton key ornament

Lastly we LOVE to encourage EVERYONE here at Once Upon A..Sketch to play along with us NO MATTER your skill level or scrapbooking style. SO we have 2 prizes us for grabs for 2 RANDOMLY chosen people.

Firstly, another prize from our ongoing sponsor Berry71Bleu. One randomly chosen entry will receive this GORGEOUS handmade tag from Berry71Bleu. Here is an example of the kind of tag you could receive..

Our second prize for one RANDOMLY chosen person will be 2 paper collections from FeatureArt...

March 5, 2012

BasicGrey + Scraplift Chain

Recently, I participated in a Scraplift Chain at My Scrapbook Nook which we have been doing for some time now. You can read the mechanics here. I love this type of challenges because you will never know what the main layout looks like until the reveal. It is interesting to see different interpretation and where each participant draw their inspiration. You can view the full reveal here.

Here's my layout:

SUPPLIES : [KISSING BOOTH] KIS-3550 Better HalfKIS-3566 XOXOKIS-3553 Dozen RosesKIS-3575 Die Cuts and Transparencies, KIS-3581 Layered Banner Stickers, KIS-3584 Blank Cards

 I have used BasicGrey's Kissing Booth collection because it is perfect for that gorgeous photo of Hannah when she was invited to be a flower girl on my friend's wedding. The Dozen Roses patterned paper highlighted the event perfectly which I wrote about in the journaling.

March 1, 2012

Using Negatives

I am here to share with you a layout that I did showcasing not only some of the Imaginarium Design chipboards but using the negatives that came with it.

Products Used: Making Memories patterned paper, Crate Paper patterned papers and embellishments (My Scrapbook Nook Valentine Mini kit), EK Success border punch, Ranger Liquid Pearls, KI Memories stickers, Dew Drops, Glass Sand, Coloured Sand, White Inkpad, October Afternoon, Studio Calico and Shimmerz mists.

Imaginarium Design Chipboards used:

I used the negative of this chipboard. I have purchased different small packed coloured sands from our local bookstore a while back. I knew that sand will give me the texture and depth that I wanted to achieve. By simply using liquid glue, I adhered the fuchsia sand by sprinkling over it several times until the entire chipboard was covered.

For the butterfly, I painted it first with several coats of white gesso acrylic paint. Then, I coated it with liquid glue and sprinkled transparent glass sand over it. I also misted some red mist and used a white inkpad to stamp on it.