Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!! - OUAS Jan Challenge

Hi Ladies,

Happy New Year!!!  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous time bringing in 2013.

I have the first challenge for the new year at Once Upon a Sketch to share with you.  Check out the link HERE for all the details on how to enter... we have a few new changes.  While you there, check out the gorgeous creations from our super talented Design Team and all the fantastic prizes up for grabs from our sponsors.

Theme: "The start of something new" 
The new year is among us. What better way to celebrate change, renewed hope and having a positive attitude than with a brand new year? A new start...a new horizon and the start of something new! A new year is full of possibilities. So in honor of the start of 2013, we would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "The start of something new..." however you like. Whatever that sentence inspires you to scrap then go for it.

Ideas for journalling: Include the theme sentence as your title, a new job coming up or the beginning of a new job and in the past and what it meant to you, a child's new toy, a new house you are building/moving in to or one you have moved in already, a new year and what it means to you, a new attitude, the start of a new school year, a new relationship - yours, a family members, your child's, a new friendship, new wardrobe, new diet, new phone, new haircut...

New Adventure
My take on the challenge was to create a LO from our trip to New Zealand as it was a new adventure.  To change it up a little, I rotated the sketch once from right to left.  Some of the Design Team were sent a gorgeous pack of papers from Maja Designs to use on our creations... I have used Walking in the Forest and Crea Diem pp's which are perfect for a masculine LO.   I have also used the steampunk clock and mini cogs chipboard from Imaginarium Designs, which I altered with Viva Deco Ferro paste in copper, which gives the chipboard a fabulous rusty textured look.  

The background was created with Prima stencil and Viva Deco modeling creme and while it was still wet I sprinkled with some Stampendous bronze Mica Fragments.  When dry I then smudged some Viva ferro paste in copper and old gold over the top.

Materials Used:  Maja Designs, MME and Creative Imaginations pp's, Imaginarium Designs chipboard, 7 Gypsies tags and rubons, MME diecut sticker, Viva Decor Ferro Paste, Modeling Creme and Precious Metal Colour, Stampendous Mica Fragments, Tim Holtz tape, metal game spinners and Distress Inks, LYB metal brad, Hampton Art clear stamps, Thickers glitter alphas, vintage ticket, copper paint,

 Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is. You are allowed to journal in any language but please tell us where on your page we will find your journalling. Remember journalling has to be a bit more than a title, or a generic comment. Hidden journalling is perfectly fine.
MajaDesign Corp is situated in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. Majadesign was founded in November 2007, and since then been growing over 70 retailers in Sweden and 80 in Europe. Founder Marie Jansson says : "In the fall of 2004, a dear friend asked me to join her to a scrapbooking course. from that moment, i became totally amazed and thrilled by all the beautiful papers and decorations in the art of scrapbooking. After some time as a captivated scrapper, I got curious to create my own patterns. I have always have had a devotion for color and form, as well as I had great printing facilities close, as I worked at a printers office. Since 2007, I have been blessed to be able to work with my great passion - to design and create colored coordinated paper".

Here is the link to Maja Design's website - Maja Design

 The winner of this challenge as voted by the Design Team will win the prize from our main sponsor and also be invited to come back in March as our Guest Designer.

Our new sponsor for the month of January

 Deer and Fawn Designs
Deer and Fawns Designs is an online store that offers heaps of Handmade goodies... Scrapbooking Embellies, Gifts, Jewellery and much more
We are constantly adding to our releases and some are limited and once they are sold out
they are not re stocked.
We have some AMAZING new products in store for 2013 such as J Crochet Baby goodies, more handmade scrapbooking supplies & also more Washi Tape designs…..
Make sure you like and follow us on facebook and also become a follower of our blog to see some inspiration from our DT with projects listed regularly for you to see.

Deer and Fawn Designs is donating this beautiful kit for our January winner...
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by.

Cathy :)


  1. Your layout is so stunning, love all the textures in the background
    Happy New Year Cathy, all the best for the year :)

  2. Your lay-out is so beautiful and very masculine. I love it! Happy new year to you too!

  3. Amazing, love the colours and I especially love to see the camera in hand!!!

  4. stunning LO Cathy, I love your boy pages so much!!

  5. Oh, yes! LOVING the 'grungey' bg look....super masculine & looks fabulous:):):)

  6. I adore the fragment piece work on the background. Happy New Year Cathy and thank you for the inspiration you provided us in 2012.

  7. Happy New Year, Cathy!! A brilliant take on the sketch - awesome masculine design! Thank you for sharing this with us. I find the sketch quite tough but you did so well :) Best wishes to you in a brand new year.

  8. Another stunning LO Cathy, wow. You have make an awesome take on the sketch.

  9. Hi... This is absolutely gorgeous Cathy! I love the blue color you have used.. and Happy New Year to you!

  10. Gorgeous Cathy, always such amazing details in your layouts....
    Happy New Year and may blessings come your way...

  11. ooh, what gorgeous colour! Love reading your process! Its inspirational. Love the layers- so rich! Happy New Year!!!

  12. Hope everyone have a wonderful year ahead.
    Nice design and color combination too. Your blogs are always decorated with such orig-native designer work. Loved it. elastics

  13. Happy New Year to you Cathy.
    You have started with a bang. This page is just sensational. Love those pics and the rest, just perfect.
    I must create another page.....I finished it yesterday but failed to read the theme....mmmmm.

  14. Fabulous page!! Love the grungy masculine touches!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


  15. Totally stunning Cathy, just love that textural background!!

  16. All I can say is your scrap layout is really aesthetically cool, I just love the background and its texture. I wish I could even come out with such piece of art, keep on making these, at least I would enjoy seeing a couple from your side.