Saturday, 15 March 2014

Once Upon A....Sketch - March 2014 Challenge.

Well welcome back. Today I have a new layout for the Once Upon A....Sketch Challenge. If you haven't been over there yet, you must go!!!! I am more than a little addicted to this challenge site now and not because of anything other than the pure need to challenge myself. Anyone that knows my normal scrapping style will know that journalling is not a big part of fact I actually find it quite intimidating. I feel that I am not always correctly written? But OUAS has given me a starting point to do what I usually don't - so thank you Once Upon A....Sketch.
 This month's starting point is this themed quote.

And the rules go a little like this:

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is! 

And again another fabulous sketch from Nadia.

So this is my interpretation of the sketch which I have titled "Hope".

I chose to do a Mixed Media layout with lots of stenciling, stamping and a lot of powder embossing. Love to emboss!!! 

I have been dying to use these patterned papers from My Mind's Eye for so very long and I decided that it would go well on...........yes, a black background! I layered differing paper patterns from "The Sweetest Thing" collection, distressed the edges and painted randomly using a silver paint.

I have used some yummy Tim Holtz metal Word Bands. This one above reads "encourage your hopes not your fears". I have painted over the top of this with gesso and then swiped off the excess to reveal the wording. This has then been tied with some seam binding to another Tim product - the Ornate Plate which I have also painted over with gesso.

Here you can see the stamping / powder embossing over the top of the textured stenciling using a Prima cling stamp and drips and drops of random paints. And of course no layout is complete without a little chipboard goodness - this beautiful flourish from Memory Maze.

You can also see more clearly the layering of papers and texture from the stenciling .

The journalling aspect for this challenge was the quote on the front, but I also added a little note to my gorgeous girl on the back, and it reads:

To my dearest sweet Cydne,
 May you always remember to face your fears head on and fight hard for all that you hope and dream of, because life is short and you only do it once!
Love you to the moon and back and back and back and back again. Mum xxx

A little about this photo - my gorgeous little girl Cydne - always willing to have a photo for her Mum at any given time! This photo was taken only on Friday. It was Crazy Hair Day at her school which was raising money for the Cancer Foundation. Her hair was probably not done so crazily but in fact was tied in a bow by her clever bigger sister Ashlea. You can't see it that clearly - sorry!! Was going for more of a moment factor!
Well I certainly hope you have enjoyed stopping here and remember if you haven't popped by Once Upon A....Sketch, now is the time. There are some sensational creations for this month already.

Until next time.

Tina x

Materials Used

My Mind's Eye "The Sweetest Thing" Collection
Memory Maze Chipboard Flourish
Derivan Matisse Black and White Gesso
Monte Marte Textured Paste
Prima Flowers
Prima Cling Stamps
Kaisercraft Acrylic Stamps - "Check In"
Leeza Gibbons Wishes & Dreams  Stamps
Matisse Acrylic Paints
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Spun Sugar
Ranger Embossing Powders
Versa Mark Embossing Ink
Urban Artist Decorative Stencil - Up and Down
Paper Shapers -Circle Punch
Prima Resin
Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Ornate Plate and Word Bands)


  1. Wow! Well, all I can say Tina, is that I am VERY glad you need to journal more & that we inspire you to do that over at OUAS...cos then I get to be inspired by your FABULOUS pages!!!! LOOOOOOOVE & adore the combo of black with these MME papers. Fabulous! And good on your DD for going for the big moment!!! And if you haven’t already done so, you can link this to our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page for a chance at our special FB prize!

    1. Awwww Lizzy, thank you. So glad you like it. And thank you for visiting me here! Tina xx

  2. Tina, I have to just tell you one thing. Your kids and your grankids will NOT care if your journalling is grammatically correct or not they will just care about the story. So please do not be intimidated by what others think. This is your layout and your story for your kids. I never used to journal till I joined a site that is BIG into journalling and now there is no holding me back. In the beginning I was the same, it has to be correct, or funny or deep or insightful... It doesn't have to be anything except from the heart. I find the easiest way of journalling is as if I was talking to that person. So please don't ever be afraid to say what you want to say. :)
    I love this layout with all the texture and colour and your daughter is beautiful and how lucky that she will pose for you at the drop of a hat. I love it.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at OUAS this month.

    1. Val, thank you so much for your advice, because I took it and showed Cydne the journalling on the back, and she cried!!! So it really is true. I think I try to get too deep or insightful and all I need is to be me! Thanks again for all your kind comments, advice and for visiting me here.
      Tina xx

  3. Tina, this is such a stunning page. Your vibrant colors just pop against the black background!! You have created such great memories of this fun day for your daughter. Thanks for sharing your journaling!! I’m so glad you have joined us for the March Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for sharing your layout on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

    1. Tracey thank you so much for your kind words, they are greatly appreciated. Tina xx

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  5. My word for this page is WOW! Thank you for playing with us at Once Upon A Sketch! Hugs!

  6. Beautiful work as always Tina.....thanks for sharing and playing along at OUAS :)

  7. Wow thanks for your lovely comment Stacey. xx


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