Friday, 26 December 2014

My Last 'Once Upon A Sketch' Entry

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas if that's what you celebrate in your part of the world. It's been a terrific one here.

It's with a somewhat heavy heart that I post my entry for the last ever Once Upon A Sketch challenge, as the site closes down next week. There are no prizes this month but I have enjoyed participating in this challenge blog many times and I wanted to enter one last time.

I also have another reason to enter - the very talented Jelissa Mei and I are doing a layout swap. The page she's giving me is from this month's OUAS challenge so it makes sense that my layout should be for the same challenge.

Here's this month's sketch:

I had to adapt the sketch a bit cos I wanted to use photos of Jelissa and I on opposite sides of the page, symbolising the physical distance between us. Here's what I made:

That background paper is a new Webster's Pages one and has a map of the world on it. I thought it was perfect for showing how we make scrappy friends from all over the world.

I used some Dusty Attic Geotags to show where Jelissa and I live.

The chipboard letters are also from Dusty Attic and I coated all the chipboard with Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts.

I have a new thing about using stitching, paints and beads and I've this technique on this one.

I had quite a story to tell about this layout so I wrote my journaling on the back.

There are still a few days left if you want to enter the very last challenge.

I'd like to thank all my readers for their incredible support throughout 2014. Your comments have been wonderful to receive. I look forward to keeping in touch throughout 2015 and I am excited to be sharing this scrappy adventure with you!

All the best wishes to everyone for a safe, happy and scrappy 2015!



  1. so glad that I finally found the time to visit your blog Heather! All the yummy eye candy on the layout just came to life and the geo tags are just too cute! love the stitching and the colors you used to represent you and me... can't wait to see it IRL!

    and yes, I love the fact that this hobby really brings people from all over the world together!

  2. What a great story and a lovely layout. Love seeing yours and Jelissa's beautiful faces on the page. :)

  3. We had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you did too Heather! What a lovely idea to do a swap, that could catch on!!!! Fabulous idea to use the map background, and fabulous details and photos! And it won't be long until we are welcoming in the new year! So sad to see ouas closing, but it will bring special memories! Have a great weekend!

  4. This is gorgeous! I love love love love the colors and the way you drew the photos together -- even though they are apart!!!

  5. Perfect Heather! I lov your job! Congrats!!!

  6. What a great LO and brilliant idea,i did a photo swap once but never a LO
    A late Merry Christmas and I hope 2015 is all that you want it to be

  7. Love this one, and what a sweet smile you have Heather!

  8. Awww...fabulous story to match a fabulous page!!! WONDERFUL that you could use that bg pp here! Perfect! As usual, the melts make me....well, melt??!!!! And I ADORE you 'new' techniques going on here...& OF COURSE....thrilled that you chose our very last OUAS sketch to work with this one......THANKS so much for being such a brill participant:):)

  9. Beautiful and such a wonderful layout. Love the theme and the design! Fabulous. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  10. Such a fabulous layout! Love the awesome photos and story behind the page! The artsy background looks amazing! Happy Holidays!

  11. Oh Heather, your layout is just fabulous! I love the mix of stitching and beads, so so pretty..A work of art! Wishing you a Happy 2015

  12. Absolutely gorgeous page and I love the apt and clever! Clever ues of the paper too! Stunning! Best wishes for 2015...hoping that it is abundantly creative, healthy, happy and propserous! x

  13. I think this swap is so sweet !! Your friend Jelissa is very lucky to have such a precious gift and memento from your time together at OUAS !! Wish you both a happy and creative new year!!

  14. This one reason why OUAS is so popular, I think--it helps forge international friendships.

    Heather, your layout is meaningful and beautiful. I'm sure Jelissa will love it.

  15. When I saw this page on FB it blew me away...breathtaking beautiful.