Monday, August 21, 2017

New Design Team!

I'm thrilled to announce our new design team for the next 6 months 💗

Please welcome Jodie Digney.  Jodi loves to bring colour, texture and depth to her papercraft and has a wonderful motto.

Here's a link to her blog! - Craft of the Run

and Karen Haywood.  Karen love photography and die cutting!  Lucky girl owns 3 machines! :) 
and here's a link to Karen's blog -  Country Girl 

The girls will start sharing their projects and talent with us in September.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply, it makes choose only 2 very difficult. Some of these lovely ladies will be joins us as Guest DT members over the next couple of months

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Donna's Cybercrop Challenge- Gypsy's Page

Donna's challenge for the Cybercrop was to use an old book page- this is a favourite of mine and I have a stash of books including a number of old and failing dictionaries just for this purpose. And that's what I decided to use today- in fact it's the thesaurus section for the page that has 'read'. :-)

Just for fun I decided to challenge myself to use the inspiration board from one of my own CC challenges for my page. I've used ideas from the two books in the top left. My layout design is the adapted from the cover of The Rhythm of Family. And my title is one continuous line just like the title of the book Follow The Line.

I loved this inspiration board and see a heap more ideas I'd like to use; A newspaper page design for a page, the title work on The Lost thing, one main and multiple small photos like on Animalia, the stacked triangles and journalling on paper pieces as per The Flame Alphabet (bottom left), the red and blue or black and white colour schemes on Alice, and the title work and flag banner on Two Caravans were just a few of the things I'd be keen to give a go.

Friday, August 18, 2017

August Book-Tastic Cyber Crop

Hello scrappy friends, and welcome to our August Cyber Crop!

We have 3 challenges for you, using our love of books as our inspiration.  Deadline is Sunday 27th August.  Make sure you upload your pages to the correct gallery to be in the draw for a $20.00 shopping voucher.

Please join us over at our Facebook chat page.  We love to welcome new friends, it's a private page for people that do our challenges, just message me and I can add you :) 

Challenge 1 - Use a book page on your layout.

Book pages make a wonderful background, here's my take.  I've brought a cheap book from a second hand shop or flea market years ago, and using gesso I've creating this background.

And here's my layout.... I managed to use some die cuts that where RAK to me by one of the lovely Mystical girls ❤

Challenge 2 - Use a quote or line from a book somewhere on your page. 

Here's my take- My quote is from Jane Austen: "What strange creatures brothers are!" I adapted a sketch for my page and I have included that as well... it's not needed to complete the challenge.

Challenge 3Be Inspired by books.

Take inspiration from one or more of the book covers above. Take a look at the designs, colours, shapes, elements, text, and presentation on these cover and use some of them as a starting point for your page or cards.

Here's my page... I've been inspired by the cover divided into quaters (middle right) the circles on Alice (bottom middle) and The 3 Little Pigs cover (top right) reminded me of this Basic Grey newspaper print paper.

You have a week plus to upload your creations into the gallery - Here
Due date Sunday, 27th Aug - Midnight

We will be giving away 1 shopping voucher valued at $20.00, and each entry receives 1 ticket into the draw.....each challenge you do gives you a chance to win!

We will also have a surprise prize!!  Our DT members will chose their favourite over-all layout and I will send that lucky person a surprise in the mail.

Happy Scrapping.
Mystical Team

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gallery Pick- Ebony Jane

This week I have picked a new comer to our Gallery who shows a whole heap of promise as a scrapbooker considering she is only seven years old!

Ebony Jane shared this page in our gallery for the June Winter Cybercrop. I love that she has kept her colour scheme really simple almost monochromatic- the blues look great together. I think the wide mat under the photo really helps to showcase the picture which was an excellent choice for this challenge. I think keeping the embellishing simple was a great choice. The title is very inventive and a cool tip if you happen to be short on some letters. I also think highlighting the journalling with the smudges of blue was a great idea.

This page is from Donna's May Tic tac toe challenge and Ebony Jane chose Doily, tag and flowers. Using the tag as a home for her title was a great idea- and the same goes with using middle of the doily for her journalling... an idea I'm definitely going to scraplift soon. I think the offset purple frame adds interest to the page. She's made great use of her flower and butterfly stickers using the visual triangle design technique to help unify her page and keep the focus on the most important elements. The pink and purple papers work well together and I like the added touch of the hand drawn rainbow to balance out that banner in the top.

Thank-you so much for sharing your pages with us in the Gallery Ebony Jane- we're looking forward to seeing you develop your scrapping skills and inspiring us even further!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


I can't believe we're already a week into August- the year is flying by! Have you had a chance to look at this months challenges? I gave Donna's sketch a go over the weekend. Here's my variation on the idea...

I went with portrait instead of landscape photos and created a little home for some journalling. 

 My kit this month is the Fancy Pants Line: Family & Co. All the product on my page is from that line and it made the process of pulling my page together so much faster. I love the solid heavy colours in this line. It's designed for Family and Home type pages but I think it's flexible and would work well for winter and both boy and girl pages and so many more.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Gallery Pick- Just Jane

A wonderful triple shot of pages from Just Jane from the Mystical Gallery that I may have fallen a little bit in love with! 

This page above what's not to love... simple design but lots of details and perfect colour scheme for that sweet little babe... and what a lovely photo that is. Love the layers and repeating hearts as well.

Once again... simple design, great details, LOVE the colours. The use of the tags is fantastic especially the tag shaped photo.

What a great gathering of word stickers and embellishments down that left hand side! I also love that Jane's chosen a neutral background to go with her group photo... lots of faces going on in there...great balance. Love the colours and design on this one too. Did you notice how she's used just one punch of an edge punch up the top of the page? I will be definitely be scraplifting that idea.

Thanks Jane for sharing your Layouts and inspiration in the Mystical Gallery.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

DT Quick Share: Play!

I love this messy Patterned Paper from the Cocoa Vanilla: You Rock! Range? It's a great way to get the lovely mixed media look with out the mess and materials.

Supplies Used: Cocoa Vanilla: You Rock Patterned Papers: Experimental, In Line, and This Way. Embellishments: Die cut Ephemera, Enamel ShapesWood Veneer, Accessory Stickers, and Chipboard Accents. KaiserMist: Denim, Alpha's: Fancy Pants: Happy Place: Alpha and Number Pack.

Friday, August 4, 2017

DT Quick Share: Amazing

How great are the bright primary colours in this Cocoa Vanilla: You Rock! Range? Combined with the lines, crosses, arrows, and stars in this line there are heaps of options for different types of pages.

Supplies Used: Bazzill Basics: White, Cocoa Vanilla: You Rock Patterned Papers: Galactic, Random, and Plus One. Embellishments: Die cut Ephemera, Enamel Shapes, Rubber Charms, Wood Veneer, Accessory Stickers, and Chipboard Accents.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dt Share- Fabuolus Bubbles

This is another page where things didn't go quite as intended. I embossed the large uneven rounds with clear embossing powder onto a full 12x12 sheet of white cardstock. My embossing ink pad was a bit dry so my rounds ended up a bit more uneven than I wanted.
Then I sprayed my page with Aqua Kaisermist. The full 12x12 sheet was just too much for my page. So I cut it down and mounted it on a complimentary piece of patterned paper. and then onto a white cardstock base to give the page more balance.

My puffy word sticker wasn't very happy about sticking to my embossed page- so I had to surround them in dimensional magic to keep them in place.

I finished my page with some more circular items to continue my bubbly theme. 

DT Quick Share: B is for Boy

Just a quick share from me today... Once more I'm working with the Cocoa Vanilla You Rock line and I've gone a little crazy flicking mist on my background to reflect the mess going on in my photo.

Supplies Used: Bazzill White Cardstock, Cocoa Vanilla You Rock: Patterned Paper: Night Sky, Die Cut Ephemera, Accessory Stickers, Chipboard Accent Stickers and Flair, Kaisermists: Peach and Denim.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Last of the Summer Days

Another page from my month of Kaisermist play... I've used the Cocoa Vanilla Love Always Class Act Paper and opened the bottle so I could paint on the Kaisermist: Peach, Yellow, Apple, and Aqua.

The thickers (which we don't have in the store but you may have in your stash) are the Mistables- I laid them out on a non stick sheet and sprayed them with the yellow, apple and aqua sprays to match my page.

I finished my page with butterflies cut from my favourite Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart paper- Mariposa which I popped up on foam dots and a Banner Sticker from the CV Endless summer accessory sticker sheet also popped up. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Challenges

It's time for 2 new challenges

First up we have a sketch for you.

Here's my take...

I've used a few different range on this page. Cocoa Vanilla, Basic Grey... I've been gathering quite a bit of  "left over" bits, so I've been going through all my left overs and pull out anything that goes together!
Love these Thickers,  Amy Tangerine - Kal Barteski

More detail can be found on my personal blog if you want a closer look, find it here - Blog

Challenge 2 Quote and Paper crazy!

Gypsy here: my challenge this month is for you to use a quote on your page. You can use a quote from yourself, a friend, or family member, a book, poem, famous person, song lyric or what ever you choose. I also want you to go crazy with patterned paper I have 13 different papers on this page... what can you do? 

In case you're wondering, my quote it's from author of the Narnia Series CS Lewis: "A children's story which is only enjoyed by children is a bad children's story."

Challenge Rules..

  •  Create a new project, layout or set of 3 cards
  • Please upload your entry to our gallery or use the Inlinkz link up by end of the month to be eligible for the prize draw.
  • Have fun, and please share with your scrappy friends!
International entries are welcome, however due to international postage cost a Creative Design Spot will be offered should the winner be from outside Australia along with a little surprise in the post.Australia residents.

This months prize is -  Chipboard and Embellishment pack.

We look forward to seeing your layouts. 
Happy Scrapping!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Gallery Pick- Kathy Loves to Scrap

How amazing is this layered and torn paper page from Kathy Loves to Scrap in our Gallery. I am absolutely loving her title on the little doily as well... and that photo absolutely needed to be on a scrapbook page... I love it when people scrap themselves especially older photos. I also love the clock used on the page that links to the passage of time theme that underlies the page. I love this Kathy- sorry it took me so long to let you know... Kathy made this page for week five of our competition in February and March. Thanks for playing along and sharing in our gallery Kathy you're an inspiration!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

DT Share- Daily Phone Flower

I've developed a habit to help me slow down and take notice of the world- I try and take a daily photo of a flower on my phone. It's just for fun really but it does lead to some interesting situations when I'm out and about and my brain sees a patch of colour and shouts 'Phone Flower!' at me. :-) I wanted to scrapbook a selection of the photos and this was my solution.

I laid a collection of scrap card rectangles on my page like brick work and left a half centimetre gap around them. Then I sprayed with a variety of KaiserMist colours that reflected my photos.

When I lifted the scrap card I ended up with this. Note I have kept the card scraps and intend to use them on a page soon. 

I laid out my photos in a way that felt balanced... thinking about weight and complimentary colours.

I finished my page with white flowers (mini and 2cm) and Green Tara Lace and Maya Road Pompom trim that I cut and dyed with the same mists I used for my framing. Topped the flowers with Kaiser Pearls.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

DT Share- City Lights

This page was a muck up... I didn't properly clean the mask after the bird art page and though the purple mist was dry the new spray reactivated it and this was the unintended consequence. Solution...

I found a photo that I felt worked with the Kaisermists I had used that was enlarged enough to cover the whole mess. A little bit of washi and minimal embellishments. Hand lettering, Thickers and Fancy Pants Alphas complete the page.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July Cyber Crop

Hello scrappy friends, and welcome to our July Cyber Crop

We have 3 challenges for you, using Christmas as our inspiration.
You do not have to scrap Christmas photos, we are just taking our inspiration from Christmas ☺  However, if like me you haven't finished scrapping last Christmas then feel free to do so!!

Please join us over at our Facebook chat page.  We love to welcome new friends, it's a private page, so just message me and I can add you.

Challenge 1 - All that glitters and sparkles! 

I love the decorations silver and gold, I love the lights all sparkling and bold. This challenges is to bring some Christmas sparkle to your page. Make gold or silver or a metallic sparkle a feature of your page... think bling, crystals, metallic mists, metallic cardstock, glitter or glitter paper... make it shimmer and shine!
Here's my take...

I love the way these Copper Glitter Thickers match Will's hair! This was a favourite photo of my very thoughtful boy so I am glad to get it scrapped. I used Basic Grey Serenade Peacock Paper and Element stickers. I was busting some of my stash so I've used wood veneers and word stickers from Cocoa Vanilla lines: Love always, Endless Summer and You Rock! Finished off my page with some gold mist from my own stash and a Gold pen.

Challenge 2 - Colour Challenge - Red White & Green

This challenge is to use the traditional colours of Christmas... you can make a Christmas page or co with something completely different so long as you page is predominantly Red, White and Green. 

I love the Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock for adding texture and interest to my page in a subtle way. I've used the Irish Eyes and Phoenix on this page as well as the regular Bazzill White for my background. Added in a bit of playful spotted patterned paper from Cocoa Vanilla- Love Always - Class Act, My title is from the CV You Rock Cut apart sheet- Random and Glitter Thickers- Sprinkles Cucumber. I have added some playful features in the form of bows from my stash, RicRac, Cocoa Vanilla Enamel Dots and Enamel Shapes. Lastly I added dots of the Nuvo Crystal Drops: White, Red Berry, Apple Green and Black

I'm really enjoying the flexibility of the Nuvo Crystal drops... I know I am not going to run out of the size and colour of the dots I want for my project. Plus I can create other shapes as well. I have done these dots direct to page- but I have also made some premade dots on a non stick sheet which I can glue on my page. I got the primary colours and black and white in the gloss drops to start but will definitely look at adding some more of my most used colours to my collection- they are a much more economical way to go as well.

Challenge 3 - Use ribbon on your page

Such fun going though my ribbon box!  

It's so easy creating when your using everything from a 1 range!  I've used Cocoa Vanilla 'You Rock' papers and embellishments, I honestly don't thing there is anything in the range I don't love!!  I've sprayed and dropped with KaiserMist -White, and I've use two thin bits of ribbon to help to "frame" my photo.

Hope you enjoy this challenges, we will be chatting over on our FB page, with a odd game or two over the weekend ☺

You have a week plus to upload your creations into the gallery - Here
Due date Sunday, 6th Aug - Midnight
**All layouts entered must be created for this CC.

We will be giving away 1 shopping voucher valued at $20.00, and each entry receives 1 ticket into the draw.....each challenge you do gives you a chance to win!

We will also have a surprise prize!!  Our DT members will chose their favourite over-all layout and I will send that lucky person a surprise in the mail.

Happy Scrapping.
Mystical Team

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tama's Bird Art

One of the ways I like to use my masks is as a faux stamp... You spray the mask on a 'scrap' surface and then carefully pick it up and 'stamp' it on your page.

On this page I sprayed the background aqua first and then stamped my mask with the Kaisermist Blackberry to create a home for my photo.

A photo is a great way to keep the memory of your child's treasured art work without having to have the bulk of all their precious work... this picture was a particular favourite of mine.

Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Kaisermist: Aqua, and Blackberry. Crafters Workshop 6x6 template. Fancy Pants Happy Place Flairs, Kaisercraft Resin Blossoms: Pansy, Cocoa Vanilla Endless Summer Accessory stickers and Enamel Shapes, Alpha's Jillibean Soup.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DT Call 2017

Mystical Scrapbooks is looking for a fresh face to join our family for a six-month term starting mid August 2017.
If you love to scrap and chat, are inventive with products, techniques, or have a unique style and like to chat and make friends on line……then why not give it a go!

What we look for in a team member:
An active online presence (blog, social media, galleries)
A happy attitude and sense of humour.
Knowledge to be able to photograph and upload your work, in a clear and professional manner

Requirements include:
1. Ability to complete a step by step or techniques layout blog post every second month.
2. 1 or 2 Cyber Crop challenge layout per month.
3. 1 monthly challenge each other month
4. Participation in special events. Cyber Crops, competitions when required
5. Active on our Face Book page and galleries

What you get:
1. Name, bio and photo featured on our DT Page.
2. Link from our DT Page and Blog to your personal blog.
3. $30 (approx) Kit each month – with input as to what you receive
4. Discount code for personal shopping while a DT member  * some exclusions apply
5. Social Media exposure of your designs and bragging rights J
6. Get to be a part of a friendly team

How to apply:

Email me at Donna Cope at  with the subject heading "DT Application 2017".  Include your full name and address.
List any current design time your apart of and tell me a bit about yourself, I would like to know a bit about you and what you feel you can bring to Mystical.
Attach 3 projects photos that you consider to be your best work…Scrapbooks pages, cards or OTP items and please include a link to your blog
This is important:
You have the time to be active in our gallery, blog and facebook pages
You are a team player 
You are dependable (dates for DT Calendar, Cyber crops, etc.)

Additional Information:
1. Australia Applicants only please (due to postage costs)
2. Submissions must be received by August 4th 2017
3. New DT members selected will be notified and the full announcement will be made shortly after.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.

DT Share: This Boy is Unique

This page is a good example of needing to take a step back from the table and see what's really happening on the page. The page is ok- but that red 3x4 card is overwhelming everything... it's the first thing your eye goes to on the page... and that wasn't my intention at all. The page design is still fine but both the both colour and the visual weight created by all that text makes it not such a good choice to take that spot. 

I swapped the cards around just roughly using photoshop and I think you can see the difference it makes to the page... the card is still visually heavy - but now it balances with my photo and and by adding the smaller word stickers around the edges it lightens up. Plus the lighter blue of the journalling card doesn't steal the show from the photo. I could go and change the page for real... but I think I'll just leave it and try and be a bit more mindful next time. The easiest way to do this is to walk away from my page for a few minutes before I stick it down and then come back and see where the first place my eye goes to on the page... if it's not where I wanted it to land (normally my photo) then I need to change things up a bit.

Supplies used on this page: Bazzill white cardstock, Cocoa Vanilla- You Rock!; Papers: Random and In line. Embellishments: Enamel Shapes, Die Cut Ephemera, Accessory Stickers, Chipboard Accent Stickers. Kaisermist Denim. Washi Tape: WRMK Pomegranate.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DT Share: Brothers

As a Mama of three boys and a big fan of anything with stars I was pretty excited when the new Cocoa Vanilla line "You Rock!" arrived in the Mystical store. This page is super a simple but feels like a lot of fun... which is what these two are... on a good day. It came together fast because I've used mostly completely the one line of products.

Supplies: The Cardstock is Bazzill White and Raven and the rest is Cocoa Vanilla - You Rock! Papers: Galatic, Starshine, Random, and Stripped. Embellishments: Chipboard accent stickers, Flair Buttons and Rubber Charms.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Gallery Pick

Life has been crazy busy lately and I haven't had any time to catch up with everyones work in the Gallery but I still have these pages by Sharnook from our competition at the start of the year on my favourites list. They are all so lovely I couldn't pick just one. Great pages designs, lovely colour combos, playfulness, and nice balanced embellishing are just some elements of Sharnooks signature style.

Thanks for sharing your pages with us in the Mystical Gallery Sharnook!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

DT Quick share: Happy Family

I really enjoy scrapping one photo pages from time to time... these pages are generally more about a person- or in this case people than they are about an event. It's a nice opportunity to reflect on what the person in question means to you and put that down in words.

Supplies Used:  Core'dinations Cardstock: Roasted Pepper, and Lake. Patterned paper: Lily Bee Double Dutch Blueberry. Wood Veneers: Cocoa Vanilla Love Always, Washi Tape: WRMK and Green Tara Leaves on Blue. Stickers: Carta Bella, Flowers: Green Tara Bling: Kaisercraft Blue Grey and Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart Enamel Dots. Title: Happy: Pebbles Spring Fling Words Family: Jillibean Word Labels.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Mid month challenge: Mask and Spray

Our second challenge for July is to work with a mask or template and some mists, ink, paint or spray. I have a couple of ideas for you...

For this page base I picked up some cheap plastic cutting mats from the Reject Shop and trimmed one down to 12x12. Then I cut it into the sun ray pattern and laid out every second piece on my white cardstock. I've used the peach and the yellow Kaisermists and over sprayed to get the sunlight/ombre effect. 

For my second page I used a Crafter's Workshop 6x6 Template and the same Kaisermist colours with the addition of some Candy (pink). I lay my template down and sprayed over it as well as a touch of colour in the corner leaving a bit of white space in-between. I've also opened a complimentary colour- turquoise mist and flicked the bottom of the pump tube to get the splatters. I've brought them from the top corner down on the diagonal to add some flow to my page- and made my title match with thickers from the store.

If you don't have any masks yet there are a huge variety in the store here. Or you can use chipboard shapes or cut your own from cardboard.

Challenge Rules..

  •  Create a new project, layout or set of 3 cards
  • Please upload your entry to our gallery or use the Inlinkz link up by end of the month to be eligible for the prize draw.
  • Have fun, and please share with your scrappy friends!
International entries are welcome, however due to international postage cost a Creative Design Spot will be offered should the winner be from outside Australia along with a little surprise in the post.Australia residents.

This months prize is -  Chipboard and Embellishment pack.

We look forward to seeing your layouts. 
Happy Scrapping!