Friday, 20 September 2019

September Cyber Crop

Welcome to our September Cyber Crop.  We have been chatting and looking at different techniques this month, and for our CC we have some more for you.

Challenge 1 - Paper Weaving

Our first challenge this month is to try your hand at paper weaving- whether you do just some little corners like I have above or weave 12-inch strips to make your own background- have a go at the easy under-over technique of weaving paper. It's a great way to use up strips and scraps too! See my blog post for hints and tips.

Supplies used: Colour Blast - Arty Farty - Paper - Muse, Cocoa Vanilla- Boys Rule, Wood Stars, Jillibean Soup: Labels, Fur Fusion Mini alpha, Game Day Chilli Stickers, Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss: Apple Green and Midnight Blue.

Challenge 2 - Inking

Let's take ink just that little bit further, and swipe yourself a bit of a border and use it to colour some chipboard or what every element you chose to use.

I've used Raspberry ink to shade my rocking horse, as well as all my edges, and I've gone a bit heavier on the corners to had some extra shading/detail.

For my page, I've used Fancy Pants - Family & Co papers  - Raspberry Versa Colour  - Dusty Attic chipboard

Challenge 3 - Sketch + Your choice of technique

We want you to showcase your favourite technique, or try one you have been meaning to have a go at!   Just make sure you tell us all about it when you upload your page to our album.

And here's my page, I've gone old school got out my distressing tool... this must be my most favourite technique to use, I feel it adds so much to a page, taking a page from a flat 2D look to a more interesting 3D look.

I've used Cocoa Vanilla - Boys Rule range for my page.

We've put together a bunch of links to tutorials for techniques you can try- look for the post on the blog tomorrow!

Due date Sunday, 29th September - Midnight

Upload your challenge entry to the Galleries on our Mystical Scrapbooks Facebook Chat Page.

Our chat is private and if you haven't yet joined us we'd love to have you. If you have any trouble joining please email to me, Donna, with your name and or a link to your Facebook profile and I will send you an invite.

We will be giving away 1 gift 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 choose their favourite over-all layout and I will send that lucky person a surprise in the mail.

Happy Scrapping
Mystical Team

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Paper Weaving Step-by-step

1. Choose the strips you want to use. Lay the vertical set out face down using a ruler or guideline to get them straight.

2. Anchor the strips at the top with some washi tape. I try to use one I know is light on stickiness.

3. It helps to think of the strips as two layers so the first lay would be every second strip (the odd numbered ones if you were to number them). The other layer is the rest. Lift the first layer and slide a horizontal strip inbetween the two layers- pretty side down!

4. Lift the other layer and slide the next strip in- pretty side down!

5. Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 until all the strips are placed.

6. Tapes the strips in place and then flip the weaving to place on your page. 

You can...
... use thin strips or wide or a mixture of widths. 
... use all the same papers or a mixture. 
... once the weaving is taped into place you can cut it into a shape like a circle or heart.  
... do a full 12x12 page, just a little corner, photo mat or anything inbetween.

Inspiration from the internet: 

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

New Product: Shimmer Dust

We've been trying out some new things lately and as part of that we've got in some Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dust- we just have sunflower at the moment but if this product lives up to it's reputation for awesome versatility we'll defintely look at getting some more in!

From the Colour Blast Website:
Colour Shimmer Dust - This product is a dye powder with a slight shimmer. Directions: For use on paper, cardstock, chipboard, wood and other surfaces. Sprinkle onto project surface and spray with water to dissolve, allow to dry. Sprinkle powder into mediums such as Colour Blast Heavy White Gesso to colour this product for desired finish. Can also be mixed into other art mediums. Mix into water to create a spray or a water colour. Acid free, non-toxic and non-flammable. Warning: Not for use under 12 years of age without adult supervision. Do not eat. Do not inhale. Avoid contact with eyes. If you get this in your eyes, wash your eyes out and seek immediate medical attention.

See the Colour Blast Blog for lots of amazing ideas with Shimmer Dust!
Look out for some pages with Shimmer Dust from the Design Team in coming weeks! 

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tuesday Tip

For the perfect colour co-ordination for your photos have a stash of black and white Patterned papers on hand that you can colour yourself with paints, mists, coloured pencils and the like. Especially great with those tricky photos that have yellowed with age.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Quick Share: Awesome

Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: Cocoa Vanilla: Endless Summer: Blue Skies and Midnight- Moonlight from 6x8 Paper Pad. "Awesome" Word sticker and stars: AC Thickers Glitter Phrases, Kaisercraft Rhinestones: Aquamarine, Stickers from Pink Paislee Indigo and Ivy: Stickers, Bakers Twine: Lavender and White and Hot Pink and White

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Gallery Pick: Jane H

Each month on our Facebook chat, we host the albums for the monthly and Cybercrop challenges. There is such a great wealth of inspiration in those albums I wanted to pick some scrapbookers work to share each week.

This week it's ex-Mystical DT member Jane H in the spotlight both of these pages come from our August Cyber Crop Challenges. In both cases Jane's choice of colour scheme have really given her photos the stage. I love the three clusters of circle elements on the doily's that repeat the circles in her patterned paper. The green on green of the Doily's means that what can be quite a complex and overwheming item don't take over the page.
The second page uses a complimentary colour scheme of blue and yellow on a neutral kraft background. Although she had quite a bold background her photo isn't lost because it's black and white. I love the soft mix of paper and fabric flowers. This is a beautiful page.
Both pages excellent as always, thanks Jane.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Weekend Inspiration: Laugh and Enjoy

A dozen ideas to inspire your weekend scrapbooking...
  1. Go over the top with words.
  2. Enlarge a photo
  3. Flick some mist onto your page.
  4. Matt a photo with patterned paper.
  5. Scrap an everyday moment.
  6. Use a full sheet of Patterned paper for your base.
  7. Use a split-complimentary colour scheme (Blue, Yellow-orange, and Red-orange in this case).
  8. Use stickers to make your journalling.
  9. Use Enamel shapes.
  10. Stack stickers in a column.
  11. Add something unexpected (that one flower sticker).
  12. Don't forget the date! 
Supplies List: Cardstock: Bazzill White: Patterned Paper Cocoa Vanilla: You Rock: This Way and Boys Rule Happy-Go-Lucky, Stickers Cocoa Vanilla Accessory Stickers from: Totally Rad and You Rock Pink Paislee Indigo and Ivy Stickers and Expressions Phrases, Kaiser Mist: Aqua and Yellow. Enamel Shapes: Cocoa Vanilla: Totally Rad.