Thursday, 28 July 2016

New Cocoa Vanilla Range now available!

Love Always is simply gorgeous, with a soft and classic colour palette that will be perfect for wedding, love and feminine layouts, but as always it's versatile enough to suit all types of projects.  Pastels mixed with neutrals offer a stunning combination that is on trend right now, and they are a versatile must have for anyone's stash! The soft and pretty watercolour style really pops against the classic charcoal, while ombre elements and etherial vellum accents combine to make this a truly stunning collection!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

DT Share: Happy Days

An easy way to stretch your supplies and have embellishments that tie into your title is to use the 'bits' that come with your alphabet letters. For this page I have used the asterisks from my thickers glitter alpha- I've also use the full stops and left over 'o's in the past- it's easy and fast and it's likely I wouldn't have used them any other way.

I've got a bunch of 6x4 photos on this page and they are all fairly bold. So I've kept the page itself super simple. A relatively plain patterned paper- and small minimal embellishments. The green works well with the red of the photos and I've used a few hints of that rich pink from the doily paper I used on the St Patrick's page I shared last week.

Supplies used: Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey Lemonade; Paper Doily and Lime Cooler, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Cut outs and stickers, Kaiser Rhinestones- Lippy Red, Glitter Thickers, Cocoa Vanilla Free Spirit Puffy Stickers, Fancy Pants Happy Place: Puffy Sticker Shapes, and Flairs, Tim Holtz Distress ink.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Gallery Pick

I think my heart might have skipped a little beat when I came across this LO by Kikyee in the gallery. I think her background paper choice is just perfect and I love the way it echoes the blue of the water. She's recreated the pier with the brown punchinella and the little tab on the top left also hints at the shape of the ship whilst still being subtle. I love the way the photo has been taken with so much white space and I think it's much more evocative of sailing the ocean than if it she had have tried to fit the whole ship in the image. This is a fabulous LO! Thanks for sharing it with us Kikyee!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

DT Share: St Pats

A quick share from me today- working with the fresh and delicious Basic Grey Lemonade. This page is about a fun mostly green meal we had on St Patrick's Day- we've also done an all red meal on Valentines as well.

I've used the Doily paper as a frame and cut the centre out to use on another page. I love the way this deep rich pink contrasts with the green paper.

Supplies used: Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey Lemonade: Paper Doilies, Tea Time, Element Stickers, Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper Cut outs, Jillibean Banners, Glitter Thickers, WeRMemory Keepers Washi Tape, Kaiser Rhinestones- Mint Green.

Friday, 22 July 2016

July Cyber- Crop ~ Christmas in July

Welcome to our July CC!

This month we're encouraging you to scrap some of your Christmas Memories and tie them into the story of your Christmases now. We've listed six prompts below to get you thinking. And a free choice option because we'd love to see your ideas on Christmas stories to tell.

Challenge 1 - You choose!

1. Seeing Santa ~ Do you remember visiting Santa as a child? Or maybe he always came to a parents work Christmas Function (the one my kids saw came by helicopter in NZ) Did you go to the same place each year? Was there anything special about the place? Did you get a photo or just say hello? Perhaps you didn't like sitting with Santa? What are your memories of the guy in the red suit?

2. Christmas Deliciousness ~ Turkey or Ham? Triffle or Pav? Auntie Ann's Key Lime Pie or Prawns on the BBQ. What is a food or food that you remember from your childhood Christmas? Do you have that now? What's the same or different about your Christmas eating rituals now you are an adult?

3. Under Wraps - Presents! Did you or do you have any gift giving rituals or traditions? We always buy a Christmas book each year. The kids have stockings and many of the gifts are the same each year. What about you do you have traditions around gifts? Or do you remember a special gift that you wanted and got or maybe didn't get? Do you know where your mum hid the presents? Were you a sneaky peeker or did you like the surprise?

4. It's what we do in December ~ Is there a thing you did each year in holiday season? Or a place you went? Maybe you made and decorated ginger bread houses, or went to a special church service, or Christmas play. What activities do you recall from Christmas past? What do you do now- any  traditions for Christmas present?

Not technically a tradition, yet, the past couple of years we've decorated Gingerbread in the lead-up to Christmas. The kits that you can buy at Ikea have made it so easy! I had seven photos for this LO so I've gone with a double page spread- my go to design is the horizontal block.

Supplies used: Bazzill Cardstock: White, Basic Grey Lemonade: papers: Honey Bee, Strawberry Patch, Element Stickers, and Rubons- Canary Green. KI Memories Sheer Delights Greenery, Washi Tape: Hambly Set 4, Glitter Thickers, Kaiser Rhinestones: Mint Green, tag from: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Cut Outs, and Ribbon- Herringbone Lime.

5. Early Start ~ What happened on Christmas morning in your house? Were you up before the sun? Opening presents first thing or did you have the torture of waiting till later in the day? Was there a stocking on the end of your bed or somewhere else? What were your Christmas morning rituals and what are they now?

6. The Story behind that ~ Is there an object or objects related to your childhood Christmas with a story of their own? Maybe a decoration made by you as a child or brought somewhere special or by someone special? Some china or linen that only came out a Christmas? Do you have any objects now that have a special meaning behind them?

7. Your Christmas Story ~ This one is a freebie, tell a Christmas story that doesn't come into the categories above- make sure to share it because it might remind us of a story we want to tell.

Challenge 2 - Use Ribbon

My challenge is to use ribbon on your's doesn't have to be a Christmas layout, if you have already scrapped your Christmas!!

Here a peek is my take... Sadly due this never ending head-cold my layout is still waiting on a title, and a proper photo I've been too sick to venture out this week!!  But will pop it up shortly :) 

Challenge 3 - Sketch 

Have fun with this sketch....again Christmas photos would be great, but is not a requirement :)

You have a full week plus, to scrap these challenges, upload them to our gallery and be in the winning for a store voucher or a pack of lovely goodies for being the DT pick.

Due date Sunday 31st July - Midnight

And don't forget to stop by our Facebook chat group over the weekend - there just may be a game or two happening with the odd prize being thrown your way ;)

Happy scrapping !!
Mystical Team

Thursday, 21 July 2016

A BIG Catch up!!

Hello everyone...Here is the list of our lucky winners for the last couple of mad months!!

While most prized have already been sent, Gypsy reminded me that I've not been posted the lists...So here's a big catch up!  If you haven't received your prize, please let me know via email so I can chase it up for you :)

Here's a recount of how our prize winners are chosen:

  • Our Monthly challenge winner is chosen via random draw - International entries are welcome, however due to international postage cost a Creative Design Spot will be offered along with a little surprise in the post.

  • Our Cyber Crop prizes are;  1 major prize of a $20.00 Mystical voucher via random draw, 
  • the more challenges you do the more tickets you get in the draw. 

  • And a ''DT Favourite'' prize which will be a surprise prize in the post.

June Cyber Crop Winners...

$20.00 Shopping voucher goes too.... 
  •  Jules44
    DT Favourite winner is..
    • DebiJ
    Bingo winner...
    • Julie Collins 

    Monthly Challenge winner is..
    • Kikyee

    May Cyber Crop Winners...

    $20.00 Shopping voucher goes too.... 
    •  Ness74
      DT Favourite winner is..
      • Sharnook
      Bingo winner...
      • Lisa G 

      Monthly Challenge winner is..
      • Joolz

      April Cyber Crop Winners...

      $20.00 Shopping voucher goes too.... 
      •  DebW
        DT Favourite winner is..
        • Kazikt

        Monthly Challenge winner is..
        • DebW

        Thank you to everyone that joined in and made our gallery look fabulous!  

        Thanks for join us
        Mystical Team

        Tuesday, 19 July 2016

        DT Share: Marbled Gecko

         Another page with the fresh and delightful Lemonade range from Basic Grey. I've used a vertical column design for my LO. I've used a sticker strip to anchor my pictures to the centre line and built out from there. I've recycled the bits that I cut from the die cut paper on my Pink Galah page to embellish my page. 

        Supplies used: Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey Lemonade: Frosted Berries, Paper Doilies Flower, Element Stickers, and Rub-ons Canary Green, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Cut Outs, Washi- We R Memory Keepers, Alpha: Basic Grey Micro Monograms, and Timeless Touches Basic Fibres Grey.

        Monday, 18 July 2016

        Gallery Pick

        Gallery user DebiJ's page was posted for Kathy's Snug and Warm Winter challenge for the June Cybercrop. It totally hits the mark! All the layers evoke the idea of layering up for winter. She's used a wintery colour pallet in soft tones which give them a feeling of warmth and cosiness. And the finishing touch is the little gatherings of fibre which add another warm flourish.

        Friday, 15 July 2016

        With Heart- 2nd July Challenge


        Hello everyone, Gypsy here with the second challenge of the month which is all about hearts. Hearts are such a versatile motif on a scrapbook page or card. And can be used in most situations. This month I am challenging you to do something a little different than the usual with hearts.

        Maybe you could go big- and take up most of a page with a heart. Or use a heart in your title like the iconic I♥NY. Form a heart shaped frame with buttons or ribbon around your main photo or form a string art heart with brads and twine as a feature on your page. Whatever your heart desires with hearts.

        I decided to go with little and lots on my page...

         I've punched multiple hearts and added them in lines that lead the eye down to my photos. I've them stitched them down to give them directionality. This is a great page for using up your scraps- the largest piece of patterned paper on my page is about 3x15cm.

        Here's a few photos of my process....

        The little Xyron 150 sticker maker is perfect for this task. I fed my punched hearts in and they were ready to stick down no fussing with glue! Tweezers were also an essential tool for dealing with these little things.

        I started in the middle of my page trying to be as random as possible. And worked my way out to the sides. I just 'eye-balled' the distance between the lines- I didn't want it to be perfect as I think it would have added a bit of formality to the page- which I wanted to keep fun and playful.

         Once all my hearts were in place I stitched each line down with my sewing machine before adding the rest of the page elements.

        Supplies used: Bazzill Basics Cardstock, Basic Grey Lemonade: Saltwater Taffy, Sun Dress, Frosted Berry, Lime Cooler, Pretty Petals. Flowers: Kaiser Resin Blossoms, Green Tara 6cm, 4cm, 2cm, and 4.5cm Primula, Stickers: Cocoa Vanilla Free Spirit  Bling: Kaisercraft Rhinestones Antique Rose Paint: Kaisercraft White and red, Lace: Maya Rd Vintage Trim Baby Pompom, Washi Tape: Hambly Set 4

        Go scrapbook your heart out!

        Monday, 11 July 2016

        Gallery Pick

        Showing a little love today to...Jazikt

        A bold background paper like this could overwhelm your photos but Jazikt's perfect design choices have made sure the paper only adds to the page. Black and white for the photos give them weight and the stitched circles draw in your eye. Simple embellishing means there's no clutter. And paper strips perfectly highlight the journalling. Love it! Thanks Jazikt.

        Monday, 4 July 2016

        Gallery Pick

        Showing a little love today to... Ness74

          Oh the sweetness!! Jazikt has really hit the mark in this combination of papers and elements. That title is big but the subtle colours mean that it doesn't overwhelm her photo- and I love the inked edge. The stacked flowers on the right is a different take on adding flowers and looks so effective. This page was inspired by a sketch that I (Gypsy) made for the May Cybercrop- and Ness' page has inspired me in turn! Thanks Ness.

        Sunday, 3 July 2016

        DT Share: Backyard Picnic

        I love the way this BG Lemonade Saltwater Taffy paper picks up the hanging feeling of the sheet the boys have used for their makeshift cubby and brings in the pick of the watermelon and the 'summery' feeling. I've used the asterisk's from the foam alpha as embellishments on this page- it's an easy way to bring that colour on other spots on my page.

        Supplies used: Cardstock; Bazzill, Core'dinations- French Roast, Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Lemonade; Saltwater Taffy, Sun Kissed, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Cut Outs. Also Basic Grey Lemonade Element Stickers, Hambly Washi Tape, Craftworkz Twine, Foam Thickers, October Afternoon Mini Alpha, and Kaiser Mist Lime.

        Saturday, 2 July 2016

        DT Quick Share: Merenia

        Sharing a page today from all my playing with grey as a base. Mixing it up with pink and a hint of green. I love the richness of this Cocoa Vanilla Free Spirit paper and the large pattern works well with the simplicity of this photo.

        Supplies: Cardstock: Core'dinations: Gibraltar, Stormy Grey. Paper: Cocoa Vanilla Free Spirit Eclectic; 3x4 card, Wild Flowers, Jillibean Soup Staples; Grey Salt. Cocoa Vanilla Free Spirit Die Cut Stickers, Crate Paper Fourteen 12x12 Chipboard, Kaiser Rhinestones; soft pink.

        Friday, 1 July 2016

        Guest Design Team Member for July

        Please welcome our guest designer this month, Karen Brierley. 

        Karen has a great first challenge for July and a wonderful tutorial and video for you, so grab a cuppa and enjoy.

        Thank you Donna, for inviting me to design for Mystical Scrapbooks this month.  These are the products I was given to create with:

        And the reverse side of the papers:

        I decided to scrap some photographs from a December day trip, and for something different, I used a 4x4 pocket album. 

        Step 1>  Cut the papers into 4x4 squares.  Keep the product info strips!
        (Two sheets of 12x12 paper = 18 squares)

        Step 2> Trim the chipboard and paint with acrylic paint.
        (Several coats may be required for lighter colours)

        Step 3>  Trim photographs, sort, and match up with papers...  I find this part of the process is fun!
        With pocket pages, I start placing things into pockets as I go along, but still move things around a bit until I'm happy with the arrangement.

        Step 4> Embellish!  I love to use machine stitching on my pages.  It's a way of adding interest without adding bulk, which is a bonus with pocket pages.

        My challenge to you for July is to feature a mode of transportation in your project.  "Planes, trains, automobiles" or what about boats or skateboards or hot air balloons?  The twist is to include some CHIPBOARD.

        I created around 30 double pages, but I've only photographed around 20.  I've included some useful mini album tips in the following Snapguide presentation - and if you click on the Snapguide logo you can see my pages in full.

        Check out How to Make a 4x4 Mini Album by KAREN BRIERLEY on Snapguide.