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!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July Challenge

Time for a new challenge!!  Our first challenge for July is a Tic Tac Toe Challenge

For this challenge you must pick 1 line, any direction, and use those on  your layout...

I hope you have fun with these challenges!

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!