Monday, 25 September 2017

Lydia's Challenge Share

Hello everyone, Lydia here to share my first project as part of the Scrap Matrix Team. I'm so excited to be here to share and inspire you all.

My first project to share with you all is apart of the September Moodboard challenge to show us your creative space, which you can join in over on the Scrap Matrix Share Facebook group. Be sure to head over to the group and enter for you chance to win a Scrap Matrix voucher thanks to Vicki.

And as I am sure you have seen the moodboard here it is again.

As for my project here is a scrapbook layout sharing five things about my creative space.

Now this a little bit different for me as this mixed media layout does not have any photos. But I thought what better why to show you all my creative space then to share five things about it and add some photos to this blog post of my space.
So for my background I used Tim Holz Mini Distress Inks. I used the colours Peacock Feathers, Tattered Rose and Mustard Seed to give a water coloured effect background.
For each of the numbers I fussy cut out of Pink Paislee's C'est La Vie paper #07. I love how the numbers worked so perfectly as I share five things about my creative space.
For number three I used chipboard piece from the store and used Dylusions Bubblegum Pink to give it a vibrant colour pop.

As a 16 year old I still live at home with my parents and younger sister so I have my creative space in my bedroom. I am lucky enough with how big my space is since it is in my bedroom. Overall my creative space is full of colour and has many vintage cameras and typewriters around it. I love where I create.

Thank you for all popping in to have a look at my creative space and I hope you all head over to the Scrap Matrix Share Facebook group and enter the first of many Scrap Matrix challenges.
I will be back very soon to share another project.


Rebecca's Challenge Share

Hi Everyone,

Rebecca here with you today to share with you my first official design team post.

Have you you seen our beautiful mood board for the challenge this month? we would love you to all join in. Thanks to Vicki, our challenge winner will win a voucher to the Scrap Matrix store where you will be able to choose some wonderful crafting items for yourself.

Take a little look at the mood board and feel inspired......

We would all love to see where you create, where is your space? where is your happy crafting zone?

All entries can be shared via the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook page, we have an album ready for you there to upload your images.  I am very much looking forward to seeing your entries and letting us all share our creative spaces together.

Now, I am pleased (and a little ashamed) to show you my 'Creative Mess' (literally). I am the sort of lady that has a pristine house but when it comes to my craft studio it is a MESS and very very big mess. I attempt to keep this space tidy, but well, it just doesn't work too well. My inner piglet is released here and I have learnt to deal with the fact that my messy side has to be released somewhere.

When we moved from the sea side up to the Perth hills we were fortunate enough to purchase a home that previously had an at home daycare attached. This room was quickly converted to my craft studio. It does have the potential to look like this when I get in the mood to clean it (I will be honest, it is rare it looks like this).

Ok, lets get back to my layout now. This month I had the pleasure of working with the 7 Dots Studio 'Fortune Teller' collection.  What a seriously amazing collection, there are just so many amazing elements here to work with, lots to fussy cut, lots to layer. There is just so much versatility with this beautiful collection. It was an absolute pleasure to create with.

Below you will see fussy cut papers, layered tags, cut Scrap Matrix metal embellishments, vintage sheet music, metallic string, German Scrap, chipboard and lace. Never be afraid to experiment, with different combinations.

With a good strong pair of scissors you can cut your metal embellishments and often turn them into something else.

Scrap Matrix products used for this project include.....

7 Dots Studio Fortune Teller Charted 12" Paper 
7 Dots Studio Fortune Teller Palmistry 12" Paper 
7 Dots Studio Fortune Teller Soul 12" Paper 
7 Dots Studio Fortune Teller Tarot 12" Paper 
7 Dots Studio Fortune Teller Element Stickers
7 Dots Studio Wild At Heart Flair Buttons 
7 Dots Studio Fortune Teller Paper Tags 
Scrap Matrix Chipboard Steampunk Chain Rings 
Scrap Matrix Brass Flower Large 2 
Scrap Matrix Brass Flower Large 3
German Scrap Renaissance Petite Black
Marta's Stickers Small Words
Dylusions Ink Spray White Linen

Thank you for looking, I look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Moodboard Challenge

Good morning folks,

Monique here sharing my take on Scrap Matrix's Moodboard this month.  If you haven't seen it yet, here it is:

Wow - when I first saw this I fell in love with the colours, and the hearts.  This is what I came up with:

I don't really have a scrap room anymore (one of the negatives of Apartment living.)  I usually create on our dining room table.  To be able to do that efficiently, I find it easy to have all my go-to bits and pieces easily accessible.  My two Raskog Trollies are the absolute bomb.  It is so easy to store all my mixed media and scrapbooking essentials on them, and then have kits of other necessities made up to grab as soon as the mood to create takes hold!

As you can see I was really inspired by the teals and the pinks in the mood board, so those colours formed a basis of my layout with the gorgeous 13 Arts Strength in Numbers Paper range, available at Scrap Matrix here.  I also loved the circular theme to one of the pictures, so I added some of those awesome Blue Fern Studio Broken Rings chipboard pieces - which I coloured yellow with a Faber Castell Gelato in Lemon.

Of course, I had to add lots of layers on my base paper with ink sprays and stamps.  I absolutely adore using 7 Dots Studio stamps on my background.  On this layout I have used the Homegrown Clear Stamp  and the Cotton Candy Dreams Clear Stamp, both available at Scrap Matrix.

Finally, I added some Feathers and Hearts from the 13 Arts Strength In Numbers Chipboard, some 13 Arts Marta Stickers Small Messages A5 which I backed with some coordinating paper, and finished the whole thing off with some well - loved paint brushes and some flowers.

Here are some close ups:

Well that's it from me for now, hope you enjoyed my first blog post as part of the Scrap Matrix Design Team.  I can't wait to see your interpretations of this month's challenge!  Don't forget to put your entries on our Facebook Page.

Here are the links to all the gorgeous products I used that can be found in the Scrap Matrix store.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Lynn's Challenge share

Hi everyone, I am super excited to be part of the wonderful Scrap Matrix design team.  I hope that you find time to play along with us - you will be in with a chance to win as shopping voucher from Scrap Matrix.

This months fabulous moodboard is all about our crafting space:

Here is my take on the moodboard

I do have a craft room, but prefer to scrap in the hub of the house.  I am lucky to have a HUGE lounge room and have taken over part of it.

The photo shows my three favourite storage items - map drawers which also form my standing desk area, the red tool box and the 5 sets of steel drawers.  I also love my two ikea raskogs.

This is a couple of photos of my actual craft room which is really a storage room for some of my stash!!!

I thought I would also share my diecut storage - my husband attached magnetic sheeting to plywood - I have two of these and they are fantastic - I hate having to take things out of their packages as I never put them back in and end up in a mess - these sit at each end of my steel drawers in the lounge.

Well enough of my space, back to the layout:

After distressing the edges and applying clear gesso to the paper, I have used silks acrylic paint through a 13 arts stencil

Around the photo area I have used Prima White Crackle paste and another 13 arts stencil.

I have then applied 13 arts powders and mists.

Here are some close ups:

I have used Blue Fern Studio paper - Happy Accident.  I created my own tags which are edged with Distress Ink - Scattered Straw

I coloured a gauze pad with 13 arts Water Colour Powder - Rainbow Colour Duo Yellow Amber and Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Burnt Sienna.
The German Scrap Embossed Trim was sanded to distress and coloured with Finnabair Metalique Wax - Vintage Gold

13 arts colour, together with black stamping

White paper lace and metal trinkets

glass pebbles were placed randomly on the layout.
Glass beads, micro beads and white gesso splatters completed the layout.

Here is a list of the products used with links to the Scrap Matrix shop

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find time to have a go at joining us - to enter the challenge all you need to do is upload your project to the Scrap Matrix Shares facebook page.

til next time - Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tammy's Challenge Share

Hi everyone

Tammy here today and I'm excited to share my first post as part of the awesome Design Team, Scrap Matrix.

We are having our first ever challenge (and its fantastic!!) and we'd love you to join in.

Vicki is offering a voucher from her store.....and she seriously has the BEST stuff - all my favourite brands.  She is the only Australian stockist of 13Arts and she also has companies like Dina Wakely, Dylusions, Blue Fern, 7 Dots and many many more.

So the challenge is this awesome Mood Board:

It's all about our space....where we create....where the magic happens!!

You could have an amazing studio, a designated room, a desk, your kitchen table - wherever and whatever it is we'd love to see it!

You can head to the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Page to enter your creation (you'll find it in the Album section).

I can't wait to check out your entries!!

So without further ado, here is my space......

I had so much fun creating this one.  It's busy and messy.....just like my space.

I'm so very grateful to have a room to scrap/create in.  It's my haven, my safe place.  I love that I can get messy - and then just shut the door!!  It's MY MESS! Yep my creative mess.

I do tend to tidy up after each creation - it helps my creativity.
I just LOVE messing things up and having a clean slate allows me to feel that free feeling when the mess starts to occur!  But I can only handle a certain amount of mess before I need some sense of order again.

I began by applying white gesso all over my cardstock.  I then added some black gesso to one side of the layout.  I also added a few flicks of black gesso.

I then brushed some Aqua/Rose Opal Magic Paint onto the black gesso, using a stencil from 'The Crafters Workshop' called 'Sketch Grid'. 

I just LOVE this product  - I rave on about it often, but basically it's a lovely soft pink metallic on white, and turns a gorgeous metallic teal against black.  It really is like magic.

I then added some Dylusions spray in Fresh Lime to some Soft Gloss Gel.
I swiped this through a 13 Arts Triangle Stencil.

I then had a lot of fun with some Dylusions Sprays - spritzing and flicking these onto my layout. I really love the vibrancy of the colours.

I then added a variety of stamps.  Some around the edges of the gesso, and also along the sides of my layout.

I then added some but pieces of mesh tape, and some washi tape. I love how the mesh tape adds texture and interest.

I then coated some of the gorgeous Scrap Matrix Metals with white gesso. I love how this totally changes up the metal and gives it a fresh look.

I added my photos in a cluster to my page.

I tucked lots of 7Dots Tags and paper off cuts behind my photos.

I tucked in the metal and also added some embellishments.

I used 7Dots Word Stickers, 13 Arts Clear Stickers, metal feathers, string and even some old dry paintbrushes. How cool do they look!

 Finally I added my journaling and also some micro-beads in hot pink with Soft Gloss Gel.

So there you have it.......

Here's a few close ups to finish off with

I'd really love you to enter our Inaurgural Challenge!!
So be sure to pop your entry into the Challenge Album.

If you'd like to see more of my work you can head to my BLOG

I'll see you again soon!

Scrap Matrix Products used:
Heavy White Gesso
Dylusions Sprays - Fresh Lime, Polished Jade, Funky Fuschia
The Crafters Workshop Stencil - Sketch Grid
Hazy Days Stamp Set
Dreamscapes Stamp Set
13 Arts Marta's Small Word Stickers
Marshmallow Cardstock
Mesh Tape
Black Gesso
13Arts Stencil - Triangles
7Dots Hazy Days Zip Paper
7Dots Writer's Block Tags
7 Dots Cotton Candy Word Stickers
3D Gloss Gel
Art Alchemy Opal Magic Acrylic Paint - Aqua/Rose