Sunday, 18 August 2019

The Fourth it should be a virtual crop challenge but isn't Challenge...get messy

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the summer is another challenge in for you to enjoy.  I love a bit of paint, stencilling, ink, stamping on my page so your challenge is to get a bit messy with a layout - it must have some form of mess on it, so here are a few pages to inspire you to dig out your inks and paints.

This one you start with spritzing your page with water and then add inks and let them run into each other - the paper will crinkle, but flattens out in time in your album.  There is also a little bit of stencilling with texture paint and inks on here too.

If you don't like too messy then go with a watercolour or paint effect patterned paper and just add a few flicks of paint to your page.

Maybe you want to create a serious mixed media piece with chipboard, embossing inks, stamping and use lots of paint and ink.

This is one of my favourite pages from this year - using my Christmas scarf for inspiration!  Use a plastic bag (the sort that you get stickers and embellishments in - the smooth plastic ones rather than a sandwich bag), add a bit of ink from a water-based ink pad like distress ink flat onto the bag, then tiny spritz of water and use the plastic bag like a stamp over your page - remember to dry between the different colour layers (distress oxides work really well for this type of page)

Moving into the acrylic zone, and lots of paint and drying time - colour chipboard pieces, create thick layers of paint in your favourite colours and dry brush a background to very little water on this page (apart from all the brush washing!)

A little more acrylic paint - again dry brushed onto the page, but a brayer also works nicely for covering a wide area of paper with just a thin layer of paint!

Share your pages over on our Facebook page, I would love to see what you create! ATDML # Create Facebook Page


The Third 'It should be a virtual crop but it isn't' Challenge

To use or collect... That is the question. So today I'm asking as well how many reels of washi tape do you have? If you're anything like me you love them, they're pretty but you forget to use them on your today I'm challenging you to do exactly that.

There are a couple of ideas below, the first one by atdml customer and retreat regular Tracy Annunziato who created this gem with washi strips instead of patterned paper.

You can also mix your washi strips in with pattern paper like I did on the layouts below.

The much converted gold sparkly washi was even used on this page between paper strips.

Today I'm going to try something I have seen on Pinterest which is to print off journalling onto a piece of paper, then add washi strips over this and rerun through the printer to have colourful journalling strips to add to your projects. I'm told it works best if you use a lighter coloured washi tape without a heavy pattern so the printed text is clearer and print the text bold to help it pop further.  Why not have a go yourself and join me in the washi challenge today?

Do share your prohects made with us on our Facebook page. We'd love to see them.

The Second 'It should be a virtual crop but it isn't' Challenge

Hello Dolly here and we are all making sure you are not bored when you feel you should be virtual cropping.
I have a very simple challenge for you today - one I have been running on a digital forum too.

Here are pictures from 8 albums in my music collection ( I have quite eclectic tastes!)

 You simply need to select one of the albums and make a page inspired by it. It could be the design, the photo placement, the colours, the title. Just so long as it is inspired by one of the albums.

Here are a couple of ideas - they are both digital I am afraid

I will try and do a paper page this weekend too so I hope you will join me.

The first "It should be Virtual Crop Day but it isn't" Challenge

Hello all, as we are unable to host a virtual crop this month instead I am scheduling a challenge to get your scrapping inspiration going.

Below are a selection of summer quotes I found online, use either the quote or the image as a prompt for a layout. Don't forget to share them over on the ATDML # Create Facebook Page...

Saturday, 10 August 2019

August Sketch Challenge

Ladies you so rocked in the Cyber Crop - so many wonderful pages. I hope you still have plenty to scrap because it's Dolly here again with another sketch Saturday.

Nice simple sketch this time as - well it is summer, it is hot and so simple is good!

This is the sketch

  It gives lots of flexibility and you can keep it as simple or make it as fussy as you like.

This is my page for the sketch

I hope you have fun and please, if you do make a page, share it in the sketch gallery here so we can all enjoy it.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Challenge 12 - Second Chance Antiques

Our last challenge of the weekend as we close our Toy Story themed cybercrop. We really hope you have enjoyed playing along!

Second Chance antiques is the store featured in the 4th and latest film and it inspires our final challenge for you.

Dig out an antique product and use it!!

Have you stamps sitting unused? An old paper collection you have coveted and not quite got round to opening? Maybe that neglected box of brads and eyelets? This challenge asks you to use those antique products (or so maybe just those you've had a while!) and get them on page! As always do share your creations in our Facebook Challenge gallery.

Mel used the vintage and oh so missed Sassfrasslass papers on her challenge illustration above. 

And Karen has provided another illustration of this challenge for you and should you prefer a scraplift option you've these two to chose from 

That's us for now! Plenty there we hope to keep you going over the summer holidays if you've not been able to join in this weekend. The classes will remain available to download at your leisure and the challenges too, here on the blog, are going nowhere. 

Thanks for joining us!

Class 16 - Andy

Hello all - Dolly here again and this is the final class of what has been an amazing weekend of fun and chatter, scrapping and recording those all important memories. Andy loved his toys so much and to show they belonged to him his name was written proudly on the bottom of his toys. So this class is all about writing - although I want you to write a lot more than just your name.

People often worry about writing on their pages, preferring to either hide the journalling or use a computer, but I promise you, in years to come it will be the fact your writing is on your pages that will help to make those memories so special.

My handwriting isn't great, but that really doesn't matter; it is me!

This class will encourage you to document special stories with more than just a who, where, when, why and what approach.

One layout focuses on a lengthier story or event, one focuses on the little things in life that are so often missed yet are the seasoning in our lives and the other - well the other is just for fun.

I can't wait to see what you come up with and most of all, I can't wait to see your writing and read your stories.

Download the instructions here

Have fun everyone and do upload your pages to our class album on our facebook page here

Class 15 - Malibu Ken

Good afternoon

I hope you are enjoying the day!

With all the great weather we have had recently these water themed papers are great for all those pool and beach photos.  Inspired by his fabulous Hawaiian shirts and beach buggy tracks the papers will have you hankering for ice cream!

We'll be doing 2 layouts in this class so download the class instructions and don't forget to share your layouts over on the facebook page. I can't wait to see your versions.

Challenge 11 - The Road Trip

Our penultimate challenge of the weekend takes us back to the latest film which is centred around an RV road trip (I want an RV so badly - am I alone?)

We want you to scrap a road trip or adventure you have had for this challenge

This challenge had almost all of the design team offering up illustrative examples - seems we all like to document our travels and we are excited to see what you create and share with us in the Facebook challenge gallery.

Ann's page

Karen's page 

Jane's page

Coming up next at 4pm we have another class followed by your last challenge of the weekend.

Challenge 10 - Jessie

Howdy again partners! We are back with another challenge and this time its the wonderful Jessie. who appears in Movies 2, 3 & 4 along with her trusted steed Bullseye the horse. She wears cow print chaps and they and Bullseye are our inspiration for this challenge.

Your challenge is to use animal print paper or stamps on a layout.

Please share any challenge layouts you make in our Facebook challenge gallery for the Cybercrop - we'd love to see them.

Karen and Jane have illustrated this challenge below - feel free to scraplift these if you'd prefer - or just go do your own thing inspired by prompt above.

Karen's page

Jane's Page

Coming up next on the timetable is Mel at 2pm with a very sunny class.See you then.

Class 13 - Bullseye

"Jessie loves critters, but none more than her best pal, Bullseye!" —Andy
And honestly who couldn’t love Bullseye, the affectionate horse with the puppy like mannerisms. He may not speak but his expressions and mannerisms say it all.

This class’ inspiration is Bullseye’s name, bullseye meaning the centre of a target. We will use patterned papers from the Crate Good Vibes collection to create layouts with a focus point on the page or on the embellishments.

Instructions on how the layouts were put together can be found here.  Don't forget to pop into the ATDML #CREATE Facebook page to show use what you've done and to join in with the cybercrop chatter.

Class 14 Sunnyside Daycare with Mel

Wow, what a weekend of scrappy fun it's been and it isn't over yet!

For my last class I have created three layouts using the fabulous Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope collection. The bright rainbow colours reminded me of the rainbow in the logo for Sunnyside Daycare which features in the third movie.

The second layout uses a calmer more muted palette

and as for the third layout, well take a trip over to the website to download the instructions and see which style layout number three goes with!

Come back at 4pm for our penultimate class; Malibu Ken with Tricia.

Class 12 - Rex

Hello all and I am back with my second class for our 2019 Toy Story themed cybercrop.

Rex is the lovable insecure green dinosaur from the Toy Story films starring in all 4 movies. 
He has tiny arms and, inspired by those, this class creates pages featuring lots of tiny elements to add dimension and interest...oh and a bit of Rex green also! 

Hope you have funny layering up creating with this kit where there is plenty of scope for free styling! Find your class instructions Here and be sure to share to our gallery on Facebook and tag us with #atdml elsewhere on social media.

Your next class is at Noon with Debbie! Enjoy

Challenge 9 - The Claw

Another challenge and we are hoping you will like this one, time to be like "the claw" and grab 5.

The Claw is the name given by the Aliens to the machine in Pizza Planet which aims to grab toys from a pool below. Instead of grabbing toys you are challenged to grab the 5 items in the list below and then make a layout using only them, plus adhesive and photos!

You can use whatever supplies you like to take part in this challenge as for the others and we'd love to see you share your creations to our Facebook Challenges gallery created for this Cybercrop. A illustration from Ann is below. 

Coming up next is class 12 with Ann at 10am.

Class 11 - Lotso bear

Good morning early birds

Welcome to day 3 of the Cyber Crop!

Today we are starting with a class based on Lotso bear -  a sweet-smelling bear with a dark centre. Crate paper's La La Love range is a range of sugar-sweet papers with random zings of hot citrus colours.

What could represent 'Lotso' bear more than lotso hearts - rows and rows and rows of them. And it's the perfect opportunity to scrap what you love whatever it might be. So get your scissors out and let's get cracking.

We'll be doing two layouts in this class and there are even more hearts in the 2nd but much less fussy cutting so pop over to download the class in full. 

Ann is back at 10am to give you something to get your teeth into with her Rex class so join us then.

Challenge 8 - Forky

Good morning to you all and a very happy Sunday.

Out next challenge is titled Forky who is introduced to us in the fourth Toy Story movie.  He is made by Bonnie from craft items Woody recovers from bin along with a spork and comes to life in Bonnie's backpack to become her favourite toy. 

For this challenge we want you to alter something, like Bonnie did the spork to make forky

Need some ideas? Well you could alter the front of a notebook, some wooden elements you later use on a page, or go all out and alter something into something else entirely. Jane altered a shoebox into a lovely photo or minibook storage below resembling a suitcase. 

This is always one of the most popular and astonishing challenges we have at our retreats and with no time limit it will be great to see what people make for this one. Certainly something for you to ponder over your Sunday morning cuppa and, as always, please share your projects in our Facebook Challenge gallery.

If you really don't fancy altering something.. Then can you make a layout about something that's altered? Karen has done just that in her page below.

So what else is on for today? Well your first class is at 8am with Tricia, followed by another challenge at 9am and a further class at 10. Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Class 10 - Wheezie with Katherine

Welcome to my 2nd class - Wheezie - he started as a dusty, old, slightly broken and messy toy in Toy Story 1 - he was the old penguin up on the shelf.  In this class we look at the messy and break/tear and distress the beautiful Prima Georgia Blues papers to make 2 layouts.  Again there is a bit of painting, and I have used some gold mist and water colour - these steps are completely optional, depending on how messy you like to be!

Remember to share all your creations in our Facebook Group.


Challenge 7 - Pizza Planet

Challenge 7 for you next and Pizza Planet is the noisy arcade/diner featured in the first movie. We often see layouts on Pinterest and in galleries on line featuring pizza slices or this was an obvious choice for this challenge.

Create a scrapbook page featuring pizza slice shapes/wedged elements

A couple of the team have illustrated the kind of layout you can create based on this prompt below if you need a scraplift option

Ann's layout

Mel's layout

You can use whatever supplies you like to take part in these but we'd love to see you share your creations to our Facebook Challenges gallery created for this Cybercrop.

The last class of the day is up at 8pm and then we will leave the rest of your evening free to craft away or spend time with your loved ones (because they may be feeling neglected if you've been creating all day!!) See you then!