Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Reveal

Welcome once again to another Design team reveal for September.
A big thank you to the sponsors

Memory Maze



Our challenge for this month is

"Pick a Word" 


Tania




Louise




Joan






Dawid




Candy



Thank you for visiting
 more lovely creations coming soon
xxxxx

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thanks to our August Sponsor Memory Maze... and thanks to our participants this month


The Off the Rails Sponsor for the month of August  has been the amazing  Memory Maze. They have amazing product lines to put a smile on any crafters face. We are grateful for their support and hope you'll visit their site to view the fabulous products they have to offer.

Thanks to all that participated and played along with us this month and good luck to the monthly winning to be posted soon.
Have a great day.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mood Board Layout with Mandy

Hi everyone!

It's Mandy here with you, and today I'm sharing a closer look at the layout that I created for this month's mood board, and I have some tips and techniques for getting the most out of your patterned papers!

Now I have a confession to make... I was planning on sharing a step-by-step tutorial for creating this layout, however the photos that I had taken of my procedure were on my phone which I unfortunately dropped in water last week and was unable to retrieve anything off it. I lost a few months worth of photos since I last backed them up :( The moral of the story is to back up your photos regularly!!! (I'm now using iCloud so that my photos are backed up automatically).

Here's my layout that I created for our gorgeous 'black and anything goes' mood board this month...



I must admit that I struggled a bit with this because I don't usually use black as the dominant colour on a layout, but I loved the challenge and I'm happy with the end result! The photo that I scrapped is of my eldest daughter taken when we went strawberry picking while we were on holidays last year! She was wearing a black hat and a dark floral dress, so I thought this would be perfect for this mood board!

So today I want to share some tips and techniques that I use to get the most out of my patterned papers! I used the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection for this layout. When I purchased this collection, the chipboard and ephemera were not available, so I was limited to the patterned papers and the puffy stickers, but I didn't mind, because it just meant that I had to get a bit more creative with using the patterned papers! So here are my tips...

1) Don't throw away the branding strip on your patterned papers!
I always try to think of ways that I can incorporate the branding strips onto my layouts, and on this page, I added it as a strip between the dark patterned paper and the white cardstock. I like the extra detail that this adds, and it looks like I've included more patterned paper onto my layout than I actually have!

2) Fussy Cut!
Look for elements in your patterned papers that you can fussy cut! The teacup on the bottom right hand corner of my layout was fussy cut from one of the patterned papers, as was the word 'beautiful'. I often like to use those busy floral patterned papers to fussy cut the flowers to use as embellishments for my pages.

3) Cut up your patterned papers!
I love to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out shapes and words from my patterned papers. If you don't have a die-cutting machine, trace shapes and cut them out by hand. I didn't use my Cameo for this layout, but I did cut a little banner out of patterned paper to include on my page.

4) Don't waste!
If there are any parts of your patterned papers that are hidden, cut them off to use on a future project! For instance, on this layout I have backed my photo with patterned paper, but only a thin border is actually seen. So I cut away the middle section behind the photo, which is hidden, and I kept it to use for layering on another layout.

There are lots of ways that you can get the most out of your patterned papers! When we have to scrap on a budget this can be particularly important. I'd love to hear your tips if you have some!

Here are a few closeups of my layout so that you can see all the details...






And here's a reminder of this month's mood board...


I hope that you get a chance to play along with our mood board challenge this month! There's only 2 more days left to get your projects linked up!

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today!

Mandy Melville

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bright on Black with Peg

Hi All
Peg here with a 'Black & Anything Goes' page today.
I love creating with black as it makes bright colours really pop.

For this page I started with black cardstock, a Prima stencil and some Colour Blast paste in yellow over a very watery gesso background patch. Because my photos were so bright and colourful, yet taken at night, I wanted to bring in lots of colour but not really lighten the page. This was achieved by splattering (slightly watered down) acrylic paints. 


To make it really sparkle I added a top coat of Tattered Angels
Glimmer Glam in chandelier.

Then I added some Hambly transparencies and Dresden German Foil borders top and bottom, my photos (the bottom strip was printed on a 8" x 12" with 2" x 2" pics and folded to sand the edges), a Thickers foil title, and some journalling with a 1.0mm Uniball white pen. A little Dymo and a Tim Holtz word strip finished it off.

It's the messiest page I've done in ages, I had paint all over me, my apron, AND my clothes by the time I was done. Still, I reckon it was worth it!

So here's the graphic, click on it to go to the challenge post.
You can upload your creation on the side bar, still a few days left.
The prize is a gorgeous Memory Maze gift pack.

Good luck!
Thanks for coming by.




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Embellishments with Lizzy

Hey there, OTR friends! Lizzy here today.
I thought today I'd share with you a few embellishments I've been creating, based
on a pile of You Tube videos that I've been watching.
Mostly they feature gold. I'm taken with gold atm!
And these are great for the Pocket Letters, File Folders and Flip Books I'm currently
OBSESSED with making!
Enough talk;)
Punch or die cut any shape you chose. Use washi tape to cover the bits you do NOT
want to heat emboss.
Dip into your choice of embossing powder. Naturally, I've chosen GOLD;)
Heat emboss, then remove washi. Actually, sometimes I remove the washi
BEFORE I heat emboss.
Entirely up to you!
And repeat!!!!!
Then get creative.
Another idea. Punch or die cut hearts or butterflies in glitter paper, and normal cardstock/patterned paper. Cut the glitter ones in 1/2 then layer onto the other side of your shapes:
 Chunky glitter works a treat. I actually made my own glitter paper...
 Finer glitter for the hearts...
Die cut tags. This time I 'experimented' with off centre and diagonal cuts.




Like I say, be imaginative. Experiment. Have FUN!
Hope you get some inspiration from these ideas ~ Happy Scrapping!
Lizzy ♥♥♥

Friday, August 19, 2016

Never Grow Up with Brenda

Hello everyone, Brenda here today to show you my tutorial page. I enjoyed this months challenge so much I decided to do a different page to show to you. The very handsome but young picture is of my son Harley and like all kids playgrounds are a winner for fun.



Just a few of the products I started with. 


I started by mounting my photo on some scrap cardboard, always good for mounting things. 
Then I painted some of my black cardstock with Dylusions Paint - Postbox Red.
Next I used Irresistible - New Sprout.



Next I used a Dusty Attic Stencil firstly with Viva 3D Stamp Paint - Carmine Red Metallic and then Viva Ink Gold - Emerald.
I coloured the Imaginarium Chippie with a Copic - Emerald Green (G05)
Never Grow Up Imaginarium Chippie with red Archival Ink then Viva Croco Crackling - Metalic Silver, next Dylusions Paint- Emerald and then last Dylusions Paint - Lemon Zest.


The Imaginarium Cogs Chippie I coloured with Viva Inka Gold - Lavared and then just lightly used a little of the Iceblue and Platinum. I colored them in the chipboard then removed them.

I coloured the Moroccan shape chippies with Dylusions Paint - Vibrant Turquoise and Lemon Zest. Over the cardstock I used the Dylusions Paint with Kaisercrafts Clear Stamp - Wood Grain to streak here and there. I also used some Deverin red Ink to let run down the cardstock.



 The word Chippies I coloured with Dylusions Paint - Lemon Zest. Before I stated to glue everything down I placed my mounted photo on some Green Cardstock.
Now it was time to put it all together. 


I hope you have enjoyed my page and that you will join us in this months fun challenge.  
Thank you for stopping in and Happy Crafting.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Colourful Background with Narelle

Hi everyone. Narelle here. Today it's my turn to show you a new technique. So I thought I would share with you how I created the colourful backgrounds on my cards for this months challenge.

Here is a reminder of the cards I made.





I started with a blank piece of whisper white card stock and several mist tubes filled with ink and rubbing alcohol.


All I did was spritz the card stock all over with the misters. It was as simple as that.


You get such a different look each and every time you use this technique.

Once the card stock was dry, I cut it up and mounted them all onto basic black cards.



I then used lots of different stamps and framelits to make them all look different.

I hope you like this technique and try it out real soon.

Thanks for dropping by.
Have a great day.
Cheers,
Narelle