Sunday, April 23, 2017

Smiles by Brenda

Hello crafty friends and welcome to Off The Rails and my tutorial post for this month. I hope you like the page I have created this month of my very beautiful and special crafty friend Chez. 
This month on the blog it is all about recycle but for this page I have done something a little different in the recycle. I didn't put a recycle item on the page but chose to use one to create the background.
Get ready for it...... I have used a toilet roll. Yes you have read it right, I have used a used toilet roll.

Now for my page.

As you can see by the toilet roll photo above you simply start with the toilet roll, scissors and I run some tape around the roll but just so I would cut an even cut around. The higher up the roll the longer the flower petals will big (Bigger flower)

I have just cut up to the tape all the way around.

This is one I cut and used the other day and it is a larger one.

This is the one I cut for this page I have created. 

The one on the left is the one made for this page. You will be able to use it over and over with different colours but make sure the dry between colours. 

Place some paint on a messy mat and then it is time to put the toilet roll in the plaint and dab it onto your background surface. You then repeat the process with as many different colors as you choose. 

Once you have dabbed it in the pain make sure you lightly dab over to the side before gong onto your background surface. This is for two reasons and the first is to get the feel of the amount of pressure you have to use and the second is to make sure it isn't over loaded. Always remember you can add but once it is there you can't take off. 

It is then a matter of repeating the process until you get it like you want in colours. Make sure you dry between each colour though. 

Once this is done it is time to do the center of your flower and for this I used a dry firm bristled brush. I did a little mixing of colours by dabbing in the center and not making it solid.

Once this was done I used a fine soft brush and green paint to create the stems and leaves. Once this was done it was time to decide what products I wanted to use on the top of my background while the paint dried.

Below is the stenciled backgound I created on an off cut of white cardstock to mount my photo on. 

These are the products I chose to use and some I inked the edges of. Then it was time to put it together. Part of doing that I decided to colour the business card hanger around Chez's neck in black as you can see from the finished page. I wasn't happy with the bright pink so I tied it in with black. 

so as I said earlier - recycle month on the blog and in my DT post I used a recycle on my page but for this I used a recycle to create my back ground. 

These are the products I used - 
White Cardstock
Toilet paper roll
Dylusions Paint - London Blue mixed with White Linen, Crushed Grape, Vibrant Turquoise
Kaisercraft Paint - Breen, Mocha, Eggplant, Coastal Blue, Dusty Pink, Antique White
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap
Black Journal Pen
Kaisercraft - Acetate Shapes
                                    Collectables - Ooh La La
                                          Clear Stickers - Script Words

I hope you have enjoyed stopping in to see you page with  a background created with a toilet paper roll. Remember you can use them over and over. Don't forget to join in with us on this months challenge as I'm sure you will enjoy it. Keep scrolling for some really awesome creations and wonderful ideas and inspiration. 
Happy Crafting
Brenda xxx


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Putting recycling into your memory planner / Felicity Wilson

Hello Friends, Felicity here today.
Orgainsation and making things beautiful are two things I love.
I find if I have everything written down, my thoughts, plans for the day, I can function a little better.
What I am finding a lot fun with is using 'recycled' materials in my planner.  Not only does it help tell the story, but it gives this planner a lot of meaning.
I have kept this beautiful paper bag, for a while now and was still relucant to keep it, you know, that special project that never comes.. Tee hee.. but now it has my packaging from the seeds I planted in my garden. The seed packet is not that pretty, so popping it away still keeps the page pretty and memory is recorded.
Another thing I love to keep is packaging from some 'treats' that we get when we go shopping. This packet is from the gingrbead that my daughter loves when we get coffee before doing our groceries. All I did was embellish it on the front and add some journaling, otherwise some one looking in my planner would think I am maybe weird keeping a biscuit package! Tee hee

Then I popped a 4 x 6 project life card on the pack. More prettiness uh?

I also like to adhere cards and things in my planner with some washi tape, which allows it be a flap for interaction.
This little card the kids got in the mail with some Easter craft. The picture on it was super cute, so I cute it up to fit in a little 4 x 6 plastic pocket. It acts as a divider as well.

I even popped in my full card from coffees at Maccas. Tee hee. I love keeping this bits and pieces, it adds so much meaning to my memory planner.
I hope this inspires you to start adding in your recycled items from your day into your planners to help tell the story of your day.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Using your scraps/ stash Tutorial with Narelle

Hi everyone. Narelle here to share with you a tutorial that will have you looking differently at your scraps before you throw them away.

Quite often I will have scraps of things left over. If I do a video of how I have made a card, I will have bits and bobs left. I used to throw these things away. But I now challenge myself to see what else I can do with them.  

Today I want to show you how a scrap of left over watercolour background has turned into these cards. 

Beautiful You - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

Beautiful You - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

Beautiful You - Simply Stamping with Narelle - available here -

I did a video on facebook showing how to create a watercolour background, and make tags and card backgrounds out of it.

And when I was finished, I ended up with a piece of multicoloured card stock that I would normally throw away. But I looked at some of the bigger sections on it, and thought I could probably fit a stamp on them. And what better stamp to use than Beautiful You.

So I hope that you take a second look at what you are about to throw away. Could you get another use out of it ?

Thanks for dropping by.
Have a great day.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April Mid month DT reveal

April's  Challenge

Welcome to mid month DT Reveal... we are here to inspire you and hope you'll play along with us.

It's April and we are ready for Spring to be in the air. "April showers brings May flowers" would be perfect this time of year.

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April mood board with the recycle something as the theme.

(Recycled item - brown paper from packaging)

(Recycled item - Glass Art Fairy) 

Be sure to play along with us, link and share with us so we can view and comment on your project.
Thanks for visiting today.. and see you again soon.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Feeling of Spring in an Album with Jaehee

Hello Craft friends
April of a warm spring day.
blue sky, Green sprout, Fresh Spring Mist~*

In the spring, I made an album with a feeling of spring.
For the sake of transparency, I used plastic bottles.

Various plastics available at home.

The plastic forks were cut to use the handle.
Be careful with your hands as you do the cutting with the heat wire cutter.

Cut the transparent part of the plastic with scissors.
Stamp leaves using oil ink and let dry.

Take a stencil on the cover of the book album.
After applying the crack solution, apply Jetsuso.

The inside of the book album folds the transparent case zigzag.
Assemble the four shapes and attach the cut fork handle.
After applying the crack solution, color it with ink.
Cut the stamped shape and decorate it with a spring feel with die cut.
Cover albums are colored with ink and then decorated with stamping.
If you give glue to the album frame inside the book album cover,
the spring feeling book album completion!
The transparency of plastic shows up inside book album.
Do your own work with recycled materials.
Feel the feeling of a fresh spring day together.
Next time I meet again with my work.