Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Winner of the August Challenge

Thank you to all of our members who entered a layout into last months challenge. They were all simple stunning. We do appreciate the time you take to enter our challenges.

Congratulations ...... Cassandra
The details of your design lead the eye all around the page but the eye always comes back to the beautiful photo of your daughter and her friend.

Please send an email to offtherailsscrapbooking@outlook.com

Last month Off The Rails Scrapbooking were very fortunate to have Lawn Fawn as our sponsor. Not only did they sponsor the challenge but at the beginning of the month Kelly Marie Alvarez from Lawn Fawn spent time with our members on our facebook page for a live chat. While she was visiting us she gave away a stamp set to one lucky member. Thank you Kelly.

Lawn Fawn

Monday, September 1, 2014

Colours of Gold and Blue

Winter to Spring, Summer to Autumn where ever you are in the world the seasons are changing. I love watching the world around me change.

But some things never change and that is the amazing work that is produced by our talented Designer Team here at Off The Rails Scrapbooking.
This month we have a a gorgeous Mood Palette that was cleverly put together by Fiona. Thank you so much Fiona, it certainly has inspired our designers and I hope that it inspires you.


Hi, this is my take on the lovely gold and blue colour palette for September. I have used a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil in combination with transparent modeling paste and loose glitter on the background. I then added patterned paper elements that match the colour palette and finally decorated with some wooden embellishments and word stickers.

The layout is about surrounding yourself with the right kind of people, not with ones that drain you and pull you down, but with ones do you good. Thus the silly face too :).

Happy scrapping,

xoxo, Sanna



Here is my take on the fantastic 'Free yourself' mood board for Sept.
My daughter Bec inspired my layout, the colours were a perfect match with the mood board palette. 
Bec had the amazing opportunity to dance in the OzScot Australia Highland Dance Display Troop at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland last month and  'Free yourself' was very appropriate to describe this incredible journey where she was 'Living Her Dream' to dance overseas and represent her country. 

Each month we learn more and more about our designers well I think it is time again to learn more about one of you. This month the prize will be a

Before you enter your creation can you please visit the About Us tab on the blog just so you can familiarise yourself with how things happen around here.

Happy Creating

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Catie's video to inspire

Hi Everyone! 

My turn to share with you today.  I've had a few dramas getting this done, but I've finally got it to do what I want... Bear with me on this one - it's my first ever video, and the technical side of it all has been a big learning curve.  I know there are lots of things that can be done better next time, but I hope you will still enjoy and be inspired by it. 

Thanks for looking.  Catie xx

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sanna's BEACH FUN!!!!

Hello there! Sanna here today with a layout that was inspired by the August colour palette. I normally scrap boy pages in more masculine colours, but I find myself drawn to brighter, more feminine colours lately and thought that it would be nice to scrap my boys in these colours for a change :). So here is what I created:

Other than using the lovely August colours, I´ve added all kinds of little details that always speak to me (stamping, misting, badges and enamel dots as well as flair buttons). Love to use those. And if you look really closely, you might even see some modeling paste details in there too :). All things that make me happy and make creating a fun process. I hope my boy does not mind the colours ;-) ...

ps. remember my previous post with the misted arrow pattern card? I´ve used all the leftover pieces on this layout (see the banners?) and tossed nothing :). And still going strong with my "using it all up" goal too - see how many papers I´ve actually used on this layout (very proud of myself :)...).

Have fun scrapping,

xoxo, Sanna

Thursday, August 28, 2014

LIZZY H - using LAWN FAWN goodies on an ART JOURNAL page - whimsical look

Hi there, my scrapping friends! Lizzy with you today to show a step by step of an art journal page I created using some of this month's sponsor, LAWN FAWN, goodies. Namely, the die cut CLOUDS & SUNS...plus those cute hot air balloon stamps:)

I actually created this for a challenge last month....& I wanted a light, whimsical look for this page - & I wanted to NOT do lots of texture on the background - which is the way most Mixed Media is atm. I wanted to do something different.....so, are you ready to take the journey with me? 
Here we go!
Besides the elements from Lawn Fawn - I had no idea what to do, except I wanted the blue colours & to make the hot air balloons the focus. So, I dragged out some paper scraps & laid them on my pages:
 I covered my balloons, suns, clouds & the ink run paper, that I fussy cut with CLEAR liquitex....so when I added my background colour [made up of those 3 mediums bottom Left....because I had a bit left of each, so I decided I may as well mix them!!!] ...so they would not get 'absorbed' into the back ground!
Can you see the pale blue? Sort of blends in the paper, but still gives a bit of depth. The clouds have been stamped with StazOn [so it doesn't run when you add other wet mediums], then coloured with Gelatos. Around the clouds I've added Glimmer Glaze for a bit of sheen & softness. 

By this stage, I'd worked out the ink splat cut out, bottom right, looked like trees....so I thought the saying 'You can't see the trees for the woods/forest' might work....& then add....'so look up & fly'.....that just came to me as I was plodding away....so...on went some yellow...less at the bottom of the page, more up the top to reinforce that idea. Gelatos rubbed in with my fingers, again:)
 Next I coloured in my balloons, using Staedtler pens....the alphas....black gelato around the bottom clouds, with some rain drop stamps.......Here's some closies & my finished pages:

And the eyes in the title just 'came' once I'd popped on the alphas...I LOOOOVE how scrapping simply develops as you go.....well, with me it does, anyways!!!! Thanks for looking - & I hope you can see how Lawn Fawn goodies can be used in different ways, too:)
Happy Scrapping ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Song of The Heart

Hello to all of our followers, it's Deena here today and I am sharing an art journal page that I have just finished creating. 

When I first decided that I wanted to give it ago I didn't want a bound journal because to me that seemed too constricting. So i decided to buy some 300 gsm watercolour paper and make individual pages. So glad that I did buy the thicker paper because I am sure what I did to my page would have been ruined if I had brought anything thinner.

You never know where you creativity will lead you, so stop thinking and let it happen.

I started out with my 8x8 piece of paper and coloured it with Chipped Sapphire Distress paint

Over the top I then added violet coloured Acrylic Ink and water

With my foam stencil brush I added a layer of gesso 

Added more gesso and water to get a softer look

Still not happy with the back ground I decided to again use my stencil brush but this time I added turquoise acrylic ink and more water.

Then using my blackberry bliss ink pad from Stampin Up I added this image over the top, it didn't stop here I had to add some more layers.

Flicked water over it 

Then using a stencil I drew inside all the hearts and then coloured them pink. For almost a week my page sat there as I had no idea how to finish it.

But finally I did and here is my finished page.

I hope this inspires you to create.

Happy Creating

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Using a Colour Wheel Part 5 - Complementary Colour Schemes

Hello OTR friends. Well Fiona here with you again with the final instalment of my colour wheel series. This time I'd like to share with you "Complementary" colours. Probably one of the most popular colour schemes we use in our Scrapbooking and Art Journalling.

Complementary colours are the opposite colours to each other on the colour wheel. For example Orange and Blue.

or Pink and Light Green.

They are designed to give maximise contrast, which in turn creates a sense of stability and as unnatural as they may seem, they can actually be found everywhere in nature. I've taken inspiration from these pictures and created two cards using the complementary colour scheme.

Using the Blue - Orange combination

Using the Pink - Green combination

I had heaps of fun exploring the colour wheel again. It's certainly made me think more about the colours I'm using and why. I hope it has been an inspiration for you too. If you missed the other 4 parts, I've popped the links to them below. For anyone interested, I have a PDF of the five parts saved on my laptop and I'm happy to send it to anyone via email if they wish to have a copy of them for their reference. Private message me on my Facebook page HERE with your email and I'll send it off to you.

Until next time, keep scrapping :)

Fiona xx