Friday, August 1, 2014

NEW CHALLENGE - Mood Palette with Sketch

Welcome to another challenge at 
Off the Rails!!

This month we have an exciting new challenge for you.
Mood Palette with Sketch and it will have you feeding the kids left overs for tea, kissing your husband on the cheek and saying I'll see you in a couple of hours, jumping over the dog and running for your craft table
Yes really, it's that good ;) 

Here we go......

 Our sponsor this month is
 Lawn Fawn

 And the prize will be a stamp set from their range

 And just to show it off a little, and give you some wow inspiration is our very talented and beautiful

 Here's my A4 [for a change!]  & non-peep [for another change!!] page....I've used Lawn Fawn die cut CLOUDS & the cute stamped ARROWS that I've fussy cut out. Just so you can see these gorgeous goodies, I've added a few closies;)

 Yes! FUSSY cut -pfff!! Also stamped & some Gelato colouring on the clouds:)


 Leave Lizzy a comment here or pop on over to her blog ( click HERE )and let her know what you think.

Our live chat with Kelly from  

Click HERE to be part of this, Kelly will be giving away a prize, but you must be a follower of the Facebook group and of the blog. Ask her all the questions you like!! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Meet Kelly at Lawn Fawn


All chat will be at the Facebook site HERE
To be in the running for a giveaway before Saturday.
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3. Like Lawn Fawn and Off the Rails facebook page
4. Leave a comment here to be running to win a little giveaway
Closes midnight EST  Friday 8th August 2014
winner announced at the live chat.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Using a Colour Wheel part 3 - Analogous Colours

Hi OTR friends, Fiona here again sharing with you another tutorial about using a colour wheel to help with deciding what colours to incorporate into your projects.

This time I'll explore "Analogous" colour schemes with you.

An Analogous colour scheme is any three colours side by side on the colour wheel. Usually one of the colours predominates.

In this case it's Green. You could also choose A Blue predominate colour and combine it with Blue Green on one side and Blue Violet on the other. If Oranges are your thing then you could choose Orange as your predominate colour and combine it with Red Orange and Yellow Orange and so on.

The beauty of Analogous colours is that you can choose colours that are similar or have the same base colour such as Green or you can choose a predominate colour that has two completely different colours either side such as this red example.

I've made a card using the Red, Red Violet and Red Orange combination.

I also tried out the Green, Yellow Green, Yellow combination on this card too.

Analogous colours are such a pretty way to combine three colours and will work beautifully on your layouts, in your journalling or as you've seen here, on your cards. Again I hope I've given you a little more knowledge about knowing and using a colour wheel. Next time I'll introduce you to "Monotone" colour schemes.

Until next time  xx   Fiona

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inspiration from Felicity for our July Challenge

Hello fellow OTR fans!
Felicity here today to hopefully inspire you.
I loved this months mood board.
 teal and shoes say no more!!! Tee hee

When I saw the mood board I saw a little sketch for the start of my inspiration.
Let me see if I can explain.
The back of the shoe was my photo placement and the heel was my cluster position, going down the page just as the heel.
Then the pop of red underneath meant I add a pop of red in my creation.
Sometimes when I look at pictures in magazines, pinterest and mood boards, I don't necessarily see the picture, I sometimes see sketch, as in this instance or a an embellishments.
I guess I look at mood boards with an open mind and outside the box.

I sit there with the picture and my notebook and pen and scribble down anything that comes to mind and then away I go creating.
I hope this gives you a little insight into my creativity brain!!
Tee hee
Till next time....
 Felicity XO

Monday, July 28, 2014

Designer Hot Spot

I would like to introduce to you a special guest to our blog Sue Schubert.

Sue was the winner of the Using Fabric Challenge back in June and the prize for winning that challenge was a Designer Hot Spot so we are going to share a little about Sue.

Q. Where do you Live?
A.  I live in Tamworth NSW

Q. What is something Quirky about you?
A. I hate the sun and heat, I avoid both at any cost, give me the night anytime!

Q. What is your most loved scrapping supply company
A. I don't have a favourite company, what ever I like I buy regardless of brand.

Q. Did you do any crafts before paper craft and what was it?
A. I have done many different types of crafts, I have to be doing something with my hands I have  knitted, crochet, embroidered , quilted, sewn clothes, curtains a bit of everything! 

Q. A before and after photo - One of you layouts that you ever made to the last one you have just created for the Mood Board Challenge

this was made 5 years ago, following the birth of my first little granddaughter 

Sue used our current mood board challenge to create this stunning layout

Thank you Sue for joining us on the blog.

If you would like to see more of Sue's work please visit her at

Please dont forget to visit the about us section to find out how we have changed things around here

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Black Gesso and Gelatos

Hello again!

Last night I did some experimenting with black gesso and gelatos in my art journal.

I've taken some step by step pics of the procedure to inspire you to play and try something perhaps a little different.

1. First I just applied a layer or two of black gesso to my background. The white lines appeared because there's already stuff on the other side of the page. I was going to give it another coat and make it completely black, but decided I like it the way it is.
2. Then I started drawing some circles with different coloured gelatos. 
3 & 4. I used a small paint brush and went over each circle with a little water to spread the colour and set it with my heat gun.

1. So in #1 in the set below, you can see what the page looked like after I'd added several different coloured circles. At this stage, I was just playing around really, and didn't have any set ending in mind.
2 & 3. I then decided to cut off some chunks of gelato and melt them on to the page for a splatter effect.
4. I liked that, so decided to blend 2 colours at once. 

1. Then, to create some different texture, I used my scalpel to spread the melted gelato around a bit.
2 & 3 & 4. More mixing and blending and melting colours together ��

1. So, a little tip when melting the chunks of gelato: spray the gelato with a little water, then hold your heat gun up high above the page until the gelato starts to stick a little, otherwise it will just go shooting off your page! 
2. As it starts to melt you can bring your heat gun down closer to the page and use it to direct the melted gelato all over the place to create a splatter effect.
3. After I felt there were enough random splatters around the page, I used my scalpel to scrape and smear again.
4. And this is how we're looking now!

1 & 2. The page was feeling a bit chalky and gritty now, so I sealed it with some gloss gel.
3. It's a little tricky to see, but the brush strokes stay in the gel, giving some more texture to the page. Love me some texture!
4. I then used a white Pitt Big Brush Stampers Pen to draw some flowers. I tried a gel pen for some finer detail, and a chalk marker, but neither of those would work on the gel. 

1. You can see the butterfly I drew with the pen... Not quite enough, so I went over it later with the Pitt pen.
2. I then went over the white and added detail with a black marker (a Sharpie).

And here's the finished product! 

This was fun, just playing around with different techniques, which is what art journaling is all about for me. I probably won't add any words of wisdom or inspiration to this, as I like it how it is. Hope you've been inspired to try something a little different. Thanks for reading along

Catie xx

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Use up your Stash Vol.2 by Sanna

Hi there!! I really liked making these cards and using some older product on them. I therefore made another project using older products from my stash and combining them together with newer ones. 

This is what I used:

Remember the paper ribbons from back then? I am going to call these paper "ribbon" rolls that way, as I have totally forgotten how they where called. They came in sets of 6, I think. I have two sets at home and they have just been lying around since probably 2007. Time to do something about it and use them! I additionally printed two Insta photos, chose a piece of polka dot paper and a white paper bag for my starting point.

I first cut the upper part of the paper bag a little bit lopsided/not straight and glued it down onto the patterned paper. Next I took several various long strips of paper ribbon and alighned them over the paper bag. I then added some black ink splatters (Glimmer Glaze oil slick - my fave product) over the area and my background was done.

Then I took some Studio Calico stars (new collection) and added them across the page for additional decoration. I also outlined tthem and the patterned paper using a black pen.

Now all I needed/wanted to do was to add some embellishments here and there. I used golden sequins and black plastic chevron/arrows for decoration.

Then I went along and added the title. I used various (old and new) alphas for this purpose. I also tucked a huge tag into the envelope and wrote quite a lot journaling. It is all about summer, sunshine and my relationship to this season. Let me just note that I am definitely more a summer person than a winter one... that should give you an idea what the journaling is all about :). I like creating pages like this, where there is instead a selfie a random photo and the journaling is all about me and my feelings toward a certain matter. I keep a "me"-album, where I gather these kind of laoyuts. In the end it will be a kind of a photo diary, when it is all done - if it will ever be all finished ;-) ...

Here is what my finished layout looks like:

I kept the layout quite clean and simple and concentrated on the journaling. And I was able to use quite a few older products here again too! I hope you will get inspired to use your older product too :). Have fun!!!
xoxo, Sanna