Saturday, April 25, 2015

Serenity in April

Hi there!

It's Heather McMahon back today with a layout I made using the seriously awesome April mood board for Off The Rails. Or should I say 'mood boards' as there were two to choose from!

Here they are:

I chose to use the first one as I loved the silver glitter with the lime green. Here's what I made:

To make the background, I first took a sheet of Webster's Pages Hall Pass 'Field Goal' paper and applied gesso through a Crafter's Workshop stencil:

I then rubbed a Gelato through another stencil, first by applying it directly to the stencil, then by rubbing it in further with my finger:

I then added some stamping - I used some frame stamps and some Kaisercraft 'Film Edges' stamps:

This is what it looked like when I had finished the background:

I then added a strip of chipboard chevrons from The Dusty Attic which I painted white and staggered behind my photo. I added some flowers, leaves and chevrons that were fussy-cut from Webster's Pages Beautiful Chic 'In Bloom' paper plus some silver twine:

The title and triangles are both from The Dusty Attic and I coated them with Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts. I love the textural, sparkly finish on these:

 Happy scrappin'!

Heather McMahon

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Envelope Album

Hi everyone, today I'm sharing a tutorial on how to make an album with envelopes and scrap pieces of pattern papers.

This is the sample of how the album will look like after dressing it up.

You can use the normal envelopes to make this album cover but it will be a soft cover. If so, please scroll straight down to the photo of the score board.

For me, I prefer it to be more hardy. Thus will be making some with my cardstock and the Envelope Punch Board from We re Memory Keeper. 

What I love about this envelope puncher is that I can make it to any size and the instructions are all provided. For this album I'm going to make, I will need them to be 5" x 7". Thus I need a paper size of 9.5" x 9.5" :)

I have prepare 2 pieces of 9.5" x 9.5" cardstocks

Line paper to score line 4 and score. 

Remember to punch and turn it anti-clockwise.
Repeat the same steps for the next 3 sides.

This is how the paper will look like when you are done with all 4 sides.

Now turn the punch board over and use the reverse punch to round the corners.

 Now take a score board and score at 1" on only one corner of the long side of the envelope

Then sealed the 3 sides. See picture below.

Now align the envelope to the side and score the open flap at 5.75" (five and three quarter inch).

Repeat the steps above to create the other envelope. 
When you are done, you will have 2 envelopes looking like the picture below.

Now insert both sides of the open flaps into each envelope. 
The picture below shows the top down view. 
You have just completed the album cover!

Next, we need a long strip of paper; 11" x 7" to make a bone for the pages. 
Leave about 4" from the side and score 9 times. Each time giving a spacing of 3/8"

Fold the score lines; alternating the bends as you do so. See picture below.

It's now time to prepare the pages. Trim 8 pieces of pattern paper to a size of 5" x 7"

Paste the pages on the V bone you have just created. Ensure that the pages align well.

This is should be the final look after you have finish pasting all the 8 pieces of pattern papers.

Now slide the 2 sides of the completed album into the envelope covers and you are done!
*Similar action to how you insert the passport into the covers*

Here are the photos of the completed album with blank front and back covers.

I went ahead to beautify my front and back cover and this is my final version.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and do feel free to leave some comments.

Lots of love and Happy Crafting!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Farewell and Good Luck Jelissa xx

Good day friends of Off the Rails Scrapbooking!

Today I'm bringing you a short tutorial on a different way of putting your mini-album pages together. Unfortunately, this will also be my last post for OTRS as I prepare for my new baby's arrival, so I will be missing everyone!

Step 1

Here are my starting materials: a chipboard album base and my 6x6 paper pad. You can see that there is a ring and piece of twine for securing the album pages together and that is usually what most people would use. But my pages tend to be very dimensional so using these will make my album look overly chunky and stuffed. So I changed the way of securing these pages together so that the finished album look just nicely filled out.

Step 2
After trimming out the papers for each piece of chipboard, I trimmed out 3 more small pieces of patterned paper (0.75" x 1.5") and scored them at 0.25" and 0.5". The two ends of the fold goes under the patterned paper, with a nice margin of 0.25" in the centre for the desired thickness between each page.

This is what the spine should look like after assembling all the papers.

Step 3

I measured and trimmed out another sheet of pattered paper to glue over the spine. This does two things: (1) to reinforce the spine and (2) cover up the bare chipboard.

Step 4

Further reinforcement of the spine using fabric tape.

And this is the finished album with photos of the inside pages.

And that is all I have for you today. Thank you for all your support and I will see all of you soon!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Luciana's Canvas Tutorial

Hi my friends, Luciana with you again!
Today I want to show a tutorial using a canvas.

I like to use a canvas in my projects because it allows plenty of art! There are many possibilities!
For my tutorial, I was inspired by the colors of our palette! I love using green, pink and black!

4.April option 2

This was the result! Lets go?


Prepare your canvas with a layer of gesso.


On a piece of plastic or craft sheet, draw with texta/pen color, as shown in photo. Spray it with water to create an inky mixture.


Turn the canvas upside down on the inky water to create a smeared pattern and then dry with a heat gun.


Repeat with another color. Make as many colors as you want. You can use the pens of the brand Tombow I found them perfect for this purpose!


This was the result obtained with the colors I used.


Now apply a layer of modeling paste with your favorite stencil. I used this stencil with roses.


With the still wet modeling paste, apply the micro beads and press with your fingers to stick well.


 I love the effect of micro beads.


Start assembling the details, use a strong glue like a silicone based one. Start with a doily and another paper embellishment and pop them where you will place your picture.


Apply cheesecloth. I like the effect it has.


Stick your picture using some foam tape.



Let's decorate with flowers and embellishments.


To create effects, stamp some details on the canvas.


After stamping I thought it was dark, so I applied plaster again on the stamp to soften it.



Some close ups!

The products I used were:

Prima products: stencil wild roses #579920, modeling paste opaque matte #961411,
heavy gesso #961374, flowers #582616, #556358, #577544, #578688, clear stamps #555092, #961961, #961831,
vintage trinkets #554279, micro beads grass #962623,
Other products: canvas 18cm x 24cm, doily, cheesecloth, ink pad Stazon.

I liked the outcome of this tutorial and I hope it inspires you to create other projects!
Thank you for your attention! See you soon!