Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April Winner

Hello everyone welcome to Off the Rails.
We had some wonderful and beautiful layouts created for Aprils mood board.
Thank you all for sharing your creations with us.
Drum roll please............
And the winner is

 Thank you so much to our wonderful sponsor for this month

Could you please contact Candy Here
so she can pass your name onto Memory Maze.
Could you please include your address as well.
Thank you

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sponsors for May

A big thank you once again for our sponsors......
we have two again this month
drum roll....

And our second is.....

Candy Chelepy
and yes thats me lol

Thank you all for visiting and give this wonderful mood board a go.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Mood Board

Welcome everyone to another month with a fabulous Mood Board
and some very very adorable designs from out talented Design Team members.
Have some fun with this and happy scrapping.....

"Dance theme

Tanya C.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thanks to our April Sponsor of the month - Memory Maze

The Off the Rails Sponsor for the month of April has been the amazing  Memory Maze. They have amazing product lines to put a smile on any crafters face. We are greatful 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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Adding Texture and Dimension with Mandy

Hello friends!

It's Mandy here with you and today I'd like to share some tips and techniques for adding texture and dimension to your layouts! When I look back at some of the first layouts that I created years ago they seem very flat. Now don't get me wrong, I still really love those layouts, but over the years my style has changed, and these days I'm drawn to layouts with lots of texture and dimension... the kind of layouts that you want to reach out and touch! So today I'm going to take you through a step-by-step tutorial and show you how I have added texture and dimension to my layout!

I created this layout for our current mood board...

What you'll need

This is everything that I used to create my layout

Step 1

Firstly, trim about 1/3 inch off each side of your patterned paper so that you can mat it on white cardstock. Next, using your chosen stencil, apply texture/modeling paste to your patterned paper. You can use a palette knife to do this if you have one, otherwise an old credit card/gift card will do the trick!

Using modeling paste with a stencil is a really effective way of adding texture and dimension to your layout!

Step 2

Next add some foam tape to the back of your photo and adhere it to your layout.

Using foam tape is another way that I like to add dimension to my layouts, as it gives different heights to the elements on your page.

Step 3

Next, create a flower cluster to the right of your photo. You can see here that the flowers add lots of beautiful texture and dimension to my layout!

Step 4

Next, add your title to the layout. Here's another opportunity to add different textures and dimension to your layout. I love to combine different alphas to create my titles! On this layout you can see that I've used chipboard alphas as well as a wood veneer word. The chipboard alphas also have gold foil on them so this adds another texture!

Step 5

Next, add a die-cut to the right of your title. I chose a flamingo to tie in with the mood board! Once again I've added foam tape to the back of it to give it extra dimension.

Step 6

Lastly, I've created a small cluster in the top right hand corner of the layout using another die-cut and a couple more flowers.

And that's how easy it is to create a layout with lots of texture and dimension! Next time you scrap, why don't you try out one of these techniques that I've used on my page...
- Add some stencilling using texture/modeling paste
- Add foam tape to the back of your photo and/or die cuts
- Create a flower cluster
- Use different textures such as chipboard, wood, foil etc

Here's another look at my completed layout...

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! Our sponsor for April is Memory Maze.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope that you found my tutorial useful and enjoyed looking at my layout!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Water Colour Wash with Peg

Hi All
Peg here with a simple and effective water colour technique for making beautiful backgrounds. This is my page for the April challenge, I have covered up most of the journalling with my watermarks due to its personal nature.

So I started with a heavy weight cardstock (Bazzill Marshmallow) made for mixed media work since this is a very wet technique. I misted all over liberally with water and then dropped Tim Holtz Distress re-inker colours in yellows and blues diagonally across the page. Where it wasn't spreading enough I added more water. Then I dried my page thoroughly. I used a red re-inker with lots of water on my mat and the pressed the corners of my dry page into it. This step was done and dried very quickly to prevent, as much as possible, the re-activation of the cool colours and a mixing into brown. 
The journalling is the feature here so I created a wavy block in Photoshop and filled it with my story, leaving an area for the photo mat to overlap.

After matting my photo to look like a Polaroid, I added a small cluster to the white space at the bottom.

Some Glitz Designs decorative tape, stamps, and black stencilled butterflies finished the whole thing off.

It's a really easy technique, one to play with over and over again. I hope you have some fun with it and join us in our April water colour challenge.

Thanks for coming by

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pretty Little Boxes with Lizzy

Hey there scrappy friends!
I bet you have a myriad of boxes lying around,
waiting to be scrapped, right?
I wanted some to pop my OS stamps and air mail
stickers in. I'd already up-cycled a tin for my other stamps:
It keeps everything neat and tidy together & took very little effort!
 I simply used PVC glue with paper, then smudged on some gesso
& added some trim & bits:
The 2nd box [for my OS stamps] had a hinged lid:
 This paper had little rhinestones on it. They don't get in the way,
so I left them there!
Boxes make lovely presents, too. You can fill them with
all sorts of things - tea bags, chocolate or biscuits, 
Or garden bits, make up, or even stamps would be great
for some people.... whatever their interests are!
These have a bit of a vintage vibe. But if you have other embellies
& papers you want to use up - use them! I made a memorabilia box for 
a 17 year old boy. Totally different, but equally effective:
Hope this inspires you to get scrappy!!
Cheers ~ Lizzy H  ♥!♥♥