Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Altered paint with flowers and pearls

Hi, Rose is here today to show us all her very beautiful project. Honestly can you imagine how gorgeous Rose's house looks with all the beautiful projects she makes ??

Hello everyone, I have used normal paint in this project with different flowers and roses including fern leaves and pearls.
The bottom of the brush has been sprayed with Ink, I have used a heat gun to dry it and get a shabby look then placed the lace and pearls around it and added the rest of flowers and charms. 

This is a close up of the brush and the details of the embellishments and charms on the top.

Different views of the brush ...!

I do hope that you do like what I have to share with you ..! 

Happy crafting 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Revamping a Layout

Hullo my friends! Lizzy with you today – to show you how I’ve ‘revamped’ a page that I created & never used for its original purpose. Plus a few hints on how you can use Faber-Castell gelatos to create a background.

Here’s my ‘before’ page.

And 'after':

 Initially, I did this:

Yeah, a bit radical. But necessary!!


Take a sheet of plain card stock. Coat with gesso, or something similar. I used Matisse ‘Whte’ emulsion, which is similar. What you need is any product that will coat your paper, so when you slosh on a pile of water it won’t turn to mush. I used the white to tone down the colours as I worked with them – that’s the look I was aiming for.

Oh yeah - I keep my gesso in these bottles - easier to work with! Then I work out where my photo will go, mark it with pencil, so I don’t waste putting the color where it won’t be seen.
 Next step, choose your colours & simply squiggle them onto your paper.

Put lots on. Then with a water spray [an old mist bottle is the best], spray on a LOT of water. So much that it ‘pools’ on your page.

Next, using your finger, basically ‘finger paint’ it.

Once you’ve done this –working the colours in together a bit as well, add more water. Now tip your paper up & down so the colours ‘run’ together. If you want drips, now is the time to create these.

If there is too much water, simply add more Gelatos at this stage & work them in again. Once you’re happy with the ‘look’, you can leave it as is. Or do this extra step. VERY gently, gingerly almost, using some paper towel, blot the paper. This gives a bit more texture which I like, & softens & blends the colours even more.

That’s it! Let dry. I’m impatient, so I use my old hair dryer to dry my page.

If you find it has curled up, then simply coat the back side with gesso or paint – any wet medium will do. Once it dries, your whole page will be flat. This tip comes from Zeneva Kovic…..& it’s a fabulous one!

So, now I’ve got my paper & the bits from the original page I wanted to add, plus some extras…& I set about making it look decent. Some of the silver doily went under the edges, softened with gesso. I re-jigged the title & added a heart punched from the original paper - stamped, then also gessoed:

This page was for a challenge ‘One Little Word’ in June, where you had to use the word ‘will’…so I stamped that on the background…crookedly, but that was OK…I just made it more crooked ‘til it looked OK!  Here's a few more closies:

Hope this tutorial helps you in some small way. For me, best of all, I ‘rescued’ my page & now I’m happy with it!
Happy scrapping ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Art Journal Process Video

Hi Off the Rails friends. Fiona here with you today to share one of my Art Journal Process Videos. I've only just discovered the world of journalling and I'm addicted already!!

This page I created so I could practice a "Vintage" style. That's what I love so much about journalling. It's a really great way of practising different styles and techniques without the pressure of creating a "page" or project.

Some close ups. I've used a combination of Distress Inks, Gesso and stamping to create this look.

And here is the video. I hope you enjoy watching it.

Until next time xx

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July's Planner Instalment


Hello :)
Its time for another Monthly Planner instalment.
I just love my planner and so do my little boys.
Flicking through the photos and then chatting about what we did back then.
Its sure is a great way to document your day to day life.
I created a few little flaps again with the help of my sewing machine.
Have I told you how much I love sewing on my projects :)
Last month on Instagram I played along with Maggie Massy 30 days of happy.
I couldn't include all the photos, but I did collage a few of  favourites.
Hope I have inspired you do document those little things in life that make up the big picture :)
Felicity XO

Friday, July 18, 2014

Current Challenge Inspiration

Have you been waiting patiently for some more inspiration from our 
Design Team for our current challenge.

Let me refresh you memory on what is happening with challenges on the blog. We will be having one challenge a month so you will have more time to create. You are able to enter a card, layout or mixed media creation as long as it fits the theme.

The challenge for the month is a mood palette and what a gorgeous one it is.

Do these colours inspire you?



Loved this colour combo!

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Happy Creating

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Button Art

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here today with a simple, cheap and quick little project idea you can use for decorating your home, or even as a gift for someone. I love having "pretty" things around me, especially ones I have made myself, so I put together these very simple framed button art sentiments to display in my home.

To create your own button art you will need:
- photo frame (these frames were $2 each from a cheap shop but you could even re-purpose one you have laying around)
- cardstock
- assorted buttons
- adhesive (I used glossy Accents)
- rub-ons or stamps

Here's how to do it:
- Remove glass from frames and cut cardstock background to fit.
- Print (or draw) a heart shape sized to fit and cut it out. (Don't throw the paper away!)
- Use the negative from the heart cut out as a stencil over the cardstock and fill the shape with buttons, then glue them down. (Make sure you shuffle them around until you have them placed correctly before you start to stick!)
- Once dried, add a stamp or rub-on sentiment, then place back into the frame.

Voila! Your own piece of original framed button art! Try different shapes, sizes, sentiments or colour combinations to create your own custom look.
(This is a great craft to let the kids try too!)
Happy creating!
Cheers, Sue X

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meet Kelly from LAWN FAWN, win yourself a prize and have fun!!!

Yes you read right!! 

And no you don't see this happen everyday, but here at Off the Rails Scrapbooking, we want to give you the BEST, because you all mean so much to us. So we are always going to give you new and exciting things, be prepared it could be a lot of FUN!!

Would you like to have a chance to have a live chat with the owner of Lawn Fawn ?? Well here is you chance, head on over to our Facebook page and join in the excitement. 

Off the Rails Facebook Page  << click here

You must tag a crafty friend or however many you would like, to be eligible to win a prize  

On the 8th of August we will be chatting with Kelly, now you can ask her any questions, about their products, upcoming products, where they are, what's her favorite stamp anything you like at all.