Friday, July 31, 2015

Thank You Imaginarium Designs

Thank you Imaginarium Designs for sponsoring our challenge this month.

Imaginarium Designs was created in late 2010 in Adelaide as we saw a need for some unique designs in the industry!
Chipboard is such an amazing medium to work with on Scrapbooking pages, projects, cards and so much more.
Our designers are everyday scrapbookers and cardmakers who design Chipboard specifically for everyday projects and we make sure that every design is perfect!
Not only do they have a website but also a facebook page, so please pop on over and say Hi.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Funk Background

Hi everyone Tina here, today I thought I'd share with you a really fun background I created.

 I used lots of different mists and mediums, and the part I love most is that you never know exactly how it will turn out!

I used Glitter Gel and Light Paste through stencils using a palette knife.  Allow to dry, or if you are impatient like me, use a heat gun.  Holding the heat gun close to the medium will cause it to bubble, creating extra texture!

Repeat the process using White Sand texture paste, and then with modelling paste.  dry completely before the next step.

Stamp using Leafing Size, allow to dry slightly until tacky, and apply gold leaf.  Brush excess off using a dry paint brush.  Spray different mists, I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbursts (which show the gorgeous shimmer on the black), and Flat Fabios (in pastel chalk colours)

Add some sequins, photos, and mistable ephemera pieces and you are done. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Pretty Things

Hi Off the Rails fans!
It's Sue here with you today sharing a quick & easy project I recently created for my daughter's bedroom. We are always looking for "pretty" things to add to her room, and when I found some mini wooden frames lurking in my craft cupboard I decided to make them into something cute for her.

Here is what I created...

To create this wall hanging, I started with my 3 tiny frames like this...

After removing the glass, I gave them a very light coat with white spray paint, which I then rubbed back with sandpaper to give them a worn, shabby look.

I then cut a piece of patterned paper to fit in each frame and adhered the wood veneer pieces on top. (All patterned papers and wood veneer pieces are by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.)

Next, I cut a length of wide satin ribbon and affixed it to the back of the frames using hot glue. (Had the frames been larger or heavier than these, I would recommend using a staple gun for this step. Fortunately, these are so tiny the hot glue is sufficiently strong enough.)

Once dry, I was able to affix to the wall using only a thumbtack. (I told you it was only light!) It was such a quick, easy and inexpensive project. And the best part was  - she loved it!

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to come back regularly and see what other inspiring ideas the Design Team has in store for you.
Happy scrapping!
Sue X

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Hello Off the Rails Scrapbookers

Louise here of Timeless Craft Mumma

I hope you've had a chance to play with out fantastic July mood boards.

I have a video tutorial for you today using the second mood board this month.

As you can see, I've gone with a grey and pink colour palette and 
used pearls and flowers as per the picture.

I've used some fantastic Imagnarium Charms on this layout. 

Big Thanks to 
 for sponsoring Off the Rails Scrapbooking this month.

Here is the video.


Thank you for visiting.

Don't forget to check out my blog if you'd like more inspiration.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Collect Moments Not Things

Hi Off the Rails Scrapbooking readers!

I'm Mabel Sim from Singapore and this is the first tutorial I created for Off the Rails Scrapbooking, bringing you a photo tutorial on how I created my Mixed Media Canvas display piece.

I first primed by 5.5 x 7 inches canvas board with white gesso. I pulled out my Tim Holtz blending tool as well as Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserve ink pads. I randomly brushed on those inks using my blending tool onto stencils from Crafter's Workshop and Dylusions. Since the inks are water soluble, I actually sprayed water to allow the inks to flow slightly. 

See the white patches? I create the effect by 'stamping' gesso using my palette knife. I just thought that the colours are slightly too vivid and wanted to tone down my colours slightly. So by creating this white patches, I can not only tone down my colours, I can also create some additional interest and effects.

As my canvas was inspired by galactic theme, I wanted something sparkly and dimensional for my canvas. I applied heavy matte medium from Liquitex over my Dina Wakley stencil and poured a mixture of Black Sparkle and Silver Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger. As the matte medium was still wet, it managed to capture those embossing powder. The trick to this technique is to wait till the medium is completely dried before you heat-set the embossing powder to prevent the medium from bubbling.

So this is the final look after embellishments. The papers are from 7 Dots Studio Soulmates Collection and my sentiment is actually a sticker from Mambi. I used Thailand's Mulberry flowers for my canvas, but you can actually purchase these flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. 

I used 13arts pastel mists in Lavender and Cobalt to highlight my centerpiece. I actually dipped my brush into the mist bottles and colour it around my centrepiece. 

See those texture over there? I actually mixed Glass Microspheres from 13arts with my Clear Gesso. I chose to use Clear Gesso instead of matte medium was that my matte medium will act as a resist to watercolours unlike clear gesso. So I randomly swipe this mixture onto my canvas and also sprinkle some Platinum Glass Glitter from Prima Finnabair line. I also gently brushed on white gesso as highlight after everything dried.

And who say stamens can only be used at the center of flowers? I layered stamens underneath my flower composition so that it looks like they are bursting around the flowers. 

That's all for my tutorial.

Thanks for reading! :)

You can see more of my projects over HERE!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


The mood board that started it all....

That lead to this....

I started my layout on a piece of Kraft card stock, I painted from the centre brushing upwards and downwards, randomly not total coverage, with clear gesso.
 I did this to get better drippage, (spell check doesn't think this is a word PFTTT), with the spray.
Pool your colour of choice across the middle of your layout and then rock it up an down to get the spray to run.
Set aside to dry or use a heat gun if you are inpatient.

Take your chipboard piece, in this case wings, and apply a coat of Tim Holtz crackle paint.
Let it dry naturally.

On your dry background put some pencil marks where your photo and frame are going to sit.
This gives you a guide as to where your next lot of background layers are going to go.

Next I took a template, some clear embossing ink in a dauber, and three embossing powder colours.
Using one colour at a time, I inked some circles through the template then added a colour, shook off the excess, then heat set it.
You can put as many circles as you like.

I used Aged gold embossing powder on the chipboard flourishes above and below the frame.

Back to the wings, I learnt this technique from a You tube tutorial. The lovely scrap booker sharing it I cannot remember her name, sorry. She came across it by mistake but loved the effect and shared it. It makes the cracks really big in the paint.
So what you do it cover your dried crackle paint with dimensional magic or glossy accents and let dry again. 

Once it is dry you apply another coat of your crackle paint and sit back and watch the magic.

When these are dry attach them to your layout and add your finishing touches, some seed beads to the frame and chipboard butterfly using glossy accents.
Sequins to the back ground again I use glossy accents.
I used the background spray on the title letters.
And of cause some flowers.

Thanks for looking

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Moment In Time

At Off The Rails Scrapbooking we have 2 Mood Boards to chose inspiration from. In my first post for the month I created a canvas with the 1st Mood Board so this time I'm using the 2nd.

It seems a only yesterday my beautiful granddaughter was born, where has the last 4yrs gone..... I took a photo on her naming day and have always wanted to scrap it, but I hadn't got around to it. When I saw this mood board colours I thought....perfect and went searching for the photo. So I hope you love it as much as I do and it inspires you to find that photo that you love but just haven't got around to using.

July Mood Board No:2.

Thankyou to our amazing sponsor Imaginarium

Here is the list of what I used in my layout:
  • 12"x12" LaCarte Paper 'Bubble'
  • Ranger 'Multi Medium Matt' from Kaszazz- Coating the cardstock seals the surface which minimises curling and absorbency of the layout.
  • Monte Marte Gesso
  • 'Pitter Patter' Girl pack from Kaisercraft- Hexagons cut out by hand from 12"x 12" paper
  • Imaginarium Chipboard 'Moment In Time' and 'Deco Oval'
  • Tinby Metallic Melts 'Silver' and 'Glistening Snow'
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Black Soot'
  • Flowers from Kaisercraft and Little Birdie
  • Paper butterfly from Little Birdie
  • Papers from my stash for the layered backing behind my photo.
  • Kaszazz 'Antique Buttons' Brads and 'Heart' clip
  • White Cotton Twine with Gold Thread
  • Funky Flair 'Dragonfly'
  • Brass Butterfly from my stash
  • Old Lace from my Nana's tin
  • Paper Doilies.

Here are some close-ups for you to check out.

 Come and join us at Off the Rails and enter this months challenge, with 2 gorgeous mood boards to inspire you it's going to be a great month.Thank you again to our amazing sponsors 'Imaginarium' for sponsoring our July Off The Rail Scrapbooking Challenge. I love using their products and you will too if you win our challenge this month. Good luck everyone, I can't wait to see all of your  fantastic entries.