Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Altered Easel tutorial with Trish

Hi Off the Rails fans

Today I'm going to share an altered easel tutorial with you.

I have a few little easels on top of the old dresser in my craft room..(.once known as teenage son's room), and here's another.

Don't walk past the cheap shops..they have lots of goodies that can be altered. 
I found this little blackboard easel.
Firstly l used a paint brush to add gesso...simply because l like the texture.

Then some dylusions ink.. both sprayed on and dripped with the inner tubing.

Then my favourite addition..wire...love the stuff..
I wrap the wire around a thin brush handle and then stretch it just a bit, then loop the other end into a circle.

If you push into the  top of the circle, you create a heart shape.
Play with it until you are happy with it.

Add your wire heart with other embellishments and voila!

So next time you pass by a cheap shop...pop in and buy an easel.

Thank you 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mixed Media Scrapbook Page by Emma + process video

Hi again everyone. 
Hope you are all traveling ok. 
Today I’m sharing my video ‘tutorial’ with you all.
It’s inspired by the mood board we have running this month. 
Baby = baby animal 😉 

Baby animal, and blue eyes is my inspiration for this layout. 

And I hope you enjoy my video, sorry about my funny voice 😂😂😂😂 

Catch you all next time. 
Em xxx

Friday, January 19, 2018

Mixed Media Autumn page with Dawid + process video

Hi everyone,

For today's inspiration I've made page with autumn photo.
I prepared the project in brown and warm amber yellow colors.
To make a composition I used cheesecloth, chipboards and a little bit sisal.

I prepared a step by step video for you. I hope you like it :)

I wish you all the best


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Zipper flower tutorial with Joan

Joan here today.

Most crafters have a stash of supplies.  
I'm no exception and found some metal zippers in my stash form back in the day when I did a lot of sewing.  This stash of zippers inspired me to try my hand at making a zipper flower. 

For this gathered flower I used a 14" piece of zipper.  I removed the end with the metal tab and separated the zipper into two parts.  I used my sewing machine and made a gathering stitch the length of the zipper.  (You could also do this by hand stitching.)

Once the stitching was completed I pulled the thread and gathered the whole
length of the zipper tape at once.

I trimmed and folded one end of the zipper tape and used a hot glue gun to secure it.

The next step you will have to "fiddle" with.  But basically if you keep the zipper teeth up and the gathered tape down, the flower will wind itself into position.
I also placed some glue on the back side of the flower to secure it. 
(You could also tack the end down with a few hand stitches.) 
I placed a small flower from my stash in the center.
(You could also use a button or gem for the center.)

Now I have to decide if I'm using this flower on a card or a layout?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mid month January moodboard inspiration with the DT

Welcome to the mid month DT reveal.

The team have some really great projects and you've still got plenty of time to join this months moodboard challenge.

Here are some projects to get your creativity flowing...


This month we thank our wonderful sponsor:

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Great inspo from the DT.

Hope you can play along.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Card Tutorial with Julie

Hi and welcome to Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to create this card

This is what you are going to need.

Score and fold the black cardstock at 6" to make a 6" x 6" card base

Using the 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" pieces of cardstock and velum, mark down from the top 1/2" and in from the sides 1/2" and cut the corners off to make a tag shape.

Attach the velum to the cardstock. I used glue behind the pattern on the velum to do this so it would not show through the velum

Ink the edges of all your papers.

Using your Crop-o-dile, or similar, attach your eyelet to the tag.

Thread the ribbon through and secure in place. I have used a staple because my ribbon was very short but you could tie it off if you have longer ribbon.

Attach the 5 1/2" piece of cardstock centrally to the 5 3/4" piece of patterned paper

Then attach the 5 1/4" piece of patterned paper on top of the 5 1/2" piece

Using the square pieces of paper, attach the 2 1/2" piece centrally on top of the 2 3/4" piece and the 2 1/4" piece on top of that.

Layer the scalloped circle and the circles as shown

Assemble your greeting. I have made my greeting mat 1/4" wider and longer than the greeting

These are the items you should now have.

Attach the tag to the large square assembly 1/2" from the left hand edge and 1/2" from the bottom edge.

I found that I had to use glue to do this as the d/s tape did not want to stick to the glittered paper I had used.

Take the small square assembly and run it through your Big Shot (or similar) with an embossing folded to add a little bit of dimension.

Attach this to your card panel 1 1/2" from bottom and 7/8" from right hand edge

Attach the circle assembly 3/4" from the bottom and 1 1/4" from the left edge using foam tape.

Attach sentiment in a suitable place according to your sentiment size. I have stuck mine 1 3/8" from the bottom and 1 1/2" from the right hand edge.

Add brads to the top right hand corner approx 1/2" apart.

Attach the card panel to the card base and you are done.

If you used a dark colour for your card base you may want to add a light coloured cardstock to the inside of the card so you can write your message. I will write my message using a white gel pen.

Hope you have found this tutorial interesting and I would love to see your makes if you decide to give it a try

Till next time

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Unicorn Mini Album with Carol

Hi, Carol Theng today, sharing a mini album that I made for my girl's birthday party. The theme for her birthday party is Unicorn. And I created this simple album to teach her and her best friends during the party.

I chose the simplest way to bind the album together with just 2 punched holes and tying the pages together with a thread. Let the kids tried diecutting with Spellbinders dies and Big Shot Machine. They had fun putting their albums together.

"Happy Birthday" Mini Album

Taught the girls to layer the diecut frames and cut outs with foam tape.

To decorate the inside, I simply cut out the designs from patterned papers. Easy for the girls to do as its their first album.

Hope you like my project sharing. Have fun crafting. Do join us for our January moodboard challenge.