Monday, 23 May 2016

Dance Friendships- Off The Rails Scrapbooking Design Team May Tutorial

It's hard to believe it's been nearly two years since my daughters dream to dance overseas came true. To make it even better my mum and dad and myself traveled over to Basel Switzerland to watch her dance as a part of the OzScot Australia team and we were lucky to share in her excitement and as well her 20th birthday. It was an amazing holiday and a chance to share in this amazing journey of Bec's. 

Off The Rails Scrapbooking May Challenge.

I used the following supplies to create my layout
  • 12"x12" White Bazzil Card stock 
  • Memory Maze chipboard 'Fancy Boarder' & the Arrow from the 'Sunshine word set' & words Friends and Together from the 'Together word sheet'
  • The word 'Dance' from Kaisercraft 'Pop Collection' page. 
  • Black card stock for backing the photo and word 'Dance'
  • Kaisercraft 6 1/2"x 6 1/2" paper pad 'Enchanted Garden'
  • Bella 'Die cut'  Pack 
  • 'Blue London' Dylusions Ink Spray
  • Black gesso and water in an empty glue bottle with fine tip
  • Dimensional Magic.
  • Wire thread- white and black
  • Acrylic paint 'Semco'- black, Phthalo Blue and Ultramarine.
  • StazOn Ink- Black
  • Black ink

  • I first chose the chipboard pieces, the photo and die cuts I thought fitted with the theme I wanted to use; really hard when you have so many fantastic Memory Maze Chipboard pieces.
  • I experimented with placement of pieces and thought of different techniques and colours I could use.

  •  Using the Black StazOn Ink I edged all of my die cut and 'Dance' pieces. 
  • I glued my photo onto my chosen backings and edged the final piece with StazOn Black

  • Using black acrylic paint I painted the large chipboard piece and the word 'Together'. I then mixed the blue paints together until I was happy with the colour I needed to paint the word 'Friends'. The arrow was painted half with black and the other with the blue paint.

  •  When the paint was dry I used the Dimensional Magic over the top of the words and arrow to produce a gloss 3D effect.
  •  I placed a piece of cardboard (The cardboard in the packaging of the large chipboard piece) on to my paper to protect my white space and leave approx 1/3 of my page to apply ink to. Using a small spray bottle filled with water I sprayed the exposed section of paper  and then sprayed some water onto a piece of the plastic wrapping from the packaging of the chipboard. 

  • Next I sprayed 'Blue London' Dylusions Ink onto the plastic over the previously sprayed water .
  • When I thought I had enough on the plastic I flipped it over and placed it onto the paper, I continued to do this until I was happy with the coverage and effect. (Glad I had that piece of card down as I dropped a big blob of ink onto it, oops too much ink and water that time) 

  •  When the ink was dry, I used some of my Black Gesso mix I had mixed for a recently layout I'd completed. The mix consists of Black gesso and water mixed into a small empty glue bottle with a fine tip. I slowly moved the tip above the blue edge as I squeezed the bottle gently to get the mix to smoothly move out along the paint edge.
  • When the gesso dried I began to complete the layout by placing on the elements I had already prepared; chipboard, die cuts and words.
  • Finally I added a few splats of 'Black' ink and 'Blue London' ink to finish off the background and 2 circles of wire thread over the photo to complete the layout.

Here are some close-ups for you all to checkout:

Thanks for dropping by, I hope my tutorial has inspired your creativity and that you come by our Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog and give our challenges a try. I look forward to seeing your artwork. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Off the Rails May Challenge - "Dance"

Before 2003 I would of told you there would be no way I would ever listen bagpipes and enjoy it, but it's amazing what you do for your children. My youngest started her Highland Dance journey in March of 2003. Now at the age of 21 and after a lot of hard work, challenges, injuries and commitment she has amazing dance memories to share. In her dance school she has had and continues to have and become herself fantastic mentors. I found a piece of paper with the perfect saying that were just what I needed to create this "Dance" theme layout. The photo is my daughter approx 10yrs ago taken by my scrapping buddy Fiona and the sayings are just a few things we have said in the last 13yrs. She has worked so hard but if you 'Believe' and put in the hard yards, you to can 'Celebrate' where your 'Journey' can take you. For Bec it has been dancing in 2 Australian 'Edinburgh Military Tattoos' and 'Basel Tattoo' in Switzerland and making amazing friends along the way.

Off The Rails Scrapbooking May Mood Board

A huge thanks to Memory Maze this months sponsor.

The items I used included:
  • 12" x 12" white canvas
  • Lindy Stamp gang 'Magicals' - Tibetan Poppy Teal, Autumn Maple Crimson (teal was used on background and chippie words)
  • Lindy Stamp gang 'Color Shots'- Cocklebells Coral. (used Coral and Crimson and water on to white card together and when dry, cut out /punch out circles using a large circle punch then distress edge)
  • Small spray bottle filled with water- spray canvas/paper before adding your paint which you have already mixed together in a palette with water. Tip- practice on a spare piece of paper before adding it to the canvas if you are unsure.
  • Kaisercraft 6 1/2" X 6 1/2" paper collection pad- 'Hello Today'
  • Diane Wakley -White gesso
  • Donna Downey stencil - 'Count downey'
  • Tim Holtz Dylusion ink spray- Black marble, Tangerine dream (splats of colour)
  • White drawing ink (splats of colour)
  • Black card for backing sayings and photo
  • Cardboard box to cut up and use for giving height to the words.
  • Memory Maze Chipboard words - 'Together Word Sheet'
  • Dimensional Magic- to add to the words for dimension and shine.
  • Extra fine Sharpie pen for drawing 'Dance' and edging around the circle pieces.
**Remember water is your friend when using 'Magicals' and 'Color Shots' for background and Circles.**

Here are some closeups for you to check out.

Hope my layout has inspired you to give our challenge a try. See you soon with another new layout I've completed. Pop over to Memory Maze to see their huge range of chipboard and scrapbooking supplies.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Scrapbooking Top 50 May Challenge- A moment in Time

Wow, May is here already, so It's my turn to share my inspiration layout for Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia May Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I love scrapping my children but I don't get a lot of chances to with Bel my eldest as photos are few and far between. Hint Hint Bel, so I get excited when I find a photo like this one. 
  There are so many variations you can do with this challenge.

I chose the centre horizontal line of Hot pink, Grey and Turquiose.


May Tic Tac Toe Challenge.

The items I used in creating my layout included:

  • White 12" x 12" paper
  • Black gesso
  • Water
  • Recycled 'Glossy Accents' bottle.
  • Dylusions Ink Spray- Bubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise, Black Marble and White Linen.
  • 'Kaleidoscope' Kaisercraft 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" paper pad.
  • 'A moment in time' Imaginarium chipboard
  • Heidi Swapp 'Insta Kit' embellishments
  • Hessian painted with Dylusions Ink Sprays.( Black Marble and White Linen) 
  • An Arrow from Fundamentals Wood Veneers painted with Black Gesso
  • Black cardstock
  • Cardboard for under the photo to give layout height/depth. 

My Background -
  • Dylusion Inks: Place some of each colour into a palette.
  • Load a paint brush with water and then load with ink, place some ink onto the piece of plastic then turn over onto the paper where you want the colour. The more ink water solution on the plastic the larger the splotch you will have on the paper. Continue to do this with all colours. I mixed some white and black together for the grey, it dried darker than I wanted so I repeated the process with white and placed it over the grey areas to lighten the colour.
  • Black swirls were made by filling an empty Glossy Aceents with water and black gesso until it is a thick pourable consistency. Glossy Accent bottles have a fine nozzle and are easily squeezed perfect for making the swirls.


Thanks for coming over to look at how I did my background and layout for Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia.
Why not join us over at the challenge and create a piece of unique art of your own.