Thursday, 25 June 2015

I'm Off The Rails!

Hello and welcome back!

I have been doing a bit of creating for Off The Rails. I've found myself enjoying creating simpler layouts sometimes lately. I enjoy the fact that I can show off one or two features - plus my photo!

Here's the mood board for Off The Rails for June. At first I found the colours a bit daunting as they're not colours I would normally put together, however I soon realised that the tan colour could be interpreted as bronze and suddenly it all worked!

I was influenced by the colours of course, but also the concept of family as indicated by the paper dolls.

Here's my layout:

See what I mean about simple but effective? I feel that there is enough interest on this page to catch your eye but the focus is still on the photo.

Here's how I made it:

Step 1

Mix some watercolours with water and brush randomly onto the paper behind the photo. Flcik some extra bits around the area. Dry with a heat gun.

Step 2

Repeat with a second colour, ensuring the first colour is completely dry. Dry with a heat gun again.

Step 3

On a scrap piece of paper, paint the chipboard title with Pebeo Iridescent Copper paint then add copper Tinby Designs Metallic Melts to just the second word. Heat the Melts.

Step 4

Staple a vine in place. I used one that I had previously pulled the flowers off for another project.

Step 5

Add stamping, focusing on the area below and above the photo, plus some washi arrows.

Step 6

Add flowers to the vine and some copper-painted diamonds to the background. Add the journaling along the long edge opposite the photo.

I hope you can join in our challenge this month!

Happy scrappin'!



  1. This looks wonderful.. and yes I love the simple high impact layouts.. they do look great.. thanks for the step by step too.. and if you can just slow the days down I might have time to squeeze this one in... my week has been too busy!!!!

  2. Love this piece! I always start our with a nice simple layout but somehow it always fills up. lol Great job on the tutorial.

  3. Soooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the colors, the title work and those flowers!!!!!!

  4. Beautiful layout Heather! Love the background!!!!

  5. It's beautiful. I love the pops of colour against the white backdrop. It is actually harder to do simple and visually impactful layouts and you did an awesome job.

  6. So with you! Simple can be best I reckon! Love your step by step!!! And the bit of black tossed in... NIIIICE!! Erm..... Bluey purple??!!!!!!!!!

  7. Oh wow, and sometime less is more, and its worked a treat here, This is beautiful! I have to agree, I'm working a lot more simpler these days too. the watercolour is gorgeous in the background!

  8. Very eye catching and the simpler design and colours, make for a gorgeous page! Love it! ;-)

  9. Stunning - love how you create your backgrounds! TFS

  10. Thank you for sharing how you created your background. It is a stunning page!

  11. Wow, your white paper really adds to the high impact of this design! Fabulous!

  12. What a brilliant background! Awesome layout!

  13. I adore the simplicity.....its perfect! TFS how you created the background! Fabulous fun family photo:)

  14. Totally awesome Heather!! I love the simplicity of this page and yet it still has great impact .. your eye is immediately drawn to that fun photo!! Great colour choices too .. loooveee this one!! xx