Trash or treasure? – Off the Rails Scrapbooking

Hello there! The other day while I was creating a layout, I finished a sheet of word thickers and was left with a piece of white shiny paper the thickers had been attached to. I also had some ink daubers standing on my table. That moment it came to my mind that I might be able to use the white piece of packaging paper like a craft sheet. So I tried how it would work.

 I wiped some dauber ink onto the surface and then pressed a piece of white paper onto it. Worked really well!

  There even was enough residue ink left over to make a second “print”. This time the colour was not so strong anymore and you could even see the forms of the thickers peeking thru the ink on the paper – can you see the slight heart pattern on the background?

I even made a third generation background from the same inked area. Here the colours and patterns are very soft, but I find it still makes a great background. Since this piece of glossy paper is perfored, the ink also seeped into the lines where the words used to be and created additional deco elements. So I fussy cut the heart and used it on one of the cards as an embellishment.

 Then I just glued the pieces on my card bases and embellished them. This is how they turned out:

For this card I used only a piece of that inked paper, stamped with a script stamp over the ink and added some doodling around the edges. I also added a piece of glitter tulle and some leftover butterflies I had punched out previously from other leftover paper pieces.

This card background is made form the second generation print and I added some faux stitching around the big heart and then drew some additional stitched hearts here and there. After that I added some melted silver crayon droplets and various embellishments. By the way, the flower is punched from a paint sample sheet. I used two different colours, layered them over each other and fastened them together with a brad.

This card is made from the first generation print. I have added some stamping, yarn and silver wax crayon as decoration. I also layered some older flowers to a bigger one and added a brad on top. See the white heart in there? that is the one I fussy cut from the glossy leftover sheet :). So I have again managed to accomplish some serious stash busting with these cards. Hope you get inspired and have some fun with your stash!!

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Xmas cards in non-traditional colours – Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hi there! Today I´d like to show you a set of cards that were inspired by December´s gorgeous non-traditional colour palette over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking blog.

 Here are my cards:

I used a Craftables metal die ( by Marianne Design) to cut the trees.

I then placed the die cut pieces onto my craft sheet and mixed some transparent texture paste together with golden glitter and applied it ont the Christmas tree thru a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil. I then let these pieces air dry and went along with doodling the edges of the purple papers.

For the first two cards I also hand drew and doodled the sentiment banners. The little rhinestones are in the colours of the colour palette.


 For these two cards I created the banners out of washi tape. Other than that I used same elements as on the previous cards. The papers are all from an older stash and actually none of them are “true” Christmas papers. There are some halloween, some summer and even Valentine´s collections in there :-). What a good way to destash again! I am really discovering the possibilities of my stash lately!! You can go really far with older product too!

There is still time to join in on this challenge, so hope to see you at Off the Rails Scrapbooking Blog soon!!!

Happy crafting,

Christmas present idea – Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hi there! Sanna here today with a little present idea for Christmas. I collect all kinds of junk – even my kids and husband ask me if I can use a certain piece for something, before throwing them away. And near relatives and good friends have now gotten to know the family habits too. That is why I am lucky to receive all kinds of empty, unwanted boxes to add to my stash. The others don´t need them, but I see potential in them. This box, for example, was a perfume packaging that was about to land in the trash can.

I love this kind of boxes as they are very robust and easy to alter. Now that Christmas is around the corner (oh no, already!!??), it´s time to start thinking about presents, right? What better way to reuse this perfume packaging, but to revamp it  and then give it to a loved one, family member or a friend as a little present.


So what did I do with the box? As you might see in the lower part, there is still some mint green peeking thru. Well, that is the original colour of this box. It also had a very nice matter finish, so I didn´t want to cover it all up, that way the outside and the inside of the box match each other.


 I then added some wooden “feet” to the box. I glued them down with my all time favorite “Aleene´s Tacky Glue” and they really stay put! I then used some papers my Maja Design. I cut them into the right size and glued them on their places with decoupage glue/Modge Podge. I covered both sides of the paper with that glue, that way the paper will not wear up when using the box. Also the doily will not break, when covered with decoupage glue. After the paper layers had dried, I applied some velvet and pom pom ribbon around the box lid and a resin lock for additional detail. I glued all parts and pieces down with Aleene´s Tacky Glue.


The chipboard pieces are by Wycinanka and I covered them with white paint and then added some light grey paint here and there for a shadow effect and finally added a layer of glitter glue over the grey areas. The flowers are by Prima Marketing and I added some glitter glue on the petals for more shine. I then took an old door knob and adhered it into the middle. The box can now be opened easily.

There is also some glitter glue around the banners on the top. Just for additional detail and shine. This box makes a pretty neat present box for Christmas (oh, and by changing the papers and colours, you can create a totally different look, of course). It can be a gift on it´s own or filled with chocolate, candy or something else nice. So next time, before throwing those perfume boxes away, take another look at them and reuse them. Christmas is coming, lovelies, so time to start creating ;-)… Have fun!!!

xoxo, Sanna

How I use grey chipboard pieces – Off the Rails Scrapbooking

Hello there, I´m here today with another post on how I try to use my stash up. This one is again made for Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog. Now some of you probably also have these grey chipboard pieces stored in your stash. I have plenty :). So far I found it quite hard to use them, but not after I discovered Distress Glitter!!

Here are a few cards I created:

The chipboard pieces look much better now in my opinion :). And I am starting to notice a slight difference in my stash already!!!

Happy crafting,

To be continued – Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hello lovelies!! Today I´m sharing with you the new November colour palette at Off the Rails Scrapbooking blog. I hope you will again join us on this one – we´d love to see what you make with this palette. Besides, there is a fabulous price waiting for the winner – see here!!

I have a confession to make – PURPLE is not my go-to colour. And as it turns out, I hardly have anything purple in my stash!! In the end I was lucky to find one purple ink spray in my IKEA caddy – yay for that!! -> so I went with spray inks then :). And this is how my layout turned out:

But after I was finished with the layout, I was really, really pleased with it and actually really happy there was a hint of purple in there. Makes it look much better! I might have to rethink my relationship towards purple :)..

Here are some detail photos – the page is very personal with lots of hidden journaling. I also had these phrase stickes from Cosmo Cricket in a drawer. They are just perfect for this purpose and go with the general layout theme really well. Love them!

And now it´s your turn! Get those inks/papers/stamp colours out and give this palette a try! Would love to see what you make!

See you at Off the Rails,