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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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,

Baskets full of washi tape – Off the Rails Scrapbooking

Hello there! I have a confession to make. I own so many rolls of washi tape that I will probably never be able to usem them all, even if I try really hard. But, since I have made this promise to myself for not hoarding my scrapbooking supplies anymore, I started to think how I could use them. Obviously one can use them for making pretty present packaging, pimping up candles and even redecorating one´s keyboard (saw that on Pinterest recently), however that is not going to solve my problem, as I am obviously not going to be able to decorate my keyboard with multiple layers of washi *smiling*.

When I saw the bright and happy October mood palette, I immediately saw a possibility to reduce the washi stash a little bit. Here are two cards I created mainly based on washi tape and then just added a few little details here and there.

I first took a piece of leftover scrap paper (white side) and covered it with random strips of washi tape.

Next I took a circle punch and punched various sized circles out of the with washi covered paper.

And this is what the card looks like. Fast, simple and easy to do. You could also add such elements onto layouts, ATC´s and art journal pages or even wall art pieces. And the bigger the piece, the more washi you can use up -> good for your stash :).

The second card was even faster and easier one to do than the first one. I just adhered washi strips onto the card base, added a doilie and a mistable flower, then stamped a sentiment and grabbed a few enamel dots for additional decoration. Now I have kept to the bright colour palette colours on these cards, but you could naturally choose any color combination you want to/have in your stash. And these two cards are naturally not going to solve my washi problem either, but it is a start and if I made like a set of 10 of each, I´d notice a difference 🙂 !!! Now´s your turn! Have fun!!

Happy crafting, Sanna

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