November 2012

Life Is Better With You: Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 28 November, 2012

Throughout the last six months, my hubby has been away more times with work than we have as a family in the last 2-3 years. When he is away, it is so tough. I seriously have a new found admiration for single parents because it makes you realise how much easier it is when there are two of you, tag teaming and supporting each other. Even little things like coming downstairs and being greeted by a cup of tea after putting the little one to bed, those little things mean so much. Its not the same when he’s not here.

Craig is back from his latest adventure tomorrow and I am so excited to see him. I miss him so much. He is my rock, my best friend, my pick-me-up, my cleaner (seriously, i have made such a mess of this house despite trying really hard!) and he also plays the role of my producer at times – Making sure I get motivated to do the things that I need to do!

As I am feeling a sense of husband appreciation I wanted to share this layout I made a little while ago. All about my hot hubby.

One day a couple of months ago he started to find it hard to breath. It rapidly worsened and he had to go into hospital and get the whole works, diagnostically speaking. It really scared me. One of those moments when you feel like you’ve been slapped around the face with an ice cold fish. Where your tummy feels like its dropped out of your insides, right through the floor and hit the earths core with a bang. In fact he is categorically not allowed to get ill ever, ever again.

For this project I used a 6×6 pad of pattern paper – the buttercup collection from Lily Bee Designs. I love the colour combo of yellow, teal and grey! yummy!

I made the base of the layout on location and then finished the page with a photo, but then realised i didn’t leave any room for journaling ( D’Oh!). So i decided to add the journaling behind the photo, almost in a book format. Which kinda suits because I think that Craig would rather it be that way.

I also added a few tags from clothes which I had bought recently, I adore the little ‘made with love’ script. So cute!

Thanks for stopping by.x


Craft Therapy & Letting Go Of The Guilt

by Lesley Oman on 28 November, 2012

(pre-warning: the below post is a bit of a mind dump, so i am sorry its a long one, but i needed to get it off my chest). Thanks.

I have a few regular crafty podcasts that i listen to, particularly Paperclipping Roundtable and The Digi Show. From time to time the subject of guilt crops up. Scrappers guilt. That feeling of not being “caught up” with your scrapbooking, the feeling of “being behind“. I have never approached my crafting in this way. Ever. In fact, it was something that I always secretly felt (dare i say it) proud about. That i didn’t fall into that dreaded trap!

My role at work changed a month ago, and I have been feeling more exhausted in the evenings. With the onset of dark evenings, my motivation at night have considerably reduced. Hubby has been away a lot with work, and we bought a new sofa that is distractingly cosy. All these things combined have meant reduced scrapping time. Even with all of this, I don’t think i ever felt guilty, or behind when it comes to craftiness. However, today, when listening to Steph & Co talk about ‘failures’ in The Digi Show, I had a sudden realisation. No, i don’t get scrappers guilt, but I do in fact get bloggers guilt!

Woah! How come i had never realised this before?

Over the last few weeks, I have still been crafting, but just not blogging. I started to ask myself why. Of course there were a million excuses, and to a degree I think a lot of these “reasons” all together kinda bummed me out, and stole my mojo. My daylight bulb light thingy broke which meant that i would have to take photos during the day. Working full time meant that this would need to happen at the weekend. The weekend meant I had to work around a toddler and any other family activities planned. When these brief moments did arise, of course I would find that the camera was never charged. I would grab my iPhone and then shake it angrily when the ‘not enough storage to take photos’ message would appear.

And so my blog would remain dormant.

Yesterday and today I took two days off work and finally had the time to sit and relax. I took time to browse through my google reader, tidy my craft room, play with my sewing machine and make a scrapbook page. OH MY WORD! I feel sooo much better. Talk about craft therapy!

Feeling revived and rejuvenated…look who is back on the blogosphere! Yeaaay! Im excited again. woohoo.

But heres the thing. Crafting is my hobby. My passion. My therapy. And it really does makes me happy when I get to share my projects and ideas with other. But I don’t want to feel GUILTY when I don’t. So i guess what I’m saying is I have made the decision not to feel guilty when I don’t get a chance to update my blog. I’m stepping away from putting pressure on myself to update regularly, or stick to deadlines and schedules which are unreasonable given that i am a full time working mom. My family comes first, not blogging. And I won’t apologise for that. In fact, that puts a big smile on my face. Thats the way it should be.

And Im sure you don’t really even care. That this guilt is a demon of my own creation. In fact I kinda hope it is that way, because it makes it so much easier.

I know I have some regular viewers (a BLaudience if you will) and I know that for some people, I may be weeded out of a blog reader if there is no regular content, but i am going to make peace with that. And hope that maybe some of you will still pop by to see what i have to say and what i have to share from time to time.

Thank you my friends. for listening.