Scrapbooking

Life In Colour: An Arty Scrapbook Layout about ME

by Lesley Oman on 8 June, 2014

An artsy fartsy layout to share today, one that was inspired by Wilna furstenburg. ♥ This is a ‘me’ layout, one with lots of colour and lots of fun. It was a lovely way to play with colours but also a way for me to document the fact that I have synesthesia. I am not going to explain it here…google it if you’re not sure, but in a nutshell, I can see and I can feel colours. In dreams, in sleep, at times of heightened emotions etc. It makes for an interesting life for sure. ♥

Wilna has been inspiring me to play with mixed media, bright colours and the silhouette cameo, and so this layout is really a mix of all these things. Its not usually my typical style, but i always enjoy breaking the mould every now and again.

To start I wanted an ombré effect so I used watercolour to create horizontal lines of pinky colour and I wanted to put the Polaroid frame on top.
I was also playing around with the print and cut function on the silhouettes using a freebie from Jessica Sprague. I think those hexagons are lush! I have been hunting around to find a link but i simply cannot get my hands on it so if you find it please leave a comment so i can add the link. 

When making the print and cut file, I just threw on a few other things to cut out- no rhyme or reason- but pretty much used them all on the layout. I like the way the ‘My name is : Lesley’ tag turned out.

Once I had popped out the hexagons from the printed card, I really liked the negative which was perfect to use as a mask- a little bit of distress ink later and I had a bright yellow funky design as the start of my background. Next I added some watercolour pink flicks and dribbles. I also used black ink and a blending tool to create the word happy using the negative of a silhouette cut.

This is the my crazy, colourful life of me.

 

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“Love You Five” Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 3 June, 2014

Hi everyone,

This page is a little outside of my comfort zone as I wanted to use a busier pattern for the background, but I love the finished piece. Above all, i am in love with the fact that i have scrapped one of the stories in our lives. It started with a simple family exchange of “I love you” – “I love you too”, but then it grew into a fun story of how Piper has translated this now she recognises counting.

For this layout I have used jellybean soup products and this page was ideal because of those numbers. I found it was a fun way to incorporate the theme of numbers into the page and still look great!

 To make the number 5 stand out i cut out some thin circles using punches and circle dies, and i also used a ‘love you’ script sticker. On the left I used a ‘love you’ stamp to stamp five lines of greeting, but then used individual letter stamps to add the words ‘one, two, three, four and five’. At first this was stamped on a rectangle, but it was a bit dull so i cut the paper to make it look like these were little flags.

Here’s the journaling:

“It started as a quirky conversation but quickly escalated into one of your playful characteristics. Right now you can’t say ‘i love you’ without ending up with ‘i love you five’. In fact I’ve noticed recently that you skip right there, and i just LOVE it! “

Thanks for visiting,

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Making Layered Elements With Scraps

by Lesley Oman on 7 January, 2014

I keep most offcuts in a little box, and every so often I challenge myself to make cards using only those scraps.

One weekend I was half heartedly watching a movie on the iPad in the craft room whilst making a layout and the layout finished before the movie. I grabbed my scrap box and started pulling pieces and building little self assembled embellishments. I didn’t dwell too much on matching colours or worrying about what they would be used for, I just kept going until the movie finished.

As the credits rolled I looked at my desk and I kind of surprised myself. There were loads, and it wasn’t long until inspiration took flight. I grabbed a photo and used a grid type design to build a layout about Piper and her cousin Jack.

Because the elements were already assembled, it took no time at all to put this layout together. Once again I didn’t get caught up in the colours or styles, I just went with it. I love that the layers give lots of interest and dimension too!

What a great way to use up those scraps and transform them into beautiful elements that quite frankly could cost a lot of money in the shops.

See ya later alligators!

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‘Little Brown Mouse’ Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 29 July, 2013

Hello Everyone

Oh looky here! A VIDEO! whoohoo! Its been ages since I last shared a video with you, lets hope I havent forgotten how to do it!

This is a walk through video, where I talk you through how I have built up this scrapbook page, walk you through some of the decisions I have made and give some tips – its always good to share tips, right?

Inspiration for this layout came in two forms, firstly POLAROIDS, hmm love ‘em right now and I was desperate to make some cut files for my silhouette.
And secondly – Jen Gallacher. {I have a not-so-secret scrap crush on this girl!!} I actually feel that her style can be similar to mine at times and she always inspires me. This time I was inspired by this awesome layout.

Jen Gallacher : Memories Made Video #12: Motherhood by the Numbers

You will see that I have taken inspiration from the pennants on the right hand side and also the little flourish of butterflies. Thanks Jen for another inspiring layout! Check our Jen’s Video here.

Enjoy the video and please do leave me a comment if you get a chance. [ Love getting comments- :-) ]

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