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Two Lines -(Finally… A Scrapbook layout!)

by Lesley Oman on 8 September, 2010

Pregnancy Test Scrapbook Page

A layout today! Hip Hip Hurray!! ♥

I am definitely out of the swing of scrapbooking, but I have to admit that I was so pleased with myself that I was able to craft for longer than a few minutes without morning sickness ruining my fun! I’m glad to see that baby is cooperating a bit better now and hopefully has resigned himself/ herself to the fact that Mummy needs to craft.

And now that I was able to craft, I was so excited to be making my first layout about our big news. Even when I was peeing on these sticks I was wondering if these would be the ones that would be featuring on the inevitable ‘pregnancy test’ layout! Oh I am such a craft-geek through and through! I love it! ♥

I was so excited to get back in the crafty mood that I never really thought much about this layout, I just made it, so Im really happy with the result.

I just love rounding those corners with my corner chomper! Nom Nom Nom!! :0)

I hope you like it too.
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Products used:
Bo bunny papers
heidi swapp acetate butterflies
ribbon
American Crafts thickers
American Crafts paper
bling / gems
buttons
adhesive pearls
Slice Ledger paper pad
spellbinders scallop edge die
cuttlebug
Maya Road ticket stamp
Corner chomper
glossy accents
Tonic distresser tool
Tea dye distress ink and applicator tool
Random die cut butterfly shapes from my stash.
Metal butterfly shape – This was actually a candle embellishment but i cut off the spike with my wire cutters then used glue dots to hold securely in place.

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‘Life @ 27′ – Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 13 August, 2010

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Hey everyone. August seems to be flying by fast, and it will soon be my birthday again! So, I thought I would share with you a layout which i made a couple of months ago but haven’t had a chance to show you yet.

i’ve been cooped up this week, hiding beneath a duvet surrounded by a tissue graveyard. This is the worst cold have had in ages, and thus, i’ve not been in my craft room – so all the more reason to dig out an already made but not yet seen layout to share.

The large flower is actually the head of a bunch of artificial flowers which I believe originally came from the PoundShop. I loved the large size, and the many petals, and wore it in my hair a few times before it found a home on this page. Who says embellishments have to be expensive!? For the main part of the page, I drew around a JBS journaling scrapbook page to get the cute label shape, and I wanted a colourful yet sharp contrasted look, so chose a palate of blacks, pinks and greens.

Used
Glitz designs – papers and rub ons (aren’t those birdies cute?)
Bisous chipboard
Flowers – poundshop, docrafts
brad – trimcraft
chipboard letters – American Crafts & Heidi Swapp
DCWV adhesive cardstock
paper punch
eyelets
crop-a-dile
Glossy accents
Scalloped edge border strips

thanks for stopping by and hopefully i’ll be feeling better soon so i can get crafty.

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An Accessory Holder for Sarah

by Lesley Oman on 3 March, 2010

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Just popping in to share another commission project with you. Following the craft fair that I attended before Christmas, someone emailed me and asked me to make a custom designed accessory holder for a friend named Sarah. I wanted to make it fun and funky, with bright colours and with cute sassy style. So I made a little banner (which is very ‘in’ right now), and also used some old fabric to make little pink lollypop flowers. I also used the blue kanzashi flowers that I made for this post.

The colours of the papers remind me of Spring, and of the flowers that are starting to emerge in the garden!! Yeay! I’m glad Winter is behind us and the sun is starting to make appearances again.

Thanks for looking. You can look at the three other Accessory Holders I have made here, here and here and don’t forget to leave me a comment by clicking here.

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December Daily, the final pages: 21st – 31st

by Lesley Oman on 6 December, 2009

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I’m back, with the final installment of my December Daily album, pages 21 – 31.

Page 21.
Another easy peasy one – simply an envelope which i’ve lined with festive scrapbook paper. I love the simplicity and elegance of these pages, and they are great for holding both photos and journaling, or you can stick them to the outside of the envelope.

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Page 22.
I love this rub on. Its an ornate frame rub on by Glitz designs, and they look FABULOUS! I almost didn’t want to use it because then i wouldn’t have it in my stash any more. Then i realised that i could just buy more of course. I find that some rub ons need a fight to transfer on to the surface of your project, these rub ons work a dream – straight on there with no bother at all. I rubbed it onto cream paper then cut around it and mounted it onto the front of this pocket page that i made using a piece of 12 x 6 paper folded in half.

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Page 23.
I wanted to break away from the rectangular pages so I stuck two pieces of scrapbook paper back to back, traced around a CD and cut down to make a circle. Then i trimmed the edges so i cut line the bottom and left edges and could punch holes for the binding rings. The journaling sticker is from a DCWV sticker pack, the number 23 is from Paper Trunk and the December arrow is a mystery!? Cute though.

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Page 24.
At this stage, we will be getting soooo very close to Crimbo. Christmas eve is a piece of 7 x 10 paper folded in half, but i’ve folded back along one edge to make a pocket from the side, rather from the top. The folded piece trims the edge of the pocket giving a nice finished look, and it also means that you can peek inside at the journaling whilst the tag is still secured inside its pocket. I’ve used circle and scalloped circle punches to use up scraps for the number 24, and the numbers themselves are felt thickers from American Crafts.

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Page 25.
CHRISTMAS DAY! This is the big one, the one we have all been waiting for. I know that Christmas is one of those days that is crammed full of so much fun and laughter that i wanted to make this page special, with extra room for photos and journaling. What i’ve done is make a little mini book 3×3 inches in size, using the maze book technique. This stupidly easy technique makes fantastic little books in an instant, and i will definitely share it with you real soon. As i wanted the mini book to remain inside the December Daily book, I made a special page with a deep pocket to hold the book. I put the pocket sideways as if it was at the bottom as normal, then we wouldn’t be able to see the number 25 on the front cover of the little book. This way i can tuck in all but the cover of the minibook, and it will (hopefully) stay there securely without falling out. Here’s another little secret. I wanted the minibook to be centred when it was inside the pocket, so i placed foam pads on the inside of the pocket at the bottom, so the book sits on the foam pads rather than the bottom edge of the pocket. Clever, huh? You can also see that i was punching out my scraps again and used those fab Making memories shimmer alphas again. Delish!

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Page 26.
By the time we reach here, Christmas will already feel like a distant memory. After the fuss and fanciness of the page before, i wanted to keep the Boxing Day page very plain. So I used a piece of 4×6 cardstock and some scraps from the Teresa Collins Documented paper. The chipboard is a frame from Bisous, and the letter stickers are form Paper Trunk.

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Page 27.
Another attack of the CDs for this round page, and I also traced around the scalloped page we saw on page 4.The chipboard is from Scenic Route, and my Making Memories shimmer alphas are seriously starting to run out at this stage.

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Page 28.
We are approaching the last few days of 2009, so another pocket page to document this Bank Holiday. I found this lovely red tag in my stash and it looks great with a button and some string. Yes, those are felt thickers again.

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Page 29.
Nearly there. Another little one from my scraps. I loved this flourish flower so used it as a focal element of this page by adhering a gem in the centre. Two little mini shimmer alphas to add the number 29, and a tab made from scraps and a circle punch.

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Page 30.
This one is a 6×6 page of cardstock with a 4×6 piece of pattern paper stuck along the top and bottom to make another pocket. I actually think that the red part looks too stark at the moment, but i’ll wait until the day to see what i want to add to it, maybe some faux stitching? Letter stickers this time from Paper Trunk.

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Page 31.
And the Grande Finale, New Years Eve. Maybe i’ll document all that i’ve achieved in 2009, maybe i’ll write about my wishes and intentions for 2010, either way my journaling will end up on this page (and most likely accompanied by some embarrassing photos. This page does not involve any tricks or special abilities – just plain old sticking paper, especially those scraps.

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And there you have it. My December Daily Album, or at least, the start of it. I’ve already completed the first few pages (trying to discipline myself by doing a page every night), and it already has made a HUGE difference. I will probably show you the book in its entirety once it is completely finished. Woah, thats weird to think that will be in 2010.

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