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Quick and Fun Scrap Happy Cards

by Lesley Oman on 12 September, 2010

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I love digging into my scraps every so often and using them to make quick and fun cards. Its surprising how many different ways you can use little remnants of paper that would have probably gone into the bin if I didn’t religiously keep scraps.

Here’s two cards made from my stash this week.

House stamp – Unity stamps

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Happy birthday stamp: Hero Arts
Black embossing powder
Background stamps: Hero Arts
Tumbled glass distress ink

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As regards to the other products used…thats the only problem with using scraps, I hardly ever remember where the papers were originally from. Sorry.

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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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The Dress Story – Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 7 August, 2010

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Hey everybody.
Have you ever taken on the challenge of a wedding scrapbook? How long did it take you to get bored stiff!!?!?
Seriously, is it just me?!
I guess you could say I get bored easily, and even when I was making our wedding invitations, it drove me crazy that they all had to look the same. Don’t get me wrong, I loved them sooo much, but after the first 40-50, i was dying to mix it up a little.

And the same goes for my wedding scrapbook. Straight after the wedding I was totally in the mood to scrap the biggest day of my life, but after a few pages, the repetition was making my memories stagnant. So much so that it made the photos less special- and so I stopped. I allowed myself to have a break away. And it was probably the best decision ever! When making layouts about our wedding day, I figured out that I create better at my own pace. I want to scrapbook those photos because I WANT to scrapbook them, not because I have to. At the very least this is true for those pages that are all for me, and not for competitions, design teams or submissions. All that matters is that I am happy with the result.

And so, over three years after the big day, I felt that it was time to make another page. I was flicking through photos and found one of me trying on my dress. The story came flooding back to me, and I realised- “hey, I have a story to tell, let’s get this written down on a page!”

So I started to create, and I loved the direction of the layout, but suddenly, I realised I had more to say about this story than a few words- where would I squeeze them in? In the end, I made a creative decision. Instead of changing the design of the layout which I was already happy with, and instead of squeezing in the words on the page which ran the risk of ruining the overall feel of the page, I decided that I would put a small 6 x 6 page protector into my album, and create a small page full of journaling.

I’m in love with the result!

I hope you like it too.

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Rossanowlagh Beach – Summery Memories!

by Lesley Oman on 28 July, 2010

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Hey everyone,
Today I have a scrapbook layout to share. It’s funny how a single photo can bring back so many memories.

When we were growing up, summer holidays were full of fond memories of Rossanowlagh Beach. Every year we would go, with either friends or family. When we were very young, the beach meant jumping the waves with mummy, or building sandcastles. As we grew up, the beach meant playing with velcro-catch and digging massive dad-sized holes, and eventually it meant playing frisbee and catching the rays. No matter what we were doing, the beach always meant fun!

So the last time I was home in Northern Ireland, and Mum and Dad mentioned a trip to the beach, I jumped at the chance of re-living my childhood memories. I couldn’t help but take a photo through the car window of the ‘wee house’ that is the iconic feature of Rossanowlagh beach. All those memories came flooding back with just one glance of that stone structure. It makes me happy!

And so, it needed to be scrapped! With happy, bright summery colours, perfect for the beach! It was fun putting it all together.

Love it!!

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(p.s. just figured out that Rossnowlagh doesn’t have an ‘a’ in the middle. Whoopsies! ah, well, it did in my memories, so i’m not bothered’. hee heee!)

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