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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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Colourful Repeat Stamping On Cards

by Lesley Oman on 19 October, 2013

Todays project takes two stamps, a few ink pads, a baby wipe and not much more.

There is something about 1 layer cards that make them s beautiful to me. Perhaps its the gentle reminder that a pretty card does not have to be a complicated card. One of the easiest and most effective ways to use a stamp on a card is by repetition. You can repeat a stamp to create a background- these often end up looking like a piece of pattern paper, but you can also make a stamp really pop with multiple colours. On this card i have used three key colours to stamp the ‘smile’ speech bubble vertically on the card, but interrupted the flow of this design with a greeting in black. Simple yet effective!

 

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Gold Tipped Feather Card

by Lesley Oman on 2 October, 2013

Hello my little flowers!

Todays card was a result of a Cameo play session.  :-) i swear the more i play with my silhouette cameo the more i love it. And in fact, the more i play the better i get at using it, so it means that i feel like i am actually getting the results that i want now, which is fab!

I made a cut file which was a scatter of stars and then i ran a piece of acetate through the cameo to create a mask. It was an experiment, and it turned our great. i was really surprised at how easy the acetate cut. Next I used distress inks and the blender tool to pop colour through the mask to create a starry background. I purposefully chose softer colours- i didn’t want the card to appear too pre-schooly.

For the feathers I cut them in white and used the same ink pads to carry the colour into the main focal element. I love doing this, its a great way to create cohesion throughout your project. To add dimension I also used my scoring tool to create a score up through each feather- it resulted in a slight bend upwards as you can see in the photo.

Next up was some sparkle. I cut a thin strip of gold glitter paper and adhered it to the card along with blue washi tape, and then dipped the feathers in glue and gold glitter -just so the tip was a little glittery and sparkly. I think next time I will use glitter embossing powder to get a more even coverage, but this still worked well.  Add a printed greeting, some twine and random Jack Wills button, chomp some corners and i call that done!

 

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Love Letter Ephemera Mini Book: (Facing The Giant!)

by Lesley Oman on 10 October, 2012

Ever have a project which has been lurking in your house for years? A forgotten project, once started, never finished? This was one of mine.

When I spent a year in France as part of my Uni degree Craig and I wrote letters to each other every week. I kept these all in a box along with some postcards and brochures etc from Lyon. When we moved into our previous house in 2009 I decided that i was going to make a mini book to hold all these items. I was going to make a video and I designed the whole thing and pre-cut all the papers and everything. Then I hit an issue. The video i was started was rubbish- the lighting was really bad, so much that the colours were not true and that bugged me soooooo badly. We also didn’t have a proper camera mount. Because of these things my inspiration flew out the window and hit itself in the face on the way out. I packed everything away together and then it lay in hibernation.

Fast forward. Geez, has it been three years?!

Then one day for no apparent reason, I did it!
I faced the giant and decided that it was GOING to GET MADE! I didn’t want to do a video any more, that ship had sailed, but it was silly having a half finished project staring at me all this time.

And here it is. And I LOVE IT! I like the design, (i wanted a vintage, timeless yet french inspired romantic feeling), I love the textures, I love the content, i love the story behind the project getting made and i love the fact that it is finished.

My bind it all had its work cut out for it because there were so many things to go in to the book. The final thing doesn’t even close properly but i don’t care. Because its done. and its great.

Do you have any projects which are dwelling on your mind? Go get inspired and face your own giant!

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