Making Memories

Home Decor : Monogram Wall decoration

by Lesley Oman on 10 May, 2011

It has been months, and the craft room still isn’t just right!

I know that it’ll never really be perfect, because a room that is used will never be pristine, but what i do mean is that I still have a few things in boxes (I SHALL empty these reaaaaallllly soon) and there are also things lurking in places that I no longer remember. Eeek! SO frustrating! I really need to make sure I label the storage boxes better.

Although its not perfect, I can still say with my hand on my heart that I LOVE my craft room.

A litte space. A haven. Somewhere that is MINE! An escape pod. I can paint it, decorate it, mould it to be what ever i want it to be! yippeeeee! :-) Creative freedom is bliss!

Before Christmas we took a trip to a craft store on the other side of London, and I picked up some Making Memories 8″ chipboard letters. I had never seen these before, but wanted to buy a million of them! Unfortunately, there were only a few left as they were in the bargain bucket, but I was thrilled to find the last ‘L’.

BING!! light bulb! I knew that this was going to make its way onto my craft room wall.

I found them this weekend when I was pulling my glue gun out of a cardboard box (oh my goodness, it took me ages to find it), and about 10 minutes later, with the help of some Black soot distress ink, my chipboard pieces were black, and became another part of my craft room that i just love!

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Baby Home Decor – A Frame for Joshua

by Lesley Oman on 6 February, 2011

yes, yes…i know! Babies on the brain! But seriously, i really cant help it…it must be hormones or something. Or perhaps its the ‘nesting’ phase that peeople keep talking about!

Today I have another project to share which is a perfect little baby gift. Zoe and Chris blessed their family with another little angel back in November and I was dying to make a little something for him. Finally my paper and embellishment stash made it out of a cardboard box, and I was able to play for a while.

I made a similar baby themed personalised home decor frame for my friends baby, Amelie, and so I figured I would make a similar style, but a different shape just to mix it up a little.

I’ve used a mixture of embellishments including flowers, brads, buttons, ribbon, grommits, felt, bisous chipboard, and of course my favourite metal charm from Mei Flower that is a love heart etched with ‘made with love’. I love ‘em! AND you can get 10 for £1 or 50 for £3 on their online shop – check ‘em out at www.meiflower.co.uk. The cute little gingham bow is from them too!

This is a really fun project, and is perfect for using up some scraps. I used some circle punches to create six little bubbles and I also got to use one of my most recent purchases which I have been really excited about. This cool little punch from EK success punches out little dots to make a circle shape- i think its a really cool way to draw the eye to something.

Thanks for stopping by.

I also had my baby shower yesterday, so i’ll be sharing some photos on here as soon as I get a chance to load them off my camera. xox

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This is definitely one of those weekends where I wish I could close my eyes and transport myself to another location, and it isn’t hard to guess where I would want to be…California! But it’s not the beaches i’m dreaming of, or the sunshine, or the wealth of culture, but rather the aisles and aisles of crafty goodness that will be filling the Los Angeles Conference Centre this weekend for CHA Winter 2011. The Craft and Hobby Association are once again hosting its winter conference and trade show over the next few days, from 29th Jan – 1st Feb, where our best loved manufacturers will be showcasing their products to the Industry. With over 25 Business seminars, and 50 craft technique workshops, it’s no wonder I am less than satisfied with the realistic alternative of spending this dull, rainy British weekend at home.  But nevertheless, thanks to the wonderful invention of the internet, we can all enjoy sneak peeks into the world of CHA as companies throughout the industry have been offering little glimpses into their new product releases over the last few weeks.

And where can you find these sneak peeks?. ..almost everywhere: Facebook, twitter, manufacturers websites, but I have found that the best place for a comprehensive list is Scrapbookdate.com. If you haven’t already checked out ScrapbookUpdate.com, an informative news website run by the talented newshound, Nancy Nally, then you really should jump over to check out the latest in our industry news.

So as I can’t be in California, strolling up and down the aisles of the convention, I thought that I would instead share a few links with you showcasing some of the new releases that have caught my eye. This is the pre-warning so you can close your eyes if you don’t want your bank balance to be damaged because I am sure that you will want these just as much as I do.

Echo Park : Little Girl

A bright and funky collection, perfect for summertime fun layouts. I just love those cupcakes, hearts and crowns. I particularly love the journaling cards – aren’t they just darling!

Sassafras Border Stickers from the Paper Crush collection

These look so delicious I could eat them. I love the fact that there are different styles and shapes too. I reckon these would look great on layouts, cards and lots of other projects too.

Family Dynamics Collection from Bella Blvd

Check out Bella Blvd‘s website for more peeks at their awesome new collections, but the one that catches my attention the most is most definitely this piece of patter paper called ‘Game Night’ from the Family Dynamics collection.

Making Memories – Dilly Dally collection

Although this photo doesn’t give us a detailed view of the whole collection, it certainly fills me with intrigue. The colours look fresh and exciting – perfect for Springtime and maybe even some Easter layouts. I can’t wait until the whole collection is revealed. Plus..I have a embedded love for the versatility of double sided papers!

Teresa Collins: On the Edge

I think the blue and grey colour scheme really looks so elegant and masculine. I can’t wait to get hold of this collection to make a few boy-centric cards and layouts.

Ki Memories – Puffies

Oh My! These really do take embellishments to another level. Be sure to check out the different ways that the design team have used these felt, dimensional embellies on their many projects by visiting here. I particularly love the blue star, the elephant and the Eiffel Tower…oh, and the birdie!

My Minds Eye: Stella & Rose “Hazel”

Yum! {Enough said!}

Mini Spools by Maya Road

Maya Road have done it again. Another fantastic little product that fills me full of nostalgia and inspiration. Look how tiny these little wooden spools are, and won’t they look darling wrapped with a little twine!

Studio Calico Cloud rub ons

These blue ones are most definitely my favourite. Whimsical and bright , and most certainly on my wish list.

also from Studio Calico – wood veneers

These make my heart jump because I want to paint them, cover them in pattern paper and make a mobile for the nursery. {sigh!}

‘Happily Lost’ Alpha Stickers from LillyBeeDesign

I have a thing about alphabet stickers, seriously, I really can’t get enough of them. The thought of getting 8 complete sets all on one sheet is making me feel quite giddy to be honest. The font is classical and versatile and what a great selection of colours.

Tim Holtz Distress Stains from Ranger Ink

Now that I have completed my collection of Distress Inks, I am thrilled that Ranger and Tim have released another fantastic product from for their inky collection. Distress stains can be used on paper, embellishments, wood, stickers, and basically any porous material. You can even spritz them with water to create a mottled effect.

Elementary collection by Simple Stories.

Lovely bright colours combined with neutral, earthy tones, with a dash of vintage elegance. Simply devine.

And last but not least..

Jillibeansoup – corrugated shapes

Along with a host of fabulous embellishments, the corrugated shapes have particuarly tickled my fancy. I love the houses the most- so cute!

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December Daily ’09 Walkthrough

by Lesley Oman on 29 November, 2010

Hiya everyone,

Only a few more days until it’s December!! eeeeeek! I’m so excited.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with Ali Edward‘s annual Christmas feature called December Daily, where she makes a mini book which documents the last month of the year and captures memories of this magical time. Last year I decided to join in the fun, and I embarked upon the wondrous adventure of making my own December Daily album.

I have to say that it wasn’t all easy; some days it was a struggle, after all this month is usually jam packed on the calendar. But on the most part, I found that project was fantastic. I decided to make a mini book which had lots of character, so lots of my pages are different sizes, and I was so thrilled with the end result.

With being pregnant plus buying a house, packing and moving all within the next week or so, I haven’t had a chance to prepare for a December Daily album this year, but I’m thinking that I will still journal the days and maybe I’ll revisit the idea when we are in the new house.

So I thought you might like to see the finished album from last year, and if you are going to take part in this years December Daily project, maybe you will get a few ideas for your own mini book. Enjoy the video!

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