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Using up scraps of pattern paper -video

by Lesley Oman on 3 July, 2011

Happy Sunday everyone.

After a post-crafting tidy up a little while back i gathered up all the little pieces of scraps that were lying on my work table. I rarely throw these out. I have a little tub which holds all my scraps which are smaller than A5 size, and i usually work from this tub every now and again. I find it fantastic when I need just a little pop of colour, and usually theres a good selection in there.

But in truth, my little tub is overflowing, so I decided to try to use these scraps rather than stashing them, and because I knew that I would come up with something, I turned on my video recorder so I could share my process with you.

This video takes you through the making of a card made from these little scraps, and I am really pleased with how the card turned out. Mostly because i know these scraps have had a narrow escape from the recycle bin! Lol.

Thanks for watching.
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Products Used

Offcut from My Favorite Things notebook edge die
Making Memories Slice ledger paper
Black cardstock scrap
Green paper – Cosmo Cricket
Linen thread
Button
Gluedots
Scrap of beige swiss dots embossed paper
Glossy Accents
Enamel accents
Martha Steward Butterfly punc
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Home Decor for Baby Amélie ♥

by Lesley Oman on 12 May, 2010

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Good morning Ladies and gentle-peeps!

Cuteness Alert!! …. You’ve been warned…

Today I want to share a baby project. My friend from Uni Vanessa had baby Amélie at the start of the month, and unfortunately they are over in Northern Ireland so I haven’t got to see both the girls yet. Through Uni Vanessa was one of those friends that would be there when you needed her, would look after everyone, would make sure that we all cleaned up after ourselves, and kept us all in line: so I have absolutely no doubt that she will be the best mom ever!! Amélie is lucky to have V as a mummy, and I hope she grows up to be as generous, kind and as beautiful as her mummy…but then again, how could she not! ♥

And so of course, I’ve been crafting a little something for the little lady…

First can I say that this was not my original design idea, but was inspired by someone else’s project, but frustratingly, i cant for the life of me figure out where or when I seen it. It was likely on 2peas or scrapbook.com, but despite several attempts to find it, alas, I cannot. If you have seen it, please let me know as I would like to credit the original designer of course.

The frame itself is from Tesco, and cost about £6.99, so it really is not expensive, especially as it is perfect for this kind of project because there is a space of about 10mm between the mount and the glass, which means that I had the creative freedom to use 3d embellishments.

The six squares may look like punches, but i actually just used my ruler width as a guide to cut squares from my scraps {Note to self – really must buy a square punch!}. Top left is plain cardstock, then DCWV adhesive stack, then DCWV text stack. This paper actually had the word mother written all over it, and you can see i’ve cut off a piece that has the start of the word ‘mère’. The bottom row includes paper form DCWV glitter stack, pink cardstock ran embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, and a random piece of pattern paper for the last square.

Background is Swiss Dots Bazzill cardstock. Chipboard star is Heidi Swapp, Charm and silver cord is from MeiFlower. Chipboard A is form Basic Grey stamped with a Hero Arts wood grain rubber stamp. Metal clip is from Making Memories, and mushroom and birdie stickers are from Paperchase. Epoxy bubble is from EK Success, label is stamp from Tampo{maniak}, flowers from Prima and lace from Hobbycrafts. Chipboard tag at the top is Making Memories, with a brown card candy embellishment on top, from craftwork cards. The footprint ribbon is from Anita’s (Do crafts) and the circle underneath is a stamp from the Unity April 2010 KOTM, stamped using ‘Orchid pastel’ chalk ink and cut using a circle punch. Ghost acrylic heart is from Heidi Swapp and the butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch. Buttons, gems and pearls are from my stash, some of the gems I coloured green using my sharpie markers. The name Amélie I wrote by hand. ♥

I also got the little bundle of joy a cute little outfit with the teeniest little booties you have ever seen!

♥ Amélie, I can’t wait to meet you in person. Welcome to this world, little one. Look after your mummy, and know that you will always be loved, even by those you don’t see every day. ♥ Love, Auntie Lesley. xoxo

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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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December Daily Album Pages 1 – 10

by Lesley Oman on 4 December, 2009

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Finally. Free time + natural light = a chance to take some photos of my December Daily album to show you. YEAY!

I loved putting together this little book, and can’t wait to fill it up as we draw closer and closer to Crimbo. I can’t believe its only three weeks away!!

So without further ado, I want to show you my December Daily album, but because this is so photo heavy I am gonna break it down and spread it over three days. First days 1 – 10, then tomorrow days 11 – 20 and then the next day i’m gonna show you 21 – 31. I know Ali Edwards only goes up to Christmas day, but I wanted to do the whole month, so i just went for it.

Another little note. I left this to the last minute to decide whether I was going to do this or not, so I didn’t go out any buy any new supplies. All the papers and embellishments etc all came from my stash, so I’m sorry if [a] I don’t know who makes them or where I bought them, and [b] if they are no longer manufactured. Although I do think that this is a great way to purge your stash instead of constantly buying more and more (which is oh so tempting to do). I flicked through all my scrapbook papers and picked out ones that were red, green or holiday themed, and some which were black or flourishy – Many aren’t even particularly Christmassy but they all look great when put side by side.

Here goes.

The Cover
I wanted elegance and simplicity on the outside and an abundance of quirky fun on the inside. So for my cover I used 8×8 chipboard covers by Zutter, and cut them down to 7 x 6. I rounded the edges with my lovely jubly Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers, and punched holes for the binding rings using my Crop-a-dile – in fact I used this for punching every page. The snowflake is a Quickutz squeeze die, cut from glitter card, and to add more bling i’ve pushed a Trimcraft gem brad through the middle mounted on a piece of grey felt. The metal embellishment was picked off an (almost) old diary. I figured that it was only gonna last for a few more weeks anyway and then I would need to get my 2010 dairy on the go.

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Page 1.
An easy start. 10 x 7 folded in half. Taped along three edges so I can insert photos & journaling etc from the top. Tag secured with a brad & a pretty bow with string. Number 1 is an American Crafts felt thicker.

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Page 2.
Red cardstock 10 x 6 folded in half and then i chopped a piece of the end so the front piece was narrower than the back. I covered the front with black pattern paper and sewed along the top and bottom edge with my trusty sewing machine. I stuck velour rick rack along the edge of the front flap and made my own layered embellishment using circle punches and scalloped circle punches. Velour snowflake is a sticker from a DCWV sticker pad finished off with a sticky gem, and the glitter number two is from Making Memories Shimmer alphas. To add a bit of ooomph on the inside i lay a piece of Heidi Swapp sticker paper tape along the fold.

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Page 3.
Another easy one. Piece of 12 x 6, folded in half and taped along three edges again. A half circle punched from the top edge using a circle punch means that I have more room for photos etc. To embellish, I stuck a narrow ribbon across the front and adhered a die cut label using brads. Number three is American Crafts vinyl thickers. When making pockets like this, i always stick the brad to the pocket rather than using the legs of the brad as this will impede the memorabilia sliding in and out easily.

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Page 4.
Love this page. It all started with a page from a Papermania acrylic scalloped circle album, that i inked in Fire Brick Distress ink around the edges. Next I drew around an old CD to make two circles of pattern paper. I stuck these back to back to create a door/ flap. In order to ensure that this page was secure inside the book, i needed to slice a piece of the edge. This ensured that at least two book rings would go through this page, and also made it a lot easier to attach the door flap. I cut a heart out of notebook paper, mounted this on red card and stuck to the flap with a red button (mounted with foam pop dots) and the letter four is from a piece of lace paper that has been glimmered up using mists. You’ll see me use this quite a bit for numbers. To hide the hinge on the back I cut out a third circle from red cardstock, and finished off this page with some faux stitching, an eyelet and a little piece of string. Parfait.

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Page 5.
Double sided pattern paper, 8×8. I folded one edge up by 2 inches and then folded the whole thing in half. This created two pockets, one on either side. I secured these with eyelets that also added a little bit of pazzazz. To finish it off, a scalloped oval label (Does anyone know who makes these?) and a cork sticker from Making Memories. I love those stickers.

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Page 6.
These pages will be great for letters and simply adding quick photos. It is a mere envelope that I have lined with pattern paper. To do this, open the flap and trace around the envelope on to the back of pattern paper. Cut it out and when cutting around the diamond flap, cut along the inside of the line by about 1/4 inch. Then side into the envelope and score along the fold line, all you need to do is stick it down with glue. Voila. Oh, and the number 6 is once again from the lace paper.

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Page 7.
Hello Mister Snowman! This is a piece of that black flourishy paper, 12×6, folded in half and the corners have been Chomped. A scallop border sticker makes lovely snow, and three buttons have been stuck down with glue dots to constuct Frosty the Snowman. I’ve also added a little tiny fragment of 3mm tartan ribbon as his scarf (I love the mini glue dots for this). The chipboard parentheses are from Bisous and the number 7 sticker is a chipboard piece from Heidi Swapp.

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Page 8.
Couldn’t help myself. A page made out of acetate, stamped with reindeer using stazon, and cut into a circle by tracing around a CD. The number 8 is a Making Memories shimmerz alpha sticker.

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Page 9.
Also couldn’t help myself with this one. This is made using a 12 x 6 piece of lace paper, folded in half. The number is from that green lace paper again. I think the circles look like little baubles. FUN.

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Page 10.
Last one for today. This is a piece of Teresa Collins paper – the page from the Documented line that has 6 sections of 6×4 patterns. I loved this black and white, spotty, distressed paper so I wanted to include it. I also found this cute diecut snowflake circle in the stash that Leslie Ashe sent to me, so I have no idea where is it from, but I think it looks cracking on here. And the number 10 is from a pack of Making Memories Mini Shimmer alphas.

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Woah! We got there in the end. Lots of photos for you to take in, and a lot more tomorrow too.
Don’t forget that you can also join in the fun over at The PaperLife community boards where there is a December Daily group which you can join, or visit to seek inspiration or ask questions. I’m on my way over there now to add my photos of pages one to ten.

Another little note before i leave – in case you aren’t aware, Tim Holtz is currently doing his traditional posts of the ‘Twelve Tags Of Christmas’. This of course means awesome inspiration and A LOT of prizes. All you have to do is leave a comment and you could be in for the chance to win. Be warned though, prizes must be claimed within 24 hours, and there are prizes to be given away every day. So hop on over there now and see what Tim has in store for you.

See you tomorrow with more December Daily pages.

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