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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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MAN-day Monday – Alfie’s mini canvas

by Lesley Oman on 20 February, 2012

Hi everyone, it’s time for another MAN-day Monday, and today it’s a home decor item for all those little princes out there.

I made this little canvas hanging for little Alfie. He is at Piper’s nursery and is usually there in the same room when I collect P in the evenings. He is always hanging around P, playing with her or watching her from a distance. He even comes up to me with toys so I play with him or read him a book for a few minutes whilst the team get Piper’s day sheet organised. He is a sweetheart, and because of that I always say that he is Piper’s boyfriend.

You can pick up these mini canvases at some art shops- these ones I got in France yeaaars ago.

To decorate the canvas, first I cut a heart out of red scrapbook paper. Next I stamped the Friend Definition stamp from Hero Arts onto white card stock using the grey Pumice Stone distress ink. I stuck the heart to the stamped card and cut around it, leaving a border. I used wet glue to stick the paper together- Anita’s tacky glue, as I wanted to ensure that it had a firm hold and that it would withstand time. Next I popped a brad through the two layers, and stuck the whole thing onto the canvas.

The next bit was the tough bit- choosing which letter stickers to use. I decided to go with these doodlebug ones as they had a childlike, whimsical feel.

I thought about adding twine, but ribbon would secure better- i lay the canvas face down and placed the ribbon on top, securing to the back of the canvas with staples. I had to hammer the staples in a little bit (I didn’t have a staple gun, just an office stapler) but they were 100% secure.

Why not make a cute little wall hanging for your little princes and princesses!!?

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‘Just One Squeak’ – Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 10 September, 2011

Hey everyone,

I’ve reached the final countdown. One more week at home and then i’m back to work. w O R K. Ugh! The dreaded W -word. Piper has been doing her settling in days at nursery, and i am so pleased to say that she is doing really well. This week however she has the cold, so my snotty little dottie has needed lots of snuggles, especially in the evening which means not a lot of crafting for mummsy. :-( Never mind. I just hope she gets better soon.

But lucky for you I have found a project that i never got round to sharing with you before now. A scrapbook layout featuring the princess. This is actually the first layout i made after Piper came along. I don’t know why i haven’t shared it before now. I remember making it on the living room table whilst my little smoosh slept in her carry cot beside me. She was so tiny then.

Craig’s parents came down the week after Pi was born. It was awesome. They cleaned, stocked up our fridge, ran trips to the shop, and basically helped with everything. But every little squeak from Piper made Granny and Granda come rushing. It was adorable.





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A Bath to Remember Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 25 May, 2011

Finally a scrapbook layout! I love making layouts, but the truth is that i am incredibly s-l-o-w at making them! ….and as a result it takes me about a week to complete them, stealing a few minutes here and there. SO every now and again I swing towards making cards and other crafty projects which are a bit quicker for me, that way i get some instant gratification.

But ever since Piper came along, every day that passes creates more memories that I want to capture, so hopefully this means that there’ll be layouts to share more frequently in the future, and who knows, maybe with practise I might even get faster at it!

I will always remember Piper’s first bath, not just because it’s one of the many typical milestones, but because it’s a funny story to tell.

Journaling reads: Granny & Granda Oman were here when we were giving you your first bath, as we had to wait until your cord fell off before we could give you a dip. Granny jumped at the chance of sharing one of your first experiences. So we all piled into the bathroom, Daddy was in charge of the bath, Mummy had the camera and Granny & Granda had towels at the ready. As the warm water covered your teeny, tiny body you seemed to love it. It was one of the first times when you were bright eyed and looking at everyone around you. After a good swoosh around, we took you out and Granny rushed forward with a towel. Daddy placed you on top and Granda patted you dry with another towel – the two of them fussing over you, determined not to let you get cold. All of a sudden there was a loud raspberry noise – all eyes turned to you, with mouths wide open in shock! A moment later we were al overcome with laughter. You had left a present in Granny’s towel! Daddy took the plunge, unwrapped you and dipped you back into the bath to clean you up whilst the rest of us hurried around to find more towels. I loved the fact that your first bath will always be so memorable!

Products used
Dcwv nana’s kids stack
Spellbinders nestabilities: circles
Quickutz dies: tabs
October afternoon Rub on
Chipboard- k&co, making memories
Sticky ribbon: do craft
Blue scallop ribbon: meiflower
Adhesive pearls : meiflower
Border sticker
We R Memory Keepers corner chomper
Buttons
Waxed cord
Bird stickers: paperchase
Brads
Flower sequins: meiflower
Alphabet stickers- making memories, doodlebug
Heidi swapp sheer (remember element)

Thanks for swinging by.

{Meiflower giveaway still open}

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