“Henry Boy” By Di Garling

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23 June, 2016 - ,

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Henry Boy

Hello there Maja fans. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Today I have a layout to share with you & it features my baby grandson, Henry. I don’t do that many boy layouts so when I saw these gorgeous papers from the “Life By the Sea” collection, I thought how perfect they were for a boy layout.

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For my background I have used  “The Westcoast” paper. Love these gorgeous nautical stripes. I have put a strip of the “Landmark” paper behind the top & bottom. Because it is a plainer paper, I think it makes a nice contrast.

The little kite I have made at the side of the photo was out of some of the scraps I had left over of both the “Landmark” & some “Sailing” papers.

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Next up I decided to make a little pinwheel. I used the “Drop the Anchor” paper for this. I like the way you can see both side of the paper on this.

I also used up some of the decorator strips which are on the bottom of every Maja paper, & ran them vertically down my page to add a graphic element to the design.

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Next up I decided to make a little circular pleated embellishment using the “Landmark” paper too. I just love the way this collection mixes & matches so perfectly.

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Some string for texture, some ink splatters,  a little stamping,  a few layers & some 2Crafty chipboard.

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Hey presto, all done.  I know we all like to do pretty creations using pretty papers & lots of flowers, but occassionally we have to do some boy things & what better range to do it with, than this “Life By The Sea” collection.

These are the four Maja Design papers I have used….

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Until next time.

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Di Garling

Hi my name is Di Garling. I am married to a very patient man, I have two grown up sons, two grandchildren & a little dog. I owned & operated a Scrapbook shop for eight years here in Australia until I recently sold it & retired. I think retirement is the best kept secret. I love it, it gives me lots of time to enjoy my craft. I still teach scrapbooking & cardmaking once or twice a week, so all in all I am as busy as ever & wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Today” By Di Garling

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9 June, 2016 - ,

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Hello Maja fans, welcome to the blog. Today I have a layout to share with you that I have created using some papers from the “Enjoying Outdoors” collection.

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For the main background I have used the “Beautiful Trees” paper from that collection. Such a lovely shade of earthy green, my favourite colour. 🙂

All of the chipboard I have used is from 2Crafty Chipboard.

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I cut a tag out of the “Tags & Journalling” paper, also from the same collection too & popped it in among my layers.  I have also used lots of gorgeous flowers too.

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If you look close you will see I have actually scrunched the paper a little, I wet it under the tap, scrunched it up like this & then dried it off. Wetting it just makes it easier to do this technique. When dry I also distressed the edges a little as well. It just creates a nice textural element to the layout I think.

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After doing that I then stuck it to a piece of the “Woodlands” paper, from the same collection. I think the stripe makes such a nice contrast. I also used some of the “Woodlands” stripe behind the photo too.

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I have listed the papers used below. Hope this helps you.

The one on the left is the “Woodlands” paper, the middle one is the “Beautiful Trees” paper & the one on the right is the “Tags & Journalling Cards”. These are all from the Enjoying Outdoors collection.

Until next time.

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Di Garling

Hi my name is Di Garling. I am married to a very patient man, I have two grown up sons, two grandchildren & a little dog. I owned & operated a Scrapbook shop for eight years here in Australia until I recently sold it & retired. I think retirement is the best kept secret. I love it, it gives me lots of time to enjoy my craft. I still teach scrapbooking & cardmaking once or twice a week, so all in all I am as busy as ever & wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Amazing Beauty” by Di Garling

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Posted by Di Garling

26 May, 2016 - ,

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Amazing Beauty

Hello there Maja fans. Thanks for stopping by. Today I have another layout to share with you & I have again used the fabulous “Vintage Summer Basics” collection. It has to be one of my favourite Maja Design collections because it is so versatile.

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For the panel across the middle of my layout I have used the “1905” paper & for my background I have used the “1932” paper & as you can see they compliment each other so well. Because they are fairly neutral too, you can then add pretty much any accessory colour. Here I have added pinks & yellows.

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Before I started, I added a light coat of gesso to the papers which makes them a little lighter, but I wanted to then do a little stencilling with some texture paste. When I had finished the stencilling, I then added a little pink in the way of some mists & finished off with some stamping. I always like to add a little mixed media to my layouts.

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I have also used some lovely little mini words, heart frame &  chippie foliage all from 2Crafty Chipboard.

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Lots of beautiful flowers to finish off with.

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Here are the Maja Design “Vintage Summer Basics” papers I have used to create my layout. The one on the left is the “1905” & the one on the right is the “1932”. Fabulous aren’t they.

Well thats all for today. Until next time.

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Di Garling

Hi my name is Di Garling. I am married to a very patient man, I have two grown up sons, two grandchildren & a little dog. I owned & operated a Scrapbook shop for eight years here in Australia until I recently sold it & retired. I think retirement is the best kept secret. I love it, it gives me lots of time to enjoy my craft. I still teach scrapbooking & cardmaking once or twice a week, so all in all I am as busy as ever & wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Sweet Girl” By Di Garling

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Posted by Di Garling

12 May, 2016 - ,

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Hello there Maja fans & welcome to the blog. Today I have a layout featuring my little grandaughter & I have done it a little different to how I normally scrap!!! I have actually cut the photo out and made it a little 3D against the background. I have used some papers from the “Vintage Summer Basics” collection.

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Naturally I have gone with lots of beautiful flowers & I have painted all the 2Crafty chipboard in black to create a good contrast to this fabulous paper.

I have also done some mixed media around the photo cluster & added lots of stamping, micro beads & added a little watercolour as well.

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For my background I have used the “1891” paper & I have torn a strip to place along both the top & bottom edges using the “1905” paper. Both these papers are from the “Vintage Summer Basics collection.

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Here is a close up of the photo fussy cut out. It is a great idea if there are things you don’t want to see in the background of the photo, although not all photos are suitable for doing this & I would never cut up an original.

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Here is another close up of that “1891” paper. I think it gives this layout a rather modern edge.

Below you can see the papers I have used.

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Thats all for today & I will see you back here again in a couple of weeks.

Until then.

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Di Garling

Hi my name is Di Garling. I am married to a very patient man, I have two grown up sons, two grandchildren & a little dog. I owned & operated a Scrapbook shop for eight years here in Australia until I recently sold it & retired. I think retirement is the best kept secret. I love it, it gives me lots of time to enjoy my craft. I still teach scrapbooking & cardmaking once or twice a week, so all in all I am as busy as ever & wouldn’t have it any other way.

“A Little Handbag” PLUS a Video Tutorial By Di Garling

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Posted by Di Garling

28 April, 2016 - , ,

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Hello Maja fans, welcome to the blog. Today I have a rather cute little handbag that I made to show you. It is actually a gift bag. Isn’t is just so sweet?  I made it using the “1903” from the “Vintage Summer Basics” collection for the base of the bag & then trimmed it using “7th of April” from the “Vintage Spring Basics” collections.

I have also made a VIDEO TUTORIAL to go with it.

TO VIEW VIDEO CLICK HERE….

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I created a handmade flower & this delightful little bow using the “7th of April – Vintage Spring Basics”. This delightful stripe paper is actually the reverse side of the spotty “7th of April” paper.

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When I made the little paper flower I also cut some tuille netting with my die cut machine to layer in between the paper petals & finished it off with a few pearl stamens. I think this adds a little pizaz to my handmade flower.

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This photo shows how it looks when open. Just a perfect size for a small gift & so very novel too. Lastly I finished  it off with a small four inch square doiley I cut out of some white cardstock. You could also write a greeting on this doiley as well.

Maja Design Papers Used

“7th of April-Vintage Spring Basics”…………..”1903-Vintage Summer Basics”

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Well thats all from me today, I do hope you take the time to watch my video on how I created this over on the Maja Design You Tube channel. It really is a very easy project that only takes about ten minutes to make.

Until next time.Di's Signature