“A Moment Captured” By Di Garling

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14 April, 2016 - , ,

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Hello Maja fans, thanks so much for dropping by. Today I have another new layout to share with you using some papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection. I used the “1914” paper for my background & then added this delightful striped one from the Vintage Spring Basics called, “4th April” to both the top & bottom edges. Even though it is a different collection, I think it works great.

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I have also made a handmade flower to add to my flower cluster above the photo, using the same stripe “4th April” paper. I really like adding some handmade flowers in the same papers as my layout to add extra accents to the page, plus it gives it a more custom made look I think.

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I have created a mixed media background & the Maja papers are just perfect for this because they are so beautifully thick & they handle it so well without warping etc.

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I have layered strips of both the “1902” & the “1904” papers underneath my photos, but unfortunately after adding lots of gesso & mists, it is a little hard to see them in the photos, but little bits of their colours & patterns peek out here & there.

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

On my background I have also added lots of stamping, fibers, micro beads in both blues & silver, pearls, pearl sprays & finished of with lots of flowers.

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These are the four papers I have used. Well thats all for today. I will see you back here again in two weeks time.

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“Escape” By Di Garling

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31 March, 2016 - ,

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Hello there, thanks for stopping by the blog. Today I have a layout I created featuring my beautiful Grandaughter, Mia. I have used the “Vintage Spring Basics” paper collection. So soft & pretty & just perfect for this photo. For my background I used the “1st of May” paper. I actually fussy cut around the edge of the paper, taking off about a half inch all way round. I took care to cut around the little flowers in the top left corner & bottom right corner. I then distressed the edges & added a little ink before sticking it down onto the stripe paper, being “4th of May”.

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I then cut some strips of contrast papers from the “2nd of May” & the “3rd of May” papers to create some nice layers underneath my photo. This paper collection is just soooo beautiful, the photos  really don’t do it justice.

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Next I made some big & small handmade flowers from the “4th of May” paper (stripes), & I added some little pearl stamens to the centres. So nice to have custom made flowers to match my project. 🙂

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I have also used the “4th of May” paper to matt my photo too. All the chipboard I have used is from 2Crafty Chipboard.

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I have finished off with lots of mauve crushed glass glitter & some tiny pearls scattered around the background.

“Vintage Spring Basics” used….. “1st of May”, “2nd of May”, “3rd of May” & “4th of May”.

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Well thats all from me today. I’ll see you back here again in a couple of weeks time.

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.

An Altered Diary ….By Di Garling

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17 March, 2016 - ,

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Hi there , thanks for stopping by. Today I have a diary that I have covered using some lovely Maja Design papers. They are from the “Vintage Spring Basics” collection & they are just so beautiful.

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Firstly I covered the diary with the “5th of March” paper & then I cut some strips of the “7th of March”, “8th March” as well as some strips from the back of the “5th of March” that I had used to cover it with. I simply stuck the strips on to the front of the diary . I inked around the edges of the book with some distress ink.

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I then proceeded to decorate it with some lovely 2Crafty chipboards, lots of flowers, a little string bow as well as lots of aqua micro beads for added texture. I also  scattered a few pearls around too as well as cutting out two tiny butterflies from the paper to stick in the bottom right hand corner.

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Well thats all from me 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.

“Wonder, Always, Enjoy”

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3 March, 2016 - ,

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Hi there Maja fans. Thanks for stopping by. Today I have another layout to share with you featuring my sweet little grandaughter Mia. I have used some papers from the “Vintage Summer Basics” collection.

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For my background I have used the “1934” paper from the Vintage Summer Basics collection & I have layered it over the top of the “1933” paper, that is the gorgeous floral one that is peeping out of both sides of my layout. It is a little hard to see unfortunately. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the papers clearly).

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Also behind the photo I have added lots of different strips of various Maja Design papers, then I wiped them over with some gesso before brushing on some pink coloured mist to contrast with the lovely aqua background paper. All the chipboard is from 2Crafty Chipboard.

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This is a great fun little technique as it is a good way to use up lots of your scraps & it also adds great textural interest to the page. Plus the Maja papers are so nice & thick that they are perfect for using with  mixed media. Last  step was to stencil some pattern over the page using a stencil & some texture paste.

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Once the background was all dry I proceeded to add my photo, chipboard & of course, lots of flowers.

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The paper on the left is the “1934” paper & the one on the right is the “1933” paper.

Well thats all from me 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.

Gift Bags & A Card By Di Garling

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18 February, 2016 - , ,

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Hello there Maja fans, thanks for calling by. Today I thought I would do something a little different for me & I have two sweet little gift bags & a card to share with you.

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For this gift bag I have used the  “11th of April” paper from the “Vintage Spring Basics” collection. I had purchased a “We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board” & wow I sure did have some fun making these gift bags. Once I got the hang of how to use it, it made making gift bags sooo easy.  I have used some raffia for the handles & decorated this one  with some flowers, a bow & a couple of little hand cut doileys. I then added a sentiment sticker  & a dragonfly, and hey presto, all finished. 🙂

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For my second gift bag I used the “10th April” paper also from the “Vintage Spring Basics” collection. This range is soooo beautiful & what better colour to team with these gorgeous shades of mauves & purples, but green !! My favourite colour. Again I made this on the “gift bag punch board”. I  have also used flowers, a bow & I die cut some various elements to finish it off. I enjoy making my gifts look pretty so a co ordinating gift bag & a card are the perfect way to achieve this.

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Lastly I have this super simple card I made using the “Garden Moments” paper from the “Enjoying Outdoors” collection. Even though this paper was from a different paper collection I think it teams perfectly with my gift bags. This particular paper is a card makers dream. (see it below) These images are just devine & are perfect for a card. To add a little dimension I stuck a little posie of mauve roses tied with a little string on the front  a few sequins 🙂

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Well thats all from me 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.