“Escape” By Di Garling

Posted by Di Garling

31 March, 2016 - ,


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”.


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.


  • Jennie Polyblank says:

    Thank you Di. I found this post particularly helpful as Di has very helpfully pictured the 4 papers she used at the end. I would like all posters to do that as it makes it so much easier to see the papers.

  • Pirkkis says:

    Ohhhh, what a lovely girl and piece of art <3

  • Kathy G. says:

    What a beautiful layout Di! The papers you chose to use are so perfect to highlight this gorgeous photo. I especially love your handmade flowers and all of the greenery you used on the page. I’m always amazed by your attention to every little detail, right down to the glitter and twine. 🙂

    • Di Garling says:

      Thank you so much Kathy for your lovely comments, I am so glad you like it.

  • Di, as always, most beautiful and elegant and your little granddaughter is just the perfect focal for your pages – she is adorable!

    • Di Garling says:

      Thanks so much for you wonderful comments Kathy, I soooo appreciate it & I’m so glad you like it too. 🙂

  • Clara Krassman says:

    I just love this adorable layout made with Vintage Spring Basics paper. I am going to try it with Vintage Summer Basics as I just bought 60 sheets of that line. Hope it works out.

    • Di Garling says:

      So glad you like this Clara. I am sure your version of this will look lovely done in the Vintage Summer Basics collection too. There are some really lovely papers in that collection too. 🙂