Summer Cards

Hello Maja Friends, I’ve got a couple of summer cards made recently.

Though I have used Vintage Spring Basics , they have a summer feeling.

EcoCards_ElenaOlinevich_MainI used almost the same products but turned them the other side

EcoCard1_ElenaOlinevichI added some of my favourite embellishments – flowers , dies, lace and ribbons

EcoCard2_ElenaOLinevichThey are quite simple but so perfect for sending the greeting from a country house.

img_0503Have a nice summer week end.

Products used:

Vintage Spring Basics – 7th of May; Prima Marketing flowers, lace, trims, Spellbinders and Tattered Lace Dies.





The Sweetness of Scrapping Baby Photos

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Hi everyone! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my first page using the incredibly beautiful Maja Vintage Baby collection.


When I first saw this collection it made me wish I still had my own little bablies to scrap!! But fortunately I have some really sweet photos of my little great-niece Kiera that I have the privilege of scrapping.  I knew these were the papers that would be a perfect compliment to here sweet little photo.  I used 5 of the pretty patterned papers to create this page….Special Moment-bs, Die Cuts-bs, Flowers for Mum, Journaling Cards Pink-both sides, and Our Little Miracle.

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I gotta love it when two of the design teams I’m on create products that work so well together!  This chipboard baby banner by Dusty Attic was just the perfect compliment for the lovely vintage look of the Maja papers.  I gave them a simple paint job using Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress paint (also used on the background paper).

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The floral accents are a recent new release from Prima (the butterfly is part of the set) and the cute lil title is from another new Dusty Attic chipboard word pack.

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The little wooden toy chest is a wood embellishment by a Polish company called Scrapeniec.  The cool thing is that I created this page for The Scrapbook Diaries as a Page Kit……so you can get all the products I used on this page all in one kit, along with a full video tutorial on how to make the page.  It can be ordered as either a Girl Kit, as I made it, or a Boy kit using the blues in the Maja Vintage Baby collection.  The kit is available while quantities last at The Scrapbook Diaries.

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Before I close off for today I thought I would share one more project that I recently made using papers from the Maja Coffee in the Arbour collection and the Sofiero collection.  As some of you may know I recently shared a line of stencils I designed for The Crafter’s Workshop.  One of the stencil I designed was called ‘Complicated Hearts’  here I used the stencils (both 6×6 and 12×12 size) to create the center pieces for this Shabby Chic wall decor….and of course combined it with these lovely Maja Design paper collections.

I actually made up a step by step video tutorial on how this project was made, so sit back, relax and enjoy! …

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, and hope you feel inspired to play with the pretty shabby chic beauty of the Maja Design papers.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! xo


Maja Design Special Feature – Summer Guest Designers

Maja Design has an amazing group of world wide followers.  We thank you for such heart warming dedication and loyalty.

As a special “Thank You”  to the loyal followers who frequently share their work, we would like to feature a few of the wonderful artists that contribute to the Maja Design Facebook page:   Davinia Wood, Silje Kristin Aunan and Liz Marsden.

I am an English girl living in the Pilbara in Western Australia, pretty remote place! I live with my hubby and two pet hermit crabs. I started craft with wood craft and then discovered the gorgeous papers and stamps and that was it- I was hooked. I love colouring with Copics and Distress Inks. Why do I love Maja?  Well there is paper for everyone, every occasion and every season. It’s literally the most beautiful papers around. So beautiful I sometimes just want to keep them and look at them!!! They are divine. I found out about Maja through other crafty friends, I saw these beautiful papers had a look at their blogs and discovered Maja and have never looked back. I just love creating with these and part of the excitement of creating something new is playing around with these gorgeous papers!

My fave collection….oh heck hard one!…. I think it would have to be between
‘Life by the Sea’ ‘Sofiero’ and all of the Christmas papers!
You can find more of Davinia’s inspiring work on her blog here

I am Silje Kristin Aunan,  age 27,  living in Bodø; a city North
of Norway above the Polar Circle. 

I started scrapbooking in November 2013. It all began with a few Christmas tags and cards in 2013 using Maja Design papers. This was and
still is therapy for me. This is my passion, and I spend almost all my spare time producing paper
projects.  As for her love of Maja papers?  Silje says,” To wait for a new collection from Maja Design, is the same as waiting for Christmas presents on Chrismas Eve, Only this is so much better. Sometimes it seems that the sheets are made perfectly for my paper projects.” 

I love creating in a Vintage and Shabby Chic style and enjoy making 3D projects and special boxes.  I often challenge myself to make “impossible” paper creations.
“Nothing is impossible” is my mantra. 

 Silje designs for her local craft store, kaBoks, producer of dies, and stamps and a challenge blog, Nordsalten Hobbyklubb. 

 You can find Silje on her blog here. You’ll also soon see her in the August/September edition of the  Norwegian Craft Magazine, magazine, Ett Trykk .

Silje is absolutely enjoying our two newest collections, Vintage Baby and Summer Crush.  

Here are some of here gorgeous and creative pieces using both of those collections. 

I would like to thank  Maja Design for the
honour of asking me to be a guest on the Maja Design Blog, how excited am I
I have loved to create since childhood and was always to be
found colouring and  playing with paper etc.  Nothing much has changed, as I still love to colour with distress inks or copics and love to use Maja Design
papers.  They are my all time favourite and the ones I go to first, time and
time again, 
My favourite style  is shabby Chic and the Maja Design
papers are perfect for this, the designs, weight, and strength of the
papers mean you can do so much with them, I love to add a little  water to
the edges of my paper to create folds for interest and they take this technique
so well, as seen on my shabby chic card,I also  love to add laces,
chipboard and anything that adds texture to my creations too, 
One of my all time  favourite Maja Design collections
was the  Sofiero Limited collection, I loved the designs and colours very
much,  I tend also to use the Vintage Spring and Vintage Autumn Basics
quite a bit too, as  they adapt so easily For boys or girls creations,
You can find more of Liz’s amazing work on her blog  here. Here are some of Liz’s amazing pieces:

If you have not “LIKED”  us on Facebook yet, we invite you to join our page to stay informed on the newest releases. You can find us right here

We also want to invite you to share your own Maja Design projects and art pieces on our Facebook page.  It’s a great way to show off your work to the world as well.

Sweet Beauty…

Pastel sweet colors, dainty prints, vintage themed photos… these are some of the treats you will see in the new collection from Maja Designs… Summer Crush… perfect for the photos of my sweet little beauty…IMG_1318

You can cut our some of the elements and make them into dimensional embellishments like the bike and the roses…IMG_1325 IMG_1322 IMG_1327image003


Hope everyone will have a creative week ahead. Thanks for your visit!Iris-sign



Saint Cosmes church

Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with another photo I’ve taken at the Priory of Saint Cosmes (Centre – France). It’s a view of the church that is partially destroyed.


I started by adding some big splatters of white diluted gesso, then some black gesso with a sponge. I added a design with a stencil and black Archival ink.


I covered the chipboard with black gesso.


I colored the flowers and the die-cut leaves with Twinkling H2Os.


I added a light touch of white gesso to the roses as well as the chipboards.


I finished my layout with some Glass Glitter and Mica Flakes.

Maja Design papers used :

Summer Crush: Butterflies, He picks her up
Vintage Summer basics: Minnen

Summer Girl Birthday Set

A very good morning to you, Maja Fans!

Monday is usually not the most favourite day of the week, but I hope to cherish you up a bit sharing this cheerful summery birthday set that I made using our latest release, the Summer Crush collection :)

mdsummThe set consists of a notepad and, of course, a card for writing in some best birthday wishes :) So let’s have a closer look: I tied a piece of checker ribbon and a metal charm on the wire of the notepad:

mdsumm1The notepad can be closed and secured by elastic band tied around. Tip: I buy white elastic band and then colour pieces with my Promarkers to perfecly match papers :) Alcohol markers dry quickly and the elastic band doesn’t stain.

mdsumm2I love when signature strips offer some mini designs as well – here I used the strip to mark the line between two designs.

mdsumm3I also like to put a small pocket inside my notepads for keeping in some loose pages, tickets, receipts etc. I decorated the inside by stamping some positive thoughts:

mdsumm4The card features the same blue chevron paper for the background and a beautiful retro image on the front:

mdsumm5I inserted die-cut doilies between the layers and added some mini roses accented with glitter:

mdsumm6There are some fabric roses too, and a seam-binding ribbon bow:


Maja Design papers: Summer Crush: Snapshots, Dancing the Bop bs, He gives her flowers, He gives her flowers bs, First date bs, Flirty, Flirty bs. Other: dies: Memory Box, Cheery Lynn Designs, Prima; stamps: Kesi’art, pearls, brad: ScrapBerry’s; button, ribbons, charm – from my stash.

I hope the set is a perfect birthday gift for a young lady :)

Wishing you a good week-



drawers with hearts

Hi there Maja fans!
Ingrid here today with a project made with the new collection Summer Crush.
For these drawers I used the blue and light brown tones.
These colors reminded me of the beach so I’ve added some seashells, some bought and some self collected from the beach.

IMG_1108Started with two sheets of papers for the base.
I used the “long summer nights” for the top and sides and the hearts.
The “he gives her flowers” for the drawers.
Distressed all the edges.

IMG_1112Two chipboard hearts were also ‘dressed’ with the beautiful papers.
The white polymer sea items are from Scrapberry’s.
Also added some mesh and gauze


The drawers had the “he gives her flowers” as a base and the “long summer nights” for the hearts. All the edges were distressed.


Found the lovely metal heart in my stash.

IMG_1115For the square ( a lid of a small chipboard box ), I used the “he gives her flowers” and “dancing the Bop” papers.

IMG_1117Made some thread flowers in a matching creme color.

IMG_1122Some mesh and gauze for extra interest.

IMG_1126Small frame from Scrapberry’s and a handmade thread flower.

image003Papers used:
Long summer nights, he gives her flowers, butterflies in her stomach, dancing the Bop.

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx


Beach theme

Dear Maja-fans,

This day we are going to show some wonderful layouts within the theme “beach”. We guess you have a lot of pictures from this summer, featuring the beach, the sun or another wonderful environment, that you want to start scrapping. We hope you find inspiration here.

Capturing the AdventureGabrielle’s wonderful layout, created with papers from Vintage Summer & Vintage Spring

EnjoyGabrielle has created this fantastic creation with papers from Vintage Spring & Vintage Summer

DSC_5256 copy-1Marilyn are using papers from Vintage Frost, in this fabulous layout

Seaside_ElenaOlinevich_MainResElena has been using papers from Life by the Sea for this stunning layout

DSC_0410Beautiful creation by Marilyn, using CreaDiem

Sofiero Sunset 800Wonderful layout by Jennifer, using Sofiero

014-(3)Lovely & Colorful. Made by Stacey, using papers from CreaDiem

Beach LifeWonderful layout, created by Larissa, using Life by the Sea

DA_MB_Evgenia_majaEvgenia has created this wonderful layout, using papers from Life by the Sea

tutorial by heather Absolutely stunning layout by Heather, using Life by the Sea

Sailing 1Beautiful layout by Romy, using papers from Life by the Sea

1e95dba4-5fef-41b4-a764-9be5d9e5512e_zpscdf10a98Stunning & beautiful layout by Rachelle, using papers from Walking in the Forest

Hope you were inspired..! And please don’t forget to tell usif you like anything special. :) Thanks for stopping by the blog today!



On Your Special Day

Cathy - Summer Crush

Hello Maja Design friends! It’s Cathy here and I have a card to share with you today. It’s monochromatic in colour but I hope not in mood! I have used the newest collection, Summertime Crush which is my favourite collection at the moment!

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I used a stamp from JustRite Enjoy the Day stamp set as my sentiment and die cut it with a Spellbinders ovals die. Using a distressing tool, I inked around the edges in a circular motion while the paper was still in the die using Weathered Wood Distress ink. This ink which matches the papers perfectly!

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As you can see I have used a few patterns in this card. I used Dancing the Bop (front and back) and Long Summer Nights. By matting them in white, it helps to break it up and not have the papers compete with each other. I did ink and distress each of my layers using walnut stain distress ink, one of my favourite inks.



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I used foam tape add some dimension to some of my layers. The base layer and the horizontal band was glued and everything else was attached with foam tape. I also used one the base strips from one of the papers out in the horizontal band. …don’t throw them!

Maja Design Papers Used



Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and I hope that you are having a “Special Day” today!




A Perfect Day

Hello friends!

Have you ever fallen in love with a collection of papers so much that you just cannot keep your hands off of it? Well, I am looking at the new Summer Crush collection from Maja Design and there is this mad impulse to make loads and loads of stuff from it. I guess that’s why it’s so aptly named “Summer Crush”!

This is my third project featuring these papers and I’m focusing on the pink this round after working with the teals in the previous post. It’s remarkable how easy these two colors are to work with, either together or on their own. Here is my layout, a rare one of me and the boys at the park since I’m always the person behind the camera. It’s not often I play rough with them, especially since I’m pregnant now but you can tell that we were having a lot of fun here! More like they were having a lot of fun tickling and climbing over me….It is a pleasant reminder that it’s not a must to capture the moment, but more important to live in it.  But make sure your camera settings are right so that the husband can do the capturing instead.


Now in the collection, one of the sheets actually came exactly like the background you see here. However it was too flat for my liking so I trimmed out the centre teal portion and mounted it onto another sheet with the pink checkered design. This way, I can distress the edges of my teal paper and make it more dimensional and outstanding. I would have done some stitching as well along the edges if I wasn’t such a klutz with the sewing machine. Once again, my background mixed media work was kept close and tight to the main cluster so that it doesn’t cover up the gorgeous images Marie has drawn over the page.

If you look closely, almost everything on this page is a square of some kind. The papers I used for layering are all squares of different sizes,  my chipboard frame is square, my two main sheets of patterned paper are squares, the stamped design is square… and I even found two square buttons in my stash! Now what’s up with the squares you say? I really have no idea other than it’s fun!

Some close-ups:


I just cannot get enough of those straws! In my previous post I demonstrated how to make these cute little babies and this round I’ve used the hearts and chevrons to complement the whole mood of the layout.


Layering the patterned papers and also a die cut doily to create some additional detail in my floral cluster.


The info strip which I used as a subtitle. My background work comprises of simple stenciling, painting and creating texture with distress glitter and sand grit.

That’s all I have for today. Hope you like what I have shared!

Maja Design papers used:


He picks her up, Sweetheart, Falling in love, Butterflies, Off to meet him

Other supplies:

Mediums: 13@rts, Rangers
Flowers and doily die: Prima Marketing Inc
Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios
Stamps: Kaisercraft