Lucia by Camilla

Hi there! I am wrapping up the year with a photo from my daughter’s Lucia celebration. I have used the A Gift For You collection.
Lucia - MDThe papers are torn and punched and then layered on top of each other.

Lucia1I have also used some Prima masks to create some more patterns.

Lucia2Products used: Maja Design A Gift For You papers (When snow is falling, Hope to see you soon and On Christmas Morning), Prima masks, Prima flowers, Prima bling, seam binding, cheese cloth, Prima alpha stickers, border punch.Camilla-sign

Creative Team 2015

This year will soon come to it’s end and we have had a really great time, creating some really wonderful art and hopefully inspiring others along the way!

Now, the New Year is coming up – 2015. We think it should be a really great year, filled with joy & inspiration and a lots of wonderful scrapping! A new year also means – new Team members..! MajaDesign proudly presents:

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Cathy-McGrath Cathy McGrath, Australia
“My style is shabby chic/vintage. I love to use die cuts, particularly in my cards as well as use flowers, lace and vintage trinkets in my other projects.  I cannot wait to use the beautiful papers and be inspired to create with them.”

Elena-Olinevich
Elena Olinevich, Belarus
I have been exploring some new approaches and mixed media
techniques, but being a very gentle person my projects tend to be more
feminine. I like using paints, mists and lace. But the most distinctive feature
of my projects are layering and thorough attention to details.

Evgenia-Petzer
Evgenia Petzer, South Africa
“My style is very feminine and detailed. I love all these tiny bits and little pieces that give teh personal touch to the creation. As Maja papers are very soft and shabby this is a perfect match. These papers are so “me”, they reflect all that i have loved in the scrapbooking ppaers for ages. Starting from the awesome quality to unique designs, I am just so looking forward to continue playing with them, but now as a part of a Creative Team.”

Gabrielle-Pollacco
Gabrielle Pollacco, Canada
“I would call my style Vintage/Shabby-chic with a good dose of mixed media. It makes me happy to share new ideas and techniques and see others incorporate them into their own style.  I’m delighted to be on the Maja Design Creative Team for another year, their designs are timeless and leave me feeling inspired every time I pull them out to create!”

Heidi-Augustson
Heidi Augustson, Norway
“Crafting has always been my passion, and I love the shabby chic- and vintage style. My projects are detailed and characterized by the use of vintage photos, lace, flowers and romantic details. I have always loved Maja Design’s papers and I am so much looking forward to work with the products and this fantastic team of talented girls.”

Ingrid-Gooyer
Ingrid Gooijer, Netherlands
“I think most people know me for my altered projects. Although I also love making layouts and cards, I find myself always looking for other shapes and forms which I can make more beautiful by using papers and/or paints.”

Irene-Tan
Irene Tan, Malaysia
“Hmm…when talking about my style, I really don’t have one specific style. Normally, I create how and where my heart and urge takes me. I can be grungy and messy one day and keep it simple and clean on another day. I can be very detailed and add tons on one of my project but playing with simple geometrics on my next project. So I guess I really don’t have a defined style. What do you think Maja Designs gorgeous papers would lead me to?”

Jelissa-Mei
Jelissa Mei, Singapore
“My style is, I think, a marriage of mixed media and romantic shabby chic. I would say that my most striking characteristic is that I like to create multi-layered backgrounds with lots of textures and layers, and build up from there the shabby part of the work using papers and embellishments. It is really a honor for me to join Maja Designs as the papers suit my style to a T, and I hope to grow more as an artist in my time here.” 

Maja-Nowak
Maja Nowak, Poland
“My work is a mixture of romantic shabby chic and a bit of a steampunk, masculine touch. I don’t hesitate to use flowers and glitter for my boys’ layouts, but from time to time, especially when making to order, I do create a card that is not at all distressed :-) What I love most about Maja Design papers is their diversity that allows me to use it for almost anything I need to create. Belonging to the team of world-famous scrappers is a true honour and great pleasure for me and I’m so happy to stay here for another term!”

Pascale-Bernard
Pascale Bernard, France
“The colors in my photo are my starting point. I love testing new
techniques using gesso, inks, stamps, and creating my own flowers with colors
close to reality. I always create my own backgrounds with several layers and
textures. My style is at the same time or in turn vintage, shabby, steampunk,
and mixed media.”

Rachelle Sigurdson
Rachelle Sigurdson, Canada
“To get my texture, I love to work with distressed, hand stitched paper layers. I also love & use chipboard on all of my projects. By reading my comments, I would say that my characteristics is ’my attention to details’”.

Zaneta-Glowa
Zaneta Glowa, Sweden
“I would describe my style as feminine, subtle, with a romantic touch. But I do like some variations, following my mood or an inspiration, which can often lead to creating something ‘not-quite-my-style-but-I-like-it-anyway’. I like my works to be well balanced, I let the ‘white space’ speak and I can hardly stay away from adding just a touch of some mixed media or stamps. I adore Maja Designs papers, I love to have them and just watch those outstanding patterns, explore the details… so I’m hoping that cutting them becomes easier as a DT member :)  I hope I will be able to show the versatility of the papers, play with endless combinations of different collections – with only my own creativity setting the limit!

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Jennifer Snyder, Facebook Coordinator, USA
“My style? This has always been a difficult question to answer.  Let’s just call it
‘evolving’.  Where I stared , where I am presently and where I’ll be tomorrow is a big mix of styles. Where I stared off disliking cards is now where I find great joy. Gotta keep the journey fun and ever changing. Vintage yesterday, shabby chic today, clean and crisp tomorrow? Who knows!
Why do I stick out as a scrapper? I actually do not think my art sticks out. Art is just
paper, glue and whatever embellishments are chosen. I hope that the person behind the art is most important. I hope those people who have chosen to know me, will find depth, kindness and a caring helpful nature. I feel that egos and arrogance have found their way into so many hearts spoiling even the most beautiful project. I don’t want to be that person.
I love Maja Design for
its beautiful consistent collections. The quality and excellence of the product is a joy to use. I look forward to having a chance to use some of the
best and most beautiful paper in the world. As Facebook Coordinator, I also look forward to telling the world about Maja and  helping to establish a strong world presence.” 

Jenny
Jenny Grotherus, Team Coordinator, Sweden
“Every new team is like a bunch of new babies in the family to me. That is what our team is like. Family. I am always so amazed by the wonderful creations they create and how lovable they all are. They are such an inspiration and I always learn so much from
them. I’ve become friends for life with past Creative Team members and I am sure this years girls are no exception.”

Jenny is also a dedicated scrapper and drops in with her wonderful art on the blog from time to time.

“My style is very Maja like. A lot of soft colours, vintage, lace and flowers. I like to keep it simple. I like to create usable things with papers. Jewellery boxes, picnic baskets, books etc. A tutorial or two might slip through once in a while.”


We also want to say thank you and show our great appreciation to those in the Creative Team that now are leaving us for new adventures. It has been a blast working along with you all and we sure are going to miss you! So, a big Thank you and Goodbye to these wonderful ladies that has been with us under the past year;

Nancy-Hanttula Nadia-Cannizzo Marilyn-Rivera Larissa-Albernaz Cathy-Lane CamillaEkman Andrea-Evans

Thanks for all your fantastic work and for the wonderful inspiration you have been giving us! We love you!

Many hugs!
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Beautiful Winter

Hello Maja Friends, we had snow last week but there is none of it today. The rainy weather and still warm as if it is the Fall. Anyway, I am not kind of person who prefers winter because of its cold, but I feel that I need it right now as I am busy with Christmas preparations.

So I created several cards

HousesWinter_ElenaOlinevichIt is my attempt to enjoy the snow. So I used some embellishments to support my wish.

img2For this card I used just scraps of paper and even some negatives, but I still like to use every bit of Maja papers for my creations.

BlueWinter_ElenaOlinevichFor my second card I went further and used even some papers from non – Christmas collection, they are more spring and fresh, but I guess they look crispy frozen here.

img_7388and my last but not the least card, is a bit girly

FashionAddicted_ElenaOlinevichBut is was created for a fashion addicted person who is good in wearing trendy and feminine clothes even when it is freezing outside.

img_7392Again just leftovers and scraps but I guess no one will know about it.

Have a good day and I wish you a Merry and Bright Christmas.

Products used: Maja Design papers – Vintage  Frost Basics – 10th, 21th of December, Vintage Summer Basics – 1903, Crea Diem – Blomstra

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A Maja Farewell

Hello Maja friends! It’s Andrea coming to you one last time to bring you some delightful Maja Design goodness! This will be my last post as a design team member…I look back at my time here very fondly…Marie is wonderfully creative and generous, Jenny is super supportive and always helpful and the rest of the team, well, they’re just fabulous and wonderfully talented! I figured that my last post would be a collection of my very favorite Maja Design cards, so here we go: AndreaEwenAndreaEwenAndrea EwenAndrea_EwenAndrea_EwenAndreaEwenCSC166MajaCCSC161Maja JulydivaDareMClean MajaCApr1113 PCL090513clean RememberingYouMajaC ZvaJuly13blogHopMajaCleanThanks so much for all the wonderful comments over the past two years! Hope I’ve inspired you to go out there and create! Andrea-sign

Love Completely

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Hi there, it’s Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my last project for 2014!  I came across this photo of my dear husband and our oldest daughter Chloe from when she was just a little baby. We had a tradition of going apple picking in the Fall, even before our babies were born, and we continued the tradition on each year with our girls (and family).  This was Chloe’s first apple picking trip.  Now she is 16 years old and will soon be driving a car! Oh how time flies!

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I used 4 different Maja paper collections for this one.  It’s fun to combine the collections, the way I do it is to either go with the ‘warm’ colors from each of the collections or the cool colors.  I used a color combination that I have not used in a long time.  When I think of whimsical, the two colors I like to put together is usually purple & green…..but this time I went with purple and blue.  I tore some paper strips from left over scraps I had in these colors and layered them with some drywall tape (found at your local hardware store). I then decorated around my photo with some chipboard…the circle design is a new Dusty Attic chipboard piece from their String Frames Set.  I added some clocks from Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper and tucked them around my photo area.  The blooms are from Tresors de Luxe.  And that diamond stamp you see around the photo and edges of my page?….That’s one of my new stamps that I designed!  I used to doodle this design by hand on my layouts, so I thought it would be fun to make a stamp of it!  You can find my stamp at The Scrapbook Diaries.

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Once I had my embellishing done around my photo, I went to add my title, another new set of chipboard titles from Dusty Attic.  I wanted the white letters to show up better so I did a little dry brushing with my Victorian Velvet Distress paint by Tim Holtz behind the title area….this allowed the title to pop.

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I added a small corner design to balance the page by moistening the Maja paper and pulling it back a little.  I love the way these papers withstand the rigors I put them through, LOL.  I then tucked a piece of lace in the exposed area and added some chipboard accents, again from Dusty Attic (Small Scroll #2).

Maja Design Papers used in this project:  

Coffee In The Arbour:  Raspberry Jam Cookies, Butterflies are Free (both sides), Raspberry Cupcakes

A Gift for You:  My Dear Friend

Vintage Autumn Basics:  XVI (clock designs)

Ska vi ta en Fika: Våffla m. björnbärssylt (both sides)

I hope you enjoyed my project, thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today! xo

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Christmas Cards

Hello there, Maja Fans!

It’s Maja here sharing two Christmas cards – as it’s the last moment to send them out :) I made quite a few this year, and of course I wouldn’t miss the chance to make these two using our Christmas release of this year, A Gift For You:

mdsil0For one of the cards, I used a vintage image of the Holy Family and placed it in the centre on the background of layered papers, tied a piece of vintage ribbon and tiny bells that jingle delicately with each move :)

mdsil1I die-cut poinsettias and mistletoe twigs for the flower cluster on my card:

mdsil2For the other card, I used the postcard image I cut out of the die cut sheet – I jus love placing mini postcards on cards! :) I added some chpiboard snowflakes that I covered with glitter and imitated snow caps with liquid pearls:

mdsil3Then I die-cut some poinsettias again, coloured them with mist and placed the button with the Nativity scene on a large snowflake:

mdsil4What do you think? :)

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: A Gift For You small pad, die cut sheet; Other: vintage image: LemonCraft; button: scrap.com.pl; dies: Magnolia; chipboard pieces: Scrapiniec, punch: Martha Stewart; stamp: Lemonade; ribbons: from my stash.

I hope both you and the addressees would like the cards :) See you!

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set of cards

I just love to sent cards to family and friends. I was almost running out so I decided to make some more. You can never have enough cards he? :)

Made these with the *A Gift for you* collection.


I used the *sent with love* sheet for the background.
Cut some strips of the *hope to see you soon* sheet.
Also added some bits of masking tape and some lace.


Added some modeling paste on the background using a template.
Some paint splatters for an extra color touch.
Made the circles with a white pen.


A lovely cluster of Scrapberry’s flowers and resins and some gauze,
together with some ribbon flowers and twigs from 13 Arts.


Added some flat turquoise pearls for an extra touch.

And here is my second card:
The text paper is from the *hope to see you soon* sheet.
Some punched flowers are also from this sheet, added with a brad.


The resins and the white/turquoise flowers are from Scrapberry’s


Some turquoise stitching.


Papers used:
* hope to see you soon
* sent with love

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

From Paris with Love-Nyhavn

December on the Swedish west coast is always a story about rain and wind. How the wet cold finds it’s way through all the clothes you so carefully put on in the morning and makes you soaked before you cross the threshold to the office. It makes it very easy to let your thoughts wonder away to a sunny Paris.

parisI have had the privilege to play with our new Nyhavn collection during the Lucia weekend. As always it’s a pure joy. Don’t miss the fact that it’s a limited one so when it’s gone it’s gone. And. You get a bonus sheet if you buy the collection pack. It is not sold as a single sheet so it’s an extra treat. paris_1We went to Paris on our wedding anniversary a couple of years ago. It’s lovely to just stroll around Montmartre and soak the romantic atmosphere. I have used laces and tulle from a LSS and Michaels.

I love the modern, but still romantic feel of this collection. I had a really hard time to tear these lovely sheets apart this time. Our last limited collection Sofiero sold out so quickly so I never got the chanse to replace my favourite sheets. Wise from the lesson it feels like I need to open up a bottle of champagne and make it a ceremonious ritual for every single sheet that I use.
paris_2Flowers by Prima, Michaels and Magnolia. Metal from Prima, bling from LSS and Michaels.paris_3Funny thing. I got this tulle a month ago thought the colour was lovely. And then Marie releases Nyhavn with the exact same colour. It’s not the first time. Our style is very similar. Resin from Prima.paris_4

The lovely chipboard is from ScrapFX and has been painted and inked with three different colours (Ingvild Bolme and Tim Holtz inks). Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. Doily die by Prima.

I hope you got inspired by my first Nyhavn creation, it will definitely not be my last. I am completely in love with the Old Townhouses sheet and must use it asap… For this layout I have used the following sheets:

Old Townhouses
A Dockside In Bloom
Romantic Lunch
Strolling Along The Canal
Veteran Ships
Eating Out
Sitting At The DockJenny

Vintage Winter Mini Album

Hello Maja Friends, today I am sharing a Mini Album I created for the Christmas memories. It can be used as a December Daily as well but I keep it as a present for a special friend of mine.

VintageWinter_Album_ElenaOlinevichI used one of my favourite Winter collections ( so I admit I love all of them) – Vintage Winter. I just love the blue tones of it, it is so traditional for a Russian Winter.

I used a clear album and decorated my cover page with clear ornament ball:

Clear_Ornament_AlbumAnd a first page with a circle photo frame

VintageWinterAlbum1My next pages:

VintageWinterAlbum2I didn’t want to cover the beautiful background papers with many layers, so I kept some of the pages clean and simple – just for adding the photos or some notes.

VintageWinterAlbum3I added some envelopes and folded books to place more photos inside:

VintageWinterAlbum3aVintageWinterAlbum4VintageWinterAlbum5VintageWinterAlbum5aVintageWinterAlbum5band this is the backside of my cover, it is also clear:

CoverBackVintageWinterProducts used:

Maja Design – Vintage Winter Collection: Winter Night, Fun in the Snow, Lovely Winter Day, It’s snowing, Christmas Joy, Die Cut Sheet; Clear Scraps Mini Album, Marianne Design  and Prima Marketing Dies, 2Crafty Chipboard.

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