Easter Canvas

Hello Maja Friends. Are you busy with your Easter preparations?

I feel like I always do just jump into decorations almost last minute. So this time I have decided to start creating something like this long time before.

So here is my Easter canvas that I am going to give to my Mother

EasterCanvasElena  I use yellow in my creations not rarely, I would say never. But some changes are needed  for my moving towards so I have already tried greens, so next turn is for the yellow.

And yes, Vintage Spring basics Collection has almost all of the possible colors to choose from lilac and purple, to olive, yellow, eggplant and so on

Centre  My canvas is just about 20*20 cm or 8*8 inches, so it’s  a little bit challenging for me as it is more in size than the card but quiet smaller than my usual and preferrable for the works size of 30*30 cm or 12*12 inches.

But I made some cutting from the papers, put some layers, added some flowers and branches and here is my feeling of this special day

ClosieCanvas1  Those daffodils are so amazing, I love them and they are my messenger for the warm spring. I have put several pictures of them on my canvas, but this one on the background is the pretiest one


I made some water coloring on the background as well as on my embellishments.

so hope my Mom will love it too.

Products used:

Vinatge Spring Basics – 1st of March, 2nd of march, 3rd of March, Days to Remeber;

Prima Marketing embellishments, 2Crafty Chipboard Border.





Shabby Chic Card Video Tutorial

Hello, Maja Friends. Elena is here to share with you my new card I made using some scraps left form the previous projects. I have already told you I am a savvy scrapper, so I can not afford to throw even a small piece of paper. I know it sounds strange, but sometimes you can create something awesome just using those leftovers.

CardMainVintage  I combined 2 collections there ( you know all the collections are designed that way that you can mix them) Vintage Summer Basics and Crea Diem. I have chosen those pieces that have some black accents as well as shabby pale pink, just love this combination.

IMG_3312  I added some embellishments, made a simple work on the background and a pretty card is ready to be given for someone special.


I have made also a video tutorial for you, so you can follow my simple instructions to revise your stash of leftovers.



Hope you have enjoyed it.



In Our Sofa…Welcome to Elena’s place

Good morning, Maja Friends.

Today is my turn to invite you to my little scrap space

Elena-Olinevich-E  It was not easy for me to make the shots of my place after I have seen Jenny’s gorgeous room about a month ago. But anyway, though it is not even a sole room , I hope you will like to see the place where I create.

So I have 3 places where I create – my kitchen, my daughter’s room and our living room, espeacially the big windows that I use to make the shots of all of my projects.

More often you can find me here, at my daughter’s room, where we share one desk:

IMG_2479  You have noticed I have almost occupied her desk with my Shimmerz paints and mists, but  in turn, I allow her to use them too. She doesn’t mind.

The only issue that arrives almost all the time – who is responsible for cleaning the desk, as I may start to create, then she comes , finds a small place and starting to borrow almost all of my embellishments I have prepared for my project.

After I find time to get back to my project I can not find anything, but on the other day she comes to me and says: Look, Mom, what I have created for you.

So what else I need to say that just – oh, dear, this is adorable, but could you be so kind and don’t pick it next time without my permission first.

So it’s not easy to share something with someone , especially when DT boxes arrive, she looks in them and says – it is too much for you, I need 30% of it or I won’t let you create at my desk.

This is for instance how she says about my Chipboard box:


So doing it this way, I have struggled with her for providing me with one shelf, and she allowed me to use a half of it, so this is where I keep all my stencils, masks and some mediums:

IMG_2486  As I can not keep all my supplies in open access because we have another one little kid, my son, who is just 20 months old and who  explores life every minute, I need to hide the rest of my stuff.

So this is how I keep all my papers, if I don’t want them to be painted or leaving some sketches on them:

IMG_2490  The number 516 doesn’t mean I have 516 sheets of cardstock, it’s just a note that was made during the shipping the box to me by the customs office or someone like that.

As I design for several companies I decided to keep all the collections ( the papers and the embellishments in one box), it makes it easier to find and match them. For Maja Design papers I use their signed boxes and just make the notes which collections are in the box.

I am not going to show you my kitchen desk, as you won’t see something special there.

So our next stop is another room full of light and white furniture:

IMG_2702  This drawer is a shabby style one, an we bought  the same leather sofa, so next step is to paint the walls with white paint and add some decorations.

Don’t laugh at the number of the baby carriages, I bought them for my decoration projects, but I need to hide them as well as the kids are struggling for them to play with.

This is how many of my Layouts are kept, mostly the old ones, that I don’t like too much and I think I just need to put off the embellishments and give the papers to the kids. I need to think how to recycle them if I don’t want them to be on the albums or on the walls

IMG_2708  Yes, the paint is hidden even there.

And here is my favorite object in this room

IMG_2703  I am scrap addicted but I am book- addicted too. It is full of the books for the kids or teenagers mostly, but I buy those books that are out of age, and that are inetersted for everyone. I need to say that  for the past 5 years I have spent on the books almost the same som of money as for my scrap hobby. I seek for good and inspiring illustrations, good poetry and the text that makes you start thinking while reading. No needless to say that I find a huge inspiration from the books too.

My hubby doesn’t like the idea of spending too much on my hobby as well as on the books as his main argument is – we don’t have ebough space to keep it all. But I have already found many drawers and extra space everywhere, and I can not wait when our house will be built so I can have a huge studio and cabinet in one, half of it will be for creatong, the other one – for enjoying the books.

I hope you have liked my space as much as I love my house.

Next time Maja will invite us to her space, so stay tuned and don’t miss it on April 12th.









What a Lovely Day

Hello crafters.

This week the weather was so perfect for the early spring that I could easily say each day - What a Lovely Day. This card was inspired by such a day

CardEO  the only reason that I don’t like sunny weather is that I am having issues with making the photo of my project. So here is one more:


I have tired of the cold weather and dull winter, and my soul needs something fresh and airy, so this shabby card is what I need by now.

I used a very soft and gentle Sofiero collection, unfortunately it was a limited edition and I have been keeping it to create a mini album. But one card is somathing that can be a part of mini album too, isn’t it?

Close  I used an acrylic base to create my card. so that the background paper can be seen well too. On the top of the acrylic base I added some layers of papers as well as some dimenisonal paint from Shimmerz. So you might have noticed that my shabby style is a mix of shabby and some mixed media techniques.

close2and this is how it looks inside

InsideCard  Have a Lovely day.

Products used:

Sofiero Collection – Strolling Down the Rose path, Enjoying the fragrance. Prima Marketing flowers, Clear Scraps Acrylic base and the scalloped rame, Shimmerz Dazzlerz and Spritz, ribbon, trinket, crystals.






Spring – We are waiting for you

Good morning , dear Friends.

I can’t believe, the winter is almost over and tomorrow is the first day of spring. I need to confess, I suffer when it’s cold, either when it is hot. That is why I love Spring and Summer days.

So here is my Layout welcoming the Spring.

VCCCLOElenaOlinevich   I tried to create something in shabby chic style , but added some art mediums to stay true to my style. Anyway, it seems to be soft and delicate at the same time


I made some fussy cutting, all those butterflies and blooming branches are great for that kind of creations .

lacetrims   I added lace trims and some chipboard branch, a few machine stitching, flowers and here you have a heart – to – heart photo with so many soft and textile details.

sneak  The new time has come and I feel a necessity in renewing myself, so I will keep on experimenting with light colors and shabby style. So if you are interested in it, stay tuned, I will make a video tutorial on  some of my shabby creation during this month.

So if you don’t want to miss it, I highly encourage you to subscribe on Maja Design Channel on YouTube, there will be more tips and tutorials from our Creative Team.


Products used:

Vintage Spring Basics – 1st of May, 3rd of May, 5th of May, 6th of May, Days to Remeber;

2Crafty Chipboard – Cherry Blosom Vine and Window Set, Prima Marketing flowers and embellishment , Shimmerz Sprays, Lace trims.



Our Best Time Spent Together

Hello Maja Friends,

though today is a Valentine’s Day and I guess you are waiting for something romantic from me, I decided to make something different and it’s about my 2 very special and beloved men.

TogetherLOElenaOlinevich  This photo was taken during our week end walk, and I realized that these 2 are my strength and support, and I am a happy Mom and a happy wife.


While making the choise between what collection to pick, I knew for sure that Vintage Summer Bascics is something that suits this photo perfectly.
IMG_2394  I did some fussy cutting as well as some mixed media work on the background using some of my favorite stamps and art mediums


I like the way Marie has filled this collection with a variety of blue shades and using multiple number of them doesn’t make the creation to look dull but adds the depth.

I hope you are having a pleasant evening with you beloved and preciuos family members

and thank you for stopping by today.


Products used:

Vintage Summer Basics: 1916,  1935, 1944, 1904, 1926, 1932; Prima flowers, embellishments and mask, Shimmerz sprays, Dazzlerz and Texturez, VildaStamps



Tea pot Mini Album

Hello Maja Friends! It’s so freezing outside in my country, -21 Celcius and the only way to warm up is to enjoy hot tea with a family.

I have made a mini album about some of our evenings during tea time.

TeaPotMain  I used so cozy and sweet Fika collection. It’s more than a perfect for such kind of photos.

I used an acrylic album as a base and left some pages clear, the others were covered with papers, so you can watch the background papers as well. isn’t it awesome? such a good way to save on your papers and to use them properly, so you won’t miss 2 sides.


all those berries, chocolate and lilac tones make me dreaming about having tea time parties outdoors , at our country house

TeaPot2asome  mpre shots of my kids- tasting the waffles while I was busy with serving the meals

ClearScraps4TeaPot2and more:



TeaPot3a  Now I see that even my cups are a great match to this collection

IMG_1132      Just a closer look at a special cup from Fika papers:


Lastb  I had so much pleasure while creating this mini album. If you look through your family shots taken during some party or even Christmas, I am sure you will create something gorgeous with Fika collection.

Fika-PProducts used:

Fika collection: Kaffe tack, Chokladmuffins, En kopp te, Cheesecake, Mandelkaka, Plommonkaka, Nybakat, Björnbärsrutor, Marzipanbakelse



You and Me

Good morning Maja Fans. It’s quite freezing outside in my city, so while trying to warm my hands after the cold and snow day, I jave been looking through some photos taken in the spring and summer before.

And this is what I have found and decided to make a Layout with it immediately.

TogetherLOElenaMain  Though this shot was taken in the garden in bloom, I used  Vintage Autumn Basics collection, as some hues of it reminds about mauve and lilac flowers in the spring.


Those roses printed on the background paper look really vintage and it even strengthen the romantic feeling in my opinion.
I combined purple, mauve with the blue, it was unexpected for  me, as I wanted to go ususal way and use just shades of pink and white, but I like the result, it makes it look airy and fresh


I added some vintage acrylic embellishments, so they are vintage too – frame and Fleurs de Lis

Fleurdelis  So now I don’t know when I start working on the photos, taken this winter. Probably during the hot summer days.

Vintage-Autumn-BasicsProducts used:

Vintage Autumn Basics: No VI, No I,No VIII,  No X. Prima Marketing flowers and embellishments, Clear Scraps acrylic embellishment, 2Crafty chipboard, Shimmerz sprays and paints, Ranger alcohol inks, VildaStamps, strings.





Starting Valentine’s Day Cards

Good morning, Maja Friends. Christmas holdays have already passed and I started preparations for Valentine’s Day. This time I wanted to create some cards for a couple as if they could exchange with each other. They were supposed to be almost the same, except for some special elements , ususal for female and male. In fact they are totally differnet, so I admit I am not able to create totally  similar cards.

MintLilacCardElenaOlinevich  This one is for a lady, I wanted to use this sweet spring color palette, as it looks fresh and feminine at the same time.


My second card is supposed to be a card for him, though it can be unisex too)))

mALEcARDElenaOlinevich  Ttally Love is in the Air, can you feel it?

Vintage-Summer-Basics-P1  Products used:

Vintage Summer Basics – 6*6 paper pad, Prima Marketing flowers and embellishments, Matha Stewart frame, 2Crafty Chipboard, metal trinket, microbeads, Shimmerz Dazzlerz, Vibez and Blingz, stamps.





Vintage Album

Hello Maja Friends.  A very Happy New year to all of you. I am happy to start my first post this year with a special mini album made for my friend’s Granny. And you may guess that it was such a pleasure to look at all these old precious photos and to read the story of one family.


I have chosen Vintage Summer Basics collection to create with, I think it is so perfect for such family history album.


There were many photos that my friend wanted me to include into the album. It was not simple, but I made several hidden pockets and placed some of the photos under each other.

Secret1  I added lace, fabric trims and some embellishments that can remind you about those times

VA2  Some of the photos had some notes, so I scanned them and placed into the album too

Secret2just love this wooden prints on the paper, so perfect for black and white photos.


I didn’t want to use any extra mediums there, just some torn edges, fabric touches and beautiful papers





Secret5  I was very busy while stitching papers, trims and string

VA6some more ideas to hide your photos:












and finally the last page has a pocket for any extra photos or cherished things

pocketHope you have liked my album and you have got some more ideas to create your family album.


Products used: Vintage Summer Basics Collection: 1922, 1923, 1924, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1944, 1945, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1903, 1905, 1891, 1926:

2Crafty Chipboard, lace, ribbon, metal trinkets, flowers, fabric