Creating Wall Art with Maja

Wall Hanging

Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share a home decor project!  It’s no secret that I’m a big lover of the shabby-chic style, and I say why not take it off the page and into the home.  For my project I used a variety of Maja Design papers and just had some fun tearing and painting away with them.    I made a video step by step on how I created this project, so grab yourself a cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial.  Here are some individual shots of the each of the panels in this decorative wall hanging….

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I used Vintage Spring Basics (4rth of April) as the base of this panel.  I also added clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) paper to decorate the panel.  The chipboard is from Dusty Attic Designs (Cherry Blossom Branch) and the butterfly is from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.  I used home-made texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Time Travel) for the clock designs.

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I did a fair bit of layering with my patterned papers for the middle panel.  I used a pretty blue paper from Crea Diem (Leva och växa) for the top layer, the next gingham layer is from Ska vi ta en Fika? (Två fröknar – bs) and then a bright blue layer from Crea Diem (Skapa dagen).  I needed a lighter layer for my stamped quote (Tim Holtz stamp), so I used a scrap piece I had left over from my last project from the Vintage Spring Basics (6th of March).  The stencils I used for this one were Crafters Workshop ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’.  The stitch I used was from Prima.  The cute lil frame and the butterflies are from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.

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For my final panel I used another part of the Crea Diem paper I used in the middle panel (Leva och växa) and created a peek-a-boo tear showing a strip pattern paper from Vintage Spring Basics (4th of April-bs).  I again used a Cherry Blossom branch from Dusty Attic and the ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’ stencils from Crafters Workshop.  Here are a couple more views of the panels…


I hope my project has inspired you to give Maja Design papers a go when creating home decor projects. Thanks for taking the time to watch my little tutorial! xo


Loving Life

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Hi everyone! Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my latest Maja Design project.  Yep! I’m one of those scrappers that often forgets to scrap about myself. I have a big family and have lots to scrap about so I don’t often think to do a page about me.  The photo in this layout is one that one of my daughters took of me when we were on a walk together.


I used mainly papers I still had in my stash from the Limited Editing Sofiero collection.  I chose colors in the pinks and taupes with just a hint of green.

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I really hate to waste any of my Maja Scraps so I save anything bigger than a couple of inches for upcoming projects.  I had this piece of ‘Enjoy the Frangrance’ paper left over from another layout I made and decided to keep the angle cut the way it was. I just lightly moistened the paper and gave it some folds along the diagonal edge. When it dries, it gets quite firm and holds it’s shape well.

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I added some lacy die cut pieces from Memory box along the cut edges of the paper (Norwich Corner, Quinn Flourish) and tucked them between the papers. Texture was added with some homemade texture paste and a Crafter’s Workshop Stencil (Gothic Romance).  The soft pink in that I used behind the photo is a chalk ink by Ingvild Bolme called Sweet Pea.

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The blooms were handmade from some pink scraps of Maja papers I had in my stash, I used a pale pink paper from Vintage Summer collection, deeper pinks from Crea Diem and a deep rose from Vintage Summer.  To make the blooms I simply used a scissor to cut a wavey edge circle (in different sizes).  Then I cut a wavey spiral into each circle and rolled them up  (working from the outside – in) to make the roses.  Then just glued down the spiral design to the center part of the circle.  I added a pearl bead to each center.

Maja Design Products:  Sofiero (Enjoying the Fragrance-bs, Princess Margareta’s Garden-bs, The Elegant Winehouse), Vintage Summer Basics (1923, 1922-bs), Crea Diem (Fylld av kärlek), Vintage Autumn Basics (III-bs, XVI), Vintage Spring (6th of May).

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja blog today and hope you will give these beautiful Maja products a try on your next project! xo


Memories Captured

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Hi everyone, it’s me Gabrielle here with you today to share my newest layout using beautiful blue papers from a variety of the Maja collections.  I used the lovely dark blue floral (XX) from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection as my background (matting) paper…643-vab-xx

The next layer I used is from the Vintage Frost Basics collection called December 9th, for this one I did a little tinting with some Lindy’s sprays and added some texture with a doily stencil and home-made texture paste…


For the heart design, I cut out a piece from the 6th of March paper from the Vintage Spring Basics collection. This I matted with some of the Vintage Autumn Basics (XX) paper (that I cut out from the center of the background matting paper…


After I matted the heart cut from the above paper, I used a scallop edge scissore to create the border around the outside of the heart.

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You can see the matting design in the above photo, I used a Signo Unibal white gel pen to put small dots inthe scallops to create an eyelet effect.  The flourishy chipboard frame is one of my favourites from Dusty Attic Designs (Decorative Scroll #1)

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I used Lindy’s (Afternoon Delight Denim) spritz on the background and added texture with home-made texture paste and a Prima Doily stencil.

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The flowers I used are a loose variety of blooms from Prima Marketing and Dusty Attic Designs and the title chipboard was designed by my friend Janene at The Scrapbook Diaries.  The Scrapbook Diaries has created a limited kit which also comes with a video tutorial I made to go with it if you are interested in trying out creating this page.

I hope you enjoyed my project today and hope that I’ve inspired you to play with some of your Maja Design papers! xo



Going Soft and Smokey with Maja Papers!


I don’t know how winter has been for you lovely ladies in Sweden, but here in Canada it has been extremely cold and snowy this year!  I for one am soooo ready for Spring to make an appearance!  So to warm myself up a little I thought I’d work on a summery photo.  This is a photo I took a few years back of my oldest daughter when we were taking a summer vacation near Sable Falls in (Northern) Ontario.

I’ve recently been putting together a color inspiration board for myself on Pinterest and I find one of my favourite color combinations is purples with greens, but I’m particularly fond of the these colors in soft smokey tones.  So for this page I reached for some of the soft smokey plums in the ‘Ska vi ta en Fika’ collection and mixed it with some taupey grey and soft green from the Vintage Summer basics colleciton.

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I wanted to add some ‘lush’ greenery to the page so I matted behind the photo with some green paper from the Life In the Country paper collection (Sowing Seeds-bs), and added a new vine chipboard design from Dusty Attic called ‘Ivy Corners’ adding a few Dusty Attic purple roses in as well.

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I just love to add vintage style embellishments to my Maja Design layouts because the beautiful papers lend themselves so well to these types of embellishments, like vintage lace (from Tresors de Luxe), Natural floral accents (also from Tresors de luxe), chipboard designs (Skelleton clock and flourishes, from Dusty Attic Designs) and the Flowers are from a tin of blooms from Recollections.

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Clocks are one of those design elements that I feel work with almost any page.  So again on this page I’ve added in some of my favourite clock designs from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection (XVI).

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When I get my Maja Design collections, I love to fan out the papers and enjoy how the different patterns and designs look against each other.  I always want to share these pretty designs in a unique and fun way, ….here I was able to do this using a new chipboard by Dusty Attic called ‘Geometric’ border. I glued a small sampling of a few of the patterned papers behind the small square designs.

Maja Design Papers used in this project:  Ska vi ta en Fika (Söders höjder – bs, En Kopp te-bs, Chaite-bs, Favoriter-bs), Life In the Country (Sowing Seeds), Vintage Summer Basics (1932-bs), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI).

I hope you enjoyed my little project today using Maja Design products and hope that it brought you a little Spring warmth as well! xo


“Play” ~ Having Some Fun with Maja!


Hi everyone! It’s me Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my latest project using Vintage Spring Basics collection mixed in with a little bit of Vintage Summer and Autumn Basics.  I began by first using a Martha Stewart edge/corner punch on the edges of a neutral paper from the Vintage Summer Basics collection (1899).  I then did a little inking with some Donna Salazar Distress Ink (Denim) and used a Heidi Swapp stencil and homemade texture paste over the inked areas.


The photo is one of my great nieces that my nephew’s wife Danielle was kind enough to share with me.  I wanted to keep the design light and airy and playful like the photo of Jade and at the same time play up the blues in the photo.

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To make the floral design I used some Dusty Attic chipboard (Spider Crysanthemum and Flower Buds), painted white and tinted with some blue and green chalk inks (Versa Magic Inks).  I punched tiny blooms using a floral punch (Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch) on some cardstock and the left over strips of paper from the background (tinted blue at the edges, ).  The butterfly is from Tattered Angels, Nature Glimmer Glass (I’m trying to use up bits of old stash with each layout I create).

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I just love the little strips at the bottoms of the paper collections (not even sure what it says, LOL) but I love the pretty design element they add to a page!

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For some reason I really love the way burlap looks with the blues in this collection.  In keeping with the neutral accents, I chose a Prima flower in a natural fabric and added some smaller blooms in blue from Petaloo (Darjeeling collection…Love these blooms, I think they are a perfect match for the blues in the Maja collections).  And I also used some more clock cut-outs from the Vintage Autumn Basics (I just love this paper for embellishing my layouts, the clocks seem to add a nice touch to any layout whether masculine or feminine).  Here are the Maja Design supplies I used for this project…

Patterned Paper:  Vintage Spring Basics (4th of April, 4rth of April-bs, 5th of April), Vintage Summer Basics (1899), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and checkin’ out my project, hope you all get a chance to get your Maja on this week! xo


A Special Anniversary Card

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My Mom and Dads 55th anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks so I thought I would take the opportunity to make up a special card for them.  Ever since I was a little girl my parents would always say it’s the card (rather than the gift) that always meant the most to them, especially if the card was handmade.  For them it’s the thoughts written in the card that really mean the most to them and if we made the card it meant all the more to them.  For this card I primarily used the newest Maja collection, Vintage Frost Basics (although I also mixed in a bit of some other collections as well).

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I went with the soft and pretty pinks and wine colors in this collection.  For the extra dark burgundy paper I used a paper from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and for the perfect green for my leafy flourish I used a paper from the Life in the Country collection.

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I was going for lots of textures and layers for this card so I used some corrugated card that was in my stash (I think it was the lining for a wine bottle gift).  I used the darkest Maja paper from the Vintage Summer Basics collection to matte the whole card and as the backing behind the lattice design, so that I could get maximum contrast.  The lattice, doily, leaf flourish and blooms are all Cheery Lynn dies.

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I handmade the blooms for this card from simple white cardstock and a Gardenia die from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I just lightly tinted the petals with some Tim Holtz ‘Victorian Velvet’ Distress ink and a soft make-up sponge.  I used their Fanciful Flourish die with the ‘Summer Fields’ paper from the Life in the Country collection for my vine/flourish.  At first I was going to just use some green cardstock for this but couldn’t find the exact color I’d been envisioning.  Then I thought to myself…silly me, I should look at the greens in the Maja collections, they are made to match!  And sure enough, it was the exact green I was looking for!

Maja Design Products used for this project:  Vintage Frost Basics (4th of December, 4th of December-bs, 6th of December), Vintage Summer Basics (1922-bs), Life in the Country (Summer Fields-bs).

I hope my parents will love this card as much as I enjoyed making it!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out my Maja Design project! xo


Little Wishes {Combining Collections}

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Hi there, it’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made combining no less than 5 Maja Design collections!  That’s the beauty of Maja Design papers, you can have a variety of collections in your stash and they somehow are able to work so well with each other!  For the base of my page I used a polka dot paper from Vintage Spring Basics in a soft buttery yellow (it’s actually the backside of one of my favourite papers!).  I then used some green gingham paper from Life in the Country to matte my photos and a pretty green damask paper from Ska vi ta en Fika?, to create my heart design.   To embellish I used papers from Vintage Autumn Basics (clocks and roses), Vintage Spring Basics (butterflies) and Vintage Summer Basics (labels).  Here are a few close-ups of my page….

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To embellish my page I combined some fussy cutting of images from the Maja Design papers (roses, clocks, butterflies) with some die cut designs.  I used a clock die and a Celtic Heart die from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The heart frame I cut from plain white cardstock and the green brocade center is a Ska vi ta en Fika paper.

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I created a broken lattice design for this page by cutting out a Cheery Lynn Lattice 2 die and cutting it randomly on an angle.  I used part of the lattice in the top left corner of the layout and the other part behind the photo.   I also did a little masking behind the lattice design with some texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Art is).  The flowers were handmade using a flower die strip ‘Sweet Williams’ by Cheery Lynn Designs.

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Here is a close-up view of some of the fussy cut elements I used on this page.  The clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection have quickly become a favourite design element for me for my scrapbook pages and cards (one page of the clock papers can go a very long way!).  The fussy cut roses from the Vintage Autumn Basics may take a little more time to cut but I love the pretty results they give to a page!

Maja Design Papers used in this project:

~ Vintage Spring Basics (1st of March-bs, 6th of May)

~ Life in the Country (Kitchen Garden-bs)

~ Ska vi ta en Fika? (Smulpaj m äpplen-bs)

~ Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI-clocks, XVII-flowers)

~ Vintage Summer Basics (1932)

I have one more project to share with you today.  I made this layout for my Dusty Attic design team but I used papers from Vintage Summer Basics and Vintage Spring Basics as a base for this page.


I did a fair bit of inking, stamping and used some Tim Holtz tissue tape to add design elements to this page.

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I wanted to go with a water/beach theme for this page so I used some pretty new chipboard from Dusty Attic Designs (Reeds 2), fish netting, shells and gems to embellish.  I used a butterfly image from the Vintage Summer Basics collection under a crystal dot to add another fun image caught in the fish net.

Maja Design products used in this project:  Vintage Spring Basics (10th of March, 6th of May), Vintage Summer Basics (1943)

Thanks for stopping by today and thanks for all the sweet comments, I read and appreciated them all! xo


Maja Card {Done Quick & Easy}

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Hi everyone!  Gabrielle here with you today.  We just got back from a little mini-vacay visiting my brother and his family at his lake house, so nice to spend a week just relaxing and having fun with family!  But I realized I have a post I needed to get done for Maja, speedy-fast!  So I thought, what better time of year to show that not all projects done with Maja goodies need to be overly detailed or time consuming.  This card came together quick and easy.

I used a scrap of pink paper I had left over from another project from the Sofiero collection as my background, lightly inked and distressed the edges and tore a little ‘V” having some of the rose paper peeking out from behind (I simply used a cut off strip from the title part of the paper for this).  I then cut out 2 little ‘postcard’ designs from one fo the Vintage Spring Basics papers and added a clock from a Vintage Autumn Basics paper as an embellishment.  Here are the papers I used for this card….




I used these Maja Design products:  Sofiero-Enjoying the Fragrance-bs, Vintage Autumn Basics-XVI, Vintage Summer Basics-Memories.

TIP:  I like to save the little strips you cut off from the bottoms of the pages to use on cards, they have great little phrases and designs!

So, how long did this card take me?  15 minutes!!  Yep, even during the holidays you can get a little scrapping on if you can just cut out a tiny bit of time for yourself!  Thanks for stopping by today and I just want to say I’ve so enjoyed being on the Maja Design team for this past year and look forward to sharing lots of new and fun ideas with you all over the next year! xo xo



Memories {Gathered Paper Design}


Hi everyone, it’s Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my latest project using a variety of the Maja Design collections.  For this project I used the pretty pink/burgundy paper called ‘Heritage’ from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection, gathering the paper to create a lush fabric looking design.

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Here is a close-up view of the tear out section on the page with the gathered paper design peeking out from behind.  I created the gathered paper design by cutting out a long strip of the patterned paper, lightly misting it with water and gathering the paper at the edges to create a soft gather.  I used Dusty Attic Design ‘Mini-hinges’ to link the two torn edges together.

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Before I began my page I took a little time to do some fussy cutting from some of the patterned papers (Vintage Autumn Basics, No. II (floral designs), No. XVI (clock designs).  I added them to the page using foam pop dots to add a more 3D look to them

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The photo is one that I took of my youngest daughter Meagan and her cousin (and dear friend, Hailee).  Here is a close-up look at the page embellishments.


I created a quick template of the heart shapes that I cut out of the patterned papers to create the heart matting behind the photos.  Just right click on the photo above and ‘save picture as’ to your computer.  When you print just print it out on a standard 8.5×11 inch sheet of paper.  Cut out and trace onto your choice of Maja papers.

Maja Design papers used in this project:  Vintage Summer Basics (1946 – Background paper), Vintage Autumn Basics (Heritage – for gathered paper, No. II – for fussy cut roses, No.II-bs – for matting behind photo, No.XVI – clocks), Sofiero (Exuberance of Flowers – smaller heart design).

I hope you enjoyed my project today and feel inspired to try some paper gathering on your next craft project using Maja Design papers! xo


Scrapping in a Soft Monochromatic Color Scheme


Hi everyone!  It’s me, Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made using a soft monochromatic color scheme.  The photo is one that I took of my youngest daughter a few years ago with her cousin….I love the sweet softness of the photo so I wanted my page design to be in keeping with this as well.  To make this page I combined a variety of Maja collections including Vintage Spring, Summer & Autumn Basics and some Sofiero as well.  I created a video tutorial to share how I created this page step by step. Enjoy!

Here are some close-up photos of my layout…

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Before I started with my page design I pre-cut some of my favorite Maja images from the patterned papers  – Clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) and butterflies from Vintage Spring Basics (4th of May – I cut out some yellow and green butterflies).  I also added some chipboard accents (Lavender from Dusty Atic Designs) which I painted white and tinted with green and brown chalk ink.

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The flowers and lace accents on this page are from Tresors de Luxe,….the flower is a white fabric bloom that I lightly tinted with some of the Versa Mark chalk ink (Spring Green) that I used on the background paper.

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I added light touches of green coloring to my background using a Versa Mark chalk ink and also added texture using home-made texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Reverse Chickenwire).  I chose a green in that I thought coordinated well with the green paper I used from the Sofiero collection that I used to matt the photo.

Maja Design Supplies: Vintage Spring Basics (7th of April, 6th of May), Vintage Summer Basics (1904, 1932), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI), Sofiero (The Elegant Wine House).

I hope you enjoyed my project today and will try out doing a monochromatic color design page using beautiful Maja Design products!  Thanks for having a peek! xo