So Sweet ~ Watching Them Grow

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Hi all, it’s Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my latest page using Maja Design papers.  As I was scrapping this recent photo of my youngest daughter, I was struck by how much she’s grown up.  I can’t believe she is a teenager now (turned 13 over the summer).  I miss her being my little girl, but I also have enjoyed every stage of her life, this girl cracks me up with her funny sense of humour and quirky style.

For this page I used a modge podge of Maja Design papers.  I more often than not combine a variety of Maja papers, coordinating them by color rather than collection name.

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I used a variety of scraps in neutral tones and greens to make my rolled paper accents.  I rolled up the scraps and then bound them with some twine.  I added a fun l’il door hook on the side of my paper from Ingvild Bolme’s Junkyard Findings.

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I used a variety of Dusty Attic chipboard as part of my page design, including a Skeleton Clock Frame, Foliage, and the ‘So Sweet’ title.  For the frame I first painted the pieces with some white Gesso.  Then I randomly dabbed on some ‘Broken China’ and ‘Peeled Paint’ Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I did a little edging with Ingvild Bolme’s ‘Branch Bark’ Chalk Ink.  Then I added a coat of Inksenttials Crackle Medium.  When it was dry  and crackled I dabbed on some ‘Walnut Stain’ Distress ink so that it got in the little cracks and whipped off the excess ink.

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I used the 11th of March-bs paper as the green background frame for my page and as the main background paper I used the backside of ‘Flannel Shirt’ paper from ‘Walking in the Forest Collection’….this is one of my favorite papers to use as a nice neutral background, especially when I do some mixed media on the page as I did here.  I used a bit of Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress ink pads on the page and added some texture with home-made texture paste and a Crafter’s Workshop Stencil called ‘Mini Damask’.  The butterfly is an image that I printed on a piece of transparency and cut out.

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I wanted to keep my blossoms soft and clean, so I went with a burlap bloom from Petaloo and two white blossoms from Dusty Attic Designs.  The small sugared dots are from Prima.

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The strip of lace I used on the bottom of the page and the natural floral cluster (just above the title) are both from Tresors de Luxe.  I had a little fun with the title.  First I gave it a coat of brown chalk ink ‘Knotted Wood’ by Ingvild Bolme, then I used some ‘Waterfall’ Stickles in the center of my alpha’s.  After it all dried I gave the whole thing a coat of gloss medium with some Glossy Accents.

Maja Design Products used in this project:  Vintage Spring Basics (11th of March-bs, 7th of April, 7th of April-bs), Antiglen (Kaffe på trappan), Walking in the Forest (Flannel Shirt-bs), Sofiero (brown dot).

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and hope you find yourself some time this week to get your Maja on.

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Scrapping Greens & Creams

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Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest layout using a variety of Maja design collections.  Green has always been one of my favorite colors to scrap, but lately I’ve been scrapping a lot of pinks and purples.  I thought it was high time to play with some of my old favorite green toned papers mixed with some soothing neutrals.

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I love the warm green in the Ska vi ta en Fika collection, so I used one as my backdrop for my layout design.  I then chose one of the neutral papers from the same collection for my next layer.  I wanted to play a bit with the side edges so I chose to use a chipboard Zipper design From Dusty Attic, moistened the sides of the papers and pulled back the paper in the center, creating small pleats.  I then attached the zipper chipboard pieces (painted with some Bronze 3D paint (Scribbles) and glued it behind the edges of the paper.  The title and the number chippies are from Dusty Attic as welll.

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There are some tag images in the Walking in the forest collection, so I cut these out to used along the top of the photo as a page accent and a place to put a little journaling.  I also cut another tag out of a Coffee In the Arbour paper and stamped one of my Signature Word stamps ‘fabulous’ that I recently released.  (My word stamps can be found at The Scrapbook Diaries).

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I wanted to keep the page accents naturalistic so I chose a new Dusty Attic chipboard piece called Wildflowers #3 to add alongside my photo of my two little great nieces.

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And finally in the corner of the photo I accented with a few blooms from a tin of flowers from Recollections.  I did a bit of background stamping as well with some green Moss Lawn color from Ingvild Bolme.

Maja Design Products used in this project:  Ska vi ta en Fika? (Smulpaj m Applen, Havrerujor, Pratstund), Walking in the Forest (Klippark, Flannel Shirt), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI), Vintage Frost Basics (Days of December), Coffee in the Arbour (Feel the Grass Between Your Toes).

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja blog today!  Hope you get a chance to play today! xo

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Scrapping Girl Style {NEW ‘A Gift For You” Collection}

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Hi all! Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made of my little great-niece Kiera.  I love this sweet pic of her that her mother took, I wanted to keep the page light and feminine so I thought I would go with a grey and pink color scheme.   I decided to work with the soft brown/grays in the NEW ‘A Gift For You’ collection, and thought it would be fun to use pink as my accent color, using some papers from some of the other Maja Design collections.

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While this collection is meant as a holiday collection, I thought it would be fun to show how you can use this paper collection for non-holiday themed projects as well.  One thing I really love about Maja Design papers is that, while the front of the patterned paper gives itself more to the theme of the collection, the backside allows you to use the paper for any theme because the backside tends to have a more generic design to it.

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I began my page design by layering grey toned papers from the ‘A Gift for You’ collection, with pinks from other collections (Vintage Spring Basics, Coffee In the Arbour).  I also took one of the scripted pattern designs from ‘A Gift For You’ collection (Hope to See You Soon paper) and used this paper to punch floral petals using an EK Success punch (Retro Flower, medium and Large punch).  I used both sides of this patterned paper, lightly inked parts of the petals, leaving some parts natural.  Then I lightly misted the petals with water and gave them a crinkle.  I added some floral stamens to the centers to finish the look.  The chipboard corset chipboard piece is from Dusty Attic Designs called Lacing Tash.

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I used ‘My Dear Friend-bs’ paper as one of the layers on my project and then used the left over scraps to cut out some heart shapes which I matted with the darker gray paper called ‘Wrapped in Old Newspaper’.  I added machine stitching and then used some Platinum Stickles over the stitches to give the thread a glittery look.  The chipboard title and zipper accents are from Dusty Attic.  To give the page that light-hearted girly look, I cut some butterflies from the ‘Butterflies are Free’ paper from ‘Coffee in the Arbour’ collection.

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I added more floral designs in the top right corner using the same method I mentioned earlier.  I clustered these over a Dusty Attic Corner Flourish #1 which I painted with white Gesso, stamped with some script stamps, edged with some brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme’s Branch Bark) and coated with Crackle Varnish.

Maja Design Papers used in this Project:

~ A Gift For You (Handwritten Postcards-bs, My Dear Friend-bs, Hope to See You Soon, Hope to See You Soon-bs, Wrapped In Old Newspaper-bs)

~ Vintage Spring Basics (7th of May)

~ Coffee In the Arbour (Buttterflies Are Free, Raspberry Jam Cookies-bs)

~ Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI)

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and hope that I’ve inspired you to use your Maja papers on a variety of different themed projects.

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Putting Some Cheer in Your Day

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Have you ever had one of those days were you need something to cheer you up? This has been one of those days for me.  Woke up this morning putting together quotes to get our roof re-shingled before the winter, then check the basement to find out that the main water pipe leading to our house has ruptured and flooded our basement.  Not good.  This is one of those days I could use a happy card :)   Fortunately I had some time to work on some of my design team work on earlier days and this card I made using the ‘Coffee in the Arbour’ collection put me in a happier frame of mind.

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I used a portion of ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ paper for the background of my card, and then cut out one of the lovely ‘coffee time’ designs from the ‘Delicious Moments’ paper as a center piece to my card.

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I have to say the ‘Delicious Moments’ paper has to be one of my favourite papers in this collection, I think it’s especially a great paper for cardmakers.  It has so many beautiful images that can be used as centerpieces for cards and tags.

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I wanted to add a home-spun look to the card so I cut out a petal design and used it as a template on a bunch of scraps I had from some of the other pretty patterned papers in this collection.  I machine stitched around the edges of the petals to give a patchwork quilt look to the floral design.  Then I lightly moistened the petals with a misting of water and gathered the bottom edge of the paper.  I finished the design with a coordinating gem.

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Maja Design Papers used in this project:  Coffee in the Arbour (Raspberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade-bs, Delicious Moments, Raspberry Cupcake, Raspberry Cupcake-bs,  Rose Garden, Raspberry Jam, Grandma’s Old Porcelain, Flourishing Garden), Vintage Autumn (XVI).

I hope you enjoyed my project today and I hope it’s put a little cheer in your day as well! xo

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An Autumn Tag with Video Tutorial!

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Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share with you an Autumn Tag I made with the, oh so gorgeous, Walking in the Forest collection!  I don’t know how many of you know, but I recently came out with a couple of stamp sets, and for the first time I’ve used my water droplet stamps on a project!  I knew that the Maja papers would work nicely with my stamps because they have the perfect balance of simple backgrounds combined with beautiful print images.

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Sometimes it’s easier to show how to do something than it is to explain.  So I took the time to tape a step by step video on how I put this tag design together.  Enjoy! ….

….I hope you enjoyed watching my tutorial as much as I enjoyed creating this project! Here are a few close-ups of my tag to view at a more leisurely pace.

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I used a leaf stamp that is part of the water drop stamp collection I made.  I used it on some green Fika paper, cut it out, gave it a crinkle and added them to my floral cluster. The lacy doily behind the floral cluster is a die from Memory Box called ‘Quinn Flourish’.

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Here is a close-up of the water droplets stamp design.  I use a little trick of adding some white highlights to the drops with a white gel pen to give them an extra sheen and even more of a 3D look.  The wood floral design is from Wycinanka and the butterfly embellishment is from The Kraft Nook.

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Maja Design products papers used on this project:  Walking in the Forest (Fresh Air, Birch, Flannel Shirt), Ska vi ta en Fika (Blabarssylt).

I hope you enjoyed my project and video tutorial today and hope you will have yourself some fun with Maja’s ‘Walking in the Forest’ collection.  You can find my stamp sets at The Scrapbook Diaries!

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Scrapping Favorite Colors

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Hello Maja fans!  It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest page design using some of my favorite Maja papers.  I don’t know about you but I personally have certain favorite color combinations I like to use and one of them is Plums/Purples/Greens.  That’s why Ska vi ta en Fika? is a collection I go back to again and again when I’m scrapping a page design.

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I used three papers from this collection:  Favoriter (both front and backside), En Kopp Te, and Soders Hojder.  I used Favoriter as the matting/frame paper, cutting out the inside and using the backside for the creamy banner piece I used behind the photo.  I used Soders Hojder for matting the photo and for the circle accents and I used En Kopp Te-bs as the main background paper.

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I used a Dusty Attic chipboard as a corner accent on this page.  I first painted it with Gesso to give it a good base for my color tints.  Then I inked the chipboard with Ingvild Bolme’s Moss Green and Branch Bark inks.

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I made the banner design by using the backside of the ‘Favoriter’ paper, cutting a strip and cutting a ‘V’ grove into the bottom of it.  I like to do a little machine stitching to my cut outs to give them a nice finish.  I also used a circle stamp (a design by Janene Meyerowitz) on the Soders Hojder paper and cut little circle accents for my page design.

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I always like to added a little texture to my page designs, for this one I used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil called ‘Mini North Star’ with some home made texture paste.  I finished the look with some coordinating green adhesive pearls.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post as much as I enjoyed creating it! I made this page using products from a page kit package from The Scrapbook Diaries, you can get your page kit with a video tutorial with step by step instructions on how I made up this page by visiting their store.   Thanks for stopping by the Maja Design blog today!

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Scrapping Friends

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Hi there, Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made of my oldest daughter and one of her dear friends.  Summer is here and the house is busy with my kids and their friends, so I’ve taken the opportunity to get more pictures taken.  Chloe has a collage on her wall with her friends and she wanted me to update these photos.

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I used a variety of papers from the ‘Coffee in the Arbour’ collection to make this mixed media style page.  I used : Raspberry Lemonade, Raspberry Jam, Rose Garden (front and backside) and Let’s Share a Cookie.

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I embellished with some flowers that I got from Recollections (pleated pink blooms) and Tresors de Luxe (deep rose), and a new thing I like to use to finish a bloom cluster….Spanish Moss!  I picked up an inexpensive pack of this stuff at a local dollar store, one package goes a long long way, but I find it adds a nice natural touch to a floral cluster.

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I also embellished with some of my favourite leafy chipboard pieces from Dusty Attic (Leafy Stems #2), I primed them with Gesso and then inked with some Ingvilde Bolme chalk inks (Green Moss, Branch Bark).  I gave the chipboard pieces a bit of texture as well with some Glossy Accents.

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I also did a little stamping on around the photo area (with Bo Bunny Stamps) and added a bit of texture with texture paste and a circle stencil.  And what’s a mixed media layout without some fun paint effects.  I used Shimmerz ‘Bamboo Leaf’ Spritz and some ‘Plum Pudding’ Shimmerz paint (I just applied the plum paint with the tip of my finger rubbing it in to get the fade out effect).

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I finished the page off with the fun epoxy title stickers from Heidi Swapp.

I hope you enjoyed my post today and hope that if you haven’t played with this beautiful collection yet, that you will have the opportunity soon!

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Delighting in Outdoor Play

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Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made of my little great niece playing in the dirt….sometimes it’s fun to just get dirty, isn’t it?!  I wanted to stay with some neutral colors with a hint of lavender (to bring out the sweet bow in her hair).   To create this page I mixed a variety of collections.  Here are the collections I used….

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I just love the way you can mix and match different collections. I used the following papers:

Vintage Spring Basics (1st of March), Crea Diem (Karleken Overvinner Allt), Walking in The Forest (Flannel Shirt, Fresh Air).

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I used 2 papers from the Walking in the forest collection as my background papers and then cut the cute Daffodil designs from the Vintage Spring Basics collection to create embellishments for the page.  I recently came out with my own stamp collection and used them for the first time a this page.  For the cracked wall/brick look here, I first stamped the image on the light background paper….I then stamped the same image on the terrcotta color paper (Fresh Air) and cut out the brick section and glued in over the matching stamped area on the light paper so that it looks like cracked plaster walls with brick showing through.

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I also used another of my stamp designs in another area of the page.  Here I did a little inking behind the photo area and used one of my cracked brick stamp designs to create a rustic look behind the photo area.

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I used a new Dusty Attic chipboard piece called Bearded Iris and painted it with some Gesso and chalk inks to compliment the daffodil design in the Maja patterned paper.

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I framed another of the cute daffodil designs with another of the Dusty Attic Elegant Frames and finished the corner cluster with some blooms and glass gems.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my page today as much as I enjoyed creating it!  Thanks for stopping by! xo

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Scrapping Masculine Pages

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Hello Maja Fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share with you all a masculine style page I just finished.  Lately I’ve gotten a number of messages and emails requesting that I make a more masculine style page. So I gathered up some of my favorite Maja papers from the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection, Walking in the Forest and the Crea Diem collection for the page above.

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I just love the stripes in the Vintage Autumn Basics collection, the plaids in Walking in the Forest, and the clock elements in the Crea Diem collection.  All of the these designs work well for a masculine style page (at least I think so).

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I used the striped framed paper ‘Tempus Fugit’ from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection as the matting/frame background paper.  I then used the simpler side of the ‘Flannel Shirt’ paper as the main background design.  I curled back the top left corner to expose the lovely plaid design on the back of the paper, and used the extra strips I had cut from the paper for my ribbons/banners at the bottom of the photo cluster.

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I used a variety of fabric textures (cheesecloth, burlap and twine) as well as lot’s of nice masculine chipboard elements to embellish the page).

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I did some machine stitching to add a little more texture and design to the page, and although I added some floral elements to the page, I tried to keep them small and/or in a rougher masculine texture like burlap in order to keep to a more masculine theme.

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Here is a close-up of the photo cluster, as I mentioned above, I tried to stick to more masculine textures when adding some floral/nature elements to the page.  Keys, cogs & wheels, light bulbs and clocks, are all embellishments that I find work very well with a masculine style page.

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I used some spritzes on the background papers and did a little stamping with some bubble wrap.  Another fun way to add texture to a masculine page is to use some Drywall Tape (found at your local hardware store), this stuff is so easy to use because it already has a light tacky background so it’s easy to apply.

Maja Design Papers used in this project: Vintage Autumn Basics (Tempus Fugit), Walking in the Forest (Jeans, Flannel Shirt-front and backside), Crea Diem (Den Oersattliga Tiden).

If you would like to recreate this page for yourself, I have made this one into a Page Kit for The Scrapbook Diaries, where you can get the Maja papers and all the page elements including the chipboard, mixed media products, blooms and embellishments in a single page kit with a Video Tutorial created by me included in the package.

Thanks for stopping by today to see my project! xo

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Shabby-Chic Mixed Media Canvas with Video Tutorial

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Hello Maja fans, Gabrielle here with you today to share my newest canvas using the beautiful Maja Design collections Coffee in the Arbour and Crea Diem.  The lovely rosey prints in the papers lend themselves so well to the shabby-chic look, don’t they!

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chic look for this one because I had been playing with some air dry clay (Martha Stewart) and had made this little corset trinket that I wanted to use as my center piece.

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I mounted the corset on a Dusty Attic chipboard winged dress form (Divine Divas) adding a little fabric to dress it up.  I layered on some lace (Tresors de Luxe) and added a little bit of texture with a stencil and homemade texture paste.   I painted and spritzed the canvas with a variety of Shimmerz Paints sprtizes, paints and Inklingz (all products are listed in the video below).

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I added an interesting embossed texture to my Dusty Attic chipboard frame using a variety of mixed media products (you can watch a step by step in the video below)

Maja Design papers used in this project:  Coffee in the Arbour (Rose Garden, Butterflies are Free), Crea Diem (Clock paper).

I hope you enjoyed watching my process and hope that I’ve inspired you to give Maja Design papers a go when creating your mixed media projects!

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