BEACH HOUSE GETAWAY

Hello and a warm welcome my friends… today I am sharing a thankyou gift I created for some dear friends of ours. We stayed at their beach house over at Sorrento, Victoria and had the best time .Seaside getaway       I love to give our friends a special unique card as a thank you for their love and friendship. These papers are perfect for a beach/ sailing holiday . I made the pocket first then added some strips over lapping on the front, added a circle and tied string to secure the circle .seaside getaway        I created 3 tags to pop in the pocket . This collection ‘ Life by the Sea’,  is Timeless, I just love it x 8 April Seaside getaway tags seaside getaway        Tag one has 3 gorgeous little chipboard houses with a Pelican sitting on a pole, completed by adding a strip of brads along the top  . 8 April seaside getaway tag and pocket     Tag 2 has a thankyou note to our treasured friends .

8 April seaside getaway large tag    Tag 3 has some stamping and washi tape, with a photo of Baden and me .8 April seaside getaway notes to friends      I wrote a short thank you note on one of the tags …  A special thank you .. We had so much fun at your Beach house … you gave us the best time. Perfect weather, delicious food, wonderful company, sailing on the high seas. Lots of laughs and treasured memories. You are both very precious friends to us and there is a special place in our hearts reserved just for you .Love and Big hugz from Heather and Baden xoxox

Maja Design . …LIFE BY THE SEA COLLECTION ….Drop the anchor, Sailing, Sailing – bs, Regatta – bs …the West Coast  ….. Thanks so much for popping by and do have a look at these papers if you especially want to scrap some seaside holidays , just perfect . Until next time , happy scrapping. Big hugz from me xoxo

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Forever Love

Happy Monday!! It’s Marilyn here to share with you a new page using some Maja Design collections:  Vintage Spring Basics, Vintage Summer Basics,  Vintage Autumn Basics and Walking in the Forest collections.  Here in North Carolina everything around is turning green and blooming, it looks very pretty, so I continue inspired for spring pages and here is my page.DSC_5935 copy

My kids make me laugh…I said “cheese” and they put this funny face at the same time,lol. Every time I saw the photo I start to laugh and I have to make a page with it.DSC_5935 copy-2

I made fussy cutting(clocks) from the paper No. XVI – Vintage Autumn Basics.DSC_5931 copy

I added textures with molding paste, gesso and acrylic paint in my background.DSC_5935 copy-1

The small flowers are handmade with the 5th of April paper.DSC_5930 copy

To create dimension I draped the paper and to add more textures I used different elements.DSC_5935 copy-3

Supplies: Vintage Autumn Basics: No.XXII, No.XVI, Vintage Spring Basics:4th of April, Vintage Summer Basics:1904 paper, Walking in the Forest: The color of fall paper. Martha Steward border punch, Liquitex-gesso, Ranger-distress ink, molding paste

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Memories Captured

Good morning! Today I have a new project to share. I have played with the Vintage Summer Basics collection.

I added some mixed media to the background – some misting, stamping and masking. And then I did some layering with the fab Maja papers together with the Blue Fern Studios chipboard circle.

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The title chipboard and also the chipboard circle are just dabbed with some white gesso.

Memories captured 1 Here is a close up of the background.

Memories captured 2 Some gorgeous blooms to lighten up.

Memories captured 3 And here you see the layering up close.

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Products used: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection: 1899, 1905, 1912; Blue Fern Studios chipboards; flowers; say it in crystals, masks, shimmerz spritz, stamp, inka gold, gesso
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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

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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.

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A Dash of Cozy

Hello Maja lovelies! It’s Andrea here with you today with a ‘garden-style’ variety of Maja Design collections to show you. I’ve been quite busy at work lately and have felt my creativity tank leaning dangerously towards empty…but I have to say that when I pick up a vintage floral patterned paper from Maja…I can feel my mojo rejuvenating itself! Here are a few cards as the result of my ‘fill-up’: SmileMThis card features Vintage Spring Basics collection. I decided that since the crystal flourish from Zva commandeered prime real estate in the middle of my card, I would do something different with my sentiment. I stamped each letter of ‘smile’ individually using a masking technique and then cut out each letter (so that they didn’t look cramped). I then tucked the edge underneath the floral panel. I added a bit of aged lace, pink ribbon, paper flowers and lots of distressing.
TYMI made the above card with Ska vi ta en fika. The edges are all distressed and I also added to this one some lovely rose ribbon. The paper flower pulls in the lighter purple from the striped and polka dotted paper. The stamp is from Verve’s Celebration of Thanks set and the pearl flourishes are courtesy of Zva Creative.
CrochetLoveMI have lots of crocheted flowers in my stash…and one day I will learn how to make my own! I thought that they would make a cozy addition to the Vintage Summer Basics papers I used on this card. More vintage lace, a doily, Zva Creative blue pearls, some plaid washi tape and seam binding all come together to give my card a homey sort of feel. The centers of the flowers were made with Zva Creative crystals and the sentiment is from Verve’s No Matter What stamp set.

Thanks for tuning in today…hope you enjoy your day!

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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….

Wall Hanging part 1

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.

Wall Hanging part 2

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.

Wall Hanging part 3

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…

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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

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Vintage Easter Eggs

Hello Maja fans, it’s Maja welcoming you to our blog on this beautiful sunny spring day (at least here in Poland ;) )

Can you believe Easter is in two weeks’ time?! High time to send you Easter cards to your family and friends :) For a couple of past years some of my Easter cards are egg-shaped. Usually I make them colourful like real eggs we dye and take to church for a blessing on Easter Saturday, but this year I went all pastel and vintage and I love how they turned out :)

mdeaseggI used papers from the Spring and Summer Vintage Basics collections. First I cut out egg shapes using a chipboard template, distressed the edges, stamped some chicken wire pattern here and there and added flourishes using a mask and gesso (I prefer it to texture paste as it dries more quickly):

mdeasegg1Then I traced the lower half of the egg shape again on flowery papers and tore them freely to form an edge like that of a crackled egg. I machine-sewed the oval, tied delicate lace across and glued to the egg:

mdeasegg2I folded out the torn edge and tucked in flowres and sisal:

mdeasegg3And finally I placed the die-cut cross decorated with pearls and a tattered sentiment banner:

mdeasegg4Of course, the eggs open like regular cards, so it’s easy to write in some Easter wishes :)

mdeasegg5Supplies:

Maja papers: Vintage Spring Basics: 1st of March; Vintage Summer Basics: 1933, 1922, 1946

Other: stamps: Bo Bunny, Lemonade; flowers: Prima, my stash; mask: Prima, pearl brads: Craftmania, dies: Spellbinders, Sizzix; sisal, lace: from my stash

I hope you like my egg-shaped cards – thank you for visiting the Maja blog today, drop in tomorrow as well :)

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Spring gift box

Hi there Maja fans!
Ingrid here today sharing a Spring gift box.
For this box I used the beautiful Vintage Spring Basics collection.
Don’t you just love Spring? It’s by far my most favorite season!

gift boxThis month’s Mood Board inspired me to make this lovely Spring gift box.
The metal feet and handle are from a Dutch online store, Scrap-Unlimited.
Aren’t they just gorgeous?!

detail gift boxThe oval chipboard frame is from Dusty Attic.
The yellow flowers are from Prima.
Cut of the lacy part of one flower and used it as a bow in the right top corner.

detail gift boxAdded some cheesecloth and white and lilac stamens.

detail gift boxThis lovely Spring border comes from the 8th of April sheet.

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Vintage-Springr-Basics-P1Papers used:
1st and 4th of March, 8th, 10th and 11th of April.

Enjoy Spring!
Ingrid xxx
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Hello with Vintage Autumn Basics

Good morning!
I am hoping you are all well. Today I am keeping my post a little short. Life is very very busy here and as you all know I have my beautiful 3 daughters to look after who all still need me very very much on a daily basis.
So I am very happy to create and very happy to share here but not every post will be as detailed as before. I hope you do understand..
Anyway, here is a layout I created for Maja Design using their Vintage Autumn Basics collection
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This is myself and my eldest daughter at Sea World in Queensland in January .

Here are some close ups. I started with the “NoXIII” paper, and built my layers up from that using a mixture of Distress Stains, Distress Paints and inks.

 

 

 

Maja Design collection: Vintage Autumn Basics – “No XIII” paper

Chipboard Title: The Dusty Attic

Chipboard heart and circles: The Dusty Attic

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April Mood Board

Spring is slowly arriving. The trees are waking up, stretching their branches towards the sun… Easter is approaching with new beginnings… Here is our new Mood Board for April.AprilMB

This months Mood Board has an Easter theme and is based on the Vintage Spring Basics collection.

I hope you haven’t missed the second opportunity you get by entering the Mood Board challenge? We will invite our Winter Girl based on the participating projects in our Mood Board challenge. The Winter Girl will receive a temporary seat by our table, the Vintage Frost Basics collection to play with and a posting of her own.

And here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below April 26th. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation April 23rd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our Creative Team…Elena_OlinevichElena OlinevichGabrielle_PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerJenny_Grotherus Jenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusLarissa_AlbernazLarissa AlbernazMaja_NowakMaja NowakRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonJenny