Joel’s first summer

We have had a fantastic summer filled with lots of sunshine and memories. Having a new baby at the house, your album’s get filled up with “first time” photos. Joel is no exception. So I created an album (8″x9″) with some of the photos from Joel’s first summer. Since we live on the countryside the Life In The Country collection was a perfect choice.joel-front

I have used Mod Podge to create the album cover. I simply tore papers apart and glued it to the cover and sealed it with Mod Podge. If you want to try it out, please remember that all layers must dry completely before adding a new one. I have cut out the holes with a knife and added some eyelets to the circular ones.

I added texture paste randomly and I also added some Weathered Wood Distress Stickles to the resin in the corner.

joel-front2A tag created with Nestabilities. The bobbinet has been painted white and then I just added some ribbon and a cute pin. I like to hang all sorts of stuff on my mini-album rings.joel-front3What I really like with mini-albums is when you can see through the pages or the covers. It gives you a red thread to follow. Here you can see the photo from the first spread, together with the chipboard frames I used.joel1_

We are lucky to live a 20 minute drive from the west coast. We took refuge in Fiskebäckskil one really hot day, hoping for some breeze to cool us but no way. It was just as bad as back home. But it was Joel’s first time by the sea, so even if the album has been created with Life In The Country I thought it appropriate to use a bit of Life By The Sea for this photo.

I have used various punches from Fiskars and Martha Stewart for this album. Most flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima. The raw chipboard is from Scrap FX, printed from Bo Bunny and Prima. The chipboard album itself is from FabScraps.

I have used gesso and Distress Stickles on most of the raw chipboard in this album. All pearls has been created with Pearl Maker white. The rings go through a die cut hinge that continues on the next spread… following the red thread.

joel_2ndHere you can see the rest of the red hinges.joel_2nd_a_I really love this photo of Joel. He is so full of life and spoof, always laughing no matter what. All lace and ribbon are from LSS’s, metal and flowers by Prima. This page has got a door attached to the hinges that you can open up…joel_2nd_a

and here’s what’s inside. A couple of tags and a photo of Joel and uncle Jan on our terrace. I know it’s hard to see on the photo but Joel’s carrying a t-shirt saying “There’s nothing sweet about me”. We thought it appropriate since everybody thinks he’s so sweet. :)

Moments chipboard by Prima, spinner by Tim Holtz.

joel_2nd_bOur little cutie pie refuses to wear a sun hat. This must be the first time he used it, because it got “lost” very quickly after that. The die cut in the corner continues on the following page…
joel_3… with the chipboard that says “Friends”.
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Well. “Friends.” Osiris loves to walk around his stroller screaming for all he’s got while Joel’s sleeping to wake him up and Joel loves to chase his tail. So I guess they are even.

More texture paste and die cuts. I folded one of them so you can see both sides of the pattern paper. It turned out to a nice decoration to put some roses on.

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Joel got his first swing this spring and he really likes it. Frames by Nestabilities, chipboard, resin and flowers by Prima.

As you can see I really like to use the paper stripes as decoration.

joel4More cozy papers…joel4aI shot this photo in our garden while Joel was constantly crawling around a picnic blanket. I was going to send it to my office, but all they could see was his back. :)  joel4bThis photo was shot while Joel was lying directly on the grass for the first time. He was really thoughtful and had a philosophic kind of expression that I liked while he was watching his hand. So I cut it in two. Tape, frame and tag die cuts by Tim Holtz.joel5Here’s a little family spread…joel5a Daddy and Joel with the same tape that I used on the previous page, just rounding the corner. Metal by Prima, die cuts by Tim Holtz. joel5bMommy and Joel. I have cut out the paper using the chipboard as template and then added it to the side of the album. I have used hinges here too, stretching over two pages. Same with the die cuts.joel6

And here’s the last page. Joel got a pirate uv suit to use this summer and of course he needed a pirate baby pool to go along with it. Pirate flag and everything. :)

I have used most papers from the Life In The Country collection to create this album. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I did creating it.Jenny

The new Christmas collection is coming up..!

Dear Maja-fans!

I can now proudly present the new Maja collection – “A Gift for You”!

The feeling that spreads all over while enjoying this wonderful art is – Christmas time, candle lights, cozy by the fire place, snow, sparkling cold and lovingly warm at the same time and of course, an exciting feeling that Santa Claus soon will be coming with his reindeers..

A gift for you

This wonderful creation will be released September 29th – please make sure that your nearest store will have it in stock for you!

See you soon!

Hugs

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You Are So Loved

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  It’s Nancy here today, and I am going to share a card I created with several different saved scraps from 2 different Maja Design paper collections:  Vintage Winter- used for the background; Vintage Summer Basics – the pink paper layer; and Vintage Winter again - used for the card sentiments.

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I adhered my background paper to my card base (I used Tombow permanent double-sided adhesive tape.)  The background paper is from the Vintage Winter paper collection – Baka En Julkaka – Bake a Christmas Cake (fs).

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I distressed and inked the edges, layered a pink paper piece, from Vintage Summers Basics paper collection – 1909, over the background, then layered a loose woven piece of burlap.

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I shaped some Ashlynn wire into some flourish stems and adhered them down with hot glue.

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I added a ribbon flower from Bazzill and some lace.

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I hand-wrote the card sentiment onto some paper from Vintage Winter- Skicka En Halsning/Send a Postcard and glued it down.

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Thanks for taking a moment to take a peek!  I hope you have a super creative weekend!

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“Days to Remember” layout

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!

Larissa here sharing a new Maja Design layout with you.

For today´s post I have used the gorgeous Vintage Spring Basics line by Maja Design:

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Days to Remember

Days to Remember

The soft colors and all the floral imagery that make this collection so unique were simply perfect to portray one special trip that I want to remember forever.

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My photo shows a dreamy enchanted landscape  so I thougth to recreate its atmosphere by including a lot of flowers and lovely elements for a shabby appeal.

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Along with Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics paper collection, I also adhered a few Say it in Crystals and shabby chic resins by Prima to create this 12X 12 inches layout.

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Let´s take a closer look so you can check its detais..

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I hope you´ve enjoyed this page and leave this blog inspired to create something beautiful today!!!

See you soon,

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Lights,Camera,Action

Hello,today I am here to share with you, a LO I did using the beautiful Walking in the Forrest Collection….

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I used:Jeans,Jeans-BS,flannel shirt,flannel shirt-bs,cozy scarf & die cut sheet

Other supplies used: Dusty Attic Chipboard,

orange flowers are BoBunny, Blue Flowers,Petaloo-teastained Blues, Metal,& clear pebbles are Prima, Viva Modeling Cream, TCW stencil-luscious leaves, TCW-mini tile texture,TH distress stain-rusty hinge,TA-Glimmer Mist-Cinder,Graphite & pumpkin

Here are some close ups of detail…….

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For the rust on the chipboard I used TH distress stain (rusty hinge),I also sprayed on some shimmeringz (goldie lox) to give it some sheen. The blue used on the chipboard is TA-Glimmer mist-Cinder & Graphite…..I also inked all the edges of the chipboard using a black ink pad…

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A rolled corner,with paper layers & a flower cluster,using the view finders & stars in the flower cluster….

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I added some Prima metal & bling to the Vintage Camera…

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I weaved in,the TH film strip,in the DA film strip,then glued it down,placed the camera over top,then the title. I did some stencil work,using TCW-mini tile & luscious leaves (coming out of the camera).I used Viva modelling cream for this & once the cream dried I applied some TA pumpkin glimmer mist using a brush….

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Variety Day with Jennifer Snyder

Hello Friends – Jennifer Snyder here today to share a few of my recent projects.  I’ll call it a grab bag because I have a variety of projects to share – an altered piece, a layout and a mini photo album.  I make a few rare appearances on the blog because I am busy doing “behind the scenes” activities at Maja Design so I am very happy to show how I am using the amazing papers.
This first piece is a 13inch paper mache dress form I covered and decorated using Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection.  The  paper for the dress is , Tva Froknar,  and the hat uses the most delicious paper, Kladkakka.
The hat pattern can be found at the Flying Unicorns , where I also obtained it.  Here is a view of the dress before I altered it.   
In order to make the paper mold to the dress form, I misted the papers with water, then adhered to the dress form using Prima’s Art Basics Soft Matte Gel , by Finnabair. Once wet, the paper actually molds nicely. 

The large purple flowers are some older Prima flowers as are the brown ones.

 

 


 Project #2 – Christmas ( it’s not too soon)

I created this piece from a sketch by Alda Stevens,  at the Flying Unicorns.  I have no idea why my mind is on Christmas, BUT it’s NEVER too soon, right?   The holiday season sneaks up on all of us before we can blink.  
 
This piece does have a special home already.  My co-worker is having an open house in her turn of the century 1900′s home for Christmas. She is going to hang it in her entranceway.   I couldn’t be happier. 
This was created using the Gammaldags Jul collection.  For me, this collection is traditional classic Christmas at it’s best!
I used some chipboard by 2Crafty and mists by Prima.
 Project 3 – Mini Photo Album
I created this for a special friend who is having her first child. With all those photos excited new parents take, they will most certainly need a brag book to pass around at every opportunity.  I used the warm comforting and beautiful collection from Coffee in the Arbour.
This is the front of the photo album.  You can see the small delicate print on the Maja papers.  I loved that I did not necessarily need a 6×6 paper pad to make my 6×6 mini.  The patterns are small enough for  this purpose as well.
Thank you for stopping by today.

Supplies for the Dress Form and Hat:

Maja Design Papers – Ska Vi Ta En Fika – Tva Troknar (Dress)
Maja Design Papers - Ska Vi Ta En Fika  – Kladkakka ( Hat)
Maja Design Papers –  Ska Vi Ta En Fika – En Kopp ( Hat band)
Dress Form – paper mache – Darice
Prima Color Bloom Mists – Tea Stain, Worn Leather
Prima Flowers – Parchment 551971
Prima Flowers – Purple PE390
String pearls, lace, folora berries, metal adornments

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upplies for the Dress Form and Hat: 

Maja Design  - Gammaldags Jul – Vackra Paket
Maja Design  - Gammaldags Jul – Julbord
Maja Design  - Gammaldags Jul – Goder Afton
Maja Design  - Gammaldags Jul – Pyntat Och Fint
Prima Julie Nutting Doll Stamp – 910709
Prima Color Bloom Mists – Lime Wedge
2Crafty Chipboard – Holly Vine Wreath, Prancing Reindeer, Mini Corners
Stampendous Embossing enamel
Supplies Mini Photo Album:
Maja Design Papers – Coffee in the Arbour  - Homemade Lemonade COF688
Maja Design Papers – Coffee in the Arbour  - Let’s Share a Cookie COF691
Maja Design Papers – Coffee in the Arbour  - Flourishing Garden COF690
Maja Design Papers – Coffee in the Arbour  - Lemon Merangue Pie COF689
Prima Flowers – Chantelle Medallion
Prima Flowers – Adelynn Absolute 574703
Prima Color Bloom Mists  - Sorbet – 573874
Prima Color Bloom Mists  -Cotton Candy 573737
Prima Resin Angels
Colorsnap Mixd Media Inx – Peaches
Prima Metal Dies  -572785
Stampendous aged embossing enamel
2Crafty Chipboard: ”Funky Frames”,”Precious – Loopy Font”, ”I Just (Heart) This kid”, 2Crafty Chipboard: ”Carousel Horse”


A mini album…

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Happy Monday!! Marilyn’s here with you today to share this mini album with a decorated wood box that I made for a special friend.  First, I made the mini album cover with cardboard, it is 5′ x 3 1/2″ and  I covered with the Rose Garden paper from The Coffee in the Arbour collection. I used Vintage Spring Basics, Vintage Autumn Basics and Coffee in the Arbour collections in my project and I decorated it with laces and flowers from Tresor de Luxe.

 

 

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I painted the jute with gesso and made a bow. I added a little frame, pearls and different laces.

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When you open the mini album you see in the first page that I cut “Days to Remember” from the paper with the same name and in the back cover I used the “3rd of May” paper, a stencil, a heart lace and molding paste.

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I covered  out and inside of the box with 2nd of May paper.  I used both sides of the paper, the box’s outside  is with flowers and inside is with the stripes.

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The mini album has ten pages that I worked with different papers, I don’t show you all the pages because I don’t have permission to show my friend’s photos.  It is a surprise gift.

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This is how looks the box…very shabby chic  and inside is the mini album.

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Supplies:  Vintage Spring Basics: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th of May papers and Days to Remember paper. Vintage Autumn Basics: No.XVI, Coffee in the Arbour: Rose Garden.  Laces and flowers – Tresor de Luxe, Prima-stencil, Shimmerz Paints, Gesso.

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You &Me

Hi all! I hope you are having a pleasant weekend. I have created a new layout using papers from Maja Design. For my layout I used a selfie I took of me and my daughter this summer. You and me - MDThe collection I used is the Coffee in the Arbour and made some squares creating a pattern.
You and me1I added some flowers and other embellishments.

You and me2 And I also tucked in some chipboard pieces.

You and me3Products used: Maja Design papers Coffee in the Arbour collection (Enjoying the Moment, Feel the Grass Between Your Toes), flowers (Prima), chipboards (Blue Fern Studios), crystal swirls (Prima), cheese cloth, border punch, seam bindingCamilla-sign

Saying Good – bye to the summer

Hello Maja Friends. September has come and we have an Indian summer at the moment – my favorite time.

and this card is like saying good – bye to the summer:

ClearCardNor_ElenaOlinevich I used Vintage Summer Basic Collection and an acrylic card sheets to create this.

But the title I used for it is a scrap of the paper from Coffee in the Arbour collection. Now you see how they fit each other easily.

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Time for Fall

Hello Maja lovelies! The air here in New Jersey is cooling down and I can see some signs of Fall already! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Fall, but summer is my favorite. That being said, I pulled out some Autumn themed papers and accoutrements, starting with Maja Design’s Walking in the Forest collection: MomentsRemembered090914MdAccompanying the papers are some Spellbinders Maple Leaf dies, wooden accents, twine, pearls and Copper Liquid pearls. My design is loosely based on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.

This Saturday I’ll be visiting with you again…with a quite a few photos of my craft space. See you then…and enjoy the rest of your week! Andrea-sign