Summer with Camilla

Hi! I hope you are all having a great weekend. This time I have created a layout using the Vintage Spring Basics collection. The three papers are layered on top of each other. And that’s one thing I love about Maja Design papers – they are so easily matched.

Sommar - MD As you can see I tore the paper sort of randomly so that all three papers are visable.

Sommar - MD1 A close-up of the top of the page. Lovely papers, right?

Sommar - MD2 And to decorate my page I used some flowers, cheese cloth, seam binding and different metal pieces and resins.

Sommar - MD3I also created some patterns on the paper by using a mask and some texture paste.

Sommar - MD4 A final close-up of the embellishments that together with the chipboard circle frame the photo.

Sommar - MD5 Products used: Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics papers (2nd of May, 3rd of May and 4th of May), Blue Fern Studios chipboard frame, flowers (Prima), seam binding, cheese cloth, alpha stickers (Prima), resins (Prima), metal cage (Prima), mask (Prima), texture pasteCamilla-sign

Coffee in the Arbour – Mason Jar Mini Album

Hello Maja Design friends,

Today I have a very special album to share with you.  I made it for a very special person.

CoffeintheArbour_JarAlbum  I made it as a recipe book. I guess that it would be wonderful to collect all the favorite recipes of desserts and drinks.

Jar_1The cover is clear acrylic, so you can easily look through it and see several of the pages.

Some of the pages are folded like an accordion

Jar_1aand I put some of the awesome pictures from Coffee in the Arbour Collection  – inside

 

Jar_2or used them outside.

Jar_2aI used almost every bit pf a scrap, left after I made all the cutting.

Jar_3All these scraps can be easily used as an embellishment also

Jar_4  This time I really enjoyed just making paper crafting , without any flowers and even art mediums.

Jar_4bJar_5Jar_5aJar_5bJar_6Jar_6aJar_6bJar_7Jar_7bI hope this person will love it as I do, as I had enjoyed so much while creating it for her.

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Uplifting Tag

Hello Maja lovelies! Here in New Jersey, USA we’re getting ready for the kiddos to go back to school…so sad…for them! The summer is winding down, my gardens are looking full and a bit tired. Summer is such a hectic time…you’d think it would be the perfect medium for relaxing, sunbathing and reflection, but it seems we’re always on the go, go, go! I did get a chance to sit down and whittle a little tag from some Coffee in the Arbour collection papers, along with some pretty fabric flowers, pearls, silver accents and lots of gems: AugAnniDay5mdThe base of the tag is a Detailed Scallops Spellbinders die and the banners are courtesy of Verve’s Banner Bundle dies. The stamp is also from Verve, it was one cohesive stamp, but I masked it and broke up the sentiment to make it fit. Speaking of Coffee in the Arbour, I’m going to try to get some relaxation in with a cuppa joe before the madness of ‘school time’ sets in.

Enjoy your day crafty peeps! Andrea-sign

Scrapping Friends

Fun Friends

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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Shadowbox Fun

Hello Maja Design fans and welcome to the blog today :)

It’s Maja here to share the shadowbox I made, inspired by the chipboard quotation I bought recently:

mdshadFor the background I used papers from the Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Frost Basics. I inked and distressed all the edges, added a few strokes of white gesso here and there and also glued torn strips of paper for an even more distressed look :)

mdshad4Then I placed the chipboard quotation and the photos and then started to fill the shadowbox with embellies:

mdshad3mdshad10The small glass vial contains the letter I wrote to my boys – it’s not sealed so they can open it and read any time :)

mdshad5I also decorated the outside of the box: the top is covered with flowers and gauze:

mdshad8…and the back is decorated with stamps, stenciling, clock faces and numbers that mark the boys’ age at the time the photos were taken.

mdshad9The shadowbox can be a nice home decor item, and it’s so fun to make! :)

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Autumn Vintage Basics: No. XIV, No. XV, No. XVI. Vintage Frost Basics: Days of December, 10th of December, 2nd of December, 9th of December. Vintage Summer Basics: 1936.

Other: Chipboard shadowbox and elements: Scrapiniec; flowers: Flora Bella; metal elements: Retro Kraft, Tim Holtz; stencil: Crafter’s Workshop; glass vial: Tim Holtz; stamp and wax: Papermania.

see you soon!

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bird house

Today I would like to share this altered wooden bird house made with Maja Design latest collection, Coffee in the Arbour. I was in a sentimental mood because my youngest daughter is going to study at Wright University, Dayton USA. I’m soooo proud of her and so happy for her that she is following her dreams but this mom is a little bit sad….she is leaving the nest!

Covered the front of the house with the “Flourishing Garden” sheet.
Added some pink lace at the roof top edges.

View of the left side of the bird house.
For the roof I used the other side of the “Flourishing Garden” sheet, the striped one.

View of the right side of the bird house.
I painted the bird chipboard with some gesso mixed with mini beads.

Some real (painted) twigs to decorate the house together with some Prima flowers.

Two wooden hearts, painted white with some gesso.

Along the sides I used the bottom stripe from the “Flourishing Garden” sheet.

For the top a used a piece of the “Raspberry Cupcake” sheet

Papers used: Flourishing Garden(+bottom stripe) and Raspberry Cupcake.

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

My cup of tea… and a bunch of cards

It’s been a long nice summer with lots of scrapping. For some reason I always scrap the most during hot summers. A bit odd maybe, but that’s the way it is. Today I’m going to share  some of my creations that has come to life during the summer. First a new layout with my precious Joel…
I absolutely adore the blues of the Coffee In The Arbour collection. They are lovely. I have used Enjoying The Moment, Butterflies Are Free, Blueberry Cupcake, Lovely Weather, White Daisies, Smell of Freshly Brewed Coffee and Delicious Moments for this layout.joel_All chipboard are from Scrap FX. The white lace comes from my mother’s huge 16th century chest filled with fabric. It’s a goldmine! Bird by Tim Holtz, flowers from Petaloo, Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. Bling from Prima, all dies used are from Spellbinders.
joel2The white frame is a Prima resin.

When people ask me how I take my coffee my usual response is “intravenously”. There’s simply no such thing as out of coffee in my house. I can’t even remember that I’ve ever ran out of it since I moved out from my parents house. :) This delightful beverage is not to take lightly…

When the new Coffee In The Arbour collection was released it was a continuation of the beloved Fika series. I discovered that I couldn’t create anything with the new collection without dragging out the old one. So here’s a little tribute card to my favourite brown papers of the Fika collection…kaffe

The card was made as a little funny reminder to a friend who claims he will show up for coffee but never does… :)
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I have used Nestabilities and Sizzix dies for the frame and swirls. Flowers, pearls and leaves by Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. kaffe3And here’s what the inside looks like.

A friend of mine gave birth to her third child in late July and I made her this card…amandaI’ve used the Coffee In The Arbour collection…amanda2The small alpha pearls were found in a bargain bin on Michael’s a couple of years ago. Flower, ribbon and leaves by Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts. The little frame has been cut out from a Melissa Frances package, using a Sizzix/Tim Holtz die. Chipboard by Scrap FX, bowknot and metal heart from LSS.amanda3Here’s a glimpse of the inside. Aren’t these papers to die for? Pure love. I’ve used a Martha Stewart deep edge punch for the border and cut out the heart by hand.

Here’s a very feminine birthday card that I made for my mil…lenaI’ve used the Vintage Summer Basics collection by Maja Design. lena2All flowers, doily and ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts.lena3And a look on the inside…The border is actually made with a paper scrap from the Coffee In The Arbour collection…

I don’t remember creating that many cards in such a short period of time in years. So here comes another one. A bit of a cheerful one, made with the Coffee In The Arbour collection.britt1I’ve used Nestabilities dies for the frame. Flowers are a mixture of Prima, Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts. The seam binding has been coloured with Distress Stain Bundled Sage.britt2And a little close up…britt3And a look on the inside.

And finally. A little boy birthday card for cute Anton that turned two this week. antonI’ve used the Vintage Spring Basics collection and some Fika for the front page…anton2Flowers, doily, trim and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts. The pearls are from my neverending roll of pearls that I bought on the wedding department at Michael’s a couple of years ago.anton3Ups. Some Vintage Summer Basics and Coffee In The Arbour also found it’s way into this card.

I hope you got inspired. Until next time!

Jenny

Another dose of Art Journaling – using Vintage Autumn Basics

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!   Nancy Hanttula here again, and I am still on an Art Journaling kick.  Lots of heavy hearted stuff going on in the Hanttula household at the moment, and one of the only ways I can de-stress is to art journal.  So, without going into a whole lot of personal details,  (any and all prayers are so appreciated), I would like to share my latest art journaling endeavor.

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I used the gorgeous Vintage Autumn Basics paper collection for my background  papers.

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I know I have said it before, but I just have to say it again……if you haven’t tried your hand at Art Journaling, I highly urge you to give it a try.  There are no rules.  It is what you make it.  It can be used to experiment with new techniques.  It can be used to pour out your heart and soul. It is quite amazing how cathartic writing down your thoughts can truly be.  But,really, It can be exactly what YOU need it to be.

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Some Art Journaling instructors have said to skip the first pages of your Art Journal.  Maybe some people find the first pages to be just too overwhelming, maybe a bit too “blank”.  Maybe some “fear” messing them up.  Really…you cannot mess up art journaling.  It can be a legacy of who you truly are that will be left behind. or  You can document something so personal that you absolutely cannot share it with anyone else…and then cover it up with layers of paint and ink. What IF it was the most freeing art experience you ever had.   What IF?

So where do you begin?  Quite simply, you can art journal in almost anything….an old book, even a super inexpensive spiral notebook.  The book I used here is a 7 x 10 mixed media art book from Canson.  I like this type of book because the papers are heavy duty and you can get the book in a variety of sizes.

choose your papers

First, I chose the papers I wanted to use on my background.

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I placed them down before adhering them to get a feel for placement.  I placed wax paper in between the pages to protect the pages before and after these 2 pages from sticking together.  I adhered them down using Liquitex Matte gel, but other mediums that work well for this include regular school glue, Mod Podge, Decoupage, & Liquitex Matte Medium (but dang that stuff is pricIey.)

let them overhang

Don’t worry if some of your background paper overhangs a bit after you glue it down.  Once it is dry, just turn the paper over and cut the excess paper off from the back using the back of the page as a guide.

once dry cut off the overhang

Once the background paper was glued down….and dried, I, then,  inked the edges of the papers- I used Prima/Ingivld’s chalk ink in Black Coal.  I also added some quick doodles using a black permanent pen, and added some Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Peacock Feathers to the edges of the paper.

adding inking and distress stain

I love to look around for untraditional ephemera or embellishments to use on or in my art.  For this project I used a gift bag that I bought at our local Dollar Tree store (everthing is a dollar in that store…..I love to go through it and look for untraditional embellishments :) ). I bought this bag (and few more actually)

gift bag embellishment

and I decided to fussy-cut the bird out of the bag’s design to use on the page. But before I glued down the bird and branches, I dry-brushed some acrylic paint in “skin-tone” color onto the background of the pages.

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I glued the bird down with the Liquitex Matte gel.

screen print style stencils

Next, I used a Zip Screen screen print/stencil from Hirschberg Schutz & Co. (I bought at Walmart.) and stenciled down the butterflies using purple acrylic paint.

purple acrylic paint

I added a bit more acrylic paint using some Tim Holtz Acrylic paint dabbers in Aqua and Sunshine Yellow…and then finished off with my journaling all over the page.

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I love to outline images on my pages by journaling around them.

finished pages

I hope this has inspired you to try your hand at some Art Journaling.  It has been a blessing in my life, that is for certain…..and I wish all such blessings to all of you.

Supplies used for this included:  Vintage Autumn Basics paper collection: papers:  No I; No X; No XXI; Heritage; Liquitex Matte Gel Medium; Canson Mixed Media Book & x 10; Prima/Ingvild chalk ink in Black Coal, Dry Sand; Precise V5 black pen, Scarlet Lime permaball permanent black ink pen; Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Peacock feathers; Tombow Permanent adhesive; FolkArt acrylic paint in Skintone; Delta acrylic paint in Purple; Adirondack Acrylic paint dabber in Aqua and Sunshine Yellow; CTMH acrylic stamps, Ranger Jet Black Archival ink;

I wish you a blessed and wonderful weekend! Hugs!

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Spread your wings and fly

Hello Maja Design fans and friends! Larissa here with a new Maja Design project to share with you!

This time I have a mixed media piece featuring the newest Coffee in the Arbour line:

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Spread your wings and fly little canvas

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This small canvas in its easel is a lovely item, perfect to alter and to include great words of intention and inspiration!

 

I have altered it by using a collage of small scraps of Coffee in the Arbour papers everything pasted with the help of gel medium and a foam brush.

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I have included my message with the help of different fonts and alphabet stickers and have decorated everything with a few flowers, a paint brush and a ribbon!

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I hope you´ve enjoyed this project!

Don´t forget to “spread your wings and fly”!

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See you soon,

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Blooming Gorgeous

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to the Maja Design blog . The weather is extremely cold here in Australia as we are in the middle of Winter. I am dreaming of warm spring days with blooms smiling happily in my garden … Today I am in a Romantic mood showcasing a very romantic card, loaded with blooms, and some resin embellies, embracing the dreamy new collection at Maja Design …..‘Coffee in the Arbour ‘  card by Heather Jacob      Heaps of yummo layering and stitching. I always have such fun creating these cards . card by Heather Jacob       I find the Maja papers such a delight to play with, and  these layers are complimented with the blooms and a key .  Just look how these papers embrace the blooms .I can just imagine sitting at a table enjoying coffee and cake surrounded by a beautiful garden full of color and blooms .. sigh xoxocard by Heather Jacob   I decorated the inside of the card quite simply by adding more striped paper and a small die on the right side .   Card by Heather jacob   I seemed to be a little carried away with the blooms and just kept adding more of them .These papers blend so beautifully with little pink rosebuds, pink and white roses and a resin key .  card by Heather Jacob

 card cover by Heather Jacob

Maja Design papers used for the pink and white card .Coffee in the Arbour …..Grandmas old Porcelain cups, Raspberry cupcake, Raspberry Jam Cookies, Lets share a cookie… Vintage Frost 19th December ..

Celebrate with BLUE AND WHITE – always so fresh and crisp .  BLUE tag and pocket by Heather Jacob    I love the crisp feeling to a blue and white project . Here I have created a tag that pops inside the pocket . BLUE tag and pocket by Heather jacob

BLUE TAG AND POCKET by Heather jacob  My stacked layers consist of leaves , rosebuds, chipboard and dies, finishing off perfectly with a heart and an altered metal piece and  pearl brad . This pocket has a foundation of white cardstock with stamping in blue, and some white gesso splashed randomly to add to the crisp feel of Blue and white . BLUE tag and pocket by Heather Jacob Maja Design Papers used for the Blue and white  tag and pocket Coffee in the Arbour..Blueberry cupcake, Lovely weather, and Walking in the Forest – Jeans  .  Thanks so much for popping by and I do hope you are inspired to have a play with these romantic papers . Big hugz to each of you and Bye for now until next time . happy scrapping x my signature