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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Blog hop with Swirlydoos

Today we are having a real treat for you…. A blog hop in cooperation with Swirlydoos Kit Club.

If you came here from Rae’s blog then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos’ blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today. Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook.

MajaDesign Corp is situated in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality, vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. We hope our beloved designs will inspire you to create great joyful creations.

MajaDesign was founded in November 2007, and since then has been growing to over 450 registred retailers around the world.

We carry 16 collections in stock and during this blog hop we have a grand prize for you. Our four Vintage Basics collections are designed to be timeless favourites and drawn to be mixable with eachother. There are 108 patterned papers in total and they can all be yours…

And here follows some inspiration created by our lovely Creative Team.Andrea EwenAndrea EwenCamilla EkmanElena OlinevichGabrielle PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoHeather_JacobHeather JacobIngrid GooyerJennifer SnyderJenny GrotherusMaja Nowakmarilyn_Marilyn RiveraNadia CannizzoNancy HanttulaRachelle SigurdsonRachelle Sigurdson

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday 2/6 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 2/7. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can’t wait to hear from you.

Our special word is : only

The party continues over at Angelica’s blog. Have fun!Jenny

Door Hanger

Hello! Hello ! Flo here again for my second week as guest creative team member.
Another project to present today! A gift, a door hanger to offer for a little baby.
The papers of « The Äntligen » collection are just beautiful on this project ! I just added some purple flowers, pearls and a little butterfly… And voilà ! Here the pictures !

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And some close ups.

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Cut out in cardboard and paper two forms as in the photo. Repeat the operation with a smaller template. Sew all around. Paste on one another.

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Cut a long strip of paper of a few centimeters wide. Sew the edges.

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Roll the strip into a circle. Paste. Attach the round on a circle of paper (here made ​​with a Spellbinders die).

Paste in the center of the plate. Add a banner and a final cutting above. It remains only to decorate.

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Maja Design products :
The Äntligen : Syrenen blommar, Sommartid, Krokus,Vårdagjämning, Naturen doftar

Others :
Pink Paislee butterfly
Memory box and Spellbinders dies

Thanks for looking ! See you next week!

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Take a Hike {with Antligen Collection}

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Hi everyone!  It’s me, Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made using the Maja Design ‘Antligen’ collection papers with a little bit of Crea Diem mixed in.  My oldest daughter Chloe loves to go on these little hikes with her friends and uses her phone camera to take pics along the way.  I have to say I was surprised to see the beautiful scenic photos she takes (waterfalls, rock cliffs, beautiful woodland), I had no idea we had these beautiful places to hike right here close to home!

For this page I wanted to use very natural looking papers and embellishments so I went with the soft cool pinks and browns in the Antligen collection….here are the papers I used…

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Vårdagjämning  ~  (I used this paper pretty much as is, I just did a little stamping with some white paint and bubble wrap) and did a little edge distressing with the Tim Holtz edger.

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Kaffe på trappan  ~  (used as matting for background paper as well as using it with the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die cut…see close up below).

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I just love using clock images in my scrapping so I cut out another clock design from the Crea Diem collection paper (below) and used it to tuck beside my photo…

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I wanted a very naturalistic look to the page so I used a whole bunch of embellishments from My Little Yellow Bicycles ‘Naturals’ collection (Cork alphas, Etched Wood Buttons, Canvas Tags, Canvas Tape, Cork Stickpins)….as well as some lace from Tresors De Luxe, lightly tinted with tea stain.

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The blooms I added were a modge podge of Prima blooms I had left over from old kits as well as some small roses from Dusty Attic.  The chicken wire design I added is again from Dusty Attic, I left the chipboard ‘natural’ in keeping with my design.

I hope you enjoyed my project today and hope that you will try mixing and matching collections, it’s a great way to make your papers stretch!

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Girly Layout

Hello Maja Friends. I have a new Layout to share with you this summer day.

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What I like about Äntligen collection is that there are so many summer inspired papers there, that you have endless possibilities to recreate summer atmosphere using them.

I used quite a clean background , but added some splashes of colors using Gesso and Gelatos.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to achieve a water color effect with some mixed media techniques.

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I started with applying the Gesso on the background randomly

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After it has been dried I applied bright colors of Gelatos. Don’t be afraid of too bright or unmatched colors. Combining with different patterned patterns they start work perfectly.

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It may look messy and like kid’s drawing, anyway, damp your brush with water and blend the colors. It will look more transparent now.

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Add some paper layers, trimmed or distresses, add stamping with Gelatos too

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Now it’s time to add some texture, I used Gel medium, Palette Knife and a stencil. Leave it to dry and then grab some Gelatos over the textured area

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It may not be seen clearly, but it has some blurring look and I love this effect on the papers.

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To add some texture too, I used cheesecloth and flowers

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Added some lace trims and chipboard elements

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To finish my Layout I touched the papers and the embellishments with Gelatos as well

I hope you liked this coloring tips and don’t forget to share with us your creations on our Facebook Page too.

Products used:

Maja Design Papers - Äntligen collection (Ljusblåa dagar, Kaffe på trappan, Vårlökar, Vårdagjämning), 2Crafty Chipboard, Manor House Creations flowers, Vilda Stamps, Faber – Castell Gesso and gelatos, Lace Trims and Cheesecloth

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I Love You Lots

I made a commitment a while back to make an effort to create a card for every special person in my life to let them know how much they mean to me. I have been keeping that promise, and interestingly enough, not only has it been a fun challenge, but it has also been a great source of inspiration for me – especially on those days when I feel like I am hitting a creative wall.

Do you ever feel that way? If so, what do you use as your inspiration to get through the mental block?

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Today’s card is for someone extremely close and special to my heart. Without her, I wouldn’t be here today. No, really. I mean I literally would not be here!

This card is for my mom – one of the best friends I have ever had and will ever have.

She is a constant source of love, support and encouragement in my life, and she carries the brightest heart of anyone I have ever met. I love you, mom. You mean so much to me.

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I created this card using soft pastel colors, because she absolutely loves them. I decided to use two violet shades of Maja paper, since it’s so very symbolic with my mom’s name (Violeta). The papers are from the Antligen collection (Syrenen blommar) and the Vintage Spring Basics collection (10th of April).

I used the two beautiful prints to make the background of the card, which I adhered onto craft cardstock, and then covered with pretty lace, ribbon, pearl trim, and burlap trim.

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To the center of the card, I added a handmade clay embellishment in a matching kraft color, along with a scallop die-cut, glittery heart, and a couple of paper ribbons with a sentiment. I added a couple of hand-stamped and cut roses, and just a touch of glitter along the pretty pearl trim.

Supplies: Maja Design Paper (Antligen collection (Syrenen blommar), Vintage Spring Basics collection (10th of April)), Kraft Cardstock, Paper Doily, Papertrey Ink Dies (Rosie Posie, Banner Borders), Papertrey Ink Stamps (Rosie Posie), American Crafts Dear Lizzie Sentiment Stamp, Stampin’ Up Vintage Button, Trim, Lace, Clay Embellishment, Pearls and Die-Cut Hearts are from my stash.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

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Winner of the June Mood Board and Sofiero giveaway winners!

Today we will make ELEVEN girls very happy. One Mood Board winner and ten giveaway winners from the Sofiero giveaway. But first things first. Let’s introduce our Mood Board contributions…June-Mood-boardI’m completely in love with the inspiration we’ve received this month. So many details and fascinating techniques.

And the winner of the June Mood Board is…Irina_Gerschuk_RussiaCongratulations Irina! The It’s Christmas Time collection will be sent to you as requested.

And now to our Sofiero winners…
Larissa Albernaz on said:
What a beautiful line! I love the soft colors and the florals! Can´t wait to see more…

Magda De Bruyne on said:
I simply adore these delicate, subtile, and gorgeous papers!
The colors are so beautiful and the details are subtile,yet amazing!
The collection I loved the most is no more in production, it was Minna Vänner Rosa-Marina. It seems that this collection will bring the same feeling again . I am looking forward to see these papers.
Thank you for giving us the chance to win this collection!
Hope you will make more of these wonderful collections!
Wish you lots of inspiration and a lovely week
Kind regards,
Magda

Julie Atherton on said:
This collection of papers is so inspiring. I have already thought of how I would use these papers. I have 4 granddaughters and the pink pallet is perfect. As I was looking at these papers I was thinking how much they feel like home, comfortable, relaxing, soothing. Seems how I can not get Maja Design here I would be Honored to win and show off your papers to so many and to as many scrapbook stores that I can to see if they could carry them. I had just spoke with Gabrielle at Such A Pretty Mess just a couple of weeks ago about how I love all the paper lines at Maja Design. Hope you consider me. I’ll be waiting by my computer.

Scrappincaz on said:
The delicate pink and green of this wonderful Limited Collection and your description just draw you in to walk with you round the gardens looking at the flowers and smelling the heady scent of the roses…… I can’t wait to try and get my hands on these stunning papers as I can see so many great layout ideas in my head already! Does it really have to be a one print run collection? So gorgeous and I would just love to be lucky enough to win some…..sigh!! :)

Beatrice Lawson on said:
Gorgeous and romantic, what a great collection for wedding pages, mom pages, and elegant love pages… absolutely dreamy collection. I keep my fingers crossed – I do follow your blog and pretty much all your DT as I love your projects and your mood board monthly challenges. Glad to see a new collection!

Michelle Frisby on said:
Seriously … this isn’t going to be one of those ‘I want collections’ it is going to be an ‘I need’ collection, actually to be honest … more like ‘I have to have’ … absolutely s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. and some … it’s gorgeous.

Kirsty-Anne Duckworth on said:
Hi Wow I so look forward to each collection and it is a must have in my wee world of crafting it is the first inspiration for whatever project I make and I am always proud to say I have used Maja Design papers. I love the soft pinks and the beautiful roses they look so pretty it will be hard to put scissors anywhere near them. Thank you for the chance to win and can’t wait to buy them too ;0)

Hilary-Anne Wattus on said:
My Mum and I have just started scrapbooking together and we came across your papers while we were looking for ideas online, and I have to say your papers are my absolute favourite!!! As soon as we saw them we loved them, they were all perfect. You have inspired us to turn the TV off and spend time doing our scrapbooking. All of your papers are beautiful and I can’t wait to spend time with my Mum creating layouts with your papers! (We just had to have them all!!) and I would love to have a chance of winning these papers so my Mother and I could share them together!
Hilary-Anne

Jill Norwood on said:
Thank you so much for making these beautiful papers. I have tried to buy some of your collections here in the USA with no success as they are always sold out. I am blessed by the chance to win them! Thank you so very much!
Jill Norwood

Danielle Tilley on said:
Yay!! Thanks again for an opportunity to pick up some beautiful Maja paper! I’m still trying madly to buy ANY Maja paper, let alone limited edition! So special, loving the damask and script along with the beautiful old fashioned roses. Just looking at Maja paper relaxes me. So sweet and delicate. Down here in Australia is a big struggle to get your hands on it. I have found a couple of online stockists but still unable to receive supplies for one reason or another. Can’t wait to be able to use this gorgeous paper xx

Big congratulations to you all! Please e-mail your physical address+phone number to moodboard@majadesign.nu, mark the subject “Sofiero winner”. We will send out the collection as soon as it’s printed.

Our July Mood Board is about the lazy days by the coast line. Listen to the seagulls, feel your skin burn and just enjoy the good days of life. It’s based on the Life By The Sea collection and I hope you’ll like it.

So make sure to stop by next Tuesday so you don’t miss it.

Jenny

Remember To Live

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Hello everyone. The time runs so quickly, not recently we were waiting for the summer, and here we go – June has almost gone. It reminds me that I have to take more photos while my kids are playing outdoors.

And the most perfect papers that can express summer warm weather, the  green colors and some rainy days in June is Äntligen collection.

I used  Vitsippor sheet for my background, added some stamping and layering;

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And the title I used from the scraps from Vintage Spring Basics collection

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and the strips from Life in the Country scraps

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Am I a savvy scrapper? Anyway it helps me to use every little bit of Maja papers.

Supplies: Maja Design - Äntligen collection ( Vitsippor, Bada i havet, Fika ute , Vårlökar).

2Crafty chipboard, Vilda Stamps, Petaloo flowers.

And I would like to share one more card I made inspired by these summer days.

I used Life In the Country Collection for it.

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I prepared a video tutorial, so please enjoy it.

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Deep in Thought -featuring the Antligen Collection

Happy Friday.  Jennifer Snyder here sharing my work on a Friday.   This piece uses the summery Antligen Collection.  Summer is such a short and cherished time for many of us who live in places that get snow.  brrrr.  For now,  I shall celebrate some melting of the snow by pulling out Antligen.

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This is a photo I snapped of my niece a few years ago.  It’s summery and dreamy feeling like the collection.  My niece is a beautiful young lady so I wanted to surround her in feminine softness.

I used a few different pieces from the collection.  Featured here are the following: Antligen – Naturen Doftar (as my delicate background piece) , Pingst (as the accent strips of paper), and Vardagjamning (as the circle).

From there, I embellished with masks and molding pastes and gesso.

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Here you can see that I sort of slapped molding paste on my page to frost the flowers. The image below is also a great close up of my masking with molding paste.  You can get a better feel for how delicate this page is in real life.

I tucked a few small pieces of an old book here and there.  The book is from 1895 – very old.  The pages are yellowed already with no distressing.  Time did that for me.

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This is gift for my sister.  She can gaze upon it when she misses her baby girl who will be setting off for University in August.

Thanks for sharing a piece of the day with Maja Design, where we all anxiously await the newest LIMITED Collection, Sofiero.

Suplies: Maja Design -Antligen – Naturen Doftar, Pingst (as the accent strips of paper), and Vardagjamning (as the circle). Prima Lyric Flowers 564452, Prima tatiana Coral Flowers 566357, Prima Dell ‘Arte Resin 891466, Prima Enchanted Ivory  Flowers 561369, Prima Masks Garden Gate 550042 , Prima Mask Static 6×6 564261, Prima Divine Col Flowers 565268, Shimmerz Paint Textures -Tidy Widy.

 

June Mood Board

Our June Mood Board is about the early summer with it’s blossoming flowers and blue skies. Based on the gorgeous Äntligen collection, this is the perfect opportunity to finally scrap your graduation and speechday photos.June-Mood-board

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 Tuesday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below June 25th. 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 June 23rd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our fabulous Creative Team…Andrea_Ewen

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