Classes with Elena Olinevich… and the new A Gift For You

Good morning folks!

Today I have some cards with the new A Gift For You collection to share. But first I want to tell you about a wonderful weekend I had some time ago.

In late August I had the privilege of meeting our own Elena Olinevich. We had so much fun. We had dinner with Marie, swam in papers in our warehouse, had some sightseeing and. Elena held classes and I attended two of them. Her classes are so personal, often with smaller groups to get the intimate feeling and be able to help everybody out.

So I thought I’d share the creations I made during her classes.The first class I took was a canvas class where Elena taught different mixed media techniques.We used the romantic Crea Diem collection in combination with Prima embellishments and different mediums.
Here’s a final close up where you can see the background work.And here’s the class I took…

The next class Elena was holding was my favourite. We all got to choose whatever papers we wanted to use. Since there are so many Maja collections we all came up with papers from different collections. I don’t think I saw anyone picking the same papers, so all the albums were so different from each other. We also got embellishments depending on what papers we had chosen. I chose to use papers from the Life In The Country and Life By The Sea collections.
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5Elena really showed us the use of acryllic albums and embellishments.6Elena uses the acryllic sheets to make the album see through. Since I love to follow my albums from page to page I think this is a fantastic way to make it more visible.
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And here’s the page you saw through the acryllic before.9I really love this face…
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This album was made during this class.

And now… a couple of Christmas cards made with the new A Gift For You collection that we have all been waiting for…JennyGrotherus jul1 jul2_Jenny

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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Thinking about You

Hello,today I am here to share with you a card I made using the CreaDiem Collection, & a LO using the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection….

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I used: Ord Flyger Bort, Ord Flyger Bort-BS,Skapa Dagen,Skapa Dagen-BS,& Sa Lange Jag Lever

The chipboard is from Dusty Attic & the handmade butterflies are from LittleScrapShop

Here are some closeups of detail…..

 

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I did some punch work, tearing, distressing & hand stitching. I used some black corrugated paper in my layers…

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I used black soot distress stain on all the chipboard….

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I used a Prima stamp….

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The metal heart with wings is from Websters, & the tiny roses are from I am Roses…

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This is the inside of the card,I made a pocket to hold a gift card…

Here is my next project a LO using the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection…

 

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I used:No.XIII,No.XXIII,NO.XXIII-BS,No.XXI,No.XXI-BS,No.XV,No,XV-BS,No.XIV-BS,No.VIII-BS, Heritage & a BS of a Label..

Here are some closeups of detail….

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I did lots of paper layers,& chipboard layers….

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Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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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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Butterfly Kisses

Hello,today I am here to share with a few projects, I did a couple extra,as my son’s wanted me to Scrap for a wedding they were attending. Here is the first one using a photo of my oldest son getting lots of Butterfly Kisses……

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I used the Vintage Spring Basics Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the Butterflies are from LittleScrapShop & the flowers are Prima & Petaloo

Here are some closeups of detail…..

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Shows distressed,hand stitched layers & a flower cluster using prima roses,petaloo flowers & Angelica’s beautiful butterfly…..

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I used TH Vintage Photo Stain on all the chipboard,then inked the edges using a dark brown ink pad….

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My dogs are Papillon’s (butterflys),so that is where I came up with the title,as you can see that my oldest son is getting lots of butterfly kisses…

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I glued some seed beads in the film strip…

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Here is my next project,a canvas using the Vintage Summer Basics Collection

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I used 1912,1915,&1891. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the flowers are Petaloo & Prima,the metal is from Prima & Websters. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I did some distressed hand stitched layers & some stencil work using The Crafter Workshop Art is & Viva Modelling cream….

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I stained all the chipboard with TH distress stain (tea dye & Vintage photo),then applied a coat of rock candy crackle.Once that dried I dried brushed on some white paint,& rubbed it in using my fingers. I used picket fence crackle on the feathers & chestnut liquid pearls on the dangling part of the dream catcher.

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Now for the fun part,embellishing the dream catcher. I did some stencil work behind it,wrapped some prima wire thread around the circle part. I then finished embellishing it using,seed beads,beads,bottle cap,jump rings & flower clusters. I love both of the DA dream catchers,so much fun to work with….

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This is my next project,using the CreaDiem Collection. My middle son was a grooms man,this past weekend & bought a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne,for a gift. He asked me to scrapbook the box,so this is how it turned out…

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,Butterflies,flowers & stick pins are from LittleScrapShop. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I used something old & something new on the box,some of the rub ons,stickers & the hearts used in the cluster have been sitting in my room for years.The box the champagne came in is black,so that is why I decided to use this collection.Here are some closeups of detail….

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Of course,because I did the altered box for DD,I had to make a wedding card for Tandri,as he was attending the same wedding. I used the Fika Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic & the roses are from LittleScrapShop…

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The inside of the top part of the card,with a pocket to insert a gift of cash…

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The bottom part of the inside of the card,I left space for Tandri to write…

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The back of the card,I also used lots of old rub on’s on this card. Thank you so much for taking the time to look…Rachelle

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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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Saying Thanks in Style

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Hi Maja fans, I’m just dropping by to share a little tag I made using some blue paper from Crea Diem and a creamy/yellow color paper from Vintage Spring Basics.

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I used the Spellbinders Rose Creations floral dies with the cream color paper and tinted the centers with some Ingvild Bolme chalk ink.  The vine flourish was cut from a Cheery Lynn die called Fancy Flourish.  I added a little texture with a Crafters Workshop stencil and texture paste.  Finishing the design off with a few adhesive pearls.

If you are like me and don’t want to waste a bit of your Maja papers, then creating cards and tags are a great way to make good use of them.

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Winner of the May Mood Board

Our May Mood Board was a Mood Board about love… Here’s a reminder of what it looked like.
And here are our contributions for this month…

This month must be a new record when it comes to creative and beautiful art. We’ve had such a hard time picking a winner. But here it goes.Lindy_GillespieLindy Gillespie from Australia! The collection of your choice will be sent to your doorstep.

Our next Mood Board will be presented on June 20th. Next Saturday we will announce the happy winners of our Coffee In The Arbour giveaway. I hope you haven’t missed it.

Until next time…Jenny

BEAUTIFUL

Hello my friends and welcome to Maja Design blog. Today I am sharing a layout featuring the beautiful pastel pink and pale grey from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection . I allowed the papers to flow and blend with lots of layered tags and leaves, which embrace  the pinks in the photo and  compliment the pastel hues in the papers.Beautiful May Layout by Heather Jacob     I created a design on my background using a mask and moulding paste , with some random stamping.Heather Jacob      One of the papers in the the beautiful Crea Diem paper collection feature these magnificent clocks.  Crea Diem…Den Oersattliga Tiden..  I love to use clocks in my work as they symbolise time and scrapbooking is like a diary , keeping memories and photos as treasures. Heather Jacob     I fussy cut some of these delightful flowers, so delicate and beautiful .These little  blossoms are cut from the Vintage Spring Basics collection .. 1st May Heather Jacob     The title Beautiful speaks about many things on this layout. The photo, the papers, the layering , the masking, the stitching , vintage brads and distressed edges revealing the underside paper  … all parts and pieces that make up this creation of mine.beautiful layout diecuts

Heather Jacob       Maja Design Collections used …. Vintage Spring Basics ….2nd May, 3rd may, 4th May, 5th may , 7th May, Vintage Summer Basics.. 1932, Criea Diem…Den Oersattliga Tiden..  Thanks for dropping by and take care until next time we meet … warm hugz from me to you xHeather-sign

Romance…with Crea Diem

Happy Monday to everyone! Marilyn here today to share you my latest project with Maja Design.  This time I made a page with a fabulous combination, I mixed Crochet  +  Mix Media +  Crea Diem collection =  a Romance….

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This page is about my son Alexander and his girlfriend Monique. I started to pick the paper Sin lyckas smed, Skapa Dagen and Den Oersattliga Tiden from the Crea Diem collection for this project.  I cut all the clocks from one of the paper and used one of the biggest as my photo mat. I chose the Sin lyckas smed paper as my base and I added two pieces of crochet that I bought in my local craft store  then I applied gesso and Shimmerz in different colors to create the background work.

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To create a variety of textures in my page I added the metal hearts and the key.

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I painted a piece of lace with glimmer mist and put it between the two piece of crochet and behind the photo.

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I created a circular frame with the vine pearls and the jute.

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In the floral cluster I incorporated some of the cut out clocks…

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Supplies: Crea Diem collection: Sin lyckas smed, Skapa Dagen and Den Oersattliga Tiden papers, Shimmerz paints, 13Arts- clear gel medium, Paper Studios-flowers, Prima flowers, butterflies by Pink Paislee, Ranger Distress Inks, chipboard-Scrapmatts.

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