Home For Spring

Hello, dear Maja Fans! I hope you’re enjoying beautiful spring weather at your places :)

I don’t know about you, but my creations very often take their origins in small things or elements that pull the creativity trigger ;) And so was the case with one tiny object I spotted in my local craft store and suddenly felt the urge to finally finish the project I’ve been realising for the last five years (yeah, I’m THAT slow!). I planned to make a home for each season of the year and was only missing the spring one – but no more, here it is:

mdhomeI used a Stamps Away cardstock base and the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? papers to decorate it. The base was not very precise, to tell the truth, but as I wanted a shabby chic style cabin, it was even better so. So, ready for a little trip around (and a lot of photos? :) )

Let’s begin from the front. I used the fabulous Blommor på bordet paper for the wall and added some “bricks” on 3D dots for dimension. I attached a Tim Holtz hitch fastener for the knob and hung the metal charm keys on it:

mdhome1I punched some twigs and put them into a paper flowerpot, together with yellow mini roses. A resin bird is curiously looking at them ;)

mdhome2The side walls are covered with the Ingefärsparon – bs paper – love the plaid! I also stamped some crackles on for a more distessed look. You can also see a “trimmed box” that I made using two styrofoam balls and deep green Flowersoft :)

mdhome5The other side wall features some “wild vine” climbing around the widnow – I used a Marianne Design die to make it:

mdhome3mdhome4What do you most associate with spring? Of course, gardening! Planting and sowing, digging and watering :) And here’s my mini gardening plot in the backyard:

mdhome9I put an inviting sign on the wall…

mdhome7…”planted” some veggies:

mdhome8…working hard with my gardening tools – aren’t they the cutest? And that mini watering can was the final impulse I told you about at the beginning of this post :)

mdhome6Let’s not forget the roof – I made “tiles” with a border punch and strips of various papers, layering them with some guipure ribbons, cheesecloth and buttons:

mdhome11And here’s the nest of the bird perching on the front window sill :)

mdhome10Want to take a peek inside? (quite difficult, as the house is rather small ;) ):

mdhome12And so, the spring can settle for good in this little house :) And here’s the whole collection – the Home for Autumn is also Maja Design and you can see it in greater detail here.

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Maja Design papers: Ska Vi Ta En Fika? – Ingefärsparon – bs, Blommor på bordet, Favoriter -bs, Cheesecake, Cheesecake-bs, Marzipanbakkelse, Havrerutor; Gammaldags Jul – Vackra packet -bs; Summer Vintage Basics – 1946

Other: house base – Stamps Away; stamps – Lemonade, Making Memories, Kaisercraft; resin elements – Prima, Melissa Frances; punches – Martha Stewart, Fiskars; hitch fastener – Tim Holtz; dies – Marianne Design, Memory Box, Sizzix; bird’s nest, garden sink – Prima; Flowersoft; gardening tools, mini roses, buttons, guipure, keys charm – from my stash.

 

And that would be all for today – thank you for visiting the Maja blog today, drop in tomorrow as well :)

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Layout tutorial by Camilla

Hi everybody! Today I would like to share a layout photo tutorial with you. I have used papers from the Gammaldags Jul. This is what the layout looks like.Dream Big

Since I want to alter the Blue Fern Studios chipboard pieces I will be using, I start with those. It takes some time for them to dry. First I ground with white gesso and then add some Distress Paint (scattered straw) and some Shimmerz (golden wheat) here and there. When the colours have dried I ink the edges using fluid chalk ink (dry sand).

Tut1 To make the chipboards more shiny, I add glossy accent and before it dries I sprinkle some pearls on top.

Tut2 Now the chipboards are ready to be used on the layout.

Tut3 I layer the papers Vackra paket and Karamellstrut from the Gammaldags Jul collection on top of each other like this. The edges are inked with fluid chalk ink.

Tut4 Then I glue down two old book pages and the chipboard circle. I tuck in the photo inside the circle.

Tut5Then I add my other two chipboard pieces and two vines to add to the circle.

Tut6After that I add a bow to create more texture. And I also add some grey and brown mini roses here and there.

Tut7 Tut8 To make it more colourful I add some purple mini roses as well.

Tut9 As final details I add two shabby chic treasures (corners) and some crystal swirls.

Tut10 Tut11 Supplies used: Maja Design Gammaldags Jul collection: Vackra paket, Karamellstrut; Blue Fern Studios chipboards; gesso; Distress Paint; Shimmerz; Fluid chalk ink; glossy accent; pearls; old book pages; flowers; vines; crystal swirls; Shabby Chic Treasures; seam binding

Thanks for watching!
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Maturing With Maja :)

Hello Maja Fans and welcome to the Maja Design blog today!

Last time I shared a flowery boy layout. But when boys are growing, you need to forget flowers, I guess – especially when you create things to order. And so recently I’d got two orders for birthday creations on the occassion of boys’ 18th birthday, which is the official maturity age in Poland.

The first one was for a boy (or I should rather say, a young man) who loved the sea and intended to study marine science. As Life by the Sea is my favourite marine collection of all time it was a pure pleasure to create this card:

mdsailI chose the collection’s navy blue patterns and added some red accents with washi tape and string that I tied into a sailor’s knot:

mdsail1I die-cut the age number and added the name with stickers. I also added an anchor charm and some real sea-shells :)

mdsail2I really like the way the card turned out and I hope the birthday man liked it too :)

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Maja Design papers: Life by the Sea: Nautic, Nautic bs, Drop the anchor, Bottle message bs.

Other: stamps: Crafty Individuals and Lemonade, stickers Glitz, dies Die-Namics, charm, string, cheesecloth, seashells – from my stash.

 

Another creation was a bit larger and more complicated, as the orderer planned to give the birthday man some money. And for that purpose, I think an exploding box is the most elegant way :)

mdboxI decorated the cardstock base with a mixture of Maja winter collections – mostly using the Vintage Frost Basics papers – in a way that it looks like a traveller’s chest, with belts and “metal” corners. On the lid I put a mini toy car, chipboard gears and stars that I embossed with silver mettalic ep.

mdbox1When you remove the lid of an exploding box, it opens up, presenting the inside. In my box I decorated the sides so that banknotes can be slided behind the strips of paper. For example, one side features printed (blank ;) ) ID card and driving licence as the background for the money. I used the signature strip of one of the papers to decorate it:

mdbox5Another side shows the name and date of birthday, with a bottle of champagne to symbolise the celebration and legality of drinking ;)

mdbox6In the centre, I placed a paper cake decorated with gears and a chipboard number (and well, yes, flowers! LOL )

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Maja Design papers: Vintage Frost Basics: 11th of December, 13th of December, 15th of December, 16th of December; Gammaldags Jul: Vackra Paket; Vintage Winter: Snowmen

Other: printed images, brads: Rayher, stickers 7 Dots Studio, chipboard shapes Scrapiniec, dies Cheery Lynn Designs, glitter Stickles Ranger; washi tape, flowers, toy car – from my stash.

 

I hope you liked my boy creations (almost) without flowers :)

see you soon!

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As You Go Through Life

Hello and a very warm welcome to Maja Design. Heather with you today. For my first February project I am showcasing a ‘Tag in a Pocket’ with rich and earthy tones, perfect for a wedding .April tag details 7April tag and Pocket 1April tag and pocket 2 The pocket is created from Gammaldags Jul – Karamellstrut  and the stacked elements are placed on a foundation of  Vintage Autumn Basics . I always like to stitch around the edge of my foundation and then begin placing my Nestabilities diecuts, beginning with the largest graduating to the smallest size. I completed this stack with a thin band of paper and added a heart and a bling brad. Some tiny blooms add the perfect finishing touch. April Tag details 6I have used , stripes, spots and floral with some text papers … Maja collections are so fabulous to blend and combine as they all complement each other perfectly, making creating projects a breeze .. sigh x

April tag and pocket closie 4My tag inside is created with white bazzill . I adhered a piece of paper on the top section, added a circle and some washi tape and a stamp.This quote is one of my faves to use in a card or tag .As you go through life, Keep ten friends by your side . Truth, Courage, Tenderness, Curiosity, Loyalty, Understanding, Laughter, friendship, trust and Love. Always believe in yourself and your dreams . I feel these words can be used for either Male or female, child or adult .. and almost any celebration.

Maja Design materials used….Vintage Autumn Basics No X and bs….Vintage SummerBasics 1891…    Gammaldags Jul KARAMELLSTRUT..Gammaldags Jul VACKRA PAKET.

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Thanks so much for popping by and looking at my work . I hope you are inspired to create something for yourself or for a celebration . Warm hugz till next time x

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Summer

Hello my friends, a very warm welcome to Maja Design . Today I have two layouts created with ‘Life By The Sea’ collection . These papers have such a summery/ nautical feel and for my first layout I had the perfect pic of my ‘Grandie’ with her two friends ready and waiting .         ‘SUMMER’ SUMMER LAYOUT BY HEATHER JACOB BESTRarely do I use a patterned paper for my foundation, but for this particular creation I feel it really works and adds to the nautical theme.

SUMMER CLOSE UP SHOT BY HEATHER JACOBMy photo is always so important to me . I like to make it the focus on my creations, and blend in the colors and surrounds with the emotion and memories attached to my photo. I use Black and White photos when I feel the colors don’t blend in with my papers of choice. Creating banners are fun and this one is made up of tags, hearts and strips.The thick cotton mimics the ropes used when sailing .SUMMER LO BY HEATHER JACOB TITLEAbove is a closie of my tags and heart . I love to include the title somewhere interesting, my choice here is to write it on my tag.SUMMER TAGS BY HEATHER JACOB   A cluster of tags here, with lots of layering. The top tag has a Tim Holtz metal piece and a Prima metal number 3.SUMMER LO BY HEATHER JACOB CIRCLE   In order to balance out my design I wanted something simple and small to fill this corner. I simply cut a circle and two thin strips which I tucked around the circle,  securing them with some decorative brads …The metal circle in the centre, is something I have had for years and at last I found the perfect place for it …..sometimes I buy elements because I love them and it takes me ages to use them … can anyone else relate to this ??

Maja Design collections : Life by the Sea / Landmark, Navigate, Regatta, the east coast, Bottle message .  Fika/ Bulle m Blabar ..(the heart and the large tag )

‘UNFORGETTABLE’ another interpretation with Life By the Sea collection.

CASE FILE 83 LO BY HEATHER J UNFORGETTABLE using life by the Sea Maja designAbove is a layout I created for CSI / 2Crafty in early August . I had lots of fun with gesso and layers. The collection Life by the Sea suggest a nautical energy and I wanted to use this photo of one of our sailing adventures. To me the ocean is made up of many layers and frothy white waves, which I created by swiping white gesso over the paper.CASE FILE 83 WORD TITLEadding twine mimics the ropes used on sail boats and the muslin represents waves, white gesso reminds me of the fluffy white clouds and the sails.CASE FILE 83 CIRCLE Again adding lots of elements such as circles, twine, muslin, film strip and measuring tape all mimic and suggest things about our magnificent sailing adventures in the mighty ocean.

-  other materials used . 2Crafty chipboard, Tim Holtz metal/film strip, Prima Metal number, Prima stamps ,Tim Holtz Stamp, versa color ink , thick cotton .BoBunny brads, gesso.

Life by the Sea  collection – Morning swim, Nautic, Marina Hovering, the East coast – bs, Gammaldags Jul Collection – Julbak .

This is my final Saturday as a GD for Maja Design. Thanks so much for having me and popping here to look at my work . A month of Guest designing here has been a wonderful journey for me, playing with such magical papers .

big big hugz to each of you xoxoxHeather-sign

Winner of the July Mood Board… and Christmas In July

I hope you all have had a great summer. I have just started working again after a couple of weeks of vacation. I was blown away when I saw all the wonderful creations for the Christmas In July and Mood Board challenge. So today it’s time to draw a winner of each. It has not been easy this time. But let’s start with a reminder of what this months Mood Board looked like…Mood-Board-JulyI’m so happy that so many crafters around the world found inspiration in this very Swedish Mood Board. It’s a true celebration to the life we live here on the west coast.

And the winner of the July Mood Board is…Svetlana_Austin_SouthAfricaSvetlana Austin from South Africa! The Walking In The Forest collection will be sent to you as requested.

And here are our contributions for the Christmas In July challenge where one lucky winner will receive all Maja Christmas collections we have in stock.

And the winner is…RoseMarie_Thorsell_Sweden Rose Marie Thorsell from Sweden! You will be receiving the following collections in your mailbox…

Big congrats to both our winners!

Our next Mood Board is based on the new limited Sofiero collection. It’s a very romantic Mood Board with lace, flowers and everything you need for that very special summer memory…So don’t forget to stop by next Tuesday!Jenny

Christmas In July Challenge!

The sun is shining, the kids are running around the lawn throwing water at each other. The heat is massive and suddenly those dark days of autumn doesn’t feel that bad. So what could possibly be better then dig out your Maja Christmas papers and join our Christmas challenge. Create some Christmas cards, scrap those photos from last Christmas or create some decorations. We welcome them all, just as long as they have been created with any Maja Design Christmas collection and are created with a Christmas theme.

The price for this giveaway is a bit special… One lucky winner will win all four Christmas collections we have in stock.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, address and phone number in the e-mail. We need your creation July 28th at the latest. The winner will be published July 30th.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here’s some inspiration from our beloved Creative Team…Andrea_EwenAndrea EwenCamilla_EkmanCamilla Ekman Elena_OlinevichElena Olinevich Ivana_CamdzicIvana Camdzicict1 ict2 ict3Jenny_GrotherusJenny_Grotherus2Jenny GrotherusRomy_VeulRomy VeulJenny

Using Christmas papers on a non-Christmas lay-out

Hi Maja Fans! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. To start off the week I have a lay-out to share that I made using two Maja Design Christmas collections. I really love the colours in the Gammaldags Jul and It’s Christmas Time collections and figured: why not use these beautiful papers on a summer lay-out?
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Some of the papers from these collections have Christmas images on them, but some of them have a more neutral look. I choose some neutral white, brown and red papers to match the red T-shirt that I am wearing on the photo.

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From the Gammaldags Jul collection I used the following papers: Julbak, Marknad-bs, Karamellstrut-bs.

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From the It’s Christmas Time collection I have used these papers : Preparations-bs, Christmas Shopping (front and backside), Garlands-bs, Peaceful-bs.

My die-cutting machine made it pretty easy to create this lay-out. I used my dies to create four doilies in different sizes and positioned them from the left below to the right upper corner of my lay-out. In the middle of my lay-out I added a doily, on top of which I layered several pieces of paper and a fussy cut grid pattern.
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I only very rarely use twine on my lay-outs, but on this lay-out it seemed to be the perfect finishing touch. I tied a bow around a metal key and placed it in the hands of a resin angel. A tiny brad was used on top of the bow.
Chic 3Supplies:
Maja Design: patterned papers (Gammaldags Jul collection: Julbak, Marknad-bs, Karamellstrut-bs; It’s Christmas Time collection: Preparations-bs, Christmas Shopping (front and backside), Garlands-bs, Peaceful-bs); Prima Marketing: flowers, resin angel, mechanicals brads, alphabet stickers; Bo Bunny: doily; Graphic 45: metal key; Martha Stewart: border punches; Cheery Lynn: doily die; Spellbinders: small doily dies; Memory Box: star dies; Tim Holtz: edge distresser, distress ink; Other: twine.

Thank you so much for your visit and have a great week!

Spring and Valentine’s Day Inspiration

I am sure that all of you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, though it was just yesterday, I wold like to bring you some more Spring Inspiration today, however on Valentine’s theme.

I’ve made a home decoration project with my daughter. I love my hobby because it is such a pleasure that you can create something alongside with your children. So please meet or Valentine’s Wreath:

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I asked my daughter to help me to cut out the hearts from Crea Diem collections. So she has chosen Sann vänskap and Av hela mitt hjärta papers, so she is quite moderate in colors.

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Though it was not very easy for her to cut them precisely, she has made a great job. But I wanted to add some shabby look to them, so I distressed the edges

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then I took 3 of the hearts and stitched them in the center. I left long  threads and hang them on the wreath, that we made of the tree’s branches.

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we had one extra heart left, so we decided to tie 2 hearts together

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Quite a simple project but I am sure it will decorate our house during the coming spring months too

And one more card, made for Valentine’s Day too, using Gammaldags Jul Collection

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 yes, you are right I used some Christmas papers fro this card, it is Pyntat och fint
I added some stamping, fabric, embellishments and Gesso drips
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 Have a good week end and spend it with your beloved ones
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Treasure Your Memories

Hello! Elena is here with you and today I want to share with you a Summer layout, inspired by amazing summer photos and no doubt, I used Vintage Summer Basics Collection

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Surely this is the most beautiful paper collection I’ve ever seen, however I decided to play with some paints and added some accents on this 1905 paper sheet.

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I have teared some papers for my photo padding (1936, 1920, 1910) and made some random stitching of the title cut from the patterned papers

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and I added some script stamping and flowers to embellish my Layout

rosesand I can not resist using lace there as it reminds me about feminine accent that should definitely be there.

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and one more Layout I want to share with you today was made for 2Crafty Chipboard blog, but as it is filled with many Christmas papers I decided to show it too

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I wanted to make something different from traditional cutting and gluing the papers, so I stitched, stamped and painted as usual I do while creating something. I used Fröjdefull Jul ( Julklappar)  and Gammaldags Jul collections ( Goder afton, Pyntat och fint)

I made some tearing of  the stripes

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and some fussy cutting from Ringdans paper

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Thank you for watching me today and have a good day.

Products used : Maja Design Papers : Fröjdefull Jul ( Julklappar, Ringdance))  and Gammaldags Jul collections ( Goder afton, Pyntat och fint); 2Crafty Chipboard, Flourish With a Bling – Flourish and pearls, 3rd Eye StampElena-sign