My first post!

Hi Maja friends,
Amy here!
I am so excited to show you my first layout as a Maja Girl ;-)Sadly though that I will be filling in for Gabrielle {I will miss her awesome work with Maja} for the next six months but I’ll try and do my best for you all.

I really love this months “mood board” and I was planing to participate in it before I got asked to be on the Maja Design Team! So a masculine layout I will show you today {without any blooms yep that was a real task for me}

The picture I used is one of our handsome son in a German amusement park! He told his dad can I sit on the car to take a picture. My husband said sure you can but I never got around to scrap it.

I always take out my first sheet {that’s darker blue one} cut out the middle part and on top of that a whole bunch of layers. Let’s have a closer look:

 

I don’t know if some of you already know my work but I love to use chipboard especially with the beautiful Maja Design papers. For this layout I took out all my metal pieces, that had to do anything with gears or cars.

 

Maja Design Papers used:

Autumn-Basics-P

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Frost-Basics-P 18th of December BS, 13th of December BS, 21th of December BS

Life-by-the-Sea-P

Sailing

Vintage-Summer-Basics-P

1905

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today and I hope I have inspired you to scrap those masculine pictures. Have a wonderful and creative day!

Love

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Identical papers – two cards

Good morning Maja friends! Heidi here today blogging two cards made with identical papers from the “Life by the Sea” collection.

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I have made one masculine card and one that’s made in feminine style.

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Together with the papers I have used cheese cloth, a piece of a metal wire and buttons and text stickers.

IMG_0183The picture I have found on the internet.

IMG_0187To make this card I have used different kind of dies, a doily, trim, lace and flowers.

IMG_0189Have you started your Easter holiday? I have, and it’s a great feeling! I wish you all a great Easter!

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Sea theme inspired cards

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today, sharing my 2 cards, that I tried to create in a bit more boyish, playful style than I usually do. I absolutely adore the Life by the Sea collection, I think its the best on the scrap-market, yet it was released couple years ago. I think I have used it already so many times, but still can’t get enough of it.

This time I gain made my cards full of details, just teh way I love the cards and all projects to be. I wanted them to be more masculine, so i tried to work without flowers and Used more black colors and added a bit of roughness by creating distressed edges, black splashes.

As Maja Design papers are of a very good thickness, some of the embellishmnets that you can see on my cards are simply fussy cutted from the papers. all of teh chipboard used is from Dusty Attic.

So lets have a look?

maja_pirate_card1_petzer  I have prepared some detailed shots:maja_pirate_card1_det2 maja_pirate_card1_det3 maja_pirate_card1_det1

my second card for today (same style, same collection:) I alos have used overlay on it.maja_pirate_card2_petzerHere are some close ups:

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I have use this collection (Life by the Sea)

The sheets that I have used: Marina, Landmark, the West Coast

Hugs,  

Sailing Tag

Sailing Tag by Irene Tan1 (resize)

Hi Maja Design fans! It’s Irene here again and this time, I’m sharing with you all an acrylic tag which I’ve decorated using the fun Maja Design “Life by The Sea” collection. I’ve created this tag based on the nautical theme of this collection.Sailing Tag by Irene Tan2To create a more interesting look, I’ve cut the tag into two and attach it using a metal hinge to make it more masculine.Sailing Tag by Irene Tan3Love the images printed in this collection. I’ve cut out some of them to decorate around this tag. Sailing Tag by Irene Tan4Supplies: Pattern Papers: Maja Design Life By The Sea collection; Others: Clear Scraps acrylic, crackle accents, micro beads, ribbon, metal embellishment, inks,chipboard,  liquid pearls, twine, adhesives.Life-by-the-Sea-PSee you soon!Irene-sign

 

 

 

Beach layout

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today with a sea-theme inspired project. When its winter in my part of the world, I just love to work with my summer photos, scrapbooking is a perfect way to have your own weather… So today I have prepared a beach layout filled with my memories and natural elements that I brought with me.DA_MB_Evgenia_majaAll the hipboard pieces are from Dusty Attic and as you can see I ave applied some mediums and lots of layers here.beachLOdet1 beachLodet2Here is the collection that I have used (Life by the Sea), I really have worked with many collections, but this is the best nautical collection I have ever played with.

The list of papers that I have used:

Life jacket, Landmark

Have a wonderful, warm day.

Evgenia-sign

 

A Maja Farewell

Hello Maja friends! It’s Andrea coming to you one last time to bring you some delightful Maja Design goodness! This will be my last post as a design team member…I look back at my time here very fondly…Marie is wonderfully creative and generous, Jenny is super supportive and always helpful and the rest of the team, well, they’re just fabulous and wonderfully talented! I figured that my last post would be a collection of my very favorite Maja Design cards, so here we go: AndreaEwenAndreaEwenAndrea EwenAndrea_EwenAndrea_EwenAndreaEwenCSC166MajaCCSC161Maja JulydivaDareMClean MajaCApr1113 PCL090513clean RememberingYouMajaC ZvaJuly13blogHopMajaCleanThanks so much for all the wonderful comments over the past two years! Hope I’ve inspired you to go out there and create! Andrea-sign

Life by the Sea Tutorial – step by step

Hi everyone and a great BIG warm welcome to Maja Design blog… today I have a step by step tutorial for you . My very first tutorial I have ever done so I hope you like it .I included lots of images to help you with my process of layering … here goes !!

I created this Layout using the Life by the Sea collection .   Life by the sea tutorial by HeatherLayout by heather       I like to use elements that reflect the energy of my work . Here the texture reflects the sand, waves, shells, and ocean .

MY PROCESS – Step by Step images .  tutorial by heathertutorial by heathertutorial by heather tutorial by heathertutorial by heather   Maja Design papers are perfect for distressing . Do you think this looks a little like the movement of waves in the ocean ?tutorial by heather     Now the fun begins . adding texture with modelling paste and a stencil .   tutorial by heather tutorial by heathertutorial by heathertutorial by heathertutorial by heathertutorial by heather     when creating I lay my elements down and then move them around until I am happy .  tutorial by heather      You can see by this image I have moved the position of the circle and chipboard. The photo is mounted and placed over the chicken wire chipboard . tutorial by heather      Next step is to  begin adding other elements of your choice .   tutorial by heathertutorial by heather     keep adding  lots of elements to form a cluster … this creates interest and draws the eye across the page .   tutorial by heather tutorial by heather    Clear crackle paint adds richness to the elements and papers , and gives a shiny textured finish .    tutorial by heather     Be creative and add beads and muslin to mimic the ocean .  tutorial by heathertutorial by heather     My completed Layout … as you can see creating layers is very easy and lots of fun. just be creative as you go and add lots of elements to create depth and texture .tutorial by heather      Thanks so much for looking at my tutorial . I hope this helps you understand my process .these papers are just so perfect for a seaside Layout or project .. I had fun creating this and I do hope I have inspired you to begin creating your own layout by the sea .

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Grandma and me

I shot this photo of Joel and his grandma and thought I’d make a framed layout out of it.

I have used the lovely Vintage Spring Basics and Life By The Sea for this layout.I have used dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix and Prima flowers. Bling from Zva Creative, punch from Martha Stewart, frame die from Nestabilities, chipboard frame from Scrap FX. Mask from Prima, Pan Pastels for the background.Flocked rub-ons and doily die from Prima. The blue paper that I have used as a photo mat is from the Life By The Sea collection 6×6 paper pad. The rest is from Vintage Spring Basics 6×6 paper pad, except for the background 1st of March.This zipper die by Marianne Design is too cute. I added some stitches, lace and details from Prima.And the last close up.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!Jenny

 

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.
1_We used a lot of acryllics for the mini-album. I really loved that. They became new favourites of mine. 2Try to repeat that if you can. ;)3We used lots of different dies and mediums…
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.
7And here you can see though the next page to see the previous one.
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And here’s the page you saw through the acryllic before.9I really love this face…
10And finally. Joel with his beloved IKEA jars…

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

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