Fly High Vintage Book Banner – Life By The Sea

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  It’s Nancy Hanttula here again.  This week I am going to share a banner that I created using a beloved vintage, Little Golden Book, from 1971, FLY HIGH, written and illustrated by Virginia Parsons.

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Fly High banner

I absolutely love children’s books.  I love the stories.  I love the illustrations.  And I absolutely ADORE books that I have had for my lifetime (I guess I am considered “vintage” now :) ) and finding vintage books in antique and thrift stores.

So here is an easy way to preserve a beloved book to make as a gift or to use as personal home décor…..use the pages to create a banner.  It can be used in a child’s room, in a play room or family room, or even a creative space.  How cute would this be to give as a baby shower gift?!  Now, I know some of you are going to perhaps cringe at tearing out the pages of a book….but, if you don’t use it, then what are you really going to ever do with it.  Well, you could save it to pass on for generations in your family, IF your kids and their kids and their kids don’t e-bay it, or donate it, or trash it.  I’m just saying what may be sentimental to you, won’t necessarily be sentimental to your off-spring.  BUT if you actually created something with it…well, I imagine it may actually have a better chance of being passed down.  Maybe.  But, if you really cannot bring yourself to tear out the pages of a book, then you could color copy the pages and use the pages that way.  Personally, I want to make that one-of-a-kind treasure.

Here is the book that I used for this project.

Vintage Book Fly High

And yes, the torn out pages are behind the cover.  I didn’t use all of the pages.  I chose the ones I liked the best and told the story for me.

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I used the Life by the Sea paper collection for this project, because I thought it showcased the book pages the best.

I cut out 5 different papers and matted the book pages onto them.  Added a coordinating strip to the tops.  Used a different border punch on the bottom of each of the banner pieces, and added some fun embellishments from my stash.

Here is a close-up photo of the first 2 banner panels:

banner 1 and 2

and the 2nd two:

banner 2 and 3

and the 5th and 6th panels:

banner 3 and 4

finally the last one:

banner 5  It was hard for me to get a good photograph of this hanging on the wall.  I used a Fiskars ribbon punch on the very top of the panels, laced ribbon through them all to join them together.

Fly High Book pages Banner

The specific papers I used out of the Life by the Sea collection included:  (front) Nautic; (back) Islands & Skerries; (back) Seaside Cottage; (back & front) The East Coast; (back) Landmark; & (front) Drop the Anchor.

Other ingredients used in this project included:  Tombow permanent adhesive; Aleene’s Tacky glue; Prima/Ingvild’s chalk ink in Dry Sand, White, & Brick Wall; border punches from Martha Stewart, Fiskars, and EK Success;  metal embellishments from Prima; buttons and ribbon from my stash.

Thank you for taking the time to stop and take a peek at my latest creation.  I hope something has inspired you to create something amazing today!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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We’re Going By the Sea!

Hello Maja Fans, a very good morning to you :)

It’s Maja here to share a little sea album. Just as you’re reading these words, I’m in the car (hopefully) going North towards the Baltic sea! :) Although we live in the South of Poland, almost in the Tatra mountains, we love the sea and our best holidays are connected with water ;) And so, after a few year’s break we’re finally going to spend some time by the sea again and I decided to prepare a small album for some of the best shots. And of course I grabbed my favourite marine collection of all time, Life by the Sea:

mdseaAs usually, I tied some ribbons on the wire and also hung a cute seahorse charm, first colouring it a bit with alcohol inks:

mdsea1I used a chipboard lighthouse and stamped the date several times on the cover:

mdsea2It’s still very plain and simple, a beta-version I might say ;) as I hope to add some keepsakes we’ll buy/find, and the final embellishing will take place when I put photos in it. But I thought it would be a good idea to share such bare album to give you some idea of how I prepare the background for photos.

mdsea3I took seven cardstock pages (two pages for each day) and two chipboard covers and all little pieces and scraps of the collection, so that – believe it or not – I cut little pieces off only two “full” sheets, everything else is composed of scraps! :)

So, I do suggest making yourself a cup of coffee now and then sitting comfortably :) Are you ready for a ton of photos?

mdsea4 mdsea5 mdsea6 mdsea7 mdsea8 mdsea9 mdsea11As you can see, I used just papers, some stamps, washi tapes, an edger punch and a few chipboard pieces to embellish the pages. Sometimes a scrap of paper was just a centimetre too short to cover a page, then I’d use a signature strip – I always keep all of them when I cut papers and love to use them :) – to fill the gap.

Here’s how I used the smallest bits of paper: I made tiny flags…

mdsea14…or a small banner…

mdsea13…or a part of a tag that pretends to be hidden beneath papers ;)

mdsea15Call me a miser, but I didn’t even waste a strip of paper that was 3 mm wide! LOL

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Supplies:

Maja Design papers: bits and pieces of the Life by the Sea collection.

Other: Edger punch: Martha Stewart; stamps: ScrapBerry’s, Prima; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Magiczna Kartka; washi tapes: Dekoracyjna Taśma

I hope soon to be able to fill the album with fun photos :)

see you!

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Life by the Sea Mini Album

Hello Maja Friends.

I have been lucky enough to spend one week by the Baltic Sean in early June this year and took tons of pictures of my kids enjoying the see.

Today I have a mini album to share with you and it is full of fun photos onf my son who has seen the sea by the first time. Actually he is quite emotional so I decided to make a mini with those memory keepsakes.

sneakNo doubt Life by the Sea collection was my choice and it gave me the name of my album too.

LifebyThe SeaMain  I used acrylic album as a base for my album, some parts I covered with the papers, the others I left clear.

Life1Clear I combined the papers from 6*6 paper pad and 12*12 as well.

LifebyTheSea1LifebytheSea2LifebytheSea3LifebytheSea4 I put one more photo inside, on the back of this part:

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LifebytheSea5aand here you can see how I painted the clear acrylic parts with the inks and embellished the page with the leftovers. so simple tip, but I guess it looks wonderful, isn’t it?

LifebytheSea6More mixed media tips were applied at the end of the album, but I admit it was the best way to support those cute photos

LifebyLastLifelastBI am sure you have already possess or will own some photos taken during your vacation time, and especially taken by the sea. so Life by the sea collection is what you reallu need to make a beautiful album and preserve those warm memories.

Hope you have enjoyed watching my album.

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Americana Birthday

Happy Thursday Maja friends! Here in the United States we’re gearing up for our country’s birthday, July 4th. Another reason for the Ewen family to celebrate is the birthday of our patriarch, affectionately known as ‘Cheesie’ (as in Big Cheese), my husband, Guy. His mom told him when he was younger that the fireworks that accompany every July 4th celebration were just for him. Though he’s old enough to realize that is no longer the case, we still have quite a celebration for him, including a big barbecue, a huge ice cream cake, and yes, lots of fireworks. Tomorrow’s festivities will also include this card here: July4thM July4thcuThis card features the Life by the Sea collection. I added some die cut stars, wooden stars, sequin stars and some rustic twine. All of the edges are distressed with Vintage Photo distress ink and also roughed up a bit with a paper distresser. The stamp is courtesy of Verve’s American Hero set.

To my American friends…Happy 4th of July! To all my other friends…Happy 4th of July! :) Have a great day and thanks for sharing a part of it with me! Andrea-sign

Bits and Pieces

Hello Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

If you’re a paper freak like me, you won’t just throw away even a small scrap of paper even if you have a thousand sheets (and you know I have, you’ve seen my room ;) ). Today I’d like to show you my favourite way of using up those bits to create fun cards – the patchwork background! :)

All you need are punches or dies – I use mostly squares, rectangles and triangles – and bits of papers :)

mdpatch10Then take a piece of cardstock trimmed to the size you need and arrange your pieces – I always start from the middle and go sidewards, glueing them down as I go, then turn the paper over and cut off all the ends that stand out.

mdpatch11You can go very simple:

mdpatch6…just take your pieces of papers and arrange them on a larger piece:

mdpatch7Or you can go a little more complicated:

mdpatch1…arranging your rectangular pieces into a floor-like design:

mdpatch2You can use large or small pieces…

mdpatch4…arranging them just any way you like! Here I put them diagonally:

mdpatch5If you like, you can also sew the pieces through to get a really nice fabric-like look:

mdpatch8mdpatch9Patchwork gives you so much opportunities and so much fun! And you can use really tiny scraps, combine patterns from many collections and create your own custom patterned background :)

mdpatch0Supplies:

Maja Design papers: scraps of various sheets from the Vintage Frost Basics, Vintage Summer Basics, Ska Vi Ta En Fika? and Life by the Sea collections.

Other: punches: Woodware; stamps: Lemonade; badge: 3rd Eye; flowers, lace, ribbon – from my stash.

See you later! :)

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The Simpler Things

Morning Maja lovelies! It’s Andrea here with you today, bringing on some, hmm…CAS cards. Now mind you, these are not true CAS (Clean and Simple), though for me, they are quite toned down. I went to a ‘Stamp Camp’ the other day and I was so impressed with the cards we made and most of them were just straight-forward, easy designs, but effective. That’s the trick! Here’s what I mean: Luke145M I used just one sheet of the West Coast from Maja’s Life by the Sea collection. I added a cork frame dotted with liquid pearls and a bright red polka dotted bow/flower embellishment. Okay, now I start adding more stuff:

WonderfulMarvelousMVintage Summer Basics collection is highlighted here, I added a heart die along with some leafy sprig dies. I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I added some liquid pearls. Then I decided to sew the perimeter. Still reasonably low-key, according to my standards. Here’s one that’s {gasp!} flat:

BestMD I am just in love with the Sofiero papers, I’m hoping that Marie will bring them back someday {wink, wink}. I used the back of the description at the bottom of the page for the floral trim pieces and then added a lacey border trim. More liquid pearls to add just a little sparkle… And speaking of more sparkle:

SmittenMThis final card showcases the Walking in the Forest line of papers. This card is really very simple, to make, being that the flower/feather embellishment is one piece. The only other details I added were the liquid pearls and the leafy die cuts. I did also lightly sponge the edges and added the “Smitten” sentiment, which is courtesy of Verve.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderfully crafty day! Andrea-sign

Boys’ Life By The Sea

A very good morning to you, Maja Fans! Welcome to Maja Design blog today, it’s Maja here to share some boy-themed inspiration.

Even though our family lives near the moutnains in the south of Poland, we all love the sea and sailing. After a few years with Winnie the Pooh ;) and our first true sailing trip, my boys started to dream about a marine-themed room. And so last year, when they went away for a week of their summer school, I did a major renovation and changed the room completely, repainted it and added a lot of marine elements and decor items. I wish you could have seen their faces when they returned and went into their room! :D And then, a couple of days ago (yeah, that’s typical for me) I spotted something – there was still a Winnie the Pooh nameplate on the door!! I immediately took out one of my most favourite Maja collections, Life by the Sea, and created this nameplate:

mdwiz0I took an ornate wooden plate and decorated with lighthouse paper. I put my boys’ school ID cards mini photos into resin frames and placed them in the centre.

mdwiz1And then I started to fill in the composition, adding Prima flowers and chipboard letters, real starfish and seashells and images I cut out of various papers:

mdwiz2I made mini banners to decorate the names and added some metal charms:

mdwiz3Adding liquid pearls and Distress Crackle Paint here and there was the finishing touch:

mdwiz4As usually with my projects, the nameplate is rather dimensional :)

mdwiz5And here’s its destination place :)

mdwiz6Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Life by the Sea: Navigate, Drop the Anchor, Marina, A Day at Sea, the East Coast, the East Coast bs; Life in the Country: Strawberries with Ice.

Other: flowers, chipboard letters – Prima; Distress Crackle Paint (Picket Fence) – Ranger; seashells, metal charms, cheesecloth – from my stash.

 

But I think Life by the Sea collection is perfect for all boy creations, not only the marine-themed ones. And so I created this birthday card for a young gentleman :)

mdkubI like adding putting themed charms and elements into my cards to add more interest, and so here I added a mini car:

mdkub1…and cute buttons – don’t you just love the plaid? :)

mdkub4I stamped the bear image onto patterned paper and coloured it with Promarkers:

mdkub3I die-cut the birthday number twice and glued the digits together, creating a little shadow effect:

mdkub2Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Life by the Sea – Life Jacket, Morning Swim bs, the East Coast, Nautic bs, the West Coast.

Other: stamp – Stamperia; dies – Sizzix, Promarkers – Letraset; metal charm, buttons, ribbon, twine – from my stash.

 

That’s all for today from me, have a wonderful day and visit us tomorrow for more inspriation!

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lighthouse

Hi all!

Ingrid here today with another altered project and a card.
I’m always looking for something I can alter and when I found this lighthouse,
I knew exactly what papers I could use.
The *Life by the Sea* collection was just perfect!
I decorated the lower part of the lighthouse with the -life jacket- sheet of this collection.
I cut some pieces of the striped side to cover the bottom part.

The lovely orange flowers are from Prima.

The stars were cut out of the -nautic- paper sheet.

The orange paper is the backside of the -life jacket- paper sheet.
For the top I cut out some small pieces.

The fishnet-looking stuff was found at a local flea market and gave this project that extra nautic feel.

Here is my second project, a mixed media card.Maja Design papers are perfect for mixed media projects as well.
Made this card using the backside of the -life jacket- sheet for my background.
The flowers were painted with Shimmerz and the chipboard is from Dusty Attic.


Papers used: *life jacket* and *nautic*

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

BEACH HOUSE GETAWAY

Hello and a warm welcome my friends… today I am sharing a thankyou gift I created for some dear friends of ours. We stayed at their beach house over at Sorrento, Victoria and had the best time .Seaside getaway       I love to give our friends a special unique card as a thank you for their love and friendship. These papers are perfect for a beach/ sailing holiday . I made the pocket first then added some strips over lapping on the front, added a circle and tied string to secure the circle .seaside getaway        I created 3 tags to pop in the pocket . This collection ‘ Life by the Sea’,  is Timeless, I just love it x 8 April Seaside getaway tags seaside getaway        Tag one has 3 gorgeous little chipboard houses with a Pelican sitting on a pole, completed by adding a strip of brads along the top  . 8 April seaside getaway tag and pocket     Tag 2 has a thankyou note to our treasured friends .

8 April seaside getaway large tag    Tag 3 has some stamping and washi tape, with a photo of Baden and me .8 April seaside getaway notes to friends      I wrote a short thank you note on one of the tags …  A special thank you .. We had so much fun at your Beach house … you gave us the best time. Perfect weather, delicious food, wonderful company, sailing on the high seas. Lots of laughs and treasured memories. You are both very precious friends to us and there is a special place in our hearts reserved just for you .Love and Big hugz from Heather and Baden xoxox

Maja Design . …LIFE BY THE SEA COLLECTION ….Drop the anchor, Sailing, Sailing – bs, Regatta – bs …the West Coast  ….. Thanks so much for popping by and do have a look at these papers if you especially want to scrap some seaside holidays , just perfect . Until next time , happy scrapping. Big hugz from me xoxo

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Winner of the March Mood Board and a new Creative Team member

This months Mood Board has generated so many beautiful projects… MarchMB

Here are our contributions for this month…

And the winner is….Lainie Michel_USALainie Michel, USA!

The Vintage Summer Basics collection will be sent out to you as requested.

Our next Mood Board is full of life and Easter feelings. It’s light colours and dreams of the warming sun will sure keep you inspired for the coming month. There is now a second reason for you not to miss it. I will pick one of our Seasonal Girls (Winter) among the Mood Board contributions this year. That means that you will get a box of Vintage Frost Basics to play with and become a guest in our cozy little corner…

And. Speaking of Seasonal Girls. Our first Spring Girl made such an impression on us that we decided to keep her. So here’s our new Creative Team member that you will meet on our blog every second Thursday, starting next week…Larissa-Albernaz

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