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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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 :)

Supplies:

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 )

mdbox2Supplies:

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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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

The Little Things

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you again on this lovely Thursday. A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful experience of going away on a ‘scrapbooking weekend retreat’! It was fabulous…no cooking, no cleaning, no “mom-duties”…just me and my paper supplies for 72 glorious hours. Needless to say, I got quite a bit accomplished…namely these cards…

A bit of Vintage Autumn Basics

TheLittleThingsMA little Walking in the Forest

BestWishesMajaHoldOnMajaAnd finally some Life by the SeaLighthouseBirthdayMajaI had to really narrow down my supplies…limited to only what I could carry. I forgot my beloved twine, quite a few containers of flowers and my whole box of chotchkies. Which leads me to the fact that you don’t need to add a lot of embellishments to Maja Design papers…the lovely designs and perfect patterns speak wonders for themselves…

Have a wonderfully crafty day…and thanks for spending a few minutes of it with me!Andrea-sign

Fun with Stacked Elements

HELLO AND A WARM WELCOME TO MAJA DESIGN .  Heather here with you today. As well as creating layouts I love making handmade cards for birthdays and celebrations. This one was for an extra special celebration.January easel card walking in the forest

WE recently Celebrated our daughters 40th Birthday and today I am sharing this easel  card I created her.Tara loves denim blue and white, so it was very easy to gather some beautiful papers that co-ordinate.  I decided to use ‘Jeans’ – from the Walking in the Forest collection as my base combined with White cardstock .  I began by folding my card in white Bazzill . I Then  cut my base  6 x 6 in ‘Jeans’,  for the  stacked elements . I always create my cover separately , stack my elements and then adhere it to my white bazzill. One of my faves is to add stitching and make it arty by stitching slightly crooked lines and using alternative colored cotton.January easel card front cover

January easel card celebrate

I adore these stacked elements as it is a great way to use up scraps and also the dimension it gives is quite intriguing .I notice when I give a stacked elements card the receiver always holds it up and looks in-between the layers. Makes me smile . You can use any type of diecut you desire and there is a beautiful selection of papers to blend and co-ordinate . I have used 3 collections and they all tone in magnificently together .January easel card layering

Walking in the Forest , Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Frost Basics

january easel card top viewa different perspective - looking from the top view …

These are the words I wrote inside for Tara …. ……   As you walk 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….. . Happy birthday Tardy, to our wonderful precious Daughter. We love you to the moon and back . Congrats on reaching 40 years and may you have 40 more fabulous years here on earth , doing what you love. Lots of love and hugz .. Mum and Dad xoxox

Maja items used :Walking in the forest – Jeans –  Autumn Poem, Vintage Autumn Basics – No. XXI, Vintage Frost Basics – 12th December bs.

Thanks for popping by and hope I have inspired you to have  a play with these stacked elements and create your own masterpiece . See you next time , hugz from me 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

Travel with ‘Life by the Sea’

Hi Maja fans and happy Monday!

Unfortunately the summer vacation has already come or is soon coming to an end for most of us. After 3,5 months of vacation (I know, I’m lucky!) I will have to go back to University in just one week. But the good news is that as a scrapbooker you can bring your memories of a wonderful summer vacation back to life again by scrapbooking the photos that you took this summer. I decided to scrap a photo of my dad that was taken during our trip to Berlin. The gorgeous ‘Life by the sea‘ papers were just perfect for making a summery and masculine lay-out.

TravelI wanted to make my lay-out look very masculine and wanted to not use any flowers or swirls on it. My lay-out mainly consists of lots of layers of paper. I mixed and matched papers from the ‘Life by the Sea’ collection in different colours and with different patterns. The edges of all papers were first inked and then distressed.

Of course I also couldn’t resist cutting out one of the grid patterns. The blue grid pattern behind the photo was cut out from one of the ‘Life by the Country’ papers. This sheet is called “Boat at the Bridge-bs”.
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I used only a few embellishments on my lay-out. Besides the gorgeous Maja Design papers, I used Prima resin birds, tiny gears, thickers, two tickets, three labels and a metal clock. I tucked in some cheese clothing to add some more texture to my lay-out as well. Travel2Supplies:

Maja Design: patterned papers (“Life by the Sea“: Navigate-bs, Landmark-bs, Nautic, Sailing, the East-Coast-bs, Marina Hovering, Morning Swim; “Life in the Country“: Boat at the bridge-bs); Prima Marketing: resin birds, clock face, tiny gears, distress tool; American Crafts: thickers: Tim Holtz: adage tickets, distress ink ‘Walnut Stain’; Spellbinders: Lacey Circles dies; Joy Crafts: tag dies; Martha Stewart: punches.

Thank you for your visit to the Maja blog today! I hope I was able to inspire you and that you will also take your “Life by the Sea” papers to scrapbook some of your favourite summer snapshots.

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

A summer bottle message

The summer is here and a new bottle message came my way when I was sitting on the pier, swinging my legs in the water. It was a life preserver, created in the most delicate way.
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Created by the so talented Chantal Van Der Horst. Please stop by her blog to see more of her wonderful creations, it is well worth the visit. She has used the Life By The Sea collection that we have based our current Mood Board on.

Posting something online is like sending out a bottle message. The posting drifts away on the waves of the blue sea, living it’s life of it’s own. You never know who will pick it up and what that could result in.

From time to time I’m looking for just that. Bottle messages. Postings that drifts on the sea of internet, just waiting to be picked up and become praised.

This time Chantal was highlighted, you could be next. I will send out the new limited Sofiero collection to her as encouragement.Jenny