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

Theme Collections All the Year Round

Welcome to the blog today, Maja Fans :)

It’s Maja here to share two cards with which I mean to prove you can use Maja Design theme collections all the year round :)

I love playing with theme papers and use them for other occassions too. Thus you don’t need to put your Christmas papers away for a year in January :) For instance, would you say this wedding card was made using Vintage Winter papers?

mdwBut it is! :) I used the brown, red and cream sheets for the gorgeous ornate background:

mdw1I stamped some crackles onto the top layer and added a bunch of roses, resin frame and metal butterflies:

mdw2Then I added vintage ribbon sprayed with golden mist to match the frame colour:

mdw3For the backround bottom layers you can use even theme-patterned papers, details such as snowflakes or Santa Clauses won’t be visible clearly ;)

Supplies: Vintage Winter: Chocolate, December, Season’s Greetings.  Other: resin frame: RetroKraft Shop; stamps: Kaisercraft, Lemonade; butterflies: Trimcraft; flowers&leaves, ribbon: from my stash.

 

But this doesn’t apply to winter/Christmas papers only. This baby boy welcome card is used with the marine papers :)

mdmajWell, OK, this one is to some extent marine-themed, but I could have omitted the little whale and washi tape and it would look just as ordinary baby boy card, right? :)

mdmaj1I layered several stripes and stars design, die-cut the onesie and coloured it with Promarkers to give it some dimension and matted it with a piece of cheesecloth. Can you see those cute tiny button brads? :)

mdmaj2I used a piece of paper with the signature stripe visible – aren’t those little elements really useful?

mdmaj3Supplies: Life by the Sea: The East Coast, Marina Hovering bs, Islands and Skerries bs, Regatta bs. Other: dies: Sizzix, Poppy Stamps; brads: Making Memories; washi tape: Dekoracyjna Taśma; charm, cheesecloth, linen string: from my stash.

See you!

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Beach Life

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!

Larissa here to share a new Maja Design layout with you!!! This time it features the gorgeous Life by the Sea line:

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I recently went to the beach for a lovely and relaxing weekend by the sea. Of course, while feeling the soft breeze, smelling the salt in the air and feeling the sun warming my skin, I took some adorable photos and was eager to preserve those moments!

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So… what could be more perfect than taking some time to scrap these pics with this adorable line by Maja Design?

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It was very simple to put this layout together. The photo I have used here shows a beautiful sunset. It was cropped in 4 pieces, just to add interest.

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After adding a few coats of modeling past to its background with the help of a Prima stencil and a palette knife I have sprayed three shades of Color Blooms and have added a mat to the pictures.

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All the rest was done with the help of a few cutouts, chipboards, shabby chic resins, stamps and flowers!

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And I finished it up with a few more touches of gesso to add texture and to complete the beachy mood of this project.

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I hope you´ve enjoyed this layout!

 

Thank you so much for your visit,

 

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Dreaming about the Sea

Hello Maja Friends.

It is extremely hot in my place and I suffering from this heat. So I have been looking through the pictures taken during our vacation by the sea and just dreaming about some cold breeze and sea water.

Seaside_ElenaOlinevich_MainResThat is why I took Life by the Sea collection and started playing with its nautical motifs.

img_5410  First I moved withing blue and marina colors, but then I realized the the heat followed me there too and I added some red color spots too

img_5413 So the mixture of Sealight, anchors and feathers alongside with flowers turned into the embellishments for this Layout with the picture of my son playing at the beach

img_5415I placed everything on the string and that is the result:

img_5412  Thank you for stopping by today.

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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:

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and the 2nd two:

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and the 5th and 6th panels:

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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