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

Earthly Flowers

Morning Maja friends! I’m so happy to say that I’ve recently received some happy mail in the form of ‘Coffee in the Arbour’! Delicate, dainty and ultra-feminine papers…I am in love! I had some sweet little daisy stickers hanging around my craft room (actually I had to dig them out) that went so well with the ‘White Daisies’ paper, so I married them to make this: EarthFlowersMI completed this card with some Buttercup liquid pearls, a Fleur De Lis Rectangle Nestability, a Deco Fan border punch and a paper distresser. I also pulled out some ‘Life in the Country’ paper to make this one: CongratsMWonderfully shabby and antique looking, I framed the medallion with a stained doily and some glitter. I added some Zva Creative pearl flourishes and a crinkled seam binding bow. For this next card, I upped the classy factor: MyGraceMLove me some Vintage Summer Basics! Framed with a Detailed Scallop Frame from Spellbinders, I added some Zva Creative pearl lines and Raspberry Liquid Pearls. All stamps used on these cards are courtesy of Verve.

Thanks for checking in…hope you like what you see! Andrea-sign

For Daddy

Morning, Maja Fans! Welcome to the Maja Design blog today, it’s Maja here to share some Father’s Day inspiration.

I know many of you have already celebrated Father’s Day, but in Poland it comes on June 23rd and so we’re just getting ready with all the attractions :) My boys asked me to make a layout for daddy with their photos and frame it so that he can put it on the wall in his studio. Knowing that, I had to go really flat which was a real challenge, I tell you! But finally I managed to make this:

mdremDo you recognise the base papers? Yeah, that’s Coffee in the Arbour :) It seems romantic shabby chic papers can do great for masculine projects too! And do you remember the patchwork background cards I shared in my previous post? I used the same technique in the background of my layout:

mdrem1I punched some squares from the Life in the Country and Gammaldags Jul papers to add some red accents to the blue and brown colour palette, machine-sewed through them and then stamped some motives:

mdrem3I added the title using a metal plaquette:

mdrem2And finally a very humble – as for me – flowers and embellies cluster. I love adding metal charms! :) I also brushed white gesso over the roses to match them to the whitened edges of the papers:

mdrem4So, we have the layout for daddy, and my elder son made a matching card using the same papers :)

mdkmdk1My younger son is a more of the drawing type, so he’ll be hand-drawing his card for Dad. And now we are almost ready to celebrate :)

Supplies:

Layout: Coffee in the Arbour: Smell of freshly brewed coffee bs, Butterflies are free bs, Blueberry cupcake, Blueberry cupcake bs; scraps of the Life in the country and Gammaldags Jul papers.

Other: flowers: Prima, stamps: Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny, Teresa Collins; wooden face, chipboard: Stempell & Kartoon; metal charms – from my stash.

Card: Coffe in the Arbour: Butterflies are free bs; Life in the country: Porch, Our Dear Summer Cottage.

Other: dies: Marianne Design, stamps: Marianne Design, Lemonade; twine: Divine Twine; charm: from my stash.

 

see you soon!

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Winner of the May Mood Board

Our May Mood Board was a Mood Board about love… Here’s a reminder of what it looked like.
And here are our contributions for this month…

This month must be a new record when it comes to creative and beautiful art. We’ve had such a hard time picking a winner. But here it goes.Lindy_GillespieLindy Gillespie from Australia! The collection of your choice will be sent to your doorstep.

Our next Mood Board will be presented on June 20th. Next Saturday we will announce the happy winners of our Coffee In The Arbour giveaway. I hope you haven’t missed it.

Until next time…Jenny

Life’s Simple Pleasures

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Hi everyone, Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made using lots of handmade blooms I made from Maja Design papers.  Today I wanted to celebrate the everyday simple pleasures, like a little bouquet of beautiful smelling flowers/like a few snippits of Lavender.  I echoed the title in my photo by using my photo editing software to add some words like ‘simple pleasures’ and ‘sweet Lavender’ to my photo with some script text.  I used the Spellbinders ‘Rose Creations’ dies to make my blooms and pulled together a bunch of papers from the maja collections in greens and plummy/pinks.

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I chose papers that did not have a lot of patterns on them to keep an even hue to the floral designs. To make the blooms I lightly moistened the die cut petals with some water and just curled the edges of the petals out to make my rosettes.

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Another design feature I added to my page is thes layered stitched circles.  I chose 3 patterned papers that I thought looked pretty together and then cut out 3 different sized circles.  I inkedthe edges with some soft brown chalk ink and machine stitched to finish.  I also added some texture to the background paper using the Rings & Puddles  Memory Box stencil with texture paste.

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Here you can see the combined cut circle and floral embellishments working together.  I added some Ingvild Bolme resin butterflies to build up the shabby-chic look of the page as well as some Tresors de Luxe lace.  I also added some small ‘bud’ clusters in that I plucked off some old silk flowers I was tossing out, they were the exact color match to my handmade blooms.

Maja Design Papers used for this project:  Vintage Autumn Basics (X-bs, Heritage-bs), Sofiero (Princess Margareta’s Garden-bs), Vintage Summer Basics (1920, 1923, 1933) Vintage Spring Basics (7th of May-bs, 10th of March-bs), Life in the Country (Summer Fields-bs, Sowing Seeds-bs).

I hope you enjoyed my project today and hope I inspired you to try scrapping everyday little things that bring you joy!

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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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A Collection of Thanks

Happy Thursday Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today…sharing some creativity and inspiration, I hope! I had gone away a few weeks ago to a ‘scrapbooking weekend’ getaway with some gal friends…and since I could only bring what I could carry (hard to pack up an entire craft room) I had to get creative with the limited supplies I had. Luckily, Maja Design papers do all the talking, with minimal accoutrements required:thanksMThis card features the Ska vi ta en fika collection of papers. I adorned the horizontal panels with some paper piercing, vintage lace, paper flowers and buttons.

thankyouMajaI guess that it’s no secret that I love liquid pearls. This card is from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection and is absolutely doused with those lovely liquid delights. I love the freedom I have with them…I can put them just about anywhere. Another benefit of the liquid pearls is the size of the application. Around the outside border, I made very tiny dots. On the inside panels, I made larger ones, just by changing the amount of pressure applied to the bottle. I added some lace, ruffled ribbon, a line of paper flowers and some corner punches on the sentiment panel to finish off the card.

LifeMLastly, I made this hidden sentiment card with the Life in the Country series. I picked up a cute embossing panel which is just 2″ X 6″…perfect for making the white horizontal panel. I added some paper flowers, blue stamens and punched leaves. I also added some Zva Creative crystal flourishes in addition to liquid pearls. Here’s a peek of the inside:

LifeImThanks so much for spending part of your day with me, I hope you were inspired!Andrea-sign

Going Soft and Smokey with Maja Papers!

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I don’t know how winter has been for you lovely ladies in Sweden, but here in Canada it has been extremely cold and snowy this year!  I for one am soooo ready for Spring to make an appearance!  So to warm myself up a little I thought I’d work on a summery photo.  This is a photo I took a few years back of my oldest daughter when we were taking a summer vacation near Sable Falls in (Northern) Ontario.

I’ve recently been putting together a color inspiration board for myself on Pinterest and I find one of my favourite color combinations is purples with greens, but I’m particularly fond of the these colors in soft smokey tones.  So for this page I reached for some of the soft smokey plums in the ‘Ska vi ta en Fika’ collection and mixed it with some taupey grey and soft green from the Vintage Summer basics colleciton.

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I wanted to add some ‘lush’ greenery to the page so I matted behind the photo with some green paper from the Life In the Country paper collection (Sowing Seeds-bs), and added a new vine chipboard design from Dusty Attic called ‘Ivy Corners’ adding a few Dusty Attic purple roses in as well.

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I just love to add vintage style embellishments to my Maja Design layouts because the beautiful papers lend themselves so well to these types of embellishments, like vintage lace (from Tresors de Luxe), Natural floral accents (also from Tresors de luxe), chipboard designs (Skelleton clock and flourishes, from Dusty Attic Designs) and the Flowers are from a tin of blooms from Recollections.

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Clocks are one of those design elements that I feel work with almost any page.  So again on this page I’ve added in some of my favourite clock designs from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection (XVI).

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When I get my Maja Design collections, I love to fan out the papers and enjoy how the different patterns and designs look against each other.  I always want to share these pretty designs in a unique and fun way, ….here I was able to do this using a new chipboard by Dusty Attic called ‘Geometric’ border. I glued a small sampling of a few of the patterned papers behind the small square designs.

Maja Design Papers used in this project:  Ska vi ta en Fika (Söders höjder – bs, En Kopp te-bs, Chaite-bs, Favoriter-bs), Life In the Country (Sowing Seeds), Vintage Summer Basics (1932-bs), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI).

I hope you enjoyed my little project today using Maja Design products and hope that it brought you a little Spring warmth as well! xo

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Morning Maja friends! Last week Jenny posted our monthly challenge, the Maja Design Mood Board. I don’t know about you, but Marie’s lovely choice in colors, heartfelt sentiments and sweet images really stir my creativity! I have a card today based on this challenge, using Maja’s Ska vi ta en fika collection: HappyValentinesFeb14M

I used Verve Stamps More than Love set, Pastel polka dotted ribbon, some fabric flowers I purchased in the wedding section of Michael’s and some twine. The design is based loosely on last week’s Mojo Monday sketch. FebruaryMBHere’s another card I made using the Life in the Country collection:YoureSoAmazingMaja

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day tomorrow…I’ll be at work, but hopefully the husband will have dinner waiting for me when I get home! …Well, a girl can dream, right? ;)  Andrea-sign