Going Soft and Smokey with Maja Papers!


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


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

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

A Special Anniversary Card

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My Mom and Dads 55th anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks so I thought I would take the opportunity to make up a special card for them.  Ever since I was a little girl my parents would always say it’s the card (rather than the gift) that always meant the most to them, especially if the card was handmade.  For them it’s the thoughts written in the card that really mean the most to them and if we made the card it meant all the more to them.  For this card I primarily used the newest Maja collection, Vintage Frost Basics (although I also mixed in a bit of some other collections as well).

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I went with the soft and pretty pinks and wine colors in this collection.  For the extra dark burgundy paper I used a paper from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and for the perfect green for my leafy flourish I used a paper from the Life in the Country collection.

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I was going for lots of textures and layers for this card so I used some corrugated card that was in my stash (I think it was the lining for a wine bottle gift).  I used the darkest Maja paper from the Vintage Summer Basics collection to matte the whole card and as the backing behind the lattice design, so that I could get maximum contrast.  The lattice, doily, leaf flourish and blooms are all Cheery Lynn dies.

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I handmade the blooms for this card from simple white cardstock and a Gardenia die from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I just lightly tinted the petals with some Tim Holtz ‘Victorian Velvet’ Distress ink and a soft make-up sponge.  I used their Fanciful Flourish die with the ‘Summer Fields’ paper from the Life in the Country collection for my vine/flourish.  At first I was going to just use some green cardstock for this but couldn’t find the exact color I’d been envisioning.  Then I thought to myself…silly me, I should look at the greens in the Maja collections, they are made to match!  And sure enough, it was the exact green I was looking for!

Maja Design Products used for this project:  Vintage Frost Basics (4th of December, 4th of December-bs, 6th of December), Vintage Summer Basics (1922-bs), Life in the Country (Summer Fields-bs).

I hope my parents will love this card as much as I enjoyed making it!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out my Maja Design project! xo


Little Wishes {Combining Collections}

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Hi there, it’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made combining no less than 5 Maja Design collections!  That’s the beauty of Maja Design papers, you can have a variety of collections in your stash and they somehow are able to work so well with each other!  For the base of my page I used a polka dot paper from Vintage Spring Basics in a soft buttery yellow (it’s actually the backside of one of my favourite papers!).  I then used some green gingham paper from Life in the Country to matte my photos and a pretty green damask paper from Ska vi ta en Fika?, to create my heart design.   To embellish I used papers from Vintage Autumn Basics (clocks and roses), Vintage Spring Basics (butterflies) and Vintage Summer Basics (labels).  Here are a few close-ups of my page….

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To embellish my page I combined some fussy cutting of images from the Maja Design papers (roses, clocks, butterflies) with some die cut designs.  I used a clock die and a Celtic Heart die from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The heart frame I cut from plain white cardstock and the green brocade center is a Ska vi ta en Fika paper.

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I created a broken lattice design for this page by cutting out a Cheery Lynn Lattice 2 die and cutting it randomly on an angle.  I used part of the lattice in the top left corner of the layout and the other part behind the photo.   I also did a little masking behind the lattice design with some texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Art is).  The flowers were handmade using a flower die strip ‘Sweet Williams’ by Cheery Lynn Designs.

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Here is a close-up view of some of the fussy cut elements I used on this page.  The clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection have quickly become a favourite design element for me for my scrapbook pages and cards (one page of the clock papers can go a very long way!).  The fussy cut roses from the Vintage Autumn Basics may take a little more time to cut but I love the pretty results they give to a page!

Maja Design Papers used in this project:

~ Vintage Spring Basics (1st of March-bs, 6th of May)

~ Life in the Country (Kitchen Garden-bs)

~ Ska vi ta en Fika? (Smulpaj m äpplen-bs)

~ Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI-clocks, XVII-flowers)

~ Vintage Summer Basics (1932)

I have one more project to share with you today.  I made this layout for my Dusty Attic design team but I used papers from Vintage Summer Basics and Vintage Spring Basics as a base for this page.


I did a fair bit of inking, stamping and used some Tim Holtz tissue tape to add design elements to this page.

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I wanted to go with a water/beach theme for this page so I used some pretty new chipboard from Dusty Attic Designs (Reeds 2), fish netting, shells and gems to embellish.  I used a butterfly image from the Vintage Summer Basics collection under a crystal dot to add another fun image caught in the fish net.

Maja Design products used in this project:  Vintage Spring Basics (10th of March, 6th of May), Vintage Summer Basics (1943)

Thanks for stopping by today and thanks for all the sweet comments, I read and appreciated them all! xo


Winner of the October Mood Board

Yesterday the storm ”Simone” hit the Swedish west coast. It didn’t reach as far north as first expected, and we are lucky enough to still have electricity. That’s a relief, and it means I’m able to publish the winner of the October mood board…

A reminder of what you got to work with:Moodboard-October

And here are the lovely contributions for this month:

Thank you so much to all of you who joined!


And the Winner is…….


Zaneta Glowa from Sweden!

Congratulations! We will send you the Vintage Summer Basics collection as you requested.


Our November mood board will be a traditional Christmas one… Don’t miss to stop by next Tuesday to play along!Its-Christmas-time-PFröjdefull-Jul-PGammaldags-Jul-P  Wintage vinter-P


Fabric Inspiration {Ska vi ta en Fika}


Hi there! It’s me, Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made using some of my favourite Maja Design papers from the Ska vi ta en Fika collection.  This layout began from an inspiration photo I found on Pinterest.  It was a photo of some crocheted blooms with some muslin fabric.  Here is the photo….

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I just love the look of the white blooms with the touch of soft green and the draped look of the fabric on the gingham material.   I immediately started thinking about how I could imitated this look on a scrapbook page.  My first thought was of Maja papers since there are so many wonderful fabric look pages to choose from and I know that the ‘Fika’ collection has some lovely gingham style papers.  Here are the main papers I used for this project….




I used the ‘Kladdkaka’ paper as my gingham background and then cut the “Chaite” paper in a drape design on a diagonal (I was also cutting out the lavender blooms at the same time because I was just going with the green accent on this page.  I used the green “Smulpaj m äpplen-bs” paper as matting for my photo just to add that little extra touch of apple green.

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To make the blooms I used the Spellbinders smallest die from the ‘Rose Creations’ dies, I cut out a whole bunch from simple white/cream cardstock and gave each of the petals a little crinkle.  I finished each bloom with an adhesive pearl.  I had a section of apple green trim in my stash (from a local dollar store – no name) that I used to add a bow to each floral cluster.

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I created a drape by first cutting the ‘Chaite’ paper in a curvey line, then moistening the edge with water and then creating the draped line with my finger tips.  I felt that the draping wasn’t as lush as I wanted it to look so I used the scrap pieces left of the ‘Chaite’ paper and cut out 3 crescents (giving them a little bit of a fold as well) and tucked them under each of the draped areas.

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To embellish around my photo, I cut two hearts, one from the ‘Kladdkaka’ paper and the other from a scrap piece of paper I had from the ‘Life in the Country’ collection called ‘Kitchen Garden’.  I matted the hearts with some plain white cardstock and trimmed with a scallop edge scissor.  I also cut out a couple of clock designs from the new ‘Vintage Autumn Basics’ collection “No. XVI”.  The cameo is one I had in my stash from Websters Pages.

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I added a brocade design to the background paper to go with the ‘fabric’ theme using a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Damask) and some home-made texture paste.   I added some flourish to the page with a Dusty Attic chipboard flourish (Corner Flourish #1) which I coated with Gesso and stamped with a Bo Bunny script stamp and finished with crackle varnish.

Maja Design Supplies:  Ska vi ta en Fika (Kladdkaka, Chiate, Smulpaj m äpplen-bs), Life in the Country (Kitchen Garden), Vintage Autumn Basics (No. XVI).

I hope you enjoyed my project today and hope that you have fun with some fabric inspiration using Maja Design papers! xo


A country project

Hi there! This is Flo ! I come to present my latest project! This month has gone so fast! For this last project I used the beautiful collection “Life in the country”, what an amazing collection ! Amazing designs, amazing colors!!!!! Well… I’m in love with this collection.
I decided to make a small gift for a friend. A box with a mini album inside, a box that looks like a chicken coop. Definitely a country project!
But here are the pictures.

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I finally added a roof.
The roof tiles are made ​​with strips of perforated paper.

Maja Design products :
« Life in the country » : In my flowerbed, Summer kitchen, Porch, Strawberries with ice,Read a book, In the Hammock.

Others :
Prima Marketing flowers and buttons
EmbelliScrap laser cut
Various metal embellishments

Thanks for looking ! It was a pleasure to present to you my creations. I hope that you will be inspired! Good “scrap” to you with Maja Design, a great brand without a doubt!


A Moment in Time

Hi there!

Today I have a layout to share. It is a layout where I have used the Life in the Country collection. I have mixed the red tones with some of the grey/beige tones. And I also added some aqua with the flowers.

Behind the photo I have used a mask to make a pattern with texture paste. It adds great dimension.
A moment in timeProducts used: Maja Design papers from the Life in the Country collection (In the Hammock, Summer Kitchen and Strawberries with Ice), flowers, leaves, resins, chipboard from Blue Fern Studios, bling, alpha stickers, cheese cloth, mask, texture paste, pearls, diesCamilla-sign

Capturing Those Everyday Moments

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My camera is rarely far from my reach, I love to snap those everyday photos like the one I took of my oldest daughter Chloe when we were out at a little patio in Paris, Ontario having a cold drink and some munchies.  To make up this page I went with the soft green paper from the new Sofiero collection and mixed it with some of the greens from the ‘Life in the Country’ collection and a little touch of ‘Crea Diem’ for elegance.

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I like to use earthy colors with green when it comes to my embellishments, so I used a variety of embellishments from the ‘Naturals’ collection from My Little Yellow Bicycle..  The chipboard clock is a skelleton clock from Dusty Attic Designs.

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For my title I used a word stamp from My Little Yellow Bicycle, but I wanted to give it a little more texture.  So I took some gloss medium (I used the gloss medium from Dusty Attic, Glossy Accents would work as well) and just followed the lines of the stamp, it give the title a nice darkness and a great shine.

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and remember, you don’t just have to scrap those special occasions, scrapping those everyday moments can bring back a lot of fond memories.

Supplies:  Patterned Paper: Maja Design, Sofiero (The Elegant Wine House), Life In the Country (Summer Fields-bs, Kitchen Garden, Kitchen Garden-bs, Crea Diem (Kann dig sjalv), Crafter’s Workshop Brick Stencil, Handmade texture paste, Dusty Attic Skelleton Clock Frames, My Little Yellow Bicycle (Cork Heart Pin, Everyday Stamps, Canvas Shapes – Flowers, Canvas Tapes, Canvas Labels), Flowers & Bling Flourishes  Recollections, Lace – Tresors de Luxe, Drywall Tape.