Matchbook Mini Album

cathy - album 4

Hello everyone! I do love mini albums and I have to be in the mood to create one as they are time intensive but extremely rewarding at the end. The mini album I have to share with you is a project that you can complete in a few hours! The other amazing thing about this project is it only uses ONE sheet of paper. To create this album, I followed a tutorial by Kathy Orta which you can see here.

cathy - album 2

The album uses ONE 81/2″ by 11″ piece of cardstock for the base. I decorated it using papers from the Ska vi ta en fika Collection. As you can see, there are pockets to insert tags and places for photos and journaling.
Cathy - Mini album 1

To complete my album, I have printed my photos using a sepia filter. They each measure 5cm square. To embellish, I have used flat flowers, stamping and also punches and dies to personalise my album.


To create the curved edge to the front cover of my album, I used a Spellbinder curved border die. I also used any vintage stamp in my stash that would compliment the photos. I had mini themes for each photo where possible.


As the album is quite compact, it is amazing how you can make your embellishments work for you because of the scale of the project. I have used some Stampin’ Up! Tag punches and they fit perfectly in the pockets. Extra stamping on them on left over papers makes beautiful embellishments quickly and easily.

Cathy - Mini album 2

I decided to add photos to the back of some of the flaps, so in this compact album, I used five photos in total! I also used Green Tara flowers to embellish my photos as they are relatively flat and perfect in terms of their size.


Once decorated, I have just used ribbon as my closure, nothing complicated.

Maja Design Products Used:


This really is a great project to make as a stand alone, but it could also be used as an insert for a mini album project if you made a  pocket to accommodate. I hope that you’ll give it a try!


Couple of Fika cards

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. In Russia we celebrate the first day of Autumn and also its a beginning of a school year at Russian schools. I personaly love autumn, I love its warm colors and the Fika collection is a perfect thing for these autumn days. Although I am not a coffe lover, i love tea and this collection brings me the sense of rich fovors of tea as well. I love making cards and while making them I also enjoy my cup of tea.

So here are my 2 cards that I made, both of them use Dusty Attic chipboard as well.

I created that little wreath from raffia myself and decorated it with matching flowers.



The chipboard I had primed with the gesso and than coloured with acrylic Dusty ATtic paints and sprinkled it with the microbeads on top, while it was still wet.

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I have used the wonderful Fika collection for both of the cards:

Have a lovely day, Evgenia.


Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a photo of the beautiful Oriental Park in Maulévrier (France).


I started by gluing together two papers of the Sva vi ta en fika collection. Then I added a design with gold crackle paste and a stencil that remind of the glittering of the water.


When the crackle paste was dry, I used some Ecoline to color the background in different shades of green and brown.


I used some Silks paints o color the different leaves. For the flowers, i worked with the Twinkling H2Os.


I split the dragonly’s wings to give them more litghness. When the wings were dry, I covered the body with the graphite paste and the wings, painted with Twinkling H2O, were covered with crackle accent.


Maja Design papers

Ska vi ta en fika:


Ska vi ta en fika

Wishes Layout

Wishes Layout by Irene Tan1(resize)Hello Maja fans! Today, I would like to share with you a layout featuring Maja Design Ska vi ta en Fika? collection. I love the purple hues in this collection. It is so luscious and romantic!Wishes Layout by Irene Tan2I’ve used several stamps to add details to this layout.Wishes Layout by Irene Tan5To make it more soft and romantic, I’ve added some gorgeous flowers by Petaloo.Wishes Layout by Irene Tan3

Hope you all like this layout! See you soon!

Pattern Papers: Maja Design Ska vi ta en Fika? collection; Others: Clear Scraps masks and acrylic border, acrylic paints, texture paste, crystals, Petaloo flowers, stamps, adhesivesFika-PIrene-sign

Life Is Good

Life Is Good - Cathy

Hello Maja Design friends. It’s Cathy here on the blog today and I would like to share a layout with you. As you may know, I am a school teacher and life is very busy. I am currently on school holidays and I try to catch up with friends and family and the other things that I normally don’t have time to do when school is on. I was fortunate to have had a beautiful high tea at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney. It was a sunny day and very cold (it’s winter here) but the champagne and coffee (I don’t drink tea!) warmed me up in no time. I had a wonderful time having a chat and gossip with my friends and a walk around the harbour afterwards (I’ll be sharing those photos soon in some projects I have planned). Naturally I chose to use the Ska vi ta en fika collection to document this great day!

About the collection:

Smell the coffee from the doorstep when you enter Leja’s Café. Listen to the cozy chatter while you pick your favourite cookies along with a cup of tea to enjoy with your best friends. Chai tea, coffee, brownies, and apple pies. The “Let’s Have Some Coffee” contains something to meet everyone’s taste. The collection is filled up with the designer’s favourite recipes and hand-drawn illustrations.

This captures my day perfectly!

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I chose muted neutral papers from the collection and accented them with the green papers that were featured in the photo. I matted my photo and die cut my butterfly using Marzipanbakelse and used Pratstund and Havrerutoras my other background papers. I used a doily and a large Scrapmatts Clockface to frame my photo, to carry out the vintage theme. I also mounted my layers with some corrugated cardboard so that I could tuck things in as I went.

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To alter my chipboard, I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang bronze embossing powder. It has a beautiful shimmer and it creates a really nice vintage effect. I used some Wild Orchid Crafts blooms that complimented the papers.

Maja Design Papers used:


Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!




Girly Stuff

Hi there, Maja Design Fans :)

Being a mom of two growing boys, I do miss delicate pinky flowery girly creations from time to time. Even though I almost always include flowers or lace in my boy pages, it’s not the same 😉 And so I love taking sweet girly orders like this small notepad for a little birthday girl:

mdnotlShe likes purples, so I chose purple designs from the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? collection and added some cute embellies to make it really sweet:

mdnotl2 mdnotl1 I coloured the sitting Tilda stamp with Distress inks:

mdnotl3I also decorated the inner cover with a little chipboard heart and decorating the frame of the stamp with glitter for some glam effect:


My second project for today is for a slightly older girl 😉 The school year is coming to an end and so I make many thank you cards for teachers, like this very feminine pink card for a dance teacher:

mddanceI chose the delicate colours of the Coffee in the Arbour collection for this one and used a filigree die-cut background for the rosy panel with a die-cut ballet dancer silhouette:

mddance2I tied some chiffon ribbon to resemble delicate dancers’ dresses and added little roses, pearls and a small dress and pointe shoes charm to complete the card:

mddance1I couldn’t resist a little dimension between layers 😉


Maja Design papers: Fika-PCoffe-in-the-Arbour-POther: dies: Spellbinders, Nellie’s, Marianne Design; stamps: Magnolia, Basic Grey; punch: Martha Stewart; stickers: Authentique; frame: ScrapBerry’s; charms, flowers – my stash.

Have a nice day and see you later!


birthday cake gift box

Hi there Maja friends!
Ingrid here today with a small birthday gift box.
This was a pre made cake box with I decorated with paper and paints.
There is room inside for a small present.


Made this with the Ska Vita En Fika and Vintage Autumn collection.


From the Ska Vita En Fika collection the ‘chaite’ sheet at the top.
NoXII from the Vintage Autumn collection at the bottom.
Some lace, ribbon and puffy paint.


Made some confetti from the papers as well.
I put the cake on a CD disk with a doily.


Some fiber paste at the top with micro beads.



Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx


Barcelona : Carrel del Bisbe

Hello Sweeties
Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with this photo taken during a recent trip to Barcelona.


I started by adding some black gesso with a sponge, then some big splatters of white diluted gesso.


While the background dried, I covered the chipboard with some graphite paste.


I die cut the leaves in assorted papers, then I put them in shape after shading them.


I colored the flowers with some Twinkling H2Os.


Maja Design collections used: 

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Circa 1909

Hello Sweeties

Today, I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new family photo taken around 1909, I guess, in view of the age of my paternal grand-father and his two sisters.


I began my background with watered Gesso, Graphite Paste that I added with a stencil and some Twinkling H2O…


… and to finish some random stamping with two inks.


I dry brushed the flowers with white Gesso in order to give them a faded look.


I painted the chipboards with several colors of Twinkling H2Os before covering them with a clear crackle paste.


And to finish, I added some Glass Glitters and beads.


Maja Design Papers

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Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new layout about a busy little bee. I take this photo in the beautiful garden ot the Abbey of Fontevraud (France).


I started to glue some strips of paper from the Vintage Spring collection on the background. Then I added some big splatters of watered Gesso. When dry, I added also some splatters of purple colors.


I let completly dry all the paints before adding some tiny dots with a gold crackle paste.


I die-cut the leaves in a coordinated papers and used Twinling H2Os to color the flowers.


I used the same colors of Twinklings H2O to color the lace flowers and I used the same colors of Twinklings H2O to color the lace flowers and I added small touches of gold with some Glass Glitters and Mica Powder..


I stamped the wings of the bees on a a recycled plastic, the body on a paper that I colored afterward. I glued all together with Glossy Accent that I used to cover the body too.


To finish my layout, I added some random stamping with two differents colors, a black ink and white Gesso.

Maja Design Papers:

Ska vi ta en fika: Blåbärssylt, Pratstund & Chaite
Vintage Spring Basics: 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th of April
Vintage Summer Basics : 1981