A Maja Farewell

Hello Maja friends! It’s Andrea coming to you one last time to bring you some delightful Maja Design goodness! This will be my last post as a design team member…I look back at my time here very fondly…Marie is wonderfully creative and generous, Jenny is super supportive and always helpful and the rest of the team, well, they’re just fabulous and wonderfully talented! I figured that my last post would be a collection of my very favorite Maja Design cards, so here we go: AndreaEwenAndreaEwenAndrea EwenAndrea_EwenAndrea_EwenAndreaEwenCSC166MajaCCSC161Maja JulydivaDareMClean MajaCApr1113 PCL090513clean RememberingYouMajaC ZvaJuly13blogHopMajaCleanThanks so much for all the wonderful comments over the past two years! Hope I’ve inspired you to go out there and create! Andrea-sign

Love Completely

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Hi there, it’s Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my last project for 2014!  I came across this photo of my dear husband and our oldest daughter Chloe from when she was just a little baby. We had a tradition of going apple picking in the Fall, even before our babies were born, and we continued the tradition on each year with our girls (and family).  This was Chloe’s first apple picking trip.  Now she is 16 years old and will soon be driving a car! Oh how time flies!

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I used 4 different Maja paper collections for this one.  It’s fun to combine the collections, the way I do it is to either go with the ‘warm’ colors from each of the collections or the cool colors.  I used a color combination that I have not used in a long time.  When I think of whimsical, the two colors I like to put together is usually purple & green…..but this time I went with purple and blue.  I tore some paper strips from left over scraps I had in these colors and layered them with some drywall tape (found at your local hardware store). I then decorated around my photo with some chipboard…the circle design is a new Dusty Attic chipboard piece from their String Frames Set.  I added some clocks from Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper and tucked them around my photo area.  The blooms are from Tresors de Luxe.  And that diamond stamp you see around the photo and edges of my page?….That’s one of my new stamps that I designed!  I used to doodle this design by hand on my layouts, so I thought it would be fun to make a stamp of it!  You can find my stamp at The Scrapbook Diaries.

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Once I had my embellishing done around my photo, I went to add my title, another new set of chipboard titles from Dusty Attic.  I wanted the white letters to show up better so I did a little dry brushing with my Victorian Velvet Distress paint by Tim Holtz behind the title area….this allowed the title to pop.

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I added a small corner design to balance the page by moistening the Maja paper and pulling it back a little.  I love the way these papers withstand the rigors I put them through, LOL.  I then tucked a piece of lace in the exposed area and added some chipboard accents, again from Dusty Attic (Small Scroll #2).

Maja Design Papers used in this project:  

Coffee In The Arbour:  Raspberry Jam Cookies, Butterflies are Free (both sides), Raspberry Cupcakes

A Gift for You:  My Dear Friend

Vintage Autumn Basics:  XVI (clock designs)

Ska vi ta en Fika: Våffla m. björnbärssylt (both sides)

I hope you enjoyed my project, thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today! xo

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“Life is full of wonderful moments”

Hello Maja Desing fans and friends!

Larissa here sharing a layout with you!

This time I´ve used the “Ska Vi Ta En Fika?” collection to portray one of my life´s special moments:

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Life is full of wonderful moments

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As you can see I´ve decorated this page using a yellow-lilac-green pallete.

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This layout has a beautiful  Blue Fern chipboard frame as the base of its design and includes a gorgeous bouquet.

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Let´s take a closer look into its details so you can check how dimensional it is:

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Thanks for your visit,

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Seize Every Day

Hello Maja Fans, I’m so glad you’re here today :)

This time I have a special layout to share. My friend has a disabled son and a group of crafty gals gathered to help her raise some money for his rehab. Some of us donated handmade cards or jewellery for auctions, other just spread the news – any kind of help is needed and appreciated. My idea was to make a layout for the highest bidder in an auction, with their photos and to their taste. And here’s the result:

mdjolaI got this photo of the winner’s kids and thought of this double-view idea, with the photo in the background in sepia. And then the colours of the photo in the foreground made me think of the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? papers, and as it was taken in the woods, I thought this blackberry paper would give a nice forest climate :) Then I decided on the title – Carpe Diem, seize the day. I think even the littlest moments in life are important because they are unique, nothing ever happens again so each second is precious. And thus the golden mist I sprayed all over the background and flowers and the glitter on the letters:

mdjola2I added some die-cut twigs and leafy branches:

mdjola1mdjola3…and flowers matching the colours of the kids’ clothes. The rest of the embellies include the resin house I painted brown to make hte details pop, a chipboard clock covered with Crackle Accents and the silvery key charm.

mdjola5This is already the second auctioned layout and I’m so happy I could help even this little – I believe what goes around comes around and it’s so important to help whenever we can. One person can’t help everyone, but together we can change the world! :)

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Ska Vi Ta En Fika? Other: flowers, mists, resin house: Prima; stamp: Bo Bunny; dies: Memory Box, Taylored Impressions, Kesi’art; chipboard: Crafty Moly; studs: ScrapBerry’s; key charm: my stash.

 

see you!

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Scrapping Greens & Creams

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Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest layout using a variety of Maja design collections.  Green has always been one of my favorite colors to scrap, but lately I’ve been scrapping a lot of pinks and purples.  I thought it was high time to play with some of my old favorite green toned papers mixed with some soothing neutrals.

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I love the warm green in the Ska vi ta en Fika collection, so I used one as my backdrop for my layout design.  I then chose one of the neutral papers from the same collection for my next layer.  I wanted to play a bit with the side edges so I chose to use a chipboard Zipper design From Dusty Attic, moistened the sides of the papers and pulled back the paper in the center, creating small pleats.  I then attached the zipper chipboard pieces (painted with some Bronze 3D paint (Scribbles) and glued it behind the edges of the paper.  The title and the number chippies are from Dusty Attic as welll.

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There are some tag images in the Walking in the forest collection, so I cut these out to used along the top of the photo as a page accent and a place to put a little journaling.  I also cut another tag out of a Coffee In the Arbour paper and stamped one of my Signature Word stamps ‘fabulous’ that I recently released.  (My word stamps can be found at The Scrapbook Diaries).

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I wanted to keep the page accents naturalistic so I chose a new Dusty Attic chipboard piece called Wildflowers #3 to add alongside my photo of my two little great nieces.

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And finally in the corner of the photo I accented with a few blooms from a tin of flowers from Recollections.  I did a bit of background stamping as well with some green Moss Lawn color from Ingvild Bolme.

Maja Design Products used in this project:  Ska vi ta en Fika? (Smulpaj m Applen, Havrerujor, Pratstund), Walking in the Forest (Klippark, Flannel Shirt), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI), Vintage Frost Basics (Days of December), Coffee in the Arbour (Feel the Grass Between Your Toes).

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja blog today!  Hope you get a chance to play today! xo

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JT Holland 2010

Hello,today I am here to share with you a LO I did using the beautiful Fika Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic & the flowers are from IamRoses. Here are some closeups of detail…

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Shows punch work,distressing & hand stitching….

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I used DA forrest paint, for the green, used on the chipboard. On the flower of the vine, I stained it with plum alcohol ink,then applied a coat of rock candy crackle. Once the crackle dried, I dry painted on DA sugar plum paint,to bring out the cracks & tone down the color…

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I used black gold TA glimmer mist on the Alpha,numbers,gate & hanging post…

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Shows some stamp & stencil work….

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The stencil used is TCW,confetti,I used Viva modelling cream,champagne. When the cream dried I rubbed in some plum pebbles chalk….

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Thank you, for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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From Santa With Love

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today, showing off some super special gifts I received this week from Sweden! Seems as though Santa has come to New Jersey a wee bit early…how wonderful is that! A Gift for You is Maja Design’s latest creation and I wasted no time making a Christmas card, though we still have about 2 & 1/2 months before that big day…(though you can never start your holiday card stash too early!). Here’s what I made with ‘from someone special’, ‘from Santa with love’ and ‘given from the heart’ papers: IMG_8299_edited-1 In addition to the papers, I added a glittered snowflake, a bell-adorned candy cane and some vintage lace. I also pulled out some Vintage Summer Basics paper in order to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month:PinkPowerDay1m This card also features Verve’s Pink Power stamps and Zva Creative pearls. Next, I used my very favorite papers, Ska Vi Ta En Fika? to make an uplifting card:InspireHopeDay4MI also used a Verve sentiment on this one, the set is called Inspire Hope. I added a sweet twine bow, daisy chain lace adorned with crystals and some liquid pearls.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me! Andrea-sign

An Autumn Tag with Video Tutorial!

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Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share with you an Autumn Tag I made with the, oh so gorgeous, Walking in the Forest collection!  I don’t know how many of you know, but I recently came out with a couple of stamp sets, and for the first time I’ve used my water droplet stamps on a project!  I knew that the Maja papers would work nicely with my stamps because they have the perfect balance of simple backgrounds combined with beautiful print images.

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Sometimes it’s easier to show how to do something than it is to explain.  So I took the time to tape a step by step video on how I put this tag design together.  Enjoy! ….

….I hope you enjoyed watching my tutorial as much as I enjoyed creating this project! Here are a few close-ups of my tag to view at a more leisurely pace.

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I used a leaf stamp that is part of the water drop stamp collection I made.  I used it on some green Fika paper, cut it out, gave it a crinkle and added them to my floral cluster. The lacy doily behind the floral cluster is a die from Memory Box called ‘Quinn Flourish’.

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Here is a close-up of the water droplets stamp design.  I use a little trick of adding some white highlights to the drops with a white gel pen to give them an extra sheen and even more of a 3D look.  The wood floral design is from Wycinanka and the butterfly embellishment is from The Kraft Nook.

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Maja Design products papers used on this project:  Walking in the Forest (Fresh Air, Birch, Flannel Shirt), Ska vi ta en Fika (Blabarssylt).

I hope you enjoyed my project and video tutorial today and hope you will have yourself some fun with Maja’s ‘Walking in the Forest’ collection.  You can find my stamp sets at The Scrapbook Diaries!

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Scrapping Favorite Colors

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Hello Maja fans!  It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest page design using some of my favorite Maja papers.  I don’t know about you but I personally have certain favorite color combinations I like to use and one of them is Plums/Purples/Greens.  That’s why Ska vi ta en Fika? is a collection I go back to again and again when I’m scrapping a page design.

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I used three papers from this collection:  Favoriter (both front and backside), En Kopp Te, and Soders Hojder.  I used Favoriter as the matting/frame paper, cutting out the inside and using the backside for the creamy banner piece I used behind the photo.  I used Soders Hojder for matting the photo and for the circle accents and I used En Kopp Te-bs as the main background paper.

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I used a Dusty Attic chipboard as a corner accent on this page.  I first painted it with Gesso to give it a good base for my color tints.  Then I inked the chipboard with Ingvild Bolme’s Moss Green and Branch Bark inks.

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I made the banner design by using the backside of the ‘Favoriter’ paper, cutting a strip and cutting a ‘V’ grove into the bottom of it.  I like to do a little machine stitching to my cut outs to give them a nice finish.  I also used a circle stamp (a design by Janene Meyerowitz) on the Soders Hojder paper and cut little circle accents for my page design.

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I always like to added a little texture to my page designs, for this one I used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil called ‘Mini North Star’ with some home made texture paste.  I finished the look with some coordinating green adhesive pearls.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post as much as I enjoyed creating it! I made this page using products from a page kit package from The Scrapbook Diaries, you can get your page kit with a video tutorial with step by step instructions on how I made up this page by visiting their store.   Thanks for stopping by the Maja Design blog today!

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Little Princess

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did….

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I used the Vintage Spring Basics Collection

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The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. The resins are from Prima,& the flowers are Prima & Petaloo. Here are some closeups of detail…..

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Shows some distressed layers,punch work & hand stitching…

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I used picket fence crackle on most of the chipboard….

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Here is my next LO,using Vintage Autumn Basics & Fika Collections

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The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,I also used Dusty Attic’s sketch for Sept. Here are some closeups of detail…

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Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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