My first post!

Hi Maja friends,
Amy here!
I am so excited to show you my first layout as a Maja Girl ;-)Sadly though that I will be filling in for Gabrielle {I will miss her awesome work with Maja} for the next six months but I’ll try and do my best for you all.

I really love this months “mood board” and I was planing to participate in it before I got asked to be on the Maja Design Team! So a masculine layout I will show you today {without any blooms yep that was a real task for me}

The picture I used is one of our handsome son in a German amusement park! He told his dad can I sit on the car to take a picture. My husband said sure you can but I never got around to scrap it.

I always take out my first sheet {that’s darker blue one} cut out the middle part and on top of that a whole bunch of layers. Let’s have a closer look:


I don’t know if some of you already know my work but I love to use chipboard especially with the beautiful Maja Design papers. For this layout I took out all my metal pieces, that had to do anything with gears or cars.


Maja Design Papers used:



Frost-Basics-P 18th of December BS, 13th of December BS, 21th of December BS





Thank you so much for visiting the blog today and I hope I have inspired you to scrap those masculine pictures. Have a wonderful and creative day!



Glass bottle

Hi there Maja fans!
Today I want to share this glass bottle.
Found this beauty at a local store and wanted to make him more prettier with Maja papers!
For this project I used the Vintage Summer collection.

IMG_0127I started this project by cutting and distressing all the edges of the paper.

IMG_0134Cut out some small strips and shaped them on the top. Added some lovely pearls and lace. The butterfly is from Prima.


A small chipboard piece from Dusty Attic with a pearl.


A piece from a larger home decor piece from my stash.


Another lovely chipboard piece from Dusty Attic. Gave it a coat with some gesso.


A stick pin and a lace flower on top. The cork got a touch with some ink to match the colors.


A piece of the 1932 bottom strip.


Papers used:
1903, 1926, 1932 and 1932

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx


Hello card

Good day Maja fans!

Today I will be sharing a simple card that I made with some of the gorgeous papers from the Seasons’ Basics collections.

I had chosen a color scheme of orange, yellow and purple. Not very common but in the pastel shades they are found on the Maja papers, they actually compliment very nicely.

Here is the card I made for a friend:


Keeping the mixed media background work to a minimum because I want the designs on the paper to show up.


Simple stamping and heat embossing, which acts as a resist for the paint I added and also gives a beautiful contrast against all the colors. I also made little splatters of black paint to make the pastel shades even more outstanding.


Making a frame from an intricate die. While I glued the bigger piece down, I popped up the smaller inner piece for a more dimensional and interesting look. From there, I built up the more 3D parts of my embellishments so that the cluster looks natural and not intrusive.


And here is the cluster of flowers which I have lightly painted to match the color scheme of the papers. I also cut out little banners from the info strip at the bottom of the patterned paper I used to add not just layers but also direction as well. The chipboard I altered lightly with black paint and some black sand paste.

That is all I have for you today. Thank you for dropping by the blog!

Maja Design papers used:


1911, 1923



Other products:

Mediums – paints (13@rts), black sand paste (Liquitex)
Chipboard – Blue Fern Studios
Flowers – 13@rts
Frame die – Bo Bunny


Two vintage inpsired cards

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today, I have prepared two cards that were inspired by the Vintage Basics series. I absolutely love all the designs that Maja Design provides. Its perfect for all type of crafters, you can apply mixed media products on these papers, you can fussy cut from them- so many ways to get creative.

My 2 cards are in 2 different color, but have teh same romantic mood.

april_Maja_petzer_vintage_autumn_01some close ups:

lots of layers, pearls, chipboardapr_shabby_det1and my second card is in blue tones:blue_april_petzerthe main picture is from Vintage Autumn collection (Heritage die cut sheet)blue_april_det2For these cards I have used the following collections:

Mostly its the Vintage Basics Autumn collection

and little bits from Vintage Summer collection:

Have a wonderful scrappy day!



Beautiful Spring…

Hi everyone! Iris here again, and as you are reading this I am just on my way home from a vacation I took with my family in Korea. We were very excited to see the famed Cherry Blossoms of Korea during springtime, and to celebrate that season I created a spring layout for you…IMG_1059

The papers of Maja Design are so beautiful and delicate and I wanted to make a soft background for the flower patterns I hand cut from the Vintage Spring Basics line.

To achieve this, I started with a white water-colour paper and used stencils and thick gesso to create textured images. I then misted it and added watercolors to the flowers and leaves. As the paper dried, I simply added strips of paper and hand-cut paper from Maja Design….IMG_1067

IMG_1068 I love the soft and vintage look of these papers…IMG_1071

These are the collections I used…

Hope you will all have a crafty happy day!Iris-sign

sewing box

Had a lot of wooden spools just waiting to be used, so here it is…my vintage sewing box! :)
Made this box with the Vintage Summer Basics from Maja design.

For the box I used the 1899 and the 1946 sheets.

This box has a glass frame to see through so this box will be filled with some laces.

Just love these mini spools.
I gave them a coat with gesso.

The spools were decorated with the 1891 and the 1932 sheet.

A lovely scissor put in one of the spools.

Lots of room to be filled!

These old fabric buttons were found at a local flea market.

Some vintage lace bobbins for lacemaking.

Some flower ribbon, metal leaves, stick pins and flowers.

Papers used:

1891 – 1899 – 1932 – 1946

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Birthday card

My niece is celebrating her 10th birthday this weekend. A huge step for a little beautiful lady. I created this birthday card for her and I hope she will like it.josephineI have used a combination of Vintage Summer Basics, Vintage Autumn Basics and Ska Vi Ta En Fika for this card. The papers are so beautiful themselves so you really don’t need much to create an eyecatcher. josephine_detailThe die cuts have been created with Spellbinders Romantic Rose set and the butterfly with a die from Bo Bunny. Ribbon from Elena (thanks sweetie) and a LSS. I have always preferred to use Pearl Pens instead of Liquid Pearls since I find it easier to created pearls with them.

I hope you will enjoy your Easter weekend!

Papers used:
Vintage Summer Basics
Vintage Autumn Basics
Ska Vi Ta En Fika

Maja Design Papers and Watercolors…

Hello everyone! Iris here and I’m very happy to be posting here for the first time as a part of the creative team of Maja Design. I adore the papers of Maja Design and one thing I noticed is the quality of the papers. I love to dabble with mixed media and I wanted to experiment a little and add some watercolors to the sheets and see what would be the outcome. I was pretty sure the paper could handle the moisture from water-colour mediums and I was very pleased with the results…

I would like to share with you a bright pastel Maja Design page…IMG_1026

These photos were taken during a summer vacation in Baguio City, Philippines. I wanted to use my Maja papers but also wanted the page to reflect a bright pastel tone. It’s really possible to use the shabby and romantic designs of Maja papers even for bright pages. I just used colouring mediums to make it happen…IMG_1032

The hot air balloons I used here were cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics paper, while the flowers were cut from Crea Diem.IMG_1033

The bird and butterflies are from Vintage Spring Basics…IMG_1037

I also cut some neutral patterns and individually coloured each strip with watercolors. I then cut it again in smaller strips and layered them up to create a textured and multi-colored strip of page.IMG_1042

The  flowers were also cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics paper…IMG_1044

papers used from this collection:

Thanks for your visit! Hope you will have a fun and creative day!Iris-sign

Equinoxe Automnale

Hello Sweeties,

Pascale here with a new layout with a fall feeling. We had a photo contest in my town about Vine and Vineyard. The organizers ask my association to participate with our layouts as guests. This is one of the layout I made for this exposition.


(Photo: Davide Gabino)

I cut different papers in tiny pieces. I glued them on the background and covered the collage with a thin layer of Gesso. When dry, I started to add some colors with spray inks and Twinkling H2O. I added also some heavy Gesso with a stencil. I finished with some random stamping with two colors of permanent ink.


I die-cut the leaves in the Sunny Side paper from the Nyhavn collection and I added a bit of color with Original Rust and a green Twinkling H2O.


I colored the little die-cut with black Gesso and one of the color I used to color the background.


I have misted the papers with water before I crumpled them and inked them. It help to give a vintage look to them.


Maja Design papers:

  • Vintage Spring Basics – 6th of March ;
  • Vintage Summer Basics – 1916 ;
  • Nyhavn – The Sunny Side ;
  • Nyhavn – A Dockside in Blossom.


Wishing You Happiness

Cathy Wishing You Happiness

Hello Maja Design friends! It’s Cathy here on the blog today. You may think this card looks familiar? I had so much positive feedback on my Keep Smiling card from last month that I thought that I would share how I created it with a tutorial. I have lots of photos to help you as well as the instructions. So let’s get started!


  1. Create a card base using white card stock that measures 5” x 7”.

Step One2. Cut a complimentary mat using cardstock 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”, white mat 4 5/8” x 6 5/8”  and Maja mat 4 1/2/ x 6 ½” . I used Vintage Summer Basics 1933 paper.

step two

3. Cut and emboss Spellbinders Fleur de Elegance die. Apply Victorian Velvet distress ink with an applicator while the paper is still in the die.

step 3

4. Cut and emboss Vintage Summer Basics 1933 using Fleur de Elegance die 2 and Spellbinders Elegant Oval die 3 using white cards stock as shown.

step 45. Stamp sentiment then die cut using Spellbinders classic ovals large. Use Victorian Velvet distress ink and an applicator to ink the edges as shown.  (I used JustRite Botanical Medallions and Banners stamp set).

step 5

6. Apply glue on white and Maja pages. Attach leaving an even border.

White on contrast – Maja on the top.

step 67. Place this section onto a metric cutting mat. Cut two pieces of 4mm ribbon that are the longer than the length of the card. Position the card so that the Maja paper lines up with zero. Place one ribbon so that the right ribbon and the left ribbon cross over as shown. Tape it to the mat. Repeat for the top of the mat.

Bottom of the card

step 7

Top of the card

step 7a

Very carefully, peel the tape of the board and tape the ribbon to the back of the card. Repeat for the bottom.

IMG_20438. Apply foam tape to the back of the card front and the white Spellbinders elegant ovals die.

step 89. Apply card front to cardbase. Glue Fleur de Elegance to the card front.

Step 910. Glue sentiment to Elegant Ovals and glue Vintage Summer Basics 1933 die cut from Fleur de Elegance next.

step 1011.  Add sentiment layer.step 11

12. Create a bow using your preferred method. Attach using a glue dot.

step 1213. Embellish using 3 sized flowers. I have used Prima Le Mia and Green Tara flowers.

IMG_206314. Curl the ends of paper roses to add interest. (I use a paintbrush.)

step 13

15 Add pearls and you’re done!

step 14

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today. Have fun creating!