We will remember

Goodmorning amazing Maja fans,

Finally summer is kicking in here in The Netherlands with temperatures above 25 degrees and I really love the hot weather. Two nights back it was really nice outside without any wind so we send a wishing balloon up in the sky for our loved ones that are no longer among us {and this time it finally worked} We did it before but they always got on fire while going up into the sky and one time it fell into the water :-)20150701_0943371For this layout I used the “Vintage Summer Basics” collection. I made all the flowers myself {except for the ones without the pearl centers} for me that is therapeutic and so much fun to do. Let’s have a closer look:20150701_09435820150701_094503First I took one sheet and cut 3,5 inches of it, then I took another sheet and placed the one I cut out on top of that to make it firm because of the pastes and stamps that I was going to use. As maybe some of you know I also design for Imaginarium Designs and all the chipboard I used are by them. I am a sucker for phrases so you will see me using those a lot with my precious Maja Papers. 20150701_094450The jute where I made my flowers with come in two different colors for my flowers I used the darker one and they are available in in strips of 1,5 inch. The centers of my flowers are made of dies. 20150701_09450820150701_094455Vintage-Summer-Basics-PPapers used: 1891, 1902, 1905, 1912 & 1915

I hope you enjoyed my post and now I am going to enjoy some nice summer weather. Thank you so much for your visit and if you could make a wish what would you wish for?

Have a wonderful and sunny day!


The Carament tower

Hello Sweeties

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new photo taken in Château-Renault (France): it’s the Carament Tower.


I added a layer of clear Gesso before adding a design with a stencil and Light Moldeling Paste. When dry, I colored the background with some Twinkling H2Os.


While the background was drying, I covered the geometric chipboards first with Black Gesso, then with Graphite Paste.

CRenault_detail2_PascaleWhen all the embellishments were in place,I added some Art Ingredients: Glass Glitter and Micro Beads.


I finished by adding some splaters of Twinkling H2Os and some random stamping.


Maja Design papers:

Vintage Summer Basics: 1899
Crea Diem: Ord flyger bort


Remember this moment

Good morning Maja fans,

Today I’d like to show you a layout I made with the pretty “Vintage Summer Basics” collection. In 2012 I got married to the love of my life Jeroen the picture I used is one of my wonderful wedding day. We didn’t have time to take a lot of pictures what sometimes sadness me, but the ones I have I use very often.


For this layout I used my doily punch to create the edges around my page. First I took the 1936 sheet and cut out the middle that’s what I always do when I plan to use spray’s & embossing powders. Then I take a sheet of any heavy & thick card stock I have to add to the piece I cut out. The piece of patterned paper I cut out I use as layers on my page.



I love to use chipboard on my layouts so here I used a bunch of them and I layered them on top of each other. The clocks from the “Vintage Autumn Basics” collection are such a nice touch on every layout you create.

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For me this is a very simple layout because it normally takes about five to six hours to create one single page this one took just three. To keep it simple I didn’t use a lot of colors just some aqua’s & green’s.



On this layout I did a lot of stamping too which is so much fun. I  was always scarred of stamping on my pages but something just chanced when I just thought it’s doesn’t have to be clean stamps just think messy { that worked for me 😉 }


Papers used: 1934, 1934 bs, 1935, 1936 & 1899 bs


Paper used:  no. XVI {the clock sheet}

Thank you so much for your visit today. Have a lovely & creative day :-)




Happy Days

Hello everyone! It’s Cathy here on the blog today. I have a layout that I have created using papers from a few collections, Vintage Summer and Life by The Sea. I also used the butterflies from Vintage Spring Basics as embellishments. I used the colours from my photo to determine my papers and went from there.


I used a 2 Crafty chipboard frame and altered it using walnut stain and faded jeans distress inks. The flowers are a combination of Green Tara, Petaloo and Prima flowers which all vary in shades of blue. The background (right) I used antique linen distress ink and The Crafters Workshop Mini Chickenwire reversed stencil to add some texture.


I recently bought a Memory Box banner die called Banner Parade. I die cut some papers from Life By the Sea and alternated them to create this fun banner. I applied some foam tape to each to add dimension.


Hashtags are everywhere these days and I used a chipboard saying from Dusty Attic and played around with it using Walnut Stain and Distress Stain and also Faded Jeans Distress ink to create an ombre effect.


This pennant was a last minute addition to my layout. It was a blank area that just needed something and banners are a great way to fill up a space. I added some hearts which were some left overs …..nothing goes to waste!

Maja Design Papers used:



Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


Vintage wedding card

Good morning Maja friends!


Are you all doing fine? Here in Norway it’s a beautiful summer weather now.. and it’s wedding season!


Today I have made a wedding card using the papers “Vintage Spring Basic – 6th of May” and “Vintage Summer Basics – 1915″.




Together with the lovely papers from Maja Design I have used 2 vintage images from the internet, a doily, lace, flowers and a Norwegian text which means “faith, hope and love”.


Wishing you all a lovely day! Hugs, Heidi





Altered Box

Altered Box by Irene Tan 1(resize)Hello everyone! It’s Irene here and this time I’m going to share with you all an altered box project which features Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection.

This is actually a recycled project. I’ve simply cut an old box into this shape and later cover it with pattern papers.Altered Box by Irene Tan 3Altered Box by Irene Tan 4I’ve also added more details on it using stamps and some embellishments such as flowers, mirror feather and metal embellishment.

Pattern Papers: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection; Others: Petaloo flowers, Vilda Stamps stamps, Clear Scraps stencils and mirror, metal embellishment, stickers, adhesives.Vintage-Summer-Basics-PIrene-sign

Keep calm…

I can’t keep calm, I’m turning 40!!!!
(that would be my line). Luckily, my friend who turned 40 the other day, was a true role model of a fabulous woman, at the best of her years!
The project which I’m sharing today is a little gift which I have prepared for her on this special day, a card with a matching decorated box.
DSC_0521md The box is decorated in a feminine style: delicate colours, flowers, some lace and bling!DSC_0526 mdClose up of the card: the text is found on pinterest and printed out on a piece of MD paper.DSC_0529md
Supplies Maja Design: Nyhavn-The sunny side, Vintage Summer – 1933, Crea Diem – Känn dig själv, Den oersättliga tiden.
Supplies others: Stamp – Tim Holtz, Flowers – Wild Orchid Crafts, stencil, bling, heavy gesso-Prima.

Thanks for stopping here for a moment! Have a great day!!!



Hello Maja fans!

I’m happy to be in today to share a layout of my boys, using papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and working with a different color palette.

Here is the layout:


Sometimes when I’m out of ideas for what colors to use, the photo I have chosen helps to give me a clue. In this case, the turquoise, blue and grey in the photo were a lovely combination and I managed to match the papers from Summer Vintage Basics perfectly with it.


I made my background by dabbing on paint with a sponge to create a sort of triangular shape – this will be my visual line for the whole page. Then I spread some modeling paste, layered on pieces of patterned papers, and did my stamping to further accent that visual line. The idea of keeping this consistent is to create a flow that will capture your attention and draw your eyes to the main subject, which is the photo.


My embellishments are usually very simple items – chipboards, flowers, little tags and maybe sometimes a resin or two as I like to spend more time on my background. Embellishments have a tendency of stealing the thunder from the photo (who can resist pretty flowers!) but the background sets the mood for the entire project. In this background, I have different sized micro-beads and distress glitter, with some paint splatters to create more interesting small textural details that will both contrast and complement the bigger but simpler photo. I also made my background more intensely colored as I desaturated my photo colors slightly when editing it to enhance that contrast.


Chipboards are a favourite to add to my projects. I have used a variety of techniques here – heat embossing, stamping, painting and sealing with crackle paint to achieve different effects.

That’s all I have for today. Hope you find the tips here useful!

Maja Design papers used:

1914, 1934, 1946

Other supplies:

Chipboards – Blue Fern Studios
Mediums – 13@rts (gesso, paints, mists, microbeads, modeling paste, gel medium), Faber Castell (gelato)


Teacher’s Day Card

Thank You For Your Kindness Box Card by Irene Tan 01(resize)Hello! Hello! Are you ready for another project from me? This time, I want to share with you all a box card which I’ve created using the Vintage Summer Basics collection by Maja Design.Thank You For Your Kindness Box Card by Irene Tan 02I’ve also used various acrylic pieces to embellish this box card.Thank You For Your Kindness Box Card by Irene Tan 04I’ve used some crystals to embellish the hearts to add some tones of darker pinks to it.Thank You For Your Kindness Box Card by Irene Tan 03Supplies: Pattern Papers: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection; Others: cardstock, Vilda Stamps stamps, flower, ribbon, acrylic heart, crystals, markers, inks, adhesives.Vintage-Summer-Basics-P1See you again soon!Irene-sign






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