Wedding card

Exciting day… A year and a half ago I decided to step down from the Creative Team at Maja Design since I started working there as a Marketing Director. When Cathy decided to come back to our team she needed a little help. So I decided to step in every fourth week and do some projects myself. So for the first time in a very long time, here’s a posting with a little creation… created by me. :)

A very dear friend of mine got married in June. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the wedding but I created this card for her, using the Vintage Summer Basics collection.
And yes, the glasses and cake decoration was used during my own wedding eight years ago. The years do pass by very fast.
I’ve cut out different Scrap FX chipboards and painted them randomly with Gesso.  I’ve used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a border punch by Martha Stewart for the edge. The metallic frame is one of my Tim Holtz Idea-Ology favourites. The flowers are from Prima, floss by Karen Foster.

I wrote a poem on the inside of the card, hopefully she liked it. I’ve used the following papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection…

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1899
1932Jenny

Butterfly Kisses

Hello,today I am here to share with a few projects, I did a couple extra,as my son’s wanted me to Scrap for a wedding they were attending. Here is the first one using a photo of my oldest son getting lots of Butterfly Kisses……

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I used the Vintage Spring Basics Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the Butterflies are from LittleScrapShop & the flowers are Prima & Petaloo

Here are some closeups of detail…..

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Shows distressed,hand stitched layers & a flower cluster using prima roses,petaloo flowers & Angelica’s beautiful butterfly…..

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I used TH Vintage Photo Stain on all the chipboard,then inked the edges using a dark brown ink pad….

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My dogs are Papillon’s (butterflys),so that is where I came up with the title,as you can see that my oldest son is getting lots of butterfly kisses…

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I glued some seed beads in the film strip…

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Here is my next project,a canvas using the Vintage Summer Basics Collection

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I used 1912,1915,&1891. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the flowers are Petaloo & Prima,the metal is from Prima & Websters. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I did some distressed hand stitched layers & some stencil work using The Crafter Workshop Art is & Viva Modelling cream….

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I stained all the chipboard with TH distress stain (tea dye & Vintage photo),then applied a coat of rock candy crackle.Once that dried I dried brushed on some white paint,& rubbed it in using my fingers. I used picket fence crackle on the feathers & chestnut liquid pearls on the dangling part of the dream catcher.

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Now for the fun part,embellishing the dream catcher. I did some stencil work behind it,wrapped some prima wire thread around the circle part. I then finished embellishing it using,seed beads,beads,bottle cap,jump rings & flower clusters. I love both of the DA dream catchers,so much fun to work with….

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This is my next project,using the CreaDiem Collection. My middle son was a grooms man,this past weekend & bought a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne,for a gift. He asked me to scrapbook the box,so this is how it turned out…

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,Butterflies,flowers & stick pins are from LittleScrapShop. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I used something old & something new on the box,some of the rub ons,stickers & the hearts used in the cluster have been sitting in my room for years.The box the champagne came in is black,so that is why I decided to use this collection.Here are some closeups of detail….

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Of course,because I did the altered box for DD,I had to make a wedding card for Tandri,as he was attending the same wedding. I used the Fika Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic & the roses are from LittleScrapShop…

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The inside of the top part of the card,with a pocket to insert a gift of cash…

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The bottom part of the inside of the card,I left space for Tandri to write…

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The back of the card,I also used lots of old rub on’s on this card. Thank you so much for taking the time to look…Rachelle

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Earthly Flowers

Morning Maja friends! I’m so happy to say that I’ve recently received some happy mail in the form of ‘Coffee in the Arbour’! Delicate, dainty and ultra-feminine papers…I am in love! I had some sweet little daisy stickers hanging around my craft room (actually I had to dig them out) that went so well with the ‘White Daisies’ paper, so I married them to make this: EarthFlowersMI completed this card with some Buttercup liquid pearls, a Fleur De Lis Rectangle Nestability, a Deco Fan border punch and a paper distresser. I also pulled out some ‘Life in the Country’ paper to make this one: CongratsMWonderfully shabby and antique looking, I framed the medallion with a stained doily and some glitter. I added some Zva Creative pearl flourishes and a crinkled seam binding bow. For this next card, I upped the classy factor: MyGraceMLove me some Vintage Summer Basics! Framed with a Detailed Scallop Frame from Spellbinders, I added some Zva Creative pearl lines and Raspberry Liquid Pearls. All stamps used on these cards are courtesy of Verve.

Thanks for checking in…hope you like what you see! Andrea-sign

I’m a Maja girl!

Just got back from my vacation and finally had the time to play with the new Maja collection,Coffee in the Arbour.
Thought this dress form would be perfect to show that I’m one of the Maja girls and I’m proud of it!!


Took me a lot of hours to make all the flowers but I loved every minute to dress this girl!
I always use a white background for my project so I was a bit scared to use this colored one but it was the only way to showcase the tulle from the dress. The background are two sheets from the Vintage Summer collection, 1921. The dress form is about 40cm high.


I have cut some small stripes of the ‘Raspberry jam cookies’ paper to make the base of the dress.
Distressed all the edges for more interest.
The body frame was made of a soft fabric filling so I decided to adhere all the papers and flowers with small steel pins. And believe me, there were a lot! LOL!


The back side of the dress, using some tulle and a bow.


All the flowers were punched and rolled with these papers as well.


These flowers were punched and distressed.
Used a small bead to pin them on the dress form.
Added some lovely lace as well.


Made a skirt from tulle and two flowers to hold it open.
On both sides I used two beautiful fabric flowers from 13arts.


I have a seriously addiction: I just can’t throw anything away! LOL
These were left overs from my flowers and I thought they gave the dress a fun and playful touch.


The lovely bow on the back.


The hat was made with tulle, a fabric flower from 13arts, some left overs and a rolled flower.


And of course a metal heart as I just LOVE Maja Design papers!


Raspberry jam cookies
Raspberry cupcake
Raspberries
Grandma’s old porcelain cups
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Let’s share a cookie


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Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Thank You Book and More

Hello, dear Maja Design Fans!

Welcome to the blog today, it’s Maja here to share some inspiration.

Last Thursday my elder son finished his third grade. In Poland it means the end of the first stage of education, now he is going to have new subjects and new teachers. His main teacher will no longer teach him – and that was a very sad goodbye. She was a true teacher with passion, all kids loved her. She is also a very crafty lady and taught kids many crafty techniques, and so we decided to give her a handmade thank you album, in which all kids would place their handmade cards with thanks. The task of gathering and binding all cards together fell to me. And this is what I came up with:

mdksi0I wrapped all the edges of the cover with washi tape and then covered the cardboard with Vintage Summer Basics papers. I placed some beautiful chipboard frame and flower composition, with leaves I die cut from a Coffee in the Arbour sheet:

mdksi1I didn’t want to make the album too decorative, as it was to present kids’ work. So I only delicately stamped the inside covers:

mdksi2As there are 16 children in Kuba’s class, I decided to use some neutral cream paper and add some Maja Design papers stripes and washi tape to decorate each page. For the girls’ pages I used strips of my most favourite Coffee in the Arbour paper – Rose Garden:

mdksi3…and for the boys’ pages I used strips of the Days of December bs. Kuba also used Maja papers for his card :)

mdksi4Some kids made really dimensional cards and in the end the binding wire could barely hold them :)

mdksi5The moment of handing in the album was very emotional, the teacher was in tears and she really loved the book! I hope she would hold as loving memories of the class as we – parents and kids – would!

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Vintage Summer Basics: 1932, 1924; Vintage Frost Basics: Days of December bs; Coffee in the Arbour: Rose Garden, Raspberry lemonade bs.

Other: chipboard, album base – Scrapiniec; metal corners: Tim Holtz; stamps: Making Memories; flowers, lace – from my stash.

Kuba’s card: Coffee in the Arbour: Raspberry cupcake bs, Raspberry jam cookies, Blueberry cupcake, Blueberry cupcake bs.

Other: die: Prima, stamp Lemonade.

 

I have also a card to share. In the middle of the wedding season, I like to have one or two cards at hand, and so when I finished the thank you album, I used some Coffee in the Arbour papers to make this card:

mdslubIt is a simple design, yet papers give it a nice shabby chic look. I layered some papers and distressed all the edges:

mdslub1Then I used my favourite Prima doily die as the background for the flower cluster:

mdslub2I inked the chipboard letters and covered them with glitter to make them more visible against the patterned paper:

mdslub3I hope some young couple would like it :)

Supplies:

Coffee in the Arbour: Grandma’s old porcelain, Feel the grass between your toes, Raspberry lemonade.

Other: chipboard: Scrapiniec, glitter: Stickles Ranger, flowers, ribbon – from my stash.

 

That’s all for today, thank you for visiting the blog and don’t forget to pop in tomorrow :)

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A farewell by Nadia

Hi there..

 Well .. today I am writing this post with some sadness. I have decided to step down from my spot at Maja Design. I have been on this team for 6 months now, and was Guest Designer back in December and worked with their products all of last year so I do feel like I know their papers well.

 But the time came last month for me to make some changes.

My life right now is full on. There is literally no moments off, ever. My baby Sofia is now 1, sleeps less (which is great because I get out and do stuff before getting kids from school)  and I do not wish to miss out on precious time with her right now because I need to scrap, or feel sick in the mornings because I stayed up late the night before scrapping. I mean, I still do , don’t get me wrong LOL but I just cannot do it as often. I basically need to leave my days free and get some scrapping done at night .

My older girls are both in school, so we all know what that is like.

Right now life for me is: Sofia full time during the day, Sofia + 2 more full time from 3:30 until 7:30 pm when they finally are asleep.

Some nights I feel like scrapping. Others not!

So changes needed to be made to find a balance.

I cannot give my creating up right now! NO WAY! This is my lifeline…

But still I needed to make things easier.

I guess you could say I started feeling this familiar thing happening in my tummy lately.. the thing where you get nervous to create things and it starts to feel not so good .. I have had these feelings before and I let them go too long before acting on them , and reached the point where I burnt out.

 So I decided to lessen the load and leave Maja Design for someone who can do justice to their beautiful papers. You see, another thing making me nervous was that I felt that since the time I was asked to join the team (November of 2012, just a few months pregnant with Sofia) , my style has changed dramatically. I feel I have gone from soft, shabby, romantic to a bit of grunge, a bit of mixed media, a heck of a lot of inks, mists etc etc and I did not feel this suited the soft colours of Maja Design’s papers. I felt I was covering up the majority of the paper and for me.. when I cannot do something right I just feel very uneasy.

So with all this, here is a card I crated for my last post at Maja Design.

 It is dedicated to Jenny and Marie. THANK you both so much for having me on your team this year, for reserving a spot for me a year and a half ago, and for this great opportunity!

 

 Thank you all for all your support.

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Meet our Summer Girl

Our Guest Team this year consists of four very talented girls from all over the globe. Each and one of them represent the current season and are creating projects with the Basics line that matches it.

Do you want to be the Winter Girl and create projects for us with Vintage Frost Basics? I will pick our Winter Girl from our Mood Board contributions. So if you want to be our guest, work our Mood Boards the very best you can and maybe YOU will be given the honour.

The time has come to introduce you to our beloved Summer Girl.Summer---Iris-Babao-Uy

IRIS BABAO UY is a designer based in The Philippines who specializes in teaching classes that marries the beauty of traditional scrapbooking with the vinrant colors and rich textures of mixed media. Iris is known for her shabby chic and romantic style but also enjoys working with bold patterns and striking colors.

Iris’ work has been published many times in different international magazines.

Iris has been teaching classes for years now all over Asia, The United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Europe. A generous teacher when it comes to sharing her knowledge and techniques with both beginner and advanced scrappers.

You can see more of Iris’ work in her blog: http://www.irisbabaouy.typepad.com

And here comes her three wonderful projects that she has created for us…
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“To create the page I used a Maja Paper as base and layered a watercolor paper on top of it. I Applied texture pastes, mists and inks on the watercolor paper and proceeded to layer Maja Design Papers on top of it. The chipboard shapes were painted and embossed to give more texture.”IMG_2247 IMG_2250 IMG_2254 IMG_2260

I used papers from the Vintage Summer Basics as well as the following:
Watercolor paper, Texture Pastes and Gesso,’Distress Inks, Shimmerz Mists, Prima Flowers, Burlap Fabric, White Foam Sheets, Buttons.

 

Her next project is a beautiful canvas frame.
“I Made a canvas frame as a gift to one of my scrappy friends. I started with a stretched canvas and applied soft gel medium on top of the canvas. I then added torn patterned papers from Maja Design Vintage Summer Basic and added another coat of soft gel medium to coat and protect the surface of the canvas. As it dried I added texture mediums and gesso over a stencil. Mists and Glazes followed next. Once the surface was completely dry I then added the rest of the layers.”IMG_2276IMG_2283 IMG_2290 IMG_2288IMG_2285 IMG_2286

Last, but not least, she has created a beautiful set of note cards for us…IMG_2274 IMG_2270 IMG_2267We thank Iris for being our guest and the beautiful project she created for us. I hope you have enjoyed Iris’s projects as much as we have. In September you will meet our Autumn Girl who will play with Vintage Autumn Basics. So don’t miss her…

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Hi there Maja friends.
Ingrid here today with a fun project.
My oldest daughter asked me to scrap a photo of her and her boyfriend.
She choose these papers  and the colors to work with.
These wooden letters were just perfect for the two lovebirds!For the letters I used the 1903 and 1946 papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection.

The paper flowers were made with both Vintage Spring and Frost collection.
The big white flowers are from Prima.

The Dusty Attic flourish chipboard got a layer of gesso.

This piece of Dusty Attic chipboard was randomly gessoed.

This metal heart is from Action and the wooden flowers are from Pipoos, both Dutch stores.

Distressed all the edges.

Maja papers used:


6th of March and 7th of April


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903 and 1946


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th of December

Other products used:
Prima: resin, white flowers, wooden key
Dusty Attic: chipboard
Pipoos: wooden flowers
Action: metal heart
lace

Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with lots of love!!
Ingrid xxx

Fly with Vintage Summer Basics

Hello everyone! How are you all going? I hope this post finds you well :)

 This is my second layout for Maja Design for June. Once again, I used the neutrals from one of their collections Vintage Summer Basics.

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“Fly”

I love this colour combination because I feel that it makes the picture stand out. Especially when the picture is bright like that.

 I used some modelling paste and stencils in the background and coloured the page with 13arts Yellow Amber mist. In some areas I watered it down so it looks lighter.

 The base paper is “1915″ from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and I also used some scraps from a piece of ”Mountain Ash” from the Walking In The Forest collection.

 

Paper: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics “1915″ and Walking In The Forest “Mountain Ash”

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Hi! Camilla here with a card this Sunday. I have used the Vintage Summer Basics collection together with some flowers and other embellishments.

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Care2 And the title sign is beautiful and vintagy. The last thing I did was to splatter some Prima Bloom Spray on the card.

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