Hello, Maja Fans, welcome to our blog today :)

It’s Maja here with a layout to share. Last year during a routine check at the doctor’s we discovered our elder son needed glasses. I remembered that during my childhood kids wearing glasses had rather tough life at school – but luckily now that changed and glasses can even make your more popular LOL Besides, I do think he looks great wearing them, doesn’t he? :)

mdadorableThe inspiration for the colour palette came from the great combo of blue-green-creme and brown in the striped design of the Bulle m. blåbär sheet from the Ska vi ta en fika? collection. I matted it with the Winter joy paper and topped with the Julstämning sheet – yes, that’s right, I used winter-Christmas papers for this layout :) Then I sprayed some mists over the paper and stamped the faux stitching:

mdadorable1mdadorable2Could I do without flowers? Of course not! And here’s the cluster in matching colours. I also added the owl charm, as the bird looks so much as if wearing glasses :)

mdadorable4Other embellies include the butterfly button, chipboard star-shaped buttons and the die-cut title:


Maja Design papers: Vintage Winter: Winter Joy, Ska Vi Ta En Fika?: , Gammaldags Jul: Julstämning bs. Other: flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; die: Kesi’art; stamp: Prima, chipboard: Scrapiniec; button: Lemoncraft; charm: my stash.

Have a very nice day and drop by tomorrow for some more inspiration from our DT :)







Julstämning bs, Bulle m. blåbär

My Sassy Girl

Hello friends, how are you this Thursday?

Today it’s my turn on the Maja Design blog with you and I have a canvas to share. I made this for a family we often have play dates together with, and their daughter is really a sweet little girl.

Here is the project:


I based the colors of my canvas on the photo – there’s mostly blue from her dress, some green from the background and a little bit of pink and purple from her hair clip. I also emphasized the checkered square pattern because of her dress design, which also has the same pattern.

Some close-ups:


I made quite a few butterflies cut out from the Vintage Spring Basics collection and had them randomly over the page. To make them look more alive and dimensional, I folded them into half and glued down only the centre portion. My chipboard was painted with a few different shades of pink and green, and distressed with some white gesso for a white-washed look.


Another view of the same cluster, but you can see the layers of papers I’ve used and a mini tag I’ve cut out as well. I also tucked in pieces of die cut leaves under my flowers.


My main floral cluster, where I have layers of papers, chipboards, gauze, die cut leaves and the flowers. All the flowers were dry-brushed with gesso for a shabby look. You can also see some of the splatters I’ve done in my background and glass beads I’ve added to emphasize the overall “shape” of the main cluster.

So that’s all I have for you today, and I’m  off to enjoy a 4-day holiday break with my family. Have a great weekend too!

Maja Design papers used: Vintage-Springr-Basics-P1

9th of March, 2nd and 6th of May, Days to Remember


no. III

Vintage Winter

14th and 16th of December

Other supplies:

Mediums – 13@rts (paints), Rangers (Distress Ink)
Chipboards – Blue Fern Studios
Resins, flowers – Prima Marketing Inc
Wood cage – Maya Road


Vintage Winter Mini Album

Hello Maja Friends, today I am sharing a Mini Album I created for the Christmas memories. It can be used as a December Daily as well but I keep it as a present for a special friend of mine.

VintageWinter_Album_ElenaOlinevichI used one of my favourite Winter collections ( so I admit I love all of them) – Vintage Winter. I just love the blue tones of it, it is so traditional for a Russian Winter.

I used a clear album and decorated my cover page with clear ornament ball:

Clear_Ornament_AlbumAnd a first page with a circle photo frame

VintageWinterAlbum1My next pages:

VintageWinterAlbum2I didn’t want to cover the beautiful background papers with many layers, so I kept some of the pages clean and simple – just for adding the photos or some notes.

VintageWinterAlbum3I added some envelopes and folded books to place more photos inside:

VintageWinterAlbum3aVintageWinterAlbum4VintageWinterAlbum5VintageWinterAlbum5aVintageWinterAlbum5band this is the backside of my cover, it is also clear:

CoverBackVintageWinterProducts used:

Maja Design – Vintage Winter Collection: Winter Night, Fun in the Snow, Lovely Winter Day, It’s snowing, Christmas Joy, Die Cut Sheet; Clear Scraps Mini Album, Marianne Design  and Prima Marketing Dies, 2Crafty Chipboard.


Some Card Inspiration

Good morning Maja Friends.

We are enjoying warm sunny days here, but I have already started my Christmas preparations. A bit early for me, but since I have been to busy last year, so I decided to start doing Christmas card even in the summer, but frankly speaking it was too hot for creating them .

WinterCard_ElenaOlinevichI played with my all time favorite from Christmas collections – Vintage Winter Collection. These blue and white colors are more traditional for me, as they remind me about the snow winters and cold winds.

img_6366img_6359But more cards are coming and I will use all different colors for them ,as I have so many friends all over the world.



Desperately – Vintage Winter

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again.  Today I am going to share a wall hanging I created using the Vintage Winter paper collection.

Vintage Winter

All of the Maja Design paper collections are so versatile in creating projects – not necessarily themed for say…”Winter” as the name of this paper collection suggests.


I started by choosing my background paper (Skicka En Halsning – Send a Post Card- front side).


I layered a torn piece of the next paper (December -back side).


I then layered part of the packaging from some of the Prima flowers that I used, and a playing card (ephemera from Glitz Designs.) I also used some cardboard and some calendar wheels from Studio Calico.


I used a frame that I bought out of the dollar bin at my local Michaels craft store….used some ink and used the paper, Julgladje – Christmas Joy, to stamp my sentiment.


I adhered it onto my frame and the frame onto the background using hot glue.


I also added an ornate belt buckle that I have had in my stash to the top of my frame.


And finally, I layered a ribbon like piece of paper that I created but did not use on another project. (shown above)

Thanks for taking a quick peek into my latest creation.  I hope something has inspired you to create something amazing this weekend! Hugs!

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You Are So Loved

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  It’s Nancy here today, and I am going to share a card I created with several different saved scraps from 2 different Maja Design paper collections:  Vintage Winter- used for the background; Vintage Summer Basics – the pink paper layer; and Vintage Winter again – used for the card sentiments.

you are loved

I adhered my background paper to my card base (I used Tombow permanent double-sided adhesive tape.)  The background paper is from the Vintage Winter paper collection – Baka En Julkaka – Bake a Christmas Cake (fs).

adhere background paper

I distressed and inked the edges, layered a pink paper piece, from Vintage Summers Basics paper collection – 1909, over the background, then layered a loose woven piece of burlap.

layer papers and burlap

I shaped some Ashlynn wire into some flourish stems and adhered them down with hot glue.

shape paper covered wire

I added a ribbon flower from Bazzill and some lace.

add flower and lace

I hand-wrote the card sentiment onto some paper from Vintage Winter- Skicka En Halsning/Send a Postcard and glued it down.

so loved card

Thanks for taking a moment to take a peek!  I hope you have a super creative weekend!

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Halloween Banner

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again.  Today I would like to share a Halloween banner that I created using papers from both the Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Winter paper collections.

Halloween banner

I started by picking out the papers that I wanted to use to cover the Ranger tags that I would be using in the banner.


I adhered the papers onto both sides of the tags, inked the edges and then decided on the various embellishments that I wanted to incorporate.


I knew that I wanted to use some the heritage photos that are on the Heritage paper in the Vintage Autumn Basics collection…but I wanted to give them a Halloween flair.

with hat

So, after I cut out the pictures I wanted to use, I added some hats.

witch hats

I used some ephemera pages from Glitz Designs in between my tags to further create the Halloween atmosphere.

center frame

To create the spider web effect, I simply used my hot glue to draw out spider web lines.  The fine strands of hot glue that normally irritate me so, just added to the spider web effect.


Particular papers used here included:  Vintage Autumn basics:  front & back of No. IX, No. XXI (front), and front & back of No. X;  Vintage Winter paper used:  Vi Onskar Er – Wishing You (back).


Other supplies used for this project included:  hole punch; Tombow Permanent adhesive; hot glue & glue gun; Glitz Design ephemera paper; Prima packaging; Prima flowers; EK Success flourish stickers; small orange frame from Michaels; Tim Holtz metal “Halloween” adornments; TH Distress Stain in Persimmon; Prima chalk ink in Dry Sand, Rusty Bucket, Branch Bark, & Black Coal; natural twine; Martha Stewart black lace; and buttons & ribbon from my personal stash.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my latest creation.  I hope something here has inspired you to create something amazing today!

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Blooming Gorgeous

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to the Maja Design blog . The weather is extremely cold here in Australia as we are in the middle of Winter. I am dreaming of warm spring days with blooms smiling happily in my garden … Today I am in a Romantic mood showcasing a very romantic card, loaded with blooms, and some resin embellies, embracing the dreamy new collection at Maja Design …..‘Coffee in the Arbour ‘  card by Heather Jacob      Heaps of yummo layering and stitching. I always have such fun creating these cards . card by Heather Jacob       I find the Maja papers such a delight to play with, and  these layers are complimented with the blooms and a key .  Just look how these papers embrace the blooms .I can just imagine sitting at a table enjoying coffee and cake surrounded by a beautiful garden full of color and blooms .. sigh xoxocard by Heather Jacob   I decorated the inside of the card quite simply by adding more striped paper and a small die on the right side .   Card by Heather jacob   I seemed to be a little carried away with the blooms and just kept adding more of them .These papers blend so beautifully with little pink rosebuds, pink and white roses and a resin key .  card by Heather Jacob

 card cover by Heather Jacob

Maja Design papers used for the pink and white card .Coffee in the Arbour …..Grandmas old Porcelain cups, Raspberry cupcake, Raspberry Jam Cookies, Lets share a cookie… Vintage Frost 19th December ..

Celebrate with BLUE AND WHITE – always so fresh and crisp .  BLUE tag and pocket by Heather Jacob    I love the crisp feeling to a blue and white project . Here I have created a tag that pops inside the pocket . BLUE tag and pocket by Heather jacob

BLUE TAG AND POCKET by Heather jacob  My stacked layers consist of leaves , rosebuds, chipboard and dies, finishing off perfectly with a heart and an altered metal piece and  pearl brad . This pocket has a foundation of white cardstock with stamping in blue, and some white gesso splashed randomly to add to the crisp feel of Blue and white . BLUE tag and pocket by Heather Jacob Maja Design Papers used for the Blue and white  tag and pocket Coffee in the Arbour..Blueberry cupcake, Lovely weather, and Walking in the Forest – Jeans  .  Thanks so much for popping by and I do hope you are inspired to have a play with these romantic papers . Big hugz to each of you and Bye for now until next time . happy scrapping x my signature


Henley Jetty

Hello and a very warm welcome to Maja Design blog. Heather here again with you , showcasing a beachy layout today. Firstly I began by creating my signature stitching on my paper, this time an arty circle then layering and stacking with diecut tags .

HENLEY JETTYFebruary Henley jetty Layout - Copy   I shot this photo facing the foreshore watching my hubby and my grand daughter  walking along one of the rustic old Jetties here in Adelaide. A beach side suburb called Henley Beach.The textured swirl to me speaks of the waves, froth and the salt .February Henley jetty stacked layeringThe heart represents how much I love this photo and my treasured hubby and precious grand daughter . The stitched circle demonstrates the never ending circle of the oceans movement. Constantly moving and flowing around and around … quite mesmerising  and beautiful to watch the rolling, frothing, foaming of the waves. february henley Jetty stacked tagsmore stacked layering with added bling. .february Henley jetty titleThe title ‘Henley Jetty’ is created from the Die Cut letters …. I mounted each letter on foam tape and in my opinion the title looks totally rustic and beautiful .february Henley Jetty tags tiedAs an extra element of interest I tied two tags together with cotton string, representing how all the parts of nature go together . I chose to go mono-chromatic with the blues and white in order to allow the weathered and rustic boards on the Jetty to stand out in the photo . I love to imagine all the different feet and shoes that have walked these boards and the wind, the rain and ocean salt pounding year after year . I have always been fascinated by the strength of a Jetty, how the structure withstands so much weather and time and the never ending pounding and crashing waves of the ocean against the boards .

Maja Design materials – Vintage Winter/ December , Vintage Spring Basics/ 5th March, 6th March, 7th March ……It’s Christmas time/ Die Cut Letters

Thanks so much for popping by and taking a look at all the inspiring ideas from the design team … warm hugz until next time. Heather-sign


Maturing With Maja :)

Hello Maja Fans and welcome to the Maja Design blog today!

Last time I shared a flowery boy layout. But when boys are growing, you need to forget flowers, I guess – especially when you create things to order. And so recently I’d got two orders for birthday creations on the occassion of boys’ 18th birthday, which is the official maturity age in Poland.

The first one was for a boy (or I should rather say, a young man) who loved the sea and intended to study marine science. As Life by the Sea is my favourite marine collection of all time it was a pure pleasure to create this card:

mdsailI chose the collection’s navy blue patterns and added some red accents with washi tape and string that I tied into a sailor’s knot:

mdsail1I die-cut the age number and added the name with stickers. I also added an anchor charm and some real sea-shells :)

mdsail2I really like the way the card turned out and I hope the birthday man liked it too :)


Maja Design papers: Life by the Sea: Nautic, Nautic bs, Drop the anchor, Bottle message bs.

Other: stamps: Crafty Individuals and Lemonade, stickers Glitz, dies Die-Namics, charm, string, cheesecloth, seashells – from my stash.


Another creation was a bit larger and more complicated, as the orderer planned to give the birthday man some money. And for that purpose, I think an exploding box is the most elegant way :)

mdboxI decorated the cardstock base with a mixture of Maja winter collections – mostly using the Vintage Frost Basics papers – in a way that it looks like a traveller’s chest, with belts and “metal” corners. On the lid I put a mini toy car, chipboard gears and stars that I embossed with silver mettalic ep.

mdbox1When you remove the lid of an exploding box, it opens up, presenting the inside. In my box I decorated the sides so that banknotes can be slided behind the strips of paper. For example, one side features printed (blank 😉 ) ID card and driving licence as the background for the money. I used the signature strip of one of the papers to decorate it:

mdbox5Another side shows the name and date of birthday, with a bottle of champagne to symbolise the celebration and legality of drinking 😉

mdbox6In the centre, I placed a paper cake decorated with gears and a chipboard number (and well, yes, flowers! LOL )


Maja Design papers: Vintage Frost Basics: 11th of December, 13th of December, 15th of December, 16th of December; Gammaldags Jul: Vackra Paket; Vintage Winter: Snowmen

Other: printed images, brads: Rayher, stickers 7 Dots Studio, chipboard shapes Scrapiniec, dies Cheery Lynn Designs, glitter Stickles Ranger; washi tape, flowers, toy car – from my stash.


I hope you liked my boy creations (almost) without flowers :)

see you soon!