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!


I found a new bottle message…

It’s been raining so much on the west coast this so called winter so we are nearly floating away. I was walking along the wharf in Uddevalla, just looking at all the beautiful lights lighting up the town when a new bottle message came drifting…Monsie-and-Keenie

Tracy Christine has created this breathtaking layout with photos of her two great aunts. She has used the Vintage Winter and the Vintage Autumn Basics collections. If you want to see more of her gorgeous creations, please take a look in her gallery.

Posting something online is like sending out a bottle message. The posting drifts away on the waves of the blue sea, living it’s life of it’s own. You never know who will pick it up and what that could result in.

From time to time I’m looking for just that. Bottle messages. Postings that drifts on the sea of internet, just waiting to be picked up and become praised.

This time Tracy Christine was highlighted, you could be next. I will send out the Vintage Frost Basics collection to her as encouragement. Jenny

Christmas Card by Nadia

Hi everyone. Have you finished all your Christmas shopping? If not you better get to it! Christmas is only 4 days AWAY!! :) I cannot wait. I love Christmas. It is my favourite time of the YEAR . I really long for a white Christmas.. sigh.. one day :)

Today I have a Christmas card for you that I hope will inspire you to create something similar in the days to come.

I created this card with the “Vintage Winter” collection

Vintage Winter


For this card here I started by adding some very thick Gesso to the edges of a thick Mixed Media card.

I then cut and sanded the “December” paper from the collection into various sizes, before using a sentiment from the Vintage WInter die cut sheet.

I added some lace trip, some twine and some flowers and now it is ready to give to someone special.. hmmm.. I wonder who?

Products Used

Paper: Maja Design “Vintage Winter”collection – December, die cut sheet

Flowers: Manor House Creations

Merry Christmas everyone!!!


Home Sweet Home – Vintage Winter

Hello Maja fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here. This week I am sharing yet another creation using the gorgeous Vintage Winter paper collection.  Don’t forget that I am having a give-away for this entire paper collection over at my personal blog.   But the give-away deadline is November 30th….so be sure and check it out!

Home Sweet Home

I created this on a 12 x 12 burlap canvas.  I hand-cut my tree, house, & rolling hills.


The individual leaves were created with a Martha Stewart leaf punch, and adhered using hot glue.


The letter stickers and words are from the Girls Paperie.  The fence was created by another Martha Stewart deep edge punch.

All paper used was from the Vintage Winter paper collection.

Vintage Winter

Specific papers used are as follows:  rolling hills:   Fun in the Snow (bs), Crispy Air (bs), & Winter Night (bs);  house:  Christmas is coming; door:  Send a postcard; chimney:  Christmas carols (bs); tree:  Send a postcard (bs); leaves: Wishing you; clouds: Winter joy (bs).

Thanks for looking!  I hope this has inspired you to create something amazing today!

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A “Vintage Winter” Snowman

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again…..this time to share a Christmas mixed media project I created with the gorgeous Vintage Winter paper collection.  And as I am having a blog give-away of this entire paper collection this month, I wanted to share a new project I had created with it.  AND I am thinking this would be a great present for someone on my Christmas list this year.

SnowMan sm

So here is how I created this project:

Step 1 – I picked my patterns for the background and decoupaged them down onto a 18 x 24 inch canvas.


step 2 – Once the background had dried, I wanted to soften the collaged effect by adding some acrylic paint.  I applied the paint using an old credit card.

paint The purpose of this step was to soften the background and make it appear more cohesive.

paint 2

step 3 – At this point, I started creating my basic snowman shape.  I used 3 different sized white foam balls.

foam balls

I bought some special “Foam” cutting tools, but a serrated knife (and actually I used my husband’s hand saw on the largest ball) would work just as well I think. But with that said, these tools only cost a couple of dollars, and they did file the foam pretty nicely.

foam cutting tools

I did my best to cut each of the foam balls in half.  Like I mentioned before, I did use a hand-saw on the largest one, as the foam cutting knife just wasn’t long enough to go through easily.

foam in half

Before gluing the foam down, I wanted to make sure that my snowman parts fit together.  I filed away a portion of the middle and lower foam balls so that the snowman parts would flow slightly into the lower section. Hopefully, the next photo explains this step better.

indent and file

This is when the foam filing tool came in handy to smooth the edges.  And below is all of the snowman fitting together nicely.

snowman 3

Step 4 – I then glued the foam pieces down to the background.  For this step, I used E6000 glue in the center and your basic household caulk for the outer edge (found at local hardware stores, Walmart, etc.)

basic caulk

I used caulk for this so that if any of the white where to come out of the sides it wouldn’t be a big deal (easy to clean up too) AND it gives the snowman good staying power.

adhering the foam

I centered the snowman just low enough onto the canvas to give plenty of room to add  a fun and whimsical hat to the top of my snowman’s head.

I gave the glue and caulk a full 24 hours to dry.

step 5 – After making sure my snowman had good adherence, I wanted to add a snowy textured effect to my foam.  Now, granted, you could easily forgo this step, as I rather liked the look of the foam for my snowman.  But during the process, I did manage to put a few fingerprint dents into my foam here and there…so I decided to texture it up a bit.  Using the very same caulk that I used to adhere the foam balls down, I pretty much iced it over the foam, much like you would do icing on a cake.

caulk over the foam

caulk before and after

Again, I let the caulk dry a full day.

step 6 – Next, I created my snowman’s hat.  I found these cute little felt hats at my local craft store (less that $2 a piece.)


I cut the backside off of the hat so that I could adhere it down properly.

cut the hat

I wanted to construct and adhere the hat before giving the snowman his face, because I needed to know just how much “face” would be showing once he was wearing his hat.

hat on head

I then added all sorts of fun embellishments to the hat.  First, I added some greenery trim and a glittered poinsettia.  I used hot glue to adhere all of my hat decorations.

embellish the hat

Next I added a little tree, decorated it with miniature Christmas tree decorations,  added some little presents, another white poinsettia and some snowflakes.  I did bend my tree so that it had a bit of a quirky, whimsical look to it.decorate the tree

And here is the finished hat.

finished hat (2)

I glued the hat down to the top by generously applying hot glue to the inner hat brim and putting it firmly down onto the head.

step 7 – I created a scarf for my snowman using 2 of the Vintage Winter red patterned papers (Christmas is Coming & the backside of Season’s Greetings).  To make the long scarf pieces, I cut two strips of paper


sprayed them with water on both sides, and distressed, scrunched, and manipulated the paper to achieve a cloth-like look.  After the pieces were dry, I arranged them along my snowman’s neck, gluing them down with hot-glue.

scarf after

step 8 – To create my snowman’s eyes, smile, and row of buttons, I used some black river rocks, (purchased ages ago from my local craft store.)

smooth river rock

Again, I used hot glue to adhere my rocks.

smile and buttons

step 9 – For my snowman’s arms….I went out into my front yard and snapped a few twigs off of my tree.  To adhere them, I punched them into the foam….then pulled them out, filled the hole I had made with hot-glue, and then pushed them right back into the hole now filled with glue….worked like a dream.

inserting the twig arms

step 10 – I created my carrot nose using some heavyweight orange cardstock.  I rolled it into a narrow pointed cone shape and glued it together. Using the same basic steps as inserting the twigs (arms), I pushed the nose into the foam, pulled it out, filled the hole with hot-glue and then pushed the nose back into the glue.

rolled cardstock nose

step 11 – For the last step, I added some dimensional wood and die-cut snowflake pieces to the background.

background snowflakes

I really enjoyed creating this project….and just love the dimension that I was able to achieve without a lot of weight.


I used almost the entire Vintage Winter paper collection on the background for this project.

Vintage Winter

Other supplies used here, but not already mentioned, included:  embellishments and felt hat purchased at my local craft store, chipboard/wood pieces from LYB, Kaisercraft, & Tattered Angels; Mod Podge matte decoupage medium, & Dermacoat white acrylic paint.

Thanks for looking! and I hope this has inspired you to create something magical today!

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Girly Frills

I simply melt at the sight of frilly, shabby pink ribbons, lacy bits, and little odds and ends. I love scraps of all sorts and I collect them avidly. Every once in a while, accompanied by a steamy cup of tea, I surround myself with all my scraps scattered about on the floor…And after a good hour or so of sorting, organizing and making itsy bitsy piles, I am usually inspired to create something out of all the little treasures.

That is how this little creation came about.

I just couldn’t help myself. And I couldn’t throw all these little mismatched misfits away, nor did they fit into any one particular pile….So, I put them to use and created this little package.

I used several Maja papers: Send a Postcard – Vintage Winter collection, 1933 – Vintage Summer Basics collection, and 5th of March – Vintage Spring Basics collection.

To keep the little box closed and add a bit more frilly fun, I tied two lace bows and glued them to a sparkly pin, decorated with buttons and rhinestones.

For the front of the box, I used Melissa Frances stickers – the girl alpha card and the polka dot oval, Webster’s Pages sparkler, stringed pearls, liquid pearls, and a soft blue button.

Supplies: Maja Design paper (Send a Postcard – Vintage Winter collection, 1933 – Vintage Summer Basics collection, and 5th of March – Vintage Spring Basics collection), Papertrey Ink Dies (Pillow Box, Heart Border, Limitless Layers: Circles), Webster’s Pages Sparkler, Melissa Frances Stickers, Buttons, Lace and Rhinestones are from my stash.

Wishing you all a happy day,Ivana-sign

Winner of the October Mood Board

Yesterday the storm ”Simone” hit the Swedish west coast. It didn’t reach as far north as first expected, and we are lucky enough to still have electricity. That’s a relief, and it means I’m able to publish the winner of the October mood board…

A reminder of what you got to work with:Moodboard-October

And here are the lovely contributions for this month:

Thank you so much to all of you who joined!


And the Winner is…….


Zaneta Glowa from Sweden!

Congratulations! We will send you the Vintage Summer Basics collection as you requested.


Our November mood board will be a traditional Christmas one… Don’t miss to stop by next Tuesday to play along!Its-Christmas-time-PFröjdefull-Jul-PGammaldags-Jul-P  Wintage vinter-P