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

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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

 

Cute and Sweet

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Happy Monday!! Marilyn’s  here with you today…. The other day I was looking in my memory box and I found this picture of my son Alexander when he was eleven months, he looks so cute and sweet that  I can’t believe my baby boy turned 20 years old two months ago…how time flies. I worked with the Vintage Autumn Basics and Walking in the Forest collections in this page.

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I gave a little of color to the flowers with Distress Stain(faded jeans) by Ranger.

 

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I hope my page inspired you, until next time!!!

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Delighting in Outdoor Play

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Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share a layout I made of my little great niece playing in the dirt….sometimes it’s fun to just get dirty, isn’t it?!  I wanted to stay with some neutral colors with a hint of lavender (to bring out the sweet bow in her hair).   To create this page I mixed a variety of collections.  Here are the collections I used….

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I just love the way you can mix and match different collections. I used the following papers:

Vintage Spring Basics (1st of March), Crea Diem (Karleken Overvinner Allt), Walking in The Forest (Flannel Shirt, Fresh Air).

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I used 2 papers from the Walking in the forest collection as my background papers and then cut the cute Daffodil designs from the Vintage Spring Basics collection to create embellishments for the page.  I recently came out with my own stamp collection and used them for the first time a this page.  For the cracked wall/brick look here, I first stamped the image on the light background paper….I then stamped the same image on the terrcotta color paper (Fresh Air) and cut out the brick section and glued in over the matching stamped area on the light paper so that it looks like cracked plaster walls with brick showing through.

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I also used another of my stamp designs in another area of the page.  Here I did a little inking behind the photo area and used one of my cracked brick stamp designs to create a rustic look behind the photo area.

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I used a new Dusty Attic chipboard piece called Bearded Iris and painted it with some Gesso and chalk inks to compliment the daffodil design in the Maja patterned paper.

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I framed another of the cute daffodil designs with another of the Dusty Attic Elegant Frames and finished the corner cluster with some blooms and glass gems.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my page today as much as I enjoyed creating it!  Thanks for stopping by! xo

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Scrapping Masculine Pages

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Hello Maja Fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share with you all a masculine style page I just finished.  Lately I’ve gotten a number of messages and emails requesting that I make a more masculine style page. So I gathered up some of my favorite Maja papers from the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection, Walking in the Forest and the Crea Diem collection for the page above.

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I just love the stripes in the Vintage Autumn Basics collection, the plaids in Walking in the Forest, and the clock elements in the Crea Diem collection.  All of the these designs work well for a masculine style page (at least I think so).

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I used the striped framed paper ‘Tempus Fugit’ from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection as the matting/frame background paper.  I then used the simpler side of the ‘Flannel Shirt’ paper as the main background design.  I curled back the top left corner to expose the lovely plaid design on the back of the paper, and used the extra strips I had cut from the paper for my ribbons/banners at the bottom of the photo cluster.

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I used a variety of fabric textures (cheesecloth, burlap and twine) as well as lot’s of nice masculine chipboard elements to embellish the page).

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I did some machine stitching to add a little more texture and design to the page, and although I added some floral elements to the page, I tried to keep them small and/or in a rougher masculine texture like burlap in order to keep to a more masculine theme.

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Here is a close-up of the photo cluster, as I mentioned above, I tried to stick to more masculine textures when adding some floral/nature elements to the page.  Keys, cogs & wheels, light bulbs and clocks, are all embellishments that I find work very well with a masculine style page.

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I used some spritzes on the background papers and did a little stamping with some bubble wrap.  Another fun way to add texture to a masculine page is to use some Drywall Tape (found at your local hardware store), this stuff is so easy to use because it already has a light tacky background so it’s easy to apply.

Maja Design Papers used in this project: Vintage Autumn Basics (Tempus Fugit), Walking in the Forest (Jeans, Flannel Shirt-front and backside), Crea Diem (Den Oersattliga Tiden).

If you would like to recreate this page for yourself, I have made this one into a Page Kit for The Scrapbook Diaries, where you can get the Maja papers and all the page elements including the chipboard, mixed media products, blooms and embellishments in a single page kit with a Video Tutorial created by me included in the package.

Thanks for stopping by today to see my project! xo

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Watching you Grow

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. This is the first one using the Beautiful Coffee in the Arbour Collection….

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I used:white daisies,white daisies-BS,blueberry cupcake & lemon meringue pie-BS

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

The butterflies are from LittleScrapShop

Here are some closeups of detail….

 

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I just love this photo of little Cass,she is so adorable……

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I did my usual,distressed, hand stitched layers. I also did some punch work,tearing & stencil work….

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I made the daisy’s,using coffee filters, a MFT die cut. I used DA dots for the centers,painted them yellow,then applied glossey accents & micro beeds…

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This is where I did the stencil work using the crafters workshop stencil “Art is” (6×6).I used Viva champain modelling cream.  On the alpha I used picket fence crackle,once the crackle dried I rubbed in brown chalk & inked the edges…..

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I dipped the leaves in water,then separated the chipboard,I then used a heat gun to dry the leaves,it helps to make them curl up. My next step was to paint the leaves,using green paint & once the paint dried I applied a coat of rock candy crackle. Once the crackle dried I rubbed in some white paint,using my finger (this brings out the cracks & tones down the green)….

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A close up of the butterfly….

Here is my next LO using the Walking in the forest Collection…

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I used: When leaves are falling,when leaves are falling-BS,mountain ash-BS,die cut letters-BS & a BS of a label

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

Here are some closeups of detail…..

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I stained all the chipboard with walnut stain,on the buds I used chestnut liquid pearls….

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I painted the leaves with TH distress paint,& once that dried I applied a thick coat of crackle. I let the crackle dry then applied lime twist TA & once that dried I rubbed in some rust chalk….

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Shows distressed layers that I had inked the edges with walnut stain. I also did some stencil work,using a Kaiser craft stencil & Viva modeling cream. Once the cream dried I rubbed in some chalk….

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The flowers are from Prima & BoBunny…

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Burlap used in my layers…

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I used micro beads on the heads of the grass….

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Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Rustic and Warm – CELEBRATION CARD and a TAG

Hi there everyone, thanks for popping by Maja design blog , we absolutely love having you here . Today I am sharing TWO Projects with you  …. A Tag and a richly colored Easel Card, created with the Walking in the Forest Collection and the Vintage Autumn basics Collection.       We are having our winter season here in Australia and I wanted to create something warm and bright . I have chosen a combination of Denim blue and Deep Burnt Orange, with touches of rust.card by Heather Jacob     I stacked my elements combining Maja Design papers with diecut leaves, and various other diecut shapes, together with some chipboard twigs . I kept with the warm rusty theme and colored my chipboard in Rusty ink . card by Heather Jacob       I feel the orange and blue are a Perfect marriage . These blues flowed together  beautifully and I added some metal buttons each side of my cluster .  inside view of card by Heather Jacob       The inside of my card is stamped with the word celebrate with a rusty inked swirly chipboard piece to hold the easel in place .

card cluster by Heather Jacob   I also want to share another project with you …. Recently some friends of ours had a HOUSE WARMING party…. and I created this Tag to attach with our gift ….again I used Walking in the Forest Collection.

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Tag By Heather     The base of my tag is made from Chipboard, to create a strong foundation. I covered it in ‘Jeans’ – and proceeded to stack various diecut pieces, using various papers from the Walking in the  Forest Collection.  Tag by Heather Jacob        I love the rich colors of this Collection and the deep blue embraces the Rusty toned chipboard perfectly, creating a warm toasty energy in this cold wintery weather  . tag By Heather Jacob      I decided to add a circle with their house  number 28,  to make it personal to them.

Maja Design materials used Walking in the Forest -Jeans, Cozy Scarf , Seasons Last Birdsong – Vintage Autumn Basics – No XX111, plus bs .  Thanks so much for popping over here at Maja Design Blog and thanks for looking at my creations . I hope I have inspired you in some way …. bye for now until next time, big big hugz to each of you x my signature

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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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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Senior Picture – Walking in the Forest

Hello Maja Design fans and friends, it is Nancy Hanttula here.  Today, I am sharing another layout that I created for my friend to give as a graduation gift.

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I used the gorgeous Walking in the Forest paper collection.

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I tried very hard to consciously take photos of every step of my process creating this layout so that I could share it with all of you.  I will have to admit though, apparently I become a bit impatient from step to step and don’t always take the time to assure my photos are properly in focus….so I hope you excuse me…you may see just a few blurs along the way.

#1 – I knew that I wanted to use at least 2 different patterns on the background (Knitted Sweather & Bjork-Birch).  When I do this, I don’t like to waste any of the paper by layering too much paper that just gets hidden and therefore, “wasted.”  So I usually just use a piece of solid cardstock and glue the papers onto the cardstock as shown in the following photo.

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Then I just layer the final piece over the final gap in the cardstock.

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#2  Next I used a Martha Stewart circle punch on the 6 inch setting to punch out a circle out of the paper Frisk Luft – Fresh Air.

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My plan wasn’t to use it in this exact form but to cut out the center and use it as a frame.  I sketched a basic circle with a pencil and then cut it out with my X-acto knife.

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And then I set it aside.

#3 Next, I took several of my mists and Tim Holtz Distress stains and went to town on the background. – specific supplies used:  Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels (Candy Corn); Lindy’s Stampgang:  Yellow Rose of Texas, Burnt Umber, Ponderosa Pine Olive; Tim Holtz Distress Stains:  Wild Honey, and Gathered Twigs.

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#4 Then using FolkArt acrylic paint in Warm White…

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.I painted the edge of a corrugated piece of cardboard to use to paint a frame around the actual photo.   I also used the foam brush and the same paint to paint a rough frame around the entire layout.

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#5  Using the left-over paint, I painted onto a Prima acrylic chevron patterned stamp (#980078) and added stamped details throughout the page.

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#6 Next, I cut some film negatives, that a friend had given me to use as embellishments, in half.

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I tucked them under the paper layers and adhered them with glue.

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#7 Then I cut out some die cut embellishments from the Klippark and inked them with Prima/Ingvild’s chalk ink, Dark Bark.

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I added some staples and some extra details to further embellish the pieces.

16c#8 Now it was time to put down the photo, add the circle frame, & add a butterfly I purchased at Michael’s craft store.

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#9 I added some Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Vintage Photo to add some extra dimension to the circle frame.

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#10 I also added some Tim Holtz Remnant Rub-ons and the title using Prima wood alphas.

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#11  I decided that I needed to add some brown painted chevron stamping using the same Prima stamp in various spots for some contrast.  I used FolkArt paint in the color Coffee Bean.

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#12  The last details added to this layout were some small areas of sewing machine stitching.

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And all those little and big details make up the entire page. :)

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I hope you enjoyed this walk-through into the process of how I created this layout.  And I hope that perhaps it has inspired you to create something amazing today!

Have a wonderful weekend! and be sure and stop by tomorrow as I take you on a tour through my very own personal creative space.

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A layout with Walking In The Forest

Good morning! I hope all is well with you :)

 I decided to use a bit of a different colour combination for my projects for Maja Design this month! I think I love thei light colours of their collections so much that I thought I was using them A LOT! LOL!

 So I tried some new colours. This is the result using Walking In The Forest, an awesome collection! Walking in the Forest

After prepping the page with clear gesso etc, I started by applied some BLACK Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil. When that dried up I added some stamping and some colour.

I then layered my papers, embellishments etc before finishing with my photo and some black splatters with black Ink.

Here are some close ups..

Paper: Maja Design “Walking In The Forest” - Die Cut Letters Flannel Shirt

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The Simpler Things

Morning Maja lovelies! It’s Andrea here with you today, bringing on some, hmm…CAS cards. Now mind you, these are not true CAS (Clean and Simple), though for me, they are quite toned down. I went to a ‘Stamp Camp’ the other day and I was so impressed with the cards we made and most of them were just straight-forward, easy designs, but effective. That’s the trick! Here’s what I mean: Luke145M I used just one sheet of the West Coast from Maja’s Life by the Sea collection. I added a cork frame dotted with liquid pearls and a bright red polka dotted bow/flower embellishment. Okay, now I start adding more stuff:

WonderfulMarvelousMVintage Summer Basics collection is highlighted here, I added a heart die along with some leafy sprig dies. I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so I added some liquid pearls. Then I decided to sew the perimeter. Still reasonably low-key, according to my standards. Here’s one that’s {gasp!} flat:

BestMD I am just in love with the Sofiero papers, I’m hoping that Marie will bring them back someday {wink, wink}. I used the back of the description at the bottom of the page for the floral trim pieces and then added a lacey border trim. More liquid pearls to add just a little sparkle… And speaking of more sparkle:

SmittenMThis final card showcases the Walking in the Forest line of papers. This card is really very simple, to make, being that the flower/feather embellishment is one piece. The only other details I added were the liquid pearls and the leafy die cuts. I did also lightly sponge the edges and added the “Smitten” sentiment, which is courtesy of Verve.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderfully crafty day! Andrea-sign