Enjoy the Moments that make you Smile

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. The first on is a photo of me,in my garden taken in the fall. It amazes me how my garden changes,with the colors throughout, our very short growing season!! Speaking of that, last night it was -25 cel,& we still have 2 feet of snow!!!Once the snow goes,& we get warmer weather my garden comes alive! I just posted a LO, on my last post,of what my garden looks like, in the Spring,using the Fika Collection, & now on this LO,I am using the Walking in the Forest Collection….



From the Walking in the Forest Collection I used:Autumn in the Air,Autumn in the Air-BS,knitted sweater,mountain ash_BS,The colors of Fall-BS & Orchestra of Nature. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. Here are some closeups of detail….


I did distressed,hand stitched layers & some punch work. I inked all the edges of the paper with Vintage photo distress stain. I cut out the leaves & mushrooms,then applied rock candy crackle & inked the edges….


On all the chipboard I used,caramel,sunset orange,ginger & pesto adirondack ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger) alcohol ink. I then applied rock candy crackle,& once that dried I used a brush & applied pinecone TA glimmermist.


A rolled corner,these blooms are prima,the gold ones are from the sunrise,sunset collection…


I did some stencil work,using Crafters Workshop Art is 6×6…the red flower is BoBunny…


I sprinkled on some micro beads, while the crackle was still wet….


Another BoBunny flower with Prima gold roses…


Here is another LO I did using the Vintage Spring Basics Collection. I used Nadia’s Sketch for Dusty Attic on both of these LO’s……



From the Vintage Spring Basics I used: 8th of April_BS,9th of April-BS,10th of April-BS,9th of April,11th of April-BS & some of the BS’s of the labels.

Here are some closeups of detail…


Shows some distressed,stitched layers,punch work & stencil work…


I left lots of the chipboard raw, but not really. I inked the edges,applied rock candy crackle & rock candy distress stickles…


I used MS texture effects on the buds,wordlet & stencil work. Once that dried I rubbed in some lavender lace liquid pearls,using my finger…


The flowers are Prima,some of them are old ones that I had….



Over layering 2 pieces of chipboard….


Rock candy stickles & lavender lace liquid pearls on the butterfly..Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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A Mother’s Love

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. The first one is of Jenny,with her new baby boy (Joel). I combined the Vintage Summer Basics & the Vintage Autumn Basics Collections.



From the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection I used: No.XX,No.XXI,NoXXI-BS,& BS of a label…


From the Vintage Summer Basics Collection I used: 1932-BS,1891,1899. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. Here are some closeups of detail…..








Here is a LO/Canvas I did using the walking in the forest collection…..



I used Autumn in the Air,flannel shirt-BS,the orchestra of nature,& the die cut letters-BS.

Here is a LO I did using the Vintage Spring Basics Collection…..



I used:1st of March,6th of March,5th of April,7th of April,7th of April-BS & 9th of March

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

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Blog hop with Swirlydoos

Today we are having a real treat for you…. A blog hop in cooperation with Swirlydoos Kit Club.

If you came here from Rae’s blog then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos’ blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today. Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook.

MajaDesign Corp is situated in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality, vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. We hope our beloved designs will inspire you to create great joyful creations.

MajaDesign was founded in November 2007, and since then has been growing to over 450 registred retailers around the world.

We carry 16 collections in stock and during this blog hop we have a grand prize for you. Our four Vintage Basics collections are designed to be timeless favourites and drawn to be mixable with eachother. There are 108 patterned papers in total and they can all be yours…

And here follows some inspiration created by our lovely Creative Team.Andrea EwenAndrea EwenCamilla EkmanElena OlinevichGabrielle PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoHeather_JacobHeather JacobIngrid GooyerJennifer SnyderJenny GrotherusMaja Nowakmarilyn_Marilyn RiveraNadia CannizzoNancy HanttulaRachelle SigurdsonRachelle Sigurdson

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday 2/6 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 2/7. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can’t wait to hear from you.

Our special word is : only

The party continues over at Angelica’s blog. Have fun!Jenny

The Little Things

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you again on this lovely Thursday. A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful experience of going away on a ‘scrapbooking weekend retreat’! It was fabulous…no cooking, no cleaning, no “mom-duties”…just me and my paper supplies for 72 glorious hours. Needless to say, I got quite a bit accomplished…namely these cards…

A bit of Vintage Autumn Basics

TheLittleThingsMA little Walking in the Forest

BestWishesMajaHoldOnMajaAnd finally some Life by the SeaLighthouseBirthdayMajaI had to really narrow down my supplies…limited to only what I could carry. I forgot my beloved twine, quite a few containers of flowers and my whole box of chotchkies. Which leads me to the fact that you don’t need to add a lot of embellishments to Maja Design papers…the lovely designs and perfect patterns speak wonders for themselves…

Have a wonderfully crafty day…and thanks for spending a few minutes of it with me!Andrea-sign


Hello and a warm welcome to Maja designs. Today I am sharing a layout with you, designed using the magical ‘Walking in the Forest’ collection. Beautiful Deep, Rich, warm earthy colors . I titled my layout INSPIRE, because nature inspires me every single day, we can learn so much about life just by watching and observing nature . The richness of the colors and the never ending circle of life. sigh !

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I began by tearing the paper (jeans), distressed the edges and laid it over the Autumn in the air –bs paper, leaving room for my heart and altered metal element.

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I had fun adding texture by Lacing sections together with string..to me this torn section represents how life sometimes takes a different path where we have to dig deep, open our heart, feel our feelings and trust the process of life. It is in these times where we discover our strengths and courage.

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The leaves and various dies are cut using both papers to add different textures, shades and colors .

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I inked the kraft tag with the Ranger distress ink .Embossed it, then swiped an alternative colored blue ink over it adding distinction, and securing it with a bling brad. Under the layers of foliage are some inked chipboard pieces adding depth and texture. I love to add lots of layering , which I believe adds interest and intrigue. It is also a fabulous way to use up small pieces of chipboard and elements.

Maja Design papers used  Collection / Walking in the Forest – Jeans, Autumn in the Air – bs, Autumn in the air.

Thanks so much for popping by and I do hope I have inspired you to take a look at The “Walking in the Forest” collection and get busy playing with these rich papers. Bye for now, until next time warm hugz x


My last Calendar pages


Hi there! And Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you are having a lovely Christmas time with your loved ones. I am back to show you the last pages of my Calendar to my baby’s grandparents. First of is the month of May, where I have used some of the beautiful Vintage Spring Basics papers: 5th of March,  7th of March (both sides and also the butterfly border).


Next month is August. Here I have already started with the gorgeous “Walking in the forest”  papers: Flannel shirt, Last flowers, The orchestra of nature.


Here is September where I have used the Die Cut Sheet, Birdsong (bs), Autumn in the Air.


For October I have used Jeans, Cozy scarf. The stars are made with Magnolia star dies on corrugated paper, which I have painted with white Gesso, and inked the edges with Distress Ink-Walnut Stain.


The last one is November. Here I have used the papers: Autumn in the Air, The colors of fall (bs). All tags used to write important dates and happening each months are made with DooHickey dies from Magnolia.


A Happy Christmas and a 2013 Recap

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today…bringing you some Maja holiday goodness in the form of some cards…a few of which I made over the last 2 weeks and then a little recap of my favorite Maja Design themed card over this past year. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been with the team almost a year now and I can tell you that I absolutely adore Marie’s designs and the lovely, quality paper that she puts into every set. Her papers are definitely my ‘go-to’ papers…I will never tire of their delicate, vintage style! So without further chitchat…here are a couple new ones: HappyChristmasMajaI used the Vintage Frost Basics for my ‘Happy Christmas’ card. This card below is from the same line:

CSC170AndreaEwenCSC169AndreaEwenVintage Summer Basics is the theme for this card above.


And here are some of my favorites:AndreaEwenThis one features the Vintage Summer Basics collection. JanuaryMoodBoardAndreaEwenI used Walking in the Forest for the above card. Andrea EwenOne of my favorites, Ska vi ta en fikaRememberingYouMajaCThis one uses the Vintage Autumn Basics papers. ZvaJuly13blogHopMajaCleanVintage Spring Basics on this one. XmasinJulyMajacleanAnd for this holiday season, It’s Christmas time.

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a super New Year! Thanks so much for tuning in and spending just a little bit of your day with me!



Love Beyond Measure

Love Beyond Measure

Hi everyone, it’s Gabrielle here with you today to share another project!   I just love this photo of my sweet niece Alicja with her puppy Dahlia, taken a few years back.  My niece is now grown up and recently got married and her pup Dahlia is getting up there in years, but I’m always struck by the way she still cares for her first pet.

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Dahlia (the puppy) is wearing this cute li’l plaid coat in this photo and it immediately brought to mind the lovely patterned paper in the ‘Walking in the Forest’ collection called ‘Flannel Shirt’, so I absolutely had to use it on this page!  I used the backside of this patterned paper as the base of my layout and the patterned front side to accent my layout.

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I did loads of fussy cutting for this page which included clocks cut from one of my favourite papers from the ‘Vintage Autumn Basics’ collection (XVI), cutting blooms from the ‘Vintage Autumn Basics’ (XXII) and butterflies from ‘Vintage Spring Basics’ (6th of May).  I applied most of the fussy cut pieces with foam pop dots to give a more 3D effect.  Here are a few more close-ups of the page details….

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I used Vintage Autumn Basics (XIV) blue striped paper to matt my photo and I distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz edge distressor tool.

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I did a little bit of misting with Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists and stamping with a Bo Bunny background stamp.

Maja Design supplies:  Walking in the Forest (Flannel Shirt, Flannel Shirt-bs), Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI, XXII, XXII-bs, XIV), Vintage Spring Basics (6th of May)

Thanks for stopping by the Maja Design blog today and having a peek at my project! xo


Together We are Family

Hello Maja Friends. Elena is blogging with you today.

I have a Layout I made for my Family Memories album


I love that photo of me and my husband while we were waiting for our baby boy. I suppose i have already scrapped it once, but I couldn’t resist to create a page again with new Vintage Autumn Basics collection. I choose a dark background and added some splashes of white and light blue


I made some fussy cutting as well as some torn paper layers, just a bit of mixed media work on the background as the paper design is so gorgeous that I didn’t want to hide it.

IMG_9972  I randomly sprinkled micro beads and added some flowers and chipboard title.

VintageLOElena2   Some paper scraps over and there and here yo go with a special page for your sweet memories.

Vintage-Autumn-Basics   Hope you have liked my Layout .

Products used:

Maja Design Papers – Vintage Autumn Basics: No. XVII, no. XII, No. XVI, No. XIV, No. X.

Flowers – Manor House creations, Chipboard – 2Crafty, Paints, mists – Shimmerz, Stamp – Prima, microbeads.

and as Autumn is flying away too fast, I decided to show you a card that I made for Manor House Creations blog, just for last Autumnal inspiration


This year the Fall was so beautiful in my country and it’s still warm outside that is so unusual for this time of the year, so I really enjoyed making Fall cards too.

I used Walking in the Forest Collection, and mostly some scraps left from the previous projects, Prima wooden embellishments, Faber – Castell gelato

Products used: Papers- Cozy Scarf, Knitted sweater, 2Crafty chipboard, Manor House Creations flowers


Night Owl – Walking in the Forest

Hello Maja fans & friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, back again to share a mixed-media project I created with the gorgeous Walking in the Forest paper collection. DSC00272 Walking-in-the-forest-P I love the Fall and I love owls. The Walking in the Forest collection is rich with the gorgeous tones of a beautiful Fall day. I knew this paper was going to be perfect to create an owl inspired project. I started by choosing my background paper…and because I wanted to create a night-time sky, I chose the dark blue paper aptly named, Jeans.  Next, I chose a lighter colored paper (Autumn poem) for my actual tree so that it would provide a nice contrast to the dark background. I roughly sketched out my tree onto the Autumn poem paper ….. tree …and then cut it out. tree2 Then, I stamped onto the tree trunk and limbs and inked the edges to add dimension. tree3 I punched out several leaf shapes from the beautiful papers, using a variety of prints. (papers used for the leaves included:  Autumn in the Air, Autumn poem, Teal Socks, Cozy Scarf, & Mountain Ash) leaves I sketched out my basic owl onto white cardstock. owl sketch After sketching out the owl, I cut it out so that I could use it as my pattern. owl pieced I then pieced my owl together and positioned it on the lower tree branch. owl branch To create my owl’s eyes, I used my McGill starburst punch. owl eyes I wanted to add some extra texture and dimension to my owl, so I drew a border onto the edges of the owl using a pencil.  I then pierced holes along the pencil line.border stitch

Then, I erased the pencil line and hand-stitched details onto my owl.

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I also added some stitched details to the wing.

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I wanted to add some “patchwork” type details to the piece as well.


Above, I pierced my border holes.  Below, is the stitched-on “patches.”


And there you have the basic construct of this project.

Walking in the Forest paper used for this project included:  Jeans, Autumn poem, Flannel Shirt (words), Fresh Air, Knitted Sweater, Autumn in the Air, Cozy Scarf, Teal Socks, Mountain Ash, & Die Cut Sheet.

Other supplies used for this project included:  Ink:  CTMH, Staz-On, & Ranger; Stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, & Crate Paper; acrylic stamps from CTMH, Kaisercraft, Stampendous, & Prima; black pearl dots from Prima; punches from Martha Stewart, EK Success, & McGill.

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

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