Spring Easter Album

Good Morning crafters,

today I have a very special project to share with you today. It is an Easter Album.

EasterAlbum_ElenaOlinevich_MainI used Vintage Spring Basics papers to create it , so you can easily name it a spring album too.

EasterAlbum_ElenaOlinevich_1It is full of secret envelopes and extra pages, you can watch a video clip at the end of this post too.

EasterAlbum_1aTHis collection has so many not only Spring, but Easter related sheets so that it is quite easy to create with it something for Easter celebration.

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Products used:

Vintage Spring Basics collection: 1st of March, 2nd of March, 3rd of March, 4th of March, 8th of March, 9th of March, 10th of March, 1st of April, 2nd of April;

Wycinanka chipboard, Prima Marketing flowers and embellishments, Vilda Stamps.

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With a spring feeling – Easter cards

Two cards which I would like to present today are only made of paper scraps left from other projects. Isn’t that a great thing that Maja Design collections coordinate so well? The possibilities of mix-n-match are endless and nothing goes to waste :) Just add a few embellies and the card for any occassion is ready.DSC_0750 md DSC_0765 md

I used similar layout and materials for both cards, but I change the colour schemes and the card shapes. I just love the tiny flowers and butterflies which can be cut out from MD papers!
Supplies:
Vintage Spring Basics : 1st of  May, 3rd of May, 7th of May, 3rd of March, 10th of March
Coffee in the Harbour : Flourishing garden
Sofiero : Princess Margaretha Garden
From my stash : lace, mesh, flowers, rafia, leaves.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope your spring cards are coming out totally gorgeous!

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Love That & more LO’s for the Kitchen Wall

Hello,today I am here to share with you, a few more LO’s I did, for our kitchen wall. I do have to say, that this task, is getting harder to do, (working with the same paper,over & over,lots of boy LO’s, & with the color tones, being the same trough out, I am finding that, I may be getting a bit repetitious,as my embellishments are limited). But as I am doing the LO’s,I am adding them to the wall, & the wall is looking amazing,so it gives me the drive to keep on going.

The first three 3 LO’s are of my nephews,the first one is of Quenton….6ee0eb86bed64989b27189fc610ccdb6I used Kings Square-BS,Veteran Ship-BS & Sitting on the Dock from the Nyhavn Collection. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic.

Other products used:TCW, template, The Story 12X12, Coffee Splotch 6X6, Prima Texture Paste Graphite, & metal, Tim Holtz paints,rock candy crackle,brushed pewter crackle,paint & stain,LuminArt Jasper Red

Here are some closeups of detail….6d7e963866f64b4bab64dfff43ebdbc1 (1)To deepen the color of Veterans Ship-BS,I painted on Tattered Angels Indian corn & rubbed in some pebbles chalk…I inked all the edges of the paper using a mixture of charcoal & grey mist,I used a brush to do this…154a0c3969af436ea19c34bbe0c1fa97For the red used on the chipboard ,I  used my wall paint,for the red,plus I applied a coat of clear crackle varnish. I used LuminArt’ (Jasper Red)H20 over the crackle on the chipboard. The red was still a bit to bright,so I toned with wintermist gray H20,once the red had dried. I used this on all the chipboard in these LO’s….I also inked the edges of the chipboard using a ink pad..I used distressed brushed pewter stain,paint & crackle on the rest of the chipboard.311d70b702234bdb83ca48443d46ffde

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9363ca19b03c4c8daefa112ac5a1917d (1)Here is my next LO,of Quentons brother Elliot…4d43260ac5e94dbc97bf322994013382I used all the paints & metal as I did in the above LO. The Templates used are TCW, dart board 6×6,contact sheet 6×6, & Tim Holtz rulers….

My next LO is of Justin,Quinton & Elliots cousin…..eacbdbd9b39a4a00a33da9d571204fc5The stencils used: TCW, believe 12×12, Specimens 6×6,mini screen print, 6×6, Tim Holtz rulers.

This next LO is of my Mother with her siblings,my mom is holding the baby….51b3539dd3574645b9b3d4b6a4010da9This is the last photo,I took of my Mom with her Siblings,before she passed away June 2013. Mom is the beautiful lady,lower right corner…0db863cdf1dd484580ccebaa7b3f4119The last LO,for today,me with my best friend Tenely.071ccac6161d49d98bac79800bfde0f4I am on a count down,only 16 left to go,then I can show you a before & after of the wall!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Tattered Frame

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Hi there! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a frame I made using the Maja Design Walking in the Forest collection papers.  I have to say this collections is an old favorite of mine, I love the tattered, worn look of the papers.

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I began by picking up an inexpensive unfinished wood frame at a local craft shop.  It cost me only $1.50 (I love me a good bargain!)  I then had the daunting task of choosing which papers I wanted to use to create my frame.  I say daunting because there are so many gorgeous papers in this collection that I had a hard time choosing which I wanted to put together.

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While I was shopping for my frame I came across these pretty tattered looking blooms (Recollections brand). When I saw the colors I immediately thought of the papers and colors in the Walking in the Forest collection.  I just love those faded denim colors and the worn craft colors.  I added a little hemp twine and some bits of burlap to finish the rustic look.

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Included in the floral package was this cute triple layer butterfly!  I also did a patchwork design on this frame so that I could use a variety of the patterned papers in this lovely collection.   I used some Bronze metalic dimensional paint to add ‘rivets’ to the cut edges. I also used a little water on the edge of the paper so that I could gently pull back the edge to reveal the Flannel Shirt paper.

I hope you enjoyed my project today using this versatile and beautiful collection.  Be sure to pop by daily for new inspiration from our talented design team! xo

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Justine & Nicolas

Hello Sweeties,

Today, I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new family photo. This is a photo of my paternal grand-parents, Justine and Nicolas, on their wedding day.

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I began my layout by gluing some scraps of papers on the background before adding a design with a stencil and Graphite paste. The paste has a grainy texture and some mica in it. The texture, when dry, is amazing!

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When the paste was dry, I added some colors: first some splatters of blue Primary Elements,and then splatters of diluted Gesso to tone dawn the color. I wanted to obtain a white washed effect. I finished the background  with some white splatter of acrylic ink and some random stamping.

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I used the same trick with the roses, I used first Primary Elements to color them then diluted Gesso.

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To give the light pink color to the cherry blossoms, I just applied a pink Distress ink with a piece of Cut’n-dry on the tip of the petal.

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I added several layers of medium to the bookplate. I began to prime it with white Gesso, then Black Gesso that I partially removed. When completely dry, I added a layer of clear crackle paste. I let it air dry as it is the best way to obtain nice cracks. Then I covererd the bookplate with a layer of glossy gel to prevent the cracks to fall. And last step I added some color.

Maja Design Papers:

Nyhavn – Sitting on the Dock ;
Nyhavn – Historical Atmosphere ;
Nyhavn – Old Town House.

Beautiful

Hello Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

It’s Maja here to share a delicate, girly page I made with a photo of my beautiful niece:

mdbeautifulShe’s such a darling, sweet girl, so I wanted to give her photo a delicate, soft and ethereal background. Therefore I chose the Vintage Spring Basics papers and started by distressing and layering two sheets and then adding some textured pattern with white gesso:

mdbeautiful1Then around the photo I arranged the clusters of flowers, cut-outs and sme bling:

mdbeautiful2I had this plastic frame in my stash for ages and it turned out it makes a perfect match with a resin cameo. So I glued them together and placed among the flowers:

mdbeautiful3To add an interesting detail, I tore a bit of the bottom part of the papers and inserted a piece of lace:

mdbeautiful4I also used a little trick with this chipboard frame. Originally, it was smaller than the photo, so I cut it apart diagonally and placed above the photo corners:

mdbeautiful5I hope the layout well portraits her sweet personality :)

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Vintage Spring Basics: 5th of April, 6th of March, 4th of May, 4th of May bs, 4th of April; Vintage Autumn Basics: no. XVI. Other: chipboard : Stempell&Kartoon; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; die: Sizzix; resin frame and cameo, guipure lace: from my stash.

See you :)

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Easter wreath – with step by step photo tutorial

It’s almost Easter, thought I would make me a lovely home decoration.
Made this wreath with a step by step photo tutorial.
For this project I used the Vintage Spring Basics collection from Maja Design.


I started this project by giving the straw wreath a coat of gesso.
Here I used the gesso from 13 arts.


Only a thin coat will do. I wanted to see the original color of the straw shining through.


For the next step I punched out some different shapes of flowers.


Put them on a big plate and started to wet the punched flowers using a mini mister.


Maja papers are so nice and thick and they can hold quite some water.


Then I started to crumble all the wet flowers.


Set them aside to get almost dry.


I cut out some strips of paper as well. All about ca. 1 cm.


They got the same treatment as the flowers, some water and crumbled.


All crumbled and wet and set aside to completely dry.
These strips will give a lovely ribbon effect on the wreath!


When the punched flowers were almost dry, I took 3 flowers, unfold them and shaped them, putting them together using a brad.


Here are the final flowers.
Before adding them to the wreath, make sure they are completely dry!


On the top left and right corner I added some lace and some white twigs.


Now it’s time to add all those lovely paper flowers and faux ribbons to the wreath!


Here is the top left with some lace and also some single punched flowers,
which are adhered with a small pin.


Found these cute little birds at Xenos, a Dutch home decor store.


Some flowers with pearl brads.


The large feathered butterflies are also from Xenos.


The strips of papers, the faux ribbons, gives it a nice and playful extra touch.


The single punched flowers with a small pin.


Hope you all enjoyed this step by step.
Wishing you a wonderful Easter and Spring!
Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Papers used:
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7th of May

Maja Design Papers and Watercolors…

Hello everyone! Iris here and I’m very happy to be posting here for the first time as a part of the creative team of Maja Design. I adore the papers of Maja Design and one thing I noticed is the quality of the papers. I love to dabble with mixed media and I wanted to experiment a little and add some watercolors to the sheets and see what would be the outcome. I was pretty sure the paper could handle the moisture from water-colour mediums and I was very pleased with the results…

I would like to share with you a bright pastel Maja Design page…IMG_1026

These photos were taken during a summer vacation in Baguio City, Philippines. I wanted to use my Maja papers but also wanted the page to reflect a bright pastel tone. It’s really possible to use the shabby and romantic designs of Maja papers even for bright pages. I just used colouring mediums to make it happen…IMG_1032

The hot air balloons I used here were cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics paper, while the flowers were cut from Crea Diem.IMG_1033

The bird and butterflies are from Vintage Spring Basics…IMG_1037

I also cut some neutral patterns and individually coloured each strip with watercolors. I then cut it again in smaller strips and layered them up to create a textured and multi-colored strip of page.IMG_1042

The  flowers were also cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics paper…IMG_1044

papers used from this collection:

Thanks for your visit! Hope you will have a fun and creative day!Iris-sign

Cherish

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Hello everyone! It’s Cathy here on the blog today. I have a layout to share with you that is monochromatic in design with just a hint of colour. In Australia, we have moved into the season of autumn which is the paper inspiration for my layout. I pulled out all of the brown papers from the Vintage Autumn Collection and played around with them until I decided which ones I wanted to use.

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To create the shape of my patterned paper and contrasting cardstock, I used The Crafter’s Workshop Trendy Bracket stencil. I inked the edge of the patterned paper with Prima dark bark ink and used sewing scalloped scissors to create the scalloped border around the edge of the dark brown border. I have used regular scalloped scissors in the past and have found the sewing scissors gave me greater control and accuracy in my cuts. I also inked this Scrapmatts title using the Prima ink as well.

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Not only are the Maja Design papers beautiful but the negative side of the titles are beautiful as well! I trimmed one to create one of my titles. I fussy cut one of the clocks from the collection as well to create an embellishment. I also added a Prima and Green Tara flower.

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To frame my photo, I used Spellbinders Card Creator Heirloom Legacy die. I love the details it has.

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I inked a Prima Shabby Chic Treasure using the same dark bark ink to make it look aged. As you can see, I also inked my other papers with the same ink.

Maja Design papers used:

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today!

Have a great day!!

 

Happy Days

Hello Maja fans! It is my turn on the Maja Design blog to share my latest creation. Today, I have a boyish layout for you.

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What I did was to create a layout based on contrast. Generally we all like to use neutral and light colored backgrounds for our projects but a dark background like black can give a very outstanding effect. To make my dark background more obvious, I backed it up with a sheet of grey paper from A Gift for You collection. And to make my dark paper even more distinct without the use of any mediums, I distressed the edges so that the white of the paper shows and forms a natural border.

Now for some close-ups:

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You can see more clearly some of the details I have in my mixed media background that added on to the contrast. I have subtle stamping in grey and bigger splatters of white ink. I also have gesso on the background but I didn’t want the white from the gesso to be too stark, so I wiped it down for a more toned down look. And on that part of the white, I made splatters of black ink.

The layering of my papers also used very neutral colors in order for the dark background and the amount of work done on it to stand out. The only color I have is blue which I used to match the color of my boys’ clothes (yes, their daddy is a boy too :D ). My chipboards were embossed with two colors – metallic grey and black to match the tones of the whole page.

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Keeping my embellishments simple and monotoned so that they don’t steal the attention away from my background. Even my title was simple with just a little bit of texture on it.

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I had used circles on my page to keep the whole theme and flow consistent, and I wanted some bigger circles to create a direction that moves across the page from the left to the right. These bigger circles have to stand out from the busy background, but not so much that it becomes too obvious. So instead of using stamped white embossing powder (which can be too bright), I stamped using white gesso instead. Some parts of the stamp design come out very clearly, some parts are less obvious so the overall effect is that it does not over-power the background.

So these are the tips I have for you today to create something unusual from your Maja papers. Thanks for dropping by!

Maja Design papers used:

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Other supplies:

Mediums – 13@rts matt paint (Cobalt Blue), Splash Ink (Black, White), Gesso, modeling paste
Chipboards – Blue Fern Studios
Flowers and trinket – Prima Marketing

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