Welcome To My Classroom


Today I have a very special post to share with you all. I am a Primary School Teacher and I currently teach a year three class. Earlier this year, I was emailing
Jenny Grotherus about some Maja Design related things and I shared some stories
of how I make cards with the children at school. She was really impressed about
this asked if I would like some papers to do some craft with my class. She
asked Marie for the ok and then suggested the Sommartider Collection. I had a
look at the papers and agreed that they would be perfect. After meeting with my
Head of Primary to discuss this idea, she said I could go ahead if the project
I chose related to the curriculum. I didn’t share any of this with the children
as I didn’t want to get their hopes up in case I received a ‘no.’
I was interested in what the children would want to create. I projected the
papers onto the Smartboard and asked them what they would create if they had
these papers. They said cards and simple paper crafts. They really liked all of
the papers. As I had received a ‘yes’ by all parties at this stage I could
reveal to them what was in store and they were very excited! Next I had to come
up with a project that met curriculum outcomes and made authentic links to our
We had just started a new Unit of Inquiry (UOI) as part of our PYP investigations.
Our central idea was
Different factors affect personal well-being. This unit was the way I would be able to make the authentic links to meet syllabus outcomes. I decided we would make a mixed media canvas and use the She Art style. The children would be able to personalise their She Art girl/boy and also learn new techniques. The learning intent for this project was to create a She Art girl/boy which reflected themselves. Their inspirational quote had to show positive personal well-being.
Where to begin….when I walked into the classroom with the Maja Design box the children were jumping for joy! I had already made a sample canvas (as shown above) to demonstrate what we would be creating. We had a lot of planning to do. 
I created an Art page on our class page on Haiku Learning (College intranet) with YouTube links to She Art tutorials. We watched and discussed them in great detail.  I
had a Pinterest board where we viewed samples of art so that the children could
see examples, discuss techniques and considered different interpretations of
She Art girls/boys. Next I added a discussion onto our Haiku page:

What design are you thinking of using for your canvas? Share them in this discussion. What inspirational word will you add? Here are some suggestions…

Dance Hope Inspire Dream

Here are some student responses:

Soccer inspires me to follow my dreams because when I’m older I want to be a famous soccer player – Anthony

She art really inspires me – Hilary

The children had a chance to plan their designs on some scrap paper using
the She Art style. Some found it difficult but it gave me a chance to see who
needed templates to assist later on. In Australia, children in year 3
participate in national testing (NAPLAN) which was due to occur very soon. I
decided that we would create the actual canvas at the end of the testing as
NAPLAN spans over four days and to make a day of it. It’s much easier having
all of the art supplies out, having the drying time and to keep the creativity

Here are some photos of the children creating their She Art in various




Here are some of the completed canvases……


Sit back and enjoy a video of the all of the completed artworks and the creative process.
After the children completed their canvases, they then completed a reflection. I have two to share which captures the process and their learning.
When my class and I did She Art we learnt so many new tips and used so many tools. It was so much fun, we tuned the classroom upside down! We used mod podge, paint, bubble wrap, rub ons,stamps, gelatos, book paper, stencils, modelling paste and of course we got to use a canvas. We also chose our words.
I learnt that mixed media is not neat. I thought my She Art was going to turn out messy but instead it tuned out great. I loved using the Sommartider papers. It was so much fun. I enjoyed making the girl and using the rub ons to make lots of texture. The mod podge was very, very sticky. But what I really enjoyed was designing it. It looks amazing! I love the ice-cream paper. It took us a whole day to get it done. – Zahara
We first created our background using Maja Design paper and then sketched our
girl/boy onto some scrap paper. We also painted the sides. Miss McGrath and Mrs
Harris helped us to create the suns. Then we traced our girl/boy onto Maja
Design papers. Next we cut the traced lines and mod podged them on. We put
bubble wrap paints onto our canvas. Our girl’s/boy’s faces, arms and legs are
made from book paper. Finally we added some finishing touches like stamps,
rubons, and some texture and much more.
I learnt that when we add texture our canvas becomes more attractive. I also
learnt that in She Art we don’t use eyes, nose or mouth on the face but only
cheeks. I enjoyed adding the extra texture. It had one attitude – creativity
and maybe confidence
. – Elena
The canvases are proudly on display in our learning space (classroom) and we stop to admire them regularly. The parents have had a chance to look at their children’s work and were amazed at what their children have created. I am always amazed at how children are fearless when they approach art. They enjoy using mediums and love exploring new techniques.
A big thank you to Jenny and Marie who offered the opportunity to my class and to Camilla for finalising the delivery of the papers. We still have a lot of papers to use…not sure what will come next but will share when we do!
Maja Design Papers:





Already teenager!

Good morning Maja friends! It seems like the autumn is here, today it’s raining and it’s windy. A perfect day to stay indoors and to make some new cards!


Last week my niece turned 13. Already teenager, time flies! This card I made for her birthday with papers from “Life by the Sea”.



The card is decorated with tags, cheese cloth, doily, lace, washi tape and flowers.


I have painted the chipboard red and the image of the Converse shoes I have found on the internet. The text is made with Dymo.


Wish you all a lovely day! Hugs, Heidi


Couple of Fika cards

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. In Russia we celebrate the first day of Autumn and also its a beginning of a school year at Russian schools. I personaly love autumn, I love its warm colors and the Fika collection is a perfect thing for these autumn days. Although I am not a coffe lover, i love tea and this collection brings me the sense of rich fovors of tea as well. I love making cards and while making them I also enjoy my cup of tea.

So here are my 2 cards that I made, both of them use Dusty Attic chipboard as well.

I created that little wreath from raffia myself and decorated it with matching flowers.



The chipboard I had primed with the gesso and than coloured with acrylic Dusty ATtic paints and sprinkled it with the microbeads on top, while it was still wet.

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I have used the wonderful Fika collection for both of the cards:

Have a lovely day, Evgenia.

Altered Baby Box

Altered_Baby_Box_Irene_Tan_1Hello Maja fans! Today, I would like to share with you all an altered baby box using Maja Design Vintage Baby collection.

This box is originally just a recycled transparent plastic box. I’ve covered it with pattern papers on the outside as well as inside on the box. I’ve just measured and trace each piece separately and later attached them to the box. To cover the seams, I simply used some washi tape.

Here are some details on it.Altered_Baby_Box_Irene_Tan_2To give it a softer look, I’ve added strip of lace and pearls around the cover of the box. I’ve also added some flowers to it.Altered_Baby_Box_Irene_Tan_3Altered_Baby_Box_Irene_Tan_4This is such a fun project to make! Hope you all like it and see you all again soon!

Supplies Used: Pattern Papers: Maja Design 6 x 6 Vintage Baby Collection; Others: Petaloo flowers, pearls, lace, button and adhesives.Vintage-Baby-PIrene-sign

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Retro Summer Album

Hello Crafters, it’s Elena here with you today. And I have a Summer Album to share with you today.

Well, new collection – Summer Crush was a worth to wait for it and finally I’ve got tons of inspiration from the papers and the pictures, as a result I created this  Light and Full of Air Album. Be ready to watch many photos and a small tutorial too.

sneak_peekI tried really hard to use as many papers as possible, because I love them all and wanted to show all the patterns in once.

SummerCrush_Album_First_ElenaOlinevichI made some flaps and created a surprise card inside. Yes, I decided why not adding the cards into your albums, I think it’s great

here it is:

SummerCrush_Album_Card_ElenaOlinevichI also made a very simple tutorial on how I created this card and you can find it here – Youtube.

(and please excuse my pauses, it is my first ever tutorial with a voice)

So I added more extra flaps:

Summer_Crush_Spread_1a_ElenaOlinevichI like those small vintage pictures, and they help to create a retro feeling exactly

SummerCrush_Album_ElenaOlinevich2and let’s look inside

HeGives_Her_FlowersThe second spread

SummerCrush_Album_ElenaOlinevich3I used some negatives leftover after diecutting

SummerCrush_Album_ElenaOlinevich4I almost haven’t added dimensional flowers, I stamped and cut them out instead

SummerCrushAlbum_ElenaOlinevich5My third spread is about the cars mostly



though I have added flowers dies and a romantic picture inside

Retro_Album_ElenaOlinevichSummerCrush_Sneakand more flaps and secrets:

SummerCrush_Album_ElenaOlinevich7More flaps

SummerCRush_Album_SummerSprewad_ElenaOlinevichand more look inside

SummerCrush_Album_InsideWhat about this guy playing the guitar?

SummerCrush_Guitar_AlbumHe is hidden under this extra page:

SummerCrush_Album_ElenaOlinevich8More spreads:

SummerCrush_Album_ElenaOlinevich10and more guitars:

SummerCrush_Album_ElenaOlinevich11and finally the last spread:

SummerCrush_Album_ElenaOlinevich12LastOneHope you have liked my album, as I really enjoyed creating it:

SummerCRush_Album_Main_ElenaOlinevichProducts used: Summer Crush collection – all papers,  Spellbinders Dies, Altenew stamps.







Hello Sweeties

Today I’m up on Maja Design’s blog with a new layout and the photo of a clematis taken during a walk in the beautiful village of Chédigny (Indre-et-Loire, France).


I began to apply a layer of Clear gesso on the background to protect the paper and also to help the colors to react as I was working on a watercolor paper. Then i added a design with a stencil and Black Sand texture paste.


While the background dried, I’ve altered the chipboards: the Ring Panel was covered with Graphite paste and the Rose Border with Black Gesso, then with Twinkling H2O.


I used differents blends of pigment/mica to color the flowers: Glimmer Mist, Twinkling H2O and Primary Elements. I die cut the leaves in the Vintage Autumn Basics n°VII paper, and used both sides. I cut also some strip of papers (n°II et n°VII) to add under the photo. I shaded everything with Distress ink to add some depth.


I die cut the leaves in the Vintage Autumn Basics n°VII paper, and used both sides. I cut also some strip of papers (n°II et n°VII) to add under the photo. I shaded everything with Distress ink to add some depth.


I finished the lay out with some ramdom splatters of black Gesso and some Art Ingredients.

Maja Design Papers

Vintage Autumn Basics n°VI
Vintage Autumn Basics n°VII
Vintage Autumn Basics n°II


Enjoy the Moments

Hello Moday Visitors to the Maja Design blog :)

It’s Maja here to share another inspiration piece I made using the sweetest Maja collection, Vintage Baby. I just love the cute images and pastel colours! Perfect for a layout featuring a cute photo in pastel colours 😉

mdenjoyAs there are two girls and one baby boy in the pic, I could safely use designs that include both pink and blue! I used the girl baby background page, but covered it with the striped paper so that only the doily frame shows up:

mdenjoy1Then I added a strip of tiny stars paper to give a vertical guide for my composition…

mdenjoy2…and also a couple of horizontal strips to balance the design. Here’s a piece of the signature strip (I love using them!) that I decorated with tiny pearls for more interest:

mdenjoy4The collection contains a lot of the cutest baby images and quotations you can think of, and they make great embellies to the page:

mdenjoy3I added a chipboard rocking horse, small flowers and a lot of chipboard hearts covered with white glitter that looks just like sugar icing (I told you, it’s a sweet layout 😉 ):

mdenjoy5And here’s a little guardian angel to look over the siblings:

mdenjoy6The cork clockfaces refer to the title: enjoy the moments, as they go by so quickly and you can’t go back!


Maja Design papers: Vintage Baby: It’s a girl, Newborn, Flowers for mum, Adorable bs, Journaling cards blue, Die cuts, Small paper pad. Other: flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Wycinanka; pom-pom trim: Lemoncraft; glitter: Ranger; cork clockfaces, ribbon: the ScrapBerry’s; angel: my stash.

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small cakes

Hi there dear Maja friends!
Ingrid here today with, I’m sadly to say, my last blogpost here at Maja’s.
It’s been a wonderful journey with a wonderful team!
I want to thank the Maja staff for having me and letting me play with all those
gorgeous papers! <3
Also want to thank this awesome team, you girls are amazing!!! <3

With my last post I want to share my love for all the papers.
As you might know I have made a lot of mini cakes.
This post will show a few of them with different collections.

This cake is my latest, made with the Summer Crush collection.

20150723_151052These cakes are pre made but can easily be made with small round boxes.
They can be opened and they have room for a small note or present.

20150723_151407For the tops of the cakes I applied some fabric fiber to imitate the whipped cream.
Once dry, I gave it a touch with some gesso.

20150723_151452Loving these colors together, esp. my favorite, turquoise!

20150723_151506Papers used:

Met her at the dance
Off to meet him
image003And her are some oldies.
Old cakes but still yummy!
All of these cakes are already found a new home. :)

DSC_0096With the Vintage Summer collection.

DSC_0081With the Vintage Summer collection.

DSC_0006With the Vintage Autumn collection.

DSC_0485With the Vintage Spring collection.


With the Vintage Summer collection.

DSC_0271With the Vintage Summer collection.

Hope you enjoyed watching my cakes and get inspired.
So for now it’s goodbye but I’m sure we will be seeing each other!
Lots of love
Ingrid xxx


Backyard Boy

Cathy - Backyard Boy copy

Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. I am sharing a scrapbook page which is for an album that I am slowly making for my brother. As a toddler, he was always into cars, trucks etc and loved playing with them all the time. To create this page, I have selected papers from The Vintage Autumn Collection.


To alter the title to have a rugged masculine feel, I used Distress Spray Stain faded jeans and then used Clear Rock Candy. The Clock face was embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Midnight Bronze embossing powder. The clock faces were fussy cut Clocks XVI to add to the vintage/masculine feel of the page.

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To frame my photo, I used the reverse of XXI and distressed it. I applied some weathered wood distress ink before adding a wall cut out from Wild orchid Crafts. I didn’t alter it any was as I liked it raw.

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Even though it’s a masculine page, I still like to add flowers! The flowers help to frame the photo and of course compliment the beautiful papers!

cathy - Backyard Boy 4

The bottom section features a section of corrugated paper. I have had various colours in my stash for a while now! I used a ruler to tear a section of my papers and then I distressed them with some ink. I used XV as the very base of the page.

Maja Design papers used:
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I have a crush…the summer crush!

Good morning Maja friends!

Today I have played with the new papers from the Summer Crush collection. I just love the colors and pattern of these papers!



I have used the papers “He gives her flowers” and “Dancing the Bop”.

This is a folded card made as a type of easel card. The inspiration to the folding I found on the Pinterest.


Together with the lovely Maja papers I have decorated the card with a vintage image found on the internet, a doily, cheese clooth, lace, flowers, leaves, chipboards and pearls.



I wish you all a great summer day! Enjoy :-)