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Hello,today I am here to share with you a LO, I did using a photo of my BF’s Beautiful new little granddaughter….

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I used 6th of March & 7th of May

Vintage Frost Basics

I used 8th of Dec,7th of Dec,6th of Dec

The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I did many layers,some distressed,some with punch work & chipboard layers. I also did some hand stitching, & stitched on strings of beads….

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I did some stencil work, using TCW Art is & Viva Modeling cream (champagne). I stained the ivy with TA-GM chalkboard (decadence),& once that dried I applied a coat of  rock candy crackle. Once the crackle dried, I rubbed in some pebbles pearl chalk (off white), to bring out the cracks & also to try to get the color, closer to the leaves in the paper. On the hearts of the vine I used Viva Modeling Cream (rose)…..

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Shows some more layers & the top part of a heart. I used picket fence crackle on the scallop border & on the fancy trim I used shabby pink smooch,then inked the edges using a brown ink pad.

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Isn’t she beautiful!!!!

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I dry brushed on some LuminArte’ (heavenly white), on to the page pebbles & nameplate. On the outside edges of the name plate & the wordlet, I used shabby pink smooch,then inked the edges using a brown ink pad…

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The flower under the nameplate is Prima…

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I wrapped ribbon & beads around the photo,then made a flower cluster using Prima flowers…

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

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Romantic Autumn Notebook

Hi there, Maja Fans!

Welcome to the Maja Design blog today and have a look at what I’ve created to share with you :)

Autumn always makes me feel more romantic and nostalgic. I love to sit in the evenings with a mug of raspberry tea and a good book, wrapped in a cozy blanket, or go through photo albums all over again :) It’s also the time to describe and organise summer photos, or make first Christmas arrangements (I like to prepare my gift lists much earlier so that holiday frenzy doesn’t affect me LOL). And thus a beautiful handmade notebook is needed :)

mdromnI made this one using the Vintage Summer and Vintage Autumn Basics collections. For the cover I combined my two favourite papers from the VAB collection: I just love how the beautiul roses look with those stripes! I used the signature strip to cover the line between the papers. I decorated the die-cut plaquette with a fabric rose and paper Prima leaves and a die-cut Prima doily cut into halves. I also cut out a clock face and placed it in the doily centre:

mdromn2I like to decorate the wires of my notebooks too: here I tied a beautiful guipure ribbon and a tag I cut out from the VAB sheet – it can be used as a bookmark, or if you would like to give the notebook as a present – you can write some wishes on it :)

mdromn1For the inner cover I used a Vintage Summer Basic paper, with a more delicate rose pattern. I also stamped several stamps:

mdromn3The notebook is sturdy enough to go into a handbag, but I think I’m just going to keep it on my desk to have it at hand :)

Supplies:

Vintage Autumn Basics: Heritage, No. II, No. V., No. XVI; Vintage Summer Basics: 1921. Other: dies: Prima, Sizzix; brads: Craftmania; leaves: Prima, stamps: 7Gypsies, KanBan; fabric flower: from my stash.

see you!

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Joy

Hi there! I have been working on a layout for my littlest niece. Just look at her face, she’s so content with being near her mom. For the layout I used papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection. Joy - MD1To create layers in the middle I used a border punch for the lovely Maja Design paper and also added some Tresors de Luxe laces.

Joy - MD2I framed the cute photo using different Prima flowers and Blue Fern Studios chipboards.Joy - MD3 Products used: Maja Design papers from Vintage Summer Basics (1911, 1912), flower (Prima), chipboards (Blue Fern Studios), laces (Tresors de Luxe), seam binding, border punchCamilla-sign

White Inspiration

Hello Maja friends.

Not recently I have been lucky to meet our Jenny, when I went to Sweden. She showed me her scrap house ( yes, not a room but a separate white scrap house). It is something to die for, I tell you.

I had such a pleasure to watch her shabby – vintage creations seteverywhere in her beautiful white space.

Moreover I had a chance to hold her sweet little boy in my hands. He is such a  little charming baby.

So when I came back home ( I really have been missing my kids), so i decided to create something white and shabby.

TreasureMemories_ElenaOlinevichand here it is – something about – Tresure your Memories. I found a photo of me and my son when he was just 2 months old. I have already scrapped this photo, but I used very bright colors. So following Jenny’s white tones – I made a white background.

Then I added white embellishments, but it was too pale for me, though I decided to move towards french Vintage Style.

and you know what – yes, i have added some shades of pink and beige

img_6296But nothing more. I picked the papers from Vintage Summer Basics collection, and chose those that are full of vintage text prints.

img_6299I just love using the scraps from Maja sheets, it is so easy to make a journaling with them or use them as a tittle.

img_6304img_6297  Thank you Jenny once again, for having me as a guest in your becautiful house, and special thanks to you and your baby boy for the inspiration you have given me just with your smiles.

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How Wonderful Life Is….

Morning Maja friends! Andrea is here checking in with you on this lovely Fall day! One of my all time favorite Maja collections is the Vintage Autumn Basics…full of gorgeous roses, sepia/warm brown tones and lots of coordinating patterns. When I first sat down to make this card, I had pulled out a bunch of autumn-looking leaves…maples, oaks and birch…but then decided on vintage flowers! Of course…here’s what I mean: SeptDivaDare14MThe sentiment panel is sugar coated…meaning I sprayed some Elmer’s glue onto the die cut and then sprinkled a little crystal coarse glitter on it. I then distressed the edges of the inside panel and added a bit more sparkle. Underneath that is some stretched out gauze…one of my new favorite accessories. I tied the bow with silk ribbon and added the roses. The sentiment is courtesy of Verve and I also added a trio of copper buttons to the top.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day! Andrea-sign

An Autumn Tag with Video Tutorial!

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Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share with you an Autumn Tag I made with the, oh so gorgeous, Walking in the Forest collection!  I don’t know how many of you know, but I recently came out with a couple of stamp sets, and for the first time I’ve used my water droplet stamps on a project!  I knew that the Maja papers would work nicely with my stamps because they have the perfect balance of simple backgrounds combined with beautiful print images.

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Sometimes it’s easier to show how to do something than it is to explain.  So I took the time to tape a step by step video on how I put this tag design together.  Enjoy! ….

….I hope you enjoyed watching my tutorial as much as I enjoyed creating this project! Here are a few close-ups of my tag to view at a more leisurely pace.

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I used a leaf stamp that is part of the water drop stamp collection I made.  I used it on some green Fika paper, cut it out, gave it a crinkle and added them to my floral cluster. The lacy doily behind the floral cluster is a die from Memory Box called ‘Quinn Flourish’.

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Here is a close-up of the water droplets stamp design.  I use a little trick of adding some white highlights to the drops with a white gel pen to give them an extra sheen and even more of a 3D look.  The wood floral design is from Wycinanka and the butterfly embellishment is from The Kraft Nook.

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Maja Design products papers used on this project:  Walking in the Forest (Fresh Air, Birch, Flannel Shirt), Ska vi ta en Fika (Blabarssylt).

I hope you enjoyed my project and video tutorial today and hope you will have yourself some fun with Maja’s ‘Walking in the Forest’ collection.  You can find my stamp sets at The Scrapbook Diaries!

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Be Optimistic This Autumn :)

Hello Maja Fans!

Is today the first day of autumn or what?! Where has the summer gone? Today in Poland it’s really rainy and gloomy (as has been through the last couple of days) – quite depressing, actually. And that’s why I decided to make some spirit-lifting cards to share with you today :) Of course, I used the Vintage Autumn Basics papers :)

The first one is a romantic, feminine rose-filled card:

mdkeepI layered some purple and brown papers, added guipure lace and tags, stamping the beautiful retro stamp with the expression I’m sure you all know :)

mdkeep1As the finishing touch, I accented the roses (both dimensional and printed ones) with a litle glitter:

mdkeep2My second card is a more masculine one, using blue and beige tones:

mdkeep3As you can see, I used the very same stamp, only I didn’t ink the crown – instead I stamped a moustache image with a different stamp and then mounted it onto some 3D foam for more interest:

mdkeep4The simple design is completed with cut-out balloons and clock faces and a star-shaped metal charm:

mdkeep5And finally the last card features a large die-cut “smile” word:

mdsmileI layered delicate purple and pink papers and some die-cut doilies:

mdsmile1…and added some guipure lace, flowers and a chipboard swirl:

mdsmile2Supplies:

Vintage Autumn Basics: Heritage, No. XVII, No. IV, No. III, No. XXI, No. XII, No. XIV, No. XVI. Other: dies: Cheery Lynn Designs, Keshi’art, stamps: Personal Impressions, Dovecraft. Flowers: Prima. Guipure, sting, charm: from my stash.

 

And what do you say about this optimistic set? :) Happy autumn, everyone!

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Explore the world

With my girl leaving the nest for her study oversea in mind, I made these two suitcases.
She is on a journey to explore the world!!


I used the Vintage Autumn and Vintage Summer collection for this project.



I first started to paint the suitcases with watered ink.
The bleu paper is from the Summer collection, 1921 and
The brown paper is from the Autumn collection, No. VIII.
Distressed all the edges.
The metal embellishments are from Prima.

Group of different flowers:
The big white one is from 13Arts, the blue tulle one from Prima,
the lace one I found online and the small roses (which were white)
were painted with Shimmerz coloringz, Mama sings the Blues.


I cut the air balloon from the No.XIV sheet.


And a piece of an old neck lace for an extra touch.

The butterfly and the gears chipboard are from a Dutch online store, Scrap-Unlimited.
The butterfly got 2 coats of gesso and was a bit overheated  for a more textured effect.
The tiny fleur de lis is chipboard from Dusty Attic.


The gears were also painted with some watered black ink.


I punched some flowers from the No.VIII sheet and distressed the edges.


Top view.


No. VIII and No. XIV


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Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Joel’s first summer

We have had a fantastic summer filled with lots of sunshine and memories. Having a new baby at the house, your album’s get filled up with “first time” photos. Joel is no exception. So I created an album (8″x9″) with some of the photos from Joel’s first summer. Since we live on the countryside the Life In The Country collection was a perfect choice.joel-front

I have used Mod Podge to create the album cover. I simply tore papers apart and glued it to the cover and sealed it with Mod Podge. If you want to try it out, please remember that all layers must dry completely before adding a new one. I have cut out the holes with a knife and added some eyelets to the circular ones.

I added texture paste randomly and I also added some Weathered Wood Distress Stickles to the resin in the corner.

joel-front2A tag created with Nestabilities. The bobbinet has been painted white and then I just added some ribbon and a cute pin. I like to hang all sorts of stuff on my mini-album rings.joel-front3What I really like with mini-albums is when you can see through the pages or the covers. It gives you a red thread to follow. Here you can see the photo from the first spread, together with the chipboard frames I used.joel1_

We are lucky to live a 20 minute drive from the west coast. We took refuge in Fiskebäckskil one really hot day, hoping for some breeze to cool us but no way. It was just as bad as back home. But it was Joel’s first time by the sea, so even if the album has been created with Life In The Country I thought it appropriate to use a bit of Life By The Sea for this photo.

I have used various punches from Fiskars and Martha Stewart for this album. Most flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima. The raw chipboard is from Scrap FX, printed from Bo Bunny and Prima. The chipboard album itself is from FabScraps.

I have used gesso and Distress Stickles on most of the raw chipboard in this album. All pearls has been created with Pearl Maker white. The rings go through a die cut hinge that continues on the next spread… following the red thread.

joel_2ndHere you can see the rest of the red hinges.joel_2nd_a_I really love this photo of Joel. He is so full of life and spoof, always laughing no matter what. All lace and ribbon are from LSS’s, metal and flowers by Prima. This page has got a door attached to the hinges that you can open up…joel_2nd_a

and here’s what’s inside. A couple of tags and a photo of Joel and uncle Jan on our terrace. I know it’s hard to see on the photo but Joel’s carrying a t-shirt saying “There’s nothing sweet about me”. We thought it appropriate since everybody thinks he’s so sweet. :)

Moments chipboard by Prima, spinner by Tim Holtz.

joel_2nd_bOur little cutie pie refuses to wear a sun hat. This must be the first time he used it, because it got “lost” very quickly after that. The die cut in the corner continues on the following page…
joel_3… with the chipboard that says “Friends”.
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Well. “Friends.” Osiris loves to walk around his stroller screaming for all he’s got while Joel’s sleeping to wake him up and Joel loves to chase his tail. So I guess they are even.

More texture paste and die cuts. I folded one of them so you can see both sides of the pattern paper. It turned out to a nice decoration to put some roses on.

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Joel got his first swing this spring and he really likes it. Frames by Nestabilities, chipboard, resin and flowers by Prima.

As you can see I really like to use the paper stripes as decoration.

joel4More cozy papers…joel4aI shot this photo in our garden while Joel was constantly crawling around a picnic blanket. I was going to send it to my office, but all they could see was his back. :)  joel4bThis photo was shot while Joel was lying directly on the grass for the first time. He was really thoughtful and had a philosophic kind of expression that I liked while he was watching his hand. So I cut it in two. Tape, frame and tag die cuts by Tim Holtz.joel5Here’s a little family spread…joel5a Daddy and Joel with the same tape that I used on the previous page, just rounding the corner. Metal by Prima, die cuts by Tim Holtz. joel5bMommy and Joel. I have cut out the paper using the chipboard as template and then added it to the side of the album. I have used hinges here too, stretching over two pages. Same with the die cuts.joel6

And here’s the last page. Joel got a pirate uv suit to use this summer and of course he needed a pirate baby pool to go along with it. Pirate flag and everything. :)

I have used most papers from the Life In The Country collection to create this album. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I did creating it.Jenny

You Are So Loved

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  It’s Nancy here today, and I am going to share a card I created with several different saved scraps from 2 different Maja Design paper collections:  Vintage Winter- used for the background; Vintage Summer Basics – the pink paper layer; and Vintage Winter again - used for the card sentiments.

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I adhered my background paper to my card base (I used Tombow permanent double-sided adhesive tape.)  The background paper is from the Vintage Winter paper collection – Baka En Julkaka – Bake a Christmas Cake (fs).

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I distressed and inked the edges, layered a pink paper piece, from Vintage Summers Basics paper collection – 1909, over the background, then layered a loose woven piece of burlap.

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I shaped some Ashlynn wire into some flourish stems and adhered them down with hot glue.

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I added a ribbon flower from Bazzill and some lace.

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I hand-wrote the card sentiment onto some paper from Vintage Winter- Skicka En Halsning/Send a Postcard and glued it down.

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Thanks for taking a moment to take a peek!  I hope you have a super creative weekend!

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