Welcome Spring – Vintage Spring Basics

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again to share my latest project….once again using the spring-time beauty of the Vintage Spring Basics paper collection.

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I just cannot help it.  It is that time of year when all I want to do is surround myself with sunshine and tulips.  Matter of fact, 11 years ago this very day, I was in Ireland on my honeymoon, literally surrounded by tulips. Maybe that is what has me pining so much for tulips. Well, here is a wall-hanging that I created to “Welcome Spring” to my house.

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I have had my mind on creating a paper creation using an embroidery hoop for a very long time now.  This particular embroidery hoop is approximately 10 1/2 inches wide and I bought it at my local Walmart.  I just loved the bright pink color.

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The most important step to getting your paper to go safely (and tightly) inside of the embroidery hoop is to wet the paper on both sides BEFORE you even attempt at putting it into the hoop.  The water releases the surface tension of the paper and allows it to bend and curve to fit into the hoop. Take your time with this step and don’t worry if there are a few bends and wrinkles.  When the paper dries, most of the bends and wrinkles will flatten out of the paper and it will lie perfectly flat.

wetting the paper

After getting my paper into the embroidery hoop, I began to construct my birdhouse.

beginning the birdhouse

After deciding the papers I wanted to use, I stitched borders around the pieces.  I have always been a big fan of hand-sewing on my projects.  There is something very therapeutic to hand-sewing … well, actually, it is quite similar to how therapeutic the whole crafting process is for me. I imagine that many of you can relate to that feeling as well.

stitching the birdhouse

Once my house was created and glued down, I constructed the base….

base of the birdhouse

and then the roof….

roof of the birdhouse

and then the really fun part began.

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I created my bird using a stamp from Hero Arts.  The wing of the bird was created by cutting a butterfly (from Michaels) in half.  I added a few dimensional details to the bird using my Perfect Pearls pen.

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I added some fun trims …the green from Webster’s Pages and all of the others just from my stash.

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I lightly sketched some swirls with pencil….pierced some holes…and then stitched them in using green embroidery floss onto the background.

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I lined my birdhouse’s roof by stitching on buttons in various colors and then added my “Spring” banner.

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I added some fun colored feathers and a chipboard leaf flourish.  I painted the chipboard piece with gesso and then stamped it with a script stamp from Stampabilities.

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I added some fun flowers from Prima, Sassafras Lass, and some I cut from the 3rd of March, Vintage Spring Basics paper.

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Specific Vintage Spring Basics papers used for this project included:  5th of March; 3rd of March (bs); 1st of March (bs); 7th of May (bs); 4th of March; 3rd of March; & 6th of March.

Other supplies used for this project included:  10 1/2 inch pink embroidery hoop from Walmart; ribbon/trim from Webster’s pages and my personal stash; buttons from my personal stash, Jaylynn embroidery floss; paper piercer from Timeless Touches; flowers from Prima, Sassafras Lass, & Petaloo; stamps from Stampabilities and Hero Arts; butterfly from Michaels; feathers from my personal stash; & small alpha stichers from the Girls Paperie.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you create something amazing today! Hugs!

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“Tempus Fugit” layout

Hello Maja Design fans! Larissa here super excited to share with you  my first creation as a member of Maja Design´s Creative Team.

For the special occasion I have done a layout featuring Maja Design´s gorgeous Vintage Autumn Basics line.

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I simply love the imageries that make this line so unique! Beatuful ladies,inspiring balloons and clocks. They all give us the idea of how time flies… And that´s why we have to capture those special moments in a scrapbook page, to preserve and cherish them forever….

This layout has the “Vintage Autumn Basics n. I paper” as a base. The design was planned with the help of three tags taken from the “Heritage” paper and a few cutouts from the Vintage Autumn Basics n. IX, XIV and XVI papers (clocks, balloons, flowers, books).

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As you can see in the layout´s details, I have put this layout together by arranging three tags and grouping my cutouts, Prima flowers and die cut flowers, in the left side of my page. To add contrast and interest I have added a Mirrored embellishment by Embelliscrap at the opposite side.

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I also added a touch of color with the help of blue toned sprays and mists. I´ve also embellished my page with shabby chic resins by Prima Marketing and finished it with a touch of gesso that I previously colored in purple tones.

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I hope you´ve enjoyed this layout! Have a wonderful day!

BEACH HOUSE GETAWAY

Hello and a warm welcome my friends… today I am sharing a thankyou gift I created for some dear friends of ours. We stayed at their beach house over at Sorrento, Victoria and had the best time .Seaside getaway       I love to give our friends a special unique card as a thank you for their love and friendship. These papers are perfect for a beach/ sailing holiday . I made the pocket first then added some strips over lapping on the front, added a circle and tied string to secure the circle .seaside getaway        I created 3 tags to pop in the pocket . This collection ‘ Life by the Sea’,  is Timeless, I just love it x 8 April Seaside getaway tags seaside getaway        Tag one has 3 gorgeous little chipboard houses with a Pelican sitting on a pole, completed by adding a strip of brads along the top  . 8 April seaside getaway tag and pocket     Tag 2 has a thankyou note to our treasured friends .

8 April seaside getaway large tag    Tag 3 has some stamping and washi tape, with a photo of Baden and me .8 April seaside getaway notes to friends      I wrote a short thank you note on one of the tags …  A special thank you .. We had so much fun at your Beach house … you gave us the best time. Perfect weather, delicious food, wonderful company, sailing on the high seas. Lots of laughs and treasured memories. You are both very precious friends to us and there is a special place in our hearts reserved just for you .Love and Big hugz from Heather and Baden xoxox

Maja Design . …LIFE BY THE SEA COLLECTION ….Drop the anchor, Sailing, Sailing – bs, Regatta – bs …the West Coast  ….. Thanks so much for popping by and do have a look at these papers if you especially want to scrap some seaside holidays , just perfect . Until next time , happy scrapping. Big hugz from me xoxo

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Forever Love

Happy Monday!! It’s Marilyn here to share with you a new page using some Maja Design collections:  Vintage Spring Basics, Vintage Summer Basics,  Vintage Autumn Basics and Walking in the Forest collections.  Here in North Carolina everything around is turning green and blooming, it looks very pretty, so I continue inspired for spring pages and here is my page.DSC_5935 copy

My kids make me laugh…I said “cheese” and they put this funny face at the same time,lol. Every time I saw the photo I start to laugh and I have to make a page with it.DSC_5935 copy-2

I made fussy cutting(clocks) from the paper No. XVI – Vintage Autumn Basics.DSC_5931 copy

I added textures with molding paste, gesso and acrylic paint in my background.DSC_5935 copy-1

The small flowers are handmade with the 5th of April paper.DSC_5930 copy

To create dimension I draped the paper and to add more textures I used different elements.DSC_5935 copy-3

Supplies: Vintage Autumn Basics: No.XXII, No.XVI, Vintage Spring Basics:4th of April, Vintage Summer Basics:1904 paper, Walking in the Forest: The color of fall paper. Martha Steward border punch, Liquitex-gesso, Ranger-distress ink, molding paste

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Memories Captured

Good morning! Today I have a new project to share. I have played with the Vintage Summer Basics collection.

I added some mixed media to the background – some misting, stamping and masking. And then I did some layering with the fab Maja papers together with the Blue Fern Studios chipboard circle.

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The title chipboard and also the chipboard circle are just dabbed with some white gesso.

Memories captured 1 Here is a close up of the background.

Memories captured 2 Some gorgeous blooms to lighten up.

Memories captured 3 And here you see the layering up close.

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Products used: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection: 1899, 1905, 1912; Blue Fern Studios chipboards; flowers; say it in crystals, masks, shimmerz spritz, stamp, inka gold, gesso
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Easter Canvas

Hello Maja Friends. Are you busy with your Easter preparations?

I feel like I always do just jump into decorations almost last minute. So this time I have decided to start creating something like this long time before.

So here is my Easter canvas that I am going to give to my Mother

EasterCanvasElena  I use yellow in my creations not rarely, I would say never. But some changes are needed  for my moving towards so I have already tried greens, so next turn is for the yellow.

And yes, Vintage Spring basics Collection has almost all of the possible colors to choose from lilac and purple, to olive, yellow, eggplant and so on

Centre  My canvas is just about 20*20 cm or 8*8 inches, so it’s  a little bit challenging for me as it is more in size than the card but quiet smaller than my usual and preferrable for the works size of 30*30 cm or 12*12 inches.

But I made some cutting from the papers, put some layers, added some flowers and branches and here is my feeling of this special day

ClosieCanvas1  Those daffodils are so amazing, I love them and they are my messenger for the warm spring. I have put several pictures of them on my canvas, but this one on the background is the pretiest one

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I made some water coloring on the background as well as on my embellishments.

so hope my Mom will love it too.

Products used:

Vinatge Spring Basics – 1st of March, 2nd of march, 3rd of March, Days to Remeber;

Prima Marketing embellishments, 2Crafty Chipboard Border.

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A Dash of Cozy

Hello Maja lovelies! It’s Andrea here with you today with a ‘garden-style’ variety of Maja Design collections to show you. I’ve been quite busy at work lately and have felt my creativity tank leaning dangerously towards empty…but I have to say that when I pick up a vintage floral patterned paper from Maja…I can feel my mojo rejuvenating itself! Here are a few cards as the result of my ‘fill-up’: SmileMThis card features Vintage Spring Basics collection. I decided that since the crystal flourish from Zva commandeered prime real estate in the middle of my card, I would do something different with my sentiment. I stamped each letter of ‘smile’ individually using a masking technique and then cut out each letter (so that they didn’t look cramped). I then tucked the edge underneath the floral panel. I added a bit of aged lace, pink ribbon, paper flowers and lots of distressing.
TYMI made the above card with Ska vi ta en fika. The edges are all distressed and I also added to this one some lovely rose ribbon. The paper flower pulls in the lighter purple from the striped and polka dotted paper. The stamp is from Verve’s Celebration of Thanks set and the pearl flourishes are courtesy of Zva Creative.
CrochetLoveMI have lots of crocheted flowers in my stash…and one day I will learn how to make my own! I thought that they would make a cozy addition to the Vintage Summer Basics papers I used on this card. More vintage lace, a doily, Zva Creative blue pearls, some plaid washi tape and seam binding all come together to give my card a homey sort of feel. The centers of the flowers were made with Zva Creative crystals and the sentiment is from Verve’s No Matter What stamp set.

Thanks for tuning in today…hope you enjoy your day!

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Creating Wall Art with Maja

Wall Hanging

Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share a home decor project!  It’s no secret that I’m a big lover of the shabby-chic style, and I say why not take it off the page and into the home.  For my project I used a variety of Maja Design papers and just had some fun tearing and painting away with them.    I made a video step by step on how I created this project, so grab yourself a cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial.  Here are some individual shots of the each of the panels in this decorative wall hanging….

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I used Vintage Spring Basics (4rth of April) as the base of this panel.  I also added clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) paper to decorate the panel.  The chipboard is from Dusty Attic Designs (Cherry Blossom Branch) and the butterfly is from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.  I used home-made texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Time Travel) for the clock designs.

Wall Hanging part 2

I did a fair bit of layering with my patterned papers for the middle panel.  I used a pretty blue paper from Crea Diem (Leva och växa) for the top layer, the next gingham layer is from Ska vi ta en Fika? (Två fröknar – bs) and then a bright blue layer from Crea Diem (Skapa dagen).  I needed a lighter layer for my stamped quote (Tim Holtz stamp), so I used a scrap piece I had left over from my last project from the Vintage Spring Basics (6th of March).  The stencils I used for this one were Crafters Workshop ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’.  The stitch I used was from Prima.  The cute lil frame and the butterflies are from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.

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For my final panel I used another part of the Crea Diem paper I used in the middle panel (Leva och växa) and created a peek-a-boo tear showing a strip pattern paper from Vintage Spring Basics (4th of April-bs).  I again used a Cherry Blossom branch from Dusty Attic and the ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’ stencils from Crafters Workshop.  Here are a couple more views of the panels…

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I hope my project has inspired you to give Maja Design papers a go when creating home decor projects. Thanks for taking the time to watch my little tutorial! xo

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Vintage Easter Eggs

Hello Maja fans, it’s Maja welcoming you to our blog on this beautiful sunny spring day (at least here in Poland ;) )

Can you believe Easter is in two weeks’ time?! High time to send you Easter cards to your family and friends :) For a couple of past years some of my Easter cards are egg-shaped. Usually I make them colourful like real eggs we dye and take to church for a blessing on Easter Saturday, but this year I went all pastel and vintage and I love how they turned out :)

mdeaseggI used papers from the Spring and Summer Vintage Basics collections. First I cut out egg shapes using a chipboard template, distressed the edges, stamped some chicken wire pattern here and there and added flourishes using a mask and gesso (I prefer it to texture paste as it dries more quickly):

mdeasegg1Then I traced the lower half of the egg shape again on flowery papers and tore them freely to form an edge like that of a crackled egg. I machine-sewed the oval, tied delicate lace across and glued to the egg:

mdeasegg2I folded out the torn edge and tucked in flowres and sisal:

mdeasegg3And finally I placed the die-cut cross decorated with pearls and a tattered sentiment banner:

mdeasegg4Of course, the eggs open like regular cards, so it’s easy to write in some Easter wishes :)

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Maja papers: Vintage Spring Basics: 1st of March; Vintage Summer Basics: 1933, 1922, 1946

Other: stamps: Bo Bunny, Lemonade; flowers: Prima, my stash; mask: Prima, pearl brads: Craftmania, dies: Spellbinders, Sizzix; sisal, lace: from my stash

I hope you like my egg-shaped cards – thank you for visiting the Maja blog today, drop in tomorrow as well :)

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Spring gift box

Hi there Maja fans!
Ingrid here today sharing a Spring gift box.
For this box I used the beautiful Vintage Spring Basics collection.
Don’t you just love Spring? It’s by far my most favorite season!

gift boxThis month’s Mood Board inspired me to make this lovely Spring gift box.
The metal feet and handle are from a Dutch online store, Scrap-Unlimited.
Aren’t they just gorgeous?!

detail gift boxThe oval chipboard frame is from Dusty Attic.
The yellow flowers are from Prima.
Cut of the lacy part of one flower and used it as a bow in the right top corner.

detail gift boxAdded some cheesecloth and white and lilac stamens.

detail gift boxThis lovely Spring border comes from the 8th of April sheet.

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Vintage-Springr-Basics-P1Papers used:
1st and 4th of March, 8th, 10th and 11th of April.

Enjoy Spring!
Ingrid xxx
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