It’s All about Friends!


Hello Maja Fans! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest layout using Maja Design papers!  Let’s talk about friends.  I’ve made many many online friends over the years, and so many in the scrapbook industry.  I get lots of emails with questions, kind words on my work and I even get sweet gifts from some of you.  On today’s layout I used a package of Prima blooms that were sent to me from of of my sweet friends, Kimberly (from Hawaii), thanks so much Kimberly!  So I thought I would also make my page about friends as well.  This is a pic I took of my 2 daughters with my oldest daughters BFF.


For this page I used the cool pinks and deep plum/wine color papers from the NEW Limited Edition Nyhavn collection….with a couple bits and pieces of some of the other Maja collections as well.  I love that this collection lends itself to so many different looks!  I used ‘Veteran Ships’ the deep plum/rose color paper as matting for my background paper which is ‘Strolling Along the Canal’.  I did a little inking with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet distress ink and a little stamping with a Martha Stewart Butterfly stamp and some Bo Bunny ‘Distress Textures’ and ‘It Is Written’ stamps.


Here is a close-up of the pretty fabric blooms sent to my by my sweet friend.  I used some Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet stain in the centers of these flowers to give them more depth and bring in the rich plum/rose in the background papers.  As and extra accent, I fussy cut some pink roses from the No.VI paper from the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection.


After inking I added some texture with some of my home made texture paste and a Prima flourish stencil, which incidentally was also a gift from a sweet friend (thanks Janene!).


The chipboard pieces are from Dusty Attic, ‘Live Beautifully’ title, ‘Sweet Pea Border’ and ‘String Frame Set’.  I kept the String Frame chippie natural as I wanted it to resemble hemp twine.  The Sweet Pea Border I painted white with a dusting of brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme) and the title chippie, I inked with more of the TH Victorian Velvet ink….for the ‘Live’ part I added some ‘Diamond’ Stickles to make the title pop out from the photo more.


I matted my photo with ‘Raspberry Cupcake’ paper from the Maja ‘Coffee In the Arbour’ collection.  And I matted that with another paper from the Nyhvn collection, the one that looks like weathered wood called ‘Sitting At the Dock’.


The metal mailbox is a Prima Shabby Chic trinket, and those intricate looking butterfly embellishments are some pieces I pulled out of some of my old stash from years ago. They are Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass.  I’d been hoarding those, and then realized, whats the point in having them, if I don’t use them! LOL!

Maja Design Products used in this project:  Nyhavn (Strolling Along the Canal, Veteran Ships-bs, Sitting At the Dock), Vintage Autumn Basics (No.VI), Coffee In the Arbor (Raspberry Cupcakes).

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja blog today, leaving you with this thought, have you scrapped your friends lately?




Hello Sweeties,

Today I have a layout to share with you. I take this photo during the Christmas market in my city. Some  guys were on stilts with some beautiful costumes. I couldn’t resist …


I began by gluing some pieces of paper which I covered with a thin layer of Gesso. When dry, I highlight the papers with some watercolor pencils. Some splatters made with Twinkling H2Os and some random stamping were enough to finish the background.


I heat embossed the butterflies, and when the embossing powder was still hot, I pressed a stamp onto the butterflies to give some texture. I just added a touch of color with a Twinkling H2Os.


I painted the chipboards with black Gesso. To highlight the berries,  I glued tiny scrap of paper.


I cut the leaves in one of the papers used for the background and slightly inked the edge to give them some depth.


Maja Design Papers used: Nyhavn – King’s Place ; Vintage Spring Basic – May 1st &  May 4th.


Kitchen Set

Hello Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

It seems the less time I spend in the kitchen actually cooking, the more kitchen-themed projects I make – perhaps that’s some kind of compensation :) And so today I have a recipe book I made using A Gift For You collection:

mdrecbookI’ve always associated red with kitchen, and I think that paired with grey it makes a perfect combo, looking so “clean” and neat :) I also think stripes and plaid are great patterns to be used for kitchen themes :)

mdrecbook1mdrecbook3I coloured the stamped image with Distress inks. It pefectly fits into a “frame” I made using the tag from the die-cut sheet :)

mdrecbook2I also decorated the inside covers, using stamps and dies:

mdrecbook4Once I’ve done the recipe book, I thought of making a matching menu-notepad decor. I’ve had that wooden tea pot for ages and now its time has come! :)

mdrecbook5First I painted the whole item with white gesso and then covered one side with blackboard paint. I hand-writtem the ornate “Menu” word and distressed the edges with strokes of the almost-dry brush:

mdrecbook6Then I added some flowers in red and grey and a white resin flourish to match it with the recipe book colour palette:

mdrecbook7The other side contains a small notepad for making shopping lists :)

mdrecbook8I used the same ribbon, button and spoon-charm as on the recipe book :)

mdrecbook9Don’t you think this Nyhavn paper is just perfect as the background?

mdrecbook11I didn’t use many embellishments on the tea-pot decor as I wanted it to be practical and easy for cleaning. But I think it still looks fine – what do you say? :)


Maja Design papers: A Gift For You: My Dear Friend, Packed by Santas Elves, Given From the Heart, Made by me, Sent with love; Nyhavn: Eating out. Maja-sign stamps: Magnolia, Tim Holtz, die: Cheery Lynn Designs; chipboard: Scrapiniec, punch: Martha Stewart.

Have a good day and see you soon!




wooden iron box

Today I have this wooden iron box to share with you.
I’m always looking for new shapes or things to alter and was happy to have found this iron shaped wooden box! :) For this project I used the gorgeous new limited “Nyhavn” collection from Maja design.

Started this box with glueing the papers, A Dockside in bloom and Romantic lunch.
The metal butterfly is from Xenos.

Made the rolled up flowers from this collection as well and distressed all the edges.

Added a Prima flower and some handmade fabric flowers, which were made by my sweet friend Paulien.

Took a stencil and some modeling paste to create some texture.

My rolled up flowers with a sneak peek of a handmade thread flower.

Added some fun stamens between the flowers.

Papers used:

A Dockside in bloom
Romantic lunch
Rolled flowers with:
Eating out
A Dockside in bloom
Veteran ships
Strolling along the canal

Other products used:
modeling paste
dew drops
small roses

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Baby Boy

Cathy - Baby Boy Layout 1

Hello Maja Design friends! I am the keeper of memories in my family. I am the eldest of five children and it brings me great joy in creating albums for my siblings. I am currently working on an album for my brother and this is him as a newborn many years ago.

cathy - Baby Boy Layout 2

I created this bead cluster using beads from my stash. It is looped around the wire frame that I created using florists wire. To create the round shape, I moulded the wire around a modelling paste container that was just the right size.

cathy - Baby Boy Layout 3

I used a Kaisercraft’s Hidden Treasures stamp to create this tag. It is vintage and fits perfectly with a baby page.

cathy - Baby Boy Layout 4

I use flowers in all of my layouts. I tucked in some cheese cloth to add some texture. I used some Prima flowers as well as some Green Tara flowers…all blue, varying in sizes to frame the photo. The top flowers are anchoring the ends of the florist wire frame.

cathy - Baby Boy Layout 5

I used a sentiment from a Kaisercraft stamp set and used some left overs to form this cluster. Banners are so helpful to fill in spaces and to use up scraps of paper. I used foam tape to add dimension.

Cathy- baby boy layout 7

I machine stitched and distressed the edges of my papers. I also used foam tape again to add dimension. I used a Martha Stewart Lattice Heart Punch to edge one of my papers. It also frames part of my photo. For my background, I used Cotton Candy Gelato and a Tim Holtz dot fade stencil to compliment the blue in the papers.


Maja Design Products Vintage Summer Basics Collection 1916, 1904 and 1915


Have a fabulous day xx



Shabby Sweetness

Hello Maja fans!

I’m in today to share a romantic shabby layout I created using a mixture of the splendid Vintage Summer and Autumn Basics collections. I picked the colors and theme based on the mood board from the challenge blog Scrap Around the World.IMG_8400

In this page, I did a lot more distressing and tearing than usual to add to the shabbiness. My mixed media background work has also been toned down to let the subtle colors and designs of the papers shine through. I love how the colors and designs from different collections can be matched so perfectly, and how one sheet from one design can be used as a background for papers from other different themed collections to build up on.

Some close-ups:



Now adding on more dimension to my layers with chipboards and canvas strips. You can also see the very light background work I’ve done with simple stenciling and stamping.


IMG_8399Creating several layers using larger sized papers, die cut leaves, fussy-cut rose and clock face designs from some of the Vintage Summer and Autumn Basics papers.

Hope you enjoyed what I have for you today!



Papers used: 1921, 1922, 1933, no. I, no. II,  no. XVI

Mediums: crackle paste (Prima Marketing), paints (13@rts and Shimmerz), Ranger’s Archival Ink and Distress Ink, Twinkling H2Os (Luminarte)
Flowers: Prima Markering, 13@rts
Stamps: Prima Marketing, Marion Smith Designs
Chipboards: Blue Fern Studios


While we are waiting for the summer…


Hello Maja friends! It’s Heidi blogging here today from a cold and snowy Norway. Do you miss the summer and the long, warm days? Today I have made a card that reminds me of the summer, using paper from Maja Designs collection Vintage Summer Basic.


I have sewn zigzag stitching with my sewing machine around the edges of the papers and added some white Gesso.


I have attached a piece of metal mesh on the paper before I’ve decorated with an old glossy picture of a parrot, a wooden bird cage I have painted brown and a lot of flowers and leaves.



Maya Design: Vintage Summer Basic 1905


white cardstock, metal mesh, woodenbird cage, old glossy picture of a parrot, flowers, leaves and twine.


Thanks for dropping by! Wish you all a wonderful, creative day!



Some fika cards

Hello dear friends! Evgenia Petzer with you today, showing 2 card that I made out of one of my favorite Maja colletions- Ska vi ta en Fika. I must confess, I am not too much a coffe drink, actually I dont drink coffe at all, but I absolutely love the lavender color that this collection represents as well. And I also admire the mixture of these beautiful tones- beige/brown/ lavender with some honts of green. And I do hope that my cards will inspire you for something beautiful.

maja_fika_jan2_petzer Maja Design papers used: Cheesecake (the back side), Lejas café, Kaffetåren den bästa är

and some details (all the chipboard pieces are from Dusty Attic):

I have applied lots of beads around the resin heart and chipboard, and as some of you might have noticed, Maja design papers have beautiful stripes of paper (where the names of collections are), I often use them at my cards, so here the “postcard” stripe is this cut off as well.


and here is my second card for today’s pst, same yummy colors.jan_fika_petzer1

Maja Design papers used: Söders Höjder, Kaffetåren den bästa är

For both of my cards I have used this wonderful collection:

Have a wonderful day filled of love and good emotions,


Vintage Frost Layout

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year layout by Irene Tan1(resize)Hello everyone! It’s Irene here again with you today. I’ve always love to create some winter projects because in Malaysia in never snow. We always have sunny weather. When I managed to capture some winter pictures while visiting Korea, I’m so excited and can’t wait to scrap using them.

This is an acrylic based layout featuring Maja Design Vintage Frost collection. Love the color scheme in this collection. For this layout, I’ve chosen the purple hues.Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year layout by Irene Tan3Love the gorgeous vintage images in this collection. They are perfect embellishment for this layout.Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year layout by Irene Tan2 Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year layout by Irene Tan4Supplies: Pattern Papers: Maja Design Vintage Frost collection: 1st Dec, 3rd Dec, 4th Dec and 5th Dec; Others: Petaloo flowers, Clear Scraps acrylic, Vilda Stamps stamps, chipboard, acrylic paint, jewels, inks, trims, adhesives.Hope to see you again soon!


A Card for a Baby Girl

Hello Maja Friends.

Do you remember the album I shared last time, that I have made for a baby girl?

well, I also made a card for her parents.

BabyGirl_Card_ElenaOlinevichI used Vintage Spring Basics  collection, so basic and great  for any project and case, even for the birth.

img_7211I have enjoyed doing these pieces for the newborn girl, I guess I need to start working on something for the baby boy, as long as my other friend is going to deliver a boy so very soon.

Products used:

Vintage Spring Basics – 4th of May, 6th of May, 7th of may; Prima Marketing Doily Die and Flowers, May Arts Ribbon.