Glass bottle

Hi there Maja fans!
Today I want to share this glass bottle.
Found this beauty at a local store and wanted to make him more prettier with Maja papers!
For this project I used the Vintage Summer collection.

IMG_0127I started this project by cutting and distressing all the edges of the paper.

IMG_0134Cut out some small strips and shaped them on the top. Added some lovely pearls and lace. The butterfly is from Prima.

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A small chipboard piece from Dusty Attic with a pearl.

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A piece from a larger home decor piece from my stash.

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Another lovely chipboard piece from Dusty Attic. Gave it a coat with some gesso.

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A stick pin and a lace flower on top. The cork got a touch with some ink to match the colors.

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A piece of the 1932 bottom strip.

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Papers used:
1903, 1926, 1932 and 1932

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

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sewing box

Had a lot of wooden spools just waiting to be used, so here it is…my vintage sewing box! :)
Made this box with the Vintage Summer Basics from Maja design.


For the box I used the 1899 and the 1946 sheets.


This box has a glass frame to see through so this box will be filled with some laces.


Just love these mini spools.
I gave them a coat with gesso.


The spools were decorated with the 1891 and the 1932 sheet.


A lovely scissor put in one of the spools.


Lots of room to be filled!


These old fabric buttons were found at a local flea market.


Some vintage lace bobbins for lacemaking.


Some flower ribbon, metal leaves, stick pins and flowers.

Papers used:

1891 – 1899 – 1932 – 1946

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Happy Easter

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Hello Maja Design friends. It’s Cathy here on the blog. Today I am sharing an Easter project with you. As Easter is only a few days away, I was inspired to create a project that embraced the season. For both my card and basket I used papers from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection.

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I bought a chipboard basket from my local craft store and pulled it apart (the handle). Using scrap paper, I traced a template before transferring it onto the 12” Vintage Spring Basics 3rd of March paper. I had some button brads in my stash that coordinated perfectly with the papers which I used to reconnect the handle back onto the basket. I used a Prima white edger to ink the raw edges. This was so quick to alter and the end result is so cute!

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To create my card I used papers from the Vintage Spring Basics paper pad. I always pull out the possible papers that I might use and play around with them for a while until I find a combination that I like.

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My sentiment is the reverse label from 2nd of March paper…don’t throw away your scraps…they come in so handy!

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As you can see, I used a few dies here. I used a Spellbinders D-lites Filigree Egg die and Elegant Ovals with the centre removed to frame the egg. I backed the egg using a paisley paper from the paper pad to add another layer that was subtle enough to provide a contrast to the yellow paper. I framed the egg with various flowers from stash that I have had for quite a while. I had some daffodils which work perfectly with my sentiment. I die cut some leaves using Poppy Stamps Lorelai Leaf die and shaped them using a stylus and moulding pad from my Susan’s Garden Tool Kit.

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May you enjoy spending time with your family this Easter and for those planning to take a trip, remember to stay safe.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog.

Hugs,

Cherish Together Altered Tray

Cherish Together Altered Tray by Irene Tan1(resize)Hello everyone! It’s Irene here and today I’m sharing with you an altered project. I’ve used Maja Design’s Coffee in The Arbour collection to alter this wooden tray. Love the soft and feminine colors in this collection.Cherish Together Altered Tray by Irene Tan3I’ve first painted the wooden tray in white and then, I’ve covered part of it with the pattern papers. I’ve decorated some acrylic charms using the pattern papers and cut out some butterflies to decorate the tray.Cherish Together Altered Tray by Irene Tan2These gorgeous blooms are by Petaloo. They works perfectly with this collection.

Supplies: Pattern Papers: Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour collection; Others: Petaloo flowers, inks, acrylic charms, metal embellishment, pearls, bottle, ribbon, lace, adhesives.Coffe-in-the-Arbour-PSee you soon!Irene-sign

 

 

 

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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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

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March Mood Board

Our March Mood Board brings me special memories from a very shiny day in San Diego with Marie. It was a bit cold, but the warmth from the sun really made our day.Moodboard-March15

And here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below March 28th. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation March 25th at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…CathyMcGrathCathy McGrathGabrielle PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerIrisBabaoUyIris Babao UyjelissaJelissa MeiJennyGrotherusJenny GrotherusPascaleBPascale BJenny

Winner of the February Mood Board

It’s finally time to pick a winner… Here’s what the February Mood Board looked like.Moodboard-February15And here are our lovely contributions for this month…

And the winner is…SylviaVanDerSteen_NetherlandsSylvia Van Der Steen!

Congrats Sylvia. The Vintage Summer Basics collection will be sent to you.

Don’t miss our next cozy spring Mood Board that we will present on our blog next Saturday.Jenny

Making Pretty Gifts

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Hello Maja fans! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a fun little ‘Thinking of You’ gift idea.  I found this cute little unfinished wooden crate at my local Dollar store and thought I would use some of the fresh pretty patterns in the Maja Design papers to dress it up to create a candle holder gift set.

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I used the ‘Naturen doftar’ paper from the ‘Antligen’ paper collection to cover the outside strips of the wooden crate.  I used a mixture of equal parts white glue and water to adhere my paper strips to the wooden crate.  I just love the sweet white dotted green paper for this, I think it gives the project an nice Spring feel to it.

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For the inside of the box I used the pretty gingham design in the ‘Kitchen Garden’ paper from the ‘Life in the Country’ collection.  And for the middle/side walls I used the lovely script/floral paper that is on the reverse side of the Kitchen Garden paper.

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For the front of the box I wanted to keep the clean lines of the box design so I didn’t over embellish the box, I just added a few paintable Prima Blooms, a twine bow and a Dusty Attic swirl chippie (Elegant Swirls#13), which I painted white and edges with some brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme’s Branch Bark).

I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some of your favorite Maja Design papers to create a little gift to cheer a friend of yours!  Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today, we love to hear your feedback on our projects! xo

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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? :)

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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!