A mini album…

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Happy Monday!! Marilyn’s here with you today to share this mini album with a decorated wood box that I made for a special friend.  First, I made the mini album cover with cardboard, it is 5′ x 3 1/2″ and  I covered with the Rose Garden paper from The Coffee in the Arbour collection. I used Vintage Spring Basics, Vintage Autumn Basics and Coffee in the Arbour collections in my project and I decorated it with laces and flowers from Tresor de Luxe.



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I painted the jute with gesso and made a bow. I added a little frame, pearls and different laces.

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When you open the mini album you see in the first page that I cut “Days to Remember” from the paper with the same name and in the back cover I used the “3rd of May” paper, a stencil, a heart lace and molding paste.

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I covered  out and inside of the box with 2nd of May paper.  I used both sides of the paper, the box’s outside  is with flowers and inside is with the stripes.

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The mini album has ten pages that I worked with different papers, I don’t show you all the pages because I don’t have permission to show my friend’s photos.  It is a surprise gift.

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This is how looks the box…very shabby chic  and inside is the mini album.




Supplies:  Vintage Spring Basics: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th of May papers and Days to Remember paper. Vintage Autumn Basics: No.XVI, Coffee in the Arbour: Rose Garden.  Laces and flowers – Tresor de Luxe, Prima-stencil, Shimmerz Paints, Gesso.

Until next time!!!Marilyn-sign (1)

altered wooden clock

Hi there Maja friends!
It’s my turn on the blog today and I want to share this clock with you today.
Found this clock at a local store (Action) and it just had to be altered! lol
For this project I used the Vintage Autumn Basics collection.

I did a bit of fussy cutting for the front of the clock, making sure the lovely lady stayed in tact. The No.XVI clock sheet is perfect for some extra embellishments.

The beautiful papers on the sides.

Just love to add some kind of jewelry to my projects. Here I used a piece of a necklace.

The gorgeous big tulle flowers are from 13Arts.
I used the No.III sheet for the rolled roses.

The clocks from the No.XVI sheet.

The top of the clock with an arrangement of tulle and paper flowers.

Rolled two pieces of paper for an extra element on top.

Papers used: No.I, No.III, No.XVI.

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

A home decor item..

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!

Welcome to Maja Design Blog!

Larissa here sharing a new project featuring the gorgeous Coffee in the Arbour & Spring Basics lines by Maja Design.





These lines were perfect to help me decorating this lovely window:


I have used a lot of cutouts and die cut flowers and leaves to add interest to this wooden piece.

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I have also included a few Prima flowers (yellow vine), blings and shabby chic resins here…

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Finished it with a touch of liquid pearls and gesso!

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I hope you like this project and all its dimension!

Thank you so much for your visit!

See you soon,


Shadowbox Fun

Hello Maja Design fans and welcome to the blog today :)

It’s Maja here to share the shadowbox I made, inspired by the chipboard quotation I bought recently:

mdshadFor the background I used papers from the Vintage Autumn Basics and Vintage Frost Basics. I inked and distressed all the edges, added a few strokes of white gesso here and there and also glued torn strips of paper for an even more distressed look :)

mdshad4Then I placed the chipboard quotation and the photos and then started to fill the shadowbox with embellies:

mdshad3mdshad10The small glass vial contains the letter I wrote to my boys – it’s not sealed so they can open it and read any time :)

mdshad5I also decorated the outside of the box: the top is covered with flowers and gauze:

mdshad8…and the back is decorated with stamps, stenciling, clock faces and numbers that mark the boys’ age at the time the photos were taken.

mdshad9The shadowbox can be a nice home decor item, and it’s so fun to make! :)


Maja Design papers: Autumn Vintage Basics: No. XIV, No. XV, No. XVI. Vintage Frost Basics: Days of December, 10th of December, 2nd of December, 9th of December. Vintage Summer Basics: 1936.

Other: Chipboard shadowbox and elements: Scrapiniec; flowers: Flora Bella; metal elements: Retro Kraft, Tim Holtz; stencil: Crafter’s Workshop; glass vial: Tim Holtz; stamp and wax: Papermania.

see you soon!


bird house

Today I would like to share this altered wooden bird house made with Maja Design latest collection, Coffee in the Arbour. I was in a sentimental mood because my youngest daughter is going to study at Wright University, Dayton USA. I’m soooo proud of her and so happy for her that she is following her dreams but this mom is a little bit sad….she is leaving the nest!

Covered the front of the house with the “Flourishing Garden” sheet.
Added some pink lace at the roof top edges.

View of the left side of the bird house.
For the roof I used the other side of the “Flourishing Garden” sheet, the striped one.

View of the right side of the bird house.
I painted the bird chipboard with some gesso mixed with mini beads.

Some real (painted) twigs to decorate the house together with some Prima flowers.

Two wooden hearts, painted white with some gesso.

Along the sides I used the bottom stripe from the “Flourishing Garden” sheet.

For the top a used a piece of the “Raspberry Cupcake” sheet

Papers used: Flourishing Garden(+bottom stripe) and Raspberry Cupcake.

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Spread your wings and fly

Hello Maja Design fans and friends! Larissa here with a new Maja Design project to share with you!

This time I have a mixed media piece featuring the newest Coffee in the Arbour line:


Spread your wings and fly little canvas



This small canvas in its easel is a lovely item, perfect to alter and to include great words of intention and inspiration!


I have altered it by using a collage of small scraps of Coffee in the Arbour papers everything pasted with the help of gel medium and a foam brush.

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I have included my message with the help of different fonts and alphabet stickers and have decorated everything with a few flowers, a paint brush and a ribbon!

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I hope you´ve enjoyed this project!

Don´t forget to “spread your wings and fly”!

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See you soon,


Happy Birthday Honey! + Tutorial

Hello Maja Fans and welcome to the blog today!

It’s Maja here to share a little birthday set I created for my husband. He celebrated his birthday last week and I wanted to prepare some nice packaging for the presents we bought him. And here’s what I came up with:

set16But it’s not just a decorated paper bag ;)

set17It’s a 2-in-1 paper bag! :D The tag is removable, so it serves as a birthday card too :)

set18set19And here’s how I made this set: I started by trimming the chosen papers (1), then I stamped that same image in two various sizes on the smallest panels (2). I added some texture pattern (3) and finally distressed the edges of all the panels (4):

setaI worked on the tag first. I needed to locate the place for the paper washer, so I layered all the tag panels and placed them over the tag base (1), turned it over and punched through the visible hole (2). Then I attached the washer over the hole (3) :) Finally I decorated the tag so that there weren’t any elements sticking out in the lower part – otherwise the tag might not slide in and out easily (4):

setbThen I went on to work on the bag panel. I layered two smaller panels and started decorating them (1). I arranged three flowers in a U-shape line (2), so that the flower from the tag goes in the middle when the tag slided in (3). Why I didn’t layer the largest panel yet? Because it would come into contact with the tag and I didn’t want the flower stems or the brad arms to hinder the tag sliding (4).

setcWhen I finished decorating the front of the bag panel, I layered the largest panel and had two elements of the bag decor matching in colours and style:set12I placed the tag under the bag panel so that the flower clusters matched, and holding the two pieces together, I turned them over. Then using the foam tape I formed a kind of sliding guide for the tag, like so:

set14Then I added a few supporting pieces of foam tape and attached the decoration to the bag:

set15That was easy, wasn’t it? :) Now you can follow my steps to make your packaging unique :)


Maja Design papers: Vintage Frost Basics: 2nd of December, 9th of December, 21st of December; Vintage Autumn Basics: No. XIV, No. XVI.

Other: Flowers: Flora Bella; dies: Die-Namics, Cheery Lynn Designs; stencil: Crafter’s Workshop; stamps: Tim Holtz.


See you soon :)


door hanger

Did you see my earlier Maja Design post from my scrap place?
There I told you I create at my dinner table and I’m dreaming of my own place.
Thought I might as well make me a door hanger already, you never know, right?!

Also in that post I mentioned my obsession of keeping all the little left overs.
They are perfect for small projects, tags and cards.
For this wooden door hanger I used bits and pieces from the Summer and Autumn Vintage collection.

The chipboard doily is from Dusty Attic, which I painted and cut in half.
The lovely metal heart, as the wooden door hanger, is from Action, a Dutch store.

The chipboard key is from Dusty Attic as well, painted twice with gesso.
The tiny lace bows were a gift from a dear friend. Thanks sweetie! :)

Added some flowers from my stash. (really have forgotten the brands, sorry)
They got a little touch of gesso.

The lovely white twigs are from 13Arts.
Really love those and you can find them on lots of my projects.

Papers used:



Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Join me for a Coffee?

Marilyn Rivera-August Maja


Happy Monday!!! Marilyn here to share with you two projects that I made with the new Coffee in the Arbour collection.   My first project is this card that I created using the Raspberry Jam paper, Butterflies are free and Delicious Moments papers.DSC_6766 copy_edited-1-1

I used a tag from the Delicious Moments paper as my tittle.DSC_6766 copy_edited-1-2

Supplies: Butterflies are free, Raspberry Jam and Delicious Moment papers- Coffee in the Arbour collection, DCWV stencil, molding paste

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My second project is an altered frame, I bought a wood frame in my local craft store and I covered with the Smell of freshly brewed coffee paper- Coffee in the Arbour collection. I used a stencil and molding paste to create texture. Then I decorated it with these lace, trim and flowers from Tresor de Luxe.Marilyn Rivera-Tresor d Luxe-Maja Design-1

I added pieces of corrugated cardboard for a vintage look.Marilyn Rivera-Tresor de Luxe.3jpg Marilyn Rivera-Tresor de Luxe.4jpg


Supplies: Smell of brewed freshly coffee paper- Coffee in the Arbour collection, Tresor de Luxe laces and flower, Tim Holtz stencil, molding paste

Until next time!


gift box

Today I want to share with you this gift box featuring the new Maja collection, Coffee in the Arbour.
This box actually was a child’s wooden Mikado game box which I found on a local flea market.
It’s perfect as a gift with room inside for a lovely message and a small gift.

For this project I used the following papers:
Raspberry lemonade
Raspberry cupcake
Rose Garden + the bottom stripe
Tags and pictures
Grandma’s old porcelain cups
Flourishing garden

The box with the decorated inside.

These big white flowers are from 13Arts.

The frame is also from 13Arts and the metal heart is from Action, a dutch store.

Made the flowers with a Spellbinders die.

A tag from the tags and picture sheet to write some sentiment.

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx