Girly Stuff

Hi there, Maja Design Fans :)

Being a mom of two growing boys, I do miss delicate pinky flowery girly creations from time to time. Even though I almost always include flowers or lace in my boy pages, it’s not the same 😉 And so I love taking sweet girly orders like this small notepad for a little birthday girl:

mdnotlShe likes purples, so I chose purple designs from the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? collection and added some cute embellies to make it really sweet:

mdnotl2 mdnotl1 I coloured the sitting Tilda stamp with Distress inks:

mdnotl3I also decorated the inner cover with a little chipboard heart and decorating the frame of the stamp with glitter for some glam effect:


My second project for today is for a slightly older girl 😉 The school year is coming to an end and so I make many thank you cards for teachers, like this very feminine pink card for a dance teacher:

mddanceI chose the delicate colours of the Coffee in the Arbour collection for this one and used a filigree die-cut background for the rosy panel with a die-cut ballet dancer silhouette:

mddance2I tied some chiffon ribbon to resemble delicate dancers’ dresses and added little roses, pearls and a small dress and pointe shoes charm to complete the card:

mddance1I couldn’t resist a little dimension between layers 😉


Maja Design papers: Fika-PCoffe-in-the-Arbour-POther: dies: Spellbinders, Nellie’s, Marianne Design; stamps: Magnolia, Basic Grey; punch: Martha Stewart; stickers: Authentique; frame: ScrapBerry’s; charms, flowers – my stash.

Have a nice day and see you later!


birthday cake gift box

Hi there Maja friends!
Ingrid here today with a small birthday gift box.
This was a pre made cake box with I decorated with paper and paints.
There is room inside for a small present.


Made this with the Ska Vita En Fika and Vintage Autumn collection.


From the Ska Vita En Fika collection the ‘chaite’ sheet at the top.
NoXII from the Vintage Autumn collection at the bottom.
Some lace, ribbon and puffy paint.


Made some confetti from the papers as well.
I put the cake on a CD disk with a doily.


Some fiber paste at the top with micro beads.



Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx


Father’s Day Frame

My Dad and Me Frame by Irene Tan1(resize)

Hello Maja fans! It’s Irene here again and this time, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you this acrylic frame which I’ve created as a gift for my husband. I’ve used Maja Design’s Life by The Sea collection to create this frame.

Here are some details.

My Dad and Me Frame by Irene Tan3

My Dad and Me Frame by Irene Tan4

Hope you all like this simple project! See you soon!

Pattern Papers: Maja Design Life By The Sea collection; Others: Petaloo flowers, Clear Scraps acrylic banner, chipboard, pearls, acrylic paint, ink, stamps, adhesives.




A Steampunk Set For Dad

Hello there, Maja Fans!

It’s Maja here to share a steampunk-style set for dad – in Poland we’ll be celebrating Father’s Day on June 23rd.

mdretroThe gift set consists of a card and notepad I made using the Vintage Autumn Basics collection. I used the same designs for both to make the match. I layered a few cut-out elements:

mdretro1I mounted them on 3D dots for a nice dimension, and added chipboard gears and a sentiment heat-embossed with Frantage powder:

mdretro2I made the front cover of the notepad in a similar way, adding also some screw-like brads and pieces of washi tape and burlap:

mdretro3I tied a metal arrow charm and some ribbons on the wire:

mdretro4I like to secure the corners of my notepads with metal protectors:

mdretro5For the inside covers I used a piece of signature stripe (you know I like using them too :) ) and a couple of Tim Holtz stamps:

mdretro6mdretro7I hope dad would like such a gift :)

Maja collection used:

Autumn-Basics-POther supplies: chipboard: Scrapiniec; stamps: Tim Holtz; charm, ribbons: my stash.

see you!



Hi Maja fans! Today is my turn on the blog and I have a cute little project to share with you. I based it on the June mood board because the theme and colors really sing out to me.


I recycled a wooden tray that some embellishments came in and treated the sides and back with gesso before adding a nice layer of stucco and paint on.

Some closeups:


I took a sheet of Vintage Spring Basics paper and stamped some script on it with embossing ink, followed by some dual-toned black embossing powder. This creates a lot of details in the background and makes my backing more interesting. Then I layered on different patterned paper chosen from the Spring Basics 6×6 paper pad and some mini tags from Coffee by the Arbor.


The picket fence was die cut from a sheet of the Spring Basics 6×6 paper pad and given a nice thick coat of clear crackle. When the medium is dried, I distressed the cracks with some paint to give a weather-worn look.


Home is a place for family and friends to gather, and my favourite question is “Can I make you a cup of coffee?”. It is the perfect excuse to spend time together and learn about each other’s lives. So naturally I have the tea-cup fussy cut out from Coffee by the Arbor 6×6 paper pad, as well as the clocks from Vintage Autumn collection.

That is all I have for you today, hope you like my project!

Maja Design papers used:


6×6 paper pad




6×6 Paper Pad


Altered Box

Altered Box by Irene Tan 1(resize)Hello everyone! It’s Irene here and this time I’m going to share with you all an altered box project which features Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection.

This is actually a recycled project. I’ve simply cut an old box into this shape and later cover it with pattern papers.Altered Box by Irene Tan 3Altered Box by Irene Tan 4I’ve also added more details on it using stamps and some embellishments such as flowers, mirror feather and metal embellishment.

Pattern Papers: Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics collection; Others: Petaloo flowers, Vilda Stamps stamps, Clear Scraps stencils and mirror, metal embellishment, stickers, adhesives.Vintage-Summer-Basics-PIrene-sign

lighthouse 60cm

Hi there Maja fans!
Today’s blogpost is about the versatility of the Maja papers.
For this big (60cm high!) lighthouse I used the Vintage Baby collection.
It shows that these papers are just perfect for any project!

IMG_0008I started to cut some small strips of the sweet little prince sheet for the body of the lighthouse.


I attached a round canvas for extra stability.
Filled the bottom with flowers, pieces of wood, shells and some netting.


I distressed all the edges of the strips.


Made this sign with a piece of the die cuts sheet.
Did the text, arrow and borders with a brown fineliner.


This rope was a bit to yellow so I gave it a coat with gesso to match the project.


These blue flowers got a touch with the gesso as well.

20150510_104532Also made some rolled flowers with the papers.

Papers used:
Sweet little prince
Die cuts
Ephemera cards

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx



Wedding theme

Dear Maja-fans,

Thank you for visiting our blog today! This day we want to give you some inspiration for this Summer’s upcoming weddings, in form of cards, layouts and boxes. We have gathered creations from both present and past, and from different designers – new and old team members.


Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

Camilla Ekman
Camilla Ekman

Camilla Stoen Bakke
Camilla Stoen Bakke

Elena Olinevich

Elena Olinevich

Elena Olinevich

Elena Olinevich

Elena Olinevich

Gabrielle Pollacco

Gabrielle Pollacco

Heather Jacob

Heather Jacob

Heather Jacob

Ivana Camdzic Ivana Camdzic

Jenny Grotherus

Jenny Grotherus

Ingrid Gooyer

Maja Novak

Maja Novak

Maja Novak

Maja Novak

Maja Novak

Maja Novak

Marilyn Riviera

Nadia Cannizzo

Nancy Hanttula

Pascale Bernard

Rachelle Sigurdson

Rachelle Sigurdson

Rachelle Sigurdson

Rachelle Sigurdson

Rachelle5Rachelle Sigurdson

Rachelle Sigurdson


Hope you have enjoyed this as much as I did..! And please – don’t forget to let the designers know you appreciate their creations… :)

Next Saturday we will reveal the winner of this month’s Mood board challenge – you don’t want to miss that..! See you then!

Hugs from MajaDesign!


For colouring too…

Have you heard about the new trend that is becoming so popular with crafters lately? There are now colouring books for adults! I tried my hand on a book called “Secret Garden” and I just loved it. I enjoyed it even more when I added some torn pieces of paper from the Vintage Spring Collection of Maja Design Papers… It seems to complete the look for me. I just love my Maja papers!FullSizeRender-4 FullSizeRender-5Vintage-Spring-Basics-PIris-sign

Shabby Chic Set For Mom

Hello there, Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

I know probably most of you already celebrated Mother’s Day, but in Poland we’re still waiting for the fiesta 😉 as it comes on the 26th of May. No money can refund mother’s love and devotion, so I think a handmade gift is the most appropriate present we can give to our most loved women. Any mom highly values the time and heart included in things her kids made themselves! (my mom still keeps those awful wobbly doodles I created for her in the early primary school LOL). And so I have a handmade gift set I created for mom.

mdmomsetI used the soft pastels and beautiful roses design of the Vintage Summer Basics collection. The shabby chic set includes this romantic notepad:

mdmomset1I layered several distressed papers on the front cover and decorated the wire with a piece of delicate guipure lace and vintage key charm:

mdmomset2The central motif is a romantic cameo I inserted into a plastic frame aged with some alcohol inks. I also added mini roses that match the paper design:

mdmomset3I placed the chipboard word covered with Crackle Accents between two pearl brads:

mdmomset4For the inside covers I used the “magazine” paper – I think it perfectly suits the look :)

mdmomset5The card mimicks the notepad front cover design to make a perfect set:

mdmomset6Cameos are matted with pieces of cheesecloth for a more shabby and romantic look. You can also see a die-cut frame I traced along with white gelpen:


Maja Design papers: Vintage Summer Basics: 1923, 1933, 1934 bs, 1891. Other: die: Memory Box; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; stamp: Lemonade; brads:; chipboard:; frames, charm: RetroKraft shop; lace, cameos: from my stash.

And what did you give your moms on Mother’s Day? Share your gift ideas here :)