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….

Wall Hanging part 1

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.

Wall Hanging part 3

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…


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


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.

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

Enjoy Spring!
Ingrid xxx

Home For Spring

Hello, dear Maja Fans! I hope you’re enjoying beautiful spring weather at your places :)

I don’t know about you, but my creations very often take their origins in small things or elements that pull the creativity trigger ;) And so was the case with one tiny object I spotted in my local craft store and suddenly felt the urge to finally finish the project I’ve been realising for the last five years (yeah, I’m THAT slow!). I planned to make a home for each season of the year and was only missing the spring one – but no more, here it is:

mdhomeI used a Stamps Away cardstock base and the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? papers to decorate it. The base was not very precise, to tell the truth, but as I wanted a shabby chic style cabin, it was even better so. So, ready for a little trip around (and a lot of photos? :) )

Let’s begin from the front. I used the fabulous Blommor på bordet paper for the wall and added some “bricks” on 3D dots for dimension. I attached a Tim Holtz hitch fastener for the knob and hung the metal charm keys on it:

mdhome1I punched some twigs and put them into a paper flowerpot, together with yellow mini roses. A resin bird is curiously looking at them ;)

mdhome2The side walls are covered with the Ingefärsparon – bs paper – love the plaid! I also stamped some crackles on for a more distessed look. You can also see a “trimmed box” that I made using two styrofoam balls and deep green Flowersoft :)

mdhome5The other side wall features some “wild vine” climbing around the widnow – I used a Marianne Design die to make it:

mdhome3mdhome4What do you most associate with spring? Of course, gardening! Planting and sowing, digging and watering :) And here’s my mini gardening plot in the backyard:

mdhome9I put an inviting sign on the wall…

mdhome7…”planted” some veggies:

mdhome8…working hard with my gardening tools – aren’t they the cutest? And that mini watering can was the final impulse I told you about at the beginning of this post :)

mdhome6Let’s not forget the roof – I made “tiles” with a border punch and strips of various papers, layering them with some guipure ribbons, cheesecloth and buttons:

mdhome11And here’s the nest of the bird perching on the front window sill :)

mdhome10Want to take a peek inside? (quite difficult, as the house is rather small ;) ):

mdhome12And so, the spring can settle for good in this little house :) And here’s the whole collection – the Home for Autumn is also Maja Design and you can see it in greater detail here.


Maja Design papers: Ska Vi Ta En Fika? – Ingefärsparon – bs, Blommor på bordet, Favoriter -bs, Cheesecake, Cheesecake-bs, Marzipanbakkelse, Havrerutor; Gammaldags Jul – Vackra packet -bs; Summer Vintage Basics – 1946

Other: house base – Stamps Away; stamps – Lemonade, Making Memories, Kaisercraft; resin elements – Prima, Melissa Frances; punches – Martha Stewart, Fiskars; hitch fastener – Tim Holtz; dies – Marianne Design, Memory Box, Sizzix; bird’s nest, garden sink – Prima; Flowersoft; gardening tools, mini roses, buttons, guipure, keys charm – from my stash.


And that would be all for today – thank you for visiting the Maja blog today, drop in tomorrow as well :)


wall hanging

Hi there Maja fans!
Ingrid here today with a lovely wall hanging, +/- 20x20cm.
Made this project with the Vintage Spring collection and used the blue and neutral tones.

wall hanging
he flowers were also made with this collection using Spellbinders, Shapeabilities.
Also crocheted some flowers in a matching blue color.

detail wall hanging
istressed the flowers and added some white beads, tulle and cheesecloth.

detail wall hanging
sed the strip at the bottom of the paper for some lovely sentiments.
The metal heart comes from a necklace.

detail wall hanging
ome gesso and paint splatters for an extra touch.

detail wall hanging
he butterflies were cut out from the papers as well.

detail wall hanging
 chose the words enjoy because I really enjoying to play with these gorgeous vintage collections!


Papers used:
5 and 6th of May
4, 5, 6th and 8th of March

Other products used: Spellbinders shapeabilities, wooden heart, doilies, gesso, paint, crocheted flowers, beads, tulle, lace, metal heart.

Hope you will enjoy playing with your Maja papers as well!!
Ingrid xxx

coffee grinder

Hi everyone!
Ingrid here today with an altered coffee grinder.
When I found this piece at a flea market it was sooo ugly that the woman at the stand said I was getting it for free! LOL!
It had the most ugly deep dark brown color, but with lots of gesso, some beautiful papers, flowers and lace it turned into a lovely project (at least I think so, lol).

coffee grinder
or this project I used the Vintage Autumn Basics collection.
12×12: No.II and No.XVI
Also used some papers from the 6×6″ Paper Pad.

coffee grinder detail
op view of the grinder.
The mini clocks and the paper underneath come from the 6×6″ Paper Pad.

coffee grinder detail
he large clocks on the sides come from the No.XVI. (just love this cut out clock sheet!)
The sides and bottom strip come from the No.II.

coffee grinder detail
he flowers were colored with some Shimmerz paints to match the papers.

And here is my second project with the same papers, just because….
card just becauseMade this card with some left over papers I had on my table.
One sheet of the 6×6″ Paper pad is a great size for cards!
Used a template to create the background and splattered some Shimmerz paints in the same colors as the painted flowers.

card detail
Also tucked some of the clocks under the flowers and added some beads and microbeads to create some texture.

card detail
Just because………it’s always the right time for sending cards, don’t you think?

Papers used:


Other products used: Shimmerz paints, Imaginarium Designs chipboard, Marta Stewart microbeads, mulberry flowers, olive green flower from Dusty Attic, stamens, lace, gesso.

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx


In the Kitchen With Maja

Hello Maja Fans, it’s Maja here with a yummy post for you :)

I must admit I’m not the best cook. I can cook only several meals that are edible and I don’t even try to cook anything that requires more than an hour in the kitchen. However, I never say never and just in case, for future use, I collect cookbooks and recipes. Which means I’m sometimes in need of a recipe notebook :)

mdcook0For this one I used the most “kitchen” collection from Maja Design, i.e. Ska Vi Ta En Fika? That mini plaid pattern looks so much as a kitchen tablecloth! I also chose the yummy plums design to make the background for a hand-coloured stamped image. I like to secure the corners of notebooks with metal protectors so that they endure everyday use.

mdcook1I also made a custom closing band using ordinary elastic band and a pearl brad to block it. Of course, the band was white, but that was not a problem – I used a Promarker in the matching colour to change that :) Thus you can easily create custom bands and ribbons – just remember to colour over a craft sheet or a piece of plastic, as markers stain until wet. Once they’re dry, the colour is sealed.

mdcook7Next, I also like to decorate the wire with a piece of ribbon and button that also is a decorative topping for the string with a metal mini spoon that can be used as bookmark:

mdcook2As much as plaid, I associate lace with cozy home kitchen – so there it is, made with an edger punch:

mdcook3I always add a pocket for some loose pages on the inner cover – here I decorated it with a die-cut doily and chipboard cutlery:

mdcook4Recipe Notebook:

Maja Design papers:Ska Vi Ta En Fika? Sockerkaka bs, Plommonkaka, Marzipanbakelse bs, Favoriter, Favoriter bs.

Other: stamps Inkadinkado, Marianne Design; die Cheery Lynn Designs; chipboards; brad; edger punch Martha Stewart; ribbon, charm, protectors, rubber band – from my stash.


Speaking of recipes, let me now share my favourite muffin recipe. As I mentioned above, I’m not a good cook and I’m very likely to spoil something, forget an ingredient or two or finally burn a meal ;) And yet these yummy babies are always perfect and they take no more than half an hour to make!

mdrecWhat I love about this recipe is that you can easily change it to your taste and needs without losing the yumminess and puffiness :) I for instance use cane sugar, soya milk and mix rye flour with wheat flour, I even add just water when I don’t have milk at hand. You can also add whatever you like to create various flavours using the same portion of batter (you have enough for 24 muffins, so just add nuts, or almonds, or bluberries, or raisins and you have a muffin party in 30 minutes!). Perfect for Mardi Gras!

And speaking of muffins – here’s a sweet muffin cupcake card:

mdcook5I die-cut the muffin and placed it over the cups design and added a pin-up girl badge and glittery roses to get a cheerful babe card :)

mdcook6Muffin Babe Card:

Maja Design papers: Ska Vi Ta En Fika?: Cheesecake bs, En Kopp Te, Chaite, Chaite bs; Vintage Frost Basics: 22nd December bs.

Other: stamp Lemonade, die Marianne Design, badge, ribbon, lace, roses, pearls – from my stash.


Buon Appetite :)


birthday cake

Hi everyone!
Ingrid here today with a little birthday cake.
Made this cake with the Vintage Autumn Basics collection.

birthday cake
ecorated the round sides with the Vintage Autumn papers, using No.II and the bottom strip. The clocks were cut out of the No.XVI. paper.
The flat sides of the cake were decorated with some fiber paste to imitate the whipped cream.

detail birthday cake
on’t you just love the clock paper sheet?!
The cut out clocks will be a great touch on almost any project!
Here I cut out a few and layered them together.

detail birthday cake
nother cut out clock for an extra touch.

detail birthday cake
nd the (cherry) clock on top of the cake!

detail birthday cake
 have added some mini glass beads into the wet fiber paste.
Soften them up a little using some gesso.

detail birthday cake
ecorated the cake with some lovely flowers and embellishments and voila, a yummy cake (with no calories!)!lol


Maja papers used:
Vintage Autumn Basics: No.II + bottom strip and No.XVI

Other products used:
prima flowers and distress tool, pearls, mini glass beads, fiber paste, gesso, lace, charms.

Enjoy your day!


Upcycled Art Desk Organizer using Vintage Spring Basics

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again, this week to share an upcycled project that I recently finished for my craft desk.  I created an organizer to hold some of my most frequently used pens, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and brushes.  To create this holder, I used the gorgeous Vintage Spring Basics paper collection.


Here is a photo of the finished organizer full of my pens and pencils.

Art Desk Organizer

And here is a photo of the finished piece before I filled it up.

front view 1 of empty organzier

To create this organizer, I used a drink holder from one of our local Sonic drive-ins. I have had it in my office for quite some time just with this intention in mind.

I would like to mention….that with the drink holder in it’s upright, put together position, because of the way it folds into itself, I marked the sections that would be showing with a “C” for cover, meaning I would want to cover that particular section and on the bottom a “DC” for don’t cover, so that I would know that I wouldn’t need to cover that section because it wouldn’t be showing. When you see the photos of the holder flat later in this post, you may see the marking “C” or “DC” and that was to help me know which parts will actually be seen when put together.

Drink Carrier

To cover the individual pieces of the container, I used the same technique that I used when I created the map of the United States in my project ….”There’s No Place Like Home” …. you can see that post by clicking HERE … but basically,  I outlined the shape on the cardboard that I wanted to trace with a dark colored pen,

trace the piece to be covered

traced over it with tracing paper,


then flipped it over and colored over the lines with a pencil,

flip over and draw over lines with pencil

flipped it back over, and retraced the pattern onto the patterned paper that I wanted to adhere to the cardboard.

flip over and redraw the pattern onto the patterned paper

Then I cut it out, inked the edges, and adhered it to the cardboard using A LOT of Tombow permanent adhesive.

how each section is covered

Here is a photo of 2 of the finished sides of the organizer once all my shapes had been adhered.

side 2 coverdOnce I had finished covering the organizer, the fun began.

covered side

I gave a lot of thought into how I wanted to decorate this piece.  I love to add a lot of dimension and texture to my projects….but I knew that this was a piece that was going to get a lot of handling, so with that in mind, I decided that instead of adding a lot of extra dimension, why not do some stenciling and inking AND why not use up something that I had amassed a huge quantitiy of over the years and really seldom ever used.  What was that? you ask.  Well, it is RUB-ONS.  I LOVE Rub-ons.  I have so many of them…but I almost never use them.  Honestly, I forget that I even have them most of the time.  AND, in my experience, they ruin so easily.  So I pulled out this huge accordion-style paper organizer that I bought just to organize my rub-ons a few years back and just started sifting through my stash.  Well, I am happy to report that I have a gold-mine of rub-ons and yes, quite a few were stuck inside their own packaging beyond use….but I found so many that were not.


I started by stenciling.  Using just some ordinary acrylic paint and a Tulip brand stencil.  I like the Tulip stencils because they have an adhesive back and lend perfectly to the use of paints.

embellishing the paper

And then I started in on the rub-ons.  I guess, the hard part of this was knowing when to stop.  I love color…and I think I achieved exactly the amount of color that makes my heart and soul sing!  Another reason why I love the Maja Design papers so much is how easily they adapt to the use of bright color….they just make the color so much more vibrant to me.

close-up of stenciling and rub-ons

Here are some photos of the finished sides of the organizer with the stenciling, the rub-ons, and some extra ribbon and button trim I added.

side one embellished (flat)

I bought this amazing chicken wire on a roll from Hobby Lobby.  I cut it with my button shank and stapled and hot-glued it to a few places.

close-up of side one

Now, I would like to add that there are 2 areas on this divider….2 small flaps that if you look at the photos that are of the flattened organizer you can see them in the lower right bottom corners.  I had to carefully add rub-ons to these areas by cutting them in half and lining them up as best as I could.

rub-on cut in half

And as far as the fork, knife, and spoon rub-on (that was from Michael’s dollar area) I decided that this organizer could easily be used by placing 4 large cups into the dividers and filling them up with plastic silverware for parties such as baby showers or birthday parties..

spoons and forks

.and that side would be perfect for that.

napkins & knives

Using some basic Mason jars, I spray-painted them, used a bit of sand-paper to age them up a bit, and added some chalkboard tags from The Vinyl Wall.  These chalkboard tags could easily be changed to read pens, watercolor pencils, paintbrushes, etc. as well.

close-up of ribbon and buttons and rub-ons

Okay….once the divider was embellished to my liking, and instead of using the mason jars, I used another upcycled idea …. I teach an art class at my workplace once a week…and I save a lot of the empty toilet paper cardboard rolls for various projects that we do….well, I shoved a bunch of them into the organizer.  This way, I could easily organize the sections with my supplies, and actually giving me much less wasted space.  Here is the before:

using empty toilet paper rolls as dividers

And here is the after:

all filled up

So, here is side one (empty)

front view 1 of empty organzier

Here is the 2nd side:

front and side view of empty organizer

Here is the back side/or front side depending on which way you like it:

back view of empty organizer

And the last remaining side:

side 4 empty

So, there you go.  I hope that I have inspired you to look at something perhaps a bit differently and I challenge you to create your own upcycled masterpiece.

The Vintage Spring Basics papers used for this project included:  6th of May front and back; 3rd of March front and back; 5th of May; 7th of May back.

Other supplies used for this project included:  chalk ink from Prima Ingvild’s Shabby Tote, Garden Grass, Old Rose, Vintage Pink, Teal Damask, Lime Pie, Cold Ice; various rub-ons from Kaisercraft, BoBunny, CTMH, Stampin’ Up, stencil’s from The Crafter’s Workshop and Tulip; acrylic paint from Apple Barrel and Plaid; Tombow Permanent Adhesive; wooden buttons from Prima; ribbon from Webster’s pages and from my personal stash; buttons from my personal stash; chicken wire from Hobby Lobby; & Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Misc: Mason Jars, Chalkboard tags from The Vinyl Wall, White chalk ink pen from Chalk Ink, Krylon spray paint in Blue Ocean Breeze. and sandpaper.

Thanks so much for looking! Wishing you a super creative weekend! Hugs!

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heart wreath

Hi there Maja fans!
Ingrid here today with a heart wreath created with the gorgeous Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection.
Valentine’s Day is coming up so this post is all about love.
heart wreath
he wreath originally was dark brown so this was treated with a firm coat of gesso first.
All the flowers were handmade from the Fika papers.
I also made the wrinkled strips of paper to imitate some ribbon.

detail heart wreath
he flowers are so easy to make.
Just punch two different sizes of flowers, make them wet and let them dry a bit.
Crumble them up and use a brad to hold them together.
For these flowers I used two large flowers and one small one.
The paper strips were given the same treatment, just wet them, crumble and let dry.

detail heart wreath
he white flower ribbon is given the wreath a lovely romantic feel.

detail heart wreath
he leaves chipboard, as all of the chipboard, is from Imaginarium Designs and got a coat of gesso.

detail heart wreath
ove all the beautiful colors and patterns from the Fika papers.

detail heart wreath

detail heart wreath
The butterflies chipboards got a coat of gesso first.
I used a tooth pick to make the patterns (when the gesso is still wet) on the wings.

detail heart wreath
sed some puffy paint on the letters to give them a great texture.


Papers used:
mandelkaka m plommon, soders hojder, hemma hos mig, hemgjord saft, nybakat, lejas caf’e.

Other products used: chipboard from Imaginarium Design, mini roses, flower ribbon from Prima, white thread, puffy paint, gesso.

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day and remember:
All you need is LOVE!!!


Blog hop with Swirlydoos

Today we are having a real treat for you…. A blog hop in cooperation with Swirlydoos Kit Club.

If you came here from Rae’s blog then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos’ blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today. Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook.

MajaDesign Corp is situated in Uddevalla, Sweden. We are dedicated to create unique and high quality, vintage inspired patterned paper for scrapbooking and crafts. We hope our beloved designs will inspire you to create great joyful creations.

MajaDesign was founded in November 2007, and since then has been growing to over 450 registred retailers around the world.

We carry 16 collections in stock and during this blog hop we have a grand prize for you. Our four Vintage Basics collections are designed to be timeless favourites and drawn to be mixable with eachother. There are 108 patterned papers in total and they can all be yours…

And here follows some inspiration created by our lovely Creative Team.Andrea EwenAndrea EwenCamilla EkmanElena OlinevichGabrielle PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoHeather_JacobHeather JacobIngrid GooyerJennifer SnyderJenny GrotherusMaja Nowakmarilyn_Marilyn RiveraNadia CannizzoNancy HanttulaRachelle SigurdsonRachelle Sigurdson

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Thursday 2/6 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Friday 2/7. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can’t wait to hear from you.

Our special word is : only

The party continues over at Angelica’s blog. Have fun!Jenny