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! :)

Supplies:

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!

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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:

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Spread your wings and fly little canvas

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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,

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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 :)

Supplies:

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 :)

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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:


1946


No. XII

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!

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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
Raspberries
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

Fly High Vintage Book Banner – Life By The Sea

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  It’s Nancy Hanttula here again.  This week I am going to share a banner that I created using a beloved vintage, Little Golden Book, from 1971, FLY HIGH, written and illustrated by Virginia Parsons.

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Fly High banner

I absolutely love children’s books.  I love the stories.  I love the illustrations.  And I absolutely ADORE books that I have had for my lifetime (I guess I am considered “vintage” now :) ) and finding vintage books in antique and thrift stores.

So here is an easy way to preserve a beloved book to make as a gift or to use as personal home décor…..use the pages to create a banner.  It can be used in a child’s room, in a play room or family room, or even a creative space.  How cute would this be to give as a baby shower gift?!  Now, I know some of you are going to perhaps cringe at tearing out the pages of a book….but, if you don’t use it, then what are you really going to ever do with it.  Well, you could save it to pass on for generations in your family, IF your kids and their kids and their kids don’t e-bay it, or donate it, or trash it.  I’m just saying what may be sentimental to you, won’t necessarily be sentimental to your off-spring.  BUT if you actually created something with it…well, I imagine it may actually have a better chance of being passed down.  Maybe.  But, if you really cannot bring yourself to tear out the pages of a book, then you could color copy the pages and use the pages that way.  Personally, I want to make that one-of-a-kind treasure.

Here is the book that I used for this project.

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And yes, the torn out pages are behind the cover.  I didn’t use all of the pages.  I chose the ones I liked the best and told the story for me.

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I used the Life by the Sea paper collection for this project, because I thought it showcased the book pages the best.

I cut out 5 different papers and matted the book pages onto them.  Added a coordinating strip to the tops.  Used a different border punch on the bottom of each of the banner pieces, and added some fun embellishments from my stash.

Here is a close-up photo of the first 2 banner panels:

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and the 2nd two:

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and the 5th and 6th panels:

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finally the last one:

banner 5  It was hard for me to get a good photograph of this hanging on the wall.  I used a Fiskars ribbon punch on the very top of the panels, laced ribbon through them all to join them together.

Fly High Book pages Banner

The specific papers I used out of the Life by the Sea collection included:  (front) Nautic; (back) Islands & Skerries; (back) Seaside Cottage; (back & front) The East Coast; (back) Landmark; & (front) Drop the Anchor.

Other ingredients used in this project included:  Tombow permanent adhesive; Aleene’s Tacky glue; Prima/Ingvild’s chalk ink in Dry Sand, White, & Brick Wall; border punches from Martha Stewart, Fiskars, and EK Success;  metal embellishments from Prima; buttons and ribbon from my stash.

Thank you for taking the time to stop and take a peek at my latest creation.  I hope something has inspired you to create something amazing today!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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Butterfly Kisses

Hello,today I am here to share with a few projects, I did a couple extra,as my son’s wanted me to Scrap for a wedding they were attending. Here is the first one using a photo of my oldest son getting lots of Butterfly Kisses……

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I used the Vintage Spring Basics Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the Butterflies are from LittleScrapShop & the flowers are Prima & Petaloo

Here are some closeups of detail…..

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Shows distressed,hand stitched layers & a flower cluster using prima roses,petaloo flowers & Angelica’s beautiful butterfly…..

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I used TH Vintage Photo Stain on all the chipboard,then inked the edges using a dark brown ink pad….

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My dogs are Papillon’s (butterflys),so that is where I came up with the title,as you can see that my oldest son is getting lots of butterfly kisses…

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I glued some seed beads in the film strip…

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Here is my next project,a canvas using the Vintage Summer Basics Collection

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I used 1912,1915,&1891. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the flowers are Petaloo & Prima,the metal is from Prima & Websters. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I did some distressed hand stitched layers & some stencil work using The Crafter Workshop Art is & Viva Modelling cream….

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I stained all the chipboard with TH distress stain (tea dye & Vintage photo),then applied a coat of rock candy crackle.Once that dried I dried brushed on some white paint,& rubbed it in using my fingers. I used picket fence crackle on the feathers & chestnut liquid pearls on the dangling part of the dream catcher.

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Now for the fun part,embellishing the dream catcher. I did some stencil work behind it,wrapped some prima wire thread around the circle part. I then finished embellishing it using,seed beads,beads,bottle cap,jump rings & flower clusters. I love both of the DA dream catchers,so much fun to work with….

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This is my next project,using the CreaDiem Collection. My middle son was a grooms man,this past weekend & bought a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne,for a gift. He asked me to scrapbook the box,so this is how it turned out…

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,Butterflies,flowers & stick pins are from LittleScrapShop. Here are some closeups of detail….

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I used something old & something new on the box,some of the rub ons,stickers & the hearts used in the cluster have been sitting in my room for years.The box the champagne came in is black,so that is why I decided to use this collection.Here are some closeups of detail….

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Of course,because I did the altered box for DD,I had to make a wedding card for Tandri,as he was attending the same wedding. I used the Fika Collection….

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The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic & the roses are from LittleScrapShop…

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The inside of the top part of the card,with a pocket to insert a gift of cash…

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The bottom part of the inside of the card,I left space for Tandri to write…

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The back of the card,I also used lots of old rub on’s on this card. Thank you so much for taking the time to look…Rachelle

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I’m a Maja girl!

Just got back from my vacation and finally had the time to play with the new Maja collection,Coffee in the Arbour.
Thought this dress form would be perfect to show that I’m one of the Maja girls and I’m proud of it!!


Took me a lot of hours to make all the flowers but I loved every minute to dress this girl!
I always use a white background for my project so I was a bit scared to use this colored one but it was the only way to showcase the tulle from the dress. The background are two sheets from the Vintage Summer collection, 1921. The dress form is about 40cm high.


I have cut some small stripes of the ‘Raspberry jam cookies’ paper to make the base of the dress.
Distressed all the edges for more interest.
The body frame was made of a soft fabric filling so I decided to adhere all the papers and flowers with small steel pins. And believe me, there were a lot! LOL!


The back side of the dress, using some tulle and a bow.


All the flowers were punched and rolled with these papers as well.


These flowers were punched and distressed.
Used a small bead to pin them on the dress form.
Added some lovely lace as well.


Made a skirt from tulle and two flowers to hold it open.
On both sides I used two beautiful fabric flowers from 13arts.


I have a seriously addiction: I just can’t throw anything away! LOL
These were left overs from my flowers and I thought they gave the dress a fun and playful touch.


The lovely bow on the back.


The hat was made with tulle, a fabric flower from 13arts, some left overs and a rolled flower.


And of course a metal heart as I just LOVE Maja Design papers!


Raspberry jam cookies
Raspberry cupcake
Raspberries
Grandma’s old porcelain cups
Flourishing Garden
Let’s share a cookie


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Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx