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

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.


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.

Vintage Book Fly High

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.


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:

banner 1 and 2

and the 2nd two:

banner 2 and 3

and the 5th and 6th panels:

banner 3 and 4

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……


I used the Vintage Spring Basics Collection….


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

Here are some closeups of detail…..


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



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


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…


I glued some seed beads in the film strip…




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



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….


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


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.




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….




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…



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


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….






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….



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


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


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


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
Grandma’s old porcelain cups
Flourishing Garden
Let’s share a cookie


Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx


Hello,here is a card I made using the June Mood Board & the new Collection “Coffee in Arbour ”



From the Mood Board I used: the Coffee in the Arbour Collection,coffee,fresh colors,flourish,summer,checked,here & now,eyelets,paint,flowers,Enjoy this moment,homemade,recipe,sweet,water color & the quote.Coffe-in-the-Arbour-P

From the Coffee in the Arbour Collection,I used:butterflies are free-BS,blueberry cupcake,blueberry cupcake-BS,lovely weather,lovely weather-BS,delicious moments,Grandma’s old porcelain & a BS of a label. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. Here are some closeups of detail….


Shows distressed layers,using some corrugated paper & burlap in my layers. I used TA chalkboard decadence on the wordlet,then inked the edges using a brown ink pad…..


I used decadence TA on the frame part of the frame,& a dark brown marker for the vine part. On the leaves I used DA forrest acrylic paint, then DA crackle varnish & once the crackle dried,I dry painted on some DA crushed olive acrylic paint….( I dip my brush into the paint, then brush onto a piece of paper,then onto the leaves)..2bcfd795-2cb8-41a6-9181-4c746fd56875_zpsf66ba626

 The flowers used are from Petaloo & the burlap is prima….


Shows some punch work & hand stitching….


I covered the pot & cups with grandma’s old porcelain paper,then applied a coat of clear varnish….


I used the frayed pieces of burlap in my flower cluster….Enjoying the Moment from one of the BS’s of the labels…Here is the inside of the card….



On this side I used here & now…


A close up of framed diecut & pot & cup….


This is where I used the quote,making it look like a recipe. I love this quote, & with Erlendur getting in his snow mobile accident,& recovering from a brain injury, I realize that I can not go back & wish this did not happen,nor can I wonder what his future will be. I am so lucky that I have both my scrapbooking & gardening, to keep me busy every day,making some thing beautiful!!!

Here is a fun LO I did using the Vintage Spring Collection



From the Vintage Spring Basics I used,1st of March,3rd of April,3rd of April BS,6th of March,2nd of April,5th of April,5th of April-BS & a BS of a Label…The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic.

 Here are some close ups of detail….


lI left some of the chipboard raw,except for inking the edges using a brown ink pad,to bring out the brown in the paper….


On the rest of the chipboard I altered,by painting one # denim,then the next yellow.I then stamped them using the opposite colour. Once that dried I applied a coat of crackle, I let the crackle dry,then rubbed in some white paint,using my finger to tone down the color. I then inked all the edges of the chipboard,using a brown ink pad…



The flowers used are from Petaloo…






Here is a canvas I did using the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection & the Fika Collection…



From the Vintage Autumn Basics I used:No.VIII-BS, No.XII-BS, No XIV-BS,No.XI, &No.XV

From the Fika Collection I used: Soders hojder-BS, Mandelka-BS….The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic. Here are some close ups of detail…


A close up showing,the seahorse (I did a simple tut at the end of this post). I cut holes in the paper,distressed the edges,then glued the fish net in between 2 pieces of paper. I then hand stitched,the piece together. Once I completed my hand stitching I weaved the tread through the stitches,then added some beads.I painted on some Viva Modeling Cream (Champagne) onto the fish net & glued on some more seed beads..


I painted the frame,trim,flourish,foliage,& mini words with a coat of clear rock candy crackle & once that dried I applied a coat of LuminArte’ Stargazer….I used the Stargazer on all the chipboard,but on the Seahorse I applied the LuminArte’ then the crackle,I am amazed how the color changed so much, by doing the opposite!!


The netting used is from some old Halloween decorations….


Shows distressed layers of paper & layers of chipboard….


The mauve flowers are prima & the blue are Kaiser Craft…





Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Hi there Maja friends.
Ingrid here today with a fun project.
My oldest daughter asked me to scrap a photo of her and her boyfriend.
She choose these papers  and the colors to work with.
These wooden letters were just perfect for the two lovebirds!For the letters I used the 1903 and 1946 papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection.

The paper flowers were made with both Vintage Spring and Frost collection.
The big white flowers are from Prima.

The Dusty Attic flourish chipboard got a layer of gesso.

This piece of Dusty Attic chipboard was randomly gessoed.

This metal heart is from Action and the wooden flowers are from Pipoos, both Dutch stores.

Distressed all the edges.

Maja papers used:

6th of March and 7th of April

903 and 1946

th of December

Other products used:
Prima: resin, white flowers, wooden key
Dusty Attic: chipboard
Pipoos: wooden flowers
Action: metal heart

Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with lots of love!!
Ingrid xxx

altered alarm clock -with tutorial-

Hi there Maja friends!
I’m having a fun project to share with you today!
An altered alarm clock with a photo -step by step- tutorial.
For this project I used all 4 Vintage Basics from Maja Design,
Vintage Spring, Vintage Summer, Vintage Autumn and Vintage Frost collection.
Those Maja collections work so well together!!

Let’s start to alter this alarm clock!The alarm got a coat of gesso first.
I found this alarm clock at a local flea market and after putting out all of his inside
it looks a little like a sad smiley don’t you think?
I guess he wanted me to make him more pretty! LOL!

Tearing up some bits and pieces from all the paper collections.

Randomly glueing them on the clock with Mod Podge.

Also glueing the inside.

Love to play with all those little pieces!
These collections work perfectly together!

Those clocks always make a lovely extra touch to any project.
They come from the Autumn collection, No.XVI

Randomly added some clocks.

I used two ways to make my flowers,
A punch and a die from Spellbinders.

These little cuties were made with a punch.
I punched them three times and added a brad.
Crumbled them up and shaped the flower.

Also rolled some paper for an extra embellishment.

All done and ready to embellish!!

Between some mesh all the paper flowers.

Added some lace on one of the bells and around the side.

This metal piece is a part of a bracelet I had in my stash for awhile.

The beautiful big tulle flower is from 13 Arts.
Just love their fabric flowers!

The chipboard, the flourish, the key and the butterfly is from Dusty Attic.

And the final result!
I’m happy to say that this clock found a lovely new home!
It was made for my co-worker.

The Vintage collections.

No. XII and No.XVI

7th of Dec.


7th of May

Hope you’re also having a great time playing with Maja Design papers!!
Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx



Hello,today I am here to share with you a LO I did using the Beautiful Fika Collection


I used:Havrerutor-BS,Blommor pa bordet,Soders hojder-BS,Blabarssylt,Blabarssylt-BS,Karleksmums-BS,Sockerkaka,Mandelka-BS,&Bulle m blabar-BS

The Dusty Attic Chipboard used:Baroque Frame Set-circle,Fancy Trim #1,Decorative Scroll#2,Mini Words #1

Here are some closeups of detail:



Shows distressed hand stitched layers…


I used died cheese cloth in my layers…


I painted the chipboard with DA Sugar Plum,then applied a coat of rock candy crackle once the paint had dried…


The larger flower is Prima & the smaller ones are petaloo….



The berry stem is Petaloo…



Here is a shadow box I did using,Vintage Autumn Basics & Vintage Summer Basics






The Dusty Attic Chipboard used:Mini Script Alpha,Brick Wall Panel ,
Wattle Blossom,wicker fence,Hanging sign & post ,Skeleton Clock ,grass border#1,Door #3 ,chicken wire panel ,leafy stem #3 &Fancy Label

Other products used:Graphic 45: matchbook box-12×12,ornate metal keys,Tim Holtz: pen nibs,jump rings,mini fasteners,screw eyes, metal feet,metal corners,chain,snaps, paint dabber-metalics gold,walnut stain,rock candy crackle,picket fence crackle,Martha Stewart Texture Effects,corrugated board, jb seed beads & beads,burlap string, liquid accents,viva gold metalic,versa mark ink pad pine cone,pebbles chalk,old cloth covered brads & petaloo teastained dahlias blue,old metal alpha,crafters workshop stencil,molding paste,

Here are some closeups of detail:


I painted the alpha with Adirandack gold acrylic paint dabber (gold),then inked the edged with pinecone versa mark.


a closeup of a flower cluster,using chipboard leafy stem,prima & petaloo flowers & pen nib


Family last name,using old metal letters from my supplies


The original photo,that I made a frame out of chipboard,paper & rock candy crackle. I also added photo corners


I used these old cloth brads for my flower centers. I first painted them with the with the gold dabber & when that dried I put a very thick coat of rock candy crackle. The crackle was still wet,when I put on the jump rings,snaps,seed beads & pearls. Once the crackle dried I applied another coat.I removed the centers from the petaloo tea died flowers, & used these. The gold flowers are prima…
















I first stained the chipboard pots with walnut stain,then applied a thick coat of rock candy crackle. While the crackle was still wet I sprinkled on some jump rings & seed beads. Once the crackle dried I applied another coat of crackle.I then tied on a piece of burlap string. On the grass,I used first rock candy,then when that dried I pained on some gold dabber,while the dabber was still wet I took my paper pierce & scratched in the lines on the grass part. I then used liquid accents to glue the micro beads onto the heads of the grass.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look…Rachelle

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Boys’ Life By The Sea

A very good morning to you, Maja Fans! Welcome to Maja Design blog today, it’s Maja here to share some boy-themed inspiration.

Even though our family lives near the moutnains in the south of Poland, we all love the sea and sailing. After a few years with Winnie the Pooh ;) and our first true sailing trip, my boys started to dream about a marine-themed room. And so last year, when they went away for a week of their summer school, I did a major renovation and changed the room completely, repainted it and added a lot of marine elements and decor items. I wish you could have seen their faces when they returned and went into their room! :D And then, a couple of days ago (yeah, that’s typical for me) I spotted something – there was still a Winnie the Pooh nameplate on the door!! I immediately took out one of my most favourite Maja collections, Life by the Sea, and created this nameplate:

mdwiz0I took an ornate wooden plate and decorated with lighthouse paper. I put my boys’ school ID cards mini photos into resin frames and placed them in the centre.

mdwiz1And then I started to fill in the composition, adding Prima flowers and chipboard letters, real starfish and seashells and images I cut out of various papers:

mdwiz2I made mini banners to decorate the names and added some metal charms:

mdwiz3Adding liquid pearls and Distress Crackle Paint here and there was the finishing touch:

mdwiz4As usually with my projects, the nameplate is rather dimensional :)

mdwiz5And here’s its destination place :)


Maja Design papers: Life by the Sea: Navigate, Drop the Anchor, Marina, A Day at Sea, the East Coast, the East Coast bs; Life in the Country: Strawberries with Ice.

Other: flowers, chipboard letters – Prima; Distress Crackle Paint (Picket Fence) – Ranger; seashells, metal charms, cheesecloth – from my stash.


But I think Life by the Sea collection is perfect for all boy creations, not only the marine-themed ones. And so I created this birthday card for a young gentleman :)

mdkubI like adding putting themed charms and elements into my cards to add more interest, and so here I added a mini car:

mdkub1…and cute buttons – don’t you just love the plaid? :)

mdkub4I stamped the bear image onto patterned paper and coloured it with Promarkers:

mdkub3I die-cut the birthday number twice and glued the digits together, creating a little shadow effect:


Maja Design papers: Life by the Sea – Life Jacket, Morning Swim bs, the East Coast, Nautic bs, the West Coast.

Other: stamp – Stamperia; dies – Sizzix, Promarkers – Letraset; metal charm, buttons, ribbon, twine – from my stash.


That’s all for today from me, have a wonderful day and visit us tomorrow for more inspriation!


chest of drawers

Hi there Maja fans!
Ingrid here today with a chest of 4 drawers with 4 different Maja collections.

For this project I used ALL four Vintage Basics collections,
Vintage Spring, Vintage Summer, Vintage Autumn and Vintage Frost.
All of the Maja collections work so well together!!

I used the following papers:
Vintage Spring: 7th of May
Vintage Summer: 1909
Vintage Autumn: No.XII
Vintage Frost: 7th of December

The lovely handles come from a Dutch online store: Scrap-Unlimited.
They have the most beautiful metal embellishments!

These gorgeous tulle flowers and the white paper flower are from 13Arts.

Yep, another earring! lol
Love to use them on a project!

Also made some flowers with the Maja collections.

The big flourish and also the mini fleur des lis on the drawers are from Dusty Attic.

A close up from the hand made flowers.

Top view of the chest with the No. XII from the Vintage Autumn collection. 

You can’t have enough of these so I made a card as well.For this one I used the Vintage Autumn and Vintage Frost collection.
The background comes from the 6×6 pack of the Vintage Autumn collection.
Chipboard is from Dusty Attic and the twigs are from 13Arts.

Hope you liked my todays post and you will be inspired to combine all the wonderful Maja collections as well!
Enjoy your day!