Cherish Together Altered Tray

Cherish Together Altered Tray by Irene Tan1(resize)Hello everyone! It’s Irene here and today I’m sharing with you an altered project. I’ve used Maja Design’s Coffee in The Arbour collection to alter this wooden tray. Love the soft and feminine colors in this collection.Cherish Together Altered Tray by Irene Tan3I’ve first painted the wooden tray in white and then, I’ve covered part of it with the pattern papers. I’ve decorated some acrylic charms using the pattern papers and cut out some butterflies to decorate the tray.Cherish Together Altered Tray by Irene Tan2These gorgeous blooms are by Petaloo. They works perfectly with this collection.

Supplies: Pattern Papers: Maja Design Coffee In The Arbour collection; Others: Petaloo flowers, inks, acrylic charms, metal embellishment, pearls, bottle, ribbon, lace, adhesives.Coffe-in-the-Arbour-PSee you soon!Irene-sign

 

 

 

Tattered Frame

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Hi there! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a frame I made using the Maja Design Walking in the Forest collection papers.  I have to say this collections is an old favorite of mine, I love the tattered, worn look of the papers.

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I began by picking up an inexpensive unfinished wood frame at a local craft shop.  It cost me only $1.50 (I love me a good bargain!)  I then had the daunting task of choosing which papers I wanted to use to create my frame.  I say daunting because there are so many gorgeous papers in this collection that I had a hard time choosing which I wanted to put together.

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While I was shopping for my frame I came across these pretty tattered looking blooms (Recollections brand). When I saw the colors I immediately thought of the papers and colors in the Walking in the Forest collection.  I just love those faded denim colors and the worn craft colors.  I added a little hemp twine and some bits of burlap to finish the rustic look.

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Included in the floral package was this cute triple layer butterfly!  I also did a patchwork design on this frame so that I could use a variety of the patterned papers in this lovely collection.   I used some Bronze metalic dimensional paint to add ‘rivets’ to the cut edges. I also used a little water on the edge of the paper so that I could gently pull back the edge to reveal the Flannel Shirt paper.

I hope you enjoyed my project today using this versatile and beautiful collection.  Be sure to pop by daily for new inspiration from our talented design team! xo

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Easter wreath – with step by step photo tutorial

It’s almost Easter, thought I would make me a lovely home decoration.
Made this wreath with a step by step photo tutorial.
For this project I used the Vintage Spring Basics collection from Maja Design.


I started this project by giving the straw wreath a coat of gesso.
Here I used the gesso from 13 arts.


Only a thin coat will do. I wanted to see the original color of the straw shining through.


For the next step I punched out some different shapes of flowers.


Put them on a big plate and started to wet the punched flowers using a mini mister.


Maja papers are so nice and thick and they can hold quite some water.


Then I started to crumble all the wet flowers.


Set them aside to get almost dry.


I cut out some strips of paper as well. All about ca. 1 cm.


They got the same treatment as the flowers, some water and crumbled.


All crumbled and wet and set aside to completely dry.
These strips will give a lovely ribbon effect on the wreath!


When the punched flowers were almost dry, I took 3 flowers, unfold them and shaped them, putting them together using a brad.


Here are the final flowers.
Before adding them to the wreath, make sure they are completely dry!


On the top left and right corner I added some lace and some white twigs.


Now it’s time to add all those lovely paper flowers and faux ribbons to the wreath!


Here is the top left with some lace and also some single punched flowers,
which are adhered with a small pin.


Found these cute little birds at Xenos, a Dutch home decor store.


Some flowers with pearl brads.


The large feathered butterflies are also from Xenos.


The strips of papers, the faux ribbons, gives it a nice and playful extra touch.


The single punched flowers with a small pin.


Hope you all enjoyed this step by step.
Wishing you a wonderful Easter and Spring!
Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

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March Mood Board

Our March Mood Board brings me special memories from a very shiny day in San Diego with Marie. It was a bit cold, but the warmth from the sun really made our day.Moodboard-March15

And here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below March 28th. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation March 25th at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…CathyMcGrathCathy McGrathGabrielle PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerIrisBabaoUyIris Babao UyjelissaJelissa MeiJennyGrotherusJenny GrotherusPascaleBPascale BJenny

Winner of the February Mood Board

It’s finally time to pick a winner… Here’s what the February Mood Board looked like.Moodboard-February15And here are our lovely contributions for this month…

And the winner is…SylviaVanDerSteen_NetherlandsSylvia Van Der Steen!

Congrats Sylvia. The Vintage Summer Basics collection will be sent to you.

Don’t miss our next cozy spring Mood Board that we will present on our blog next Saturday.Jenny

Making Pretty Gifts

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Hello Maja fans! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a fun little ‘Thinking of You’ gift idea.  I found this cute little unfinished wooden crate at my local Dollar store and thought I would use some of the fresh pretty patterns in the Maja Design papers to dress it up to create a candle holder gift set.

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I used the ‘Naturen doftar’ paper from the ‘Antligen’ paper collection to cover the outside strips of the wooden crate.  I used a mixture of equal parts white glue and water to adhere my paper strips to the wooden crate.  I just love the sweet white dotted green paper for this, I think it gives the project an nice Spring feel to it.

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For the inside of the box I used the pretty gingham design in the ‘Kitchen Garden’ paper from the ‘Life in the Country’ collection.  And for the middle/side walls I used the lovely script/floral paper that is on the reverse side of the Kitchen Garden paper.

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For the front of the box I wanted to keep the clean lines of the box design so I didn’t over embellish the box, I just added a few paintable Prima Blooms, a twine bow and a Dusty Attic swirl chippie (Elegant Swirls#13), which I painted white and edges with some brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme’s Branch Bark).

I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some of your favorite Maja Design papers to create a little gift to cheer a friend of yours!  Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today, we love to hear your feedback on our projects! xo

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Kitchen Set

Hello Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

It seems the less time I spend in the kitchen actually cooking, the more kitchen-themed projects I make – perhaps that’s some kind of compensation :) And so today I have a recipe book I made using A Gift For You collection:

mdrecbookI’ve always associated red with kitchen, and I think that paired with grey it makes a perfect combo, looking so “clean” and neat :) I also think stripes and plaid are great patterns to be used for kitchen themes :)

mdrecbook1mdrecbook3I coloured the stamped image with Distress inks. It pefectly fits into a “frame” I made using the tag from the die-cut sheet :)

mdrecbook2I also decorated the inside covers, using stamps and dies:

mdrecbook4Once I’ve done the recipe book, I thought of making a matching menu-notepad decor. I’ve had that wooden tea pot for ages and now its time has come! :)

mdrecbook5First I painted the whole item with white gesso and then covered one side with blackboard paint. I hand-writtem the ornate “Menu” word and distressed the edges with strokes of the almost-dry brush:

mdrecbook6Then I added some flowers in red and grey and a white resin flourish to match it with the recipe book colour palette:

mdrecbook7The other side contains a small notepad for making shopping lists :)

mdrecbook8I used the same ribbon, button and spoon-charm as on the recipe book :)

mdrecbook9Don’t you think this Nyhavn paper is just perfect as the background?

mdrecbook11I didn’t use many embellishments on the tea-pot decor as I wanted it to be practical and easy for cleaning. But I think it still looks fine – what do you say? :)

mdrecbook10Supplies:

Maja Design papers: A Gift For You: My Dear Friend, Packed by Santas Elves, Given From the Heart, Made by me, Sent with love; Nyhavn: Eating out. Maja-sign stamps: Magnolia, Tim Holtz, die: Cheery Lynn Designs; chipboard: Scrapiniec, punch: Martha Stewart.

Have a good day and see you soon!

 

 

 

wooden iron box

Today I have this wooden iron box to share with you.
I’m always looking for new shapes or things to alter and was happy to have found this iron shaped wooden box! :) For this project I used the gorgeous new limited “Nyhavn” collection from Maja design.


Started this box with glueing the papers, A Dockside in bloom and Romantic lunch.
The metal butterfly is from Xenos.


Made the rolled up flowers from this collection as well and distressed all the edges.


Added a Prima flower and some handmade fabric flowers, which were made by my sweet friend Paulien.


Took a stencil and some modeling paste to create some texture.


My rolled up flowers with a sneak peek of a handmade thread flower.


Added some fun stamens between the flowers.

Papers used:

A Dockside in bloom
Romantic lunch
Rolled flowers with:
Eating out
A Dockside in bloom
Veteran ships
Strolling along the canal

Other products used:
modeling paste
stencil
dew drops
small roses
stamens
gauze
lace

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Something Sweet For Grandparents

Hello, Maja Fans!

Welcome to the blog today, Maja here to share some sweet inspiration and a tutorial :)

In Poland, on 21st and 22nd of January we celebrate Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s Days. This is one of the most important family occassions to celebrate – who has greater love and patience towards kids than grandparents? And so for this occassions I created little chocolate boxes that are actually a 2-in1 thing, with the space to write in some wishes:

mdczekI used our latest release, the Nyhavn limited edition collection and some cut-outs from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection to decorate the boxes. Here’s the box for Grandma:

mdczek1I used chipboard key and keyholder, die-cut doily, flowers, cheesecloth, pearl brad and washi tapes to make it look nicely vintage:

mdczek2And here’s the inside: the space to the left is for the wishes, and to the right with a little pocket to put a chocolate bar into:

mdczek5And here’s the one for Grandpa:

mdczek3Whoa, I managed without a single flower! :D Instead, I used chipboard gears, die-cut vintage vehicle, cut-out balloons, washi tapes and a metal retro brad to make it look vintage and masculine:

mdczek4And the inside:

mdczek6Would you like to make similar ones? It’s very, very simple! :) Begin with measuring the chocolate bar you wish to give and estimate the measurements for your base, adding a quarter of an inch to the width and length of the front and back side and a quarter for the “spine”. My measurements for the standard 100g chocolate bar are 8×8 inches and scored at 3 3/4″ and 4 1/4″:

mtczekWhen you fold the scores, you get something that looks like book covers:

mtczek1Now cut some papers of your choice for the outer and inner decorations. With Maja papers you’d need about four layers of paper on each “wing” to make it sturdy enough to hold the chocolate bar. And so I cut two pieces for each outer cover and one for each inside cover – together with the base it makes four layers for the wing. I also cut two slim strips for the spine. The measurements are so that, when layered, a 1/8″ frame is visible. The smallest piece of paper is the space for the wishes:

mtczek2Now you need to make the pocket for the chocolate bar – I made a white template for you to see better. Make sure the width of the front of the pocket is 1/8″ less than the width of the side, otherwise you won’t be able to close the box. Mine measurements are: 7 5/8″ wide and 4 1/2″ high, scored at 1 1/2″, 2″, 5 5/8″ and 6 1/8″ on the width and 3 1/8″, 3 5/8″ on the height. Then cut out the areas that are crossed out in the photo:

mtczek3After that you should have such piece:

mtczek4Fold the scores and glue them on the back, forming a dimensional pocket. Make sure the bottom piece goes outside so that it doesn’t hinder sliding in the chocolate bar:

mtczek5Now you can start assembling your box: open the base flat and glue the piece of ribbon across the middle – this will stabilise the “construction:

mtczek6Decorate the inside covers – you should make it flat so that the boxes may close easily. If you want to mae some dimensional embellishment, add the dimension to the width of the spine while preparing the base!

mtczek7Decorate the outer covers – first layer and decorate the panels and then attach them to the base: I recommend double-sided tape for strong permanent fixture. For the outside, you can be as dimensional as you wish :)

mtczek8Finally attach the chocolate pocket:

mtczek9The order of decorating the sides enables you to press the layers firmly – if you e.g. attach the dimensional outers first, you won’t be able to press the insides firmly to make sure they stick :)

Easy peasy, isn’t it?

mdczekSupplies:

Maja Design papers: Nyhavn: Historical Atmosphere bs, Romantic Lunch, Romantic Lunch bs, Strolling along the canal, Strolling along the canal bs, Veteran ships bs, King’s square, Sitting at the dock, Sitting at the dock bs. Vintage Autumn Basics: No. XIV, No. XVI, Heritage. Other: dies: Memory Box, Marianne Design; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Wycinanka; stamps: Lemonade; washi tapes: Dekoracyjna Taśma; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; brads: Craftmania.

I hope you like my chocolate boxes and the tutorial :) See you soon!

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photo frame

Hi all! My first project for Maja Design in this new year.
So happy to stay with this fabulous team for another year!
First of all, I want to wish all of my creative friends a wonderful, healthy and creative 2015!!!!
I want to begin this new year with a project I made for my daughter.
As you might know she is studying in America and this mom is seriously missing her! LOL!
I wanted to make something special so I created this photo frame and added the big handle, a bit symbolic so I can always carry her with me, like a little suitcase. I’m a bit sentimental, sorry! LOL
Btw…this girl is having the time of her live, so this mom is happy! :)


Made this photo frame with the gorgeous Vintage Autumn collection.
You can find the best embellies at the most strange places:  found those big wooden buttons at a local christmas market last year! :)
I used No.I for the front and No.XII for the front torn paper and the sides.
The pink rolled flowers were made with the heritage paper sheet.


My beautiful daughter.
Added some lace around the frame.
The chipboard, painted white with gesso, is from Dusty Attic.


These beautiful white fabric flowers are from 13arts.


Added some pearls, a Tim Holtz clock and Prima handles.


A metal handle from an old cabinet.
Gave it a touch with gesso.


This metal leaf and the dangle on the side were found at a local home decor store.


Papers used:
No.I, No.XII and heritage sheet (pink rolled flowers).

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx