Classes with Elena Olinevich… and the new A Gift For You

Good morning folks!

Today I have some cards with the new A Gift For You collection to share. But first I want to tell you about a wonderful weekend I had some time ago.

In late August I had the privilege of meeting our own Elena Olinevich. We had so much fun. We had dinner with Marie, swam in papers in our warehouse, had some sightseeing and. Elena held classes and I attended two of them. Her classes are so personal, often with smaller groups to get the intimate feeling and be able to help everybody out.

So I thought I’d share the creations I made during her classes.The first class I took was a canvas class where Elena taught different mixed media techniques.We used the romantic Crea Diem collection in combination with Prima embellishments and different mediums.
Here’s a final close up where you can see the background work.And here’s the class I took…

The next class Elena was holding was my favourite. We all got to choose whatever papers we wanted to use. Since there are so many Maja collections we all came up with papers from different collections. I don’t think I saw anyone picking the same papers, so all the albums were so different from each other. We also got embellishments depending on what papers we had chosen. I chose to use papers from the Life In The Country and Life By The Sea collections.
1_We used a lot of acryllics for the mini-album. I really loved that. They became new favourites of mine. 2Try to repeat that if you can. ;) 3We used lots of different dies and mediums…
5Elena really showed us the use of acryllic albums and embellishments.6Elena uses the acryllic sheets to make the album see through. Since I love to follow my albums from page to page I think this is a fantastic way to make it more visible.
7And here you can see though the next page to see the previous one.
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And here’s the page you saw through the acryllic before.9I really love this face…
10And finally. Joel with his beloved IKEA jars…

This album was made during this class.

And now… a couple of Christmas cards made with the new A Gift For You collection that we have all been waiting for…JennyGrotherus jul1 jul2_Jenny

Make lemonade…

Marilyn Rivera-Maja Design July Happy Monday!!! Marilyn here to share with you this project that I made with the new  Coffee in the Arbour collection. I love the Lemon Meringue pie paper with all these pretty lemons and  the Delicious moments paper that I combined to create this canvas.

Marilyn Rivera-Maja Design July1 I framed the lemonade illustration with a 2Crafty chipboard.

Marilyn Rivera-Maja Design July2I added a variety of  flowers and cheesecloth around the frame .

 

 

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I’ve been listening this quote since I was a kid. I used a stencil and molding paste.

 

 

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Supplies:  Lemon Meringue pie paper, Delicious moments paper- Coffee in the Arbour collection, 2Crafty chipboards,  Prima and Recollections flowers, DCWV stencil, Shimmerz Sprintz, lace, cheesecloth

Until next time!Marilyn-sign

 

Shabby-Chic Mixed Media Canvas with Video Tutorial

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Hello Maja fans, Gabrielle here with you today to share my newest canvas using the beautiful Maja Design collections Coffee in the Arbour and Crea Diem.  The lovely rosey prints in the papers lend themselves so well to the shabby-chic look, don’t they!

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chic look for this one because I had been playing with some air dry clay (Martha Stewart) and had made this little corset trinket that I wanted to use as my center piece.

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I mounted the corset on a Dusty Attic chipboard winged dress form (Divine Divas) adding a little fabric to dress it up.  I layered on some lace (Tresors de Luxe) and added a little bit of texture with a stencil and homemade texture paste.   I painted and spritzed the canvas with a variety of Shimmerz Paints sprtizes, paints and Inklingz (all products are listed in the video below).

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I added an interesting embossed texture to my Dusty Attic chipboard frame using a variety of mixed media products (you can watch a step by step in the video below)

Maja Design papers used in this project:  Coffee in the Arbour (Rose Garden, Butterflies are Free), Crea Diem (Clock paper).

I hope you enjoyed watching my process and hope that I’ve inspired you to give Maja Design papers a go when creating your mixed media projects!

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Meet our Summer Girl

Our Guest Team this year consists of four very talented girls from all over the globe. Each and one of them represent the current season and are creating projects with the Basics line that matches it.

Do you want to be the Winter Girl and create projects for us with Vintage Frost Basics? I will pick our Winter Girl from our Mood Board contributions. So if you want to be our guest, work our Mood Boards the very best you can and maybe YOU will be given the honour.

The time has come to introduce you to our beloved Summer Girl.Summer---Iris-Babao-Uy

IRIS BABAO UY is a designer based in The Philippines who specializes in teaching classes that marries the beauty of traditional scrapbooking with the vinrant colors and rich textures of mixed media. Iris is known for her shabby chic and romantic style but also enjoys working with bold patterns and striking colors.

Iris’ work has been published many times in different international magazines.

Iris has been teaching classes for years now all over Asia, The United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Europe. A generous teacher when it comes to sharing her knowledge and techniques with both beginner and advanced scrappers.

You can see more of Iris’ work in her blog: http://www.irisbabaouy.typepad.com

And here comes her three wonderful projects that she has created for us…
IMG_2244Iris explains.

“To create the page I used a Maja Paper as base and layered a watercolor paper on top of it. I Applied texture pastes, mists and inks on the watercolor paper and proceeded to layer Maja Design Papers on top of it. The chipboard shapes were painted and embossed to give more texture.”IMG_2247 IMG_2250 IMG_2254 IMG_2260

I used papers from the Vintage Summer Basics as well as the following:
Watercolor paper, Texture Pastes and Gesso,’Distress Inks, Shimmerz Mists, Prima Flowers, Burlap Fabric, White Foam Sheets, Buttons.

 

Her next project is a beautiful canvas frame.
“I Made a canvas frame as a gift to one of my scrappy friends. I started with a stretched canvas and applied soft gel medium on top of the canvas. I then added torn patterned papers from Maja Design Vintage Summer Basic and added another coat of soft gel medium to coat and protect the surface of the canvas. As it dried I added texture mediums and gesso over a stencil. Mists and Glazes followed next. Once the surface was completely dry I then added the rest of the layers.”IMG_2276IMG_2283 IMG_2290 IMG_2288IMG_2285 IMG_2286

Last, but not least, she has created a beautiful set of note cards for us…IMG_2274 IMG_2270 IMG_2267We thank Iris for being our guest and the beautiful project she created for us. I hope you have enjoyed Iris’s projects as much as we have. In September you will meet our Autumn Girl who will play with Vintage Autumn Basics. So don’t miss her…

June Mood Board

Summer is here and it’s time to move out in the garden. There’s nothing like enjoying a cup of coffee in the sun and enjoy the moment. The winter will be here before you know it. So here’s a tribute to our very short summer outdoors, based no the new Coffee In The Arbour collection. JuneMBAnd 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 July 26th. 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 July 23rd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…Elena_OlinevichElena OlinevichGabrielle_PollaccoGabrielle Pollacco
Jenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusLarissa_AlbernazLarissa AlbernazMaja_NowakMaja NowakRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonJenny

May Mood Board

The wedding season is here and what a lovely season that is. Our latest Mood Board, based on the Crea Diem collection, is all about love and we hope you find it inspirational.May-Mood-board-nyAnd 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 May 31st. 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 May 28th at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…Andrea_EwenAndrea EwenHeather_JacobHeather JacobIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerJenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusMaja_NowakMaja NowakMarilyn RiveraMarilyn RiveraNadia_CannizzoNadia CannizzoNancy_HanttulaNancy HanttulaRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonJenny

Easter Canvas

Hello Maja Friends. Are you busy with your Easter preparations?

I feel like I always do just jump into decorations almost last minute. So this time I have decided to start creating something like this long time before.

So here is my Easter canvas that I am going to give to my Mother

EasterCanvasElena  I use yellow in my creations not rarely, I would say never. But some changes are needed  for my moving towards so I have already tried greens, so next turn is for the yellow.

And yes, Vintage Spring basics Collection has almost all of the possible colors to choose from lilac and purple, to olive, yellow, eggplant and so on

Centre  My canvas is just about 20*20 cm or 8*8 inches, so it’s  a little bit challenging for me as it is more in size than the card but quiet smaller than my usual and preferrable for the works size of 30*30 cm or 12*12 inches.

But I made some cutting from the papers, put some layers, added some flowers and branches and here is my feeling of this special day

ClosieCanvas1  Those daffodils are so amazing, I love them and they are my messenger for the warm spring. I have put several pictures of them on my canvas, but this one on the background is the pretiest one

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I made some water coloring on the background as well as on my embellishments.

so hope my Mom will love it too.

Products used:

Vinatge Spring Basics – 1st of March, 2nd of march, 3rd of March, Days to Remeber;

Prima Marketing embellishments, 2Crafty Chipboard Border.

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God Bless This Nest – Ska Vi Ta En Fika?

Hello Maja Design fans and friends.  Nancy Hanttula here, back again.  This week I am sharing a St. Patrick’s Day inspired mixed media project.

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I created this piece using the gorgeous Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection.

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I knew that the beautiful greens and purples in this paper collection were going to be perfect to create this piece.

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So, now I would like to share the basics on how this project came together.  I first started with my basic background.

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I then wanted to add some stenciling….I am all about texture and layering on my projects.

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I first laid my stencil down to see where I wanted to go.

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I mix acrylic paint with modeling paste to achieve the color and texture/dimension that I want.

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I created my “shamrock” using one of my Martha Stewart heart punches.  I punched out 8 individual hearts.

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I was going for a dimensional look…so I folded each heart in half and then glued just one of the folded sides down.

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I mounted the piece onto a wood frame that I bought at my local craft store.  I wanted to add some dimension to my frame…so I added detailing with some dimensional paint.

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After the dimensional paint dried, I painted over it with acrylic paint.

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After the acrylic paint dried, I added some dark purple ink to just the dimensional areas to highlight the dimension.

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I added a little Prima bird nest to the center of my shamrock…a little metal key and tag from my stash, some additional layering, bling, and stamping…and there you have it.

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Papers used from the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection used for this project included:  Kladdkaka (front); Pratstund (front and back); Marzipanbakelse (front); Havrerutor (back); Blommor pa bordet (front).  Other supplies used:  Liquitex modeling paste; Martha Stewart heart punch; E6000 glue; hot glue; Prima bird cage; small alphas from the Girls Paperie; Prima’s Ingvild Chalk Ink; wood flourish and wood frame from my local crafts store; acrylic paints from FolkArt and Dermacoat in colors Lavendar, Purple, & Fresh Foliage; Polymark dimensional paint; metal key, metal label, brads, felt, acrylic stamp, and stencil from my stash.

Thanks for looking.  I hope I have inspired you to create something today.

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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

Nothing but blue skies – Sommartider

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, and I’m back again to share another mixed media project I created, this time with the amazingly colorful, Sommartider paper collection.

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I know I have said it many, many times, but I do love this paper collection.  Whenever I need a bit of color to brighten my day, I create with this collection. Which leads me to this 12 x 16 inch canvas panel mixed media piece I call, “Nothing but blue skies.”

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I am constantly being inspired by my children.  And this piece was inspired by the packaging of a “Barbie” (at least I think it was “Barbie”, all I have is the inner packaging of a Christmas toy) that my 6 year old daughter got from Santa Claus, and by one of her fairy books (hence, the paper doll-like girls).  While I was creating this, she asked me, “Why are you using my stuff for your art?” In my head I was thinking, “really?”…but I just simply explained to her that some things just inspire me, and after all, I was just inspired by the packaging, which was essentially trash and going to be put, and has since been put, into the recycling.  Well, all that did was lay her claim to this piece, which I was making for her anyway….so a win-win situation, don’t you think!

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My canvas pieces always start by figuring out the design I am wanting to create on the background…and then choosing the papers to create the scene.  In this case, creating the background “horizon,” so to speak.

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I decoupage them down, add some acrylic paint to streamline the design, and add stamping for texture and interest.

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For this piece, I created 2 paper-doll girls.

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I then dressed them in clothes from other patterned papers from this same Sommartider collection.  In fact, every single piece of paper used for this project was from this particular collection.  (all papers used are listed at the bottom of this post)

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The “magic wand” was created with a toothpick and some ribbon from my stash.  I glued the ribbon down to make it look like it was blowing in the wind.

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The sunflowers were created using stamps from Heartfelt Creations and the button centers were from my personal stash.

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I created the tree trunk, cut out circles for the “leaves” and added doodled details.

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This was a fun project to create, and really, it is the fun projects that feed my soul.  What about you?

Sommartider papers used for this project included:  Sky: Sol Och Bad (bs); Hills/Grass:  Lunch I Det Grona, Lata Dagar, & Pathway; tree trunk:  Hallonsorbet; clouds:  Massor Med Glass (bs); sunflowers:  Bad Shorts (bs); Park Benches:  Strandmode (bs); the bodies of the girls:  Lata Dagar (bs); the clothes for the girls:  Massor Med Glass (bs), Hallonsorbet (bs), & Blomsterprakt (front & back);

Other supplies used to create this included:  stamps from CTMH, Unity Stamp Co, Kaisercraft, Heartfelt Creations, & Prima; flower stickers from Sassafras and my stash; leaf punch from Martha Stewart; ribbons, buttons from my stash; white paint pen from Elmers; other pens from Permaball, CTMH, & Sharpie; decoupage glue from DecoArt; heat gun from Tim Holtz; and acrylic paint from FolkArt in Calypso Sky (a true personal fave), Lime Green , & Cereale; and acrylic paint in Bright Magenta (Apple Barrel)

Thank you so much looking at my latest project.  I really hope that I have inspired you to create something today that feeds your soul!

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