The Carament tower

Hello Sweeties

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new photo taken in Château-Renault (France): it’s the Carament Tower.


I added a layer of clear Gesso before adding a design with a stencil and Light Moldeling Paste. When dry, I colored the background with some Twinkling H2Os.


While the background was drying, I covered the geometric chipboards first with Black Gesso, then with Graphite Paste.

CRenault_detail2_PascaleWhen all the embellishments were in place,I added some Art Ingredients: Glass Glitter and Micro Beads.


I finished by adding some splaters of Twinkling H2Os and some random stamping.


Maja Design papers:

Vintage Summer Basics: 1899
Crea Diem: Ord flyger bort


Green Fingers

Hello Maja friends!

I’m in on a hot Thursday afternoon to share with you my latest project made for Maja Design using the Antligen collection. By the time I finished my layout, my fingers were all purple and white, but what I really want them to be is green! I’ll explain why later, but firstly, here is my page:


I’m using the Antligen collection from Maja Design, which is really all about Springtime and the earth coming back to life with beautiful flowers after a long cold winter. That fitted the nature theme in my photo perfectly (although the photo I chose was one I took of my favourites – Lavender Augustafolia, was in autumn). Now, the climate here in Singapore is really not suitable for growing lavender because of the over-bearing humidity which kills off the plant by encouraging root rot. In my last tries, I managed to get the seeds to germinate and sprout, and then suddenly they all died off after a month. Then someone gifted me a pot of blooming ones, but they all never survived more than two months even with full sunlight and careful watering. Bear in mind I’m someone who can actually kill cactus…. So when we booked ourselves into the Lavender and Berry farm on our Perth trip, you can imagine how gaga I went over the gorgeous flowers in bloom. And it was effortless for them. *Green eyes* Now I’m trying to grow some cherry tomatoes but they all seemed to have stopped at the seedling stage. Maybe I should give up and just paint my fingers green instead.

So my long story aside and back to the project. I’ve kept my paper layering to a minimum, with just enough to create the flow in my composition and focused a lot more on the background details this time round. Maja Design collections come with a mixture of beautifully drawn images as well as neutral plain papers, which are perfect for adding on mediums to create your very own background if you are into experimenting with mixed media like me. The colors also make it easy to match papers across different collection as well.

Some close-ups:


Back to my usual style of tucking in chipboards in between my papers. I have strips of green and purple paper from the Antligen collection, as well as some fussy cut flowers from the collection to fill out the composition nicely. To make the fussy cut flowers stand out, I doodled the edges with black gelato. The chipboard I colored with three different shades of purple, two shades of green, and adhered clear Distress Glitter on the edges for some interesting texture.


A closer look at what I did for the background – stenciling and doodling around the relief, sprinkling of transparent and black microbeads, splatters of watercolor and acrylic inks.


Hidden details behind the photo with random stamping, a painted metal water fountain with little roses tucked in. It’s starting to look like an English garden! My title is “Great Outdoors” and it describes so well my love for everything under the sun.


Filling out the bottom part of the composition nicely with some chipboard vines. I painted with two different shades of green and sprinkled on clear microspheres when the paint is wet. And just in case, I sealed the beads with a thin layer of gel medium.

So that’s all I have for today. Before you go, I would love to hear some of your gardening wins and woes too!

Maja Design papers used:


Syrenen blommar, Kaffe pa trappan, Naturen dofta, Forsommar, Vardagjamning

Other supplies:

Flowers and embellishment: Prima Marketing Inc, Wild Orchid Crafts,
Stencil: Prima Marketing
Chipboards: Blue Fern Studios
Mediums: 13@rts (modeling paste, gel medium, acrylic inks, paints, microbeads), Shimmerz (Inklingz), Rangers (Distress Paint and Stains), Twinkling H2Os
Stamps: Kaisercraft, Blue Fern Studios


You Are – Layout

Hello Maja Fans. Elena is here with you today and I have  a Layout to share with you. I found some funny photos of my little boy and it seems that the Layout turned to be a bit serious one.

YouAre_ElenaOlinevich_MajaDesignLOI tried to start working with this awesome wooden background from Nyhavn collection. Absolutely great for some texture on the background.

However I used some floral patterned papers to create those heart dies as well as crown papers for some layers.

Nyhavn_ElenaOlinevich_closeI added some flowers, well I guess it doesn’t look girly. What do you think?

img_0319Some more cute heart shapes

plane2_ElenaOlinevichLoI also used plane chipboard as an embellishment and colored a bit the background.

Hope you have liked my Layout.

Products used – Nyhavn collection – Old Townhouses, Romantic Lunch, King’s Square, Sitting at the dock; Prima Marketing flowers and Color Blooms, Wycinanka chipboard.


Moonlight beach

Although the weather is not showing it right now and it’s feeling more like autumn, the summer is surely here! So how about some summer inspiration? Here’s one of my favorite memories, the Moonlight beach – truly deserved it’s name on this day. The light is just amazing and I used it as a colour inspiration for the whole page.
Supplies: 7th of April – Vintage Spring basics, No XXI Vintage Autumn basics
Others: chipboards by Blue Fern Studios

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a lovely summer :)

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Barcelona : Carrel del Bisbe

Hello Sweeties
Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with this photo taken during a recent trip to Barcelona.


I started by adding some black gesso with a sponge, then some big splatters of white diluted gesso.


While the background dried, I covered the chipboard with some graphite paste.


I die cut the leaves in assorted papers, then I put them in shape after shading them.


I colored the flowers with some Twinkling H2Os.


Maja Design collections used: 

CreaDiem-P1 Fika-P Vintage-Spring-Basics-P


Layout Inspiration Day

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the blog today. This time we want to give you some lovely inspirational pictures of layouts. Once again we have gathered the team together with one common mission – to create some fabulous layouts to inspire you.

Please enjoy..!

Maja Novak
Created by Maja Nowak, using the “Lantliv” collection.

Created by Rachelle Sigurdson, using the “Vintage Baby” collection.

ZankaCreated by Zaneta/Zanka Glowa, using the “Life by the Sea” and the “Nyhavn” collections.

Elena OlinevichCreated by Elena Olinevich, using the Vintage Spring collection.

Jennifer SnyderCreated by Jennifer Snyder, using the Life by the Sea collection.

Created by Amy Voorhuis, using the Life in the Country & Nyhavn collections.

JelissaCreated by Jelissa Mei, using the Vintage Baby collection.


Thank you for visiting the Maja Blog today..!
Have a lovely day out there. :)



Happy Days

Hello everyone! It’s Cathy here on the blog today. I have a layout that I have created using papers from a few collections, Vintage Summer and Life by The Sea. I also used the butterflies from Vintage Spring Basics as embellishments. I used the colours from my photo to determine my papers and went from there.


I used a 2 Crafty chipboard frame and altered it using walnut stain and faded jeans distress inks. The flowers are a combination of Green Tara, Petaloo and Prima flowers which all vary in shades of blue. The background (right) I used antique linen distress ink and The Crafters Workshop Mini Chickenwire reversed stencil to add some texture.


I recently bought a Memory Box banner die called Banner Parade. I die cut some papers from Life By the Sea and alternated them to create this fun banner. I applied some foam tape to each to add dimension.


Hashtags are everywhere these days and I used a chipboard saying from Dusty Attic and played around with it using Walnut Stain and Distress Stain and also Faded Jeans Distress ink to create an ombre effect.


This pennant was a last minute addition to my layout. It was a blank area that just needed something and banners are a great way to fill up a space. I added some hearts which were some left overs …..nothing goes to waste!

Maja Design Papers used:



Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


Circa 1909

Hello Sweeties

Today, I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new family photo taken around 1909, I guess, in view of the age of my paternal grand-father and his two sisters.


I began my background with watered Gesso, Graphite Paste that I added with a stencil and some Twinkling H2O…


… and to finish some random stamping with two inks.


I dry brushed the flowers with white Gesso in order to give them a faded look.


I painted the chipboards with several colors of Twinkling H2Os before covering them with a clear crackle paste.


And to finish, I added some Glass Glitters and beads.


Maja Design Papers

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Happy Memories

Hello, Maja friends, welcome to the blog today :)

Could I post anything else but a child’s layout on Children’s Day? No, I couldn’t! And so, here’s my sweet little nephew:

mdhmAnd could I use any other collection for a sweet baby page than the Vintage Baby papers? No, I couldn’t! :) The It’s a Boy sheet made a perfect background:

mdhm1I added tiny liquid pearl dots to decorate the doily border around the page and used one of the signature strips to decorate the bottom of the page :) Onto this background I placed the photo matted with various pieces of papers and cut-out tags:

mdhm2mdhm6I die-cut the title…

mdhm3and added some stamping…

mdhm4…and a punched banner:

mdhm5My layout is layered, yet flat enough to be placed into a frame:

mdhm7I’ll be giving this page as a keepsake of the little prince’s first Children’s Day :)

Maja collection used:

Vintage-Baby-POther supplies: dies: Memory Box, Die-namics; flowers: Scrapberry’s; washi tape: Dekoracyjna Taśma, stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms; punch: DP Craft; liquid pearls: Ranger; baker’s twine, vintage ribbon: my stash.



Hello Maja fans!

I’m happy to be in today to share a layout of my boys, using papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and working with a different color palette.

Here is the layout:


Sometimes when I’m out of ideas for what colors to use, the photo I have chosen helps to give me a clue. In this case, the turquoise, blue and grey in the photo were a lovely combination and I managed to match the papers from Summer Vintage Basics perfectly with it.


I made my background by dabbing on paint with a sponge to create a sort of triangular shape – this will be my visual line for the whole page. Then I spread some modeling paste, layered on pieces of patterned papers, and did my stamping to further accent that visual line. The idea of keeping this consistent is to create a flow that will capture your attention and draw your eyes to the main subject, which is the photo.


My embellishments are usually very simple items – chipboards, flowers, little tags and maybe sometimes a resin or two as I like to spend more time on my background. Embellishments have a tendency of stealing the thunder from the photo (who can resist pretty flowers!) but the background sets the mood for the entire project. In this background, I have different sized micro-beads and distress glitter, with some paint splatters to create more interesting small textural details that will both contrast and complement the bigger but simpler photo. I also made my background more intensely colored as I desaturated my photo colors slightly when editing it to enhance that contrast.


Chipboards are a favourite to add to my projects. I have used a variety of techniques here – heat embossing, stamping, painting and sealing with crackle paint to achieve different effects.

That’s all I have for today. Hope you find the tips here useful!

Maja Design papers used:

1914, 1934, 1946

Other supplies:

Chipboards – Blue Fern Studios
Mediums – 13@rts (gesso, paints, mists, microbeads, modeling paste, gel medium), Faber Castell (gelato)