Love That & more LO’s for the Kitchen Wall

Hello,today I am here to share with you, a few more LO’s I did, for our kitchen wall. I do have to say, that this task, is getting harder to do, (working with the same paper,over & over,lots of boy LO’s, & with the color tones, being the same trough out, I am finding that, I may be getting a bit repetitious,as my embellishments are limited). But as I am doing the LO’s,I am adding them to the wall, & the wall is looking amazing,so it gives me the drive to keep on going.

The first three 3 LO’s are of my nephews,the first one is of Quenton….6ee0eb86bed64989b27189fc610ccdb6I used Kings Square-BS,Veteran Ship-BS & Sitting on the Dock from the Nyhavn Collection. The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic.

Other products used:TCW, template, The Story 12X12, Coffee Splotch 6X6, Prima Texture Paste Graphite, & metal, Tim Holtz paints,rock candy crackle,brushed pewter crackle,paint & stain,LuminArt Jasper Red

Here are some closeups of detail….6d7e963866f64b4bab64dfff43ebdbc1 (1)To deepen the color of Veterans Ship-BS,I painted on Tattered Angels Indian corn & rubbed in some pebbles chalk…I inked all the edges of the paper using a mixture of charcoal & grey mist,I used a brush to do this…154a0c3969af436ea19c34bbe0c1fa97For the red used on the chipboard ,I  used my wall paint,for the red,plus I applied a coat of clear crackle varnish. I used LuminArt’ (Jasper Red)H20 over the crackle on the chipboard. The red was still a bit to bright,so I toned with wintermist gray H20,once the red had dried. I used this on all the chipboard in these LO’s….I also inked the edges of the chipboard using a ink pad..I used distressed brushed pewter stain,paint & crackle on the rest of the chipboard.311d70b702234bdb83ca48443d46ffde

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9363ca19b03c4c8daefa112ac5a1917d (1)Here is my next LO,of Quentons brother Elliot…4d43260ac5e94dbc97bf322994013382I used all the paints & metal as I did in the above LO. The Templates used are TCW, dart board 6×6,contact sheet 6×6, & Tim Holtz rulers….

My next LO is of Justin,Quinton & Elliots cousin…..eacbdbd9b39a4a00a33da9d571204fc5The stencils used: TCW, believe 12×12, Specimens 6×6,mini screen print, 6×6, Tim Holtz rulers.

This next LO is of my Mother with her siblings,my mom is holding the baby….51b3539dd3574645b9b3d4b6a4010da9This is the last photo,I took of my Mom with her Siblings,before she passed away June 2013. Mom is the beautiful lady,lower right corner…0db863cdf1dd484580ccebaa7b3f4119The last LO,for today,me with my best friend Tenely.071ccac6161d49d98bac79800bfde0f4I am on a count down,only 16 left to go,then I can show you a before & after of the wall!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Justine & Nicolas

Hello Sweeties,

Today, I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new family photo. This is a photo of my paternal grand-parents, Justine and Nicolas, on their wedding day.

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I began my layout by gluing some scraps of papers on the background before adding a design with a stencil and Graphite paste. The paste has a grainy texture and some mica in it. The texture, when dry, is amazing!

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When the paste was dry, I added some colors: first some splatters of blue Primary Elements,and then splatters of diluted Gesso to tone dawn the color. I wanted to obtain a white washed effect. I finished the background  with some white splatter of acrylic ink and some random stamping.

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I used the same trick with the roses, I used first Primary Elements to color them then diluted Gesso.

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To give the light pink color to the cherry blossoms, I just applied a pink Distress ink with a piece of Cut’n-dry on the tip of the petal.

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I added several layers of medium to the bookplate. I began to prime it with white Gesso, then Black Gesso that I partially removed. When completely dry, I added a layer of clear crackle paste. I let it air dry as it is the best way to obtain nice cracks. Then I covererd the bookplate with a layer of glossy gel to prevent the cracks to fall. And last step I added some color.

Maja Design Papers:

Nyhavn – Sitting on the Dock ;
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Nyhavn – Old Town House.

Beautiful

Hello Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today :)

It’s Maja here to share a delicate, girly page I made with a photo of my beautiful niece:

mdbeautifulShe’s such a darling, sweet girl, so I wanted to give her photo a delicate, soft and ethereal background. Therefore I chose the Vintage Spring Basics papers and started by distressing and layering two sheets and then adding some textured pattern with white gesso:

mdbeautiful1Then around the photo I arranged the clusters of flowers, cut-outs and sme bling:

mdbeautiful2I had this plastic frame in my stash for ages and it turned out it makes a perfect match with a resin cameo. So I glued them together and placed among the flowers:

mdbeautiful3To add an interesting detail, I tore a bit of the bottom part of the papers and inserted a piece of lace:

mdbeautiful4I also used a little trick with this chipboard frame. Originally, it was smaller than the photo, so I cut it apart diagonally and placed above the photo corners:

mdbeautiful5I hope the layout well portraits her sweet personality :)

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Vintage Spring Basics: 5th of April, 6th of March, 4th of May, 4th of May bs, 4th of April; Vintage Autumn Basics: no. XVI. Other: chipboard : Stempell&Kartoon; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; die: Sizzix; resin frame and cameo, guipure lace: from my stash.

See you :)

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Maja Design Papers and Watercolors…

Hello everyone! Iris here and I’m very happy to be posting here for the first time as a part of the creative team of Maja Design. I adore the papers of Maja Design and one thing I noticed is the quality of the papers. I love to dabble with mixed media and I wanted to experiment a little and add some watercolors to the sheets and see what would be the outcome. I was pretty sure the paper could handle the moisture from water-colour mediums and I was very pleased with the results…

I would like to share with you a bright pastel Maja Design page…IMG_1026

These photos were taken during a summer vacation in Baguio City, Philippines. I wanted to use my Maja papers but also wanted the page to reflect a bright pastel tone. It’s really possible to use the shabby and romantic designs of Maja papers even for bright pages. I just used colouring mediums to make it happen…IMG_1032

The hot air balloons I used here were cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics paper, while the flowers were cut from Crea Diem.IMG_1033

The bird and butterflies are from Vintage Spring Basics…IMG_1037

I also cut some neutral patterns and individually coloured each strip with watercolors. I then cut it again in smaller strips and layered them up to create a textured and multi-colored strip of page.IMG_1042

The  flowers were also cut from the Vintage Autumn Basics paper…IMG_1044

papers used from this collection:

Thanks for your visit! Hope you will have a fun and creative day!Iris-sign

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Hello everyone! It’s Cathy here on the blog today. I have a layout to share with you that is monochromatic in design with just a hint of colour. In Australia, we have moved into the season of autumn which is the paper inspiration for my layout. I pulled out all of the brown papers from the Vintage Autumn Collection and played around with them until I decided which ones I wanted to use.

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To create the shape of my patterned paper and contrasting cardstock, I used The Crafter’s Workshop Trendy Bracket stencil. I inked the edge of the patterned paper with Prima dark bark ink and used sewing scalloped scissors to create the scalloped border around the edge of the dark brown border. I have used regular scalloped scissors in the past and have found the sewing scissors gave me greater control and accuracy in my cuts. I also inked this Scrapmatts title using the Prima ink as well.

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Not only are the Maja Design papers beautiful but the negative side of the titles are beautiful as well! I trimmed one to create one of my titles. I fussy cut one of the clocks from the collection as well to create an embellishment. I also added a Prima and Green Tara flower.

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To frame my photo, I used Spellbinders Card Creator Heirloom Legacy die. I love the details it has.

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I inked a Prima Shabby Chic Treasure using the same dark bark ink to make it look aged. As you can see, I also inked my other papers with the same ink.

Maja Design papers used:

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today!

Have a great day!!

 

Happy Days

Hello Maja fans! It is my turn on the Maja Design blog to share my latest creation. Today, I have a boyish layout for you.

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What I did was to create a layout based on contrast. Generally we all like to use neutral and light colored backgrounds for our projects but a dark background like black can give a very outstanding effect. To make my dark background more obvious, I backed it up with a sheet of grey paper from A Gift for You collection. And to make my dark paper even more distinct without the use of any mediums, I distressed the edges so that the white of the paper shows and forms a natural border.

Now for some close-ups:

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You can see more clearly some of the details I have in my mixed media background that added on to the contrast. I have subtle stamping in grey and bigger splatters of white ink. I also have gesso on the background but I didn’t want the white from the gesso to be too stark, so I wiped it down for a more toned down look. And on that part of the white, I made splatters of black ink.

The layering of my papers also used very neutral colors in order for the dark background and the amount of work done on it to stand out. The only color I have is blue which I used to match the color of my boys’ clothes (yes, their daddy is a boy too :D ). My chipboards were embossed with two colors – metallic grey and black to match the tones of the whole page.

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Keeping my embellishments simple and monotoned so that they don’t steal the attention away from my background. Even my title was simple with just a little bit of texture on it.

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I had used circles on my page to keep the whole theme and flow consistent, and I wanted some bigger circles to create a direction that moves across the page from the left to the right. These bigger circles have to stand out from the busy background, but not so much that it becomes too obvious. So instead of using stamped white embossing powder (which can be too bright), I stamped using white gesso instead. Some parts of the stamp design come out very clearly, some parts are less obvious so the overall effect is that it does not over-power the background.

So these are the tips I have for you today to create something unusual from your Maja papers. Thanks for dropping by!

Maja Design papers used:

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Other supplies:

Mediums – 13@rts matt paint (Cobalt Blue), Splash Ink (Black, White), Gesso, modeling paste
Chipboards – Blue Fern Studios
Flowers and trinket – Prima Marketing

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A little flower fairy

Hello!
I’m happy to have you here again :) Today I’m sharing a simple 20×20 canvas, with my daughter (here at the age of 2) looking like a sweet flower fairy.
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I have used Vintage Spring basics pieces, with the flower branches as the main decorative element. There are hardly any mixed media used here, except for the drops of liquid accents- it’s all about the papers really :)
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Supplies: Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics : 1st of May, 4th of May.
From my stash: chipboard window, flowers, brads, dies.

Thanks for visiting us today at Maja Design blog!

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Hello World & Just Me

Hello,today I am going to share with you, a very long post,working with the Beautiful Nyhavn Collection. This winter,we repainted the whole inside of our home,using different tones of grays. I also have a feature,wall in the kitchen,that is in the red tone, that holds 36 shadow boxes with Scrapbook LO’s.ac4740168c1047f8ba2ec3e809a6c581 (1)Once we completed all the painting, & I received the Nyhavn Collection, & saw that the Kings Square-BS was in the same gray tones as I used in the kitchen, I decided to do all new LO’s, using the color tones of the kitchen.

I am using these 3 sheets, from the Nyhavn Collection,for this project. Because I mainly want the gray, as the background,I will not be doing, as much paper layering. I will get my texture through stencils & the DA chipboard.So this is all new to me. I will also be changing all my photos to black & white. My first step,for this project was to go online shopping. I ordered more Dusty Attic Chipboard, the Maja Design, Nyhavn Collection, (I ordered enough,for this project,plus future projects,as it is a limited edition). I also ordered some stamps,stencils,texture pastes & mists or H20,that would be in my color tones. Now I had to wait for my supplies to arrive, so my next step was to paint the chipboard I had on hand. I used my wall paint,for the red,plus I applied a coat of clear crackle varnish. I used distressed brushed pewter stain,paint & crackle on the rest of the chipboard. The chipboard was now ready for a final coat of H20′s,or whatever I wanted to apply over the crackle. I also went through all of my flowers,that were to bright for the Maja Collections & dipped them into all the paint colors, that I used in the kitchen (I watered down the paint). Now I was organized & ready for my paper to arrive….

For today’s post,I decided to do 2 LO’s, that will go up on the wall,one of a younger me,& one of me now….8502405e47864dc9a7c00ae373f6563b

Nyhavn-PFrom the Nyhavn Collection I used Kings Square-BS, Veteran Ship-BS & Sitting on the dock

The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic, Other products used:Prima Texture Paste,Graphite, Prima Wire thread,Auburn,Tim Holtz,rock candy crackle,TH distress stains & paints,brushed pewter. TCW,stencils Art is (6×6), confetti (6×6), Coffee Splotch (12×12) & (6×6)

Here are some closeups of detail…..90ad2dbd90334090a3bfa6611c7eecf1 (1)Using a paint brush, I applied TA ( Indian Corn) to deepen the color,of Veteran Ship-BS, I also inked all the edges of the paper.42b91d773ccd4fa992c1f69cb09262f8

79a43c66cf5a41ec8f1b58a16ef4c208The younger me:liked to dress in nice cloths,even if they were itchy,like angora or mohair. Wore heals,as I am only 5 foot 3. Socialized, but also loved being at home. I enjoyed crafts at that time of my life,( knitting & cross stitch & embroidery).I was also gardening at that time….We did lots of travelling….Here are some close ups of detail….36a18ec026fb47599a48ed825f628cb8One of my favorite mediums, is crackle,here I used TH rock candy & brushed pewter….b73c37e819cf49458756662bec0aa515Ilove the dream weaver,it allows me to really play with chipboard, & of course lots of detail….Here is my next LO,ME now…..4c0ebf44a1174d72b54a46a5bbe303dfI don’t worry so much about appearance now, & this photo shows it. I can not believe my hair, I wear bangs, so I must have done my usual,not really taking a good look at my self,before flying out the door, to get this set of photos taken. I now wear,Lulu Lemon, & all cotton, comfy cloths. I do not wear heels,because of the bunions I got, from my early years of wearing them.I still love to spend money on nice things,but instead of buying a new outfit,I am now buying Scrapbooking supplies. I prefer to stay at home,really have lost the desire to socialize, would rather spend my free time on scrapbooking, then going out for lunch or coffee.We do not travel as much, & I am losing the desire,I really am content at home.When I get my mind set on something,like this project,there is no stopping me,I will find a way to get, what I want, or what I want to do,even if I have lose sleep,to get my project done. My goal is to have this done,before I start to work out in the garden. We get lots of family & company through out the summer,so I would like them to be able to see the completed project. Here are some closeups of detail…..72ce14ba00c54be4b80ce8f33876074cFor the red on all the chipboard,I first painted it with the reddish wall paint,then applied a thick coat of crackle. Once the crackle dried I applied some LuminArte,Jasper Red H2O3fdbf6addfda49eaba7f4477bd0b141a

1aa3ae76c5f64658ae8f4e395676d969Now I am going to share with you, a before & after of a corner of the kitchen,that is completed & all the LO’s that I have done,so far, for this project…7e645fa178c54a53aceda3484a024a6dThe reason,I decided to take on this project, is that, I decided that there was to much going on,on the wall,with the wall being reddish. I actually have 160,shadow boxes through out the house. The rest are on a charcoal colored wall,so anything goes. As I am changing these,ones I am moving,these ones to other areas of our home.I already know what my next winters project is, updating all the shadow boxes. I have, had the shadow boxes for about 10 years, & I goggled them & they are still out there, MCS Industries,Inc shadow box…..a85a3b06357a4bc8b89b8465bd3fb8ceThis corner is completed & I love how it looks…Here are the LO’s I have completed so far…

The 1st & 2nd ones are canvas’s of my 3 boys…0969d8b22238459ba23fd5b41d4ef533

8a6ea1e33a7f42edb10a3f27353c004a The next,is a LO,of my oldest son Sigurdur,who is now 33 years old…..b8db92d46b0e435387a8ea1f0494c27cThis LO is of, my middle son Erlendur,he is now 29 years old,& so very happy he is still here with us. Last January he was in a snow mobile accident,leaving him with a severe brain injury (his survival rate is 3%,so it really is a miracle, that he is still with us today). Erlendur,is a very self motivated young man,has worked very hard at recovery,in fact is planning on going back to work this April. I don’t think,I would have updated our home this winter, if it wasn’t for DD being home,& needed something to do…..4e7d234f013042f290aa9075a06657abThis LO is of my youngest son Tandri,who is now 26 years old…3a423d3a44f049bba7ffdc4822784852A LO,of our Family & dogsc78faad5f9fa4d07a32a03909a754a96A LO,of Tandri & Renee (Tandri’s girlfriend of 6 years)2abbc8c6d5554630854185b34b770bfcA LO,of Renee,using a photo, I took of her, when she got accepted into Law…70c4480bdbda42b087eaf99a625a1230A LO of Siggi & I,we have been married for 36 years….7d8da3509bf3467b811639f34a670e42Love this photo of Erlendur & Siggi, gives me the giggles….b0d2dd9501804cbaa70925c00eb66074A LO of my sister & me….6bcdfbf0b7c1427b9157058fdb42e992Another photo I love, of Tandri & Milo….81ded2a203f2421f91e8ee0c532f9259Siggi & I with our 5 barking dogs,they are also getting older….3c046e03d6d8498e94f6fed77b295946A photo of me, with my sister & birth-daughter…cbece21fa1b7482f9ca0502dafb63620A special photo of Tandri,with my mom & dad. My mom passed away June 2013,at the young age of 76…..7f9f7db57f444bd29c65a0495d8ca74fI will say this project, does have its challenges,one of them being,that I am working with the same paper,day after day. How ever,as I am putting them up on the wall,& the wall is looking better,I stay enthused. I have also learned,lots through doing this. Through the last couple years, I have been spending lots of time, on other peoples photos, to match with the paper. Now I plan to use my own photo’s & change them into either septa or B&W,if they do not have the color,that are in the Maja Collections. After losing my mother,& just about losing my middle son,I decided,I really need to Scrap more of our,own Family, & I am really enjoying doing so. Thank you so much for taking the time to look…….Rachelle

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Scrapping Masculine Style

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Hello Maja fans, Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest scrapbook page using some of my all time favorite Maja papers!  As many of you already know about me, I’m a mom of two girls, so most of my scrapbooking is done in a feminine style.  But recently a friend of mine sent me a whole bunch of photos of her children that she wanted me to scrap. Although she has beautiful little girls, she also has an adorable little boy! So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do a masculine ‘boy’ style page.

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When I saw the cute little plaid shirt that her son was wearing in the pic, I immediately thought of the perfect ‘Flannel’ shirt and ‘Jeans’ papers from the Walking In the Forest collection.  I added in some of the clock elements from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection and I had some lovely papers to get started.

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All the chipboard I used on this page is from Dusty Attic Designs.  I had a lot of fun with my chipboard pieces.  I thought I would go for a nice rusty finish….they look like real rusty metal don’t they!  What I did to get this effect is first I painted the chipboard pieces with some Dusty Attic paints (Hot Chocolate, Raisin and Gingernut), I kind of dabbed on the colors with a sponge dauber, randomly placing my color.  While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled some Dusty Attic Rusting Powder over sections of my chipboard, allowing some of the paint color underneath to show through.  This gave my pieces a nice mottled look.  The next step in rusting is to take a spray bottle and put some white vinegar in it….spritz your pieces with the vinegar, then allow your pieces to begin rusting.  The process takes about 20 minutes to a half hour.  I sped up the process a bit by hitting it with the heat gun. I also dry brushed some Dusty Attic Paint in Sunburnt Orange over a section here and there to get an even more mottled rusty look to my pieces.

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Here is another close-up of the rusted chipboard pieces.  I also tucked in clock cut outs from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) collection, applied with some foam pop dots and then used some Stickles (Platinum) around the edges of the clocks.

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I created the rusted ruler by cutting out a strip of chipboard and then using some of my homemade texture paste and the Tim Holtz ‘Measured’ stencil on it.  I then painted the piece and used the rusting powder on it the same as I did for the other chippies. I also made use of a Crafters Workshop stencil, appropriately named mini ‘Specimens’ which I used to create more design behind the photo on the ‘Jeans’ paper.

Another design element I went with was the zipper opening.  I used this twice on the page, at the top right corner of the page and a small ‘V’ cut in the ‘Flannel Shirt’ paper on the right side of the photo. I just cut a little tear into the papers and inserted another Dusty Attic chipboard piece into the groove (Dusty Attic Zippers)….I treated these pieces with some metalic paint as well.

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I took one of the chain chipboard pieces and gently bent it to get this curved hanging chain look.  I painted the piece with some bronze dimensional metalic paint (Scribbles) and then added a bead of the 3D paint along the straight lines of the chain to give more of a 3D look to the chain.

Oops, how did that lace get in there?! LOL….well, at least I resisted adding blooms right?  So there is my take on a masculine ‘boy’ style page.  Hope you enjoyed seeing my project and that I’ve inspired you to scrap the boys/men in your life.

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Equinoxe Automnale

Hello Sweeties,

Pascale here with a new layout with a fall feeling. We had a photo contest in my town about Vine and Vineyard. The organizers ask my association to participate with our layouts as guests. This is one of the layout I made for this exposition.

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(Photo: Davide Gabino)

I cut different papers in tiny pieces. I glued them on the background and covered the collage with a thin layer of Gesso. When dry, I started to add some colors with spray inks and Twinkling H2O. I added also some heavy Gesso with a stencil. I finished with some random stamping with two colors of permanent ink.

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I die-cut the leaves in the Sunny Side paper from the Nyhavn collection and I added a bit of color with Original Rust and a green Twinkling H2O.

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I colored the little die-cut with black Gesso and one of the color I used to color the background.

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I have misted the papers with water before I crumpled them and inked them. It help to give a vintage look to them.

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Maja Design papers:

  • Vintage Spring Basics – 6th of March ;
  • Vintage Summer Basics – 1916 ;
  • Nyhavn – The Sunny Side ;
  • Nyhavn – A Dockside in Blossom.

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