Hello Maja Design friends and welcome to the blog today :)

When I was pregnant with my younger son, some friends frightened me with visions of what was going to happen after he would be born: my elder son would be two, going through his 2-year-old rebellion, giving us hard time and might even pose a serious threat to the newborn because of jealousy. I must admit for a short time I was a bit worried, but I couldn’t believe my quiet, sweet boy could change so much just because a new baby arrived. And I wasn’t wrong! :) He is the best elder brother one could imagine, and the bond between my boys is really strong. As you can often see, that is the subject of my layouts, and this one as well:

mdtogetherDo you recognise the papers I used? :) Yep, that’s Vintage Frost Basics! I’m always sorry to put beautiful wintery papers away, but Maja Design collections are so versatile you can use them all the year long :) And so I took two sheets for the background, distressed the edges and stamped some crackles, and then began to layer more papers :) mdtogether1Apart from ready made flowers, I made two of them myself from Maja papers: the smaller one is die cut and the larger punched using a 6-petal flower. I put some pearl centres in both of them and so I had custom flowers perfectly matching the colours and patterns :)

mdtogether2I added a couple of embellies to complete the arrangement: some metal charms, acrylic bulbs, a button and a sticker. I also used some decorative tags (from the December calendar sheet) as decorative elements, I love the ornate shapes! The numbers are hidden under the papers and only those fancy shaped edges are visible :)

mdtogether3To use up the scraps of paper, I made a small banner – I punched some triangles, layered them and distressed and glued a piece of wax string shaped into a flourish :)


Maja Design papers: Vintage Frost Basics: 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th and 21st of December, Days of December.

Other: Flowers, resin and acrylic embellies, wire heart: Prima; wooden moon: Stempell&Kartoon, title word: SODAlicious; stamp: Kaisercraft; sticker: Heidi Swapp; button, metal charms: from my stash.


Some time ago I and the boys talked about their day at school and something Kuba helped Filip with, and I said: See, Filip? What would you do without your brother? And he answered seriously: I wouldn’t want to live.


have a nice day and see you soon!



Join me for a coffee

Hello Maja Design friends and fans!

Larissa here again, this time with a layout featuring gorgeous Maja Design Coffee in the Arbour line:



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Sometimes we just want to capture the beauty of the simple moments when we are just having a break while drinking tea, eating cake or coffee…

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This layout is as simple as that! Just because my daughter was having a fresh drink and just because this collection is so delicious and could give me the perfect way to portray this moment!

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It has the back side of the “Blueberry Cupcake” paper as a base – layered with “Raspberry Jam cookies” paper.

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I have framed everything with the help of a Blue Fern Studios chipboard and have added a few flowers, lovely cutouts, my tittle, wooden embellischments by Kaisercraft and blings.

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I hope you´ve enjoyed this layout!

Thanks for your visit,



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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Love by Camilla

Hi again! I hope you sneaked into my scrap space here yesterday… This is how the project turned out. It is a layout for my daughter. The papers are from the lovely Coffee in the Arbour collection.

Love - MDThe photo mat is made in two different colours using two different Sizzix dies.

Love1 - MDAnd as the base for the photo and the flower arrangement I used a gorgeous piece of lace from Tresors de Luxe.

Love2 - MD You know I cannot scrap without fabulous flowers – this is a bunch from Prima Marketing.

Love3 - MD I have used papers from the Coffee in the Arbour collection and one of them is peeking out from behind.

Love4 - MD The layout from another angle.

Love5 - MDProduct list: Maja Design Coffee in the Arbour collection (Homemade Lemoncurd, Raspberries, Raspberry Jam Cookies), lace (Tresors de Luxe), flowers (Prima), metal pieces (Prima), dies (Sizzix), seam binding

I hope you enjoyed the layout.



Hello there Maja friends! Gosh it feels good to be back here again. The last year or so has been an up-hill battle of epic proportions and just getting through every day was a major challenge but here I am, not quite the same person I was when last you saw me in this beautiful setting but never-the-less it is me. So much of me was broken, physically, mentally and emotionally, but I am getting stronger and stronger every day and THAT is what matters. The best part of this whole experience is that I will get to see my beautiful daughter walk down the aisle on her Daddy’s arm in October. Yes, that is my Heidi in the photo. I shudder when I think how different things could have turned out had I not gone for a routine check-up on that day. I am still having treatment and I am totally okay with it because I still need to see my grandchildren some day. For now, every day is a gift and I do as much as my body allows me to do. It’s not always easy when the mind and the body are not on the same page (giggle!!). For that reason, I don’t mind telling you that scrapping for the first time in over a year presented another major challenge, not to mention a blog post. It feels like I have to learn everything all over agin. “Chemo-brain” is a reality and last night I went to bed in tears because after three days of trying to put a page together, I still wasn’t getting anywhere. This morning I woke up determined to get this right, ignored the aches and pains and took out every bit of stash I own and spread it all over the place. Wow, it felt like I received a whole bunch of gifts as I have not seen my goodies in such a long time!! It was crazy but exciting and even though I didn’t scrap during my treatment I still bought a few little things here and there. Once and addict, always an addict!! So, I got to work and it came together and you know what? My aches and pains disappeared for a while as the puzzle came together. Now I just need to keep going and I have Jenny to thank for bringing me back and making me realize how much I loved this hobby. Also, thank you so much Jenny and the Maja team for being so compassionate, patient and understanding over the last year. It means a great deal to me. x

So here is my first page of 2014!! My daughter is a whole lot more comfortable behind the camera than she is in front of the camera and so I treasure every photo of her I can lay my hands on.

I used paper from three different collections as seen below.

Here a re a few close-ups..

The flowers and the brick stamp is from Prima. The little wispy bits you see amongst the flowers are just pieces of paper which I sliced super-thin and that way you achieve a natural sort of curl. The peachy ribbon flowers came out of my stash and goodness knows where I got them from. The branches were cut with a die from Memory Box called “Woodland Branch”.

The beautiful leafy circle is also from Memory Box called “Tupelo Circle” and I adorned it slightly with some Perfect Pearls. Both butterflies are stamps from Marianne Design called Eline’s Huis. I stamped them, cut them out and stuck it on. The title work is done with clear stamps from Chiswick and the stamp on the corner of the photo is a tiny little Prima stamp.

The little circles above and to the bottom left of the photo (sorry, I forgot to take a close-up of them) is just a little bottle top I saw lying on my shelf and I grabbed it, dabbed on some ink and stamped it on the page and stuck a drop of Perfect Pearls inside the little circles. I liked it:)

And that my friends, is my story for today:) The last few days have been absolutely freezing here but I love the cold weather right now. So for those of you experiencing winter in all its’ glory, keep warm, be happy and take care till next time. :) xxx


Watching you Grow

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. This is the first one using the Beautiful Coffee in the Arbour Collection….



I used:white daisies,white daisies-BS,blueberry cupcake & lemon meringue pie-BS

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

The butterflies are from LittleScrapShop

Here are some closeups of detail….



I just love this photo of little Cass,she is so adorable……


I did my usual,distressed, hand stitched layers. I also did some punch work,tearing & stencil work….


I made the daisy’s,using coffee filters, a MFT die cut. I used DA dots for the centers,painted them yellow,then applied glossey accents & micro beeds…


This is where I did the stencil work using the crafters workshop stencil “Art is” (6×6).I used Viva champain modelling cream.  On the alpha I used picket fence crackle,once the crackle dried I rubbed in brown chalk & inked the edges…..




I dipped the leaves in water,then separated the chipboard,I then used a heat gun to dry the leaves,it helps to make them curl up. My next step was to paint the leaves,using green paint & once the paint dried I applied a coat of rock candy crackle. Once the crackle dried I rubbed in some white paint,using my finger (this brings out the cracks & tones down the green)….




A close up of the butterfly….

Here is my next LO using the Walking in the forest Collection…



I used: When leaves are falling,when leaves are falling-BS,mountain ash-BS,die cut letters-BS & a BS of a label

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

Here are some closeups of detail…..


I stained all the chipboard with walnut stain,on the buds I used chestnut liquid pearls….


I painted the leaves with TH distress paint,& once that dried I applied a thick coat of crackle. I let the crackle dry then applied lime twist TA & once that dried I rubbed in some rust chalk….


Shows distressed layers that I had inked the edges with walnut stain. I also did some stencil work,using a Kaiser craft stencil & Viva modeling cream. Once the cream dried I rubbed in some chalk….



The flowers are from Prima & BoBunny…


Burlap used in my layers…


I used micro beads on the heads of the grass….


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

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Marilyn Rivera-Maja Design-July

Happy Monday!! Marilyn here today to share with you my new layout with the gorgeous “Coffee in the Arbour” collection.  My sister sent me photos of my lovely niece’s recital that  goes perfect with this new collection.Marilyn Rivera-Maja Design-July-2

I chose for my page the “Flourishing garden” and the “Let share a cookie” papers.

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I made my background work with two stencils, one from Prima and the other from Heidi Swap using homemade molding paste.  I gave color with Shimmerz Sprintz, Faber Castle-Gelatos and distress inks by Ranger.

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I broke the paper to show my second photo and in some areas to show the pretty base paper.  My tittle is a pretty chipboard from “2Crafty Chipboard” and flowers are from Prima.

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I love mix textures! so I added cheesecloth, metals, buttons, lace and more…

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The Beautiful “Coffee in the Arbour” collectionCoffe-in-the-Arbour-P

Supplies: Coffee in the Arbour collection:  ”Flourishing garden” and the “Let share a cookie” papers, 2Crafty Chipboard, Shimmerz Sprintz, Faber Castle-Gelato, Prima-stencil and flowers, Heidi Swap-stencil

I hope my work and this beautiful collection inspire you.  Thanks for stopping by….Until next time!!xxMarilyn-sign


Hi! I cannot believe it is July already. For my project for today I chose summerly colours. The papers are from the new Coffee in the Arbour collection.

Solsken The flowers are in blue and yellow to suit the lovely Maja Design papers.

Solsken1 The laces are from Tresors de Luxe and are in ivory.

Solsken2I have torn a bit in the papers to add some lace peeking out from underneath.

Solsken3Products used: Maja Design papers – Coffe in the Arbour (Blueberry Cupcake, Lemon Meringue Pie and Butterflies Are Free), lace (Tresors de Luxe), flowers – vine – resin angel (Prima Marketing), dies (Sizzix)


Senior Prom – Coffee In The Arbour

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again to share another layout with you.

Senior Prom

I created this layout using the gorgeous new paper collection, Coffee In The Arbour.


After choosing the papers that I wanted to use for this layout, I used a piece of wallpaper border that a friend gave me (actually, she gave me a huge book of wallpaper samples that included these amazing borders, and I have been so excited to use one in a project.)

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I also decoupaged some Tim Holtz tissue paper onto the background paper in various spots.  I love how the tissue paper is transparent allowing the paper and color to show through.  I used Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel to adhere the tissue paper down onto the paper.  It dries super fast and it doesn’t bubble or cause wrinkles in the process.

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This is another photo of the lovely girl that recently graduated from High School.  And I scrapped this for a friend to give her as a gift.  I framed the photo of her and her best friend using a frame I bought at my local craft store.  It originally started out as a lightish green in color.  I added various colors of acrylic paint from FolkArt in Warm White, blue, and pink.

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I added some flourish stickers directly to the photo (stickers from EK Success.)  I also added a decorative sticker in a lace pattern to the top of the frame (sticker from Michael’s Recollection collection.)

I then framed the photo and frame with various flowers from Prima, Petaloo, and Michaels.  And added a pretty little pink butterfly that I added some additional dimensional paint & Prima adhesive pearls (butterfly from Michael’s Craft Store.)

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I am always looking for some new ways to incorporate texture and design from less than obvious supplies.

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I used some grapevine wire that I also found at Michaels, shaped it into flourishes, & glued it down as accents to the page.  (If you look at the above photo, you can see how the frame I used to frame the girls in the photo originally started before I painted it.)

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I took a metal accent that I have had in my stash from who knows where…..ripped it almost in half…

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and adhered one half to the top right corner of the page…


and the other to lower left corner.  I also painted a border around the entire page, inked the edges…and then went back and doodled a border.


For my title, I used some BoBunny chipboard letters from the Et Cetera collection….painted them over with some Warm White FolkArt acrylic paint and underlined them with some washi tape from the Recollection collection from Michaels.


And finally, I did some random stenciling using a 6 x 6 Prima damask patterned stencil and some brown chalk ink from Prima/Ingvild.

Supplies used for this layout that have not already been mentioned included:  Chalk ink from Prima/Ingvild in colors Worn Jeans, Knotted Wood, & Vintage Pink; black ink Permaball permanent pen (for border doodling); and white lace from Offray (scored this at my local Walmart of all places.)

The specific paper I used for this layout was “Lovely Weather”  both the front and back-sides, from the Coffee in the Arbour paper collection.



Thanks for taking the time to take a peek at my latest creation.  I hope something has inspired you to go and create something amazing today!  I wish you an amazing weekend!

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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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