Hello again!

Today I’m back with another Christmas layout which I’ve chosen to frame with white, blue and glitter.

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I layered stripes of paper to create focus on the right hand side. I have added some texture in two steps – first using a diamond stencil with gesso, then I applied heavy gel paste mixed with dry glitter using another stencil with a flourish pattern.


I tried to balance the white with adding some more colour, using watercolours in similar tones.DSC_0008 MD

Supplies Maja Design:
Vintage Summer Basics – 1899
Vintage Summer basics – 1934
Vintage Summer Basics – 1943

Supplies others:
Dies – Sizzix Oval frame, Joy crafts, Chipboards snowflakes – Blue Fern Studios, Flowers, gemstones, gesso, stencil – Prima, Dry glitter – Ranger, Heavy gel- Liquitex

I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Maja blog today!

All the best :)

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The Look

Hello,today I am here to share with you, a LO I did using the Beautiful Nyhavn Collection…..3f6055e2-24fe-405d-8acd-6c28b4f7b2e6_zpspyer6fyyI really like how the pinks & grays turned out with the B&W photo…Nyhavn-PI used:Romantic Lunch-BS,Strolling down the canal,Strolling down the Canal-BS,Sitting on the dock & Sitting on the dock- BS

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

Here are some closeups of detail….82ffc9c9-d8da-404f-a1d3-6cd6fc52942b_zpsutq1u9zcOn the chipboard I used TH brushed pewter distress paint. I also mixed Viva modeling cream,rose & mother of pearl & used it on the chipboard,as well as the stencil work. While the modeling cream was still wet I sprinkled on some silver micro beads on to the heads of the grasses,hearts & on to the alpha…..211972c8-a949-43e8-bf7e-a0d04ed22cbf_zpsy0mofxotShows paper layers & hand stitching…9edb90aa-dc7b-4c91-a4de-33ff96737afa_zpsectwfr3vThe roses are Prima….ed02b49a-9cdc-4a67-b2ca-ba5ea79c8e0f_zpsxnubhn0jI used TCW confetti 6X6 stencil….6b1db4e4-3896-46dd-9073-d7265a32c991_zps5poi23boI ripped out a hole in the paper,& glued chicken wire in between the paper layers…a0cc9665-e041-48c4-8eab-58b4611d34fb_zps1w7g3n0j

06bd0300-30c7-4cb0-93db-388cd8899c3d_zpslhhyx5nzI just love the expression,on Lief’s cute little face. Thank you so much for taking the time to look……RachelleRachelle-sign (2)





It’s All about Friends!


Hello Maja Fans! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest layout using Maja Design papers!  Let’s talk about friends.  I’ve made many many online friends over the years, and so many in the scrapbook industry.  I get lots of emails with questions, kind words on my work and I even get sweet gifts from some of you.  On today’s layout I used a package of Prima blooms that were sent to me from of of my sweet friends, Kimberly (from Hawaii), thanks so much Kimberly!  So I thought I would also make my page about friends as well.  This is a pic I took of my 2 daughters with my oldest daughters BFF.


For this page I used the cool pinks and deep plum/wine color papers from the NEW Limited Edition Nyhavn collection….with a couple bits and pieces of some of the other Maja collections as well.  I love that this collection lends itself to so many different looks!  I used ‘Veteran Ships’ the deep plum/rose color paper as matting for my background paper which is ‘Strolling Along the Canal’.  I did a little inking with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet distress ink and a little stamping with a Martha Stewart Butterfly stamp and some Bo Bunny ‘Distress Textures’ and ‘It Is Written’ stamps.


Here is a close-up of the pretty fabric blooms sent to my by my sweet friend.  I used some Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet stain in the centers of these flowers to give them more depth and bring in the rich plum/rose in the background papers.  As and extra accent, I fussy cut some pink roses from the No.VI paper from the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection.


After inking I added some texture with some of my home made texture paste and a Prima flourish stencil, which incidentally was also a gift from a sweet friend (thanks Janene!).


The chipboard pieces are from Dusty Attic, ‘Live Beautifully’ title, ‘Sweet Pea Border’ and ‘String Frame Set’.  I kept the String Frame chippie natural as I wanted it to resemble hemp twine.  The Sweet Pea Border I painted white with a dusting of brown chalk ink (Ingvild Bolme) and the title chippie, I inked with more of the TH Victorian Velvet ink….for the ‘Live’ part I added some ‘Diamond’ Stickles to make the title pop out from the photo more.


I matted my photo with ‘Raspberry Cupcake’ paper from the Maja ‘Coffee In the Arbour’ collection.  And I matted that with another paper from the Nyhvn collection, the one that looks like weathered wood called ‘Sitting At the Dock’.


The metal mailbox is a Prima Shabby Chic trinket, and those intricate looking butterfly embellishments are some pieces I pulled out of some of my old stash from years ago. They are Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass.  I’d been hoarding those, and then realized, whats the point in having them, if I don’t use them! LOL!

Maja Design Products used in this project:  Nyhavn (Strolling Along the Canal, Veteran Ships-bs, Sitting At the Dock), Vintage Autumn Basics (No.VI), Coffee In the Arbor (Raspberry Cupcakes).

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja blog today, leaving you with this thought, have you scrapped your friends lately?




Hello Sweeties,

Today I have a layout to share with you. I take this photo during the Christmas market in my city. Some  guys were on stilts with some beautiful costumes. I couldn’t resist …


I began by gluing some pieces of paper which I covered with a thin layer of Gesso. When dry, I highlight the papers with some watercolor pencils. Some splatters made with Twinkling H2Os and some random stamping were enough to finish the background.


I heat embossed the butterflies, and when the embossing powder was still hot, I pressed a stamp onto the butterflies to give some texture. I just added a touch of color with a Twinkling H2Os.


I painted the chipboards with black Gesso. To highlight the berries,  I glued tiny scrap of paper.


I cut the leaves in one of the papers used for the background and slightly inked the edge to give them some depth.


Maja Design Papers used: Nyhavn – King’s Place ; Vintage Spring Basic – May 1st &  May 4th.


Baby Boy

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Hello Maja Design friends! I am the keeper of memories in my family. I am the eldest of five children and it brings me great joy in creating albums for my siblings. I am currently working on an album for my brother and this is him as a newborn many years ago.

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I created this bead cluster using beads from my stash. It is looped around the wire frame that I created using florists wire. To create the round shape, I moulded the wire around a modelling paste container that was just the right size.

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I used a Kaisercraft’s Hidden Treasures stamp to create this tag. It is vintage and fits perfectly with a baby page.

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I use flowers in all of my layouts. I tucked in some cheese cloth to add some texture. I used some Prima flowers as well as some Green Tara flowers…all blue, varying in sizes to frame the photo. The top flowers are anchoring the ends of the florist wire frame.

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I used a sentiment from a Kaisercraft stamp set and used some left overs to form this cluster. Banners are so helpful to fill in spaces and to use up scraps of paper. I used foam tape to add dimension.

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I machine stitched and distressed the edges of my papers. I also used foam tape again to add dimension. I used a Martha Stewart Lattice Heart Punch to edge one of my papers. It also frames part of my photo. For my background, I used Cotton Candy Gelato and a Tim Holtz dot fade stencil to compliment the blue in the papers.


Maja Design Products Vintage Summer Basics Collection 1916, 1904 and 1915


Have a fabulous day xx



Shabby Sweetness

Hello Maja fans!

I’m in today to share a romantic shabby layout I created using a mixture of the splendid Vintage Summer and Autumn Basics collections. I picked the colors and theme based on the mood board from the challenge blog Scrap Around the World.IMG_8400

In this page, I did a lot more distressing and tearing than usual to add to the shabbiness. My mixed media background work has also been toned down to let the subtle colors and designs of the papers shine through. I love how the colors and designs from different collections can be matched so perfectly, and how one sheet from one design can be used as a background for papers from other different themed collections to build up on.

Some close-ups:



Now adding on more dimension to my layers with chipboards and canvas strips. You can also see the very light background work I’ve done with simple stenciling and stamping.


IMG_8399Creating several layers using larger sized papers, die cut leaves, fussy-cut rose and clock face designs from some of the Vintage Summer and Autumn Basics papers.

Hope you enjoyed what I have for you today!



Papers used: 1921, 1922, 1933, no. I, no. II,  no. XVI

Mediums: crackle paste (Prima Marketing), paints (13@rts and Shimmerz), Ranger’s Archival Ink and Distress Ink, Twinkling H2Os (Luminarte)
Flowers: Prima Markering, 13@rts
Stamps: Prima Marketing, Marion Smith Designs
Chipboards: Blue Fern Studios


Vintage Frost Layout

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year layout by Irene Tan1(resize)Hello everyone! It’s Irene here again with you today. I’ve always love to create some winter projects because in Malaysia in never snow. We always have sunny weather. When I managed to capture some winter pictures while visiting Korea, I’m so excited and can’t wait to scrap using them.

This is an acrylic based layout featuring Maja Design Vintage Frost collection. Love the color scheme in this collection. For this layout, I’ve chosen the purple hues.Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year layout by Irene Tan3Love the gorgeous vintage images in this collection. They are perfect embellishment for this layout.Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year layout by Irene Tan2 Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year layout by Irene Tan4Supplies: Pattern Papers: Maja Design Vintage Frost collection: 1st Dec, 3rd Dec, 4th Dec and 5th Dec; Others: Petaloo flowers, Clear Scraps acrylic, Vilda Stamps stamps, chipboard, acrylic paint, jewels, inks, trims, adhesives.Hope to see you again soon!


A beautiful sight

Hello MD fans!

We had a wonderful Christmas this year with our family in Poland which resulted with plenty of photos which I can use for my projects in the coming weeks :)

I also wanted to play by the rules of our January moodboard so I picked neutral background papers and I added colours, which perhaps are not so traditional for Christmas scene. I used Nyhavn and Vintage Summer basics collections, personally I would associate both of them with summer, but I think they worked just as great with a winter theme.

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I played with the layers of filigree elements. Some of them are cut with die cuts, some are punched with border punch and I added a chipboard too. I tried to use both sides of the papers, to take a full advantage of their variety.

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The flower images which you can find in different Maja Design papers and cut out, like I did with the hydrangeas here are a beautiful complement to any flower cluster or layering.


Maja Design :
Nyhavn – Sitting at the docks,
Nyhavn – The sunny sight
Nyhavn – Eating out
Vintage Summer Basics -1943
A Gift For You – Die cut sheet

Others : Flowers, crystals, die – Prima, Chipboard – Blue Fern Studios, border punch – Martha Stewart, watercolours – Luminarte

Thanks for spending a moment with me on Maja blog today!

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Live Beautifully

Hello,today I am here to share with you, a Altered Journal I did,using this months Mood Board. I cheated & used the colors, in this months Mood Board, instead of choosing my own colors…


I used Kaffetaren den basta ar-BS from the Fika Collection, & Wrapped in old Newspaper,Handwritten Post Card, & the Die cut Sheet from the A Gift for You Collection.

The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

Here are some closeups of detail……




Here is another project I did, a LO, combining a few of Maja’s Collections….

ca005d96-0397-49f7-a5bf-9f8914e98fd4_zps2de03c71The Maja Design used:Vintage Autumn Basics no.VIII-BS,Vintage Spring Basics:1st of March,Vintage Summer Basics:1905,1905-BS,Walking in the Forrest: Diecut letters-BS

The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic                                                                         Other products used:Flowers are: Bobunny,Prima & Petaloo. Petaloo,Berry Stems,Prima crackle,mica flakes,burlap,mesh,cheescloth,beads,Shimmerz-goldie lox,Perfect Pearls mists-bronze,chalk,brown ink pad,Tim Holtz stencil,Viva Modelling cream,gold liquid pearls…

Here are some closeups of detail….3d2ff4ed-cf69-477e-94e8-525e45a853a1_zps3991a2d1On the fish net panel,I used bronze perfect pearls. I used clear crackle on all of the sea shells,then rubbed in either, the rust color chalk,or blue chalk to bring out the cracks. I also inked the edges using a brown ink pad….3224a9e7-21ce-4af0-98f2-39e1fa980aa5_zps23473643I   used the bronze PP,on the string frame,& Seagrass,then inked the edges. I used gold liquid pearls for the tops of the sea grass….35992087-9e19-4846-b157-7abdd2890e66_zps1f200cf6



11990c21-e936-4286-b392-c57d8bf23c93_zpse5b31d1dI  used Bronze PP on the Barb Wire,inked the edges,glued it on to stained cheese cloth,then sprayed it with clear varnish, & sprinkled on the mica flakes, while the varnish was still wet. Then I glued on some beads….e6ceaf22-ec31-48b3-8944-d515f895413e_zps80b16066

d18a43a3-428a-4f68-97c0-775ea171fdd9_zpsd8cf3902Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Getting Family Wedding Photos Scrapped



Hello Maja Fans! Gabrielle here with you today to share my first layout using the NEW Limited Edition ‘Nyhavn’ collection!  I really love the sunny, pretty colors in this collection, and when I saw the nautical elements in the papers, I knew that I had found the perfect papers to scrap a photo I took of my niece and her hubby.


My niece’s reception was at a yacht club, and she chose nautical elements for her decor.  Add to that, her wedding colors where orange and blue, two colors that are prevalent in this lovely collection.  So when I saw Nyhavn, I knew this was just the ticket to get this photo scrapped!


I used ‘The Sunny Side’ paper as my base and dabbed a little Ingvild Bolme chalk inks (Rusty Keys, Vintage Pink) around my photo area and the small cluster in the top right side of the page.  I then added a bit of texture with some home-made texture paste and a few Crafters Workshop Stencils (North Star, Art Is, Time Travel).


I mounted this orange paper on the ‘Sitting at the Dock’ paper, I also used this paper as the matting behind my photo. I cropped  it to look like uneven pieces of weathered board. All the chipboard I used on this page is from Dusty Attic (Elegant Swirl #3, Elegant Swirl 13, Word Pack #4, Skeleton Clock Frames). I kept the chipboard bare with just touches of grey and white to stay with the weather wood look of the papers. I also did a little bit of stamping with a Graphic45 stamp set.


The lovely pearl/lace strip running down the left side of the page is from Tresors de Luxe, and the blooms where one of my favorite finds (from a couple years ago) at Michaels, I got a 6 pack of these blossoms for $1.50!!  Sadly most of them were sold out by the time I got to them, but I was happy to get my hands of the few that were there!

I hope you enjoyed my project for today using the Nyhavn collection papers and hope that I’ve inspired you to give this lovely collection a go (remember,…it’s a Limited Edition paper, so when they are gone, they are gone!  So grab yours while you can!)