Hello Sweeties

Today I’m up on Maja Design’s blog with a new layout and the photo of a clematis taken during a walk in the beautiful village of Chédigny (Indre-et-Loire, France).


I began to apply a layer of Clear gesso on the background to protect the paper and also to help the colors to react as I was working on a watercolor paper. Then i added a design with a stencil and Black Sand texture paste.


While the background dried, I’ve altered the chipboards: the Ring Panel was covered with Graphite paste and the Rose Border with Black Gesso, then with Twinkling H2O.


I used differents blends of pigment/mica to color the flowers: Glimmer Mist, Twinkling H2O and Primary Elements. I die cut the leaves in the Vintage Autumn Basics n°VII paper, and used both sides. I cut also some strip of papers (n°II et n°VII) to add under the photo. I shaded everything with Distress ink to add some depth.


I die cut the leaves in the Vintage Autumn Basics n°VII paper, and used both sides. I cut also some strip of papers (n°II et n°VII) to add under the photo. I shaded everything with Distress ink to add some depth.


I finished the lay out with some ramdom splatters of black Gesso and some Art Ingredients.

Maja Design Papers

Vintage Autumn Basics n°VI
Vintage Autumn Basics n°VII
Vintage Autumn Basics n°II


Enjoy the Moments

Hello Moday Visitors to the Maja Design blog :)

It’s Maja here to share another inspiration piece I made using the sweetest Maja collection, Vintage Baby. I just love the cute images and pastel colours! Perfect for a layout featuring a cute photo in pastel colours 😉

mdenjoyAs there are two girls and one baby boy in the pic, I could safely use designs that include both pink and blue! I used the girl baby background page, but covered it with the striped paper so that only the doily frame shows up:

mdenjoy1Then I added a strip of tiny stars paper to give a vertical guide for my composition…

mdenjoy2…and also a couple of horizontal strips to balance the design. Here’s a piece of the signature strip (I love using them!) that I decorated with tiny pearls for more interest:

mdenjoy4The collection contains a lot of the cutest baby images and quotations you can think of, and they make great embellies to the page:

mdenjoy3I added a chipboard rocking horse, small flowers and a lot of chipboard hearts covered with white glitter that looks just like sugar icing (I told you, it’s a sweet layout 😉 ):

mdenjoy5And here’s a little guardian angel to look over the siblings:

mdenjoy6The cork clockfaces refer to the title: enjoy the moments, as they go by so quickly and you can’t go back!


Maja Design papers: Vintage Baby: It’s a girl, Newborn, Flowers for mum, Adorable bs, Journaling cards blue, Die cuts, Small paper pad. Other: flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Wycinanka; pom-pom trim: Lemoncraft; glitter: Ranger; cork clockfaces, ribbon: the ScrapBerry’s; angel: my stash.

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Backyard Boy

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Hello everyone! I hope that you are well. I am sharing a scrapbook page which is for an album that I am slowly making for my brother. As a toddler, he was always into cars, trucks etc and loved playing with them all the time. To create this page, I have selected papers from The Vintage Autumn Collection.


To alter the title to have a rugged masculine feel, I used Distress Spray Stain faded jeans and then used Clear Rock Candy. The Clock face was embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Midnight Bronze embossing powder. The clock faces were fussy cut Clocks XVI to add to the vintage/masculine feel of the page.

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To frame my photo, I used the reverse of XXI and distressed it. I applied some weathered wood distress ink before adding a wall cut out from Wild orchid Crafts. I didn’t alter it any was as I liked it raw.

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Even though it’s a masculine page, I still like to add flowers! The flowers help to frame the photo and of course compliment the beautiful papers!

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The bottom section features a section of corrugated paper. I have had various colours in my stash for a while now! I used a ruler to tear a section of my papers and then I distressed them with some ink. I used XV as the very base of the page.

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




Capture the Moment

Goodmorning Maja fans,

I am glad you are visiting our wonderful blog today. We are in the middle of summer and I am thinking about autumn :-) crispy leaves, fresh air, cool wind. Don’t get me wrong I love summer but my scrappy mood isn’t! For this layout I used the beautiful earthy “Walking in the Forest” collection. 20150812_110411This time I took a picture of Kevin that I really love he was just a little three year old boy when this picture was taken. At the time we had a hugh pile of leaves in our backyard and he was playing in them and here he was playing hide and seek.20150812_11045820150812_110502First I created a background using paste, stamps and sprays love to get messy 😉 Later on I cute a bunch of leaf dies to add to my flower clusters. 20150812_110601Also I cut out the beautiful butterflies & tags that are on the die cut sheet in that collection. I wanted the make my layout more in the earthy tones that’s why I used the pretty greens, cremes and orange sheets. 20150812_11053120150812_110524Maja Design Papers used:Walking-in-the-forest-PThank you so much for your visit today I hoped I have inspired you to take out your pretty Maja Design papers and make something pretty.





Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a photo of the beautiful Oriental Park in Maulévrier (France).


I started by gluing together two papers of the Sva vi ta en fika collection. Then I added a design with gold crackle paste and a stencil that remind of the glittering of the water.


When the crackle paste was dry, I used some Ecoline to color the background in different shades of green and brown.


I used some Silks paints o color the different leaves. For the flowers, i worked with the Twinkling H2Os.


I split the dragonly’s wings to give them more litghness. When the wings were dry, I covered the body with the graphite paste and the wings, painted with Twinkling H2O, were covered with crackle accent.


Maja Design papers

Ska vi ta en fika:


Ska vi ta en fika


Hi Maja fans!

Today I’m up on the Maja Design blog and I have for you a layout created with the limited edition Nyhavn collection. We’ve seen a lot of the new Summer Crush last month so I thought I would like to feature a slightly older collection but just as perfect for your summertime adventures.


I really love the color palette in this collection – it’s warm and comforting, yet fun and outdoorsy at the same time. So I chose this photo of Hubby and Eldest playing on the tyre swing, the two of them spending some precious time together. Later I realised, even the colors from the photo match the papers too.

More details in the close-ups:


My floral cluster on top of my paper layers. You can see lots of background work – stenciling, painting with Ayeeda matt paints, splattering, stamping and heat embossing to create resist. My chipboard was also colored very lightly with gelato so that it blends nicely into the embellishments, allowing the colors from the background and papers to stand out.


Another mini cluster where you can see the gorgeous designs on the Nyhavn papers. I’ve also layered the info strips and used those as subtitles. The sentiments were just perfect for the moment I have captured.


My balancing cluster. The leaves were die cut and tucked under the flowers and all to create a nice little bouquet.

Maja Design papers used:


Strolling along the canal, Romantic lunch, The sunny side, A dockside in bloom, Old townhouses, Heritage harbour

Other supplies:

Paints and mists: 13@rts
Chipboards: Blue Fern Studios
Stencil and embellishments: Prima Marketing Inc

That’s all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!


The Sweetness of Scrapping Baby Photos

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Hi everyone! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my first page using the incredibly beautiful Maja Vintage Baby collection.


When I first saw this collection it made me wish I still had my own little bablies to scrap!! But fortunately I have some really sweet photos of my little great-niece Kiera that I have the privilege of scrapping.  I knew these were the papers that would be a perfect compliment to here sweet little photo.  I used 5 of the pretty patterned papers to create this page….Special Moment-bs, Die Cuts-bs, Flowers for Mum, Journaling Cards Pink-both sides, and Our Little Miracle.

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I gotta love it when two of the design teams I’m on create products that work so well together!  This chipboard baby banner by Dusty Attic was just the perfect compliment for the lovely vintage look of the Maja papers.  I gave them a simple paint job using Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress paint (also used on the background paper).

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The floral accents are a recent new release from Prima (the butterfly is part of the set) and the cute lil title is from another new Dusty Attic chipboard word pack.

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The little wooden toy chest is a wood embellishment by a Polish company called Scrapeniec.  The cool thing is that I created this page for The Scrapbook Diaries as a Page Kit……so you can get all the products I used on this page all in one kit, along with a full video tutorial on how to make the page.  It can be ordered as either a Girl Kit, as I made it, or a Boy kit using the blues in the Maja Vintage Baby collection.  The kit is available while quantities last at The Scrapbook Diaries.

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Before I close off for today I thought I would share one more project that I recently made using papers from the Maja Coffee in the Arbour collection and the Sofiero collection.  As some of you may know I recently shared a line of stencils I designed for The Crafter’s Workshop.  One of the stencil I designed was called ‘Complicated Hearts’  here I used the stencils (both 6×6 and 12×12 size) to create the center pieces for this Shabby Chic wall decor….and of course combined it with these lovely Maja Design paper collections.

I actually made up a step by step video tutorial on how this project was made, so sit back, relax and enjoy! …

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, and hope you feel inspired to play with the pretty shabby chic beauty of the Maja Design papers.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! xo


Sweet Beauty…

Pastel sweet colors, dainty prints, vintage themed photos… these are some of the treats you will see in the new collection from Maja Designs… Summer Crush… perfect for the photos of my sweet little beauty…IMG_1318

You can cut our some of the elements and make them into dimensional embellishments like the bike and the roses…IMG_1325 IMG_1322 IMG_1327image003


Hope everyone will have a creative week ahead. Thanks for your visit!Iris-sign



Saint Cosmes church

Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with another photo I’ve taken at the Priory of Saint Cosmes (Centre – France). It’s a view of the church that is partially destroyed.


I started by adding some big splatters of white diluted gesso, then some black gesso with a sponge. I added a design with a stencil and black Archival ink.


I covered the chipboard with black gesso.


I colored the flowers and the die-cut leaves with Twinkling H2Os.


I added a light touch of white gesso to the roses as well as the chipboards.


I finished my layout with some Glass Glitter and Mica Flakes.

Maja Design papers used :

Summer Crush: Butterflies, He picks her up
Vintage Summer basics: Minnen

Beach theme

Dear Maja-fans,

This day we are going to show some wonderful layouts within the theme “beach”. We guess you have a lot of pictures from this summer, featuring the beach, the sun or another wonderful environment, that you want to start scrapping. We hope you find inspiration here.

Capturing the AdventureGabrielle’s wonderful layout, created with papers from Vintage Summer & Vintage Spring

EnjoyGabrielle has created this fantastic creation with papers from Vintage Spring & Vintage Summer

DSC_5256 copy-1Marilyn are using papers from Vintage Frost, in this fabulous layout

Seaside_ElenaOlinevich_MainResElena has been using papers from Life by the Sea for this stunning layout

DSC_0410Beautiful creation by Marilyn, using CreaDiem

Sofiero Sunset 800Wonderful layout by Jennifer, using Sofiero

014-(3)Lovely & Colorful. Made by Stacey, using papers from CreaDiem

Beach LifeWonderful layout, created by Larissa, using Life by the Sea

DA_MB_Evgenia_majaEvgenia has created this wonderful layout, using papers from Life by the Sea

tutorial by heather Absolutely stunning layout by Heather, using Life by the Sea

Sailing 1Beautiful layout by Romy, using papers from Life by the Sea

1e95dba4-5fef-41b4-a764-9be5d9e5512e_zpscdf10a98Stunning & beautiful layout by Rachelle, using papers from Walking in the Forest

Hope you were inspired..! And please don’t forget to tell usif you like anything special. :) Thanks for stopping by the blog today!