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!



A Perfect Day

Hello friends!

Have you ever fallen in love with a collection of papers so much that you just cannot keep your hands off of it? Well, I am looking at the new Summer Crush collection from Maja Design and there is this mad impulse to make loads and loads of stuff from it. I guess that’s why it’s so aptly named “Summer Crush”!

This is my third project featuring these papers and I’m focusing on the pink this round after working with the teals in the previous post. It’s remarkable how easy these two colors are to work with, either together or on their own. Here is my layout, a rare one of me and the boys at the park since I’m always the person behind the camera. It’s not often I play rough with them, especially since I’m pregnant now but you can tell that we were having a lot of fun here! More like they were having a lot of fun tickling and climbing over me….It is a pleasant reminder that it’s not a must to capture the moment, but more important to live in it.  But make sure your camera settings are right so that the husband can do the capturing instead.


Now in the collection, one of the sheets actually came exactly like the background you see here. However it was too flat for my liking so I trimmed out the centre teal portion and mounted it onto another sheet with the pink checkered design. This way, I can distress the edges of my teal paper and make it more dimensional and outstanding. I would have done some stitching as well along the edges if I wasn’t such a klutz with the sewing machine. Once again, my background mixed media work was kept close and tight to the main cluster so that it doesn’t cover up the gorgeous images Marie has drawn over the page.

If you look closely, almost everything on this page is a square of some kind. The papers I used for layering are all squares of different sizes,  my chipboard frame is square, my two main sheets of patterned paper are squares, the stamped design is square… and I even found two square buttons in my stash! Now what’s up with the squares you say? I really have no idea other than it’s fun!

Some close-ups:


I just cannot get enough of those straws! In my previous post I demonstrated how to make these cute little babies and this round I’ve used the hearts and chevrons to complement the whole mood of the layout.


Layering the patterned papers and also a die cut doily to create some additional detail in my floral cluster.


The info strip which I used as a subtitle. My background work comprises of simple stenciling, painting and creating texture with distress glitter and sand grit.

That’s all I have for today. Hope you like what I have shared!

Maja Design papers used:


He picks her up, Sweetheart, Falling in love, Butterflies, Off to meet him

Other supplies:

Mediums: 13@rts, Rangers
Flowers and doily die: Prima Marketing Inc
Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios
Stamps: Kaisercraft


Wishes Layout

Wishes Layout by Irene Tan1(resize)Hello Maja fans! Today, I would like to share with you a layout featuring Maja Design Ska vi ta en Fika? collection. I love the purple hues in this collection. It is so luscious and romantic!Wishes Layout by Irene Tan2I’ve used several stamps to add details to this layout.Wishes Layout by Irene Tan5To make it more soft and romantic, I’ve added some gorgeous flowers by Petaloo.Wishes Layout by Irene Tan3

Hope you all like this layout! See you soon!

Pattern Papers: Maja Design Ska vi ta en Fika? collection; Others: Clear Scraps masks and acrylic border, acrylic paints, texture paste, crystals, Petaloo flowers, stamps, adhesivesFika-PIrene-sign


Hello there, Elena is here with you today.

Such a busy summertime for me this year, I can’t wait for August when I can take a breath and relax. I really need some quiet time just for myself and though this year was extremely hard, I still feel the necessity for tenderness. And here is my layout made for one of my class sample, but I really love it to every bit.

AnnouncementI think this layout reflects the original idea of the papers Marie has created for this collection. Vintage Summer Basics is one of my favourite one, though I am in love with each of them, but when I need to create something feminine and soft I always turn to this one.

CloseIt has such a romantic vintage look, absolutely perfect for some old photos or those that you want to keep for ages.

close2Those roses are shabby and fade enough to tell you a lullaby or a beautiful poem

IMG_2296Anyway I added some paint and stamping, it doesn’t look as a mixed media one.

IMG_2305I hope that you are enjoying your summer days and encourage you to create something soft and delicate too.

Products used:

Vintage Summer Basics – 1922.1925. 1932, 1911 bs.

Prima Marketing flowers and embellishments, stamps; Shimmerz Dazzlerz paste


Saint Cosmes

Hello Sweeties,
Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a photo that I take at the Priory of Saint Cosmes (Centre – France).  The priory was the last resting place of the french poet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1584). The photo shows the pulpit of the lector of the refectory as well as one of the 16 stained glass window created by the painter Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013).


I started to glue a piece of paper on the background. When done, I colored some white crackle paste with a  blue Twinkling H2O. I used the blend crackle paste to add a design with a stencil.


While the paste was drying, I started layering some papers under my photo. I used mostly pieces of 1891 and Minnen sheets from the Vintage Summer Basics collection.


I colored the chipboards and die-cut title with a mix of Rust Mica Powder and two shades of browns Twinkling H2Os to add some depth. I colored flowers and leaves with more Twinkling H2O.


While everything was drying, I added some colors to my background to match the photo, some dark blue and some red tp match the dots of red of the stained glass that we can see in the photo.


After gluing all the embellishments, I added some glass glitters and microbeads. I finished with some random stamping with a script stamp and two wall textures stamps for more interest.

Maja Design papers :

Vintage Spring Basics: 6th of March
Vintage Summer Basics: 1904, 1916, 1891 & Minnen


Summer Memories

Hi there, Maja Fans! Welcome to the blog today!

I hope you’re having a great summer Monday :) If not, just make yourselves a cup of tea/coffee, relax and have a look at what I made to share today :)

We are so lucky to be living in a digital camera era and can take tons of photos to preserve the precious moments we live through! And so today a summer layout I made using our latest collection, Summer Crush:

mdportoI just fell in love with the retro images and designs of this new collection! I thought it was simply perfect for the background of this slightly nostalgic photo of our holiday in Italy that though ended just a week ago, can be called only a memory now…

What really drew in my attention during our holiday was that the mountains in Italy very often “drop” directly into the sea 😉 Therefore I tore pieces of paper and layered them to achieve this mountains-in-the-sea effect:

mdporto1Then I splattered several colours of mists to imitate droplets of water sprayed around by the sea breeze:

mdporto2I added some flowers that matched my colour palette – I chose the burlap flowers also because the fabric resembles sails of the boats in the Portofino marina where the photo was taken.

mdporto3I also added mika flakes to reflect the glistening of the sea waves…

mdporto4…and cheesecloth for the seafoam:

mdporto5When I look at my layout, I can recall the moment quite clearly – and that’s the beauty of scrapbooking! :)


Maja Design papers: Summer Crush: Long summer nights bs, Off to meet him, Falling in love bs; Butterflies. Other: Flowers, resin: Prima, Chipboard:; Mika: 13@rts; mists: Prima, Dylusions; charm, string, cheesecloth: my stash.

I wish you most wonderful summer memories :)


layout for my girl

Hi all!
Remember my layout for my youngest girl, Yiscka?
Today I have one project featuring my oldest, Tessa.
Made this one with the Vintage baby collection as well.


My girl….so special to me!


Created the background with a mix of gesso with 13arts magic powder. Made it quite thick so it gives all the big cracks which I love.


The heart got the same treatment as the background. Added some extra paint.
Made the big blue splatters with Distress stain, Stormy sky.


Lots of dimension!


Some Prima flowers were painted blue.


The word ‘special’ from the bottom strip from Ephemera cards sheet.


Papers used:
Sweet little Prince, Journaling cards, Die cuts, Ephemera cards.

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx