Classes with Elena Olinevich… and the new A Gift For You

Good morning folks!

Today I have some cards with the new A Gift For You collection to share. But first I want to tell you about a wonderful weekend I had some time ago.

In late August I had the privilege of meeting our own Elena Olinevich. We had so much fun. We had dinner with Marie, swam in papers in our warehouse, had some sightseeing and. Elena held classes and I attended two of them. Her classes are so personal, often with smaller groups to get the intimate feeling and be able to help everybody out.

So I thought I’d share the creations I made during her classes.The first class I took was a canvas class where Elena taught different mixed media techniques.We used the romantic Crea Diem collection in combination with Prima embellishments and different mediums.
Here’s a final close up where you can see the background work.And here’s the class I took…

The next class Elena was holding was my favourite. We all got to choose whatever papers we wanted to use. Since there are so many Maja collections we all came up with papers from different collections. I don’t think I saw anyone picking the same papers, so all the albums were so different from each other. We also got embellishments depending on what papers we had chosen. I chose to use papers from the Life In The Country and Life By The Sea collections.
1_We used a lot of acryllics for the mini-album. I really loved that. They became new favourites of mine. 2Try to repeat that if you can. ;) 3We used lots of different dies and mediums…
5Elena really showed us the use of acryllic albums and embellishments.6Elena uses the acryllic sheets to make the album see through. Since I love to follow my albums from page to page I think this is a fantastic way to make it more visible.
7And here you can see though the next page to see the previous one.
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And here’s the page you saw through the acryllic before.9I really love this face…
10And finally. Joel with his beloved IKEA jars…

This album was made during this class.

And now… a couple of Christmas cards made with the new A Gift For You collection that we have all been waiting for…JennyGrotherus jul1 jul2_Jenny

Joel’s first summer

We have had a fantastic summer filled with lots of sunshine and memories. Having a new baby at the house, your album’s get filled up with “first time” photos. Joel is no exception. So I created an album (8″x9″) with some of the photos from Joel’s first summer. Since we live on the countryside the Life In The Country collection was a perfect choice.joel-front

I have used Mod Podge to create the album cover. I simply tore papers apart and glued it to the cover and sealed it with Mod Podge. If you want to try it out, please remember that all layers must dry completely before adding a new one. I have cut out the holes with a knife and added some eyelets to the circular ones.

I added texture paste randomly and I also added some Weathered Wood Distress Stickles to the resin in the corner.

joel-front2A tag created with Nestabilities. The bobbinet has been painted white and then I just added some ribbon and a cute pin. I like to hang all sorts of stuff on my mini-album rings.joel-front3What I really like with mini-albums is when you can see through the pages or the covers. It gives you a red thread to follow. Here you can see the photo from the first spread, together with the chipboard frames I used.joel1_

We are lucky to live a 20 minute drive from the west coast. We took refuge in Fiskebäckskil one really hot day, hoping for some breeze to cool us but no way. It was just as bad as back home. But it was Joel’s first time by the sea, so even if the album has been created with Life In The Country I thought it appropriate to use a bit of Life By The Sea for this photo.

I have used various punches from Fiskars and Martha Stewart for this album. Most flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima. The raw chipboard is from Scrap FX, printed from Bo Bunny and Prima. The chipboard album itself is from FabScraps.

I have used gesso and Distress Stickles on most of the raw chipboard in this album. All pearls has been created with Pearl Maker white. The rings go through a die cut hinge that continues on the next spread… following the red thread.

joel_2ndHere you can see the rest of the red hinges.joel_2nd_a_I really love this photo of Joel. He is so full of life and spoof, always laughing no matter what. All lace and ribbon are from LSS’s, metal and flowers by Prima. This page has got a door attached to the hinges that you can open up…joel_2nd_a

and here’s what’s inside. A couple of tags and a photo of Joel and uncle Jan on our terrace. I know it’s hard to see on the photo but Joel’s carrying a t-shirt saying “There’s nothing sweet about me”. We thought it appropriate since everybody thinks he’s so sweet. :)

Moments chipboard by Prima, spinner by Tim Holtz.

joel_2nd_bOur little cutie pie refuses to wear a sun hat. This must be the first time he used it, because it got “lost” very quickly after that. The die cut in the corner continues on the following page…
joel_3… with the chipboard that says “Friends”.
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Well. “Friends.” Osiris loves to walk around his stroller screaming for all he’s got while Joel’s sleeping to wake him up and Joel loves to chase his tail. So I guess they are even.

More texture paste and die cuts. I folded one of them so you can see both sides of the pattern paper. It turned out to a nice decoration to put some roses on.

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Joel got his first swing this spring and he really likes it. Frames by Nestabilities, chipboard, resin and flowers by Prima.

As you can see I really like to use the paper stripes as decoration.

joel4More cozy papers…joel4aI shot this photo in our garden while Joel was constantly crawling around a picnic blanket. I was going to send it to my office, but all they could see was his back. :)  joel4bThis photo was shot while Joel was lying directly on the grass for the first time. He was really thoughtful and had a philosophic kind of expression that I liked while he was watching his hand. So I cut it in two. Tape, frame and tag die cuts by Tim Holtz.joel5Here’s a little family spread…joel5a Daddy and Joel with the same tape that I used on the previous page, just rounding the corner. Metal by Prima, die cuts by Tim Holtz. joel5bMommy and Joel. I have cut out the paper using the chipboard as template and then added it to the side of the album. I have used hinges here too, stretching over two pages. Same with the die cuts.joel6

And here’s the last page. Joel got a pirate uv suit to use this summer and of course he needed a pirate baby pool to go along with it. Pirate flag and everything. :)

I have used most papers from the Life In The Country collection to create this album. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I did creating it.Jenny

For a very special friend

The summer is nearly gone, but we still enjoy +23 degrees here on the west coast of Sweden. It’s very easy to dream of roses and gardens in full bloom.

I have created a card and a mini-album for a very dear friend of mine. I know that Sofiero is one of her favourite collections, and since she is a pink girl it’s all about pink…elena

I have used an embossing folder and Spellbinders Borderabilities dies for this card. elena2Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts. The seam ribbon has been colourized with Distress Stain. Chipboard by Blue Fern and the butterfly has been cut out with a Martha Stewart punch.elena3And here’s what the card looks like on the inside.

I am not very good at making mini-albums. They take me forever. I have literally worked for years on some albums. This, however, was not THAT time consuming, considering Sofiero was released last year. :) elena1I have cut out the grid by hand using a knife and glued it to the background paper. I have used a Martha Stewart punch, metal by Tim Holtz and pearls from Pearl Maker.

elena2The white Prima flower is one of my favourites. The little cage was given to me as a present from another dear friend. And now I pass it on to another friend, spreading the love and friendship over the globe.elena3And here’s the first spread. elena3aI have used punches by Martha Stewart and dies by Spellbinders. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. elena3bA little poem and more dies. elena4Second spread with a quote to the left and some borders to the right.elena5The little fairy got a shabby paint and some pearls. elena6Third spread…elena6aI have used texture paste on the background and Crackle Paint on the chipboard butterflies. The pearls have been cut out from a Prima bling.elena6bThe right side… More die cuts and chipboard.elena7And the last pages…elena7aI really liked creating that dress. I have used three layers of tulle in different colours. elena7bClose up… The textured letters are from a Prima sheet.elena7cThe last page has a pocket with tags…elena8 elena9

I have used all papers in the Sofiero collection. I hope you got inspired and see you in two weeks! Jenny

Coffee in the Arbour – Mason Jar Mini Album

Hello Maja Design friends,

Today I have a very special album to share with you.  I made it for a very special person.

CoffeintheArbour_JarAlbum  I made it as a recipe book. I guess that it would be wonderful to collect all the favorite recipes of desserts and drinks.

Jar_1The cover is clear acrylic, so you can easily look through it and see several of the pages.

Some of the pages are folded like an accordion

Jar_1aand I put some of the awesome pictures from Coffee in the Arbour Collection  – inside

 

Jar_2or used them outside.

Jar_2aI used almost every bit pf a scrap, left after I made all the cutting.

Jar_3All these scraps can be easily used as an embellishment also

Jar_4  This time I really enjoyed just making paper crafting , without any flowers and even art mediums.

Jar_4bJar_5Jar_5aJar_5bJar_6Jar_6aJar_6bJar_7Jar_7bI hope this person will love it as I do, as I had enjoyed so much while creating it for her.

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We’re Going By the Sea!

Hello Maja Fans, a very good morning to you :)

It’s Maja here to share a little sea album. Just as you’re reading these words, I’m in the car (hopefully) going North towards the Baltic sea! :) Although we live in the South of Poland, almost in the Tatra mountains, we love the sea and our best holidays are connected with water ;) And so, after a few year’s break we’re finally going to spend some time by the sea again and I decided to prepare a small album for some of the best shots. And of course I grabbed my favourite marine collection of all time, Life by the Sea:

mdseaAs usually, I tied some ribbons on the wire and also hung a cute seahorse charm, first colouring it a bit with alcohol inks:

mdsea1I used a chipboard lighthouse and stamped the date several times on the cover:

mdsea2It’s still very plain and simple, a beta-version I might say ;) as I hope to add some keepsakes we’ll buy/find, and the final embellishing will take place when I put photos in it. But I thought it would be a good idea to share such bare album to give you some idea of how I prepare the background for photos.

mdsea3I took seven cardstock pages (two pages for each day) and two chipboard covers and all little pieces and scraps of the collection, so that – believe it or not – I cut little pieces off only two “full” sheets, everything else is composed of scraps! :)

So, I do suggest making yourself a cup of coffee now and then sitting comfortably :) Are you ready for a ton of photos?

mdsea4 mdsea5 mdsea6 mdsea7 mdsea8 mdsea9 mdsea11As you can see, I used just papers, some stamps, washi tapes, an edger punch and a few chipboard pieces to embellish the pages. Sometimes a scrap of paper was just a centimetre too short to cover a page, then I’d use a signature strip – I always keep all of them when I cut papers and love to use them :) – to fill the gap.

Here’s how I used the smallest bits of paper: I made tiny flags…

mdsea14…or a small banner…

mdsea13…or a part of a tag that pretends to be hidden beneath papers ;)

mdsea15Call me a miser, but I didn’t even waste a strip of paper that was 3 mm wide! LOL

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Supplies:

Maja Design papers: bits and pieces of the Life by the Sea collection.

Other: Edger punch: Martha Stewart; stamps: ScrapBerry’s, Prima; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Magiczna Kartka; washi tapes: Dekoracyjna Taśma

I hope soon to be able to fill the album with fun photos :)

see you!

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Life by the Sea Mini Album

Hello Maja Friends.

I have been lucky enough to spend one week by the Baltic Sean in early June this year and took tons of pictures of my kids enjoying the see.

Today I have a mini album to share with you and it is full of fun photos onf my son who has seen the sea by the first time. Actually he is quite emotional so I decided to make a mini with those memory keepsakes.

sneakNo doubt Life by the Sea collection was my choice and it gave me the name of my album too.

LifebyThe SeaMain  I used acrylic album as a base for my album, some parts I covered with the papers, the others I left clear.

Life1Clear I combined the papers from 6*6 paper pad and 12*12 as well.

LifebyTheSea1LifebytheSea2LifebytheSea3LifebytheSea4 I put one more photo inside, on the back of this part:

LifebytheSea4inside

 

LifebytheSea5aand here you can see how I painted the clear acrylic parts with the inks and embellished the page with the leftovers. so simple tip, but I guess it looks wonderful, isn’t it?

LifebytheSea6More mixed media tips were applied at the end of the album, but I admit it was the best way to support those cute photos

LifebyLastLifelastBI am sure you have already possess or will own some photos taken during your vacation time, and especially taken by the sea. so Life by the sea collection is what you reallu need to make a beautiful album and preserve those warm memories.

Hope you have enjoyed watching my album.

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Thank You Book and More

Hello, dear Maja Design Fans!

Welcome to the blog today, it’s Maja here to share some inspiration.

Last Thursday my elder son finished his third grade. In Poland it means the end of the first stage of education, now he is going to have new subjects and new teachers. His main teacher will no longer teach him – and that was a very sad goodbye. She was a true teacher with passion, all kids loved her. She is also a very crafty lady and taught kids many crafty techniques, and so we decided to give her a handmade thank you album, in which all kids would place their handmade cards with thanks. The task of gathering and binding all cards together fell to me. And this is what I came up with:

mdksi0I wrapped all the edges of the cover with washi tape and then covered the cardboard with Vintage Summer Basics papers. I placed some beautiful chipboard frame and flower composition, with leaves I die cut from a Coffee in the Arbour sheet:

mdksi1I didn’t want to make the album too decorative, as it was to present kids’ work. So I only delicately stamped the inside covers:

mdksi2As there are 16 children in Kuba’s class, I decided to use some neutral cream paper and add some Maja Design papers stripes and washi tape to decorate each page. For the girls’ pages I used strips of my most favourite Coffee in the Arbour paper – Rose Garden:

mdksi3…and for the boys’ pages I used strips of the Days of December bs. Kuba also used Maja papers for his card :)

mdksi4Some kids made really dimensional cards and in the end the binding wire could barely hold them :)

mdksi5The moment of handing in the album was very emotional, the teacher was in tears and she really loved the book! I hope she would hold as loving memories of the class as we – parents and kids – would!

Supplies:

Maja Design papers: Vintage Summer Basics: 1932, 1924; Vintage Frost Basics: Days of December bs; Coffee in the Arbour: Rose Garden, Raspberry lemonade bs.

Other: chipboard, album base – Scrapiniec; metal corners: Tim Holtz; stamps: Making Memories; flowers, lace – from my stash.

Kuba’s card: Coffee in the Arbour: Raspberry cupcake bs, Raspberry jam cookies, Blueberry cupcake, Blueberry cupcake bs.

Other: die: Prima, stamp Lemonade.

 

I have also a card to share. In the middle of the wedding season, I like to have one or two cards at hand, and so when I finished the thank you album, I used some Coffee in the Arbour papers to make this card:

mdslubIt is a simple design, yet papers give it a nice shabby chic look. I layered some papers and distressed all the edges:

mdslub1Then I used my favourite Prima doily die as the background for the flower cluster:

mdslub2I inked the chipboard letters and covered them with glitter to make them more visible against the patterned paper:

mdslub3I hope some young couple would like it :)

Supplies:

Coffee in the Arbour: Grandma’s old porcelain, Feel the grass between your toes, Raspberry lemonade.

Other: chipboard: Scrapiniec, glitter: Stickles Ranger, flowers, ribbon – from my stash.

 

That’s all for today, thank you for visiting the blog and don’t forget to pop in tomorrow :)

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A Joyful Wintertime mini album

Hello Maja Design fans and frineds! Larissa here with a cute mini album to inspire you.

A Joyful Wintertime

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mini above

To create this project I have used a wooden mini album by Embelliscrap – the cutest one – full of doors, windons and lovely urban elements that I decoreted using the gorgeous Vintage Frost Basics line by Maja Design.

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Every corner of this mini shows an adorable village  and I couldn´t resist adding a lot of cutouts and vintage images taken from Maja Design papers along with the photos of an adorable trip to France.

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Let´s take a closer look:

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This mini has a lot of volume and dimension and I´m planning to use it also as a home decor item to decorate my desk and that´s why I have included a photo on its backside.

Mini´s backside:

mini back

And in the picture below you can see all the dimension in this mini album and how it stands by itself….

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Cute and irresistible, right?

I hope you´ve enjoyed this project!

Thank you so much for your visit!

 

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June Mood Board

Summer is here and it’s time to move out in the garden. There’s nothing like enjoying a cup of coffee in the sun and enjoy the moment. The winter will be here before you know it. So here’s a tribute to our very short summer outdoors, based no the new Coffee In The Arbour collection. JuneMBAnd here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below July 26th. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation July 23rd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…Elena_OlinevichElena OlinevichGabrielle_PollaccoGabrielle Pollacco
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Our first Seasonal Girl

A very warm welcome to a sunny Wednesday. This year we have chosen a little different angle of our Guest Team. We are now introducing our Seasonal Girls. Each and one of them represent the current season and are creating projects with the Basics line that matches it.

Do you want to be the Winter Girl and create projects for us with Vintage Frost Basics? I will pick our Winter Girl from our Mood Board contributions. So if you want to be our guest, work our Mood Boards the very best you can and maybe YOU will be given the honour.

But first. Let’s see who our very first Spring Girl is…Larissa-Albernaz

Larissa Albernaz, Brazil

For those of you who don’t know Larissa, here’s what she has to say about herself…

My name is Larissa Albernaz and I´m from São Paulo, Brazil. I´ve been married to my sweet husband Flávio for 13 years and we have an adorable daughter Isabela. 

As a paper crafter, I have been scrapbooking for eight years. Along these years, scrapbooking has provided me a great sort of artistic possibilities and a lot of fun! In fact, I love scrapbooking because it provides me to  express myself in style, mixing paper, embellishments, colors, memories and a message.
While scrapbooking I pursue something that has sense to me, which inspires me and that can be different, interesting, cute, creative, colorful and fun!  
I adore papers and creating page layouts or 3 dimensional pieces!. One of my life’s little pleasures is to cut, tear and distress papers, creating anything that translates the story I want to tell. 

My style is eclectic, crafty. I love adding a lot of layers to my collages, including some paints or inks and I pay great attention to the details.

You can check out my works at my blog: http://www.lariscrap.typepad.com

We are so honoured that Larissa wanted to join us this spring. She has created three gorgeous projects for us. Here’s what she has to say about them…
Hello Maja Design fans!
It´s Larissa Albernaz here with you today super excited to be guest designing for Maja Design. For this special occasion I have prepared three projects – every single one using the gorgeous “Vintage Spring Basics” line. The first one is a layout. The second, a mini album and the last one a card. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating with this soft and awesome collection.Chafariz layoutTo put this page together I have used the lovely ” 1st of April” paper from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection as my background. The next two layer were created with some stripes of patterned paper that I previously tore. Then, with  the help of the Sizzix machine I have added a few die cuts.Chafariz layout detail 1Chafariz layout detail 2Chafariz layout detail 3Chafariz layout detail 4As the picture I wanted to portray shows me sitting beside a garden fountain, I have used the “Vintage Antique Garden” resin embellishment.Chafariz layout detail 5
Of course, as the Vintage Spring Basics collection has a soft palette and has Spring as theme, I thought this would be the perfect time to include a beautiful bouquet underneath my garden sink embellishment along with a few chipboards, laces, cristals, blings and pearls.
Now let´s take a look at the card I created.
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This handmade squared card uses a yellow cardstock (6¨X 12 inches) as a base. I scored it and folded at 6 inches. I have adhered one piece of  paper measuring 4 1/2 X 4 inches that I cut from the backside of the April 1st patterned paper to it. After that, I have included a few more stripes from a variety of Vintage Spring Basics papers to build my layers and have arranged a few die cuts and fussy cut motifs along with a few resins, flowers and a wooden embellishment.

 

Finally, my out of the page project is a mini album. I have used a gorgeous arbor wooden cover and the lovely Vintage Spring Basics line to put this album together.
Spring days bring us those adorable moments when we can go outdoors and take a walk in a lovely garden feeling the soft breeze and the scent of flowers.
What can be more delightful than spending some time siting in a park bench underneath an arbor? Maybe just scrapping the gorgeous photos taken to preserve these moments!!!
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mini versomini lateral cimaAs this mini album has a 3 D cover, I have added a lot of flowers to decorate its front part and also a few more cascading from above.mini aberto 2
The pages inside the album use the Vintage Spring Basics collection by Maja Designs. I trimmed 4 pieces of paper measuring 10 X 4 1/2 inches from a variety of these patterned paper and scored them in halph. After that I have put together these pagesby attaching them with the help of a blue satin ribbon and have decorated each page by working the layers and embellishments. mini folder detailTo add interest, I have also included a few pockets, tags and folders.mini page 1mini page 2mini aberto mini page 3mini page 3 detail
mini last pageThank you so much Maja Design for the incredible opportunity to design with such amazing products! I couldn´t be more honored and happy.

 

A big thank you to Larissa who created such wonderful art for us. Our Summer Girl will be presented in June.
Jenny