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.

Tea pot Mini Album

Hello Maja Friends! It’s so freezing outside in my country, -21 Celcius and the only way to warm up is to enjoy hot tea with a family.

I have made a mini album about some of our evenings during tea time.

TeaPotMain  I used so cozy and sweet Fika collection. It’s more than a perfect for such kind of photos.

I used an acrylic album as a base and left some pages clear, the others were covered with papers, so you can watch the background papers as well. isn’t it awesome? such a good way to save on your papers and to use them properly, so you won’t miss 2 sides.


all those berries, chocolate and lilac tones make me dreaming about having tea time parties outdoors , at our country house

TeaPot2asome  mpre shots of my kids- tasting the waffles while I was busy with serving the meals

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TeaPot3a  Now I see that even my cups are a great match to this collection

IMG_1132      Just a closer look at a special cup from Fika papers:


Lastb  I had so much pleasure while creating this mini album. If you look through your family shots taken during some party or even Christmas, I am sure you will create something gorgeous with Fika collection.

Fika-PProducts used:

Fika collection: Kaffe tack, Chokladmuffins, En kopp te, Cheesecake, Mandelkaka, Plommonkaka, Nybakat, Björnbärsrutor, Marzipanbakelse



Winner of the January Mood Board

The rain finally gave up on us. We’ve had some cold days in January, just perfect to crawl up and do some scrapping. Our Mood Board has inspired many and we’ve received so many beautiful creations this time. But first a reminder of what it looked like…JanuariAnd here are our fantastic contributions for this month…

And the winner is…Amy_Voorthuis2_Netherlands

Amy Voorthuis! Congratulations Amy. The collection you have chosen will be sent to your doorstep.

Don’t forget to stop by next Saturday when we are presenting our new Valentine Mood Board.


My first Christmas

I wanted to create an album for Joel about his first Christmas Eve. Still I wanted it to be rather simple so I would actually finish it. :) I don’t know how many mini’s over the years that I’ve spent years on, simply because I’m not that good at finishing them. The idea was to cover Christmas Eve from morning until evening. So here comes Joel first Christmas album, It’s Christmas Time version.jul1

I really liked this album by Twiddleybitz with the beautiful window on the front. I’ve used a Tim Holtz die for the border and covered it with Distress Stickles Rock Candy. All ribbon and lace are from a LSS. Resin, flower and leaves by Prima. The white and later on golden pearls have all been created with a Pearl Maker pen. jul2

I’ve covered the window ledge with snow paint and also put in an old fashioned “glass” by using a sheet of gelatin. I really love how he peeks out the window.jul3Here’s the first spread… All chipboard inside the album are by Kaisercraft.jul4

The little tag says “Our little sleepy santa” and he truely was. jul5The second spread…jul6The tag says “First Christmas present”. He got a little baby rattle in his stocking.jul7

“The star of the evening”. He looked really cute in his outfit. I’ve used Shimmerz Texturez for the stars. I created the star mask myself, using my Gazelle.jul8Next spread…jul9I’ve used an edge punch by Martha Stewart for the border. The little sign says “Grandma and Grandpa”jul10

I’ve used one of my favourite papers for this page, Merry. The sign says “Mommy and me”.jul11

Last spread…jul12I love the little alpha die cuts. They are so cute. Here they say “Santa’s coming”. jul13

And after a long day… Bedtime. Flower and bling by Prima.

I hope you got inspired to create something beautiful with your latest Christmas memories.

Papers used for the mini-album…

It’s Christmas Time collection
Santa and the tree
Festive Season
Wrap The Gifts
Christmas Thoughts
Christmas Shopping
Die Cut Letters
Die Cut Sheet


January Mood Board

Welcome back to a new exciting year. We have made some changes in our schedule and will be presenting the Mood Board on Saturdays from now on. Here’s the first challenge of 2014, based on the beautiful Vintage Basics series…

And 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 January 25th. 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 January 22nd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team… This time with a treat. Our very last Mood Board creation by Romy Veul…Andrea_Ewen

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Vintage Album

Hello Maja Friends.  A very Happy New year to all of you. I am happy to start my first post this year with a special mini album made for my friend’s Granny. And you may guess that it was such a pleasure to look at all these old precious photos and to read the story of one family.


I have chosen Vintage Summer Basics collection to create with, I think it is so perfect for such family history album.


There were many photos that my friend wanted me to include into the album. It was not simple, but I made several hidden pockets and placed some of the photos under each other.

Secret1  I added lace, fabric trims and some embellishments that can remind you about those times

VA2  Some of the photos had some notes, so I scanned them and placed into the album too

Secret2just love this wooden prints on the paper, so perfect for black and white photos.


I didn’t want to use any extra mediums there, just some torn edges, fabric touches and beautiful papers





Secret5  I was very busy while stitching papers, trims and string

VA6some more ideas to hide your photos:












and finally the last page has a pocket for any extra photos or cherished things

pocketHope you have liked my album and you have got some more ideas to create your family album.


Products used: Vintage Summer Basics Collection: 1922, 1923, 1924, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1944, 1945, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1903, 1905, 1891, 1926:

2Crafty Chipboard, lace, ribbon, metal trinkets, flowers, fabric








Fall mini album

Hi ! Flo here, i’m back as promised to show you a new project. A mini album made with the gorgeous « Walking in the forest » collection. The « Die cut sheet »  paper with a lots of design allows to enhance the pages of the mini album.

Here are the pictures of my mini album, « The Mushroom picking ».

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Here are a few tips for creating this mini album.
First here’s a little tip for the layout of your pages. If you are a little lost when you make a mini album and want to more easily create a uniform and balanced project I suggest you do like me.
Cut several papers, labels and gather some coordinated embellishments. Then place your different pages in front of you and place your embellishments here and there.
Move your items until everything looks balanced. Then place your photos and paste everything.

Floliescrap-Autumn mini album-17To make the leaves I firstly printed on internet the shape and then I tracings on paper. Then just add an eyelet.

Floliescrap-Autumn mini album-16Finally, here is a simple way to showcase the beautiful drawing of this beautiful collection from Maja Design. Cut out the design of your choice and place it in a metal embellishments with an epoxy sticker.

Floliescrap-Autumn mini album-15Maja Design products :

« Walking in the forest » : Birdsong, Birch, Flannel shirt, Die cut sheet, Teal socks,Last flowers,When leaves are…,Maple, Knitted sweater,Fresh air

Others :
Prima Marketing flowers and buttons
EmbelliScrap laser cut

Thanks for looking ! See you next week!


September Mood Board

Our September Mood Board has an autumn theme, full of fresh air and colours. So grab those boots, pack some coffee and take a stroll in the woods…Moodboard-SeptemberAnd 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. A jury will pick a winner and will consider how the colours and theme were used. All Mood Boards are inspired by a specific Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Tuesday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below September 24th. 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 +phone number 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 September 22nd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our fabulous Creative Team…Andrea_EwenAndrea EwenCamilla_EkmanCamilla EkmanElena_OlinevichElena OlinevichFlorence_TeixeiraGuest Creative Team Member Florence TeixeiraGabrielle_PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoJennyGrotherusbaby_album_taste1Jenny GrotherusRachelle SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonRomy_VeulRomy VeulJenny

Winner of the August Mood Board

Today is the day where we are supposed to draw a winner of this month’s Mood Board. It seems like it’s getting tougher and tougher for each month. So here’s what the Mood Board looked like.Moodboard-AugustAnd here are the contributions for this month…

And our happy winner is…Tracy_Gutierrez_USATracy Gutierrez from USA! We will send you the Vintage Summer Basics collection as you requested. Tracy also sent along photos of the inside of this magnificent album…Tracy_Gutierrez_USA_1 Tracy_Gutierrez_USA2 Tracy_Gutierrez_USA3 Tracy_Gutierrez_USA4 Tracy_Gutierrez_USA5Don’t forget to stop by us next Tuesday when we present the September Mood Board. Full of autumn colours and fresh air. Of course it’s based on the Walking In The Forest collection… So make sure you have it on your shelf, ready to go.Jenny

Winner of the June Mood Board and Sofiero giveaway winners!

Today we will make ELEVEN girls very happy. One Mood Board winner and ten giveaway winners from the Sofiero giveaway. But first things first. Let’s introduce our Mood Board contributions…June-Mood-boardI’m completely in love with the inspiration we’ve received this month. So many details and fascinating techniques.

And the winner of the June Mood Board is…Irina_Gerschuk_RussiaCongratulations Irina! The It’s Christmas Time collection will be sent to you as requested.

And now to our Sofiero winners…
Larissa Albernaz on said:
What a beautiful line! I love the soft colors and the florals! Can´t wait to see more…

Magda De Bruyne on said:
I simply adore these delicate, subtile, and gorgeous papers!
The colors are so beautiful and the details are subtile,yet amazing!
The collection I loved the most is no more in production, it was Minna Vänner Rosa-Marina. It seems that this collection will bring the same feeling again . I am looking forward to see these papers.
Thank you for giving us the chance to win this collection!
Hope you will make more of these wonderful collections!
Wish you lots of inspiration and a lovely week
Kind regards,

Julie Atherton on said:
This collection of papers is so inspiring. I have already thought of how I would use these papers. I have 4 granddaughters and the pink pallet is perfect. As I was looking at these papers I was thinking how much they feel like home, comfortable, relaxing, soothing. Seems how I can not get Maja Design here I would be Honored to win and show off your papers to so many and to as many scrapbook stores that I can to see if they could carry them. I had just spoke with Gabrielle at Such A Pretty Mess just a couple of weeks ago about how I love all the paper lines at Maja Design. Hope you consider me. I’ll be waiting by my computer.

Scrappincaz on said:
The delicate pink and green of this wonderful Limited Collection and your description just draw you in to walk with you round the gardens looking at the flowers and smelling the heady scent of the roses…… I can’t wait to try and get my hands on these stunning papers as I can see so many great layout ideas in my head already! Does it really have to be a one print run collection? So gorgeous and I would just love to be lucky enough to win some…..sigh!! :)

Beatrice Lawson on said:
Gorgeous and romantic, what a great collection for wedding pages, mom pages, and elegant love pages… absolutely dreamy collection. I keep my fingers crossed – I do follow your blog and pretty much all your DT as I love your projects and your mood board monthly challenges. Glad to see a new collection!

Michelle Frisby on said:
Seriously … this isn’t going to be one of those ‘I want collections’ it is going to be an ‘I need’ collection, actually to be honest … more like ‘I have to have’ … absolutely s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. and some … it’s gorgeous.

Kirsty-Anne Duckworth on said:
Hi Wow I so look forward to each collection and it is a must have in my wee world of crafting it is the first inspiration for whatever project I make and I am always proud to say I have used Maja Design papers. I love the soft pinks and the beautiful roses they look so pretty it will be hard to put scissors anywhere near them. Thank you for the chance to win and can’t wait to buy them too ;0)

Hilary-Anne Wattus on said:
My Mum and I have just started scrapbooking together and we came across your papers while we were looking for ideas online, and I have to say your papers are my absolute favourite!!! As soon as we saw them we loved them, they were all perfect. You have inspired us to turn the TV off and spend time doing our scrapbooking. All of your papers are beautiful and I can’t wait to spend time with my Mum creating layouts with your papers! (We just had to have them all!!) and I would love to have a chance of winning these papers so my Mother and I could share them together!

Jill Norwood on said:
Thank you so much for making these beautiful papers. I have tried to buy some of your collections here in the USA with no success as they are always sold out. I am blessed by the chance to win them! Thank you so very much!
Jill Norwood

Danielle Tilley on said:
Yay!! Thanks again for an opportunity to pick up some beautiful Maja paper! I’m still trying madly to buy ANY Maja paper, let alone limited edition! So special, loving the damask and script along with the beautiful old fashioned roses. Just looking at Maja paper relaxes me. So sweet and delicate. Down here in Australia is a big struggle to get your hands on it. I have found a couple of online stockists but still unable to receive supplies for one reason or another. Can’t wait to be able to use this gorgeous paper xx

Big congratulations to you all! Please e-mail your physical address+phone number to moodboard@majadesign.nu, mark the subject “Sofiero winner”. We will send out the collection as soon as it’s printed.

Our July Mood Board is about the lazy days by the coast line. Listen to the seagulls, feel your skin burn and just enjoy the good days of life. It’s based on the Life By The Sea collection and I hope you’ll like it.

So make sure to stop by next Tuesday so you don’t miss it.