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:

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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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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:

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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

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.

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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

ClearScraps4TeaPot2and more:

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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:

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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

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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.

Jenny

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
Preparations
Festive Season
Wrap The Gifts
Snowflakes
Christmas Thoughts
Christmas Shopping
Merry
Die Cut Letters
Die Cut Sheet

Jenny