Another dose of Art Journaling – using Vintage Autumn Basics

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!   Nancy Hanttula here again, and I am still on an Art Journaling kick.  Lots of heavy hearted stuff going on in the Hanttula household at the moment, and one of the only ways I can de-stress is to art journal.  So, without going into a whole lot of personal details,  (any and all prayers are so appreciated), I would like to share my latest art journaling endeavor.

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I used the gorgeous Vintage Autumn Basics paper collection for my background  papers.

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I know I have said it before, but I just have to say it again……if you haven’t tried your hand at Art Journaling, I highly urge you to give it a try.  There are no rules.  It is what you make it.  It can be used to experiment with new techniques.  It can be used to pour out your heart and soul. It is quite amazing how cathartic writing down your thoughts can truly be.  But,really, It can be exactly what YOU need it to be.

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Some Art Journaling instructors have said to skip the first pages of your Art Journal.  Maybe some people find the first pages to be just too overwhelming, maybe a bit too “blank”.  Maybe some “fear” messing them up.  Really…you cannot mess up art journaling.  It can be a legacy of who you truly are that will be left behind. or  You can document something so personal that you absolutely cannot share it with anyone else…and then cover it up with layers of paint and ink. What IF it was the most freeing art experience you ever had.   What IF?

So where do you begin?  Quite simply, you can art journal in almost anything….an old book, even a super inexpensive spiral notebook.  The book I used here is a 7 x 10 mixed media art book from Canson.  I like this type of book because the papers are heavy duty and you can get the book in a variety of sizes.

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First, I chose the papers I wanted to use on my background.

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I placed them down before adhering them to get a feel for placement.  I placed wax paper in between the pages to protect the pages before and after these 2 pages from sticking together.  I adhered them down using Liquitex Matte gel, but other mediums that work well for this include regular school glue, Mod Podge, Decoupage, & Liquitex Matte Medium (but dang that stuff is pricIey.)

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Don’t worry if some of your background paper overhangs a bit after you glue it down.  Once it is dry, just turn the paper over and cut the excess paper off from the back using the back of the page as a guide.

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Once the background paper was glued down….and dried, I, then,  inked the edges of the papers- I used Prima/Ingivld’s chalk ink in Black Coal.  I also added some quick doodles using a black permanent pen, and added some Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Peacock Feathers to the edges of the paper.

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I love to look around for untraditional ephemera or embellishments to use on or in my art.  For this project I used a gift bag that I bought at our local Dollar Tree store (everthing is a dollar in that store…..I love to go through it and look for untraditional embellishments :) ). I bought this bag (and few more actually)

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and I decided to fussy-cut the bird out of the bag’s design to use on the page. But before I glued down the bird and branches, I dry-brushed some acrylic paint in “skin-tone” color onto the background of the pages.

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I glued the bird down with the Liquitex Matte gel.

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Next, I used a Zip Screen screen print/stencil from Hirschberg Schutz & Co. (I bought at Walmart.) and stenciled down the butterflies using purple acrylic paint.

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I added a bit more acrylic paint using some Tim Holtz Acrylic paint dabbers in Aqua and Sunshine Yellow…and then finished off with my journaling all over the page.

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I love to outline images on my pages by journaling around them.

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I hope this has inspired you to try your hand at some Art Journaling.  It has been a blessing in my life, that is for certain…..and I wish all such blessings to all of you.

Supplies used for this included:  Vintage Autumn Basics paper collection: papers:  No I; No X; No XXI; Heritage; Liquitex Matte Gel Medium; Canson Mixed Media Book & x 10; Prima/Ingvild chalk ink in Black Coal, Dry Sand; Precise V5 black pen, Scarlet Lime permaball permanent black ink pen; Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Peacock feathers; Tombow Permanent adhesive; FolkArt acrylic paint in Skintone; Delta acrylic paint in Purple; Adirondack Acrylic paint dabber in Aqua and Sunshine Yellow; CTMH acrylic stamps, Ranger Jet Black Archival ink;

I wish you a blessed and wonderful weekend! Hugs!

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Unshakable Faith – Coffee in the Arbour

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again.  Today I am going to share another creation with you use using the fresh new “Coffee in the Arbour” paper collection.

I really felt it was time to create something new in my art journal.

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So I pulled out a journal that I have been steadily creating for my children in which I call my “Book of Truths.”

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It is a collection of quotes and sayings that I find to be “true” to life or have a message or teaching that I find important to share.  AND, this way I can pass on to them, and perhaps future generations, things that ring true to my heart and life experiences, and share some of my art at the same time: a perfect combination, wouldn’t you say?!

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I chose the front side of the ”Let’s Share a Cookie” paper, cut it to size, and glued it down with Decoupage to the art journal page already in my book.

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I inked the edges of the paper with “Old Rose” chalk ink from Ingvild/Prima’s chalk ink, and then I did random stamping onto the background.

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I added a rub-on from Tim Holtz’s Remnant Rub-ons – the “noteworthy”.

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Then, I got out my sketch pencils and started sketching some details and images.

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I sketched the butterfly and the journaling lettering.

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Using my Caran D’Ache Watercolor Crayons, I colored in my butterfly and flowers…and later some red areas on the background of the page.

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You can use these crayons wet or dry.  When activated with water, they give the most amazing vibrant color to your creations.  *Maja Design papers take watercolor techniques beautifully!

You can use any watercolor brush to activate the color in these watercolor crayons, but I LOVE these watercolor brushes (I call them pens) that you fill with water and they dispense water automatically.  *They are awesome for traveling!

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You can get them at most craft stores.  The one shown above is from Kuretake Co.

You just fill them up with water from your sink…..squeeze them a little to activate (I squeeze them into the palm of my hand) and they are ready to go.  I have 3 of them….One for my red paint hues, one for my greens/blues, and one for my light colors such as yellows. When I need to clean them, I just squeeze a lot of water through them to rinse out the color.

Once you color you image with the Neocolor II watercolor crayons, you go back in with a watercolor brush a water and activate the color.  Below is an image of the butterfly after I have gone back using my watercolor brush.

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You can repeat this process several times until you are satisfied with the result, just be sure and either dry the paper or let the paper dry naturally in between the layers.

After I achieved the look I wanted, I went back with a black Permaball permanent pen and black Sharpie marker to add some finishing details.

I also added some ephemera (some numbered tags from my husbands dry-cleaning) and outlined my sketched titling and journaling with permanent pens.

Unshakable Faith Art Journal page

If you haven’t tried Art Journaling, I highly encourage it.  It is an amazing way to ground your soul, try out new techniques, & grow creatively.  There isn’t a right or wrong way to art journal.  It can be as personal as you need or want it to be.  It can be as “pretty” or as “messy” as it turns out to be.  But a lot of people tell me how “freeing” it feels…and honestly, I couldn’t agree more.  Give it a try.  You will love it, I can almost guarantee it. :)

Supplies used here and not already mentioned included:  Prima/Ingvlid chalk ink in the following colors:  Blossom Bud, Farmer Jeans, Old Road, Raspberry Pie, & Old Rose; Stamsp from Stampabilitiles; Hampton Arts, Stampendous, & CTMH; Bazzill Basics Template used as a stencil; wood embellishment from Michaels.

I hope you have a positively wonderful day!

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Shabby-Chic Mixed Media Canvas with Video Tutorial

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Hello Maja fans, Gabrielle here with you today to share my newest canvas using the beautiful Maja Design collections Coffee in the Arbour and Crea Diem.  The lovely rosey prints in the papers lend themselves so well to the shabby-chic look, don’t they!

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chic look for this one because I had been playing with some air dry clay (Martha Stewart) and had made this little corset trinket that I wanted to use as my center piece.

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I mounted the corset on a Dusty Attic chipboard winged dress form (Divine Divas) adding a little fabric to dress it up.  I layered on some lace (Tresors de Luxe) and added a little bit of texture with a stencil and homemade texture paste.   I painted and spritzed the canvas with a variety of Shimmerz Paints sprtizes, paints and Inklingz (all products are listed in the video below).

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I added an interesting embossed texture to my Dusty Attic chipboard frame using a variety of mixed media products (you can watch a step by step in the video below)

Maja Design papers used in this project:  Coffee in the Arbour (Rose Garden, Butterflies are Free), Crea Diem (Clock paper).

I hope you enjoyed watching my process and hope that I’ve inspired you to give Maja Design papers a go when creating your mixed media projects!

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Senior Picture – Walking in the Forest

Hello Maja Design fans and friends, it is Nancy Hanttula here.  Today, I am sharing another layout that I created for my friend to give as a graduation gift.

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I used the gorgeous Walking in the Forest paper collection.

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I tried very hard to consciously take photos of every step of my process creating this layout so that I could share it with all of you.  I will have to admit though, apparently I become a bit impatient from step to step and don’t always take the time to assure my photos are properly in focus….so I hope you excuse me…you may see just a few blurs along the way.

#1 – I knew that I wanted to use at least 2 different patterns on the background (Knitted Sweather & Bjork-Birch).  When I do this, I don’t like to waste any of the paper by layering too much paper that just gets hidden and therefore, “wasted.”  So I usually just use a piece of solid cardstock and glue the papers onto the cardstock as shown in the following photo.

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Then I just layer the final piece over the final gap in the cardstock.

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#2  Next I used a Martha Stewart circle punch on the 6 inch setting to punch out a circle out of the paper Frisk Luft – Fresh Air.

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My plan wasn’t to use it in this exact form but to cut out the center and use it as a frame.  I sketched a basic circle with a pencil and then cut it out with my X-acto knife.

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And then I set it aside.

#3 Next, I took several of my mists and Tim Holtz Distress stains and went to town on the background. – specific supplies used:  Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels (Candy Corn); Lindy’s Stampgang:  Yellow Rose of Texas, Burnt Umber, Ponderosa Pine Olive; Tim Holtz Distress Stains:  Wild Honey, and Gathered Twigs.

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#4 Then using FolkArt acrylic paint in Warm White…

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.I painted the edge of a corrugated piece of cardboard to use to paint a frame around the actual photo.   I also used the foam brush and the same paint to paint a rough frame around the entire layout.

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#5  Using the left-over paint, I painted onto a Prima acrylic chevron patterned stamp (#980078) and added stamped details throughout the page.

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#6 Next, I cut some film negatives, that a friend had given me to use as embellishments, in half.

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I tucked them under the paper layers and adhered them with glue.

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#7 Then I cut out some die cut embellishments from the Klippark and inked them with Prima/Ingvild’s chalk ink, Dark Bark.

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I added some staples and some extra details to further embellish the pieces.

16c#8 Now it was time to put down the photo, add the circle frame, & add a butterfly I purchased at Michael’s craft store.

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#9 I added some Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Vintage Photo to add some extra dimension to the circle frame.

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#10 I also added some Tim Holtz Remnant Rub-ons and the title using Prima wood alphas.

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#11  I decided that I needed to add some brown painted chevron stamping using the same Prima stamp in various spots for some contrast.  I used FolkArt paint in the color Coffee Bean.

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#12  The last details added to this layout were some small areas of sewing machine stitching.

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And all those little and big details make up the entire page. :)

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I hope you enjoyed this walk-through into the process of how I created this layout.  And I hope that perhaps it has inspired you to create something amazing today!

Have a wonderful weekend! and be sure and stop by tomorrow as I take you on a tour through my very own personal creative space.

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altered alarm clock -with tutorial-

Hi there Maja friends!
I’m having a fun project to share with you today!
An altered alarm clock with a photo -step by step- tutorial.
For this project I used all 4 Vintage Basics from Maja Design,
Vintage Spring, Vintage Summer, Vintage Autumn and Vintage Frost collection.
Those Maja collections work so well together!!

Let’s start to alter this alarm clock!The alarm got a coat of gesso first.
I found this alarm clock at a local flea market and after putting out all of his inside
it looks a little like a sad smiley don’t you think?
I guess he wanted me to make him more pretty! LOL!

Tearing up some bits and pieces from all the paper collections.

Randomly glueing them on the clock with Mod Podge.

Also glueing the inside.

Love to play with all those little pieces!
These collections work perfectly together!

Those clocks always make a lovely extra touch to any project.
They come from the Autumn collection, No.XVI

Randomly added some clocks.

I used two ways to make my flowers,
A punch and a die from Spellbinders.

These little cuties were made with a punch.
I punched them three times and added a brad.
Crumbled them up and shaped the flower.

Also rolled some paper for an extra embellishment.

All done and ready to embellish!!

Between some mesh all the paper flowers.

Added some lace on one of the bells and around the side.

This metal piece is a part of a bracelet I had in my stash for awhile.

The beautiful big tulle flower is from 13 Arts.
Just love their fabric flowers!

The chipboard, the flourish, the key and the butterfly is from Dusty Attic.

And the final result!
I’m happy to say that this clock found a lovely new home!
It was made for my co-worker.

The Vintage collections.

No. XII and No.XVI


7th of Dec.


1909


7th of May

Hope you’re also having a great time playing with Maja Design papers!!
Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

My Love

Marilyn Rivera=Maja Design=May Happy Monday!!! Marilyn here with you today…I’m going to share you my latest project with Maja Design papers using the Ska Vi Ta en Fika? Collection. I made a romantic page about my hubby and I, this time I chose the purples, lavender, yellow and ivory tones from the Fika collection. I made a step by step video tutorial of this page and you will see my creative process.

DSC_6209 copy This collection has beautiful papers…the design, the colors are awesome! I used the Soders Hojder and the Blommor Pa Bordet from the Fika collection.

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I love to mix different textures in my work, here are corrugated., lace, cheesecloth, pearls and metal.

DSC_6208 copy My title is a sticker from Close to My Heart, the small butterflies are from the 8th of March paper-Vintage Spring Basics collection.

DSC_6251 copy-2 Prima flowers, bulb and mask. The quote is another sticker from CTMH.

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I played with my mist and paints, I had fun using my Shimmerz Sprintz.

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Supplies: Ska Vi Ta en Fika? collection: Soders Hojder and the Blommor Pa Bordet papers and the 8th of March from the Vintage Spring Basics collection. Prima Marketing- flowers, bulb, stencil. Shimmerz Sprintz, Gesso, Lace, acrylic paint, Ranger-distress ink, cheesecloth.

Please check the Maja Design Facebook page to see my video tutorial…thanks!

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Creating Wall Art with Maja

Wall Hanging

Hello Maja fans!  Gabrielle here with you today to share a home decor project!  It’s no secret that I’m a big lover of the shabby-chic style, and I say why not take it off the page and into the home.  For my project I used a variety of Maja Design papers and just had some fun tearing and painting away with them.    I made a video step by step on how I created this project, so grab yourself a cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial.  Here are some individual shots of the each of the panels in this decorative wall hanging….

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I used Vintage Spring Basics (4rth of April) as the base of this panel.  I also added clocks from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) paper to decorate the panel.  The chipboard is from Dusty Attic Designs (Cherry Blossom Branch) and the butterfly is from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.  I used home-made texture paste and a Crafters Workshop stencil (Mini Time Travel) for the clock designs.

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I did a fair bit of layering with my patterned papers for the middle panel.  I used a pretty blue paper from Crea Diem (Leva och växa) for the top layer, the next gingham layer is from Ska vi ta en Fika? (Två fröknar – bs) and then a bright blue layer from Crea Diem (Skapa dagen).  I needed a lighter layer for my stamped quote (Tim Holtz stamp), so I used a scrap piece I had left over from my last project from the Vintage Spring Basics (6th of March).  The stencils I used for this one were Crafters Workshop ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’.  The stitch I used was from Prima.  The cute lil frame and the butterflies are from Angelica’s Little Scrap Shop.

Wall Hanging part 3

For my final panel I used another part of the Crea Diem paper I used in the middle panel (Leva och växa) and created a peek-a-boo tear showing a strip pattern paper from Vintage Spring Basics (4th of April-bs).  I again used a Cherry Blossom branch from Dusty Attic and the ‘Art Is’ and ‘Brick’ stencils from Crafters Workshop.  Here are a couple more views of the panels…

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I hope my project has inspired you to give Maja Design papers a go when creating home decor projects. Thanks for taking the time to watch my little tutorial! xo

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The Versatality of Vintage Spring Basics

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here with you again.  Today, I would like to show you just how versatile the Maja Design paper collections truly are.  I have created 4 different cards…all very distinctly different….but all from the very same paper collection, Vintage Spring Basics.

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I will show you each finished card first, and then I will share all the little details and “love” that I put into each and every one.  So, without further ado, here is the first card. I fondly refer to it as “The Cupcake.”

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And the 2nd card, I call “Butterflies.”

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The 3rd card, I refer to as “Groove Thang.”

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and finally, the last card, I call “Blessings.”

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As you can see, every card has a very different style (I do like to change things up.)

For “The Cupcake” card, my inspiration was a card that I saw while perusing a magazine at Hobby Lobby in one of the magazines.  I didn’t make note of the magazine, but I did make note of the card maker (Sherry Wright)….I was enthralled by how she used buttons to make the frosting of her cupcake and had to dive into my vast stash of buttons to create my own cupcake masterpiece.

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To create the little flag, I simply cut a banner out of the back-side print of the 7th of May, dampened the paper and wrapped it/glued it around a toothpick.  I hand-printed the lettering in brown ink.

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I also did a bit of dimensional stenciling using some Liquitex modeling paste mixed with pink acrylic paint and added some stars to the corners.

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I then added a light touch of background stamping and touch of acrylic paint here and there, some doodling and shading around the cupcake base, and some hand-sewn border stitching along the edges.  I topped off the piece with a strip of brown pom-pom trim.

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For the “Butterflies” card, I started out by using the paper 9th of April.  I then added some dimensional stenciling (again with some Liquitex modeling paste and a stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop of the harlequin pattern.)

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I then stamped the harlequin pattern with the Stampabilities stamp, “Faded Text.”

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I did the same basic modeling paste stencil technique with the heart, using one of my stencils from my stash.  I mixed the modeling paste with a darker purple acrylic paint.

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I cut out all of the little butterflies from the 6th of May paper, and adhered them with glue.  I wanted them to look like they were flying up off the card.

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The 3rd card, “Groove Thang” was created using a wax crayon resist technique.  I bought the wax crayon from my local art supply store.  It applies completely clear.  I drew on a scribbled background pattern onto the backside print of 8th of March paper, then sprayed on “Cheshire Cat Cherry” spray mist from Lindy’s Stamp gang.  The wax completely resists the mist.

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I then used a fun Dina Wakely silhouette stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop……I used a combination of Black archival ink from Ranger and Black India ink from a Faber-Castell pen (both of which the wax also resists.)

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The star strip was a piece of scrap that I had used from another project to punch out some stars.  I doodled around the stars using various widths of my black pens.

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I added some dimensional stenciled stars using the same stencil that I used in my cupcake card.

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The number ephemera strips are actually pieces of tags that my husbands dry-cleaning comes home with….I make him save them for me.  I love collecting ephemera for my projects…especially things with numbers on them.

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I added a bit of stitching here and there

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and considered the card finished.  I wrote on the outside of the card…” never too old to shake your groove thang…happy birthday” – I thought it was appropriate for the fun silhouette that made me think of dancing.

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And the last card, “Blessings” was put together rather easily.  I photographed the steps so that you could see how easy a card can come together.  AND, I don’t know about you, but because my friends and family know that I am a crafter, especially a paper crafter, they tend to expect a hand-made card, so, with that in mind, here is how easily it can be done.

#1  I put down my base layer and inked the edges.  I decided to add some polka-dots using a gelato and a stencil.

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#2  I hand tore a layer, inked the edges and glued it down.

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#3  I layered on a piece of ribbon.

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#4  I cut out another layer and glued it down.

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#5  I chose some pretty red Petaloo flowers, arranged them how I wanted them, then glued them down.

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#6  I chose a flourish rub-on and applied it to the center.

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#7  I needed a little extra something in the top right corner, so I tore another little strip of paper and added another little Petaloo flower.

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#8 Above you can see how I hand-stitched a pretty red border to match the flowers around the edges of the card.

#9  And then finally, I added a rub-on sentiment,  and voila, another finished card to have on hand to give to a friend or family member.

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Vintage Spring Basics papers used for:  “The Cupcake” – 1st of March (bs); 5th of May; 6th of April; 7th of May (bs)  Other supplies:  Ingvild/Prima chalk ink “Coltsfoot Stemens”; Kaisercraft dot stamp; Zutter Distrezz-it-all; Aleene’s tacky glue; Fiskars apron border punch; Polymark dimensional paint; Sharpie ultra fine point marker in brown; Prima clear buttons; Liquitex modeling paste; buttons, ribbon, star stencil, & toothpick from my stash.

Vintage Spring Basics papers used for:  “Butterflies” – 9th of April; 10th of April (border strip); 11th of April; & 6th of May.  Other supplies:  Ingvild/Prima chalk in “Worn Jeans”; Martha Stewart floral deep edge border punch; The Crafter’s Workshop harlequin stencil; FolkArt acrylic paint in Warm White; Dermacoat acrylic paint in purple; Stampabilites “Faded Text” stamp; Liquitex modeling paste, & heart stencil from my stash.

Vintage Spring Basics papers used for:  “Groove Thang” – 8th of March (bs); 1st of March (bs); Stampabilites “Faded Text” stamp; Jaylynn embroidery floss; wax crayon; numbered ephemera (from my husband’s dry-cleaning); Permaball permanent black pen, fine point Faber-castell black pen; heart stencil, Liquitex modeling paste; Dermacoat purple acrylic paint; Black Archival Ranger ink; & Dina Wakely silhouette stencil “Emily/Polly” from The Crafter’s Workshop.

Vintage Spring Basics papers used for: “Blessings” – 1st of March; 7th of April (front and back); Days to Remember; ribbon from my stash; Petaloo flowers; flourish rub-on from K & Co.; saying rub-on from Kaisercraft; gelato from Faber-Castell; polka-dot stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop; Aleene’s tacky glue; Ingvild/Prima chalk ink Black Coal; hot glue & Jaylynn red embroidery floss.

Thanks for looking my friends!  I hope I have shown how versatile these gorgeous papers can be….and I hope that you get the chance to create something amazing today!

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Shabby Chic Card Video Tutorial

Hello, Maja Friends. Elena is here to share with you my new card I made using some scraps left form the previous projects. I have already told you I am a savvy scrapper, so I can not afford to throw even a small piece of paper. I know it sounds strange, but sometimes you can create something awesome just using those leftovers.

CardMainVintage  I combined 2 collections there ( you know all the collections are designed that way that you can mix them) Vintage Summer Basics and Crea Diem. I have chosen those pieces that have some black accents as well as shabby pale pink, just love this combination.

IMG_3312  I added some embellishments, made a simple work on the background and a pretty card is ready to be given for someone special.

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I have made also a video tutorial for you, so you can follow my simple instructions to revise your stash of leftovers.

 

 

Hope you have enjoyed it.

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Upcycled Art Desk Organizer using Vintage Spring Basics

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again, this week to share an upcycled project that I recently finished for my craft desk.  I created an organizer to hold some of my most frequently used pens, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and brushes.  To create this holder, I used the gorgeous Vintage Spring Basics paper collection.

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Here is a photo of the finished organizer full of my pens and pencils.

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And here is a photo of the finished piece before I filled it up.

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To create this organizer, I used a drink holder from one of our local Sonic drive-ins. I have had it in my office for quite some time just with this intention in mind.

I would like to mention….that with the drink holder in it’s upright, put together position, because of the way it folds into itself, I marked the sections that would be showing with a “C” for cover, meaning I would want to cover that particular section and on the bottom a “DC” for don’t cover, so that I would know that I wouldn’t need to cover that section because it wouldn’t be showing. When you see the photos of the holder flat later in this post, you may see the marking “C” or “DC” and that was to help me know which parts will actually be seen when put together.

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To cover the individual pieces of the container, I used the same technique that I used when I created the map of the United States in my project ….”There’s No Place Like Home” …. you can see that post by clicking HERE … but basically,  I outlined the shape on the cardboard that I wanted to trace with a dark colored pen,

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traced over it with tracing paper,

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then flipped it over and colored over the lines with a pencil,

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flipped it back over, and retraced the pattern onto the patterned paper that I wanted to adhere to the cardboard.

flip over and redraw the pattern onto the patterned paper

Then I cut it out, inked the edges, and adhered it to the cardboard using A LOT of Tombow permanent adhesive.

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Here is a photo of 2 of the finished sides of the organizer once all my shapes had been adhered.

side 2 coverdOnce I had finished covering the organizer, the fun began.

covered side

I gave a lot of thought into how I wanted to decorate this piece.  I love to add a lot of dimension and texture to my projects….but I knew that this was a piece that was going to get a lot of handling, so with that in mind, I decided that instead of adding a lot of extra dimension, why not do some stenciling and inking AND why not use up something that I had amassed a huge quantitiy of over the years and really seldom ever used.  What was that? you ask.  Well, it is RUB-ONS.  I LOVE Rub-ons.  I have so many of them…but I almost never use them.  Honestly, I forget that I even have them most of the time.  AND, in my experience, they ruin so easily.  So I pulled out this huge accordion-style paper organizer that I bought just to organize my rub-ons a few years back and just started sifting through my stash.  Well, I am happy to report that I have a gold-mine of rub-ons and yes, quite a few were stuck inside their own packaging beyond use….but I found so many that were not.

stenciling

I started by stenciling.  Using just some ordinary acrylic paint and a Tulip brand stencil.  I like the Tulip stencils because they have an adhesive back and lend perfectly to the use of paints.

embellishing the paper

And then I started in on the rub-ons.  I guess, the hard part of this was knowing when to stop.  I love color…and I think I achieved exactly the amount of color that makes my heart and soul sing!  Another reason why I love the Maja Design papers so much is how easily they adapt to the use of bright color….they just make the color so much more vibrant to me.

close-up of stenciling and rub-ons

Here are some photos of the finished sides of the organizer with the stenciling, the rub-ons, and some extra ribbon and button trim I added.

side one embellished (flat)

I bought this amazing chicken wire on a roll from Hobby Lobby.  I cut it with my button shank and stapled and hot-glued it to a few places.

close-up of side one

Now, I would like to add that there are 2 areas on this divider….2 small flaps that if you look at the photos that are of the flattened organizer you can see them in the lower right bottom corners.  I had to carefully add rub-ons to these areas by cutting them in half and lining them up as best as I could.

rub-on cut in half

And as far as the fork, knife, and spoon rub-on (that was from Michael’s dollar area) I decided that this organizer could easily be used by placing 4 large cups into the dividers and filling them up with plastic silverware for parties such as baby showers or birthday parties..

spoons and forks

.and that side would be perfect for that.

napkins & knives

Using some basic Mason jars, I spray-painted them, used a bit of sand-paper to age them up a bit, and added some chalkboard tags from The Vinyl Wall.  These chalkboard tags could easily be changed to read pens, watercolor pencils, paintbrushes, etc. as well.

close-up of ribbon and buttons and rub-ons

Okay….once the divider was embellished to my liking, and instead of using the mason jars, I used another upcycled idea …. I teach an art class at my workplace once a week…and I save a lot of the empty toilet paper cardboard rolls for various projects that we do….well, I shoved a bunch of them into the organizer.  This way, I could easily organize the sections with my supplies, and actually giving me much less wasted space.  Here is the before:

using empty toilet paper rolls as dividers

And here is the after:

all filled up

So, here is side one (empty)

front view 1 of empty organzier

Here is the 2nd side:

front and side view of empty organizer

Here is the back side/or front side depending on which way you like it:

back view of empty organizer

And the last remaining side:

side 4 empty

So, there you go.  I hope that I have inspired you to look at something perhaps a bit differently and I challenge you to create your own upcycled masterpiece.

The Vintage Spring Basics papers used for this project included:  6th of May front and back; 3rd of March front and back; 5th of May; 7th of May back.

Other supplies used for this project included:  chalk ink from Prima Ingvild’s Shabby Tote, Garden Grass, Old Rose, Vintage Pink, Teal Damask, Lime Pie, Cold Ice; various rub-ons from Kaisercraft, BoBunny, CTMH, Stampin’ Up, stencil’s from The Crafter’s Workshop and Tulip; acrylic paint from Apple Barrel and Plaid; Tombow Permanent Adhesive; wooden buttons from Prima; ribbon from Webster’s pages and from my personal stash; buttons from my personal stash; chicken wire from Hobby Lobby; & Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Misc: Mason Jars, Chalkboard tags from The Vinyl Wall, White chalk ink pen from Chalk Ink, Krylon spray paint in Blue Ocean Breeze. and sandpaper.

Thanks so much for looking! Wishing you a super creative weekend! Hugs!

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