Meet our Winter Girl

December is here and it’s time to present our final Season Girl. As promised we have chosen her from the participants of our Mood board challange. Looking through all the contributions I once again was amazed by all the great creativity our scrappy World holds. And I just have to take the chance and say a big THANK YOU to all of you that have participated! It’s been a true pleasure to see your lovely work. I can also tell you that the Mood board challange will be back in January…

Now back to the girl who got the last guest spot of the year. She is a devoted MajaDesign fan and she has actually won the Mood board challange twice. We love her very detailed, shabby romantic style.

A big Hurrah for Amy Voorhuis! Our fantastic Winter girl.
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Here is what she has to say about herself:

“My name is Amy Voorthuis and I live in one of the smallest countries on earth – The Netherlands, with the love of my life Jeroen. Nine years and some what ago we became parents to the most handsome boy in the world Kevin.
I work as a Optician in a optic store. Done that for about 14 years now and I love what I do,  you have to be creative in many ways in this profession.
Scrapbooking became my creative outlet about 10 years ago when my mom took a present home from my aunt Ellen who lives in Florida.
I think you can guess what that was - ”a scrapbook”. My aunt still regrets it because she really wants to scrap with me and can’t because of the distance. When I was asked to be a wintergirl for Maja Design I was so excited! I really love to work with these beautiful papers, and I gladly excepted the wonderful offer.
Thanks again for asking me!
If you want to see more of my work you can visit my blog here http://www.amyvoorthuis.blogspot.se/

Hugs xox Amy”

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Amy describing:
“First I pencil draw the shape of this thermometer then I stitched the edges with my sewing machine and distressed it!

I used a stencil on it so it looked like broken ice and stamped randomly on the thermometer for the finishing touch I used a snow writer one my flowers and chipboard!”

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“On my card I used the same techniques as on the thermometer!”

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“On my layouts I used lots of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and embossing powders and lots of layers and always my sewing machine and I love to distress every paper I get my hands on. :-)


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Thank you so much for watching! And a big thanks to Amy for sharing her beautiful art with us!

In our Sofa – my scrap area

Hi everyone and a warm welcome . Today it is my turn to share with you the space where I create . I have a tiny space for my scrapbooking, but I manage . The space is very bright and light and looks out on to my garden . I have storage spaces in other areas in our home . Here we go … follow me as we take a walk through my creative space .

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my tiny scrap space over looking my garden . Heathers scrap roomHere is my tiny space, it has to be organised ( well most of the time ) as I cant find anything if everything piles up. You know what I mean .. LOL  !!  5 scrap room drawers     A wider view showing some storage drawers .    storage drawers These drawers contain all my stamps, distress inks, punches, masks, chipboard etc. drawersextra store roomAbove is my main storage area, only a few steps from my scrap space . I just love the way I can close the door here . Everything is pretty organised . papers, Layouts, albums, photos, projects, cardstock and paper .   organised  storage storage photos, photos, and more photos !!!!!    scrap room storage love my little shabby chic mini drawers xoxo  more storage These little tins are all magnetic so they dont move and slide around . I keep all my little bits and pieces here . .. lots of metal embellies.   Messy inky Pallet   my messy inky pallett … paint brushesscrap room work in progress 3

scrap room   works in progress !  reading in the garden        Just outside my creative space … one of my fave spots in my garden …peaceful  xHeather stitchingstitching at my Faithful Bernina Sewing machine .. loveeeeeeeeeeeeee my stitching.  17 scrap room post cloth rust stainingtwine      Dyed twine .

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I love to sip on a cup of tea as I work.. when finished I use the wet bag to splash on my work .

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Thanks for looking and walking with me through my scrap space .love and hugz from Heather xHeather-sign

Let us present our Autumn Girl

This Autumn Miranda Edney has been scrapping some beautiful projects for us.
First we let her introduce herself…

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“My name is Miranda Edney and I live in the sunny state of Florida with my honey
and our adorable fur babies which make ‘mommy’ very happy. I love
creating altered pieces! Nothing makes me happier than to see some plain
forgotten object and to bring new life into it. I have 2 sides, one of them
loves all things vintage and rustic. The other is a mixed media passion which
seeps out quite a bit. I love that Maja papers give me that vintage base for me
to add mixed media to, and that fulfills both of my ‘sides’.  
I used lots of Vintage Autumn Basics but I had to throw in some other
collections as well, they all coordinate so heavenly together! 

It has been a great honor to create for Maja, as a long time lover of
their papers. It has been a complicated time in my life and my focus is in a
million places, so to be able to sit down and create with such amazing papers
was true therapy for me. Thank you Maja Design!”

This is a really talented girl, just watch and enjoy her wonderful art..

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Mirandas words about this lovely treasure box:
“For my first Altered box I went with a “grape” theme. I had this box for
quite some time waiting for the perfect papers..”

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Here is a link for a full tutorial video, on how she created this wonderful piece of art.

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“My next mixed media box was very fun to create. Lots of layering of the beautiful
papers. A coat of clear gesso, then you can break out all your colorings and go
to town. I kept it very shabby and feminine.”

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A big THANKS to Miranda! Hope you have appreciated this as much as we have!

In our Sofa, Welcome to Rachelle’s Scraproom

Hello & Welcome to my Scraproom….

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I started scrapbooking in 2002,helping out my middle son,Erlendur with his grade 12, language arts “Memory Book” project. At this time I had never heard of scrapbooking, but this was how all the girls in his class, were doing their projects! So Erlendur asked his friends where to get supplies & got the info on scrapbooking. I worked with the photo’s (matte & paste,added stickers,ect.beginner self taught scrapbooking), Erlendur did the writing. I worked out of plastic bins,that I stored in the spare bedroom,& dragged into the kitchen. Little did we know,that Rachelle had found her passion!!! I got addicted to scrapbooking,& of course to the supplies.My front room,living room,dining room was never used,so I decided to change it into my scrap space.

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I had a friend custom make, my work station. I stand to scrap,so I had him build me a island,with lots of drawers. It is in the center of the lowers area,with easy access,to all of my supplies,in drawers, or in the boxes, on the selves…..

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Shows the other side of work station,with more drawers. Behind are paper racks,in the last couple years I have been 99% working with Maja Design papers,but I have not purged any of my old paper. I use the old paper as a backing on my LO’s, for extra support..

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A photo taken from the opposite side of the room. This room is just off the front entrance of our home,& right next to the kitchen. There are 3 large windows facing south. The lighting over the work station is a pool table light….

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This is the raised area of the scraproom,that holds my computer, photo printer & more shelves & boxes for storage…

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More views of the upper level…

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Upper over looking the lower level…

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I decided to decorate my room, with my late sisters Art. JoAnne was a year younger then me,born on the same day. She passed away about a year before, I got into scrapbooking….

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I painted all the boxes blue,then scrapbooked them with JoAnne’s Art. I also labeled the boxes….

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Shows 12×12 framed LO’s using JoAnnes Art…

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Yes, I do have a sewing machine, I have had it for years but still have not figured out how to thread it,so instead I spend hour’s hand stitching…

 

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OK,I need to admit something! I have my scrap space, but I still can be found, at my kitchen island, scrapbooking!!!!The center & social area of our home!!!! Cheers & Happy Scrapbooking….Rachelle

 

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The new Christmas collection is coming up..!

Dear Maja-fans!

I can now proudly present the new Maja collection – “A Gift for You”!

The feeling that spreads all over while enjoying this wonderful art is – Christmas time, candle lights, cozy by the fire place, snow, sparkling cold and lovingly warm at the same time and of course, an exciting feeling that Santa Claus soon will be coming with his reindeers..

A gift for you

This wonderful creation will be released September 29th – please make sure that your nearest store will have it in stock for you!

See you soon!

Hugs

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In Our Sofa…Andrea

Happy Saturday morning, Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today to share my scrap space! I am very fortunate in that a few years ago we added an addition to our house, one that included a master suite and bathroom…which consequently left us with a spare bedroom. Well, not for long as I comandeered the space for my crafty pleasures… {insert sinister laugh here}. Andrea-EwenSo here we go…I apologize in advance for having to use a flash as I picked to two gloomiest days of the year to take photos of a room that only has one window: MR2The above cabinet hold miscellaneous stickers, raffia, bows, extra adhesives, scissors and travel bags for when I go away to craft.MR3I keep most of my paper here, Maja get segregated from the rest since it’s the paper I use most often.MR4I‘m convinced that closet doors are best left closed, as evidenced by the following photo:
MR5In here I keep extra gift bags, wrapping paper, travel bags, lace, stamp cartridges, Christmas cards…basically anything I can’t fit (or don’t like to view on a regular basis) gets shoved in here.MR6The above shelf holds all of my extra inks, glues, Modge Podge, stamps and extra papers. I guess you could say I’m a hoarder, wink wink.
MR7These drawers contain punches (in the bottom drawer) and twine and seam binding in the top drawer.
MR8 This is my main sitting area. I do have an extra chair for whomever would want to chat while I’m working. I have a lovely view of my plants outside.MR9The extra chair is also used as my sewing station. I keep all my notions in the shelf above the machine along with pins, buttons, inks and markers.MR10This is the full view of all of my ‘accessories’. Inks, markers, punches, buttons, flowers paper…basically you name it, it’s tucked in there somewhere.MR11I‘m also very lucky that my husband is a carpenter by trade, so he was sweet enough to make these dividers for all the colors of my papers. I can’t even think of the mess that these papers would be in if they weren’t organized like this.MR12Here is my late night crafting light box. I don’t like these photos as much as natural daylight, but at 2 in the morning, this has to suffice….MR13Above the light box are accessories that I sometimes use to place behind my cards. Gives a little depth perception and charm. I also store my most recent creations on these shelves until they get delegated to a box below.MR14My wall of punches….MR15Buttons, favorite ink pads, liquid pearls and Stickles. Along with boxes of flowers arranged by color….MR16A closer view of my ‘go-to’ section.
MR17The above drawers are designated for pearls/crystals/accoutrements. I also have a decent stash of Zva Creative flourishes and this is also where I store my die cutting machine for easy access.
MR18The sewing center. I keep my scoring board and extra long cutting boards on the shelf just under the counter to my right.MR19Ribbons (unorganized and messy) but divided up by ‘warm’ colors on top and ‘cool’ colors on the bottom.

MR21Whoops…didn’t have time to organize those up above…that is a pretty good picture of how my craft room looks on a daily basis.MR20My view while crafting. Sometimes it’s quite distracting…but I have to say it makes me happy.

Thanks for joining me for this photo heavy post…hope you enjoyed a peek around my craft space! In zero to thirty it’ll be a mess again!

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In our Sofa- Welcome at Marilyn’s Place

Marilyn-Rivera

Hello Maja friends!!  Today is my turn to show you my little paradise that is how I call my scrapbook room. I moved to USA eight months ago and I took the smallest room in our apartment that is near to a big tree full of beautiful birds like cardinals and many other species that are singing all day.  For that reason my desk is near to the window and I can see and listen all these beautiful creatures meanwhile I was creating my pages, it is like a paradise for me…priceless!!  My room in not a gorgeous or fancy place, it is only 10 x 10 room that is very practical and functional for me. Let’s get started with the tour…

DSC_6910Here’s how it looks from the door. To the left you see my work area (desk), the double white doors in the back is the closet.  In the right side you see my sewing machine and “Juanita” that is how I called my dress form, lol.

DSC_6914Up front you’ll see my complete work area, in the left you see my photo printer and under it a drawer where I keep my cardstocks and papers. I will tell you a secret…how much do you think I paid for this desk…?  I paid twenty five dollars for it in a Goodwill Stores…awesome! I left most of my scrapbooking furniture in Puerto Rico and I only brought a few thing. I had to buy almost everything again so I was looking for good bargains. So I was happy with this buy. In the bottom right is my baby boy “Sponky” he is a 14 year old dog..always beside me.

DSC_6915In these small drawers I organize my Liquid Pearls, Stickers, gelatos, Chalk inks, etc..

DSC_6917-copyIn the top of the desk, I have plastic jars with flowers, ribbon, laces, pearls. I also have my works and some gifts like the beautiful cards that Ingrid Gooyer and Maritza Valdez sent me from my Birthday. The things I used the most you see them on the shelf.

DSC_6918Behind the small door you will find my stencils, alphas, mesh tape,doily papers and stamps.

DSC_6920I bought this rolling organizer at Michael’s and it’s perfect for my paints, mediums and mists.

DSC_6922My hubby put hooks under the desk and I can hang my heat tool and glue in this way, which is very practical.

DSC_6930When you open the double doors that is what you find.  I design for different companies and here is where I keep all their products in plastic organizers and in white boxes. Each company has their own plastic box and I organizer by collection, embellishments, etc. I also keep here my Cricut machine and Cutttlebug.

DSC_6934This is the view from the window.  I bought this industrial sewing machine before I started to study Fashion Designer, twenty seven years ago.  The big furniture was a gift from my mom and I brought it from Puerto Rico.

DSC_6935This is the place where I keep my laces, sewing notions, stamps, different tools.

DSC_6937The drawers…one for my threads and the other for my punches.  I keep my laces in plastic boxes.

DSC_6939My die cuts, embossing folders are in this plastic containers from Dollar Tree.

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In this corner you will find flowers, flowers and more flowers…

DSC_6928These baskets are full only of Prima flowers and embellishments.

DSC_6929One drawer is for my buttons, other for more flowers, other for my pearls….

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DSC_6941Metals, buttons and chipboard.   You see I have everything organized without spent a fortune.  I hope you enjoyed my scrapbook room tour…Thank you so much for your visit!!

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In our sofa – Welcome at Ingrid’s place

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Hi there Maja friends!
Today it’s my turn to share my little scrap place.
And little it is!! LOL
I’m not having the luxury of having my own scrap room and always make my projects on my dinner table. Not having a scrap room means you’ll find my stash and products all over the place! And I mean everywhere!! :)
My two girls are still living with us but it will not be long before they will leave the nest.
Always kidding them by asking them when they will leave so that I can redecorate their rooms into a scraproom. Shhh(don’t tell)…the truth is I love having them around me!

Here are some photo’s of my house, so sit back and don’t mind all the mess!!I remember buying this white cabinet and wondering how I was ever going to fill this one and look at it now……need I say more? :)
Packed with projects just for me, but also a lot of projects waiting for a new home.
Love to give them as gifts to my family and friends!
The keyboard and the guitar is from hubby.

Can you guess what’s my favorite color? :)
This is the other side of my living room with a view of my small backyard.


Painted my stairway some years ago. All the colors still makes me very happy!

A rare view of one side of my living room…..empty dinner table!
Darling daughter finally has a chance to actually sit at that table!
I always try to clean up the table after every project.
Doesn’t always works that way but I kinda like all the goodies at my display!

Boxes, boxes and boxes everywhere!

This is what my table looks like after another Maja project!
Now you see why I desperate need a scraproom, don’t you? LOL

I have to admit I have a crazy obsession to find it difficult to throw anything away from all of those papers. Every little piece I have to keep and I even save all the leftovers from my punched flowers!
Do you think I need some help? :)

All my painting is done in my kitchen.
It’s very small but somehow I find a way to work between all the cups and plates!
I’m driving my girls crazy when they need the space for making their lunch or even to make a cup of tea! No worry girls, we will find an empty place! :)

I told you it would be messy! LOL

But he….I DO clean!!
Ready for another project! :)

Hope you all liked this post and who knows, maybe soon I will be lucky to have my own space! :)
Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Winner of the June Mood board

Here is a reminder of what it looked like…
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And here are our contributions for this month…

Thank you all so much for your lovely pieces of art! As always, someone has to win… and this time the lucky one is…

Amy Voorthuis_2Amy Voorthuis!! Congratulations, the collection of your choice will be sent to you.

We will be back in August with a new Mood board challange, make sure to keep an eye out there so that you don’t miss it…

Marie