Soft Pastels

Hello Maja Design fans. Welcome to the Maja design blog where you will find wonderful creativity and inspiration from the entire Maja Design creative team. I love creating with The beautiful Sofiero collection which always has such a soft and romantic energy to the papers.

Enchanted Garden birthday card … I wanted to make a handmade card for a dear friend of mine who is turning 60 … a special birthday , a milestone .Heather JacobBeginning with a foundation of white cardstock, I cut out various dies and began layering alternating with white card. adding leaves and blooms between the layers.enchanted garden 2enchanted garden 3  I completed the stacked elements with a chipboard heart. Oh how I adore these papers.enchanted garden 4 enchanted garden 5 enchanted garden 6 I covered the Inside the card with Enjoying the Lovely Fragrance and I stamped with one of my very fave happy birthday stamps, tied two different sized tags with pink enchanted garden 7string. Thanks so much for popping by and looking at my work with the divine Sofiero Collection … oozing with romantic blooms of pinks and soft lilac. Sofiero-PMaja Design papers used …. Sofiero Collection .. Enjoying the lovely Fragrance, Strolling down the Rose Path , The magnificent Flowerstreet , until we meet again, have fun scrapping with these papers of perfection. warm hugz to each of you x1 my signature

A Tag… from A Gift for you

MarilynRivera-MajaDesign-Oct. Happy Monday!! I just received the new and beautiful “A Gift for You”  collection and immediately started to prepare my Christmas cards and tags.  Here is one tag that I made using the colors grays, beige and reds from this collection.

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I added texture with a stencil and molding paste. Petaloo and Webster Pages flowers.

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Supplies: From Santa With Love- 707 On Christmas Morning, 700 Cause you’re my angel, 712 Die Cut Sheet, Art Basics Molding paste, Tim Holtz-stencil, Petaloo and Webster Pages flowers, Ranger-distress ink,.

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Happy

Hi everyone! I really hope you have ordered the new paper collection A Gift For You because it is lovely. This is my first layout using it and I made a none-Christmas layout. The reds, greens and greys are so beautiful.

Happy - MD And here are some close-ups of the layout:

Happy - MD1 Happy - MD2 Happy - MD3Products used: Maja Design A Gift For You papers (My Dear Friend, From Santa With Love, Underneath the Christmas Tree, Given From the Heart), flowers (Prima), metal lamp post (Prima), lace (Tresors de Luxe), title die (Sizzix), string, leaves, border punchCamilla-sign

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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Some Card Inspiration

Good morning Maja Friends.

We are enjoying warm sunny days here, but I have already started my Christmas preparations. A bit early for me, but since I have been to busy last year, so I decided to start doing Christmas card even in the summer, but frankly speaking it was too hot for creating them .

WinterCard_ElenaOlinevichI played with my all time favorite from Christmas collections – Vintage Winter Collection. These blue and white colors are more traditional for me, as they remind me about the snow winters and cold winds.

img_6366img_6359But more cards are coming and I will use all different colors for them ,as I have so many friends all over the world.

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From Santa With Love

Morning Maja friends! It’s Andrea here with you today, showing off some super special gifts I received this week from Sweden! Seems as though Santa has come to New Jersey a wee bit early…how wonderful is that! A Gift for You is Maja Design’s latest creation and I wasted no time making a Christmas card, though we still have about 2 & 1/2 months before that big day…(though you can never start your holiday card stash too early!). Here’s what I made with ‘from someone special’, ‘from Santa with love’ and ‘given from the heart’ papers: IMG_8299_edited-1 In addition to the papers, I added a glittered snowflake, a bell-adorned candy cane and some vintage lace. I also pulled out some Vintage Summer Basics paper in order to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month:PinkPowerDay1m This card also features Verve’s Pink Power stamps and Zva Creative pearls. Next, I used my very favorite papers, Ska Vi Ta En Fika? to make an uplifting card:InspireHopeDay4MI also used a Verve sentiment on this one, the set is called Inspire Hope. I added a sweet twine bow, daisy chain lace adorned with crystals and some liquid pearls.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me! Andrea-sign

Putting Some Cheer in Your Day

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Have you ever had one of those days were you need something to cheer you up? This has been one of those days for me.  Woke up this morning putting together quotes to get our roof re-shingled before the winter, then check the basement to find out that the main water pipe leading to our house has ruptured and flooded our basement.  Not good.  This is one of those days I could use a happy card :)   Fortunately I had some time to work on some of my design team work on earlier days and this card I made using the ‘Coffee in the Arbour’ collection put me in a happier frame of mind.

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I used a portion of ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ paper for the background of my card, and then cut out one of the lovely ‘coffee time’ designs from the ‘Delicious Moments’ paper as a center piece to my card.

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I have to say the ‘Delicious Moments’ paper has to be one of my favourite papers in this collection, I think it’s especially a great paper for cardmakers.  It has so many beautiful images that can be used as centerpieces for cards and tags.

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I wanted to add a home-spun look to the card so I cut out a petal design and used it as a template on a bunch of scraps I had from some of the other pretty patterned papers in this collection.  I machine stitched around the edges of the petals to give a patchwork quilt look to the floral design.  Then I lightly moistened the petals with a misting of water and gathered the bottom edge of the paper.  I finished the design with a coordinating gem.

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Maja Design Papers used in this project:  Coffee in the Arbour (Raspberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade-bs, Delicious Moments, Raspberry Cupcake, Raspberry Cupcake-bs,  Rose Garden, Raspberry Jam, Grandma’s Old Porcelain, Flourishing Garden), Vintage Autumn (XVI).

I hope you enjoyed my project today and I hope it’s put a little cheer in your day as well! xo

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Hello Autumn

Welcome to the blog today, Maja Fans :)

It’s been a while since I shared a layout here, so today I’m catching up :) I don’t particularly like autumn as there seem to be more and more dull and rainy days, but sometimes it’s really wonderful (like today!), with last warm rays of sunshine caressing the cheeks and tons of colourful leaves falling…My boy on the other hand love autumn and especially our chestnut and leves hunting in the park ;) And this is what this layout is about:

mdhautI used the Walking in the Forest collection that features all the colours from the photo. First I matted the photo with a couple of layers, adding a burlap pane as well:

mdhaut1Then I started filling the composition with cut-out elements – isn’t that owl great? :) I also added tags with leaf-shaped eyelets that i’ve had for ages!

mdhaut2I added lots of leaves to relate the design to the photo, in which my boys compare their collections of leaves and chestnuts :) I used paper, velvet and die-cut leaves by Prima:

mdhaut3I composed the title by die-cutting the word “hello” and adding letters I cut out from one of the papers:

mdhaut4Here are some more cut-out images:

mdhaut5I also hid some journaling in the envelope :)

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Walking-in-the-forest-POther: flowers: Petaloo; leaves and dies: Prima; metal zipper: Prima; burlap panel: DCWV; eyelets: Eyelet Outlet.

 

And what’s autumn like in your countries? Is it warm and sunny or cold and rainy?

 

See you!

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wall hanging

This wall hanging has already found a new home!
Made this one for a dear friend of mine.
I used the Vintage Summer Basics collection.


I started this project with a blue background and distressed the edges.
Layered some strips of patterned paper and made some texture with modeling paste.


Some modeling paste using a template from the Crafter Workshop and paint splatters.


Made the circles by using a bottle cap and some paint.


A lovely metal bird cage.


A flower arrangement with handmade thread flowers and painted flowers and mini roses.


This gorgeous metal butterfly was found at a home decor store.
It was part of a long string with different sizes of butterflies and leaves.
The little metal butterfly comes from my stash.


This metal leave was a part of the string also.


The letters are from Imaginarium Design and got a layer of puffy paint.


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Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

 

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

Good morning folks!

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

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

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

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

This album was made during this class.

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