Hello there Maja friends! Gosh it feels good to be back here again. The last year or so has been an up-hill battle of epic proportions and just getting through every day was a major challenge but here I am, not quite the same person I was when last you saw me in this beautiful setting but never-the-less it is me. So much of me was broken, physically, mentally and emotionally, but I am getting stronger and stronger every day and THAT is what matters. The best part of this whole experience is that I will get to see my beautiful daughter walk down the aisle on her Daddy’s arm in October. Yes, that is my Heidi in the photo. I shudder when I think how different things could have turned out had I not gone for a routine check-up on that day. I am still having treatment and I am totally okay with it because I still need to see my grandchildren some day. For now, every day is a gift and I do as much as my body allows me to do. It’s not always easy when the mind and the body are not on the same page (giggle!!). For that reason, I don’t mind telling you that scrapping for the first time in over a year presented another major challenge, not to mention a blog post. It feels like I have to learn everything all over agin. “Chemo-brain” is a reality and last night I went to bed in tears because after three days of trying to put a page together, I still wasn’t getting anywhere. This morning I woke up determined to get this right, ignored the aches and pains and took out every bit of stash I own and spread it all over the place. Wow, it felt like I received a whole bunch of gifts as I have not seen my goodies in such a long time!! It was crazy but exciting and even though I didn’t scrap during my treatment I still bought a few little things here and there. Once and addict, always an addict!! So, I got to work and it came together and you know what? My aches and pains disappeared for a while as the puzzle came together. Now I just need to keep going and I have Jenny to thank for bringing me back and making me realize how much I loved this hobby. Also, thank you so much Jenny and the Maja team for being so compassionate, patient and understanding over the last year. It means a great deal to me. x

So here is my first page of 2014!! My daughter is a whole lot more comfortable behind the camera than she is in front of the camera and so I treasure every photo of her I can lay my hands on.

I used paper from three different collections as seen below.

Here a re a few close-ups..

The flowers and the brick stamp is from Prima. The little wispy bits you see amongst the flowers are just pieces of paper which I sliced super-thin and that way you achieve a natural sort of curl. The peachy ribbon flowers came out of my stash and goodness knows where I got them from. The branches were cut with a die from Memory Box called “Woodland Branch”.

The beautiful leafy circle is also from Memory Box called “Tupelo Circle” and I adorned it slightly with some Perfect Pearls. Both butterflies are stamps from Marianne Design called Eline’s Huis. I stamped them, cut them out and stuck it on. The title work is done with clear stamps from Chiswick and the stamp on the corner of the photo is a tiny little Prima stamp.

The little circles above and to the bottom left of the photo (sorry, I forgot to take a close-up of them) is just a little bottle top I saw lying on my shelf and I grabbed it, dabbed on some ink and stamped it on the page and stuck a drop of Perfect Pearls inside the little circles. I liked it:)

And that my friends, is my story for today:) The last few days have been absolutely freezing here but I love the cold weather right now. So for those of you experiencing winter in all its’ glory, keep warm, be happy and take care till next time. :) xxx


Collage Inspired Cards created with Coffee in the Arbour

Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here again, and this week I am sharing two cards that I created inspired by a favorite style of mine….collage.

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I love collecting bits and pieces of ephemera and odds and ends.  I have amassed quite a collection of it, and I love to bring it out to embellish my projects.

EPHEMERA  noun     plural noun: ephemera

  1. things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
    • items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.


The first card I embellished by distressing a piece of corrugated cardboard with some FolkArt acrylic paint in Warm White.

painted cardboardI stacked a lace and paper flower from my stash, topped off by a little green gem, & added a paper bird ephemera piece and fancy scroll corner border.  I created the little bird’s nests by gluing some twine into circles and adding some Prima and BoBunny adhesive pearls into the centers.

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This was inspired by a card that I saw created by a woman named Sherry Wright.

The chalkboard label that I layered onto the background paper (the backside of the Coffee in the Arbour paper “Smell of freshly brewed coffee”), is from EK Success.  I also did some stamping onto the background paper — CTMH & Prima clear acrylic stamps and CTMH ink in Cocoa.

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The other Coffee in the Arbour paper that I used to layer just behind the cardboard was the frontside of “Raspberry Lemonade.”  The other pearl bling is from Prima.

The 2nd card was created using the frontside of “Raspberry Jam Cookie.”


The added paper layers from this paper collection also included:  “Grandma’s Old Porcelain Cups -fs” & “Raspberry Lemonade-fs.”  The ephemera and bits I used to embellish this card included a butterfly from K & Co, some tickets, a key,

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buttons, cardstock vintage image and flower all from my stash.  The doily is actually a transparent doily that I cut out from a Prima packaging.


So, do you collect ephemera?  Do you use it to create with?  This week I challenge you to use some ephemera of one type or another on your projects.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my latest creations.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get the opportunity to create something amazing today!

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A tag for Father´s Day

Hello Maja Design fans! Larissa here sharing a new project with you.

I know many countries celebrate Father´s Day on the third Sunday of June but here in Brazil we celebrate fatherhood on the second Sunday of August. So, it´s just around the corner and I decided to create a tag to embellish the gift I´ll give to my own father.

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Let me share my creative process with you so you can recreate your own masculine tag.

I have used Vintage Autumn Basics line by Maja Design to create it.

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First,  cut a rectangle (size 10 X 6 inches) from a Vintage Autumn Basics paper (BAS 643) and take off its corners to create the tag´s basic shape.

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Repeat this step with a different patterned paper or the other side of the same BAS 643 paper, but this time you´ll cut a smaller rectangle so we can work with our layers of gorgeous Maja Design coordinated patterned papers.

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Use your distresser tool and add some texture to its edges (you can do this with all your pieces of paper)

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Let´s paste the smaller one to our base tag shape:

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Cut a few more rectangles (7,5 X 5 inches aproximately from BAS 635 and 636 papers)

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We are going to add more texture and color with the help of a stencil, molding paste, a palette knife and color sprays…

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Spread one coat of molding Paste, take off the mask and add color…

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To add interest and more texture tear the papers as shown below

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Add a trim, bling and a stripe of paper to the edge

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Now you can put everything together

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Decorate the tag with blings, trims, shabby resins, cutouts, flowers, wood embellishments and junkyard findings.

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Have fun while working the details – each one makes your tag unique!

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I hope you´ve enjoyed this tag and tutorial! Have a wonderful day!


Watching you Grow

Hello,today I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did. This is the first one using the Beautiful Coffee in the Arbour Collection….



I used:white daisies,white daisies-BS,blueberry cupcake & lemon meringue pie-BS

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

The butterflies are from LittleScrapShop

Here are some closeups of detail….



I just love this photo of little Cass,she is so adorable……


I did my usual,distressed, hand stitched layers. I also did some punch work,tearing & stencil work….


I made the daisy’s,using coffee filters, a MFT die cut. I used DA dots for the centers,painted them yellow,then applied glossey accents & micro beeds…


This is where I did the stencil work using the crafters workshop stencil “Art is” (6×6).I used Viva champain modelling cream.  On the alpha I used picket fence crackle,once the crackle dried I rubbed in brown chalk & inked the edges…..




I dipped the leaves in water,then separated the chipboard,I then used a heat gun to dry the leaves,it helps to make them curl up. My next step was to paint the leaves,using green paint & once the paint dried I applied a coat of rock candy crackle. Once the crackle dried I rubbed in some white paint,using my finger (this brings out the cracks & tones down the green)….




A close up of the butterfly….

Here is my next LO using the Walking in the forest Collection…



I used: When leaves are falling,when leaves are falling-BS,mountain ash-BS,die cut letters-BS & a BS of a label

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

Here are some closeups of detail…..


I stained all the chipboard with walnut stain,on the buds I used chestnut liquid pearls….


I painted the leaves with TH distress paint,& once that dried I applied a thick coat of crackle. I let the crackle dry then applied lime twist TA & once that dried I rubbed in some rust chalk….


Shows distressed layers that I had inked the edges with walnut stain. I also did some stencil work,using a Kaiser craft stencil & Viva modeling cream. Once the cream dried I rubbed in some chalk….



The flowers are from Prima & BoBunny…


Burlap used in my layers…


I used micro beads on the heads of the grass….


Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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Rustic and Warm – CELEBRATION CARD and a TAG

Hi there everyone, thanks for popping by Maja design blog , we absolutely love having you here . Today I am sharing TWO Projects with you  …. A Tag and a richly colored Easel Card, created with the Walking in the Forest Collection and the Vintage Autumn basics Collection.       We are having our winter season here in Australia and I wanted to create something warm and bright . I have chosen a combination of Denim blue and Deep Burnt Orange, with touches of rust.card by Heather Jacob     I stacked my elements combining Maja Design papers with diecut leaves, and various other diecut shapes, together with some chipboard twigs . I kept with the warm rusty theme and colored my chipboard in Rusty ink . card by Heather Jacob       I feel the orange and blue are a Perfect marriage . These blues flowed together  beautifully and I added some metal buttons each side of my cluster .  inside view of card by Heather Jacob       The inside of my card is stamped with the word celebrate with a rusty inked swirly chipboard piece to hold the easel in place .

card cluster by Heather Jacob   I also want to share another project with you …. Recently some friends of ours had a HOUSE WARMING party…. and I created this Tag to attach with our gift ….again I used Walking in the Forest Collection.

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Tag By Heather     The base of my tag is made from Chipboard, to create a strong foundation. I covered it in ‘Jeans’ – and proceeded to stack various diecut pieces, using various papers from the Walking in the  Forest Collection.  Tag by Heather Jacob        I love the rich colors of this Collection and the deep blue embraces the Rusty toned chipboard perfectly, creating a warm toasty energy in this cold wintery weather  . tag By Heather Jacob      I decided to add a circle with their house  number 28,  to make it personal to them.

Maja Design materials used Walking in the Forest -Jeans, Cozy Scarf , Seasons Last Birdsong – Vintage Autumn Basics – No XX111, plus bs .  Thanks so much for popping over here at Maja Design Blog and thanks for looking at my creations . I hope I have inspired you in some way …. bye for now until next time, big big hugz to each of you x my signature


Marilyn Rivera-Maja Design-July

Happy Monday!! Marilyn here today to share with you my new layout with the gorgeous “Coffee in the Arbour” collection.  My sister sent me photos of my lovely niece’s recital that  goes perfect with this new collection.Marilyn Rivera-Maja Design-July-2

I chose for my page the “Flourishing garden” and the “Let share a cookie” papers.

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I made my background work with two stencils, one from Prima and the other from Heidi Swap using homemade molding paste.  I gave color with Shimmerz Sprintz, Faber Castle-Gelatos and distress inks by Ranger.

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I broke the paper to show my second photo and in some areas to show the pretty base paper.  My tittle is a pretty chipboard from “2Crafty Chipboard” and flowers are from Prima.

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I love mix textures! so I added cheesecloth, metals, buttons, lace and more…

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The Beautiful “Coffee in the Arbour” collectionCoffe-in-the-Arbour-P

Supplies: Coffee in the Arbour collection:  ”Flourishing garden” and the “Let share a cookie” papers, 2Crafty Chipboard, Shimmerz Sprintz, Faber Castle-Gelato, Prima-stencil and flowers, Heidi Swap-stencil

I hope my work and this beautiful collection inspire you.  Thanks for stopping by….Until next time!!xxMarilyn-sign


Hi! I cannot believe it is July already. For my project for today I chose summerly colours. The papers are from the new Coffee in the Arbour collection.

Solsken The flowers are in blue and yellow to suit the lovely Maja Design papers.

Solsken1 The laces are from Tresors de Luxe and are in ivory.

Solsken2I have torn a bit in the papers to add some lace peeking out from underneath.

Solsken3Products used: Maja Design papers – Coffe in the Arbour (Blueberry Cupcake, Lemon Meringue Pie and Butterflies Are Free), lace (Tresors de Luxe), flowers – vine – resin angel (Prima Marketing), dies (Sizzix)


A farewell and a welcome back

As you read last weekend our beloved Nadia has decided to step down to spend more time with her family. We think she made the right decision and wish her all the best in her future. Here are a couple of Nadia’s beautiful creations that she has created for us.
Nadia’s wonderful replacement is no stranger… Please welcome back the talented Cathy Lane from South Africa.Cathy-Lane-2

Here are a few of her layouts that she has made for us in the past…Cathy_LaneCathyLaneI hope you will find Cathy’s work inspiring.

And… I am going to share a CT position with Cathy, so you will also see some of my work. Here are a few Maja creations I have done in the past…Jenny_Grotherus2Jenny_GrotherusJenny_GrotherusJenny


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:



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.


Americana Birthday

Happy Thursday Maja friends! Here in the United States we’re gearing up for our country’s birthday, July 4th. Another reason for the Ewen family to celebrate is the birthday of our patriarch, affectionately known as ‘Cheesie’ (as in Big Cheese), my husband, Guy. His mom told him when he was younger that the fireworks that accompany every July 4th celebration were just for him. Though he’s old enough to realize that is no longer the case, we still have quite a celebration for him, including a big barbecue, a huge ice cream cake, and yes, lots of fireworks. Tomorrow’s festivities will also include this card here: July4thM July4thcuThis card features the Life by the Sea collection. I added some die cut stars, wooden stars, sequin stars and some rustic twine. All of the edges are distressed with Vintage Photo distress ink and also roughed up a bit with a paper distresser. The stamp is courtesy of Verve’s American Hero set.

To my American friends…Happy 4th of July! To all my other friends…Happy 4th of July! :) Have a great day and thanks for sharing a part of it with me! Andrea-sign