Love by Camilla

Hi again! I hope you sneaked into my scrap space here yesterday… This is how the project turned out. It is a layout for my daughter. The papers are from the lovely Coffee in the Arbour collection.

Love - MDThe photo mat is made in two different colours using two different Sizzix dies.

Love1 - MDAnd as the base for the photo and the flower arrangement I used a gorgeous piece of lace from Tresors de Luxe.

Love2 - MD You know I cannot scrap without fabulous flowers – this is a bunch from Prima Marketing.

Love3 - MD I have used papers from the Coffee in the Arbour collection and one of them is peeking out from behind.

Love4 - MD The layout from another angle.

Love5 - MDProduct list: Maja Design Coffee in the Arbour collection (Homemade Lemoncurd, Raspberries, Raspberry Jam Cookies), lace (Tresors de Luxe), flowers (Prima), metal pieces (Prima), dies (Sizzix), seam binding

I hope you enjoyed the layout.

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In our sofa…Welcome to Camilla’s place

Hi everyone! Camilla here. Today it is my turn to show you where I create my scrapbooking projects.

Camilla-EkmanAs you can see I only have half a room as my scrap space so I have to keep it organized. Thankfully I live in Sweden, the homeland of IKEA. LOL

Rum1Here is the desk I normally use when I scrapbook. Sometimes I move into the kitchen or the living room though, especially if I scrap for a whole day and want to watch television at the same time.

Rum2 In this area I have all my dies. The Silhouette is sadly very rarely used.

Rum3 And on these shelves I have my mists.

Rum4 I have some of my papers standing in the book shelf. The older papers I don’t use anymore I have put away into a closet.

Rum5 Above the desk I have shelves with boxes. The boxes contains older flowers, which I have sorted by colours.

Rum6 And my punches and border punches are in plastic containers like these.

Rum7 As you might have noticed I like plastic containers since I can easily see what’s inside. Here I have newer Prima flowers still in their packages and also my laces from Tresors de Luxe and chipboards from Blue Fern Studios.

Rum8 This drawer is also from IKEA and contains different stuff. Rum9 On my desk I have these containers with different mixed media products and stamps I often use.

Rum10Finally… Here’s what my desk looked like the other night when I sat down to work on a Maja Design project. You will see the result if you head on over here tomorrow morning…

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A Set of wedding Cards in Purple

Hello Maja Friends. I hope you are enjoying lazy summer days. as I happy to feel the summer every minute.

Not recently my friend asked me to create a wedding card, as they have been invited to a wedding celebration and she asked me to create something in purple tones.
When someone asks me to do something, I always wnat to see their satisfied faces so I have done 3 cards instead of one, so she could make a choice.

LilacCard_ElenaOlinevich1First I thought I need to create something in moderate genre, without any mixed media techniques, though it was quite challenging for me

Card_ElenaOlinevich1_clSo I added ribbons, lace trims and flowers.

Card_ElenaOlinevich1_cl2aAfter I added a resin angel and decided to use some of them too on other cards as well

LilacCard_ElenaOlinevich2I used the papers fromm Vintage Spring Basics 6*6 paper pad. and I needed only 3 sheets, as I used the leftovers for all 3 cards

Card_ElenaOlinevich2a_cl  I added tulle, lace , flowers and beautiful papers , of course

Card_ElenaOlinevich2_cland finally my third card:

LilacCard_ElenaOlinevich3  I used the butterflies on the background as they remind me about the feeling when you are in love and having a wedding ceremony.

Card_ElenaOlinevich3-clNot sure which card my friend choose, but I hope she will like them as well as this happy couple that will receive it.

Card_ElenaOlinevich3-Cl2  Hope you have liked my wedding cards. Have a wonderful day

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Earthly Flowers

Morning Maja friends! I’m so happy to say that I’ve recently received some happy mail in the form of ‘Coffee in the Arbour’! Delicate, dainty and ultra-feminine papers…I am in love! I had some sweet little daisy stickers hanging around my craft room (actually I had to dig them out) that went so well with the ‘White Daisies’ paper, so I married them to make this: EarthFlowersMI completed this card with some Buttercup liquid pearls, a Fleur De Lis Rectangle Nestability, a Deco Fan border punch and a paper distresser. I also pulled out some ‘Life in the Country’ paper to make this one: CongratsMWonderfully shabby and antique looking, I framed the medallion with a stained doily and some glitter. I added some Zva Creative pearl flourishes and a crinkled seam binding bow. For this next card, I upped the classy factor: MyGraceMLove me some Vintage Summer Basics! Framed with a Detailed Scallop Frame from Spellbinders, I added some Zva Creative pearl lines and Raspberry Liquid Pearls. All stamps used on these cards are courtesy of Verve.

Thanks for checking in…hope you like what you see! Andrea-sign

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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We’re Going By the Sea!

Hello Maja Fans, a very good morning to you :)

It’s Maja here to share a little sea album. Just as you’re reading these words, I’m in the car (hopefully) going North towards the Baltic sea! :) Although we live in the South of Poland, almost in the Tatra mountains, we love the sea and our best holidays are connected with water ;) And so, after a few year’s break we’re finally going to spend some time by the sea again and I decided to prepare a small album for some of the best shots. And of course I grabbed my favourite marine collection of all time, Life by the Sea:

mdseaAs usually, I tied some ribbons on the wire and also hung a cute seahorse charm, first colouring it a bit with alcohol inks:

mdsea1I used a chipboard lighthouse and stamped the date several times on the cover:

mdsea2It’s still very plain and simple, a beta-version I might say ;) as I hope to add some keepsakes we’ll buy/find, and the final embellishing will take place when I put photos in it. But I thought it would be a good idea to share such bare album to give you some idea of how I prepare the background for photos.

mdsea3I took seven cardstock pages (two pages for each day) and two chipboard covers and all little pieces and scraps of the collection, so that – believe it or not – I cut little pieces off only two “full” sheets, everything else is composed of scraps! :)

So, I do suggest making yourself a cup of coffee now and then sitting comfortably :) Are you ready for a ton of photos?

mdsea4 mdsea5 mdsea6 mdsea7 mdsea8 mdsea9 mdsea11As you can see, I used just papers, some stamps, washi tapes, an edger punch and a few chipboard pieces to embellish the pages. Sometimes a scrap of paper was just a centimetre too short to cover a page, then I’d use a signature strip – I always keep all of them when I cut papers and love to use them :) – to fill the gap.

Here’s how I used the smallest bits of paper: I made tiny flags…

mdsea14…or a small banner…

mdsea13…or a part of a tag that pretends to be hidden beneath papers ;)

mdsea15Call me a miser, but I didn’t even waste a strip of paper that was 3 mm wide! LOL

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Supplies:

Maja Design papers: bits and pieces of the Life by the Sea collection.

Other: Edger punch: Martha Stewart; stamps: ScrapBerry’s, Prima; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Magiczna Kartka; washi tapes: Dekoracyjna Taśma

I hope soon to be able to fill the album with fun photos :)

see you!

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I’m a Maja girl!

Just got back from my vacation and finally had the time to play with the new Maja collection,Coffee in the Arbour.
Thought this dress form would be perfect to show that I’m one of the Maja girls and I’m proud of it!!


Took me a lot of hours to make all the flowers but I loved every minute to dress this girl!
I always use a white background for my project so I was a bit scared to use this colored one but it was the only way to showcase the tulle from the dress. The background are two sheets from the Vintage Summer collection, 1921. The dress form is about 40cm high.


I have cut some small stripes of the ‘Raspberry jam cookies’ paper to make the base of the dress.
Distressed all the edges for more interest.
The body frame was made of a soft fabric filling so I decided to adhere all the papers and flowers with small steel pins. And believe me, there were a lot! LOL!


The back side of the dress, using some tulle and a bow.


All the flowers were punched and rolled with these papers as well.


These flowers were punched and distressed.
Used a small bead to pin them on the dress form.
Added some lovely lace as well.


Made a skirt from tulle and two flowers to hold it open.
On both sides I used two beautiful fabric flowers from 13arts.


I have a seriously addiction: I just can’t throw anything away! LOL
These were left overs from my flowers and I thought they gave the dress a fun and playful touch.


The lovely bow on the back.


The hat was made with tulle, a fabric flower from 13arts, some left overs and a rolled flower.


And of course a metal heart as I just LOVE Maja Design papers!


Raspberry jam cookies
Raspberry cupcake
Raspberries
Grandma’s old porcelain cups
Flourishing Garden
Let’s share a cookie


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Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

Be.YOU.tiful

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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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