When craft is your lifestyle and paper is your devotion

Hi Maja friends!
What was your first thought when seeing the title of this post? Can you relate to that? I bet you can :)
Today I’m sharing one of my first works created with the supplies from my DT pack, which I did to celebrate the fact of joining one of my dream teams – Maja Design that is!DSC_0854 kopiera MD DSC_0857 MD DSC_0860 MD

Supplies Maja Design:
Nyhavn – Strolling along the canal, Cover page
Vintage Autumn – Heritage
Crea Diem – Känn dig själv

Other supplies : Prima flowers, brads, resin butterfly, stencil. Martha Stewart silicon form, Impressions Obsessions Worn Roses background stamp

Hope you are having an enjoyable day!

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Special Moment

Hello,today I am here to share with you, a LO I did, combining the Vintage Baby Collection & the Vintage Spring Basics Collection. The photo’s used, are of me, giving Sigurdur his first bath,in 1981,time flies!!! I am also going to show you, the latest LO’s I have completed for the kitchen wall….80d053481c0a4ee08e51a606e8024b10


From the Vintage Baby Collection, I used: Special Moment, First Teddy Bear-BS,Journaling cards blue & a BS of a label….Vintage-Spring-Basics-P

From the Vintage Spring Basics I used: 2nd of April-BS,7th of April & 7th of April-BS

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic,the flowers used are Prima…

Here are some closeups of detail….97021269ff9d43c4bd2be4f41dc1f0ceI just love all of the images on the Vintage baby Collection……0d03626e90034d59b9ec6e266a9acbfdI used picket fence crackle on most of the chipboard,ten rubbed in some brown chalk once the crackle had dried…14fcb7cb1a5d4d658b5ada411d624a8aShows distressed,hand stitched layers…e791fa0949b04afaa1aefcdb68b6a8b7



Here are some more LO’s I completed for the kitchen wall using the Nyhavn CollectionNyhavn-PI used Kings Square-BS,Veteran ships-BS & Sitting at the dock

The chipboard used is from Dusty Attic

For this LO,I used a photo of my middle son,who is now painting canvas’s,finding the creative side in him….31db4537bbe742c0bd360a17b44be474For the red used on the chipboard ,I  used my wall paint,for the red,plus I applied a coat of clear crackle varnish.

I used LuminArt’ (Jasper Red)H20 over the crackle on the chipboard. The red was still a bit to bright,so I toned with wintermist gray H20,once the red had dried. I used this on all the chipboard in these LO’s….I also inked the edges of the chipboard using a ink pad..I used distressed brushed pewter stain,paint & crackle on the rest of the chipboard.

This next LO,is of me with my sisters,I am the first one on the left,the oldest…..92861ee8d5604520ba204e8609cd7823A LO of us girls as we got older,my Mom called us the 3 Queens,we did not like that!!!! 83aea1bc36334d34bb28633ab5e086edThis is a photo, of a younger,Siggi,my husband….868a3778765d4214addb7191d3b29a15My Mom & Dads wedding photo,with my grandparents…010833acc94241ecb3c315053409b668My middle & youngest son,when they were little…dea0f5766f0d44c7992c2834ea7f5a48My husbands parents,wedding photo…e134f5e2b12740b485a7a2fee07fc847Well, I guess that is it for today,I am hoping that, for my next post I can show you the before & after of the kitchen wall….Rachelle Rachelle-sign (2)




Nicolas Joseph

Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m on Maja Design blog with another family photo. It’s my paternal grandfather Nicolas Joseph. This photo has been taken during his military service in the Air Force.


I began my layout by adding some clear gesso on my background to  help the Brusho I choice to work with to react properly. When dry, I added a design with a stencil and some modeling paste. When dry, I added some random stamping.


I die-cut the gears in a cardboard that I painted first with white gesso, then with an uneven and very light layer of black gesso. When dry, I used some Original Rust to give them the aspect of rust.


I used some Walnut Stain Distress ink to alter the flowers.


I die-cut the leaves in two assorted papers from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection.


Maja Design Papers:

A Gift for You – From Santa with Love

A Gift for You – Wrapped in Old Paper

A Gift for You – Handwritten Post Card

Vintage Autumn Basics – N°VIII

Vintage Autumn Basics – N°XI


On Your Wedding Day

Welcome, dear Maja Fans, to the blog today :)

With the beginning of spring usually the wedding season begins. The warmer it becomes, the more willing are people  to promise each other love and care till death do them part :) And so it is also a busy period for cardmakers – having a couple of cards in stock seems a good idea to me. Here are two shabby chic wedding cards I made using the Vintage Spring collection:

mdslp0One card is the DL size, as I wanted to include a chipboard quotation and a flower cluster:

mdslp2I chose the purple-green combo, perhaps not very popular for weddings, but it reminds me of blooming crocuses :) I also included a metal charm of two hearts intertwined like weddin rings:

mdslp3I partially inked the chipboard piece and covered it in glitter for a more glamorous look. The whole composition is mounted upon a piece of lace that looks like a bride’s veil:

mdslp4The other card is in purples too, but with a touch of pink this time.

mdslp5I combined two chipboard pieces – a cute image of the newlyweds on a tandem bike is placed inside a decorative frame.

mdslp6I added small pink and purple roses with glitter and a pearl brad upon a lace bow. It all gives the look of a light, cheerful ceremony in the shabby style. PErfect for a friend’s wedding!


Maja Design papers: Vintage Spring Basics: 10th of March bs, 9th of April, 11th of April, 10th of April bs, 7th of May bs. Other: chipboard: Scrapiniec, Wycinanka; die: Magnolia, flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; charm, lace: from my stash.


Are you ready for the wedding season? :)

See you soon!



sewing box

Had a lot of wooden spools just waiting to be used, so here it is…my vintage sewing box! :)
Made this box with the Vintage Summer Basics from Maja design.

For the box I used the 1899 and the 1946 sheets.

This box has a glass frame to see through so this box will be filled with some laces.

Just love these mini spools.
I gave them a coat with gesso.

The spools were decorated with the 1891 and the 1932 sheet.

A lovely scissor put in one of the spools.

Lots of room to be filled!

These old fabric buttons were found at a local flea market.

Some vintage lace bobbins for lacemaking.

Some flower ribbon, metal leaves, stick pins and flowers.

Papers used:

1891 – 1899 – 1932 – 1946

Enjoy your day!
Ingrid xxx

April Mood Board

This time we have stretched the edges a bit and gone grungy. I hope you will like our April Mood Board.

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And here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below April 25th. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation April 22nd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…Evgenia_Petzer Evgenia_PetzerEvgenia PetzerHeidi_AugustsonHeidi AugustsonJenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusMaja_Nowak Maja NowakRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonZaneta_GlowaZaneta Glowa

Happy Easter

Cathy - Happy Easter1 - Vintage Spring Basics

Hello Maja Design friends. It’s Cathy here on the blog. Today I am sharing an Easter project with you. As Easter is only a few days away, I was inspired to create a project that embraced the season. For both my card and basket I used papers from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection.


I bought a chipboard basket from my local craft store and pulled it apart (the handle). Using scrap paper, I traced a template before transferring it onto the 12” Vintage Spring Basics 3rd of March paper. I had some button brads in my stash that coordinated perfectly with the papers which I used to reconnect the handle back onto the basket. I used a Prima white edger to ink the raw edges. This was so quick to alter and the end result is so cute!

Cathy - Happy Easter 3- Vintage Spring Basics

To create my card I used papers from the Vintage Spring Basics paper pad. I always pull out the possible papers that I might use and play around with them for a while until I find a combination that I like.

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My sentiment is the reverse label from 2nd of March paper…don’t throw away your scraps…they come in so handy!

Cathy - Happy Easter 6- Vintage Spring Basics

As you can see, I used a few dies here. I used a Spellbinders D-lites Filigree Egg die and Elegant Ovals with the centre removed to frame the egg. I backed the egg using a paisley paper from the paper pad to add another layer that was subtle enough to provide a contrast to the yellow paper. I framed the egg with various flowers from stash that I have had for quite a while. I had some daffodils which work perfectly with my sentiment. I die cut some leaves using Poppy Stamps Lorelai Leaf die and shaped them using a stylus and moulding pad from my Susan’s Garden Tool Kit.

Maja Design Papers Used


May you enjoy spending time with your family this Easter and for those planning to take a trip, remember to stay safe.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog.


Birthday card

My niece is celebrating her 10th birthday this weekend. A huge step for a little beautiful lady. I created this birthday card for her and I hope she will like it.josephineI have used a combination of Vintage Summer Basics, Vintage Autumn Basics and Ska Vi Ta En Fika for this card. The papers are so beautiful themselves so you really don’t need much to create an eyecatcher. josephine_detailThe die cuts have been created with Spellbinders Romantic Rose set and the butterfly with a die from Bo Bunny. Ribbon from Elena (thanks sweetie) and a LSS. I have always preferred to use Pearl Pens instead of Liquid Pearls since I find it easier to created pearls with them.

I hope you will enjoy your Easter weekend!

Papers used:
Vintage Summer Basics
Vintage Autumn Basics
Ska Vi Ta En Fika

Identical papers – two cards

Good morning Maja friends! Heidi here today blogging two cards made with identical papers from the “Life by the Sea” collection.



I have made one masculine card and one that’s made in feminine style.


Together with the papers I have used cheese cloth, a piece of a metal wire and buttons and text stickers.

IMG_0183The picture I have found on the internet.

IMG_0187To make this card I have used different kind of dies, a doily, trim, lace and flowers.

IMG_0189Have you started your Easter holiday? I have, and it’s a great feeling! I wish you all a great Easter!






Early Christmas cards

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. Every year I am sending lots of christmas cards. With the computers and emails we sent daily, there is really something special to receive the letter that you can open, touch and even smell… So again I have started the preparations for this christmas season early… yes, its eally early. But i have another reason… there are so many wonderful christmas papers and really something special in this season that I just cant help myself to stop playing with this theme.

So I pulled some of the papers and winter embellishmnets out and made three easy cards, that look like ensemble together.

I also love the look that this beautiful die cut from Memory Box gives. I specially picked the white cardstock to cut it with and it’s beautiful!march_petzer1 some close ups:march_petzer1_det2 march_petzer1-det1march_petzer2 really beautiful sparkly buttons are from my old stash, i just love that feeling hen I use something that I bought ages ago, is it just me?


and the last card for today’s post is this cute card. I must say that the sheet with those mittens ws one of my favourite of this collection, so cute!march_petzer3I love to use mica fragments on my winter projects, they help me to imitate the snow, sparkly effect…march_petxr3_det1 march_petzer3_det2For all these cards I have used this wonderful collection (Vintage Frost Basics):

I have used the paper pad from it as well as this sheet with die cuts.

Have a wonderful day:) and as a joke of our spring weather we have snow outside to match the theme of my post:)