Cherish

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Hello everyone! It’s Cathy here on the blog today. I have a layout to share with you that is monochromatic in design with just a hint of colour. In Australia, we have moved into the season of autumn which is the paper inspiration for my layout. I pulled out all of the brown papers from the Vintage Autumn Collection and played around with them until I decided which ones I wanted to use.

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To create the shape of my patterned paper and contrasting cardstock, I used The Crafter’s Workshop Trendy Bracket stencil. I inked the edge of the patterned paper with Prima dark bark ink and used sewing scalloped scissors to create the scalloped border around the edge of the dark brown border. I have used regular scalloped scissors in the past and have found the sewing scissors gave me greater control and accuracy in my cuts. I also inked this Scrapmatts title using the Prima ink as well.

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Not only are the Maja Design papers beautiful but the negative side of the titles are beautiful as well! I trimmed one to create one of my titles. I fussy cut one of the clocks from the collection as well to create an embellishment. I also added a Prima and Green Tara flower.

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To frame my photo, I used Spellbinders Card Creator Heirloom Legacy die. I love the details it has.

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I inked a Prima Shabby Chic Treasure using the same dark bark ink to make it look aged. As you can see, I also inked my other papers with the same ink.

Maja Design papers used:

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today!

Have a great day!!

 

Happy Days

Hello Maja fans! It is my turn on the Maja Design blog to share my latest creation. Today, I have a boyish layout for you.

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What I did was to create a layout based on contrast. Generally we all like to use neutral and light colored backgrounds for our projects but a dark background like black can give a very outstanding effect. To make my dark background more obvious, I backed it up with a sheet of grey paper from A Gift for You collection. And to make my dark paper even more distinct without the use of any mediums, I distressed the edges so that the white of the paper shows and forms a natural border.

Now for some close-ups:

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You can see more clearly some of the details I have in my mixed media background that added on to the contrast. I have subtle stamping in grey and bigger splatters of white ink. I also have gesso on the background but I didn’t want the white from the gesso to be too stark, so I wiped it down for a more toned down look. And on that part of the white, I made splatters of black ink.

The layering of my papers also used very neutral colors in order for the dark background and the amount of work done on it to stand out. The only color I have is blue which I used to match the color of my boys’ clothes (yes, their daddy is a boy too :D ). My chipboards were embossed with two colors – metallic grey and black to match the tones of the whole page.

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Keeping my embellishments simple and monotoned so that they don’t steal the attention away from my background. Even my title was simple with just a little bit of texture on it.

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I had used circles on my page to keep the whole theme and flow consistent, and I wanted some bigger circles to create a direction that moves across the page from the left to the right. These bigger circles have to stand out from the busy background, but not so much that it becomes too obvious. So instead of using stamped white embossing powder (which can be too bright), I stamped using white gesso instead. Some parts of the stamp design come out very clearly, some parts are less obvious so the overall effect is that it does not over-power the background.

So these are the tips I have for you today to create something unusual from your Maja papers. Thanks for dropping by!

Maja Design papers used:

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Other supplies:

Mediums – 13@rts matt paint (Cobalt Blue), Splash Ink (Black, White), Gesso, modeling paste
Chipboards – Blue Fern Studios
Flowers and trinket – Prima Marketing

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Thinking of you

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Good morning Maja friends! Are you all doing fine?

It’s Heidi here today and I have made a card with my favourite colours; blue and brown using “Vintage Autumn Basics No. XV”.

IMG_0011Together with Maja paper I have used some cool vintagestuff to make this card. In the background you see a piece of an old bookpage and an old postcard. I have also used vintage tulle and lace together with a new doily, pearlstring, tags and flowers.

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Everything is tied together in layers. To make the shape of the papers I have useddies and I have distressed the edges of the papers with Distress Ink “Walnut stain” and blue and white paining.

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Wish you all a lovely day! Enjoy the spring!

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Sea theme inspired cards

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today, sharing my 2 cards, that I tried to create in a bit more boyish, playful style than I usually do. I absolutely adore the Life by the Sea collection, I think its the best on the scrap-market, yet it was released couple years ago. I think I have used it already so many times, but still can’t get enough of it.

This time I gain made my cards full of details, just teh way I love the cards and all projects to be. I wanted them to be more masculine, so i tried to work without flowers and Used more black colors and added a bit of roughness by creating distressed edges, black splashes.

As Maja Design papers are of a very good thickness, some of the embellishmnets that you can see on my cards are simply fussy cutted from the papers. all of teh chipboard used is from Dusty Attic.

So lets have a look?

maja_pirate_card1_petzer  I have prepared some detailed shots:maja_pirate_card1_det2 maja_pirate_card1_det3 maja_pirate_card1_det1

my second card for today (same style, same collection:) I alos have used overlay on it.maja_pirate_card2_petzerHere are some close ups:

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I have use this collection (Life by the Sea)

The sheets that I have used: Marina, Landmark, the West Coast

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Sailing Tag

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Hi Maja Design fans! It’s Irene here again and this time, I’m sharing with you all an acrylic tag which I’ve decorated using the fun Maja Design “Life by The Sea” collection. I’ve created this tag based on the nautical theme of this collection.Sailing Tag by Irene Tan2To create a more interesting look, I’ve cut the tag into two and attach it using a metal hinge to make it more masculine.Sailing Tag by Irene Tan3Love the images printed in this collection. I’ve cut out some of them to decorate around this tag. Sailing Tag by Irene Tan4Supplies: Pattern Papers: Maja Design Life By The Sea collection; Others: Clear Scraps acrylic, crackle accents, micro beads, ribbon, metal embellishment, inks,chipboard,  liquid pearls, twine, adhesives.Life-by-the-Sea-PSee you soon!Irene-sign

 

 

 

Easter Cards

Hello Maja Fans!

Maja here to welcome you to the blog today and share some Easter cards inspiration.

mdeastEven though it seems to me that people send many more cards on Christmas, I still make several cards each year to celebrate this most important Christian holiday. I love the spring freshness of colours we can employ on those cards :) For my cards I used the lovely delicate Vintage Spring Basics collection.

mdeast1My first card features the purple-pink-green combo of the papers I then tried to repeat on the chipboard egg. After inking the egg I covered it with glitter glue for some glam :)

mdeast2For the second, brown-pink card I also used the egg motif, as it’s the most popular symbol for life and resurrection. This time I took small chipboard eggs and tied them together on a piece of twine like a garland:

mdeast3To use up even the smallest scraps, I punched squares out of some left-overs and arranged them patchwork-like for the background, adding some cheescloth for lightness. Then I covered the chipboard pieces wit glitter too:

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Maja Design papers: Vintage Spring Basics: 7th of May bs, 8th of March bs, 9th of May, 8th of April, 8th of April bs, 7rh of April bs. Other: chpiboard eggs: Scrapiniec; twine: Divine Twine; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; glitter glue, Distress inks: Ranger; cheesecloth: my stash.

And how about you? Do you send cards for Christmas only, or for Easter too?

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In Our Sofa – my scrap space

Hello Maja friends! When I’ve been asked to share my scrap space, I’m a little reluctant as I don’t have the luxury of owning a scrap or craft room. What I own is just a little scrap space in our office which I’m sharing with my husband and my two kids. So are you ready to take a look at my little crafting haven? Let’s go!Irene-Tan

This is my scrap table which is situated on the far end of the office room.  I like to keep my table clean and empty while I’m not creating. This way, I will have the whole table for scrapping.DSC_7375To the left of the right of my table, I have a small tale which serves as a station for die-cutting, embossing and some storage. It is also the place where I store all my flowers and tools.DSC_7365This is a little trolley where I store most of my inks and adhesives. I love to organize my inks. This makes it easy for me to find the right color whenever I want.DSC_7372Besides a trolley, I also have two little kitchen spice rack which I hung on the wall to store all my glitter glue, ink refills and liquid pearls.DSC_7373The best part of my scrap space is that I have a window behind my table which allows tons of natural light in when I’m scrapping. I have an alter drawer where I’ve stored various embellishments.DSC_7369I’ve also have a two-tier storage shelves by the window to organize my ribbons, laces, buttons and more flowers. This is also my sewing station. Yes, this is what I use to do all my stitching on my projects. All this while, I’m hand-stitching on my projects as I do not own any craft sewing machine. I would hope to get one from a sponsorer or as a gift some day.DSC_7366Lastly, I would like to share a picture of the shelves where I display the fruit of my love for crafting. It may not be neat by I love to look at them for inspirations.DSC_7363When I scrap or craft, I always have some kind of music on. The reason is, music can create the emotion and mood I need based on my inspirations.Thank you so much for joining me on this little tour of my scrap space! See you again soon!Irene-sign

A little flower fairy

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I’m happy to have you here again :) Today I’m sharing a simple 20×20 canvas, with my daughter (here at the age of 2) looking like a sweet flower fairy.
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I have used Vintage Spring basics pieces, with the flower branches as the main decorative element. There are hardly any mixed media used here, except for the drops of liquid accents- it’s all about the papers really :)
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Supplies: Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics : 1st of May, 4th of May.
From my stash: chipboard window, flowers, brads, dies.

Thanks for visiting us today at Maja Design blog!

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Hello World & Just Me

Hello,today I am going to share with you, a very long post,working with the Beautiful Nyhavn Collection. This winter,we repainted the whole inside of our home,using different tones of grays. I also have a feature,wall in the kitchen,that is in the red tone, that holds 36 shadow boxes with Scrapbook LO’s.ac4740168c1047f8ba2ec3e809a6c581 (1)Once we completed all the painting, & I received the Nyhavn Collection, & saw that the Kings Square-BS was in the same gray tones as I used in the kitchen, I decided to do all new LO’s, using the color tones of the kitchen.

I am using these 3 sheets, from the Nyhavn Collection,for this project. Because I mainly want the gray, as the background,I will not be doing, as much paper layering. I will get my texture through stencils & the DA chipboard.So this is all new to me. I will also be changing all my photos to black & white. My first step,for this project was to go online shopping. I ordered more Dusty Attic Chipboard, the Maja Design, Nyhavn Collection, (I ordered enough,for this project,plus future projects,as it is a limited edition). I also ordered some stamps,stencils,texture pastes & mists or H20,that would be in my color tones. Now I had to wait for my supplies to arrive, so my next step was to paint the chipboard I had on hand. I used my wall paint,for the red,plus I applied a coat of clear crackle varnish. I used distressed brushed pewter stain,paint & crackle on the rest of the chipboard. The chipboard was now ready for a final coat of H20′s,or whatever I wanted to apply over the crackle. I also went through all of my flowers,that were to bright for the Maja Collections & dipped them into all the paint colors, that I used in the kitchen (I watered down the paint). Now I was organized & ready for my paper to arrive….

For today’s post,I decided to do 2 LO’s, that will go up on the wall,one of a younger me,& one of me now….8502405e47864dc9a7c00ae373f6563b

Nyhavn-PFrom the Nyhavn Collection I used Kings Square-BS, Veteran Ship-BS & Sitting on the dock

The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic, Other products used:Prima Texture Paste,Graphite, Prima Wire thread,Auburn,Tim Holtz,rock candy crackle,TH distress stains & paints,brushed pewter. TCW,stencils Art is (6×6), confetti (6×6), Coffee Splotch (12×12) & (6×6)

Here are some closeups of detail…..90ad2dbd90334090a3bfa6611c7eecf1 (1)Using a paint brush, I applied TA ( Indian Corn) to deepen the color,of Veteran Ship-BS, I also inked all the edges of the paper.42b91d773ccd4fa992c1f69cb09262f8

79a43c66cf5a41ec8f1b58a16ef4c208The younger me:liked to dress in nice cloths,even if they were itchy,like angora or mohair. Wore heals,as I am only 5 foot 3. Socialized, but also loved being at home. I enjoyed crafts at that time of my life,( knitting & cross stitch & embroidery).I was also gardening at that time….We did lots of travelling….Here are some close ups of detail….36a18ec026fb47599a48ed825f628cb8One of my favorite mediums, is crackle,here I used TH rock candy & brushed pewter….b73c37e819cf49458756662bec0aa515Ilove the dream weaver,it allows me to really play with chipboard, & of course lots of detail….Here is my next LO,ME now…..4c0ebf44a1174d72b54a46a5bbe303dfI don’t worry so much about appearance now, & this photo shows it. I can not believe my hair, I wear bangs, so I must have done my usual,not really taking a good look at my self,before flying out the door, to get this set of photos taken. I now wear,Lulu Lemon, & all cotton, comfy cloths. I do not wear heels,because of the bunions I got, from my early years of wearing them.I still love to spend money on nice things,but instead of buying a new outfit,I am now buying Scrapbooking supplies. I prefer to stay at home,really have lost the desire to socialize, would rather spend my free time on scrapbooking, then going out for lunch or coffee.We do not travel as much, & I am losing the desire,I really am content at home.When I get my mind set on something,like this project,there is no stopping me,I will find a way to get, what I want, or what I want to do,even if I have lose sleep,to get my project done. My goal is to have this done,before I start to work out in the garden. We get lots of family & company through out the summer,so I would like them to be able to see the completed project. Here are some closeups of detail…..72ce14ba00c54be4b80ce8f33876074cFor the red on all the chipboard,I first painted it with the reddish wall paint,then applied a thick coat of crackle. Once the crackle dried I applied some LuminArte,Jasper Red H2O3fdbf6addfda49eaba7f4477bd0b141a

1aa3ae76c5f64658ae8f4e395676d969Now I am going to share with you, a before & after of a corner of the kitchen,that is completed & all the LO’s that I have done,so far, for this project…7e645fa178c54a53aceda3484a024a6dThe reason,I decided to take on this project, is that, I decided that there was to much going on,on the wall,with the wall being reddish. I actually have 160,shadow boxes through out the house. The rest are on a charcoal colored wall,so anything goes. As I am changing these,ones I am moving,these ones to other areas of our home.I already know what my next winters project is, updating all the shadow boxes. I have, had the shadow boxes for about 10 years, & I goggled them & they are still out there, MCS Industries,Inc shadow box…..a85a3b06357a4bc8b89b8465bd3fb8ceThis corner is completed & I love how it looks…Here are the LO’s I have completed so far…

The 1st & 2nd ones are canvas’s of my 3 boys…0969d8b22238459ba23fd5b41d4ef533

8a6ea1e33a7f42edb10a3f27353c004a The next,is a LO,of my oldest son Sigurdur,who is now 33 years old…..b8db92d46b0e435387a8ea1f0494c27cThis LO is of, my middle son Erlendur,he is now 29 years old,& so very happy he is still here with us. Last January he was in a snow mobile accident,leaving him with a severe brain injury (his survival rate is 3%,so it really is a miracle, that he is still with us today). Erlendur,is a very self motivated young man,has worked very hard at recovery,in fact is planning on going back to work this April. I don’t think,I would have updated our home this winter, if it wasn’t for DD being home,& needed something to do…..4e7d234f013042f290aa9075a06657abThis LO is of my youngest son Tandri,who is now 26 years old…3a423d3a44f049bba7ffdc4822784852A LO,of our Family & dogsc78faad5f9fa4d07a32a03909a754a96A LO,of Tandri & Renee (Tandri’s girlfriend of 6 years)2abbc8c6d5554630854185b34b770bfcA LO,of Renee,using a photo, I took of her, when she got accepted into Law…70c4480bdbda42b087eaf99a625a1230A LO of Siggi & I,we have been married for 36 years….7d8da3509bf3467b811639f34a670e42Love this photo of Erlendur & Siggi, gives me the giggles….b0d2dd9501804cbaa70925c00eb66074A LO of my sister & me….6bcdfbf0b7c1427b9157058fdb42e992Another photo I love, of Tandri & Milo….81ded2a203f2421f91e8ee0c532f9259Siggi & I with our 5 barking dogs,they are also getting older….3c046e03d6d8498e94f6fed77b295946A photo of me, with my sister & birth-daughter…cbece21fa1b7482f9ca0502dafb63620A special photo of Tandri,with my mom & dad. My mom passed away June 2013,at the young age of 76…..7f9f7db57f444bd29c65a0495d8ca74fI will say this project, does have its challenges,one of them being,that I am working with the same paper,day after day. How ever,as I am putting them up on the wall,& the wall is looking better,I stay enthused. I have also learned,lots through doing this. Through the last couple years, I have been spending lots of time, on other peoples photos, to match with the paper. Now I plan to use my own photo’s & change them into either septa or B&W,if they do not have the color,that are in the Maja Collections. After losing my mother,& just about losing my middle son,I decided,I really need to Scrap more of our,own Family, & I am really enjoying doing so. Thank you so much for taking the time to look…….Rachelle

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Scrapping Masculine Style

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Hello Maja fans, Gabrielle here with you today to share my latest scrapbook page using some of my all time favorite Maja papers!  As many of you already know about me, I’m a mom of two girls, so most of my scrapbooking is done in a feminine style.  But recently a friend of mine sent me a whole bunch of photos of her children that she wanted me to scrap. Although she has beautiful little girls, she also has an adorable little boy! So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do a masculine ‘boy’ style page.

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When I saw the cute little plaid shirt that her son was wearing in the pic, I immediately thought of the perfect ‘Flannel’ shirt and ‘Jeans’ papers from the Walking In the Forest collection.  I added in some of the clock elements from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection and I had some lovely papers to get started.

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All the chipboard I used on this page is from Dusty Attic Designs.  I had a lot of fun with my chipboard pieces.  I thought I would go for a nice rusty finish….they look like real rusty metal don’t they!  What I did to get this effect is first I painted the chipboard pieces with some Dusty Attic paints (Hot Chocolate, Raisin and Gingernut), I kind of dabbed on the colors with a sponge dauber, randomly placing my color.  While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled some Dusty Attic Rusting Powder over sections of my chipboard, allowing some of the paint color underneath to show through.  This gave my pieces a nice mottled look.  The next step in rusting is to take a spray bottle and put some white vinegar in it….spritz your pieces with the vinegar, then allow your pieces to begin rusting.  The process takes about 20 minutes to a half hour.  I sped up the process a bit by hitting it with the heat gun. I also dry brushed some Dusty Attic Paint in Sunburnt Orange over a section here and there to get an even more mottled rusty look to my pieces.

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Here is another close-up of the rusted chipboard pieces.  I also tucked in clock cut outs from the Vintage Autumn Basics (XVI) collection, applied with some foam pop dots and then used some Stickles (Platinum) around the edges of the clocks.

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I created the rusted ruler by cutting out a strip of chipboard and then using some of my homemade texture paste and the Tim Holtz ‘Measured’ stencil on it.  I then painted the piece and used the rusting powder on it the same as I did for the other chippies. I also made use of a Crafters Workshop stencil, appropriately named mini ‘Specimens’ which I used to create more design behind the photo on the ‘Jeans’ paper.

Another design element I went with was the zipper opening.  I used this twice on the page, at the top right corner of the page and a small ‘V’ cut in the ‘Flannel Shirt’ paper on the right side of the photo. I just cut a little tear into the papers and inserted another Dusty Attic chipboard piece into the groove (Dusty Attic Zippers)….I treated these pieces with some metalic paint as well.

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I took one of the chain chipboard pieces and gently bent it to get this curved hanging chain look.  I painted the piece with some bronze dimensional metalic paint (Scribbles) and then added a bead of the 3D paint along the straight lines of the chain to give more of a 3D look to the chain.

Oops, how did that lace get in there?! LOL….well, at least I resisted adding blooms right?  So there is my take on a masculine ‘boy’ style page.  Hope you enjoyed seeing my project and that I’ve inspired you to scrap the boys/men in your life.

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