Bits and Pieces

Posted by Maja Nowak

3 June, 2014 - , , , , ,

Hello Maja Fans, welcome to the blog today 🙂

If you’re a paper freak like me, you won’t just throw away even a small scrap of paper even if you have a thousand sheets (and you know I have, you’ve seen my room 😉 ). Today I’d like to show you my favourite way of using up those bits to create fun cards – the patchwork background! 🙂

All you need are punches or dies – I use mostly squares, rectangles and triangles – and bits of papers 🙂

mdpatch10Then take a piece of cardstock trimmed to the size you need and arrange your pieces – I always start from the middle and go sidewards, glueing them down as I go, then turn the paper over and cut off all the ends that stand out.

mdpatch11You can go very simple:

mdpatch6…just take your pieces of papers and arrange them on a larger piece:

mdpatch7Or you can go a little more complicated:

mdpatch1…arranging your rectangular pieces into a floor-like design:

mdpatch2You can use large or small pieces…

mdpatch4…arranging them just any way you like! Here I put them diagonally:

mdpatch5If you like, you can also sew the pieces through to get a really nice fabric-like look:

mdpatch8mdpatch9Patchwork gives you so much opportunities and so much fun! And you can use really tiny scraps, combine patterns from many collections and create your own custom patterned background 🙂


Maja Design papers: scraps of various sheets from the Vintage Frost Basics, Vintage Summer Basics, Ska Vi Ta En Fika? and Life by the Sea collections.

Other: punches: Woodware; stamps: Lemonade; badge: 3rd Eye; flowers, lace, ribbon – from my stash.

See you later! 🙂


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  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    Oh Maja, I am crazy about your cards and the bits and pieces

  • Ewa M says:

    Piękne wyjątkowe prace ! Gratuluję Maja !

  • Amazing cards!

  • Ava Gavloski says:

    gorgeous………. love love the look and wonderful showcasing of the paper collection.

  • Wonderful!!!!
    Thank you for the inspiration!!!!

  • Phi says:

    What great designs and a fantastic idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Gabrielle Pollacco says:

    Maja your cards are beautiful!! I must remember to use collage techniques to use up my scraps as well! Like you, I keep them all! xo

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    These are so gorgeous! I used to create cards like that to use up my scraps, but that was a really long time ago. Thanks for the reminder. Since I’m a blue/brown person I’ve got to admit that I really love the Autumn Basics version. Pure love. 🙂

  • barbara macaskill says:

    What an awesome idea! Your cards are out of this world gorgeous! I am going to do this with my scraps! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • OMG these are just magical … so creative and glorious … love them all x

  • mm Maja Nowak says:

    Thank you so much ladies, you really make my day 🙂

  • Pam D says:

    These are stunning cards!! That is such a great idea!