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Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

10 February, 2016 - , , , , , ,

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Hi everyone! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a special page I made for my parents anniversary this month.  They are having their 58th wedding anniversary, such a wonderful milestone.  For this page I combined a number of paper collections, using 5 different papers. (Vintage Summer Basics 1922, Nyhavn-Strolling Along the Canal, Vintage Summer Basics 1923, Ska Vi ta en Fika-Pratstund, Vintage Autumn Basics-XVI).


I began by using the Vintage Summer Basics 1922 paper as my matting/background paper. I then cut the corner and 1/4 inches off the edges of the Nyhavn paper, which I then painted with some Shimmerz paints (Black Cherry Soda Creameez and Onyx Inklingz) and stamped liberally around the photo area with some stamps that I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries.  I then layered on a crocheted lace Doily from Tresors de Luxe and a chipboard frame from Dusty Attic (Swirly Frame and Laurel Leaf chippies).


I created coordinating blossoms using the Rose Creations dies from Spellbinders, using the scraps from the Vintage Summer Basics 1922 and 1923 papers.  I cut the smaller inner petals from the darker pink paper and the larger petals from the light pink paper.  I also cut out a few green leaves using the Ska vi ta en Fika paper (leaf dies are from the Rose Creations set).


I added a cluster of embellishments in the bottom right corner using a couple of Dusty Attic chippies (title and scroll).  I also added some texture using a Prima flourish stencil and home-made texture paste. And as always I love to tuck in a little clock here and there from the Vintage Autumn Basics XVI paper.

I hope my parents enjoy this layout, I’m forever grateful to have them in my life and hope they will see many many more anniversaries.  Thanks so much for stopping by the Maja Design blog today!


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‘From the Heart’ Valentine Card


Posted by Nancy Dynes

9 February, 2016 - ,

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A Maja Heart

I wish you a happy hello and warm welcome to the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here, with a Valentine project to share with you. I was completely inspired by the cozy, rustic appeal of the ‘Life in the Country’ paper collection. Since my previous projects focused on handmade flowers, I thought I’d change things up with a cheery banner card.

B Maja Heart

The beautiful papers were distressed, layered, and stitched to form the base of the card. You can’t distress just any design paper. Maja Design manufactures the highest quality paper I’ve ever found. The heavier weight allows you to work with it without ripping or tearing, and the double sided pages allow endless flexibility and options. I mist, twist, and even bake this paper when I make flowers. It stands up to everything!

C Maja Heart

There are actually two banners here. The first layer is frilly lace strung through with jute. Die cut hearts and tags complete the second layer.  The banners are anchored by jute bows on either end.

D Maja Heart

With the exception of the tiny rosebuds and buttons, all the embellishments were created using the paper collection.

D2 Maja Heart

D 2 A Maja Heart

Maja Design Papers used:

Life in the country

Additional Supplies: Lace, buttons, rosebuds, and jute from my stash; Tim Holtz sentiment stamp, heart and tag dies; Archival Ink, White Cardstock (for base of card), Gesso, Adhesive, Sewing Machine, Thread

I’m thrilled you stopped in for a visit! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s still time to let your loved one know how special they are with a handmade card. Also, don’t forget to check out this month’s Mood Board Challenge. May your day be filled with all things good and wonderful!



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Nancy Dynes

My name is Nancy Dynes. I love creating with layers, dimension, and all things feminine. Maja Design Papers speak to me and inspire my imagination. I am honored to be a member of this amazing Creative Team, and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists.

Maja Design – Proud New Sponsor of CSI – Colors, Stories, Inspiration


Posted by Jennifer Snyder

8 February, 2016 -

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Maja Design  is Sponsoring CSI – Colors, Stories, Inspiration
Maja Design is very excited to be the newest sponsor for CSI – Colors, Stories, Inspiration.
What does that mean?  Simple – that means YOU have a chance to win a prize from Maja Design each month when you play along at CSI – Colors, Stories, Inspiration.
What is CSI – Colors, Stories, Inspiration?   CSI is a scrapbooking challenge that inspires you to try new colors schemes and to tell your stories. The Case Files provide inspiration that will get you thinking about scrapbooking in a whole new way – AND get you thinking of Maja Design in a whole new way as you try and solve the case and the challenge using all the Maja Design collections.
A new Case File opens for investigation the first, second, and fourth Friday evenings of each month at 6:00 p.m. EST. Come join the Maja Creative Team, the CSI Design Team and CSI members in a live chat every reveal night!

Please note that to win a prize, you need to follow the challenge guidelines and upload by the due date published.
Let’s see how Creative Team Member, Jennifer Snyder, solved Case File 190
Look Who is Hiding in the Woods?  It’s Escape Kitty 
Jennifer’s cat, Escape Kitty, is her lovely assistant today to solve the case.
First – Jennifer chose Vintage Summer Basics collection to help with the color palette.   She used Vintage Summer Basics sheet 1903 and 1935 ( sides “A” and “B”) as her backgrounds

Next Jennifer and her kitty chose 3 elements from the evidence list to solve the case;

  • she added leaves
  • scallops in the doily dies
  • wood with the piece of birch bark she added
On to the testimony section of the challenge.   Jennifer’s inspirational word is  “companion”.   Her journaling is hidden using a journal tag she created as see below.   The tag read’s ” My Sweet Kitty Companion- Your favorite thing to do it to run out of the house and hide in the bushes pretending to be a “big game” hunter.  Sneaky litte Kitty. “
Here are some additional close ups.  This photo really shows the dimension added by using a pierce of birch wood bark.  It has been adhered to the page by gluing a piece of cardboard to the back of the bark.

I think you will agree…Maja Design + CSI = Great fun and the Perfect Pair!

Don’t forget to upload your artwork to our Facebook page as well so the entire Maja Family around the world can see how you solved the case and can admire your art.

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Posted by Pascale B

7 February, 2016 - , ,

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Hello Sweeties

Today I’m up on Maja Design blog with a new layout. It’s a photo of one of my best friend I’ve taken during a photo shoot we had a few days ago.

Laurene by Pascale B.

As usual, I applied a layer of clear gesso to protect the background from all the media I will add later. When dry, I began to add a design with a stencil and a copper crackle paste.

Laurene_detail1 by Pascale B.

While the paste was drying, I colored the flowers with a home-made spray of  Primary Element and water. I used several colors of Twinkling H2O to color the die-cut leaves. 

Laurene_detail2 by Pascale B.

When the paste was finally dry, I added some random stamping with a permanent ink and colored the background. Then I glued all the embellishments.

Laurene_detail3 by Pascale B.

To finish the layout, I added some Mica Flakes and Glass Glitters.

Laurene_detail4 by Pascale B.

Maja Design Papers used:

Harvest time Autumn hues bs 1891
Enjoying Outdoors
Harvest Time
Enjoying Outdoors
Autumn Hues
Vintage Summer Basics


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Posted by Rachelle Sigurdson

6 February, 2016 - , , ,

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Hello, today I am here to share with you a boy LO, I did using the Vintage Autumn Basics Collection. I just LOVE this Collection!!!!



I used:no.XIII,  no.XIV-BS, no.XV, & a BS of a label, From the Vintage Autumn 6×6 pack I used no.XXI,no.XXIII, no.IX, no.XIII, no.XIV-BS

The Chipboard used is from Dusty Attic


I did lots of distressed paper layers, & chipboard layers…


I also did some hand stitching, & used corrugated paper in the layers…


Shows the BS of a label. & some stencil work.




I covered the chipboard balloons with the Maja Papers…



I made this as a gift for a friend, so I decided to make a altered shadow box to go with the LO..


Here is another LO I made using the Vintage Spring Basics Collection..



I used: 6th of March, & 4th of March

I also made a altered shadow box to match this LO


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


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