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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Nautical Cover for a Baby Book


Posted by Elena Olinevich

5 February, 2016 - ,

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Hello Friends,

I am glad that the weather outside is almost like the spring, so it’s time to get ready for enjoying warm weather, especially at the seaside. I am not a lucky one , I live at the country where there is no sea. and every summer I have a wish to watch the waves and listen to the noise of it. However I enjoy making marine theme projects and here is a cover I made for a baby book.


I made a try to marry the papers and the fabric, and I guess there is quite a good match, don’t you think?

So I made some die cutting from the papers and used almost the same paper patterns as my fabric has -stars, stripes, and I really love how it has come to.


I made stitching on the fabric and on the papers, and now they look almost the same.


Products used:

Life by the Sea collection – 6*6 paper pad, Landmark, The West Coast.


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“Cute” by Di Garling


Posted by Di Garling

4 February, 2016 - ,

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Hello & welcome to the blog. Today I have another layout to share with you that I created using the “Vintage Autumn Basics” collection. I have used four papers in all from the collection, the  XX1, XX11 & XX111 & I also cut a few clock faces from the XV1. I really love this collection. It is funny because I NEVER scrap with blue, aqua yes, but never blue but I found this collection so easy to work with & I am really happy how it turned out.

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I started this layout off by tearing the three different papers to layer up & the pieces I tore off the bottom I then stuck down underneath my photo to create an extra  splash of colour. I have also added some twine for added texture too.

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I have brushed on some watered down blue mist to add even more colour. I cut out a few clocks from the “XV1” paper & placed them around the layout. I also created a frame for my photos from some natural coloured raffia.

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I think these three papers look so lovely teamed together.

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I have also tucked some lace in between the layers for added texture.  Lots of flowers,  I just cannot create without using flowers. :)

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I have also added some nice chipboard pieces from 2Crafty Chipboard which I brushed over with a little “Kraft” coloured mist to give them a warm & natural feel.

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To finish off I added some small pieces of blue mesh to add to the textural feel of my layout. I just adore lots of texture in my work.

Well thats all from me today,  see you back here in a couple of weeks time with another project.


Until then.


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Di Garling

Hi my name is Di Garling. I am married to a very patient man, I have two grown up sons, two grandchildren & a little dog. I owned & operated a Scrapbook shop for eight years here in Australia until I recently sold it & retired. I think retirement is the best kept secret. I love it, it gives me lots of time to enjoy my craft. I still teach scrapbooking & cardmaking once or twice a week, so all in all I am as busy as ever & wouldn't have it any other way.