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.

Happy Birthday, Auntie!


Posted by Maja Nowak

3 February, 2016 - , ,

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Good morning, Maja Fans, and welcome to the blog today :)

In a couple of days my auntie (and godmother) celebrates her 70th birthday! :) She is such a sweet person, always smiling and helpful – I wouldn’t go through my high shool without her helping me in maths, she was a great teacher! 😀 Now she has two grandkids and takes care of them as their parents are at work. She’s always there for others and hardly ever does something just for herself, and so the family decided we’d all gather some money to but her a trip to her favourite mountain spa she used to visit as a young girl. I know no more elegant way to give somebody money than an exploding box with a cake – and here it is:


I used my auntie’s favourite colours and they all happen to be featured in the beautiful Enjoying Outdoors collection which is also very optimistic – perfect for the occasion and the person as well! For the sides of the box I used the Autumn Picnic flowery paper, and then on the lid arranged mulberry flowers in matching colours:


Inside I added tags I cut out from the Tags & Journaling cards sheet to serve as a bacgkround for banknotes :)



I also used one of the journaling cards for writing in birthday wishes:


And here’s the birthday cake 😉


I just can’t wait for the birthday party, to see the smile on my auntie’s face and hear the family stories again!



Maja Design papers: Enjoying Outdoors: Singing in the rain, Picking flowers, Picking flowers bs, What a beautiful day bs, Flourishing bs, Having tea in the sun bs. Other: dies: Magnolia, Joy!Crafts; stamp:; flowers, lace: my stash.


See you soon!



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Greatful For You


Posted by Bec Genet

2 February, 2016 - ,

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Hi, today I have a layout to share using the gorgeous Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics Collection. I also made a video tutorial to go with this layout so I hope you enjoy it





Here is my video:


I used the 6th of March paper as my background paper, then to the 8th of April paper I ripped a diagonal piece from the bottom and distressed the top.


I cut a strip of the 4th of April paper to layer on top. I used pieces of the 4th of April and 9th of April to make a mat for my photo. I cut two strips of lace to layer under the paper strip in the middle, plus a couple of lace flowers to stick out from under my paper layers




I added colour using Gelatos in metallic blueberry and metallic grape through a stencil, plus some splashes of pale purple and blue mists.


Next I mixed heavy white gesso with light texture paste and put that through two different stencils. I mix the gesso and paste together because I want a whiter finish in the paste.




Blue fern chipboard coloured with Gelatos in metallic blueberry, metallic grape, boysenberry and elderberry
I added embellishments using flowers, chipboard, a resin frame, lace flowers and some white cheesecloth
To finish off I added some vellum butterflies and pearls
I Used:
Maja Designs Vintage spring Basics Collection
6th of March
8th of April
4th of April
9th of April





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Mood board February


Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

1 February, 2016 -

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Today it’s time for a new mood board challenge, and this time I really think Marie has outdone her self. I’m totally in love with this one. What do you think??


I am sooo curious of how you would interpret this mood board..!

This is how we use the mood boards:

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 truly 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. However – we highly recommend you to follow the theme.. Feel free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme.

We will pick a winner and present it here on the blog February 29th.

Have in mind that these challenges are a really great way for us to discover new talents and maybe some future Creative Team members…


How to participate?

♥ Create anything you’ll like – a layout, a card, something altered or maybe a canvas, take a nice picture of it and send it to We also need to know your full name, address and a phone number. Please specify what collection you would like to win, if you are the lucky one. We will also want to know if you would like it in the size 12*12 or 6*6. Please send us the pictures in the size of 800 pixels on the width. We would be so grateful if you also could change the file name of the photo to your first and last name including your country.

♥ Feel free to send us more than one picture, from different angles or some close-ups – or why not more than one project?

♥ Publish the project/s on your blog (or/and any social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) with a link to our site. Please also add the picture of the mood board.

♥ Feel free to combine your entry with other challenges.

♥ The winner will be revealed the last Monday each month, at the Maja blog. The winner will be sent one collection by their choice, and also a digital Winner’s Badge to use and brag with.

We need your creation Febuary 25th at the latest.

Thank you & Good luck!


And here is some fabulous inspirational project from our talented Creative Team:

Di Garling

Di Garling

Pascale B

Pascale B

Rachelle Sigurdson

Rachelle Sigurdson

Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer

Nancy Dynes

Nancy Dynes

Amy Voorthuis

Amy Voorthuis

See you soon!


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