Delicious Christmas

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Posted by Maja Nowak

6 December, 2017 - ,

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Ho ho ho, Maja Friends, Santa Claus is coming to town! :)

Have you been naughty or have you been nice and found some great gifts under your pillows this morning? I don’t know about your countries, but in Poland kids are so good they receive presents not only on Christmas (delivered by the Christmas Star or Father Christmas), but also on St. Nicholas day, which is celebrated today :) The generous saint usually comes in the night or so early in the morning that everybody is still asleep and leaves small gifts under the pillow or in the shoes under the bed. Oh, I still remember the excitement and anxiety in the morning – did he come or not? Was I good enough to get my dream presents? :)

Anyway, whether you got anything or not, it’s a good moment to think of Christmas presents for your family and friends. And a handmade recipe book is always a good idea!

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I kept my recipe book as practical as possible, without too many fancy embellishemtns that could get torn off during the cooking frenzy 😉 I first wrapped the edges of the chipboard covers with washi tape and layered some Joyous Winterdays papers on the front and back:

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As usually, I decorated the wire with a piece of ribbon and a metal spoon charm:

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I added a chipboard word on a border embellished with a punched trim and large pearl brads:

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The main decorative element of the cover is a stamped image that I coloured with Distress inks:

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I also used stamps for the inside cover and the front page:

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…and on the pocket for some loose pieces of paper which I placed on the inside back cover:

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This time I placed the binding on the top instead of on the side – thus the book stands by itself for easy recipe checking :)

And here’s the list of my supplies:

Maja Design papers:

Other: dies: CreaLies; punch: Martha Stewart; ribbon: Rayher; chipboard: Latarnia Morska; brads: Craftmania; stamp: Whiff of Joy.

 

I really like the way it turned out and I hope it will make a nice Christmas gift to write in some delicious holiday recipes. See you soon!

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“This fills my heart” by Tina Ollett

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Posted by Tina Ollett

5 December, 2017 - ,

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Hello and welcome back to Maja Designs. Tina with you today to share my next instalment. I have to tell you a little secret that probably isn’t a secret because I do share it quite often with my friends but I hate to say it out loud. I really don’t do Christmas layouts……. there I said it. Over the years I have been known to avoid doing them at all. So today I decided to put my big girl pants on and give it a go.

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I have used Maja Designs new release collection Joyous Winterdays to create my Christmas layout with. And I have to tell you I am in love with it. It is no secret that I love blue and so that is what I went with along with a very old photo I dug up of my 3 sweet kids at a much younger age. I felt it really told a story and this is what I wanted to start the layout with.

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My first sheet that I used is called Santa Claus and it is simply stunning to say the least. But as you well know living here in sunny Queensland in Australia doesn’t bring us snow at Christmas time ever! We swelter in the highest of temperatures most Christmas’s. That is why we always sit by the pool.So anyway getting a little side tracked…….. I tore the snow section from Santa Claus and backed it with Sparkle which I also very much love. So from there I did a little stenciling using a Star stencil from Dusty Attic and some texture paste. Whilst it was still wet I sprinkled over some Dress My Craft Sparkling Dust. and allowed it to dry.

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With the other papers above I created a matting for my photo.

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I have added in some gorgeous little pine cones along with lace leaves and beads baubles.

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I have also added in some beautiful chipboards that were embossed with seafoam and inked with Walnut Stain.

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I made some flowers using materials and coloured them with Ranger Distress Stain.

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Above and below you can see the layering of papers that I used along with the textures made with the stencil and texture pastes. Unfortunately you can’t see all the sparkly effect made with the sparkling dust but rest assured it is definitely there.

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Well that is all from me today with my lastest project. I do hope you enjoyed it.

Until next time take care and happy scrapping.

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Mood Board December

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

4 December, 2017 -

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Hello dear Maja-fans,
Welcome to another exciting challange on the blog.

Today the Swedish west coast has offered us some really great weather. Clear blue sky, lots of sun and sparkling frost, just wonderful!
All inspired by that we’ve made you a winterly Mood board…

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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 December 25th.

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. Use Maja papers primarily! Take a nice picture of it and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu. 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 image 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 by December 21st at the latest.

We would love to see your Winter-wonder-creations, so please feel free to play along.
Thank you & Good luck!

 

For inspiration this time we offer you a few of our favourites from the archives, please enjoy;

 

Andrea Ewen:

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Heather Jacobs:

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Ingrid Goyer:
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Jenny Grotherus:
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Rachelle Sigurdson:
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I work as a Public Relations Coordinator here at MajaDesign and I have the pleasant task to coordinate this fabulous Creative Team, and from time to time also give you some exciting news and updates from the Maja Office. <3

Snowman Season

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Posted by Jennifer Snyder

3 December, 2017 -

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Jennifer Snyder here to share a joyous winter card featuring the gorgeous holiday/winter collection from Maja Design- “Joyous Winterdays”

The paper collection is quite versatile and can be used for so many occasions – from Christmas to the cold days that follow in the new year and beyond.

These are the papers I used from the collection: 

“Mr. Snowman”

“Sparkle” 

“Frost”

 I really adore the snowman image from the paper collection.  I thought it would look sweet at the main point on my card.
Thank you for stopping at Maja Design today.  Have a wonderful holiday season.
You can use the Store Finder link to shop for Maja Design collections.
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Christmas Joyous Card

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Posted by Evgenia Petzer

2 December, 2017 - ,

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Hello dear friends, Evgenia Petzer with you today. I have prepared another Christmas card, the square format this time. those little snowmen on the background are one of my favourite patterns in this collection. The card is very layered, detailed, lets have a look?

Joyous_MBI really like this card so made lots of close ups:CA2A8871 the tags you can pull out of the pocketCA2A8872 CA2A8873 CA2A8874 really love the layers and the details, I can sit for quite a while putting all the tiny pieces in their “right” places.CA2A8875 the dimension:)CA2A8876Such a great collection Joyous Winterdays is in use:

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