Layered Christmas Card


Posted by Evgenia Petzer

10 November, 2015 - ,

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Hello dear Maja friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today and I have prepared a layered christmas card, that uses soft colors that I love. And a bit of red in it gives the little contrast and that christmas feeling for the card.


close ups:

I think Maja papers most often call you to work in shabby or vintage style , so my love for resin embellishments also finds its place here…

insta_chall_det1I bought the wide lace with flowers and now I am cutting the bits and pieces from it and add them to my card.insta_chall_det3kraft and wood accents make the card more warm and “real” as for me.

Sent with love sentiment is that little extra border of the papers, that I love in Maja and always keep (the red poinsettias on top are also from these cut off papers)maja_insta_det2

I have used the Gift for You collection:

Have a wonderful day,

Enjoy Christmas


Posted by Cathy Mc Grath

30 October, 2015 - ,

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Cathy - Merry and Bright

Hello everyone! Today I have another Christmas card to share with you. I really am committed to my self imposed target of creating enough Christmas cards for my family and friends. Two down and ….to go! (not sure how many but it always increases each year I am sure!) I am really loving the A Gift For You Collection from Maja Design. The rich tones remind me so much of Christmas!

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Over the years, I have collected a number of stamps and I love have the opportunity to use them. This stamp set from Stampin;’ Up! is a favourite of mine. I love the feeling it evokes…the excitement of decorating the Christmas tree.


I have used Petaloo flowers and clusters here. They coordinate beautifully with the rich tones of the Maja papers. I have also added some foliage using a Sullivans and Martha Stewart branch punch.

cathy - Merry and Bright 4

To complete my card I have added other vintage elements such as lace, seam binding and a vintage button…things from my stash.

Maja Design Papers


I wish you well in your efforts to create your Christmas cards. Perhaps you can share some advice or even upload your creations onto the Maja Design Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!





Cathy Mc Grath

Hi! I'm Cathy. I live in Sydney and am a Primary School teacher. I am passionate about teaching and love what I do. At present paper crafts are my creative outlet, which is my other passion. I am drawn to vintage, shabby chic styled crafts which I love to create. I do enjoy other crafts such as sewing, quilting, knitting and crotchet…not enough time! I am always inspired to learn and to try new techniques in both teaching and my crafts. I love Maja Design papers and enjoy creating with them.

My Prince Charming


Posted by Maja Nowak

21 September, 2015 - ,

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Hello there, Maja Fans!

I’m so happy you’ve decided to come visiting our blog on this Monday morning 🙂

I don’t want to make you feel down in the mouth, but do you realise Christmas is less than  100 days away? So, it’s high time to grab some holiday papers and… make something totally un-Christmassy! 😀 And so I did, and made a layout about my Prince Charming. Well, technically speaking, he’ll be some other woman’s Prince Charming in the future, I can just already see it 😉

mdmpchI just love this photo of my son! And I thought a nice bottle green of the Wishing You Peace And Joy bs sheet from the A Gift For You collection would be a perfect backround for it. The colour palette of the layout comes from the Underneath the Christmas tree – I like how grey, white and green work together 🙂 I layered the green paper upon the grey damask sheet and distressed the edges so that the pattern pops out here and there. Then I added some flourishes with a stencil and white gesso:

mdmpch1I matted the photo with my favourite patterns in the mini version from the small paper pad 🙂 I created the words for the title using stickers and added a sweet resin cupid 🙂

mdmpch2Moustache is one of the top scrapbooking motives for masculine projects, don’t you think? 😉 I also used a resin frame for a mini photo:

mdmpch3I love using real vintage stuff in my projects! Here’s an original old watch face I bought in a store that specialises in vintage parts. I filled the hands hole with a pearl brad.

mdmpch4I finished my design off with flower-shaped resin studs by Prima. And I really like to yummy dimension, though then a problem arises – how to store such layouts, if you have over 200? 😉 What’s your idea?


Maja Design papers: A Gift For You: Wishing you peace and joy bs, From Someone Special, from the small pad: Underneath the Christmas tree bs, When the snow is falling bs, My dear friends bs. Other: Resin frame and cupid: Melissa Frances; flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts; resin studs: Prima; stencil: Agateria; gesso: Claudine Hellmut; stickers: Basic Grey, Making Memories, October Afternoon; cabochon, resin flower, watch face – from my stash.

See you soon!



Nicolas Joseph


Posted by Pascale B

7 April, 2015 - , ,

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Hello Sweeties,

Today I’m on Maja Design blog with another family photo. It’s my paternal grandfather Nicolas Joseph. This photo has been taken during his military service in the Air Force.


I began my layout by adding some clear gesso on my background to  help the Brusho I choice to work with to react properly. When dry, I added a design with a stencil and some modeling paste. When dry, I added some random stamping.


I die-cut the gears in a cardboard that I painted first with white gesso, then with an uneven and very light layer of black gesso. When dry, I used some Original Rust to give them the aspect of rust.


I used some Walnut Stain Distress ink to alter the flowers.


I die-cut the leaves in two assorted papers from the Vintage Autumn Basics collection.


Maja Design Papers:

A Gift for You – From Santa with Love

A Gift for You – Wrapped in Old Paper

A Gift for You – Handwritten Post Card

Vintage Autumn Basics – N°VIII

Vintage Autumn Basics – N°XI



Pascale B

Hello, I'm Pascale B. from France. Since I began to scrap, flowers are part of my layouts, and I gradually started to use mixed media as well. I don’t know how to define my style, perhaps something like free vintage shabby style could be a good definition. Visit me at

Happy Days


Posted by Jelissa Mei

19 March, 2015 - , ,

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Hello Maja fans! It is my turn on the Maja Design blog to share my latest creation. Today, I have a boyish layout for you.


What I did was to create a layout based on contrast. Generally we all like to use neutral and light colored backgrounds for our projects but a dark background like black can give a very outstanding effect. To make my dark background more obvious, I backed it up with a sheet of grey paper from A Gift for You collection. And to make my dark paper even more distinct without the use of any mediums, I distressed the edges so that the white of the paper shows and forms a natural border.

Now for some close-ups:


You can see more clearly some of the details I have in my mixed media background that added on to the contrast. I have subtle stamping in grey and bigger splatters of white ink. I also have gesso on the background but I didn’t want the white from the gesso to be too stark, so I wiped it down for a more toned down look. And on that part of the white, I made splatters of black ink.

The layering of my papers also used very neutral colors in order for the dark background and the amount of work done on it to stand out. The only color I have is blue which I used to match the color of my boys’ clothes (yes, their daddy is a boy too :D). My chipboards were embossed with two colors – metallic grey and black to match the tones of the whole page.


Keeping my embellishments simple and monotoned so that they don’t steal the attention away from my background. Even my title was simple with just a little bit of texture on it.


I had used circles on my page to keep the whole theme and flow consistent, and I wanted some bigger circles to create a direction that moves across the page from the left to the right. These bigger circles have to stand out from the busy background, but not so much that it becomes too obvious. So instead of using stamped white embossing powder (which can be too bright), I stamped using white gesso instead. Some parts of the stamp design come out very clearly, some parts are less obvious so the overall effect is that it does not over-power the background.

So these are the tips I have for you today to create something unusual from your Maja papers. Thanks for dropping by!

Maja Design papers used:


wrapped in old newspaper, my dear friend, when the snow is falling





Other supplies:

Mediums – 13@rts matt paint (Cobalt Blue), Splash Ink (Black, White), Gesso, modeling paste
Chipboards – Blue Fern Studios
Flowers and trinket – Prima Marketing