Special Guest Designer – Bev Rochester

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

16 January, 2017 - , , , ,

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Hello there, I’m Bev Rochester and hail from the North East coast of England.  I was tickled pink to be asked to be a guest designer for Maja Design.  I’ve been crafting for years but have concentrated on papercrafts this past 7 or 8 years.  I’m very lucky in that I have a dedicated craft room (my hubby converted the garage and utility room for me) so have all the space I need to collect more craft stash than I will ever use!

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My style has evolved over the years and I’m finding myself more drawn to soft, pretty and vintage colours, papers and embellishments and Maja papers are perfect for all things soft, pretty and shabby.

For my first card I worked with the Coffee in the Arbor collection – perfect for a pretty shabby chic card.  The sheets used are Raspberry Jam Cookies, Raspberry Cupcake and Raspberry Lemonade.

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I used dies and stamps from Whimsy Stamps, Rosy Owl and Magnolia and flowers from I Am Roses.

I also used a butterfly stencil from Whimsy Stamps with embossing paste and glitter to add texture to the card.

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And of course a card is not complete unless you carry the pretty through to the inside :)

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For my second card I went back to my first love and did some stamping and colouring to pair up with the exquisite Vintage Romance papers.   The papers I used are Passion, She’s My Lady and Just You & Me.

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I used Spellbinders, Rosy Owl, Magnolia and Whimsy Stamps dies as well as stamps from Whimsy Stamps, flowers from I am Roses.  I used a faux stitches stamp around the edges of the paper.

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Again I’ve carried the design to the inside of the card with these gorgeous vintage papers.

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For my final project I used the absolutely gorgeous Sending Love collection.  I used Enjoying Outdoors, Garden Creatures and I’m Happy.  Oh my goodness!  The colours in this collection are … I have no words except to say that this is my favourite collection.  Just beautiful!

I decided to make a shaped card, the base is die cut with a Tattered Lace die set.  I stamped a chicken wire stamp randomly on the top layer, it works so well with the outdoor theme of the paper collection.

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I made a bird using a mould and paper clay, and also stamped out some butterflies onto the patterned paper and fussy cut them out to carry the theme of the collection through.

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And again, the inside finished off to carry the design through.

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Thank you for visiting!

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“Dream with your eyes wide open” by Tina Ollett

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Posted by Tina Ollett

3 January, 2017 - ,

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Well hello to you and a very very Happy New Year!! I certainly hope 2017 is kind to you and blesses you with many wonderful suprises.

Tina O with you today to share with you my first Maja Project for the year!!

Unfortunately the start of 2017 has not been so kind to me. I had a small incident whereby I dislocated my shoulder…..arghhhhhh. So this typing is done one handed (lefthanded) with my other in a sling. Scrapping has been somewhat difficult and let’s just say it takes twice as long to do things! So I am hoping for a very speedy recovery. But with that being said I still got to meet my deadline and here it is…..

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My youngest girl just adores our fur family and every chance I get, I photograph her with them. I shot this photo last week with our beautiful boy Rafael and I just adore it. My project here today was created using Maja Design’s “Enjoying Outdoors” collection. This was one of my very first collections to choose when I first come on board Maja. I so love all the earthy tones combined with the pinks and purples. For my background I chose to use “Woodlands”. I preped the background with clear gesso and some Crackle texture paste through the Kaisercraft 12 x 12 Damask Stencil. I also did a small amount of stamping with some Walnut Stain distress ink.

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I used Maja Designs Enjoying Outdoors both front and back to create my layered background for the photo. I tore and distress these papers and I also added in torn journaling cards and tags from the Enjoying Outdoors Tags & Journaling sheet. I tucked in some torn paper and white doilies around the photo matting to help start my page off. You can see some of the layering I did above.

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Above and below you will see that I have used quite a bit of chipboard . I used the Dusty Attic String Frame to frame my photo which I printed off in a sepia tone. The String Frame was inked in Walnut Stain Distress Ink and coated with a small amount of Distress Crackle Paint to highlight and deepen the colour. I then wrapped moss and green florists wire around the String Frame. This was then adhered to the photo.

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You can see the string frame above.

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Another view of the string frame wrapped in moss. You can also see here some of the foliage chipboards that I added into the flower cluster. These were dressed the same as the string frame but with just a hint of Forest Moss Distress Ink added in.

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I love this title chipboard I have used here…..It would have to be a favourite quote of mine.

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This was dressed in Antique White acrylic and then I inked the edges with some Walnut Stain and Forest Moss to compliment the rest of the project.

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These little tags from the Tags and Journaling sheet are just gorgeous and I love adding in little elements with numbers that just don’t mean anything, but is a lovely addition to add interest.

 Below I have listed a complete materials list for your convenience.

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Other Products Used 

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Dusty Attic String Frame Small DA1185W

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Kaisercraft Damask Stencil

Prima Marketing Inc. Flowers

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Distress Inks Forest Moss, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso

Distress Crackle Paint

3D Gloss Gel

Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste

Dylusions White Linen

Kaisercraft Antique White Acrylic Paint

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Art Basics Heavy Gesso

Liquitex Clear Gesso

ArtExtravagance Mini Art Stones

Inka Gold Hydrangea

Well that is all from me today. I hope you have enjoyed visiting me here.

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”Believe” Layout

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Posted by Mary Catt

16 October, 2016 - , ,

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Hello Maja fans and welcome to the blog!

It’s Mary here with you today! I would like to share a new layout I made with papers from two collections… ”Enjoying outdoors” and ”Vintage Summer Basics”.

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When I found that beautiful photo on Pinterest I decided to use it for my new layout… It’s so mysterious and so magical at the same time and I couldn’t resist! Of course, I want to give all the proper credits to the photographer.

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The green paper is the ”Beautiful trees” from the ”Enjoying outdoors” and the brown is the ”Minnen” from the ”Vintage Summer Basics” collections. I tore the brown one in the middle and glued it on the green paper. Have I ever tell you how much I love to tear and distress those papers? They look amazingly gorgeous that way!

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I made my background by using modeling paste and a stencil over a coat of clear gesso. All the mediums I used are Finnabair’s. This time, I prefered to play with magical powders (Red Hot Poker Orange, Cowbunga Copper and Cattail Copper Brown) from Lindy’s Stamp Gang to color my page. I made my own mist with ”Ponderosa Pines Olive” magical and misted the 2crafty chipboards.

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I made my clusters with Prima Marketing flowers and I added some ”Scrap Unlimited” embellishments to accomplish them.

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Some splatters with white gesso, microbeads in ”copper” to match with the earth colors and a few gems to finish my layout.

Papers used:

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Thank you for your time my friends!

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Baby Floral Album

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Posted by Elena Olinevich

16 September, 2016 - , , ,

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Hello Maja Friends, it’s Elena here with you today.

You know that I enjoy creating albums and other stuff for the babies. However I do like when it doesn’t look too baby,that is why I am searching for dig=fferent ways how to add other embellishments , flowers ,lace and so on, so that it can be used for the baby at the same time.

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It’s really fun and you don’t need speacial baby papers.

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This time I combined some of my favorite papers form different collections. and I guess that still look simple and match each other perfectly.

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I made many flaps, envelops and tags – I do like when the album is like a Lego, you know)))

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There are many pages and details in it, I don’t want to bother you with all of them, I will show only a few.

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Even if you make something for the girls you don’t need to keep it absolutely pink. I like adding teal and blue too.

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However few flowers is a good adition

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Don’t throw you negative die cuts, they can be an awesome embellishment.

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too accents that this album is devoted to a baby

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Purple is still my favorite color, I can not miss it.

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I hope you have enjoyed my album as I had such an excitement to create it.

 

You can also take a video tour

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Enjoying Outdoors mini album

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Posted by Pascale B

15 September, 2016 - ,

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Hello Sweeties

Today I’m up on Maja design blog with a new mini album made with the Enjoying Outdoors paper collection.

Enjoying Outdoors Mini Album by Pascale B.

I chose to make the cover with linen and I glued some lavender from my garden. I stamped the linen before adding the embellishments.

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I used 12×12 papers as well as papers from the 6×6 pad.

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I need to keep the pages of the mini as flat as possible, but I can help myself to add a few flowers and …

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… and some glitter, micro beads and glass glitter.

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Enjoying Outdoors Mini Album by Pascale B.

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And here are the last pages.

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Enjoying Outdoors Mini Album by Pascale B.

Enjoying Outdoors Mini Album by Pascale B.

The size of the mini album is 18 x 12 x 3 cm (about 7″ x 4″3/4 x 1″3/16).

Enjoying Outdoors Mini Album by Pascale B.

Enjoying Outdoors Mini Album by Pascale B.

Maja Design papers used in this project:

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