Explore & Adore

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Posted by Kerstin-Inga Peters

2 January, 2019 - , , , ,

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Welcome friends!

I hope you all had a good start in the new year 2019!

I wish you health, happiness and joy and have a lot of fun with creating new ideas and projects.

I’m looking forward to inspire you for another year with all the amazing ‘old’ and new paper collections from Maja Design.

I was inspired to make a layout in a wintery mood and used a background paper  from the ‘I wish’ collection.

The delicate brown shades were absolutely right for an mixed media layout in nature style

which shows a litte girl in a winter forrest that has a lot of fun in the snow.

‘I wish for frosty mornings’

‘Wood’

 

some details

 

 

Explore & Adore –  I think a very good motto for our new creative year, right?!

 Happy New Year!

A Very Merry Christmas!

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Posted by Nancy Dynes

5 November, 2018 - ,

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Hello, and happy Monday! Welcome to the Maja Design Blog! It’s Nancy here, with my first Christmas card of the season to share with you. I can barely believe the festive season is almost upon us, as I still have a couple of Christmas items on my desk from last year that I’ve been meaning to put up-lol.

I’m working with Maja Design’s gorgeous ‘I wish’ collection today. It’s full of warmth and holiday cheer. Looking at the joyful images makes me feel like baking up a batch of holiday cookies while singing my favorite carols.

Several layers of distressed papers are stitched together, topped off with a die cut oval, then embellished with wintery florals and fussy cut images from the paper collection.

A dusting of snowy Gesso adds a wintery chill, and the final touch is, as always, a bow!

Below is a closer look at the hand cut images, which includes the sentiment.

There is plenty of space on the inside of the card to write a Christmas greeting.

Maja Design Papers Used: 

Other Products Used: Twine, Paper Flowers, Holiday Greenery, Jingle Bells, Gesso. 

Thank you so much for joining us on the blog today! I wish we could all sit down to a cup of tea and talk all things crafty. May your week be filled with love, happiness, and the joy of creativity!

Hugs,

Nancy Dynes

My name is Nancy Dynes. I love creating with layers, dimension, and all things feminine. Maja Design Papers speak to me and inspire my imagination. I am honored to be a member of this amazing Creative Team, and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists.

Christmas is Coming

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Posted by Jennifer Snyder

20 October, 2018 - ,

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Have you started getting your Christmas card list together?
I’m Jennifer Snyder here today to share my card for the holiday season featuring Maja Design papers.
I am using two Maja Design collections that may surprise you:
I Wish collection – I wish for a Holly Jolly Christmas
Vintage Summer Basics collection – 1905 ( A and B side of paper)
I love the rich dark chocolate color of the Vintage Summer Basics – 1905 sheet.  I used the “B” side of the paper and found a cool little section of the paper with some white distressing on the page to look like old wood on my sled.  Like an old – well used sled/toboggan.
The wood panel (A side of paper) was great for the background on the card.  My idea of possibly an old barn look.
I added some die cuts for decoration.  The sled had foam under it for dimension.
The diecut wreath was created using different tones of green mixed with a white layer.
I wrapped the layers of wreath diecuts together with red bakers twine.
Finish the card with some holiday embellishments and it’s starting to look like Christmas.

Thanks for stopping here to visit.

Frosty and Joyful Ornaments

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Posted by Jennifer Snyder

22 September, 2018 - ,

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 DIY Frosty and Faux Gold Filigree Christmas Ornaments

 Jennifer Snyder here with a jump on Christmas.
Maja Design has some of the worlds best Christmas collections.  I pulled some of these collections out and got to work like a little elf.
I made some tree ornaments by combining Creative Embellishments chipboard frames with  papers  from Maja Design – I Wish collection and Maja Design – Joyous Winter Days collection

If you scroll down, I will show you how I made the ornaments.

 

The chipboard on this first ornament has been transformed into faux gold filigree using gold embossing enamel.

 

These are the papers I used from Maja Design:
Maja Design – I Wish collection
I Wish Ephemera
I wish for a Holly Jolly Christmas

This short video shows how the ornament looks from all sides.  
Photos simply cannot capture the dimension and angles of the project.  

Instructions for DIY Ornaments
So how did I make these? 

You’ll need two packages of  Creative Embellishments chipboard – Small Intricate Frames.  The great thing about that is you can now make two ornaments like I did or save the unused frames for other projects.

Step 1.  Emboss or paint both sides of the chipboard.  You’ll need one oval and two matching square frames/diamond frames.

Step 2.  Using the square frames as your sizing guide, cut paper to fit behind the squares and then cut two more pieces a little larger to use as side panels. Once again, I used the Ephemera page from Maja Design – I Wish collection

Step 3.  Glue paper to each of the square chipboard frames.  Then fold the chipboard to form a 45degree angle.

Step 4.  Glue the square chipboard frames to the oval.  You will only be gluing the top and bottom of the square to the oval.  At this point, the squares are not really secure enough and need more support.

Step 5.  Glue the paper squares to the sides of the ornament.  This now

 This is the second ornament I created. 
The chipboard pieces have been embossed with aged ivory embossing enamel.

This short video shows how the ornament looks from all sides.  
Photos simply cannot capture the dimension and angles of the project.  

These are the Maja Design papers I used:
Maja Design – Joyous Winter Days collection
Ephemera
Chilly

Thank you for stopping.

Smiley

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Posted by Maja Nowak

6 June, 2018 - ,

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Good morning, dear Visitors to the Maja Design blog 🙂

Today I have a layout to share, featuring a photo of my younger son with his signature look, that is smiling widely 🙂

Since the moment he was born he was a very joyful child, always positive and ready to play. When I look through our family album, on almost all photos he looks like this:

Of course, there are moments of a worse mood, especially now that he is in his early teens, but if I were to characterise him in one word, that would be “smiley” 🙂 And I wanted to document this in my layout.

For my page I used one of our older Christmas collections, I Wish (I always use Christmas papers for non-holiday projects, usually the papers are too beautiful to use them once a year! 🙂 ) The design is very simple: just a couple of banners, some buttons and the title made of chipboard sticker alphabet:

I also added some stamping in the background:

In the flwoer cluster I put a clay face that looks very similar to my boy’s smile 🙂

I do hope my son would always have a reason to smile!

And here’s the list of my supplies:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stamps: Tim Holtz; flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima; molds: Prosvet; art clay: Martha Stewart; cotton ribbon: Prima; buttons Dovecraft, glitter ink: 13@rts.

And that’s all for today, see you soon!