Looking Back

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Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

27 January, 2016 - , , , , , ,

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Hi All! It’s Gabrielle here with you today!  It’s the beginning of a new year, and I’m thinking it’s fun to reflect over past years on some of my favorites of projects I’ve created with Maja Design papers.  One of my favorite things about Maja Design papers is the beautiful images you can use for fussy cutting and embellishing your projects.  For the above layout I used a combination of papers from the Sofiero collection and from the Vintage Autumn Basics collections.  The clocks are clearly one of my go to favorite items to use on a scrap page, as are the gorgeous roses found in the Vintage Autumn Basics papers!

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Another thing I particularly love about Maja Design Papers is their wonderful quality and the strength of the papers.  They allow you to play with and manipulate the papers with a little bit of water without falling apart on you.  For the page above I cut little swags of one of the papers in the Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection papers and created a draping effect by making little folds/pleats in the paper.

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And as much as I love to create feminine pages with Maja papers, Masculine pages come together just as easily since there are so many wonderful papers and images in the papers to choose from in each collection!

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And don’t get me started on all the sweet baby pic’s you can scrap using these gorgeous papers! Above is a layout I got to make using a baby pic from my friend Jennifer who was kind enough to let me scrap her sweet baby boy….

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You can scrap feminine baby pics as well using the pretty soft pinks in the beautiful papers….here I used the lovely Vintage Baby collection papers to scrap this sweet pic of one of my little great nieces.

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Did anyone say weddings?  Of course these papers work beautifully for romantic/wedding photos!  This was a page I designed in the first year I began on the Maja design team…..good times!

The wedding pages you can create with the different collections are endless! Here I used the Nyhavn collection to scrap this beautiful photo of my niece and her husband.  This collection worked so well for their photo as their wedding had a nautical theme.

Honestly, it was so hard to pick just a few favorites I’ve made over the years.  Every time I hear that Marie Jensen is at the drawing board creating another lovely collection, I’m excited and and so happy, looking forward to seeing what new designs and lovely images I will have to work with, whether it be on my scrapbook pages, mixed media art or OTP projects!  If I had to pick a favorite collection? Lets see…..Vintage Autumn Basics,….wait a sec, nope, Enjoying the Outdoors, oh no, wait! Walking in the Forest…..**sigh** way to hard to pic just one! :)

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Romantic card using Summer crush collection.

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Posted by Evgenia Petzer

2 January, 2016 - , ,

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Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. I always love the beginning of the new year, it always seems like a big possibility to start something new, to become a better version of yourself and motivates me a lot.

With a bit of sadness I have hidden my christmas papers away… but then I thought about romantic holiday that will approach in February and decided to play with Summer crush collection and the sentiment is the paper cut off from the limited Sofiero collection, that I still have and have been hoarded for a while.

Lots of laces here and some of the resin pieces.

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as usual, many close up shotsvalentinka_summer_crush_petzer_det1 my favourite stitching, really enjoy these little touches that the stitching provides.valentinka_summer_crush_petzer_det2 valentinka_summer_crush_petzer_det3 valentinka_summer_crush_petzer_det4Have a wonderful weekend, hope you will find some time for scrapping in between.

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Beauty Mixed Media Canvas and Video Tutorial

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Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

18 November, 2015 - , , , , , ,

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Hello Maja fans, Gabrielle here with you today to share a canvas I made recently.  I had this cute soft green rose ribbon in my stash which made me think of those pretty couture gowns I sometimes see on Pinterest.  So I gathered some of my favorite Maja Design papers some Dusty Attic chipboard pieces and some Shimmerz Paints and got started.

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The majority of papers I used on this  project came from the Vintage Spring Basics collection with a couple of papers from Crea Diem, Vintage Summer Basics and Sofiero collection.  I used the following papers for this project:  Vintage Spring Basics (1st of April, 6th of May), Crea Diem (Den oersättliga tiden), Vintage Summer Basics (1903), Sofiero (Princess Margareta’s Garden).

I thought it would be fun to create a video tutorial to share with you all to show step by step how this little canvas was created….so grab your favorite beverage, take a little break and enjoy!….


I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial! I thought I would share some of the close-ups below so you can view them at you leisure…

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I like to save all my title strips from my Maja Design papers for my projects and one of my favorite uses for them is to use as borders on my canvas’s.  They are a perfect fit width-wise and for a 4×6″ canvas, they fit perfectly  all around as well. Here I used the paper strips from the Sofiero ‘Princess Margareta’s Garden’ paper for this (although you can use any border that suits your fancy for this.

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I found the perfect little frame for this in the Dusty Attic Baroque (Square) Frames ….using the smaller of the two frames in the set I just gave it a little snip here and there to make it fit my 6″x 4″ canvas.  Prima’s Shabby Chic treasures had just the right size corset in it to suit my project.  And then I found a lovely little heart frame in the Dusty Attic Lacey Heart Frames.

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I chose my mixed media paint colors from the Kaisercraft rose ribbon a friend had sent me a little while back. I picked Shimmerz Paint’s ‘Ride the Tide’ and ‘Sage It Isn’t So’ Creameez to add a soft hint of color to the background of my design.  I added a little texture with some texture paste and TCW’s ”Mini Brocade” 6 inch stencil.  And finally I added a scripty title by using the chipboard word ‘Beauty’ from Dusty Attic’s Wordpack #20.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project and hope you feel inspired to create your own shabby-chic wall art using Maja Design papers! xo

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The Sweetness of Scrapping Baby Photos

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Posted by Gabrielle Pollacco

1 August, 2015 - , , , , , , ,

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Hi everyone! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my first page using the incredibly beautiful Maja Vintage Baby collection.

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When I first saw this collection it made me wish I still had my own little bablies to scrap!! But fortunately I have some really sweet photos of my little great-niece Kiera that I have the privilege of scrapping.  I knew these were the papers that would be a perfect compliment to here sweet little photo.  I used 5 of the pretty patterned papers to create this page….Special Moment-bs, Die Cuts-bs, Flowers for Mum, Journaling Cards Pink-both sides, and Our Little Miracle.

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I gotta love it when two of the design teams I’m on create products that work so well together!  This chipboard baby banner by Dusty Attic was just the perfect compliment for the lovely vintage look of the Maja papers.  I gave them a simple paint job using Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress paint (also used on the background paper).

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The floral accents are a recent new release from Prima (the butterfly is part of the set) and the cute lil title is from another new Dusty Attic chipboard word pack.

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The little wooden toy chest is a wood embellishment by a Polish company called Scrapeniec.  The cool thing is that I created this page for The Scrapbook Diaries as a Page Kit……so you can get all the products I used on this page all in one kit, along with a full video tutorial on how to make the page.  It can be ordered as either a Girl Kit, as I made it, or a Boy kit using the blues in the Maja Vintage Baby collection.  The kit is available while quantities last at The Scrapbook Diaries.

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Before I close off for today I thought I would share one more project that I recently made using papers from the Maja Coffee in the Arbour collection and the Sofiero collection.  As some of you may know I recently shared a line of stencils I designed for The Crafter’s Workshop.  One of the stencil I designed was called ‘Complicated Hearts’  here I used the stencils (both 6×6 and 12×12 size) to create the center pieces for this Shabby Chic wall decor….and of course combined it with these lovely Maja Design paper collections.

I actually made up a step by step video tutorial on how this project was made, so sit back, relax and enjoy! …

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, and hope you feel inspired to play with the pretty shabby chic beauty of the Maja Design papers.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! xo

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Beach theme

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

25 July, 2015 - , , , , , ,

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Dear Maja-fans,

This day we are going to show some wonderful layouts within the theme “beach”. We guess you have a lot of pictures from this summer, featuring the beach, the sun or another wonderful environment, that you want to start scrapping. We hope you find inspiration here.
Enjoy!

Capturing the AdventureGabrielle’s wonderful layout, created with papers from Vintage Summer & Vintage Spring

EnjoyGabrielle has created this fantastic creation with papers from Vintage Spring & Vintage Summer

DSC_5256 copy-1Marilyn are using papers from Vintage Frost, in this fabulous layout

Seaside_ElenaOlinevich_MainResElena has been using papers from Life by the Sea for this stunning layout

DSC_0410Beautiful creation by Marilyn, using CreaDiem

Sofiero Sunset 800Wonderful layout by Jennifer, using Sofiero

014-(3)Lovely & Colorful. Made by Stacey, using papers from CreaDiem

Beach LifeWonderful layout, created by Larissa, using Life by the Sea

DA_MB_Evgenia_majaEvgenia has created this wonderful layout, using papers from Life by the Sea

tutorial by heather Absolutely stunning layout by Heather, using Life by the Sea

Sailing 1Beautiful layout by Romy, using papers from Life by the Sea

1e95dba4-5fef-41b4-a764-9be5d9e5512e_zpscdf10a98Stunning & beautiful layout by Rachelle, using papers from Walking in the Forest

Hope you were inspired..! And please don’t forget to tell usif you like anything special. :) Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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