Time to Dream


Posted by Amy Voorthuis

21 April, 2017 - , ,

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Hello beautiful Maja Fans,

Today it is my turn again on this lovely blog, I love my Maja Design papers so much that I find them a blessing to work with. Lately I am totally into baby layouts really don’t know why the only thing I can think of that babies are so stinking cute….for this layout I wanted to highlight just one color extra besides black & white which officously is orange. I am not such a fan of that color but it reminds me of a wonderful time with our handsome son Kevin because one of his first words he said besides dad, mom and car was orange {still think that is so funny}…


I really love the black & white sheets in the Sommartider collection I always use them when I need a black or white peice of paper to create with. Before I started creating I firstly picked out the flowers I wanted to use {sadly my last black ones that I have} the orange ones are by 49 and Market and called shimmer & shine, the black ones are by Petaloo and the white ones are by Dusty Attic like all the chipboard is too.




At first I cut out the middle part of the Strandmode bs sheet and stuck the Sommarens bild bs behind it, I also did that with the sunny side sheet from the “Nyhavn collection. Then I distressed the edges of both sheets and machine stitched on the orange sheet. Then I picked out hte picture I wanted to use. I treated my chipboard pieces with gesso and rust paste because it has orange in it to finish my layout I added some sidewalk chalk {white} spray by lindy’s to make it a little shabby chic. I also added some shimmer spray by the same manufactor. The last thing I added are some orange glass beads and prills….



Maja Design papers used: Sommartider: Sommarens bild and Strandmode bs, Nyhavn: The Sunny Side.

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Thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoyed my post today, and I have inspired you to play with your lovely Maja Design goodies have a lovely weekend….. 4

Summer inside


Posted by Elena Olinevich

31 March, 2017 - ,

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Hello Maja Friends, Elena is here today.

I’ve got a couple of cards to share with you today. Something different this time

Summer Collection for Cards by Elena Olinevich for Maja Design_1

I enjoy making cards with in blue tones.  But I have already used so many times Vintage Basics collection, so that I decided to try something new.

Maja Design has so many awesome collections, but I have to cinfess that I have never crafted with the Sommartider collection

It’s quite an old one, however I thought it’s great for summer – beach -vacations ptojects, but now I see it can be used almost for any kind .

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I took those papers, that have a beautiful vintage floral background and created a couple of cards, just changing the papers for any other layer.

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It’s great to mix them together and I like the result it has brought.

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I also tried to find the new flowers composition. Sometimes the sqaure shape makes it challenging for me.

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I also changes the center of the cards – the ovel and teh circle, and it makes a difference too.

Summer Collection for Cards by Elena Olinevich for Maja Design

So try the new directions for you projects, especially if talking about the cardmaking. You will be amazed by the look.

Suuplies used:

Sommartider collection :

Spellbinders Dies, Prima Marketing Flowers.




Picture Perfect


Posted by Amy Voorthuis

2 September, 2016 - , , ,

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Goodmorning lovelies,

Today I am filling in for the lovely Elena Olinevich {and she will have my day next week} with a layout I made out of three different collections. I used a picture of my men that I took on our vacation in Turkey. Also on this layout I used a bunch of Dusty Attic chipboard pieces that I treated all differently I painted, embossed & stamped them. The collection I used are “Vintage Spring Basics”, “Nyhavn” and “Sommartider”……..every flower except the black ones are hand made with lovely dies.


For the first time ever I used straws on my layout……I totally love it! I did see it a lot on scrapbook pages that I had to try it too. I love this color palette especially because purple is my favorite color to scrap. All the chipboard pieces are first gessod and later on painted with Dusty Attic acrylic paint and the circles with the text in them are embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang powder. On the frame I added some text stamp on the end.




I enjoy using all the metal pieces there are in this hobby but I have to say I am running out of them and they are not for sale anymore here in The Netherlands it is sad that they are not here forever lol……I so love this picture of my handsome men I am the luckiest woman on this planet.



I did some mixed media on the background too I can’t imagine to not use spray or paste on my work anymore they so give your layout the wow factor hihihihi…..



Maja Design papers used: Sitting at the dock {Nyhavn}, Badlakan {Sommartider}, 8th of April, 9th of April, 10th of April, 11th of April & 7th of April {Vintage Spring Basics}.

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Thank you so much for visiting the blog today and for leaving such nice comments every single time we really do appreciate them. I want to wish you a wonderful sunny & creative weekend and you will see me in 3 weeks.



You are so Fancy


Posted by Amy Voorthuis

11 September, 2015 - ,

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Goodmorning lovelies,

Thank you so much for visiting the blog, today I would like to show you a different style of scrapping by me, more mixed media and the colors are totally out of my comfort zone. I tend to almost never use black because I think it’s the most easiest colors to use in the craft industry every color goes so well with black. This time I used the pretty “Sommartider” collection because of it’s bright & summery colors. If you know me a little you know I adore soft tone papers. 20150910_1726591Maybe you have seen this picture before it’s my favorite one of my sweet niece Emmelie. The chipboard pieces I used are by Imaginarium Designs. First I took out the Lata Dagar sheet and build everything on top of that sheet. I stamped, sprayed and paste on that sheet as much as possible {more what I liked} 20150910_171428This layout was a delight to create it always is with a picture of my niece but what sadness me is that my brother doesn’t want me to post it on anywhere online. But here it’s okay just not on Facebook etc only if I make her face unrecognizable and I need to respect his wishes. 20150910_17274320150910_172741This time I made it easy on myself to not make my own flowers but use ones by BoBunny & Petaloo to add to the lovely color palette of the Sommartider collection. The chipboard pieces are inked with Stazon Stone Gray and Cotton White most of the time I emboss all my chipboard pieces but this time I wanted the matte look not the shiny look. 20150910_171433On the picture I used some rub-ons I just love to do that it gives it a bit extra. I also placed my picture on three layers to give more dimension.20150910_172746Maja Design papers used: Sommartider-PI hope you enjoyed my post today and I want to thank you for your visit! Have a wonderful weekend with lots of craft time and sun.

Love Amy-sign1


Amy Voorthuis

I'm a scrapper at heart and I enjoy every inch of this hobby! Lately I am exploring mixed media, making off the page projects and cards too. Maja Design papers make me one happy lady hugs xox

Welcome To My Classroom


Posted by Cathy Mc Grath

4 September, 2015 - ,

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Today I have a very special post to share with you all. I am a Primary School Teacher and I currently teach a year three class. Earlier this year, I was emailing
Jenny Grotherus about some Maja Design related things and I shared some stories
of how I make cards with the children at school. She was really impressed about
this asked if I would like some papers to do some craft with my class. She
asked Marie for the ok and then suggested the Sommartider Collection. I had a
look at the papers and agreed that they would be perfect. After meeting with my
Head of Primary to discuss this idea, she said I could go ahead if the project
I chose related to the curriculum. I didn’t share any of this with the children
as I didn’t want to get their hopes up in case I received a ‘no.’
I was interested in what the children would want to create. I projected the
papers onto the Smartboard and asked them what they would create if they had
these papers. They said cards and simple paper crafts. They really liked all of
the papers. As I had received a ‘yes’ by all parties at this stage I could
reveal to them what was in store and they were very excited! Next I had to come
up with a project that met curriculum outcomes and made authentic links to our
We had just started a new Unit of Inquiry (UOI) as part of our PYP investigations.
Our central idea was
Different factors affect personal well-being. This unit was the way I would be able to make the authentic links to meet syllabus outcomes. I decided we would make a mixed media canvas and use the She Art style. The children would be able to personalise their She Art girl/boy and also learn new techniques. The learning intent for this project was to create a She Art girl/boy which reflected themselves. Their inspirational quote had to show positive personal well-being.
Where to begin….when I walked into the classroom with the Maja Design box the children were jumping for joy! I had already made a sample canvas (as shown above) to demonstrate what we would be creating. We had a lot of planning to do. 
I created an Art page on our class page on Haiku Learning (College intranet) with YouTube links to She Art tutorials. We watched and discussed them in great detail.  I
had a Pinterest board where we viewed samples of art so that the children could
see examples, discuss techniques and considered different interpretations of
She Art girls/boys. Next I added a discussion onto our Haiku page:

What design are you thinking of using for your canvas? Share them in this discussion. What inspirational word will you add? Here are some suggestions…

Dance Hope Inspire Dream

Here are some student responses:

Soccer inspires me to follow my dreams because when I’m older I want to be a famous soccer player – Anthony

She art really inspires me – Hilary

The children had a chance to plan their designs on some scrap paper using
the She Art style. Some found it difficult but it gave me a chance to see who
needed templates to assist later on. In Australia, children in year 3
participate in national testing (NAPLAN) which was due to occur very soon. I
decided that we would create the actual canvas at the end of the testing as
NAPLAN spans over four days and to make a day of it. It’s much easier having
all of the art supplies out, having the drying time and to keep the creativity

Here are some photos of the children creating their She Art in various




Here are some of the completed canvases……


Sit back and enjoy a video of the all of the completed artworks and the creative process.
After the children completed their canvases, they then completed a reflection. I have two to share which captures the process and their learning.
When my class and I did She Art we learnt so many new tips and used so many tools. It was so much fun, we tuned the classroom upside down! We used mod podge, paint, bubble wrap, rub ons,stamps, gelatos, book paper, stencils, modelling paste and of course we got to use a canvas. We also chose our words.
I learnt that mixed media is not neat. I thought my She Art was going to turn out messy but instead it tuned out great. I loved using the Sommartider papers. It was so much fun. I enjoyed making the girl and using the rub ons to make lots of texture. The mod podge was very, very sticky. But what I really enjoyed was designing it. It looks amazing! I love the ice-cream paper. It took us a whole day to get it done. – Zahara
We first created our background using Maja Design paper and then sketched our
girl/boy onto some scrap paper. We also painted the sides. Miss McGrath and Mrs
Harris helped us to create the suns. Then we traced our girl/boy onto Maja
Design papers. Next we cut the traced lines and mod podged them on. We put
bubble wrap paints onto our canvas. Our girl’s/boy’s faces, arms and legs are
made from book paper. Finally we added some finishing touches like stamps,
rubons, and some texture and much more.
I learnt that when we add texture our canvas becomes more attractive. I also
learnt that in She Art we don’t use eyes, nose or mouth on the face but only
cheeks. I enjoyed adding the extra texture. It had one attitude – creativity
and maybe confidence
. – Elena
The canvases are proudly on display in our learning space (classroom) and we stop to admire them regularly. The parents have had a chance to look at their children’s work and were amazed at what their children have created. I am always amazed at how children are fearless when they approach art. They enjoy using mediums and love exploring new techniques.
A big thank you to Jenny and Marie who offered the opportunity to my class and to Camilla for finalising the delivery of the papers. We still have a lot of papers to use…not sure what will come next but will share when we do!
Maja Design Papers:






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.