Guest Designer Julie Lavalette

8

Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

22 May, 2017 - , , , , , , , ,

Write a comment

Hello Maja Fans, my name is Julie and I am from Scotland, today I am delighted to be sharing with you a mixed media project and two cards.

Julie-Lavalette

I have been crafting for around ten years now and am at my happiest creating in my craft room watching the birds come into our garden. My love for flowers, bygone eras and antiquities I love to express through my creating.

I love bringing a piece of paper to life and creating a story within my card so it becomes a keepsake and has a true meaning for the recipient and I love adding special little touches of details.

My style is definitely vintage/shabby chic, I love using diecuts and making my own flowers, adding lace, pearls, chipboard and mixed media accents into my designs.

So why not grab a cuppa and let me share my projects with you.

Julie1

As a child I remember my parents had a Photo Cube in the house where family photos took pride of place and with all the beautiful images Maja Design have to offer I was inspired to making one in a shabby chic style. My cube measures approximately 3.75 inches square and was created by gluing beer mats together to form the cube, adding some coffee stirrer sticks at the joins internally to help strengthen my cube. Next I added tissue tape around all my seams and a little blue Distress paint.

Julie2
My papers were all cut to size and tattered at the edges, I then rubbed some Versamark Ink around the edges and heat embossed my Embossing Powders. I added a pretty lace to the back of my paper and positioned them all in place with foam strips on each side. This helps to give my lace more dimension than lying flush next to the cube.

Julie3
I tattered my images at the edges and added a little stamping to distress them before matting and layering in place on my cube.

Julie4
I decorated with lots of small flowers with a Pearl centre and some dried ones.

Julie5
I fussy cut out lots of butterflies using both the 12 x 12 paper and 6 x 6, gosh I adore these butterflies for a perfect finishing touch.

Julie6
I added a diecut banner onto the top of my cube with my chipboard sentiment which had been heat embossed with the same colours as the edges of my paper.

Julie7
My larger flowers were shaded with Distress Inks and Pearl Stamens added into their centres with some smaller butterflies added onto their petals.

Julie8

I finished off my cube by adding small brass feet from my stash that I added highlights of Gilding Wax.

Julie9

Finishing of with a few more images of my cube.

Julie10

Julie11 Julie12

Maja Design Products Used :

Vintage Autumn Basics – Heritage 12 x 12

Vintage Spring Basics 6th of May 12 x 12

Vintage Spring Basics 6th of April

Vintage Spring Basics 6 x 6 Paper Pad

 

Other products used:

Cheery Lynn Designs –

C184 Judy’s Blooms,

DL 278 Horizon Fishtail Banners

 

Sue Wilson Small Flowers – Delicate Garden

Stampers Anonymous – Correspondence Set

6 Square Beer Mats or Chipboard measuring approximately 4 inches square

Tissue Tape

Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap

Distress Paint – Faded Jeans

Treasure Gold Gilding wax

Versamark Ink Pad

Gold and Penny Copper Embossing Powders

Anna Marie Dried Flowers

Flower Stamens,

Cheesecloth and Lace – Ribbon Girl

Scrapiniec Chipboard – Memories Captured

Pinflair Glue, Hot Glue, Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Foam Strip Tape

Tiny Pearls and Brass Feet – Hobby House

 

 

Julie2,1

This card uses the exquisite papers from the Sofiero Collection. I love the pretty feminine tones and the elegance of the images that compliment any craft project so well. This card measures approximately 5″ x 10″ and I intend to put it into a frame to keep as my ‘Precious Memory’ as a Guest Designer here at Maja Design.

Julie2,2
I started with tattering the base pink layer of my card with my scissors, this would help frame the soft tones on my design. I gathered lots of little scraps of paper from my Sofiero Collection and cut into approx 1″ squares, tattered at the edges and placed onto my card with foam strips. I now added on my torn layer of paper with tattered edges, some stitching and lace for extra detail.

Julie2,3

My dressing table mirror was diecut in white cardstock and I stippled on some Gesso for extra texture and once dry I added some Gilding Wax for highlights. You will also notice I replaced the mirror part of my diecut with a oval chipboard which had been painted and gilded in the same way. My beautiful image was glued onto an oval chipboard adding Pearls around the frame, finishing with a flower in her hair and a small Pearl added to her choker for extra detail.

Julie2,4

My Ivy chipboard has been painted nestling some small flowers around them and adding a few diecut leaves.

Julie2,5

My lilac flowers were created with Distress Inks and adding Pearl centres, my other flowers have all been creating using Maja Papers.

Julie2,6

 

Products Used List.

Maja Design Products Used –

Monochromes Shades of Sofiero Blush / Rouge 12 x 12

Exuberance of Flowers in Bloom 12 x 12 

Ephemera 12 x 12

The Sofiero Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad

 

Other Products Used –

Cheery Lynn Dies –

CABD 72 Chrysanthemum

B338 Black Eyed Susan Strip

B178 Flourish Leaf Strip

CAFLRS 13 Flourish#13
Scrapiniec – Ivy and Precious Memories

Dusty Attic – ATC Frame

Marianne Creatables Vintage Mirror

Spellbinders Hydrangea

Gilding Wax – Rose

Gesso

Sewing Machine, White Thread

Lace, Cheesecloth

Mini Pearls, Pearl Ribbon

Distress Oxide Peeled Paint

Distress Ink Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac Foam Strips

Pinflair Glue and Cosmic Shimmer Glue

 

Julie3,1

The inspiration for this card which measures 7.5 x 5.5 inches came from the love between a mother and daughter on my image and the beautiful Vintage Romance 12 x 12 paper called Engagement. I knew these would compliment each other so well and I could replicate the pretty flowers from the background paper onto my card.

Julie3,2
I started by adding tattered layers, accents of cheesecloth, touches of lace and Frantage for a shabby feel.

Julie3,3

My roses were die cut out in coordinating papers and inked with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, I also added some small flowers with a mini Pearl into their centres.

Julie3,4

My floral arrangement was positioned onto my card with leaves which were inked at the edges and a few flourishes for added detail.

Julie3,5

I finished with a small double layered heart chain, some dried flowers and a little thread positioned through my bouquet.

Julie3,6

 

Maja Design Papers Used :

 

Vintage Romance Forget Me Not 12×12

Vintage Summer Basics 1924 12×12

Vintage Romance Engagement 12×12

Vintage Summer Basics 6×6

 

Cheery Lynn Dies Used:

B304 Ivy Strip

B241 Rose Leaf Strip

B291 Mini Fanciful Flourish Right

B117S Mini Fanciful Flourish Left

B376 Tiny Flower Kit

B433 Small Gardenia Strip

B339 Gardenia Strip

LPC-16 Rectangle Pierce and Cut Tool

DL270 Horizon Boutique Rectangle Stacker Frames

B115 Heart Chain Border

B569 Curved Border Set

 

Other Products Used :

Lace, Cheesecloth

Image from Stash

Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks

Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing Enamel

Stampendous Aged Bronze embossing Enamel

Craft Consortium Pearl

 

Thanks so much to Camilla for giving me this opportunity which shall be forever in my heart and for the super talented Design Team at Maja for their endless inspiration.

 

Crafty Hugs to all,

Julie-sign

Inspired by Winnie the Pooh – Padoriaa Cards

2

Posted by Paulina Monasterska-Tronina

20 May, 2017 - , ,

Write a comment

Hello our blog fans :) Like you could already seen I’m a cards lover ! I can make them for every single occasion  😀 I’m finding inspiration all over… Today’s project is inspired by Winnie the Pooh. Take a look, please :

Winnie

Goodbye?

Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?”

 Winnie The Pooh

WinnieWinnieWinnieWinnieWinnieWinnieI had a lot of fun to create these cards. Maja Design has a lot of collections and they are so universal ! Papers from Maja,Digital Graphics from Digital Paper, chipboards from Scrapiniec. It couldn’t be a better mix :) Hope you will like it 😉 Hugs, Paulina

Met her at the dance bs Mono Air Sky Met her at the dance 506w1923

Mono White Sand no.XIX BS The elegant Winehouse  528w1905-bs

Padoriaa-sign

Memories of being your Mother

1

Posted by Amy Voorthuis

19 May, 2017 - , , ,

Write a comment

Goodmorning & happy Friday Maja Fans,

Today I have a layout to share with you all in honor of being a mom. In life we all want our kids to grow up and be amazing young people and trust in what they can achieve…..Our boy is a charming 12 year old kiddo and I love him to the moon and back. Yesterday was a disaster day of creating that I tore a whole layout apart and threw it away! Am I the only one? Or are there more of you that have that sometimes. A couple of day’s ago I also deleted all my inbox messages from my hotmail too….so I think I am having a bad week lol. Hopefully all will get better soon so I don’t feel like I do now which is rushed…

20170519_080539_HDR1

I used the pretty Nyhavn sheet as my background and added two other colors to make the picture pop of my layout. It’s totally a different style then what I was creating before I trew it away….because that was all pink and girly. I really love to create with pink but this time it didn’t work at all. I used some stencils on my background with some black paste this time.

20170519_064914_HDR

20170519_064920_HDR

20170519_064924_HDR

All the chipboard peices are treated with ink, spray’s, acrylic paint and embossing powder and they are all by Dusty Attic. I also added a flair too I am totally hooked on those at the moment.

20170519_064936_HDR

20170519_064932_HDR

20170519_064941_HDR

20170519_064946_HDR

The flowers I used are from three different companies which are 49 and Market, Petaloo and Prima. I love making flower clusters like these. They add so much to your page at least that is what I think do you agree with me??

20170519_065000_HDR

20170519_065014_HDR

20170519_065006_HDR

Maja Design papers used: Vintage Summer Basics collection: 1934 bs, 1899 bs & 1904 bs, Crea Diem collection: Den Oersattliga Tiden, Nyhavn collection: King’s Square.

Vintage-Summer-Basics-P

CreaDiem-P

Nyhavn-P

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

Mixing the Collections

2

Posted by Elena Olinevich

12 May, 2017 - ,

Write a comment

Hello Maja Friends. it’s Elena here.

I am very addicted to album making. I consider this is the best way to enjoy the paper and to showcase the beauty of it.

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design11

I have already made many of baby albums, but every time while working on the album for a boy I feel the challenge what kind of embellishments to add, as you can not fill it with the flowers only

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design1

By the way , the flowers can be used , not many , but I guess that the mother will enjoy to have them too.

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design2

But to try find those that remind you the masculine color and play more with the paper.

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design3

A good option is to add various ribbons in blue, teal, yellow.

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design4

also you can mix the Boy Dies – rocket ships, air balloons, cars and others

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design5

I have already told that Maja paper collections are versatile and you can mix the collections for every project you create.

This time I used Vintage Summer Basics as the base for my album, but I also added the paper from Vintage Spring Basics, Vintage Romance  and I mixed even the Christmas papers too.

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design6

Crea Diem is a fabulous collection for any album too.

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design7

So I wanted to give you a heads up that you don’t need to follow the traditional thinking about the name of the collection. You can reveal your imagination with beautiful papers indeed.

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design8

Hope that I have managed to involve you in album making process too.

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design9

so stay tuned for more albums from me

Baby_Boy_Album_Maja_Design10

Elena-sign

“Adore” by Tina Ollett

1

Posted by Tina Ollett

9 May, 2017 - , ,

Write a comment

Hello and welcome Maja followers!

Tina Ollett with you here today to share my next Design Team creation. Last time I was here I shared something a little rustic /country, so this time around I have decided on something Shabby Chic to showcase this gorgeous photo of my two girls. And what better collections to use to create this with, but the ever gorgeous

Vintage Spring Basics and the Vintage Summer Basics.

Vintage-Spring-Basics-P

Vintage-Summer-Basics-P

Just perfect to create that pretty shabby page.

This I have titled “Adore”………

2017-05-08 Adore 010 (1024x1022)

 I used the Vintage Spring Basics 7th of May as my background page but I firstly cut a photo mat from the centre to save on paper. I then layered torn Vintage Summer Basics 1922 and the Vintage Springs Basics 4th of May over this. When creating shabby layouts I like to leave large areas of the white paper core to give it an complete border and it also saves on sanding or inking.

2017-05-08 Adore 007 (768x1024)

Here you can see the layered torn papers and above that the photo mats with distressed and sanded edges.

2017-05-08 Adore 008 (768x1024)

I have layered over the top of the background page two sections of lace. I have run a piece of seam binding through the top piece of the lace and I tied it in a bow at the right side of the photo where it hangs to hold the chipboard title “Adore”. This chipboard piece was simply dressed in gesso and Liquid Pearls was swiped across and around the edges to highlight the titled.

2017-05-08 Adore 026 (768x1024)

I love to create flower clusters, and this one was no exception. I used leftovers from many of my flower baskets that sit under my desk. They were all whitewashed with gesso to keep in with the shabby chic design. To complete the layout I added in some Kaisercraft paper leaves, a Dusty Attic frame which was dressed in Platinum Liquid Pearls and cut into several pieces and also a little cheesecloth.

Well that is all from me today. I hope you have enjoyed popping by. Until next time, take care and happy crafting.

Tina-sign