Guest Designer Julie Lavalette

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Finishing of with a few more images of my cube.

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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

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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

 

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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,

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Bottle Message from Russia…

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

7 May, 2017 - , ,

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You know that feeling when you once in a while come across something very beautiful and special, something that just makes you stop and really marvel.. It makes me so happy when I can find such a thing, all created in Maja papers. ♥
Just have a look at this absolutely stunning mini album;

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A huge thanks to Julia Utkina, from Russia, for creating this fabulous mini album, and for sharing it with us..! ♥
You can see more from her here.

 

Don’t forget to tag MajaDesign in your creations, when you post them in social media, so we can find them.. Maybe it’s you that will be up on the Maja blog next time..

Camilla

Mood Board May

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

1 May, 2017 -

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Hi Sweeties..!

It’s a lovely spring Monday here on the Swedish west coast! And it is also “Mood-board-Monday” which means it’s time for a brand new, wonderful mood board..! ♥ This time it’s all about the power of words.
How do you express your feelings in words? Are there certain words that inspires you more than others? Maybe a statement, a saying, a poem or a song. Or do you keep your words secret in a diary? We hope this Mood board will inspire you to show us. Enjoy.
MB-May17

 

This is how we use the mood boards:

Definition mood board – n

[a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other]

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truly believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. However – we highly recommend you to follow the theme.. Feel free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme.

We will pick a winner and present it here on the blog May 29th.

Have in mind that these challenges are a really great way for us to discover new talents and maybe some future Creative Team members…

How to participate?

♥ Create anything you’ll like – a layout, a card, something altered or maybe a canvas. Use Maja papers primarily! Take a nice picture of it and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu. We also need to know your full name, address and a phone number. Please specify what collection you would like to win, if you are the lucky one. We will also want to know if you would like it in the size 12*12 or 6*6. Please send us the pictures in the size of 800 pixels on the width. We would be so grateful if you also could change the file name of the photo to your first and last name including your country.

♥ Feel free to send us more than one picture, from different angles or some close-ups – or why not more than one project?

♥ Publish the project/s on your blog (or/and any social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) with a link to our site. Please also add the image of the mood board.

♥ Feel free to combine your entry with other challenges.

♥ The winner will be revealed the last Monday each month, at the Maja blog. The winner will be sent one collection by their choice, and also a digital Winner’s Badge to use and brag with.

We need your creation by May 25th at the latest.

Thank you & Good luck!

And here comes some fantastic inspiration from our incredible team:

Camilla S Bakke

Camilla S Bakke

Elena Olinevich

Elena Olinevich

Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

 

Maja Nowak

Maja Nowak

Tiffany Solorio

Tiffany Solorio

 

Looking forward to see your creations..! ♥

Camilla

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Camilla Lilliesköld

I work as a Public Relations Coordinator here at MajaDesign and I have the pleasant task to coordinate this fabulous Creative Team, and from time to time also give you some exciting news and updates from the Maja Office. <3

Winner of the April Mood Board

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

24 April, 2017 -

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Hi there!

Happy to see you here today. This month we had a fabulous mood board challenge and, as always, a completely fantastic response..! ♥
Do you remember the mood board?

Mood Board April 2017

And here are all the amazing entries:

Aleksandra Mihelič, Slovenia

Aleksandra Mihelič, Slovenia

Antonia Moreno - Spain

Antonia Moreno – Spain

Boucham Faiza, France

Boucham Faiza, France

Cindy Wille, the Netherlands

Cindy Wille, the Netherlands

Daria Burmistrova, Russia

Daria Burmistrova, Russia

Debbie Hawke, UK

Debbie Hawke, UK

Jeanette Frydenberg, Norway

Jeanette Frydenberg, Norway

Katie Kempton, Canada

Katie Kempton, Canada

Kellie Hill, USA

Kellie Hill, USA

Kerstin F, Germany

Kerstin F, Germany

Lenet Mos, The Netherlands

Lenet Mos, The Netherlands

Magda De Bruyne, Belgium

Magda De Bruyne, Belgium

Maria Loijen Netherlands

Maria Loijen, Netherlands

Marjut Laine, Finland

Marjut Laine, Finland

Marjut Laine, Finland

Marjut Laine, Finland

Maya Stenshagen, Norway

Maya Stenshagen, Norway

Olesya Erankevich, Russia

Olesya Erankevich, Russia

Pia Baunsgaard, Denmark

Pia Baunsgaard, Denmark

Ramona Schmitt Germany

Ramona Schmitt, Germany

Tetiana Arkhipova, Ukraine

Tetiana Arkhipova, Ukraine

 

And the winner is…

 

 

 

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Aleksandra Mihelič from Slovenia..!

Aleksandra Mihelič, Slovenia

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A huge congrats to you, Aleksandra..! Your lovely box is just amazing! We love it.
A whole Maja collection of your choice is coming your way. ♥

 

I’ll see you next week when it’s time for a new mood board..!
Until then, take care.. ♥

Camilla

Guest Designer Kavitha

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

17 April, 2017 - , ,

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Hi!! I am Kavitha from India.

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I have been into some form of arts & crafts all the time, but when I found mixed media 3 years I was completely hooked up. Mixed media give me lots of creative freedom and allows me to experiment with different mediums and materials. I love playing with paper, colors and all pretty stuffs. My style is more of vintage/shabby chic with lots of layers and textures but I love to try anything in between. Apart from crafting I love music, sleep, shopping and long drives.

I am so thrilled and honored to be guest designing here today. MajaDesign is one of my favorite paper line, I absolutely love the soft colors and textures prints. You can see more of my work at: kalalayaa-artclub.blogspot.com

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For my first layout i made a very soft, pretty and girly page with lots of layers and fussy cut elements. I have used papers from “Summer time” and “Summer crush”.

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Keeping the paper “He gives her flowers” as the base i used “Light scarlet” paper from summer time, torn and distressed the edges and glued both together.

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For layering i have used diecuts and papers from Summertime (In the garden, flowers everywhere and garden bouquet).

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For embellishing i have used prima flowers, laces and fussy cut flowers from “Smell the roses” paper.

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I have also used chipboard pieces from 2crafty which i colored with color bloom spray and applies ranger crackle paste on top to add some texture.

 

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My second layout is a mixed media page with lots of layers and textures. I have used “Summertime” (by the sea) glittering water” paper for my base and “Vintage romance together forever” paper for layering.

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To create my mixed media background, I did a lot of texture stamping, applied some modelling paste through stencils and colored with “Lindy stamp gang” sprays in different shades of blues.

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For layering and embellishing  i used die uts, stamped images, prima & petaloo flowers along with 2crafty chipboards.

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