Meet our Winter Girl

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Posted by Marie

6 December, 2014 -

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December is here and it’s time to present our final Season Girl. As promised we have chosen her from the participants of our Mood board challange. Looking through all the contributions I once again was amazed by all the great creativity our scrappy World holds. And I just have to take the chance and say a big THANK YOU to all of you that have participated! It’s been a true pleasure to see your lovely work. I can also tell you that the Mood board challange will be back in January…

Now back to the girl who got the last guest spot of the year. She is a devoted MajaDesign fan and she has actually won the Mood board challange twice. We love her very detailed, shabby romantic style.

A big Hurrah for Amy Voorhuis! Our fantastic Winter girl.
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Here is what she has to say about herself:

“My name is Amy Voorthuis and I live in one of the smallest countries on earth – The Netherlands, with the love of my life Jeroen. Nine years and some what ago we became parents to the most handsome boy in the world Kevin.
I work as a Optician in a optic store. Done that for about 14 years now and I love what I do,  you have to be creative in many ways in this profession.
Scrapbooking became my creative outlet about 10 years ago when my mom took a present home from my aunt Ellen who lives in Florida.
I think you can guess what that was – “a scrapbook”. My aunt still regrets it because she really wants to scrap with me and can’t because of the distance. When I was asked to be a wintergirl for Maja Design I was so excited! I really love to work with these beautiful papers, and I gladly excepted the wonderful offer.
Thanks again for asking me!
If you want to see more of my work you can visit my blog here http://www.amyvoorthuis.blogspot.se/

Hugs xox Amy”

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Amy describing:
“First I pencil draw the shape of this thermometer then I stitched the edges with my sewing machine and distressed it!

I used a stencil on it so it looked like broken ice and stamped randomly on the thermometer for the finishing touch I used a snow writer one my flowers and chipboard!”

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“On my card I used the same techniques as on the thermometer!”

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“On my layouts I used lots of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and embossing powders and lots of layers and always my sewing machine and I love to distress every paper I get my hands on. :-)”


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Thank you so much for watching! And a big thanks to Amy for sharing her beautiful art with us!

Let us present our Autumn Girl

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

18 October, 2014 - ,

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This Autumn Miranda Edney has been scrapping some beautiful projects for us.
First we let her introduce herself…

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“My name is Miranda Edney and I live in the sunny state of Florida with my honey
and our adorable fur babies which make ‘mommy’ very happy. I love
creating altered pieces! Nothing makes me happier than to see some plain
forgotten object and to bring new life into it. I have 2 sides, one of them
loves all things vintage and rustic. The other is a mixed media passion which
seeps out quite a bit. I love that Maja papers give me that vintage base for me
to add mixed media to, and that fulfills both of my ‘sides’.  
I used lots of Vintage Autumn Basics but I had to throw in some other
collections as well, they all coordinate so heavenly together! 

It has been a great honor to create for Maja, as a long time lover of
their papers. It has been a complicated time in my life and my focus is in a
million places, so to be able to sit down and create with such amazing papers
was true therapy for me. Thank you Maja Design!”

This is a really talented girl, just watch and enjoy her wonderful art..

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Mirandas words about this lovely treasure box:
“For my first Altered box I went with a “grape” theme. I had this box for
quite some time waiting for the perfect papers..”

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Here is a link for a full tutorial video, on how she created this wonderful piece of art.

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“My next mixed media box was very fun to create. Lots of layering of the beautiful
papers. A coat of clear gesso, then you can break out all your colorings and go
to town. I kept it very shabby and feminine.”

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A big THANKS to Miranda! Hope you have appreciated this as much as we have!

Meet our Summer Girl

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Posted by Jenny Grotherus

21 June, 2014 - , , , ,

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Our Guest Team this year consists of four very talented girls from all over the globe. Each and one of them represent the current season and are creating projects with the Basics line that matches it.

Do you want to be the Winter Girl and create projects for us with Vintage Frost Basics? I will pick our Winter Girl from our Mood Board contributions. So if you want to be our guest, work our Mood Boards the very best you can and maybe YOU will be given the honour.

The time has come to introduce you to our beloved Summer Girl.Summer---Iris-Babao-Uy

IRIS BABAO UY is a designer based in The Philippines who specializes in teaching classes that marries the beauty of traditional scrapbooking with the vinrant colors and rich textures of mixed media. Iris is known for her shabby chic and romantic style but also enjoys working with bold patterns and striking colors.

Iris’ work has been published many times in different international magazines.

Iris has been teaching classes for years now all over Asia, The United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Europe. A generous teacher when it comes to sharing her knowledge and techniques with both beginner and advanced scrappers.

You can see more of Iris’ work in her blog: http://www.irisbabaouy.typepad.com

And here comes her three wonderful projects that she has created for us…
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“To create the page I used a Maja Paper as base and layered a watercolor paper on top of it. I Applied texture pastes, mists and inks on the watercolor paper and proceeded to layer Maja Design Papers on top of it. The chipboard shapes were painted and embossed to give more texture.”IMG_2247 IMG_2250 IMG_2254 IMG_2260

I used papers from the Vintage Summer Basics as well as the following:
Watercolor paper, Texture Pastes and Gesso,’Distress Inks, Shimmerz Mists, Prima Flowers, Burlap Fabric, White Foam Sheets, Buttons.

 

Her next project is a beautiful canvas frame.
“I Made a canvas frame as a gift to one of my scrappy friends. I started with a stretched canvas and applied soft gel medium on top of the canvas. I then added torn patterned papers from Maja Design Vintage Summer Basic and added another coat of soft gel medium to coat and protect the surface of the canvas. As it dried I added texture mediums and gesso over a stencil. Mists and Glazes followed next. Once the surface was completely dry I then added the rest of the layers.”IMG_2276IMG_2283 IMG_2290 IMG_2288IMG_2285 IMG_2286

Last, but not least, she has created a beautiful set of note cards for us…IMG_2274 IMG_2270 IMG_2267We thank Iris for being our guest and the beautiful project she created for us. I hope you have enjoyed Iris’s projects as much as we have. In September you will meet our Autumn Girl who will play with Vintage Autumn Basics. So don’t miss her…

Our first Seasonal Girl

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Posted by Jenny Grotherus

20 March, 2014 - , , , ,

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A very warm welcome to a sunny Wednesday. This year we have chosen a little different angle of our Guest Team. We are now introducing our Seasonal Girls. Each and one of them represent the current season and are creating projects with the Basics line that matches it.

Do you want to be the Winter Girl and create projects for us with Vintage Frost Basics? I will pick our Winter Girl from our Mood Board contributions. So if you want to be our guest, work our Mood Boards the very best you can and maybe YOU will be given the honour.

But first. Let’s see who our very first Spring Girl is…Larissa-Albernaz

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For those of you who don’t know Larissa, here’s what she has to say about herself…

My name is Larissa Albernaz and I´m from São Paulo, Brazil. I´ve been married to my sweet husband Flávio for 13 years and we have an adorable daughter Isabela. 

As a paper crafter, I have been scrapbooking for eight years. Along these years, scrapbooking has provided me a great sort of artistic possibilities and a lot of fun! In fact, I love scrapbooking because it provides me to  express myself in style, mixing paper, embellishments, colors, memories and a message.
While scrapbooking I pursue something that has sense to me, which inspires me and that can be different, interesting, cute, creative, colorful and fun!  
I adore papers and creating page layouts or 3 dimensional pieces!. One of my life’s little pleasures is to cut, tear and distress papers, creating anything that translates the story I want to tell. 

My style is eclectic, crafty. I love adding a lot of layers to my collages, including some paints or inks and I pay great attention to the details.

You can check out my works at my blog: http://www.lariscrap.typepad.com

We are so honoured that Larissa wanted to join us this spring. She has created three gorgeous projects for us. Here’s what she has to say about them…
Hello Maja Design fans!
It´s Larissa Albernaz here with you today super excited to be guest designing for Maja Design. For this special occasion I have prepared three projects – every single one using the gorgeous “Vintage Spring Basics” line. The first one is a layout. The second, a mini album and the last one a card. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating with this soft and awesome collection.Chafariz layoutTo put this page together I have used the lovely ” 1st of April” paper from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection as my background. The next two layer were created with some stripes of patterned paper that I previously tore. Then, with  the help of the Sizzix machine I have added a few die cuts.Chafariz layout detail 1Chafariz layout detail 2Chafariz layout detail 3Chafariz layout detail 4As the picture I wanted to portray shows me sitting beside a garden fountain, I have used the “Vintage Antique Garden” resin embellishment.Chafariz layout detail 5
Of course, as the Vintage Spring Basics collection has a soft palette and has Spring as theme, I thought this would be the perfect time to include a beautiful bouquet underneath my garden sink embellishment along with a few chipboards, laces, cristals, blings and pearls.
Now let´s take a look at the card I created.
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This handmade squared card uses a yellow cardstock (6¨X 12 inches) as a base. I scored it and folded at 6 inches. I have adhered one piece of  paper measuring 4 1/2 X 4 inches that I cut from the backside of the April 1st patterned paper to it. After that, I have included a few more stripes from a variety of Vintage Spring Basics papers to build my layers and have arranged a few die cuts and fussy cut motifs along with a few resins, flowers and a wooden embellishment.

 

Finally, my out of the page project is a mini album. I have used a gorgeous arbor wooden cover and the lovely Vintage Spring Basics line to put this album together.
Spring days bring us those adorable moments when we can go outdoors and take a walk in a lovely garden feeling the soft breeze and the scent of flowers.
What can be more delightful than spending some time siting in a park bench underneath an arbor? Maybe just scrapping the gorgeous photos taken to preserve these moments!!!
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The pages inside the album use the Vintage Spring Basics collection by Maja Designs. I trimmed 4 pieces of paper measuring 10 X 4 1/2 inches from a variety of these patterned paper and scored them in halph. After that I have put together these pagesby attaching them with the help of a blue satin ribbon and have decorated each page by working the layers and embellishments. mini folder detailTo add interest, I have also included a few pockets, tags and folders.mini page 1mini page 2mini aberto mini page 3mini page 3 detail
mini last pageThank you so much Maja Design for the incredible opportunity to design with such amazing products! I couldn´t be more honored and happy.

 

A big thank you to Larissa who created such wonderful art for us. Our Summer Girl will be presented in June.
Jenny