Posted by Jelissa Mei

20 August, 2015 -

Hello Maja fans!

I’m back in today to share a project I made with the limited edition Nyhavn collection. This time, it’s using one of the many IKEA frames I have around the house and turning it into a display piece in my living room.

Here is the project:


Although I’ve not been to Nyhavn before, looking at the papers remind me of the seaside places we visited in Perth. One of these was the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse located right at the southern tip of Western Australia and it’s where the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean meets. We didn’t see a lot of boats on our way in, but the place is just as rich in history and we spent some time looking out for migrating whales.

The frame was originally black but I coated it with white gesso and that gave a beautiful rustic finish which added to the seaside feel. To create my layers, I used strips of papers from the Nyhavn collection and selected them to match the colors in my photo. I left these layers untouched by mediums as I wanted the designs and colors to show.


A little detail which unfortunately I didn’t capture very well in this photo. The grey world map is a bonus sheet found in the collection pack and I deliberately cut out a piece with the map of Australia and tucked it behind the coral chipboard. The different chipboards I used were colored to match the other paper layers.


Some background work I did – creating resist with embossing powder and painting with water colors over. I left some of the more intricate details on the Maja Design background paper untouched.


Parts of my floral clusters. I tucked in a few shells which we had collected from another beach in Perth. One thing I realised is that we use so many products to embellish our projects that we forget the most basic and meaningful of embellishments are those that we collect on our trips and from our life events. Just as scrapbooking is about collecting memories, keeping these memorabilia is also a huge part of remembrance.

That’s all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!

Maja Design papers used:


Heritage Harbor, Old Townhouses, A dockside in bloom, The sunny side, Romantic Lunch

Other supplies:

Mediums: 13@rts, Rangers, Liquitex
Chipboards: Blue Fern Studios
Flowers and resins: Prima Marketing Inc


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