Smile, it’s your day

Posted by Jelissa Mei

8 January, 2015 - , , , , ,

Hi Maja friends!

I’m so excited to be sharing with you my first official blog post with Maja Design! This is really a dream come true as I have loved the beautiful softness of these papers from the moment I laid eyes on them. And now to be part of a team that has some of the best crafters around is an honor for me.

While the romantic shabbiness of Maja Design’s papers are very suitable for girls, I would like to show you today that it can also be perfect for a project for boys as well. This is a layout I created of my youngest son:


My style is mixed media and I like to build up layers in my background with mediums. This is followed by more layers of different textures in my photo mat. The neutral and soft colored papers of Maja Design are very well-suited for the kind of backgrounds I like to create.

Some close-ups:


Some of the details in my background and different items I have used to make my layers interesting.


I add flowers to almost every project regardless of whether it is for a boy or girl. I have used grey or white flowers to complement the background paper, and colored the rest of the embellishments blue to match the background I have created. You can see these two colors in the papers I used for the layers.


Another small flower cluster on top to balance up the layout. You can see I like to use chipboards to make my layers more varied and interesting. I have also made die-cut leaves from small pieces of Maja papers.

And to celebrate my first post with Maja Design, I have done a start-to-finish video tutorial of how I made this layout.

I hope you like what I have shared today!



Papers used: 4th, 5th and 7th of April, die cuts from Days to Remember and Minnen, 1905

Mediums: 13@rts gesso, modeling paste, Ayeeda mists and paints, Ranger’s embossing powder and archival ink
Other supplies and embellishments:
Stamps from Kaisercraft, Prima Marketing and Bo Bunny
Stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop
Flowers from Prima Marketing
Chipboards from Blue Fern Studios
Flair from Um Wow Studios
Metal bits, cloth, gauze and twine from own stash


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