Merry Christmas

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10 December, 2021 -

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

No, I’m not here to wish you a happy Christmas – not yet πŸ™‚ That’s just the title of the layout I made using our festive collection Happy Christmas:

When I saw this gingerbread cookies paper I instantly thought of this photo of my elder son from preschool, when he discovered the fun of playing with gingerbread dough (which was officially called “baking” :D) But I also wanted to showcase more beautiful patterns and motives, so I used the gingerbread paper for the middle panel that I placed against a darker star-patterned sheet. I used a signature strip at the top pf the layout and since I love the gnomes motif too I just cut it out from its original paper and added it to my page πŸ™‚

I die-cut other decorative elements from various papers, as well as the heart and star shapes from kraft cardstock and added some patterns with white gel pen to make them look like gingerbread cookies πŸ™‚

I also added some crystal stones, an art clay angel and glitter snowflakes to finish the layout. And I really like the way it turned out!

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: dies: Magnolia, Craft&You Design, CreaLies; border punch: Martha Stewart; angel mold: Prosvet; crystals: my stash.

That’s all for today, thank you for visiting and see you soon!

Our Happy Place

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10 June, 2021 -

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Good morning, dear Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

I’m so excited to bring you my first inspiration featuring the latest Tropical Garden collection πŸ™‚ It’s so unique among the Maja papers and yet keeping the same vintage romantic style so characteristic of the brand πŸ™‚ It will be a perfect match for your summer projects, albums or cards even when they’re not about the tropical escape – just take a look at my page:

Since the closest tropical paradise is thoushands of kilometres from where we live, I just used a photo of our local park with chestnut trees blooming πŸ˜‰ And then tranfsormed it a bit with luscious flower bouquets that I cut out of one of the papers. I added some die-cut leaves too, and paper flowers to make the “jungle” even richer. These elements also helped me to cover the people who invaded my photo πŸ˜€

I used cardstock stickers for the title and journaling pieces and attached cotton string to act as lianas:

The signature strips for the collection contain some sentiments ready to use for your cards, but I also included one in my page, cutting off the unnecessary “Wishing you” πŸ™‚

And so as you can see, it’s enough to use your imagination and create a paradise wherever you are!

Here’s what I used for my layout:

Maja Design papers:

Other: dies: Deco Time, Sizzix; stickers: Mambi; flowers: Prima; sequins, string: my stash.

And that’s all for today, have a great creating time!

 

Shadowbox Frame For Mom

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24 May, 2021 -

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Good morning, dear Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

Probably most of you have already celebrated Mother’s Day, but in Poland it’s on the 26th of May, so I’m still waiting πŸ˜‰ And being in the celebration mood I created a shadowbox frame that would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift:

The base for my shadowbox is a half of the box of certain purple pralines πŸ˜‰ I first attached chain and a tassel with brads before I covered the whole frame with Denim&Girls papers:

I layered the papers in the background and hand cut some decorative tags:

Other embellishments include a large rose, some acrylic gems, metal and chipboard pieces. I also stamped, coloured, cut out and arranged a layered magnolia flowers clusters:

I’m really happy how this frame turned out, and how Maja papers provided a perfect background for this beautiful photo. I didn’t use a ton of embellishments, but arranging them in dimensional layers resulted in a rich and bold design.

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: chipboard and stamps: Agateria; metal pieces: Retro Craft Shop; gems, sequins: my stash.

 

I hope all the moms in the world have had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

See you soon!

 

You & Me

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10 April, 2021 -

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Good morning, dear Maja Friends, welcome to the blog today πŸ™‚

The weather has been quite unsteady recently, with cold wind, freezing rain and snow mixed with beautiful sunshine, which is rather typical for this time of the year in Poland πŸ™‚ And so it happens that I’m sharing a winter-time layout on a beautiful spring day! But even though I used a photo taken during Christmas and a winter collection, Holiday in the Alps, with Maja papers characteristic versatility it’s all universal.

I first applied some handwriting pattern with a stencil and gold pearl paste upon the background Monochrome paper and then added a layered cluster of paper pieces and hand-made tags to mat the photo:

I added some flowers in between the layers and some epoxy stickers that perfectly match the stencil paste. Then I arranged the title with alpha stickers mounted on foam:

I completed the page with some metal and art clay elements and sequins for a bit of subtle glam:

I often use flowers in boy layouts and so I did here and I think it still looks pretty masculine πŸ™‚ What do you think?

Here’s what I used:

Maja Design papers:

Other: stencil: Agateria; paste: Stamperia; flowers: Blue Fern Studios, Wild Orchid Crafts; metal pieces: Mitform; stickers: October Afternoon, Heidi Swapp; sequins: DpCraft.

 

That’s all for today, have a nice weekend and stay safe!

 

I Love You

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24 February, 2021 - ,

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Good morning, dear Maja Friends, welcome to the blog!

Today I bring you another love inspiration – though not about a romantic love, yet all the same beautiful πŸ™‚

I made the layout using the Holiday in the Alps collection. I first applied heart garland pattern upon the background paper and then arranged the matting cluster of layered papers, hand cut tags and filigree chipboard doilies.

I added roses, a clock button and chipboard key and title word embossed with gold ep.

I finished my page off with metallic red pearls and matte gold sequins.

Here’s the list of my supplies:

Maja Desgin papers:

Other: stencil, chipboard pieces: Agateria; glitter paste: Pentart; flowers: Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts; punch: DP Craft; button: Prosvet.

 

I really like how the layout turned out, bright and cheerful, and I really how the versatility of Maja papers which can be used for various themes regardless of the collection theme!

That’s all for today, thank you for visiting and see you soon!