Guest Designer Kavitha


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17 April, 2017 - , ,

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Hi!! I am Kavitha from India.


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:


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”.


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.


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


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


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.



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.


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.


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




Guest Designer Jaya Raghuvanshi


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20 February, 2017 - , ,

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Hello! I am Jaya Raghuvanshi from India, a dentist by profession and a truly creative person by heart. I am a mixed media style scrapbooker . I love playing with colours, textures & different mediums.Its been three years since I have been into Mixed Media.

Mixed media art gives me the freedom to go wrong, make mistakes, learn & create, which is why I am so hooked!!  Apart from paper crafts, I also love travelling & photography.

I would like to thank Maja Designs for having me here 🙂


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The Vintage spring basics by Maja Designs is a really gorgeous line!  I love the muted look of some of these papers. For this page I decided to go ahead with the ‘2nd of April’ paper from the same collection. It’s really soft light yellow with a hint of script texture. I absolutely loved that the papers handle all sorts of media so well!

Maja Paper – Vintage spring basics  602-2nd-of-April-BS

Prima 8″X10 “stencil- Enjoy

Prima watercolr confections- Pastel dreams

Prima watercolor confections- The classics

Prima flowers- Rossibelle collection

Prima Valentine vines

2Crafty chipboards- Handdrawn hearts

2Crafty chipboard- Precious loopy font

Prima wood icons- Epiphany collection

Prima Confetti hearts die

Kaisercraft texture stamps


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I just fell in love with the collection the moment i saw it. It has the most gorgeous papers and images. I loved fussy cutting a few to add on my page for some added interest. I decided to go with a monochrome look for this layout with a hint of gold.

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Maja designs papers-

Summertime- 12×12 inch-

Summertime- In The garden- diecuts

2Crafty chipboard- Follow your heart

2Crfaty chipbaord- Grame Madeline’s flourish

Prima Marketing Inc- Art stones, Mini art stones

Prima Watercolor confections

Prima Stencil- Flourish Damask

Prima flowers- Royal Menagerie- Elizabeth

Prima Junkard findings- Black Street signs

Prima shabby chic resin treasures- Oval frames

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Thank you so much for having me on the Maja blog!


Special Guest Designer – Bev Rochester


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16 January, 2017 - , , , ,

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Hello there, I’m Bev Rochester and hail from the North East coast of England.  I was tickled pink to be asked to be a guest designer for Maja Design.  I’ve been crafting for years but have concentrated on papercrafts this past 7 or 8 years.  I’m very lucky in that I have a dedicated craft room (my hubby converted the garage and utility room for me) so have all the space I need to collect more craft stash than I will ever use!


My style has evolved over the years and I’m finding myself more drawn to soft, pretty and vintage colours, papers and embellishments and Maja papers are perfect for all things soft, pretty and shabby.

For my first card I worked with the Coffee in the Arbor collection – perfect for a pretty shabby chic card.  The sheets used are Raspberry Jam Cookies, Raspberry Cupcake and Raspberry Lemonade.


I used dies and stamps from Whimsy Stamps, Rosy Owl and Magnolia and flowers from I Am Roses.

I also used a butterfly stencil from Whimsy Stamps with embossing paste and glitter to add texture to the card.


And of course a card is not complete unless you carry the pretty through to the inside 🙂

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For my second card I went back to my first love and did some stamping and colouring to pair up with the exquisite Vintage Romance papers.   The papers I used are Passion, She’s My Lady and Just You & Me.


I used Spellbinders, Rosy Owl, Magnolia and Whimsy Stamps dies as well as stamps from Whimsy Stamps, flowers from I am Roses.  I used a faux stitches stamp around the edges of the paper.


Again I’ve carried the design to the inside of the card with these gorgeous vintage papers.



For my final project I used the absolutely gorgeous Sending Love collection.  I used Enjoying Outdoors, Garden Creatures and I’m Happy.  Oh my goodness!  The colours in this collection are … I have no words except to say that this is my favourite collection.  Just beautiful!

I decided to make a shaped card, the base is die cut with a Tattered Lace die set.  I stamped a chicken wire stamp randomly on the top layer, it works so well with the outdoor theme of the paper collection.


I made a bird using a mould and paper clay, and also stamped out some butterflies onto the patterned paper and fussy cut them out to carry the theme of the collection through.


And again, the inside finished off to carry the design through.

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Thank you for visiting!


Guest Designer Tina Ollett


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12 September, 2016 - , ,

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Hello there….

My name is Tina Ollett, my family and friends call me Teen. And before I tell you more about myself can I just say how

very, very excited I am to have been invited here this month as Guest Designer.


I live in beautiful sunny Queensland, Australia with my husband, our three children and two furry friends. They are my ultimate inspiration for everything creative that I do. I am for the most part a scrapbooker, but on occasion I have been known to do smaller off the page projects. I love to use patterned papers, lots of  layers, dimension, chipboards and of course flowers…..lots of flowers with small amounts of media in a vintage / shabby chic style. My aim when scrapping is to keep the focus on the photo and to celebrate the memories that they represent.

I am currently designing on some wonderful Design Teams, and in my other spare time I share my love of scrapbooking through teaching at workshops and classes around my hometown.

I feel so very privileged and honoured to have been asked to Guest here at Maja Design’s this month. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me here.

To see more of my work you can visit me here :

For those that know me and my style…..Maja Design suits me beautifully with it soft romantic, shabby papers. I chose to use the Nyhavn collection. The softness of these papers cried out to be used with photos that have a beautiful memory attached. This is a photo of my gorgeous daughter with my eldest brother. He really is the biggest kid I know and whenever my kids are around him they continually pester him for piggy back rides! This is one of those times that I happened to have the camera out.

I have titled this “Special”……

I hope you enjoy it!

Tina Ollett

I used Maja’s Nyhavn “Strolling along the Canal” for my background piece adding a little texture paste through the Dusty Attic Script Stencil and a sprinkling of silver embossing powder. I left it to dry for a short time and then heat set the embossing powders so as not to make the texture paste bubble. The title and the pendants were embossed a couple of times with silver embossing powders to create a thick covering.

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The Dusty Attic Baroque Corners and Ornate Frame were both dressed in White Crackle Paste and left to dry. Once it dried and crackled I washed it over with a mix of watered down Sugar Plum acrylic paint and a little gesso. I also applied a dabbing of Star Dust Stickles over the edges of these to highlight the colours a little more.

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Pearls have been added to the pendants and flower centres and I have also sprinkled in some silver Prills to highlight the Baroque Corners which I have faced back to back and placed under the photos. The Prima Marketing Flowers were adhered to the base of the photos with the addition of some of my favourite Kaisercraft paper leaves. They were then dry brushed with a little gesso to tone the colours of the leaves and flowers down and to add that hint of shabbiness.

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I have cut the chains from the Dusty Attic elegant chain and embossed with silver embossing powder. These were hung from under the floral cluster at the base of the photos. I have also added in one of the string pendants from under here to keep the page consistent.

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Here you can see the cute little mini chipboard bird….they are just so cute. It has been dressed with a little gesso and Star Dust Stickles and adhered atop of the flower cluster. And also the Vintage Nameplate was cut up into pieces and dressed similarly to the bird and added to the left and right edges of the layout as shown in the main photo.

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I have also coloured some cheesecloth with a little watered down Victorian Velvet distress ink and heat set it. It was distressed and placed amongst the flower clusters. I only had one square Prima resin frame left on my table so I decided to cut it up and add it to the top left and bottom right of the photos to tie the photos together.



Also used……

Dusty Attic Ornate Frame #1

Dusty Attic Creative Script Stencil

Dusty Attic Elegant Chain DA1453

Dusty Attic Word Strips

Dusty Attic Mini Clocks

Dusty Attic Mini Birds #3

Dusty Attic Baroque Corners

Dusty Attic Vintage Nameplate

Dusty Attic Wordpack 33

Dusty Attic Word Strips

Dusty Attic Acrylic Paint – Sugar Plum

Silver Embossing Powder

Liquitex White Gesso

Prima Marketing Resin Frame

Prima Marketing Inc. Flowers

Prima Marketing Inc. Flowers

Prima Crackle Paste


Ranger Star Dust Stickles

Ranger Texture Paste


I have so enjoyed working with these papers and I really think you will too!! I hope you find some time this week to create a little something using papers from this gorgeous collection or maybe another from this wonderful company.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.

Take care……..


Guest Designer Mary Catt


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23 May, 2016 - , , ,

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Hello there!

My name is Mary Catt. I’m so happy, for being here today, as a guest designer, in this amazingly talented team and with the most beautiful papers.


Well, before I start, let me introduce my self… I live in beautiful Greece with my awesome husband and our three wonderful children. I work full time as a secretary in a private secondary education school. I met scrapbooking two years ago and since then I became an obsessed scraper… oh yes, I’m addicted to it, what can I do?

I still consider myself as a beginner and I’m always trying to improve my skills. I mostly do layouts but I love design tags, cards, mini albums, canvases and altered items as well. My style is mixed media, with a little vintage and some shabby chic touches. I love working with Maja Desing papers. They are so chic and elegance! I also love using my stencils, pastes and mists. Flowers and embellishments are always present in my projects.


I’m so excited to share with you, two layouts, I made with these beautiful papers!


For the first one, I used the ‘’Colorful’’ and the ‘’Picking Flowers’’ papers, from the ‘’Enjoying Outdoors’’ Collection.


I tore the ‘’Colorful’’ paper in half and glued it, in the lower half of the other paper. I love the vintage feel the torn papers are giving.

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To design my background I used Finnabair white crackle paste with a floral stencil. When it was dried I added the ‘’Open Arms Amethyst’’ and ‘’Tea Pot Purple’’ Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists. Then it was the time for some stamping.

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My ‘’2Crafty’’ flourish chipboards were covered at first with white crackle paste and then I colored them with ‘’Seedless Preserves’’ Distress ink.

The title was primed with gesso and also colored with the same ink.

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I added my floral clusters and my favorite Prima die cut doily mixing with a little sisal.

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A final touch with some splatters and some Prima crystals here and there and my page was ready.

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Now, for the second layout I used the ‘’Vintage Autumn Basics’’ Collection and the No. IV, No. V, No. VI and No.XVI papers.

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In the center of my paper I glued down two torn strips of paper one against the other. Then I mixed Finnabair Light Paste with Peach Opal Mica powder and applied with two different stencils.

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I heat embossed my chipboards and die cuts with Lindy’s Stamp Gang embossing powders ”Midnight Ruby” and ”Angel Wings Ruby”. Then I made some random stamping.

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I added a big floral cluster on the one side of my round chipboard and placed my embellishments.

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To finish my layout I made some splashes with ”Clam Bake Beige” Lindy’s mist and glued some pearls.

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Camilla, thank you so much, for inviting me as a guest designer!!! It’s been a real pleasure for me!!!

If you want you can see more of my work here: