“Dream with your eyes wide open” by Tina Ollett


Posted by Tina Ollett

3 January, 2017 - ,

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Well hello to you and a very very Happy New Year!! I certainly hope 2017 is kind to you and blesses you with many wonderful suprises.

Tina O with you today to share with you my first Maja Project for the year!!

Unfortunately the start of 2017 has not been so kind to me. I had a small incident whereby I dislocated my shoulder…..arghhhhhh. So this typing is done one handed (lefthanded) with my other in a sling. Scrapping has been somewhat difficult and let’s just say it takes twice as long to do things! So I am hoping for a very speedy recovery. But with that being said I still got to meet my deadline and here it is…..

“Dream with your eyes wide open”

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My youngest girl just adores our fur family and every chance I get, I photograph her with them. I shot this photo last week with our beautiful boy Rafael and I just adore it. My project here today was created using Maja Design’s “Enjoying Outdoors” collection. This was one of my very first collections to choose when I first come on board Maja. I so love all the earthy tones combined with the pinks and purples. For my background I chose to use “Woodlands”. I preped the background with clear gesso and some Crackle texture paste through the Kaisercraft 12 x 12 Damask Stencil. I also did a small amount of stamping with some Walnut Stain distress ink.

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I used Maja Designs Enjoying Outdoors both front and back to create my layered background for the photo. I tore and distress these papers and I also added in torn journaling cards and tags from the Enjoying Outdoors Tags & Journaling sheet. I tucked in some torn paper and white doilies around the photo matting to help start my page off. You can see some of the layering I did above.

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Above and below you will see that I have used quite a bit of chipboard . I used the Dusty Attic String Frame to frame my photo which I printed off in a sepia tone. The String Frame was inked in Walnut Stain Distress Ink and coated with a small amount of Distress Crackle Paint to highlight and deepen the colour. I then wrapped moss and green florists wire around the String Frame. This was then adhered to the photo.

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You can see the string frame above.

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Another view of the string frame wrapped in moss. You can also see here some of the foliage chipboards that I added into the flower cluster. These were dressed the same as the string frame but with just a hint of Forest Moss Distress Ink added in.

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I love this title chipboard I have used here…..It would have to be a favourite quote of mine.

“Dream with your eyes wide open”

This was dressed in Antique White acrylic and then I inked the edges with some Walnut Stain and Forest Moss to compliment the rest of the project.

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These little tags from the Tags and Journaling sheet are just gorgeous and I love adding in little elements with numbers that just don’t mean anything, but is a lovely addition to add interest.

 Below I have listed a complete materials list for your convenience.


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  Maja Designs Enjoying Outdoors Colourful


Enjoying the Outdoors Colourful bs


Maja Designs Enjoying Outdoor Woodlands


Maja Designs Enjoying Outdoors Tags & Journaling Cards

Other Products Used 

Dusty Attic Fancy Flourish DA0349

Dusty Attic Foliage #5

Dusty Attic Foliage #2

Dusty Attic String Frame Small DA1185W

Dusty Attic leaves

Kaisercraft Damask Stencil

Prima Marketing Inc. Flowers

Miscellaneous Small flowers Cream

Distress Inks Forest Moss, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso

Distress Crackle Paint

3D Gloss Gel

Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste

Dylusions White Linen

Kaisercraft Antique White Acrylic Paint

Teastained Muslin


Art Basics Heavy Gesso

Liquitex Clear Gesso

ArtExtravagance Mini Art Stones

Inka Gold Hydrangea

Well that is all from me today. I hope you have enjoyed visiting me here.

Until next time.Tina-sign

MajaDesign Creative Team 2016


Posted by Carita Ruckman

19 December, 2015 -

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Welcome to the Maja blog this fabulous Saturday!
Today it’s a big day. It’s time to reveal the new crew for next year…  Some of the faces you will recognize and yet some are new on this team. They are all bound together by their amazing talent and crafting skills.
I’m so excited and totally convinced that this will be sooo awesome!

So.. Let me, proudly, present to you the MajaDesign Creative Team 2016:


CT 2016






Nancy Dynes, USA

My style reflects a feminine, vintage/elegance, featuring multiple layers, dimension, and attention to detail. Maja Design Papers speak to me and inspire my imagination, to the point that I’ve used them almost exclusively since the purchase of my first paper collection! I am honored to be a member of this amazing Creative Team, and look forward to growing in my craft while working alongside these talented artists I have admired for years.





Gabrielle Pollacco, Canada

I would call my style Vintage/Shabby-chic with a good dose of mixed media. It makes me happy to share new ideas and techniques and see others incorporate them into their own style.

I’m delighted to be on the MajaDesign Creative Team for another year, their designs are timeless and leave me feeling inspired every time I pull them out to create!





Elena Olinevich, Belarus

I have been exploring some new approaches and mixed media techniques, but being a very gentle person my projects tend to be more feminine.

I like using paints, mists and lace. But the most distinctive feature
of my projects are layering and thorough attention to details.




Di Garling, Australia

I think I would best describe my scrapbooking style as probably a bit shabby chic. I adore strong colour. I am totally addicted to mixed media on all my work, I think it looks unfinished without it. I love lots & lots of texture & I think I have a keen eye for detail. I try be be a little bit diverse by adapting to new things too. This is such a rewarding craft.






Maja Nowak, Poland

My work is a mixture of romantic shabby chic and a bit of a steampunk, masculine touch. I don’t hesitate to use flowers and glitter for my boys’ layouts, but from time to time, especially when making to order,
I do create a card that is not at all distressed.

What I love most about Maja Design papers is their diversity that allows me to use it for
almost anything I need to create.

Belonging to the team of world-famous scrappers is a true honour and great pleasure for me
and I’m so happy to stay here for another term!




Delaina Burns, USA

My style is a bit of a mix. I love clean, white space with a shabby feel but I also enjoy creating with a bold pallet. Either way I love clean, small parts and details. I am excited to design with Maja because the beautiful detailed papers are splendid story tellers and open my mind to multitudes of creative possibilities.






Amy Voorthuis, Netherlands

Scrapbooking became my creative outlet about 11 years ago, I eat, sleep and breath everything that has to do with crafting. I love shabby chic, vintage & mixed media style.

I mostly make a lot of girly layout’s that’s never hard with six nieces {I always have pictures}. But once in a while I want to think outside the box and make a masculine layout.

Maja Design papers make my scrappy heart sing {and believe me I can’t sing}. I feel very honored to be part of this amazing design team.




Pascale Bernard, France

The colors in my photo are my starting point. I love testing new techniques using gesso, inks, stamps, and creating my own flowers with colors close to reality.

I always create my own backgrounds with several layers and textures.
My style is at the same time or in turn vintage, shabby, steampunk, 
and mixed media.





Bec Genet, Australia

I started scrapbooking after my Daughter was born in 2006 and I have just become more obsessed every year. In the last couple of years I have found mixed media scrapbooking and that has become my new passion. I also love to make altered art creations, canvases and card/tags. My scrap style is girly, I have to add flowers and pearls to everything 

I’m very grateful to be on some wonderful design teams and get to spend my weekend doing what I love. I can’t wait to start with Maja designs, this is a dream come true.



Rachelle Sigurdson


Rachelle Sigurdson, Canada

To get my texture, I love to work with distressed, hand stitched paper layers.

I also love & use chipboard on all of my projects.

By reading my comments, I would say that my characteristics is my attention to details.




Evgenia Petzer, South Africa

My style is very feminine and detailed. I love all these tiny bits and little pieces that give the personal touch to the creation. As Maja papers are very soft and shabby this is a perfect match.

These papers are so “me”, they reflect all that i have loved in the scrapbooking ppaers for ages. Starting from the awesome quality to unique designs, I am just so looking forward to continue playing with them,
as a part of the Creative Team.





Silje Kristin Aunan, Norway

 “Nothing is impossible” is my mantra. 
I get inspired by things that surround me, nature, situations, feelings, weather; or ideas just pop up in to my head. I love to  use many different variations of paper, the more layers the merrier! Many details such as ribbons, charms, bling and lots of paper flowers. I can make projects simple but still detailed. My favorite is large detailed projects, and my style is mainly shabby chic/vintage. And that is why the Maja Design papers is a favorite. I just love the paper, and what I can do with them, when i create my projects.





Jennifer Snyder, Facebook Coordinator, USA

I love Maja Design for its beautiful consistent collections. The quality and excellence of the product is a joy to use. I look forward to having a chance to use some of the
best and most beautiful paper in the world.

As Facebook Coordinator, I also look forward to telling the world about Maja and  helping to establish a strong world presence.





Camilla Lilliesköld, Creative Team Coordinator, Sweden

I work as a Public Relations Coordinator here at MajaDesign and I have the pleasant task to coordinate this fabulous Creative Team,
and from time to time also give you some exciting news and updates from the Maja Office. ♥








I hope you are as excited as I am..!
So don’t go to far, we will soon deliver some real magic to you.

Have a lovely day! ♥