there is beauty in simplicity


Posted by Paulina Monasterska-Tronina

9 March, 2018 - , ,

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Hello our blog fans. Today I would like to show totally different card. Easy to make and simple. Not all of us like to create projects full of layers, flowers etc. Some prefer simple projects. It doesn’t mean that they are boring – just take a look and let’s create something with me step by step.

  1. Find the chipboard and choose the papers – they need to fit together
  2. Use the white embossing powder to your chipboard
  3. Cut out all the elements from the paper, create the basic composition.
  4. Use the sewing machine and add a bit of elegance to your card.5. If you like – find a simple add ons. Glue everything together and then add some white and black splashes.
  5. You card is ready. Isn’t it lovely ? Hope you will like my today’s inspiration. If you have any question – do not hesitate ask. Used chipboard came from Scrapiniec . Have a lovely day, Paulina



Posted by Lenet Mos

15 February, 2018 - ,

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Hello  dear Maja fans.

Today it’s my turn again to inspire you and this time I have a tutorial of how I made this lay out for you.

For this one I used the beautiful papers of the summertime collection.


For the background I used the backside of Flowers every where. I high-lighted the area where want my to make my composition with some gesso

While the gesso is drying  I cut out some roses out of the smell the roses sheet, those I will tuck behind the picture and papers later.


When the gesso is dry  I made splatters with  Lindy’s flat fabio”s sidewalk chalk and queen of hearts red.

Than I added some random stamping when the splatters were dry.  To see what  the stamp and what color ink I like and want to use,

I did some test stamping at the place that will be covered with the papers. This way I can have a better look at what feels right for me.

I decided to use Pink petunia from versaMagic.

After choosing the papers I want behind my picture, cutting them in the right size I distress the edges with mt paperdistresser from Making Memories

I have this one for I think 10 years used it a lot and really love it. I tried other distressers  when the were introduced  but always went back to using this one.

For sticking the papers on to the papers I use  foamtape because it gives your layout some demension.

I always stick it in the middle so you can tuck flowers or other embellies behind it later on.

Because i own a lot of supplies I never used I gave myself the challenge to try to use some oldies on every project I make from this layout on..

This time I took these Prima flowers. I crunched them to these flowers and  tucked them with the roses .

I love the the way the look now so I’m sure I will use this more often in the future.


After sticking the papers and picture on to the background , I embellished  it with roses from Prima, badges from cuts2luv , pearls from the dollarstore.

The leaves are made using  Monochromes shade of Sofiero – Celery/Sage with dies from My favorite things and the swirly ones I think from Marianne Design.. and l tucked the roses I cut out earlier between the layers of the papers.

The edge with the little hearts is made with a punch from Martha Stewart. the word Sweet is a chippy from dusty attic that I colored with black embossing powder.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you .

Tea time!


Posted by Camilla Støen Bakke

6 September, 2017 -

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Hi dear Maja fans! Today I want to show you how I made these two cupcakes. The lovely papers used are from the Vintage Romance collection.


Ok, let’s start with showing how it is made!


Here is all you need for your cupcake: Dies from Magnolia, a Styrofoam ball, two Maja papers measuring 30,5 x 4, 5 cm, two circles cut out from hard cardboard (1 ¾ “), a paper measuring 13 x 13 cm, laces and ribbons, metal embellishments and of course your favourite Tilda.


Find the middle of the paper measuring 13 x 13 cm.


Put the circle in the middle and draw around it.


Then cut the paper like you see in the photo. Then score around the circle.




Fasten the circles on both sides of the paper.


Put the ball inside and fasten it with glue, also fasten the sides of the papers on the ball. Like you see here.


Cut off the longest papers. I cut them down to 4 cm.


Make a cut for the tag. Remember to make it as deep as you can.


Then you can easily place your tag inside.


Here are the two papers which I have folded on each cm. I will now glue it on.


Here is the tag.


I use a needle and thread and sew the thread up and down on the lace, so that it curles up nicely.


Then I fasten it to the cupcake. It looks like frosting 🙂


For the flowers, I cut them in half.


Then spray them with water to get them curled up.


I curl them up, and leave them to dry.


Then glue them on to the ball.


Cut more flowers in half and curl them a little with the tools.


Make a lovely doily for the cupcake to stand on.


Continue with more layers and end it with some more flowers.


Here is some pictures of the finished cupcakes. Doesn’t they look yummy!?








You can write a greeting on the tag.


Here they are from above!


The beautiful Maja papers are just wonderful to work with, and gives the cupcakes the perfect romantic, vintage look. The cupcakes were also made for Magnolia’s DooHickey vol 14. Thank you so much for visiting the blog today!

With love from,


Easy Shabby Chic Card Tutorial


Posted by Maja Nowak

7 June, 2017 - , ,

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Good morning, Maja Friends, welcome to our blog 🙂

Today I’m bringing you a romantic, delicate shabby chic card:


Believe it or not, but it’s super easy to make! And I have a step-by-step tutorial to prove it 🙂

For the card I used: pieces of papers (I chose the Vintage Romance collection), a handful of flowers of various sizes and some leaves, lace, waxed string and some adhesive media. I also used the distress ink and paper distresser to add some “age” to my card 🙂


  1. I started with cutting the papers: I cut the base of the DL card size and trimmed the second paper 0,5 cm less. The size of the top paper depends on the width of the lace (or how much of it you want to be visible) – mine is rather thin so the top layer of paper was ca. 8 cm wide. Then I inked all the edges:


2. I distressed all the edges using the paper distresser. Then I took the middle layer paper and placed the lace along its edges:


3. I wrapped the lace around the paper and attached the ends with double-sided tape:


4. I layered the background and middle papers together:


5. Then I added the top paper:


6. I started to arrange the flower cluster, beginning with three largest flower. I placed them slightly diagonally in the middle:


7. Then I added medium-sized flowers…


8. …and the smallest flower and buds:


9. Then I added leaves, tucking them in between the flowers. For the sentiment I used a chipboard word:


10. I made some bows using waxed string – I reccomend using this type of string as it’s very easy to shape – I curled the ends just by dragging them between my finger and thumb.


11. I folded each bow in half, applied some glue on the knot and tucked the bows under the flowers on the sides:


12. And then I added some finishing touches: covered the chipboard sentiment with glitter and added some liquid pearls dots here and there:


See how easy was that? The card looks rich and elegant but it wouldn’t take more than half an hour to make 🙂 Will you give it a go?




Supply list:

Other: flowers & leaves: Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts; chipboard: Scrapiniec; glitter: Ranger; lace, string: my stash.


See you soon!


Pop-up baby card with a tutorial


Posted by Camilla Støen Bakke

19 April, 2017 - , , ,

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Hi there! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Here comes a card I have made both for Maja Design and Magnolia. I have will also show you how I made the moon and the pop-up effect.



For this project I have used the beautiful Vintage Spring Basics collection and the Vintage Baby collection. Now to the little step by step:


I started with making the moon. First I used my compasses. I made a circle with a diameter of 16 cm. Then I drew the rest of it by hand like this. I used hard cardboard for this.


Then I painted the edges of the moon with white Gesso.


Then I drew the moon on some Maja Design pattern papers (two times, for the front and the back).


Then I inked the edges with Distress Ink pad, Walnut Stain.


Place the baby on the moon.


Fold a paper strip like a rectangle and fasten it like this. Make two so that the moon will have a good grip inside the card. (You can see this better on the finished card)


To decorate the card, I have cut out some shapes from Maja papers: heart background, celebration, star tag, (flag and) cloud, castle. The dies are Magnolia DooHickeys.


I will now show you some details of the finished card, and how the pop-up looks like.


A close up of the baby.


Under you see how the front of the card looks like.



Here is a list of paper used:

Thank you so much for visiting the Maja Design blog today!

With love,