Hello, dear Maja Design Fans!
Welcome to the blog today, it’s Maja here to share some inspiration.
Last Thursday my elder son finished his third grade. In Poland it means the end of the first stage of education, now he is going to have new subjects and new teachers. His main teacher will no longer teach him – and that was a very sad goodbye. She was a true teacher with passion, all kids loved her. She is also a very crafty lady and taught kids many crafty techniques, and so we decided to give her a handmade thank you album, in which all kids would place their handmade cards with thanks. The task of gathering and binding all cards together fell to me. And this is what I came up with:
I wrapped all the edges of the cover with washi tape and then covered the cardboard with Vintage Summer Basics papers. I placed some beautiful chipboard frame and flower composition, with leaves I die cut from a Coffee in the Arbour sheet:
I didn’t want to make the album too decorative, as it was to present kids’ work. So I only delicately stamped the inside covers:
As there are 16 children in Kuba’s class, I decided to use some neutral cream paper and add some Maja Design papers stripes and washi tape to decorate each page. For the girls’ pages I used strips of my most favourite Coffee in the Arbour paper – Rose Garden:
…and for the boys’ pages I used strips of the Days of December bs. Kuba also used Maja papers for his card 🙂
Some kids made really dimensional cards and in the end the binding wire could barely hold them 🙂
The moment of handing in the album was very emotional, the teacher was in tears and she really loved the book! I hope she would hold as loving memories of the class as we – parents and kids – would!
Maja Design papers: Vintage Summer Basics: 1932, 1924; Vintage Frost Basics: Days of December bs; Coffee in the Arbour: Rose Garden, Raspberry lemonade bs.
Other: chipboard, album base – Scrapiniec; metal corners: Tim Holtz; stamps: Making Memories; flowers, lace – from my stash.
Kuba’s card: Coffee in the Arbour: Raspberry cupcake bs, Raspberry jam cookies, Blueberry cupcake, Blueberry cupcake bs.
Other: die: Prima, stamp Lemonade.
I have also a card to share. In the middle of the wedding season, I like to have one or two cards at hand, and so when I finished the thank you album, I used some Coffee in the Arbour papers to make this card:
It is a simple design, yet papers give it a nice shabby chic look. I layered some papers and distressed all the edges:
Then I used my favourite Prima doily die as the background for the flower cluster:
I inked the chipboard letters and covered them with glitter to make them more visible against the patterned paper:
I hope some young couple would like it 🙂
Coffee in the Arbour: Grandma’s old porcelain, Feel the grass between your toes, Raspberry lemonade.
Other: chipboard: Scrapiniec, glitter: Stickles Ranger, flowers, ribbon – from my stash.
That’s all for today, thank you for visiting the blog and don’t forget to pop in tomorrow 🙂
WOUW what an awesome idea to make such an album for the teacher, and I bet, she was a happy bunny, who wouldn´t? And it´s so beautiful in every detail, I sure loved it too.
And the card are sooo beautiful too, so I´m sure any young couple will like it, no doubt, and will treasure it afterwards too. Wonderful work here on everything, soooo beautiful.
Your projects are AMAZING and clever and so different
I just love this book, how you did the outside, it’s so elegant and not overstated. Beautiful! I’ve saved it to give me inspiration to make one similar.
Both projects are seriously gorgeous Maja! I loved seeing all the pages, you manage to keep a shabby-chic look and have it look clean and pretty at the same time….beautifully done! xo