Time To Say Goodbye When Leaves Are Falling…

Posted by Maja Nowak

26 January, 2013 - , , , ,

A very good morning to all Maja Design Fans! Welcome to the blog today, it’s Maja here to share the last Guest Design post.

For this post I chose to focus on the beautiful autumn collection “Walking in the Forest”. And since it’s my last opportunity to share projects with you on the Maja Design blog, I took it to the full, so get ready for another lengthy post 😉

The “Walking in the Forest” papers include probably most beautiful autumn designs I’ve ever seen. Delicate, muted colours and perfectly selected patterns make this collection a real treat for preserving your autumn memories. Some time ago I started a little private project: a house for every season of the year. But I was still missing the autumn house, as I didn’t find papers to my taste. Yet here they are! And the house was made in a couple of hours!

mddomFor the base I used a ready made cardboard house by Maya Road (those Maja girls are really talented, don’t you think? 😉 ) and wrapped it in beautiful designs of Mountain Ash and Autumn in the Air sheets. I covered cardboard elements with Distress Crackle Paints and added a little doorbell.

mddom1One side of the house is decorated with some vine twig and paper leaves. The roof tiling is made with a border punch:

mddom2The back wall features the beautiful bird image I cut out from the Die cut sheet and decorated with leaves and cardstock iron fence:

mddom3But that’s not all! You can take the roof off to reveal a hidden secret:

mddom4I made a very simple accordion album, cutting a piece off the Maple sheet and folding it into four parts. Then I decorated each panel with photos, die cuts from the Die cut sheet and signature strips – I love those! Here’s the front side:

mddom5…and here’s the other side with some journaling too:

mddom6And so finally I have a perfect autumn house to keep our autumn photos.


Papers: Mountain Ash, Autumn in the Air, Autumn in the Air-bs, The colors of fall, The colors of fall-bs, Maple, Maple-bs, Die cut sheet, Die cut letters. Bungalow House and Chipboards: Maya Road, Vine twig: Petaloo, Distress Crackle Paint: Ranger, Leaves: Prima, Border punch: Fiskars, Metal charms and guipure ribbon: from my stash.


Another thing that’s always associated with the autumn season is school (at least for those concerned). This year our younger son started his school education, a year earlier than obligatory. He’s the smallest guy in the whole school! I wanted to keep this cute proud smile in a special way – and again the “Walking in the Forest” papers turned out perfect for the task:

mdlittleThe Last flowers sheet made a perfect background, it looks like a page from a school notebook composed into a frame! I added a piece of the Fresh Air paper, border-punched to look like a page torn off a notebook and used a piece of the Die cut letters sheet as a background panel too!

mdlittle1Then I made my title, using tags and die cut letters and arranged them so that they look as if a beginner put the letters together to make words:

mdlittle3Then I tucked some leaves here and there to remind of autumn, and added some chipboard school tools, inked and covered with Glossy Accents, for decoration:

mdlittle2…and the image of an owl as a symbol for knowledge:

mdlittle4I think those papers made a perfect school page!


Papers: Last flowers, Fresh Air, Fresh Air-bs, Die Cut sheet, Die cut letters, Chipboard: Scrapiniec, Distress inks and Glossy Accents: Ranger, Border punch: EK Success, Eylets and linen string: from my stash.


But of course, as with any Maja Design collection, you don’t have to limist yourselves to the theme of the papers only. The colours and patterns of the “Walking in the Forest” collection are perfect for any boy page!

mdsweetI used the gorgeous Jeans sheet and combined it with Flannel shirt to make a really nice boy background. I used a dinner plate to cut out a circle, then distressed its edges and machine sewed for a nice central piece. And then I broke the “masculinity” with guipure ribbon:

mdsweet1I included the insect image and beautiful paisley border from a signature strip into the flowers cluster:

mdsweet2And then I made my title with die cut letters and a Prima bulb:



Papers: Jeans, Flannel shirt, The colors of fall-bs, Die cut letters. Flowers, resin pieces and bulb: Prima, Guipure ribbon and crystal twig: from my stash.


But the colours and patterns don’t mean you can’t use them for non-masculine themes. How about a romantic notebook full of butterflies?

mdmot0I used the beautiful chevron pattern of the Knitted sweater-bs paper and combined it with butterfly images of the tag and signature strip. I covered the image with Crackle Accents to make it look even more shabby, and machine sewed the strips for a more interesting look:

mdmot2I also hung a metal butterfly charm on the wire for decoration:

mdmot1There are also a lot of butterflies inside: I stamped an Impression Obsession image and coloured it with Distress inks – the Maja Design papers are sturdy enough not to curl when contacted with water!

mdmot3The last butterfly is ready to fly off the back cover:

mdmot4Neither autumn nor masculine – all the romanticism of the papers!


Papers: Knitted sweater-bs, Birch-bs, Die cut sheet. Stamps: Impression Obsession, Chipboard: Scrapiniec, Tissue tape, Distress inks adn Crackle Accents: Ranger, Wire and BIA: Zutter, Brad, ribbon and metal charm: from my stash.


And that is finally it! I am so happy and honoured to have been given the chance of sharing my creations here, with you! And so I’d like to say a big

mdthankwhich is Polish for “Thank you” – to Jenny and all Maja Design Ladies for the invitation and such a nice welcome, and to you, Maja Design Fans, for visiting here! It was the most pleasant time I had here, and I hope to see you some other time! I wish you all great ideas and plenty of time to realise your creative passion.

Good bye!


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  • Rachelle Sigurdson says:

    Wow,Love everything you did here,Amazing Work!!!!

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    I hate to see you leaving! 🙁
    Thank you so much for all your fantastic creations. You really left with a bang. That house is fantastic. So creative. We are very honoured to have had you.

  • Seriously WOW – that house is stunning. Hope to see you back at Maja Design very soon. Your work with those beautiful papers is very inspiring. Nicola x

  • Camilla says:

    Wow Maja!! Your creations really blows me away!! I love them all, and I have being enjoying studying your amazing creations the whole month. You have such an eye for details and colours! Thank you for sharing <3 I will keep on following you!
    Big hugs, Camilla

  • Dara Lynn says:

    I am loving all the pages, altered projects, cards and note books/mini albums that have been created since Maja Designs opened their blog! These are gorgeous today!!!!! Loooove the boy layout!! I have 3 sons, 2 brothers, hubby, father, and my precious grandson I scrap ….and definitely shows it is more than stars and trains for men! Thank you again for sharing !!

  • Andrea Ewen says:

    Your projects are always amazing, Maja! I’ve gained so much inspiration from your work…thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!

  • Maja Nowak says:

    Thank you so much, Ladies!!