We’re Going By the Sea!

Posted by Maja Nowak

15 July, 2014 - ,

Hello Maja Fans, a very good morning to you 🙂

It’s Maja here to share a little sea album. Just as you’re reading these words, I’m in the car (hopefully) going North towards the Baltic sea! 🙂 Although we live in the South of Poland, almost in the Tatra mountains, we love the sea and our best holidays are connected with water 😉 And so, after a few year’s break we’re finally going to spend some time by the sea again and I decided to prepare a small album for some of the best shots. And of course I grabbed my favourite marine collection of all time, Life by the Sea:

mdseaAs usually, I tied some ribbons on the wire and also hung a cute seahorse charm, first colouring it a bit with alcohol inks:

mdsea1I used a chipboard lighthouse and stamped the date several times on the cover:

mdsea2It’s still very plain and simple, a beta-version I might say 😉 as I hope to add some keepsakes we’ll buy/find, and the final embellishing will take place when I put photos in it. But I thought it would be a good idea to share such bare album to give you some idea of how I prepare the background for photos.

mdsea3I took seven cardstock pages (two pages for each day) and two chipboard covers and all little pieces and scraps of the collection, so that – believe it or not – I cut little pieces off only two “full” sheets, everything else is composed of scraps! 🙂

So, I do suggest making yourself a cup of coffee now and then sitting comfortably 🙂 Are you ready for a ton of photos?

mdsea4 mdsea5 mdsea6 mdsea7 mdsea8 mdsea9 mdsea11As you can see, I used just papers, some stamps, washi tapes, an edger punch and a few chipboard pieces to embellish the pages. Sometimes a scrap of paper was just a centimetre too short to cover a page, then I’d use a signature strip – I always keep all of them when I cut papers and love to use them 🙂 – to fill the gap.

Here’s how I used the smallest bits of paper: I made tiny flags…

mdsea14…or a small banner…

mdsea13…or a part of a tag that pretends to be hidden beneath papers 😉

mdsea15Call me a miser, but I didn’t even waste a strip of paper that was 3 mm wide! LOL



Maja Design papers: bits and pieces of the Life by the Sea collection.

Other: Edger punch: Martha Stewart; stamps: ScrapBerry’s, Prima; chipboard: Scrapiniec, Magiczna Kartka; washi tapes: Dekoracyjna Taśma

I hope soon to be able to fill the album with fun photos 🙂

see you!


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  • Maryann says:

    Sooooooo beautiful album here. I too love the water and the sea, but I´m also soo lucky to live in a country, where we can always reach the sea in almost any direction within an hour, sp that´s just awesome as is your work here. Just gorgeous-

  • I love your fresh pretty style Maja! The blue/red stripe border reminds me of when I was a kid and we’d receive airmail letters from my Oma inGermany, this is such a lovely project! xo

  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    Your album is amazing – magnificent and I adore the sea as well. Have fun!