Saturday, August 31, 2013

'SUMMER' with Maja Design

Hello my friends,
this is my final Saturday guest designing for  
Maja Design 
 today I have a layout created with 'Life By The Sea' collection .
 These papers have such a summery/ nautical feel and I had the perfect pic of my 'Grandie' with her two friends, all ready to go boating.  
Rarely do I use a patterned paper for my foundation, but for this particular creation I feel it really works and adds to the nautical theme
My photo is always so important to me . 
I like to make it the focus on my creations, and blend in the colors and surrounds with the emotion and memories attached to my photo.
 I use Black and White photos when I feel the colors don't blend in with my papers of choice.
 Creating banners are fun and this one is made up of tags, hearts and strips.The thick cotton mimics the ropes used when sailing .
Above is a closie of my tags and heart .
 I love to include the title somewhere interesting, my choice here is to write it on my tag.
A cluster of tags here, with lots of layering.
 The top tag has a Tim Holtz metal piece and a Prima metal number 3.
 In order to balance out my design I wanted something simple and small to fill this corner.
 I simply cut a circle and two thin strips which I tucked around the circle,  securing them with some decorative brads ...
The metal circle in the centre, is something I have had for years and at last I found the perfect place for it .....sometimes I buy elements because I love them and it takes me ages to use them ... can anyone else relate to this ??  

  Maja Design collections : Life by the Sea / Landmark, Navigate, Regatta, the east coast, Bottle message .  Fika/ Bulle m Blabar ..(the heart and the large tag )

other materials used . 2Crafty chipboard, Tim Holtz metal/film strip, Prima Metal number, Prima stamps ,Tim Holtz Stamp, versa color ink , thick cotton .BoBunny brads, gesso.

Sharing another layout I created  with Maja Design Collections, 

Life by the sea 

above is a layout I created for CSI/2Crafty in early August.
I had fun with lots of gesso and layering.
the collection Life by the Sea suggests a nautical energy and I wanted to use this photo of one of our many sailing adventures. 
to me the ocean is made up of many layers and frothy white waves, which I re-created by swiping white gesso over the paper.

adding twine mimics the ropes used on sail boats and the muslin represents the waves. white gesso reminds me of the fluffy white clouds and the sails .

this is my final Saturday as a GD for MajaDesign.
a month of guest designing here has been a wonderful and exciting journey .

huge thanks to all of you x


  1. Divine pages Heather- the bg paper is perfect for the photo and love the idea of all the tags ..xo

  2. Just fabulous as always. Just love it all. I always find inspiration in your art. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your LOs are extraordinarily gorgeous,Heather! You are truly an artist. Love love your beautiful work! Have a great weekend! :)

  4. I truly love these pages, the soft colours catch my eye. Love your layout about 'you' in edition 22 of ASI.

  5. Wow, you simply rocked this paper collection! I really love the nautical look to both of your lay-outs. Absolutely stunning work!

  6. Gorgeous, love the shapes and papers on the first one, so beautiful, filled with detaisl and yet so classy, calm and put together with focus on the image!

    Great maritim style on the second, so lovely.

    Hugs, Anne.

  7. Heather these are gorgeous. I would love to see how you plan these layouts. The various embellishments you use are always perfectly chosen and brilliantly placed. Would you ever consider walking your readers through your planning session?

  8. Oh Heather, you create Nautical just as stylishly as you do everything else!!! Totally impeccable styling and placement....LOVE it :)

  9. These are stunning layouts.. I could sit and look for ages and still find something else..lots of layers, love your doodling around the edges.. love the banners, love it all!! I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

  10. You are amazing Heather!! These are simply stunning! I am in love with the colors, the layers, the textures!! Just GORGEOUS!!!

  11. Ahhhh, how stunning are they, you have done miracles with these papers

  12. gasp!!! what amazing work - just totally amazing

  13. Oh Heather these are just stunning! So different from one another.....gorgeous!

  14. Both pages are just divine Heather. Different yet very similar. Love the photo on the first one ... the kiddies look like they are really having fun!! You always use such unique embellishments too and they suit your pages and fit in with the subject so beautifully. Love, love, love!!! ox

  15. Sjoe...some more beautiful eye-candy...your blog is just overflowing with eye-candy...and every page is just more and more beautiful! Such beautiful work Heather! ;-)

  16. Each one of your layouts is just more beautiful than the one before... Every time I think - this is it ... this is the best one... a new best one appears. I would love to have 1% of your talent. Just amazing my sweet friend :D xox