Jan 9, 2018

Creating and Designing

Some people often ask me where do I come up with some of my projects, and I can honestly say that at times I don't sleep because an idea will come to mind.

I don't know if this creative thinking comes to everyone just as you are about to go to bed, but it seems like just as I'm about to go to bed...an IDEA is born.  Once an idea starts flowing through my head its tossing and turning until I get up and put that design to work.  I guess that I should have a notebook by my side at all times, because its hard to tell when something new will spring up.

As a designer, its those sleepless nights that I come up with some of my designs.  I assemble things in my head and I paces up and down trying to figure out how to make something work.  I don't know if I get this from my dad, because he could build things very easily and loved making his own blue prints for houses that he built.  He was as I called him Jack of ALL trades.

My dad would scratch his head when he was trying to figure out a design for a house that he was building.  So, I guess the apple didn't fall to far from the tree, because I'm the same way.  I love working with my hands and creating new things.

Now, I am more hands on and I have to sit down with a pen and paper to sketch something out, but I have to also see if the design will actually work for what I want it.  So, that is when I will get my hands into the project and until I figure it out I won't stop.

Once I see the project, come to life I step back and look at it and think what could I do different to make it better.  I guess as designers we are harder on ourselves and I don't give myself as much credit, but I  am my worst critic.  My mom always said, that she was my biggest fan, but I"m my worst critic.

So, my advise to others that want to design:

  • Have a notebook, pen, and pencil ready at all times.
  • Get the idea down just as soon as it comes to mind.  Date it, time it, and always make sure that you protect your design.
  • Put your design into the test.
    • Make sure that it works as you planned/designed it.
  • Don't be AFRAID.
    • Don't be afraid if your design didn't work the first time.  Chances are that next time it will be just as you envisioned it.

I am very random, but I always keep track of designs and patterns that I come up with.  Keeping track of those designs can be time consuming but its for your safety.

So, the next time you want to design a project, don't be afraid and take a chance.  Its a good feeling when you actually see a design come to life.

Speaking of which, I'm off to design my next project.

Shabby Stocking Album

I love creating and designs new things.  For this particular project I designed a chipboard Jester/Stocking Christmas Album.  

The album itself consist of 4 pages and I used papers and chipboard embellishments from Blue Fern Studios.  One of the things I am passionate about is using laces and trims to decorate and cover chipboard albums.  So, for this album I used Blue Fern Studios Vintage Christmas Paper Collection to cover the album and I topped it off with some laces and trims I had.

Creating pockets for this project was just as easy as 1-2-3, because I simply cut the gorgeous calling cards from the collections and used trim to go over the edges.  I love cleaning up edges when creating and designs albums, because it just gives it a gorgeous finished look.  

To finish off this project, I used Blue Fern Studios embossing powders and gave it that extra Christmas Glitter Touch.

Creating these albums with either paper and/or fabric is very fun!  I love being able to take a simple chipboard and turning it into a gorgeous piece full of luscious laces.  To adhere the paper to my pages I used my Creative Station Xyron Machine.  This machine allows me to create amazing projects with just a few simple steps.  The Xyron Machine makes it easy for me to be able to adhere the paper to my chipboard with out having to get air bubbles or corners lifting.

I hope this project inspires you to create an amazing album using laces, papers, fabric, and embellishments.

Oct 8, 2016

NEW Online COURSE Tutorials

Hi, Everyone its Mai Larsen, and I am excited to announce some of my online courses.  These courses are of projects that I create thinking outside the box.

My new online paid tutorials will be filled with yummy shabby chic craft projects.  I'm passionate of shabby chic and grungy chic tattered projects.  I will share some of my techniques in each of the tutorials.  I will share where I purchase some of my supplies and I will try to give step by step detailed tutorial of each projects.

I have been creating for a long time and I have never really thought about doing online exclusive tutorials.  After owning a craft store and selling the shop, I have decided to branch out further with my creations.

I will be working on my etsy store, which is where I will sell some of my tutorials and finished handmade goods.  Each tutorial will be fun and full of techniques, humor, and love.  Each handmade project created will be created with love and will be one of a kind designs.

My Etsy Shop of where my tutorials and crafted items will be listed for sale:


I hope to see you on my new online class tutorials.

Tattered Shabby Chic Composition Book Cover

This course is for a Tattered Shabby Chic Composition Notebook that you can purchase at Walmart for about $.50 - $1.99. The materials are things I have purchased from Hobby Lobby and Shabby Chic Boutique as well as some from my remnant stash.
The cover can be created to for any size notebook, but just make sure that you measure appropriately. The notebook cover I created is for a Composition Notebook and I cut the heavy fabric at 10.75" x 26".

You will need the following supplies:
  • Sewing Machine or you can hand sew
  • Composition Notebook
  • Trims several yards of various types
  • Buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Upholstery Fabric
  • Digital Image (Angela Holts Designs or other on Pinterest)
  • Link for tutorial will be emailed to you once course is paid.
Here is the one I used and its from Pinterest but you can print on fabric.Vintage_Girl_Imaes.docx
I hope you enjoy this tutorial.


Jan 24, 2016

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