It’s Day 2 of Maya Road week on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog! We’re thrilled to be partnering with Maya Road for a week filled with fantastic project ideas featuring Maya Road Products. Since discovering the Maya Road booth at CHA, we’ve been absolute Maya Road Junkies – or to use Maya Road terminology – “Roadies”. They have such a fantastic array of products which can act as building blocks to just about any project you can think of – they’ve got tons of chipboards, albums, trims, trinkets, Mists, stamps, rub-ons…..and that doesn’t even scratch the surface!
Every day this week we’ll be featuring projects both from Maya Road Design Team members as well as some of our Paper Crafter’s Library Designers/Educators. As part of this week’s projects we – and the Maya Road Design Team challenged ourselves to create as many different projects as we could with the collection of Maya Road products shown below. Our goal was to show you how incredibly versatile these products are and how many different looks you can achieve with them. I have to tell you, I was blown away in seeing every one’s projects and what a different spin everyone puts on those same products. So as the week progresses, you’re going to see these products appearing over and over again in the projects. For ongoing inspiration using Maya Road products be sure to visit the Maya Road blog or the Maya Road Facebook page.
Maya Road Prize Pack
As with our other manufacturer spotlights, at the end of this week two lucky winners will receive a Maya Road prize pack. Winners will be drawn from all the comments left here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog or the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page. Remember, each comment you leave is one entry, so be sure to visit every day not only for the great project ideas, but also to enter your name into our give-away. One winner will receive the goodies shown below which includes 5 rolls of May Road’s awesome twine cording each with over 100 yards, and 8 of their wooden spools. The second winner will receive the prize pictured below that, which is an assortment of the same products we used in our projects throughout the week along with a few different trims.
About Maya Road
Maya Road was born in 2003. Two sisters, Deborah and Caroline, were spending the weekend together, and went shopping for all of the latest scrapbooking supplies. As they browsed the aisles, they were struck by how difficult it was to find unique scrapbooking products and how expensive products were. They started chatting about products they wanted to see, and they brainstormed how they could combine their business knowledge and design skills to produce the unique products for scrapbooking. Thus, Maya Road was formed.
After much soul-searching, they decided to launch Maya Road nationally with 38 unique products at HIA (the prior name for CHA Tradeshow) in 2004. Since then Maya Road has added over 2000 new products to their line. Creative items include such as chipboard, trims, twines, metals, Maya Mists, embellishments and more.
Maya Road was founded on a belief in each person’s creative ability and on the commitment to making high quality scrapbooking products available and affordable to everyone. Maya Road believes that scrapbooking and memory keeping should be an everyday event available to everyone.
Our signature products are carried in over 1000 scrapbooking stores in the US, Australia, Canada, the UK and beyond. People often ask where the term “Maya Road” comes from. Maya is actually a combination of nicknames, Caroline and Deborah, had as kids. They looked up “Maya” and realized it meant “The Art of Creation” and thus, Maya Road was born.
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Design Team Project
Our next Maya Roady Designer is Julia Stainton. You can see her stunning creations below but first, here is a bit more about Julia:
Creating things has always been a passion of mine. I simply can’t remember a time that I haven’t been creating something. My name is Julia Stainton and while I’ve tried almost every craft under the sun, for the past 12 years I’ve been mostly focused on paper crafting. The past six years have been especially busy crafting ones as I moved into freelance design… designing for numerous magazines and design teams. I love experimenting with many styles and types of projects but I’m always going back to stamping, cardmaking and a shabby layered style. The past couple years I’ve been excited to do some product design for Lily Bee Design and have released three scrapbooking collections. The beginning of this year brought me another dream come true when I was asked to join the Maya Road team.
My husband and I have been married for 22 years and have five children aged from 21 down to 6. They keep me busy and I’m thrilled to have them all at home this summer. We live in Ontario between a few of the Great Lakes and spend as much time out on the water as possible each summer. I’m a pretty shy girl who loves to stay at home crafting, reading and baking. Oh yes, I also love wasting time on Pinterest and I’m totally addicted to chocolate.
Three Card Designs
Welcome to day two of the Maya Road + Paper Crafter’s Library Blog Swap! It’s Julia here today with three cards to share with you featuring the same products that you’ll be seeing all week. I always find it so inspiring to see how many different designers use the exact same product for such unique results.I’ve used each product at least once in the card trio and you’ll find that I’ve used many of them in more than one card design. My favorite was the Butterfly Stamp set and you’ll find that I’ve used it on each of the designs. Why? Well…I love stamping and with the myriad of techniques that you can stamp with, a stamp set is one of the best crafting investments I can think of. Think almost endless possibilities.
This first card uses the smallest of the butterfly stamps on a little Kraft tag. Maya Road has a variety of sweet little tags that make a great place to stamp an accent or a sentiment. Chipboard is another one of those staple products that I just can’t get enough of. An easy way to add color and texture to plain chipboard is to cover it with a crackle paint finish. The Zipper Trims can be used to add texture and interest to a design. They can be stapled on, stitched or adhered with a strong adhesive.
My second card design uses the larger butterfly images stamped onto a manila tag in different colors of ink. Sometimes simple stamping is all you need. The tag on this card is also stamped. Stamping on canvas is as simple as stamping on paper. I like to test my ink on a scrap of canvas first to make sure I’ll get a crisp and clean impression. To get a more soft and shabby look to the beautiful Apple Mums, they were inked with a white ink stain. The zipper trim makes some abstract leaves by folding the trim in half and then stapling.
For my final design, I’ve used another simple stamping technique. Heat embossing is easy and adds dimension and shine to your stamping. If you emboss clear embossing powder over a clear embossing or watermark ink you end up with a beautiful tone on tone effect. As you can see the kraft looks beautiful embossed and the stamping will be a lovely warm brown. Since I first saw the sweet little Metal Vintage Trinket Love Hangers, I’ve been dying to hang tags from them. The stamped and embossed tags are each tied with twine.
Maya Road has been a favorite of mine for years. The product is high quality, on trend but timeless, and it mixes with every style and patterned paper line out there. What could be better?
Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Projects
One of the things I mentioned at the beginning of this post is how incredibly versatile Maya Road products are. For today’s free video tutorial we wanted to show you that you don’t have to be a Paper Crafter to enjoy Maya Road products, and you don’t have to have a lot of time. Below you can see a set of hair accessories created by Tracy which simply utilize some of the Maya Road flowers. She created a hair elastic, hair band, and two different styles of barettes.
You can view a video on how Tracy created these hair accessories here:
Our second project for today utilized 9 out of the 10 products sent to us by Maya Road. This project was created by Andrea Walford (me). It’s an Altered Burlap Gift Bag that measures 5″ x 7″. You can use it to package small coordinating note-cards, you could put a gift card in there, a small gift, a few treats……I purchased the burlap bag years ago at a packaging store because I thought they were really neat and then they sat in my cupboard since then. When we received the Maya Road products they went so perfectly with the burlap that I immediately knew what I wanted to do.
Using a ribbon threading needle I threaded Maya Road’s Slushie Blue Twine Cording through the burlap to create a decorated border. I stained and stamped my canvas banner and hung it from the adorable vintage love hanger with more twine, and then attached my Kraft tag to the hanger as well, this time using the gingham ribbon. I colored my Jonathan Chipboard letter with some chalk ink and then stuck it onto the tag. I then hung the hanger from the embroidered twine border. I clustered the flowers and then used the beautiful Leaf Green Zipper Trim to create the leaves for my larger flower.
Here you can see a close up of my cluster of embellishments.
There is a video tutorial and handout for this project available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.
So there you have it! Day 2 of our celebration of Maya Road! I hope you have enjoyed all the projects that our design team and the Maya Road design team have created for you.
A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library
The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
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Maya Road Give-Away
To enter to win one of the Maya Road prize packs please leave your comment below. Winners will be drawn from all the comments left either here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog or the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page. For ongoing inspiration using Maya Road products be sure to visit the Maya Road blog or the Maya Road Facebook page. Be sure to take a minute to stop by Julia Stainton’s blog and say hi as well, and of course check out all of her gorgeous creations.