A Whole Lotta Thanks

Hello Maja friends! I’ve got two project to share with you today, one card and one tag. They do share some similarities, both are using Maja Design’s It’s Christmas time collection and they both share the art of ‘thanks’. I like to make a lot of thank you cards as of all the card sharing occasions, I think that gratitude is the most important. Everyone has Christmas, a birthday, Easter, etc. by design. Sharing a card with someone to thank them is an active occasion, an occasion that came to be because of the thoughtfulness of another. That’s what I like to celebrate. So, in light of my fondness for gratitude, here are a couple of projects:

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And here’s a tag using the same papers:

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I used the It’s Christmas time collection, specifically The Perfect Gift, The Perfect Gift (bs), Christmas Shopping and Sparkle (bs) papers. I tend to lean towards neutral or pale colors and usually add lots of flowers. The first card is a mix of fabric and paper flowers, thick jute, pearls and tulle. I also added some vintage lace, a border punch and some Zva Creative pearl swirls. The tag consists of just one paper flower, some Antique copper brads, vintage lace and some Zva Creative Iridescent pearl flourishes. I love the fact that even though Christmas is now a distant memory…I can keep on using these papers throughout the year!

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I want to thank you for stopping by today and sharing a bit of your time with me…I certainly do appreciate it. Consider these creations virtual thank you cards to you!

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Video Tutorial: Vintage Dress Canvas (Step by Step)

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I always love watching those mixed media video’s where you can watch the process.  I find them fun, inspiring and informative.  I love to see the little steps it takes to put a project together.  So today I thought I would share a video tutorial with you all in how I made the above, Vintage Dress canvas using the beautiful papers from the Ska vi ta en Fika? collection.

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Grab yourself a nice cup of coffee (keep the pot nearby, this is a fairly long one), maybe a little pastry in keeping with the theme of the paper collection, an enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and hope that you’ll feel inspired to try a canvas using these pretty papers.  Here are a few close-ups of the canvas that you can leisurely view, as well as a supplies list of products used.

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Supplies:  Patterned Paper: Maja Design ‘Ska vi ta en Fika? (Blommer pa Bordet, Soders Hojder-bs, En Kopp te, Sockerkaka-bs), Chipboard: Dusty Attic Designs (Ornate Corner Flourish, Chicken Wire Panel, Monarch Butterflies),  Rub-on: Daisy D’s, Stamp: Autumn Leaves, Other: Kitchen twine, bulk roses, seed beads, acrylic paint, lace, pearl strand, brown chalk ink (Ranger), brown pen, 8×10 canvas.

Thanks for taking the time to view my video! xo

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Winner of the February mood board

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Here are our gorgeous participating creations, no specific order…

And the winner of the February mood board is…Wilma_VoermansWilma Voermans!

Congratulations! The brand new Vintage Spring Basics collection will be sent to you by mail as soon as it has left print.

Next mood board is a real fika treat. If Marie, designer of Maja Design, is a fika freak. I’m totally nuts about coffee. So March mood board is a celebration to this wonderful potion. It’s not hard to guess that Fika is behind this palette. So don’t forget to stop by next Tuesday to see our new mood board and the amazing creations our Maja girls has done to get your creative flow going.

Take care! Jenny

Going masculine with ‘Life by the sea’

My previous blogpost on the Maja Design blog was titled ‘Pretty in pink’. Well, I think that will be enough evidence that I tend to do more girly than masculine lay-outs.  For today’s post I decided to change that. With Maja Design’s ‘Life by the sea’ collection it was love at first sight for me. The papers from this collection have stars, ginghams, text or stripes printed on them and the colours are just perfect for a masculine creation. I have made this lay-out with these beautiful papers.
Sailing 1The photo that I used on this lay-out is one of my father and my little brother. We were in a chair-lift, returning from a trip to the biggest mountain in Budapest. I tried to take some photos of the two of them and actually loved how this one turned out. I loved how peaceful and serene it looks.

Once again I added as many layers as I could to my lay-out. To create the gingham layer I cut out a gingham pattern from the ‘Sailing’ sheet. I adhered it to my lay-out with foamtape and added the other layers of paper on top of it.

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Although my photo hasn’t got anything to do with sailing, I couldn’t resist giving my lay-out a bit of a maritime look, as I thought that suited the male photo quite well. To achieve this look I also incorporated some cheese clothing, burlap flowers and a resin seagull in my lay-out. The chipboard pieces that I used are all covered with white embossing powder.

Sailing 3I hope you enjoyed my post and that you will give the more masculine look a try too. Actually each one of the Maja Design collections has at least a couple of sheets that suit this look quite well.

Supplies:

Maja Design: patterned papers (Life by the sea: Nautic, the West Coast, Regatta, Sailing, Sailing-bs, Morning Sing-bs); Dusty Attic: chipboard, Prima Marketing: flowers, resin seagull; Tim Holtz: distress ink; American Crafts: embossing powder, embossing ink.

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It is Sunday and my time to host the Maja Design blog! This time I have used the beautiful Maja Design paper from The wonderful collection Life by the SeaIt is called Morning Swim, and I have used both sides.

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I have made a baby card for a friend of mine who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy just before Christmas. She lives in another part of Norway, but will be home for Winter holiday this week, and I am looking so much forward to meet her and her baby! And of course I had to have a card for him. 054

I have used flowers from Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts and Petaloo. The flowerberries are from Kort og Godt. Behind the cute image from Magnolia I have put some cheese cloth and a doily.052

I have cut out two Tilda Tags from Magnolia’s DooHickeys and put them in a small pocket.

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The image is coloured with Distress Ink, markers and reinkers. The whole card is made with a Go Kreate Die.

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Creating with Ska Vi Ta En Fika?

Well, today marks my very last post as this month’s Guest Creative Team designer!  I have had the time of my life creating and sharing here at the Maja Design blog…so a HUGE thanks to both Jenny (for asking me) and Marie (for allowing me to create with HER amazing papers)!!!

Today, I am going to share 3 projects that I created using the beautiful Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection:  2 mixed-media projects and 1 layout.  So, sit back, relax, and enjoy.

I am pretty sure that everyone who has ever seen, or had the pleasure to create with the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection, knows just how truly exceptional these papers are! Fika-P1 And if you haven’t….. They are gorgeous, and you really need to get some!  But with that said, ALL of the Maja Design papers I have had the pleasure to work with are truly exceptional.  The papers are heavy-weight, so they stand up to a lot of creative play with distressing, water, paint, etc. and are beautifully designed and coordinated.  I LOVE how well the beautiful prints compliment each other.

The first project I would like to share is a (3) canvas mixed media piece: Sweet Little Cupcake Sweet Little Cupcake This project consists of 3 small (4 x 4) deep edge canvases.1 Fika details I love the dimension of deep edge canvases.  1 fika details 2 I painted the edges of each canvas before choosing my background papers. 1 Fika details 3 After choosing my background papers, I then decoupaged them down onto the canvases and then added stamping to create background texture and interest.1 fika details 4 The next step was to figure out which patterned papers I wanted to use for my cupcake bases. 1 Fika details 6 Once I decided on my papers, I cut out the bases and used them as templates.  Using a pencil, I sketched the tops onto different patterned papers.1 Fika details 7 Then, I cut out the tops of the cupcakes, and sketched some designs on them, so that I could add some hand-stitched details. 1 Fika details 8 I pierced holes out along the sketched out designs, so that I could add the stitching.  TIP:  If you do not have a paper piercer, a thumb tack works well for this step, and if you do not have a piercing mat (mine is made from cork) I have used a cardboard pizza box before. 1 Fika details 9 1 Fika details9 Once I had created all of my cupcakes, added the finishing touches, added a few more textural stamping, I then fan-folded the cupcake bases and inked the edges. 1 Fika 4 Sweet I used hot glue to adhere the cupcakes and the button toppers onto the canvas.  I like the way the hot-glue adheres the paper to the canvases and gives the cupcakes just the right amount of dimension. 1 Fika 4 Little 1 Fika 4 Cupcake Here is one more up-close photo of some of the hand-stitched detailing I added to one of the cupcakes: 1 Fika 4 details Ska Vi Ta En Fika? papers used for this project included:  En kopp te; Cheesecake; Blommor pa bordet; Bjornbarskakor; Tva froknar; Kladdkaka; Chokladmuffins; Chaite; Soders hojder; & Hemma hos mig.  Other ingredients included:  3- 4 x 4 canvases; misc. buttons from my stash; Hampton Arts small alphabet wood stamps; CTMH & Staz-On inks; hole punch; Misc. stamps from CTMH and Stampabilities; embroidery floss; acrylic paint; and paper piercer and cork piercing mat from Timeless Touches.

My next project is a 12 x 12 layout of my sweet baby girl. 1 Fika I used a Martha Stewart leaf punch here….punched out the leaf, inked the edges, and curled them slightly, and then, framed my baby girl’s photo with the leaves. DSC09506 I also made the flower near the bottom right hand side using 2 of my punches. 1 Fika 2 I used my flower petal embossing punch from Marvy Uchida (see below)- punched it out 6 times, curled and inked the edges, and then layered them together, gluing them down with hot glue.  I then used my McGill Starburst punch – punched it out 3 times, curled and rolled the points, & layered and glued them together with hot glue - then added the starburst to the center of the flower.  These punches make it super easy to create and make your own flower embellishments AND out of whatever paper you like. DSC09514 Ska vi ta en Fika? papers used for this layout included:  Karleksmums; En kopp te; Blommor pa bordet; Cheesecake; Lejas Café; Maudekaka; Hemgjord saft; Hemma hos mig; Pratstund; Tva froknar.  Other supplies used here included:  Martha Stewart leaf, lace border, & deep edge flower border punches; EK Success apron strings border punch; McGill starburst punch; Marvy Uchida embossed flower punch; Prima & Petaloo flowers; Prima flower vine; flourish stamp; Ink from CTMH; Hampton Art small alphabet wood stamp set; embroider thread; & Prima bling.

For my final project, I would like to share another 3 canvas panel mixed-media project.1 Fika 3

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I painted the canvas edges before decoupaging paper onto them.

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I cut 3 different damask images using my Cindy Loo Cricut cartridge.  I cut the different layers out of different patterned papers, and then glued them down with decoupage.

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Above, I tested out the damask patterns against the background papers before adding stamping and paint.  Once I was satisfied with the patterns of my designs, I added textural background stamping, some inking, acrylic paint…and then glued down the damask images onto the canvases.

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I added some clear dimensional “Liquid Glass” from CTMH to certain points in my designs, for some added dimension.

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After adding all the little extra detailing with stamps and paints and Liquid Glass, I glued everything down to the canvases and voila….I considered the pieces down.

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Ska Vi Ta En Fika? papers used for this project included: Leja’s Cafe (front and back); Favoriter; Soders hojder; Sockerkaka; Mandelkaka; hemgjord saft; Marzipanbakelse; Smulpaj m applen; Blabarssylt. Other supplies used here included:  3 – 5 x 5 canvases; CTMH Liquid Glass; Cricut cartridge, Cindy Loo; acrylic paint; INK: CTMH, Staz-On; Misc. stamps: Tim Holtz, Stampabilities, & CTMH.

Thank you Maja Design fans!!! I have so enjoyed sharing my personal style with you! and I hope that something here has inspired you to create something today!

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Romantic Date by the Sea

Hi. Jennifer Snyder here today to wish you a Happy Friday!  Who doesn’t love a Friday?

Fridays tend to be a popular night for dates, or getting together with friends.  Here’s an idea for a fun, flirty date or friend’s night out using Maja Design papers.

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(as a little note - glass and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the beaches near me.  This project is very mindful of that and uses sparkling water for the “bubbly” as well as plastic wine glasses.)

This set provides the inspiration for a flirty romantic evening at the beach to watch the sunset….sparkling water, peanuts or fish shaped crackers,  then a canister to save your shells and sea glass that you collect while the sun is setting.

What could be more unforgettable?  A perfect evening and then a fun way to save your beach  treasures and  memories using your favorite Maja Design paper collection for the occasion – Life by the Sea.

I love this collection and really enjoy using it.  It’s clean feeling and classic nautical theme makes me think summer and vacation and special times.  Just what I need at a time when snow is all around me.

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This was created using a peanut can.

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The matching  plastic wine glasses are beach safe for toasting with sparkling water ( also beach safe).Best part of this?  The decorative trims on the plastic wine glasses slip off so they can be washed.

Share the peanuts or use for crackers/ cookies.  The jute around the stem of the wine glass is both decorative and purposeful.  I placed it there for a nautical/beachy look however it has functionality as well.  When your hands are sandy or wet, the jute will provide more grip so that you do not spill your beverage.   No one wants to be on a date and have a beverage spill on them ( smile).

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I filled my can with fish crackers and served them on clam shells.

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See the crazy, wild beaded spray I added to the top of the lid?  I picked that because it reminded me of seaweed or sea grass.  A fun little touch to bling up the can and match my beaded glasses.

I bought that floral beaded spray at a craft store in the floral department – just in case you were wondering.  You can easily make your own by adding some beads to wire and simply twist the ends to secure the beads.  That works as well.

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Here are the wine glasses.  The base strip is punched from Life by the Sea Collection – Nautic paper and glued tightly around the glass with the bead trim glued on top.

If you scroll down, you will find directions to this project as well as close ups of the wine glass so you can see the punched strip of Maja paper around the glass.

As I mentioned above, I selected jute to decorate the wine glasses to help add a little grip to the glasses when hands are wet and sandy.  I also wanted something earthy to tone down the bling of the beaded trim and coordinate with the the jute used on the canister.

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See the Maja paper peeking under the beaded trim?  The paper and bead embellishment is not glued to the plastic wine glass.  It is glued like a paper ring and fits snugly around the glasses.  The whole decoration slips right off so you can wash the glass.

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Here are some directions for the project:   

Directions for Canister Body:

  1. Using a peanut canister, apply gesso to the can with a paintbrush or foam brush.  Gesso is needed to provide a rough surface for you to easily adhere a paper layer.  Let dry.
  2. Cut patterned paper and glue to can with tacky glue. (Life by the Sea Collection – Sailing)
  3. Punch decorative strip with your favorite punch and glue to top and bottom edges of the can. (Life by the Sea Collection – Nautic)
  4. Wrap decorative fibers and jute around top of can and tie to secure.
  5. Decorate with chipboard as follows:   Apply embossing ink and then sprinkle your choice of embossing powder on chipboard.  Set with heat gun.Hot glue completed chipboard to canister with generous amount of glue.
  6. Complete by hot gluing shells in place.

Directions for Canister Lid:

  1. Cut a circle from your patterned paper and  glue to the plastic top. (Life by the Sea Collection – Sailing)
  2. Using hot glue, secure lace or ribbon to the edges of the lid.
  3. Hot glue a floral beaded spray in place.
  4. Attach shells or your choice of decorations to the top with hot glue.

Directions for Plastic Wine Glasses:

  1. Tightly wind jute around the stem of the wine glass, hot gluing the ends to secure.
  2. Punch decorative strip with your favorite punch making sure it will easily fit around your wine glass. (Life by the Sea Collection – Nautic)
  3. Glue paper strip around glass so that it fits snugly around glass.  Make sure to only glue the paper end together and do not glue the strip to the glass.  You want to be able to slip off the decorative strip to wash the glass.
  4. Remove the paper strip after it is glued.  Using hot glue gun, glue decorative beaded trim to your paper punch strip.  NOTE : Do not hot glue beaded trim while the paper punch strip is on the wine glass or it will stick to your wine glass and not be removable for cleaning.
  5. Finish off by hot gluing shell on top of the beaded trim.

Thanks for looking.  Happy Friday Night.

Supplies:

Maja Design Life by the Sea Collection – Sailing (background paper),Maja Design Life by the Sea Collection – Nautic (punched edges),Martha Stewart punch – Doily Lace Trim,Blue Fern Studios Nested Circles 074455,Tim Holtz Ink – Pumice,bead  sprays/shells/jute,beaded trim,Stampendous Big Boss Embossing ink,Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder,Gesso and foam brush for application of gesso, Plastic wine glasses, Hot glue and tacky glue, Ribbon, Heat gun

 

Spread A Little Love & Sunshine…

Hi Maja fans! Today I have created a very sunshine-y, love-y, happy card for you! I must admit, after Valentine’s Day, it is nice to get away from the traditional colors of love and do something a little different. So I chose a yellow & sand color combination for this love card…Making it a perfect gift for a wedding, a new baby or just because!

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For this card, I used the beautiful Life in the Country Collection which is full of homespun designs. I love that even among the bright patterns and colors of this collection, one can find beautiful, subdued hues like this gorgeous gingham/striped print which I have used today!

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I used the “In The Hammock” paper, layering both the front and backside of this lovely print for the base of the card. At the top, I added a die-cut circle border from some yellow pieces of scrap paper I had, and I added a matching yellow ribbon, along with a vintage button.

Just below that, I adhered a die-cut banner with a very sparkly, special little heart. I love how the vintage glass glitter mimics the color of the paper and adds a touch of shiny happiness to the card.

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Just below that, I stamped a sentiment using some TCM stamps, and layered it onto an embossed and hand-cut doily. To finish the card, I layered lace, Maya Road trim, a pearl flourish and a pretty little trinket key (which used to be on one of my favorite necklaces that had seen better days).

Just below that, you can see some of the beautiful Maja paper peeking out in a lovely scallop, which I hand cut following the lines of the embossing folder I used. A little flower and button combo finish off this quick, and fun card!

Supplies: Maja Design Paper (In The Hammock), Maya Road bubble trim, White cardstock, ZVA pearl flourish, Dienamics circle border die, Papertrey Ink In Stitches Die, The Craft’s Meow stamp. Buttons, Lace, Trinket Key, Ribbon, and Yellow Paper are from my stash.

I hope this little card adds a touch of love and sunshine to your day!

Until Next Time,

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There’s a Boy in Every Gentleman

Good Morning, I am here to share with you a couple LO’s I did with some of the beautiful Maja Design Collections….

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I used the Beautiful Vintage Summer Basics Collection for this LO….out of this collection I used 1899,1899 bs,1891,1903,1904,1926 bs,1914 bs & memories.Here are some close ups of detail…..

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I rubbed in two different colors of chalk into the wordlet,to keep it soft…..

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I did a lot of layers,distressing & stitching,once I am done my stitching,I distress the edges more by lifting & tearing with my fingers…..

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The photo is a photo of my husband,I love vintage photo’s & this Collection is perfect for them….

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The flowers used on this LO are from I am Roses, I just started to use them & happy with them as you can buy 100 little roses @ a reasonable price & look @ the time I am saving in not having to make them….

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Close up showing some of the layers,lace & twine…..Here is a LO I did using the Walking in the Forest Collection,I did this LO for the Scrap Fx blog……

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The photo is a Grad photo of my youngest son Tandri. I used from the Walking in the Forest Collection, Jeans,Fresh Air,Bird Song,Knitted Sweater,Autumn is in the Air & Last Flowers. I don’t know if it is that I have boys,because I just love these colors!!!!! Here is another LO I did for the Scrap Fx Blog using another favorite collection of mine***FIKA***….

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Photo is of my BF’s granddaughter having a bath in my kitchen sink.I used out of the Fika Collection,Blabarssylt,Blabarssylt BS,Bulle M Blabar BS,Kaffetaren den BS,Karleksmums,Kaleksmums BS,I also used Vintage Summer Basics 1932.Here is a LO I did for the I am Roses February Challenge, as soon as I received my order I decided to play in their challenge in hopes of winning some more of their flowers . I used the Beautiful Cream Diem Collection for this LO….

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Photos are of two of my dogs when they were puppies. Out of the Cream Diem  Collection I used Karleken BS,Av hela mitt hjarta, Av hela mitt hjarta BS,fylld av Karlek,Fylld av Karlek BS,Kann dig Sjalv BS,Om du vill alskas BS & Ord Flyger bort BS,Yes, another Beautiful Collection!!!! Here is my last one for today using again the Fika Collection (Yikes,I am getting low) I did this LO for OUAS Challenge….

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Photos are of me & my sisters,I am the oldest,the one holding the puppy. We shared everything even Birthday parties,I was born on Nov 19,a year later Jo Anne Nov 19,then a year later Audrey Nov 27th. Out of the Fika Collection I used Blommor pa bordet,Hemgjord Saft,Pratstund BS,Sockerkaka BS,& Lejas cafe BS,Love,Love this Collection!!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to look….Rachelle

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March Guest Creative Team member

Our March Guest Creative Team Member is no stranger to the scrapbooking world. I’m very proud to present our newest team member.

Tomoko-TakahashiTomoko Takahashi, Japan

Tomoko’s soft feminine style in combination with Japanese influences really makes her projects something special. We bid her our warmest welcome and are very excited to see what she can bring to our team. If you want to read more about Tomoko, please take a look in our Creative Team section.Jenny