Wedding card

Exciting day… A year and a half ago I decided to step down from the Creative Team at Maja Design since I started working there as a Marketing Director. When Cathy decided to come back to our team she needed a little help. So I decided to step in every fourth week and do some projects myself. So for the first time in a very long time, here’s a posting with a little creation… created by me. :)

A very dear friend of mine got married in June. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the wedding but I created this card for her, using the Vintage Summer Basics collection.
And yes, the glasses and cake decoration was used during my own wedding eight years ago. The years do pass by very fast.
I’ve cut out different Scrap FX chipboards and painted them randomly with Gesso.  I’ve used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a border punch by Martha Stewart for the edge. The metallic frame is one of my Tim Holtz Idea-Ology favourites. The flowers are from Prima, floss by Karen Foster.

I wrote a poem on the inside of the card, hopefully she liked it. I’ve used the following papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection…

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A farewell and a welcome back

As you read last weekend our beloved Nadia has decided to step down to spend more time with her family. We think she made the right decision and wish her all the best in her future. Here are a couple of Nadia’s beautiful creations that she has created for us.
Nadia’s wonderful replacement is no stranger… Please welcome back the talented Cathy Lane from South Africa.Cathy-Lane-2

Here are a few of her layouts that she has made for us in the past…Cathy_LaneCathyLaneI hope you will find Cathy’s work inspiring.

And… I am going to share a CT position with Cathy, so you will also see some of my work. Here are a few Maja creations I have done in the past…Jenny_Grotherus2Jenny_GrotherusJenny_GrotherusJenny

 

The first bottle message of this summer…

It’s very nice to see how the new collection has travelled all over the world and found it’s way to crafty scrappers. This bottle message was drifting on Facebook, just waiting to be picked up.And here comes two more beautiful cards that Dorota has made…

We thank Dorota for the inspiration and for uploading her creations on our Facebook site. Please contact me at moodboard@majadesign.nu and give me your address and phone number so we can send you a surprise package with goodies.

So don’t forget to upload your creations on our Facebook page. You never know who picks it up!

Meet our Summer Girl

Our Guest Team this year consists of four very talented girls from all over the globe. Each and one of them represent the current season and are creating projects with the Basics line that matches it.

Do you want to be the Winter Girl and create projects for us with Vintage Frost Basics? I will pick our Winter Girl from our Mood Board contributions. So if you want to be our guest, work our Mood Boards the very best you can and maybe YOU will be given the honour.

The time has come to introduce you to our beloved Summer Girl.Summer---Iris-Babao-Uy

IRIS BABAO UY is a designer based in The Philippines who specializes in teaching classes that marries the beauty of traditional scrapbooking with the vinrant colors and rich textures of mixed media. Iris is known for her shabby chic and romantic style but also enjoys working with bold patterns and striking colors.

Iris’ work has been published many times in different international magazines.

Iris has been teaching classes for years now all over Asia, The United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Europe. A generous teacher when it comes to sharing her knowledge and techniques with both beginner and advanced scrappers.

You can see more of Iris’ work in her blog: http://www.irisbabaouy.typepad.com

And here comes her three wonderful projects that she has created for us…
IMG_2244Iris explains.

“To create the page I used a Maja Paper as base and layered a watercolor paper on top of it. I Applied texture pastes, mists and inks on the watercolor paper and proceeded to layer Maja Design Papers on top of it. The chipboard shapes were painted and embossed to give more texture.”IMG_2247 IMG_2250 IMG_2254 IMG_2260

I used papers from the Vintage Summer Basics as well as the following:
Watercolor paper, Texture Pastes and Gesso,’Distress Inks, Shimmerz Mists, Prima Flowers, Burlap Fabric, White Foam Sheets, Buttons.

 

Her next project is a beautiful canvas frame.
“I Made a canvas frame as a gift to one of my scrappy friends. I started with a stretched canvas and applied soft gel medium on top of the canvas. I then added torn patterned papers from Maja Design Vintage Summer Basic and added another coat of soft gel medium to coat and protect the surface of the canvas. As it dried I added texture mediums and gesso over a stencil. Mists and Glazes followed next. Once the surface was completely dry I then added the rest of the layers.”IMG_2276IMG_2283 IMG_2290 IMG_2288IMG_2285 IMG_2286

Last, but not least, she has created a beautiful set of note cards for us…IMG_2274 IMG_2270 IMG_2267We thank Iris for being our guest and the beautiful project she created for us. I hope you have enjoyed Iris’s projects as much as we have. In September you will meet our Autumn Girl who will play with Vintage Autumn Basics. So don’t miss her…

June Mood Board

Summer is here and it’s time to move out in the garden. There’s nothing like enjoying a cup of coffee in the sun and enjoy the moment. The winter will be here before you know it. So here’s a tribute to our very short summer outdoors, based no the new Coffee In The Arbour collection. JuneMBAnd here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below July 26th. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation July 23rd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…Elena_OlinevichElena OlinevichGabrielle_PollaccoGabrielle Pollacco
Jenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusLarissa_AlbernazLarissa AlbernazMaja_NowakMaja NowakRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonJenny

Giveaway winners!

We’ve had a massive response on our Coffee In The Arbour giveaway. A deep thank you to all our devoted fans all over the world. It is time to pick our three winners…

Oh my … would you just LOOK at these beautiful papers? Goodness – I can just visualize all the beautiful cards and home décor items I could create using these. Oh my … no other words. Thank you so much for such great inspiration and the chance to win. I would love a 12×12 pack. Winning would make me the happiest summertime girl ever.

Å, så nydelig <3 Jeg elsker Maja designs vakre farger, harmoni og design! Selv om jeg forsøker å variere litt med å bruke andre merker, så er Maja design nr. 1 for meg :-)dessverre har vi ingen lokale forhandlere her oppe i nord-Norge, så det koster litt å bestille i posten. Derfor krysser jeg fingrene og håper å vinne disse fantastiske arkene, disse bare MÅ jeg ha :-)

I’ve been a huge fan & follower for some time now on Facebook but, only recently started checking your blog on a daily basis. I’m officially following your blog now and will share this giveaway page on my Facebook page too. Thanks for all the loveliness and inspiration, Bonnie :-)

Congratulations! Please contact us at moodboard@majadesign.nu and tell us if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. Don’t forget your home address and phone number.Jenny

Winner of the May Mood Board

Our May Mood Board was a Mood Board about love… Here’s a reminder of what it looked like.
And here are our contributions for this month…

This month must be a new record when it comes to creative and beautiful art. We’ve had such a hard time picking a winner. But here it goes.Lindy_GillespieLindy Gillespie from Australia! The collection of your choice will be sent to your doorstep.

Our next Mood Board will be presented on June 20th. Next Saturday we will announce the happy winners of our Coffee In The Arbour giveaway. I hope you haven’t missed it.

Until next time…Jenny

A trip to visit our fans…

I went to an event in Hjärtum, Sweden, a couple of weeks ago to meet up with our fans. We had a Maja quiz, gave away some goodies and chatted with some scrappers. It turned out to be a lot of fun.hjartum1Milo and Anna Lilja are two driving spirits that arranges this event twice a year. I met so many talented artists and got so much inspiration. It was a lot of fun to sneak over everybody’s shoulders. Their styles were all so different and the creativity was absolutely flowing.hjartum2A big thank you to all the wonderful ladies that made this day so special.Jenny

May Mood Board

The wedding season is here and what a lovely season that is. Our latest Mood Board, based on the Crea Diem collection, is all about love and we hope you find it inspirational.May-Mood-board-nyAnd here’s a little reminder of what our mood boards are used for…

Definition mood board – n

a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truely believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. They are all inspired by a Maja collection, but you are free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme. We highly encourage you to follow the theme of the mood board as well.

We are presenting a new mood board the first Saturday of every month. We will be presenting all participating creations that fulfill the requirements below May 31st. We will also draw a winner who will be winning a Maja Design collection of their own choice in 6×6 or 12×12.

After your creation is done, take a photo and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu without any watermarks (size 600×600). Include your full name and address in the e-mail together with what collection you would like if you win. Don’t forget to write down if you would like 6×6 or 12×12. We need your creation May 28th at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…Andrea_EwenAndrea EwenHeather_JacobHeather JacobIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerJenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusMaja_NowakMaja NowakMarilyn RiveraMarilyn RiveraNadia_CannizzoNadia CannizzoNancy_HanttulaNancy HanttulaRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonJenny

Winner of our April Mood Board

It looks like we’ve created spring fever all over the world with our April Mood Board. We’ve received contributions from Pakistan to Russia, Israel to Brazil…AprilMB

Take a look…

And the winner is…Evgenia Petzer_SouthAfricaEvgenia Petzer, South Africa!

The Fröjdefull Jul collection will be sent to you as requested.

Our next Mood Board is all about weddings and love. Don’t miss it next Saturday!Jenny