A taste of our new collection…

SneakPeakThere’s a smell of newly baked sponge cake in the air. The raspberries are ready to be harvested and the roses are in full bloom. The bees are busy working the flourishing garden. The white furniture from times of old has been repainted and looks almost new. The sun warms up the last grass straws that are still covered in due. The coffee is waiting in the arbour.

Our latest collection will be a new favourite for our Fika fans. This time we have moved ourselves with our tea cups out in the garden. So sit back, drink some lemonade and let the sun warm your winterlegs while waiting for the collection to reach a store near you.Jenny

April Mood Board

Spring is slowly arriving. The trees are waking up, stretching their branches towards the sun… Easter is approaching with new beginnings… Here is our new Mood Board for April.AprilMB

This months Mood Board has an Easter theme and is based on the Vintage Spring Basics collection.

I hope you haven’t missed the second opportunity you get by entering the Mood Board challenge? We will invite our Winter Girl based on the participating projects in our Mood Board challenge. The Winter Girl will receive a temporary seat by our table, the Vintage Frost Basics collection to play with and a posting of her own.

And 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 April 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 April 23rd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our Creative Team…Elena_OlinevichElena OlinevichGabrielle_PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerJenny_Grotherus Jenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusLarissa_AlbernazLarissa AlbernazMaja_NowakMaja NowakRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonJenny

Winner of the March Mood Board and a new Creative Team member

This months Mood Board has generated so many beautiful projects… MarchMB

Here are our contributions for this month…

And the winner is….Lainie Michel_USALainie Michel, USA!

The Vintage Summer Basics collection will be sent out to you as requested.

Our next Mood Board is full of life and Easter feelings. It’s light colours and dreams of the warming sun will sure keep you inspired for the coming month. There is now a second reason for you not to miss it. I will pick one of our Seasonal Girls (Winter) among the Mood Board contributions this year. That means that you will get a box of Vintage Frost Basics to play with and become a guest in our cozy little corner…

And. Speaking of Seasonal Girls. Our first Spring Girl made such an impression on us that we decided to keep her. So here’s our new Creative Team member that you will meet on our blog every second Thursday, starting next week…Larissa-Albernaz

Jenny

Meet our third member of the Educator Team

I am very excited to introduce our third Educator Team member. A very talented artist who creates wonders with paper…Miranda-Edney

Miranda Edney, USA

Miranda is based in the beautiful sunshine state of Florida and will teach classes in the US for us. If you want to attend a Miranda Edney class, please contact your LSS. If you own a store and want Miranda to hold a class for you, please contact jenny@majadesign.nu for details.

Jenny

Our first Seasonal Girl

A very warm welcome to a sunny Wednesday. This year we have chosen a little different angle of our Guest Team. We are now introducing our Seasonal Girls. 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.

But first. Let’s see who our very first Spring Girl is…Larissa-Albernaz

Larissa Albernaz, Brazil

For those of you who don’t know Larissa, here’s what she has to say about herself…

My name is Larissa Albernaz and I´m from São Paulo, Brazil. I´ve been married to my sweet husband Flávio for 13 years and we have an adorable daughter Isabela. 

As a paper crafter, I have been scrapbooking for eight years. Along these years, scrapbooking has provided me a great sort of artistic possibilities and a lot of fun! In fact, I love scrapbooking because it provides me to  express myself in style, mixing paper, embellishments, colors, memories and a message.
While scrapbooking I pursue something that has sense to me, which inspires me and that can be different, interesting, cute, creative, colorful and fun!  
I adore papers and creating page layouts or 3 dimensional pieces!. One of my life’s little pleasures is to cut, tear and distress papers, creating anything that translates the story I want to tell. 

My style is eclectic, crafty. I love adding a lot of layers to my collages, including some paints or inks and I pay great attention to the details.

You can check out my works at my blog: http://www.lariscrap.typepad.com

We are so honoured that Larissa wanted to join us this spring. She has created three gorgeous projects for us. Here’s what she has to say about them…
Hello Maja Design fans!
It´s Larissa Albernaz here with you today super excited to be guest designing for Maja Design. For this special occasion I have prepared three projects – every single one using the gorgeous “Vintage Spring Basics” line. The first one is a layout. The second, a mini album and the last one a card. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating with this soft and awesome collection.Chafariz layoutTo put this page together I have used the lovely ” 1st of April” paper from the Vintage Spring Basics Collection as my background. The next two layer were created with some stripes of patterned paper that I previously tore. Then, with  the help of the Sizzix machine I have added a few die cuts.Chafariz layout detail 1Chafariz layout detail 2Chafariz layout detail 3Chafariz layout detail 4As the picture I wanted to portray shows me sitting beside a garden fountain, I have used the “Vintage Antique Garden” resin embellishment.Chafariz layout detail 5
Of course, as the Vintage Spring Basics collection has a soft palette and has Spring as theme, I thought this would be the perfect time to include a beautiful bouquet underneath my garden sink embellishment along with a few chipboards, laces, cristals, blings and pearls.
Now let´s take a look at the card I created.
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This handmade squared card uses a yellow cardstock (6¨X 12 inches) as a base. I scored it and folded at 6 inches. I have adhered one piece of  paper measuring 4 1/2 X 4 inches that I cut from the backside of the April 1st patterned paper to it. After that, I have included a few more stripes from a variety of Vintage Spring Basics papers to build my layers and have arranged a few die cuts and fussy cut motifs along with a few resins, flowers and a wooden embellishment.

 

Finally, my out of the page project is a mini album. I have used a gorgeous arbor wooden cover and the lovely Vintage Spring Basics line to put this album together.
Spring days bring us those adorable moments when we can go outdoors and take a walk in a lovely garden feeling the soft breeze and the scent of flowers.
What can be more delightful than spending some time siting in a park bench underneath an arbor? Maybe just scrapping the gorgeous photos taken to preserve these moments!!!
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mini cover
mini versomini lateral cimaAs this mini album has a 3 D cover, I have added a lot of flowers to decorate its front part and also a few more cascading from above.mini aberto 2
The pages inside the album use the Vintage Spring Basics collection by Maja Designs. I trimmed 4 pieces of paper measuring 10 X 4 1/2 inches from a variety of these patterned paper and scored them in halph. After that I have put together these pagesby attaching them with the help of a blue satin ribbon and have decorated each page by working the layers and embellishments. mini folder detailTo add interest, I have also included a few pockets, tags and folders.mini page 1mini page 2mini aberto mini page 3mini page 3 detail
mini last pageThank you so much Maja Design for the incredible opportunity to design with such amazing products! I couldn´t be more honored and happy.

 

A big thank you to Larissa who created such wonderful art for us. Our Summer Girl will be presented in June.
Jenny

A new Maja member

It’s a bit late, but here is our latest member of the Maja crew…baby_boy_utan

A lot of you has already met my son Joel who was born on October 23rd last year. He was 54 cm tall and his weight was 3665 grams. He’s what my sister calls a Sunshine Child. He is always happy and has never heard of tears or sour faces.

I have mainly used 3rd to 6th of April from the Vintage Spring Basics collection for this little presentation. The background was created with 6th of April, Distress Ink and Texture Paste.baby_boy_utan5I have used Prima’s flocked rub ons and bling. Chipboard from Scrapfx, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. Edge punch by Martha Stewart.baby_boy_utan2

This truely is my favourite photo of Joel. We were making gingerbreads for Christmas when I picked him up and his eyes were just shining.

The chipboard has been painted with Gesso and Glimmer Glam.baby_boy_utan4A lot of people ask me what kind of pearls I prefer… I like pearl pens of all kinds. I think it’s easier to create beautiful pearls with them instead of the ones that are in bottles. Large pearls pens are preferable since the small ones are harder to get good results with.baby_boy_utan3I just love to use the stripes of the papers. They are very decorative and add an extra touch. The circular shape has been cut out with a Nestabilities die. The paper is from the Vintage Autumn Basics 6×6 paper pad. I created the mask for the background myself and then used Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. The white corner is from a LSS.Jenny

 

Introducing our second Educator Team member

I am so happy to introduce our second MajaDesign Educator. A really sweet and talented person that I have had the honour to meet in person.Iris-Babao-Uy-E

Iris Babo Uy
The Philippines

Iris is a very experienced teacher who has been holding classes all over the world for years. Her style is very unique and she really is one of a kind. She will teach in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the USA. If you want to take a class with Iris, talk to a LSS near you. If you own a store and want Iris to teach, please contact jenny@majadesign.nu for details.

Here’s a little sneak of a MajaDesign class that Iris might hold for you.Educator-template SNEAKS

And here is a layout that Iris made for you, using the Vintage Autumn Basics collection.IMG_1036IMG_1040IMG_1044 IMG_1046 IMG_1049 IMG_1050Jenny

March Mood Board

This months Mood Board is a bit different. It’s based on a Swedish folk song that is a bit sad, but very beautiful…MarchMBAnd 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 March 29th. 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, address and phone number 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 March 26th 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 EwenCamilla_EkmanCamilla Ekman

Heather_JacobHeather JacobIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerJenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusMarilyn_RiveraMarilyn RiveraNadia_CannizzoNadia CannizzoNancy_HanttulaNancy Hanttula

Jenny

Winner of the February Mood Board

Valentine’s Day has just passed us and we noted that many of you were extra inspired that day. We got a lot of contributions during Valentine’s and that really makes us happy since that’s what our Mood Board was all about…FebruaryMB

Here are our fabulous contributions for this month…

And the winner is….Cathy_McGrath_AustraliaCathy McGrath Australia! The Vintage Spring Basics collection will be sent out to you as requested.

Our next Mood Board is a story full of longing and being apart from the ones you love. A bit sad, but also very beautiful. Don’t miss it next Saturday.Jenny

In our sofa… Welcome to Jenny’s place

We always invite people in to our cozy world at Maja. We want you all to feel welcome and smell the coffee when you cross our threshold. But. You’ve never really visited us in our office or our respective scrap spaces. We decided to change that. In this little series you’ll be invited to our respective CT members scrap havens and who knows… there might be a personal guiding through the Maja office and warehouse in store…

The first one out to show you around her scrapspace is… Jenny.Jenny

When we first bought our house it was a complete mess. No heating, no electricity, no laundry room, etc, etc. And. No scrapbooking room either. I had been jammed up in a corner in our apartment and I really wanted a place for my stuff when we got a house. Not likely. It was so small it wouldn’t fit. The first year I litterally had to work on the floor using a carpenter’s rule and an isolation knife to create some cards. After that I was (again) jammed up in a corner with tons of building supplies. I think I got about four nails in my feet during that time.

I had saved up for years for my dream. Due to regulations and other difficulties it turned out to be a lot cheaper to build a separate house then add an extra room to the current one. So I started drawing. And planning. And drawing. And planning. Again and again and again. All to get the best possible solution and save as much money as possible. I drew the house and built it myself together with a carpenter who did some of the construction work.

It was very important to me that my scraphouse would be welcoming and cozy even if you didn’t scrap. I didn’t want it to look overwhelming and crowded with supplies, still I wanted to be able to have it visible and reachable. Tough combination.

I chose it to be in the same style as our main building so you can feel they belong together. I’ve used the same wooden floors, base colour and ceiling.

So take of your coat, borrow one of my dressing gowns and step inside…hallway_wThe bureau is an old cherry beureau that we used to have in our apartment. It didn’t fit in the new house so I bought some paint and new knobs for it. The dressing gowns are a must for any scrapper. At least in my opinion. :)

I have divided my house into different areas… One messy area with paints, one sewing area, one clean area, one computer area and one area where I can stand up working. The last one is my area with kitchen cabinets…kitchen_cabinets_wBesides from being a good height it holds tons of supplies.kitchen_cabinets_w_bears

My desktop carousel is filled up with a lot of “must have” supplies. Tools, Pearl Makers, rulers, knives etc. The cute bucket is one of four that I have in the house. They are a complement to my two large trash cans. Everybody’s lazy by nature. It’s so much easier to through away stuff in something small that’s close to where you work then use the large trash can. I empty the small ones in the big ones when they are full.

I mainly use the electricity to iron ribbon on my mini ironing board and for my Distrezz It All. But I’m considering putting in my coffee machine as well. :)kitchen_cabinets_w_weddingHydrangeas are my favourite flowers and I have tons of them. The beautiful wedding frame emptied my travelling funds when I went to Dubai a couple of years ago. I just had to have it. I keep dual tip pens in the corner…kottens_c_wSo here’s the true Kottens’s Corner. The best armchair I’ve ever come across. I actually fit. I can crawl up like a little girl with my long filly legs. That says something. Everybody who tries it wants to buy it, but oh no. It stays right there. kottens_c_w_rI love to alter ATC trays and configuration boxes… Here are a couple of them. I keep different pens in the white cutlery holder that was a Christmas present from Marie two years ago.kottens_c_w_lI want people to feel at home in my house. So here’s my little Fika corner. Cookies, biscuits and I also have lemonade. The candle holder used to belong to my grandmother and my other grandmother crocheted the table cloth.w_w

The IKEA Expedit shelf was another leftover that I saved from the dump. The beautiful basket on the floor holds books, my beloved teal socks and a million phone chargers or so.

The luggage trunks are Joel’s treasure-chests. I keep toys, blankets and other stuff in them for him to use when he visits me in my little house.

The beautiful wallpaper is a reprint of a wallpaper that was really popular when our house was built in 1910.w_w_closeA little close up…kitchentable_wIn the middle of the room I have placed our old kitchen table that didn’t fit our tiny kitchen. It was collecting dust in an old barn so I rebuilt it to include shelves on one side and chairs on the other. People think that I’m nuts, but I actually saw a bunch of cute baskets on my way home from work in the display window of Åhléns. So I bought them and rebuilt the table to fit the baskets. I painted it white and put some IKEA Helmer drawers under the leaf and my clean area was all done! It fits three or more if you remove the Helmer drawers.kitchentable_w_shelfI usually sit on the side where the baskets are when friends are coming over. It gives me access to both the messy area and the clean one without having to move around.long_desk_wOk, so let’s take a look at the next wall. The long desk contains the messy are, sewing area and my working area. window_wI love to decorate my windows… This area is also great as an extra worktable. It’s just to remove the Helmer drawers. pic_rails_wAnd now to my favourite area. The messy one. To the left-my Distress Ink Pad storage. Holds all 48 pads. I have recently re-organized the picture rails again since I can’t fit everything…sew_wAnd here’s my sewing area. I used to sew a lot of curtains and baby clothes by order, but there’s simply not time for everything…sew_w2Buttons and other handy stuff…work_wHere’s where I work… usually a lot. :)

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I hope you have found some inspiration from my little corner of the world.

Next time we’ll be visiting Elena, so don’t miss out on her space March 15th.Jenny