Joel’s first summer

We have had a fantastic summer filled with lots of sunshine and memories. Having a new baby at the house, your album’s get filled up with “first time” photos. Joel is no exception. So I created an album (8″x9″) with some of the photos from Joel’s first summer. Since we live on the countryside the Life In The Country collection was a perfect choice.joel-front

I have used Mod Podge to create the album cover. I simply tore papers apart and glued it to the cover and sealed it with Mod Podge. If you want to try it out, please remember that all layers must dry completely before adding a new one. I have cut out the holes with a knife and added some eyelets to the circular ones.

I added texture paste randomly and I also added some Weathered Wood Distress Stickles to the resin in the corner.

joel-front2A tag created with Nestabilities. The bobbinet has been painted white and then I just added some ribbon and a cute pin. I like to hang all sorts of stuff on my mini-album rings.joel-front3What I really like with mini-albums is when you can see through the pages or the covers. It gives you a red thread to follow. Here you can see the photo from the first spread, together with the chipboard frames I used.joel1_

We are lucky to live a 20 minute drive from the west coast. We took refuge in Fiskebäckskil one really hot day, hoping for some breeze to cool us but no way. It was just as bad as back home. But it was Joel’s first time by the sea, so even if the album has been created with Life In The Country I thought it appropriate to use a bit of Life By The Sea for this photo.

I have used various punches from Fiskars and Martha Stewart for this album. Most flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima. The raw chipboard is from Scrap FX, printed from Bo Bunny and Prima. The chipboard album itself is from FabScraps.

I have used gesso and Distress Stickles on most of the raw chipboard in this album. All pearls has been created with Pearl Maker white. The rings go through a die cut hinge that continues on the next spread… following the red thread.

joel_2ndHere you can see the rest of the red hinges.joel_2nd_a_I really love this photo of Joel. He is so full of life and spoof, always laughing no matter what. All lace and ribbon are from LSS’s, metal and flowers by Prima. This page has got a door attached to the hinges that you can open up…joel_2nd_a

and here’s what’s inside. A couple of tags and a photo of Joel and uncle Jan on our terrace. I know it’s hard to see on the photo but Joel’s carrying a t-shirt saying “There’s nothing sweet about me”. We thought it appropriate since everybody thinks he’s so sweet. :)

Moments chipboard by Prima, spinner by Tim Holtz.

joel_2nd_bOur little cutie pie refuses to wear a sun hat. This must be the first time he used it, because it got “lost” very quickly after that. The die cut in the corner continues on the following page…
joel_3… with the chipboard that says “Friends”.
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Well. “Friends.” Osiris loves to walk around his stroller screaming for all he’s got while Joel’s sleeping to wake him up and Joel loves to chase his tail. So I guess they are even.

More texture paste and die cuts. I folded one of them so you can see both sides of the pattern paper. It turned out to a nice decoration to put some roses on.

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Joel got his first swing this spring and he really likes it. Frames by Nestabilities, chipboard, resin and flowers by Prima.

As you can see I really like to use the paper stripes as decoration.

joel4More cozy papers…joel4aI shot this photo in our garden while Joel was constantly crawling around a picnic blanket. I was going to send it to my office, but all they could see was his back. :)  joel4bThis photo was shot while Joel was lying directly on the grass for the first time. He was really thoughtful and had a philosophic kind of expression that I liked while he was watching his hand. So I cut it in two. Tape, frame and tag die cuts by Tim Holtz.joel5Here’s a little family spread…joel5a Daddy and Joel with the same tape that I used on the previous page, just rounding the corner. Metal by Prima, die cuts by Tim Holtz. joel5bMommy and Joel. I have cut out the paper using the chipboard as template and then added it to the side of the album. I have used hinges here too, stretching over two pages. Same with the die cuts.joel6

And here’s the last page. Joel got a pirate uv suit to use this summer and of course he needed a pirate baby pool to go along with it. Pirate flag and everything. :)

I have used most papers from the Life In The Country collection to create this album. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I did creating it.Jenny

For a very special friend

The summer is nearly gone, but we still enjoy +23 degrees here on the west coast of Sweden. It’s very easy to dream of roses and gardens in full bloom.

I have created a card and a mini-album for a very dear friend of mine. I know that Sofiero is one of her favourite collections, and since she is a pink girl it’s all about pink…elena

I have used an embossing folder and Spellbinders Borderabilities dies for this card. elena2Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts. The seam ribbon has been colourized with Distress Stain. Chipboard by Blue Fern and the butterfly has been cut out with a Martha Stewart punch.elena3And here’s what the card looks like on the inside.

I am not very good at making mini-albums. They take me forever. I have literally worked for years on some albums. This, however, was not THAT time consuming, considering Sofiero was released last year. :) elena1I have cut out the grid by hand using a knife and glued it to the background paper. I have used a Martha Stewart punch, metal by Tim Holtz and pearls from Pearl Maker.

elena2The white Prima flower is one of my favourites. The little cage was given to me as a present from another dear friend. And now I pass it on to another friend, spreading the love and friendship over the globe.elena3And here’s the first spread. elena3aI have used punches by Martha Stewart and dies by Spellbinders. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. elena3bA little poem and more dies. elena4Second spread with a quote to the left and some borders to the right.elena5The little fairy got a shabby paint and some pearls. elena6Third spread…elena6aI have used texture paste on the background and Crackle Paint on the chipboard butterflies. The pearls have been cut out from a Prima bling.elena6bThe right side… More die cuts and chipboard.elena7And the last pages…elena7aI really liked creating that dress. I have used three layers of tulle in different colours. elena7bClose up… The textured letters are from a Prima sheet.elena7cThe last page has a pocket with tags…elena8 elena9

I have used all papers in the Sofiero collection. I hope you got inspired and see you in two weeks! Jenny

My cup of tea… and a bunch of cards

It’s been a long nice summer with lots of scrapping. For some reason I always scrap the most during hot summers. A bit odd maybe, but that’s the way it is. Today I’m going to share  some of my creations that has come to life during the summer. First a new layout with my precious Joel…
I absolutely adore the blues of the Coffee In The Arbour collection. They are lovely. I have used Enjoying The Moment, Butterflies Are Free, Blueberry Cupcake, Lovely Weather, White Daisies, Smell of Freshly Brewed Coffee and Delicious Moments for this layout.joel_All chipboard are from Scrap FX. The white lace comes from my mother’s huge 16th century chest filled with fabric. It’s a goldmine! Bird by Tim Holtz, flowers from Petaloo, Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. Bling from Prima, all dies used are from Spellbinders.
joel2The white frame is a Prima resin.

When people ask me how I take my coffee my usual response is “intravenously”. There’s simply no such thing as out of coffee in my house. I can’t even remember that I’ve ever ran out of it since I moved out from my parents house. :) This delightful beverage is not to take lightly…

When the new Coffee In The Arbour collection was released it was a continuation of the beloved Fika series. I discovered that I couldn’t create anything with the new collection without dragging out the old one. So here’s a little tribute card to my favourite brown papers of the Fika collection…kaffe

The card was made as a little funny reminder to a friend who claims he will show up for coffee but never does… :)
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I have used Nestabilities and Sizzix dies for the frame and swirls. Flowers, pearls and leaves by Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. kaffe3And here’s what the inside looks like.

A friend of mine gave birth to her third child in late July and I made her this card…amandaI’ve used the Coffee In The Arbour collection…amanda2The small alpha pearls were found in a bargain bin on Michael’s a couple of years ago. Flower, ribbon and leaves by Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts. The little frame has been cut out from a Melissa Frances package, using a Sizzix/Tim Holtz die. Chipboard by Scrap FX, bowknot and metal heart from LSS.amanda3Here’s a glimpse of the inside. Aren’t these papers to die for? Pure love. I’ve used a Martha Stewart deep edge punch for the border and cut out the heart by hand.

Here’s a very feminine birthday card that I made for my mil…lenaI’ve used the Vintage Summer Basics collection by Maja Design. lena2All flowers, doily and ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts.lena3And a look on the inside…The border is actually made with a paper scrap from the Coffee In The Arbour collection…

I don’t remember creating that many cards in such a short period of time in years. So here comes another one. A bit of a cheerful one, made with the Coffee In The Arbour collection.britt1I’ve used Nestabilities dies for the frame. Flowers are a mixture of Prima, Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts. The seam binding has been coloured with Distress Stain Bundled Sage.britt2And a little close up…britt3And a look on the inside.

And finally. A little boy birthday card for cute Anton that turned two this week. antonI’ve used the Vintage Spring Basics collection and some Fika for the front page…anton2Flowers, doily, trim and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts. The pearls are from my neverending roll of pearls that I bought on the wedding department at Michael’s a couple of years ago.anton3Ups. Some Vintage Summer Basics and Coffee In The Arbour also found it’s way into this card.

I hope you got inspired. Until next time!

Jenny

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