Walk with me daddy plus a Christmas layout

Good morning! We have recently celebrated our second Father’s Day. It was a lovely day, filled with joy. I created a special card for Johan’s first Father’s Day last year. This layout continues the journey…walk

I shot this photo of Johan and Joel while Joel was very ill and went in and out of hospital last year. I’ve used the same poem for this layout as I used on the card. Freely translated it goes like this…

Walk with me daddy
Hold my hand while we’re walking
There’s so much I want to learn
And so much I don’t understand
Teach me how to avoid all the danger every day
Teach me to always do my best
And be happy for who I am
Every child needs a loving hand
So they can have support and security
Come and hold my hand daddy
We have a long way to walk
I have used Sofiero and Vintage Summer Basics scraps for this layout…walk2All flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts. Chipboard from Scrap FX, pearls from Michael’s. Lace from LSS.walk4I have used a stripe from one of the Sofiero papers for this beautiful Tim Holtz frame (painted with ordinary white gesso). walk3The acryllic frame is from Prima, doily by Wild Orchid Crafts. I’ve used scraps from Sofiero and Vintage Summer Basics to create the little circles. I’ve used Ingvild Bolme chalks and Distress Ink to stamp sewing patterns on them and the larger background scraps.
I have also got a Christmas layout to share with you today, created with A Gift For You…sentwithloveThis photo was shot of Joel on Christmas Eve last year. He was so tiny. Just two months old and very sick…sentwithlove2I have used a little hanger (7Gypsies) to put ribbon on it. Dies from Spellbinders, punches by Martha Stewart. Flowers from Prima, chipboard from ScrapFX. sentwithlove3I love to use stripes and die cuts from the various Maja collections. They really bring something extra.Papers used
Sent with love
Given from the heart
Boquet of poinsettias
Packed by Santas Elves
When the snow is falling
Die cut sheet

I hope you all got inspired. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jenny

Grandma and me

I shot this photo of Joel and his grandma and thought I’d make a framed layout out of it.

I have used the lovely Vintage Spring Basics and Life By The Sea for this layout.I have used dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix and Prima flowers. Bling from Zva Creative, punch from Martha Stewart, frame die from Nestabilities, chipboard frame from Scrap FX. Mask from Prima, Pan Pastels for the background.Flocked rub-ons and doily die from Prima. The blue paper that I have used as a photo mat is from the Life By The Sea collection 6×6 paper pad. The rest is from Vintage Spring Basics 6×6 paper pad, except for the background 1st of March.This zipper die by Marianne Design is too cute. I added some stitches, lace and details from Prima.And the last close up.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!Jenny

 

A beautiful autumn day

I am a pure autumn girl. I love when the darkness falls, there’s a chill in the wind and the leaves are changing colour. There’s nothing better then crawl up in the sofa in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate. 
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I have used the wonderful Walking In The Forest collection for this photo. I remember I ran in the woods while Marie was drawing it and I texted her “rowanberries. We need rowanberries.” She answered “I already have :) ” Then I knew that this collection was going to be fantastic. autumn5_

I love all the beautiful cut out details in this collection. I have used the envelope on the die cut sheet here together with Prima embellishments.
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I love this branch that goes so well with the Walking In The Forest collection. The resins are perfect for it as well. The butterfly stripe is from one of the sheets in the collection.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday…Jenny

Join me for a coffee?

I’m nuts about coffee. I really am. If I had a dollar for every cup I’m drinking I would be VERY rich. For those who know me it doesn’t come as a surprise that Fika is my all time favourite Maja collection. So when we released the Coffee In The Arbour collection this spring I had to restrain myself before going coffee crazy with it. But I eventually did. Here’s a coffee layout, freshly brewed.I shot this photo while having coffee with Marie at Lejas Café while we planned our trip to CHA. That was one exciting evening. I have used four different Distress Ink’s on the left side (Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs and Frayed Burlap) to make it more alive.
A bit of Texture Paste for dimension in combination with flowers from Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts and Magnolia. All background stamps by Tim Holtz, bling from Prima.
All chipboard by Scrap FX. This one has been covered with Distress Embossing Powder Dusty Concord. Resin and background masks by Prima.

I have used the following papers from the Coffee In The Arbour collection…
Grandma’s Old Porcelain
Smell of Freshly Brewed Coffee
Delicious MomentsJenny

Classes with Elena Olinevich… and the new A Gift For You

Good morning folks!

Today I have some cards with the new A Gift For You collection to share. But first I want to tell you about a wonderful weekend I had some time ago.

In late August I had the privilege of meeting our own Elena Olinevich. We had so much fun. We had dinner with Marie, swam in papers in our warehouse, had some sightseeing and. Elena held classes and I attended two of them. Her classes are so personal, often with smaller groups to get the intimate feeling and be able to help everybody out.

So I thought I’d share the creations I made during her classes.The first class I took was a canvas class where Elena taught different mixed media techniques.We used the romantic Crea Diem collection in combination with Prima embellishments and different mediums.
Here’s a final close up where you can see the background work.And here’s the class I took…

The next class Elena was holding was my favourite. We all got to choose whatever papers we wanted to use. Since there are so many Maja collections we all came up with papers from different collections. I don’t think I saw anyone picking the same papers, so all the albums were so different from each other. We also got embellishments depending on what papers we had chosen. I chose to use papers from the Life In The Country and Life By The Sea collections.
1_We used a lot of acryllics for the mini-album. I really loved that. They became new favourites of mine. 2Try to repeat that if you can. ;) 3We used lots of different dies and mediums…
5Elena really showed us the use of acryllic albums and embellishments.6Elena uses the acryllic sheets to make the album see through. Since I love to follow my albums from page to page I think this is a fantastic way to make it more visible.
7And here you can see though the next page to see the previous one.
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And here’s the page you saw through the acryllic before.9I really love this face…
10And finally. Joel with his beloved IKEA jars…

This album was made during this class.

And now… a couple of Christmas cards made with the new A Gift For You collection that we have all been waiting for…JennyGrotherus jul1 jul2_Jenny

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…

1921
1923
1946
1908
1910
1899
1932Jenny

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