Honouring my heritage

I’m so very grateful to my Grandmother for sharing her story and saved keepsakes with me. Those moments when she and my mum tells me about how things were back then are highly treasured and a great source of inspiration to me. Can you imagine she even allowed me to share this treasure with the whole (scrapbooking-) world?!
Let me tell some of my hidden secrets…
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During the World war two my Grandfather served in the military. While spending all this time away from his family he wrote the most beautiful poems and letters to my Grandmother. I’ve enjoyed the great honour of being allowed to use some of those in my paper-designing as well. You can find fragments of them in the background of the Vintage Basic papers…
Vintage-basics-heritagemormorToday our beloved Grandmother is turning 91 and I just have to send her a greeting  HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANNY!

So everyone, let’s make sure to keep our memories safe and pass them on to the next generation… They will be someone’s treasured heritage.

Love
Marie

May Mood board

Dear Maja-readers out there..!

It’s now time for a new Mood board! This time we are looking for, and longing to see, all the magic you can achieve regarding this…

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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 truly 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 30th. 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 27th at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

 

Enjoy and get inspired by the wonderful creations from our team:

Cathy - Moodboard May
Made by Cathy

Ingrid Gooyer
Made by Ingrid

Rachelle
Made by Rachelle

Pascale
Made by Pascale

Elena
Made by Elena

Jelissa
Made by Jelissa

Evgenia
Made by Evgenia

Amy
Made by Amy

Looking forward to see your contributions! See you soon!

Hugs and best wishes from the Maja Office!

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Winner of April’s Mood board

Hi there Maja-fans!

The spring has sprung here in Sweden and we can now enjoy our meals outside, starting the barbecue up while the birds are singing and the sun slightly burns our noses. It’s a lovely time of year, if you ask me. :)

It is now time for us to reveal the winner of April’s Mood board.
First, let’s refresh the theme and the look of this months challenge:

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This is all the contestants:

And the winner is…

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Kristina Peshko!

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Some lovely album layouts by Kristina Peshko from Ekaterinburg, Russia. Congratulations Kristina, and thanks for your contribution and for spreading such inspiration! We picked you as a winner because of the well-made details and your dedication to stick by the theme. Well done! A collection by your choice is coming to your door..!

Also, a huge thanks to all our other participants that didn’t win this time, you’ve spent both time and love on your projects – which shows..! Hope to see your creations next month – Then we will be thinking babies and special moments

See you next Saturday!

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Some changes in our Creative Team

Dear Maja-fans!

Welcome to the blog this wonderful Saturday! Here in Sweden we can enjoy a sunny Spring and listen to the birds singing happily outside. It is really a wonderful time of year.

Today I am going to share some Maja-news with you. In short, there will be some changes in our Creative Team.

First – we have the great honour to present Amy Voorthuis as our new Maja Creative Team member! We have been seeing her before as our guest when she was our Winter Girl last year – http://blog.majadesign.nu/2014/12/meet-our-winter-girl/.

She is a great artist and designer from The Netherlands that specialize in creating with flowers and chipboards with a lovely “girly” and romantic style. Her style breaths vintage, shabby chic and mixed media. She has been scrapbooking for about eleven years and you can enjoy her previous work at her blog – http://www.amyvoorthuis.blogspot.se/.

Amy-Voorthuis

We give her the most warm welcome to our Maja Family! Looking forward to see all her magic here on the blog..!
Her first blog post will be on April 22nd.

Amy’s incoming in the team also means that someone is taking a step down, for now. Gabrielle will be taking a short break and will come back later this year. So a huge thanks for all your commitment and hard work you’ve been doing for us, so far! We really love your art and will be counting the days for your return. Have a great summer Gabi! Hugs from us all. <3 See you soon!

Gabrielle-Pollacco

I also need to tell you that we have to take a “So long” of our beloved Jenny that has coordinated this team for some years now. She is moving on into new adventures in life and we wish her all the best in the future! Jenny, you will be missed here at Maja. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all your great work and dedication you have been given the team. Hope to see you drop in at the office for a Fika every now and then! Take care. Big hugs!

Jenny

The one who will be filling in for Jenny will be me – Camilla, who has been at the Maja office for over a year now, working at the Customer Service among other things. I’m really looking forward to this task and the opportunity to work with such fabulous artists and great women around the world!

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I’ll see you around..! =) Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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April Mood Board

This time we have stretched the edges a bit and gone grungy. I hope you will like our April Mood Board.

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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 25th. 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 22nd at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…Evgenia_Petzer Evgenia_PetzerEvgenia PetzerHeidi_AugustsonHeidi AugustsonJenny_GrotherusJenny GrotherusMaja_Nowak Maja NowakRachelle_SigurdsonRachelle SigurdsonZaneta_GlowaZaneta Glowa

Winner of the March Mood Board

March has passed us with snowstorms, hail and coffee on the terrace in full sunshine. Unpredictable as it should be. It’s the last Saturday in the month and we are not so unpredictable here at the Maja blog. It’s time to present our Mood Board winner like we always do, but first a quick look at this months Mood Board. Moodboard-March15And here are our contributions

Our March winner has really managed to capture the spring feeling out of this Mood Board. A huge congrats to our winner…Aleksandra_Mihelic_SloveniaAleksandra Mihelic! Here are a couple of close up’s of her beautiful project.March mood board detail 1 March mood board detail 2 March mood board detail 3 March mood board detail 4

Thanks to all our participating projects, you have all done a great job.

Our next Mood Board is full of grunge and masculine style. You don’t want to miss next Saturday!

Until then!Jenny

In Our Sofa – my scrap space

Hello Maja friends! When I’ve been asked to share my scrap space, I’m a little reluctant as I don’t have the luxury of owning a scrap or craft room. What I own is just a little scrap space in our office which I’m sharing with my husband and my two kids. So are you ready to take a look at my little crafting haven? Let’s go!Irene-Tan

This is my scrap table which is situated on the far end of the office room.  I like to keep my table clean and empty while I’m not creating. This way, I will have the whole table for scrapping.DSC_7375To the left of the right of my table, I have a small tale which serves as a station for die-cutting, embossing and some storage. It is also the place where I store all my flowers and tools.DSC_7365This is a little trolley where I store most of my inks and adhesives. I love to organize my inks. This makes it easy for me to find the right color whenever I want.DSC_7372Besides a trolley, I also have two little kitchen spice rack which I hung on the wall to store all my glitter glue, ink refills and liquid pearls.DSC_7373The best part of my scrap space is that I have a window behind my table which allows tons of natural light in when I’m scrapping. I have an alter drawer where I’ve stored various embellishments.DSC_7369I’ve also have a two-tier storage shelves by the window to organize my ribbons, laces, buttons and more flowers. This is also my sewing station. Yes, this is what I use to do all my stitching on my projects. All this while, I’m hand-stitching on my projects as I do not own any craft sewing machine. I would hope to get one from a sponsorer or as a gift some day.DSC_7366Lastly, I would like to share a picture of the shelves where I display the fruit of my love for crafting. It may not be neat by I love to look at them for inspirations.DSC_7363When I scrap or craft, I always have some kind of music on. The reason is, music can create the emotion and mood I need based on my inspirations.Thank you so much for joining me on this little tour of my scrap space! See you again soon!Irene-sign

March Mood Board

Our March Mood Board brings me special memories from a very shiny day in San Diego with Marie. It was a bit cold, but the warmth from the sun really made our day.Moodboard-March15

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 March 28th. 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 March 25th at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…CathyMcGrathCathy McGrathGabrielle PollaccoGabrielle PollaccoIngrid_GooyerIngrid GooyerIrisBabaoUyIris Babao UyjelissaJelissa MeiJennyGrotherusJenny GrotherusPascaleBPascale BJenny

Winner of the February Mood Board

It’s finally time to pick a winner… Here’s what the February Mood Board looked like.Moodboard-February15And here are our lovely contributions for this month…

And the winner is…SylviaVanDerSteen_NetherlandsSylvia Van Der Steen!

Congrats Sylvia. The Vintage Summer Basics collection will be sent to you.

Don’t miss our next cozy spring Mood Board that we will present on our blog next Saturday.Jenny