Winner of the January Mood Board

Our popular Mood Board challenge is back and our mailbox has been completely flooded with contributions. Here’s what the Mood Board looked likeMoodboard-January15This months challenge was to create a Mood Board yourself about what inspires you, using the colour scheme above.

And the winner is…

Katie Kempton!Katie Kempton_CanadaKatie Kempton_Canada2 Katie Kempton_Canada3She has used reds and bakery as her inspiration. Here are some more photos of her fantastic card. Congratulations Katie. The Nyhavn collection will be sent to your doorstep.

The February Mood Board will be presented next Saturday, so don’t miss it!Jenny

This years first bottle message

A whole bunch of cards came floating my way, finding it’s way through our icy harbour. I could see the intricate details through the glass, taking my breath away…Nancy creates the most fantastic cards imaginable. I am so grateful that she has shared her talent and wonderful creations on her blog http://mytatteredtreasures.blogspot.se/

We want to express our gratitude for the joy she has given us and we will therefor send her a little present. Nancy, 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 your blog and our Facebook page. You never know who picks it up!Jenny

January Mood board

Christmas and New Year has passed, and now we are looking forward to a whole new wonderful year, filled with creativity!

This, the first Mood Board of the year, is a bit different from how they usually are.. Marie is very found of making mood boards herself. For every new collection she re-decorates her desk (or more the whole office.. ;) ) into a mood board that gives her the right “feeling”. So here at the MajaDesign HK we have Christmas in August and Easter on Valentines Day…

When she found this text (below) at Cadence & Clementine’s she came up with the idea to challenge you all to create your own personal mood board. So, for the January Mood board we want you to make something beautiful to inspire YOU in YOUR creative work…
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It could be a canvas to hang on the wall, or a scrapbook page to frame, or.. whatever you can come up with… No limits!
Use warm or cold (or mix) neutrals as a base and then add the colour(s) you find beautiful. Maybe add an image of someone who inspires you, or some wise words that are meaningful to you…
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Show us what inspires YOU!

 

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 January 24th. 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 January 28th at the latest.

We will only publish creations that fullfill the requirements!

And here comes inspiration created by our new fabulous Creative Team…

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Made by Evgenia Petzer

Cathy January Mood Board
Made by Cathy McGrath

Pascale Bernard
Made by Pascale Bernard, photo by Alain Le Mouée Pascale Mood board by Alain Le Mouée
Pascale’s Mood board

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Made by Elena Olinevich

Jelissa MoodboardMade by Jelissa Mei

Ingrid Gooyer
Made by Ingrid Gooyer

 

Happy New Year!

To all our dedicated Maja fans all over the world -
Thank you for sharing this whole, fabulous year with us! Thanks for all the support and encouraging words! Thanks for all the inspiration you have been giving us and for all the wonderful creative arts you have been sharing!

Maja is growing more and more for each year, and we are so proud to say it. We keep getting more retailers around the World every month. Today we are actually represented in more than 30 different countries and it’s all because of you. So thank you all for sharing and spread the name of MajaDesign further. We are so grateful.

We wish you all a fabolous HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Warm hugs from all of us.

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Creative Team 2015

This year will soon come to it’s end and we have had a really great time, creating some really wonderful art and hopefully inspiring others along the way!

Now, the New Year is coming up – 2015. We think it should be a really great year, filled with joy & inspiration and a lots of wonderful scrapping! A new year also means – new Team members..!
MajaDesign proudly presents:

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Cathy-McGrath Cathy McGrath, Australia
“My style is shabby chic/vintage. I love to use die cuts, particularly in my cards as well as use flowers, lace and vintage trinkets in my other projects.  I cannot wait to use the beautiful papers and be inspired to create with them.”

Elena-Olinevich
Elena Olinevich, Belarus
I have been exploring some new approaches and mixed media
techniques, but being a very gentle person my projects tend to be more
feminine. I like using paints, mists and lace. But the most distinctive feature
of my projects are layering and thorough attention to details.

Evgenia-Petzer
Evgenia Petzer, South Africa
“My style is very feminine and detailed. I love all these tiny bits and little pieces that give teh personal touch to the creation. As Maja papers are very soft and shabby this is a perfect match. These papers are so “me”, they reflect all that i have loved in the scrapbooking ppaers for ages. Starting from the awesome quality to unique designs, I am just so looking forward to continue playing with them, but now as a part of a Creative Team.”

Gabrielle-Pollacco
Gabrielle Pollacco, Canada
“I would call my style Vintage/Shabby-chic with a good dose of mixed media. It makes me happy to share new ideas and techniques and see others incorporate them into their own style.  I’m delighted to be on the Maja Design Creative Team for another year, their designs are timeless and leave me feeling inspired every time I pull them out to create!”

Heidi-Augustson
Heidi Augustson, Norway
“Crafting has always been my passion, and I love the shabby chic- and vintage style. My projects are detailed and characterized by the use of vintage photos, lace, flowers and romantic details. I have always loved Maja Design’s papers and I am so much looking forward to work with the products and this fantastic team of talented girls.”

Ingrid-Gooyer
Ingrid Gooijer, Netherlands
“I think most people know me for my altered projects. Although I also love making layouts and cards, I find myself always looking for other shapes and forms which I can make more beautiful by using papers and/or paints.”

Irene-Tan
Irene Tan, Malaysia
“Hmm…when talking about my style, I really don’t have one specific style. Normally, I create how and where my heart and urge takes me. I can be grungy and messy one day and keep it simple and clean on another day. I can be very detailed and add tons on one of my project but playing with simple geometrics on my next project. So I guess I really don’t have a defined style. What do you think Maja Designs gorgeous papers would lead me to?”

Jelissa-Mei
Jelissa Mei, Singapore
“My style is, I think, a marriage of mixed media and romantic shabby chic. I would say that my most striking characteristic is that I like to create multi-layered backgrounds with lots of textures and layers, and build up from there the shabby part of the work using papers and embellishments. It is really a honor for me to join Maja Designs as the papers suit my style to a T, and I hope to grow more as an artist in my time here.” 

Maja-Nowak
Maja Nowak, Poland
“My work is a mixture of romantic shabby chic and a bit of a steampunk, masculine touch. I don’t hesitate to use flowers and glitter for my boys’ layouts, but from time to time, especially when making to order, I do create a card that is not at all distressed :-) What I love most about Maja Design papers is their diversity that allows me to use it for almost anything I need to create. Belonging to the team of world-famous scrappers is a true honour and great pleasure for me and I’m so happy to stay here for another term!”

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Pascale Bernard, France
“The colors in my photo are my starting point. I love testing new
techniques using gesso, inks, stamps, and creating my own flowers with colors
close to reality. I always create my own backgrounds with several layers and
textures. My style is at the same time or in turn vintage, shabby, steampunk,
and mixed media.”

Rachelle Sigurdson
Rachelle Sigurdson, Canada
“To get my texture, I love to work with distressed, hand stitched paper layers. I also love & use chipboard on all of my projects. By reading my comments, I would say that my characteristics is ’my attention to details’”.

Zaneta-Glowa
Zaneta Glowa, Sweden
“I would describe my style as feminine, subtle, with a romantic touch. But I do like some variations, following my mood or an inspiration, which can often lead to creating something ‘not-quite-my-style-but-I-like-it-anyway’. I like my works to be well balanced, I let the ‘white space’ speak and I can hardly stay away from adding just a touch of some mixed media or stamps. I adore Maja Designs papers, I love to have them and just watch those outstanding patterns, explore the details… so I’m hoping that cutting them becomes easier as a DT member :)  I hope I will be able to show the versatility of the papers, play with endless combinations of different collections – with only my own creativity setting the limit!

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Jennifer Snyder, Facebook Coordinator, USA
“My style? This has always been a difficult question to answer.  Let’s just call it
‘evolving’.  Where I stared , where I am presently and where I’ll be tomorrow is a big mix of styles. Where I stared off disliking cards is now where I find great joy. Gotta keep the journey fun and ever changing. Vintage yesterday, shabby chic today, clean and crisp tomorrow? Who knows!
Why do I stick out as a scrapper? I actually do not think my art sticks out. Art is just
paper, glue and whatever embellishments are chosen. I hope that the person behind the art is most important. I hope those people who have chosen to know me, will find depth, kindness and a caring helpful nature. I feel that egos and arrogance have found their way into so many hearts spoiling even the most beautiful project. I don’t want to be that person.
I love Maja Design for
its beautiful consistent collections. The quality and excellence of the product is a joy to use. I look forward to having a chance to use some of the
best and most beautiful paper in the world. As Facebook Coordinator, I also look forward to telling the world about Maja and  helping to establish a strong world presence.” 

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Jenny Grotherus, Team Coordinator, Sweden
“Every new team is like a bunch of new babies in the family to me. That is what our team is like. Family. I am always so amazed by the wonderful creations they create and how lovable they all are. They are such an inspiration and I always learn so much from
them. I’ve become friends for life with past Creative Team members and I am sure this years girls are no exception.”

Jenny is also a dedicated scrapper and drops in with her wonderful art on the blog from time to time.

“My style is very Maja like. A lot of soft colours, vintage, lace and flowers. I like to keep it simple. I like to create usable things with papers. Jewellery boxes, picnic baskets, books etc. A tutorial or two might slip through once in a while.”


We also want to say thank you and show our great appreciation to those in the Creative Team that now are leaving us for new adventures. It has been a blast working along with you all and we sure are going to miss you! So, a big Thank you and Goodbye to these wonderful ladies that has been with us under the past year;

Nancy-Hanttula Nadia-Cannizzo Marilyn-Rivera Larissa-Albernaz Cathy-Lane CamillaEkman Andrea-Evans

Thanks for all your fantastic work and for the wonderful inspiration you have been giving us! We love you!

Many hugs!
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Meet our Winter Girl

December is here and it’s time to present our final Season Girl. As promised we have chosen her from the participants of our Mood board challange. Looking through all the contributions I once again was amazed by all the great creativity our scrappy World holds. And I just have to take the chance and say a big THANK YOU to all of you that have participated! It’s been a true pleasure to see your lovely work. I can also tell you that the Mood board challange will be back in January…

Now back to the girl who got the last guest spot of the year. She is a devoted MajaDesign fan and she has actually won the Mood board challange twice. We love her very detailed, shabby romantic style.

A big Hurrah for Amy Voorhuis! Our fantastic Winter girl.
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Here is what she has to say about herself:

“My name is Amy Voorthuis and I live in one of the smallest countries on earth – The Netherlands, with the love of my life Jeroen. Nine years and some what ago we became parents to the most handsome boy in the world Kevin.
I work as a Optician in a optic store. Done that for about 14 years now and I love what I do,  you have to be creative in many ways in this profession.
Scrapbooking became my creative outlet about 10 years ago when my mom took a present home from my aunt Ellen who lives in Florida.
I think you can guess what that was - ”a scrapbook”. My aunt still regrets it because she really wants to scrap with me and can’t because of the distance. When I was asked to be a wintergirl for Maja Design I was so excited! I really love to work with these beautiful papers, and I gladly excepted the wonderful offer.
Thanks again for asking me!
If you want to see more of my work you can visit my blog here http://www.amyvoorthuis.blogspot.se/

Hugs xox Amy”

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Amy describing:
“First I pencil draw the shape of this thermometer then I stitched the edges with my sewing machine and distressed it!

I used a stencil on it so it looked like broken ice and stamped randomly on the thermometer for the finishing touch I used a snow writer one my flowers and chipboard!”

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“On my card I used the same techniques as on the thermometer!”

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“On my layouts I used lots of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and embossing powders and lots of layers and always my sewing machine and I love to distress every paper I get my hands on. :-)


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Thank you so much for watching! And a big thanks to Amy for sharing her beautiful art with us!

In our Sofa – my scrap area

Hi everyone and a warm welcome . Today it is my turn to share with you the space where I create . I have a tiny space for my scrapbooking, but I manage . The space is very bright and light and looks out on to my garden . I have storage spaces in other areas in our home . Here we go … follow me as we take a walk through my creative space .

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my tiny scrap space over looking my garden . Heathers scrap roomHere is my tiny space, it has to be organised ( well most of the time ) as I cant find anything if everything piles up. You know what I mean .. LOL  !!  5 scrap room drawers     A wider view showing some storage drawers .    storage drawers These drawers contain all my stamps, distress inks, punches, masks, chipboard etc. drawersextra store roomAbove is my main storage area, only a few steps from my scrap space . I just love the way I can close the door here . Everything is pretty organised . papers, Layouts, albums, photos, projects, cardstock and paper .   organised  storage storage photos, photos, and more photos !!!!!    scrap room storage love my little shabby chic mini drawers xoxo  more storage These little tins are all magnetic so they dont move and slide around . I keep all my little bits and pieces here . .. lots of metal embellies.   Messy inky Pallet   my messy inky pallett … paint brushesscrap room work in progress 3

scrap room   works in progress !  reading in the garden        Just outside my creative space … one of my fave spots in my garden …peaceful  xHeather stitchingstitching at my Faithful Bernina Sewing machine .. loveeeeeeeeeeeeee my stitching.  17 scrap room post cloth rust stainingtwine      Dyed twine .

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I love to sip on a cup of tea as I work.. when finished I use the wet bag to splash on my work .

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Thanks for looking and walking with me through my scrap space .love and hugz from Heather xHeather-sign

Let us present our Autumn Girl

This Autumn Miranda Edney has been scrapping some beautiful projects for us.
First we let her introduce herself…

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“My name is Miranda Edney and I live in the sunny state of Florida with my honey
and our adorable fur babies which make ‘mommy’ very happy. I love
creating altered pieces! Nothing makes me happier than to see some plain
forgotten object and to bring new life into it. I have 2 sides, one of them
loves all things vintage and rustic. The other is a mixed media passion which
seeps out quite a bit. I love that Maja papers give me that vintage base for me
to add mixed media to, and that fulfills both of my ‘sides’.  
I used lots of Vintage Autumn Basics but I had to throw in some other
collections as well, they all coordinate so heavenly together! 

It has been a great honor to create for Maja, as a long time lover of
their papers. It has been a complicated time in my life and my focus is in a
million places, so to be able to sit down and create with such amazing papers
was true therapy for me. Thank you Maja Design!”

This is a really talented girl, just watch and enjoy her wonderful art..

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Mirandas words about this lovely treasure box:
“For my first Altered box I went with a “grape” theme. I had this box for
quite some time waiting for the perfect papers..”

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Here is a link for a full tutorial video, on how she created this wonderful piece of art.

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“My next mixed media box was very fun to create. Lots of layering of the beautiful
papers. A coat of clear gesso, then you can break out all your colorings and go
to town. I kept it very shabby and feminine.”

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A big THANKS to Miranda! Hope you have appreciated this as much as we have!