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.” 

Jenny
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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The new Christmas collection is coming up..!

Dear Maja-fans!

I can now proudly present the new Maja collection – “A Gift for You”!

The feeling that spreads all over while enjoying this wonderful art is – Christmas time, candle lights, cozy by the fire place, snow, sparkling cold and lovingly warm at the same time and of course, an exciting feeling that Santa Claus soon will be coming with his reindeers..

A gift for you

This wonderful creation will be released September 29th – please make sure that your nearest store will have it in stock for you!

See you soon!

Hugs

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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

 

A trip to visit our fans…

I went to an event in Hjärtum, Sweden, a couple of weeks ago to meet up with our fans. We had a Maja quiz, gave away some goodies and chatted with some scrappers. It turned out to be a lot of fun.hjartum1Milo and Anna Lilja are two driving spirits that arranges this event twice a year. I met so many talented artists and got so much inspiration. It was a lot of fun to sneak over everybody’s shoulders. Their styles were all so different and the creativity was absolutely flowing.hjartum2A big thank you to all the wonderful ladies that made this day so special.Jenny

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

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

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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.

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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