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Create your very own Mood Board

The Maja Design challenge for January is all about Mood Boards. This time you are going to create your own Mood Board and share what inspires YOU. I know this is a bit last minute, but there’s still time. The deadline is January 28th. And here’s my own Mood Board. 

I chose to create a 12×12 canvas, using my favourite colours and what inspires me. I really love to work with canvases and they do inspire me so I thought it was pretty clear what I was going to use. Second. I had an extremely hard time picking papers (all Maja papers are my favourites) that would represent me and what I get inspired of. I’m a paper maniac and papers really get me going, but I tried to use colours that reflects me as a person. Blue, green, beige and brown.mb2bSo here we go. This is my favourite paper. Ha ha. Honestly. I think I must have used at least 20 of these from the Fika collection. I love shabby chic Prima resins, as well as specific moments in life. That white flower is my all time Prima favourite, love the shape and the texture. It even has dots! The Mini Sachet roses are also favourites of mine and really get me inspired. That green lace really get me going too.

I get very inspired by all beautiful cards I see online. Die cuts are also quite inspiring, such as beautiful things in general. That blue background paper is another favourite that I have used tons of.
mb2d_Beautiful pastries inspires me. I also find inspiration in pretty borders and above all creative decorations like this little bobin. I love roses and have every colour imaginable.
mb2eCoffee, coffee, coffee… Can there be life without it? Well, not if you ask me. :) I do get inspired by visiting coffee shops and smell every special flavour they have. Then I get home with bags of coffee beans and my wallet slightly lighter.

I love music, so that is inspiring me too. Lace really gets me going and I think I must have jumped up and down when I found this beauty at ICA of all the places just before Christmas. I also love to use metal on my creations. Here on one of my other Prima favourite flowers. mb4a

Fabric inspires me a lot. I can spend countless hours at Stoff och Stil. I have a thing for black tulle. I love the unexpected, so here it is combined with rough jute. The checked fabric above is another highly inspirational piece of fabric I found at Stoff och Stil. Here I’ve painted it and sprayed it with gold Color Shine by Heidi Swapp. Whenever my mojo’s gone out the window I can always ease it up by bringing out paints and spray mists. It always gets me in the right mood again. The Color Shine is really an icebreaker for me. I think it’s great.

I find inspiration in all sorts of junk, here represented by a bottle cap. Tissue tape and bling also get me going.

Being born on the countryside, nature is a huge inspiration to me. mb_centreLove and above all Joel is of course inspirational ponds. So is our adventures that has taken us over the globe through the years.mb4More bling, more metal. That daisy paper is to die for, pure love. I want to create cards every time I see it.

I have created a little tag pad with quotes… The birdcage is a mirror. It’s about challenging yourself and how I work in general. So when I look at the tag pad I see myself and the quotes that represents me. I’m basically a doer and not much of a dreamer. I’m not going to show you all the quotes this time but here are a few examples.mb_tag1 mb_tagmb3aLike I said, paints, mists and textures gets me going. Here in combo with a beautiful painted chippie chandelier. I’ve also used some Inka Gold wax on it. The little heart decoration represents all those shabby beautiful things I like. Pearls, pearls and pearls. Yes, I do use it pretty much everywhere so I thought it would look weird if they were not here. mb3bI felt very early that no matter what I did I never quite fit in… It took me many years to figure out that I might as well do whatever I want since I will never fit in anyways. So these days I have absolutely no desire what so ever to be like everybody else. On the contrary…

On the backside I have written down my favourite poem by August Strindberg. It’s about how it is to turn yourself inside out as an artist. I am not going to ruin it by making a poor translation of it, I’ll just write it down for those of you who understands Swedish to enjoy…

Vid avenue de Neuilly
där ligger ett slakteri,
och när jag går till staden,
jag går där alltid förbi.

Det stora öppna fönstret
det lyser av blod så rött,
på vita marmorskivor
där ryker nyslaktat kött.

I dag där hängde på glasdörrn
ett hjärta, jag tror av kalv,
som svept i gauffrerat papper
jag tyckte i kölden skalv.

Då gingo hastiga tankar
till gamla Norrbro-Bazarn,
där lysande fönsterraden
beskådas av kvinnor och barn.

Där hänger på boklådsfönstret
en tunnklädd liten bok.
Det är ett urtaget hjärta
som dinglar där på sin krok.

So please try to create your very own Mood Board. You can find everything you need hereJenny

Know in your heart you are loved

I created a framed layout for my mil so I did the same for my mom…
mamma2She had just gone through hand surgery and Joel was climbing on her, jumping up and down. I have used the Life By The Sea collection by Maja Design.
mamma_5I have painted the chipboard with heavy gesso and distressed it with three different cololurs. The border chipboard has been treated with Distress Stickles. Chipboard from Dusty Attic and ScrapFX, flowers from Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. Metal by Tim Holtz.
mamma_4Another close up…


What I do like about framed layouts is that they are very easy to get dimensional. Bling and flower from Prima, metal by Tim Holtz. 
mamma_2 Centre. The year sign was cut out with a Nestabilities die and stitched. The numbers are by TIm Holtz. Ribbon from LSS, star pins from Inkido.mamma_1And the down left corner…Jenny

Favourites from 2014-the good stuff ;)

So I have saved the best stuff for last as I usually do. I don’t think I can recall that I have created so few altered items and so many mini-albums like I did during 2014. I have picked up my three favourite albums and one otp project. I hope you’ll like it. :)elena1 elena3

For a very special friend
I created this Sofiero album for a girly friend of mine who loves pink. It took me ages to strain each page but I got there in the end. To see all the pages, please visit the orginal blog post.

joel-front joel4
Joels first summer
I created the covers for this album a couple of years ago, but left it there. Then Joel came and I decided to use them for his first summer album. I had lots of fun creating this album. To see all pages, please visit the original blog post.
jul1jul5My first Christmas
I bought this fab chipboard album at a tradeshow a couple of years ago. I absolutely adore all the details they have put into it. So I created Joel’s first Christmas album out of it. I really love the front page with it’s window out of gelatin where he peeks out. To see all the pages, visit the orginal blog postEaster decoration
My final project is an Easter decoration that I created for the April Mood Board. I used a bunch of boxes and some Easter decorations that my cat had not yet managed to slaughter. To see close up’s and details, please visit the original posting.

So this is it… I am closing the door to 2014 and am looking forward to an exciting 2015. You never know what future will bring. I hope you will continue sharing my creative journey. Wishing you all the best.Jenny

Favourites from 2014-cards

My card year started out very uninspired. To be honest-the cards were not any good at all. But then I started decorating the inside of the cards again and it got me in the right spirit. I think the second half of the year became rather good. So here’s what my favourites looks like.kaffeDo you want some coffee or not?
I never get sick of the Fika collection. I must have used it a dozen times by now. This card was created for a friend who always says that he should come by for a coffee but never does. So this was a gentle reminder. :) You can see the inside on the blog post.

angelaWedding card
One of my best friends in the US got married this summer. I created this card for them, but unfortunately it never made it during the postage. Such a shame. :( Click the link to see the decorated inside. tackThank you card
We have a couple of storing shelves in a dark corner of our Maja office. There you can find real treats like old collections that are no longer being sold. One of my early favourites were the Mina Vänner collection that came in four different colours. These papers came from Paula.

elenaFor a very special friend
A dear friend of mine showed up and I created this card for her, together with a mini-album. I kind of liked how it turned out. joelJoel’s birthday card
My little baby turned one in October. How about that. He got his own card with his very own mirror.

Next time I will share my favourite mini-albums and altered items from 2014.

Until then!

Favourites from 2014-layouts

Another year has passed and it’s time for me to present some of my favourites from 2014. As usual I divide them into three different categories… Layouts, cards and then all the other projects. So here are my five favourite layouts from 2014…baby_boyj

Baby boy
Joel was very sick during his first months. We spent countless hours in hospital and he was just fading away. He was so thin I could barely touch him, feeling every bone in his tiny body. Still he remained so happy and continued smiling. This photo was shot when he was at his worst, still so brave and strong.

I used the wonderful blue colours of Vintage Spring Basics and really liked working on this layout. It kind of created itself. I used this layout to present him on the Maja blog as the new crew member.parisFrom Paris with love

The Nyhavn collection was recently released and I fell in love with all the strong colours at once. (More creations of mine are coming up regarding Nyhavn.) Still it remains vintage and romantic. And what could be more romantic then a trip to Paris. I shot this photo in Montmartre when we celebrated our anniversary there a couple of years ago.

I used my favourite flowers and embellies and I like that the warmth of the hot summerday shines through.

Who can sail without the wind

This layout was created for the March Mood Board at Maja. Marie had chosen the ultradepressing song Who Can Sail Without The Wind for the Mood Board and I guess it kind of freaked some of the girls out when they got the text translated. Ha ha! But I hope I nailed it with this layout. Beautiful, but thoughtful…

If I had to pick one favourite from 2014, this one would be it. I loved to work with the PanPastels on the background, all the stamps and details. I shot this photo by the castle of Läckö three years ago. I wasn’t really in the mood that day and thought that the trip would cheer me up. It didn’t. But I had a really good creative flow when I did this layout years later on and it felt pretty much like therapy.

mycupofteaMy cup of tea
Ok, so this layout probably share the first place among my favs. I’m a blue girl and I jumped up and down when Coffee In The Arbour was released. It fitted me perfectly. Suddenly there were cupcakes all over the house and I drank even more coffee, like that would be possible. This layout was also very easily made. The creative flow was so good and I think I pretty much did the whole thing in an hour or two.

I had the honour of meeting my lovely scrap friend Elena Olinevich in August. When she returned home she created the most fantastic layout inspired by my white house and Joel. I just loved that one the minute she showed it to me. I didn’t even know she was inspired by my house, but maybe that’s why I loved it so much. :)

Anyways. She got me inspired to do something similar and this is what I came up with.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. Next time I will show you my 2014 card favourites. I think I had a pretty good card year so it will not be easy to pick favourites this time.

Until then!Jenny

A day in life

I made a trip to Gent a couple of years ago to attend the Scraptastic event. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. I met so many inspiring and wonderful friends along my way. After the event had finished I took the train to Brügge, a beautiful little town well worth the visit. adayin-lifeI wanted this layout to be very creative to reflect the journey. I stamped the background with Distress Ink Dried Marigold and Milled Lavendar, using stamps from TIm Holtz and Tattered Angels. I also sprayed it with Glimmer Mist Chalkboard. I added texture paste randomly. The blue texture has come to life with Shimmerz Texturez.adayin-life1The flower was created with a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die plus a roller stamp by Dear Lizzy.  I have used Archival Ink Blue Violet and Venetian Orange. Chipboard from Scrap FX, metal butterfly from LSS. adayin-life2Scrollwork die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  I used a doily as a mask for the white texture paste.  I also added Perfect Pearls to the texture paste.adayin-life3I stamped a swirl and colourized it randomly every here and there. Not so perfect, more like a drawing you usually do when talking to someone on the phone. That’s what I wanted it to feel like. adayin-life4Another close up. I really love the Nyhavn collection. I like it’s colours and the Old Townhouses paper is so lovely. It’s a shame it’s a limited one. But I guess the best are… :)Jenny


Winter layout

I really enjoy creating Christmas cards, but there’s something special with a winter layout filled with snow… winter_
My previous layout on the Maja blog was packed with flowers. This one hasn’t got any flowers at all. I have used one of my favourite papers from Vintage Frost Basics for the background.

I sprayed a Tattered Angels mask with Glimmer Mist Slate and used it as a stamp on the background. I added stains of Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Gold Lame and Tinsel). I added white gesso on the snow flake mask (also Tattered Angels) and used that as a stamp as well. I added Viva Decor gold wax here and there. I’ve used a Tim Holtz mask and Shimmerz Texturez (Gritty Graphite and Teal Me No Lies) as well as Mica Flakes from Golden. winter2The chipboards have been layered and sprayed with Glimmer  Mist Slate and Color shine Golden Lame. Padlock from Prima. I have added some snow paint on the chipboards as well. winter3A final close up… Jenny