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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

Easter decoration… Mood Board April

This months Mood Board is so full of spring and Easter. I thought it very appropriate to create an Easter decoration out of it…

I have used the Vintage Spring Basics collection for this creation.easter1

I’ve used a mix of 12×12 papers and 6×6 papers. Large yellow flower by Magnolia, Purple one from Prima. easter2I’ve layered the lace to get a nice effect with different colours of lace. The bobbinet has been painted white and got some ribbon. The textures on the background has been made with a Prima stencil and Shimmerz Texturez.easter3The birdsnest was attached to a wreath I bought a couple of years ago. The checked ribbon is from Blomsterhallen (so is the yellow one) and the lace from Michaels. Fabric from JoAnn’s and yellow flower by Prima.easter4

I like to put some detailed papers in the boxes. The white metal corner is from a LSS. The branch (Prima) contained pink flowers that I cut off and replaced with yellow ones instead (Magnolia).easter5The feather is from Blomsterhallen, chipboard butterfly by Scrap FX. The butterfly has been painted with Gesso, then applied with Glimmer Glam Hayride and Distress Ink Pumice Stone.easter6This cute little chicken has had it’s trauma in life. Our cat has slaughtered it 15 times or so. There’s nothing like a feather ball in your mouth. Especially when you are not allowed. So now it’s been saved. :)easter7I’ve layered lace on two places on this project. Gives it an extra touch. The gorgeous flower in the middle is from a new favourite collection of mine, Tatiana by Prima. Just love.  Stamps from Prima, so are all the flowers.easter8This butterfly chipboard has had the same treatment as the other. So has the Prima window. The pearl decoration is by Tim Holtz. easter9The last little box with a rooster. The yellow ribbon is by Webster’s Pages.

I have used the following Vintage Spring Basics papers for this project…

1st of March
2nd of March
9th of March
10th of March
7th of April
6×6 pad

And here’s what the Mood Board looks like:So don’t forget to stop by the Maja blog and join the fun. You can win a collection of your own choice AND get selected as our Winter Girl. The Winter Girl will receive a temporary seat by our table, the Vintage Frost Basics collection to play with and a posting of her own.Jenny

Favourites from 2013… the fun stuff.:)

It’s not that layouts and cards are the boring stuff… but I’ve always been a sucker for altered projects and stuff. I haven’t done that many this year, still I thought it impossible to just pick three. So here are… four.

Altered wine holder
I altered this wine holder for my sister’s 10th anniversary. It was SOOO much fun to make. We had just released the very limited Sofiero collection and we were still not aware of the massive positive response we got from it. It turned out to be a huge hit and for the first time I found myself running out of papers with no possibility to get more! I was just as panicked as everybody else, I can assure you that. :)

I was so anxious to get my hands on Vintage Autumn Basics when it was released it was unbelievable. I drove to the office Friday night just to get some sheets that were picked up just to satisfy my greedy hands. :) They were so fresh I had a heavy stink of paint in my livingroom that evening. I had promised Marie to let them dry, but 7 AM Saturday morning I was already out of five different papers, even though I had grabbed three of each. :) This hot air balloon was my first creation.
I created this baby album for Joel. It includes his first months with journaling and photos. Since he is an autumn boy it’s all made with autumn colours. If you read the posting you can see the pages within. I’m still using it and documenting his life.
I’ve had this ATC tray for years. I bought it with our wedding in mind, but I just couldn’t find any suitable papers for it. When Vintage Autumn Basics was released I knew what papers to use. So my wedding tray turned out to be… pink! Mark my words, I was shocked myself. 😉 But I actually like how it turned out.
So. This concludes this year. I am so grateful and proud that my very faithful readers have stayed with me this year. I know I haven’t been around as much as I usually am due to several hospital treatments and a painful pregnancy. I am very touched that you, and many newcomers, have chosen to stick around and shared this year with me. I wish you all the best and a very happy new year.

Hot air balloon – Mood Board October

This creation is quite special to me. When Marie and I went to CHA this January I dragged her into Barnes & Noble so I could buy as many books as I could carry. I tried to bribe her with cheese cake, but she’s so sweet she didn’t need that much persuasion. While I was trying to figure out what books would be honored with space in my suitcase Marie was shopping inspiration for her drawings. Among those were some hot air balloon drawings that she interpreted in her own way. The minute I saw the papers I just knew I had to make a hot air balloon…

I tried to find some inspiration online and of course the very talented Miranda Edney delivered. I’ve made my own version where I’ve used the same shape as one of the balloons on Marie’s drawings, but Miranda’s photos were truely helpful. To create a sturdy base I’ve used the 12×12 sheets that we use as packing material on Maja. They are thick as chipboard and very sturdy.

The basket was made out of paper. That’s what I love about Maja. The papers are so thick you can basically create just about anything with them. I’m going to put this above the crib, so it needs to be able to deal with a punch or two. Otherwise I would probably not have needed the chipboard base.

I’ve added a Melissa Frances frame with 2013. The balloon will be a keepsake for the future for my baby. Just love how the balloon pattern peeks out from the balloon.

This is my first attempt on Sizzix Susan’s Garden dies. So bare with me. 😉 I’ve used three different collections for the flower. Vintage Autumn Basics, It’s Christmas Time and Vintage Spring Basics. Just love how you can combine the collections to get all the right colours.

The banner reads “A time forever etched in our hearts and memories”. I thought it quite appropriate for this matter.

A big thanks to Terese who helped me photograph this creation. My big stomach truely makes it difficult to shoot any photos right now. :)

If anyone is interested in the template I created for the balloon, just give me a shout and I’ll fix it for you.

This balloon was inspired by this months Mood Board over at the Maja blog:

So don’t forget to stop by for your chance of winning a collection of your own choice.

Supplies used:
Maja Design Vintage Autumn Basics collection
XIV (3 Sheets)
XV (3 Sheets)
XIII  (2 Sheets)
XX111  (2 Sheets)

Maja Design It’s Christmas Time collection
6×6 paper pad

Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics collection
6×6 paper pad

Ribbon and lace from Michaels, mom and LSS.
Distress Marker Walnut Stain
Distress Marker Chipped Sapphire
Butterfly punch by Martha Stewart
Sizzix Susan’s Garden Lilly
Panpastel 250.5 Diarylide Yellow
Liquid Pearls Bisque
Frame by Melissa Frances
Wings by Panduro

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Maja Design Christmas In July challenge!

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What could possibly be better then to step inside from the heat and create some Christmas cards to ease the load in November? We are now having a challenge over at Maja Design where you can win ALL Christmas collections carried in stock! We are talking about FOUR collections. Or 72 papers in total.

All information could be found on today’s blog posting at Maja.
Here’s my inspirational creations for this challenge…

This is Osiris looking out our dining room window, chasing snow flurries. He truely loves that window and has been sitting by it every day since we moved in. I have used my favourite Christmas collection by Maja for this layout, Gammaldags Jul. I never get tired of the classic colours and patterns.

Some bling, flowers and texture paste. I have mounted the middle section on 3D foam to be able to put flowers under it.

I’ve also created a mailbox for Christmas cards. This one holds up to 6×6 cards so it’s quite useful. I have used the It’s Christmas Time collection.

I cut out poinsettias with my Gazelle. The smaller ones are 1″, the larger ones are 1.5″. Those are the days when you wish you had smaller hands…

The lid…

I will name what products have been used later down this posting. First I would just like to post some other Maja Christmas inspiration, even if they were not made for this particular challenge…

Christmas card

Box with Christmas carols

Tealight card with tutorial

Christmas has arrived

Supplies used for My Favourite Window
Maja Design Gammaldags Jul collection
Pyntat och Fint
Vackra Paket
Goder Afton
Martha Stewart punch Cherish
Flowers by Petaloo, Prima and Re-collections
Bling by Zva Creative
Texture Paste
Glimmer Mist Tattered Leather
Liquid Pearls
Snowflake punch by Martha Stewart
Retro Flower punch by EK Success
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Distress Marker Walnut Stain
Supplies used for mailbox
Maja Design It’s Christmas Time collection
6×6 pad
Festive Season
Wrap The Gifts
Christmas Thoughts
Die cut sheet
Star punch by Martha Stewart
Dies by Nestabilities
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Liquid Pearls
Ribbon slide by Making Memories
Ribbon by Michaels

Summer- Maja Design Mood Board July

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This month’s Mood Board is all about the life by the coast line.Based on the beautiful Life By The Sea collection, here’s the July Mood Board.

Here’s my take…

A very summery flagset with the text “Sommar” on it.

I’ve layered all the letters so you can see a blue S from the side below the red one.

I’ve used white embossing powder on the flags together with Liquid Pearls. Yes, I’ve run out on my favourite Pearl Maker so I had to settle with the Liquid ones. Actually, they worked out quite well when you got the hang of it. Just another technique then with Pearl Maker.

I just love those little sea trinkets that I’ve used. They are so cute.

A lot of distressing..

A whale in a fishing net. Oh well. Use your imagination. :) I think the whale looks so happy, it’s so cute I just had to use it.

The last letter R. I had a lot of fun making this flagset. It wasn’t very easy to catch on photo though since it’s so large, but it will definitely make a nice decoration in my house.

Supplies used:
Maja Design Life By The Sea collection
Marina Hovering
Islands and Skerries
Bottle Message

Dies by Spellbinders Nestabilities 
Flowers and trinkets by LSS
Liquid Pearls
Punches by Martha Stewart

Jewellery box with tutorial

I thought I’d make a jewellery box for my mother for Mother’s Day this year. This is how it turned out…

Hydrangeas are my favourite flowers (well I have a lot of favourites). I picked my wedding decorations from one of mom’s huge white hydrangeas in her garden. Later on when I got a garden of my own she gave me that hydrangea bush. So it wasn’t hard to decide what papers to use…

The inside of the jewellery box is in two different layers…

And here’s a little guide on how to make one… Thanks to Marianne Skjelstad for the great idea.

For one jewellery box you’ll be needing…
12″ x 5″ for the base
8 3/8″ x 8 3/4″ for the largest jewellery box
5 5/8″ x 6″ for the smallest jewellery box

Patterned papers acc to text below.

Punch Around The Page set

Fold the base by 4 7/8″. Turn it around and fold it again.

Use a Punch Around The Page set to create the border and ink the edges on both sides of the paper. I have used a Martha Stewart set called Cherish and inked the border with Distress Ink Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain.

Add patterned papers to the base.
3 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ three pieces (two for the outside and one for the inside of the lid)
3 7/8″ x 2 1/8″

Now it’s time to make the actual jewellery boxes…
Start with the largest (8 3/8″ x 8 3/4″) and fold it by 2 1/4″ on all sides.

Cut flaps and ink the folded edges…

Cut out patterned paper in size 3 5/8″ x 4 1/8″, ink the edges and glue it to the bottom of your box.

Then glue the flaps and fold the box together.

The thicker paper you use the sturdier the box will be. These boxes are both made with Maja Design papers that are as far as I know the thickest papers on the market.

Cut out patterned papers to cover the flaps, ink them and glue them into place.
2 1/8″ x 3 3/4″ three pieces

Then cut out patterned papers for the remaining walls. Ink them and glue them into place.
2 1/8″ x 4 1/4″ four pieces

Also add the third piece of the smaller paper on the outside of the visible part of the box.

If you use very thick high quality patterned paper you can use it for the inner walls. Or you can use lighter papers double. Otherwise you need to cut out cardstock for the inner walls.
5 1/4″ x 1″
2 7/8″ x 1″ two pieces

Fold the 5 1/4″ piece by 0.5″ from each side.

Ink it an glue it into the box

Fold the two smaller pieces by 0.5″ from each side as well and glue them into the box.

You can still see the glue that hasn’t dried yet. It was getting dark and I wanted to take the photos before it got too late. Sorry for that. :)

The base for the box is finished and feel free to decorate it as you wish. :)

Now for the smaller box…
Fold the small box 1″ on each side, cut flaps and ink the folded edges… Basically the same thing you did with the larger box but with smaller measurements.

Cut out two patterned papers in size 3 3/8″ x 3 7/8″, ink the edges and glue it to each side of the bottom of your box.

Cut out patterned papers to cover the flaps, ink them and glue them into place.
1″ x 3 1/2″ four pieces

Then cut out patterned papers for the remaining walls. Ink them and glue the pieces on the inside.
1″ x 3 7/8″ four pieces

For the outside… Add some ribbon to each side of the box so you can easily lift the box with them. Also add the third and fourth pieces of the smaller papers on the outside of the the box.

Now it’s time for the inner walls…
Cut out the following from heavy weight patterned paper or cardstock
5″ x 7/8″
2 3/4″ x 7/8″ two pieces

Fold all pieces by 0.5″ from each side and glue them the same way you did on the large box.

Glue the large box so it fits the cover.

When you’ve finished decorating you’re done!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you got inspired.

Supplies used:
Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics collection
5th of March
7th of March
9th of March
10th of March
7th of April
Days To Remember

The other stuff…
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page set Cherish
Distress Ink Pad Pumice Stone
Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
Pearl Maker White
Rose by Wild Orchid Crafts
Spellbinders Nestabilities Ovals
Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals

Bird cage

I haven’t entered any challenges for a very long time. But when I saw this vintage challenge where you need to use a bird cage I couldn’t resist it.

I guess spring still feels far away. I just switched from winter tires to summer tires on my car, just to end up in a snow storm a couple of hours later. This bird cage makes spring feels a bit closer.

I cut out stripes from patterned papers plus two circles and made a bird cage out of it.

The bird with the branch was cut out from a Maja paper. The feathers and the egg that the bird is sitting on is from my stash of Easter decorations.

Supplies used:
Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics collection
4th of April
5th of April

Distress Ink Pad Pumice Stone
Edge punch by Martha Stewart
Distress Stain Antique Linen
Lace from LSS
“Hay” from Panduro

Mood board February

So the time has come for the new mood board at Maja Design. And guess what? I’ve actually done an inspirational project this time. :)

Our own Ivana Camdzic was kind enough to borrow me her wedding photos. As usual I started out with a poem in mind and a palette. Since it is February it is a Valentine/wedding theme. The board is based on the Vintage Summer Basics collection, but you are free to use whatever collection you’d like. Stop by the Maja blog to read more about it.
So, being a romantic fool, I forced myself to get a minute here and there to actually create something for this board. And here’s what I came up with.
I cut out four hearts with my Gazelle for a base, and then four patterned papers for decoration. All papers are from the Vintages Summer Basics 6×6 pad. All flowers have been sprayed with Smooch Spritz Vanilla. The frame has also been cut out with my Gazelle. Pearls by Michaels and Pearl Maker white. Lace by  Magnolia, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
A little close up…
The inside of the box…

And here is the poem that is used for the mood board…

Favourites from 2012 – all the fun stuff!

I can’t say that everything in this section is altered. And I don’t like to use the meaningless “other” either. So instead I’m referring to it as all the fun stuff. All the creations that I’ve made that are not layouts or cards that is. So here are my favourites from 2012.

A gift for you
My wonderful mother in law bought me some flowers and made me homemade chocolates and gave them to me in a beautiful hexagonal jar. This during a time when I had no energy whatsoever to make any Christmas preparations at all. I altered the jar for her and gave it back in January. This jar is very personal to me since the circumstances during that time period were quite special. I really appreciate what she did for me during that Christmas. She gave me space when I needed it and supported me when I needed her help.

Chocolate cone
I made this chocolate cone for hubby’s birthday in January. I have used one of my favourite Maja collections, Life In The Country. I often use Maja Design papers for altering and other creations since they are so sturdy.

I am no winter person whatsoever. I’m more like a cat that lies in front of the fireplace and waits for it to end. We’ve had a couple of bad winters the past years and one day in January I felt that I’ve had it so I made this mini-album about it. I had saved these gorgeous Bo Bunny papers for a long time. I wanted to make something special with them. Take a look at the original posting to see all the pages inside.

My Summer Memories 
When the spring began to show itself I dreamed my way back to my childhood memories on the countryside. The Maja Design Life In The Country collection is like it’s made for me. I feel my memories in every single paper and I just love it. I had to create something out of it and this is what I came up with. All pages are shown on the original posting.

Easter eggs
Me and a friend got together to create some easter eggs. I made mine bit shabby, not so perfect, using Pion Design papers. They turned out quite nice I think.

My blueberry book
I made this little album as a tribute to blueberries. I absolutely love blueberries so I found it appropriate. I have used the Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection by Maja Design.

I had a giveaway on my blog where you could win the Vintage Summer Basics collection. I thought I’d make the winner announcement a bit more fun so I created this box where I put the names of the participants. I filmed the announcement and put it out on Youtube.
I made this flower basket, using the Vintage Summer Basics collection, for Mother’s Day.

Calendar for my in-laws
I made this calendar for my in-laws, I think it turned out quite nice.

Box with Christmas carols
I took an old box and made it into a box with Christmas carols in it. The songs are in a two ring binder and can be taken out when needed to. Practical and quite nice.

Some mornings you just know… it’s going to be a two cup day
I made this little coffee tray for Marie (founder and designer at Maja Design) when she worked day and night with the Walking In The Forest collection. I filled up the two cups with coffee beans. The Ska Vi Ta En Fika collection was an obvious choice.

Castle for Anton
My best friend since 20 years back gave birth to a son in August. I made him this castle using the Vintage Summer Basics collection. No cardstock for support. That really shows how sturdy Maja papers are.

A little bird told me…

I have a thing for funny cocky quotes. I thought I’d gather some of them in a little mini-album and came up with this one. Made with the Vintage Summer Basics collection.
Well, I guess that’s it. You can find more of my “fun stuff” in the other section. 😉
Happy new year!