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I’ve left Maja Design…

I know the word is spreading and I get questions… Yes it is true, I have left Maja… After 2 ½ years I figured I needed to move on. I will of course continue using their beautiful papers, but also others. My guess is that I will start crafting more again now that I’ve left and have more time. So I hope you continue to stop by from time to time. The door is open.

Mood Board April

Yesterday I wrote my very last Maja Design posting since I will be leaving the company the 13th. It’s been a fun ride, but it’s time for me to move on. So here’s my very last Mood Board contribution…Jenny_GrotherusI have used lots of textures, bricks, torn egdes etc as the mb suggests.Jenny_Grotherus4I have used white texture paste and different colours of texturez by shimmerz for the background. The grungeboard die cut has been embossed, painted, sprayed and distressed. Borders by Martha Stewart and Tim Holtz. Metal and rub on by Tim Holtz.Jenny_Grotherus3

Nestabilities dies, Tim Holtz dies, Martha Stewart punches etc…Jenny_Grotherus2Some layers and die cuts…And here’s the Mood Board. Don’t forget to play along!

Birthday card

My niece is celebrating her 10th birthday this weekend. A huge step for a little beautiful lady. I created this birthday card for her and I hope she will like it.josephineI have used a combination of Vintage Summer Basics, Vintage Autumn Basics and Ska Vi Ta En Fika for this card. The papers are so beautiful themselves so you really don’t need much to create an eyecatcher. josephine_detailThe die cuts have been created with Spellbinders Romantic Rose set and the butterfly with a die from Bo Bunny. Ribbon from Elena (thanks sweetie) and a LSS. I have always preferred to use Pearl Pens instead of Liquid Pearls since I find it easier to created pearls with them.

I hope you will enjoy your Easter weekend!

 

March Mood Board inspirational project

It’s Mood Board time again…
and here’s what I came up with…
JennyGrotherusI have used the feminine side of the Mood Board when scrapping one of my pregnancy photos. The borders have been created with Borderabilities dies by Spellbinders. Kind of handy when you only have stripes of papers left. :) All papers from Vintage Summer Basics.Journey_closeI have used a home made stencil for the textures and then stamped randomly with four different Tim Holtz stamps. Bling from Prima, Inkido and Zva Creative. Flowers by Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts and Re-Collections. Metal by Finnabair (Prima). Chipboard from ScrapFX.Journey_close2Another little close up. The cute elephant is from Websters Pages.

So don’t miss the opportunity to win a Maja collection of your own choice… Hop over to the Maja blog and join the fun!Jenny

Blue therapy

I really gave it all with the Mood Board this time. Not that it was a difficult Mood Board, but I had promised myself not to go for the blues or browns but use PINK instead. Fear oh fear. I was joking with the Creative Team that I will be needing blue therapy for a month now so here it starts. 😉joel_blaI have used blue papers from Vintage Autumn Basics in combo with some white cardstock. joel_bla2I have used texture paste that I have sprayed with Color Shine by Heidi Swapp. I have also used blue Texturez by Shimmerz. The chippie has been painted with Heavy Gesso (Liquitex) and stamped with one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamps Holly. I know, it’s a Christmas stamp, but who cares. 😉 All embellies by Prima.joel_bla3A little background close up. The number stamp is from Prima and I’ve used a white stamp pad to make it shine through on the blue paper…Jenny

More Mood Board inspiration

My beloved friend Elena Olinevich game me this fab acryllic album from Clear Scraps that I had to use.JennyGrotherus2I really love Clear Scraps but unfortunately I haven’t found a retailer in Sweden. If anyone knows a store that carries them, please let me know.

I have used the Maja Design collection Nyhavn (that this months Mood Board also is based upon) for this album. Ever since I was a little girl I had the idea of going to Paris for my honeymoon. I have refused a number of Paris trips before I got married since I saved it, but in the end we went to Tanzania instead. But. When we celebrated our anniversary a couple of years ago we finally went there…

All flowers used in the album are by Prima or Wild Orchid Crafts. Shabby chic embellies from Prima, metal by Prima or Websters Pages (key to the right). Bling from Zva Creative and Prima. That being said, let’s have a look inside.paris

The beauty of a sea through album is that you can see the papers from both sides… paris2I have torn a paper in two and left half of the page without paper so you can see the next page. I have added some paints to it and stamped with orange archival ink on the acryllic page. As you can see to the left of the photo of me I have stamped the acryllic with text in French using white ink.paris4Here’s what it looks like fully open. paris3I always put my coffee cups absolutely everywhere so I couldn’t resist adding one to the stove. :) This background paper is my favourite from the Nyhavn collection. I really love the colours of the houses. Absolutely beautiful.

So this is it about our romantic weekend in Paris. I have used the February Mood Board for this album…Moodboard-February15To play along with the February Mood Board, please visit the Maja Design blogJenny

February Mood Board

So it’s Mood Board time on the Maja blog again. Here’s one of my two takes on this months gorgeous Valentine mb JennyGrotherusThis is me and hubby when we got married almost nine years ago. Well. Time do past fast. I have used Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics and Vintage Spring Basics for this layout.

Pink is never my first choice of colour and I worked really hard not to make this a blue or brown one but the colours just came sneaking in no matter what I did. LOL. feb3The lovely lace was a bargain I made at a LSS. Flowers by Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts. The medallion and the metallic embellishments are from Webster’s Pages. Bling by Prima. Tulle from Stoff och Stil.   feb1My beloved wedding pearls. Ha ha. I think I use them everywhere…. The love letter from the mood board is represented by this little letter on the flower. Neat. :) Circular punch from Fiskars. feb2I’ve gone wild with Inka Gold on this one. Ha ha. Golden lady. 😉 I have used a mild gold colour and a green one. Shabby chic treasure by Prima, roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. Bling from LSS.feb4I have used some of the lyric lines from the Mood Board on a piece of see through vellumpaper. Frame from ScrapFX.  I have also added texture as the mood board says and added Inka gold to it afterwards. The gold textures is visible through the vellumpaper, gives it a nice effect.

And here’s the board for you to play with…. inspired by the beautiful Nyhavn collection.Moodboard-February15 So stop by the Maja blog for your chance to win a Maja collection of your own choice!Jenny

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. 
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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.
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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…

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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.

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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