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Going shoppin’

I am so impressed by Marie. How can a person that absolutely hates traveling be an expert on balancing a cup of coffee, a huge cookie, Iphone and pull a carry-on while she runs for the gate. At the same time.

We got to LA in the end. The employee at the rental firm looked at us with deep sympathy in her eyes when she heard that we were driving to Anaheim in rush hour traffic. I can’t say it was that bad. I guess we were lucky, but it wasn’t worse then the rush hour back home. Actually, it was better.

We were so tired when we finally reached the hotel so we just ordered some room service and went to bed.

Marie bought a new dress for me just before we left. I tried it on this morning and I LOVE it. I have to consider hiring her as my personal shopper. “Unfortunately” it means that I have to buy new shoes today. What a shame. That means I’ll have to throw away two pairs when I get home. That’s the deal I have with hubby. I have to throw away two pairs for every pair that I buy since I have too many shoes. Well, that’s what he thinks. Anyways. We’re going to the Cabrillo monument in San Diego today and then it’s shop til you drop.

I heard that it’s snowing back home. I felt like a calf on shieling when I went outside this morning. I just had to run around a bit in the wonderful sun.

Good morning!

I’m used to the alarm clock ringing unscrupulous at 3 AM, just as it did today. My long journey’s often start out with the earliest flight in the morning. I slept like a baby like I usually do when I’m on my way to do what I love the most. Traveling. But this time it’s different. I’m on my way to CHA… Like some smart person said. Find out what you love to do in life and get somebody to pay you for it. I love my job…

Announcing Maja Design’s Creative Team 2013

I am so excited I barely have words for it. This is it. What I’ve been working so hard for. Let me introduce our ten creative ladies…

Andrea Ewen, USA.
Andrea’s classic American style cards are exquisite. So simple, yet so detailed. We have already seen what she can do with our products and we are sure that she will be a great asset to our team.Camilla-S-Bakke
Camilla S Bakke, Norway.
Camilla has been on our team for a couple of years now. She is an icon within the Magnolia world and her work is so detailed into perfection. Welcome back Camilla, we are so glad to have you.Camilla-Ekman
Camilla Ekman, Sweden.
Camilla is known for her romantique and shabby layouts. Her style is very soft and beautiful and suits Maja perfectly. We are very happy to have a fellow country woman on our team and we are sure that she will make us proud.
Elena Olinevich, Belarus.
Elena’s sense for details in combination with gorgeous layering gave her a seat on our team. We can’t wait to see how she combines her feminine mixed media techniques with our vintage papers. Gabrielle-Pollacco
Gabrielle Pollacco, Canada.
Gabrielle’s technique and shabby chic/vintage style gives all her projects something extra. There’s a big wow about everything she touches and we are most proud to welcome her to our team.Ivana-Camdzic
Ivana Camdzic, Canada.
Ivana’s feminine cards are really unique. Shabby, vintage, detailed… That in combination with her approach to crafting makes this a match made in heaven.
Jennifer Snyder, USA.
Jennifer’s warm personality in combination with her storytelling is exactly what we are looking for. Add her unique punching style and textures and she is a given player.
Marilyn Rivera, Puerto Rico.
Since we love to have people with a great passion for crafting we fell completely for Marilyn. She works as a fashion designer and brings that to her scrapbooking as well. She drapes her papers so they look like fabric, creating a very unique style.
Rachelle Sigurdson
Rachelle Sigurdson, Canada.
Rachie’s relaxed attitude to scrapbooking in combination with the high quality she produces made her an obvious choice for our team. A warm welcome!
Romy Veul, The Netherlands.
Romy’s sparkling personality and style is so perfect for Maja. She is just the inspirational source that we are looking for and we are so happy that she accepted to be on the team.
Creative Team Coordinator Jenny Grotherus, Sweden.
And then there’s little me. :) My work as a Marketing Director at Maja Design also includes coordinating this fabulous team.
If you want to read more about our Creative Team, check out their bio’s on the Maja site.
We will also announce our first talented guest member next week. She will be joining us during January. Our team will start up January 1st. So save the date!

Maja Design Christmas card and my new office!

Winter has really spread it wings over my part of the world. The snow looks like whipped cream on the roof of my scraphouse. I went to the Maja office this week. I got to see the new desk Marie bought for my office, love it! As you might have heard I’m a desklover of big proportions so it was really exciting to see what she had got for me. It’s really cute and has got a nice view since it’s in front of a window. I didn’t bring my camera, so this photo was taken with my cellphone.

I can’t imagine having an office that suits me better then this. Marie knows me so well. We’re going to remove the shelf and replace it with a smaller one.

While I was there I went to pick up some Vintage Winter paper pads from the warehouse since I’ve run out. It was quite cozy walking around the warehouse picking up Christmas papers while the snow storm went on outside the window.

My eyes fell on an older Christmas collection that I actually haven’t used. I’ve seen it many times but I haven’t tried it before. I always tend to think that I’ve used every Maja Design paper there is, but I always manage to find something that I haven’t had before. I brought some of it home and I think I got a new favourite.

I just love the old vintage grey and red colours in this collection (Fröjdefull Jul). Not too advanced though, I’m starting to run out of time regarding my Christmas cards. I’ve got tons left to do, but I have very little time to make them.

A little close up…

Supplies used:
Maja Design Fröjdefull Jul collection
Stickad Pläd
Hemgjort Pynt

The other stuff…
Distress Ink Pad Pumice Stone
Roses by Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl Maker white

Exciting news…

I’ve been bursting to tell you for quite some time now… I am so thrilled to announce that I’ve been appointed Marketing Director for the Swedish vintage brand Maja Design. I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet and I’m still pinching my arm!

I couldn’t possibly have picked a brand that suits me better then Maja. We share the same values, quality standards and taste. I felt at home the first time I crossed the threshold and I still do. I can really identify myself with Maja and I have 100% faith in the brand.

This also means that I will leave my Creative Team position effective immediately, leaving room for other talented artists. I will continue to share my love for the Maja Design papers on my blog.

The journey has just begun and I’m looking forward to an interesting ride…

Scraptastic… or did you really think you had it all???

Ok, so this will be a looooong posting. So you have been warned. :)

I spent last weekend in Gent, Belgium, attending the Scraptastic event. I’ve been contacted by many people who wanted me to share my thoughts of the event and show as much as possible from it. So here’s my litttle story.

I had some really inspiring classes and met a lot of wonderful people. Some of you might remember that I was going on my own. The closer the event came the better that felt. It’s always easier to get to know new people when you are traveling alone. Of course I was looking forward to six spectacular classes, but I also wanted to get to know some new friends.

I went to the airport on Thursday evening and took a flight to Brussels. From there I took a train to Gent and arrived late that evening. Since the Flanders Expo is in the middle of nowhere there was nowhere to eat except for the (really expensive) hotel. So I ate my panini with a huge portion of devotion and went to bed.

Since the first classes started at 9 AM I was convinced the shop area was opened as well. My mistake (and I wasn’t alone). It didn’t open until 10, but the only information I could find on the blog about the opening hours was in Dutch, so no wonder I missed it. I came back later and strolled around the stores for an hour. They weren’t that many so it went rather quick and surprise surprise. My scrapbooking purchases ended up with 59 Euros in total. I made up for that later at the airport. He he.

Luckily there was an IKEA department store just across the road so I went there for some lunch. Not what I had expected, but I didn’t want to spend 30-40 Euros on every meal I ate and that was my only option.

My first class, Mixed Media Journal, started at 12.30 with Sharon Laakkonen. I love Sharon’s style, I even have the same dress she wore during class! This class fitted me perfectly and I loved every minute of it.

I came in rather late and took a seat in the back. A couple of minutes later another girl, Katja, shows up and asks if the seat next to me is taken. Next thing I knew we were babbling away, probably disturbing everybody else. Sorry if you were in my class and read this. :) It turned out she was Swedish too. There was supposed to be four more of us, so it was kind of funny that she ended up next to me out of 200 people.

Katja’s playing around with Pan Pastels. One of many things I found out this weekend that I can’t live without. When you really think you have “everything” you are constantly reminded of what you don’t have. Well. Let’s put it this way. There will be no trouble finding Christmas presents for me this year. That list is LONG after Scraptastic.

We made a book out of a mixed media kit by Prima. Here’s how my book turned out…

I just love the package we got for this class.

First spread has been made with Pan Pastels (so has the resist cover) and texture paste.

Second spread made with Heidi Swapps new Color Shine sprays. Another must have. Since I don’t have any spray paints back home. Hmmm… I can feel my nose growing an inch or two.

This one has also been made with Pan Pastels…

And this one with water colours…

The backside of the book.

Me and Sharon…

I haven’t taken that many photos since my camera was on during the entire flight and ran out of battery. I had left my charger back home since I usually charge it twice a year. So I’ve had to be really quick with my camera or let someone else take the photo so I’ve been collecting photos this week.

My next class was with Iris Babao Uy. It’s called Dreaming In Watercolor. We made a canvas and was supposed to make a layout as well, but I never got that far so I finished it back home. Iris was a real sweetie. Really caring and helpful.

So here’s the canvas I made…

And the layout. The backgrounds have been made with Distress Stains.

Me and Katja met up with two really sweet Germans and had dinner at…. IKEA. Surprise. 😉 All three of them spoke in German, I spoke English. I studied German at school years ago so I understood what they were saying, but I preferred not to speak it myself.

I got a horrible migraine in the evening so when I was taking Finnabair’s class Industrial Baroque I was really perplexed. That was one of the highlights that I had looked forward to SO much, so it was a bit disappointing. I don’t remember much of the class at all, my head was really at a different planet. My layout turned out as expected, not that good. I managed to finish the class, but was the first one to leave. I do have a memory of Finn as a person with a fantastic personality and energy. She was a lot of fun and even though I wasn’t feeling well I’m honoured to have met her.

And here’s how the layout turned out…

Saturday morning I wasn’t feeling very well so I rested at the hotel. I stopped by the event to do some make and takes, but they weren’t as good as I hoped for so I left pretty quickly. I was having another class with Iris, Palette Of Memories, in the afternoon and that went better then Finn’s.

And of course I found some neat stuff amongst Iris’s supplies as well that I just NEED to have. :)

Me and Iris. It was quite funny. I don’t know if it’s because Iris is very short or me being extremely tall, but she looked like a dwarf next to me. So I’m standing on my knees for this photo, but she’s still shorter then me!
And here’s the palette I made.

In the evening there was a crop party and then I had my first class with Donna Downey, Vintage Chic. Poor Donna. Me and Katja babbling away in the back as usual. We must have disturbed everyone at every class we had in common and those were a few. A Brazilian girl thought we were sisters, not that many people believed us when we told them we had just met. :)

This time we really had the time of our lives. The book pages we were about to use for our album were more or less soft-core porn! Donna kept telling us we shouldn’t read it, but we were laughing like crazy about all the delicate details. It wasn’t very easy to use the text without showing what it actually said. When I came to my last page I had it. The only thing I had was a chapter about group sex and it would be clearly readable. So I asked for some new pages.
So here’s what my Paris album looked like in the end…

I’ve always been a romantic fool. I think I was eight years old when I decided that I wanted long curly hair and a huge dress on my wedding day, which I had. 😉 I also wanted my honeymoon to go to Paris, but hubby wanted to go to Africa instead and so we did. I had been avoiding Paris for years so I could go there on my honeymoon. When we celebrated our 6th anniversary this summer he took me to Paris so I got to see it anyway. But life never turns out the way you plan, does it?

First spread.

Second spread.

Third spread.

And the last one. Without the group sex page. 😉

I also got to take some photos during the Saturday.

Me, Finn and Iris.

And then Gerry (Van Gent) came running from the make and take table to join us.

I only had one class in the afternoon on Sunday, so I took a walk in to Gent and back in the morning. It was really nice weather and it was nice to get out for a change. The last class was another Donna Downey class, Inspirational Journal. When I booked it I got the last seat out of 40. Now we were only 14! Don’t know what happened to the other 26, but they sure weren’t there. I must say that this class was the only one I didn’t like. It really wasn’t my thing. Too much kindergarten for me. But at least I tried it and now I know. :)

We basically made a journal with different technique tests. I’m not showing them all, since most of them are not that fun to look at. But here are a few of those I made…

Donna was actually the one who drew this tulip. Nice isn’t it?

Some stamped poppies on canvas…

And some more flowers stamped on cardstock.

Me and Donna…

Our little gang of four had dinner on Sunday night, discussing how we were going to get our hands on all that stuff we now needed. Spread out all over the world, some of it quite hard to find.

I also think the word reispuffen will forever be in our memories and spread a smile on our faces. :)

The hotel receptionist took some photos of us. From the left Sandra, Katja, me and Kerstin. Thanks girls for a great weekend and don’t forget to stop by their blogs.

We had breakfast together the following morning before parting. Katja went straight to the airport, Sandra and Kerstin had a six hour drive back home. I took the train to Brugge and spent a wonderful day there. 

So my conclusion from this event… It was worth every single Euro. The classes were great, the hotel was good, it was very easy to get from the airport to the Expo.  The tables were really spacious (compared to what we usually get in Sweden) and everybody were so kind.

On the downside… Well. The goodie bag consisted of ONE pen. The crop party was so so and the lack of nearby restaurants wasn’t so funny.

However. I still think the positives really surpasses the negatives and I would definitely consider going again.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want any details about the stuff I made, please don’t hesitate to ask. I left out the details since this posting is long enough as it is.

Hope to see you in Gent next year and don’t forget about my giveaway that’s still on!

Maja Design It’s Christmas Time!

So here it is… The new Christmas collection that we’ve all been longing for. I was offered some papers that preceded the delivery so I picked them up a bit earlier then expected. I really couldn’t wait until tomorrow. :)

I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible, even though there isn’t much daylight left. So I had to drag all the papers out on our terrace to take a photo between all the showers. I put them on a wax cloth since the terrace was all wet. So here it is… Taken in +7 degrees Celsius and windy. 😉

This years collection has been drawn with beautiful traditional red and green colours. They are complemented with papers who carry a touch of gold and silver. As usual there are some brown papers in the collection.

The collection consists of 24 two sided papers that brings a feeling of old vintage christmas. You can really feel the smell of the rustic christmas papers they used to have to wrap presents in old village shops on the country side.

The collection includes a die cut sheet and a letter sheet. It is also available in 6×6 pads, perfect for your Christmas cards.

Maja Design’s new Christmas collection… A little sneak

I’ve just got my feet on Swedish ground again after a fabulous weekend in Belgium where I attended the Scraptastic event. I will get back to you later about how that went…

Meanwhile I’m going to present a little sneak of the new Maja collection called It’s Christmas Time, or in Swedish Julen Är Här. It’s also been known under the working title Merry Christmas.

The papers are in print right now and I’m going to collect them straight after work tomorrow. Hopefully it will be light enough for me to take a photo of all the papers like I did with the Walking In The Forest collection. So if you stop by tomorrow evening (CET) I’ll hopefully have a teaser for you.

Going to Scraptastic…

This is it. After counting down the days for months I’m finally going to Gent, Belgium, tonight to attend Scraptastic. The classes starts tomorrow and I am SO excited!

I’ve booked six classes and my first day starts with Sharon Laakkonen, Iris Babao Uy and Finnabair herself! I hope they have good coffee, I will definitely need it, because I’ve been dying to take a Finnabair class for ages. Naturally she’s coming up last on Friday evening.

I’m also taking classes with Donna Downey during the weekend. I’m really looking forward to get my hands thoroughly dirty.

I will also try to fit some sightseeing into my schedule. I’ve heard a lot of nice things about Brugge so I’ll see if I can take the train there and get lost amongst all the old houses in the old neighbourhoods. As long as I don’t miss my flight back home I’ll be fine. :)

So if you see me during the event, please come by and say hi.