Special Guest Designer – Bev Rochester

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

16 January, 2017 - , , , ,

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Hello there, I’m Bev Rochester and hail from the North East coast of England.  I was tickled pink to be asked to be a guest designer for Maja Design.  I’ve been crafting for years but have concentrated on papercrafts this past 7 or 8 years.  I’m very lucky in that I have a dedicated craft room (my hubby converted the garage and utility room for me) so have all the space I need to collect more craft stash than I will ever use!

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My style has evolved over the years and I’m finding myself more drawn to soft, pretty and vintage colours, papers and embellishments and Maja papers are perfect for all things soft, pretty and shabby.

For my first card I worked with the Coffee in the Arbor collection – perfect for a pretty shabby chic card.  The sheets used are Raspberry Jam Cookies, Raspberry Cupcake and Raspberry Lemonade.

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I used dies and stamps from Whimsy Stamps, Rosy Owl and Magnolia and flowers from I Am Roses.

I also used a butterfly stencil from Whimsy Stamps with embossing paste and glitter to add texture to the card.

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And of course a card is not complete unless you carry the pretty through to the inside :)

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For my second card I went back to my first love and did some stamping and colouring to pair up with the exquisite Vintage Romance papers.   The papers I used are Passion, She’s My Lady and Just You & Me.

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I used Spellbinders, Rosy Owl, Magnolia and Whimsy Stamps dies as well as stamps from Whimsy Stamps, flowers from I am Roses.  I used a faux stitches stamp around the edges of the paper.

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Again I’ve carried the design to the inside of the card with these gorgeous vintage papers.

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For my final project I used the absolutely gorgeous Sending Love collection.  I used Enjoying Outdoors, Garden Creatures and I’m Happy.  Oh my goodness!  The colours in this collection are … I have no words except to say that this is my favourite collection.  Just beautiful!

I decided to make a shaped card, the base is die cut with a Tattered Lace die set.  I stamped a chicken wire stamp randomly on the top layer, it works so well with the outdoor theme of the paper collection.

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I made a bird using a mould and paper clay, and also stamped out some butterflies onto the patterned paper and fussy cut them out to carry the theme of the collection through.

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And again, the inside finished off to carry the design through.

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Thank you for visiting!

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January’s mood board

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

2 January, 2017 -

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Hello darlings!

Welcome to the Maja blog..! Today it’s time for a new mood board. ♥

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This is how we use the mood boards:

Definition mood board – n

[a board used by designers on which samples of various colours and textures are mounted to help in deciding which elements complement each other]

We are using mood boards for our challenges. We truly believe in creativity and art at Maja Design. You are free to interpret the mood boards in any way you’d like. They are supposed to set you in an inspirational mood without too much controlling. We would like you to be inspired by the poems, words and photos. They are not given rules, they are just there as inspiration. However – we highly recommend you to follow the theme.. Feel free to use any Maja papers you’d like as long as they follow the colour scheme.

We will pick a winner and present it here on the blog January 30th.

Have in mind that these challenges are a really great way for us to discover new talents and maybe some future Creative Team members…

 

How to participate?

♥ Create anything you’ll like – a layout, a card, something altered or maybe a canvas. Use Maja papers primarily! Take a nice picture of it and send it to moodboard@majadesign.nu. We also need to know your full name, address and a phone number. Please specify what collection you would like to win, if you are the lucky one. We will also want to know if you would like it in the size 12*12 or 6*6. Please send us the pictures in the size of 800 pixels on the width. We would be so grateful if you also could change the file name of the photo to your first and last name including your country.

♥ Feel free to send us more than one picture, from different angles or some close-ups – or why not more than one project?

♥ Publish the project/s on your blog (or/and any social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) with a link to our site. Please also add the image of the mood board.

♥ Feel free to combine your entry with other challenges.

♥ The winner will be revealed the last Monday each month, at the Maja blog. The winner will be sent one collection by their choice, and also a digital Winner’s Badge to use and brag with.

We need your creation January 26th at the latest.

Thank you & Good luck!

 

And here is some inspiration from our talented team:

Maja Nowak

Maja Nowak

Tiffany Solorio

Tiffany Solorio

Tina Ollett

Tina Ollett

You can also enjoy Tina’s tutorial here:

Camilla S Bakke

Camilla S Bakke

Jennifer Snyder

Jennifer Snyder

Padoriaa

Padoriaa / Paulina

Rachelle Sigurdson

Rachelle Sigurdson

I hope you were inspired by these amazing creations!
I’m soo looking forward to see your contributions.

Hugs,

Camilla

Welcome 2017..!

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

1 January, 2017 -

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Wow, 2016 was a fabulous year..?! ♥
The Maja blog has was completely overfilled with gorgeous creations and outstanding inspiration – don’t you agree? 😉

So first I really want to praise our talented designers who was with us during last year.
A huge applause for these marvelous ladies:

Team 2016

Thank you so much for all your hard work, your devotion to MajaDesign and for all the fantastic inspiration you’ve been giving the world through our channels. ♥ You all are amazing!

 

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And now, let us begin this new year with revealing that there will be some
BIG CELEBRATIONS coming up…
You might not believe me, but Maja actually turns 10 years this year..! This means that we have had the great honor of providing the crafting world with our paper designs for a whole decade..! Isn’t that just amazing? We are so proud. We promise you that this will show during the year…

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Do you know how it all began? Let me tell you..

MajaDesign’s founder, Marie, was a dedicated scrapper herself, back in 2007. But after a while it came clear – she couldn’t seem to find the right papers on the market. You know, that paper that just match your style completely and bring your inspiration to life.. With the aim of creating her own personal favorite paper, she started the journey that became the most wonderful experience towards – MajaDesign. ♥
– To having the ability to work with my great passion is really a dream come true, Marie says with gratefulness in her voice.

And, I think I speak for all of us when I say – we are so thankful to Marie and for her passion, so we can enjoy these marvelous design papers, collection after collection – all equally beautiful and unique.. ♥

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MajaDesign’s founder Marie Janson

 

With this words, let us begin this new year..!
I hope you’ll follow us here at the blog, our Facebook site, our Instagram account or on Pinterest..! I can assure you a lot of wonderful inspiration, new amazing collections and a great year of celebration!

Hugs,

Camilla

Highlights during the past year…

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

31 December, 2016 -

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Hi there..!

Wow, it’s already the end of December and this year is coming to an end.
It has been 12 amazing month and we have seen so many wonderful talents here on the blog.
To our supertalented Creative Team, who has given us some great daily inspiration throughout the whole year – You are truly amazing! ♥

We have also had the pleasure of having some fantastic Guest Designers who has brought flavor to the blog with their beautiful projects. Add to that some wonderful inspiration by our special featured guest, all found through their dedicated tagging (@majadesign) in social media. (Keep up the tagging, so that we can find you, and maybe feature you too.. ♥)

WHAT A GREAT YEAR it’s been!

I have pick out some of the most appreciated projects from 2016. It’s a mix of the most liked on Instagram, most talked about on Facebook, most pinned at Pinterest or most commented on the blog. Let us enjoy them all once again:

 

by Nancy DynesLIve Laugh Love by Gabrielle Pollacco

by Silje Kristin Aunan

You&Me by Delaina Burnsby Maja Novak

by Rachelle Sigurdsonby Evgenia Petzerby Tina Ollettby Mary Cattby Camilla S Bakkeby Jennifer Snyderby Bec Genet

I hope you’ve been inspired by these wonderful creations – I surely have..! ♥

I also want to seize the opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year..! I hope you have had a wonderful, inspirational year with us, here on the blog and in social media.

From the bottom of our hearts – THANK YOU for using our papers, for sharing your creations and for making MajaDesign grow even larger and over the whole world. ♥ See you next year..!

With love,

Camilla

Winner of our December mood board..!

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Posted by Camilla Lilliesköld

26 December, 2016 -

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Hi!

This month’s mood board was really beautiful and inspiring, I think – and so did show on the response..! Wow..! Once again I’m totally amazed by the wonderful response and the completely gorgeous creations you’ve shared with us. ♥

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And here comes all the amazing creations:

Adrijana Knez, Slovenia

Adrijana Knez, Slovenia

Alla Alluska, Ukraine

Alla Alluska, Ukraine

Anastasia Kostina Russia

Anastasia Kostina, Russia

Carmen Schmitt Germany

Carmen Schmitt, Germany

Joanna Krogulec United Kingdom

Joanna Krogulec, United Kingdom

Eirini Tsaima, Greece

Eirini Tsaima, Greece

Kristina Roest, Norway

Kristina Roest, Norway

Lenet Mos Netherlands

Lenet Mos, Netherlands

Lucy Woods UK

Lucy Woods, United Kingdom

Marianne Ehlen - Sweden

Marianne Ehlen, Sweden

Marie R. Vassbotn, Norway

Marie R. Vassbotn, Norway

Marjut Laine, Finland

Marjut Laine, Finland

Melina Dahl, Sweden

Melina Dahl, Sweden

Nicola Paper Profusion, Ireland

Nicola Paper Profusion, Ireland

Nicola Paper, Ireland

Nicola Paper, Ireland

Olesya Erankevich Russia

Olesya Erankevich, Russia

Pernilla Rosenlund, Sweden

Pernilla Rosenlund, Sweden

Pia Baunsgaard, Denmark

Pia Baunsgaard, Denmark

Ramona Schmitt Germany

Ramona Schmitt, Germany

Romy Veul, The Netherlands

Romy Veul, The Netherlands

Suzi McManus Scotland UK

Suzi McManus, Scotland UK

Torsa Saha, USA

Torsa Saha, USA

Aleksandra Mihelic, Slovenia

Aleksandra Mihelic, Slovenia

Pernilla Rosenlund - Sweden

Pernilla Rosenlund, Sweden

Pia Baunsgaard, Denmark (1)

Pia Baunsgaard, Denmark

 

And the winner is…

 

 

 

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Nicola Paper Profusion..!

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Absolutely wonderful creation, Nicola..! ♥ Thank you so much for entering, we really love your beautiful Maja house..! A collection of your choice is coming your way.

And to all of you out there – thank you for participating and thanks for stopping by.

I wish you all a great week..!

Camilla

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Camilla Lilliesköld

I work as a Public Relations Coordinator here at MajaDesign and I have the pleasant task to coordinate this fabulous Creative Team, and from time to time also give you some exciting news and updates from the Maja Office. <3