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January 2013 Calendar – Maja Design January Inspiration Mood Board

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Every month the Maja Design blog  posts an inspirational  “Mood Board” challenge.  This month I was very inspired by the beautiful blue and brown tones and wintery feel to this month’s mood board.

Maja Design Jan 2013 Mood Board

Here is the project I created:

Jan 2013 Calendar -Maja Design

I used papers from 4 different Maja Design Collections Life by the Sea, Ska vi ta en Fika, Vintage Winter, and Sommartider.   Here is a basic photo tutorial on how I created this calendar.

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I started with my basic 8 x 10 sketch journal.  Because this paper wasn’t quite as thick as I would have liked, I first prepped the surfaces of the pages with Gesso- this is basically just painting the pages with the gesso to “prime” them…this allows the use of wetter mediums such as paints, etc. and the paper becomes less porous.

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and because I am not a very patient person, I use my heat gun to quicken the drying process

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To create the background, I used some snowflake chipboard and plastic pieces as a mask. (purchased these snowflakes at Walmart)

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I used one of my Lindy Stamp Gang mists.

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I wanted the background snowflakes to be a bit more pronounced, so I drew around the snowflakes with one of my Neocolor II watercolor crayons.

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After outlining the snowflakes, I went back over the outlines with a wet brush to soften the lines.

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I used my 1 7/8 ” square punch to punch the squares for my calendar days.

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Tip:  I used Mod Podge on the backs of the squares to adhere them to the page….my regular adhesive resists the gessoed pages for some reason, and I am not a big fan of going back and “fixing” projects that have come apart.  I distressed the edges of the squares before adhering them.

I finished up the calendar pages with some number stamps, flourishes, and snowflakes….. stamps from CTMH, Stampabilities, and 2 beautiful little butterflies created by Reneabouquets.

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TFL my friends! Be sure and get over to Maja Design and enter their monthly challenges….you can win one of their amazing collections!

And how about a sneak peak of a new Maja Design collection coming soon!

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Exciting News

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I know that it has been awhile since my last blog post….but it is NOT because I haven’t been super busy or  in a super creative mode!  I am so excited to  “officially” announce that I am the February 2013 Guest Designer for Maja Design – a gorgeous paper manufacturer out of Sweden.  I have been busy creating away with their AMAZINGLY gorgeous and high-quality papers and am super excited to share with you the projects I have been creating over the last several weeks….and I have been creating A LOT of them! So be sure to stay tuned…I will be posting my new projects every Saturday during February, using just 4 of all the amazingly beautiful Maja Design collections.  AND to share my excitement, at the end of February I will give you the opportunity to vote for your favorite project that I created using these gorgeous papers and you will be automatically entered to win a $50 gift certificate to your choice of either Scrapbook.com or A Cherry On Top….that’s worth a whole lot of scrappy goodness!  So be sure and stay tuned.  I cannot wait to share!  Thanks for looking my friends!!! – Nancy

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