Thursday, November 1, 2012

Please welcome the next Blog Guest Designer!

Please welcome Maiko Kosugi!

Maiko, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Maiko Kosugi. My friends call me Mai*. I am so honored to be a Guest Blog Designer. Ingvild is one of my favorite designers! Thank you so much for inviting me Ingvild!!   
I live in Tokyo, Japan with my family.  We live in a beautiful town located 30 minutes by train from the center of the city.  Where we live, there is a lot of nature compared to downtown and my children love to play in the wide open parks near our house every day.  I'm married to a professional violinist and together we have 2 adorable sons, 5 and 9 years old. I currently work from my home as a piano teacher to children. 
I started scrapbooking from March, 2009, and it has since become my favorite hobby.  I really love Prima and everything Ingvild has designed for them.

When did you discover paper craft, and why do you still create within this craft?
One day, I saw a flier for a scrapbooking classroom in our mailbox and got interested.
Since I already liked making things, I immediately became absorbed in scrapbooking.
I love decorating my memories with beautiful colors and flowers.
I like to preserve my children’s smiling faces, record their growth, and precious everyday moments through scrapbooking.
I also became friends with many people throughout the world through scrapbooking.
I am so happy about that! 

Where do you find inspiration to your work?

I get inspiration from my sons’ smiles and from beautiful scrapbooking products.
I always use a lot of Prima flowers on my pages. Flowers are indispensable to my work!
My parents also love flowers - various flowers are in bloom in their garden all year round.
Their garden inspires my pages. 

Where, when and how do you prefer to have it when you create?

I get up at 4:00 a.m. and scrapbook early in the morning.
I create while listening to my favorite music in the quiet morning time, and drinking coffee. 

How does your scrap place usually look like?

Because I scrap in the living room, I always have to tidy it up.
When my scrapbooking time is finished, I have to make sure the room is clean!

Do you have any favorite Prima - Ingvild Bolme line products? 

I love all Prima and Ingvild products!
If I had to choose just one Ingvild product, I would choose the Shabby Chic Resin Treasures. They are so gorgeous and amazing!
Most of the scrapbooking products I have are by Prima.  I love Prima so much!
Their flowers are my absolute favorite scrapbooking product! 

Here are some amazing works Maiko so kindly are sharing with us. Please grab a cup of something hot and lean back and get inspired!

Above; This beautiful soft layout from Maiko in a wonderful mix of summer colors are featuring many of Prima - Ingvild Bolme products. Maiko also used Chalk Edgers on this layout for different shades and effects.

Above; Maiko mentioned Shabby Chic Resin Treasures as some of her favorite Prima - Ingvild Bolme products, and here her love to these resins really shines trough. She so beautifully organized several different resins designs together in one little spot between wonderful layers of flowers and fussy cuts, and it looks just stunning!

Above; Some of the Shabby Chic Resin Treasures used on the detailed close-up above. "Birdhouses", "Window Frame" and "Miniature Windows".

Above; I am speechless by all her amazing details! Look how much she adds on her works, and it all looks just amazing together! Here you can also see her great masking technique, topped with touches of Chalk Edgers "Shabby Tote" and "Attic Dust".

Left; Maiko used several of these beautiful star shaped  Prima Corine Collection flowers on her layout.
Above; Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Woodland", which contains the little deer that Maiko used on her layout.
Above; Shabby Chic Metal Treasures "Street Lamps", which Maiko used on her layout above. These are little light weighted metal treasures which comes in white, but easily can be colored in color as desired with for example Chalk Edgers and then heat set it with a heat gun.  
Above; Maiko so creativily added a Junkyard Finding "Typo Zippers" pull underneeth a Corine flower beside the photo of her beautiful son. 
Above; The Junkyard Findings "Typo Zippers" which Maiko used a white one of on her layout. Each little metal zip pull has a different word printed on, and they suit perfectly on to all kinds of projects, no matter style. Even though these products may look grunge in package, Maiko shows us how easily you can mix them up with soft and romantic styles as well! 
Above; This layout by Maiko shows us how beautiful lots of Prima flowers also looks on boyish layouts! 
Above: A close-up showing the amazing details on Maiko's work. Here a little Shabby Chic Resin Treasures sparrow from "Fly Away" placed on top of several Prima flowers. 
Above; Again Maiko used layers and layers of different Prima products on this delicate and light colored layout where the beautiful photo stays in focus.

 Above; A beautiful flower cluster with a Typo Zipper pull and Prima Say it in Crystals.

Above; A beautiful photo of two sweet children surrounded by lots of layers of papers and embellishments, and again a Shabby Chic Resin Treasure "Eros"

Above; Another amazing project by Maiko. I truly love how she used white spaces around the edges and "framed" the perfect photo with colors from beautiful flowers, which keep her photo in focus even though she has lots of details on. Her combination of different flowers and products works so well together, the colors chosen floats together and makes a perfect mix of colors and contrasts.
Above; Look at her beautiful touches of white on the Prima flowers and leaves. Makes it all soft and her whole design floats perfectly together. Again she added a Shabby Chic Resin Treasure "Eros" in the flower cluster.Above; The two little resin angel Maiko used on her two works above, "Eros".
Above; The final project from Maiko today, this wonderful picture frame. Isn't this amazing?!? On this single piece she used five Shabby Chic Resin Treasure pieces! Her use of flowers on here is simply stunning. Lots and lots of small flowers put together with different matching soft colors. Photo and flowers framed in with "Windows III" (the window closers), "La Coeur" (the oval frame and the heart banner) and "Allure" (the victorian chair) resins.
Now, this was a lot of beautiful inspiration, right? Thank you SO MUCH Maiko for sp kindly sharing your stunning works and all the inspiration with all of us! It's an honor to have you as my guest here today, thank you so much.Please make sure to drop in to Maiko's blog here to learn to know her a bit more and to see more of all her amazing works!


malin said...

Helt fantastiska LO!! Roligt,även henne kommer jag att följa:)

Lisa said...

Beautiful all the softness!!!

Hera said...

Maiko is an incredible artist!
The way she creates LOs for boys is so different, so sweet! And the photos are always great... the photos always shows special moments of her family! Love everything she does!!!
kisses with love from Brazil!!!

Hera said...

Maiko is an incredible artist!
The way she creates LOs for boys is so different, so sweet! And the photos are always great... the photos always shows special moments of her family! Love everything she does!!!
kisses with love from Brazil!!!

Erin Blegen said...

I just love Maiko's work- so beautiful and feminine and always so refreshing to look at~!! Great choice for a guest~!


Marianne H said...

så vakker!

Romy said...

I really love Maiko's work and she has done an incredible job with your products!

Patricia said...

One can only stare in wonder at how Maiko creates the most wonderful flower arrangements! Love her beautiful, soft touches to her LO's...a worthy Guest artist on your blog Ingvild!

Ava Gavloski said...

love all the layering and really great showcsing of ingvild signature product.
ava g

pattyo said...

Love Mai's work. Truly beautiful!

Margie H said...

I enjoy Maiko's work! AND IRL, it's BEAUTIFUL!! I'm amazed how she can mix flowers with her boys! I am also a mom of boys but can't do such a WONDERFUL job as she! LOL!! One of these days I will have to give it a try :) Congrats on your GDT, Maiko!! xo

Lizzyc said...

What a brilliant artist.. Her style is so very feminine and so very beautiful...

Today for Tomorrow said...

I have admired Maiko's work for a very long time. Gorgeous! Lovely to hear her story too.

Keren Tamir said...

Beautiful layouts!! so lovely and romantic!!

Gerry van Gent said...

Congrats Mai, I`m so pleased to see your amazing work with Ingvild`s products! You showcased them beautifully!
Hugs to you both -)