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December 26, 2016

Moodboard Monday: Scandinavian & City Christmas

For Christmas this year, I made two holiday moodboards:

Scandinavian Christmas was inspired by the red and white Scandinavian decorations and motifs I originally saw at IKEA a couple months ago. I’ve been really drawn to the all-white minimal snowy landscapes, the pops of red, and the hygge-inspiring indoor cabin scenes. Lots of raw wood and natural elements, decorative icing on cookies, traditional folk art, and cozy, intricate knit.

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Christmas in the City was inspired by our recent Christmases living in Washington, DC. This city life during the holidays is almost the exact opposite of what I grew up with. But I still find the charm in it. This vibe reminds me of classic Christmas movies like Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Miracle on 34th Street, and Jingle All the Way. It’s the Rockefeller Center ice rink in New York City, the twinkling lights strung across city streets mixed with red and green traffic lights and car tail lights, the snow-lined sidewalks, the ducking out of the cold in to a cozy coffee shop… window shopping at department stores, and stolen quiet moments downtown when the snow is falling hard and most everyone else has stayed home.

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Like I shared in my first moodboard post, I like to make seasonal screensavers for myself. I collect images on pinterest and from the web into a folder on my computer, which I then use as source for a slideshow screensaver. They shuffle like an ever-changing moodboard on my computer. It helps put me in the holiday spirit!

Moodboard Monday: Scandinavian & City Christmas ⇒ Creatively Operating,, @oleiah

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December 14, 2016

Holiday Coloring Pages

I made four holiday coloring pages! Check them out right here, or on the Coloring Pages master page. Decorated tree ornaments, crazy overlapping pointsettias, a yummy gingerbread house, and a simpler little Merry Christmas one.

The pointsettias is definitely the most complex coloring page I’ve drawn yet.

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I had a lot of fun drawing these, and might even make more holiday-themed ones if the mood strikes. First I’ll probably spend some time coloring these. Yes, I like to color my own pages :)

A few other things I’ve been loving this holiday season…

Holiday Netflix envelopes

The lettering on these is so fun.

Painted pumpkins

My little mini pumpkins from Halloween/Thanksgiving weren’t mushy yet, so I painted them white and red to look Christmas-y and stuck them under our tree.

Our little tree

My husband and I live in a studio apartment, so we don’t have (or want) a ton of space for holiday decorations. Instead, we set aside the shelf by our tv and set up our mini Christmas tree and lights there.

Other holiday vibes

  • Vlogmas videos from bybun
  • IKEA Vinter 2016 collection. Loving the Scandinavian red & white holiday motifs!
  • peppermint tea (I’m drinking Adagio)

Holiday Coloring Pages ⇒ Creatively Operating,, @oleiah

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November 7, 2016

Moodboard Monday: Magic Study in the Fall

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I love fall. Even gloriously-sunny fall mornings :) The cooler air, the colors of autumn leaves, the magic surrounding Halloween… It’s my favorite time of year.

But really, I love all seasons and how they change from one to the next. I get excited about the look & feel of each new season of the year. Warm orange autumn, red & white snowy Christmas, sparkly New Years, fresh floral spring, late night summers… It’s a never-ending wheel that offers something new every couple of months, alongside tradition of years past.

Every season I find myself adding to my pinterest boards and also collecting images for my own personal screensaver on my computer.

Here’s mine for this fall:

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This Magic Study in the Fall screensaver/moodboard is inspired by a mixture of the autumn season + back-to-school learning + magick. Think: the first scenes of ‘Hocus Pocus’ in Salem. Think Hogwarts. It’s that feeling of waking up for the first days of school on a cool September day. Pulling on a jacket as you sling your textbooks over your shoulder, walking through the crunchy leaves to school or university. Reading and studying in the morning, watching the golden light shift through the window of the library, surrounded by that wonderful musty smell of old books. Walking home in the late afternoon with a warm breeze making way for dark clouds and showers moving in. Getting home just in time for the rain, pouring yourself a cup of hot tea, lighting a few candles and clearing time for reading something a little darker and spookier.

I like to always display my “moodboard” screensavers in the Shifting Tiles configuration on OS X. It creates an orderly layout of the images I’ve saved into a folder, making the perfect shifting moodboard.

Happy autumn!


Moodboard Monday: Magic Study in the Fall ⇒ Creatively Operating,, @oleiah

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Leiah Jansen

artist, graphic designer for vegan. washington, dc. magic, intuition, creativity, curiosity, intentional living.

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