Featured Crew Member – Marie Johansson

We continue our series where we feature a member of the Canvas Corp Brands Creative Crew letting you see a bit inside their creative world, their favorite project and insight into what inspires them.  We work with such an amazing group of designers who love to share new techniques, show us new ways to use their craft supplies, try new approaches when working with our product lines, focus on different craft styles and just simply inspire us.  We love that our Crew spans across the globe bringing us so many different creative points of view.  Our journey takes us to Sweden, where we introduce you a wonderful mixed media artist.

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Marie Johansson brings an amazing creative style to the crew where she showcases all 3 brands together in her own distinct way and she does this while raising a family and travel quite a distance to her nursing job where she cares for many and also teaches future nurses with such grace.  Marie has been helping us share creative ideas on our blog from the beginning and is such a strong supporter both with her design and behind the scenes.  There is almost 5000 between Marie and our corporate office and yet it feels as if she is just down the road as we communicate almost daily both for fun and for creative work.  The Crew is not just a team of amazing designers, but we build true friendships that will carry on.

We ask each member of the Crew to create a 4×4 Canvas that represents themselves and their personal style.

marie johansson“Find JOY in the Ordinary” sums up this amazing mixed media canvas.  Filled with vibrant color, texture and dimension that are part of every project Marie creates.   


Marie resides in….”I live in a small village in the northern parts of Sweden. Our region is called the Baltic Region and my village  Västerbotten, belongs to the county. I live by the coast with the city Örnsköldsvik to the South and Umeå to the North. 



Marie’s design style can best be described as…”My style is arty and unpredictable. I love to use many types of mediums and layers on my projects. And I often us supplies in a unexpected way. I often call my style “Punk Chic” – it´s a bit messy, eclectic and yet sophisticated.”

Marie was inspired most to be creative by….”When I stared scrapbooking my big “idol” were two Swedish ladies by the names of   Lilo and Åsa. They where locally famous, but has sadly disappeared from the scrap scene. Lilo/Åsa

What inspires you most today?  “Magazines, Pinterest, Instagram. Browsing trough blogs and company websites. If I would pick one person I that inspires me a lot I think it would be Elena Morgun.
What is your favorite Canvas Corp Brand Product? and why? Just one please!!!!  “Ohhh – that is difficult… I think it would be a bottle of the “Jack Frost” Glimmer Mist.  I use it on pretty much everything. It works for splattering, painting, praying, dying and much more.”
What is one of your favorite Canvas Corp Brands Projects you have created?
Johansson_Valentines Card Ch

“This card was one of the 2015 crew challenges. We do challenges each month among the Crew where we all have a chance to think outside of the box.  We were asked to make a Valentine’s Card for someone, send it to someone special and share the story.”  

Johansson_Valentines Card Ch 2

“I just love how it turned out – I think mostly because it isn´t a typical valentines color.”

Do you teach and if so tell us a bit about what you teach, where you go and some of your favorite places?
“I have occasionally taught scrapbooking for beginners locally. But I really enjoy going to crops and I have had one or two workshops at a big crop in a city close by.”
I am the happiest doing…..”Creating, lifting weights or spending time at sea, but as a nurse when I have a severely ill patient and the persons health increases during my work shift and when my shift ends I get a hug after saying goodbye. That is meaningful to me – to technically perform high intensive care with all is challenging, and at the same time have a warm and tender touch. To be able to joke and chitchat in the middle of a persons worse moment. That often comes out being the thing the patient remembers – a light hearted nurse – not how ill they felt.”
sweden beach
My favorite place to be creative…..”At home in my studio just by myself in the silence.  My studio is a small closet and I thought I would share  video of my creative space.”
Tell us one thing fun about you we might not know…”When I was 15 years old I jumped 5 meters in long jump.”
Share with us anything about your creative life that you feel would inspire others….”I´m a doer! I do things because I must. I love creating, but the best comes out of me if I have a dead line to kill or a certain topic to focus on. I often have a plan, but the end result never ever looks like I intended it to. My tip is to just let go and see what your creativity lead you towards.”
Marie cares for the sickest patients all hours of the day, juggles her family time and makes time to create.  When you truly think about it, each aspect is creative in the way one can creatively care for people and for their craft.  We enjoy working with Marie so much an appreciate her dedication and support.

To see more of Marie’s work visit her blog Create without Limits and she also manages a very clever Words & Paintery “set your creative spirit free” or follow Marie on Instagram

To see more projects by Marie and the Canvas Corp Brands Crew follow us on:

Blog: Canvas Corp Brands Blog

Instagram:  Canvas Corp BrandsTattered AngelsCanvas Corp and 7gypsies

Facebook: Canvas Corp7gypsies and Tattered Angels

If you are not familiar with the Canvas Corp Crew it is a group of amazing designers from around the world they have come together to create, share ideas, support each other, let us know what we can do better and remind us of what we are doing well. Our Crew is made up of about 100 designers who contribute projects to our blog, design with our products on their blogs, and create models for our trade shows, packaging, and other fun little projects. We love to hear what they have to say, to be inspired by their work, and to learn new things everyday. For more information, about our crew, stop over to our website www.canvascorpbrands.com and if you are interested in being a guest blogger for us apply here.

To see our complete line of products with design ideas provided by our Crew visit our shop Canvas Corp Brands Shop.

Happy Creating!!!


Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

'Featured Crew Member – Marie Johansson' has 1 comment

  1. February 28, 2016 @ 9:54 am Ilana Polakiewicz

    I am glad to have the opportunity to read this little interview with Marie Johansson. She is such an adorable person! I really like her work. xx Ilana


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