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Authentique Mixed Media Album CHA Workshop with Jennifer Priest

I am so so soooo thrilled to be teaching this Workshop at the Winter CHA Show on Sunday January 29th! Authentique Paper's new Celebrate line is perfectly cheerful, with pops of red-orange and lovely teal. The textured matte finish of the paper and stickers are accented by a touch of sparkle from embellishments and spray inks that we'll be using in class.

CHA Workshop
January 29, 2011
CHA Trade Show, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Room: 212
Difficulty: Intermediate
Supplies: Scissors or paper trimmer and liquid adhesive

Create a handmade mixed media scrapbook using the the Zutter Bind It All machine and the latest releases from Authentique Paper. We'll experiment with various ink products from Clearsnap, including Smooch Spritz, to create depth, shine, and pattern on the album pages in conjunction with Authentique Paper's richly textured paper lines. Inspire your customers with unique techniques and money saving ideas.

Instructor(s): Jennifer Priest

Sponsor(s): Authentique Paper LLC, Zutter, Xyron, Clearsnap, Want2Scrap,,

The Workshop is sold out so we thought it would be fun to share a few sneak peeks of the inner pages with you here on our blog--this is the only place you can see this book!! Here we go...

The 12x12 stickers for this collection are awesome!!! There is something for any occasion you might have to celebrate, and then some.

One of my favorite things about the collection, which we will discuss in class, is that the "red" can vary between red and coral, depending on the embellishments chosen. We use both red and coral in the class for a really festive look.

This paper also "plays well" with vintage elements, like doilies and dictionary paper. The pops of black and grey play off the colors for a masculine effect.

And finally, the Collection lends itself nicely to the addition of a little navy, which we'll add with spray ink and unique trims in the class.

I hope you enjoyed the peek into the book we'll be creating at the show this weekend. If you were unable to join us, be sure to stop by the booth to say "hello" and follow us on Facebook!

Jennifer Priest

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Celebrate Everyday

Authentique Paper and Helmar are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper products and Helmar adhesives!

After you check out Tifany's post (below), be sure to head on over to the Helmar blog to find out what the talented members of the Helmar Design Team have created.

Here is Tifany with today's project featuring our new Celebrate collection:

Today I wanted to share a project with you that I created using Authentique Paper's new Celebrate collection and Helmar adhesives.

I found a shopping list at a craft store for a dollar and thought it would be fun to spice it up a little. Sometimes I get caught up in life so much that I forget to have fun with the "boring" details of life...and Celebrate is the perfect collection to put a little spunk back - even in my grocery shopping.

I started by removing the magnet that was adhered to the back of the notepad and set it aside for later. I then cut a piece of chipboard a bit bigger than the notepad.

Using Helmar's Premium Craft Glue I adhered a piece of "Happy" paper the front of the new chipboard backer and then adhered the back of the original notepad on top.

I took the cardstock sticker from the "Details" sheet that says:
Celebrate Life.

...and I stuck it in place using black Zapdots.
I thought this was the perfect sentiment to remind me that even in things like grocery shopping...there is a reason to celebrate!

I finished it all of with a few additional embellishments and adhered the magnet to the new chipboard backer - and now this is ready to stick to the fridge!

Now, since I just got the new Celebrate & Genuine collections in my hands, I have been so inspired to create! Since I already had Celebrate out - I decided to create a very quick layout.
{I haven't done THAT in awhile!}

This picture was taken when my husband and I had a little time away with my husband's brothers and their wives...a truly special time since we don't live near each other.

I used a Helmar Quick-Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner to adhere all the papers and some Zapdots to add dimension to the photo.

I had a hard time deciding which papers from the collection to use on this layout, but the flowers from "Enjoyment" were just screaming to be fussy cut and I couldn't keep away from the fun diamond pattern on "Laughter".
The layout is very simple and came together fairly quickly, but for a girl who rarely puts a picture on a page anymore, it was a big accomplishment.
You could even call it a reason to CELEBRATE! :o)

Be sure to stop by the Authentique Paper and Helmar blogs every day this week!
{And don't forget to become a fan on Facebook if you aren't already - there just might be something you don't want to miss!}

Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Celebrate collection - Happy, Enjoyment, Laughter);
Stickers: Authentique Paper (Celebrate collection - Details, Elements);
Adhesives: Helmar (Premium Craft Glue, Zapdots - Black, Quick-Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner);
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Ranger (Distress Stain - Wild Honey);
Twine: The Twinery (Caribbean, Maraschino, Stone);
Other: HugSnug (Seam Binding - White); Dritz (Pins); Chipboard;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors);

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Two BRAND NEW Collections!!!

It's that time of year when everyone in the paper craft world is filled with anticipation and excitement, waiting to see new product releases and then waiting even longer for their LSS to have the product land on the sales floor.

We like to do things a little different around here...every product we produce is made in the USA and we support our local community. We are thrilled to be able to release product AND ship it to our amazing retail partners almost immediately. We have received all of the new products in our warehouse; we are scurrying around filling sample boxes (better "late" than never, eh!), shipping orders (yes, we are ready to ship!!) and even trying to squeeze in a little time of our own to create some fun new projects (We'll see if that actually happens this weekend, cross your fingers)!

We have listened and learned quite a bit in the past six months, so we have made a few tweaks to our product line up, and we think you will be thrilled with the updates!

Six beautifully designed papers continue to be the hallmark of each collection (we think 12 is too many). Don't worry, the new papers are still printed on our well-known textured cardstock... not to mention the colors are simply amazing!

We have condensed our die-cuts into the unveiling of our NEW 12x12 Details and 12x8 Elements; printed on uncoated, adhesive-cardstock. The layout, value, and quality of these two new items are incredible... and just wait until you see them displayed with the papers! These new items also clarify the theme for each collection and the matte-finish on the adhesive cardstock shows the depth and richness of color in each collection.

Our 6x6 Bundles are still available as a staple for many card-makers, altered artists, and paper hoarders alike, and they are now printed with a coordinating solid on the back of each design. Oh, and you may want to check out the *bonus* tag on the back of the bundle...and lastly, don't forget about the Collection Kits either - it's a great way to get a little bit of everything all at once!

Moving right along...

We are pleased to present two BRAND NEW Collections, "Celebrate" and "Genuine"...

There’s always time for a party and being able to “celebrate” is one of life’s simple pleasures. Instead of theming a collection solely around ‘Happy Birthday’, the Authentique Paper approach allows the emotion of an event to speak louder than the event itself. Watching a child grow and celebtrating their life, for instance, means more than the birthday party itself (make no mistake, we love birthday parties), hence the phrases and icons we use, remind us of what matters most. Our "Celebrate" Collection creates the feeling of excitement, while the playful patterns and designs are perfect for any moment you choose to celebrate!

NEW 12x12 "Details" sticker (All of your favorite icons, quotes, & borders, combined with some "fussy" cut designs too! This sheet is awesome, and dare we say, the BEST value for the number of items we squeezed onto this sheet!

NEW 12x8 "Elements" sticker (The Diction mini-word stickers - we added some super cool sentence strips, are now combined onto one amazingly affordable sheet with two Petite Type alphabets.)


Like your favorite pair of blue jeans, our "denim-inspired" Genuine collection feels like your reliable 'tried-and-true's.' Denim and friendship go hand in hand, so we have combined this comfortable and stylish collection with words and expressions centered around friendship. Best friends are hard to find, and so is the perfect pair of jeans. Once we've found the comfort and familiarity (in jeans or friends) we all long for, we never want to let it go. We are certain this collection will quickly become a staple in your paper stash, and that's okay...we all need friends close by!

12x12 "Details" sticker

12x8 "Elements" sticker

For a more detailed view of the Collections, please visit our website and look under the "Products" tab...we are in the process of cleaning up and re-organizing the website...we recognize not everything is perfect, but hey, at least we're committed to constantly improving!

Off to your LSS or favorite online retailer - if they don't have these new collections yet, please ask them to give us a call! We'd love to help you get your hands on this "Authentique goodness"!

~Team Authentique

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A Splendid-ly Different Mini

Hello lovely Authentique fans, Heather here. I am bringing to you today a variation on the "mini book" idea. This is actually a manilla folder (turquoise) that has simply been folded. I took the bottom of an open manilla folder, and folded it up four inches. Then decorated! 
I really loved how the Splendid Foundations paper was long enough to cover the entire folder in one piece. It made for the perfect background to all of the mini pages and photos.
Each section has a slot for a photograph that is mounted onto a 4x7" piece of Splendid, and has a space for decoration on the front of the pocket. The edges are also stitched with floss, so that the pockets are "closed".
The Headlines made for the perfect heading for a cute photo of Baby Isla and Daddy.
And the bingo card style of Richness lent itself to another great title.
Using the Petite Type made for a nice little heading. And a few details of the fronts of the pockets...
Here is the folder without all of the photos. See how the Foundations paper cover the folder so well!
And all of the photos mounted on the various papers. You could even swap out the photos if you used temporary glue!
I hope you enjoyed seeing another variation on the mini-book idea. I know that I am going to enjoy displaying this "mini", and remember the baby my toddler once was.

Supplies Used: 
Authentique Splendid Collection: Foundations, Brilliance, Majesty, Richness, Delight, Renown, Magnificence, Tabloids, Headlines (back), Petite Type (circle and square)
Additional Supplies: AC This to That, AC floral ribbon, DMC floss, Office Depot turquoise manilla folder, butterfly punch

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Quilting with Free Bird

Hello all and happy Friday to you! It is my turn to share a tutorial with you. As I was considering my options, I thought of many things but finally settled upon the idea of making a paper-quilted card. It seems as though paper craft projects inspired by quilting have been showing up all over so this is my take on that trend.

First, you'll need a few different sheets of your favorite patterned 6x6 papers. I chose the Free Bird Endless range. Cut these papers up into 1.5" square pieces (approximately 24 are needed, depending on the size of quilted area). 

After cutting the squares, you will then cut a piece of cardstock that is slightly smaller than the card base. My card base was 4.5" x 6.5" so I went 4.25" by 6.25".

Take one of the squares you cut and place it near the top left on the diagonal. 

Then build around it placing your other squares in a line. When placing adhesive on the squares, use a very minimal amount. I did a strip of adhesive with my tape runner down the middle of each square. This is in anticipation of machine stitching and wanting to avoid gummying up the needle. 

Keep doing this until the entire paper is covered. This will involve placing some papers over the edge of your cardstock. 

Now, you will trim the cardstock and the patterned paper squares down to their original size (again, mine is 4.25" x 6.25"). 

Trim all edges of the paper until it is back to its original size. When you are finished, you will have a paper-quilted background.  

Now, use your sewing machine (or hand-stitch) to complete the quilted look. I sewed on the diagonal lines of the squares. 

Sew all the diagonal lines using a zig zag stitch from left top to right bottom. The key to keeping such straight zig zag lines is to let the machine guide the paper for the most part. Barely touch the paper as it stitches.

Once that is finished, sew on the diagonal lines from top right to left bottom. 

Once your card is finished, adhere the cardstock to a pre-scored card base. 

Finish off the card as you please. I wanted to keep mine really simple since I wanted to let the quilted background shine. 

There you have it! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time!

Supplies used:
Paper: Authentique Freebird (Endless)
Alphas: American Crafts
Cardstock: Recollections

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Happy Monday AP friends!

Natalie here, with a  gift idea to share!
You see, I have the most amazing Aunt ever.
She is my mom's little sister.  
When my mom passed away 3 years ago...
this wonderful aunt 'adopted' my brothers and I as one of her own.
She has been so supportive in many ways so I thought I would make something special for her.
She likes to send cards to everyone so a handmade box of cards was the perfect gift.
I used the beautiful papers and accessories from the Gathering Collection.

I made the box using instructions found HERE.
(Splitcoast Stampers has so many amazing resourses! )
I hope I've inspired you to make some thing fun today!

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January Sketch Challenge

Welcome to the sketch challenge here on the Authentique Paper blog!

The Sketch Challenge will be posted on the first Saturday of each month. There will be two sketches posted {one card sketch and one layout sketch} for you to use as inspiration.

We would love for you to play along!
Just use the challenge inspiration to create as many projects as you'd like.
A winner will be randomly selected from all the qualified entries to receive an Authentique Paper prize pack!
{The more projects you create, the better your chances are of winning!}




- You will have until Wednesday, February 1st at midnight {PST} to enter.
- You will need to create a separate entry/blog post for each submission. {You can submit as many projects as you want!}
- Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of this post to link directly to your blog post.
- You must provide a link somewhere in your blog post back here to the Authentique Paper blog.
- Anyone can play along, but you must use products from Authentique Paper on your project if you would like to be able to win.
- You must provide a supply list of Authentique Paper products used on your blog post.
- Winner must have a US or Canada mailing address only...sorry!

{Projects from the Authentique Paper Design Team}

{Brenda Smith}

{Cristine Redmond}

{Emily Lanham}

{Heather Conklin}

{Heather Conklin}

{Janeen Shember}

{Jeannie DeGruccio}

{Misty Buck}

{Natalie Dever}

{Tifany DeGough}

{December Sketch Challenge Winner}


Please send an e-mail with the subject "December Sketch Challenge Winner" and include your US or Canada mailing address to to claim your Authentique Paper prize pack!

{Linky Tool}

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Matchbook Calendar: Uncommon

Misty here and, well, it's great to be here in the new year. A new year means that you'll need a new calendar :) right? So I got to work and created this little pocket/desk calendar with the Uncommon collection. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The high quality and weight of Authentique Paper makes projects like this doable. They're perfect for boxes and other paper projects that need to keep their shape.

I cut a rectangle of paper and then scored it.

Next I embellished the front and the flap. The button is there to help keep the flap closed

As each month goes by just tear it off and you're on to the next. This caledar reminds me of the ones my grandpa always had stuck to the visor in his truck.

There ya go...the perfect little pocket calendar with room at the bottom for a tiny pencil :) Have a wonderful day and don't forget to make some time to create.

Paper: Uncommon
Button: MOD
Punch: Martha Stewart
1/16' Hole Punch
DMC Floss
Corduroy Distress Ink

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A Spendid Photo Display

Happy Wednesday everyone! For my project today, I decided to decorate a naked picture frame I picked up at my local big box store. I'm usually pretty shy about decorating things like this, but this is my year of trying new things, so there is no better time than the present to tackle it, right? This is what the frame looked like before I started:

I started by cutting a piece of Splendid's Renown paper down to size, then using rubber cement to cover the back side of the paper and the front side of the frame.

After adhering the paper to the frame and letting it sit for a while, I was left with some rough edges due to the paper not being cut exactly to size.

I sanded the edges down to get rid of the excess paper and then used an ink pad to ink the inside and outside edges of the frame, as well as the edges of the paper on the front of the frame.

I decided to make a rosette flower to embellish the frame, so I used my Scor-Pal and scored every 1/2 inch along the 1.5 x 12 inch piece of paper.

I attached the ends, flattened the rosette, then decorated it with a circle of Delight paper and a button with floss.

Here is a close-up of the embellishments I added to the finished frame:

And here is the final product:

I love how this frame turned out and I think it would make a great present for a newly expanded family or for a Mother's Day gift. I hope I've inspired you to get out of your comfort zone and try doing something crafty that you've never done before!

~ Cristine


Patterned Paper: Splendid - Magnificence, Delight, Renown, Foundations
Die Cuts: Splendid - Icons and Tabloids

Buttons - Basic Grey
Floss - DMC
Ink - Colorbox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan

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A Gathering Self-Portrait

Hello everyone! Brenda Smith here today. I have something a little different (for me) to show you today. I can count on one hand the amount of layouts I've made about myself. In fact, the ones that I have made have still related back to my daughter somehow. When I was rifling through my photos to choose one for this layout, I saw this picture of myself and decided it would be a nice change of pace to scrap about me. And with the color of my dress in this photo, Gathering was a natural paper choice.

I started with an 8.5" x 11" piece of kraft cardstock. I then took my circle punch and punched 4 differently-patterned paper circles. I then cut each of those in quarters and assembled them to form a circle with a quilted look.

I love the Diction stickers because they remind me so much of magnetic poetry. I simply grabbed a few words that I thought were fitting and applied them to the circles.

I love how versatile this line is. You can use it for anything from girly photos to autumn or even winter-themed photos. 

Well, that's all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Paper- Authentique Gathering and Journey
Diecut- Authentique Gathering Icons
Stickers- Authentique Uncommon and Journey Diction and American Crafts (alphas)

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Hello Authentique Paper blog followers! We hope you had a wonderful, safe, memorable, restful and peaceful Christmas...the new year is almost here! We previewed our newest Collection, "Miracle" on Facebook and we wanted to make sure all of our loyal friends and followers were able to see the Collection. We know and respect that some of you do not frequent or utilize Facebook, so we are going to try to make sure to post everything here to the blog as well!

We don't think babies are just babies, we think they are an absolute MIRACLE! We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the Authentique Paper family, a sweet and sophisticated - and not just for babies - collection, titled "Miracle"...

This Collection was set for release in January, which we know is only a few days away, but we are proud to say it is shipping NOW! If you are a consumer, please let your LSS know and if you are a retailer, we'd love to give you more information!

"There are two ways to live: Although nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is." -Einstein

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Luminaria Tutorial for Any Occasion

Score a sheet of 8.5'x11" at
2.5",5",7.5", 10" and 10.25"
Turn it and score it at 2.5" all the way across.
Stamp your image

Cut out the windows

Stamp your image and emboss on the vellum

Color your image and then assemble the box.

The vellum warped a bit on mine when I colored it. I'll be sure to use a different method next time, but I still think it's beautiful.

Add a flameless tea light and you have a perfect Christmas decoration.
Here's another couple of designs that I made. These would be great for weddings, party favors or in groups at a dinner party

I hope you have a great day...don't forget to make some time to create!
Materials used:
Authentique Paper: Gathering, Uncommon and Wonder
Stamps: Unity and Stampin' Up
Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart and EK Success
Die: Spellbinders
Scor-pal scor board, clear and gold embossing powder, vellum, Stampin' Up inks

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alterered jeans

hello everyone, suburbngypsy here. i hope you've had an awesome holiday season!

today's project started out with a little pair of jeans i couldn't get rid of. they were my daughter's, and they were just too cute to part with. but i didn't know what i wanted to actually do with them. and then i thought "ALBUM COVER" and so gypsies, here we go!

i used a combination of paper collections for this albumn - "uncommon", "gathering", "journey", "blissful", and "splendid" as well as some pieces from our "freebird" papers. i also used some cardboard from a xmas box for the inside covers, and miscellaneous buttons, flowers, and sparkly bits. i left the pockets intact and the make great extra little tag and keepsake pockets.

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A Very Merry Christmas

Hi all! This is Jessica, I am the fearless book keeper here at Authentique Paper. I have to say, it is truly inspiring for this non-crafter (me) to be around all of the creativity in the office!

When Sam asked me about my favorite holiday memory, the first thing I remembered was my grandmother’s absolutely amazing tree. When I was little, we would visit her home during the Christmas season. This was the only time we were allowed in the special room where the Christmas tree was displayed; must have been a generational thing?!?! The room was decorated with large blue wing-back chairs and a beautifully upholstered sofa. The blues, creams and golds used in the decor of her home were nothing like you would see these days. The Christmas tree was stunning, it was 6ft tall, (large for those days) and fully flocked. The amazing gold lights had plastic flower covers (I used to think they were real and try to smell them.) No luck on the smell, but I think I burned my nose once or twice! The tree was decorated with giant (at least they seemed giant to me) glass balls in an array of pinks, blues, greens and creams. They came in an assortment of sizes and all of the colors seemed to dance within the branches of the tree. It was truly magical.

I often tour flower shops and tree festivals during this season to look for the same feeling I had when I would step into the magical room at my Grandmother’s house. From time to time I see trees decorated similarly, but not close enough. I wish I had just one box of those ornaments hung on that huge, flocked tree. This year I tried the next best thing. I hope you enjoy these projects made by our FABulous DT members using a variety of our collectons. Yes, they did step in and help me out...maybe next year I'll get the courage to share a few projects of my own creation, but for now, their projects are much more beautiful than my own!!! Merry Christmas to you all!


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Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

The time has come to post the winners of our "On Target" contest. First of all, thank you to all who participated and referred your friends. We appreciate all of the support and look forward to the future.

I thought of dragging this on like one of those reality contest shows, but that will just make everyone crazy so...

The grand prize winner for the $100.00 Target Gift Card is...Allie Gower!

Thank you, Allie, for all the referrals, we could tell you were working very hard to spread the word! Just behind Allie was Cheryl Hutcherson. It really was a photo finish!

The$50.00 Target gift card winners are:

Cheryl Hutcherson

Elizabeth DeHart

Charlotte Ball Kirby

Leif Erickson

Finally the winners of the $25.00 Target gift cards are:

Shawna Webster

Jenna Pearson

Now, for all of you winners, make sure to send your mailing address to OR if you would prefer, we can send you an e-gift card so you can receive it instantly and enjoy the benefit right away, please specify which method you would prefer when you send us an email! We MUST receive these addresses by Thursday to get your gift cards sent out.

Thank you all so very much. We love our fans and look forward to getting to know our new friends.

Happy Holidays!

~Team Authentique

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