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We are grateful to be the Spotlight Vendor for Artful Crafts' Centerstage this month {April}.  Artful Crafts was started in New Zealand by Liz and Graham Gregory.  Liz is a retired school teacher and long-time craft enthusiast. Her lovely and supportive husband works tireless hours on the website.  Please take a minute to check out the spotlight on Authentique Paper here. 

We are lucky to have Sandy Ang from Artful Crafts' design team show off her skills in the projects below.  Sandy is based in Singapore, but designs for Australian manufactures and kit clubs.  For more inspiration, check out her Artful Crafts gallery!

Sandy has been creating with our Celebrate collection, and she has made a fun birthday invitation:

Here are a few fantastic book marks, also created with our Celebrate collection:


If you'd like to create bookmarks of your own, the instructions to create these bookmarks can be found here.

In addition to the fun and bright projects above, Sandy also used our Loyal collection to create a mini book to document her vacation to London:

To see more of the pages from the mini album, please visit the Artful Crafts blog .

Thank you again to the Artful Crafts team for spotlighting Authentique Paper, we are honored to have such great fans all around the world!

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Beautifying Simple Gifts With Authentique & May Arts




Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

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For the past few Mother's Days, I've made things for my lovely mother and mother-in-law. This year has been a little busier than most, and I think I'm going to take a breather and choose a slightly easier path... Gift cards! There is only one problem, gift card envelopes are kind of ugly. So I found a few PDF's and SVG cuts for the following cards. 

These three were the easiest things to make! I simply followed this tutorial (and PDF) to create them. They were so easy! I actually preferred these to the ones that I cut with my electronic die cut machine. It was really nice to be able to use scissors and achieve something so pretty!

Here is an open card with a card in it so that you can see what the finished product looks like.
 
This cute little box which is the perfect size for a gift card was created using this template. It's really nice that there is an option for both a PDF and a SVG version. I cut this, then just messed with a generic heart shape to layer on the top of the closure. It's not perfect, but it's really cute.
This was just a super simple folded paper that I used my X-Acto to cut little holder marks to hold the card. I simply used a gift card holder that I had been given as my template.
A few things I figured out while making these:
  • If you want to use the PDF template, you can use a light holding adhesive to temporarily attach the tracing sections to the paper so that it stays still (Authentique paper is great for this, as it's so thick!) I used my ATG, then my hand to "unstickify" the glue a little bit.
  • It is really easy to wrap neat ribbons around a simple gift card holder to make it more special. 
  • I found that if my ribbon was wrinkled, my flat iron worked really well to smooth it out. I used the lowest setting possible.
I hope that you have fun making even the simplest of gifts just a little more special! Happy Mother's Day!
Authentique Paper Products: "Gathering": Tabloids, Icons, Foundations, Bloom, Harmony, Flourish, Grow, Reminisce, Classic Type, Petite Type
May Arts Products: All ribbon products by May Arts
Other Supplies: Colorbox Chalk Ink, dimensional adhesive, Basic Grey buttons and brads

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Unbroken chain

Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

 

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

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Welcome everyone to this week's fabulous Authentique and May Arts blog hop. We are all providing inspiring Mother's Day themed projects this week. I decided to celebrate the women in my family - my unbroken chain of mothers and daughters beginning with....
my great grandmother, Johanna Larson 
her daughter was Marion Cronander, 
who was the mother of Marilyn Laskey,
whose daughter is Janeen Vitalie
who is the mother of Sicily Shember  
whose daughter someday will be a mother...












Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have been inspired to create your own unbroken chain whether 
Mothers and Daughters ~ Fathers and Sons
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Materials Used
"Gathering" collection from Authentique
ribbons and trims from May Arts
bits of this and that
Love

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The ribbons of your love.....


Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!


After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.


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Mother’s Day is a lovely day in our home...laying around, eating good food, and of course I think about my own mother and mother in-law.
This week’s theme is Mother’s Day and I love it because it allowed me to create a layout where I could honor my own mother.



Authentique's use of emotion-based quotes and phrases is a perfect match to my style, as I really love quotes as well. I used the Petite Type alphabet stickers to add this quote to my layout:
"Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart."



 After I found the quote above, I knew exactly what I wanted to create using Authentique Paper and May Arts...how much fun is this!?
I like to work with foamtape on my layouts, it really allows you to create so much more depth on a project.
We have seen some incredible projects on the blog both last week and so far this week, I hope you enjoyed my layout today and are inspired to create something to   honor your mom! You can never tell a mother enough how much you love them...
Make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at May Arts each day this week, we've got 3 spools of lovely May Arts Twine & an Authentique Paper Prize pack to give away! Also, make sure you stop by the May Arts facebookpage and tell them that Authentique Paper sent you!

Products Used:
Authentique Paper: "Glory" collection, 12x12 Details stickers, 12x8 Elements stickers
May Arts: Various ribbon


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Mother's Day Mini Album

Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

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I am so excited to share my project with you today using one of my personal favorite Authentique collections and some very cool ribbons from May Arts.
Since the theme this week is Mother's Day, I decided to make my Mother-in-Law a mini album.
I knew she would love the colors in the Gathering collection. 
I started off with a chipboard album from Maya Road and covered it with different patterns.
I was so excited about this "sheer frayed flowers ribbon" I ended up cutting out the flowers and using them as an embellishment throughout the album.  
I added buttons, butterflies and other ribbons to give them even more interest. 
thanks for stopping by the Authentique blog today!

Make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at May Arts each day this week, we've got 3 spools of lovely May Arts Twine & an Authentique Paper Prize pack to give away! Also, make sure you stop by the May Arts Facebook Page and tell them that Authentique Paper sent you!


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"Delightful" Mother's Day Gifts

Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

This week's theme is Mother's Day. With the holiday quickly approaching, it's nice to get ideas on what to give to Mom. Cards are a given, if you are a paper crafter, more than likely, you always tend to make your own cards rather than buy them, right?

Once you have the perfect gift, what about gift wrap to match the lovely card that you made? Yes, you can use paper & ribbons for that also!

I wrapped my little gift with paper from the "Delightful" collection and then added some net ribbon. I also made some little roses to match. I thought they would add something a little different than the typical bow on top.

I made my little card based on the sketch for our April Sketch Challenge! Have you played along yet? If not, make sure you check it out! You have a little over a week left to get entries in!

Make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at May Arts each day this week, we've got 3 spools of lovely May Arts Twine & an Authentique Paper Prize pack to give away! Also, make sure you stop by the May Arts Facebook Page and tell them that Authentique Paper sent you!

With that said, we do have a winner from last week's giveaway...


Beautiful album! The colors in Carefree are lovely.

Please send an e-mail with your mailing address to contests@authentiquepaper.com with "Maya Road Week Prize Winner" in the subject line and we will get that prize pack out to you!

Products Used:
Authentique- Delightful Collection
May Arts- EM02, JD28, EN46, EA28

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Keychain Tutorial

Hello Authentique fans, Heather here with a great little tutorial. I was browsing Pinterest quite awhile ago, and came across this great little pin of a keychain using old gift cards. I never got the link to work, but the basic directions seemed easy enough to try to attempt to make.
I started with some basic supplies: Corner Chomper, Crop-o-Dile (you could probably also use a good paper hole punch), 1" punch, ModPodge, paintbrush (for the ModPodge), and some kind of key chain or ring to hold the pieces together. 

Authentique Paper products: 6x6 pad, Details, Elements (I used Delightful)

Start by cutting the giftcards down to a 1" by the length of the cards. Each card was a little wider than 2", so I ended up having to make an extra cut along one of the pieces.

Corner chomp the corners to round them.

Cut paper to match the size. I chose to double side each piece with a pattern on the front, and a plain piece on the back.
Use a small punch to punch out a few photos. Wallet sized photos work really well for this.

Lay out all your pieces, and add any extra bits (Diction, Elements, etc.)
 
Then ModPodge them all together onto the card base. Add the photo and ModPodge that as well.

Let dry.

Then use your Crop-o-Dile or hole punch to pop holes in the top, thread your choice of keychain through the holes, and use!!
Hope you had fun with this little tutorial! Enjoy using your Authentique Paper Collections in new ways!

Supplies Used: 
Delightful Collection: 6x6 pad, Elements, Details; Wonder Collection Large Type
 
Additional Supplies:
Corner Chomper, Crop-o-Dile, 1" punch, paper cutter, ModPodge, paintbrush, old gift cards, key chain of some kind

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Genuine Friends Maya Road Mini album

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


After you check out the inspiration here on the Authentique Paper blog today, be sure to head on over to the Maya Road blog to find out what the talented members of the Maya Road Design Team have created.


Hi, it's Natalie here and today is my turn to share with you what I've created using Maya Road and Authentique.  


The first thing I did was to use my Distress Stain in Picket Fence and ink up all the scallop edges, so much easier than cutting paper to match....I then took an exact o knife and using one of the straight edges triangle banners,  cut all my papers.  The painted edges go perfectly with the papers and give it a 'lacy' type look...LOVE it!

Here's a look at my album!

The front cover:





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Announcment!! It's a 'Glory'ious Day...


As many of you know, this we are blog hopping to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Maya Road products!

After you check out the inspiration here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Maya Road blog to find out what the talented members of their design team have created.


Today we are proud to introduce you to our newest collection, "Glory".  Nostalgia and tradition are the hallmarks of our this collection.  Although perfect for 4th of July based events, the versatile papers are useable througout the year. Inspired by true vintage findings, the warm cream and tea-stained look of the papers and accents, make all types of projects created with Glory, feel like they have been a part of the family for generations.


We spent a little bit of time in our craft room at the office, working with this new collection and some of Maya Road's fantastic embellishments.

As holidays are so often associated with friends and family gathering together, we thought creating recipe cards would be a fun way to showcase not only the papers and embellishments from this collection, but also provide you with a project idea you could work on in the months leading up to the festive American holidays.


The recipe cards can be created and made into an album of "Family Favorites". Mix and match papers from our 6x6 "Bundles", "Details" and "Elements" matte-finish stickers to customize your very own recipe cards!

*Tip: Create multiples of the same card and have friends or family members do the same so you can have a recipe swap. 

The Maya Road star pin embellishments are perfect for the vintage feel of our Glory collection. The wooden numbers also add dimension and the flower trinkets contribute soft, friendly feel.

We also altered a plain craft photo frame we thought would be a neat way to showcase for photos from previous family parties. 


The texture of our paper makes home decor projects feel substantial and since they are a heavier weight than other available paper products on the market so you can use and display them in your home with confidence!  In addition to our "Details" and "Elements" cardstock stickers, the Maya Road chipboard banner was a fun dimensional addition to the paper covered frame.
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We are also excited to welcome Ashley Rocka design team member for Cord Camera Studio.  Ashley was one of the few people to get her hands on samples of our Glory collection...and my oh my, she has created a beautiful mini album.  The nostalgic feel of the Glory collection is highlighted to perfection with this mini-album dedicated to her family members from WWII. 





Be sure to check out more photos of Ashley's mini album, as well as the rest of the Cord Camera design team's creations on their Blog. Please be sure to leave a comment on the Cord Camera blog letting them know you saw Ashley's album on our blog!

Now...please head on over to the Maya Road DT blog to view their Authentique-Maya Road project for the day, and don't forget to check out details on how to enter into the blog-hop giveaways!

Look for our newest collections: Delightful {available NOW}, Carefree and Glory in stores very, very soon {official release date, May 1st}.

Have a fantastic day, and thank you for participating in a fun-filled week!

~Team Authentique




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i believe in fairies

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


After you check out the inspiration here on the Authentique Paper blog today, be sure to head on over to the Maya Road blog to find out what the talented members of the Maya Road Design Team have created.

hello everyone and welcome - or welcome back! - to the authentique and maya road cross-promo hop! i hope you've been inspired by the projects so far, i know i have!

today's project was inspired by my fascination with "the world of arrietty" and my love of fairies. 

i believe, do you?


i started with the 3x3 canvas coaster album from maya road and a collection of glimmer mists.

the fairies were created with different papers from authentique and chipboard dress forms from maya road. each fairy is dressed from a different paper collection.
there is a tiny bit of crackle paint and ink on each dress form base and head.
and many "missing" items from my house have magically appeared here in this mini book ...  



keepsake fairy is dressed with "carefree" paper and her wings used 
chunky elements embossing powder.
we can never find our keys at our house... 


stitching fairy created a dress with a bit of my "delightful" paper.
just like a true "borrrower", little bits and pieces from my craft drawer, 
including some of my maya road "sew cute" minis have appeared here.


spring fairy has faux grass, maya road leaf trinket pins and flocked wings. 
she borrowed her dress material from a sheet of my "free bird" nest.


seaside fairy is dressed with glittering wings to go with her "splendid" dress. 
in her travels she has gathered shells and ocean treasures. 


knick knack fairy "borrowed" all of our watch gears. 
she's obsessed with time, and with my "splendid" paper.

i hope this tiny book has inspired you with big ideas. be sure to stop by the maya road page today, and visit us tomorrow for another authentique inspiration!

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Maya Road and Authentique Banner

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


After you check out the inspiration here on the Authentique Paper blog today, be sure to head on over to the Maya Road blog to find out what the talented members of the Maya Road Design Team have created.
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As soon as I saw the Maya Road Pendant Banner, I knew that I didn't want to make the standard mini album. I also have a cute little girl who is turning three in just a few months, and want to make sure that she has the cutest birthday ever. And as soon as I saw the wonderful things from Maya Road, I knew exactly the line I wanted to use... BLISSFUL!
I started by layering cute scalloped circles with even cuter doily shapes that I cut from my die cut machine. Each banner piece has been then layered with the cutest of decorations.
I loved the MR's little star Trinket pins. They went perfectly with the tiny little bee Icon.
Each of the letters are die cut as well, layered with both the adorable Still Sew Cute Chipboard Set, Love Hangers, and various Authentique die cuts. 
And the last little Banner is another layered piece of love. Instead of leaving the last little needle chipboard plain, I embossed it with silver embossing powder.
Keeping with the pink and yellow accents, I made sure to tie the yellows, and pop that pink that is scattered throughout Blissful with pearlized cardstock.
I cannot wait for her birthday!!
~Heather


Make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Maya Road each day this week, we've got prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Also, make sure you stop by the Maya Road Facebook Page and tell them that Authentique Paper sent you!

Authentique Paper Products: "Blissful": Tabloids, Icons, Noteables, Foundations, Felicity,  6x6 pad; Free Bird: Delight
Maya Road: Canvas Pendant Banner Album,  Still Sew Cute Chipboard SetLove Hangers Metal Vintage Trinket,  Crystal Star Trinket Pins, Leaf Trinket Pins
Other Supplies: Twinery Twine, AC Pearl cardstock, Bazzill Cardstock, Colorbox Chalk Ink, dimensional adhesive, ribbon, AC embossing powder

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Create Memories Always ?



Authentique Paper and Maya Road are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration!


After you check out the project I've created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Maya Road blog to find out what the talented members of the Maya Road Design Team have come up with.


I have fallen in love with the new Carefree collection. Isn't it beautiful? I really love that the orange colors are not your traditional orange, but more of a deep orange, almost a blood orange color. It's officially called "Tangerine Tango" and if you've been out and about at all this Spring season, you are sure to have seen so many products created in this color palette. Something about this collection just makes me happy. Maybe the fact that I associate pretty orange colors with Summer? It can't seem to get here soon enough!


Another thing that I have recently fallen in love with are Maya Road's Canvas albums. I was always afraid to pick up a canvas album for the fact that I didn't really know where to begin. I conquered my fear by spritzing a few colors mist onto the canvas and went from there. The possibilities with the canvases are endless. This particular album I loved because it had the fun little pockets. I decided to add one to the front to give the album a little something extra.

Here's a peek at the inside pages:

The inside of the Maya Road album is made of a really nice, thick chipboard. There is also another little canvas pocket inside. I decorated the inside pages using the heavy weight textured cardstock we've all come to know, love and expect from Authentique. Also scattered throughout the album are the sticker elements from the "Details" sheet. My favorite thing about the stickers with this Carefree collection (and all of Authentique's 2012 releases) is that the stickers have a matte finish instead of the traditional glossy finish used by other manufacturers. The colors coordinate so well, making the stickers even more fun to use!


Make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Maya Road each day this week, we've got prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Also, make sure you stop by the Maya Road Facebook Page and tell them that Authentique Paper sent you!


Products used:
Authentique Paper- Carefree Collection papers, 12x12 Details stickers & 12x8 Element stickers
Maya Road- Jeans Pocket Canvas Binder Album, Wood Bingo Calendar Numbers, Vintage Wood Mini Butterflies, Mini Canvas Butterfly Pieces

? Emily
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Life should be happy & carefree



Contentment in life is something we all strive to achieve in our lives. Built around the “carefree" emotion, this collection is also loosely based on a picnic/park theme. Akin to our first release of product collections, Carefree is designed with a two-tone look, based around Tangerine Tango, the “color” of the year. Accented by a warm cream, some grey and hints of brown, Carefree is an Authentique staple with which you can create year-round. Carefree will enhance your happiest and relaxed moments. 






12x12 Details (matte-finish adhesive cardstock)



12x8 Elements (matte-finish adhesive cardstock)

Carefree papers are printed on our signature heavy-weight textured cardstock. We always place an emphasis on quality and in the photo below, you can see the texture and thickness of our paper, especially when distressed! Our stickers are printed on a special uncoated {matte finish} adhesive cardstock, allowing for better color-coordination with our papers. You can write a personal note on our journaling pieces without worrying about smudging!

{created by Jennifer McMurtrey}

Look for Carefree in your local scrapbook store, or online from a variety of retailers. We are certain you will enjoy adding a beautiful pop of color to your projects! Many of the papers in this line were designed with a reduced-scale in mind, making them more versatile than the large-scale patterns, making them perfect for smaller-scale uses like mini-albums and cards.



Our current collections include six double-sided papers, a 12x12 Details sticker sheet, a 12x8 Elements sticker sheet, a 6x6 reduced-design, double-sided Bundle. We also offer Collection Kits with each theme featuring two of each paper and two sticker sheets! Our high quality products are delivered in a straightforward way and we make them affordable for you as a consumer.


{created by Natalie Dever}

We look forward to seeing your altered projects, layouts and cards created with this lovely collection! Be sure to check us out on Facebook and our website to view this line and other available products.



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Another Sketch Challenge Chance of Winning

We love all of you that participate in our sketch challenges each month.  Seeing all of your creations inspire us to keep bringing you our very best.  Today we have teamed up with ScrapbookSteals.com to increase your chances of winning additional prizes. 

The talented team over at ScrapbookSteals.com have used our monthly sketch as their inspiration for their weekly sketch challenge.  Check out their Blog for more details.

Here is Kristy's take on our Monthly Sketch. 

While you are over at ScrapbookSteals.com, take a look at the awesome kit they have today. 


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Artsy Adventure in Australia & New Zealand...



Attention Authentique fans in Australia and New Zealand! We have some fun news to share with you and hope you will want to participate. Our very own AUTH-orized Educator, Trisha Ladouceur, is heading to Australia and New Zealand in a few short weeks to share some fabulous classes with Authentique fans at 12 different stores throughout Australia and New Zealand May 4-June 10.  

If you are not from Australia & New Zealand, don't stop reading just yet - take a look at the classes Trisha has created and then ask your LSS to invite her to town to teach on your home turf!


Trisha has designed a fabulous class featuring our Gathering Collection and combined it with some great complimentary products from Epiphany Crafts, Canvas Corp and Sizzix. She will share some great techniques thoughout this class that will seal the deal for your love affair with Authentique. If you haven't had a chance to see our products up close and personal, this would be the perfect opportunity to explore and play with our beautiful heavyweight, textured patterned papers and co-ordinating embellishments.



There are limited spaces available at select locations so if interested, contact one of the host stores to register today!

Host store locations and dates are as follows:




May 4-6
Artfull Crafts
24 George Street 
Timaru 
New Zealand
Phone (03) 688 856

May 10
Scrapbook Divas
Event Location: Edgeworth Bowling Club
Park Street
Edgeworth, NSW


May 12
Fantasia Scrapbook and Stamps
H145, 28 Lexington Drive
Bellavista, New South Wales
Phone: 02 8824 4388

May 17
Inspired Crafts
2/19 Liege Street
Cannington, WA
Phone: 08 9458 8843


May 19
Scrappy Kapers
55B Main Street
Cunderdin, WA
Phone: 08 9635 1346

May 20
Scrappy Kapers
2/25 Johnston Street
Dallwalinu, WA
Phone: 08 9661 2815

May 24
Imagination Factory
402 Main Road
Ballarat, Victoria
Phone: 03 5331 6108

May 26
Hobbysew
98 Annesley Street
Echuca, Victoria
Phone: +613 5482 6276 


May 28
Fancy That Scrapbooking
Shop 1/28 Commercial Drive
Springfield, Queensland
Phone: 3818 8500 



May 30
Scrap n' Patch
Shop 9, 837 Ruthven Street
Toowoomba, Queensland
Phone: 07 4687 6888 


June 2
Scrappidoo
782 Nicklin Way
Currimundi, Queensland
Phone: 07 5491 5366



June 8-10
Scrapaholics
Shop 9
219 Moore Street
Howick
Auckland 
New Zealand

P: 0800 678 258 or 09 533 5490


For more information on classes being offered by Trisha or the dates, times and locations, please visit her blog at www.artsyadventure.blogspot.com or facebook page: www.facebook.com/artsyadventure. Should you have any questions, feel feel to email her directly at trisha.lado@gmail.com

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Boy's of the harvest...

DT member Loes shares two projects today for her first post as a DT member! We hope you enjoy her unique style as well as the heart and soul she puts into all of her work!



When I first saw the papers from the "Genuine" collection, I knew exactly which photos I wanted to use! Sometimes it happens instantly and when you see the papers you know exactly which photos you want to use. I know Authentique has mentioned they hope you will never have to stage a photo to use their products, and it is so true for me and the Genuine collection! 


Above and below are a couple of photos I took last summer during the grain harvest here in Holland. The color of our boys in their blue jeans, covered in dust from the grain, the smell of the harvest, etc. - these feelings from the harvest "are" this collection for me...



With how busy my boys are, they always make time for me to take some photos, which I love! {Of course I have more photos but I'm saving some of them to use in a mini album...}


Flowers and boys don't usually mix well for me, but this time I punched the flowers from jeans and canvas and made a centerpiece with a gear.

{Tip: By using foam tape you get much more depth in a layout}






Also, I re-styled a wine bottle by giving it a new label. To me, it is so much nicer to give away a bottle of wine with a personal message or accent added!

For this project, I have used the "Loyal" Collection, however, only papers with blue tones.


Thank you for stopping by the Authentique blog today. Enjoy using our papers and please remember show us your projects on Facebook, we love to see what you create!

Suplies used: loyal, genuine desgin papers & stickers
Ranger distress ink chipped sapphire
Sizzix flower layers #7, washer border, square ornate, mini gear, styled labels
Tim Holts stamps, hitch fastener,word bands, hinge clip
Mratha Stewart punch
brads, twine, keeperband, spacer




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Papered Easter Eggs

I cannot take credit for the inspiration of today's post. It all belongs to my daughter. One of my favorite stores had these cute little eggs at my two year old's level, and she was super excited for Easter and the Easter bunny. Each of these started as a plain wooden egg, and are all decorated in different ways.
For the first egg, I used a hole punch to punch out an entire sheet of the 6x6" Delightful paper in Sweet. Before I used ModPodge to stick all of those little spots onto the top of the egg, I ModPodged the bottom of the egg and used gold embossing powder to cover lower half. To make it stick, I used my heat gun to fully emboss the bottom. Then stuck all of the little circles on the top. Added a few flowers in Elegant, and a matching green ribbon.
For this egg, the entire egg is covered in circles. I used a 1" circle punch, but to get each circle to stick to the egg, cut a slit in them so they curved. The bottom half is Cheerful, and the top is the opposite lovely yellow color of the same 6x6" paper. Rather than a ribbon, I used glitter tape and a cute little butterfly in the Elegant paper.
This egg is probably my favorite. It's actually fuzzy!! I ModPodged some pink flocking to the top of the egg. Then used a border punch to punch strips of 6x6" Beautiful paper. I cut those down to 1.5", then layered them around the bottom of the egg. A simple white ribbon finished this one off.
These are going to make cute additions to the Easter table this year. And when Easter is done, my little girl has already claimed them for her own.

Supplies Used: Delightful Collection: 6x6 pad 
Additional Supplies: 1" punch, flower punch, Martha Stewart border punch & butterfly punch, ModPodge, floral ribbon, Hampton Arts flocking powder, AC Zing embossing powder & Glitter Tape

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celebrating you



while i was going through some boxes i found this photo - my little gal was 4 months or so, and we took this for my husband's first father's day. my daughter turns 11 today - the "double toothpick" birthday, so i wanted to make something to "celebrate".


this is actually a canvas that is trimmed out with a ruffle made from old book pages, then covered with a page from our "celebrate" collection.
i used maya roads' canvas pennants to create the banner, edging each pennant with distress ink and stringing them together with martha stewart's "glitter eyelash" in sparkly red.


i wanted to add some dimension and sparkle to the hot air balloons, so i cut extras out of another sheet of paper, then traced the lines with glossy accent and glittered them with martha stewart's crystal fine glitter. using the glossy accent gave it almost an embossed look. 


some little elements from the collection, martha stewart's "glitter eyelash" in sparkle red, paired with little bits of this and that finish it off.


thank you for stopping by authentique today, and i hope you leave inspired and ready to celebrate a little something of your own!

materials used
"celebrate" collection - authentique
canvas pennants - maya road
glitter eyelash ribbon and crystal fine glitter - martha stewart
little bits and treasures - my dresser drawer

for more inspiration stop by the caravan at www.suburbngypsy.blogspot.com - i love visitors!

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Genuinely "Genuine"



We have recently received a fair amount of attention for our denim-inspired “Genuine” Collection. I remember the day we had discussions in our office about developing it. Everyone had a slightly different opinion about what 'denim-inspired' meant, what it could look like, what people would expect, etc. I had some ideas of what I wanted in the collection and how to convey them artistically. Of course, in the end, Sam put her own sophisticated twist on it, so everyone could grasp the collection. We all facetiously said, "Well, yeah! That's sort of what I had in mind."

I found it serendipitous how the collection name of one of our liveliest collections summed up our brand. Being genuine can mean something a little different to everyone. This is because we are all just a little bit different. Unfortunately, from a young age, most of us were conditioned to be alike and trained to be this, that, or the other. It is my personal belief that, at the core, most of us don’t want to be what we were told to be... we just want to be who we are. None of us wants to live in fear, cower to authority, feel ashamed, judge others, or say things we don't really mean. In other words, we may or may not truly believe what we sometimes find ourselves doing.


When we started Authentique, I remember sitting by a fireplace in our home pondering what I could do to help this new venture. I tied up some brand and domain names, a few were catchy, some were meant to help drive search engines, some were too basic, some too elaborate, and then I thought of the word authentic, the French version Authentique followed, and it clicked for me. I shared the name with a few close associates and it resonated with them as well. We wanted to build a brand that subtly reinforced being oneself.


I jotted down a few statements about our mission and some 'industry experts' thought they were a bit heavy. I’m referring to my saying something like, “Children benefit from the interest being shown in their lives.” During the years I’ve worked around scrapbooking I've heard many times, “C’mon Bret, it’s just scrapbooking.” I rarely pay attention to people who use the word “just” to qualify much of anything. To me, nothing is just anything, and almost everything matters. 


I said from the start I wanted to build collections to help those recording memories highlight who their child 'already is,' who they themselves are, and what they’ve experienced; not just what they did on such and such a day. I summed it up by telling our team that at Authentique we’d say something more like, "It’s amazing watching you grow," than "Happy Birthday." Of course, both are great, but they convey different emotions which is the entire point of Authentique.

When it comes to my children, all three are very different. I could list the reasons why, but anyone with children understands this. Kids come differently. My children seem so wise, like they’ve known what makes them unique for a billion years. I think, deep down, they know who they are and want permission from us as their parents to so become.

One of the most precious things any of my children has ever said came from my nine year old son. He recently shared, “Dad, today at school some kids called me a nerd. I don’t care. I am kind of a nerd. I guess I like being a nerd, because I love all of the stuff that other kids think is nerdy.” I smiled, then choked up a little. I had nothing to add to this exchange, other than to tell him I was pleased he felt that way and we moved onto other topics.



Now, back for just a moment, to some people thinking my views on scrapbooking are a bit heavy. I get that it’s just scrapbooking, but to me it really is much more. Paper-crafting is done by mothers who are building homes and building amazing young people. The albums and projects they create will outlast each of us. They are tributes to children, life, and our experiences. As a brand, Authentique is meant to help focus our efforts around who children are, not only what they did. There will always be a little cliche’ in life, and of course there will be some of that in our products, but at the core of our collections, you’ll find emotion-based quotes meant to celebrate life.



Effort is always more important that outcome and children especially need this reinforced. They need to be encouraged and told to try. They need to be told to compete with themselves, not others. They need to know their best is good enough. This is why recording memories about their life is so valuable; it reinforces who they are and doesn't make life appear a competition. We cannot tell children too many times what impresses us about them.

So, when someone says, “Bret, you’re too dramatic, it’s just paper,” it doesn't really bother me and I think they've perhaps missed the whole point. I suppose in this sense, I am not unlike my son who was fine with being called a nerd. I am okay with being referred to as a little serious about this stuff. It is my profession. I owe it to my employees and customers to take it seriously. The industry doesn’t need more owners who think it’s just a game. I’ve done this a long time and I’ve always taken it seriously. I don’t think life has to always be serious, but I think it is a serious responsibility to help children reach their potential. Big or small, anything we do that helps a young person know we respect the things that make them unique is a big deal... and I’m being SERIOUS!

- Bret

***Izzy B Anderson - you were the random winner of the Delightful mini album kit generously donated by Paisleys and Polka Dots!!! Please email info@paisleysandpolkadots.com with your mailing address and they'll get it shipped out to you! 

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Delightful, classic & a freebie!




We are pleased to announce our versatile Delightful collection is now available through retailers worldwide! The colors and vintage linen-inspired designs are soft and beautiful. Some of the creative ideas actually came from linens I remember from my childhood. They were extra special to me, because they were also a part of my mother's childhood.




Ideal for girl-based projects, the Delightful Collection has also been released in time for Easter and Mother's Day, and whether for mom or grandma, a sister or niece, daughter or special friend, this collection is timeless and truly classic.

We couldn't think of a better way to showcase this new collection than to make you aware of this incredible min-album kit created by Paisleys and Polka Dots... and to make the sharing of this even more lovely, we will be choosing a random winner to receive a generously provided album kit (a $40 value)! Indulge yourself in the following images, leave a comment on our blog and Facebook page as well as the Paisleys and Polka Dots blog and you'll automatically be entered to win!

 
  







Maybe you find yourself in need of some inspiration, you are too busy and need something quick and easy, or you just can’t figure out those cutting instructions from a pre-designed kit.  Paisleys and Polka Dots takes the guess work out of designing. Their kits are perfect for beginners, but detailed enough for the seasoned scrapper to appreciate. Just grab a few of your tools and supplies and you are good to go.
 
Visit www.paisleysandpolkadots.com or www.luv2createscraps.typepad.com/paisleysandpolkadots


**Be sure to follow the simple steps above to qualify to win a kit of the Delightful mini-album above!




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