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Fun Projects with Authentique Paper & Silhouette!

Today we were asked by our friends at Silhouette to help promote a great promotion that they have going on this week! 



Some members of our design team jumped right in and made a few projects with their Silhouette machines and the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software.

Angie Blom

Using the collection "Remembrance" and the cut file 3 mason jars.I went into my Silhouette Designer Series and cut out the shapes. atering them to fit my card project and making sure I can edit and cut some of the shapes from different cardstock. I did the same with the doily lace circle. Then all I had to do is assemble my card , adding some of the Remembrance "components "sticker shape and the Authentique stamps happy from the "Happy to be me" stamp set. 


Guiseppa Gubler
I love that fact that Silhouette has this awesome designer software. The more I dig in and get in to see all of the features, the more I want to create and come up with my own designs. Today, I am sharing with you a card that I made using the designer software. One of my favorite features of the designer software...the welding feature. I love creating my own titles and making them into one or more words instead of individual letters. 

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These are some great products and the silhouette machine cuts our textured paper very nicely! Please click HERE to take advantage of this month’s discount and don’t forget to enter AUTHENTIQUE as the promo code! You have from now until March 8th to grab this deal, so get it while you can!

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Announcing: "Grace" by Authentique Paper


"Grace was in all her steps..." Whether mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, or friend, our "Grace" collection is a medley of floral beauty. Soft, rich tones, feminine patterns, and sweet sentiments make this collection an instant classic. 


We thought this collection would be perfect for our new "puzzle pieces" which are double sided paper accents...of course, printed on our special textured paper! They are sold in a package and boast over 35 pieces.



Also making an entrance into "Grace" are our Petite Folders - perfectly sized for recipe cards, mini albums, or stitch the sides together and make a pocket.


The 12x12 papers are printed on a woven-textured fabric your mother would love! It is luxurious, soft and allows the detail of each pattern to be highlighted. Below are the 6 double sided papers offered in this collection (in no particular order, see our website for the front/back match ups of designs).













"Grace" also features a 6x6 AND 8x8 bundle (paper pad) - so take your pick! Each size has it's benefits, it's really up to you, but either way, the "bundle" is a MUST have!



Collection kits allow you to grab and go - included in this kit is an EXCLUSIVE 12x12 Details & 12x8 Elements sticker - the only way to get these intricate, perfectly color-matched stickers is inside the kit!




Our one-of-a-kind Paper-crafting Assortment features exclusive designs and boasts over 950 pieces making it ideal for Mother's Day cards. 


Below are the paper die cuts included in the paper crafting assortment - these too, are exclusive to this "kit" and the designs are too beautiful to miss...imagine the possibilities...cards, gifts, pages, projects, the list could go on and on...also included are (24) 8x8 papers, hundreds of alphabet stickers and our infamous "diction" mini-word stickers.










We hope graceful mothers everywhere will shine when a hand-made gift from our "Grace" collection is presented to them. Everything we did when designing this theme was focused on celebrating the "graceful" woman in our lives. 



Grace is shipping and available in stores NOW - you don't want to miss out on this beauty!

We want to GIVE AWAY a "Grace" prize to one lucky fan! Just leave a comment telling us what you love about this collection and what kind of projects you would make with it. We will draw and announce a winner in our "Winner Round-up" at the end of this month!

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Guest Designer: AJ Otto

We love getting the chance to meet new faces, especially after seeing their amazing work all over the many social media outlets like Pinterest & Facebook, and personal blogs. We had the pleasure of meeting AJ Otto last month at CHA-W. We must say, she is a real gem and a true talent! She even brought us some amazing handmade gift bags with the most delicious chocolate inside... and who doesn't love gifts that contain chocolate?! When AJ brought by some of her work, we immediately decided that we needed her to fill a guest design spot! 

We will let her take it away and share her amazing talent with you all today! 

I am a sort-of-stay at home mom with a husband and two children. I began scrapbooking when I found out I was pregnant with my oldest, and it went down hill from there. I have since gotten into cards and stamping and now I find my self somewhat addicted to this little hobby of ink and paper and ribbon and all things crafty. I have a less is more sort of style, and a small obsession with patterned paper! I currently design for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Spellbinders, CardMaker Blog team, and Gina K Designs

Here I stamped an Easter sentiment and attached it to my bunny patterned paper. I love polka dots, and couldn't help adding some polka dot paper for contrast!

I just loved the adorable bunny rabbit on the paper, so I die cut him out as the focal image for my card. I popped up the Easter Greetings sticker with 3D Foam Squares and adhered it to the card- I love using adding a little dimension to the stickers this way.


I found these board books at Joann's for a dollar! They were calling my name to take them home and make into mini albums. I covered each pager with the various papers from the Hope Collection, laying them out to check to see if I like the mix of patterns before permanently adhering. Since it's so many pages, I will just share a few-

For the cover, I again die cut the cute bunny and popped him up on a few other die cuts. 

I wanted to spell out Easter with letter stickers, so I used an alcohol marker and my "Lovely" elements letter stickers. 

For the first inside page, I cut a few fun banners and more die cuts. I had to use the fun little arrow sticker, not sure how many more egg hunts my youngest will participate in!! 


For second inside page, I adhered the 'Remember' sticker to a die cut and layered some seam binding behind it as well. Since the book is already so very chunky, I opted to keep embellishments flat inside.


For this card, I again used a cardstock element for the focus. I cut out the saying, and popped it up with foam tape. I die cut flowers and roughed them up a bit before adding with 3D foam squares. To finish it off, I adhered a few rhinestones to the center of my flowers, and a few sequins to my card.

Be sure to stop by AJ's personal blog and say hello, and please let her know we sent you! 

Also, check out our "We Spy..." board on Pinterest! If we spy fabulous projects using Authentique products, we might just feature you in a future blog post!



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"Renew" Mini Album

Hello, Angie Blom here with a Mini Album Tutorial
and the finished Mini Album using the Authentique Collection


To start this mini album you will need to cut some of your papers to the sizes below.
and then just follow the written instructions on each photo.







Here is my finished Album.

For my cover I used one of the Petite folders and then made some  rolled flowers to add with some Petaloo flowers.. the quote is from the throw away part of the paper .. I always keep a few of those to use on mini's, layouts or cards.. it is a great bonus you get with each paper collections.
Here is the inside of the folder.. where I will put 2 wallet size photo's
Using the collections puzzle pieces and some of the titles and phrases.

When adding my journaling I like it to be hidden so with some more of the petite folders
I cut them in 1/3's  and added some word stickers or sticker accents to them .. the photo mats I only
put adhesive on 3 sides to leave the top open for my journaling folders to go into..  This is a great way to add journaling and it doesn't take up any room in your mini.


 Adding another Journaling spot and having a decorative paper clip hold it all together on your page.


You will notice on the Left side of page 4 the bottom strip of the pocket is a border of the puzzle piece elements.. when you take your puzzle pieces out of the paper diecut.. you will notice all the lovely left overs from the sides.. this is what it is.. I love using as much of the sides that you may throw away.. it becomes another fun element to your album or pages.


Here I added another folder for journaling or extra photo's .

Also more pocket photo mats. Some of the round diecuts are great
and they look like pieces of flair. I love that!


I also used some of the larger sentiment stickers.. !!

Hope you give this fun mini album a try.. was alot of fun to make
and embellish with these papers.. Authentique comes with so many wonderfully
decorative elements you really don't have to use anything else.. I love that!!
 Thanks so much for coming by.
hugs
Angie
xoxo
Products Used:
Petaloo flowers- chantilly , blk peonies, blk hydrangeas
May Arts- black ribbon
other- washi tape black, grommets, ek success border punches
black cardstock

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My Sweet Little Lamb Layout

Hello fellow scrappers! Kay here bringing to you my debut page for Authentique!  What better way to introduce myself than to start it all off with a layout showcasing Authentique's Hope Collection.




Even though Hope was designed primarily for Easter, I wanted to show that it can be used for other themes as well.  In fact, the colors & images were perfect for a page based on my newborn son.  Here he is at approximately 1 month old wearing his light blue elf hat.  :-)



The majority of the embellishments used on this page are from Hope's Details & Statements sticker elements. If your scrap approach is anything like mine, you tend to arrange & re-arrange the many embellishments on your page at least 101 times!  So being able to freely move sticker elements around without worrying about them sticking to your page adds flexibility during your page design.  TIP: Something I tend to do with sticker elements is to stick them onto transparencies.  This way I can cut them out & then adhere them anywhere onto my page without having to worry about making a mistake as to where I place my stickers.  If you wish to eliminate an extra step, our very own Emily gave me yet another tip.  Sprinkle a bit of baby powder to the back of the stickers to remove the stickiness.  Either way will work!

So all of the stickers seen on this page have been adhered to transparencies first, cut out & then adhered with your basic glue or pop dots to my page in order to give them more dimension.



Sometimes, the best embellishments are the paper themselves & with the simplest of techniques.   Authentique's paper has a perfect thick texture to them in order to create sturdy paper scrolls.  I've taken several pieces from the Hope collection & have rolled them to create random scrolls onto my page.  These little rolls of paper make for an interesting visual embellishment on your layouts & are also a great way to use up leftover scraps.  I've spread several of these scrolls throughout my page & have made them in different sizes.  When adhering these paper scrolls, try not to adhere them in any particular order--just randomly adhere them & you'll notice that this looks more visually appealing to the eye.



More paper scrolls, strategically placed onto one of the large tags that came in Hope's Statements sticker page.

Take a closer look at the third scroll from the bottom.  Notice it has print on it.  This scroll also happens to be my journaling.  Storing journaling on scrolls has become almost a trademark on my pages.  TIP: This is a great way to store large journaling or stories without taking too much space on your pages.  I typed up my journaling on my computer & printed it onto vellum--then I rolled it up & adhered it to my page with a leftover strip of scrap paper that I use to keep my scroll in place.



I found this quote online & found it to go along nicely with my page.  I found it to be so very true & printed the quote directly onto my photo.



I further decorated the Hope borders with dots of acrylic paint & highlighted the edges of most of my layers with Marmalade Distress ink.

Thank you for stopping by today & enjoy the rest of the week!

Products Used: 
Authentique Paper-  Hope Collection: 12x12 Paper #HOP010, Details Stickers #HOP007, Statements Stickers #HOP011, Elements #HOP008
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Punch: We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8
Other:
Large Silk Flower: Funtoolas Etsy Shop
Butterflies: Kay's Kreative Korner Etsy Shop
Mulberry Paper Flowers, Resin Owl, Resin Domino Pieces, Resin Flowers, Teddy Bear

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Announcing: "Remembrance" ...a Petite Collection by Authentique Paper

As nature intended, the beauty of life eventually passes. It is a deeply held honor to pay tribute and regard to loved ones who have left us. "Remembrance" is a Petite Collection with deep colors, elegant patterns, and sentiments of sympathy, thoughtfulness, and good memories. These variables, all combined, help to create just the right emotion. When the need arises to create a sympathy card for a loved one, or to preserve the precious memories of a life lost, our "Remembrance" collection will assist your worthy efforts. 


This year we introduced our "Petite Collections" which consist of three double sided papers, an "Enhancements" cut-apart paper, one sticker sheet, a 6x6 bundle and collection kit. *There's also a brand new sticker sheet - keep reading to see what it is!

A close-up view of "Remembrance" on display. 

Deep plum/wine, cheerful green, elegant gray-tones and cream are the staple colors in our "Remembrance" line. Classy, elegant, respectful and beautiful all at the same time.

Here's a look at the 12x12 textured papers (we are known for our signature heavy-weight cardstock)...we think the balance of patterns, color and scale in this collection are remarkable!

Remembrance paper #1 front (above) and back side (below)



Remembrance paper #2 front (above) and back side (below)



Remembrance paper #3 front (above) and back side (below)


"Enhancements" cut-apart paper - ideal for mini albums, card making and so much more! Be sure to take note of the three different patterns on the back side of this paper - the different designs match up to the front side of the paper.



A coordinating sticker sheet and 24 piece bundle with coordinating solids round out this "petite collection". Reduced scale designs with solid color papers on the back of the 6x6 bundle sheets offer a nice variety for all of the smaller scale projects you want to create.


The "Components" 6x12 stickers are a brand new edition to the Authentique Paper line up...still printed on our custom matte-finish stickers, they offer variety to the petite collections and new shapes and sizes, as well as washi tape-inspired strips! 



Collection kit featuring 6 double sided papers, an Enhancements cut-apart, 6x12 Components sticker and a bonus Petite Type alphabet...MSRP $9.99


We love how our design team uses their creativity when creating projects - below is a project created by Loes for her daughter - not sympathy-related, rather intended to show her daughter how deeply loved she truly is.

Inside Loes made an envelope and wrote a letter to her daughter - this will surely be a keepsake for many years to come.
Project by Design Team Member Loes de Groot

Every crafter should have a stash of cards...for every occasion, not just the fun, light-hearted moments, but for the times when a friend, loved one, neighbor or acquaintance needs a note of sympathy or a lift in their day...we have all lost someone special, and the anniversary of the day the loved one was lost never skips a year...why not create a card to let someone know you are thinking of them? 


Cards by Design Team Member Heather Conklin

We want to GIVE AWAY a "Remembrance" prize to one lucky fan! Just leave a comment telling us what you love about this collection and what kind of projects you would make with it. We will draw and announce a winner in our "Winner Round-up" at the end of this month!

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"Hope" Decoupage Mirror

Since I had so many people comment about how much they LOVED the chair that I decoupaged for the Authentique Paper booth at the Winter 2013 CHA Show, I thought that for my first blog post on the Authentique Blog I would walk everyone through the general process of how to decoupage using Authentique's awesome papers to transform and individualize items and objects to fit your home or even as gifts!  If you haven't tried using Authentique Paper for decoupaging you're certainly missing the boat- because all of Authentique's paper is so dense, it holds the decoupage medium beautifully and doesn't become saturated- which can lead to tears and rips while working on your project.


I began with using a mirror from Ikea and misted the backside of the mirror using IMAGINE Crafts' Walnut Ink in Java and Cornflower to give it a finished look.  I sponged the excess Walnut Ink off with a paper towel and let dry.

Using IMAGINE Crafts' Inkblushers (a wonderful tool for inks and any medium BTW!) to apply an even coat of Creative Medium across the front of the mirror.  You can easily cut the mirror out of the frame, then use a hot glue gun to replace the mirror when you're finished if you'd like.


Place the mirror FRONT SIDE DOWN (the side covered with Creative Medium) onto the BACKSIDE of the paper you've selected.  For this mirror I used "Adorn" for the base paper on my mirror.  


Flip the mirror over and then flatten the paper completely down onto the mirror.  You may find it helpful to use a brayer or the side of a bone folder to smooth out the paper to ensure that there are no air bubbles under the paper.  Fold over all four edges of the paper and score along the edge of the mirror- this will give you guide lines for trimming the excess paper while at the same time making sure that the paper will wrap around the edges of the mirror and avoid any air pockets.

Working opposite sides of the mirror at the same time, apply Creative Medium to both the paper and the edge of the mirror, fold into place and hold down for a few seconds to make sure that the paper is adhering to the mirror snuggly.  
Use the edge of the mirror to trim the excess paper with a SHARP blade in your X-Acto knife- believe me when I say that I'm saving you grief by telling you to always have a sharp blade for doing this!  Repeat for the remaining two sides of the mirror.
Flip the mirror over to the front side and lightly press down towards the center of the mirror to find the inside edges.  Using your knife, cut the paper out to reveal the mirror underneath.
I used "Promise" as the two side layering pieces and layered "Adorn II" pieces on top that I trimmed down to add pattern to the front of the mirror.  I edged all of the paper pieces with Memento Potter's Clay ink which was applied using an Inkblusher.
Once all of my layering pieces were adhered with Creative Medium, I began adding coats of Creative Medium onto the mirror allowing each coat to dry completely before adding the next coat.  I prefer using Creative Medium instead of Modge Podge simply because it dries quicker and isn't tacky to the touch when dry.
To hang the mirror and to add some embellishment, I used Memento Potter's Clay and Summer Sky inks to antique some teal colored seam binding tape.  If you'd like to add even more embellishments to your mirror (I was going for more of a plain and simple look) their are some awesome stickers and other embellishments that can be found with "Details" sheets that coordinate with the "Hope" collection.

The infamous "Hope Chair" from CHA.


Products Used:
Authentique Paper- "Hope" collection: Adorn, Adorn II, Promise 12x12 papers
IMAGINE Crafts / Tsukineko:  Creative Medium Shimmer, Inkblushers, Walnut Inks in Java and Cornflower, Memento Potter's Clay and Summer Sky.
Other supplies:  Mirror from Ikea, seam binding tape, X-acto knife

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You are My Sunshine

Hi everybody! I am so excited to be here today, sharing with you a sweet, girly girl card featuring lots of gorgeous goodies from the Renew collection!

I absolutely fell in love with Renew the first moment I saw it with all the lovely patterns and the stunning color combination. One of my most favorite pieces from the collection are the Petite Folders. Stacked all together, the Petite Folders make a fabulous mini album base, but as a card-maker, I couldn't wait to try making a card from one of the folders. And I love how it came out!
I simply started with the blue polka dotted Petite Folder. Down the center of the card, I added a panel of Rejuvenate patterned paper. I love that this paper already comes with a contrasting chevron pattern at the side, which I made sure to include here for some easy extra detailing. I added a bit of ruffled trim to the left edge of my panel before adhering it to my folder base.
Next step was to start adding layers. First, a panel of Transform paper in the center of the folder, layered with one of the die cut file cards from the Mini Notes. I placed lace trim at the edge of the two papers, and lined the bottom of the panel with fun pom pom ribbon.
Tied the whole card with a pretty yellow seam binding bow. My trick for tying up a card like this is to make a small slit in the folded edge of the card base with your craft knife, and slipping the ribbon through the slit and around to the front. The tab on the edge of the Petite Folder is enough to hold the card closed.
Added a simple string bow and a vintage button to the side tab. That gorgeous flower was fussy cut from the Rejuvenate paper. I edge all my paper pieces with brown ink to help them stand out against their background layers. Adhering the flower with foam adhesive also helps add definition.
A few last final details were added to the top of the card. That sweet gingham photo corner is from the Frames & Corners Die Cuts. I added a 10 cent die cut from the Block Numbers at the tippy top edge, and the sentiment was cut from the Titles & Phrases sheet.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Supplies:
Authentique Renew Collection: Petite Folders, Rejuvenate 12x12 Paper, Transform 12x12 Paper, Mini Notes, Frames & Corners, Block Numbers, Titles & Phrases
Trim: May Arts, Pebbles Inc., Stampin'Up, The Kraft Outlet
Ink: Clearsnap
Button: vintage

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A Simple Spring Mini Album using your Silhouette

I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say...I am so READY for Spring.  Maybe we can will Spring to come a little quicker by getting crafty with Spring.  Guiseppa here sharing with you a cute and easy tag mini album using the new Seasons: Spring Collection

I am gonna show you how I made this album using my Silhouette.


Start off by opening up your Silhouette program and selecting your image.  I used the cut "Tad Gift Set" that I purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I am sure you can get the same effect by using similar cuts.


This set comes all grouped together.  You most likely will want your tags and tag holder to be cut from  different patterned papers.  Click on the image, then right click.  Find ungroup and click on it.  This will allow you to separate the tag, box and circle.


Move all the images off the cutting mat except for the box.  Now you are ready to cut.  Authentique's patterned paper is a really good, thick quality, so you are going to want to have your cut settings on Speed 3, Thickness 33, Blade set at 5 and I click the Double Cut Setting.  This will ensure a good clean cut through the paper.


Here it is cut out.


Next fold all of the perforated lines.


Using double sided tape, adhere to the folds that will be going inside the box.  



As you can see...the folds are inside the box so it has a clean look.


Now pull your tag over.  I cut out four separate tags because I wanted each tag to be cut from different patterned papers, but if you want them cut from all of the same paper, click on your tag image to highlight it, right click then pick copy, right click again and select paste.  Do this until you have the desired amount of tags you want for your album.  Once again, cut them out using the same settings above for Authentique paper.


Remove your tags from your page and bring over the circles.  To make more circles for your tags, copy and paste like above and then cut.


These are my tags.


Next is the funnest part...EMBELLISHING!  Those fabulous ribbons...May Arts!




Thanks for popping in today.  Have fun with your Silhouette and Authentique!  Let's all wish Spring here...fast.  Create something fun with Seasons: Spring and your Silhouette!

Products Used: 
Authentique: Seasons: Spring: Spring Two #SEA006, Enhancements #SEA008, Spring One #SEA005 and Spring Three #SEA007
Silhouette- Cameo Machine
May Arts- Ribbon

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A Day Filled With Love!

Happy Valentine's Day Authentique Paper fans! We hope you all are having a day filled with love! 

Today we wanted to share some "Lovely" creations from our Design Team! 


{Audrey Pettit}

{Heather Conklin}

{Angie Blom}}


{Deena Ziegler}

Don't forget to share your "Lovely" projects with us on our Facebook page


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Create Your Own 8x8 Scrapbook Album!


When I first saw the "Hope" collection, I fell in love!  I especially love the 8x8 size paper to work with. With this size, there are so many different possibilities! 


Authentique does not have their own line of scrapbook albums, so I wanted to show you how to make your own with the new 8x8 size paper bundles! 

 
 You will need chipboard, about 9 inch x 9 7/8 inches, and four pieces that are 6/8 x 9 inch. I put an arrow on the pieces so when you add the paper, you will know which side is the top.


Cut two pieces of paper 12 x 10 5/8 inches in size. Glue the larger chipboard pieces in the center, cut off the corners.

Put some glue or tape at the edges of the chipboard. Glue the paper around the chipboard





Use a bone folder for the corners.


 Lay the large chipboard pieces in front of you. The distance between the large piece of chipboard and the small piece is 1/2 inch, and to the next small piece is 2/8 inch. Tape it together with tissue or washi tape so the pieces stay together.


Cut a 5 1/8 inch x 10 5/8 inch piece of patterned paper, add glue then put the chipboard pieces on the paper. Turn it around and use your bone folder again on the spaces between the chipboard pieces.




Now for the inside. Cut two 8 7/8 x 12 inch pieces of patterned paper, glue the pieces onto the front and back coves. Use a bone folder or score board for nice creases. Add holes matching  that coordinate with your page protectors. 

 Cut a piece of paper 9 inch x 2 9/16 inch, make hole's on the same place as you did on the covers. Curve this piece a little, this is the back of the album. 


 Now you can bind your album with extension posts ( I used 1.5 inch) in this order: front cover, the round piece of paper, the page protectors, the curved piece of paper, the back cover.



Now for the fun part! Decorate your album with coordinating stickers & other embellishments!




On the cover I used some of our new stamps from Hampton Art! 


Of coarse, I made a layout for the inside! We took this photo at CHA, it was so good to see Bret and Samantha again!



Products Used: 
Authentique- Hope collection: 12 x 12 inch papers, 8x 8 bundle, statements stickers, element stickers

May arts: Ribbon, Twine
Hampton art: Authentique stamps
Imagine Crafts- Memento ink


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Make A Mini Album with Petite Folders!

Have you had a chance to get your hands on our NEW Petite Folders? These little folders are a new item this year. Currently, you can find them in our "Renew" collection. 


These cute little folders are sold in packs of 4, including one of each patterned design shown above. The creative possibilities are endless! 

Today, we wanted to show you a quick and easy way to make a mini album with our petite folders! 

One easy way to create a mini album is to use one file folder and some coordinating paper from the collection. Cut the paper down to 5x6 inch sheets and fold in half. Adhere to the center of your file folder. You can even tie ribbon around your album to add something extra. 

Emily Lanham created this adorable mini album using the method above. 








Wallet photos are the perfect size for these little albums! 

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Design team member Deena Ziegler took a different approach... she used all 4 of the petite folders to create her mini album. 







Don't forget to check out all of our coordinating die cuts! They make the perfect embellishment for all of your paper craft projects! 


All of these products and more can be purchased NOW in our "Renew" collection


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Beautiful Decor with Renew!

When I first saw the Renew Collection, I sighed aloud. It's gorgeous. I just love the bright yellow against the gorgeous teals, white and black. I found this wonderful wooden hanging decor piece from Sierra Pacific Crafts. I usually buy my wooden pieces from my local craft and scrapbook store, but I know that the big box stores also have similar items. I also snagged a piece of Oracal vinyl in Black, as I wanted to create a title for the piece.
I started with the back side of a piece of Rejuvenate. I loved how the black title would pop against the yellow pattern of the paper. There are a few things I use for creating wooden decor items: spray adhesive, an emery board/nail file, and an electronic nail file. Spray adhesive is great for wood, as it won't create any bubbles or get the paper wet. Cut your paper out using a craft knife, then spray as directed and adhere. When the paper has dried for a bit, I use the emery board to smooth off the edges and a little bit of the wood. This way, the paper will not peel from the wood. For any holes, use the electronic nail file to make perfect holes. I grabbed mine from a discount store. Just a little hint... both are better if not brand new. Use those nail files that you were going to previously toss!
I really wanted to play with the some of the new Double Sided Paper Accents, specifically the Puzzle Pieces and the Block Numbers. These were great, as the paper is 12x12, but my project was a little bit longer. As you can see, I used the Puzzle Pieces to cover up the edges of the wood piece. 
The Number Blocks were perfect for giving a title to each of the three photos that I was going to use. I added the Petite Type to the Number Blocks to personalize each of them.
See how the Number Blocks and the Puzzle Pieces work together. They really are pretty fun.
The title was cut using my Silhouette. I welded the letters so that they were only in two pieces. This was the first time that I had ever used vinyl, and it came out really cute.
Each of the three hanging photo squares were covered in Authentique paper (Spring, Flourish & Transform), then with a black and white photo.
 
For the finishing touch, I used a cute yellow ribbon to tie the hangers of the piece together. I cannot wait to hang this in my craft room.
  
Products Used-
Authentique Paper- Renew Paper Collection, Puzzle Pieces, Number Blocks, Petite Type from the Elements Stickers
Other- Aleene's Crystal Clear Tacky Spray, American Crafts Ribbon, Oracal vinyl, wooden hanging decor piece

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Box of Lovely

There is no doubt that love is in the air!  Happy Wednesday, everyone, Shellye here to share a fun and functional heart-shaped treat box covered in loveliness.  It all begins with a paper mache heart box from Maya Road and gorgeously crafted papers and accents from Authentique's Lovely Collection.

Can't you just imagine receiving this sweetly decorated box filled to the brim with delicious handmade goodies or a variety of chocolate candies...oh yeah!

To begin, I traced the box shapes onto the"Adore" 12x12 Paper and cut out.  As you can see, the lid comes with an acrylic 'window';  I carefully removed this so that I was able to trace the inner aspect of the heart.  After attaching the paper to the lid, I reattached the window with adhesive. 

I fashioned a small heart from the "Crush" 12x12 Paper by using a quilter's template.  Next I layered on a small paper doily from my stash and topped that with the sweet girl and greetings motif cut from the "Greetings" 12x12 Paper. To the bottom I gathered a cluster of blooms from Petaloo, as well as some that I die-cut and rolled myself from the "Crush" paper.

I used a scruffy walnut ink pad to gently distress the edges of the paper.  A band of "Crush" paper covered the top's edge along with some pretty pearl, lace trim that I got in a bundle from Hobby Lobby.
And nothing says "Valentine" like a red/cream gingham bow, which completed my sweetheart box.


Supplies:
Authentique Paper- Lovely: Adore Paper; Crush Paper; Greetings Paper; Details 12x12 Sticker Sheet
Maya Road- Heart Box
Petaloo-Pink Dahlias

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We're rolling out the Welcome Wagon!


After much deliberation, we have decided not to hold a design team call right now. We love all of our designers and think they do a fabulous job displaying our products in their amazing projects, so we weren't quite ready to let them go. However, we wanted to add a few fresh-faces to the team, so we hand-picked 4 new design team members! Please help us welcome them to the team! 


Audrey Pettit
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here at Authentique! I currently live in North Carolina with my two adorable teenage kiddos, a wee hedgehog baby, and our adoptive Golden Retriever pup. I am a web director and social media coordinator for a local landscape design and garden center, as well as a part-time writer and photographer. In my spare time, I love to go antiquing and thrifting, read, and of course, play with paper. I have been papercrafting for about a dozen years now. Love learning, and sharing, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Authentique Design Team. http://audreypettit.wordpress.com

Deena Ziegler
I’m a Mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend… and when I’m not busy making memories being all those things I’m crafting and blogging about being all those things. I’ve always been crafty and became a professional crafter about 12 years ago. Any day of the week you can find me in my craft room, designing for several companies, teaching at my local store, teaching online, drawing, painting, creating, and running my card kit business. Being creative is my passion and I’m happy to meet and share with everyone along the way!  http://www.deenaziegler.typepad.com/

John Petersen
John’s “addiction” to paper began as a child- the touch and feel of paper, the different patterns and colors, the creativity waiting to happen!  Growing up in a household where art and creativity were encouraged, John learned to manipulate the surface of paper with paints, inks and almost any other medium available to make cards, books and other “projects” as his Mom liked to call them.  Being an avid journaler, John taught himself the art of bookmaking- from traditional Japanese binding techniques to altered books and everything in between.  John has been an educator in the paper arts and crafts industry for over 15 years, passionately sharing his tips and techniques in a variety of classes including card and bookmaking, photography, calligraphy and beading. http://www.artnewwave.com


Kay Fatula
My name is Karla but I'm better known as Kay--a nickname I received in college & it simply stuck. I've loved arts/crafts my whole life. I've been drawing since the time I picked up my first crayon. However, it wasn't until 2007 that I discovered scrapbooking & haven't looked back since. Scrapbooking provides a means for me to release my artsy side & to document my life in order to pass down to future generations. Along the way, I also discovered the art of stamping--I tend to stamp my own backgrounds & create my own designs. I also enjoy doing the occasional altered art. I've altered wooden frames, wooden boxes, mini albums & have done a couple of canvases.I reside in Northern NJ just 30 minutes away from New York City. I'm also fluent in both English & Spanish. By day, I'm a senior level Quality Analyst working for a Fortune 100 global company--I do most of my crafting late at night. I'm also a certified Zumba instructor--you can find me at the gym almost every evening shaking the night away! I'm married to a great guy that puts up with & supports my scrapbook & crafting addiction! I have one son & a small fur-baby by the name of Toby--both my boys are my little rays of sunshine.I am grateful for the opportunity to design for such a fantastic company. I'm looking forward to working with Authentique & to hopefully provide innovative inspiration to some of you along this new creative journey! http://www.kayskreativekorner.blogspot.com


Stay tuned for unique projects and creations, we have some really fun blog hops, special events and all around goodness to share! Don't forget to stop by our FacebookPinterest andFlickr pages/galleries for tons of inspiration and ideas!



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Rounding out a "Lovely" week with Authentique Paper & Petaloo!

Authentique Paper and Petaloo are teaming up over the next couple of days to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Petaloo products!


After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Petaloo blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have in store for you today!

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Janeen Shember
There's something special in the air these days. Some of you say "snow?", some of you say "hail?" I say "LOVE".
As in Authentique's "Lovely". And to celebrate the loveliness, I created a tiny canvas of paper, some wonderful flowers from Petaloo and trims from May Arts.


The canvas is 5x7", and I "painted" it with Victorial Velvet Distress Ink. I rubbed the ink on the canvas's edges, then used a paper towel to smear and fill in the canvas with color.


After I stamped and fancy-cut the wings, legs and top, I created the tutu with layers of ribbon, book pages, and Petaloo's Darjeeling Flowers. More ribbon wraps the canvas and holds the key.


 I also love love love the tiny hat pins from Petaloo. Adorably small, and perfectly pink, I used a beaded and a silver pin in the top corner.


Materials Used
"Lovely" by Authentique
"Darjeeling Flowers" by Petaloo
Ribbons by May Arts
Distress Ink by Ranger


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Angie Blom 
Today I wanted to share a cute card for that special man in
your life!!  Using Authentique's Lovely valentines inspired collection.


 Using some of the patterned papers for my base card then adding this
wonderful  card with sentiment , distressing the edges. 
I wanted a big red bow and this ribbon from May Arts is perfect! 
For the last feature I added these small flowers to the middle 
of the red bow.. All of these elements make up a fun card that I will
give my hubby this year!! 


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Be sure to check back every day this week for more project inspiration! We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters (please leave unique comments!) 


Prize pack FULL of Lovely goodies from Authentique Paper, Petaloo, and May Arts

For another chance to win, make sure you follow us on Instagram @authentiquepaper ! All you have to do is follow us and tag a friend under the giveaway prize pic!

Also, make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Petaloo for prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Also, make sure you stop by the Petaloo Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!
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January Winner Round-Up

We have a few prizes to give for last month's contests & giveaways, right? We are going to start doing one big winner round-up at the end of each month, so be sure to check back if you enter any of our contests throughout the month. You could just win a great prize! 

The whole collection is wonderful! I especially like the Petite Folders. They are such cute designs and the fancy cuts on them are unique.

Spring is my favorite time of year and these papers will go wonderfully with all the new spring pictures


Little bunnies?!? Sign me up! I need a fresh dose of Spring around here! Would love to win! So pretty! And talk about a beautiful project! Wow!



Petaloo Week Winner: 
Amazing Anthentique! What a beautiful collaboration of color and products! 
Really hoping to win a chance to play and create something awesome for my 
Special Valentine!

Please send an e-mail with the subject "WINNER (and what prize you won)" along with your mailing address to contests@authentiquepaper.com to claim your Authentique Paper prize! Please be sure to claim your prize within 30 days. 


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A "Lovely" Mini Album for your Sweetest this Valentine's Day!

Authentique Paper and Petaloo are teaming up over the next couple of days to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Petaloo products!


After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Petaloo blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have in store for you today!

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When I finally decided that I was going to make a mini album for my project this week, I just knew it would come together beautifully! Authentique Paper + Petaloo products are a match made in Heaven! They are always so easy to match the colors up perfectly! 

With my project, I really wanted to show off one of our newest products, the Paper-Crafting Assortment kit! It is a new item with the "Lovely" collection, but  since it's been such a big hit, it will also be available in upcoming collections. It's the perfect kit for any type of paper-crafting and is full of product to make several projects! I especially LOVE the die cuts! 

Every time I start a project, I always lay out my supplies so I don't have to go on a hunt for them in my craft room. It's always good to have everything the coordinates at hand, even if you don't use it. One batch of supplies that you will always find on my desk when I start a project are my inks from Imagine Crafts. I absolutely love their Fireworks sprays (especially when using flowers and ribbons that I want to color) and the little dew drops are perfect for distressing our papers, stickers, & die cuts. 

When I start my mini albums, I make sure that I pick an album that will fit the die cuts & embellishments that I am using. I am pretty attached to the Tiny Tabs album from Basically Bare. It is a great little size and makes a nice coffee table book. I always tinker around with the placement of items on my albums before I glue them down, but the cover is the real eye catcher, so I try to make it a little more over the top than the inside pages. 

Of coarse none of my albums wouldn't be complete without ribbons from May Arts & flowers from Petaloo! I love Petaloo flowers because they come in all sizes, the smaller ones are perfect for this size album. They are a nice simple embellishment that add a lot of dazzle to projects. 

Here's a peek at the rest of my album including some of the inside pages:

Products Used:
Authentique Paper- "Lovely" Paper-Crafting Assortment Kit
Petaloo- Darjeeling Dahlias, Darjeeling Mini Daisies
May Arts- 393-25-01,  392-58-14, EA09, RT14, KA20, 390-58-10
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Be sure to check back every day this week for more project inspiration! We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters (please leave unique comments!) 


Prize pack FULL of Lovely goodies from Authentique Paper, Petaloo, and May Arts

For another chance to win, make sure you follow us on Instagram @authentiquepaper ! All you have to do is follow us and tag a friend under the giveaway prize pic!

Also, make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Petaloo for prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Also, make sure you stop by the Petaloo Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!
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