Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cheerful Family Album with Cat

We are excited to have Cat from Cat's Creations as a guest blogger today! Cat is a long-time Authentique retailer and fan of Authentique Paper! Cat's Creations Scrapbooks hosts retreats, monthly crops and special events in the world of scrapbooking and art. Cat is full of energy and her experience and creativity always shine through her creations. At the end of this blog post there will be a link to Cat's Facebook page where you can contact her to purchase the kit to make this album!


I received this wonderful collection, Cheerful, for a showcase product at my NSD CatVention. It started talking to me immediately and I knew I had to create an album as well as layouts. I always have pictures left over after I make layouts and I don't like to get rid of them.

According to my best friend, a "few pics" to me means less than 100. Unfortunately, she is right. I decided that I would do an album to house all those leftover pics of our family.  The pictures cover a lot of years with our kids and grand kids. The Cheerful collection is generic enough that it works perfectly. What I love about Cheerful is that it is just that--Cheerful. I made this album with me in mind--no one else. I used it as a sample at the NSD CatVention to show off the gorgeous papers and it was a really BIG mistake - the ladies loved it and kept asking about a class! "Yes, I can make it a class" came out of my mouth as my brain was saying, "you nut-case, you need to figure out what you did before you say you can do a class". And that was so true. But alas, I figured it out!

The album is made from scratch using chipboard, tyvek, envelopes, card stock, some fun ribbon and of course the beautiful Cheerful collection!  I loved the sunflower in this collection; so I free-hand painted the front cover of the album to highlight that detail.
(you can always cover with paper instead of painting the front) 

My part-time engineer brain, was fighting my non-stop creative brain trying to figure out how to make the album look like I wanted. I kept mixing up techniques I learned from Lance Anderson in various classes over the years and finally came up with what you see. 

The album has 3 sections inside. Each section is made up of 4 envelopes with some card stock flip out accordion additions. There are also pockets from the envelopes that hold more pictures. By adding tag inserts; you can put 2 pictures per tag or journal on one side with the picture on the other side.

The inside front cover has a tall flip out accordion section on the right and a smaller one on the left.  When these two are folded in, they overlap each other to hold them in place. 

Don't let this album fool you. This "little" book holds 83+ pictures! It may be small but it is mighty! There are so many options within this book. The photo sections are also larger as I do a lot of close ups when taking pictures. I'm not into itty-bitty books that you have to cut down your photo sections for your pictures. I want to be able to put larger pictures in my albums even if it is small.

It was a fun personal project that ended up as a tutorial all because Authentique came out with this wonderful feel good collection called Cheerful!

Want to make this album? Contact me through my Facebook page or website!  

 - Cat Beaty from Cat's Creations

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Vintage-inspired Americana poppers using Honor

Design team member Hilary is sharing one of our most popular projects using our Honor collection. 

I love this time of year!  I so love to create patriotic crafts, they just give me such a sense of pride and nothing makes me feel more honored than to create in celebration of America.  This latest collection from Authentique Paper is called, "Honor", and it's probably my most favorite patriotic line of all time.  

With the 4th of July rapidly approaching and with the celebration of Memorial Day, honoring all our heroes here and abroad, I decided to create some vintage inspired "Poppers" that would be the talk of your party or get together.  To make the poppers, I used the Popper die from Brenda Walton for Sizzix along with my Big Shot die cutting machine. 

Poppers are so fun to create, and to receive.  You fill the center with a small gift, perhaps some candy or even some dollar bills, or even roll up a small American Flag.  The possibilities are endless. 

I just love the ends of these poppers as well.  I added some crepe paper fringe, which you can easily purchase, but I chose to make my own, by layering 5 strips of red crepe paper, then machine stitch down the side through all the layers, finally snipping with a pair of scissors every 1/4" or so up to the stitch line, and that's it.  So easy to do.  Then before you roll up your popper, lay a bead of hot glue along the end, and lay your fringe down.  After you roll it up, scrunch it in your hands.

I also found some really pretty burlap americana ribbon that matched this collection perfectly, so I added that before gluing down the medallion. 

Tie a small tag from the sticker sheet with twine. 

And to finish, I adhered vintage silver tinsel between to paper rosettes and glued on a large mirrored star on top.
I adore these poppers and they are as fun to give away as they are to make.  

I hope I've inspired you to create some of your own. 

Supplies Used:

Authentique Paper, "Honor" collection papers and stickers
assorted ribbon, ric-rac and twine
vintage silver tinsel, Melissa Frances
mirrored stars, Tim Holtz
Popper die by Brenda Walton for Sizzix
Big Shot die cutting machine
hot glue
crepe paper fringe

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Monday, May 30, 2016

What an "Honor"

We have collaborated once again with the amazing artists over at the wood connection! It is such an "honor" to have our products featured with theirs. Combined together; wood and paper crafting couldn't look any better! 

Designed to focus more on our military and the Americana theme in general (rather than specifically 4th of July), this nostalgic collection is a must-have! 

12x12 papers include traditional patterns with an Authentique twist, and the12x12 Details cardstock stickers are each a work of art! The sentiments were thoughtfully selected to honor the service men and women, their families and America the beautiful!

Head on over to the wood connection to get your hands on any of these adorable projects! 

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