Friday, March 30, 2012

A tribute and thank you to Authentique Paper

This was and extremely hard project for me to do.  I have to say that this is the first layout I have done and actually shed some tears.  My time with Authentique Paper is coming to a close, as many of us on the Design Team are wrapping up our assignments with the company.  For me this is by no means and easy thing.  I have gotten to know these people on a personal level and I have a deep love and respect for them, (you know who I am talking about BC & SWC).  So my layout today is a tribute of sorts to this company that I adore.
I needed a title and settled on using the word, ELEGANCE.

Definition of ELEGANCE

1a : refined grace or dignified propriety : 

b : tasteful richness of design or ornamentation 

c : dignified gracefulness or restrained beauty of style :

There could not be a more perfect word to describe Authentique Paper and for the wonderful owners.

I am using mostly paper from the Genuine Collection. The base paper is from the Blissful Collection.


Since a lot of the Genuine embellishments deal with friendship, it was the perfect choice for this layout.  I was very specific about the Diction stickers I used, only choosing those that described my feelings, mainly for sweet Samantha.

I had so much fun using real denim scraps and my sewing machine.

Denim, lace, pearls, the perfect combination with Genuine.

Top left corner..

Top right corner..

Bottom right corner...

Bottom left corner.

This has been quite the journey for me and I have to say I am not ready to say goodbye.

So, if you are still with me, just know that I have had the time of my life with Authentique Paper.  What and honor and privilege it's been to design with these wonderful papers.

 On that note, a close-up of my hand written addition..

This note is especially for Samantha, but also to all of the staff at Authentique Paper...I love you all and will be your biggest fan...possibly FOREVER:)
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today's gushy post.(sniff***sniff)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Welcome Wagon!

We are thrilled to introduce a new member to our fabulous Design Team! I {Sam} met this wonderful lady back in October when I had the opportunity to attend the Fairytale event in Holland...we instantly clicked...I felt lucky her English was MUCH better than my Dutch...from there, the rest is history! I am pleased to introduce you to Loes DeGroot, a very fine lady...

Loes & Sam at CHA-W January 2012

A little bit about Loes:

I am Loes de Groot, I have been married to Bert for almost 21 years now, and together we have 3 kids.
We live in the north of Holland in a small village called Appingedam. My husband and I run a cattle farm here.

I started scrapbooking in 2006, and I love scrapbooking because it' so much fun! The colors, the photographing, the sketches, the different kinds of paper, and of course the smell of the paper : ) I know it's a little bit crazy...I have desgined for two years now for a scrapbook store here in the Netherlands, Paper & Pictures and a magazine which they produce, Cards & Much More. I also teach workshops in their shop at at their event, the Fairytale Event. My work has also been published in Scrapbook Pages from Memory Makers and I have created for two sketch blog's.

As photography is one of my passions, I recently started studying at the photo academy, and I am so excited to take my skills to the next level! If I haven't said it before, I love photography!

I also love to read a good book and to sit by the fireplace with my husband and enjoy a good glass of wine.....

I'm so honored to be at this team and i can't wait to play with Authentique's beautiful papers!

Below are a few projects Loes has created prior to joining our Design Team...we're certain you'll love her work as much as we do!

Loyal Collection

 Loyal Collection

 Delightful Collection

 Wonder Collection

Gathering Collection

Blissful Collection


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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

Monday, March 26, 2012

Something to Celebrate!

Happy Monday friends! It's Emily here today to share a little project that I made a few months ago! Yep, I've been holding on to this one from CHA and completely forgot to post it to the blog!

I just LOVE the "Celebrate" collection! The colors in it are absolutely fabulous! I picked up a few of the little "take-out" boxes on clearance after Christmas after seeing an idea on pinterest.

Here is my altered "Celebrate" take-out box along with some matching fortune cookies

I also loved the little pinwheel in the collection so I made one for the top

I even added a little something to the side of the box

Thanks for stopping by today!

♥ Emily

Products Used:
Authentique- Celebrate Collection
May Arts Ribbon

Friday, March 23, 2012

My Uncommon Miracle

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I'm bringing you a layout that I created with bits and pieces of Uncommon and Miracle. And, if you read all the way to the end, you'll see that I'm having a giveaway on my blog!! Sweet!

I chose the picture I used of my now 5.5 year old daughter after sifting through the pile o' pictures just waiting to be scrapped. (Did I mention they have been siting on my desk for about 4 years? :/) I've realized that it's not important to print out a zillion pictures in the hopes that they'll one day get scrapped. I am now pledging to only print pictures as needed...or just use up the zillion I have already printed out.

Anyway, this picture is one of my favorites of my biggie because it's the ONLY picture I have where I can tell she's definitely my girl. My youngest resembles me greatly, but my oldest doesn't really favor my husband or I. In this picture, the way she's tugging down one side of her mouth, makes me see myself in her face. I'm so grateful to have captured that moment.

The miracle line was so easy to work with when using a black and white picture. Everything went together so perfectly.

I used some American Crafts rosette trim that has been collecting dust in my craft space and I am so glad I had it. It adds just the perfect touch to this part of the layout.

I have to confess something. I. love. my. title. I was looking for an Uncommon diction sticker that said "smile," but didn't find one. I thought adding a stamp might be fun...and it was another first for me! I've never stamped on a layout before. I am so pleased with the way it turned out!

I added more Maya Road rosette trim, dusted it with some pink stickles (if dusting can even be done with Stickles) and, thanks to DT member Brenda's awesome sewing tutorial, I dusted off the old sewing machine and did some stitching of my own. {Click HERE to see Brenda's tutorial.} All of this turned out subtle, but I like the effect it had on my overall layout.

Hope you enjoyed my layout! And I hope you all never hesitate to try new things when creating. I've grown so much as a crafter in the past six months and it's all because I've taken chances.

Oh, wait...did I mention something about a giveaway? Head over to my blog for a chance to win one of Authentique's hottest collections, Genuine! {Click HERE to check it out!}

Enjoy your weekend!

~ Cristine


Patterned paper - Miracle collection {Distinct, Gifted, solid cardstock}
Extras - Uncommon collection {diction, icons, tabloids}, Miracle collection {details}

Rhinestones - Ki Memories
Rosette trim - American Crafts and Maya Road

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Wed. Authentique friends!

It's Natalie here with a quick and easy, 
but oh so adorable 
baby girl card!
I've used the 'Delightful' Collection
focusing on the pink and greys 

Authentique's noteables, headlines, tabloids
and icon die cut pieces
 make it so easy to create something quickly 
but still as cute as can be.  
I love that!

Here's a look at my card.
I'd love to see what you do with the amazing die cuts, so link me up :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lowe's inspired layout with Gathering: Inspiration is everywhere!

Hi there! Misty here and I wanted to share this layout I created to showcase a super special day in my life but first I wanted to tell you that I got the inspiration for this layout from wooden floor mat in a Lowe's mailer. You can see the mat by going HERE. There is inspiration all around you. When something catches your eye think about how you can incorporate in into a layout. You might just love it!

A little while back I was having a particularly rough day and I blurted out that I just wish that my kids would help me clean the house and then I walked outside to get some wood for our stove. A little later that day as I was walking through my bedroom I had to do a double bed was made...but I didn't remember making it (it was ONE of THOSE days). Then I noticed that there was a not on my side of the bed.
This is what it said.
"Dear Mom I love you so I made your bed for you and you said to clean up the house so I picked to make your bed." Love Tessa (your daughter)

I can't tell you how special I felt at that moment. My sweet, eight year old daughter's act of service to me was better than a clean house any old day. What a humbling moment that was for me.

I really do want to grow up to be like her ;)

I used the Gathering collection for this layout because the warmth and richness of it are perfect for expressing the feelings that I have each time I remember this special moment. It also doesn't hurt that it kinda matches my room.
I hope you take the time to capture moments like these in your own lives. Have a wonderful day and remember to use the inspiration around you.
I didn't recreate the floor mat exactly as I had seen it (although I do love those rainbow colors) but it was definitely the driving force for this layout.

Gathering Collection
Martha Stewart Punch
EK Success Label Punch

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Machine-Stitching Tutorial

Hello all! Brenda Smith here with you today. I've had a lot of people asking me lately for pointers on machine-stitching on paper. I remember myself being very intimidated to try it because it must be difficult, right? Well actually, no. It's very simple! I am NOT a sewer, but with a few handy tips from my mom (who is a sewer) and with a little trial and error, I feel confident in saying I've got the machine-stitching down now. In today's tutorial, I will go through some basic tips to help you get started and then will give you some ideas of how to use this tool on your paper-crafting projects. In order to avoid bombarding you with more information than you may want to know, I'm going to include even more project ideas and uses on my blog, so hop on over if you are wanting to learn more.

First, get to know the controls on your machine. Read your manual or google your specific model to learn more about it. You will want to know how to adjust the space between the stitches (on my Singer, I have a knob that adjusts from 1-4), how to change the type of stitch, and of course how to thread your machine and fill up the bobbin.

When first choosing what type of needle you'll use on your machine, you'll want a bigger size because paper (especially several layers) can be difficult to stitch through. The sizes range from 8 (the finest) to 19 (the most heavy duty). After having many needles break off while stitching, I have finally settled upon a denim-grade needle which is a size 16. I haven't had one of these break on me yet.

As far as the foot goes, I use a standard presser foot. It works perfectly for straight stitching and zig zags which are the stitches I primarily use.

The tension of my sewing machine always sits at auto, although you could stand to go just a little bit up if you were having troubles with the auto setting.

Once your machine is threaded and ready to go, get yourself a scrap piece of paper and test out your first stitches. Adjust the space between stitches so they aren't too close together. I usually use a 3 on my machine, but can get away with a 2. The reason you don't want them too close together is because the paper will tear if you don't give each hole ample space.

Some people have asked me the key to sewing straight lines. First, go slow. I am generally in a hurry in all things in my life, so I naturally wanted to push down full throttle on the pedal. But when I slowed down and took things at a steady pace, I was much more pleased with the results. Second, don't become caught up with watching the needle. The needle moves so much that it isn't a good indicator of where the stitches are going on your paper. Third, resist the urge to guide the paper too much. The machine does a good job of pulling the paper through on its own that there is no need to push the paper in the direction you want to go. Keep a light hold on it to make sure it doesn't go wild, but generally just let it guide itself.

When needing to stitch around a corner, stitch until you reach the point where you would like to turn the corner. In the last hole of the first line, leave the needle down in the paper and flip the foot up.

Manually turn your paper so the needle turns the corner and is facing in the direction you want it to go. Then flip the foot back down and continue sewing. This should allow you to stitch around corners seamlessly.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make while sewing on your paper-crafting projects is to use too much adhesive where you'll be stitching. The adhesive will gummy up the needle and cause the thread to pull out from the needle or become tangled. I try to plan ahead where I will be stitching and then avoid putting any adhesive in that area at all. If adhesive is necessary to hold the paper on before stitching, then I use the smallest amount possible.

Some people, when ending their stitching on their projects, will do a backstitch (which on my machine is done by flipping up a lever) to keep the thread from unraveling. I, personally, do not do this but it might be something you want to try if you are having problems with your thread coming undone.

I practiced on scrap paper a lot before I got up the courage to try on an actual project. And when I did move on to my projects, I made mistakes of course. But I try to remember that these flaws are what indicate that it is handmade. I try to view them as part of the design.

Now that we've covered some of the basics, let's move on to how you can incorporate sewing into your paper-crafting.

I often use machine-stitching in place of adhesive. I've been hard-pressed to find refills locally of the adhesive I've been using, so my sewing machine has really come in handy. I line up the papers how I want them to be and place them into the sewing machine, adjusting for straightness up until the point that I am ready to start stitching. Again, if it ends up being a little imperfect, I simply embrace it, but for the most part I am able to stitch things as straight as I desire them to be. You can see on this layout how I used stitching to adhere the yellow Blissful Foundations paper to the kraft cardstock.

You can using stitching to create fun, subtle designs on your projects like I did on this project I made for CHA. I did an argyle-like pattern when sewing through these circles on this fun paper from Celebrate.

I simply sewed on a diagonal line through the circles.

Stitching is also a great way to outline a design, like I did with the sun on this project.

I didn't worry too much about keeping the thread evenly spaced from the outer edge of the paper, but if you wanted, you could trace the lines you wish to stitch with a pencil in an effort to make them more even.

To keep you from being overwhelmed and this post from being too long, that's all I will share with you here. If you are still wanting to know more project ideas (including stitching through chipboard alphas and binding a mini album), please head on over to my blog. You might also find an awesome giveaway over there. Just sayin'.

Supplies Used:
Paper: Authentique Delightful, Gathering, Celebrate, and Blissful 
Machine: Singer
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