Friday, August 31, 2012

Earth Friendly Friday - save those coffee sleeves

Hello Authentique Fans!  JJ here, to share my first Earth Friendly Friday project with you.   Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a Starbucks addiction.  I generally bring my own travel mug with me, but when I forget, I make sure to save the coffee sleeves. 

They have a great texture - I really like the small-scale corrugation for using on scrapbook layouts.  It's a very boy-friendly colour too, and turns out it goes perfectly with the Curiosity collection:

The coffee sleeve adds some depth, so I added foam-dots to some of the sticker Elements to make them stand out more.  Adding height to the Elements I wanted to emphasize, makes the cardboard visually recede a bit (you don't want it to be the first thing you see).

The thick Authentique papers really stand up to distressing, so I like to take advantage of that.

Having a variety of sizes in the sticker elements makes it easy to create embellishment clusters.   I slipped in a little more of the coffee sleeve here, too.

Products Used:
Curiosity "Studious", "Determined", "Learning", "Academic", Details stickers, Elements stickers

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Toil & Trouble at eclectic Paperie!

Today we are thrilled to feature one of our online retailers, eclectic Paperie. Owner Kim Schofield was so kind to put together a little introduction for us to feature as well as a great "Toil & Trouble" eKit featuring our new Halloween collection, "Enchanted."

eclectic Paperie is an online boutique for all those who love paper crafts. We have an eclectic assortment of products, supplies, tools, and materials to assist you in your quest for creative expression. We regularly update our product inventory and website in order to reflect the paper crafting trends and projects that are making the WOW statements. So, sit back, visit our store, and enjoy browsing. We know you will find something to "feed your creativity."

eKits are the perfect project for all craft enthusiasts and are perfect for theme, event, or holiday photos. They're even a great gift for fellow crafters!

Each kit contains all that you need to create your very own mini album. No need to spend time figuring out page layouts or searching for coordinating supplies; everything has been done for you! You only need to assemble!!

Each month a new kit will be introduced that will include beautiful designer paper and/or cardstock, embellishments, an album, color photos and full assembly instructions.

Toil & Trouble Kit Details
With thoughts of a perfectly enchanting event, this Halloween-themed mini album kit is spook-tacular for capturing photos and memories of all those ghoulish fiends and ghosts from Halloween night!

The August mini album kit includes:
1-Authentique Collection Kit, complete with 12, 12x12 double-sided papers, 12x12 details stickers, and 12x6 elements stickers.
 1- Graphic 45 Black Policy Envelope album. Each album has six, 4" x 9" envelopes that are spiral bound with a string-tie closure.
1 - Package of KasierCraft rhinestones
1 - Package of Graphic 45 metal brads
2 - Stickles (Orange Peel & Black Diamond)

Full color photos and step-by-step instructions included. Instructions include directions for entire album and all six inserts.

For more details, make sure you stop by the Eclectic Paperie online store! Also, stop by their facebook page and tell them we sent you by to say hello! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pin-spired Monday: Crayon Art/Library Pocket Mini Album

Today we are starting a new segment here on the blog! You all have shown that you love our "Earth Friendly Friday" segment, so we wanted to try something fun for our Monday posts as well! I give you... "Pin-spired Monday!" All Monday posts here on the Authentique Paper blog from now on will be inspired by projects found on Pinterest! Our design team loves Pinterest, and we cannot wait to bring you great projects with tutorials to make your own pin-spired project every Monday!

For my post today, I have been eyeing a couple of techniques to try on Pinterest. So I thought I would combine them into one really fun project!

Here are a couple of the pins that I had saved for my "pin-spiration." 
Original Pins on Pinterest:
Melted Crayon Art

A few months ago, my mother-in-law (who is a librarian) gave me a huge box of library pockets. I wasn't sure what I would do with them,b ut I said sure, I can stash them and probably come up with a project later! 
A few weeks ago I remembered that I had those library pockets in my craft closet, so I searched "library pocket" on pineterst. Lots of neat ideas popped up, but the album (shown above) really popped out to me. I love to make mini albums, they are one of my favorite things to do when it comes to crafting... but I'm always looking for a new type of mini album to make. 

So I tried the library pocket album and it worked out! I wanted to do a little more to my album to make it unique. I had seen the crayon melting art all over pinterest and wanted to give it a try. I figured that adding it onto the cover would be something different and it would really show off the colors in the papers from the "Curiosity" collection. 

Here are a few simple steps  to make your own!
- You will need about 5 library pockets. Ink the edges to match your paper.
- Cut 2 pieces of cardboard for your front and back cover. I used a piece of a box.
- Measure the height of your library pockets and cut a 6 inch wide strip of paper. Score the piece every half inch.

-Glue your library pockets to each notch on the scored piece of paper. It should look like the first photo when you are finished.
-Glue the front and back cardboard covers to the scored piece of paper. 
-You should now have a book base as shown in the last photo.

- Measure your covers and cut papers to fit. Also cut a 3 inch wide cover for the spine. You will need to score this strip so it will fit over the spine.
-Attach the patterned papers to the front and back, then attach the strip to the spine.
-You should now have a covered album.

-Now it's time to make the crayon art.
-Find crayons that you want to use on your cover. I used crayons that coordinated with my papers.
-Unwrap and glue crayons to your cover. If you use hot glue, make sure you use a low heat setting, if not, the crayons will begin to melt.
-Take a heat gun or hair dryer and blow heat on your crayons. It does not take much heat before the crayons start to melt.
-You can move your album around to get the wax flowing in the direction of your choice.
-Once you have the desired look with your crayon art, let it dry for a few minutes and then you can embellish your album.

I added some flowers, ribbons, and stickers from the Curiosity details sheet to dress my album up a little.

I also added some tags to the inside pockets.

I plan on adding photos later. Since my daughter just started pre-school last week, I haven't had a chance to develop photos yet, but this is going to be my very first "back to school" album for my daughter.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired! Make sure you stop by our Pinterest site and "follow" us! 

Products Used
Authentique- Curiosity: 6x6 Bundle, Details 12x12 Stickers
May Arts Ribbon- 377-38-15, CC03, 382-34-27
Petaloo-  Flower Layers Tulip Yellow
Imagine Crafts- Memento Teal Zeal
Epiphany Crafts- Round 14 Tool

Friday, August 24, 2012

Earth Friendly Friday: Find those old clothespins and get decorating!

Hey crafty friends...Guiseppa here!  I have really enjoyed finding different items to re purpose.  You can really reuse just about anything around the house...put your creative thinking cap on!  So, as I was digging around my house to see what kind of Earth friendly project I wanted to create, I ran into these clothespins.  I thought to about some cute refrigerator magnets.  I was sick of looking  at the ugly ones on the side of my refrigerator...ya know, the freebie ones you get in the mail advertising insurance...ugh.  Here's a look at what I did!

I covered one of the sides of the clothespin with patterned paper...the Lively Collection to be exact and decorated all of them making some cute rolled roses, Detail Stickers and twine.  Fun huh?

So, what are you waiting for...start digging in those cupboards and closets and let's see those Earth Friendly projects.  Share with us your creations on Authentique's Facebook Page.  Thanks for stopping by today! 

We also have a winner to announce from our "Peaceful" Giveaway earlier this week! 
First I just think it’s beautiful! But I really like how it’s not the typical winter line, its neutral and elegant I just love it!
Congrats! Please send an email to with your mailing info and "Peaceful Giveaway Winner" in the subject line! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Announcing "Peaceful"

After the long days of summer, winter months bring a calm and peace. To us, there is nothing better than cozying up by the fire after a long day playing in the snow. Our heavy-weight textured paper gives this collection a burlap fabric look and feel, highlighting the sophisticated and vintage-style designs we are best known for. The neutral color-tones deliver a soft, yet useable palette which set this collection apart from most winter-themes available. 

To see images of the Peaceful collection, please visit the products section of our website

Peaceful Projects
{Emily Lanham}

{Heather Conklin}

{Loes de Groot}

{Jess Kinderstampo}

We want to GIVE AWAY a "Peaceful" prize to one lucky fan! Just leave a comment telling us what you love about this collection and we will draw announce a winner later this week! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Carefree Mini album

I don't think I will ever tire of the beautiful Carefree Collection.
The colors are so on trend right now but are also very classic.
The "Details" cardstock stickers make projects come together so quickly and easily.
and I love adding little words from the "Elements" Stickers.

I had so much fun making this mini album.
The pages are chipboard and I die cut them using Sizzix dies and my cuttlebug.
I added some ribbon and canvas butterflies from Maya Road to finish off the album

Here's a look

and a closer look at some of the pages.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have enjoyed my little mini album!

Before we go today, we have a winner to announce from our blog hop last week with Basically Bare!

So much goodness first thing in the morning. What a great way to wake up every morning with my coffee & some eye candy on the Authenque blog. Really love, love, the owl mini album.

Please send an email to with "Basically Bare Blog Hop WINNER" in the subject along with your mailing address and we will get a prize right out to you!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

August Inspiration Color Challenge

Welcome to the Authentique Paper August Inspiration Color Challenge!

We have two challenges per month:
• Sketch Challenge - The Sketch Challenge will be posted on the first Saturday of each month. There will be two sketches posted {one card sketch and one layout sketch} for you to use as inspiration.
• Inspiration Color Challenge - The Inspiration Color Challenge will be posted on the third Saturday of each month. There will be a color storyboard posted for you to use as inspiration.

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

{Color Storyboard}


- You will have until Wednesday, September 12th at midnight {PST} to enter.

- You will need to create a separate entry for each submission. {You can submit as many projects as you want!}

- Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of this post to link directly to your entry.

- You must provide a link somewhere in your entry back here to the Authentique Paper blog.

- Anyone can play along, but you must use products from Authentique Paper on your project if you would like to be able to win. {You can add in whatever other products you'd long as you are using at least 50% Authentique Paper product on your project.}

- You must provide a supply list of Authentique Paper products used on your entry.

{Inspiration Projects from the Design Team}

{Emily Lanham}

{Shellye McDaniel}

{Heather Conklin}

{Angie Blom}

{Natalie Dever}

{Guiseppa Gubler}

{Janeen Shember}

{July Inspiration Color Challenge Winner}

#10 Erica Bass


Please send an e-mail with the subject " July Inspiration Color Challenge Winner" and include your mailing address to to claim your Authentique Paper prize pack!
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