Friday, September 28, 2012

Earth Friendly Friday- Recycled Thrift Store Find

I LOVE visiting the local thrift stores!
I feel like it's a treasure hunt, don't always find something amazing...
but when I do!  Happy days!
I always check out the frames and look for the unusual or unique.
my favorite are these types

They are some type of plastic with a cardboard/chipboard type picture.
PERFECT for updating and having fun with.

For my project today I took off the picture ( it is held in by tiny screws)
I then spray painted the frame an Ivory color
then I began decorating the chipboard oval.
Since it's Autumn, and the season to focus on reasons to be thankful 
I thought a little reminder in my kitchen would be nice.
I first layered the background with Believe from the Festive Collection 
 added some of the awesome swoon worthy  orange herringbone pattern from Enchanted
and letter stickers from Carefree to spell out my sentiment
a little bit of mixing and matching of AP products :)
I love that they all work together so well!
Flowers are from Petaloo
Thanks so much for stopping by the Authentique Blog today, 
and maybe I'll see you at the thrift store!
We've got to get busy on those holiday gifts don't we!!?!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Authentique Road Trip - Part 2

If you missed Tuesday's blog post {Part 1 of our road trip - Authentique style}, be sure to jump back and take a look! 

The goal of our tour across Utah, Nevada and Northern California was to visit retail partners who support the Authentique brand by purchasing our products every month, as our new collections are released. To continue the recap of our two week adventure, let's get started!

We made the windy drive up Hwy 17 from Santa Cruz to San Jose to visit "the island" - Scrapbook Island to be official. We not only love Laurie from years of working together, but she has owned and operated this gorgeous store for over 10 years! She has created a home-away-from-home for many of her loyal customers, and she truly is a charming woman! 

Sam, Laurie (owner, Scrapbook Island) & Bret

During our store visit we were able to meet and greet with about a dozen ladies spending the afternoon cropping in the classroom. Below are a couple of die-hards we were able to meet!

Layouts from the talented ladies on "the island"

**Scrapbook Island is also the "home store" of Janeen Shember (Suburbngypsy)...if you don't know Janeen, look her up! She is one of the most funky, creative & talented gals we've ever met! Sadly, Janeen had to work her "day job" and wasn't able to swing by to say hello. We missed you Janeen!

Next up is a very well organized and super-cute store who has supported Authentique Paper from the beginning! We were thrilled to visit the beautiful city of Cupertino and meet Vivian and Gwen from Memories Live On. 

Memories Live On, Cupertino, CA

Sam, Vivian (owner, Memories Live On) and Gwen (a rockstar employee)

One of two...or three "Authentique" sections in the store

After Cupertino, we made the trek toward the bay area to visit one of the most talked about scrapbook stores in the country...Scrapbook Territory. This store has one of the coolest exteriors we have ever seen. Step inside, and it just keeps getting better! 

Berkeley, CA 

The front door of Scrapbook Territory

Diane, owner of Scrapbook Territory was kind enough to step away from a meeting to walk us around her store and give us a run-down of how she has been successful in this business for 10 years! She is a genuine lady and made us feel welcome in her store. We were also able to chat with a couple of employees in the store...let me tell you, Diane has done a great job training her staff, these ladies were so knowledgeable and friendly! 

Sam, Diane (owner of Scrapbook Territory) & Bret ***After standing next to Diane & Bret, (he's 6'4"!!)... I felt like I was the total "shorty" of the group (and I'm 5'8" tall)!

Our next stop was to It's Scrapbook Time...sadly, we missed Michelle (one of the owners), but we were able to meet her superb hubby, Kyle...come to find out, Kyle is quite the scrapbooker himself, making many of the page kits they sell in their store! 

Bret & Kyle (co-owner) It's Scrapbook Time, Antioch, CA 

Our last stop was certainly not the "least"...Richard's Crafts is an AMAZING craft store in Northern California. They have two locations, one in Alamo, CA and the other in Livermore, CA. This store offers the selection of a big-box craft store, but the personalized service of an independent retailer. They are a privately held company and they absolutely take pride in being friendly and helpful to all of their loyal customers! We were able to take a deep breath and visit with Linette and her excellent helper, daughter Davette. These ladies have created a dynamite scrapbooking section and we are proud to be represented by Richard's Crafts!

Bret, Davette and Linette, Richard's Crafts in Alamo,CA. 

Well, this pretty much wraps up our adventure, it was so much fun! We created memories to last a lifetime and strengthened relationships with some wonderful people. We learned many valuable lessons that will be translated into our future product offering. Sometimes in life it's hard to take the time needed to make a long trek, away from home, but each moment was fulfilling and worth more than we'll ever know.

As our company mission states, we are committed to promoting the belief that being genuine is the only way to live. We genuinely love our retail partners and consumers. We strive to create products (made exclusively in the USA) which enhance the authentic side in each of us, and we are proud to produce products with this in mind!

If you live near one of the stores we visited, next time you are there, please be sure to check out the latest and greatest from Authentique Paper. Tell them we sent you and that you read about them on our blog! 

Wishing you all the very best,

Sam & Bret
Authentique Paper

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guest Designer- Tina Walker

We are thrilled to feature Tina Walker today as a Guest Designer! Some of you might know her, yeah? She's very talented and we have fallen in love with her style! 
Tina got the chance to play with our "Curiosity" collection. We will let her tell you why she chose this collection! Take it away Tina! 

I first saw the Curiosity collection at Summer CHA and it was an immediate favorite.  I was initially drawn in by the fresh and unique color palette (love the bluish-grays and muted yellows), but then fell in love with the youthful yet timeless design.  Even though Curiosity has a childhood school-age  theme, the patterns and designs are subtle enough to be used in a variety of projects.   It is perfect for heritage and vintage projects, yet fresh and new for layouts featuring your own children. Curiosity is definitely a collection that will remain a favorite of mine for years to come.

Are you ready to see some of Tina's projects with Curiosity? Prepare to be amazed!

Be sure to stop by Tina'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!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Road trip - Authentique style!

After almost a year and a half of building and growing Authentique Paper, Bret and I (Samantha) decided to hit the road and tour some of our retail accounts. We wanted to see first-hand how our vision was being translated in the "real" world. It was a humbling and unique experience to see our product as well as visiting our retail partners in their store (and not just at a trade show), without the filter of the telephone or social media to hide behind. 

Mid-way between Utah & Nevada...the Salt Flats

Over the next couple of blog posts, we will attempt to capture a few of the highlights of our two week, yes....two week road trip across Utah, Nevada and Northern California. We were able to visit almost a dozen stores...and to be completely honest, we managed to squeeze in a little play-time too!

Without further {somewhat} chronological order, here's a re-cap of our road trip...Authentique style!

Scrapbook Paradise, Reno, NV.

We had the opportunity to meet Laura (owner), her mother and one of her great employees...Scrapbook Paradise has been around for years and they have figured out a secret to's no wonder they are a successful store in Nevada.

As we drove through Reno and made our way over the Donner Pass in Truckee/Tahoe, CA, we were tempted by the majestic mountain scenery to stop and play a round of golf. The temperature was just-right and this little pit-stop was a great way to start our trip! 

Bret & Sam in Tahoe, CA.

Donner Lake, Truckee, CA

Green Tangerines, Rockin, CA.

Kelly, owner of Green Tangerines has created an environment unlike anything we've ever seen in our collective 20+ years in the paper-craft industry. This store is clean, modern and absolutely gorgeous.

Memories for the Making is an adorable store where local ladies go to gather with their friends to scrapbook. Teran, the owner, is so sweet and friendly, she even popped in on her day off to visit with Bret and me, and we were thrilled to the our handmade Authentique display front and center in her store!

Teran (owner), Bret, Sam and Amy 

Here are a few projects we spotted during our visit at Memories for the Making featuring Authentique Paper:

As we continued to make our way out west, we stopped in Monterey, CA for the weekend. If you have never been to this part of the world, it is breath taking! 

Monterey Bay on a Saturday morning before the fog cleared.

We spent the next couple of days with good friends and business this point in the trip we met up with Ginger Essick, owner of Paperoni, a company which is best known for making cards for the troops overseas. The gals who work with Ginger make cards for all occasions and send them to American soldiers so they can send home a card to their family members for a birthday or other special occasion. Ginger's efforts are all done out of the kindness of her heart, and she donates both her time and money for this cause.

Ginger also spoiled us by treating us to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play golf at her exclusive country club. Below are a couple of photos from our perfect afternoon on the links at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club...

View of the ocean from the Monterey Peninsula Country Club

 Ginger Essick (Paperoni) and Sam

Ginger and Bret

We capped off the first half of our trip by meeting up with one of the most friendly, warm and magical ladies in the industry...Vickie has years of experience in retail management and purchasing, she is a great woman and we were thrilled she was able to make time to let us interrupt her busy day!

Bret, Vickie from Beverly's Fabrics and Sam

Terry & Sam at Beverly's in CA

Terry is a true gem. She is so friendly, a very talented crafter, and a super smart lady! We enjoyed our tour of the Beverly's corporate offices and were able to gain a little bit of an insiders perspective of how they run this great company!

We have tons of other photos to share from our road trip and hope you'll check back on Thursday to see the rest of our adventure! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pinspired Monday - Quatrefoil

Hello Authentique friends!  JJ here today, with my take on "Pin-spired Monday".   Lately, I've been very drawn to quatrefoil patterns, so I took my inspiration from this 'Pin':

I incorporated the quatrefoil design into my layout by die-cutting simple black cardstock and using the pieces like trim or lace on my page:

It almost looks like iron-work when used for a Hallowe'en theme, but in another colour it could be light and airy.  I like the added texture it gives, while still allowing the beautiful paper beneath to show through.

Details and Elements stickers and letters finish off the page, including this journaling spot.  I love it when journaling can also be an embellishment!  Tracing around the stickers gives them a little extra definition against a busy background like this one.

Products Used:

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

Guiseppa, how adorable is that little neighbor gal??!! And your page creation matches her outfit perfectly. And I adore those magnetic clips, Angie! Those mummies just make me smile!
Please send an email to with "Petaloo Blog Hop WINNER" in the subject along with your mailing address and we will get a prize right out to you!
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