"Thrilling" Artful Binders with Art Anthology & Basically Bare

Authentique Paper is teaming up with Art Anthology&  Basically Bare this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper, Art Anthology, & Basically Bare products!

After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to hop on over to the Art Anthology blogand then on to the Basically Bare blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Teams have in store for you today!

Heather Conklin
Good Morning, Heather here with a fun decorative Artful Binder from Basically Bare.
For this project, I really wanted the papers to seamlessly go with the binder, so started my project by spraying the binder's cover with Art Anthology Colorations Color Spray in Focus.  
While this dried, I started working on my pages. The day before, I had covered pieces of Frenzy and Forewarn papers from the Thrilling Collection using The Crafter's Workshop stencils in Ledger TCW267 and Wood grain TCW236. For the woodgrain, I used the Black Leather Jacket, and for the ledger stencil, Outrageous Orange. They were really easy to use, place the stencil on the paper, then wipe the thick paint over the top. To make the paint thicker, just use a piece of paper to scrape it all into the stencils' negative space, or dab thicker.

I then cut the pieces of dried paper down to the size that I wanted (just smaller than the binder cover), and used my Xyron 9" Creative Station to make the paper have adhesive all over the back. This way, it wouldn't come off of the binder.
Once my cover pages were adhered, I added the edge to the binder. To make this really work, I adhered the back, then used the back of a pen to push the paper into the folded parts of the binder.
It's hard to see, but there is a dip where the fold of the binder goes. This way, when the binder opens and closes, it won't take off the paper with it.
I then used my Silhouette to cut an intricate frame out, used my Xyron 9" Creative Station to adhere it, flipping the center of the frame to show off the swiss dot pattern on the reverse of the Foundations paper.
Once this was all complete, I painted the outside of the frame using the Dimensional Crystal glaze by Art Anthology in Blizzard. This really gave the frame a weathered look. I added all of my embellishments, then added a thin line of dots using the Dimensional Glaze on the inside of the frame.
I really liked how the Dimensional Crystal Glaze mimics the ZVA pearl flourish that I also used.
 The Petaloo flowers also gave the binder some dimension.
I left space on the cover for a title for when I figure out what to do with the binder.
Isn't that ledger detail so fun?
The back:
The front:

Supplies Used: 
Authentique Paper: Frenzy, Forewarn, Foundations 
Basically Bare: Artful Binder
Art Anthology:  Colorations Color Spray in Focus, Sorbet Dimensional Paint in Black Leather Jacket & Outrageous Orange, Dimensional Crystal in Blizzard
The Crafter's Workshop: stencils Ledger TCW267, Wood grain TCW236

Other Supplies: ZVA Flourish, Petaloo Flowers, (Darjeeling Mini Pearl Daisies in Nightfall, Chantilly-Mixed Blooms in Sienna, MixedTextured MiniBlossoms in Black), Silhouette Cameo, Xyron 9" Creative Station

John Petersen
More "Thrilling" fun, this time creating an album using one of Basically Bare's binders.  I chose the "Moonlit" paper as a background because I thought that the Basically Bare Just Chippy Happy Little Houses and Happy Little Trees sets would make simple, silhouetted background for the trick-or-treater featured on the "Moonlit" paper.  Below are the instructions for creating this album.
Start by laying down the Basically Bare chipboard houses and one of the tree bases onto the bottom printed border of the "Moonlit" paper.  Fussy cut above the printed border so that the chipboard pieces can be tucked under the pattern to give a more finished look.
Cover the chipboard pieces with some of the "Thrilling" papers.  For my pieces I used the "Antidote" plaid (left), the amazing skull pattern from the "Superstition" paper (middle) and the printed script from the "Frenzy" paper (right).  I personally found it easier to adhere my chipboard onto the papers and then use the edge of the pieces to cut them with an x-acto knife.
Spray a sheet of "Moonlit" and "Antidote" papers with Art Anthology's Honey Bee Colorations Spray to add some orange to the cover of the book.  Once the papers have dried, adhere the "Moonlit" paper to the front and "Antidote" on the back cover.  "Frenzy" was trimmed to size and then adhered to the spine of the book.

After adhering my houses and tree bases (after tucking them under the "Moonlit" paper I began adding embellishments from the "Details" 12˝x12˝ sticker sheet.  Before placing them onto the cover I edged them with Memento Tuxedo Black (using an InkBlusher) to give the embellishments a finished look.  To complete the book I added some May Arts ribbon under the Magic In The Night detail sticker and to the spine of the book.

Supplies Used
Authentique Paper: "Thrilling" paper collection
Basically Bare: 9˝x6˝ Artful Binder, Happy Little Trees and Happy Little Houses Just Chippy sets,
Art Anthology: Honey Bee Colorations Spray
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Memento dye ink in Tuxedo Black, InkBlushers
May Arts: ribbons
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!) Also, make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Art Anthology & Basically Bare for prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Also, make sure you stop by the Art Anthology & Basically Bare Facebook Pages and tell them Authentique Paper sent you! 

If you are on Pinterest, check out the special Pinterest board that we have created for this hop! Re-pin some of your favorite projects for an extra chance to win! 

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  1. awesome, awesome projects...luvin the houses and tree...cuuuute!

    enjoy *~*

  2. the album covers are great. such fun to re-purpose a plain item into a work of art.

  3. I pinned several of the projects from this week on my "card making" and "none-cardmaking" boards.

  4. Oh, these projects are awesome! I just love those cute little houses.

  5. Gorgeous projects. I really love how the frame was cut. Stunning work!

  6. Love how Heather and John mixed all the colors and patterns to make such beautiful projects.

  7. I truly appreciate all the wonderful ideas and tutorials you share! I love your paper :) Thanks for the chance to win too!!

  8. Love the binders! You both did fantastic work.


  9. Heather and John ... AMAZING creativity! WOW!!!

  10. More great projects . Thanks for sharing and a chNce to win .

  11. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I especially love paper that is easy to fussy cut with. Not all paper is good for fussy cutting.. but yours is. I LOVE that. Thank you!!! Beautiful projects. I'm inspired.

  12. Both of these albums are fantastic! Thanks for all of the inspiration this week.

  13. These projects are both so fun and inspirational! I have been looking forward to seeing what the DT comes up with every day, say it's not over!!

  14. Great projects. I love heathers stencilling over the authentique papers and John's cute houses.

  15. These projects are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  16. oh wow!!!!! Can it get any more awesome??? WOW!

  17. OMG!
    Totally in love!

  18. Great projects today team. Nice showcasing of the products.

  19. what great projects ya'll did. cant wait to try them and make my own and those would be great to have for all seasons. thanks for sharing.

  20. Love the beautiful papers for these projects. The binder is such a great idea for my grand son.

  21. I really like the rustic look of the album. Nice

  22. Fun projects!!! Love all the patterns and textures!!
    <3 J

  23. Amazing!! Love each of these. Perfect papers!

  24. Terrific projects ! I love the stenciling Heather added!


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