Friday, June 28, 2013

Precious Memories Layout

Hello once again!  Kay here with a layout I've made with the latest collection by Authentique 'Irresistible'!

When I see white/ivory with black color combinations I automatically think 'wedding'.  So here's a layout with three photos from my own wedding back in 2007.

I was lucky enough to have a photo for each step of the ceremony--when my husband put the ring on me, when I put the ring on him & the circle photo at the top was taken at the end of the ceremony.  So this layout pretty much showcases a walkthrough of the ceremony.

I decided to add a splash of another color to offset the ivory/black/gray tones of the Irresistible collection--so I went with bright reds.

At the bottom of this post I've created a brief tutorial to show how I went about adding the embroidery floss strings to the background of my page.  These sort of embellishments to the background of projects can be made with either thread, floss or twine--it all depends on what works best for your project.

I designed my page based on a sketch from Page Drafts.

 I'm such a fan of mini glass vials.  For this one I decided to fill it with little red heart confetti that I've had in my stash since the beginning of time!  They worked like a charm for the theme of this particular page.
The heart banner was die cut with the Gemstones card stock by Core'dinations.  This card stock has this amazing shimmery gleam to it!  In person, it's really eye catching & adds a nice touch to your projects.

Let's get started with the tutorial...
Step 1: With a stitching template & a pencil mark 10 holes along the edge of your page.  The stitching template can be anything from a ruler with piercing holes (i.e. Tim Holtz ruler), stitching template or even a circle template.  The template I used is transparent so it helps with the placement of my holes and it's meant to create circles.  However, it also has a stitching template along the border & this is what I used for my holes.  Some people can eyeball this part & don't need to mark the holes, they just pierce the holes right away--I just don't have that talent, if I freehand this part everything will come out lopsided, so I rely on templates!
Step 2: Pierce your holes
Step 3: String your embroidery floss & thread the needle through the first hole.  I secure the end of the floss with a piece of tape in order to keep it in place.
Step 4: Thread the floss straight across right through the hole on the opposite side of the page
Step 5: To create the next row of floss, from behind your paper, go straight down to the next hole & repeat Step 4
Step 6: Keep repeating steps 4 & 5 until your done threading all 10 of your holes.  When you're done it should look like the photo.  You'll find that as you string you may run out of floss, when this happens secure the end of the floss to the back of your paper with a piece of tape, rethread your needle & start the same process again.  Everything you begin or end your floss, secure it with a piece of tape in order to keep it in place.  NOTE: Try to keep your paper as flat as possible & you string your floss.  You'll notice that as you string, your paper will tend to curl.  Reposition it every time so that it remains flat.
Step 7: This is what the back of your paper should look like.  Here you can see  where I began threading my floss & at what point I ran out of floss & had to re-thread--which is why you see two pieces of tape holding two ends of floss in place.
Step 8:  When done you'll notice that no matter how hard you try to keep your paper flat--it'll still tend to curl up.  This is where your leftover scraps come into play.  Find a piece of leftover card stock or paper--heavyweight works best so a leftover piece of Authentique paper will do just right!  Adhere this scrap to the back.  Ensure this scrap is placed right behind your threading--this extra heavy card stock will 'anchor' your page so that it doesn't curl.
Step 9:  Finally, take a small strand of the same embroidery floss & tie all the strands together with a simple knot as shown here.  You're done!  Next step is to embellish away & put your layout together.

Hope you all found this tutorial helpful...thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of your week!

Products Used:
Authentique Paper: Irresistible Engage #IRR004, Irresistible Allure #IRR003, Irresistible Formal #IRR002, Irresistible Components 6x12 Stickers, Irresistible Enhancements, 
Stitching Template: Bazzill 8" Circle
Die: LaLa Land Crafts
Card Stock: Core'dinations
Embroidery Floss, Mini Glass Vial, Organza Ribbon Flowers

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Sweet Art Glitter Treat!

Authentique Paper and Art Glitter are teaming up this month to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Art Glitter products!

After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Art Glitter blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have been working on this month!

Hello!  Shellye bringing you a cool, sweet treat and just in time for Summer.
When I first laid eyes on the Sweetness Collection I knew that I wanted to create an ice cream cone shaped mini album;  I found the perfect shape on the Cricut "A Child's Year" Cartridge.  To begin I cut a brown cardstock at the 11" setting and then cut the inner (patterned) papers to 10".  A good thing to remember (if you're using a Cricut for this) is to 'flip' the second image so that it mirrors the front page exactly.  Here's a look at the mini all put together:

I was so excited to work with Art Glitter's beautiful products for the first time; I think it really added to the charm of this whimsical album.

As you can see, on the cover I added one of the transparent glitters from the "Butterfly Collection" to the frame and then Pink Pony Glass Beads to the ice cream soda :)  A little darker glitter decorated the cherry on top!

On this page I cut the sentiment from the Enhancement paper and added some older Authentique sentiment stickers.  The heart is a wood veneer that I simply covered in glitter.

 The Components punch-out pieces come in so I added the 'sweetness' punch-out with a dish of ice cream that I hand-cut from one of the Enhancement cards.  Using the metal tip and Designer Adhesive from Art Glitter made adding glitter to the different pieces easy.

Yep, you can glitter over foam stickers!  After I applied the Designer Adhesive to the letters, I used my finger to smooth out the glue evenly and then sprinkled on the glitter.

 More of the Components Die-Cuts and cute embellishments completed the final pages of the album.  The Designer Adhesive dries very quickly so there's no need to wait long before adding to your page and moving on to the next.

I hope that you enjoyed this project of Sweetness mixed with Art was surely fun to put together!  
Authentique Products: Sweetness Collection- Decadent Paper, Novelty Paper; Premium Paper; Enhancements Paper; Components Die-Cut Sheet; 6x6 Bundle

Art Glitter Products: Designer Adhesive; Large Pink Pony Glass Beads; "Butterfly" Transparent Pee Wee Kit
Be sure to check back every Wednesday this month for more Authentique/Art Glitterproject inspiration! We have an Authentique/Art Glitter Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters this month(please leave unique comments!) 

This fabulous prize contains all of that beautiful glitter along with the 3 of the newest 6x6 Bundles from Authentique Paper (Pride, Irresistible, Be(you)tiful)

Can't wait to get your hands on some Art Glitter products? Visit their site HERE and use coupon code #JN15 for 10% off of your entire purchase! 

Also, make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Art Glitter all month long for more prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Don't forget to stop by the Art Glitter Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!

Show your "Pride" by adding this button as your profile photo on Facebook or by sharing on Instagram and tagging us (@authentiquepaper) or you can do both! If we spot you showing your Pride, you might be one of the lucky winners announced in our Winner Round-up at the end of the month! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Guest Designer: Amanda Phillips

Today we are sharing the fabulous work of Amanda Phillips! We are thrilled to have Amanda with us today as a Guest Designer. If you don't know her work, you should! She is a wonderful teacher and does amazing things with mixed media! We think you are going to love the project that she has created with our "Irresistible" Collection! 
Hi! I am Amanda Phillips. What an amazing honor it is to be a guest designer for Authentique this week!
When given the Irresistible Collection to work with literally my mind ogled with ideas abrupt !
 But hence I had to choose.  These are two 5x5 canvases covered with the "passion" sheet.
I then used various dies , once again I took the scissors to the  die cuts so as to manipulate them to my area.
The components sheet was used for the wording and some lovely matching seam binding...

These could be used as a thank you gift for your brides maids as for me, I used them as accents to the menagerie of items hung in my foyer.

Be sure to stop by Amanda's personal blog and say hello, and please let her know we sent you! 

Also, check out our "We Spy..." board on Pinterest; and don't forget to share your projects with us on Facebook!  If we spy fabulous projects using Authentique products, we might just feature you in a future blog post!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dutch Pride Mini Album

Hi there, Loes here to show you how to make a mini album with the "Pride" collection! As you know, "Pride" is centered around American patriotism, but I live in the Netherlands and we have the same patriotic colors, so this collection can be very versatile! I loved making this mini album, if you don't understand the title, it's the name of a small town here in the Netherlands.

This mini album is made with envelopes as the base of the pages, so you will need to gather up some envelopes from around the house. 

To start, cut three pieces of cardstock, 2 3/4 inch, 2 1/4 inch, 1 3/4 inch x the height of your envelops.
Make score lines on the largest piece at 3/4, 1 1/4, 3/4 inch
On the middle piece at 3/4, 3/4, 3/4 inch 
and on the smallest piece at 3/4 inch, 1/4 inch, 3/4 inch

 In the middle, put double sided tape and glue them together in the middle of each piece.

 Now you have six little pieces paper. This is your binding.

 I used six envelopes and closed four of them.
The two open ones, I made tags to stick out the ends. When you have a lot of pictures it is a great idea to leave all of your envelops open to fit more in the album.

 After that, cut the other side of the envelopes open, mine are 11 x 5 inch.
Use double sided tape and put the envelops on the cardstock pieces that you made before.

Take two pieces chipboard - 11.5 x 5.5 inch
Cut two pieces of patterned paper12 x 7.5 inch and glue them around the chipboard.
Cut one piece chipboard 5.5 x 1 1/4 inch.

Cut a piece fabric of 5 x 7.5 inch and put glue on the smallest piece chipboard and put it in the middle of the fabric.

Cut another piece fabric 5 x 5 1/4 inch and use glue to put it on the middle again. Cut two papers of 11 x 5.5 inch and put them on the inside of the mini album.

Your album should look similar to this.

Take the inside (with the envelops) and use strong tape or glue to glue this to the inside base of your album. I love to work with Tacky glue or Scor-tape.

For inside of this mini, I used Dutch photos that I took in a small town called Zaanse Schans.

Here is the open envelope with a big tag in it.

 The small windows are chipboard pieces from Maya Road.

 The doily is made by my mother in law.

 The little frame is the from an outline of a sticker.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you are able to show your "Pride" as well, even if you aren't in the USA!
Authentque: Pride collection 12 x 12 papers, element stickers,detail stickers
Petaloo: lace
May arts: ribbon
Maya road: doorways

Don't forget about our "Pride" contest going on right now!
Show your "Pride" by adding this button as your profile photo on Facebook or by sharing on Instagram and tagging us (@authentiquepaper) or you can do both! If we spot you showing your Pride, you might be one of the lucky winners announced in our Winner Round-up at the end of the month! 
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