Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Good Life Mini Album - Authentique Meadow Collection

Good morning, Crafters! I have used the adorable Authentique Paper Meadow Collection for my mini album project this month. This collection has the sweetest images and softest colors. If you love Heidi and Sound of Music, you will love this darling collection! 
I have created a "Gloria Style" mini again this month, only on a smaller scale! This little cutie is 4 1/2" tall and 3 1/2" wide with a 1 1/8" spine. I simply used my directions for my Authentique Down on the Farm Mini, and shrank them! 
This mini does not need a closure, as it stays closed on its own. I did not add much in the way of embellishments so it did not get too chubby!
I kept the front of the album plain. I wanted to add gobs of flowers, but, I also liked the Meadow Three paper, so I decided to just add some flat-backed pearls for decoration and not go overboard! 
I added a sticker banner and a die cut banner to the top of the cover. You can use this collection for so many different events and occasions

Like my other minis in this style, this one has three page sets. This is a mini that you can put together in an afternoon, and it makes a fun gift or brag book! It holds tons of wallet-sized photos!

My chipboard covers are 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" and the spine is 4 1/2" x 1 1/8". I cut the dark brown cardstock that I used to wrap the covers to 6 1/2" x 10 3/8". I made sure to have a 1/8" space between each cover and the spine piece, as always.

The hinges are made from the same brown cardstock, cut to 4 1/8" x 6". I scored at 1", 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2", 4", 4 1/2", and 5". Each hinge is 1/2" tall and each gutter is 1/2" wide. I used Meadow Five for the inside of the covers. I did not add pockets or anything to the inside covers of this mini.

My pages are 4 1/4" tall and 3 1/4" wide. I added fold outs by trimming paper to different widths and attaching the pieces to each main page with 1/2" tabs. You can organize your pages in anyway you wish.
A few of the pages have pockets and some are accordion fold outs. I secured all the folds outs with magnets. 
I used some of the Meadow Components Cardstock Die Cuts and some of the Meadow Details Cardstock Stickers for the project. I also used some of the cut-apart images from Meadow One and Meadow Eight.


To see all of my pages, view the video below.


Thanks for checking out the video! Did you notice my NEW background?! I purchased a roll of wallpaper (that feels more like contact paper) from Joann's. I just rolled out a section to cover my desk. Love it!
Thanks for joining me today! 

I am joining the Mini Album Makers June Challenge




Authentique Supplies Used:
Meadow 12x12 Paper Pad
Meadow Components Cardstock Die Cuts
Meadow Details Cardstock Stickers
Spectrum Series Limeade, Crocodile Smile


Additional Supplies: 
Chipboard: Grafix
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Brown
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp Gumdrops Love Earth
Flat-back pearls: Amazon
Magnets: Basic Grey
Circle punch: Stampin' Up 1"
Corner rounder: Kadomaru Pro
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, white glue

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Really Reasonable June Blog Hop


Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the June Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
The June Ribbon Club Assortment is called Purple and Pink Mix. And, oh boy, is it a beauty! When I first got this assortment, I was drawn to the flower print ribbon and the horizontal striped ribbon. But...as you can see from my project, I went off course in a totally different direction!
I had the Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe papers on my desk, just waiting for me to cut into them. I decided to see if I could match them to the June Ribbon Club! It happened, but the floral ribbon in the club assortment was just to much with all this floral paper. So, I switched gears!
I had created a fun easel card with the G45 CItyscapes paper a while ago, and thought I'd remake it with Floral Shoppe! I think it turned out very pretty. It's the perfect card for Mother's Day, a birthday, a wedding, and so forth. By changing the central sentiment, this card can work for so many occasions.
To make an easel card, first cut your cardstock to 12" long by 6" wide. Score from the top at 3" and 6". Cut another piece of cardstock at 6" x 6". 
Fold the 12" long piece of cardstock at the 6" fold line to create a 6" x 6" top-folding card/ Place double-sided adhesive below the second score line.
Fold on the 3" score line as shown above.
Attach the 6" x 6" panel to the area where you added the double-sided tape. This is the base of your easel card. You can now decorate as desired!
I love lots of prints and color, but even I must admit that this one may go a bit too far in that area! I still like it, especially for spring or for a fancy wedding.
I wrapped the front of the card with the Sherbet Checkerboard Satin ribbon. I then wrapped one length of the Regal Purple Diamond Satin ribbon above the sherbet ribbon and one length of the regal purple ribbon below the sherbet ribbon. 
I created two bows, one from each of the ribbon colors and attach them to the card. I added lots of flowers and some metal charms. 
The inside of the card is also a feast for the eyes!
I added a sticker sentiment to the top of the inside panel. I LOVE this paper. That yellow flower just POPS off the card! 
I added one of the ephemera cards to the inside bottom panel. To help keep the card open when in the easel position, I added some flowers and a metal dragonfly charm. I also used some of the stickers from the Floral Shoppe collection.
I like to cover all the surfaces of an easel card, so this is what the back looks like. That floral paper is just a poke in the eye...in a good way! {smile}
Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!

Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings (REMEMBER, LEAVE A COMMENT ON THE RRR BLOG FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!)

Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

I am entering my card into the Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge (#338-#339) challenge.





Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon June Ribbon Club (
Sherbet Checkerboard SatinRegal Purple Diamond Satin)
Printed paper and stickers: Graphic 45 12x12 Floral Shoppe Collection Pack
Ephemera cards: Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe
Cardstock: WorldWin Midnight
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Metal charms: Amazon
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape

Friday, June 08, 2018

Congrats, Graduate!

I am up on the Authentique Blog again today. And...check out my new Authentique Paper badge! I am an official design team member at last! {smile} I started as a guest designer way back in November, and they just let me stay on, making stuff! I am happy to be an official teamie now!  

Spring is graduation time for many schools here in the USA. My daughter just graduated from college the end of May! Graduation cards are not something I need to have on hand very often, so when I need one I am always caught making them at the last second! 

I also find it hard to keep masculine cards in my stash. It is hard to find themes for the guys. Some guys don't like sports or hunting and fishing so finding papers and such is sometimes difficult. I love vintage images, and Authentique collections are LOADED with fun images!

To help build the stash I have made two graduation cards for the guys! Both cards can be converted for another event or occasion by changing the sentiments or images. 
Both cards are 5" x 5" and decorated inside and out. There is plenty of room inside to add a gift card or cash envelope. (What graduate doesn't appreciate an influx of cash?!)

I have combined the PastimeDapperHeroic, and Accolade Collections for my cards. It is wonderful to see how all these collections can work so well together!  
For this card, I used the red, white, and blue colors from the Heroic Collection with the sepia tones of the Accolade Collection to create this perfect graduation card! Because Accolade is an all neutral color palette, you can add any colors you want! 
I added some of the paper scraps and a few stickers to the inside of the card. You can use stamps to personalize your message, or just hand-write something for your graduate. 
Finding manly embellishments is sometimes a challenge. I used a metal and epoxy light bulb, a metal pen nib, and a navy button. I also added some ivory twine. 

You can change the stamped sentiment and the image to make this card into a Father's Day or birthday card. 
For the second card, I combined the Pastime and Dapper Collections. I found the retro vibe of both collections went together very well. By changing the stamped sentiment on this card you can convert it from a graduation card to a Father's Day card or a birthday card. 
I added some paper and one of the Pastime cut-aparts to the inside, along with a stamped message.  
For the masculine embellishments, I used an epoxy compass and a few enamel dots. 

Thanks for joining me today! 


Authentique Supplies Used:
Pastime Collection: 6x6 Bundle Paper Pad
Dapper Collection: 6x6 Bundle Paper Pad
Heroic Collection: 6x6 Bundle Paper Pad
Accolade Collection: 12x12 Ten and Twelve Paper, Details Stickers

Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Midnight, Natural, Navy
Enamel dots: Simple Stories Say Cheese III black
Epoxy compass: unknown
Light bulb: Prima
Pen nib: Tim Holtz
Button: my stash
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Ivory Burlap String
Tab dies: My Favorite Things
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Just the Ticket, My Favorite Things Happy Graduation
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam tape, white glue

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Tribute

Good morning, everyone! Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. If you have followed me for a while, you know I have experienced much personal loss in the past eight years, making this day an important one for me. Many of those I lost also served in our nation's military, making today doubly emotional for me.

I created this card as part of a special blog hop the Authentique Paper team is having today.  

 To see all of the projects from the team, follow the list below:

Gloria Stengel - You are HERE
(I will ask my brothers who served in the US Navy to forgive me for making an Army card. Within the family we have former Army, Navy, and Marines. I usually lean toward the Navy, but this year, Army won the paper toss.)

This card is 6" x 5" and is all about the red, white, and blue! I used Authentique Heroic 6x6 papers, plus one of the images from the Heroic 12x12 Seven paper. This is an older collection, perhaps from last year. 

I added some stickers from the Authentique Glory Elements Cardstock Sticker sheet. I had a lot of these stickers left over from a class I taught a few years ago. This is a long retired collection, but it is one of my favorites so I pull out what I have left and use it from time to time!  
I had to add some red, white, and blue twine and a red bow. I also added some metal stars.
The inside of the card is decorated as a thank you card. I found some stamps that matched the military theme of the card.
I added some of the sticker border strips from the Glory Details Cardstock Sticker sheet to a paper strip to decorate the top panel. I also added a postage cancellation sticker.
I found a banner die in my stash that cuts out stars and confetti. I used that as a border for the inside of the card. I added more sticker words as well. 

My church has a thriving military and first responder ministry, so I thought I could make a card suitable to send to someone to thank them for their current service. 
Thanks for joining me today. I want to thank my family members for their military service:


Richard L. Getgen, US Army (deceased)
Bruce D. Getgen, US Marines, Retired
Donald F. Getgen, US Navy
Lawrence W. Getgen, US Navy
Richard E. Getgen, US Navy
Todd D. Getgen, US Army and US Army Reserves (deceased)
William E. Vanemon, US Army Reserves (deceased)
Jean Hammond, US Army (deceased)

I know that, within my family there are more uncles, cousins, and other family members who served. But these few are my close family, and near to my heart, especially those no longer with us. May they rest in peace.

On this day I also want to remember other loved ones who have passed on to glory. If I were still living in my home town, today would be a day for visiting the cemetery to tend the grave sites, place flowers and flags, and perhaps share some treasured memories. This is a tradition I have never carried on, living as I do so far from where my family rests. I choose to remember them in happier times, on happier days.  
For another patriotic card, see my post HERE from earlier in the month.



Authentique Supplies:
Heroic 6x6 Bundle Paper Pad
Heroic 12x12 Seven Paper
Glory Details Cardstock Stickers
Glory Elements Cardstock Stickers

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: dark brown, natural
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, Papertrey Ink Stars Banner
Stamps: My Favorite Things Sending Thanks, Papertrey Ink Thanks All Ways
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Metal stars: Tim Holtx Adornments
Twine and ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Airmail Baker's Twine, Red Delicate Stitched Satin, Crosshatch on Royal Blue Satin; craft supply ivory twine   
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape

Friday, May 18, 2018

Down on the Farm Mini Album with Authentique Paper

Good morning, Crafters! It is my turn on the Authentique Blog again. Today I have another mini album project to share. In case you haven't noticed...I LOVE to make mini albums! 
I have used the NEW Authentique Frontier Collection along with some of the Homestead Collection. I think these two collection pair together very well! 

I grew up in the country and my mom was a farmer's daughter, plus many of my extended family lived on farms. My dad's family owned fruit orchards and farms as well. I have not lived in farm country for over 30 years, but it's still in my soul and I miss it more and more as I age! I wanted to celebrate that with this sweet Down on the Farm mini album project.

This mini is 6 1/4" tall, 4 1/4" wide, with a 1 1/4" spine. I used a simple tie closure by adding a bit of canvas ticking to the album. I love the rustic feel of the denim cover with the canvas ticking and the burlap flower. So very country! 
The front focal point is a large, canvas flower. This flower measures 4" across! I used hot glue to add some tiny clothes pins and ephemera to the flower. (For the supply list, see the end of the post. I have some links there for you in case you need to shop!)
There are nine pages (18 sides) with lots of pockets, pull-outs, and flaps.
I have added some tags, tuck spots, and little booklets to the inside of this mini. You can see that the country feel is accented by the rustic papers. 
When I was making this right-hand page, I accidentally cut the paper too short. I had a little strip of the red, barnwood paper left over, so I placed it at the bottom of the page horizontally and added some tiny brads. It makes for a fun effect! (I kind of wish I had added another strip with brads to the top of the page, too!)
Since I had the tiny brads on the desk, I added a few to the cut-apart element on the pocket of this left-hand page.

If you want to see a walk-through of the whole album, check out the video below!


Thanks for looking!

As you probably noticed, the whole album is wrapped in denim fabric! I love how the denim looks with the red ticking canvas ribbon! (Alas, I have used up every last bit of that ticking canvas ribbon!)
I cannot love this denim fabric enough! I have another sheet left, plus some odds and ends. It may appear on a book again in the future!
I did NOT do a full tutorial for this mini, but I do have some tips and tricks for you. This mini is similar in style to other mini books on my blog. If you need some basic instructions, you can look around the blog or do a search on YouTube. 
To make this mini, you will need some chipboard, a sheet of denim canvas, cardstock, and your paper collections. I kept the embellishments to a minimum, preferring to use the paper cut-aparts and stickers.  
Because I used fabric to cover the mini, I needed to make sure it was constructed properly. To give your mini album stability, first wrap the chipboard with Kraft-Tex paper fabric or cardstock. I used black Kraft-Tex, which you can buy at most fabric and crafts stores. (I got a roll of it on Amazon for a good price. See the link in the supplies.) You need to really burnish the folds and joins well with your bone folder.

I then used a gel medium to attach the denim canvas to the book. Make sure to paint a layer of the gel medium onto the book surface AND onto the reverse side of the canvas. Wrap the canvas the same way as you wrap cardstock. 

Since the denim was a bit bulky, I had a little issue with my corners. I wish I had taken more time with them or added some metal corner covers. Alas, I did neither! So, my corners are not as nice as I would like. 

I used more gel medium to attach the decorative paper to the inside spine. You can see here I am using two large clothes pins to hold the paper until it dries.


I made an accordion tab hinge mechanism with three hinges. (There are lots of tutorials on my blog for how to do this.) 

For each of the page sets, I used black cardstock cut to 12" long by 8" wide. I scored down the center in each direction to make panels that are 6" x 4". I cut one section, as shown in the photo above.  
I folded the paper as shown. 


Each of the page sections has three pages. I added pockets, flaps, and so forth to each section. I folded my cardstock in a few different configurations, but each started out exactly the same.
Each of the page sections attaches to one of the hinges. You will have a total of 9 pages and 18 sides, plus the inside front and back covers. That is a lot of decorating fun! See the video above to get a peeky of all the inside pages!

Remember, each page panel is 6" x 4". You can add decorative paper or a photo to each page. 

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you like this country mini as much I as I do! 






Authentique Supplies Used:

Frontier 12x12 Paper Pad
Frontier Details Sticker Sheet
Frontier Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad
Homestead Authentic Life Cards
Homestead Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad
Spectrum Cardstock: Crocodile Smile


Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Midnight, Natural
Chipboard: Grafix
Canvas: Canvas Corp Red Ticking Canvas Fringe, Dark Denim 12x12 Fabric Sheet
Flower: Canvas Corp Red Burlap Flower
Brads: unknown
Mini clothespins: Canvas Corp Natural
Bottle cap: Bottle Cap Company Black Flattened
Tags: Graphic 45 Regular Black
Kraft-Tex: Amazon
Ink: Ranger Distress Brushed Corduroy
Magnets: Basic Grey
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Stax Jumbo, Graphic 45 Regular Tag and Gears
Punch: Stampin' Up 1 1/4" circle
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, white glue, hot glue, foam tape, Liquitex matte gel medium