Wednesday, July 18, 2018

PageMaps and Authentique Team-up!

Good morning, Crafters! The Authentique Paper Design Team joined up with PageMaps for July! It is my turn to share my map (sketch) and what I created.
This was the card sketch that I was given. (Since I am not much of a scrapbooker these days, I asked for a CardMap.) I was told I could make anything I wished, in any theme I wished, except I had to keep the design in the horizontal position. Easy peasy!
This is the first card I made, using the Authentique Party Collection. The card is 5" x 7" and is designed as a birthday card! I pretty much followed the sketch exactly for this card.

When I use a sketch, I decide how many prints to use based on how the sketch is drawn. I also decide on the elements I will use, for example, this sketch shows some banners and a scallop border, which I decided to use. However, I did not use the "apples" but instead used a large sentiment strip in place of where the sketch indicated that some large, round embellishments or die cuts could go (i.e., the apples).
I added some sentiments from the Party Components 6x12 Die Cut sheet.
I also like to decorate the inside of my cards. There is space on the inside to add a gift card and a hand written or stamped message.

Now, I loved working with the CardMap so much that...I made a second card!
This time I used the Authentique Frontier Collection. I love this vintage collection and thought it would be fun to use it again. I modified the sketch a little, but kept the same key elements as before.

This time, rather than using the "apples" I used the bow embellishment and also the large image. Rather than the scallop border, I used the denim sticker strip. I used a ticket for the sentiment, but I kept the three banners, only this time, mine are quite small and just peek out from under the main image.
I added a fun burlap bow and a wood button to tie into the country theme. The inside of this card is blank and ready for a sentiment.

There are so many ways to interpret a sketch! I am going to try this sketch again, only I plan to rotate it vertically!

Thanks for joining me today! Make sure you check out what all of our PageMaps sketch projects during the month of July!

Authentique Supplies Used:

Party 12x12 Papers (Two, Three, Four, Five)
Party Components 6x12 Die Cuts
Party Details 12x12 Cardstock Stickers
Frontier 12x12 Papers (One, Two, Four, Five, Six)
Frontier Details 12x12 Cardstock Stickers

Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Brown, Natural
Burlap ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Center Stitch Red
Twine: red twine source unknown
Button: source unknown
Mini brads: source unknown
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers
Border punch: Fiskars
Circle punches: Stampin' Up
Ink: Ranger Distress Black Soot
Adhesives: ATG tape, foam tape, hot glue

Friday, July 13, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July 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 July Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
The July Ribbon Club Assortment is called Blue and Yellow Mix. This is such a pretty combination! I was so drawn to the blue gingham, gingham! But...I ended up not using it!
I ended up using gingham paper, so...I thought the gingham ribbon would be overkill. I paired up some scraps of Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home with some scraps of Carta Bella, Bo Bunny, and Echo Park. I love to have all my papers play nice together, then add the fabby ribbon! 
I used the Capri Blue Taffeta ribbon with the Yellow and Blue Confetti Dot Grosgrain ribbon. I made two bows and then topped them with a milk bottle cap punch out. So sweet!  
I decided to decorate the inside of the card, too. 
I added some of the Yellow Poppy Print Satin ribbon across the top of the card. Then I made a "prize ribbon" from another milk bottle cap and some scraps of ribbon.
I carried the country theme to the other inside panel. I sure love gingham and poppies! 
My inspiration for this card came for this July CardMap sketch from Becky at PageMaps!

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!


Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon July Ribbon Club (
Capri Blue TaffetaYellow and Blue Confetti Dot GrosgrainYellow Poppy Print Satin)
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home (Garden Fresh, Country Life, Apple Pie), Carta Bella Country Kitchen (Farm Milk Caps), Bo Bunny Family Recipes (Delicious), Echo Park Happiness is Homemade (Spoonful of Sugar)
Tags: Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Tags and Pockets
Cardstock: WorldWin Natural, Bazzill Java
Punches: Stampin' Up 1 1/4" and 1"
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape

Wednesday, July 04, 2018


Happy Independence Day! A few of us over at the Authentique Design Team are celebrating by having another patriotic hop!

I love creating patriotic themed projects! For the hop I created an 8" x 8" scrapbook page/home decor piece.

The photo of the flag and Declaration is actually a sticker! I used that instead of one of my own photos, but the space will fit a photo that is 3 1/2" x 3 1/8" or a bit larger. I decided to create a collage piece to sit on my entry table for the summer. 
I combined two Authentique collections, Heroic and Glory. Both are older/retired collections, but you can find some of the pieces online (see the supply list below.) I pulled out my patriotic bin and just pulled things to use for this project. It was a great way to use up some scraps and bits and pieces leftover from other projects.

I pulled out my tiny rosette dies and my pinwheel dies! I have not used either of these dies in a while. It was fun to give them some love!
I used up some old stickers and some flowers. I also found a tiny calendar that has a 2012 date on it...I just covered the year up and let a bit of the calendar peek out. {tricksy}
I used some bingo card printables as well, that I purchased about 5 or 6 years ago! I also used my nested star dies, which I jazzed up with some white gel pen and some buttons.
And, what is 4th of July without a banner?! I used some banner dies to create a pennant banner for the top of my layout.
Thanks for hopping along today! Have a wonderful 4th!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down 
his life for his friends.  ~John 15:13

Authentique Supplies:
Glory 12x12 paper: Pride, Allegiance, United
Glory Details Stickers
Glory Elements Stickers
Heroic 6x6 Paper Pad

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Flag Blue, Medium Berry Red, Natural
Stickers: Pebbles Real Life
Bingo cards: Jenni Bowlin
Calendar: Pretty Little Studios
Enamel dots: Eyelet Outlet
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Buttons, mini brad: my stash
Dies: Taylored Expressions Pinwheel Parade, Papertrey Ink Banners and Toppers, My Favorite Things Stitched Star Stax, Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes, Papertrey Ink Notched Star Banner
Circle punch: Stampin' Up 3/4"
Gel pen: Sakura white
Adhesive: hot glue, white glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape

Monday, July 02, 2018

Authentique and PageMaps Team-up!

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This month the Authentique team is pairing up with the PageMaps and CardMaps Design Team! The Authentique team had a chance to play with the July PageMaps and CardMaps sketches! All during the month of July, we will be revealing our projects! 

You all know how I love a sketch! I had a chance to play with a CardMap, and made TWO cards with it. My reveal day is July 18th! You will have to wait to see what I made, but...

Here is a sneaky peeky...

We loved working with the PageMaps Design Team, and thank everyone, especially Becky Fleck for this fun opportunity. Thanks also to our Design Team member Daniela Costa for her arrangement of this fun event.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Heartfelt Creations June Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the June Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Friday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! The June Hop starts 8am EST on Friday, June 29th and closes Monday July 2nd at midnight. 
Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, July 4th. The winner should contact Heartfelt Creations at with "Winner of the June Alumni Hop" in the subject line.

This hop is now closed. We have a winner for the June Hop! Random Generator selected Amarilys Doria as the blogger and comment #6 is the winner! Bren Price, please contact Heartfelt Creations to claim your prize!

You should be coming to my blog from Amarilys Doria's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Vicki Dutcher's Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

I have not joined the blog hop for a few months, so it is nice to "see" all of you again! I decided to create another travel journal, but with a bit of a twist this time. (If you wish to see my other travel journals, see this post HERE for a cooking themed journal, or see THIS post for a Paris themed journal. To see a waterfall style journal click HERE for a Heartfelt Creations Farmer's Market version or  HERE for a baby themed version.)
I created a standard-size traveler's notebook that is 9" tall by 4 1/2" wide. However, this style has TWO spines, each measuring 3/4" wide. I thought it would be fun to combine the Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea Collection with the Young at Heart Collection for my journal! The themes are very different, but the color palettes are very similar. Plus, it is always fun to combine things that are not supposed to "go together"!
The front of the album is very simple, mostly because I ran out of time to make eleventy-billion hand-made flowers! The simple ribbon tie closure is...well simple. 
Every time I look at this sweet turtle riding in the truck, I get the giggles! It is so whimsical and cute! I simply die cut the truck from the Young at Heart patterned paper with the Simply Classic Die, then I used a craft knife to cut out the window. I fussy cut the little turtle from the Under the Sea printed paper and glued him in place. (There is a die available to cut out the turtle, Under the Sea Coral Die, but I do not have that particular die in my stash.) 
When you open the front cover of the journal, there is a large pocket on the inside cover. I used magnets to keep the flap closed. Again, I used die cuts and fussy cutting to add the shapes to my design. It was fun to create a journal that could be used to document a trip to the beach. 

The inside cover flap is just decorated with paper. You could add a few photos or some small pockets to this page, if you wish. I covered this panel with the shell paper. 
When the album is open fully, you can see the waterfall element in the center. There is space for 15 photos, 4" x 4" in size! This is the perfect place to put your Instagram photos from your trip!

The inside back cover holds three little notebook signatures. I added a little band to keep the notebooks from flopping around inside the album. You could add lots of things to these notebooks, but mine are just plain paper with cute covers! 

If you want to see a walk-through of the journal, take a look at the video below!

If you wish to make your own notebook, here are some basic instructions.

First, cut three pieces of lightweight chipboard to 9" x 4 1/2" Cut two pieces of chipboard to 9" x 3/4". 

You need black cardstock measuring 11" x 18" in order to wrap your chipboard covers. I do not have paper that is that width so, I needed to splice two pieces of cardstock together.I cut one piece to 11" x 12" and the second piece to 11" x 7". I overlapped the pieces by one inch to create a piece 11" tall by 18" wide. 
Place your chipboard onto the cardstock as shown, making sure to keep a 1/8" space on both sides of the two spine pieces. (See the photo above.) Trim the corners and wrap the cardstock around the covers.  
Gently fold the right side cover into the center as shown above. 
Fold the left side cover over to create the front cover. The journal is 9" x 4 1/2" x 3/4" with a spine on both sides.
Open the journal so that the inside is facing up. Trim black cardstock to 8 7/8" x 8" and attach the panels to the inside covers. Gently score and fold again. 
Open the journal and place it on the work surface with the front cover facing up and to the far right. Trim decorative paper for the covers and spines. 
This is what mine looked like after this step. You can decorate the cover in any way you wish. I always save my cover for last. 
Flip the journal over so you are working on the inside, with the front cover to the far left.

We will make a large pocket for the inside front cover. Trim black cardstock for the pocket flap to 8 7/8" x 2 1/2". Score at 1" on one long side.  Round the two corners opposite the score line. Place the flap so that the score line is at the left-most edge of the album cover. 

Trim printed paper for the inside cover panel and attach. To make the pocket, cut black cardstock to 9 7/8" x 4 1/2". Score at 1/2" on three sides. Angle the corners and add double-sided adhesive to the tabs. Attach the tabs to the inside front cover to form the pocket. Add the other half of the magnet to the pocket.
Decorate the pocket and flap as desired. This is the perfect place to store memorabilia or extra photos. 
We will be adding notebook signatures to the inside back cover section. Use a punch to create holes in the second spine for your elastic cord. I placed two holes at 1/2" from the bottom edge and two more holes at 1/2" from the top edge. I also placed one hole 4 1/2" from the top edge in line with the left-most holes. I threaded the holes with a dark gray elastic cord.
 Before I tied the cord knots, I added some beads to the outside of the spine. 
You may slip notebook signatures over the threaded elastic. I have added two 3 5/8" x 4 1/2" notebooks and one 7 5/8" x 4 1/2" notebooks to my signatures. I have added a band and magnets to hold the notebooks together. 
To create the waterfall section in the center, first, place a small magnet in the center, approximately 2 1/4" from the bottom edge of the panel. Then, cover the center panel with printed paper. 

For each waterfall panel, cut black cardstock to 4 3/4" x 4 1/4". Score on the longer side at 1/2". Round the corners opposite your score lines. Cut seven to ten panels. (I used seven panels because I wanted the "Moments With You" to show, so I did not add panels to go to the very bottom of the center.)

Fold on the score lines and place double-sided adhesive onto the resulting flaps. Start at the top edge of the center cover and add your panels. Place a magnet on the back of the last panel, to line up with the one you placed onto the main, center panel. This will keep your waterfall from flopping around. 

Cut a strip of cardstock to 6" x 1 1/4" and wrap it from the lowest panel up to the top panel. Add a magnet to the strip and to the top panel. This will also help your waterfall to stay neat and tidy. (To see how this works, view the video posted above.)  
Thanks for hopping by! Hop on over to  Vicki Dutcher's Blog next. DON'T FORGET...POST A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

March Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy Clement
Amarilys Doria
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Vicki Dutcher
Pam Korte
Martine Smith
Susan Smit
Alissa Wells

Heartfelt Creations Products:

Under the Sea Paper Collection
Under the Sea Die
Young at Heart Paper Collection
Simply Classic Die
Young at Heart Die
Circle Basics Large Die
Eyelet Circle and Basics Small Die
Luggage and Tags Die

Other Products:
Cardstock: black, natural
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Tropic Taffeta
Enamel dots: Whimsy Stamps
Elastic cord: Club House Crafts
Chipboard: WorldWin Papers
Beads: jewelry supply
Magnets: Basic Grey
Corner rounder: Kadomaru Pro
Adhesive: ATG tape, foam tape, tacky glue, Scor-tape

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