Authentique Gathering | Mid Week Mojo

Turquoise – Layout 7

Authentique lovers, it’s your lucky day as the long awaited Authentique Gathering collection is finally in the house at! I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for this collection, with its luxurious tangerines and teals, to create a very special tribute page about my sweet 15 year old Sarah. I mean, not every teen inspires a mother to want to clone and distribute their child so all the mothers of the world can see what a joy teen parenting can be, right? :)

My heart is definitely in one page layouts, especially when creating a page of this type, so this weeks sketch will house a standard 4×6 photo.

I snapped this photo last Saturday as my daughter was leading her marching band at our city summer parade. I love how perfectly the Gathering collection worked to create this layout of my amazing daughter. (Don’t you just love her Poker Face?)

I was thrilled that the Gathering collection worked so well with some embellies that I have had kicking around my stash for quite awhile. I even made a cute flag using a stick pin and the ruler paper.

And of course the Authentique word stickers are always the perfect addition to any layout.

Thank you Authentique for such an amazing collection so that I could create such a special page for such an outstanding joy in my life. :)

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Hooray for time as we announce this week’s lucky random winner!

Congrats are in order for Nancy Roth who did a knock out job on Julie’s awesome Mid Week Mojo 2-pager sketch.

Nancy, please send an email to letting them know that you are this week’s Mid Week Mojo winner we will be happy to send out a little scrappy swag to you. :)

Keep up the great work girls! Summer can be the perfect time to relax a little and take back some “me” time! Tell your friends about our weekly fun as we are always looking to find more inspiration from fellow crafters.

For those of you just joining us, now is a great time to jump in on the fun! Each Wednesday we provide a new sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MST to have your creations posted somewhere on the internet and linked to this blog post. You can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Can’t wait to see the interpretations of this week’s sketch start popping up on our Facebook fan page. If you haven’t already “liked” us, stop by. We truly have a great time!

Authentique Free Bird Cardmakers Mega Dream Bundle | Monday Card Madness #86

Mega. Now there’s a word that packs a punch. I mean don’t we all secretly love our trips to the warehouse bulk stores to buy ginormica packages of our favorite things? Well today is any papercrafter or cardmakers as ScrapbookSteals brings the mega to your door with the Authentique Free Bird Cardmakers Mega Dream Bundle. Add to the mind-boggling mega fun is the fact that today we have seven lovely ladies that have taken on the challenge of splitting up one of the mega dream bundles to show you just how many cards you can make with this steal.

To kick off the fun I asked our design team member, Cyndee Kawa to come up with the sketch for the rest of the girls to use as inspiration.

Look at the mega awesomeness that came flooding in, mind you, from ONE STEAL!

Cyndee Kawa kicks off the lineup with these these awe-inspiring creations. Nineteen to be exact!

Next up Melissa Dehne rocks the house with eleven cards.

Now we have Staci Jones who stuns us with fifteen amazing works of art!

Jen McDermott stupefies with sixteen cards. And yes! This is still the same kit!

Minousha Bari blows it out of the water with twenty two incredible cards.

Now we have Karen Weingartner who also took a stab at creating from this single kit. Her take on the sketch is fantastic with fourteen awesome cards.

And now we finish up the fun display of today’s steal with cards from Erin Schultz. Twenty-five inspiring cards to be exact!

Wow. Can you believe that? One-Hundred-Twenty-Two total cards from ONE MEGA STEAL! And to think, I’m sure they could have each squeezed out a few more! Be sure to swing by each of their blogs for more inspiring ideas and maybe even a few more cards using today’s Authentique steal.

Now it’s your turn to cash in on a little fun as it’s the last chance to play for a random prize from  All you have to do is complete any of the Monday Card Madness sketches for the month of May and have them posted somewhere on line then linked to one of the Monday Card Mandess blog postings. The more cards you create, the more chances you have to win! And let me tell ya, we are known for sending out some pretty sweet swag!

Be sure that your card is posted by this upcoming Friday at 11:59 pm MST to be eligible to win.

Have a great day and make sure you pop in tomorrow for another great How To’sday! Just because the kids are out of school doesn’t mean we need to let our crafty brains go to mush.

Authentique 6×6 Pad Bundles | Monday Card Madness #84

Authentique lovers you are in for a treat today! Seven different 6×6 Authentique Pad Bundles are up for grabs in today’s steal. That means lots of different patterns, stickers and die cut embellishments to fill just about every need. Yup, pretty much a 6×6 patterned paper dream.

I love 6×6 pads for creating cards. The mini prints really lend to creating a card with just the right touch. I decided to pick two of the Authentique lines that I haven’t had the pleasure of playing yet, to create this week’s Monday Card Madness creations.

First off I tinkered around with the Loyal collection. I absolutely love the combination of greens and blues and think it would be so suitable for so many things.

On the first card I went with a generic “hello” theme which would really be great for young and old, male and female alike!

Next I decided to create a card baby boy themed that used one of the many darling baby boy themed diecuts in the collection.

I then had the pleasure of creating with the Delightful collection. I simply re-created the themes of the first two cards and made these in a snap!

Gosh I love Authentique! So much fun to play with.

If you are interested in playing along with our Monday Card Madness sketches and winning the random drawing for May, be sure to have your cards created and posted to one of the Monday Card Madness sketches by Friday, June 1st at 11:59 pm.

Also, be sure to check in tomorrow for an always fabulous How To’sday by Charity Becker, Wednesday for Mid Week Mojo, and Friday for yet another spectacular guest blogger!

Have a great day.


Authentique Blissful | Mid Week Mojo

Amethyst – Layout 8

It was blissful to create a very special to me layout, using my favorite collection by Authentique—Blissful. All in all it made for a very therapeutic creative session. The yellows and greys in today’s steal are so soothing to me and paired perfectly with a layout about how perfectly imperfect I am! Hey, at least something about the layout is perfect. :)

This week we are doing something that was a big treat for me. I was invited by the Authentique design team to create this week’s Mid Week Mojo based off of the Authentique April sketch challenge. Be sure to check out their blog for additional interpretations of the sketch!

As soon as I saw the sketch the ideas in my mind started cooking up! I knew that I wanted to morph the sketch to allow for a horizontal photo that I wanted to use as well as make room for a good journaling block since I knew that this week journaling was to be my key factor of the layout.

I put my Cameo to work and decided to see what it would look like to cut out hexagons from my actual photo. I layered two photos, one black and white as the base, and used the color photo as the honeycomb portions of the sketch, layered on top of the base photo. I really felt like this was a good representation of the fact that I am not always perfect and sometimes my life is a little broken up.

I squeezed in a little portion of space for my journaling …

… and finished out my layout with some of the embellishments which are a part of today’s steal.

I don’t know whether this was an important part of my life to document at this particular time or if the perfect combination of a fun sketch and Blissful really struck a chord, but I have to say that this may be my very favorite layout, ever.

Now if you aren’t already followers of the Authentique blog then it’s your lucky day! Why do you ask? Because if you create this week’s sketch then you have two chances to win!

To win from ScrapbookSteals you need to have this week’s Mid Week Mojo sketch posted somewhere on line such as your own personal blog or our Facebook fan page then linked to this blog posting by 11:59 pm on Monday, April 16th. Believe me when I say you want to play along. We give away some pretty sweet swag!

To have your chance to win from Authentique, be sure to follow the details at the bottom of this blog posting.

And for those of you just joining us, if you have any questions at all about Mid Week Mojo, you can find all of the fun details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Now it’s time to announce the winners from last week’s amazing Mid Week Mojo sketches by Kyla Norris.

Congrats are in order for Liz Martinez who turned the awesome Amethyst 7a sketch into a two pager. I love how this one came together, right down to the beautiful color palate and the fun photos of the different foods.

Jessica Laureano rocked the Amethyst 7b sketch with this fun layout of her handsome newest addition to her family. I sure love her little dudes! Cutest fella’s ever. :)

If you two lovely ladies could please send an email to, letting them know you are this week’s winner, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Oh and how about one more little piece of exciting info. The ScrapbookSteals 2012 Retreat is in the works! We just checked out the facilities yesterday and it’s going to be bigger and better than last year, and well, last year was pretty darn good!

Be on the lookout for further info soon.

Have a great day and have fun participating in the Mid Week Mojo / Authentique sketch challenge.

Authentique Splendid | Mid Week Mojo

Amethyst – Layout 6

It’s Wednesday! Is that not the most splendid news that you’ve heard all morning? I mean, what’s not to love about another scrapbook sketch installment to our Amethyst Mid Week Mojo series. And double bonus for me and you is that today’s steal is the Splendid collection by Authentique. Splendid is the perfect combination of colors to target your every paper crafting need. And that’s pretty darn splendid if you ask me, a paper collection that I can scrap my photos of beautiful springtime days as well as photos of my kid tie-dying my carpet. It’s true. He did.

I figure enough time has passed since the redecorating of my living room carpet that it would probably be a good idea to scrapbook the experience. I figure this will be a gem to have on hand when my little stinker has a child that will hopefully be just like him! That I will be able to pull out the page and and have a good laugh while he is pulling his hair out, wondering what he did wrong.

The mix of colors in the Splendid collection are perfect for highlighting such a colorful experience.

I love how well the Splendid collection works together. It even made for a pretty splendid layout about a pretty big disaster!

And to think, since this layout is SO huge, I’ll even be able to make a page about our new carpet when we get it in a few weeks. Hooray!

Now it’s time for the weekly shout out for the Amethyst 5 Mid Week Mojo winner. Congrats are in order for Tammy Keels.

Tammy, your layout is absolutely stunning and kind of makes me really wish I had some beach time in my near future! If you will please send an email to, we will get a little scrappy swag headed your way!

If you’d like your chance to be next week’s lucky winner, here is all you have to do.

Be sure to have your layout created and posted somewhere online, as well as linked to this blog posting by Monday, April 2nd at 11:59 MST.

If you have any other questions regarding our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.