File It Under FRESH!

Fridays are Earth Friendly at 
Who doesn't love taking something old, used or unexpected
and turning it into something with a new life and purpose?
For this Friday's project I used an old file folder.
   By trimming away the top tab, I had a brand new slate to begin with.

I cut three strips of {Fresh} patterned paper, inked around the edges and then machine-stitched
to the folder (leaving the top portion open).  I then embellished with a bit of roping at the top, scalloped borders and cotton trim, adhesive pearls and a pieced plaque hung by a wooden clothespin.
If you love distressing with ink like I do, then you will love how beautiful the effect looks over the texture of Authentique paper.   
 A row of the adhesive tags from the {Fresh} Details 12x12 Sticker Sheet completes the bottom.
For the inside of my fully-functional-file-folder-holder?  Why, handmade {Fresh} tags of course!
I went online to and found these really great layered tags.  Tag making has never been easier...or more fun.
 Here are samples of the tags that I created for the inside of the folder: 
 I think that canvas and burlap and jute look great paired up with beachy sorts of projects...
so if you have those items in your stash, grab 'em up for this project :)
 I machine stitch just.about.everything.  Even sticker letters. 
Wanting to take the sticky off of those stickers?  Just apply a little baby powder to the back...voila!
 Oh and I forgot to mention corrugated clouds...why not?  
Wooden buttons?  yes, please!
And isn't the subway-art look of this (above) sticker just the coolest?
 I could literally make a card using each and every Details Stickers on the sheet...
the graphics are that beautiful...even down to the tiniest of seashells.  
Grab those nautical stamps and scalloped punches...perfect for tag-topping!
And for this final tag: I cut the wonderful sentiment from the bottom sheet 
of a {Fresh} patterned paper! I love that you can use every square inch of Authentique product.
This was such a tremendously FUN project for me...I hope that you've 
enjoyed it too! 
If you love Color Challenges, stop by the Authentique Blog and check 
out the Challenge for June...all you need to do is link up!
Link as many projects as you'd like and you'll be in the running for some
beautiful Authentique papers :)

Have a blessed weekend
  1. Oh Shellye, you and Authetique are the operfect match. I have loved their papers since I first set eye on them. Your projects are stunning. I just love it all!

  2. Stunning. Love all those small tags and your use of papers and fabric.

  3. Oh this is absolutely stunning!!! Such a beautiful piece and those tags, oh my, LOVE!

  4. absolutely LOVE this my friend!!!!

  5. This is SO BEAUTIFUL Shellye!! The details and embellishments are just outstanding:) How creative you are! Thanks for the inspiration:) Fabulous project!
    Sherrie K

  6. I love what you have created with Authentique - you REALLY make them shine!


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