Gone Fishing: How to Make DIY Shaker Cards

Hey y’all it’s Liv here! I am so excited to share with you a fun DIY project guaranteed to make you and your recipient smile. My dad fishes all the time and I wanted to create a fun and cute card to thank him for all the fish he has caught. Recently I have become obsessed with creating shaker postcards, shaker embellished hoops and shaker planner spreads. There is something so satisfying with having a project that you can move.

In this project I created a fish themed card but don’t let that limit your creativity! Paper House Productions has so many amazing stickers, embelishments and paper, which means the sky is the limit.

The Products:

In this project I used the following products from Paper House Productions

Be sure to use my discount code PHP19Liv to receive 20% off your order.

The Materials:

  1. Scissors
  2. Adhesive Roller
  3. A Pencil
  4. A Clear Plastic Adhesive Roller
  5. An exacto knife
  6. Card Stock
  7. Embellishments
  8. A Clear Plastic Envelope

Step 1: Select your paper and quote card and cut them out!

Paper House productions has such an amazing selection of different papers and themed quote cards it was hard to choose one for this project. I selected a fish theme to use for my dad!

Step 2: Cut Out Window on Front of Card

Trace an outline of your quote card on the front of your card. Make sure to give yourself at least a half inch border to allow you to adhere the plastic envelope to the back front of the card. I recommend using an exacto knife and a ruler to help give a precise line. Make sure you have a cutting mat as I don’t want to ruin your table.

Step 3: Cut Out you fishes

I chose the Freshwater fish 2″ Sticker to be used in this embellished shaker card. I placed the fish on cardstock and then cut them out using an exacto knife. I reused the cardstock that was provided in the sticker package.

Step 4: Adhere Clear Plastic Envelope to the card

I reuse the plastic clear envelopes that come with most craft orders. This is a great way to cut down on cost and save the environment. I recommend using a clear adhesive roller to adhere the plastic to the card.

Please excuse my dirty craft mat!

Step 5: Place fishes into plastic envelope and reseal

Plop your fishes into the clear plastic and then seal the plastic envelope using your adhesive roller. Make sure to be precise with your adhesive roller as you don’t want the fish to get caught on the edges. Let them swim freely.

Step 6: Embellish

Hands down this is my favorite step. Add whatever stickers, die cuts, and paper to your card. Make sure to share your creations on Paper House Creates.

I can’t wait to see what you create. Check out my blog @longlivelivletters

Scrapping Night Photos With Stargazer

Hello! Samantha here with you. When we travel, we love checking out the different cities at night, so I have quite a few night photos. Today I wanted to show how easy it is to scrap night photos with Stargazer.

Scrapping Night Photos with Stargazer

Supplies: Stargazer Night Sky Foil Paper, Stargazer Foil Paper, Stargazer Shine Bright Foil Paper, Stargazer Ultra Violet Foil Paper, Stargazer Dream Big Cardstock Stickers, Enjoy Puffy Sticker

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This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to use the Stargazer papers, and they are just so beautiful. There are gold foil accents on all of the papers that make this collection extra special. The deep, moody colors and night sky theme of Stargazer lend themselves perfectly to scrapping night photos.

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My oldest and I took a nighttime selfie together on a pedestrian bridge when we were on a recent weekend trip to Omaha. The bridge lights up at night and adds just the right amount of back light for a photo. This bridge is always one of our favorite stops, and is that much better at night!

Because night photos tend to be a bit dark, I built my layout around a piece of Stargazer paper that had a lot of white to it to keep the whole layout from looking really dark. I framed my picture with a Stargazer paper that had more purple/indigo tones than blue tones since our night photo happened to have blue back light. Coordinating without matching helps the photo pop on the layout instead of fading into the background.

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I finished up my layout by adding a few dimensional stickers, Stargazer cardstock stickers, and Stargazer journaling tags.

If you have some photos you think would coordinate perfectly with Stargazer, make sure to use code PH19SAMANTHA to get 20% off your entire purchase at Paper House.

Personalizing a Travel Layout

Hello! Samantha here with you. We recently returned from a trip to Germany, so today I want to share a little about personalizing a travel layout.

Travel Layout

Supplies: Explore Your World Passport Stamps, Explore Your World Luggage Tags, Explore Your World Map, Explore Your World Tags, Around the World Puffy Stickers, Germany 3-D Stickers, Southwest Adventure Paper Crafting Kit (white alphas), Color Washed Cardstock Multi Pack

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Explore Your World is everything I want in a travel collection: fun patterns, all-inclusive travel themes, beautiful words, and a gorgeous color palette. I prefer generic themed travel collections so that I can use it over a lot of photos on multiple layuots from a trip of any kind. I then customize my layout with more location specific stickers and embellishments.

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Since Paper House has so many great stickers (seriously my favorite thing about Paper House is the amazing variety of stickers), you’ll never have a hard time finding just what you need to customize your layout. I used alphabet stickers to add the name of the town. Because the town has two names, I used two different styles of stickers to add to the fun. Next, I used a Germany 3-D sticker to tie it all together. The mix of card stock stickers and 3D stickers adds texture to the layout as well. Our trip was overseas travel, so I stuck with Geo tag, map, and airplane themes for the rest of my embellishments. If you’re scrapping a beach trip you could use embellishments from collections like Sundrenched for a different kind of personalization.

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Explore Your World is the perfect base for creating all your travel layouts. If you need some Explore Your World in your life, click her for the Paper House website and use code PH19SAMANTHA when you check out for 20% off your entire order. What trip will you be scrapping next?

Stargazer Layout ~ Footprints on the Moon

Hello crafty friends!! Last week the creative team members were challenged to use a quote on a project. That immediately brought to mind a memory of my son when he was younger and a quote I would share with him, so I decided to create a layout documenting this quote. Since my son was a toddler he has loved space and astronauts and his dream has been to either become an astronaut or work for NASA. I knew exactly what picture I was going to use, one that embodied my quote perfectly but more importantly I knew the Stargazer line was PERFECT for the layout I had in mind.

Supplies Used: Stargazer Foil Paper; Ultra Violet Paper; Dream Big Cardstock Stickers; Stargazer Faux enamel sticker

The minute I saw the Stargazer foil paper it was love at first sight! I knew this paper was destined for a special layout and a special photo, so I hoarded it as most paper crafters do with a favorite paper. It wasn’t until I was challenged to create a project with a quote that the idea came to me to use this photo and my “special” paper from the Stargazer collection. The foil accents on this beautiful paper are so much lovelier in person!! The faux enamel stickers were the perfect accents to give that gold shimmer more impact. I also added some gold sequins to provide even more glimmer and shine! The cardstock sticker “follow your dreams” was popped up and added to the left of my photo as an embellishment, but I wanted the title work and the beautiful paper to shine and take center stage so I chose to keep my embellishments to a minimum. Here is a close up of the beautiful paper with the faux enamel stickers.

For my title work, I combined a bunch of different fonts of alphabet stickers and used the gold letters to accent the word footprints as I wanted the emphasis to be on this word. I also wanted to highlight the word sky so I used my die cut machine to cut the letters out of some leftover Ultra Violet Foil Paper. Here is a close up:

I hope you have been inspired to use a quote on your layout or project this week!! Remember the August subscription box contains the Stargazer line so make sure and hurry on over to sign up, you won’t regret it!! You can even take 20% off your order using my code PH19LISA. Feel free to follow me on Instagram (lisantexas), you can see more of my work using the amazing Paper House products. Happy creating!

Quick & easy cards!

Happy July! Lisa here to show you some quick and easy cards using these adorable 3D panda stickers!! I love the dimension that 3D stickers give to my cards! And who can resist these adorable pandas? They make the best birthday cards for people of any age!! Here are the 3 cards I made:

Supplies Used: 3D panda stickers

For my first card I started by making a background using ink splatters with pink and blue ink. I then stamped my large sentiment on a die cut rectangle. I placed my 3D panda at the top right corner to appear as if he was “peeking” over the edge of the die cut. I finished embellishing by adding a cute little 3D heart to the left of my sentiment to balance the panda sticker.

For the second card I made a background using blue ink and the “Smooshing” technique and then added some ink splatters. This time I added my sentiment on a die cut heart which I outlined to give it more contrast. I then placed my 3D panda to the right of the die cut hanging off slightly to add a stronger visual effect. To balance the main focal point I added a small 3D heart and a stamped sentiment to create a visual triangle.


Last but not least I changed up the color scheme a bit to accent the bamboo stalk by this panda. Instead of ink I dry embossed my background panel. I then added repetitive stamping of my sentiment to the fun doily die cut using 2 different ink colors. My cute little panda is again “hanging” off the edge of my focal point to create visual interest.

Stickers are such an easy accent for your cards and 3D stickers provide the dimension and texture to make your cards a big hit!! Happy creating!

The Explore the World Collection~

Hi, Connie here with a couple of scrapbooking pages showcasing the Explore the World  Collection by Paper House Productions.  I attached a fun Flip Album by Paper House Productions to accommodate many photos.
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I have some step out photos to walk you through how this scrapbook page was put together.  By adding the Flip Album, to the page, I was able to get thirteen photos on the page.  Kinda cool!!
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The Flip Album comes with a stand on the back, so the album can stand alone.  I took that off, of the album, and then added a 12 x 12 cardboard to the back of the page . Then  attached the stand to the back of the scrapbook page.  Two reasons, to make the page stand alone and to support the Flip Album.  Worked great!
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The front layers were created by tearing borders on several different papers in the Explore the World Collection.  Love the look!
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The Flip Album was attached with strong adhesive.  Tags, stickers and cardstock stickers were used to decorate the page and showcase the photos.  The tags were used as the journal spot for added details of the trip.
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This is the front page of the Flip Album which has pull outs, flip ups, flip outs and pockets.
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A sample of how the album works and has so many places for photos and memorabilia.
Each section is labeled with the destination and date.  I had some really fun photos left so I created a page of just them.  Kinda of like a selfie page~
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These are photos taken at different places in Washington DC.  I used the Explore the World Collection along with Around the World Puffy Stickers.
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The tag is created by using the Explore your World Tags page from the collection.
This is such a fun collection to create travel pages from.  It is full of great travel images, on the papers, that also can be trimmed out and used as embellishments on a scrapbook page.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Journey Book

Hello!  This is Sukie and today I’m sharing a couple of pages from my Journey Book insert.  It will be perfect for memory keeping.  The Explore Your World collection from Paper House Productions was perfect for this project.  All of the papers, cut apart tags and stickers coordinate perfectly.

I created an insert pocket for tucking in keepsakes.  The pocket was embellished with stickers from the same collection.  The cut part tags were tucked into the pocket for journaling.  I popped up a few of the stickers on foam dots for added dimension.

The second page of my Journey Book insert is all about memorializing that special trip.  The travel notes tag is just the right size for adding a picture or for journaling. The tag was adorned with a vintage camera sticker.

The airplane was the perfect finishing accent.  A few enamel dots were adhered as a decorative element.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a spectacular day!

Away We Go!

Hi all! Erika here with a travel themed layout featuring the very colorful Suitcases Double Sided Paper and Luggage Tags Double Sided Paper. We were lucky enough to visit the South a few weeks ago. After landing in New Orleans, we drove across Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and back. There was so much to see! Naturally, I had to make a double paged layout. I don’t make many double paged layouts, but the coordinating papers in this PHP collection made it so easy to coordinate!

I love the combination of the 3D and flat stickers. Although I must say, the puffy are my favorite… They are just so cute! And those little Suitcases are the pieze de résistance.

No matter your destination, Paperhouse Productions has your back with the perfect paper, embellishments, and more! Hop on over to the shop to pick some up today.

A Fishing Story~

Hi, Connie here with a bi-fold scrapbook page using The Great Outdoors Fishing Collection by Paper House Productions.  It comes complete with some really cool pattern papers and 3D Stickers.

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The front of the page looks a little deceiving, it actually folds out to a 18″ x 12″.  Another six inches was added to accommodate more photos, memorabilia, decorations and details of the day.  Let me show you~
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Photo instructions are left to right:
1. Cut a sheet of pattern paper in half, top to bottom. Creating a 6″x 12″
2. Cut a 1″ strip from a piece of coordinating paper 1″ x 12″.
3. Score at 1/2″. Creating a fold, like a hinge.
4. Add strong tape to both sides of the score lines. (top photo)
5. Place under 12″ x 12″ page and remove tape to adhere.
6. Repeat the process on the 6″ x 12″ piece of pattern paper.  By doing this you have added 6″ more to your scrapbook page but it still fits in a 12″ x 12″ page protector.
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This is a closeup of the 6″ x 12″ page that is added ~
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And here is the page opened.  I only had two photos so I decorated the added portion.
Along with tags, pockets can be added to hold extra memorabilia or photos that make it easy to keep the events of what you are scrapbooking on one page. Always a goal of mine.
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This is a fun technique to use when you need more room to tell the story, of the page you are creating.  Keep in mind you can add a 6″ x 12″page on both sides and have them fold in towards the center.  You just added 12″ more! Perfect for that big project with lots of photos and memorabilia. Kinda like two pages for one.  

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

The World is out there- Let’s Explore!

Good morning! Lisa here today to share a layout using some of the amazing travel goodies in the Explore Your World line! Here is my layout with the fun mix of patterns offered in this line! I loved both sides of all the papers so much it was hard to chose which side to use!

Supplies Used: Suitcases Double Sided Paper (Background); Explore Your World Map Double Sided Paper; Luggage Tags Double Sided Paper; Passport Stamps Double Sided Paper; Around the World 3D stickers; Let’s Explore Cardstock stickers; Around the World Puffy Stickers

I love using stickers like this one from the Let’s Explore Cardstock stickers set for my title, so easy and yet so impactful! I used foam tape to pop the quote sticker off the page to give it added dimension and make the title stand out more. Here is a close up:

I love how the puffy stickers and the 3D stickers give added dimension to my layouts, they are some of my favorite products to work with! As you can see I used a combination of 3D stickers and puffy stickers for my lower embellishment cluster and a fun cluster of puffy stickers and enamel dots in the upper right of my layout. Here is a close up of the bottom embellishment cluster:

The other great thing about the Explore Your World line is that these papers work so well with any type of travel destination! I used pictures from a trip to the Netherlands but of course I think any type of destination whether far away or close by could be documented using this line! Enjoy documenting your next trip with the fun and versatile Explore Your World line! Happy Trails!