Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Did you know today is actually a minor holiday in Mexico? It’s ironic, since many people think it’s Mexican Independence Day. But the truth is, it’s the day when Mexican forces bested the French at the Battle of Puebla. And how better to celebrate than with margaritas and Mexican food, right? I’m up on the Paperhouse Productions blog with another quick layout featuring Explore Your World Map Double Sided Paper, Explore Your World Tags Double Sided Paper, Passport Stamps Double Sided Paper, and Mexico Destinations Stickers.

My favorite part about this collection is that the coordinated papers make it so easy to mix and match. Once I cropped my layering elements, I created a film strip-esque for my photos.

I love the look of stitching on paper, and constantly try to incorporate stitches outside of the typical straight lines. I picked this stitch pattern because it reminded me of a Mayan pyramid.

To break up the straight lines, I spackle a think layer of white gesso for a journaling background, as well as a little bit to help my alpha stand out. Is it weird this it made me think of sour cream?

Aaanyways, the finishing touches were the Mexico stickers. These little cuties were the… Sour cream on the Taco – _- (Yes, I HAD to).

And I’m in love! Be sure to hop on the shop to check out all these must-have supplies!

Happy National Superhero Day!

Not to compare myself with a Superhero, but momhood definitely has the ability to make me feel like I can do ANYTHING! Especially when it comes to your kids. I’m on the blog today with a simple, fun, 20 minute layout using PHP’s beautiful Wonder Woman collection!

To complete this layout, I started out with blank white cardstock. From there, I cut out 2″ circles from the Tags Foil paper, all from the collection. I fussy cut the word “Fierce,” along with a couple of branding strip pieces, and some gold for the tiny background strips. I began layering different pieces, including the incredibly cute matching stickers, to form mini clusters.

Next, I cut a circle frame slightly larger than 2″ for my main photo in the center. I’ve recently become obsessed with free-form pen ink borders, so I threw a couple around the outside. To add a different texture, I added some stepped black splatter, and some quick journaling. And that’s it! Hope you try this one out!

Happy National Beer Day!

Hi all! Erika here. And I LOVE the scrapbooking community. They are inclusive, so incredibly talented, and endlessly supportive. And that is something that a newbie like me truly appreciates. On top of that, there are tons of wonderful collections by amazing designers. You can find paper and embellishments for nearly every interest. Nearly. This is where Paper House Productions comes in to save the day with their adorable Beer 3D Sticker Embellishments. Seriously, how cute are they?!

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A couple of years ago, we flew to New England for a massively fun, jam-packed road trip. In the midst of it all, we stopped at Schilling Beer Company in Littleton, New Hampshire, for food and, ahem, liquid fuel. Now, my favorite thing is when restaurants offer a sampler, or a flight. I love trying a little bit of everything! So imagine my delight when they offered a MEGA flight of their own brewed beer!

In honor of National Beer Day, I knew I had to document this photo! I grabbed some leftover scraps and cut them into strips. I wanted to add some texture but also save time, since I currently have a 16 month old, three dogs, a bunny, and a small-scale backyard homestead. So I chose to sew a straight stitch down half of my strips as a compromise using gray thread.

From there, I wanted to make a sunburst out of the strips. And, since the layout is about our east coast trip, I adhered them down on the right side of the page, mimicking the sunrise coming from the east. For contrast, I added a black and white scalloped edge cutting out a repeated outline of the bottom of my glue bottle (resourcefulness for the win!). I wanted a tongue-in-cheek title, so I went with “Let’s See if Beer on the East Coast Tastes the Same.”

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Now with my sunburst on the right, and a lot of alphas on the left, I had little room to work in some desperately needed spice to my layout. Thankfully, the beer stickers were the perfect touch! And the detail on them is fantastic. The foamy beer mug was so lifelike! Be sure to check out the store and get some of your own!

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