Spruce up your Snail Mail with 3D Embellishments!

By Liv Phillips

I have been avidly writing letter since 2012. Currently, I write to over 200 people across the world and have sent over 2,000 letters. In this time I have learned a few things or to about the do’s and don’ts of sending mail! The first thing that I have learned is that you can be very creative and experimental on what you can send through the mail. I have sent pouches, clear goodie bags, giant postcards and small boxes through the mail and all have reached their destination.

While I usually keep my mail art fairly flat sometimes I like to step out of my own comfort zone and add 3D textured Elements to what I create. I found that the Paper House Productions line of 3D stickers stay on the snailmail that I send. They don’t come off in the postal machines nor do get battered when being sent thousands of miles to their new destination.

This piece of mail I sent to Boston from Portland, Oregon. The embellishments did not come off. My recipient loved the 3D nature of the mail and of course the glittered accents.

Sometimes I do have to modify the 3D stickers if the peices are too bulky or if the stickers need more adhesive added to them. For this I simply pull the foam stickers of from the back of the stickers or use an exacto knife. I then use a craft bond adhesive to make sure that the sticker will stay on.

For this particular piece I decided that the Discover London sticker would be too bulky to reach its destination in Norway. I peeled off the backing of the sticker and then used a craft bond glue stick to adhere it to the envelope. Before I send any mail out I always wiggle any 3D element stickers or puffy stickers to make sure they will stay on. If your fingers can move them add an extra layer of glue!

When sending extra bulky mail always make sure that you use proper postage. I usually add postage for an additional ounce and for mail that is non-machinable. Make sure you check with your local post office to make sure you get the proper rates, but most importantly have fun creating fun 3D Mail Art!

Paper House Products used to create these pieces:

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DIY Fall Decor: Paper House Has You Covered

Written by Liv Phillips

I have been counting down the days till it was officially fall since probably January. Fall is my favorite season not only for the vibrant colors of the changing leaves but also for the cool cozy weather, which is perfect for crafting. I decided this year instead of purchasing any fall decor items I would create my own with some help from my favorite craft company; Paper House Productions.

For my first fall decor themed project I decided to create a little log cabin. I created the base of the house with a piece of styrofoam that was going to be thrown away. Reusing packaging materials is one of my favorite ways to help reduce, reuse and recycle, it also is a cost effective way to save money! The roof I created with 2 pieces of 3L Scrapbooking adhesives double sided foam board.

I then covered the house in paper from Paper House Productions. I used the following paper to create the exterior of the house:

In order to create the doors and the window frames for the house I cut popsicle sticks and stained them with an alcohol ink based marker. Cutting the popsicle sticks took me back to grade school when I created little houses for my finger puppets. I decided to use brown buttons to give the effect of logs.

I next added some vintage fabric trim and washi tape to give the illusion of green gutters on the house. I also added cotton wool coming from the chimney to make it look even more cozy.

In order to tie in the roof to the rest of the house I added 3D leaf embellishments to the house. The leaves have rhinestones and glitter on them, which makes them sparkle in the dim candle light. Currently this house sits on my mantle surrounded by candles.

I next created a Gnome in a Box. I think one of my favorite Paper House Productions products are the 2 inch gnome stickers, they are just so stinking cute.

I first decoupaged a small box with vintage book pages. I lined the bottom portion of the box with glitter tape to give a green grass look.

I then punched a small hole in the box and tied a knot at the top to allow the gnome to be able to move around in the box. I wanted to add a moving element to this project. I wanted the Gnome in a Box to have an outdoors feel so I added fake leaves, mushrooms and acorns, these materials can be found at your local craft store.

I then lined the box with micro stickers from the Paper House line to give added depth to the box. I also used 3D embellishments for the front of the box.

Not only was I able to create a keepsake I was able to save money too! I hope I can inspire you to create your own fall decor. Happy Crafting.

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Breathe in the Ocean: Bullet Journal Scrapbooking

To put it simply I am the happiest at the Oregon Coast. The smell of salty air, the sound of crashing waves, and eating fish and chips made with freshly caught fish from the Pacific Ocean soothes my soul like nothing else. At recent trip to the Oregon coast I decided to immortalize the trip in a recent bullet journal scrapbook spread.

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Just like any trip I picked up as many souvenirs as I could. But instead of purchasing anything I relied on finding things that would be perfect for my bullet journal spread. I simply fell in love with with the coasters at the restraunt we had dinner at.

The restaurant was a recently renovated fish cannery that sat on the boardwalk. It had windows in the floors to see the majestic sea lions. While I enjoyed a salmon burger and a cup of chowder I saw myself staring off to the sea. Fishing boats and cargo ships slowly moved past. Shore birds fluttered around fighting against the ocean winds.

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After we ate a early dinner we drove around the historic town of Astoria, Oregon. It has beautiful victorian architecture as it was once a boom town in the 1880s. Wandering along the streets we saw beautifully preserved architecture that had somehow survived through the two great fires which burnt Astoria to the ground.

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Astoria is where the Lewis and Clark expedition ended. It is where the first post office west of the rockies was built. It is where wheat and corn is shipped off to far away lands.

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I picked up a couple of stickers from different businesses about entangled whales and how to make MAYDAY calls. After a long drive home I decided to create a journaling spread of my trip. Armed with Paper House Production paper and stickers, I created this spread. I loved how all the Paper House products worked so well together and helped me remember such a glorious day.

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I can’t wait to create more bullet journal scrapbooking spreads.

If you want to replicate this spread or create something similar here is a list of the Paper House Productions products that I used. Remember to use my code PHP19LIV to receive 20% off your order!

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Marvelous Memory Maps

I have such great early childhood memories of going on roadtrips with my family and placing pins in maps at the roadside diner that we would stop at. I loved seeing how people from around the world had visited this one spot in search of a great breakfast. There was nothing more rewarding than pushing the pin into the map and knowing in 10-15 years that pin would still be there. These memories are what inspired my latest project. I created a cutout map using scrapbook paper from Paper House Productions.

The project was simple. Paperhouse had done all the heavy lifting for me by creating such gorgeous paper. I love that the map feels vintage and faded, which makes the map feel like an heirloom.

I decided to cut the map out as I wanted something distinctive to hang on my wall. I had to save all the scrap paper as I love the vintage license plates. It reminded me of playing the license place game on many family road trips, and something I still do.

Armed with an exacto knife and cardboard I cut out the shape of the USA. Cardboard provided an excellent backing incase I decided to put pins or tacks into the map.

After I had finished cutting out the product I decided that I wanted to use my vintage typewriter to type out the different names of places I wanted to put on the map. This is only the beginning of the project and I know this map will continue to grow as I continue to make more memories.

While I opted to create a memory map there are so many other things you can do with this map.

You could put pins of what states you have traveled to, where your relatives live, places you dream of visiting, where you have received postcards, and letters from. There is no limit to your imagination.

You can find the amazing paper here:

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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

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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