2020 Journey Book check list

Hello and Happy New Year!! Are you starting off 2020 with a bunch of resolutions and a huge “to do” list??? I know I am!! A check list is a must for me this year!! Using a decorated “to do” list is important and will ensure that you keep motivated in checking things off your list!! I decided to decorate the first page of my Blue Marble Journey Book insert to make a pretty intro page to get me motivated to keep a running check list of all the things I need to do in 2020:

Supplies Used: Blue Marble Journey Book Insert set; Productivity Sticker book; Beneath the Stars Double Sided Paper; Better When Camping Double sided paper; Baby Boy Banner Double Sided Paper; Discover USA Paper crafting kit

I used my favorite planner sticker book the Productivity Sticker Book for the gorgeous stickers you see, I just can’t get enough of them!! You can see they aren’t just for planners!! I layered them on the camping & outdoors papers for a nice rustic feel. I love using themed papers for things they weren’t originally intended for!! I placed the year on the bracket sticker from the Discover USA paper crafting kit and layered a clear floral sticker from the Productivity Sticker book on the bracket as well. To make the flower pop off the bracket I first mounted it on white card stock before I adhered it to the bracket. Here is a close up:

You can see I also used a 3/4 inch circle punch to punch a few circles to layer above the title. I think this makes it more pleasing to the eye. I also added a small heart sticker from the Productivity sticker book to give this cluster balance.

For the lower right embellishment cluster I used a lot of layering starting with a die cut circle from the Baby Boy Banner double sided paper. I then layered a square sticker from the Productivity Sticker book on top and then added this cute boot sticker on top of the square. The small heart and word strip are also from the Productivity Sticker book and I layered them to the left of the larger sticker grouping to add some balance.

Here is the inside of my “To Do” list journey book. I added a mirco flower sticker near the pre-printed title to jazz it up and I also added some matching washi tape at the bottom of the pages.

Supplies Used: Flower Micro stickers; llama washi tape set

I decided that checks are just a tad boring so to jazz it up a bit so I used the Flower Micro stickers to dot my check boxes. This indicates a finished project on my “to do ” list! Micro stickers are so great for so many of your projects!!

I hope this helps inspire you to make a list of things to get done in the upcoming new year!! To see more of my fun Paper House projects you can follow me on IG as lisantexas or visit my blog: My Creative Endeavors. Happy creating!!

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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World Card Making Day – Card Sketch!

It’s time to celebrate World Card Making Day! October is always a month I look forward to for many reasons, but one of the reasons is World Card Making Day! I always enjoy taking one day to just create cards, I create all types of cards and usually this is when I get started on my Christmas cards! Today I have made a card sketch to help jump start your creativity in getting some cards made! Here is the sketch:

Here is a card I created based on this sketch:

Supplies Used: Explore Your World Tags Double Sided Paper; Discover USA tags double sided paper, navy blue cardstock; Kawaii Not? planner stickers

The yellow Explore Your World paper is so pretty and good for more then just traveled themed projects as you can see! I have used this paper for so many things, it is my favorite paper from the Explore Your World line! I cut out the middle of my tag and used some cellophane from an old package to add to the middle of my tag just to give it some visual interest. Here is a close up:

I popped up all the stickers on pop dots to give more textrue to my card. Often when I do this with thinner planner stickers I add them first to a piece of cardstock then add the pop dots to pop them up. In the case of my “hello sunshine” sticker I added it to silver cardstock and when I cut it out I left a slight edge showing to accent the silver words even more. I added a very small star circle sticker to the top of my tag in lieu of twine or ribbon since I plan on mailing this card out to one of my friends this next week! These little planner stickers are great in place of brads on projects where you don’t want the bulk!

I hope you will play along with us in honor of World Card Making Day and create a fun card using this sketch! If you do make sure and visit us at Paper House Creates and post your card there so we can see your amazing work and be inspired! I will be posting cards throughout the month of October in honor of World Card Making Day so make sure an follow me on Instagram (lisantexas) to see my latest creation!!

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!

Feel free to check out my blog: https://longlivelivletters.blogspot.com/ or my instagram https://www.instagram.com/longliveliv/ for more crafty inspiration.

Journey Book Planning Inspiration from our Creative Team

Our Creative Team uses their Journey Books in a variety of way from memory keeping to planning to bullet journaling. Here’s some examples of what they were up to with them last month!

First up is Kristal – using hers to document quotes that caught her attention. She broke her Journey Book into 8 blocks using one for each day and one to decorate.

Kristal is using our Creative Journaling Stickers along with Washi Tape and some Stargazer Stickers on this spread!
Kristal keeps her approach similar from week to week – so she knows right where to start! Then she fills in the details with Creative Journaling Stickers and Washi Tape!
Kristal makes this look so fun and easy and yet so very creative!

Next up we have Jenny who uses hers for planning and habit tracking!

Jenny manages to get a lot of stickers on there in combination with her drawing and writing.

This before the pen spread from Jenny has so many fun details. How about how she incorporated that pocket sticker!?!
Just like Kristal, you can see that Jenny keeps a similar format in hers. You can definitely see that she loves color and uses stickers with lots of color in them!

Now let’s take a look at Liz and how she is using hers!

Liz uses hers for a traditional planner but has blocks similar to what we saw from Kristal!
For this summery spread, Liz didn’t draw in blocks but there’s still a great separation between days thanks to the fun stickers she used!

Washi Tape Anyone?

Although we already highlighted some spreads from Jenny – we wanted to show you how she keeps track of her Washi Tape! This one has her Harry Potter Washi!
And this one showcases some of her other favorites! We agree with her! Give us all the Washi!

Supply List

You can find all of the Journey Books, Stickers, Washi Tape and more in our shop! Head there now to grab all the supplies!

Makes You Happy Foil Paper encouragement cards!

Hi Lisa here to share with you some quick and easy encouragement cards I made to keep in my purse using the Makes You Happy foiled paper from the Colorwashed collection. These cards do not open and on the back I like to add a piece of graph paper so I can hand write a personal note to the recipient. Here are my cards:

Supplies Used: Makes You Happy Foil Paper; Butterflies washi tape; Butterflies faux enamel stickers; Succulent Faux enamel stickers; Summer fun washi tape set, butterflies washi tape set; Llama washi tape set

These cut apart cards make even the novice paper crafter look like a pro!! You can go SUPER simple with these cards like I did with this one. This card was just cut apart from the larger paper sheet and then I added a strip of washi tape from the Butterflies washi tape set along the side of the card. To dress it up even more and to bring out the gold foil on the word “happy” I added an offset faux enamel butterfly sticker! This fun quote is sure to encourage someone and brighten their day!!

On my next card I stepped it up a bit and added a stamped quote on a piece of graph paper mounted on card stock. I then embellished my stamped quote by adding a doily under the top left corner of the quote. I added two faux enamel butterflies to this card of different sizes and at opposite corners to add visual interest and offset the larger doily. Nothing adds a finished look more easily then washi tape. I added two strips of washi tape from the butterflies washi tape set & the Llama washi tape set to balance out the card. This shows you how well the washi tape from different collections works so well together!!

The next card definitely took more time and was a bit more complex. For this card I layered two sizes of cards from the Makes You Happy foiled paper. I hand wrote my scripture and offset it using washi tape from the Summer fun washi tape set. I then added 2 adorable succulent faux enamel stickers to balance out my card and give it lots of sparkle and shine!

I hope these cards give you an idea of how you can make something look gorgeous with just a little bit of work. Remember many of the amazing Paper House products coordinate very well together to give your projects that stunning look of a a pro crafter who spent hours creating a special project! Why not create a few of these fun cards to keep on hand when your friends need a little pick me up??!! If you need to stock up on products to make your next project use my code PH19LISA to get 20% off your order!

DINO-MITE Composition Notebook

Hey everyone, so altered things is another one of my favs to do.  With it being back to school time you can usually get a good deal on composition notebooks so I grabbed one with a project in mind.  My grandson is a dinosaur freak….he knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs (he is 9 and can talk about dinosaurs for the entire day lol)

So i took a plain composition notebook and altered it for him to write in.  I started with the notebook, these awesome dinosaur stickers, adhesive sheets, and the tree bark paper.

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So first I simply cut the paper to fit the cover of the notebook.  I did cut it slightly bigger so I didn’t have to worry about putting it on the adhesive straight.  Next I placed the adhesive sheet on the cover of the notebook.

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I then puller them up by the tab (the adhesive will stay on the album) and placed the pattern paper on the cover.  Next I opened the notebook and cut the extra off with my blade and i used a file just on the corners.

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Now it was time to make it his by adding the dinosaur stickers and his name on the book.  I added a little keepsake envelope into the inside for the extra dino stickers I didn’t use so he can place them anywhere in the notebook.I’m sure he will write all kings of things about dinosaurs in this book!

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Supplies used:

Tree Bark Single-Sided Paper

Dinosaur Shaped Sticker Pack

Thanks for stopping by the blog today….hope your next creation is DINO-MITE!!

~Stacy

Explore More Mini Album

Hey everyone, Stacy here to share with you a fun mini album I created using the Paper House outdoor papers and of course the fun stickers & clips that go along with it!

So lets start with the cover…I love to use the cut apart sheets as embellies for my albums..and the clip and sticks were such a fun way to dress it up.  I tied a little ribbon on the side.

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Ok now we can dive inside….It’s not secret I love mini albums and pockets and flaps so…I created this mini album with some chipboard I had in my stash, i made some smaller pages to alternate between the bigger pages.  We have a couple places for photo mats, journaling inserts and some fun stickers.

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Some of the cut a parts I simply punched holes in to make them small additions pages within the album.

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Ok so my next page…i’m getting into planners and the journey books, so I took a page out of a jouney book to create a custom mini album page.  I used the stickers from The Great Outdoors planner set, and of course added a clip at the top.

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Next another pocket with the slide out photo mat….the crazy thing is I don’t even camp but this line was so fun to work with!

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So this next page it maybe a little hard to see but there is a clear pocket that the cut a part is inserted into.

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Well I have to say if you love camping, fishing or anything outdoors this is the line for you.  It is super fun to work with, the colors are awesome, and it would make a great way for you to display one of your outdoors trips.

Supplies Used:

Into The Woods Double Sided Paper

Call Of The Wild Double Sided Paper

Camping Tags Double Sided Paper

Fishing Tags Double Sided Paper

Outdoors Epoxy Clips

Great Outdoors Rice Paper Borders

Great Outdoors Tags Double Sided Paper

Great Outdoors Planner Stickers

Great Outdoors Epoxy Sticker

Gone Fishin’ Double Sided Paper

Happy Camper Double Sided Paper

Thanks for stopping by….don’t forget to hop over and grab all of these goodies!

~Stacy

Bible Journaling with Faux Enamel Stickers

Hi it’s Lisa here today to share with you one of my favorite things to use in my journaling bible…faux enamel stickers! These stickers have such shine and glam up any project! They also add dimension to your projects, but without all the bulk! This is great not only for bible journaling but for many other types of creative projects! When I was studying this verse I immediately thought of the beautiful Succulent faux enamel stickers.

Supplies Used: Succulent Faux Enamel stickers; Summer Fun washi tape; Panda 3D stickers (heart); butterflies faux enamel stickers

I tend to like to journal only in the margins provided for me so I don’t like to use any stickers that are to large. The adorable glitter heart is from the 3D panda sticker set & is the perfect size to act as a lovely accent for my cactus. I love using the thin washi tape to break up my white space and separate my handwritten notes from the title I created using letter stickers. Here is a close up of the lovely gold foiled washi tape that is from the Summer fun washi tape collection, I use this washi tape a lot!

In this picture you can also see the lovely gold faux enamel butterfly sticker. I love how most of the sticker sets have stickers of varying sizes so you are able to have extra tiny ones to add in those little white spaces that just need a bit of sparkle or shine!! The micro stickers are also perfect for these tiny accents but this faux enamel butterfly sticker kept with the faux enamel look that the succulent stickers gave my page.

I would love to have you follow me on Instagram – I’m lisantexas there! I share a lot of different paper projects using the amazing Paper House stickers and other products there! You can also use my code PH19LISA to get 20% off your next sticker order!! Happy creating!