Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crafting with Scallop Circles

I love paper punches and die cuts, and my favorite one of all by far is the 2-inch scallop circle. These cute bits of paper goodness are so versatile, you can use them pretty much for anything!

scallop paper circle crafts
You can make cute little gift enclosures like the one I made above.

cupcake topper
You can make cupcake toppers or food picks by simply attaching a sticker to the center and taping a toothpick to the back.

scallop circles
You can use them to make paper bunting, gift tags, to label jars, to add a focal point to invitations and stationery - you name it! 

Feeling creative? Hop on over to my Etsy shop and get yourself a set of 30 scallop card stock circles available in eight different colors. Choose your favorite or mix and match to create your own customized set. It's a great way to acquire a few pieces to play and experiment without having to purchase the paper punch itself if it's not something you'll be using often. 

Go ahead and give 'em a try. You'll be crafting like a pro in no time!

~Dio

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, everyone! Stay away from those cupcakes. They might look good, but...

Handmade by Dio Perez, Designer/Illustrator/Owner Paisley In Paris™
Tee-hee...

~ Dio
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Friday, April 3, 2015

"Cafecito Con Leche" Printable Kitchen Decor

Spanish Lettering Framed Art

Yay - It's Freebie Friday!
Yes my friends, "Freebie Friday" is back on the blog! I decided to revive the posts, but rather than doing it randomly as I had in the past, I am aiming to post a new printable the first Friday of every month. All freebies will be accessed through my website, and you will be notified via Instagram and Facebook when a new printable is available so make sure you're following Paisley In Paris™ on social media so you don't miss out!

What is "Cafecito con Leche y Canelita"?
Today's hand-lettered piece was inspired by my hubby and our love of coffee. The text reads "Cafecito con Leche y Canelita" which is Spanish for "Coffee with Milk and Cinnamon". This is a daily must in our household, mostly for my husband. I like a little variety, so I mix it up a bit and alternate between coffee, green shakes or tea throughout the week.

How to prepare Cafecito con Leche y Canelita
We drink mostly instant coffee since we're not home long enough in the mornings to drink a whole pot. To prepare it, we:
  1. Add a small cinnamon stick (aka "canela" or "canelita") into a small pot full of water and let it boil. Once it's boiling, we cover it with a lid so the water has time to absorb the flavor of the cinnamon. (We use the cinnamon stick several times before throwing it out. And yes, the pot has a permanent place on our stove. We just add more water to it the next day.)
  2. Pour the cinnamon water into a cup, fill it about 2/3 of the way and add the desired amount of instant coffee ("café" or "cafecito").
  3.  Fill the rest of the cup with milk ("leche") instead of creamer. 
  4. Sweeten with a teaspoon of honey or brown sugar if desired.
  5. Enjoy!
And that my friends, is a great way to start the day. We also have an electric percolator. When we use it, we simply include a small cinnamon stick with the coffee and let it brew. Once the coffee has brewed, follow steps 2-5. 

To download a copy of this 8.5"x11" printable, click here.

~ Dio
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Showers

Last night's bedtime doodles were inspired by the start of the new month and the old saying that says "April showers bring May flowers."

Hand lettering by Dio Perez

I drew it on a regular 8.5"x11"sheet of paper, using my black Tombow Dual Brush Pen* for the lettering and gelly roll pens for color. Thought it would be cute on a calendar, so I added the days of the week and dates underneath. My little freehand calendar would have turned out perfect, had it not been for day 16. Now day 16 looks very bold compared to the rest. Hope it's a sign that something special is going to happen on that day. Keeping my fingers crossed!

April 2015, hand-lettered calendar

~Dio
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Menu Planner, Printable Download

Hi there! I's Freebie Friday here at the Paisley In Paris™ blog! I'm very excited about today's printable download. I know that most wonderful and organized hosts have already decorated their homes and planed out every detail. But for all you busy bees that haven't quite had a chance to get to it, I have a little gift that might come in handy...my new Easter Menu and Event Planner!
Printable Download by Dio Perez
The planner provides space for you to jot down your entrees, side dishes, desserts, snacks, condiments, beverages, and even includes a quick check-off list for your setup, and an area for you to enter notes and kids activities. One of my favorite features, is the shopping list at the bottom. Just cut on the dotted line and take only the shopping list with you, so your planner stays safe at home, where you need it.  So head on over to my website and get your complimentary copy today. Happy planning my friends! 

~ Dio

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Let It Flow" Productivity Mantra & Free Download


I am the queen of busy! I work a full time job, I have a half-hour commute in each direction, a 10 year old with extracurricular activities, a hard working husband whom I like to spoil with home cooked meals, a workout routine I'm trying hard not to break and I have tons and tons of ideas for my stationery business along with other personal goals. One day, in the midst of daily chaos, I slowed down to pray and meditate. "When?" I asked, "When will I have time to do everything I want to do for my business?" and as I asked, the answer came to me..."Let it flow". You see, it doesn't matter how busy we are or how much time we have available. The truth is, no matter what our tasks are, we will get through them one step at a time. It doesn't matter if we have 10 hours a day to work on a desired project, or just 1 hour in 10 days. Whether we have a chunk of time all at once or scattered throughout our week, we still have to fill that time with the steps involved in the process to accomplish our goals. So all we can do is remain consistent, keep working at it, "let if flow" and it will come to fruition.

The phrase has since become a productivity mantra for me. I used the phrase to create this hand-lettered document which includes a few lines to write down the goals I want to focus on at the moment. Once I write them down, I feel as if I were releasing them to the universe. I trust that I will be provided with the time and opportunities to achieve each goal, as I continue working towards them, one step at a time. 

I have set up a complimentary printable file which you can access through my website in hopes that you find both inspiration and motivation to remain focused and on task. Now come on - let's go make our dreams come true!

~ Dio

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Doggy Baby Shower Invitations

Doggy with Bandana Collar baby shower collection

In honor of St. Paddy's Day, I'm sharing with you today my newest, latest and greenest baby shower collection titled "Bandana Doggy". The cards and address labels are available in other colors, such as aqua and golden yellow, but keep in mind that you can always  change the background color of any of these items by simply clicking  the  "customize it!" button and selecting the  color of your choice - easy peasy, right?!
The entire collection is available in my zazzle shop at PaisleyInParis.com

~ Dio
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

And yet another creativity challenge

Earlier in the year I had committed myself to a personal challenge which I called the "365 days of Dio doodles" in which I intended to draw and post my sketches to Instagram every day of 2015. That went well for a couple of weeks, then work got a little crazy and my doodles became a little inconsistent from mid January and well into February. I work full-time, so I normally draw during my afternoon breaks however, when things get really hectic, instead of drawing I like to find a quiet place in my building to close my eyes, focus on my breathing and meditate for a few minutes before heading back to my desk to crank out more work. 
With the workload being more manageable these days, not only have I started doodling again, but I'm also participating in a lettering challenge called #meetyourselfmarch by @ckelso, via Instagram. I find that combining both, my personal doodling challenge and the lettering challenge, really helps me stay focused and excited about what I'll be drawing next. It's only in the last couple of years that I have become more interested in finding my own lettering style, and the more I draw in my sketchbook, the more I find that my favorite sketches are those accompanied by words. 
Another advantage of participating in the lettering challenge is that I don't have to think of what to draw. I just follow the prompts, let the creativity flow and discover something about myself along way. The best part of it though, is that I get to share it with you!

Above is my doodle for day 2 of the lettering challenge. The prompt was "3 Things that would make my ideal morning," and to which I happily answered by illustrating  "cuddles, pancakes and coffee." Yum! How about you? What would make your mornings ideal?

~ Dio
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