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Sketch This! October Contest

10/01/14

Happy October, everyone!  It’s my favorite month and I can’t think of a better way to ring it in than with another fabulous sketch contest here at Fancy Pants Designs! Check out this month’s sketch from Jenny Evans:
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I used a fun mix of True Friend and Everyday Circus on my interpretation of this sketch.

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I stuck to a pretty literal interpretation but added my own touches to make my photos work with the design.  The diagonal papers at the bottom edge add a distinct look that I didn’t want to change.

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I also kept the layers of patterned paper to serve as a mat for the photos and tucked little bits around the edges.  The small circles on the sketch were perfect places to add sequins!

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I changed up the positioning of the banners under the photos and the used a smaller flower and button combo instead of the larger circle and star.  I moved everything to the right to avoid covering the legs of the deer.  You definitely still see the basic framework of the sketch.

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Create a page with this sketch and enter to win a prize pack from us, along with a chance to be our featured designer in next month’s newsletter! In order for us to view your layouts post them on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram (@fancypantsdesigns) by November 10th, making sure to use this month’s sketch, along with Fancy Pants Designs products.

Fancy Pants Designs Collection Used: True Friend, Everyday Circus

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Guest Designer: Jen Chesnick

09/30/14

Please welcome a huge friend of Fancy Pants today, Jen Chesnick! We love Jen’s fresh and funky style and she completely blew us away with how much she created as our guest.  Now that’s some product love!!

Hi my name is Jen Chesnick (I go by Chez too. A long time family nickname that I married into and it just kind of took a life of its own.) Currently I live in the great state of Maryland with my husband Bill, my daughter Parker and my bonus daughter Tori. I sell cheese and crackers by day for Mondelez International and by night I craft, scrapbook, obsess over Pinterest and Facebook. Not only am I a social media addict, I watch almost all reality TV… it’s quite ridiculous. Remember The Real World? That’s where it ALL started. When I am not cooped up in the house I like to travel, and don’t be shocked but I love to camp. As long as I have wi-fi and a power strip all is well in the world.

I started scrapbooking in 2006 after seeing one of my Mothers scrapbooks. I’ve always been a pretty crafty gal. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of making crafts in Girl Scouts and patching together random fabric pieces making clothes. Paper crafting has turned into a full on obsession.

- What is your favorite kind of project to create?  This is a tough one! Mini Albums really are a staple for me and I love creating them.  I know for most people they take a long time, but typically I can put one together faster than a layout! Hard to believe, but if you have great products and inspiring photos I think its easy.

- What is you current favorite FPD product?  Die-cuts, hands down!  Although the Burlap Bows are to-die-for.  Each collection has such great die-cuts.  They add so much depth to a page and the designs are always so cute.

- How has your work grown throughout the years?  Gosh! Again another hard question.  My style has certainly evolved over the past 7ish years.  I also think my photography skills have gotten better as well.  So the photos of my projects are better.  I look back at older layouts and think gosh that would look much better if the photo was better.  I’ve found my style and what I like to work with and I’ve stuck to it.  I don’t hoard supplies like I used to.  I buy what I know I will use and love.

Heck Yes: This layout is my favorite of the bunch.  The large title in black (I rarely use black!) just stands out and screams at ya.  I love that.  I used 3D foam squares to pop the title up even further.

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Vacation Happy:  For this layout my starting point was actually the titles cut file.  Fancy Pants has files available in the Silhouette store and I snagged them all up.  Again I used black so it would stand out around all the pretty colors of Me-ology.

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You & Her: This was the last layout I made in my tear through all the fun bits of Me-ology.  I really couldn’t help myself.  I used a glitter marker to change the color of the ampersand to fit my scheme better.  I also wanted to be sure to sneak that big camera into a layout somewhere.  The corrugated paper makes a nice backdrop for pattern papers and adds some heft to your projects.

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You are my Greatest Adventure:  This mini album took me no time at all.  I truly LOVE how it came together.  I used a wood album I picked up my local craft store.  I sprayed the wood gold and layered up every flower I could cut out from Burlap & Bouquets.  The burlap bows are by far my favorite thing EVER.  I printed my photos out at roughly 4×6 and made them the star on each page.

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Thanks so much, Jen, for these gorgeous projects and for sharing your talent with us today!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Burlap and Bouquets, Me-ology

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Fancy Cuts: Birthday Cards

09/29/14

Hello Fancy Pants friends! Yuki here today to share fun birthday cards using a fussy cutting technique with you.

In the Fancy Pants Designs collections, there are so many patterned papers which I want to do fussy cutting.

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The Lucky Number from the Everyday Circus collection is perfect for birthday cards. I just cut the numbers that I needed from the paper then adhered to my card like this.

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I also cut several stars then added them, too. I love these stars, they are small but they can be a fun and colorful accent.

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I created another card using the Lucky Number and Fresh Bouquet from the Burlap and Bouquet collection.

I cut those beautiful flowers from the Fresh Bouquet paper then created my own bouquet using them!

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I love to use several lines in the same project. I would like you to enjoy mixing the Fancy Pants Designs collections. Don’t forget to share your Fancy Pants Designs layouts and projects with us on our Facebook page… we would love to see them!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Fancy Pants Collections Used: Burlap and BouquetsEveryday Circus

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True Friend: Washi Tape from Paper!

09/26/14

Hello Friends! What a wonderful time these friends recently experienced in New York sharing spectacular sights, fabulous food and the culture of this amazing city. These magnificent photos were taken to remember the time they shared while having so much fun!

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The gorgeous True Friend collection was perfect to compliment the colors captured in the photos.  The new collection features a very pretty color pallet geared toward friends and life – perfect for capturing good friendship and life experiences. The smaller designs in the 6×6 Paper Pad were perfect to use on the layout and complimented the colors in the photos. Cut three pieces 3 ½ “ x 6 “ and adhere about an inch from the bottom of the layout.

The ‘picture viewer’ was die cut from a sheet from the paper pad that was first adhered to a 6 x 6 piece of chipboard. This makes it easier to match and align the paper and chipboard die cut pieces. A small heart was cut from one of the corners once the picture viewer was cut.

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Adhere a photo behind a Photo Frame and adhere onto the picture viewer. Add a ticket and a word phrase from the Ephemera Pack. Create the personalized text using letters from the Sticker Fundamental sheet and adhere to the Photo Frame. Adhere a few sequins to the right of the frame.

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How to create washi tape to match the layout: Adhere strips of clear Sellotape (strip of sticky and transparent tape that is sold in a roll used for joining together things such as paper) onto the paper and cut along the top and bottom edges of the tape. Burnish the tape onto the paper using the bone folder or the handle of a pair of scissors. Place strips into a bowl of water for a few minutes. Gently roll the paper from the back of the tape with your fingers to reveal a semi-transparent strip. Adhere to the heart with double-sided tape or other adhesive of choice, wrapping around the back of the heart.

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Select and fussy-cut a zig zag strip from the Good Times paper. Adhere this strip across the bottom of the layout. Tuck a trimmed 4×3 Brag Card under a section of the zig zag piece. Adhere the heart with foam squares. Add sequins as seen in image. Adhere one of the ‘picture viewer’ squares and a word phrase from the Sticker Fundamentals sheet. The phrase can be raised with foam strips to create dimension.

Please share your Fancy Pants Designs layouts and projects with us on our Facebook page that reflect having fun together with friends… we would love to see them.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used:  True Friends

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True Friend: Spotlight on Frames

09/25/14

Greetings, everyone! Today I’m coming to you with a Spotlight feature on the Photo Frames that come with every collection… specifically True Friend.  I am in love with this line and one of my favorite embellishments is the Photo Frames.  On a layout they make the perfect border for photos, or even journaling areas.  But today I’m showing you a fun different way to use these frames:

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I created this hanging double sided tag for my best friend because her kids are my kids best friends… what better reason for a gift of friendship than two generations of BFFs?

Each tag has a 2 x 3 photo and there are a couple of the small pocket cards sandwiched in between.

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I used an assortment of embellishments to decorate each side.  For such a small canvas I managed to squeeze on tickets, die cuts, flair, buttons, stickers, and sequins, using foam dots to elevate some elements for dimension.  I hung a small ribbon tassel from the bottom and strung a bow on the top to hang the tag.

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I also made a sweet little pillow box to wrap the tag in… because more cute is always better!

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I used another frame on the front of the wrapped pillow box as a focal point and a way to tie the whole project together.  I tied a ribbon around the center of the box and tucked a few embellishments around the frame.  I just adore those little critters!

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Thanks for stopping by today to see a fun new way to use your photo frames!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: True Friend

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True Friend: Picture This

09/24/14

Hi friends, Kim here. Today let’s look at scrapping with multiple photos. I thought I’d challenge myself a little and explore using four photos on a smaller 8.5″ x 11″ format, in such a way that I retain my white space and keep the design uncluttered without being too simple.

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I printed four square photos from my iPhone in black and white and arranged them in a square, then printed them out on my home printer. Keeping them black and white reduced their potential to cause visual busy-ness.  The finished size is: 3.75″ x 3.75″.

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Raising a variety of different layers with 3D adhesive creates shadows and airiness.

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Trim down a journal card and have it nestle amongst well positioned accents, saving space and creating pretty clusters.

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Cut Fancy Pants Designs vellum paper into delicate leaf shapes. Their translucence adds interest to the page without clutter.

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Lifting the photo collage with a tiny peg on top of a layer of Fancy Pants Designs vellum paper again adds light, whereas the colored sequins and ink splatters help ground the layout and balance colors.

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Have fun with ephemera and die cuts. A sweet scene can enhance the most sophisticated of pages.

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The result: a smaller format page with four photos with enough white space to still breathe, yet the interesting clusters positioned around the page cause movement.

I can definitely see more of this format in my future.  Thanks for stopping by.

Remember to carry on posting your beautiful work to our Facebook page and hashtag with #fancypantsdesigns for us to be able to see your creations on Instagram. We are always looking for gorgeous work to showcase in our Fancy Pants Designs emag/newsletter which you can download HERE.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: True Friend, Vellum Paper

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