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It’s My Party: Mini Gifts

09/29/16

Hello Friends! It is now officially fall here in the US.  If you have ever been to New England while the leaves are changing, it truly is romantic, and something you see in movies.  Fall in the northern states is just magical. I was lucky enough to live in NY and CT for a few years, however I am now typing this from Florida…where it is not fall, temperature wise hahahaha.

I digress. Fall brings lots of birthdays, fall parties, homecoming dances, tailgate get togethers, halloween parties, school parties… just lots of invitations start arriving.  From now until December someone in my family has something to attend every single weekend.  That means I need to have lots of little gifts and party favors to make and have on hand to give away.

Today I am sharing with you a few different ways to package up money, candy, gift cards, lotions etc… anything small.

Can we just talk about how awesome the Good Fellows collection is?  Those colors scream fall to me. I love it!

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I really had a great time creating with this collection. All of the colors are just so bright and happy.

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Pillow boxes are the perfect way to hide a gift card or cash, plus they are fun to make and are super cute.  I die cut the pattern paper using a die, however you could use a electronic die cutter to create this or even buy one from the store and decorate it.

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Who doesn’t love a little treat box?!  These will fit candy, a gift card, money, jewelry, hand sanitizer… anything that you would give away as a party favor.  Again, I die cut this using the Good Fellows collection and a treat box die.

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I absolutely love decorating a glassine bag and packaging a baked good or candy in them.  It’s really easy, it makes your gift look professional and the recipient feel loved.  Who doesn’t love a kraft bag?  I start to freak out internally when I start to get low on my stash.

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These would be so cute put in a basket for your guests to take one as they left or given to make someone feel special!  The Fancy Pants Designs Good Fellows collection is a sure way to make all of your fall crafts look spectacular!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Good Fellows

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1Beginning, 3 Different Looks

09/28/16

‘Morning FP friends!

Today I am here to share a couple of cards with you.  I decided to use the Millie & June collection and keep my base design of my cards rather simple.  The base is white cardstock and one patterned paper backed with foam.  From there I built up each card with embellishments.   Let’s take a look…

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Here are my three cards.  The embellishments make them all look different but, truly, they have all started with the same base.

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You can see here how I started my first base.  Then adding the embellishments with foam for additional depth.

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This side view shows you how the  foam creates just enough depth to each card.

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Thank you for taking a look.  Any of the recent collections are perfect for making cards.  These would all make perfect hand delivered cards.  If mailing, I would need to add additional postage.  

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Millie & June

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Alter Ego: Shoe Box to Art Box

09/27/16

Art Box Cover by Evelynpy
I have a son and he loves art things. So when I found a white shoe box of mine I changed it into a DIY cute art box which can save some of his favorites to create some art projects.

Art Box Details 1 by Evelynpy
Art Box Details 2 by Evelynpy
I covered the shoe box with a patterned paper that I like. Because the shoe box is white I just covered the top of it and layered it with some embellishments.

Art Box Details 3 by Evelynpy
To make it look cute and like something my son will proud of it when he brings it I layered some icons such as a bicycle, sun, hot air balloon and some flair. I also pasted his name using those puffy stickers. So he can save his art things, also he can recognize his name plus some new things at the same time.

Art Box Details 4 by Evelynpy
Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Millie & June, Life is Beautiful, Good Fellows

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Spotlight on Paper Bows

09/26/16

Hello everyone. Christin here today with a Spotlight layout.  Who said anything about the Good Fellows collections being a collection just for men/boys?? Not me. To help me give this layout that special girly feeling I have added lots of gold paper bows. I love the white ones with gold dots – I have used them all.  If you use the paper bows for altered projects keep the bow nice and round, but in a layout don’t be afraid to flatten it a little – remember it will go into an album.

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To help even more with making this a girly layout I found some extra help in the Life is Beautiful collection and also the Milli & June collection. A few extra pieces of aqua and pink together with the gold from the paper bows does all the trick.  For my background I just dropped lots of different colors using a brush.

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I also created a little visual effect by placing the paper bows in a triangle. I usually don’t think about design principles when I create. I do notice some of them when my layout is finished and I wanted to point some of them out. I also did small clusters of embellishments. When I do lots of mixed media I often want to keep the use of embellishment down… I don’t want the page to be too crowded, especially if my colors are bold. However, if my background is softer and not so busy I feel the need to add more embellishment to add to the focal point – my photo. A photo that is taken out in the wheat field just outside our house.  

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Don’t be afraid to mix the collections or add some extra gold – a paper bow is never wrong on a girly page.

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Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Good Fellows, Millie & June, Life is Beautiful

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Heritage Week: Me and Mom

09/23/16

Hey everyone, Amy here to share a project to round up our Heritage Week.  I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever done a project with older photos, but I’ve been holding on to this picture of my mom and I and I knew it’d be perfect for this week.  Here is the layout I created to document this special photo.

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The 
Millie & June line was perfect for my project, with all the mom-themed embellishments. Since I used a larger photo, some background patterned paper and embellishment clusters were all I really needed. I die-cut some flowers on my cameo to ground my embellishments and added some gold ampersands from the Office Suite collection. Here are some closeups.

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I hope you enjoyed Heritage Week and are inspired to scrapbook some of those older photos you have lying around.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Millie & JuneOffice Suite

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Heritage Week: Grandma’s House

09/22/16

Hey Friends!

I was so excited when I realized this was going to be heritage week.  I LOVE using my old family photos!  I had recently come across some photos of my Grandma in front of her house. I was so happy that the photos had Grandma standing outside in front of her window box  of geraniums.  I knew my grandma had a green thumb, from way back when her and Grandpa lived on the farm.  I remember one time soon after I was married I was talking with her about plants and asking how she grew such beautiful geraniums.  She told me that she has had the  same ones for years.  She said she just dug them up in the fall, knocked the dirt off of them, and put them in a bag in the cellar. She brought them out in the spring and nurtured them until they were the  beauties in her flower box. I remember being amazed because I didn’t even know that was possible. My Grandma, like many other who lived through the Depression Era, was thrifty. But also, living in rural SD, a store that carried things like plants wasn’t just down the street like many of us have the luxury of having now. (They had one grocery store on main street lol) . I love remembering these things. These are the kinds of memories that photographs trigger and why preserving them in albums is so important to me.

I used the “Millie and June” collection for this layout.  I love the colors in this line and they just seem so fitting for these photos of my Gram.

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From the very beginning I knew I wanted to incorporate the beautiful gold “Grandma” word from the Puffy Sticker Sheet. It’s so  perfect! I just love the font.

I also used some of the cute little heart embellishment from the sheet. To finish out my title I used letters from the Patterned Puffy Alphabet Letters.

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What “Grandma layout” is right without one of the coordinating bows from the Paper Bow Set? :)   A strip of that gorgeous Glitter Washi Tape was a fun accent towards the bottom of the page. I think it really helps pull the different sized photos together. Oh, and of course the addition of some of the pieces from the Ephemera Pack. I love using foam square under them so they stand off the page.

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I don’t always do lot of journaling on my layouts, but for a page like this, yes, definitely. Although my boys knew her and spent time at her house, I remember so many things about her from my childhood that my kids may not even know. I want to share these stories so they know more about her. Sometimes if I want to add some personal journaling I will just attach a note to the back of the page.  But… for this layout I’ve decided I’m going to do another page that will go opposite it in the album. Just a page of journaling. It will be fun to just fill a page of memories about her. Her quilts, her cinnamon rolls, her flowers, and all the other amazing memories I have of her.

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It was fun putting together this layout of my Gram. Although I think of her often, the time I spent  working on this layout was also spent reminiscing. As I stitched on my layout I thought of how my Grandma loved to sew.  I looked at the photos and remembered the aqua color of her house with the white trim. Of her pink kitchen and how amazing  it smelled when she baked cinnamon rolls.

I hope you  found some inspiration here today. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Millie & June

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