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It’s My Party


Hello there friends! Zsoka here to share my new layout with you today.

I’ve used Kim Watson’s Joy Parade collection for this. I find this collection to be great for scrapping party/celebration photos so, just like last time, I chose some photos from my son’s birthday party.

I chose a background cut file and cut this a bit smaller than 12×12 because I wanted to add a border around it. I backed the file with 8 different patterned papers. Since the openings are quite small I used papers from the 6×6 paper pad, because the patterns are smaller and more visible. This process took a while, so I was watching some of my favourite TV shows while working on this :). Once done I glued the cut file on a 12×12 sheet of paper from the same collection. It’s got this ombre look to it and I loved the way that looked as a frame.

I chose 3 photos of my son and his best friend… aren’t they adorable? I love these two! I printed these photos in the same size as the big squares of the cut file and placed them in the middle (I knew I was going to do this, so I did NOT back the middle row!). I went with black and white photos because my background is very busy and I still wanted the photos to stand out. I layered some white tissue paper behind the photos to give them a lift and a bit of a bigger white border.

I was dying to use the puffy alphas from this collection! I love them so much! Eventually I ended up using a die cut as part of my title too, to add more interest.

Finally I added some embellishments around my photos: tags, labels and die cuts. There were these two party hats I loved. I glued them on top of my son’s head – just for fun really!

I added my date on a tag above my photo. I did not add any journaling because this layout is part of a series I’m going to have in my album and I already wrote journaling on some others.

I encourage you to try using a mix of patterned papers for your background… it’s fun! You can always tame it with black and white photos and accents/borders to achieve a well balanced look.

Thank you for stopping by today! See you soon!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy Parade


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Happy Day Shadowbox


With Christmas and New Year festivities over I’m starting to feel the blahs of a long (sometimes dreary) Nebraska winter setting in.  I need some color in my life! Something bright, cheery and happy!  How about you?  Well look no further.  The Joy Parade collection and a little craft time might be just what we need. I  pulled out this beautiful collection and then looked into my “to alter” bin to see what might call to me.

I found this wood box I had picked up from the Dollar Store.  It was actually a drawer organizer with a removable divider in the middle.  I saw… shadowbox!

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If you’re looking for “cheerful” you can’t go wrong with this collection. After covering my box with beautiful papers I used some wire to add to these Ephemera pieces to create flowers in the little bottles. I loved the cute Puffy Sticker pieces I decided to use in the center of my flowers.

I should mention I had the “Happy Day” title pieces in my mind as part of the design as soon as I saw them. Yes! I added them with mounting tape so that they would be slightly raised from the back of the box.

I added some confetti type glitter to the bottom just because… what’s a party without confetti and glitter, right?

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Now all my little Happy Day box needed was a banner.  It’s a great way to show off some of the pretty paper designs. (Oh, and I added some Puffy Stickers to those also). Just to amp up the cuteness factor.

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Now my cheery little shadowbox hangs in my craft room.  I had fun making it and now I’m enjoying having it in here to brighten things up on the dreary winter days ahead. That’s a win, win.😉

If you need some fun colorful papers to brighten up your winter days Joy Parade is perfect.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used:  Joy Parade


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The Best Time


Sometimes when I look through a collection I get really excited about all the amazing patterns and really want to feature them on a page.  I tried to design this layout on many different patterned sheets and none of them felt right.  They were too busy along with the rest of the elements I wanted to use.  So, as you can see, the final result was a white background that really let the rest of it pop.

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My photos were originally pretty bright colors and too primary to coordinate.  I love the look of bold black and white prints against the graphic color blocks. The entire photo area is made from my photos and a series of brag cards that are the perfect size side by side.

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I used foam dots to elevate several pieces around the page.  Everything was a balance between adding visual interest without overwhelming the eye with too much going on.

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I added other bits of ephemera, puffy stickers, and these fabulous cork stickers, too. I love how many party-appropriate pieces there are in this collection!

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I also united the design with an easy, messy double line drawn around the page to frame it.

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Every once in a while I like to go back to the roots of scrapbooking and go for a graphic colorblocked look and the eye-catching patterns of Joy Parade are perfect for this!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy Parade


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Pinteresting: Confection Inspired Frame


Hello, Fancy Pants Designs friends! Yuki here today to share a project inspired by something I found on Pinterest with you.

I found this cute image of wagashi, traditional Japanese confectionery, on a Pinterest board. I love each fun shape and color of sugar confection and I got inspiration for my project.

I created this frame with the Joy Parade collection. I wanted to decorate my desk top with happy colors. The Joy Parade collection is the perfect one for this project!

I used a lot of die-cuts from the Ephemera Mega Pack. I love colorful puffy stickers like candies from the Puffy Designer Stickers and Puffy Words, Dots, and Shapes Stickers.

I also added a cork sticker from the Printed Cork Pieces and Flair to my frame. I used various kinds of materials like paper, metal, cork and plastic .The mixture of materials give rich texture on your project.

Thank you so much for dropping by today!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Joy Parade


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Life is Amazing


Good morning! Nicole here today to share with you a Joy Parade project. The Joy Parade collection is so fun and colorful, I couldn’t help but create a fun and bold patterned project with it!

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As the colors are quite bold, I used a neutral white cardstock background. I really wanted to use a lot of the various patterns and colors in the collection, so I created a border around my page using 1” strips of paper.

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I lined up the corners of my strips so that they met each other to ensure a straight triangle shape in each corner at the end of the process. I made sure to mix in the patterned papers that had a mixture of colors in order to tie all those pretty colors together.

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I added some pops of black to tone down the vibrant colors, through adding a die cut title from the Joy Parade ephemera pack, so flair and a few fun epoxy shapes too!

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I think the whole thing came together nicely and, although there is a lot of color going on, you can still focus on the photos on the page!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy Parade


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One-Sheet Gift Box


Wow, can you believe we are in the second week of January already?  I for one keep wanting to write 2016, instead of 2017 lol.  Today I am sharing with you a box, where the base is created using just one sheet of 12 x 12 inch paper.  You don’t need any dies or electronic die cutting machines, just scissors, a scoring tool and adhesive. So easy!

First I started by scoring the sheet of paper from the Joy Parade collection called Happy To Be Free.  Score at 3″ and 9″, then turn the paper and score at 1″, 3 1/2″, 6 1/2″, and 9 inches.  Then cut out the top two rectangles on the right and left on each side, as shown in the picture below.


Just a few pieces of adhesive will keep this box secure.

Since there was a lot of white space on this particular sheet of paper, I cut a strip of paper that went around the box. This also helps keep the box closed.  I cut the Joy Parade collection, Life is A Party paper 1 3/4″ x 12″ then scored it at 1 1/8″, 3 1/4″, 6 7/8″, and 9 1/2 inches.  I also tied hot pink ribbon over the border strip of paper.  Because who doesn’t love a pretty bow on a box?!

I wanted to add a tag to the present, so I used a few different tags and die cuts from the Joy Parade Tags set. I used foam tape to give the pieces a little bit of depth and attached the tag using twine.

Using one of the Joy Parade Ephemera die cut pieces saying “party”, I adhered it to the front of the box. It kind of gave it a finishing touch.

I hope you can go through your 12 x 12 pattern paper and recreate this fun project or head on over to your favorite craft store to pick up this great collection, which is perfect for birthdays!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy Parade


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