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Halloween Frenchie |PageMaps | Mary-Ann Maldonado

Halloween Frenchie |PageMaps | Mary-Ann Maldonado


The easiest way to get the creative juices flowing is to start with a sketch.  I started with a sketch from Page Maps.  It is so fun to be collaborating with them this month.  A sketch is a jumping off point.  Interpret how ever you may want.


So, instead of using the 9 squares, I used 4.  I also used my photos for the squares instead of patterned papers.  I switched the robot to a dog and put it on the other side of the page too.  It was so fun!!!  The rest of the sketch, I stuck to pretty closely.


Halloween ribbon

Halloween frenchie

For my project, I used the new, Spellbound collection.  

Mary-Ann Maldonado


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PageMaps Team Up | Vicki Chrisman

PageMaps Team Up | Vicki Chrisman


The world is at your fingertips layout Vicki Chrisman sized

Hey Fancy Pants Designs friends!  Today I’m sharing a layout I created using the Fancy Pants Designs “Take Note” Collection along with the the inspiration of this great sketch from Becky Fleck.


The layout of this sketch was just so perfect for what I had in mind.  I wanted to create a layout incorporating a number of photos from trips my oldest son and his girlfriend took in 2017.  The “Take Note” Collection had everything I needed once. Once I had picked out and sized the numerous photos I used, it just all came together.

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The 2×2 and 2×4 inch squares between the photos were easily filled with the fun patterned paper. There are so many to choose from. But there were also great pieces of ephemera with this collection I wanted to add also. So I added those in some of the spaces were I had put the patterned papers.

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I knew as soon as I looked at the sketch, I wanted to use the “The world is at your fingertips” for my title.  As for that darling little globe… oh my, I HAD to use it.

This collection also has a coordinating stamps set that is adorable.  I used it in a number of  different places on this layout, to add interest. Under the large photo I stamped “The things we did”, and along the side of the photo I stamped five little stars.

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I also used the numbers inside the cute little circles to add the date. The stamps set has so many pieces what are very diverse.

Pulling this layout together with these great papers and pieces from this collection, along with the creative sketch was a lot of fun.

I hope it all inspires you to want to CREATE today!

Collection Used:  Take Note

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PageMaps | Christin Gronnslett

PageMaps | Christin Gronnslett


Hello everyone. Christin here with a PageMaps sketch.  I love working with sketch as a jumping off point for creating layouts.  For me it often takes a little time to get creative after I sit down to scrap and sketches are a great help.




I often follow a sketch pretty literal, but often with a few minor tweaks.  The biggest differences is that I didn’t add the two borders at the top and at the bottom.



I have a pet peeve and that is that I don’t go very well with linear design so my tweaks are things I do to go out of the box (literally). For me linear designs forces me to strive for perfect lines and that is hard to combine with mixed media that always warps the pages a little.  The steps I have made here is to add some watercolors on the white paper behind the photos and to add the two spider webs on each side.



Another change I did was that I added stitching to square off both the with area and some of the smaller squares and that I kept the small circles untouched. The circles in the ephemera kit fit perfectly into the lunar circles.



I didn’t want a big title steel the focus so I used a journaling tag as a title.




Collections used:


Holiday Hustle



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Elsa | PageMaps | Nicole Nowosad

Elsa | PageMaps | Nicole Nowosad


Hey Fancy Pants Designs friends! Nicole here today to share a project made with the new Spellbound collection. Normally, I am not a huge Halloween fan, but OMG – I love this collection!

This month, our DT has teamed up with PageMaps for some of our projects. I created this page for our team up this month with PageMaps.

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I created an 8.5×11 page, which is also a different thing for me! I actually loved working with this sized page, and the sketch I used was perfect for a couple smaller sized photos. I chose to layer several of the patterned papers in the collection and then dove into the Ephemera Pack.

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I love the tag pack also and used the Ephemera Pack and the Tag Pack to layer together for a sub-title on my page.  The little sentiment ephemera pieces and buttons add just the right touch around the tags.

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Although this collection is obviously for Halloween, there are some great patterns that definitely could be used for other projects, like this pretty mint green grid patterned paper!

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That’s it for me today! To check out which sketch I used for this page, head over to the PageMaps website!

Collection used: Spellbound


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JustNick Week: Love This Girl


Hi everyone, Jess here to wrap up our awesome week collaborating with JustNick. It was SO hard to choose which cut files to use for my post today but I love how they turned out, especially combined with the new Fancy Pants Millie & June collection!

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The Scribble Circle Background really caught my eye and I knew it would be a fun choice.  I love the pop of pink it provides.

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I layered lots of patterns around my photo and tucked embellishments into the layers.  I used bits of tags, washi tape, and ephemera.

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I also used several of the Flowers in Bloom cut file for larger flower mats behind my photo.  The title is made up of “love this” from the JustNick Word 3 file (love it in that blue!) and the gorgeous gold “girl” puffy sticker from Millie & June.

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I placed a small embellishment in each remaining circle surrounding my photo area. Foam tape gave them some added dimension.

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Sometimes you need a small cut and don’t want all the intricacies of a file.  Here you can see that I cut only the outside edge of one of the doilies in the Dainty Doilies file.  I loved the detail but for such a tiny cut it was more practical to do it this way… just one more benefit to electronic die-cutting!

I hope we’ve piqued your interest in checking out all that JustNick has to offer!  I know I’ll be using these files over and over in my pages.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Millie & June

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JustNick Week: Hey Dad


With Father’s Dad fast approaching, (and because I got my hands on Good Fellows) I thought I would pay tribute to my dad: a man who raised me like his own.  It is no often that I can capture a photo of my dad smiling.  I have a few more of him grinning like a kid at Disney last year too!  This particular photo was taken at my nephew’s graduation last year.  When I realized my dad had this big ole smile behind me a selfie was a must!

A photo of my dad + Good Fellows + Just Nick cut files = the perfect homage to my daddy’s smile.

I loved the blacks in the Good Fellow collection.  I paired it with a large polka dot sheet from the Office Suite collection called Creative Agenda.  I love how the patterns all go together.  After I cut the stars from my two colors I decided to use the negative as an embellishment too.

You can see here that I combined Tags with Ephemera and Flair!


I included this photo to draw your attention to the texture of the large 12×12 paper and the intricate patterns of the paper I used for my stars.  It is amazing how much detail comes from the papers themselves.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used:  Good FellowsOffice Suite

JustNick files used: Basic BannerArrow SetDoodle frameAll boyOutline Alphas


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