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The Best Memories

07/14/18

Hello, friends!
 Hi there, today I am sharing a favorite memory from my oldest son’s senior prom. We were busy taking pictures and Davis starts pulling at my arm to ask me when he needed to go get in the photo. Of course, everyone was thrilled to have him join in.
Similar to my last blog post, I couldn’t resist using a big title. This time I used gold cardstock, and added in some of the fun letter stickers from the Joy Parade line.
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I’ve been hanging on to the pretty crochet flowers in this line, but the pink one was the perfect accent for my photo and journaling.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
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Crab Cut & Fun in the Sun!

07/11/18

Hi there crafty friends,

Zsoka here with you today sharing a new layout I’ve made for Fancy Pants Designs.

I’ve used the Poolside collection with a little bit of The Bright Side on this one.

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I chose this adorable Crab cut file from Paige Evans (Silhouette ID: #267053) and cut it from textured white card stock. Then I backed it with patterned papers from both collections and adhered it on the background paper (from The Bright Side collection).

I kind of put the photo in the crab’s claws but now that I’m looking at the close-up I notice it came out on the left side. Oh well, you get the idea :). For my title I used a die cut, Fun in the Sun, which perfectly fits my photo! Because apparently at that age eating sand is fun, ha! I also tucked that adorable smiling sun die cut behind the title and adhered another phrase die cut on the photo. Oh, and of course I had to use a rubber charm clip! How cute is that flamingo float?!

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There is a patterned paper in the Poolside collection that has these big monstera leaves on it and I felt the need to fussy cut some! There’s also some in the ephemera pack. It’s totally random but I tucked these leaves in between the crab’s leg haha! Random or not, I like the way it looks :).

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On one side I created a flower cluster, again, totally random, but I love flowers so it’s all good!

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On the other side I created another cluster with some summer icons like flip flops, snorkelling mask and a swim ring. To create a dimensional look I used foam adhesive in many places.

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This layout came together very quickly, it’s quite possibly the quickest layout I have ever made! But I still like how it turned out, I hope you do too!

Thanks for stopping by today, have an amazing day!

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Pretty Card Trio

04/18/18

 

Happy Spring! I really can’t wait until I can start saying that haha. It’s been a really long, cold and extremely snowy winter in Southern Alberta. The weather has been teasing us profusely giving a few days here and there of sunshine and slightly warm temps but it’s swiftly followed up by several days of non-stop snow and cold. It’s really pretty I suppose, but I’m so ready for tulips and crocuses. Who else is ready for spring!?

Using The Bright Side Collection I put together a sweet little trio of cards. My stash was getting low so I thought it was a good time to get to work on refilling my card box. I love giving home made cards, they’re fun to make and I think it’s always a thoughtful gesture to give someone something you’ve made with your own hands and heart. These would make a great little Mother’s day or Teacher gift as well. Wrap the bundle in some bakers twine and tuck them in a sweet little pouch with some washi tape and stamps. The perfect home made stationery gift!

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I usually like to work in layers to make sure my pages or projects have texture and depth. The first layer being the white card base. I picked out the pieces I wanted to use on the cards from The Bright Side e

Ephemera pack, Chipboard stickers and Puffy stickers sheet and laid out the pieces I thought I would use in three piles. From there I chose sprays to use on the base layer in the form of splats as well as a dry emboss folder that leaves a wood grain impression.  I cut out two pieces of Kraft cardstock and ran it through my big shot to get the wood grain embossing look. Once all my elements were ready to go I started assembling the cards.

Assembly:

Let’s Celebrate card; I lightly splattered silver spray on the top corner, visioning where the wood grain piece of Kraft paper would go. I wanted the paint to peek out. I used pop dots to adhere the Kraft piece, centering it. I sewed a straight stitch ¾ of the way down the red and white striped scallop strip. Adhering it with pop dots to the Kraft piece. I made a little bundle of thread and glued it under the “Let’s Celebrate” chipboard piece.

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Counting Blessings card; I splattered blue spray a little heavier diagonally across the card base. Placed my paper elements to fit inside the wooden scallop circle then adhered them to fit inside the frame. I added a few of the heart puffy stickers to add more texture and adhered the “Counting Blessings” sentiment with pop dots. Finishing the card by popping the blue flower off the card with a pop dot.

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Fern & Flower bouquet card; I sewed all the way around the edge of the Kraft piece then adhered it, centering it on the card base, with Sookwang tape. My fav! I created a sweet little bouquet with some of the ephemera elements, gluing them with a small dab of glue to keep them in place before tying the bouquet with red and white baker’s twine. To anchor the bouquet I popped the white frame, from the ephemera pack, off of the Kraft piece with pop dots. I then placed the bouquet in the center of the frame using pop dots but layering the pop dots in a couple places to bring the leaf and pink daisy off the card a little more than the other elements. To finish it off I used a pop dot to stick the yellow flower down.

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Cards are always handy to have on hand; I hope you have fun making some of your own to replenish your stash! Happy Spring!!

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The Good Stuff Mini Album by Maryam

04/16/18

Hey, Friends!

Maryám here with you to share a new project using The Bright Side Collection. For today’s project, I made a mini album. The size of it is about 3×5 inches but there are also some pages that are a bit smaller.

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In this page, I decided to add a pocket with sequins. I made the pocket from one of the photo sheets from the Fancy Pants Designs Insta Album.

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For this page, I used vellum sheet. Over it, I added the words Fun Day using the puffy alphabet stickers from the Sweet Nothings Collection.

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For the middle page, I decided to make some pockets. I had a lot of photos that I wanted to include and pockets are great for that.

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In this page, I had the other part of the sequin pocket but in here, I added a phrase using the same alphabet I used before. In the right side of these pages, there is a vellum pocket, I put a photo and a tag in it.

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And that’s it for today friends! I hope you liked this mini album. Please, let me know if you have any questions by commenting below. 

Have an amazing week!

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Have you heard?

04/15/18

Hello fellow creaters and makers!

Have you heard about our monthly kits and our retail site Make a Pretty Life?

Over the years, and with the loss of some of our favorite scrapbook stores, we’ve had so many people looking for our product line, but not always successful in finding it with the limited store options.  We struggled with the decision to open our site because we have always been BIG proponents of ma and pa stores..even in the prime days of scrapbooking, we were loyal to them.  Now, it’s much harder to get our product out to customers who are searching for it, so we’ve made some exciting steps to provide you with our amazing products!  If you have a local store, or a favorite online shop, PLEASE support them…we want them in business!  If you simply can’t find our products, we have got you covered!!

We offer a variety of kits (monthly paper/planner kits, monthly printable kits), we also offer individual products, digital products, home decor and other exciting products for makers and crafters alike!

The bulk of our monthly kits, which is what I’m focusing on today, are filled with our product lines, but also include a cultivated variety of items to really offer creativity, variety and uniqueness to your projects!  Take a look below at the information! {If you already follow our Make a Pretty Life blog you will see this post listed there as well!}

I sure appreciate your support whether you buy HERE or at your local shops!  It’s an honor to be able to continue creating things for you to document your memories and our designers are happy to keep working hard to follow the latest trends and ideas so if you have any comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear them!

Today we are releasing our new kit for the month of May {shipping soon}…  if you are a subscriber, your kit will be on the way… if not, you can purchase this one time option today and head on over to sign up for our subscription for the coming months!  I promise you won’t be disappointed in the value and unique collaboration we offer!

May Kit {one time purchase-U.S. only..International inquiries please use our contact page}

U. S. Kit Subscription {3 months or more/reduced price}

International Kit Subscription {3 months or more/reduced price}

May’s Kit includes our Poolside Collection: 6×6 paper pad, puffy stickers, chipboard stickers, silicone topped jumbo paperclips, and ephemera pack!  It also includes a whole bundle of summer goodness: 3 color mini clothes pins, 1 marble textured clip, 3 yards of crepe paper (aqua, blue and yellow), 1 yard of pink bakers twine and 1 yard of white and silver baskets twin, 1 yard of pink tulle, 1 linen gift sack, 1 anchor pennant, 1 foot of wide chevron ribbon and 1 foot of pink shag ribbon, 1 large wooden tag, 1 small wooden tag, 1 wooden anchor design, 1 roll of washi tape, 4 buttons, 1 resin frame and 3 resin flowers, 1 flashcard and 1 bingo card, 1 clear pocket sticker pouch, 1- 6″ doily, 6 pom poms, embroidery patch, pencil, 10 stamen accents (blue and yellow) and 1 4×4 Insta-Album!

This kit is FULL ~ actually, it’s overflowing~ with summer goodies that you will NOT want to miss out on!  Get your albums started early for the summer fun ahead!

If you are thinking of subscribing and have any questions, please holler!  And, for those of you on the fence…next months kit will be featuring a new collection (not yet released) that is all about home, family and comfort!  Sign up now so we have you on our list for next month’s kit {to subscribe you must have your order in by May 9th}!  Time is limited!

We also feature designs from our team throughout the entire month to give you ideas and inspiration {@makeaprettylife}!  I hope you’ll join us!

xoxo

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Welcome…Zsoka Marko!

04/06/18

Hey there crafty friends,

I’m back today with a new layout for Fancy Pants Designs. 

But before I get to it, let me re-introduce myself shortly, in case you’re new here!

I’m Zsóka (I know a lot of people are wondering just how to pronounce that haha! The closest but not exact match would be: ʒɔ:kɑ:), and I’ve been on the Fancy Pants Designs DT for 1.5 years. It was a dream come true when Jodi added me to the DT – Fancy Pants has been one of my favourite manufacturers ever since I started scrapbooking in 2015. I adore their unique designs, patterns and color combinations! I hope they will never follow the masses! <3

I’m Hungarian but have been living in Germany for over 13 years now. I live with my Dutch boyfriend and our 9 and a half-year-old son who is the main focus of my layouts. I’ve been crafting ever since I remember – in kindergarten I mostly drew and won all sorts of competitions (my parents still have some of my “work”) which is funny because I can’t draw to save my life now. However being creative was not supported that day and age and I had to study things that people considered to be useful, things that one could easily find a job with. So I studied languages…After I had my first BA in the pocket I could finally decide what I myself would want to learn. You’d think I chose something I actually liked. Nope. Instead I studied Public Relations which I never practiced and never will because I’m too honest for my own good…After I moved here, at some point I needed something that made me happy so I started studying interior design. I was obsessed with it so it’s beyond me why I am not interested in it anymore. For a while now I’ve been thinking about studying again to finally work in a creative field – about 20 years too late! No one ever blamed me for being quick…I wish one could make scrapbooking into a career because the amount of time I spend on it is more than a full time job!

I think this is the first time I actually wrote about my studies, so there might be new information there even for people who know me!

As for today’s layout. My inspiration came from a card by the super talented Yana Smakula, who used a Simon Says Stamp card kit to create her gorgeous card. It reminded me of the galoshes cut file by Paige Evans! I thought it would be perfect with the amazing The Bright Side collection!

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I cut a pair of wellies and backed them the exact same way, using different patterned papers. I adhered my photo to my background and glued the wellies on top. I then placed all the flowers and leaves from the ephemera pack on my boots. I love how that looks! I used different adhesives to give the flowers dimension: liquid glue for some and 3d foam adhesive for others.

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Other than that I kept my embellishing to the minimum, just a couple of pieces of die cuts, labels and chipboards. For my title I picked a chipboard banner piece.

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I wrote my journaling, splattered black ink and added some nuvo drops to finish off my page.

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That’s it for today! I hope you like this page as much as I loved working on it!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Zsoka

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