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Welcome…Stephanie Adams!

03/29/18

Hello, Friends!

Hey everybody my name is Stephanie and I am so excited to be one of the new members of the Fancy Pants Design team. Today, I wanted to share a little about me.
First things first,  I’m a faith girl. Yep, one of those Jesus loving, bible journaling, homeschooling, gospel spreading gals. Recently, I re-branded my blog, well…actually I started a whole new one, based on my love of scrapping and crafting for Jesus. Visit my blog, Craft His Love to see more bible based projects, journaling, and creative devotions.
As a homeschooling mom of five kids one of my continuous lessons is to love and appreciate all people. It’s my life’s mission to have children that take nothing and no one for granted. I believe in showing affection and gratitude as often as possible.
Recently, we’ve been trying to do more random acts of kindness for those that serve us. Ya know, the mailman, the librarians, Sunday school teachers, and even waitresses/waiters.
I love watching the kids come up with cards and fun things for these special people and this week as Easter approaches I wanted to do something on my own. I know we will be going for Easter dinner after church and wanted to show the waitress or waiter a little love and appreciation on such a special day. So I sat down with the beautiful Bright Side Collection  and crafted a “tip tract”. I know everyone is familiar with what a tract is but I wanted it to be pretty, eye catching, full of great information and of course a place to show gratitude.
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Created much like a mini album I used 5×5 inch pieces of the bright patterned paper from Bright Side. It’s so springy and screams Happy Easter! For the cover I layered pieces of ephemera, paper, and chipboard with pop dots to create a 3D effect.
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Thanks for taking a peek at this fun album I created and I hope you are enjoying all of the projects from our awesome team!  See you soon!

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Welcome…Maryam Perez!

03/28/18

Hello Friends!

Maryám here with you today. I still can’t believe it, but this is my very first post as a part of the Fancy Pants Design Team and I’m super excited to be here!! Thanks, Jodi, for this amazing opportunity.

For today’s project, I used The Bright Side Collection. I fell in love with this collection since the first time I saw it, and once my box arrived home, I started working with it right away.

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The papers from this collection are beautiful and I wanted to make a layout showcasing them. I searched on Pinterest for some quilt patterns and once I found one I liked, I did the same but using papers!!  Once I had the background of my page done, I added the photo and some ephemera pieces, as well as some chipboard stickers. I also added a label and stamped the date of the photo on it. To finish my layout I added some pink ink splatters.

Here are some close-ups photos.

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That’s it for today friends! I hope you liked this project. Please, let me know if you have any questions. I can’t wait to see what you will create with this beautiful collection.
Have a wonderful day!

 

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Welcome…Meagan Whelan!

03/27/18

 

Hey there Fancy Pants Fans!

First off, thanks for joining me here and celebrating the launch of our new 2018 Design Team! I’m Meagan and I am thrilled to be apart of this talented team. A little about me before I get into the “how to” part of this post. I am a born and raised Alberta girl. I grew up along the foothills of the Canadian Rockies near a small town of around 500. I have two little ladies and a miniature schnauzer; Lexi 4, Milly 6 and Gus Gus 1(the dog). The three of them keep me on my toes!

 

Scrapbooking has always been apart of my life. I come from a long line of Scrapbookers starting with my Grandma, the one who always treasured the family heirlooms, photo albums and history books. My Aunt, who has spent an incredible amount of time putting everything that my Grandma left behind into an amazing categorical system for all the generations to treasure and learn from. I love that aspect of memory keeping, but what I’ve always been naturally drawn to is the artistic side of memory keeping. Which I consider Scrapbooking! My mom and my sister are also avid and talented Scrapbookers. I guess you could say it’s in our blood!

Along side scrapbooking, I am passionate about photography as well as art. I taught myself photography over the past 7 years always striving to improve my skills and have since started transitioning it from a hobby of taking my girls’ photos to small business taking photos for others. Having kids and documenting them is what really made me want to learn photography. It really comes in handy to take fun photos and be able to scrapbook them.

I recently created a mini album class for Big Picture Classes called Mixed Media Art + Prints. It was such a fun and challenging class to create! I have also recently contributed to Janna Werner’s blog teaching a fun layout using Alcohol Inks and acetate.

I am so excited to be joining the Fancy Pants Design Team, my first ever design team! I so look forward to working along side some incredibly talented ladies using some beautifully designed products. I hope you are able to take some inspiration all of our creations

Now for some of the “How-To” for the layout I created.

My first layout is a light hearted layout about coffee and the morning. I got the idea from the adorable little coffee cup found in The Bright Side ephemera pack. I decided to build my layout around that using “The Bright Side” collection, which is full of bright, cheery colors and designs. Great for documenting all different types of stories.

 

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I used several of the papers from this collection, layering two of them (Coming up Roses and Natural Beauty) to make my background and another one (The Bright Side – blue scallop paper) to ground my photo.  At the two corners I rolled up the corners to show the back of the Natural Beauty paper. I love the extra dimension from doing that. I use Sookwang tape (my go to adhesive) to adhere the paper so it doesn’t dare budge!

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I used my design team photo, printing it in a square with a white border. I’m a sucker for white borders around my photos! When possible, I try to print all my photos from Lightroom. The quality is top notch and I can set up the templates to print photos to be the size I want and with or without photos. Perhaps I can do a blog post in the future showing you exactly how I go about doing that.

The ephemera pack is jam packed with so many great design elements, great colors and even a splattering of pretty gold foiling. I was immediately drawn to the sweet little coffee cup and decided to build my page around that. When I’m not sure what I’m going to make a page about finding an element from a collection is always a great starting out point. I LOVE coffee, so it was a natural choice  “this right here” word strip, the “full cream” piece, “happy heart” circle, patterned file tab, gold foiled heart and adorable pin wheel are all from the ephemera pack as well. I love dimension on my pages so I used pop dots wherever I could popping the little details off my page.

The title came from one of the elements in the collection. I wanted it to really stand out so I used some Thickers that I had in my stash to spell out “Rise & Shine”.

To get an extra element of dimension I splattered some gold spray on the white piece of cardstock before adding my title and to the bottom corner of my page.

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What’s your favorite way to start out a scrapbook page when you’re stumped? I hope you found some inspiration from this layout and I can’t wait to share more projects and tips with you in coming posts. Thanks for being here!

Meg

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Welcome…Amy Tsuruta!

03/23/18

Hey There!
It’s Amy Tsuruta and I’m thrilled to be joining the Fancy Pants Designs team!  I have a project to share to introduce myself!
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Have you checked out The Bright Side Collection?!  It is filled with so much goodness that I couldn’t narrow down my choices!  Two of my favorite things:  coffee + the color green.  I decided to cut tags out of the patterns paper so that each tag could be a little palette of goodness.  This is so easy to do with all the glorious goodies that are part of the ephemera pack!
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Coffee + Macarons = Yes, Please!  I had so much fun picking out the different elements on this project.  It happily sits on my desk.  The Ikea Tolsby Frame is a great deal.
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I’m so excited to be a part of the Fancy Pants Designs Team and hope that I’ve inspired you today!
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!
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Hockey Time

03/21/18

Hey everyone!
It’s Amy here to share a layout I created about our family favorite, HOCKEY! I used the popular Family & Co line to create it.  This line is all about life, home, family, you name it…it works for your projects!
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I kept my project simple, and I swear, Fancy Pants knows how to create embellishments to coordinate~ the Family & Co Chipboard Stickers were perfect to add some fun details!
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We do hockey 365 days, 24/7…so the stickers and ephemera were perfect accents…and I think most families have something that they do very regularly so these are fun and easy to use on just about any page!
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I also love layering right on top of my photo if there is room and this photo had the space to let me add all the bits and pieces I wanted for the finished look and title!
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Thanks for visiting me on the blog today!
And did you know that many of our latest products & kits–if you can’t find them in your favorite shop–can now be found on our retail website Make a Pretty Life? Check it out!
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The Good Stuff Layered Layout

03/08/18

Hello, Fancy Pants Friends!

Today I am sharing a special photo I recently found that brought back so many memories!  My husband and I have been married over 20 years and together over 24. This is us, early on in our dating period.  I stumbled across this photo just last week before Valentines day.  We look like such babies.  I wanted to document it with product, worthy of hanging on the wall.  I had just received my new goodie box and The Bright Side collection~ it had the perfect colors–and was totally worthy of displaying!
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I love lots of layers and my mom gifted me tons of her vintage buttons.  She even scrounged tons from her knitting group.  My step mother also gave me her mother’s tin.  I can not tell you where these buttons came from, but I am certain they have a 20+ year story to tell, too.  It’s so fun to mix new and old…and they look so perfect together!
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I love when the product itself, offers you titles within the collection.  I used ‘the good stuff’ as my easy title.  I used piece of a cut file from The Cut Shoppe – Blooming Bouquets.  It added a little more depth to the  floral clump.
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Thank you for popping in today.  I look forward to seeing what you do with the new The Bright Side collection.
All of these products can also be found on our website Make a Pretty Life! 
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