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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cards are always handy to have on hand; I hope you have fun making some of your own to replenish your stash! Happy Spring!!Read More
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!
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.
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.
I wrote my journaling, splattered black ink and added some nuvo drops to finish off my page.
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!
Hello everyone! My name is Zinia and I’m really thrilled to join the Fancy Pants Designs team for the upcoming year! I really can’t wait to share with you some fun ideas and techniques to use your Fancy Pants supplies and make some pretty stuff.
Before I get into my layout, I’d like to tell you a few things about myself just so we get to know each other a little bit better.
I’m a designer and illustrator living with a crazy dog and a bunch of cats! Well the cats actually belong to my parents but we visit them often so my little tornado can go around and lick kitty faces. I love cooking and baking as well as taking photos (don’t we all!). Most of my layouts and memory keeping projects focus around my pets or the adventures I have with my soulmate.
So the very first layout I created using my Fancy Pants stash is focusing on the gorgeous The Bright Side collection by Amber LaBau. The photo I picked was from our vacation time last summer and I really loved how the colors from the picture worked so well with the collection.
I went for a relatively minimalistic/graphic style that will keep the focus on the photo and let it pop against a variety of patterns. I decided to go for this specific design cause I really love all the pattern papers in this collection and I wanted to use as many of them as possible.
Using multiple patterns on the same page can be tricky, that’s why I simplified the composition to keep things balanced and calm.
To avoid over embellishing the page I kept things relatively flat. I mostly navigated towards ephemera pieces (and there are actually tons to choose from in this line!) and washi tape.
I even found a delicate ephemera piece that worked perfectly as my title so I didn’t need to add chipboard letters or other bulky elements.
I chose to add my journaling between the pattern paper strips with a light grey pen just to make sure it won’t pop too much and it will get incorporated in the whole design of this page.
My very last step was to add the date on a lovely tag die-cut and surround it with a few heart stickers.
I’m really thrilled of how this page turned out. It’s a really great design to make use of your favorite pattern papers or even use up leftover scraps.
On top of that the whole process is super simple so if you are a beginner in scrapbooking you can just dive right in and create a beautiful page.
I really hope you enjoyed this and you got inspired to create something today. Until next time, happy crafting!Read More