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Let’s party: On a budget!


Celebrating birthdays is an important thing in our home. It doesn’t necessarily means large expense…but definitely means big effort is put into making everyone feel hugely special. I decided to use that principle when creating this page about our daughters birthday. I set about designing a page full of interest without fancy cutting machines, or over the top scrapbooking supplies. Take a look at how I did it.

Celebrate 11yrs by Kim Watson

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Using plain colored paper as the background gave my page a strong grounding, especially with the variety of different patterns used to make my birthday-themed, hand-made page accents.

@fancypantsdsgns @KimWatson #summersun #birthdaycrafting #scrapbooking Let’s start with the balloons:

  1. Select x4 different papers.
  2. Hand cut them into balloon shapes, they don’t have to be works of art :) Anything similar will work just fine, as they are layered into a grouping.
  3. Cut a little white crescent shape for the hi-lights.
  4. Tie a length of twine onto the bottom of each balloon.
  5. Layer into a group using pop dots & tie the strings together at the  bottom.
  6. Add a little paper bow to cover the know & hide the adhesive.

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Now the little party hats:

  1. Cut x2 striped triangle shapes.
  2. Using a scalloped edge punch, make some little decorative strips as trim for the bottom of the hats.
  3. Use a few shapes from the ephemera pack to decorate.
  4. Adhere to the page using pop dots for dimension.

@fancypantsdsgns @KimWatson #summersun #birthdaycrafting #scrapbooking


And lastly the little birthday cake:

  1. Taking a few patterned paper scraps, cut x3 layers for the cake.
  2. Add some white scallops to emulate frosting.
  3. Attach to the tag & add stickers numerals.
  4. Using pop dots, adhere to the page, push dressmaking pins into the foam dots underneath, acting as candles.

Now that your accents are all made, assemble your page. A few scattered sequins add festive sparkle…and don’t forget some journaling & stitching to finish. I am so pleased with the result & even more pleased that even when creating a page on a budget, it doesn’t have to end up looking plain. I hope you have found this post inspiring!

Fancy pants Designs collections used: Summer Sun, Office Suite


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It’s My Party: Treat Bags


Hello Fancy Pants Designs friends! Today Yuki here to share fun party projects with you.


I created those cute treat bags using the Office Suite collection. I prepared these bags for the souvenirs of the girls’ party. The sweet colors in this collection are perfect for the tiny party bags for the little ladies.



I made a small tag for each and tied it to the handle of the bag. I added cute items from the Ephemera Pack, Flair, Labels Pack, Insta Pack, Alphabet Pack, and confetti to the tags.




I chose the letter for the initial of the girls from the Alphabet Pack in the Flutter collection.

I really love those cute scrabble pieces!


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Office SuiteFlutter and Artist Edition


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July 4th Celebration!


Hello!  It’s been a little while since I’ve been the “blogger” of the day…our team has been doing such a fantastic job that I’ve been watching from behind the scenes, soaking it all in!  But, I’m super excited to be here celebrating the US of A’s birthday!!!  I feel blessed to live in a free land and to have the opportunities I have!  Today I’m sharing a pretty little celebration piece for the 4th of July holiday in America!


So, I had this fun wood bracket piece that I picked up from The Wood Connection to add to a decor shelf in my house!  I painted it white and added a few gray stripes.  Then, I painted a vintage clip gold and nailed it to the board!  My plan is to have a different printable or design put out each month for fresh decor to celebrate the season ~ or as needed–maybe to celebrate a birthday, etc.!


My decor for July includes an adorable printable that I downloaded from The 36th Avenue ~ have you see this site?’s simply fabulous-go download this freebie ASAP {she has some more printable to coordinate for party time}–mine will stay up all through July!  I just loved the look of this so I printed it off right away and gathered some fun goodies to deck it out a bit!  I seem to like to add lots of texture and stuff to my pieces…but, really, this piece can stand alone if you like!!  I found a couple of vintage pieces~the ‘country’ flash card and the ‘4’ card.  Next, I incorporated some old and new Fancy Pants Designs products to give it some pop!



I took the red and white stripes paper from our NEW Making Waves collection and folded it accordion-style and stitched it down… kind of like a rippling flag!  Next, I added some texture with the cork stars, along with some cool tags (Red dotted and Navy Flocked~also from our Making Waves collection)! Last, I added some of our “OLD” red glitter chipboard alphas for the “OuR” portion of the title!  I’m thinking that red glitter really added the needed sparkle for the design…don’t you think?!  And here it is on the wall!!!!




It literally only took a few minutes!  And don’t you just LOVE the other decor pieces…. much of it is from a fun decor kit that I purchased from another fabulous place called Tada Home Decor last summer!  You know…sometimes we can’t create it all so we rely on other crafty friends to help us out!  I think it all came together quite nicely!  I hope that you all have a fancy FOURTH OF JULY ~ in the USA or elsewhere in this wonderful world!



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Sparkler Party Favors


Hi friends!  Today I thought I’d share a simple fun, last minute Fourth of July project with you using Fancy Pants Designs tags from the Making Waves collection.

Who doesn’t love sparklers??  Young and old always enjoy them.  Here is a fun way to create some party favors for your Independence Day get together.  I just laid a couple of them out on this wreath for the photo.

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I love the silver foil paper in this collection so I incorporated it into my tag, as well as some of the pieces from the Wood Veneer pack. In this case I doubled up, using one of the smaller tags on top of the larger one.

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The Big USA letters are from the Alphabet Pack.

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I used some of the paper from this collection to cut out a few stars to add to this wreath.  My first thought was just to use part of it as a back drop for the photos of the Sparkler Tags but I cut and added more and loved how it looks.  Again, especially loving that silver foil paper.  This morning I didn’t have a Fourth of July wreath for my front door… but… I do now!  That was easy.

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If you are like me and need a little last minute patriotic decor or party ideas I hope this inspires you.

Have a safe and fun Fourth!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Making Waves


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It’s My Party: Photo Props


Party Photo Props

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If you search Pinterest you’ll find all hundred thousand photo prop ideas.  My husband’s and daughter’s birthday are within days of each other.  My husband was feeling a bit left out with my daughter getting her lovely party hat So I whipped up some photo props with ideas on shapes and designs from Pinterest using Be Different.

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Be Different is still one of my favorite collections and is perfect for parties, favors and decor.  Plus all the little monsters go with “my monster”.  Bonus: I now have some fun photos to scrapbook and document their birthdays this year!

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Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Be Different

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Fancy Cuts: Party Bags


Hello Fancy Pants friends! Today I’d like to share something fun for a Fancy Cuts project with you!


I created these tags with the new Summer Sun collection. I love those bright and happy colors! You can find many die-cut shapes in the collection. I picked some shapes from the Ephemera Pack, Alphabet Pack, Tags, and Insta Pack.


I used my tags on the card and souvenirs for the party. I cut silver stars from Silver Foil Paper with my die cutting machine. Decorative Bags and Confetti are from Burlap & Bouquets Party Kits & Supplies.


I love the combination of the kraft tags and colorful die-cut shapes! The cute Mini Craft Journal is my favorite. I will use those small tags for the bookmarks.


The Alphabet Pack is really useful. Using tags, die-cut shapes from Ephemera Pack and Alphabet Pack you can create tags for treats in a couple of minutes.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Remember to share your inspired projects using Fancy Pants Designs products on our Facebook page!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Summer Sun  Silver Foil Paper  Burlap & Bouquets Party Kits & Supplies


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