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Waves, Patterns & Pictures…Oh My!


Hello everyone!
It’s Anna here with my first project created with “Poolside” collection. When I saw it for the first time, I loved how different it was from other summer / pool themed collections. This retro feel is really unique and so fun to create with. I love the whimsical lifebuoys in a shapes of unicorn, giraffe and flamingo. 
For my first layout I created a little mixed media background using blue watercolors and crayons.
I paired it with a strip of “Pooling around” paper. Those little fishes are so cute. I also cut out some waves shapes from the same paper. Little squares from “Let’s flamingle” paper look so good peeking from behind the strip.
Picture of my daughter Maja playing in the pool is so adrobale and easy to scrap. She was splashing water all around and I managed to capture this moment. That’s why I decided to use “Splish splash” title. I made it using elements from chipboard stickers set.
Swimming children from ephemera pack are so fun and I had to add few of them on my page. I like how those elements compose with my waves. I thought adding splashes and drops of water will be a great idea with this title. I searched for them in ephemera pack and puffy stickers and placed them on my page.
I finished my page by adding splashy paper clip. I just love those elmbellishments and I wanted to hoard them but well… they were made to shine on the pages. I an happy how this page turned out. Scrapping summer photos is always my favorite and I can’t wait for the upcoming summer to grab my camera and snap some pictures. There will be some pool photos for sure.
Thank you for stopping by. Remember to check your local stores, if you want to purchase this pretty collection. If you have no luck finding it, you can always order it through our retail store at Make a Pretty Life.
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Water Country!



It wasn’t long ago that it was still snowing here in my neck of the woods, so I am truly ready for SUMMER!  Using Poolside made me warmer, just by working with it!  Ha!  Anyway, I printed some photos from our trip to Water Country.  A large group of us go every year.  We always have a great time.

I picked the pool tile paper (Let’s Flamingly) as my base.  That is the ONLY 12×12 paper I used.  The rest is with the 6×6 paper pad.


I used a cut file that I backed with the paper pad.  I wanted smaller patterns.  Trick is, these papers all have upright designs.  When piecing together behind a file, you need to make sure that your papers are in the proper direction or you may have upside down flamingos and ducks!  I used a FREE cut file from Paper Issues. This one is called Sunny Days.


Now, have you seen the ephemera in the Poolside collection?  Fab.  Just fab.  |


See?  Fab, right?  I just love them all I bought 2 sets.

Thanks for stopping by today.


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Welcome…Amy Tsuruta!


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!
this right here by Amy Tsuruta for Fancy Pants Designs
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!
this right here close up by Amy Tsuruta for Fancy Pants Designs
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.
this right here top view by Amy Tsuruta for Fancy Pants Designs
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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Travelers Journal/Planner | Latisha Yoast

Travelers Journal/Planner | Latisha Yoast


Hello friends, Latisha here with you today!  I am a planner when it comes to traveling.  I like to have a schedule, but also leave extra time in each day to nap, be spur of the moment or to allow extra time for whatever.  Next month, I will be going on a cruise with a few friends, so I started a Travelers journal/planner for my trip using the Take Note collection.
For this main page, I added a page tab on the side of the paper.  Trimmed down a piece of 6×6 paper with the map, adhered a few Take Note Ephemera die cuts and then created a title using Sweet Nothings black alpha stickers.
For the next header page, again adhered a tab on the side, trimmed down a piece of paper from the Take Note 6×6 paper pad, adhered Ephemera die cuts, and placed a strip of Good Fellows Plaid Washi tape
For this next page, I wanted to create a space where I could put ticket stubs and brochures.  I cut down a piece of pattern paper from the Take Note 6×6 paper pad, and applied washi tape to the edge, so that tickets will not get caught on the edge.  Used the black puffy stickers again to create a title and then adhered down a Take Note 4×4 brag card.
When I go on my trip I will bring a pencil bag full of supplies to work on my notebook while on the cruise.  Creating and decorating Travelers Notebooks are so simple yet so fun!
Materials Used:
Fancy Pants Designs Sweet Nothings Black Alpha puffy stickers
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December album | Nicole Nowosad

December album | Nicole Nowosad


Hello everyone! Nicole here to share an interactive December mini album with you using the Holiday Hustle Brag cards!

At first I thought this album would be a Christmas countdown project, but as I started working through it, it became an easy way to capture my family’s December memories AND a countdown too! I thought we could use it as a countdown and then go back in later, add photos, memorabilia and more to make it a December to remember project.

Countdown cover

I started by grabbing some of my favorite brag cards from the Holiday Hustle collection. I love the red foil on this one, so it only seemed fitting to be the cover for the album. I punched some holes along the top edge and used jump rings to hold everything together.

I created 2 chipboard “covers” for this flip type book, covered them with patterned paper and cardstock and then adhered some folded pieces of ribbon to hold the covers in place. This also added some stability for this book to stand on its’ own.

countdown bottom

I decorated each page in my album with a number and a few simple details. I didn’t want to go too crazy embellishing so I had room for photos and more later on in the process.

countdown 6

Some pages are more filled in and others are more sparse, with some stamping or even just a stitched border.

Countdown 12

And a few are just the brag cards themselves for a filler like page. I added some glitter to the words on this one using some glitter glue.

Countdown 9 add glitter

Now, I have a countdown book AND a place to hold those memories when it is all said and done! Such a quick project to do this time of year, when time seems to fly so quickly!

Collections used:

Holiday Hustle

Merry & Bright






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Christmas Countdown – Vicki Chrisman


Hello friends!

I love making home decor projects with my Fancy Pants Products, and my favorite time of the year to do that is defiantly Christmas!  The new Holiday Hustle Collection is so fun and inspiring for all kinds of projects. When I saw the Chipboard Number Set/ Countdown, I was totally inspired to create a Christmas Countdown of my own. I found this 15″  wood tree at Hobby Lobby as my base, ( but it would also be super easy to make with paint sticks or yardsticks).   .

Wood countdown tree

Of course the point, is to make your way down to the big day 😊  So…. this ephemera piece could not have been more perfect.  I added it to the  tree with foam squares so it could stand off the wood a bit.

Wood countdown tree close 1

There are all kinds of great ephemera pieces in the Ephemera and Tag Packs. I added a piece of wire to the top of this tag and tied on a little bell.   The number pieces are sticky back but I added mine to the tree with foam squares, so that it would give more space for the hanging piece.

Wood countdown tree close 2

I used many of the metallic red pieces from this collection, so in keeping with that, I used rub on red metallic on the wood star I added to the top.

Wood countdown close 3

This is a fun project as a gift for the  kids or  grand kids, as they count down to the big day, or a project they could do with you.

Collection Used:

Holiday Hustle


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