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Marco Polo!


Hello Fancy Pants fans!
It’s Anna here and I have for you some fun, summer page made with “Poolside” collection. It’s my second project made with it and enjoyed making it so much. I have plenty of pool photos and I have been waiting for the perfect collection to scrap them. My favorite elements from this line are those funny swim – rings in different shapes and I thought I want to use a lot of them in one page.
I started with a white American Crafts cardstock and splashed it with some colorful mists to create splatters and break this white space.
I found those “pool” letters in the ephemera pack and I thought they will be just perfect to create a title. I added a second word “party” using puffy stickers included in this collection. 
Funny swim – rings from both ephemera pack and chipboard stickers found their place on my page too. I arranged them under and above my photo. 
I filled the empty spots with smaller elements like water splashes. 
This page is really simple and fast to make and you can easily recreate it using different creatures, matching your photo. I haven’t used any pattern paper in this layout. Mixing and matching embellishments is also fun and can be enough to make a page.

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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Geometric Summer Layout!



Hello, friends!!

I’m back on the blog today and I’m here with another shape layout!  If you remember my last post, I worked with CIRCLES and today I am working on a layout with TRIANGLES!

I love that using a shape can create a beautiful layout, a unique look and it really shows off the variety of patterns in a collection!  And The Poolside Collection  is so perfect for summer projects!


To create my project I cut out a variety of triangle shapes… you can see that they all vary in size and shape, but still maintain their triangle title!


Adding a few accents to help balance the bold shape of the triangles is perfect with the splashes of chipboard and small summer ephemera elements!


I also tucked my photo  (which is rectangular) right into a flat space to line it up for a little title using the ephemera pieces!

This was another quick and easy layout once I created a ‘puzzle’ to fit all the pieces of my triangle shapes!  Have you tried to create your own unique puzzle?  It’s so fun to experiment with patterns and colors!  Give it a try and be sure to share it with us so we can see your creations!


And Happy Summer!


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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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