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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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Minimalist Style…The Good Stuff!


The Good Stuff. I want to document and remember all The Good Stuff from my girls’ childhood. SO many awesome (and not so awesome – but usually laughable) moments. This is one of the awesome moments. Going to visit Roxy and Sally. Probably thee most favourite animals in my Milly’s childhood thus far.

I used scatterings of elements from both The Bright Side collection and the Poolside collection.

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I wanted to keep the layout bright and fun. I love the photos I took of this particular day at my Uncles visiting their horses and didn’t want to take away from the gorgeous photos. I tend to be a minimalist but pushed myself to be less of a minimalist on this layout. I found that keeping the colour palette simple helped a huge amount. Yellow, white and black were the main colors for this page.

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I love the birds in the ephemera pack in The Bright Side collection.

I also snuck in a few of the chipboard sticker elements. The sunshine paper is from the Poolside collection.

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The layout design is based roughly on another layout I made last year. When I’m stumped I go through old layouts and look at them as if they are a sketch. Sometimes that’s all I need to get going and pump out a few layouts in a short amount of time.

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I hope you found something new in my project!  I’m always trying to keep it simple, but fresh and on-trend, too!

Happy Scrapping!


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Welcome…Zinia Amoiridou!


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!


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Welcome…Maryam Perez!


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.


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.









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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Picture This: XOXO


Hello everyone. Christin here today with a new layout with the Sweet Nothings collection. There is something I have wanted to do for a while, but I haven’t felt I had the right photo for it and that was going really big with a picture on a layout. I have an A3+ printer I have wanted to use for a layout.   Then I finally took this winter picture of my 7 year old (with a Minecraft beanie knitted by me…) and the background felt perfect for a big picture.

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The paper I had isn’t quite 12×12 so I added a frame using cardstock and the darkest paper in the collection.

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I used a cut file to cut out the xoxo. A big picture demanded a big title.  But I also wanted a subtitle and for that I mixed puffy stickers with ephemera.

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To add even more contrast I hand stitched in black over half the picture – in the lightest parts. And added some puffy sequins here and there.

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Don’t be afraid to try something new and go BIG or go really small. I encourage you to try different sizes for the pictures in your layouts.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Sweet Nothings

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Picture this: Multiple photos done Grid style!


Do you have lots of photos to scrap from a single event?

Today I have a simple idea you can use over & over with great results! The beauty of this kind of page, is that is doesn’t need many supplies either. With my supplies of Joy Parade running really low, I was forced to get creative. Here is my solution.

Multi photo grid idea by Kim Watson

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Are you are like me & hate throwing out paper strips trimmed off previous projects? Well today I was able to use a few of them which makes me so happy & it justifies the box of strips I have stashed away haha! Placed in a grid format & stitched, I created the perfect background to start layering all the other bits.

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I chose 5 photos and printed them 2,75″ x  2,75″ & 2 others which I printed 1,75″ x 1,75″. Then positioned them around the page leaving a square open for the journal block. Then came the fun part…the embellishing!

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Using my leftover Ephemera, Tags, Puffy Stickers & Flair, I just had fun. Being so colourful & well coordinated meant I could place bits just about anywhere & it looked ‘right’. I love how even though the layout & design is simple, the Flair & Puffy Stickers add great dimension.

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The colors, happy designs & uplifting sentiments of this collection, make it super easy to use no matter what the page theme! If you haven’t grabbed it for yourself, I urge you to do so.

Thank you for stopping by today! See you soon!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy Parade


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