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You’re a Melon | Zsoka Marko

You’re a Melon | Zsoka Marko


Zsoka here with you sharing a new layout that I created for Fancy Pants Designs.

I used one of the new collections, Hello Sunshine. You can get this collection and sooo much more at Make a pretty life! Have a look, lots of cute stuff there!

So, my layout…Here it is:


I went a little overboard with patterns and colors here, even for my taste :D. As an exception I started out with a photo of my son eating the first slice of watermelon of the season at their annual class party. I was thinking this collection has all the right colors to scrap this photo. Then there was this cut file from Clique Kits from last summer that I still haven’t used, with these fruit slices that remind me of melons. So cute! I cute it out of white textured card stock.


As always, I backed the cut file with different patterned papers. Mostly to bring in lots of different colors and patterns. I liked the look of the pink striped paper peeking through here and there, so this is what I used for background at the bottom. I used a black and white patterned paper at the top to calm things down a little.


Since everything was so busy already, I barely used any embellishments at all. I cut my title from black textured card stock and layered it on top of the fruit cut file.


I picked a few die cuts from the ephemera pack to place them around my photo. I used pop dots with most of them, just to create some dimension on the page. There was even a cute melon in the pack! A lot of the pieces have some gold foiling, they are sooo gorgeous. You guys absolutely need this collection!


Collection used: Hello Sunshine

Thanks for stopping by today! I will be back with new projects soon! X


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Love Golden Fall Days


Hi there, it’s Amy here to share a “to die for” layout. I had a great time using up lots of my die cuts and ephemera on this page I created using the gorgeous Golden Days line.

love golden fall days
For this page I use my die cutting machine to cut out the frame with my title and some leaves.  I added just a touch of color to the leaves before I added them to my page.  I LOVE the ephemera packs with each Fancy Pants line and Golden Days had more than enough to add some fun touches as well.  Here are some close ups. I couldn’t resist adding some die cut goodies at the top of my page and it really helped to balance all the fun stuff happening towards the bottom of the layout.

This next closeup shows my main die-cut cluster.  I added a few here and there with a tag, a leaf clip and a cork piece and it was just perfect.

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This last closeup is the phrase I added to the bottom of the photo, which was perfect for my photo.

pumpkin patch
I hope this inspires you to use those die cuts on your projects.  They are a must for me to add details and fun to each of my projects.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Golden Days

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To Die For: My Girl


Fall is upon us here in Canada and all I can think of and see around me are leaves. Leaves of every color and shape. I was inspired to use a non-autumn themed collection on a more autumn themed page.

My girl
I chose a few papers from the Life is Beautiful 6×6 paper pad and die cut them from several different leaf cut files.

My girl cl1
I diecut each leaf shape from a different pattern of paper and layered them all around my fall photo. I used a few multi colored patterned papers to bring the various colored leaves together on the page.  The hardest part was choosing which lovely patterns to use for each leaf shape! All I needed to do now was add a title, and so I used the pretty gold puffy script stickers from the Millie & June collection.

My girl cl2

I also had a ton of leaves left over from all my die cutting, so I put those to good use by pulling together a quick card also!

thank you card
You can see that I simply used a label die cut from Happy Place and tucked the extra leaves behind the label diecut shape and added a multi colored strip of paper along the right edge of the card front.

thank you card cl1
Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Life is BeautifulMillie & JuneHappy Place


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To Die For: Gifts Tags


For a while it seemed like die cuts were going to be a fad and cyclical.  However with the popularity in electronic die cuts, die cuts from dies, and pre-cut die cuts this is one trend that is going to be around for a long, long time.  Die cuts really make a project look more professional and store bought.  Today I am sharing a simple banner created using a few die cuts and the Life Is Beautiful line.

Start by collecting pattern paper that you would like to use for the banner.  I decided on pieces of paper I had already cut through on the 6×6 Life Is Beautiful paper pad. I guess you can say I used scrap pieces of paper. I try to get as much as I can out of each sheet.

Layer each die cut using foam adhesive.

Once finished layering each die cut I grabbed the chipboard alpha to spell out “gifts”.  I strung the banner together using natural twine.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Life Is Beautiful


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To Die For: Loose Moose


Good morning!

One day I reluctantly agreed to go to a hunting and fishing store with my husband.  Not my favorite thing in the world.  As my son and I waited for him we realized we had a great big stuffed moose behind us!  This immediately became a photo op! Who wouldn’t, right?  In comes the blue Ninjago and our scared faces.  Amazing reenactment of a moose attack don’t you think?

For this assigned I was given the category of “To Die For.”  The Happy Place collection is full of die cuts already available for use.  I may have added my own little die cut.  Lets see if you can spot it!

I tucked my title into the strips of paper.  

I was recently at a crop and borrowed my friends stamp and die cut moose.  He looks so cute popping out behind my title and this clump of die cut flowers.  

This was a fun layout to create.  The addition of the moose behind my photo, mentioned in the title, and popping out in different places really helped bring my entire idea together.  Document the everyday.

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Happy Place


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To Die For: Fly


Hello Friends!

Today I’m sharing some ideas on the different ways to include die cutting in your layouts. I used a design on an electronic die cutting machine as well as pre-cut Fancy Pants Designs die cut ephemera and letters. This layout, using the Flutter collection, is of my niece, Skylar, taken about a year ago capturing her natural beauty… inside and out!


The main die cut is the leaf design digital die cut from The Cutte Shoppe, cut using an electronic die cut machine using the solid black side of And paper and a second design from a thin sheet of chipboard (suitable to cut with on your digital die cut machine). Adhere the paper die cut to the chipboard die cut. Apply embossing ink onto some of the die cut leaf areas. Place die cut onto a sheet of bond paper or a spare sheet of paper and sprinkle gold embossing powder onto the embossing inked areas. Tap off excess embossing powder and pour excess back into the container. Emboss the design using a heat tool until the embossing powder melts and turns gold. Place the die cut element in the centre of the background paper.


Mat the photo onto black And paper and then onto green side of Caterpillar paper. Adhere photo to the layout (placing adhesive strips to top and bottom edges of the photo). Cut retro design Brag Card and slide under the photo mat on both sides.  Add a decorative tag and a pre-cut gold foil zig zag Ephemera piece to the left edge of the photo.


Add a simple green seam binding ribbon bow to bottom left corner of the photo. Add two decorative pins to complete bow. Add a decorative button to the tag.


Add a scallop gold foil Ephemera piece to the bottom edge of the photo. Adhere the gold foil Ephemera word as well as the appropriate letter from the Alphabet pack, a small butterfly Ephemera and a Flair to complete the embellishment title cluster.

To complete the layout add gold foil Ephemera butterflies finished with self-adhesive gold pearls and sequins.

Remember to share your layouts created with the various Fancy Pants Designs collections on the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: FlutterAs You WishVellum


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