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Handmade gift boxes!


Hello friends!  A diy inspired blog post for you today, on creating
gift boxes using pattern paper!  Lately I have been loving using up
pattern paper, creating bags, envelopes, boxes, tags, banners, etc…
fun and different ways to express my creativity, and using up my
supplies!  Today, I am sharing a few different sized boxes, and how I
decorated them.


If you do a simple search on diy gift boxes, you will find so many
different ways to create a box out of paper.  The internet is amazing!
After creating the box, using pattern paper, tags, ephemera &
chipboard stickers all from The Bright Side collections, I made a tag.
Instead of attaching the tag to a tied ribbon around the box, it was
adhered to the top of the box.


The bigger box was having a hard time staying closed, so tying ribbon
around it worked like a charm.  To embellish, a tag was create and
added to the ribbon.


One of my favorite things about using a collection to create anything
diy, is that it all perfectly coordinates! The cute rain boots paper,
with the cute rain boots die cut ephemera! So cute!  The tag and the
die cut were adhered to the box using foam adhesive, which gives it


The next time, you need to wrap a present, consider creating your own
gift box, it really is so easy.  Especially with pretty ephemera designs, online templates,
directions, punches and dies!


Materials Used
Fancy Pants Designs The Bright Side Happy Feet pattern paper
Fancy Pants Designs The Bright Side The Bright Side Pattern paper
Fancy Pants Designs The Bright Side Good Vibes pattern paper
Fancy Pants Designs The Bright Side The Good Stuff pattern paper
Fancy Pants Designs The Bright Side Ephemera
Fancy Pants Designs The Bright Side tags set
Fancy Pants Designs The Bright Side chipboard stickers



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Oh So Happy!


Hi Everyone!!
Today I am sharing a fun layout about my middle child. The Bright Side with its gorgeous colors was perfect for the message I was trying to convey. She really is the best, and I could not be more proud of her.
yoyo happy
I added some freehand green paint in a circle on the background, I love the pretty green in this line.
yoyo closeup 1
It’s just the best line for almost any project you can imagine. I added a cardstock sticker and some puffy stickers at the bottom and called it finished.
yoyo happy closeup
Thanks for stopping by the FP blog today!
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You Can Do It!



Mary-Ann here today with a black, yellow with a touch of green layout to share.  A yellow T-shirt calls for yellow in the layout, don’t you think?   My little man tried and tried to blow up this water balloon.  This is about as far as he got.  He was defeated and so were his cheeks.  I love how the pictures captures his struggle and also his determination to get it done.  I think you can see his frustration a little too.



I love the speech bubbles.  I used small alphas to incorporate an encouraging message.


I love to layer.  Layering this tags helped me bring in all the colors that I was using in the layout over to the left.  Using different shapes brought in depth.


A couple little journaling strips, telling the story and my layout was complete!

So you can see from this layout and my previous one, earlier in the month, that The Bright Side Collection can be used for of all types of ideas and projects!  What are you using yours for?  Be sure to tag us online so we can see!!  Instagram: @fancypantsdesigns

Thanks for stopping in.

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Products used: The Bright Side Only

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Floral Wreath Beauty!



Hello everyone! It’s Zinia here again and today I’m back to share with you another layout using the beautiful TheBright Side collection.


For this layout I’m making the most out of the beautiful pattern papers that come in the collection to create a wreath design.

I really love how the Bright Side collection has this grid pattern paper with a floral cluster at the bottom (or at the top ;)). It’s the perfect starting point to build a beautiful wreath.


I used some of my favorite floral dies and I cut out different sizes and shapes of flowers as well as leaves to fill in between.

The collection has its own beautiful floral images too so I mixed some of them in my wreath too.



The whole process of putting this page together is extremely easy and fun. I kept adding elements until I was happy with the way it looked and then I started building up the rest of the elements.


I decided to place my photo and journaling in the middle of the wreath to keep them in the spotlight of this layout.

I used a couple chipboard and puffy stickers to add a little bit of dimension and variety to the whole project and then I just called it done!


I really hope you enjoyed this and you got inspired to create something today. Until next time, happy crafting.

(INSERT PHOTO: ZiniaDT_Signage.jpg)


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My Daydream…


Hello everyone. It’s Anna here and I have a very floral layout for you today. I am still staying in spring mood and once again I reached for “The Bright Side” Collection. Flowers and butterflies are one of my favorite embellishments and I can never have enough of them. I am sure I could count more than 100 layouts with floral elements in my albums. For my today’s project I used a cute picture of my daughters taken 4 years ago.
I have plenty of photos of each of them alone but when it comes to pictures of my girls together, there is always an issue with face look or attitude. Usually one of them doesn’t want to pose with sister and the second one is making silly faces. I snap like 100 photos and only a few are usable. When I rediscovered this dreamy photo, I knew I have to scrap it.
I created mixed media background using mermaid marker and aqua pastels by Jane Davenport. I also added some green, shiny paste called “Sour apple” from Shimmerz applying it through the stencil.
Pretty papers from “The bright side” collection called “Happy feet” and “A good stuff” helped me create whimsical flowers. I used a free cut file from Paper Issues called “You & Me poppy flowers”.
I finished my project by adding bits and pieces from ephemera pack, tags set and this gorgeous crochet flower. With background as busy as mine, you really don’t need much of embellishing.
I recorded a process video for you, so you can follow my creative process.
Here is a link to my video:
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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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It’s All Good!


Good morning! Nicole here today to share another project with you using The Bright Side collection.  What I love most about this collection, are all the bright colors and patterns. Although there are some “prettier” elements in the collection, it translates well into masculine projects too!
It's all good
To make this project, I used the 6″x6″ paper pad to fill in the empty spaces in a diecut background from my digital cutting machine. I mixed up the pattern and color of the shapes as I filled in the design on the page. I mounted the entire thing on a piece of neutral kraft cardstock and then again on the black stitched patterned paper in the collection.
It's all good cl2
I loved the pop of black, so I grabbed one of the felt banner shapes from Fancy Pants and used it to make a bold title on my page. The felt banner makes it so easy to add a nice big and bold title on your project and I love texture that the felt adds too.
It's all good cl1
Thanks for joining me today!  And if you’re looking for these items and can’t find them at your local shops, you can visit our retail site HERE because I know those felt banners can be hard to come by these days!
Collections used:
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