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Summer Plans!


Hello friends!

Today I am sharing one of my planner pages that I
recently made.  This particular planner is a Leuchttrum 1917 dotted
planner.  This is my favorite notebook/planner to create lists in.


Before I sit down to decorate, having a plan or starting point is key.
For this particular page, the Summer Lovin’ pattern paper from the
Poolside collection drew me in.  It has these rich green palm leaves
with a pretty red and coral background.  The paper is stunning!  That
flamingo clip is too cute! Such a great collection!


The puffy stickers are from the Wish Season collection and the tags
are from the Happy Place collection.  Three different collections were
used on this page but they all work perfectly together!


Materials Used:
Fancy Pants Designs Poolside Summer Lovin pattern paper
Fancy Pants Designs Poolside Ephemera
Fancy Pants Designs Poolside Jumbo Topped Paperclips
Fancy Pants Designs Wish Season Puffy Alpha Stickers black.
Fancy Pants Designs Wish Season Sentiment Puffy Stickers
Fancy Pants Designs Happy Place Tag Set

Thanks for dropping in with us!  How’s your summer planning coming along?  What do you use for your planning?!  We’d love to see!


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Rain Boots and Flower Bouquets!


Just me again with a fun little “bloom” project I came up with!

We have these adorable ceramic boots in our shop that match The Bright Side Collection SO PERFECTLY and I thought for the spring shower season that I would make a bloom of paper flowers for one & I’m so happy with how it turned out!



To create the “bloom” I used a green popsicle stick as my base {you could just paint one to match.. the key is that it is hiding in the boot anyway}!  Get a good idea of where you want your first flower to start by putting the popsicle stick in the boot so you know how high the flowers need to be… I made mine so that the flowers angled out of the boot naturally, but didn’t stop it from sitting nicely in place!

I layered my flowers until I got the right look and then added both regular and dimensional adhesives for a ‘real’ bouquet look!  Oh, and I added the kite for a little fun flair!!



A little closer look at the details!


I put it on my desk next to the layout I shared earlier in the month of my little guy sharing his own gathered bouquet with me…they looked perfect together and made the perfect spring decor for my desk area!


Thanks for doing us today!  I hope you’ve got some new ideas “blooming” in your head ;)!




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The Good Stuff Mini Album by Maryam


Hey, Friends!

Maryám here with you to share a new project using The Bright Side Collection. For today’s project, I made a mini album. The size of it is about 3×5 inches but there are also some pages that are a bit smaller.



In this page, I decided to add a pocket with sequins. I made the pocket from one of the photo sheets from the Fancy Pants Designs Insta Album.



For this page, I used vellum sheet. Over it, I added the words Fun Day using the puffy alphabet stickers from the Sweet Nothings Collection.



For the middle page, I decided to make some pockets. I had a lot of photos that I wanted to include and pockets are great for that.






In this page, I had the other part of the sequin pocket but in here, I added a phrase using the same alphabet I used before. In the right side of these pages, there is a vellum pocket, I put a photo and a tag in it.





And that’s it for today friends! I hope you liked this mini album. Please, let me know if you have any questions by commenting below. 

Have an amazing week!


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Getting a little Artsy Fartsy…


Happy Friday, Friends!

Mary-Ann here… something to learn about me…I am well known in the neighborhood as the lady with all the art supplies {probably like many of you}.  You need something done, chances are, I have the tools you need.  Assisting my little neighborhood pal on her 2nd grade art project was so much fun.    I wanted to be sure to document it.  I used the new The Bright Side Collection. For my layout, I wanted to ‘semi’-recreate the picture she completed.  So, I used a FREE cut file from Paper Issues- Sunburst Background, enlarged it to have the sun, overlapping the edge of the corner.  If I had thought in advance, I would have directly added my journaling to the sun rays.  Instead, I cut the strips of journaling and individually placed them on the rays.


You can see the journaling close-up here.


I also used another FREE cut file from Paper Issues called Rings of Life for my flowers.  I wanted to add something delicate with the fun colorful papers in The Bright Side Collection.  Behind my photos, I layered some of the colorful tags in The Bright Side Tag pack and a few more papers for layering!



Oh, and that bow!  It was part of the Pretty Paper Bows from the Millie and June Collection?  It had a package of Paper Bows.  I used the gold one that worked perfectly with the yellow background paper.  I love mixing older with the new.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Products Used:

The Bright Side

Millie & June (bows)

All of these products can also be found on our website Make a Pretty Life! 


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Celebrate with (paper) Cake & a Donut Card!


With celebration in the air, I felt like really spoiling my dear friend! It was her birthday yesterday & I wanted to make an extra effort to make her feel special. I had bought her a necklace & earring set but needed a gift box & card, so set about to create one that was guaranteed to cause a ‘WOW!’ reaction. Now… there are traditional gift boxes…and then there are one-of-a-kind ‘gift boxes’. Today I am going to show you how to make one of the one-of-a-kind variety using the fabulous Joy Parade collection.

I hope you love it as much as my friend did!

Celebrate with (Paper) Cake & a Donut card by Kim Watson


You will need the following:

  • Patterned papers
  • Brag cards
  • Ephemera
  • Puffy Stickers
  • Die cut bow
  • Variety metal dies
  • Box template printed & cut out.
  • Hot glue

Celebrate with (Paper) Cake by Kim Watson


  • Start with your box template, cut it out of plain pink paper. Joy Parade is so versatile having plain papers on the backs.
  • Using the triangle section, cut a separate piece using the sprinkles paper for the top of the cake. (No cake would look right without frosting & sprinkles LOL.)
  • Next attach a darker pink strip of paper to the middle of the cake slice to resemble the jelly layer.
  • Cut x3 squares of different patterned paper & mark out some ‘roll & twist rose’ shapes. Cut them out & secure with hot glue.
  • Cut a paper straw to size & make a paper flame, creating a faux candle.
  • Layer the roses, die-cut doilies, ‘candle’, tag and other little embellishments in a little cluster on top of the cake slice.
  • Fill box with a special gift.

Donut card by Kim Watson



  • Using the cork paper, cut a donut shape. Trace the top half of the shape onto pink patterned paper to resemble frosting. Use a marker to add blue sprinkles, as well as arms, legs & a face.
  • Adhere the party hat ephemera piece.
  • Decorate with puffy stickers and other sentiment pieces to finish.

BONUS Box template:



Download Paper Cake Slice Template Here>>

I love that with a little creativity, this collection can be used to make both sophisticated items like the box & fun, playful items like the card. It is worth grabbing, because each & every item is fabulous!! I can’t wait to see what you create with them. Thanks for stopping by today, see you soon!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Joy ParadeMillie & June


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Happy Halloween Rosette Banner


Hello, friends, and Happy Halloween!  My children are past the age of dressing up and trick or treating, but I do still get them a few treats.  I will probably have a glass of wine or cider, sit on my front porch, and pass out candy. It’s so great to see the little children in their costumes.

In keeping with the Tricks & Treats week, I am sharing with you a trick on how to use up your 12×12 paper and turning it into an accordion rosette flower banner!  Plus it is a great trick or way to use up that pattern paper that you may or may not be hoarding. :)


First let’s grab some supplies!  Pick out your color palette. Since it’s autumn I chose a yellow, black, orange and pink color scheme. I scoured through a bunch of different Fancy Pants Designs paper collections and I was able to quickly find paper that coordinated well!!  Then grab a scoring tool, scissors, red line tape, a hot glue gun or Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Dodz XL, foam tape, string, a circle die or circle punch.


With all of these great supplies I will show you how to make different sized rosette flowers to create this banner.


For this flower, I used 2 sheets of pattern paper.  I trimmed each piece 5×12 inches (so you will have 4 pieces, 2 from each sheet of paper), and scored the paper every 1/2 inch. The paper is then folded top over bottom to create a “v” pattern.  Each sheet is adhered to the next until you have a circle formed.  You will want to push the outside pieces together, so that you have a tiny circle in the middle.  I placed a Dodz XL on each side to hold the accordion flower in place, and then adhered a die cut circle on the side that will face out, and corrugated card stock on the back side.

This will create an 11 inch circle.


Follow the same instruction as above.

Except you will only need 1 sheet of 12×12 inch pattern paper, and you will cut 4 peices that measure 3×12 inches.


Follow the same instructions as above.

Except you will only need 1 sheet of 12×12 pattern paper, and you will cut 3 pieces that measure 4×12 inches, and score each sheet at 1/4 inch.


For the smallest rosette, I used two 2×12 inch pieces of pattern paper, and scored at 1/2 inch.  I then placed flair in the center of those flowers.


This is a project that is a little time consuming, however the end result is so pretty.  I was able to use supplies on hand and create something decorative and festive for my living room!

Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Happy PlaceSummer SunTrue FriendMeologyAttwellFlutterBurlap & BouquetsOffice Suite



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