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ALTER EGO: Summer Mini Book

05/29/15

Hey, hey friends…Happy Friday to you all!! Today I am going to be sharing a tutorial, a little recycling…a whole lot of color & a summer mini book I hope you will love as much as me. Are you ready…? Here we go.

Supplies for the recycled book:

  • a pile of old mailing envelopes
  • a piece of a corrugated carton
  • heavy red twine
  • needle
  • small hole punch

@fancypantsdesgns @KimWatson #minibook #summerminibook #recyledenvelopes #bookbinding #papercrafting Instructions:

  1. Prepare your envelopes by opening them along the top, bottom & one of the sides.
  2. Pile together in six layers, use a clothes pin to keep the lined up.
  3. Cut a piece of carton: 15″ x 4,75″
  4. Score & fold at 6,75″ & 8,25″ to create the book spine.
  5. Punch three rows of little holes for binding purposes.
  6. Line up each pile of envelopes along a punched row of holes & hand stitch with backstitch, binding the inside pages to the cover.
  7. Once completed you should have three segments in your book.
  8. Decorate your cover & fill the pages with memories. (see below for the inside pages)

SUMMER mini book by Kim Watson

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Let’s take a look at the inside pages….

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I used a mixture of Making Waves:  Ephemera, Journal cards, 6×6 mini paper pad, Buttons & Flair; using the pinked circle & machine stitching as a common theme throughout all the pages. 

 

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There is something to great about the natural texture of the torn envelopes & rough corrugated card that makes this album extra special. I made sure to include a whole lot of extra pages in this album because I am really looking forward to filling them as I get more summer photos printed.
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Thank you so much for stopping by…I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. If you are driving this beautiful almost-summer weekend, be safe & remember to capture those memories as they happen. Happy weekend to you!!

 

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Making Waves, Silver Foil, Vellum Paper

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A Beach Babe and a Pineapple!

05/15/15

Hello Friends! The new Summer Sun Collection is full of light and bright colors featuring a feminine touch – perfect for those beach babe layouts. The designs are clean and crisp and work well with the gold foil and wood veneer embellishments. When I saw the new collection I knew that it was the perfect match for the photos taken in December while on a beach vacation. It was just coincidence that Skylar, my niece, posed with a fresh pineapple!

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How to create the layout: Create a layout background using half a sheet of Sunshine and half a sheet of Ride On paper. Cut a strip of Just BeachySandcastles and Sunshine (different widths) and adhere down the centre of the layout. Cut and adhere a strip of black cardstock. Adhere a thin strip of Sandcastles to the left edge of the black cardstock piece.

Cut and adhere two strips of the stripe paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad. Adhere a floral Just Beachy strip cut from the 6×6 Paper Pad on the left edge of the black cardstock. Adhere the Insta Pack orange zig zag strip.

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Add the white tag with the pink border sideways to the top-right corner. Tie a bow with the twine on the tag. Turn the tag on its side with bow on the left. Add a pineapple ephemeraflairbuttonand sequins.

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Remove the twine from the large tag and adhere, overlapping the left edge onto the black cardstock. Adhere two more tags: pink and orange spotted as well as the pineapple tag. Ink the two flip flops on the large BEACH BABE wood veneer title, apply liquid glue and sprinkle with micro glass beads. Add the title, beaded hearts, sequins and buttons to the layout. Stitch the buttons with black thread to add interest.

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Ink the three wood veneer hearts, apply a liquid adhesive and sprinkle with micro glass beads. While the adhesive is still wet, remove some of the beads to reveal the inked wood veneer. Adhere hearts, sequins and arrow to layout. Add photo to complete the layout.

Remember to share your layouts created with this light, bright and feminine collection on the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Summer Sun

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The Cut Shoppe Swap Week: Day 1

04/27/15

Welcome, Fancy Pants friends! This week we’re collaborating with The Cut Shoppe, where you’ll find  huge array of digital cut files for all your crafting needs! Our team has had a blast pairing their files with the latest Fancy Pants collections. Their team got to play along too so don’t forget to head to The Cut Shoppe blog to see what they’ve cooked up.  AND we’re giving our readers a double dose of prizes so read on…

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Hello Friends! Today we team up with The Cut Shoppe, showcasing their unique cut files used with digital cutting machines. I chose the ‘All a Flutter 8.5×11’ cut file created for the Flutter Collection as well as one of the ‘Be You’ phrase cut files. Here is a layout of my niece, Skylar, in a field of fall flowers. The cut file phrase ‘Be the You you want to be’ is just perfect for her!

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Once the cut file has been imported, open a new document and insert the selected cut file. As I used the Silhouette Cameo, the following instructions apply to this particular digital cutting machine. Resize the ‘All a Flutter 8.5×11’ cut file to the required size and cut from selected patterned paper.

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Open a new document and insert the ‘Be You’ phrase. Resize the phrase to the desired measurement.

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The Offset option is used to outline cut-line images giving the image a mat underneath it. To apply offset conditions, select and right-click the image and select ‘Offset’. Within the Offset menu you may start by selecting an offset action. By clicking the offset action button, a starting point is created and you can fine tune the offset effect to any specified Offset Distance with the slider bar, or by typing in a specific measurement. Set the properties of the image into place by clicking ‘Apply’.

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Select the offset cutting line and separate the two cutting line images.

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Cut the phrase from 12 x 12 Gold Foil paper and the offset mat image from the reverse side of Float pattern paper. Adhere the gold foil phrase onto the dark pattern paper mat.

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Adhere narrow zig zag trim to the horizontal lines on the ‘All a Flutter 8.5×11’ image. Adhere to the layout and adhere ‘Be You’ image with thin strips of craft foam or foam strips to raise for added dimension.

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Add flowers from the Ephemera Pack, buttons and gingham trim.

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Trim photo to required size and adhere onto Flutterby pattern paper, white corrugate paper and reverse dark side of Float pattern paper. Add a gold foil arrow from the Ephemera Pack, Flair and a button to the top right of the photo to finish.

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I hope this has inspired you to use cut files from The Cut Shoppe with your favorite Fancy Pants Designs collection and share your layouts on the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page! Remember to hop on over to The Cut Shoppe blog and here on the Fancy Pants Designs blog for the rest of the week to see other creative cut file ideas and enter to win their giveaway of Fancy Pants products!

Leave a comment on this post or any post this week to be entered to win a $20 Gift Certificate to The Cut Shoppe!

Fancy Pants Designs collection used: Flutter

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Pinteresting: DIY Notebooks

03/16/15

Hello, friends! Anna is here today and this is a day when we will be inspired by Pinterest. For my inspiration I choose this picture.

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I love gold colors, stationary and simple but official designs. So I created two notebooks, using Fancy Pants materials.

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The size of these notebooks is near 15×10 cm and they’re so easy to make!

1. Cut two sheets of white paper sized A4, fold them.

2. Then cut two pieces of patterned foiled paper from the Flutter and Office Suite collections with the size 15×20 and fold them too.

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3. Make three holes with 1/8” punch using your favorite tool on the fold line. I made them in the middle and at 3 cm at each end.

4. Bind everything with twine or ribbon and line up the edge for the neat view.

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5. Add some embellishments. I used die cuts, flair and button from the Office Suite line.

The idea was to make coordinating notebooks. One of them has deer on a background, and the other one is with deer-button.

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Fancy Pants Designs collections used: Flutter, Office Suite

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Add a Little Dazzle Swap: Day 1

10/13/14

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Welcome to Day 1 of our swap week with our friends at Add a Little Dazzle! Please visit both blogs all week to see some gorgeous creations and for your chance to win one of two fabulous prize packs!

Hello Friends! Vicki here today to share a new project I created with Fancy Pants True Friend collection and some beautiful metal sheets from Add a Little Dazzle.  Inspired by all the autumn colors of the season and my current obsession with feathers I created a garland.  I hung mine inside this empty frame but I could certainly imagine it hanging on a mantel.

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I’ll show you how to make these feathers using the metal sheets and Fancy Pants patterned papers.  I used this free Feather Download from Fancy Pants as a Pattern.    I wanted to use different sized patterns, so I printed one at 6 inches long, and one at 8 inches long, so that I was able to cut some of each.

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Cut your feather out so that you have it as a pattern. Lay it down and lay the  metal sheet over it. Press down with your fingers, and smooth around the edges of the feather. You’ll start to be able to see the shape of the feather.

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If you have an embossing stylus that’s great, but if you don’t you can use the end of a small paintbrush, or something similar, to apply pressure around the edges of the feather. This is just so you can see where to cut.

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Time to cut your feather out. This is the top side, but you will want to flip it over for the next step.

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Now you are working from the back side of your feather.  Using your tool, you can make defining lines on your feather.  By doing this from the back, the lines will be raised up on the front when you turn it over.

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Once you have your lines done and you turn your feather over, take a small piece of fine sand paper and lightly sand over the raised areas.  Creating the effect you see in the photo below.

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Cutting the feathers in different colors and sizes of metal sheets and in patterned papers adds interest. I also added some machine stitching.  I used Fancy Pants Glittered Chipboard Alphas to add the word Fall to one of the feathers.

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I really enjoyed getting to play with these metal sheets. Fancy Pants Designs and Add a little Dazzle are a great pair.   I’m excited to see what the girls have to share the rest of this week.  I hope you’ll be sure to  stop back and check it out.

Thanks so much for coming by today. Don’t forget to head on over to the Add a Little Dazzle blog to see another creative project featuring these products. Want to win a True Friend collection kit of your own?  Leave a comment here AND on today’s Add a Little Dazzle post and we’ll pick a winner!

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Fancy Pants Designs collection used: True Friend

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Spotlight on Patterned Envelopes and Folders

10/08/14

Hello Friends! Patterned Envelopes and Folders are perfect for hidden journaling, a decorative accent or to add style to layouts. They are made from cardstock weight paper with some complete with eyelets and string. I have used two patterned folders and one envelope on this layout of my niece, Jamie-Leigh with her son Keegan.

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The delightful True Friend paper with the softer, muted colors was perfect to use with the innocence and life memories captured in the photo.  The background was created with strips of the different papers cut in various widths and heights, adhered onto the Loyal paper background. I used the design on the Loyal paper to guide me as to where the paper strips were to be placed. Add a 5½“ x 8” photo to the layout. Stitch a border around the photo with a sewing machine or alternatively hand or faux stitch.

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Place and adhere one of the Patterned Folders (I used the orange folder, flipped with the tab facing the top and on the right-hand side), 2½“ from the left and 2” from the bottom edges. Fussy cut a zig zag strip from the 6×6 Paper Pad, trim to width of the folder and adhere. Add a ticket of choice from the Ticket Roll, raising it with foam squares to the folder tab. Place a second Folder inside the first one about 1” from the top edge staggered, protruding on the left edge. Trim a large Decorative Tag to measure 4½“ in height and adhere to inside of the folder. Adhere a small Decorative Tag to left of large tag, protruding on the left edge of the folder. Add a word phrase from the Sticker Fundamental sheet and a button to each of the tags.  Add a sticker element from the Label Sticker sheet and a Topper to the front of the folder.

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I included hidden journaling inside the one folder. Cut a piece of plain paper and write your memories, story or experience. Alternatively you can type and print the journaling. Trim to fit the width of the folder and fold using a z-fold into the folder, attaching just the bottom section. Add a word phrase from the Sticker Fundamental sheet to the top right edge. Match the same size sticker used and adhere to the reverse side of the top sticker to create a tab effect.

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Adhere a small Patterned Envelope overlapping the orange folder. Add the word ‘HAPPY’ from the Ephemera Pack to the envelope flap. Complete the embellishment cluster with an Ephemera Pack banner, buttons and a bow created from the string that was removed from the decorative tags. Add other elements from the Ephemera Pack to the right of the envelope, raising one or two elements with foam squares to complete the layout.

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Please share your Fancy Pants Designs layouts and projects with us on our Facebook page using the Patterned Envelopes and Folders … we would love to see them.

Fancy Pants Designs collections used:  True Friend

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