Hi Fancy Pants fans!  I am Cathy Harper and I have a layout to share with you that I created with the gorgeous “As You Wish” collection.  A little about me: I have been a huge Fancy Pants fan from the very beginning and I still have some of those first collections stashed away.  I live on the cold prairie of South Dakota with my husband, teenage daughter, Maxenzi, four dogs and one cat!  We have a grown son, Alex and a beautiful daughter in law, Crystal.  Alex and Crystal just announced to us that they are having a baby in September.  We are beyond thrilled to welcome our first grand baby!

I have been scrapping for about 11 years now.  I owned my own scrapbook store in Rapid City, SD until my husband found his dream job on this cold prairie.  I enjoy everything about the paper crafting industry. I have been published in CARDS and Scrapbook Trends and, along with Fancy Pants, I design for Samantha Walker, Helmar and Quick Quotes.  It’s all a dream come true.

Now on to some questions about me!

Why do you scrap? I scrap for so many reasons… for the memories, of course, and mostly for the creative outlet it gives me.  I love everything to do with paper crafting, and most days you can find me in my scrapbook room playing with paper.  I scrap simply because it makes me happy and you can bet I will be scrapping up a storm, preserving every precious moment of our new grand baby’s life.

What are you guilty pleasures? Sons of Anarchy, Justified and spending way too much time on Pinterest are my guilty pleasures.

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? Torn here between my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs and P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps.  How about I get to switch weekly?  That means one week I am home with all my family and friends and the next I am traveling to some wonderful location that has a P.F Chang’s… that would be perfect.

Describe your favorite room in your home and why you love it! My favorite room in our home is one giant room which contains the kitchen, living room and dining room.  Beautiful wood floor, gorgeous granite counters and a rock fireplace.  We have only been in our new home about a year, so decorating is still work in progress.  It is warm and inviting.  I love the bar height counter where everyone gathers while my husband and I cook.  It is just the perfect space for entertaining!

What is your favorite FPD product right now? All of them, of course…but I love the Ephemera Packs.  I just love to add little bits here and there. They are perfect for layering and add so much interest.  There are so many great new things from Fancy Pants that I can’t possibly put them all here… have you checked out the new Flair and Ticket Rolls?  Everything is so gorgeous and it just makes everything fall together with ease when creating!

As you can see here, with my layout, that it all just fell together beautifully.  I had so much fun layering all the pieces and embellishments that are part of the “As You Wish” collection. I surrounded my photo with all kinds of goodies from the collection.  I love layering and adding dimension with foam dots.

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Here you can see the stitching that I added to the frame, one on my favorite techniques.  I love the added interest and texture that it adds.  I also, used my Silhouette Cameo pens to create the pink stitching on the clouds.

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I created an extra little pocket with a scrap of the “Dictionary” paper from the collection.  I stitched on two sides and left the top open…my original plan was to add some more ephemera and tags from the collection but it ended up being a bit much.  So I added a simple “one” to document this very special little one’s first birthday.

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Fancy Pants collections used:  As You Wish

I am thrilled to be part of the Fancy Pants team and can’t wait to see what’s in store this year for Fancy Pants!

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