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Pocket Chick Pick: Brenda Rose

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I know Christmas is over, but I couldn't help but be inspired by this beautiful tree created by Brenda Rose! The layered paper strips, buttons and glittery paint all make this tree gorgeous!
 
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Christmas Tree by Brenda Rose
 
I decided to take my tree in a little different direction by using wintry colors and some snowflake patterned papers from the Tradition collection. This way the tree has more of a winter theme and I can enjoy it all winter long!
 
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I decided to use fringe scissors on the ends of my paper strips for a little different look. I still curled them up a bit and added some glittery paint.
 
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I really liked that Brenda added buttons to her tree. I layered some small buttons over snowflakes that I punched from the patterned papers and added them to the tree with pearl topped straight pins.
 
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To keep with my wintry theme, rather than a star, I added a snowflake to the top of my tree over some layered buttons.
 
Thanks for the inspiration Brenda!

CindyTobey

-Cindy Tobey

 

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Trish Harwick

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Hi, my name is Trish Harwick and I am so happy to be a part of the Fancy Pants Team! When I am not scrapping, I am a full-time Mom of 4 great kids, an Army Apache pilot spouse and a full-time Speech Pathologist. Scrapping has always played a big part in my life; being an Army spouse, we move quite a bit, scrapping has given me an outlet for my creativity and feelings and lots of portable friends!

Q: How long have you been scrapbooking?
A: My Mom claims that I have been scrapping since the day I learned to cut and paste; however, I really didn't start to become obsessed until the birth of my first daughter in 2000.

Q: What time of day do you usually scrapbook and where?
A: Being a full time working Mom of 4, my time is precious! I scrap whenever and wherever I can! I do a lot of "drive-by" scrapping; meaning that I pull something out, arrange something or stick something down as I am walking in and out of my scraproom; in between the "Mom, she's touching mes" and laundry!


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Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I find inspiration everywhere ... from magazines, to textiles and clothing. I find a lot of inspiration in pattern and color. My kids often inspire me with the funny things they do or say.
 
Q: If someone was to walk into  your scrap room/area right now, what would they find?
A: According to my husband, a big, huge mess! I prefer to call it "organized chaos", although I do currently have stacks of paper and a lot of "stuff" that needs to be put away! I even still have my crop bag packed from the trip I took this past summer!
 
Q: What are some other hobbies you enjoy?
A: Between work and the kids there isn't much time for other hobbies, besides scrapping, but I do enjoy baking - it is a huge stress reliever. I bake and then take it to work (the pudgier they get, the thinner I look, right?). I also enjoy harrassing the kids with my camera and I recently returned to my exercise routine.

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-Trish Harwick

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Product Spotlight: Tradition Flocked Transparency

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Is everyone recovering from the holidays? Ready to scrapbook all of those great holiday memories you captured last week? Iris Babao Uy, has a cute idea for using our Tradition Flocked Transparency. This red velvet patterned transparency is so pretty and classic—it's perfect for all of those Christmas layouts you are ready to create.

 

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Season To Believe by Iris Babao Uy

Iris says, "I love using transparencies to create depth and dimension in my layouts. For this layout, I used the flocked transparency as my base and proceeded to embellish the page with Tradition Glitter Cuts."

Thanks Iris!

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-Amy Peterman

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Fancy This: Hot Chocolate Gift Bag

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Hello all my Fancy pants friends! I am here today to share a little winter gift idea. I think this little gift would put a warm smile on anyone’s face, who doesn’t love hot chocolate!? hehehe When I saw the Fancy Pants hot chocolate paper line I knew I wanted to make a gift bag for some Hot  chocolate! So here is what a came up with. Hope this inspires you to make something today!

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Okay let’s get started...
 
Fancy Pants Supplies:
Hot Chocolate: Chocolate Swirl paper
Hot Chocolate: Square Element Stickers
Hot Chocolate: Element Stickers
Hot Chocolate: Cards
Hot Chocolate: Strips paper
Tradition: Ribbon

Other supplies:
Some kind of clear packaging bag (I used the clear bag from Tradition Fancy pants line the Journal book)
Red and white bakers twin
Black pen
 
Instructions:
1. First you will need to cut out the snowman on the cards paper then on the strips paper cut out the “hot chocolate".
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2. Then I added a brown border around the Hot Chocolate strip to help it stand out I used Chocolate Swirl paper for the border.
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3. Next you will need to get the clear bag ready I used the clear bag packaging the Tradition journal book came in, then trimmed it down to the size I needed for my hot chocolate package to fit in.
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4. Once that was done I put my hot chocolate mix into the clear bag and added a square element sticker.
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5. See that little red bird sticker hold the clear bag closed! Isn’t it so cute!?!? Now I am ready to add my other details on to the clear bag, the topper to the bag is added and snowman  and stars. Once those are placed to your liking you can at some ribbon to the top. As you can see I also wrapped some bakers twin around the package.
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Thanks so much for stopping! Cheers!
AmyWelch
-Amy Welch




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Pocket Chick Pick: Kristine Berc

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I chose Kristine because the minute I saw her work, I knew she had some amazing talent. I have known her for a little while and I am always in awe when I see her projects. Her layouts always have such a soft feel to them. Every element is perfectly placed on the page to make it an elegant masterpiece. Just when I think she has created the perfect layout, she surprises me with another one.

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Kristine inspired me to create this layout of my husband and I. I wanted that same soft and elegant feel to my layout too, that is why I used the same basic design and the Happy Together collection

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For this layout, I hand cut the damasks from the Forever paper found in the Happy Together collection. I wanted to create a border around my large circle. I adhered the damasks to the back of the circle and popped the whole thing up. I also created a patchwork design inside the circle using the Spirited and Cheerful paper, also from the Happy Together Collection. I added the border and used it as the title with the Happy Together Strips. I then machine stitched in the patchwork design. I used more of the damasks to use as embellishments on my page. I popped them up as well. I cut a flourish and a couple of flowers from my die cutting machine using the Make Me Smile and Cheerful papers. I backed the whole thing on the Grin paper and added some journaling. 

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I am so pleased with this layout and I hope that I captured the Kristine Berc style....soft and elegant!  Thanks Kristine for being such an inspiration! I love what you do and don't ever stop inspiring us!

Fancy Pants Supplies:
Happy Together: Grin
Happy Together: Forever
Happy Together: Strips
Happy Together: Cheerful
Happy Together: Spirited
Happy Together: Make Me Smile
Happy Together: Buttons

Other Supplies:
pop dots
ink
die cutting machine

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-Guiseppa Gubler

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Rachel Tucker

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Hi, my name is Rachel Tucker and I live in New Zealand with my husband Steve and our two little girls (Jessica, 8 and Abby, 6). 

A passion for “crafty” things (like my Nana teaching me to crochet when I was 7) and a love of photography has evolved into an obsession for scrapbooking. I adore paper, fabric, frills, lace, anything vintage and everything girlie.

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Q: What is your favorite Fancy Pants product?
A: I can’t possibly choose just one product. I am in love with everything “Fancy” from the patterned papers to the buttons, trims and the “Glitter Cuts.” Okay so the “Glitter Cuts” might be my favorite! BUT the patterned papers come in a close second.

Q: What is your favorite technique?
A: I would say incorporating stitching, either by machine or hand on my pages. A page feels finished when I “stitch” on it.

Q: How long have you been scrapbooking?
A: It would be a cliché to say “all my life” but I think that’s an honest answer. My report cards way back from when I was at school, state that I spent too much time on the title page and not enough time on the inside content! I made a “scrapbook” album with our engagement photos and cards before I even knew what scrapbooking was.

Q: What kind of scrapper would you consider yourself to be?
A: My work tends to have a fresh, vintage vibe, but often changes with the products I’m working with. Layers of paper, fabric and embellishments, with hand and machine stitching thrown in for good measure is what you’ll find on my designs.

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Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I am not always looking for inspiration, it tends to find me! A window display while out shopping, sometimes in a magazine, sometimes while reading blogs. I especially love to read non-scrapbooking, vintage inspired blogs for inspiration. 

Q: What time of day do you usually scrapbook and where?
A: Usually during the day, while the kids are at school, I play with product in my tiny “studio.” It might be small but I make good use of the space I do have. I store my embellishments, ribbons and flowers in vintage jars and glass containers. I have some cute little spice jars that hold pins, brads, and tiny bits and bobs. They look pretty and I can rummage through them to find what I need. It’s so much fun...like a little treasure hunt.

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Q: What type of camera do you use?
A: I have a Canon EOS 50D

From my family to yours, I wish you and your family peace and joy over the festive season and in the year to come.

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-Rachel Tucker

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Product Spotlight: Tradition Notebook Journal

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How is your holiday season going? Are you making lots of great memories with your family and friends? Be sure to get those memories into your scrapbooks! One of my favorite ways to document my own holiday memories this season, is with the Tradition Notebook Journal. And as two of our Pocket Chicks show us, it's pages work beautifully for so much more than journaling!

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Dear Santa by Janis Medina-Maghinay

Janis says, "This layout has 2 tags and 2 stickers, 3 journaling pages, and 4 glitter cuts - all coming from the Traditions Collection. I layered them on top of each other while making sure that their shapes are still emphasized. I also adhered the glittercuts and the stickers with pop dots for added dimension."

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Tokyo Wonderland by Yuka Hino

Yuka says, "I used the Tradition Journal Book for the frame. I love frames. The paper from the Journal Book is cut in half. Another one is attached to the envelope. If the button and the string are added, it becomes lovelier."

Thanks Janis and Yuka for sharing your gorgeous pages with us!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to come back tomorrow for our Pocket Chick Spotlight on Rachel Tucker!

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-Cindy Tobey

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Lisa Saunders

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Hi, I'm Lisa from not so sunny England : ) I am so excited to be part of Fancy Pants and this lovely team.

I work for myself from home which fits perfectly around my family and my scrapping. I've enjoyed various crafts since being a child and got hooked on scrapping when my son was little about 7 years ago. I just love the whole process, from taking the photos, to creating, to the social side of having scrap friends and blogging, and love the reward of seeing my family enjoying looking through our many albums, remembering all the things we have done.

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Q: What is your favorite Fancy Pants product?
A: It's got to be the papers. I love the quality, the way they feel, the thickness, the fact that they are double sided = double the fun and I love the variety of plainer papers and the patterned papers. Being able to get scissor happy and make my own embellishments and page accents just from a piece of paper. Love them!!

Q: What is your favorite technique?
A: I love paints and mists. I find it so therapeutic using these on my pages. And I have to admit that I do love getting messy fingers : )

Q: If someone was to walk into your scrap room/area right now, what would they find?
A: Lots of small Christmas gifts that I've been making. Decorative picture frames, gift jars full of sweets, a jewelry box and some special Christmas cards too. And tidy desks. I do tidy as I create. I work better this way.

Q: What is the most unique topic/photos that you have scrapbooked? Share something quirky about yourself.
A: These two go hand in hand. I love playing pranks and tricks on people. I do have an evil sense of humour at times and have on certain occasions managed to scrap these stories too.

Q: What are some other hobbies you enjoy?
A: I'm a very homely person. I love baking and cooking. Reading recipe books and novels. I love our family time together, long walks with our little dog, board games and movie times.

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-Lisa Saunders

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Charity Hassel

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Hi everyone! My name is Charity and I am pretty addicted to paper crafting and scrapbooking! I am 36 years old, married to Brian for 8 years. I am the stay at home mommy of Alexander (6) and Audrey (4).
Also, I am also an RN and work one shift a week at a local hospital.

 

 



Q: What is your favorite Fancy Pants product?
A: I am such a patterned paper addict, so I will have to say the papers! I love the distressed feel of so many of Fancy Pants' papers, the great designs. Some of my favorite designs come by cutting out details from patterned papers.

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Q: How long have you been scrapbooking?
A: I have kept some sort of little scrapbook since I was in high-school, but the real journey began several years ago. When my husband and I were newlyweds he already had a hobby and I found myself "bored". Obviously, this was pre-kids, lol! So, he encouraged me to get a hobby of my own. I still had photos from a volunteer medical mission trip to India that I had never scrapbooked, so that is what I started with. That was about 8 years ago.

Q: What kind of scrapper would you consider yourself to be?
A: Honestly, I feel like that is a continual work in progress. My goal is to have fun, keep pushing myself to be creative and try to scrapbook pages that really capture pieces of our lives. 

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Q: What are some other hobbies you enjoy?

A: Sometimes I find myself needing to change things up in order to stay inspired. That's when I sit and create a few cards or something for my home. This year I have really been working with my son's teachers creating crafts, planning parties, etc. It is so fun to help the kids learn and have fun!

Q: Share something quirky about yourself.
A: I love playing with playdough! It's good that I have children because that gives me an excuse to play.  Getting my hands into the playdough, making silly things with the kids and smelling that playdough smell is so fun to me.

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-Charity Hassel

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Fancy This: Christmas Banner

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Oh, how I love this time of year!! I especially love decorating our home and finding little niches where I can further celebrate the season. This year I had an empty spot above a newly placed mirror and decided the colors and patterns in the Traditions line would go very nicely! I decided to make a little banner to help fill the space. Here are some photos of the banner in place on the mirror surrounded by a bit of greenery as well as instructions on how to make one of your own!
 
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Fancy Pants Supplies:
Tradition: Flocked Transparency
Tradition: Glitter Cuts
Tradition: Notebook Journal
Tradition: Tags & Titles
Tradition: Element Stickers
Tradition: Brads
Tradition: Buttons
Tradition: Ribbon
Tradition: Rub-ons
Tradition: Wrap It Up patterned paper
Tradition: Stripe-n-scallop patterned paper
Tradition: Finishing Touches patterned paper

Other Supplies:
small pine cones
berry sprig
brown ink
brown pen
hole punch
 
Instructions:
1. Start by taking out pages from the Notebook Journal and Tags & Titles and laying them out in the order you want the banner. I used two bracket pages from the Journal on either end, a larger zig zag page in the middle and two tags in between.
 
2. Once you have the order, use a hole punch and punch holes in the top corners of the inside pieces (only do the inside corner of the outside pages). Tie pages together using green ribbon.

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3. Start decorating each panel of the banner.The first page uses a glitter cut spread across to the next page, and an accordion flower made with a 1.5" x 12" strip of scalloped edge paper finished with a brown button in the center. Add bow and pine cone to top left corner.

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4. For the next panel, is a continuation of the glitter cut from the first page.

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5. The middle panel has an accordion flower made from two 2.5" x 12" strips of paper folded and combined. Punch a circle from the Flocked Transparency and add to center with a covered brad. Cut a circle from the brown patterned paper to go underneath. Add a sprig of berry after it is adhered to the page. Finish with a holly rub-on border at the top.

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6. The next panel. Add page tab sticker, button and some faux stitching (using a ruler and pen) at the top.

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7. The final panel, add "Let there by Joy" title panel. Adhere holly rub-on, overlapping onto the title. Make accordion flower with two 2" x 12" strips and brad in the center. Finish with a bow adhered in the upper right corner along with a small pine cone.

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8. Finish with bows adhered to both ends and finished with small pine cones.
 
Hope everyone has a Happy Holiday Season! Enjoy the time with family.

GretaHammond
-Greta Hammond

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Kim Watson

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Hi everyone ... I hope wherever you find yourself in the world, that your week is going well, mine certainly now that Summer has finally decided to arrive? My name is Kim Watson and I live alongside False Bay in a city called Cape Town, South Africa. I am thrilled to be a part of this fabulous team & look forward to sharing a bit about myself.

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Fancy Pants Supplies:
Tradition: Falling Snow paper
Tradition: Strips paper
Tradition: Finishing Touch paper
Tradition: Christmas morning
Tradition: Stars & Holly
Tradition: Tags & Titles
Tradition: Ribbon
Tradition: Element Stickers
Tradition: Buttons
Other Supplies:
die-cutting machine, marker, twine, doily, gold ink


Q: How long have you been scrapbooking?
A: I started scrapbooking as a dare from a good friend in 2004. As an outsider I couldn't relate to what the fuss was about ... or why she'd stay up into the wee hours, playing with bits of paper & paint or why when at the mall together, she'd be more interested in drooling over doo-dats & die cutting machines than shoes. I am ashamed to say ... I had to eat my words because it didn't take me long to be right there along side her obsessing about the latest scrapbooking embellishments. Jimmy Choos became a thing of the distant past ... seriously!

Q: What kind of scrapper would you consider yourself to be?
A: Hmmm this is a tough one ... I am a bit of a chameleon in terms of style. I LOVE all styles, I find the product I am working with tends to determine the end result although I do find that most of my pages tend to have stitching, punches & layering on them, sort of a personal signature.

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Fancy Pants Supplies:
Tradition: Stripe 'n Scallop
Tradition: Strips paper
Tradition: Finishing Touch paper
Tradition: Christmas morning
Tradition: Stars & Holly
Tradition: Rub-ons
Tradition: Ribbon
Tradition: Element Stickers
Tradition: Buttons
Artist Addition: Metal Frames
Other Supplies: twine, punches

Q: If someone was to walk into your scrap room/area right now, what would they find?
A: At least 4 cups of cold Chai tea lurking about. I love to drink tea whilst I scrap but if I get busy with a project I tend to forget to drink it. It is when I run out of cups that reality dawns ... drink your tea woman!!

Q: What time of day do you usually scrapbook and where?
A: Mostly when the gaps pop up between errands & collecting or dropping kids ... so it can be any time of day. I do prefer doing my 'paper work' at night so I can think clearly.

Q: Share something quirky about yourself.
A: I have always wanted to learn how to long-board. But with my fear of our not-so-neighborly Great White sharks that live in the oceans around us, I just haven't plucked up the courage to don my neoprene & try it out. I guess if it hasn't happened yet, I think I'll have to be content to watch from 100 yards up the beach for a little while longer.  

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-Kim Watson

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Pocket Chick Pick: Julie Bonner

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I was instantly drawn to the clean design of Julie's layout. I have taken some of the design elements, the scalloped edges, the photo and the journaling placement and incorporated them into my layout. I didn't want to change too much of the design as this is what drew me to Julie's layout in the first place. I have used punches for the scalloped edges on the strips under the photo and the pattern on the edges. The title is all glittered with glitter glue. Thank you for the inspiration Julie!

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Adorable In Every Way by Julie Bonner

 

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Christmas Time Is Here by Katja Schneider

Fancy Pants Supplies:
Tradition: Holiday Sentiments patterned paper
Tradition: Christmas Morning patterned paper
Tradition: Stripe-n-Scallop patterned paper
Tradition: Brrr patterned paper
Tradition: Rub ons
Tradition: Journal book
Tradition: Glitter Cuts
Tradition: Flocked Transparency
Tradition: Brads
Other Supplies: die cutting machine, punches, glitter glue

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-Katja Schneider



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Product Spotlight: Tradition Rub-ons

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Today's Product Spotlight, our Tradition Rub-ons, are so versatile. Just take a look at how Pocket Chick, Suzanne Sergi, used them in various ways on her layout below. I just know she'll inspire you to use your rub-ons in new ways!

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Shine by Suzanne Sergi

Suzanne says, "I love using Rub Ons on my projects, and I have built quite an inventory of them. They are wonderful to add directly to your pages, but try the following for a different twist. Do not be afraid to only use part of a rubon. Sometimes I love the pattern, but may not want to use the entire image. In the center of the poinsettia flower, I simply adhered one of the presents rubons on the entire surface of a button. A different alternative, than attaching string or thread through the holes of the buttons. Another idea is to separate the rubon, onto two different surfaces. The center ornament on the left hand of the page, is adhered to the page, and the main body is adhered to another button. An easy way to add dimension to your projects. Finally, how about adhering rubons to your title? On the word Shine, I adhered the bow rubon to dot my letter "i." Again, I only decided to use only the bow image from the present image. This is a simple way to embellish. I finished my title by dusting glitter on top, to give my title 'shine.' One of the benefits of using Fancy Pants rubons, are that they do add fabulous detail,  but they adhered effortlessly on your projects!"

Thanks Suzanne, for the cool rub-on ideas! Come back again tomorrow everyone, for a change to get to know another one of our Pocket Chicks.

AmyPeterman
-Amy Peterman

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Benedicte Raphalen

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Let my introduce myself by a french game named " Portrait chinois" literally "Chinese portrait" created by Marcel Proust.  It's a game in which people have to describe themself in this way :
If I were an animal, I'd be ... lioness
If I were a flower, I'd be white rose
If I were a color, I'd be red for my clothes and pink, yellow and turquoise for my scrap.
If I were an icecream I'd be vanilla
If I were an hour I'd be tea time
If I were a parfum I'd be Allure sensuelle from Chanel
If I were an international scrapbookeur I'd be Maggie Holmes !! :)
If I were a saison I'd be summer... 

Q: What is your favorite Fancy Pants product?
A: I really love using Rub-ons because they accurately give the final touch to my creations thanks to their motifs. I'm also very fond of brads which I gather in small groups on my layouts, and of frame stickers as well, that enable to break the lines that appear to me as too straight.

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Q: What is your favorite technique?
A: I like creating my own backgrounds thanks to various inks and paint. I also very often add up a bit of texture and material. Moreover, my journaling is handwritten because I think it gives a more personal touch to my projects.

Q: How long have you been scrapbooking?
A: I've been scrapbooking since 2007. At that time, I was looking for ideas on the internet to create something original to announce the birth of my daughter (this is a tradition in France ; we send out a kind of "baby announcement card" to our relatives once the baby's born). While I was doing my research, I hit on a scrapbooking blog that really seduced me. It took a few months before I created my very first layout, but from then on, everything went very fast. I started to take a lot of photos, I really enjoy it, and I rapidly developped a genuine passion for scrapbooking.

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Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I find most of my inspiration on the blogs of French girls like my friend Gaelle, or Lilith, Severine les elucubrations, Melle Severine, Pati, Michou... and I love Polish scrapbookers such as Ana Maria, Nulka.... I also surf the internet websites of the great American brands and I'm totally amazed by the talent of American scrapbookers (amongst which are some members of this DT!).

Q: What do you listen to or watch while scrapbooking?
A: I look at my garden through the window and I listen to ... the silence! My two daughters often sleep while I'm working on my projects because I do it on nap's time or in the evening.

Q: What type of camera do you use?
A: A reflex 1000D Canon.

Q: What are some other hobbies you enjoy?
A: I used to read a lot, but not anymore except for scrapbooking, gardening or interior design magazines!

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-Bénédicte Ralpalen

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Fancy This: Paper Poinsettia Accent

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We recently spent time doing one of our favorite things—putting up our Christmas tree! We have all kinds of little traditions that go along with this each year at our house, and this year, my husband asked each of us what our favorite part of that tradition is for each of us. It was fun hearing what everyone had to say as we strung the lights on the tree! I put this fairly simple layout together making note of what everyone said.

The poinsettia flower on this layout was inspired by the ribbon poinsettias for this wreath diy that I pulled last year to put together one of these days. I haven't had the chance to make it yet, but it's still on my list! I just made a few modifications to adjust for using paper.


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Supply List:
Fancy Pants Supplies:
Tradition: Shimmer Paper
Tradition: Wrap It Up Paper
Tradition: Holiday Sentiments Paper
Tradition: Finishing Touch Paper
Traditions: Rub ons
Tradition: Buttons and Brads
Traditon: Alpha Stickers
Tradition: Element Stickers
Tradition: Trim
Tradition: Glitter Cuts

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We'll need a few supplies and tools to create this poinsettia:
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scissors
wire cutter
floral wire
liquid adhesive
favorite ink
brads (or buttons)
glitter glue (optional)
1- 2 1/2"x12" strip of red paper (I used Tradition: Finishing Touch Paper)
1- 2" x 12" strip of green paper (I used Tradition: Shimmer Paper)


Poinsettia Flower Assembly Directions:
1. Starting with the 2 1/2" x 12" red strip of paper, cute four pieces on the diagonal as pictured. (I initially cut three, but added an extra to make the flower fuller.)LeahF_step1

2. Ink all of your edges with your favorite ink, remember you should have four strips instead of three.LeahF_step2

3. Pinch each of the strips together in a sort of accordion fold.LeahF_step3
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4. Gather all of the strips together and pinch in the middle.LeahF_step5

5. Wrap the center with floral wire, then clip with wire cutters.LeahF_step6

6. Adjust your petals. I pinched the top and bottom petals closed more to create a better circle.
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7. Ready to add the center.
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8. Clip the back off of a corduroy brad.
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9. Adhere to the flower with liquid adhesive.
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10. To assemble the leaves, take out the green strip of 2"x12" paper. Cut two roughly 4 1/2" strips.
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11. Fold one corner over as pictured.
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12. Fold the other corner over as pictured to create a sort of house shape.
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13. Accordion fold the house shape.
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14. Do a bunch of scrunching and adjusting until you get a shape that you like.
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Attach to your layout using your favorite strong, fast drying adhesive. I attached my flower first, and then the leaves underneath. Now you have your very own poinsettia! These would be fun to create a small bouquet of as well!

LeahFarquharson
-Leah Farqharson

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Pocket Chick Pick: Vicki Saulnier

  LisaAndrewsFramed
When I saw Vicki Saulnier's layout in the Fancy Pants Facebook Gallery, I loved how she had arranged all of her elements on her page. I quickly turned her layout into a sketch in my mind and then set to work creating my own layout based on Vicki's.

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Tummy Time by Vicki Saulnier

I love how Vicki's elements are slightly tilted and so I also tilted my page elements. The big title really stood out on Vicki's page and so I did a similar title treatment on my layout.

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Frozen Hot Chocolate by Lisa Andrews

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-Lisa Andrews

P.S. We are having some technical issues with our Facebook page and hope to get them resolved soon.

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Vicki Chrisman

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Hi everyone. My name is Vicki Chrisman and I live in Nebraska with my husband and our two pups. We have two grown sons, who we are lucky enough to have living here in Nebraska also. I love the holidays and am happy to have them in full swing now. I'm enjoying all the decorating and baking that December brings and looking forward to spending the Holidays with family and friends. Wishing all of you a wonderful Holiday Season also!
 
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Q: What is the most unique topic/photos that you have scrapbooked?
A: Well, I'm not sure about most unique..but this layout is definitely the most unusual that I've done of "myself."  Not only is the photo pretty silly, on top of that I'm admitting my "age" (yikes), and how I'm dealing with creeping ever closer to 50.
 
Q: Share something quirky about yourself.
A: I'm sure I have plenty of quirks, but the one that seems to surprise people the most, is that although I love many different kinds of music...I love Rock, and I like it loud! lol! (Maybe that comes from being a teenager in the 70s??) I'll be the one in the nursing home with head phones on. lol!

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Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I find inspiration in so many different things. I believe artistic inspiration is all around us, we just have to look. Color, textures, patterns, and designs in our everyday lives are totally inspiring. Nature, TV ads, fabrics, home decor, etc. all influence me - whether I realize it or not at that moment.
 
Q: How long have you been scrapbooking?
A: I have been scrapbooking in some form for probably 17 years now. I started by just cutting paper, cards, photos, and paper keepsakes of our boys when they were little, and gluing them into books. Not really knowing about using acid free products or actual "scrapbooking supplies"  yet, I  was just enjoying the process. I quickly became aware of the plethora of scrapbook products hitting the market, and jumped in head first. lol! 

I come from a large, close knit family, and have always incorporated art into my life in one way or another, for as long as I can remember, so the mix of preserving family memories with art, was the perfect mix for me. I was hooked.
 
Q: What type of camera do you use?
A: I use a Canon Rebel XTi, but for a smaller camera to carry in my purse at all times, I use my Canon Power Shot SD 1300. I also love my older camera, that has been so good to me. Its an Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom.

VickiChrisman
-Vicki Chrisman

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Product Spotlight: Tradition Glitter Cuts

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One of my favorite things about this time of year are the twinkling lights that are everywhere! They just make me happy. Something else that makes me happy are our Tradition Glitter Cuts! Their beautiful designs and shimmery finish are the perfect way to add some sparkle to your holiday projects!

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Check out the gorgeous projects Pocket Chick, Yuki created with our Tradition Glitter Cuts.

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Merry Christmas by Yuki Shimada

Yuki says, "This week's Product Spotlight is the perfect item for your Christmas projects! Tradition Glitter Cuts are great for a wide variety of projects. You can cut them to fit your projects and put them on your picture, under the papers, on another Glitter Cut....anywhere you like."

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Happy Holidays Album by Yuki Shimada

Yuki says, "I made this year's Christmas mini album using the Tradition Glitter Cuts. I used the clear cover of the Tradition Journal Book for this album's cover page."

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Gorgeous projects, aren't they? I just love the sparkle that the Glitter Cuts add to Yuki's beautiful creations! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for a Pocket Chick Spotlight! 

CindyTobey
-Cindy Tobey

 

 

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Allison Landy

  AllisonLandyFramed
Hi Everyone! It's Allison here, though most people call me, Ally <waving>!  I am not the "typical" scrapbooker. I'm a single mom of two kiddos who are now actually young adults 22 and 19. By day I work as a policy specialist around early childhood special education issues, but by night I'm an avid crafter. I'm delighted to be a Pocket Chick with Fancy Pants Designs and to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you all.

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Q: What is your favorite Fancy Pants product?
A: My favorite product that I've had a chance to play with and use has to be the die cut felt. I love anything with texture and that fits the bill. But I WANT to play with the flocked transparency in a BAD way. I just haven't found the right layout yet... but just wait!

Q: What is your favorite technique?
A: Usually, it's the one I've just learned! I love learning how to re-purpose any and all of my supplies from inks to paints and scraps to punches.

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Q: How long have you been scrapbooking?
A: I have a scrapbook that I made of a road trip my parents and I took up the coast of California when I was 12. It has photos, thoughts and lots of ephemera. So, if you say that's when I started that was 3....er .... a long time ago ;-)

Q: What kind of scrapper would you consider yourself to be?
A: Typically, I'd say I'm a clean and graphic scrapbooker, but since I'm always challenging myself to try new techniques and designs, it's sometimes tough to pinpoint a single style. The one thing that I always try to emphasize though, regardless of style is that the focus remain on the photos.

Q: What are some goals you have for yourself, scrap-related or personal?
A: Totally non-scrap related, but I plan to attain my doctorate some time within the next 8 years. As for scrap-related goals, I've hit most of those. I even had a layout on a magazine cover which felt like the best scrappy accomplishment ever!

Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I know it's cliche, but everywhere. I see billboards with catch phrases or fashion catalogs or building architecture that sometimes just hit me with an idea.

Q: What is the most unique topic/photos that you have scrapbooked?
A: No topic is really off-limits for me. I enjoy documenting every aspect of life from the exciting to the mundane. But I'd say that the most unique topic I scrapbooked was the Jewish tradition of placing stones on the graves of loved ones who have passed away. I really like documenting family history in a way that shows meaning and depth.

Q: If someone was to walk into  your scrap room/area right now, what would they find?
A: A half packed tote for the crop I was going to attend, but was cancelled.
My most recently completed layout put in its album and open to the page on the table.
All the scraps from that last page strewn about my craft table.
A half-finished sewing project.
Lots of hobby store ads with the latest coupons waiting to be used.
 
Q: What do you listen to or watch while scrapbooking?
A: Occasionally, I'll just shuffle my iTunes catalog. But more often than not, I'm scrapping in silence. I love the quiet of the house - lets me just concentrate and become completely engrossed in the creative thought process.
 
Q: What time of day do you usually scrapbook and where?
A: I tend to scrap in the early morning when I am most awake. I normally get up at 4:30 am, so I naturally awake fairly early on other days as well. Once I've had my second cup of coffee, I'm ready and rarin' to go.

Q: What type of camera do you use?
A: I recently upgraded to a Canon 50D and couldn't be happier. I love my camera - so much that I'm even known as the "staff photographer" at work.

Q: What are some other hobbies you enjoy?
A: Well, I bought a sewing machine a year ago and I've been teaching myself to sew. So far I've made a pillow and a camera strap. It's definitely more a hobby out of wanting things (like a fun, individualized camera strap) than a passion. But who knows? :)

AllisonLandy
-Allison Landy

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Fancy This: December Daily Album

 BrendaHurdFramed
So it is finally December! There are a lot of you out there on the web doing the December Daily album to keep track of your thoughts and pictures for the month. Seems like every day is something new and fun! For me, I so wanted to jump on the wagon, but I have very limited time right now, so I made mine very simple. You can dress yours up as much as you want, but if you're like me, then here is an easy way to get one done FAST! 

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Fancy Pants Supplies:
Tradition: Shimmer patterned paper
Tradition: Wrap It Up patterned paper
Tradition: Holiday Sentiments patterned paper
Tradition: Finishing Touches patterned paper
Tradition: Christmas Morning patterned paper
Tradition: Stars and Holly patterned paper
Tradition: Strips patterned paper
Tradition: Rubons
Tradition: Tags and Titles
Tradition: Brads and Buttons
Tradition: Ribbon
Tradition: Glitter Cuts
Tradition: Element Stickers
Star pins

Other Supplies:
mini album
mist
jewels
jute

Instructions:
I already had an album that had a few lined sheets of paper in it, but to make 25, i just took patterned paper, cut it into 4x4 squares and punched holes to match those in the chipboard album. Easy peasy after that.

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I wanted to keep it simple because it is so small too - one side for journaling and the other side for a picture or 2 - they would definitely have to be re-sized. 

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Even if you don't have a chipboard album, you can create your own cover for your 4x4 sheets. Hurry and make one, you still have time! And as you can see with the Tradition line, everything is provided for you to make a beautiful album to have for your Christmas memories for years to come.

BrendaHurd
-Brenda Hurd

P.S. Here's a link list of other Pocket Chicks that created a December Daily album using Fancy Pants products. Check them out for even more inspiration!

Amy Peterman 

Cindy Tobey 

Leah Farquharson 

Lisa Andrews 

Pamela Young

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Pocket Chick Spotlight: Pamela Young

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Hi! My name is Pamela Young and I can't even tell you how happy I am to be designing for Fancy Pants Designs! I am a stay at home mom of 3: two boys (ages 7 and 5) and one girl who is now 21 months old. I love scrapbooking—I will always be a scrapbook girl. But I do also enjoy making cards, altering, painting and quilting. 

 

 


Q: What is your favorite Fancy Pants product? 
A: That is a hard one for me because I love it all! But certainly paper is what I love the most. And I love the Wishful Thinking line, it is so beautiful! But I've also been recently playing with fantastic the Hot Chocolate line which is quickly becoming my favorite. 

Q: What is your favorite technique? 
A: I love adding stitching to my projects. I do it all the time. I also love hand-cuting a part of a design out of patterned paper and using it as an embellishment. 

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Q: How long have you been scrapbooking? 
A: About 10 years now...although like many of us, even before I was officially "scrapbooking" I would make collages and albums that I consider to be a form of scrapbooking...so really the answer could be all my life. 

Q: What are some goals you have for yourself, scrap-related or personal? 
A: I want to write...scrapbooking idea books. That is ultimately my goal.  :) 

Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: Everywhere! There are no limits on inspiration, you can find it all around you. 

Q: If someone was to walk into your scrap room/area right now, what would they find? 
A: A huge mess!!! :)

Q: What time of day do you usually scrapbook and where?
A: Late at night while everyone else is asleep.  

Q: What type of camera do you use? 
A: Canon EOS 40D

Q: Share something quirky about yourself. 
A: I prefer to be called "Pamela" over "Pam". I love pickles! And my kids are all taking after me in that department. I am geographically challenged and directionally impaired. I love to buy cleaning supplies. I enjoy mowing the lawn. And I love breakfast food but only at dinnertime.  :)

PamelaYoung
-Pamela Young

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Product Spotlight: Tradition Tags & Titles

AmyPetermanFramed
It's the most wonderful time of the year! And so, to get you in the holiday spirit, we are showcasing the Tags & Titles from our Tradition collection. Each set includes 12 original designs perfect for all of your holiday themed projects. Here are a couple projects I created using these festive tags and titles.

 

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On this layout, I used the "shine" shape to complete my title. I adhere it to my layout with foam adhesive, to give it a little dimension. The journal page under my photo, said "dear santa", and I didn't think that it fit with my design. So, I covered it with the patterned portion of the "christmas wishes" tag.

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December Daily Album
This year, along with many other scrapbookers, I am compiling a December Daily album. I used the "Let There Be Joy" tag on my cover and several other tags on my inside pages, where I can journal or place a small photo.

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Thanks for stopping! Come back again tomorrow, to get to know Pocket Chick, Pamela Young.
AmyPeterman
-Amy Peterman

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