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FOCUS ON : Patterned Photo Frames with Jennifer


Hello, it's Jennifer Larson, sharing a darling product from Fancy Pants Designs : Patterned Photo Frames. 

I love including many photos on my pages. However, I also love white space, so I often print smaller photos to fit more on. I also tend to print smaller photos nowadays because I take so many with my phone (especially when I am indoors in the winter), and the resolution is much better on those photos when I print them smaller. The patterned photo frames are a darling way to highlight several photos and make them extra special. Here's what I did:

  Dinner Theater Crowd by Jennifer Larson

Trendsetter Strips / Trendsetter Glamorous / Trendsetter Patterned Photo Frames / Trendsetter label stickers / Trendsetter Sticker Fundamentals / Trendsetter Button Set / Artist Edition 3x8 Pattern Stencil Set


I printed several photos 2x3 to fit inside the frames perfectly. Because the photo frames had such varied patterns on them, I housed the layout on a piece of off-white cardstock with some mist drips in mint green. This allowed the frame patterns to stand out without compteting with too many patterns.

To give the frames something to sit and hang on, I used a couple strips of patterned paper in between my two rows of photos:

Dinner Theater crowd details 4

I added variety to the page in a few ways. First, I alternated adding frames with dimensional stickers, overlapping them with neighboring frames:

Dinner Theater Crowd details 2 

Next, I hand stitched a frame within the patterned photo frame to highlight a particularly charming photo:

Dinner Theater Crowd Details 1 

Finally, I used one of the stencils from the Artist Edition Collection to hand trace the pattern, then punch holes, then hand stitch a border. In case you were wondering, DMC 3801 is a perfect match for the deep coral pink in this collection!

Dinner Theater crowd details 3 

Thank you for sharing my layout! I hope this gives you ideas for sing these darling frames!

- Jennifer

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Brag Book week winners announced


The winners of our Brag Book week are : 








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Trends with Nicole


Hi, Nicole here today to share with you a trend that is still very HOT . . . mustaches!

I've seen them in home decor, fashion, accessories, and even in scrapbooking.  Fancy Pants Designs has some great mustache themed items available in the Swagger collection and I'll share a few ways I used this trend.

My son decided to be a Gentleman ghost for Halloween and provided the perfect subject for my mustache themed layout.  I chose from many different pattern papers and then started layering them. 


Swagger Paper Dependable / Swagger Paper Success / Swagger Paper Top Hat / Swagger Paper Mustache Fever / Swagger Paper Strips / Swagger Patterned Envelopes / Swagger Ephemera Pack / Swagger Label Stickers / Swagger Sticker Fundamentals / Swagger Cool Gray Corragate Paper / Swagger button set / Swagger Clips


 I matted my picture and tucked it into one of the patterned envelopes.  I placed some of the fun die-cuts from the Swagger Ephemera Pack around my photo and finished my layout off with a die-cut title and some computer printed journaling. 

I didn't stop with just a layout though and wanted to share a card as well.  I found this fun sentiment browsing on Pinterest one day and was so excited to use it for this card.


Swagger Paper Gallant / Swagger Paper Humorous /  Swagger Brag Pad / Swagger Sticker Fundamentals 


I went through and picked some of the smaller patterns from the Swagger Brag Pad (which are so perfect for cards) and chose the mustache pattern that I trimmed to fit my card base.  I then went back through and picked a couple more paper: one of a large mustache and the other a journaling card.  I trimmed the designs out and adhered them with some pop dots to give my card dimension.  The sentiment was added with some letter stickers and die-cut letters.  To keep 'fan(tache)tic' together I adhered it first to a small piece of vellum and then using more pop dots added that above the mustache.  


Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed. 

Be sure to share your mustache inspired projects.

- Nicole

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Create with Fancy Pants Designs video serie!


Hello everyone! How are you today? I hope you're in a creative mood today as I am! :) I am very happy to show you a brand new video for you this month - I came up with a quick and easy way to create a Double-Page layout, both playing with very graphic AND freestyle elements!

Here's the video, let me know if you have any question, and feel free to scroll down to see pictures of the layout and its supplies list :)








Adventure Set 3x8 QUOTE Stencil Cards / Swagger Sticker Fundamentals /Swagger Label Stickers / Trendsetter Flair / Park Bench Pond Paper / Park Bench Sticker Fundamentals / Park Bench Label Stickers / Park Bench Brag Pad / Park Bench Felt Flowers / Park Bench Button Set

Thanks for watching! Hope you'll like it!

- Céline

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5 Designer Tips with Mindy


Hello everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your day. I have a bright and cheerful page to share with you today.

I have used products from the Down by the Shore Collection. This is such a perfect collection for those beach days and by the pool. Summer is just about here in Southern California and boy does it get hot. These photos were actually taken in my front yard. The temperature hit about 100 degrees during my kids' Spring Break. So we turned on the sprinklers and let them play! So again, these papers are perfect for pretty much anything water related!


I'd like to share a few of my must haves when creating a layout.


For me I need papers with lots of colors. Whether it's pastels or brights I love to have a variety of different colors.


I love to have a few different shapes. I like to have a polka dot, some type of stripe, a particular pattern (flower, anchor etc.) It's nice to have a soild or 2 to break up the patterns. This even makes the patterns stand out more.


Down by the Shore Collection Kit, Down by the Shore Sticker FundamentalsDown by the shore label stickersDown by the Shore ClipsDown by the Shore FlairDown by the Shore Button SetDown by the Shore Rub Ons.


I have to have some different layers. I could go crazy with layers and matting.



I try to have at least 2 different embellishments. Buttons and Flair are my favorite. I love having different types of circles to accesnt the photos. Sometimes using the same material mbellishment but a different kind like these clips and the metal flairs.



When I glue my layouts I always put a squiggle in the center part of the back of the layer I'm guing down. This way I can lift the paper off the page creating a texture. I love when you can see the shadows of each layer and when the corners come off the page a little.


I hope you have enjoyed my layout and a few of my tips when I create a layout.

Have a wonderful day and I hope you will join us tomorrow!

- Mindy


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Sketch Monday with Victoria


Hello Fancy Pants Designs fans! 

Today I'm going to show you how to use one sketch for layout and card. There are three equal elements on both of these projects - layers, tags and banners.

Let's start from LO. I used for it Turquoise Corrugate Paper, contrast yellow and than neutral papers for the layered background.


Turquoise Corrugate Paper / Fountain Flower Garden Bridge / Brag Pad / Decorative Bag / Decorative Tags / Banner Die Cuts / Stickers Fundamentals / Label Stickers / Patterned Photo Frames / Title Pieces / Button Set / Artistis Edition 3x3 Shapes Stensil Set

Sketch Victoria

For the main central element with photo I chose yellow and aqua papers that match this photo most. I adhered photo to the mat from Title Pieces pack and than covered it with one of the Photo Frames. I also added paper from Brag Pad, Decorative Bag and put two tags in it for journaling. There are also stickers, button and cloud die cut as embellishments.


Banners are one of the basic elements on the sketch, so I used large ones for this layout. I also added blue and yellow inks to the background.


Here you can see lightness of the elements. This reminds me of warm days and light breeze. 


I planned to use a journaling beneath the photo, but as I created this layout for a friend about her son I just use this phrase on sticker. I wanted to pay attention to the corrugate background, so I punched two circles of the different size, added a sentiment and a button to join them together. This is what my card is missing although both of the project created with the help of one sketch. 

For the card I used the main element from the sketch: layers, tags and banners and created a pretty cluster from them and some other stuff. 


Posh / Banner Die Cuts / Brag Pad / Felt Flowers / Decorative Tags / Ephemera Pack

For the background I chose a piece from Brag Pad which looked like three layers of paper but was flat. I cut the inner part of it with chevron and white space inside, adhered it to dark blue paper and joined with the first part from which I cut at the beginning. Now it looks more layered, doesn't it? 


As a central element I used photo frame, tags, banners, die cut and felt flower. You can also see a sentiment on the frame. 


Thanks for joining me today on the Fancy Pants Designs blog! Hope you find this sketch easy to use and I'll be looking forward to your creations!

- Victoria

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Cardmaking with Laura


Hey guys!  Laura Craigie here today, and I'm excited to share 5 different cards with you all!

I have three busy boys running around sometimes I don't get much time to craft and the perfect answer to starting and finishing a project in a short amount of time is a card.  I like the feeling of completing my project in one sitting, and cards let me do that.  

The first card I made uses only 3 Fancy Pants Designs products, the Brag Pad, Buttons, and corrugated paper.  I simply adhered two strips of paper from the Park Bench Brag Pag, cut out a sentiment from another paper in the pad, and sewed them down.  Then I added the buttons really quickly with glue dots to save time, and cut out a cute red heart from the corrugated paper for an additional pop of colour.  Lastly I dripped some drop of gold mist over the card for a fun shimmery detail.


Park Bench Brag Pad / Park Bench Button Set/ Red Corrugate


My second card also uses the Park Bench line but has a completely different color palette and feel to it.  I started by adhering two different pattern papers to the card from, and covered their seam with a chevron border sticker.  I added a tag at the bottom of the card to ground my sentiment.  I used a sticker from the label sheet and adhered it with foam adhesive.  The foam adhesive allowed my to poke two flag embellishments into them and keep them secured to the card.  Lastly I added a banner and tab sticker to the top of the card and did some machine stitching.


Park Bench Park Walk / Park Bench Paddle Boat / Park Bench Label Stickers / Park Bench Pennants / Park Bench Decorative Tags / Park Bench Sticker Fundamentals / Park Bench Tape Stickers


For my third card I decided to stick with a neutral colour scheme and I started with a background script paper from the Swagger line.  I chose a decorative bag from Etcetera and added two tags into the bag at different angles and adhered it to the front bottom of the card.  Next I added a scrap of white card stock, and built the sentiment with a label sticker, and alpha stickers.  My last touch for the card was an adorable star flair.  


Swagger Swagger Strips / Etcetera Decorative Bags / Etcetera Label Stickers / Etcetera Flair / Etcetera Sticker Fundamentals 


I thought for my next card I'd go a more simple route.  The base of this card is just a few strips of scrap paper I had from Trend Setter line, nothing measures I just cut them in strips that looks pleasing to my eye and sewed them down.  Next I punched out a few butterflies from a contrasting color of patterned paper and again sewed them down.  Last I added an easy label sticker sentiment with foam adhesive for additional interest.


Trend Setter Glamorous / Trend Setter Brag Pad / Trend Setter Label Stickers


My last card looks like a lot more work that is really was.  The background which looks like strips of different papers cut and placed together is actually one sheet from the Trend Setter Brag pad.  Then I added two tags at an angle on the side of the card.  With foam adhesive I adhered a large paper from and added a chipboard button to the centre.  Lastly I used the adorable tiny letter stickers from the fundamental sticker sheet for a cute, easy title.


Trend Setter Brag Pad / Trend Setter Decorative Tags / Trend Setter Sticker Fundamentals / Trend Setter Ephemera Pack / Trend Setter Button Set 


And just for fun, a side shot of all the cards.


Well that's all 5 cards, thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a great day!


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FOCUS ON : Book Bands with Kim


Have you seen these awesome book bands released at the last CHA? Aren't they a great idea? 

Fancy Pants Designs rubber book bands. 

Now I know you you have probably already used them to hold your brag books together like this gorgeous book by Jodi Sanford seen here>>

Fancy Pants brag book

I thought I'd think out of the box a little and use a book band to make some bright colored accents with awesome texture. Perfect for my page capturing snippets from our Summer last year. 

All About Summer by Kim Watson

Kim Watson+All about Summer+FP

Down By The Shore Cruise / Down By The Shore Dock / Down By The Shore Striped Ocean Life / Down By The Shore Striped Towel / Down By The Shore Wave Rider / Down By The Shore Whale / Down By The Shore Strips / Down By The Shore Clips / Down By The Shore Flair / Down By The Shore Book Bands / Down By The Shore Sticker Fundamentals  / Down By The Shore Decorative Tags / Artist Edition Live for Today 3x8 Quote Stencils


The yellow jumps off the page, creating great focal points on a busy page design. 

Kim Watson+All about Summer+cls#1 

Notch the ends of a strip to mat a title.

  Kim Watson+All about Summer+cls#2 

Cut an arrow shape to ground a metal accent.

  Kim Watson+All about Summer+cls#3 

Snip chevrons to create directionality along a row of photos.

I hope this has inspired you to look at our book bands differently? If you have come up with any innovative ideas using them, remember to post your images to the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page for us all to admire. 

Thanks for stopping by!

- Kim

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Challenge with Céline


Hello my dear Fancy Pants Designs fans! How are you today? Here I am with a brand new challenge for you!

We tend to scrapbook our everyday life in pictures, with our families, kids, friends, trips, vacations, favorite meals, favorite season, favorite landscapes...

But what also defines us is the MUSIC we listen to.

I would like to challenge you to scrapbook about YOUR FAVORITE SINGER/BAND :)


Swagger Powerful / Swagger Strips / Trendsetter Haute / Trendsetter Banner Die Cuts / Trendsetter Fundamental Stickers / Trendsetter Label Stickers / Trendsetter Clips / Alphabet Stencil Cards / Just Words Stencil Cards / Park Bench Label Stickers

First of all, you'll need TWO 8,5x11 pieces of patterned papers to create this layout. One Swagger Powerful for the right page and one Swagger Strips for the left page.

I simply used Spray Gesso to add that white wash on my layout.

Then, I used my Stencil cards, glued some paper on the back and glued them on my layout.

On my right page, I used some banners to add patterns and designs to my page and the strips remind of the ones that are on the left page.


Here, you can see that I misted some color on my patterned paper before glueing it on the back of my stencil card. Be sure that the paper is dry before glueing it.

Add some machine stitching here and there to add interests and texture.

Create your title using the word on the Stencil Card and add some tiny alpha stickers, changing colors every now and then, and add this gorgeous flair button as part of your title.



Want to scrapbook about your favorite singer/band? Feel free to do so and share your layout on our Facebook page!

Take care!

- Céline

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Everyday Scrapbooking with Amy


Hi Fancy Pants Designs fans!  I am thrilled to be back to share one of my layouts with you.  This layout came about when we got a late snow storm this past year, and I grabbed my youngest two kiddos and headed out for some pics.  I love taking photos of everyday stuff like just hanging out and enjoying some winter weather.

I grabbed the Park Bench collection to create my layout. Even though it's a "spring themed line" the colors went perfectly with my pictures.  Here's what I came up with.


Park Bench Strips paper| Park Bench Lunch Date paper| Park Bench Pond Paper| Park Bench Lightpost| Park Bench Park Walk| Park Bench Blanket| Park Bench Bridge| Park Bench Banner Die Cuts| Park Bench Sticker Fundamentals| Park Bench Brag Pad| Park Bench Patterned Envelopes| Park Bench Decorative Tags| Park Bench Patterned Photo Frames| Park Bench Title Pieces| Park Bench Button Set| Etcetera Clips

Here's a closeup of the left side.

Snow left side

And the right side.

Snow rt side

I love capturing everyday moments like this. When I look back on my pages, I feel like it's the everyday moments that really tell the story of our lives. Thanks so much for dropping by the FPD blog!

- Amy

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Sketch Monday with Yuki


Happy Monday! It's Yuki here today with a new sketch for you!


Here is my layout using this sketch.


Trend Setter Paper Glamorous / Trend Setter Paper Star / Trend setter paper Haute / Trend Setter Paper Vogue / Trend Setter Paper Strips /Trend Setter Sticker Fundamentals / Trend Setter Decorative Tags / Trend Setter Brag Pad / Trend Setter Decorative Bags / Trend Setter Button Set / Trend Setter Clips / White Corrugate

I pulled out some Trend setter papers and embellishments for my layout. I think black and red color scheme in this collection is perfect for my photos.



I also made a simple card using the same sketch.



Trend Setter Paper Glamorous / Trend setter paper Haute / Trend Setter Paper Classy / Trend Setter Paper Price Tag /Trend Setter Banner Die Cuts / Trend Setter Sticker Fundamentals /  Trend Setter Button Set  

I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Feel free to use the sketch and then share your projects with us right here or on our Facebook page. I can’t wait to see your creations!!

- Yuki

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Cardmaking with Greta


Who couldn't use a few extra all-occasion cards handy for those last minute needs?? Park Bench is a great generic line that can be used for all sorts of occasions. I've made up five cards to give you a few ideas!

May13 BLOG all cards

Park Bench Paper Bridge / Park Bench Paper Light Post / Park Bench Paper Flower Garden /  Park Bench Paper Park Walk / Park Bench Strips / Park Bench Paper Bench / Park Bench Paper Conversation / Park Bench Brag Pad / Park Bench Banner Die Cuts / Park Bench Pennants / Park Bench Patterned Photo Frames / Park Bench Felt Flowers / Park Bench Sticker Fundamentals / Park Bench Label Stickers / Park Bench Tape Stickers / Park Bench Title Pieces / Park Bench Button Set

May13 BLOG card 1

NOTE: all cards are 8.5" x 5.5" folded in half.

Card 1: This card starts with a base of "Conversation" paper. I then cut the title section from a page in the Brag Pad. Cut a half circle from Bridge as well as some rays to make the sun. Add the yellow polka dot button and the bracket sticker. Finally, add faux stitch marks with a brown pen and ruler.

  May13 BLOG card 2

Card 2: This card also starts with a base of Conversation paper. Trim a piece of Bridge to 4" x 5" and center on top. Add a piece of Strips (blue side up) to the back of the grey striped frame and then stitch around inside frame. Add to card. Use Tape Sticker along the left edge. Embellish with felt flower, pennant and tab stickers.

May13 BLOG card 3

Card 3: This card is similar to Card 2. Make the base from Light Post. Add Flower Garden to the back of cream frame and the stitch around inside frame. Add to card. Use Tape Sticker along the left edge. Embellish with word stickers and buttons.

May13 BLOG card 4

Card 4: Make the base for this card from Flower Garden. Trim a piece of Park Walk to 5" x 4" and center on top of card. Cut black polka dot strip from Strips paper. Trim flower title piece off of Brag Pad paper. Stitch around inside circle. Add to card and tuck two leaves cut from Strips paper. Add button with string and create faux stitch marks with brown pen and ruler.

May13 BLOG card 5

Card 5: Make the base for this card from Flower Garden. Use blue polka dot paper from Brag Pad cut to 5" x 4", stitch around outside edge and center on top of card. Cut grey damask with flowers strip from Strips paper. Mat on top of Bench (black). Add to card. Embellish with die cut banner and black button as well as stars and tab sticker.

Thank you for stopping by!

- Greta

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Photo Tips with Alexes


Hey there Fancy Pants lovers!! It’s me, Alexes! Ya know, from Dear Lexe Designs?!

Well I’m here today to show you a little tip that I use in my regular Lightroom editing routine. Have you guys ever seen those pictures that have a “matte” look to them? Well today I’m going to show you how to do that easily in Lightroom!

Allrightie, let’s get started! First I opened up Lightroom and selected the photo that I wanted to edit. This is a cute little picture of my nephew that I took at Easter time.


As you can tell, it’s a little overexposed so, the first thing I did was to bring the exposure down just a tad. To adjust the exposure, just find the exposure slider off on the right hand side of the screen. Here’s a close up.


Next I used a preset from the My Four Hens Imagination Collection which I LOVE and use all the time!  The preset I used is called Nola. I just browsed through all my presets and decided this one gave me the best color, (presets can be found on the far left panel, if you can’t find them, try pressing “D” on your keyboard to switch to the Develop Mode)


Okay now you’ll want to find, over in the far right panel, the heading that says Tone Curve. Your curve should look something like this image below. So the next step is to remove all of the anchor points that are already on the line and flatten the curve. To do this right click on the line and select “Flatten Curve”


 After your line has been flattened its time to add your own anchor points. It’s really easy to make an anchor too! All you do is click somewhere on the line! The first point you’re going to make should be just to the left of the very center of the grid.


Then you’re going to make another anchor just underneath the first point.


Then click on the point you just made (the second or lower point) and pull it down just a bit until it looks similar to this.


You’ll notice this will make the colors a bit brighter and add some contrast as well.


Next we’re going to use the point at the very bottom of the line. (I bet you didn’t notice that did you!) Take that point and bring it wayyy up. Below is a picture of where I wanted my point but remember that you can also make it higher or lower depending on your picture and your personal preference.


Now you have an awesome looking, well exposed and beautiful matte look to your photo!!



Here is a a quick project I made with photos that have that matte effect to them, check it out!!


Park Bench Blanket Paper / Park Bench Park Walk Paper / Park Bench Paddle Boat Paper Park Bench Fountain Paper / Park Bench Conversation Paper / Park Bench Bridge Paper / Baby Mine Chipboard Alphas / It's The Little Things Chipboard Alphas 




thanks again for stopping by and happy crafting!

- Alexes

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5 Designer Tips with Céline


Hello Fancy Pants Designs fans! Here I am today with 5 Designer Tips : in this column, you'll get 5 tips and ideas from a designer (me this week) to inspire you, help you scrapbook in a new way, get organized, make more photos and more!

This week, I would like to share this layout which is very dear to my heart! I participated in a Charity Auctions for children that can't have access to Education. Each Scrapbook Artists who participated in the Auctions had to use the photos that were sent by the organization that organized the auctions, and we had to make a layout that was sold. All the money from the different layouts went directly to the Charity organization :)

This is not the layout I made for the Auctions, but as I had several beautiful, touching, colorful photos, I had to print some more and make this one!


Park Bench Black Corrugated paperPark Bench Pond paperPark Bench Banner die CutsPark Bench Sticker FundamentalsPark Bench Flair / Park Bench Button Set /Etcetera Label Stickers

#1 - Play with Multi-Photos

I love photography. All of your layouts deserve to show all of your memories, through your most favorite photographs. And the more photos, the more souvenirs from that moment captured through your lens!

I make all of my Photos collages with Photoshop. I either use a Template or simply copy and paste my photos on a new document.

If you aren't a Photoshop master, you can simply handcut your photos and make your own collage yourself.

#2 - Add VOLUME!

If you work on a rather flat surface, add voulme with buttons and flairs! It adds a fun effect and catch the look of the viewer!


#3 - Point to your title

Whether it is with an arrow or by adding your title in a white space of your layout, your title must be very important - it says it all at first sight, along with your photo.

Here, I used an Etcetera Label Sticker arrow to point to my title.


#4 - LAYER!

I layered these banners and pennants with old book pages - don't they look fun?! It adds a fun and vintage look to my tiny cute banners!


#5 - Mix b&w and color photos!

I always edit my photos in Photoshop and when I make multiphoto collage, I like to have a mix of black & white and color photos - it gives you the possibility to play with soft and bright colors at the same time on your layout, and adds so much interest and contrast to your layout!


I hope you liked my layout!

Take care!

- Céline

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Home Decor Challenge with Izzy


Hi everyone!  Today I’m going to share a home décor project with you. One of my favorite paper crafting projects is to alter or repurpose a frame.

Saiboat Izzy pic1

I’m always on the lookout for inexpensive shadowbox frames.  This one measures 7 x 9 inches on the inside and 8 x 10 inches on the outside.  The perfect size for a summer scene.

Sailboat izzy pic2

I started by choosing a variety of Fancy Pants Designs papers in various shades of blue for a soft, dreamy look.  I chose patterns from Down By The Shore, Park Bench and Trend Setter and cut them into squares.

Sailboat Izzy pic3 

I arranged the squares into a grid on a piece of cream cardstock (the B side of “Beachside” from Down By The Shore) and loosely tacked them down.

Sailboat izzy pic4

Once my grid was in place, I stitched across each row and down each column.

Sailboat Izzy pic5

I started the scene by piecing together a sailboat using paper and embellishments from Down By The Shore.

Sailboat izzy pic6

Down By The Shore Beachside / Down By The Shore WhaleDown By The Shore Striped TowelDown By The Shore DockDown By The Shore Ocean LifeDown By The Shore PennantsDown By The Shore FlairDown By The Shore Banner Die CutsDown By The Shore Rub-OnsDown By The Shore Sticker FundamentalsPark Bench Park Walk /Park Bench Flower Garden /Park Bench Blanket /Park Bench Button Set /Park Bench Felt Flowers / Trend Setter Runway / Swagger Button Set / Swagger Sticker Fundamentals


Next, I repurposed a felt flower from Park Bench as the sun, adding rays with patterned paper.  I finished the scene with a sentiment on a tag, using alphas from the Sticker Fundamentals from both Down by the Shore and Swagger.

Thanks so much for joining me today on the Fancy Pants Designs blog.  The challenge this week is to make a project that uses punches.  Please link your projects in the comments. We can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

- Izzy

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Sketch Monday with Glenda


Sketches are a great way to plan and start a creative scrapbook layout.


Here’s the layout using the sketch with the sophisticated and stylish Swagger and Artist’s Edition product:


Swagger Paper Debonair / Swagger Paper Gentleman / Swagger Paper Gallant / Swagger Paper Humorous / Swagger Paper Strips / Swagger Tape Stickers / Swagger Label Stickers / Swagger Banner Die Cuts / Swagger Decorative Paper Clips / Swagger Rub-Ons / Swagger Ephmera Set / Swagger 6x6 Paper Pad / Artist’s Edition 3x8 Pattern Stencil Set


Use the Swagger Paper Debonair as the background. Place the Artist’s Edition 3x8 Pattern Stencil Set (zig-zag) on the background paper and ink using an ink blending tool over the stencil onto the background. Repeat this several times on the background paper. Adhere the inked stencil to the background.


Cut strips from Swagger Paper Strips. Create your own ‘washi tape’ with one of the strips. I used the black and grey chevron strip. Burnish 1 inch clear sellotape to the paper strip using a bone folder. Trim away excess clear tape. Immerse the strips into water and soak for a few seconds. Using your fingers, gently roll away paper backing – the pattern will transfer to the tape, leaving a transparent strip. Wipe away excess moisture and leave strips to dry.


Trim three of the strips shorter and adhere to layout starting at about 3 inches from the bottom edge. Then add a strip from the Swagger Tape Stickers and a page from the Swagger 6x6 Paper Pad. Adhere a second page the Swagger 6x6 Paper Pad over the stencil and add elements from the Swagger Ephmera Set, raising a few elements with foam squares. Adhere inked zig-zag strips that were removed from the stencil to the layout.


Finish the layout with machine straight stitching and add a title, photos, Swagger Label Stickers, Swagger Decorative Paper Clips and a Swagger Rub-On.


This is the card that was created with the stylish Swagger product:


A page from the Swagger 6x6 Paper Pad that resembled the layout background is adhered on the right-hand side of the card. A strip of Swagger Paper Gentleman to fit on the left side, aligning with the fold. Machine stitch around the edge of the card. Adhere a strip of ‘washi tape’ made from a strip of Swagger Paper Strips (I used the hexagonal shape strip), down the left-hand side. Adhere Swagger Banner Die Cuts onto the orange side of Swagger Paper Humorous and trim to create a border. Stitch on the banners. Raise the large banner with foam squares. Embellish with a Swagger Decorative Paper Clip, a small Swagger Banner Die Cut (CARPE DIEM) and wording.


I’m looking forward to seeing what you create with the sketch and Fancy Pants Designs products.

Have a stylish week filled with much Swagger!


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5 Designer Tips with Julie

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Today I am posting to share 5 tips I usually do when working on my Project Life pages.  I'll be honest, I tried Project Life in 2012, but was unsuccessful after just 2 weeks!! Trying to create a two-page spread every week was just too much for me personally.  Over the past year, I have taken some time to really reflect on how I could approach it differently in 2013.  In doing this I came up with my own "mission" of sorts for Project Life.

I know I want to preserve my memories, both everyday moments and special events.  I love scrapping my 12 x 12 and 8 1/2 x 11 layouts.  The artistry involved in them, versus a Project Life spread, is something I really enjoy.  Unfortunately, I am a very slow scrapper and I find there are so many moments of my life that are undocumented.  My mother began scrapping just a few years ago.  With five children and a large extended family, it isn't always easy for her to remember "the stories" behind all those photos in the boxes.  I don't want to lose "the stories".  I want to remember my son's songwriting skills at age 6, the evening my family of four celebrated my husband finally leaving a thirteen year long job he disliked to open up a business he is genuinely passionate about, the speech struggles of my adorable 2-year-old . . . 

This "mission" doesn't mean I won't be scrapping my traditional pages.  It just means I am trying to find a balance between the "artistry" of scrapbooking which I love, and the  need to document the complete picture of my life.  I think a combination of the two will allow me to do this.  I plan on doing two double page Project Life spreads each month. Although a newbie to the Project Life process, I am excited to share my thoughts on it with you all!!



All my photos are housed in iPhoto on my Mac by date, so it is easy for me to find any pictures I have uploaded for a specific two week period.  I also regularly upload my iPhone pictures onto iPhoto as well.  They show up by date as well.  



Once I have decided which photos I want to use in my spread, I look through my page protector design styles to see what best suits the photos I am working with.  Then I make a quick sketch on paper and list where photos and journaling will go.  Here is a sample of one I created for the layout I will be sharing today.



There are tons of photo editing programs out there.  Personally I use a program called Rad Lab by Totally Rad that is housed within my Photoshop software.  Once I quickly edit the photos I will be using, I print them out with my HP Photosmart Printer.  Printing from home is more expensive, but I like the ability to print custom size photos whenever I need them.  



Once I have placed my photos in their appropriate pockets, I fill in the blank spots with patterned paper and/or journaling cards.  



This is the fun part for me - I don't go to crazy, but I do enjoy finding bits & pieces to put here & there on my patterned paper, journaling cards, and photos.  I also make sure to add in journaling for my photos.  I try not to go too overboard with the embellishing :)  With Project Life, my main focus is on the photos and the stories behind them - so I keep that in mind as I embellish.  Here is a close-up on some of the little touches I added to the Project Life spread I will be sharing today.  A little sticker stitched down to a photo, a handmade journaling card with an adorable chipboard button accent, and a journaling file tab from the Brag Pad all work together to "dress up" and complete my pages.

After following through the above process, here is the Project Life spread I created using a mix of supplies from the Etcetera, Swagger, Trendsetter, and Park Bench Collections.


Etcetera 6 x 6 Paper Pad/Etcetera Brag Pad/Etcetera Label Stickers/Swagger Paper Debonair/Swagger Label Stickers/Swagger Sticker Fundamentals/Swagger Rub-Ons/Trendsetter Label Stickers/Trendsetter Ephemera Pack/Park Bench Paper Lunch Date/Park Bench Paper Bridge/Park Bench Paper Paddle Boat/Park Bench Banner Die-Cuts/Park Bench Label Stickers/Park Bench Sticker Fundamentals/Park Bench Tape Stickers/Park Bench Brag Pad/Park Bench Patterned Photo Frames/Park Bench Button Set


A better look at the details on the left side . . .


A better look at the details on the right side . . .


Thanks so much for joining me here to discuss Project Life today.  I hope today's post gave you some ideas to reflect on when creating your own Project Life Pages!!

- Julie

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FOCUS ON : Fancy Pants Designs Corrugated papers with Angie


Hello!  I'm here today to focus on a fun way to use those corrugated papers that each of the collections carries.  These papers are very easy to use and lots of fun too!  I love making mixed media canvas so that is what I choose to make to share with you toady!  There is something about them that gets me feeling very artsy.  First I want to share my completed project with you and then I will explain my technique.


Trendsetter Paper Runway / Trendsetter Paper Haute / Trendsetter Paper Style Sheet / Trendsetter Sticker Fundamentals / Trendsetter Lable Stickers / Trendsetter Ephemera Pack / Trendsetter Button Set / Park Bench Corrugated Paper Turquoise / Park Bench Button Set / Park Bench Pennants / Park Bench Decorative Tags / Park Bench Flairs / Etcetera Decorative Bags / Etcetera Decorative Tags /Artist Edition Adventure Set Stencils / Swagger Paper Debonair / Swagger Paper Dependable


So the idea for this canvas came from a pinterest post I saw of a teal tin wall.  I just feel in love with the colors and the amazing rustic feel it had. Isn't this painting gorgeous?!


Now for the details; I first used Mod Podge to put the corrugated paper on my canvas.  I then used a mix of white, brown, red, yellow, and orange paint to get the rusty look at the bottom.  And instead of a window I went with a fun saying from the Artist Edition line.  Here is a picture of how I made my title.  I used some molding past and scraped it over the title on a patterned paper from Trendsetter to get a thicker lettering.


Now for some close ups of the canvas.  I created the cherry blossoms using my Cameo and the papers are from the Trendsetter line.  I also cut the vine out on my Cameo using the brown paper from the Swagger line.  And you can see I used some cute Fancy Pants Designs flags and a chipboard piece.



I also included some buttons from several different Fancy Pants Designs lines as my flowers.  And you can see I love using the tags to add some fun to the canvas.


Next I layered a cute designer bag with some Ephemera from Trendsetter.  And I also added a cute flair from the Park Bench line.  Love layering!


I hope I have inspired you to try something new with your corrugated papers!

- Angie

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Trends with Jess


Today we're talking trends and we've been seeing anchors popping up everywhere these days.  They're the nautical novelties of the scrapbooking world!  And I'm showing you a layout and a card that features them along with the Down by the Shore collection. 


Down by the Shore Paper Anchors Away Down by the Shore Paper Beachside Down by the Shore Paper Colorful Days / Down by the Shore Paper Dock Down by the Shore Paper Ocean Life /Down by the Shore Paper Saltwater Down by the Shore Paper Striped Towel Down by the Shore Paper Sunshine / Down by the Shore Paper Wave Rider Down by the Shore Paper Whale Down by the Shore Paper Strips Down by the Shore Banner Die Cuts Down by the Shore Sticker Fundamentals Down by the Shore Tape Stickers / Down by the Shore Label Stickers Down by the Shore  Brag Pad / Down by the Shore Clips Down by the Shore Decorative Tags Down by the Shore Flair Down by the Shore Patterned Photo Frames / Down by the Shore Pennants / Down by the Shore Button Set Artist Edition Adventure Stencil Set / Artist Edition White Chipboard Alphas /White Corrugate Paper 

I started with a base of the anchor paper.  I hoard any navy scrap paper I can get my hands on and this pattern is just so cute! I layered some ripped white corrugate and added a bunch of patterned papers in blues and yellow to coordinate with my photo.  I added little touches of embellishment all over... the "anchors away" sticker, anchor flair, and some braided twine all echo the nautical theme. 


Gold goes really well with navy and white so I used the compass mask from the Artist Edition cards with gold mist in the upper corner.  


I went completely traditional for the colors on my card and added red.  I created this simple Bon Voyage card for friends moving overseas or perhaps for cruise-goers.  


The large anchor is one of my favorite elements from Down by the Shore.  I just love the variety of scale in that button pack! 


So that's my take on the anchor trend.  Thanks for taking a look today!

- Jess

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Sketch Monday with Tessa


Howdy! My son recently turned four and we celebrated with a cowboy birthday party. Several designs from the Swagger line matched photos from his party perfectly.

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Swagger Paper Debonair / Swagger Paper Dependable / Swagger Paper Cool Gray Corrugate /Swagger Sticker Fundamentals / Swagger Button Set / Swagger Patterned Envelopes / Swagger Ephemera Pack

To create this page, I started by making this sketch:


The distressed wood pattern on the Debonair paper made for a perfect rough-and-tumble background. Because I wanted to emphasize my center photograph, I backed it with the gray corrugate paper. I also used the corrugate paper to add page corners. I can't get enough of that texture!

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Even though the Swagger line doesn't include any "western" designs, the colors of the chevron on the Dependable paper matched my cowboy's outfit, so I trimmed chevron arrows and used them to line up my pictures. A bit of the same pattern on the very bottom of the layout helps to anchor the design of the page.

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I finished the layout with a die-cut title and printed journaling strips. A few threaded buttons and a die-cut "4" were all the embellishments I chose. I wanted that cute face to be the center of attention.

When all was said and done, I wanted to test my sketch by making a card with my leftover pieces.

Fancy pants designs card

Instead of a row of photos, I used a rectangular pocket. I plan to slip a gift card inside. I used the alpha stickers to add a sentiment where my title space was, and placed a die-cut where the journaling would be. I used the man die-cut like I used the buttons. I duplicated the corners, chevron arrow and bottom strip. The card came together in just a few minutes, which is great! I usually agonize over cards.

Fancy pants designs card close-up

I hope you find this sketch useful for your next layout or card. You might find yourself letting out a "yeehaw!" when you're done!

 - Tessa

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Project Life with Diana


Good day fellow Fancy Pants Designs lovers! Today I would like to share my Project Life process with you.

Like many people, my life is pretty busy and I never thought I’d have the time to participate in Project Life. Not true. Everyone can. You just need to find the right kind of Project Life that works best for you. I like the smaller version instead of the 12 x 12. It is much easier to for me to do when I am crunched for time. I mostly take pictures with my phone which makes documenting my day to day life much simpler.

When I create my Project Life spread, I like to have a little cohesion between the two pages. For this spread, the Haute paper was what I used to ground all of my elements.


Trend Setter Fashion Paper / Trend Setter Haute Paper / Trend Setter Sticker Fundamentals / Trend Setter Patterned Envelopes / TrendSetter Ephemera Pack

My next step is to create my title section for the week and the journaling block. I do not detail my entire week but, instead focus on the highlights.


After I typed up my journaling and adhered it to the grounding paper, the bottom right corner looked a tad too plain for me. The little sticker banners worked great to fill in the empty space and added a little pizazz to the page.


Have you taken the plunge and joined Project Life? What do you find the most challenging? If you have not taken the plunge, what are you waiting for? Join in on the fun!

Happy creating!


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Challenge with Céline


Hello everyone! Today I have a fun and colorful challenge for you! :)

I've been loving my Fancy Pants Designs Brag Pads lately. Whether I use them for my Project Life, my Scrapbook layouts, mini albums or cards, they so inspire me!

Today, I wanted to show you how you can easily alter them a tiny bit with Distress inks.

All you need is your favorite Fancy Pants Designs products, esp. Brag Pads, Distress inks and a piece of cut'n'dry foam.


Trendsetter Glamorous paper / Trendsetter Brag Pads / Trendsetter Coral Corrugated paper / Trendsetter Decorative Bags / Trendsetter Decorative Tags / Trendsetter button Set / Trendsetter Ephemera Pack

What I like about the Brag Pads is that the thickness and quality of the paper allows you to distress/alter them with inks or mists.

Here, I simply used a cut'n'dry foam and 3 different colors of Distress inks and added a few tones of colors to three Brag Pad cards. All three got glued on the right side of my layout, creating a geometric column where I added my photo and embellishments.

Be sure to color your cards on a kraft sheet, going in circles so that you don't have bright and unaesthetic ink marks.


You can also distress any Fancy Pants Designs tags with the same technique! The paper is even thicker which is even better!

All you have to do afterwards is build your layout and LAYER everything!

I glued the Brag Pad cards first, then my photo.

I then added my little decorative bag with a tag inside and sewed everything together.

Then I played with some Ephemera Pack die cuts and layered them together too.

Add a few buttons here and there and place your title (cut with my Cameo) and ta-da!



I would LOVE to see what you come up with! Show me your fantastic layouts! :)

Take care!

- Céline 

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FOCUS ON : WORDS with Becky


Hello Friends!

My focus today is on using WORDS on your projects.

Words can help you tell a story or deliver a message. I have not been granted a gift for writing so I often find inspiration in places like magazines, movies, books, advertising, and of course Pinterest!

Like many of you (I’m sure) I have a board on Pinterest where I pin quotes, and sentiments that I can use on my projects. I use it often to find just the right title to tie my project together. Another amazing place to find title, quote or sentiment inspiration is in the works of Dr. Seuss! The man was a genius!

Today I’ve used one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes that comes in stencil form in the Fancy Pants Designs You/True Stencil set. To keep with the word focus I decided to make a mixed media style canvas for my daughter to hang in her room...

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3x8 Pattern Stencils Set / You/True Stencils Set / Down by the Shore paper Beachside / Down by the Shore paper Anchors Away / Down by the Shore Tape Stickers Red & White Stripe / Trend Setter paper Star / Trend Setter paper Classy / Trend Setter paper Runway / Park Bench paper Bridge / Park Bench paper Bench / Park Bench paper Conversation / Park Bench paper Pond /Swagger paper Strips


I must apologize, I had intended to take pictures of my project throughout the creative process but I guess I got on a roll and it was almost done before I realized that I hadn’t taken any pictures. I’ll share the steps of my process with you anyways...

I started by gluing the script patterned paper from the Swagger line down to a 12x12 canvas with Mod Podge.

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I painted a thin layer of blue paint over top of the paper so that the pattern could still be seen under the paint.

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I used papers from various Fancy Pants Designs collections to make the flowers and glued them down next.

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I used a paper punch to create the scalloped boarder down the left side of the canvas and layered it with one of the Fancy Pants Designs Tape Stickers.

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I added paint to the edges of the paper pieces to add depth and dimension

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I used the You/True stencils set and painted it with black paint to add the text to the canvas.

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I used the 3x8 Patterned Stencils to add more layers and dimension.

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I finished off the final details of adding some hand written text and outlining the shapes with a black marker. 

I hope you’ve been inspired to focus on the WORDS on your next project!

Thanks for stopping by today,


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FOCUS ON : Fancy Pants Designs SWAGGER line with Céline


Hello and HAPPY May 1st! I hope your day is filled with fun and sunshine today!

Today, on the Fancy Pants Designs blog, I would like to share with you my LOVE for the Swagger line. It wasn't love at first sight at the beginning, me being a scrapbooker in love with colors (I fell in love with the Down by the Shore line right away, for example!) and not in love with brown at all. But, what I love about Swagger is the vintage look, the distress edges, the fun designs and the humor you can see in some sentences! And, let's be honest, it is simply PERFECT for MEN's layouts! But not only!

Here's a layout I made using a kraft corrugated paper as my background, and then played with Swagger Brag pad papers to create the design of my layout.


Swagger Brag Pad / Swagger Clever paper / Swagger Sticker Fundamentals / Swagger Tape Stickers / Swagger Rubons / Swagger Label Stickers / Swagger Button Set / Swagger Ephemera Pack / Artist Edition Stencil You True Set / Kraft Corrugated paper

The stencil helped me set my title, while one of my Brag Pad papers replaces my journaling.

I added a few rubons here and there on my Stencil, allowing me to play with more colors than what was on my layout therefore. I was amazed by the quality of the rubons too!


Play with some rubons, add a few drops of mists here and there - the more distressed it is, the more vintage it will look!


Who can resist such sweet mustaches?! :)


I love love love those sentences/words stickers - you can put them anywhere and everywhere!


Celebrate your husband, brother, son, cousin, uncle, friend with a layout or a mini album made with Swagger - they deserve it! :)

Have a great day!

- Céline

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