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Life is Beautiful – Fancy Pants Design

Hello Magpies, Jackie here with my layouts this month using the lovely collection from Fancy Pants Designs – Life is Beautiful, I choose this collection as the as colours are lovely and fresh.  All these papers are textured and great quality to work with. As they are textured they have a similar weight to cardstock.

For my first layout, ‘Butterfly’ I used the b-side of the Cactus Bloom paper, and lightly distressed the background using a mixture of blue and green inks.  I then used a die-cut shape of butterflies which I colour-distressed with blue and black inks and machined stitched to the background paper.





I layered the photographs on a selection of papers from the 6×6 pad, adding a tag from the  Fancy Pants Design – Life is Beautiful – Tag pack and a label from the Fancy Pants Design – Life is Beautiful – Ephemera pack .   For the title I used the lovely Fancy Pants Design – Life is Beautiful – Chipboard Alphabets




To finish the pages off I added some butterfly wood veneer and butterfly stickers from my stash.

For my 2nd layout, ‘Such a Fun Day‘   I inked a sunburst design on the background paper and mounted the photograph on some papers from the 6×6 pad.


I then punched hexagon shapes  from a selection of patterned papers from the 6×6 pad.




I machined stitched over the hexagons to add more texture and detail.



I used the Fancy Pants Design – Life is Beautiful – Chipboard Alphabets and a phase from the Fancy Pants Design – Life is Beautiful – Puffy Accent Stickers, adding a few Fancy Pants Design – Life is Beautiful – Puffy Dot Stickers, a badge and tag.  The small alphabets are from Jillibean Soup Mini Alphabet Stickers




For my next layout, “ The Big Hoot’ I picked 3  6×4 photographs, and did a very quick layout, using pieces from the ephemera pack to embellish the page.






I cut the scalloped shapes that came in the pack in half, to use as and embellishment cluster point.




I also added one of the flair badges that came with the collection, and a few of the puffy dot stickers.



These two printed circles are from the tag pack.


For my final one this month ‘Silly Specs’, I used this paper as my background, as I added some distressed ink to the background in pink and yellow, and using scraps from the 6×6 pad I used loads of bits just to form a base which I struck together and added some stitched details before adding it to the background paper.  To make this base stand out I inked the edges in brown ink.



I mounted both of the photographs using papers from the 6×6 pad, leaving a slight border.  I then cut down the background paper down as I wanted to mount it on to the b-side of  this paper, and stitched around the edge for added detail.  I added details to be pages using the Puffy Sticker, Ephemera, Tag packs.






For the title I used the Chipboard Alphabets which I machined stitched into place.


I love to add enamel dots to my pages, and my fellow team member, Rachel recommended these,  Nuvo Crystal Drops, which you can find here an alternative to enamel dots and a way to add extra dimension and detail to your layouts,  well I had to give them a go, and they are lovely.




I did a few rows onto some greaseproof paper, let them dry, and added them to my page  with a drop of wet glue.  These have sold really well, and some of the colours are currently out of stock, but will be re-stocked shortly.

Here’s a closer look at the ‘crystal drops’


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Hope you like how I’ve used this collection and please try a couple of the bottles of Nuvo Crystal drops.




Products Used:

Fancy Pants Design – Life is Beautiful

6×6 Pad

Ephemera Pack

Tag Pack

Puffy Dot Stickers

Puffer Accent Stickers

Chipboard Alphabets

Jillian Soup – Mini Alphabet stickers

Nuvo Crystal Drops

Dandelion Yellow

Carnation Pink

Ebony Black


  1. Sue

    These are lovely Jackie and really love the Silly Specs one xxx

  2. julie

    love these layouts Jackie, love those blue butterflies flying up your page