Moments to Remember

We were blessed to spend time with Tim Holtz, Mario Rossi, Paula and Jay Cheney in South Africa at the SA Scrapbook Convention in March. After the event in Cape Town, we spent a day touring Cape Town, stopping at galleries and antique shops.  After a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak, we stopped at a viewpoint to take in some breath taking views of Hout Bay. We ended the day at a restaurant in Camps Bay and going to the beach … some getting their feet wet in the cold Atlantic Ocean! This layout was created to #rememberthenow moments…and there were so many moments to cherish!


Creating the background:

  • Place the Tim Holtz Dot Fade layering stencil over the blue background paper.
  • Apply gold pigment ink over layering stencil using a mini ink blending tool and foam – this makes it easy to control the amount of ink applied onto stencil.
  • Carefully remove layering stencil to reveal design and place on next area.
  • Repeat around edge of background paper.
  • Clean the layering stencil while ink is still wet.



  • Emboss a strip of gold foil paper with the  “moments” Tim Holtz Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing Folder using a Sizzix Big Shot machine.
  • Using a black journaling pen or Black Soot Distress Marker, colour in the ShadowPress channel.


Products Used

My Mind’s Eye: Market Street, Ashbury Heights Collection and Chipboard Buttons; Necessities Metallic Brads and Metal Dots
Tim Holtz Collection: Dot Fade Layering Stencil; Hashtags stamp
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Shadow Press Debossing Documented Moments Folders
Other: Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool; Ribbon, Zigzag Chain Edger Punch, Brilliance Galaxy Gold inkpad

‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’
- Glenda


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Fancy Pants Designs: A Reason to Smile

Fancy Pants Designs was involved in a fabulous blog hop with Taylored Expressions bringing you layouts from two designers on the Fancy Pants blog plus several of the Taylored Expressions’ designers. 

This is the layout  I created featuring dies from Taylored Expressions that stimulated creativity! They are simple to use and cut exquisitely, particularly with the Fancy Pants Designs Vellum and Foil paper. Taylored Dies are thin steel dies that work in most die cutting machines. 



For more information and instructions, visit the Fancy Pants Designs Blog.

Products used:
Fancy Pants Designs 
Burlap & Bouquets: Paper – Baby’s Breath, Together, Vision, Fresh Bouquet; Small and Large Decorative Tags, Flair, Ticket Roll, Toppers, Ephemera Pack, Vellum and Gold Foil Paper
Taylored Expressions: Flutter-bys (set of 4), Silhouette Stems 4
Ranger: Watermelon Alcohol Ink,  Alcohol Blending Solution Other: rhinestones (gold and copper) 

Everyone smiles in the same language

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Fancy Pants Designs: Wrap Star

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Here is an idea to wrap that special gift for your dad. 

Caddy and Origami Box

The Origami Box requires no adhesive! You will need a sheet of 12 x 12” paper.  The Gift Caddy requires black Corrugate PaperPosters and Train Master paper, ribbon, Decorative Tags (large and small), a Flair and a ticket from the Ticket Roll. You will also need a 2″ circle punch to create the handle.

Caddy Requirements


Products used:
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus Collection: Star of the Show, Train Master, Posters Paper, Black Corrugate Paper
Fancy Pants Designs Everyday Circus Embellishments: Flair, Ticket Roll, Small Decorative Tags, Large Decorative Tags
Other: ribbon, 2″ circle punch, natural twine

The instructions on how to create the origami BOX and gift CADDY for that special homemade gift is on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog.

“Happiness is Homemade!”

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All About Beads

Scrapbooking is a visual art based on basic design principles: a visual triangle, a focal point, repetition and gradation. Adding dimension to a layout creates interest. This can be done by grouping buttons, flowers, and stickers to the layout. Raising elements with foam squares or pop dots also creates dimension.

Me Myself and I

The zig zag stitching with the bead detail on the sunshine die creates interest and dimension.


Stitch glass beads onto pleated ribbon or seam binding for added detail and dimension.


Visit the Fancy Pants Designs Blog to see more layouts created with their products.

Fancy Pants Designs Products used: Park Bench Paper Paddle Boat / Park Bench Light Post / Park Bench Strips / Park Bench Flower Garden / ParkBench 6×12 Tape Stickers / Park Bench 12×12 Sticker Fundamentals / Park Bench4x6 Label Stickers / Park Bench 12×12 Banner Die Cuts / Park Bench Felt Flowers / Park Bench Decorative Tags / Park Bench Button Set/ Trend Setter Decorative Paper Clips / Artist Edition Pattern Stencil Set 3×8

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” - Anthony J. D’Angelo
- Glenda

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Fancy Pants Designs: First e-Magazine Newsletter

Kim Watson, has created Fancy Pants Designs first official e-magazine newsletter featuring members from their design team and a special guest designer!  Each month, they will have FRESH, never before seen ideas and inspiration in their newsletter… be sure to sign up now to receive our emails/newsletter (you can sign up HERE)!  



Check out the MAY 2014 Issue now by clicking on the image below!


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Love You: Embossing Metal Butterflies

Embossing on metal embellishments creates a new look and texture…

Love You - My Mind's Eye and Graphic 45

1. Select two large and one small metal Graphic 45 butterflies.
2. Stamp doily stamp with Saffron Archival Ink on each butterfly. Heat set with a Heat It™ Craft Tool.
3. Stamp text or dictionary stamp with Emboss It™ Tinted Ink on butterflies and cover with Queen Gold Embossing Powder. Shake excess powder off and place back into container.
4. Heat with Heat It™ Craft Tool until the embossing powder melts.
5. Place a Metal Brad on each butterfly and set aside.
6. Repeat step 2, 3 and 4 on two small chipboard butterflies. Lightly spritz butterflies with Blue Smoke Perfect Pearl Mists. Push brass push brads into each butterfly centre.




Ranger: Archival Ink, Saffron; Stickles™ Dry Glitter, Gold; Emboss It™ Tinted Ink; Embossing Powder, Queen Gold; Distress Ink Pad – Antique Linen and Walnut Stain, Perfect Pearl Mists, Blue Smoke, , Ranger Heat It™ Craft Tool, Popit Shapes™ Squares.
Other: Antique Gold Ribbon, Small White Paper Doily; Metal Butterflies and Brads; Lace; Chipboard Butterflies; Brass Brads; Doily Stamp; Text Stamp;  Dressmakers’ Tracing Wheel; Grey Journaling Pen; Double-Sided Tape, 3 mm and 6mm.

“Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey.” Jack Layton
- Glenda

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Fancy Pants Designs: BE•YOU•TIFUL

The new Fancy Pants Designs Burlap and Bouquet Collection is so versatile. The vintage yet fresh and chic colors are great to use with any theme. Gold is such a trendy color to use at the moment. The pink with the golden, earthy and yellow tones in the paper and embellishments were great to include with the photo taken while on vacation one year…


Visit the Fancy Pants Designs Blog to see the layout using the BE•YOU•TIFUL mood board…

Smile … remember the delightful little things!
- Glenda

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Happiness is the Journey

Hello Friends. This layout was inspired by a non-scrapbooking related pin on Pinterest for the Fancy Pants Designs Blog. While browsing ideas for spring and Easter, I came across this spring floral wreath on The gerbera daisies have simple yet colourful blooms. During the months of April and May in South Africa, our fields are filled with multi-coloured wild flowers called cosmos, our famous springtime daisies.


For more information on the techniques  used to create this layout, visit the Fancy Pants Designs Blog.

Products used:
Fancy Pants Designs As You Wish Paper: Dreamer, Change, Quilt Work, Dictionary, 6×6 Paper Pad
Fancy Pants Designs As You Wish Embellishments: Sticker Fundamentals, Stickers, Small Decorative Tags, Flair, Ticket Roll, Button Set
Other Embellishments: buttons, 6 mm pink silk embroidery ribbon, crotchet lace, rhinestones
Distress Ink: Spun Sugar, Weathered Wood
Tools: punches, electronic die-cutting machine, floral stencil

“The earth laughs in flowers” – Emerson
- Glenda

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Me and You

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on 7 April … a celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The years flew by, all filled with shared memories from big events and holidays to simple daily events.
This layout was published on the Fancy Pants Designs blog on Monday 7 April…
… what a way to announce being part of the 2014 Design Team!

me and you

Visit the Fancy Pants Designs blog to see more.

“The real soul-mate is the one you are married to” Tolkien
- Glenda

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Family Traditions – Configurations Book and Distress Paint

Here is a technique with the three metallic Distress Paints: Antiqued Bronze, Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass. Distress Paints are fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. The paint is designed to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains. They have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. For this project I used the Configurations Book, various idea-ology Findings, charms and letters.


Distress Paint Letters

Dab Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint or Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass to letters. Allow paint to blend. Spray water with Mini-Mister to facilitate blending. Set aside to dry.




Distress Paint Metal

Dab Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Bras Distress Paint to metal embellishment. Allow paint to blend and set aside to dry.



Close Up of Box Insert with Painted Heart

A close-up image of the box insert with the painted heart embellishment. Adhere paper to box insert base and to side walls of box.  Adhere diamond Tissue Tape to box border. Tie a string bow to top of heart and adhere the painted heart to box base.



This was a fun project that inspired creativity – hope you are inspired to alter embellishments with metallic Distress Paint.


A family is a gift that lasts forever.’


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