Special Guest Blogger: Jodi Sanford, Fancy Pants Designs owner and founder

Hi, I’m Jodi Sanford, owner and founder of Fancy Pants Designs. I love this time of year with its bright and colorful days, exciting new adventures ahead of us (and behind us as well), and the release of brand-new product lines to scrap the memories!

I am so thrilled to be the guest blogger here at Creating Keepsakes just after the latest trade show where we released some really great products that are filled to the brim with those bright and colorful swatches to match the seasons!

I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to share with you most, so I’ve picked my “4 Happy Kids” page with a couple aspects that I think are fun—and easy—to make your pages and projects pop a little more!

I used our new “It’s Your Day” product line—an everyday celebration line! The concept of the layout is really basic, but there are great embellishments and details that add a little “fancy” to the design!

First, I used a small rub-on design as part of the title. I like this idea because you can make a small rub-on design a big part of your page with some very simple steps! (Some of my favorite rub-ons are mini in size, and this is a great way to make them stand out!)

I simply transferred the rub-on to a white piece of cardstock and hand-cut around it. You could also use a circle punch if you want to be precise, but I’m okay with little imperfections! I then mounted the circle onto red cardstock to coordinate with the top area of the layout, since I’d be placing the title in the bottom area.

Once I painted and placed my other title letters, I used foam adhesive to mount the circle on top of the chipboard letters, giving me two layers of dimension. It made a super-simple rub-on be seen at a quick glance—plus, it spiced up my title quite a bit!

The other super-easy technique here is using designs from paper to create custom journaling spots and shapes. My journaling spot was cut out by hand from the “It’s Your Day” cards paper. I love being able to add splashes of shape to an otherwise straight-edged design—hence, the cutout and punched border!

I know the concept is pretty simple, but I think it’s worth reminding myself that everything doesn’t have to be “big” to make a statement on the page. In fact, some of the smallest items make the greatest impact, just like the layout’s topic—kids!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a peek of one of our new lines. Don’t miss out on our blog for regular updates and amazing projects from our super design team! They offer great designs and lots of instruction each week that I know anyone can learn from!

Comment to Win

We’re also going to give five people the chance to win some new products from our latest release . . . so be sure to leave your comments below by Friday, August 13, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. MST!


P.S. Don’t miss Free Font Friday. This week, you can download the CK Pirate Hand font for free here.

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187 Responses to Special Guest Blogger: Jodi Sanford, Fancy Pants Designs owner and founder

  1. Pamela J says:

    I like the color combo and the three buttons in the top left corner – they pop! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. heather garl says:

    Very cute layout!
    Thanks for the great giveaway…I’d love to win!

  3. Kellie says:

    Love Fancy Pants!! Love the layout!! Bookmarking it for future scraplifting!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I love Fancy Pants journaling tablets because I, too, love the different shapes/patterns that help break up a usually straight design.

  5. Cathy H. says:

    I’m already a follower of Fancy Pants and love the designs. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. SandyP says:

    Wow! What a great lay-out. I need to scraplift this idea for a page for my four boys. In fact, I think it would look awesome on a canvas in my studio!!

  7. Amy C says:

    I think this layout is absolutely a.dor.able!! I love what you did with the rub-on to make it stand out, even tho it’s small!! Awesome!

  8. Jennifer Slaugh says:

    Love your page! I also LOVE Fancy Pants! Thanks for the great givaway I would LOVE to win

  9. Scrapycandy says:

    Grouping small items really makes for more interest on a page. Great concept, Thanks!

  10. Brittney A says:

    I’m a definite HUGE FP lover. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  11. Kimberly Ann says:

    Wow – love the look of the new product line!

  12. Linda B. says:

    Hi Jodi! Fancy Pants was the top manufacturer I was so eager to see what the new summer releases were going to be. The layout you chose is so cute, and I love your mini letter tip. No one in my tiny area carries Fancy Pants, so would love to win your gracious giveaway.

  13. Andrea Johnson says:

    What an adorable page — great pics of the kids! Love the bright colors! Thanks for sharing with CK readers!

  14. Lydia W. says:

    Love the layout! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Tammy Nyenhuis says:

    I love the layout, what a great inspiration. I’m totally in love with the It’s Your Day line, what wonderful colors and designs!

  16. gilroygal says:

    Love your LO…and what a great tip about using small rub-ons! I hadn’t thought of this! Sometimes the simple things are the most useful.

  17. Lucie Hale says:

    I LOVE FP. I can’t wait to buy the It’s Your Day collection–it is one that I will probably have to get two of because I am constantly making b-day cards and anniversary cards and other joyous cards!
    Thx for sharing your awesome projects.

  18. Maureen W. says:

    I’m a huge fan of your company!! Love this LO – thanks for the tips and for the look at some new products!

  19. Cindy D says:

    Love your layout! Thanks for a chance to win!

  20. Marla H. says:

    Adorable layout. Love the colors and the rubons re a great addition!!

  21. Bethany Vincent says:

    Love the light, fun feel of this layout. Great summer colors. Thanks for sharing and giving away some great product :)

  22. Lisa P says:

    I love, love the products you carry. I actually just did another layout full of your stuff. Keep it coming.

  23. c@rol w says:

    I love all things Fancy Pants – one of my very favourite companies! Always cheery designs. :)

  24. Cathy D says:

    Beautiful Layout! I always have a hard time using rub-ons, but these ideas are great!

  25. Ellen says:

    I love your layout! Great idea for making something little into somthing BIG!

  26. sari80 says:

    Love the idea with the little rub-on. Can’t wait to try it.

  27. Denise Bryant says:

    Great layout Jodi! Thanks for the chance to win some Fancy Pants!

  28. Deb L says:

    Wonderful LO – I don’t know why I always forget that I can paint my alphas!

  29. Candee Schamber says:

    Love Fancy Pants! I like your blog, too, btw. It’s so easy to navigate. Easy to read.

  30. Kristi DeMyer says:

    Great LO! Thanks for the tips. Love the rub-on idea.

  31. Allyson MacLeod says:

    Just picked up some fancy pants felt that I love! Can’t wait to use it. Thanks for the opportunity!


  32. I adore Fancy Pants–pick me!

  33. Kathy says:

    Great stuff, as always! I’ve already pre-ordered mine!

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