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Fancy Pants Designs Poolside

{By Jennifer Larson}

Hello! It's Jennifer Larson, sharing a new Fancy Pants Designs collection called Poolside. With summer around the corner (finally!), this collection will make you ready to enjoy the outdoors, for it's bright and colorful with lots of summertime images. Here's what I had to play with:

The collection included the 12x12 paper, the ephemera pack, and puffy stickers. (Each item in the collection can also be purchased separately.) I also worked with the 6x6 paper pad, chipboard, and clips.

What I liked: First, cards on the table: I have been on the design team for Fancy Pants in the past. Regardless, I am a sucker for colorful products, and this collection had plenty. I also love using different textures of embellishments, and the embellishments added a lot of dimension and texture. Finally, though the patterned papers were themed, they generally had non-themed B-sides, which made them versatile.

What I disliked: The biggest issue with me was the heavy focus on "pool" as opposed to "water." I live in Minnesota--land of 10,000 lakes!--so I visit plenty of beaches but not so many pools, which left me with some product I couldn't use. I was also sorry that the collection didn't include an alpha. I have a die-cutting system, but I don't have that when I go to crops, so an alpha would be helpful. Finally, I struggled with the clips. They might work better in a pocket-page album than a traditional scrapbook page, which is what I tend to do.

What I made: First, I made two cards with the ephemera pack, the 6x6 pad, the puffy stickers, and the chipboard.

Since the products were heavily themed, I challenged myself to make non-pool related products. This card uses the chipboard and die cut flowers from the ephemera pack, leaves from the ephemera pack, dots from the puffy stickers, and paper from the 6x6 pad. (Cardstock is Stampin' Up!) I used a cup to trace the circle and hand-cut the notches in the banner. This card I will probably send to my mother for Mother's Day.

This card again uses the ephemera pack and the 6x6 pad. I adhered the sun with dimensional stickers and tucked the saying behind it to hide words I didn't want. Easy peasy! I think I'll use it when I visit open houses for graduating seniors this summer.

Like I said, we tend not to go to pools, but to beaches. This one took place in Hawaii last summer.  I used the 12x12 papers Cool in the Pool, Pooling Around, and Fun in the Sun, the puffy stickers, the chipboard and ephemera. The cardstock is Bazzill and the floss is DMC. I hand drew lines every 1/4 inch for the journaling before I hand journaled and wrote in cursive for the word BEACH before I punched holes and stitched it. And the circles were made with my very ancient Coluzzle.

Finally, another page from Hawaii. I used the 12x12 papers Cool in the Pool, Pooling Around, and Summer Lovin' as well as the ephemera and puffy stickers. I used a lot of dimensional stickers for layers, I hand cut some scallops out of the pool paper, and stitched some stuff down. My EK Success circle punch also helped me add some splashes of color and pattern. Pun intended.

What I think: Overall, this is a perfect summer product line. It is obviously more serviceable for people who have a pool or go to them a lot, but hopefully I showed you how versatile it is for anyone. Time to jump in and have fun!

What do YOU think? Are pools a part of your life? How versatile would this product be for you and your time in the water? Do you see any other uses for the products that I missed?


Jean said...

Fun and perfect for my one year old granddaughter's pool experiences!

sharon g said...

I really like this collection. The ducks and flamingos, people...cute. I don't have a pool, but the papers are just fur for summer.

Gab said...

I love what you did with this collection Jennifer!

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