Hello, everyone! My name is Melissa Stinson, and I'm thrilled to be guest designing with Fancy Pants Designs this month!
Before I launch into my projects, here's a little background information about me- I’m a 32 year old software engineer married to a full-time graduate student (and med school hopeful). We don’t have kids, so my scrapbooks are filled with photos of our everyday (and not so everyday) adventures. We love to travel when our work and school schedules line up to allow it, and when we’re at home we’re always into something (the current project is DIY’ing a new kitchen from the floor up). I love documenting all of those things in my albums and having them to look back on. It’s amazing how many things my scrapbooks remind me of that I would have otherwise forgotten!
When Amy first got in touch with me and asked me to guest design with Fancy Pants Designs, I crossed my fingers and hoped that Hopscotch would be one of the collections I was asked to work with. I was totally thrilled to find it included in my package- I'm so in love with the colors and the patterns in this collection! For my first layout with this set I pulled out a travel photo from a couple of years ago. It seems I like to take photos of flowers whether at home or on vacation, and this lovely bunch of bougainvillea had been sitting in my photo binder for quite a while just waiting for the perfect paper to match it. I used a set of blooms cut from the large floral paper as the largest embellishment on my page, then cut pennant shapes from some of the other papers in Hopscotch to layer behind the photo.
I love using the same scrapping supplies that I use for my regular
layouts in my Project Life album, so after I was finished making my
bougainvillea layout I went ahead and put together a Project Life page,
too! This is a great way to use up leftovers after you've finished
scrapping with a collection, and also a fun way to be creative when you
might be short on time since each pocket only takes a few minutes to
embellish and complete. The tiny alphabets in the Hopscotch collection
kit were especially useful for adding small titles and captions to my
The snowy scene in the photo on this page might seem far removed from
the tropical blooms on my Hopscotch collection layout, but would you
believe these pictures were taken less than 6 weeks apart (in completely
different locations, of course!)? I love how the muted reds and aquas
and soft grays of Blissful Blizzard really enhance the chilly feeling of
this photo. The sheet of silver glittered cardstock might have been my
favorite thing in the whole pack- as soon as I spotted it I pulled out
my snowflake punches to whip up some custom embellishments for my page!
Thank you to everyone for stopping by today, and thanks to Amy and Fancy Pants Designs for allowing me the honor of being this month's guest designer. I had a blast playing with Hopscotch and Blissful Blizzard! If you'd like to see more of my scrapbooking, please stop by and visit my blog.