Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fabulous Fall!

Fall is officially upon us and what better way to celebrate than with an autumn layout.

I made this layout using ALL Pink Paislee papers. I wanted it to look more like art work than a scrapbook page so I didn't journal on it. I used random fall photos that I had recently taken. The layout is propped up on a shelf in my foyer along with my fall decorations. I love how it turned out, and it was really fun to make.
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For the base I used the Pink Paislee Amber Road Diecut Sheet - Fall Festival. On top of that, I layered a sheet of Pink Paislee Amber Road - Autumn Blossom, using the back, and cutting it to a size of 10x10, then I distressed the edges. For the tree trunk, I used an older Pink Paislee paper that looked like wood. If you have a wood grain stamp, that would work as well, or even plain cardstock.

The next thing I did was take several sheets of the Amber Road papers and cut them to 6x12 so I could fit them into my Silhouette die cutting machine. I found a leaf pattern online and cut out about 75 leaves of 3 different sizes. (
If you have leaf punches or Sizzix dies, you could use those instead.) What is nice about the double sided paper is after you have your leaf cut out, you can flip it over and have a different pattern on the other side. The papers I used were Pink Paislee Amber Road - Hayride, Pink Paislee Amber Road - Bonfire, Pink Paislee Amber Road - Apple Cider and what I had left of the Autumn Blossom.

Once I had all my leaves cut out, I just dabbed each with a dot of glue and went to town, layering them until I thought they looked right. The next step, I went to my sewing machine and just stitched a random pattern on top of the leaves.

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After I was done sewing, I flipped up and curled some of the edges of the leaves to give them some dimension. I then placed four 2" x 3" photos over the leaves using pop dots to lift the photo up. I also would bend a leaf up over the photo so it looked like my pictures were sitting in a tree.

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That's it. It really doesn't take that long to make. When you are finished, you'll have beautiful fall "wall art" that will take you thru until the snow flies!

Thanks for stopping by.


Raechelle Bellus said...

really fun Chris! Perfect for a Fall decoration!

Cindy said...

Lots of good tips and techniques here!

laterg8r said...

gorgeous page - love the tree and stitching :D

Michelle said...

Just saw this on your blog too! Great layout! Love it! Oh, & the stitch work--what a great added touch to the hundreds of leaves!

Ally Scraps said...

Wow!!!! Chris this is beautiful, and what detail!!!

Jocelyn said...

I just saw this and I AM IN LOVE!!!! You did such an awesome job!!!! THIS IS STUNNING!!!! :O