Misty here today! With the leaves turning colors and a cool autumn breeze in the air, I decided to share a fun fall layout with y’all. The season of food, family and friends always makes me a bit melancholy, as it was my son’s favorite time of the year. He loved Thanksgiving most of all, because it meant time with family that we wouldn’t otherwise see. Since his passing, rather than feeling sad over something that I can’t change, I make it a point each year to focus on all of the good things in my life. One of the biggest blessings in my life, in anyone’s life, is the family and loved ones surround us.
My layout highlights one of my newer blessings, (well, 4 of them to be exact). This is my Husband and his three teenage daughters. We went to Michigan last week to visit them, just as the leaves were beginning to change colors. I decided to use warmer colors to showcase these photos, and the CutCardStock store was full of them!! They are pictured below, and I have provided links to each of them for you.
CCS Gold Glitter
DCS Textured Ginger Snap
DCS Textured Flame Tree
DCS Textured Mantis Green
DCS Textured Wedding Cake White
Stardream Metallic Copper
Cutting it All Out
I always begin my layouts by firing up my Cricut Maker and cutting out the essential pieces of my project.
For the large pumpkin, I used an svg file from Bonnie Garby Designs. This Dimensional Pumpkin was so easy to assemble and was the perfect addition to my page! The Stardream Metallic Copper was the obvious choice for this, and inking the edges was a must. I had already selected the 49 & Market collection “Vintage Artistry In the Leaves” to pair with the cardstocks, so I used some of the laser cuts to embellish the perfect pumpkin just a bit more.
Trying new techniques is one of my favorite things to do. I had been seeing the layered look of cardstock that resembles the look of Agate stones when cut in half. It is amazing when put on paper, so I decided to give it a shot. In the Design Studio, I selected a “splat” from Cricut provided files and started cutting it all out. Each time I added another color layer, I changed the size by half an inch. You can do more or less, but half an inch was perfect for my purpose.
Now that everything is cut and ready to go, it is time to assemble. While everyone in my house LOVED the look, I thought the colors that I selected were a bit too bright. I am very very plain, y’all!! LOL So, in efforts to counteract and balance all the the “IN YOUR FACE” color, I decided that I needed to add in some white elements. Faux hand stitching with a white gel pen, white paint splats, mini white roses, and journaling on white paper…that should do the trick! To finish it off, I used lyrics from one of my favorite songs by Martina McBride.
While I was a little unsure of how it would turn out, I was very happy with the final results. Oh, I did learn that I fell in LOVE with the way it turned out, and I am SOOOO Doing this again in different colors. Also, it does get a little heavy once it is complete with all the layers, but so very worth the look! If you don’t want to add it to an album because of the weight, FRAME IT! This is definitely a technique worth trying at least once. Is there a technique or paper craft that you’ve been wanting to try out? What are you waiting for? Head over to the CutCardStock Store and go shopping for your supplies!
The pumpkin embellishment is glorious, wow!!