Enjoying Autumn | A Scrapbook Layout

What is it about doing something for the last time that makes you savor it? That’s how I feel right now. I’m so happy that fall is here, that the leaves are in full color, the air is cooler, the scent of wood burning in the air. Everything feels so cozy. The very best thing about living in Nashville these past 5 years has been getting a bit of this seasonal change.

Of course I don’t know for certain that is my last fall season in Nashville. But if I have anything to say about it, next year I’ll be back home in Orlando where fall consists of blooming golden rain trees (they bloom in October in FL) and cooler temperatures in the 80’s.

So this year, I wanted to pay tribute to this season I love. I had grids on my mind when I was planning the page. At first the photos were going to be big and take center stage, but as I started playing I realized I loved this paper just as much as I loved the photos and somehow the photos got smaller and the paper took up more space. Sometimes it’s not just about the photos, it’s about the pretty paper too!

I know that I broke a few design rules here. Namely, trapped white space. I didn’t do it on purpose, I was actually trying to give my photos a little room to breathe without crowding them with paper squares on each side. Usually trapped white space bugs me, but in this case I’m totally OK with it. And since it’s my layout and there are no rules in crafting (says me), I just let it be.

I used my Sew Easy Zig Zag to create the outside border. I also added a couple of dry embossed squares, inked up with distress ink. All the pattern paper comes from Jillibean Soup’s Apple Cheddar 6×6 pad. One of the things I love about 6×6 pads is that the patterns are scaled down and easier to use. These two tiny flower prints above were the perfect backgrounds to add embellishments to.

Other: American Crafts felt flowers, Sizzix embossing folder, DMC embroidery thread.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! This post was delayed by a day because Sunday evening I was sitting with my real estate agent going over an offer on my house! We were very excited and came up with a very reasonable counter we were sure they would agree to. Only, the supposed buyer neglected to tell us they didn’t really want to buy my house, they just put in the offer to use it as leverage to get the price down on the house they really wanted to buy. Psyche! Offer withdrawn, we really don’t want your house.

Oh my goodness. Such a cruel thing to do. Deep breath. Count to 10. Deep breath.

I think I better add yoga to my agenda tonight.

Have a great Tuesday!

17 Comments

  1. oh i love this layout!Everything is just so awesome!Great job! i think this is jillibean line is one of my fall faves!

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  2. I agree that the pictures and the paper are equally pretty!

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  3. OMG, you for real got an offer?????!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you!!!!!!! This is awesome news Tammy!!!!! I know how badly you want to get back to Florida 🙂 Your layout is beautiful! I love the grid and those photos are awesome.

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    • Yes, but they only put in an offer to get the owners of the house they really wanted to reduce their price. They didn’t really want to buy my house. I got all excited only to find out it was not real. Ugh. 🙁

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  4. I really love this layout! The grid, the papers, especially the font “Autumn” is done in … great job! 🙂

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  5. Very pretty! Love the different background papers.

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  6. You might have “broken the rules” but you made a pleasing, cute design!

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  7. Such a great page, Tammy!!
    And I am sorry about the “fake” offer.
    Really not nice of them 🙁

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  8. I love it! But then again, I’m partial to squares. I love the colors too!

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  9. Love the layout! There is no trapped white space that I can see! LOL! Love it all around!!! Thanks for sharing today! Enjoy your autumn! -Amanda

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  10. So much to love about your layout, I agree it sometimes is not all about the photos. Love your take on the grid design. That is awful about your house, people can be so rude!

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  11. I was going to say that I like your open squares and that the journaling is right on the page – looks great! I’m pinning it to my “scrapliftable” board :).

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  12. I really like this layout–so eye catching!! I love fall!

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  13. This is a great page! I am a big fan of grids. Love the stitching and inking the edges of the paper. I’m so sorry about the offer falling through. That is truly cruel!

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  14. Awwww that is dirty pool, I can’t believe someone would do that, thats just mean.

    As for you layout, I really like the squares and the embossing. Yes sometimes it is all about the pretty papers 😉

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  15. That is such a beautiful layout. I’ve had grids on my mind lately too. I’m so glad you’ve posted this. It is wonderful when someone spurs you on to create. Thank you.
    Thanks for commenting on my post the other day too. It means a lot to me.

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