I used the Pink Paislee Cedar Lane collection for this. I decided to scrap this photo of me and some of my friends on a cold November day by a mountain lake in Georgia. We hiked all through a mountain trail that day and made our way down to the lake, and it was just beautiful. I think the colors in this line really bring out the Fall "feel" of the photo.
I used some light kraft cardstock to cut the acorns. I used some iridescent watercolors and gelatos to give the die cut some shading. I wanted it to look somewhat weathered and dirty, so I used some browns. I also splattered a bit of blue ink onto it. I also used some of the blue watercolors on the background and then stitched with gold thread through each row of acorns once I adhered it down.
I used several patterned papers to back some of the acorns. I didn't want them all backed, so I left a lot of them open. I used some items from my stash, such as this flair button and wood veneer piece. I love the idea of mixing light blue into a fall collection.
Here's a close-up of the acorns. A few of the little thin strips did tear, but I like the way it looks imperfect. My cutting mat is almost not sticky anmore, and my blade is close to needing to be replaced. I used a 5 setting when I cut this, and it came through okay. I like how you can see a lot of the watercolor from the background through the cut file. I fussy cut that large flower from a piece of paper and layered it over the photo with some of the coordinating die cuts.
I love these letters turned out! I cut them using a piece of light grey wood grain paper from the collection, but they blended in too much when I put them down. So I took some white acrylic paint and dabbed some onto the letters using my finger. I then used a dark brown gelato to cover the bottoms of the letters to make them look like they had been dipped in mud. Finally, I added some gold glitter washi tape to back the open spots for a bit of sparkle. Sometimes dirt and sparkle go together, right? :D
Here's one more look at the acorns. I also added some gold splatters and did my journaling at the bottom of the design.
Here's the process video if you'd like to see how this layout came together. I hope it inspires you in some way!
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