Autumn-Inspired Layouts

The interior of my local scrapbook store looks as though a giant sneezed on an oak tree filled with the colors of fall. Leaf-print paper, stickers, stamps and die cuts in orange, yellow and burnt sienna are all over the place.

I went into the shop looking for a good deal on back-to-school-themed embellishments and was nearly buried under the mountains of autumn-themed paper. Granted, paper with red, yellow, and orange leaves are very versatile. You can add them to page designs featuring a gorgeous fall nature hike, a day of raking, a family trip to the apple orchard, as well as the first day of school and Thanksgiving.

Believe me; regardless of your scrapbook company preference, there is no shortage of fall paper options to choose from. Just about every scrapbook supply company out there has its own collection of unique autumn-themed embellishments.

For those of you looking to create a traditional layout, consider shopping at ScrappinOutlet.com, which carries more stylized versions of autumn leaf paper. The understated design features orange and brown foliage and would work well with just about any fall-themed photograph.

Karen Foster Designs also sells all-purpose autumn scrapbook paper. The paper features a collage of colorful leaves and looks a bit like wallpaper you’d find at a high-end hotel. For busy scrappers who don’t have the time to mix and match individual leaf-themed paper, consider buying a kit from Karen Foster Designs. The compilation of multiple leaf looks serves as an appealing backdrop to your fall photos.

For more unique layouts, experiment with heavy-weight leaf-themed paper. Desktop Papers offers lovely fall foliage-covered designs printed on 80-pound cardstock. You can also opt for a plain or striped background in gold, copper or chocolate and spice it up with leaf page borders or die cuts.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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