Scrapping Autumn Adventures

The problem with being a snap-happy parent is that you are left digging out from so many (many, many, many) photos, that it’s almost too overwhelming to figure out a way to use them all in a scrapbook layout… or two, or three… or an entire book… or two or three.

Take for example, my family’s latest trip to the pumpkin patch and u-pick apple orchard. In less than four hours I snapped nearly 500 photos of my daughter making like Linus in her search for the perfect pumpkin. Ditto for the apples. Then, there were the shots of her making merry on the hay bales, in the corn maze, at the petting zoo portion of the farm, feeding buffalos, and bowling with rotten gourds.

It is impossible to fit all of those fun fall adventures into one layout. Heck, I struggle to keep them contained to a single scrapbook. Fortunately, my budgetary constraints prevent me from going crazy with scrapping. Due to my lack of funds, I cam forced to keep my autumn adventure scrapping to a few simple layouts.

Here are a few elements I am putting together to create memorable pages detailing our trip to the apple farm:

Gingham checked background paper

Small apple stickers to make borders and frames

Denim and apple-themed paper cut roughly, and then glued on paper to crate a patchwork quilt look. You could take this idea a step further by using a needle and hand stitching around the edges.

Use a cut apple as a stamp

Glue real apple seeds on the layout

Make a page in the shape of a giant apple or an apple cut in half

Use apple clip art and layer it around the page or cut out the middle and use it as a frame

Design the page in shape of a pie and fill it with apple photos and die-cut apple shapes, then cover it with strategically placed rick-rack to simulate pie dough

Use apple-shaped buttons or small fabric appliques to embellish your page

Find an old beat-up pair of jeans and cut the denim pockets from it, then sew or glue them to your page. Fill the pockets with photos or other memorabilia gathered from the apple orchard.

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Michele Cheplic

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.