We are officially into Indian Summer. . .our first hard freeze was last night. Everything was covered in a pretty good layer of frost this morning. But as the sun came up that brilliant light filtered through the colors in the trees. I love that light. We have a Green Ash in the back yard, off our bedroom, and Aspens off the front porch that are tall enough to be seen through the daylight window in the hall, both trees are filled with gold leaves, and when the sun filters through those trees the light it produces is . . . magical. Brilliant bright gold covers everything beyond those windows.
Let's produce a little embellishment magic of our own. Find an Apron Strings kit that has a journaling card of some kind, something metal or chipboard and then a pattern paper that you can hand-cut some designs from. (If you don't have a kit, pull those items from your stash.) Papers with hand-cutable (is that a word?) are a great way to use up scraps and get some custom embellishments. Papers with small designs are great for cutting or punching generic shapes, like pennants, butterflies, circles and triangles. Remember when using your patterned papers, look for contrast so they don't blend into the background, (or pop dot them up) and give them something to help give them added weight - grouping or anchoring on tags, journaling cards, envelopes, etc.
Inspiration for today's challenge comes from Sous Chef Sarah Fleming's layout using the Bigger than a Breadbox October kit, the October Afternoon side. You can enjoy more of Sarah's work HERE on her blog. Outside of the fact that Sarah's little man is just the cutest - I love babies in onesies - I want to know how it is she's scrapping him and her other kids. . .he's two month's old! At two month's post-partum, I think I was finally starting to do laundry; scrapbooking was nowhere on the radar. My youngest, as well documented, is three and doesn't have a page to his name. /=(
There's still the frantic screaming of paperwork echoing in my office, but I temporarily drowned it out with banana chocolate muffins this morning. I love baking in the fall. Later tonight, we'll be cheering on the RV Volleyball girls to pull out a fourth win over rivals Arvada West (hubby's alma mater.)