Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Try it on Tuesday

Apparently Fall will be settling in this coming weekend (and I can't wait), but it's not doing to bad today either, with temps only in the low 70's.  The 7 y.o. tested the air by blowing and not seeing his breath, declared it's not Fall yet.

I'm ready for it though - bring on the cooler temps, falling leaves, pumpkin patches, comfort cooking and sweaters.  Which is why today's inspiration has a tinge of Fall color, and the flowers feel "mum-ish" to me, too.  I love mums, which reminds me I need some for the porch.

I love these colors; so rich, so warm.  They almost say, "Go get your sweater."

You'll find this rich color scheme in the Echo Park Made from Scratch line (left) found in the November Bigger kit.

Not far from the Fall-vibe, is the October Afternoon Daily Flash Milk Money line (top) from the September Bigger.

Switching gears just a smidge and you get the Simple Stories Hey Pop! (top) line from the June Smaller  kit.

The color scheme may say sweater-season, but it can come off more generic too, like the Simple Stories Daily Grind line from the January Smaller.

That's a lot of Apron Strings kits to choose from that you could have in your stash.  I myself may have a couple, but if you don't then sort through your papers looking for the color scheme there.  Pick up buttons, brads, velvet ribbons and florals to pair with your papers.

Remember to take some cues from the photo, as well.  The flowers are not only layered, think layering your papers and/or embellishments, but they are also curling and pointed.  Look to distress the edges of your papers, or crumple a tag.  Look to repeat those pointed ends with pennants or other triangle shapes.  There's an ombre look to the orange flower, so mist or use an ink pad to add some shadows to your embellishments or the ends of your papers.

Now, wrap it all up with a PageMaps sketch.  This one is an 8.5 x 11", but it's simple enough to widen it to fit 12x12.  You've got pennants/triangles.  You can increase the layering, by making the subtitle block a little bigger to go under the photos.  Add a larger floral where the flag is on the right side.  Create a two-pager by mirroring the design, but instead of a subtitle block, add more photos.

Even if Summer hasn't loosened its grip where you are, go play like it has.

Happy Tuesday,

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