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Easy Thanksgiving Layout with Falling Leaves

We all get nostalgic this time of year…so what better time of year to pull out some old photos and get them in your albums? For this easy Thanksgiving layout, I pulled out some 25 year old photos from the first Thanksgiving after my husband and I were engaged.

[Disclosure: Some product used in today’s layout was provided by Photo Play Paper at my request for this project, and I am the social media manager for Buttons Galore. Links in the supply list are courtesy links to partners or affiliate links that earn the site a small commission when a purchase is made after a reader clicks.]

Thanksgiving layout

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This easy Thanksgiving layout is created using a basic color blocked background and a few embellishments, most of which are from the Photo Play Paper “Falling Leaves” collection.

I used the bright orange block of pattern paper as an “anchor” on which to hang most of the other elements. Most of the rest of the layout is green and brown, so the paper adds a splash of traditional fall color to the layout, and it also provides some warmth that highlights the turkey in the bottom photo.

After I layered the patterned papers, then I next moved to adding on the photos. After that, I added the embellishments one at a time, working with the largest elements first.

Thanksgiving Layout title

The “gratitude changes everything” tag was created by cutting the tag out of patterned paper using a Sizzix die. The gratitude sentiment is a cut out from a sheet of 3″ x 4″ journal cards that are in collection. The card had to be trimmed down a bit to fit on the tag with a nice border on the sides.

Thanksgiving Layout Journaling

The “Happy Thanksgiving Day” element is a cardstock sticker that I adhered with foam dot adhesive to stand a bit off of the surface of the layout. This sticker forms a visual triangle with the leaf sticker at the top and the “autumn joy” label on the left side.

I had a lot of space left at the bottom to put my journaling in and the layout was in danger of feeling unbalanced. So to add my journaling, I used my computer to type up my journaling with large spacing between the lines. Then I trimmed it into strips, adding the date at the end in stickers to emphasize it and add a pop of the rusty orange.

Simple layouts like this easy Thanksgiving layout are a fast way to get those old pictures in albums. These weren’t the only pictures I had from this Thanksgiving. To see the layout I did with the rest of them with this same Photo Play Paper “Falling Leaves” collection, visit Scrapbook Update!

Decorate Up a Halloween Pumpkin for Fall!

Fall is coming fast! That means it’s time to start thinking about falling leaves, and all things pumpkin spice. Since we don’t get too many traditional signs of fall outside here in Florida, I decided to bring some inside by decorating myself a Halloween pumpkin with some fall leaves and a bit of embellishment “pumpkin spice”.

[Disclosure: Some links in this article are affiliate links that pay a commission to this site when a purchase is made, but it will not affect the price you pay. Some products were provided to me as part of my professional relationships with Cricut and Buttons Galore, but this project is not a sponsored post.]

Halloween Pumpkin

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This project will work on a real or plastic halloween pumpkin. I chose a plastic pumpkin so that I can use it the entire Halloween and Thanksgiving season this year and reuse it in future years.

To start my fall pumpkin, I opened Cricut Design Space on my iPad. I could have done this on my computer of course but I just love the Cricut Design Space interface on the iPad so I use it most of the time.

I selected a cut file called “Happy Fall” by JGoode Designs (the fabulous Jen Goode). The design comes with a leaf in it, which I hid since I was going to add my own silk ones. I sized the design at about 4″ wide to fit my pumpkin, but the size that will work for you will depend on the size of your pumpkin.

Cricut Design Space iPad Screen CaptureI chose a gold shade that worked with my leaves from the Cricut Metallic Vinyl Sampler and cut my design from the vinyl. Using transfer tape, I pressed the design into place on the pumpkin. It’s hard to get it pushed entirely down into place on a surface like the pumpkin. I found the scraper from my Cricut Explore tool set helped a lot. The vinyl has some “give” in it, and the scraper helped smooth and push it down into all of the crevices so it is adhered perfectly.

Next, I started adhering the leaves with my hot glue gun. I started with the ones on each end, and then filled in the two in the middle. I layered as I went, tucking them underneath each other where necessary.

Halloween Pumpkin close-upThe final step was to add on the embellishments from the 28 Lilac Lane “toasted graham” bottle to add a bit of bling to my pumpkin! I started with the large buttons. I chose brown because it gives the impression of acorns or fall nuts. It also reminds me of spices – like pumpkin spice! Then on the button closest to the title, I added a bit extra pop with small beads, a pearl, and a sequin.

Halloween Pumpkin decorated with vinyl and leaves | by Nancy Nally for CraftCritique.com

This quick and easy project only took me a few minutes, and used practically no tools besides my Cricut machine. I look forward to enjoying this halloween pumpkin as part of our autumn home decor for years to come!

CHA Summer 2011 | Lily Bee

Lily Bee Design is a relatively new paper company, but they have built a strong following with their simple patterns and traditional palettes. They released four new collections at the show, all starting to ship mid-August. The big addition to their collections are 6″x6″ paper pads. Card makers are going to be delighted with this addition. Each collection features six double-sided patterned papers and three foundation sheets in bold colors on one side and a simple bold colored pattern on the other. Their collections also each feature mini alphabet stickers that come in eight different colors per collection with over 1,000 letters per sheet! That’s a whole lotta letters!

The Memorandum collection is a great mix of reds, yellows, and teals and also features journaling cards and coordinating stamps.

The Harvest Market line is perfect for fall projects but would also be versatile for any time of the year. The coordinating stamps feature Thanksgiving as well as Halloween designs.

The new Head Over Heels is their most feminine line with pinks and blues, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The Jingle collection features traditional red and green in slightly darker hues. The coordinating stamps would be perfect for holiday card making.

Have you heard of Lily Bee? Have they won you over with these new collections?
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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re taking a few days off to spend the holiday with our families… but while we’re gone, check out what our friends at Martha Stewart’s Craft Department are up to…

Thanksgiving Table Settings
Easy Thanksgiving Crafts
Holiday Wreaths (in particular this ribbon poinsetta wreath…wow! I know what I’m making this year!)

And leave us a comment letting us know what crafty things you’re thankful for!

Have a wonderful holiday; we’ll see you on Monday!

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