Hello, it’s Renee Zwirek here to share a simple fall mini album I put together using the Jen Hadfield Home+Made collection. This was a fun assignment and a fun album to make. The album measures 6 x 6 inches and I used some of my favorite Fall photos over the past five years.
I decided to challenge myself by following these two main points throughout my album:
1. My photos would measure 6 x 6 inches. They would reflect colors you find in the Fall (greens, yellows, oranges, reds, browns, and other neutral colors). And, finally, I would not add anything to my photos. That’s right! No embellishments, no rub-ons, no pattern papers…no kidding! (SO tough to do!)
2. On the pages opposite of my photos, I would add a favorite Fall quote or saying (that I also decided to match up to each of the photos I used). Each page would also include a brown leaf/leaves (because they crunch the best), gold, and black. (I used this die to cut the leaves throughout my album along with this cutting machine.)
Let’s go inside my album to see if I followed my own rules! Ha!
I adore this photo (from 2009) of my little, cheeky monkey, Payton, jumping in the leaves! That was a great Fall day and one of my absolute favorite photos ever. I wish you can see the album in person just to see how vibrant the colors in my photos really are.
Here’s a close-up of the favorite Fall quote I used for this photo along with the gold touches, black, and brown leaf. I printed off all the Fall quotes and sayings on the Kraft Bags. I cut open the bags and simply fed the pieces through my printer (I used the computer font called Andalus). I was so drawn to this specialty pattern paper to use as the background for this photo. I have to admit that I had the hardest time cutting up this gorgeous paper!
This favorite Fall photo is of my girls and myself (from 2009) taking a walk at the arboretum. I love the green and yellow colors in the trees! The arboretum is definitely one of my happy places.
Here’s another close-up of the favorite Fall quote, brown leaf, gold, and black items I used for this page. I loved using the Home+Made Banner Dies for the scalloped circle and bracket I layered together with my quote. I added this pattern paper because I thought it looked pretty and soft. Plus, I was wearing a pink sweatshirt.
I love this photo of Caitie (from 2011) looking at the farm animals at the pumpkin farm. I just love her smile in this photo!
A pretty Fall photo of Payton (from last year) enjoying some time at the arboretum. I love the greens and yellows all around her!
Oh! I adore this photo of Caitie (from 2011) kissing a baby chick. Definitely one of my all time favorite photos of her. Happiest of times for her (who wouldn’t be happy holding a baby chick) and not a surprise that the baby chick fell asleep in her arms. The colors of these two pages came together very easily. And, of course, more fussy cut flowers added to this page. How perfect are the flowers from the Planters pattern paper for this page? Perfectly yellow!
Here is another one of my favorite Fall photos (from last year). I took this photo while we took the girls Trick-or-Treating. I adore the red in the leaves and on my boots!
I thought this favorite Fall quote went perfectly with this photo! The Fall leaves are and do look like flowers to me. I fussy cut this pink flower and most of the other flowers added to this album from the very pretty Aqua Florali pattern paper (my personal favorite from this collection). I trimmed the Numbers tape from the Decorative Tape set to add just a bit of black onto this page.
Here’s another Fall favorite of mine! Some of the photos in this album are ones that I have scrapped before while others I have not. This photo is of Payton at the pumpkin farm (also from 2011). That was probably one of our favorite Fall seasons. Love the red color of the farm animal house and browns in this photo. I really loved how this pattern paper matched the chicken wire in the photo well. I decided to turn it a bit to add more interest to the design of the page.
You guessed it…a favorite Fall photo at the pumpkin farm again. Ha! Love this photo of Caitie (from 2012) pumpkin hopping. Love her among the sea of orange pumpkins! It was a lot of pumpkins!
I found this fun saying on Pinterest. Even though I couldn’t find a quote about pumpkins that I really liked, I thought this saying totally fit the photo. I couldn’t help but fussy cut a few flowers from the Mystical pattern paper from the Thirty-One collection.
I couldn’t make this Colors of Fall mini album without a favorite family photo of us (from 2011) at the pumpkin farm!
I saved my most favorite Fall quote for last. I used the Glitter Scallop tape from the Decorative Tape set on a few pages throughout my album. So, I turned the scallop part over so it would fit under the quote banner on this page.
My last photo was adhered to the back cover of my album.
I used the Burlap with White Dot cardstock for my album covers. It came packaged with a very thin 12″ x 12″ sheet of cardboard. So, I added some Mod Podge to that sheet of cardboard and adhered the two 6″ x 6″ pieces of Burlap with White Dot Specialty Paper to it. I rolled it extra flat with brayer tool and stacked some heavy books on top of it while it dried. At first I thought the Mod Podge wouldn’t hold the two papers together, because I was able to lift the burlap paper easily. Well, it worked. I didn’t fuss with it after I used the brayer tool and just let it dry. Love the end result!
I hope you enjoyed looking through my Colors of Fall mini album. I loved making it! It was great to reminisce about all the fun memories we have had during the Fall season over the years. I think you can see why Fall is my favorite season ever. And, of all the pretty colors that Fall shares with us, I think my favorite “Color of Fall” you can see in each and every photo is HAPPY! (Sorry, was that too cheesy?) Oh, well, it’s the truth.
Home+Made Aqua Florali (732589)
Home+Made Silver (732592)
Home+Made Love Seat (732593)
Home+Made Grey Whimsy (732595)
Home+Made Aqua Skies (732596)
Home+Made Homemaker (732598)
Home+Made Cool Quarterfoil (732599)
Home+Made Cottage Blues (732602)
Home+Made Planters (732604)
Home+Made Burlap Cardstock 12″ x 12″ White Dot (732607)
Home+Made Specialty Cardstock 12″ x 12″ Cream with Glitter Stripe (732609)
Home+Made Phrase & Accent Stickers (732611)
Home+Made Chalkboard Label Stickers (732612)
Home+Made Gilded Thickers, Gold (732613)
Home+Made Gold Circles Glitter Stickers (732621)
Home+Made Decorative Tape (732626)
Home+Made Kraft Bags with Glitter Accents (732635)
Home+Made Banners Dies (732638)
Home+Made 6 x 6 Paper Pad (732644)
Thirty-One Mystical (732293)
Thirty-One Dreadful (732297)
Lakeside Trail Map (751460)
American Crafts Seasonal Cardstock Pack 12″X12″ 60/Pkg, Neutrals (71252)
American Crafts This To That Adhesive Runner with 2 Refills (61740)