I have to admit that upon first glance this layout did not inspire me to do anything but wait for the next challenge. Since I had planned to participate, I decided I had best get my thinking cap on. I had some fall photos of DS from 2005 that I had been planning to scrap for Lyn's fall challenge (never did) so I thought it is now or never. This is my take on the inspiration piece.
The paper I had planned to use was from the Karen Foster Designs Autumn pack. I selected the paisley print as my background although it is paper weight.
I took that to the ScorPal to imitate the grid lines on the inspiration piece. I started with a half inch border on all sides and then divided the sections. I edged all of the lines using Memories Direct black pigment ink cube.
The inspiration piece had what appeared to be a watermark title in the background and I decided to imitate that by stamping AUTUMN. I used the KI Memories alphabet stamps along with Tim Holtz Aged Mahogany Distress Ink which I embossed with clear embossing powder. This was my first time using the Fiskars stamp press and I think I like it. My entire word would not fit so I had to stamp the U and the N separately. Then I took the entire piece and misted it with Glimmer Mist Red Suede. While I was at it I misted the two mulberry leaves.
Next I needed to prepare my photos. After measuring the inside squares and rectangles I cut my photos down to size. I decided to mat only one of them. I cut the striped paper, distressed the edges with my scissors, inked them with Memories Direct red ink cube, dipped each side in clear embossing powder and heated it. I cut a complementary circle for the geese and sprayed with Red Suede. I then edged the circle with Aged Mahogany.
After affixing my photos I went back into that same fall stash to find embellishments suitable for the layout.
The rubon letters were perfect for this piece. I used the corner photos to bring cohesion to the date. Speaking of the date I used the black sticker letters that came with the kit. The glittery stickers are from Miss Elizabeth's (the brand sold at the Dollar Tree). I added red rhinestones to the page title and the flower and acorn cluster.