Fall Leaves Scrapbook Pages

Capture the colors and the fun of playing in fall leaves on your next autumn-theme scrapbook page.

Use Paint to Customize Embellishments

Design by Melissa Inman

Melissa gave unfinished chipboard letters an update by painting them a hue that matched the patterned paper and die cut used on this scrapbook page.

Editor's tip: Double the impact of your chipboard embellishments by using both the positive and negative pieces. If your letters or shapes come in sheets, use a die-cutting tool or strong scissors to cut out the design.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cut: SEI. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Corner rounder: EK Success.

Add Pizzazz with Patterned Paper

Design by Jill Godon

Jill took the guesswork out of matching patterns by selecting one sheet that looks like strips of several prints for the background of this fall scrapbook page.

Editor's tip: Though the bands of pattern on this page are actually just one sheet of paper, Jill made them appear to be individual strips by stitching between each pattern. Rub-on stitches or stamps can be used to save time.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Fonts: SP Purkage ("discovering"), ArborisFolium (leaf) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Embroidery floss: DMC Corp.

Create a Tiled Look

Design by Maggie Holmes

Maggie used strips of leftover patterned paper to create the colorful tiles -- called serendipity squares -- that line her fall-theme scrapbook page.

Editor's tip: Play with different attachment options. Maggie used three different methods of attaching strips of ribbon to her page: a button, staples, and a tiny brad.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories, Anna Griffin, Scenic Court Paper Co., Wild Asparagus, Chatterbox. Stickers, foam stamps, button: Making Memories. Ink: Tsukineko. Rub-ons, journaling tag: 7Gypsies. Embossing enamel: Ranger Industries.

Angle Your Page Design

Design by Dana Smith

To give her design an unexpected twist, Dana arranged strips of patterned paper, rickrack, journaling, and small photos on a diagonal for this autumnal scrapbook page.

Editor's tip: Allow one element to break the rules. Though most of Dana's page is on a slant, her large focal-point photo is not, bringing more attention to the most important part of her design.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey (green), Chatterbox (plaid). Font: Outdoors by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Making Memories (tag), Creative Imaginations (canvas). Ribbon, thread, rickrack: Making Memories. Buttons, rub-ons, embroidered accent; Autumn Leaves. Brad: Happy Hammer.

Create Your Own Simple Accents

Design by Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca cut simple flowers out of patterned paper and attached them to her scrapbook page with buttons for a low-cost embellishment option.

Editor's tip: Finishing details can make all the difference. Adding floss to the button centers so they feel sewn on rather than simply glued makes the design feel complete.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (green), American Crafts (teal, orange). Patterned paper, buttons: American Crafts. Font: Florida-light off the Internet. Acrylic paint: Michaels. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp.

Hand Journal on Strips of Paper

Design by Talia Audenart

Talia used a white pen to write her journaling on strips of neutral-tone cardstock, giving her scrapbook page a fun, playful feel.

Editor's tip: Play with your word placement before you adhere your strips. Breaking up a traditional text block allows you the freedom to make your journaling into any shape or design you want!


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (brown floral), Making Memories (ledger), Provo Craft (yellow floral). Rub-on: KI Memories. Ink: Clearsnap. Pen: Signo from Sanford. Brads: American Crafts. Flower: Jo-Ann Stores. Ribbon: Heidi Swapp (dot, pink, light brown), Making Memories (brown).

Use Digital Doodles to Dress Up a Background

Design by Karen Russell

Karen created her whimsical doodles using digital brushes and dingbats, then printed her designs directly onto patterned paper for this scrapbook page.

Editor's tip: Create your own digital doodles with a digital drawing tablet or pick up a pen and start scribbling. It's hard to go wrong with this carefree style.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: K&Company (blue polka dot), Creative Imaginations (notebook paper). Fonts: Flower Doodles (flowers) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Times New Roman (journaling). Stickers: Creative Imaginations. Pen: American Crafts. Digital brushes: Two Peas in a Bucket. Chipboard accent: Heidi Swapp.

Layer Your Photos

Design by Dana Smith

Dana layered her photos, giving her the opportunity to include several shots and disguise dead space in some of the photos.

Editor's tip: Make sure layered photos still stand out. Dana matted two of her photos with patterned paper to separate them from the group.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, wood tag, stitched tag, photo corners, rub-ons, rivet, ribbon: Chatterbox. Font: Post Master by Autumn Leaves. Foam stamps, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Definition: Autumn Leaves. Square concho: Scrapworks. Printed twill: Junkitz.

Mix 'N' Match Your Accents

Design by Nikki Krueger

Nikki added pizzazz to her title by piecing it together with various chipboard and plastic accents.

Editor's tip: Stick with accents from the same line for a kicky but not chaotic look, or paint mismatched pieces like colors to quickly unify them.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents, plastic accents: Heidi Grace Designs. Font: FB Beige off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design ("eaves"). Rub-ons: Making Memories ("are").

Use an Autumn Color Scheme

Design by Melissa Chapman

Melissa used colors from her photos to pull together an autumnal color scheme for this fall-theme scrapbook page.

Editor's tip: Help your photos stand out by using the strongest colors in your palette in the smallest amounts. Melissa matted her photo grouping with the most intense shade, bringing lots of attention to the shots.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Carlson by Adobe. Chipboard letters: American Crafts. Punches: Emagination (large leaf), Martha Stewart Crafts (small leaf). Circle cutter: Making Memories.

Build a Blocked Background

Design by Vonda Kirkpatrick

Vonda selected three autumnal-hue cardstocks to build a blocked background for this simple fall-theme scrapbook page.

Editor's tip: Use type to spice up solid papers. A basic word-processing program and a few fonts can help you design a custom background that fits your theme as Vonda did here by repeating the word "Autumn" and adding leaf-shape dingbats between them.


SOURCES: Font: Harting (text), ArborisFolium (leaf dingbats) downloaded off the Internet. Stamp ink: Clearsnap. Metal leaf: Provo Craft.

Hand-Cut Simple Accents

Design by Nikki Krueger

This page about her daughter's love of fall didn't need much embellishment, so Nikki kept it low-key by hand-cutting a simple leaf shape in a color that matches her daughter's pail.

Editor's tip: Save time with fauxs and fakes. Nikki chose a patterned paper with a painted look as the background for this scrapbook page rather than painting one herself. Look for other faux finishes in metal, wood, watercolor paints, and more.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: The Paper Loft. Rubber stamps: Ma Vinci's Reliquary. Ribbon: Making Memories.

Give Photos Weight with Mats

Design by Nikki Krueger

Nikki grouped two large photos in the center of this simple page and matted them together to make a strong focal point.

Editor's tip: Nikki double-matted her photos with white and black cardstock. You can save a step by arranging the photos in your image-editing program and printing them with white and color borders.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Quirky by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Punch: EK Success.

Vary Photo Sizes and Shapes

Design by Vicki Boutin

Vicki fit seven photos onto this scrapbook page about a favorite autumn tradition by cropping and printing them many different shapes and sizes.

Editor's tip: Save on photo paper by using your image-editing program to group photos of different sizes in one document and printing out a single larger sheet.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories, Anna Griffin, Scenic Route Paper Co., Wild Asparagus, Chatterbox. Stickers, foam stamps, button: Making Memories. Ink: Tsukineko. Rub-ons, journaling tag: 7Gypsies. Embossing enamel: Ranger Industries.

Use Photo-Realistic Die Cuts

Design by Melissa Chapman

Melissa created the perfect scrapbook page title by mounting a piece of printed twill atop a photo-realistic die cut of an autumnal leaf.

Editor's tip: Use photo-realistic die cuts instead of photos to add detail shots you might not have. You can find them for generic items such as kids' toys and food as well as for popular cities, states, and countries.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Textured paper: Scrapbook Sally. Font: Copperplate Light ("flower") by URW++, Texas Hero (title) by Agfa Monotype. Die cut: Paper House Productions. Clips: Avery Dennison.

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