Working with templates like this is even easier if you work with pre-coordinated paper kits. For this layout, I worked with Graphic 45's recent collection Botanicabella. The combination of brown, green and golden yellow is perfect for fall, and the historic touches of text and other elements are a perfect match for Monticello, the historic home of one of America's founding fathers.
I love intricate die cuts but adhering them? Not so much. My Xyron 505 machine is the perfect solution for my sanity. It's a lifesaver for items like this! A large portion of what comes out of my die cut machine goes straight into my Xyron for adhesive.
Besides the leaf, there was one other thing that I added to the template design: a journaling block. I measured the area between the bottom of the picture of Monticello and the top of the title block. Then I took those measurements to my Westcott TrimAir rotary trimmer and cut a piece of just slightly textured patterned paper to insert in that space as a journaling block.
Using the glitter Thickers for the name Monticello draws the golden highlights out of the photos.
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to come back next week for more fall layout goodness!
- Graphic 45 Botanicabella collection
- Cricut Explore machine & leaf cut file
- Hero Arts "Clearly Kelly" stamps (Kelly's Outline Letters)
- American Crafts "Wisecrack" Thickers in gold
- Brown journaling pen
- Westcott Trim Air rotary trimmer
- Xyron 505 adhesive machine
- Colorbox pigment ink in Espresso
- Scrap Free Scrapbooking Ebook (Cutting Pattern 5)