There is no shame in my game when it comes to my love of all things fall. While most are enjoying the summer with its sunshine and heat, I am counting down the days until I can bust out my sweaters and boots and drink hot tea or coffee while reading a good book. Despite it being over 100 degrees where I live, I am fully embracing the new Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Harvest Collection to document my favorite autumn memories.
For this project, I chose to recreate a fall wreath using the Bits & Pieces and Harvest Bits die cuts. There are so many beautiful embellishments to choose from and I wanted to showcase them on the layout.
To begin, I paired the Harvest Leaves Stencil with molding paste that I colored with gold and magenta pigment powders. After coloring the molding paste, I used a palette knife to spread it over the stencil blending the colors as I went. Once done, I set them aside to dry (in this case, overnight).
I fussy cut the largest of the leaf shapes thinking that would be all I’d use. However, I ended up cutting more of the smaller leaves to add variety to the wreath. Also, I had time while I was waiting on the plumber to fix some things in the kitchen. Win-win!
For the base of the project, I cut ¼-inch strips from each side of a piece of Color Vibe – Warm White paper before adhering it to a plaid patterned paper. To add texture, I distressed and folded up the edges of the paper. I backed my photo with more patterned paper with distressed edges and placed it on the background.
To create the wreath, I began by selecting several of my favorite floral and leaf die cuts. To keep the wreath in a circle, I traced around a plate with pencil to create a guide. Next, I placed die cuts around the hand-drawn circle making adjustments until I was happy with how they looked. Once satisfied, I adhered each of the pieces with foam squares.
After placing the die cuts, I then added the leaves I created with the stencil and molding paste. I really love how these turned out, and they complement the florals perfectly.
For the journaling, I typed and printed a quote along with the place where I took the photo and the date. After cutting each line into strips, I adhered them using an ATG gun. The area around the journaling felt too plain, so I added a few die cut hearts to add some color.
The title was next, which I created using sentiments pulled from the foam stickers. To complete the project, I added several enamel dots and decorative brads on and around the wreath.
Here’s one more look at the finished project.
I don’t know about you, but the Simple Vintage Country Harvest Collection has me super excited for the arrival of fall, and I can’t wait to document more of my autumn memories.
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Great layouts. I love the paper and how you showcased it!