October thoughts

October Scrapbook page Pumpkin Pals

October is a time for many to think of nature, our thoughts head to the changing colours of the leaves, acorns and conkers, and for many pumpkins…. and while my family is no different – we have boxes of conkers just ‘being’ collected – my children like to dress up as pumpkins all year round!

Indeed, these photos is from a ‘superhero’ themed birthday party – in March!

Painted Autumn Stampin UP

Luckily for me, Stampin’ Up! have an awesome range of paper called Painted Autumn that has plenty of scope for even the most pumpkin obsessed twins. There is a great selection of designs for all different October based photos. The papers have a watercolour effect, which mirrors nature where no two parts of the changing leaves are ever the same! I’ve carried this watercolour effect through, by creating the title and the little pumpkin accents using alcohol in my aqua painter with Tangerine Tango ink on very vanilla card.

Watercolour effect on title

I love that choosing which colours to use is easy – I just take it from the designer series paper. All of our paper packs come with a list of colours, the Painted Autumn contains Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango and  Very Vanilla.

So when I wanted to add a green twirl to the top of my pumpkin tag – I picked Garden Green, knowing it will coordinate perfectly.

Where do I get my inspiration from? It is the question I am asked most often about scrapbooking.  Starting is the hardest bit, and so I use sketches. I use it as a guide for placement, and it helps me narrow down which photos to use.


When the Autumn/Winter catalogue came out, the first item onto my list was the Seasonal Chums Bundle. The reindeer is just too cute! I saw the pumpkins and thought, well in October, that will be good for Halloween Treats.

But as soon as I saw this months Stick it Down Sketch – I instantly thought of the lovely pumpkins. My layout grew from there! I love that the pumpkin stamps have two sides, a more traditional jack-o-lantern face and a natural appearance. After I’d cut my three out, I started thinking about my journaling. I didn’t really want to it to be seen that this was March, and the boys were dressed as Superheros. I had the fantastic idea to use the bundle as it was intended – as a tag! The dies even cut it out with the little attaching hole.

Now the story is hidden inside, any unsuspecting eyes can happily think this is just another October Halloween layout!


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