I don't know that I can honestly say goodbye to fall on the winter solstice, seeing as how it's been snowing nonstop since November 13. Well, maybe not nonstop, but that's how it's felt. I was going to tweet today that it was snowing again, but it felt too passe. More notable if it's NOT snowing, ya know? Ah well. It's pretty..
In honor of an autumn that seems SOOOOO long ago, I did a two-page layout celebrating some of the beauty of fall here in Minnesota. I was inspired by a sketch in the tremendously awesome Ella book Double-Page Design:
(Forgive the bad photo. Remember, darkest day of the year.)
Here's a true confession: the sketch has a 12x12 photo as one full page. That made me think of this left photo, which I thought would do nicely. However, it's vertical in orientation, so it didn't do so nicely squared. So I decided to make the LO an 8.5x11 spread. To make it happen, I printed and 8x12 photo to fill the left side of the 8.5x11 inch spread.
If you do the math, you can see my problem. It's a good thing I never became a math teacher.
Rather than reprinting the left side photo, I decided to make do, coming up with the above spread, which I like. (The color is even, BTW. The lighting is not. Sunset at 4:15, #&@*!)
I did less embellishing, depending instead on the pretty photos for the visual interest. I added some flourish stitches using my Bazzill stitching template. Love that baby. And I LOVE the gorgeous autumn background paper from Crate Paper. Only it's not autumn: it comes from their Snowy Days line, the B side of a piece called Flakes. What does the A side look like?
It's very pretty, but in this house of Y chromosome (sans moi and my cat), I would never use it.