Friday, September 23, 2011

Welcome Fall + a Giveaway! (NOW CLOSED)

****************GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU.********************

Psst...I have an announcement:

Fall is my favorite time of the year!

I know it's not earth-shattering, but just have to shout out about how I adore the crisp air, the fresh apples & pumpkins, HALLOWEEN, cozy sweaters, hot apple cider, my birthday ;) and all the other wonderful things that autumn brings. It's enough to make me positively giddy on the first day of fall! Picture me twirling ala Mary Tyler Moore in the falling leaves here. (ohgoodgriefIcompletelydatedmyselfdidntIsigh)

Another thing making me hugely giddy this first day of fall? The Fall 2011 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today! How I love this magazine and the people who put it out each quarter. It's truly one of the most beautiful scrapbooking magazine's out there and I love being a part of it when they let me. It's so full of gorgeous work and I always find something I love and want to try instantly (this month it's the 3T's article and especially Sheri Reguly's tip on making your own layered cork paperclip - it's genius, seriously!) But the best part ever about this magazine is that besides being a print magazine, it's also available online for FREE download. Yes, you read the right - FREE!! Just click HERE!

This issue I had the honor of submitting a cover option and was so thrilled when they decided to use it for their Fall cover.

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Isn't that little girl precious?! I loved having a chance to work on a girlie page and I am thrilled with the setting they put my page in for their photography. So fall-ish!

One of my favorite things about this page is the fun leaves I clustered around the journaling frame. The texture and dimension they created really helped to set off that sweet photo. And guess where I found out how to make those leaves? Yep. Pinterest!! Oh, Pinterest, how I love thee! If you remember, I told you a couple of posts ago about all the eye-popping, jaw dropping inspiration there is there. This amazing tutorial was incredible and very easy to follow.

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It taught me how to take these gorgeous BasicGrey papers and turn them into these beautiful leaves:

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The Picadilly line was just perfect for autumn leaves - not only in the gorgeous colors and patterns, but check out the distressed edges and how they make those leaves just pop!

I had such fun making the leaves that I wanted to use them on another project (or two or twenty!) but I settled with starting on this one. This "welcome fall" card is perfect for the first day of fall and welcoming in our most colorful of seasons. I used the same principles I used on the layout above but this time clustered the leaves around the card sentiment rather than the journaling frames. I printed "welcome" a sheet of aqua paper and then used it to covered an oval from the Out of Print chipboard. The alpha stickers completed the title and by simply tucking the leaves behind the oval, this cute card was created in a snap.

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Source List: BasicGrey Picadilly Prairie Grass, Eat at Joes, Fresh Baked Bread, Farm Fresh Eggs; Element Stickers; BasicGrey Color Me Silly alphabet stickers
Other: Fiskars scallop border punch, Zig pen, Bazzill cardstock, twine, Cursive Standard font.

So to get fall off to a wonderful start, how about a little giveaway? I'll send some BasicGrey Picadilly as well as a hard copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today's fall issue to a random commenter who leaves a comment telling me about *your* favorite part about fall!

Happy Friday, everyone! (We might just make it to the apple orchard today. The kids are off school so it should make for an interesting day! ;))
xoxo,
kg

98 comments:

Maeghan M said...

My favorite part of fall is Thanksgiving dinner and warm pecan pie!

Beth said...

Football!! I wasn't a huge fan until my son started playing in third grade. 10 years later and I love it all...high school, college, pro...I just LOVE football!

Cynthia B. said...

Fall is my favorite time of the year, too! My birthday (today! :D) always falls close to the start of fall, but most of all, I simply love the cooler weather at last. It feels great to slip on jeans and a sweatshirt - can't wait 'til it's cool enough to do that!
Congrats on the cover of SCT - the leaves look awesome. And thanks for the chance to win!

GabyCreates.com said...

This is one of my utmost favorite BG collections (ok so I'm partial to my favorite color green)-- I have to try those leaves TFS I keep forgetting to visit Pinterest...

Best part about fall, like you, love cozy sweaters, and love the October fest by my house with the apples, apple pie and french vanilla ice cream, yum!

melanie said...

Gorgeous cover! The thought of new beginnings and the colours are what AI love best about fall.

Leslie Murphy said...

Happy fall! My kids went on a field trip to Evans Orchard in Georgetown and loved it. Enjoy your trip with your boys.

stephanie howell said...

K- congrats on the cover!! You know I LOVE kg+girl pages. And I love love those leaves. So trying that on a layout this fall!!!

Linda L said...

Wow that is one super, eye catching layout Kelly:-) What I love most about Fall (or Autumn as we call it here in Australia) is the cooler weather....living in QLD we get HOT summers so the Autumn temps are a beautiful relief:-))

Michelle said...

Kel... congratulations on the cover feature!!! It's a beautiful page. You make the most beautiful pages, doesn't matter the subject matter! Beautiful card too! I love fall too.. just don't like the season that follows! Ha! Apple picking sounds fun! I can't wait until we go this year too!! Have an awesome weekend!

Anonymous said...

I agree, Kelly. Fall is the best season of all! Sweater weather, apples, pumpkin carving, hayrides, corn mazes, changing leaves, Halloween, Thanksgiving, cooler temperatures, caramel apples, pies,scarecrows, mums, candy corn, cornstalks, and indian corn. Love this season so much!

Thanks for the opportunity to win some of BG's beautiful papers and a copy of SCT!

Kim

Kelly Goree said...

Leslie!!

That's OUR orchard! My middlest went on a Kindy field trip there several years ago and we've been going every year since. LOVE Evan's orchard (and their cider?! YUMMMMMM!)

Linda E said...

I love turning off the AC and sleeping with an extra blanket and the windows open! Also love watching my son and his high school band march in the New York City Columbus Day parade!

Heather said...

I love fall, too! I love the sweater weather and pumpkin-flavored-everything. And visits to the apple farm. It's all my favorite!

Lisa VdV said...

Beautiful cover! I am DYING for some fall :(. I get so sad to live in Cali this time of year. I used to love our trips to the apple orchard, the pumpkin patch and the beautiful leaves. Last year when I went to the pumpkin patch it was 95. Kinda takes the "fall" out of it...

Betty said...

My favorite part of fall is a mug of hot spiced apple cider topped off with caramel sauce and whipped cream while I enjoy working on my
BG pages.

Kelly Massman said...
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Kelly Massman said...

'm such a sucker for paper folding! I'm going to have to try these leaves!!! Your card is lovely! Thanks also for a chance to win some yummy BG and a hard copy of the magazine!! I love both! P.S. I love fall leaves! :-) Our family loves all things leaves and trees since my hubby is a wood turner!

Wendy said...

Love this time of year... Here in the uk it is the best time to go conker picking with the kids! So much fun

sandy sh. said...

watching my grandson play fall soccer is my favorite part of autumn...but the cooler weather runs a close second!

Anonymous said...

Love the cover page you did!

My favorite thing about fall: hot apple cider and building the first roaring fire in our fireplace on a cool autumn evening.

Heather~S said...

Football and Sweater Weather for sure...Love this season above all others :) Thank you for the chance to win!

Jennifer said...

My favorite part of fall is the cooler temperatures and the chance to wear sweaters! Love sweaters. Also love those folded leaves!

Trisha Joy Carrillo said...

I love fall because it also means my birthday ;-) But I like that I get to wear all my cute sweaters and plus the weather hasn't gotten too cold.

Shawninaz said...

My favorite part of fall is the cooloer weather. In summer weather we lose the cooling off at night and I just love when we get it back!

Jody said...

I love going to the pumpkin patch with the kids and letting them pick out their favorite pumpkins and I always end up taking way too many pictures... of course. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kelly said...

I can't pick out JUST ONE thing I love about fall because I love it ALL!! The colors, the crisp air, the sweaters and down vests, snuggling under the covers at night...the list could go on and on!! :)
I cannot wait to try those leaves on a fall page!

Bunnyfreak said...

Changing leaves and carmel apples are my favorite things about fall.

Crystal said...

My favourite part of autumn is all the great food that gets preserved and stored up for the long, cold winter. I love looking at my shelves full of good things to eat :) Thanks for sharing that beautiful line and the magazine!

Danielle said...

awesome project!! Also I love everything about Fall! The smell, the colours, the food! Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

What I simply love most about fall are the warm colours everywhere in the nature: brown chestnuts, red berries, green and red apples, ...

Greetings from Germany,

G. Duve

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Jill said...

I love everything about fall! I love the colors, the chill in the air, the need for warm cozy sweaters and snuggling, the coming of Thanksgiving (the best meal ever!), Halloween costumes, the flavors at Starbucks!!! What's not to love!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

My favorite part about fall is the cooler weather and the colors!!

tracy said...

Congrats on the cover. It is a fabulous layout. I also love the leave tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing

beccaf1970 said...

My favorite part of fall is enjoying a cup of hot cider from our local apple orchard. Thanks for the chance to win!

Denise said...

My favorite season is fall.... I love the cool, crisp feel in the air and the gorgeous colors. And the first fire in the woodburning stove to warm the house on a cold night.
Those leaves are beautiful.... thanks for the tutorial on folding them!
DeniseB

DTHerron said...

Football, the return of pumpkin lattes, and cooking yummy fall foods!

Anonymous said...

I love the anticipation of upcoming holidays. Planning great food and celebrations with friends and family.
Michelle Nelson

kmp1515 said...

My favourite part about fall is the beautiful colours. I also love nesting inside with movie nights by the fireplace.

nbuston said...
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nbuston said...

The best of Fall is the colors! It is such a wonderful feeling being surrounded by a million bright hues. And those colors are so warm, cozy and comforting. Autumn is awesome.

Lisa P said...

I think my favorite part of fall is the cool, crisp mornings followed by warm afternoons. I love the changing colors of the trees, pumpkin goodies and FOOTBALL!

Katey said...

my favorite part of fall is the changing colors of the trees!

scrapnhawaii said...

Fall ... We have no seasons here in Hawaii, lol. When I think of fall, I think of the color changes of the leaves all over the place except for here, lol. I have never seen this happen in real life but hope to someday!

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of fall is watching the leaves turn from green to all the brilliant autumn colors!

Kristan

Terri said...

Love your layout and card as well as the leaves. But I love all your work! My favorite part of Fall (besides the beautiful colors) is making apple pie. It's our fall tradition to make at least one batch of apple pies. Some years I've even picked my own apples but usually I stop by the store at the orchard and pick up a small bag. I try to get some Northern Spy and blend them with Granny Smith. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies. :-)

Lorna said...

The best part is scrapbooking the pictures. And with my little 17 month old boy walking around loads I cant wait to see him playing in those golden leaves.

Julie Howard said...

Thank you so much for posting the leaf tutorial. I'm so gonna make those! As for my favorite part of fall? Impossible to choose just one since it's my favorite season. The fashion, colors, scents, holidays, festivals and food!

Anonymous said...

I simply love the way fall makes me feel. The blue skies, crisp clear air, the coolness yet you can still feel warmth from the sun, the crunch from the leaves. Love it....

Jeanne Ann said...

I love everything about Fall! The fresher air, cooler temps, changing leaves, Football season and of course the holidays that we celebrate!

Susan said...

Fall is definitely my favorite season ~ I love everything about it! I'm especially looking forward to our local fair, which is coming up this weekend.

Anne Fisher said...

Congrats on the cover - so cute!

Fall is is definitely my favorite season - I look forward to the cooler weather which marks sweaters and scarves season, hot chocolate, and turning on the fireplace. Also definitely enjoy preparing the house for Halloween and planning our costumes as well as all the other holidays that follow. :)

MelKilMD said...

Love the cooler weather and associated foods - more baking and roasting.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Melinda

Tracy said...

I love fall and could live with it all year long. The jeans, cozy sweaters, boots...the smell & crispness in the air, fall food, football & field hockey...love, love, love it all!

lunetapatineta said...

CONGRATULATONS on the cover!!! Beautiful page!!!!
My favorite part is the crisp air!!!

lab1 said...

Its the colors!! The golden stubble after the guys are done harvest, the trees with turning leaves, and that beautiful golden glow in the late afternoon. By far my favorite time of year!!

Laura J said...

I absolutely LOVE Fall! It's my favorite season, hands down! If I had to pick one of the many things I love about it, I guess I'd say that my favorite is when the air gets that crispness to it...don't know if it's a scent, the temp or just a feeling it evoks, but I love it!

Gina said...

I love everything about fall...especially Halloween and Football!

Stacy V said...

My favourite things about this fall (aka last weekend) was that we had super awesome weather to allow us to enjoy the outdoors with all of the beautiful colours and mounds of leaves to toss around!

Jingle said...

I enjoy the scent in the air and the cool, crisp feeling!

Jamie K said...

Fall is most definitely my favorite season! I love the cool crisp air, the colors of the leaves, apple and pumpkin picking, and most importantly, Halloween!

Also, congrats on your wonderful layout making the cover of Scrapbook and Cards Today!

Jamie

Kim Strother said...

THanksgiving is my favorite thing about fall!

Angela Fehr said...

I loved seeing your layout on the cover! Love the way it's light and fresh for fall. I love the beauty of the fall leaves changing colour right now!

sgasper61 said...

My favorite part is I seem to come alive in the fall, I get an energy that seems to evade me most of the summer. The smells, the colors, the temperature... I love it all!

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

congrats on your layout making the front cover, it's gorgeous.
My favourite part of Autumn is watching the kids playing in the leaves and having so much fun.

Kristin Hayne said...

Halloween.... love the crisp fall weather too... it's my favorite!!

Diane said...

Congratulations on your published layout. It is just gorgeous. My favourite part of fall is seeing the colors change, and going for long walks on trails.

Manon Corbeil said...

My favorite thing about fall is a sunny day when you can smell the leaves that have fallen off the trees and the warm breeze on your skin. Wonderful tutorial, thanks for the chance to win !

Monica said...

My favorite part of Fall is going to the Pumpkin Patch with my family & drinking hot cider!

Lisa Henderson said...

I love the colours of the changing leaves! Thanks for the giveaway (and congrats on the cover!)

Anonymous said...

I love the beautiful fall colors we have in Ontario and the annual photo shoot of my kids jumping in the fall leaves!

Jeannine H.

AllyW said...

High School Football! Friday nights under the lights, drinking hot chocolate, wearing nice warm fall clothes. Looove! I have two High School Boys and we really enjoy going to the Friday night football games. It won't be weird after my boys graduate if we keep going to the games right :) lol!!

Amyd1971 said...

My fav part is trip to apple orchard to buy apples and take kiddos to petting zoo!

Jamie said...

My favorite thing about fall is that there is finally some relief from the super hot temps of summer. Thanks for the chance to win!

Genny said...

The smell of fall is my favorite part, especially the smell of cranberries at my Dad's farm.

Diana Hudson dhudson@bak.rr.com said...

Football and cooler weather!

StephD said...

I am a soup lover so with the temps cooling down we can eat more of my favorite for dinner! :)

Shelley said...

The thing I love about the Fall are the vibrant, colourful foilage and visiting the pumpkin patch. The cool, crisp air makes me want to snuggle in my sweater and have Earl Grey tea latte!

Bettie Cross said...

My favorite parts of fall are tweed jackets, the pumpkin patch, my soft brown leather boots, Friday football games and Saturday cross country meets,our Golden Retriever bounding through the leaves and my birthday in mid-October!!! What's not to like about such a great season.
Happy Fall! Bettie

Lucy Newton said...

I love the colors and aromas associated with fall, like the oranges and yellows and cinnamon and nutmeg

Lisa Risser said...

Congrats on the cover--beautiful layout! My favorite part of fall is the cozy fashions and the beautiful change in the colors outside!

isabel said...

the colors !

Geralyn said...

That is one gorgeous card! Congrats on the cover :) My favorite part of fall is seeing the leaves change color - so beautiful!

Misty Rose said...

Raider Football...Thanksgiving...fall colors...humm too many things I love about fall :)

Vitoria B said...

Beautiful project, i love fall and all the colors... picadilly is my favorite line from this last cha

Dale P. said...

Warm apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it. I can just smell it now!!!

isa dona said...

it's my favorite too... love fall and the cool weather. Thanks for your blog so inspiring.

Brittany said...

Hot apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and returning to my sweater collection... Yay!

Jenny B in Indy said...

Definitely pumpkin & cinnamon vanilla candles, the smell of a campfire and burning leaves and the pumpkin patch with my little boy :)

Anonymous said...

Living in New England, I have to say the foliage. I love driving and looking at all of the gorgeous color!
Karen in New Hampshire

Cathy P. said...

Red leaves, crisp mornings & sweaters!

Shara said...

I love FALL, my absolute favorite time of the year, cool weather, gorgeous colors and yummy treats that make your house smell wonderful

Veena said...

With the easy tutorial, I was able to get a lot of cool ideas. It had inspired me to transform coloured papers into a one of a kind paper art.

Tanya said...

My favorite part is the cooler weather and changing of the leaves :D

MaryAnn said...

Great tutorial, thanks, I love BG picadilly!
Fav's
>watching the changing colours of the leaves/trees especially in the countryside.
>going to apple farms and pumpkin farms and through corn mazes
>thanksgiving with family
>Halloween with the little ones, getting excited about costumes and trick or treats fun.

Beth Hallgren said...

My son & daughter both have October birthdays, plus fall was already my favorite season!

Lan said...

Oh my, love those leaves! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I love fall for the rich colors in nature and lov3 taking the kids to the pumpkin patch!

Anonymous said...

love taking pictures of my grandchildren with all the fall leaves. lindagerig@sbcglobal.net