Fall Fair Fun with Guest Designer Meg Gundlach

Autumn is a time for cool-weather festivals and fairs and today guest designer Meg Gundlach is back with us to share how she documented a fun event using our November 2019 Kit and add-ons, and added a bit of shine, too! You’ll love her tips for getting more metallics into your pocket pages below. Let’s take a look at what she created!

I’m going to take an unpopular stance here, but I love being behind on my pocket albums. Seriously, hear me out. For both 2018 and 2019 my goal was only to finish the first spread of the month within that month. In most cases, that means there are 3–4 unfinished layouts between each finished one. All the photos are printed and in the pockets (along with any memorabilia), which means that there is a page ready and waiting for any mood or bolt of inspiration. 

Supplies | November 2019 KitNovember 2019 Cut Files, Christmas Die Cut Labels, Tiny Holiday Blank Label Stickers, Jane Alphabet Stickers — Black, Black Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Autumn Heart Stickers, ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Say Cheese Stamp, Let’s Eat Stamp

Of all the beautiful products in the November 2019 Kit and add-ons, the multi-colored leaves journaling tag was hands down my favorite. Because of the way my pocket pages are prepared, I was able to simply flip through my 2018 album until I found an autumnal page that did the card justice. I decided on this layout dedicated to an October weekend adventure at a Renaissance Faire, which falls between the weekly spreads in my album.   

I like the addition of single event spreads in my weekly album because I feel I’m often more playful in those spaces. However, I do not consider myself a ‘theme’ scrapper and rarely use event specific products. The camera/photo motifs of the Say Cheese Stamp are perfect for picture heavy layouts and I used it frequently on this spread. Because there were so many photos from this day, it was easy to find empty spaces to stamp directly onto the prints. I also added the blank Tiny Holiday Blank Label Stickers in several places to hold the sparkle icon stamps. The sparkle icons will definitely feature heavily in my Disney album!

Single event pages often have several pieces of ephemera to include and making a small vellum pocket is one of my go-to techniques. I sometimes sew along the edges of the vellum, but it is just as easy to fold the edges and tape them to the back, as I did here. The coordinating solid colors in the ‘Tis the Season 6 x 6 Paper Stack are great for the base of a pocket.  

I know everyone thinks about silver and gold for Christmas, but I am all about metallics in the fall. Lately I have been particularly obsessed with copper. Because I was feeling playful with this page, I added copper details in several ways:

  1. Did you know that the Elle’s Studio Monthly kits have coordinating digital files? Here I actually used the camera from the November 2019 Cut Files to create a journaling tag that could be heat foiled. Cut files are great for heat foiling because they are already flat black images that can easily be printed on a laster printer and take nicely to the foil. I love the large metallic icon on a simple white paper!
  1. On the title card I used the ‘this was so good’ stamp several times in monochrome and heat embossed it once in copper as an accent.
  2. Both the leaf tag and the Highlights tag from the had small clusters of dots worked into the printed pattern. To add more fun little metallic details I simply used an embossing pen to draw over the tiny dots and heat emboss them also. 
  3. And of course, the easiest way to add metallics to a page is to use an actual metal. I was looking for something simple/subtle to add to my memorabilia pocket and in the end I took a small copper paper clip from my stash.  

I am so happy to have another spread in my 2018 album done, especially one that is an ‘add on’ to the weekly layouts. If you are all caught up on your albums, please share your secrets! If you are not caught up, have you learned to embrace it yet? Being behind and receiving monthly kits is totally my new jam, because I already have the perfect pages to use the products as soon as I receive them. So fun!

Hi! I’m Meg but you may know me better online as TravelScrapSleepRepeat. Born and raised in Wisconsin, I moved to the United Kingdom in 2006 for grad school and have been roaming ever since. Shortly after arriving in Wales I met my partner Ken and since we both work in archeology/cultural fields, we have the opportunity to travel a lot. In between these adventures I print my photos and play with pretty things. I will never be ‘caught up’ and I’m totally cool with that—always chasing the next experience!

Be sure to follow Meg for more pocket page inspiration at her blog and her Instagram feed, which we know you will love as much as we do, and stay tuned for Meg’s last post using the November 2019 Kit and add-ons coming here to the blog next week!

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