Everyday Autumn Stories in Pockets with Meg Gundlach

Hey scrappy friends! It’s Meg here again to celebrate all things fall and jewel tones. This time of year I’m always ready to get cozy with a book and a warm drink—the weather may not be quite there yet, but I can sure start scrapping like it is and I am all in! 

Supplies | September 2021 Kit, September 2021 Cut Files, September Print and Cut Labels, Hello Autumn Printables, Autumn Die Cuts, Gray Cardstock Basic Shape Stickers, Halloween Cardstock Stickers, Autumn Puffy Hearts, Gold Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Thankful Paper Stack, Thankful Stamp, Make A Wish Stamp, Celebrate Summer Stamp, Daily Tabs Stamp, Parker Alphabet Stamp 

Having grown up in the Midwest, I know a real fall when I see one and I was delighted to find that Munich did autumn in style. Even though this particular spread doesn’t have any outdoorsy/colored-leafy pics to indicate the season, this was the album I immediately thought of when unpacking the September kit and add-ons.  

Because this spread only covers four days, I had a lot of extra pockets to fill. The September Kit is bursting with gorgeous tags to solve just such an issue, so I had plenty of options to choose from! The spreads before and after this one are quite full, so I welcomed the chance to let the pockets breathe a little and play with products. This is a friendly reminder that it is ok if sometimes you are a little short on photos. Memorykeeping takes many forms.  

My title tag is probably the simplest thing about this spread and I let the fun leaf from the Autumn Die Cuts do all the heavy lifting. Also, I would love a whole rainbow of tone-on-tone ledgers like this one from the Thankful Paper Stack. I firmly believe that there is no page that cannot accommodate a tone-on-tone ledger. 

I also took the opportunity to play with my stamps and made nearly all the journaling tags in repetitive designs. I started by combining the bold words and little ‘plus sign’ clusters from the Thankful Stamp to make quick and easy headers. I love how Elle’s stamps coordinate from month to month and I simply flipped through until I found similar bold phrases that would work with my stories from the Celebrate Summer and the Make A Wish stamps. As a finishing touch, I went back in with the Daily Tabs Stamp to balance the stamp clusters with a tiny grey phrase. This was a super fun way to get some extra use out of past supplies while still highlighting the shiny new goodies.      

I only had a few Halloween pictures on this page but I gave myself permission to fully embrace the Halloween Cardstock Stickers simply because I love them. This quadrant of the spread is dedicated to all things spooky, while the rest has a more generically autumnal vibe. There are no rules here; use the things you love and get those pockets filled! 

The right side of the spread holds a few, small stories of our last days in Germany. Since most of this time was dedicated to packing, cleaning, and eating all the random food in the cupboard it is a bit of a mish-mash but that’s life sometimes. So thankful that Elle always makes just the right products to get the moments recorded and lookin’ good.  

In my personal style, I feel like I’m constantly seeking a balance between ‘clean & simple’ and ‘use all the pretty things’. To incorporate more without overwhelming the spread, I often turn to monochrome. For these pockets, I cut leaves from the September 2021 Cut Files and layered the same woodgrain from the Thankful Paper Stack underneath. The layers provide just enough texture to add interest while the pop of color from the banners draw the eye to the pocket.  

Another autumn-tastic spread in the books! I adore documenting this time of year and all the traditions and changes that come with it. This spread marks a particularly big moment of change and it was cathartic to finally complete it. I would love to hear what is your favorite season to scrap and why? Leave a comment on this post, and enjoy using the September kit and add-ons!

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