New York in late autumn is one of the best times in New York City. Crisp temperatures, the falling leaves, as well as the change of color. These are all the best parts of late autumn in New York City. As we continue with our new series “New York Happenings” we are showcasing one of the major attractions of New York City. For our blog post this month, we have an outstanding photo of Central Park in late autumn that we wanted to showcase.

For the layout on the right, a lush photo was used of Central Park. The photo is of the Central Park with the lush colors from the trees. This is such a great shot of what the park looks like this time of year.

As we study the photo at hand, we want to really study the structure of the photo. It is easy to say we want to accentuate the fact that the photo has a lush amount of color, but we also want to accentuate the lush colors of the leaves from the trees where we give it justice. How do we want to best capture the essence of the photo? Do you choose colors that will bring out the richness of the colors in the photo, or do you want to focus on one color in the photo? What you want to really focus on is really very subjective to the creator.

We chose a 12 x 12 background page that had an orange tone that would allow the various shades of greens, reds, and browns in the photo to “pop” and make the layout more inviting. The background page was also chosen not only for its color but also as a base for a layering technique we would use to build our layout.

As we mentioned, our orange background was chosen as the base layer to allow our photo “pop” in our layout. There were two schools of thought going on, we wanted to make sure we chose other background colors that gave a cohesive look, but also added some brightness to the layout as well. Two 6x 6 background sheets were used to help build our layout. We chose an orange patterned background sheet and a leaf background with brown tones to help bring the color to the forefront.

Based on the colors chosen for the background page, we now have to think about what we want to use to frame our photo. We chose to create a golden yellow frame by hand to bring out the yellow tones in the photo. We chose a frame that had a subtle design to not take away the tranquility of the photo.

There are a couple of more items we want to add to the layout. We want to add some embellishments and paper die cuts. Choose embellishments and paper die cuts to enhance your page. Embellishments and paper die cuts are used to get a response of WOW. When most people look at a page in a scrapbook, it’s not always the photo that gets there attention as much as what is used on the page to get a response.

In order to capitalize on the richness and the beauty of the photo, we added leaf embellishments to depict the leaves in the photo. A paper die cut of trees was added to represent the changing of the leaves on the trees. A journaling card “ oh fall I love you my favorite season my cozy friend ” was used to tap into the emotion of how people feel about autumn. Lastly, an embellishment of “Happy Fall” was used to express happiness of the season.

The bottom line is, you want to create a scrapbook layout that has a cohesive look. Fun background papers, frames, and embellishments and die cuts to help depict the story you are trying to tell. More importantly have fun with your pages.

Materials used:

  • One 12 x 12 Background Sheet by Simple Stories
  • One 6 x 6 Background Sheet by Simple Stories (Happy Fall)
  • One 6 x 6 Background Sheet by Echo Park Paper
  • One 5-Inch Golden Yellow Frame by Scrapping Your Way
  • Two 3-Inch Leaf Embellishments by Me & My Big Ideas
  • One 3-Inch Paper Die Cut of Trees by Simple Stories (Happy Fall)
  • One 3 x 3 Journaling Card “Oh Fall I Love You My Favorite Season My Cozy Friend” by Simple Stories
  • One Embellishment “Happy Fall” by Simple Stories


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