Well, the leaves are changing and falling - what a miracle of God's amazing and beautiful creation. As we have walked and found leaves of striking color and patterns, I wished I could save some of them...in some other way than the old wax paper method we did in 2nd grade. Then, I found a wonderful idea in a book ~ color copy the leaves. So, in my scrapbooking way of thinking, I came up with a exciting page embellishment - I can't wait to try it - but, since I am still putting summer pictures in my album, I thought I would pass the idea on for you to try.....
Take a piece of acid free / lignin free paper (I love Creative Memories copy paper) to the copy store and have them color copy some leaves you found. You can use the leaves in the following ways:
- Cut out the leaves and lay them on your page creating your own background paper (journal the story of how you found the leaves)
- Cut out a big leaf and use it as a picture frame
- Cut out a big light colored leaf and use it as a journaling box
- Ask the copies to enlarge the leaf and use it as a background paper or frame
- Cut out little leaves and make a title using letters
- Let your children pick up their favorite leaves, take a picture of them, and let them write in your album. (How they think the leaves change colors; Why they like fall; How they found the leaves, etc)
- And, if you are a little behind, as I am, in the pictures in albums department, just do the copies now and save them for when you are finally working on your fall pictures
I hope some of you try this and let me know how it worked. In fact, I would love to see a picture of your page! So, after you complete your page, scan it in (or take it back to the copier to shrink it for you), and send me a picture - I will post them on the gallery page that will be coming next week
Also, if you are like me, and could not intelligently answer your child's question of why the leaves change color, log on to my first faithbooking devotional, Awesome Autumn, download it, and be prepared - they will think you are really smart!