The patterned paper of the trees and words is from Imaginisce Apple Cider collection. The yellow polka dot is something I had that went with it. as are the round chipboard embellishment and clear leaf stickers . *okie hears the gasps at they notice okie has stickers on her layout* OH SHUSH! I don't mind some stickers! I used Country Life for the title and Serenade for the trees.
I got my layout designed in Design Studio. I used Country Life for the title and Serenade for the trees. To cut the trees I put part of the trees off the mat to save paper and since I wasn't using the full tree it just seemed to make more sense to do it that way. I just scissors to clip the areas that needed it.
OH I want ya'll to click the picture and make it bigger and see the picture at the top. Lucy was having a ball trying to keep the cows away from the vehicles and us but she almost got kicked in the head. I couldn't believe I was able to get that shot! Another note about that picture...I had printed it at 5x7 but the photo paper I used messed up in the middle so I couldn't use it. I didn't want to waste ink and paper and do it again so I printed at 4x6 and then just layered on top of the 5x7. I think it gave the picture an interesting effect.
I did a little doodling in the title to help it stand out more against the patterned paper. Okay I admit I also did it because I am a compulsive doodler *okie hates it when her readers make her admit to her vices*. But ya got to admit, it usually looks better when ya do doodle a little diddle *okie suddenly wonders if she has been drinking...but doesn't think she has*.
I didn't want to completely cover the tree so I nestled the picture of Lucy into the branches of the tree and then with the bottom part of the title I put some behind and then left a little to fall on top. I always think layering over like this adds interest to the subjects and makes the photos and elements seem to be more harmonious *okie now thinks she sounds like she is full of crap and wonders if maybe she sniffed way too much ink today*.
I spelled out the PECAN PICKIN' and then welded the letters together. Ya'll know how I am about my shadows and layers and since the font doesn't have a shadow I just cut one in orange and then one in brown and offset the orange. I know I have told you guys before that is how I make my own shadow but figure it is worth repeating.
I wanted different colored leaves so I cut three sets for each tree out of patterned paper. And since it was from the same collection the patterns went well with the paper I was using.
The IN THE COUNTRY was already a phrase available on the cartridge and it seemed to go nicely with this layout so thought I would go ahead and use it. You can also see where I did add some sewing on the layout. I thought about sewing some lines down the middle of the leaves but changed my mind real quick because that just seemed like way too much work!