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Autumn Scrapbooking: Make Your Own Pumpkin Shapes

Happy first day of fall! I have just turned in my scrapbook pages for the design team I’m on at the local scrapbook store, but I took a few photos of the finished pages so I could share them with you as well! You’ll have to excuse the poor quality of the photos – I can never get them to look like the originals! That’s probably why I show you more of my digital pages than paper ones :). Anyway, here they are!

Fall 2 Page

Fall Page 1

Fall Page 2

Credits: Everything is from the Shades of Autumn Collection by Reminisce, except the cardstock and ribbons.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t be afraid to cut a photo into two pieces to span a two page layout – as long as you don’t cut apart focal parts of the image, it will add interest to your layout and help tie the two pages together.
  • Just as in stamping, groups of small, repeated elements look best if some disappear off the boundary of the page. Just layer them on with some extending beyond the edge of the page, then trim off the excess.
  • Let your photos inspire the decorative elements of your design: on one page I included a doodled scalloped edge that resembles the bumps on a pumpkin. The circles repeated throughout the design also mimic the shape of pumpkins, the theme of this layout.

Technique: Make your own pumpkin “Die Cuts”

Even if you don’t have access to a die cutting machine, you can make your own cute little pumpkin shapes by following these simple steps:

  1. Punch or cut out a circle shape in about the size you want your pumpkin to be.
  2. Use a brown or black marker to make curved lines on the circle that resemble the lines on a pumpkin.
  3. Cut small indents at the points where each line intersects the edge of the circle.
  4. Attach a stem shape cut from brown paper to the pumpkin  where the tops of the lines meet.

Pumpkin Cutout Steps

How cute!! I just LOVE autumn, it is my absolute favorite season – so of course I love to scrap autumn pics :)! Have you created any fall pages recently? If so, leave a comment with a link, or email your page to me at scrapbookideas @ gmail DOT com (remove the spaces). Who knows, there might be a little something in it for you ;)!

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6 responses to “Autumn Scrapbooking: Make Your Own Pumpkin Shapes

  1. sheri miller September 24, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    hi Jess, love ur Fall pictures! I really like the one of the sunflowers turned to the side, great, great. Fall is also my favorite season. love everything about it. hope all is well with you, ur scrappin’ buddy, sheri

  2. cropandscrapdesigner September 28, 2007 at 8:55 am

    The pumpkins are a great idea! Thanks.

  3. cropandscrapdesigner September 28, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Nice to hear from you-thanks again. Your blog page is fun and interesting! I am just getting started with the blogging and have a lot to learn.

  4. Jess September 28, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks so much :)!! So happy you are enjoying Scrapbook Ideas!

    Blogging takes a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of things it is SO rewarding :)!

  5. Jeneva October 6, 2007 at 7:24 am

    Does anyone know any websites where you can just make a regular scrapbook online?.
    well email me at

  6. Jess October 9, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Jeneva!

    I know there are a lot more out there, but here are some links to a couple of my favorite places to make online scrapbooks :)!

    Shutterfly Photo books: You can choose your theme, fonts, colors, and layouts, then add your own photos and text. You can share your projects with others and have them printed if you like.

    Making Memories Greetings: They provide really cute, realistic looking digital pages, you add your photos, text, colors, music and more! Then you can share them online, and/or print :).

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