Hi everyone!  My friend Kay (aka mugglescrapper on SB.com) and I decided to take on a little challenge between the two of us.  We had to swap children and scrap a layout of them.  I got to scrap her fur baby Toby!  This was very challenging for me because I have never scrapped a fur baby!  LOL.  I decided to go with a fall theme because, like me, Kay's favorite season is fall. To see a layout she made of my daughter, check out her blog.

 I created a frame using bamboo sticks (also known as river cane) and twine to go with the whole earthy theme, and I added a few twigs made by Dusty Attic to the frame.  Each twig was painted and embossed with Distress embossing powder.  Behind the photo I tucked a few pieces of burlap and maple leaves.

 The brown cardstock was embossed with Tim Holtz's woodgrain Texture Fades.  It was then heat embossed with Distress embossing powder in walnut stain.  I used twine and eyelets to create a vertical border along the left side of the page.  I also stitched around the entire layout.
 I love this picture of cute little Toby and wanted to add it to my layout.  But with so much going on in my design, I didn't want to clutter my page with another photo.  So I used Photoshop to create a maple leaf using Toby's picture.  I inked the edges of my Toby leaf and layered it on top of another maple leaf.
This tree is also made by Dusty Attic.  I first painted it with acrylic paint and then embossed it with Distress embossing powder to give it a grainy texture.  The tiny copper leaves were cut from a larger foil sticker.  I wanted the part of the title that reads "unconditional" to resemble leaves falling from the tree.  So I printed the letters onto coordinating paper, cut each letter into a square, and crumpled and inked each square.  I scattered them down the page along with pieces of a pearl flourish made by Prima.
For the title I used a common technique that I learned at a local scrap store.  I recently attended my first class with Kay, where we made tags using mostly products by Tim Holtz.  I used one of the techniques we learned, but tweaked it a little and made title letters instead of a tag.  To see how I made this title, feel free to check out my tutorial (Embossed Foil Letters Tutorial).
I wanted my title to blend in with my background paper yet still be legible.  So I brushed some Rock Candy Crackle Paint onto the background and applied more Distress embossing powder.  I love that stuff, but it really makes a mess!!  The slightly darker area behind the letters makes the title easier to read, but my title still blends in rather nicely.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my post.  To view other layouts or tutorials, click an icon below the "Categories" heading located in the sidebar of my blog.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!

For a list of products used, please click on the link below.