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The last few mornings here have been rather crisp.  In an area known for Indian summers, this early onset of cool weather is a bit of a surprise. 

Today my DS announced, “Fall’s here!”  (Probably because it was the fourth day in a row he stepped outside and went “Brrrrrr!”)

I replied, “Not yet, buddy.” 

He (being eight and knowing everything) and I (being quite a bit older but having learned nothing) proceeded to have a discussion about whether or not fall had finally arrived.  Basically the conversation went something like this:

DS:    Fall’s here!
ME:    Not yet, buddy.
DS:    Yes, it is.
ME:    No, it’s not.
DS:    Yes, it is.
ME:    No, it’s not. 
DS:    Yes, it is.
ME:    No, it’s not.
DS:    Yes, it is.
ME:    No, it’s not.

What can I say?  He’s eight, and I hadn’t had my second cup of coffee yet.

Finally he challenged me with the question, “How do you know, Mom?”  I simply replied, “Because I don’t smell it yet.”

At which point he looked at me like I was smoking crack.

I know it sounds weird, but I can smell fall approaching.  Each year there’s that one morning, long before the leaves begin to change, when I step out of the house into air that’s suddenly different.  It’s as though God reached down during the night to lift the weighted veil of summer and reveal the essence of a living and breathing earth. 

When that morning arrives I know that no matter what the calendar may say, summer is finally over. 

So, due to that incredibly intelligent exchange with my DS, I’m thinking of autumn.  I’m thinking of all those things I traditionally associate with that season…falling leaves and pumpkins on the vine and scarecrows.  I’m thinking of our annual visit to the pumpkin patch and those fat gourds whose faces we’ll reveal with our carving tools.

So it’s only natural that I’d design something pumpkin for today.

PumpkinWithScrolls-BlogIllus

Click on the Photo to Download a Zip File Containing SVG and SCUT Files for this Project

Sometimes even the best planned design is troublesome.  Today’s design is a perfect example.

First, I decided to create the leafy scroll as a jpg, have SCAL2 trace it, then duplicate it and weld it together.  Never mind that the damn thing was almost twelve inches wide.  (What was I thinking?!?!)

Then I decided to cut it out of scrapbook paper instead of cardstock because I liked the “look” of the paper.  (Never mind functionality or stability!)

Then I thoughtlessly decided to use my most recently “re-stickied” mat, which is very, very sticky.  (I may have gotten a bit carried away with the Zig glue.)

I then discovered the perfect recipe for a migraine headache.  Take an intricate design, add less-than-heavyweight paper, then mix in your stickiest mat. 

AARRGGHHH!!!! 

After I spent an hour trying to pry my beautiful leafy scroll off the mat (which I finally managed to do) I decided to take pity on you and simplify that element of the design.  I divided the scrollwork in half, and it will now cut in two separate pieces.  (You may want to use cardstock or a less sticky mat or both!!!)

I’m very pleased with the shape of the pumpkin layers, but I’m not thrilled with my color choices.  If I had to do it over again (and I’m sure I will because of my perfectionistic tendencies), I’d select some color other than black for the bottom layer of the pumpkin, and I’d definitely stay away from bright orange for the top layer.  My mind was imagining autumn…my eyes and hands chose Halloween.

Once I’d glued everything up, I decided that I’d probably like three pumpkins instead of one.  A small and a medium in the foreground, and a large one in the back.

Oh well…live, create and learn.

One last word of warning before I give you the links for the files.  The elements in the scut files are sized VERY large.  I scrapbook in 12×12 format, and I was attempting to create a bottom border that would extend across the entire page.  In that respect, I was successful.  Of course, you can resize all of the elements to suit your needs.

You can grab a zip file here that contains scut files for both SCAL1 and SCAL2 as well as the svg files for the three pumpkin layers and the leafy scroll.

Best of luck and happy Cricut-ing!!!

September 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm 2 comments


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