Yesterday was the first full day of fall and fall has always been my favorite season. In my part of the world fall is a beautiful time of year. Warm days, cool nights, fiery trees, bonfires, pumpkins, the smell of cloves and cinnamon, the sound of leaves crunching under your feet. Mmmm. Today I'm celebrating the arrival of autumn with a couple new goodies. First, I have my first digital download art print: Autumn is a Second Spring, available in my Etsy shop. For $5 you get an instant high quality PDF download of this 8x10 print you can print at home. Put it in a frame, stick it to the wall, give it as a gift, it's up to you. It's kind of fun to switch up your surroundings with a seasonal print. I have a frame in my kitchen that I tend to change out with the seasons. And I love the nature of these digital downloads. You don't have to invest much time or money and you can use them in so many ways. I printed mine at home with my very basic Epson scanner/printer, on Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte (available at office stores) and it turned out great. It makes such a difference to print things like this on nice paper - the colors come out so vibrant. Even my husband (who has a
love hate relationship with our printer) said, "This looks really nice! Our printer did this?"
Once I listed the print I decided I wanted to make something to go along with it. So you can download this coordinating digital paper for free!
Download Autumn Pattern Digital Paper
The digital paper is sized to print on a standard letter size (8.5x11 in.) paper. Again, use the nice stuff, and then select the "borderless" option if you can. I can only do it when I've selected these other thicker papers in my printer dialog box. And before today I had NO IDEA MY PRINTER DID THIS! It printed all the way to the edges (like printing with a bleed). If you can't get this part to work, it's fine, it will just print with a small white border around the edges you can trim off. Then it's time to use it however you want! I made a couple examples below: a small menu card and a thank you gift tag. But you could use it for scrapbooking, bookmarks, put it in the bottom of a tray under glass, put it in the back of a shadowbox frame with some other fall decorations, whatever your little creative self can come up with!
I'd love to see how you use it, so send me a picture, wouldcha'? I hope you enjoy the print and the coordinating freebie and I hope, wherever you are, you enjoy fall as well.
* As always, for personal use only. Please don't sell or distribute in any way. © Katherine Lenius.