On this layout in particular I used some other designs I will post in the near future.
1. I added a photo and enlarged it. 2. I applied the Soften Edge and Glow Filters to it (Filters are found in the "Format Ribbon"). 3. I added the Fall freebies - For the Word art - Begin by selecting the word "Fall" with the "Wand Tool" found in the "Cut and Fill" ribbon. Select and choose to copy it. With the copied "fall word" change the color to a very light biege. Apply the Alpha Gradient Filters (soften and grass) found in the "Format Ribbon" under the Filter "Alpha Gradients" then use the "Soften Edge" filter as well in addition to the Alpha Gradients (Don't mistake the two - there is a soften edge alpha gradient - this is first in the list of Alpha Gradients - from there you can select soften, grass etc)... I know... a little confusing, but once you try it for yourself you will see what I am talkin' about :0) Now apply the "Soften Edge" Filter. Then apply the frosted glass filter (flatten and apply again for more effect) This filter spreads out the edges more evenly giving it a more finished appearance. These steps allow you to see the word Fall much easier when placed against a deeper background, rather than allowing it to fade in to it. It will appear far more noticeable to the eye, along with giving it a more polished, artistic look. 4th and last Apply some depth to the entire Fall Word art (the piece you began with) to this first layer apply the heaviest shadow in the top of the drop down shadow box. I then flatten and reapply this shadow 3 or 4 times in order to "burnish the edges". I look forward to seeing how you use these free embellishments! Be sure to upload your layouts to my Simple Pleasures Facebook Page!