This is where my InspireMe line started; before I realized I could have created photos of the words and background separately, and then merge them in Photoshop.
For the Autumn InspireMe line I actually hand picked the maple leaves from one of our trees. I setup the leaves on a table to make a nice composition of leaves, taped the Scrabble tiles to a coffee stir stick and placed the word carefully on the leaves. I did this for every word, one at a time. Way more time consuming and difficult than merging photos in Photoshop.