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I don't think I will ever get tired of using the beautiful Crate Paper Gather collection by Maggie Holmes! I wanted to squeeze in one more layout, with the collection for November, and I had the perfect photo from our recent Thanksgiving trip to Texas.
The Joyful patterned paper included in the collection is one of my favorites! I've been waiting for the perfect inspiration to use it, and inspiration finally struck. I decided to use the paper for my full background, but tone it down a bit with some hand cut leaves from a few of the Black & White patterned papers. I used the leaves from the Gather Ephemera pack as a stencil to trace on the Black & White 6x6 papers and then hand cut them with my small scissors. I placed the leaves in a scattered pattern on the background and then machine stitched each one of them.
I put together a quick title for my layout using the Chipboard stickers and the Accent stickers. I almost always like to have my title layered over the photo or very close to the photo. I think it makes the two most important elements on your layout, stand out. The colors from the background paper and the hand cut leaves created a busy look on the layout, so I wanted to keep my embellishing on the simple side. I placed a few of the phrase stickers from the Accent stickers sheet over some of the leaves, and included a heart sticker with each one too.
This layout was quick and easy to put together, and I loved creating the hand cut leaves by tracing the leaves from the Ephemera pack. It's an easy way to reproduce a favorite shape from a collection, and a great way to customize it with the patterned papers you decide to use. I am all for an endless pile of cute, hand cut leaves!
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