Hi there, Karen here for Crate Paper to reveal my first layout with the ever-so-gorgeous collection by Maggie Holmes ‘Gather’. I feel as though sometimes I write similar blog posts when a new collection comes out, I usually describe them as my favourite by far etc., but this time I really do think this collection by Maggie is really my all time favourite. Oh dear Maggie, you always inspire me with every collection & this one especially takes the cake. Maybe it's because as a family we do gather together quite a lot & I can see myself using this collection for some time. I will try not to hoard it.
I began this layout with a beautiful 12x12 paper called ‘Kindred’; it has the most gorgeous pattern with birds. I used some Gesso to fade out the background around where I was planning on placing my photos. Gesso is so easy to use, just sponge a small amount on your paper & wait till it dries (this is always the hard part for me.
Whist the Gesso was drying, I choose two coordinating papers from the 6x6 pad & cut out 2x2’in squares to back my photo, which was cut into 4 equal parts. I love doing this to photos & embellishments. I then selected my embellishments for the left-hand side & stitched them down with my sewing machine.
Lastly I added the chipboard ‘happy’ & ‘loved’ whilst adding in the other tiny word stickers & trims for the bottom of the layout, also stitching these into place.
My layout today is dedicated to my sister & best friend, everyone deserves a sister; I do not know what I would do without mine. You won’t be disappointed in purchasing this entire collection believe me. I also hope this inspires you to create something yourself.
Gather products ‘Happy & Loved’ Layout: Maggie Holmes Gather Kindred(375821), Maggie Holmes Gather Jane (375816), Maggie Holmes Gather Kate (375826), Maggie Holmes Gather Ephemera Pieces (375841), Maggie Holmes Gather Blessed Chipboard Phrase Stickers (375839), Maggie Holmes Gather Together Foam Letter Stickers (375838), Maggie Holmes Gather Accent Stickers, Maggie Holmes Gather Chipboard Stickers (375840), Maggie Holmes Gather Embellishments (375850), Maggie Holmes Gather 6x6 paper pad (375869).