Thanksgiving Layout by Paige Evans

Hey there! Happy Monday! Paige Evans here with a new layout to share featuring the Marigold collection by Maggie Holmes / Crate Paper and a couple of my cut filesThanksgiving with Stitching Holes and Leaves with Stitching Holes.

To begin I die cut my Thanksgiving with Stitching Holes cut file from 12 Marigold patterned papers. I then went through my boxes of DMC embroidery threads and found colors to match:

I spent a few hours doing a chain stitch around each of the letters which was really easy with the holes for stitching already die cut for me.

Then I chose a pink polka dot background paper, printed three 3″ square photos from our Thanksgiving last year with both of my grandmas and grandma and parents in Utah. These are precious memories and photos because it was the last time I got to be with my beloved Grandma Doris. I arranged the title and photos at a slight angle on the background.

The layout was missing embellishments so I decided to create my own. I die cut my Leaves with Stitching Holes cut file from textured white cardstock and coated the leaves with white gesso. Then I painted the leaves with various watercolors. Once they dried I splashed on white acrylic paint topped with gold paint for lots of sparkle.

I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process of the leaves so that I could then machine stitch through them using gold thread. I originally use the stitching holes cut through them to hand stitch with white embroidery thread, but I took out the thread and decided to go with gold machine stitching instead. I will definitely be using my Leaves with Stitching Holes cut file with actual hand stitching soon!

Once all of the leaves were stitched I tucked them under the title and glued them in place. I added a few pieces of ephemera from Marigold here and there such as a “Together” Chipboard Sticker and some flower Chipboard Stickers, and a bird Cardstock Sticker. I tucked in a few gold leaf stickers to emphasize all the shimmer & shine. To finish I wrote a bit of journaling over on the right.

I hope you are inspired in some way by this layout! It combines a lot of my favorite techniques: hand stitching, machine stitching, lots of patterned papers, mixed media, and a large title. All in one! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Supplies used: Marigold by Maggie Holmes / Crate Paper – Cardstock Stickers (373259), Lovely Puffy Phrase and Accent Stickers (373257), Chipboard Stickers (373258), Freshly Picked Paper (373230), Sweet Sunshine Paper (373231), Best Day Paper (373234), Dream Big Paper (373235), Cherish Paper (373236), Our Story Paper (373237), Charmed Paper (373238), Full of Grace Paper (373242), Capture This Paper (373243), Treasured Paper (373245), Remember When Paper (373248), ; Cut files: Thanksgiving with Stitching Holes and Leaves with Stitching Holes by Paige Evans; Thread: DMC