Our September Layout Challenge winner is…

The Merly Impressions Challenge for September has closed – all the entries were excellent and we’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to enter.

We’ve looked through all the entries and we can now announce that… the winner for September is Gwyneth who created this layout:

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We thought Gwyneth’s layout was particularly eye-catching with some really punchy colours and an excellent design. Well done Gwyneth – we will get your prize to you very soon but, in the meantime, here is a nifty badge to put on your blog:

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We also have two top acts who created some really nice layouts:

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And here is a badge for our Top Acts to use on their blog:

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We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our September challenge and we hope that you’ll all enter the next challenge which will start very soon.

Chrissy & Paul  xXx

Something Blue – Challenge Inspiration

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here with a brand new layout created for Merly Impressions September Sketch Challenge.

I really love the sketch Pam has drawn for us! It has all the best elements to create a fabulous layout!

Here is what I came up with:

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This month I have the pleasure to work with the amazing Kaisercraft collection Something Blue. This paper line is wedding themed, but as you see you can use it with any romantic pictures you’ve got!

I started with black pattern paper – Mr & Mrs. I drew the white frame along its edge and added the pre-punched Sweet Love pattern paper on top.  I added different pattern paper layers under my picture to give extra dimension to my page. I used the Paper Pad from the same collection.

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The original sketch was with two pictures, but I decided to add some of the lovely die cuts from the Collectables pack. I used Liquid Pearls white opal and black onyx to decorate some of them. I adhered them with mounting foam tape.

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To decorate my layout I used Kaisercraft Ribbon Roses Ivory, Mini Paper Blooms Coconut and Black.

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To finish off I added die cut leaves and black rhinestones.

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I hope I managed to inspire you today! And I can’t wait to see your creations!

Don’t forget you’ve got until 2nd of October, 2014 to add your creation to the gallery under the September Challenge post. We will then choose our favourite layout to win a fantastic prize – a £25.00 voucher to spend on anything you want from the Merly Impressions online store.

Have a great day!

Emmy

Merly Impressions September 2014 Challenge

Hi everybody! It’s a new month and we are to challenge you once more!

This month we are offering you a sketch challenge drawn by Pam. You can flip or rotate the sketch and your layout can be on any subject but we must be able to recognise that your layout was based on the sketch drawn by Pam.

The final date for entries is the 2nd of October 2014.

One of our design team has created a layout to provide a little inspiration:


Hi there everyone,

It’s Pam here with the Merly September challenge.

For September we have a sketch challenge for you. I love working from sketches – it takes away a lot of the decision making, the dithering that sometimes accompanies scrapbooking: photo here, or there? One embellishment or two? Where will I put the title? What about the journalling? Well those decisions are all taken care of if you use a sketch.

This is the sketch for the September challenge: Untitled-1

Remember you can rotate, flip or resize it.

For my take on the sketch I was working with the fabulous ‘Mix and Match’ papers from Kaisercraft. This collection is based around kraft and black with a pop of red. LOVE it! P1160666-1I started this layout with a couple of scrapes of gesso and some splashes of red acrylic paint.P1160665-1I then used some of the patterned papers from the Mix and Match collection, and a paper doily to add some layers. In addition to the Mix and Match papers I used some stickers from the sticker sheet to embellish the layout, and some cute coordinating letter stickers from another of the sticker sheets for the title. Oh, and one of the Captured Moments journalling stamps.

I do hope you like this sketch and that you are inspired to join in with this month’s challenge.

Can’t wait to see your layouts!

Pam


Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 2rd October 2014. We will then choose our favourite layout to win a fantastic prize – a £25.00 voucher to spend on anything you want from the Merly Impressions online store. Wow!

We do hope that you have fun with our challenge and that we bring some inspiration your way. Every month I love to look through all your gorgeous entries but please make sure you follow the challenge rules as we are sad to have on occasion to remove some entries as they didn’t follow those rules. You can find a full list of the Challenge rules on the Monthly Challenge page but we would like to politely remind readers that:

  1. anyone who puts their entry on their own blog must link back to this post (http://www.merlyimpressions.co.uk/blog/project-portfolio/scrapbooking/merly-impressions-september-2014-challenge/) so that all your visitors can find the gallery below and enjoy all the fabulous layouts being created
  2. each creation entered must be “new” (not previously entered into a Merly Impressions or any other challenge)

It can be difficult for us to view any of your entries linked through Facebook therefore we are kindly asking you if you could please post your photos on the Merly Impressions page as this should make it easier for us all to admire your work. You can also email your entries directly to us at info@merlyimpressions.co.uk and we will add them and link them through our Photobucket gallery.

Have fun!

Chrissy xxx



Our August Layout Challenge winner is…

The Merly Impressions Challenge for August has closed and we’ve looked through all our entries and chosen a winner. For this challenge we had lots of entries including several really excellent layouts. Thank you all for taking the time to enter our challenge.

It was a particularly difficult task to pick a winner but we can now announce that… the winner for August is Elizabeth who created this layout:

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We really liked the journalling and the way it appeared to go down the road. It’s also simply a well designed layout. Well done Elizabeth – we will get your prize to you very soon but, in the meantime, here is a nifty badge to put on your blog:

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Due to the large number of excellent entries this month we’ve chosen three Top Acts who each used some fabulous journalling on their layouts:

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And here is a badge for our Top Acts to use on their blog:

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We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our August challenge and we hope that you’ll all enter the next challenge which will start very soon.

Chrissy & Paul  xXx

Merly Impressions August 2014 Challenge

Hi everybody! After a short holiday break we are here to challenge you once more!

This month we don’t just want you to create a scrapbook page – we want you to tell us the story about what is included in it. This month the theme of the challenge is:

Journalling

Your layout should include journalling to tell the story behind the layout. The journalling can be in any form (e.g. typed, hand-written, stamped) but it should form a predominant part of the design of the page. It should not be hidden (for example in an envelope or behind a photo).

The final date for entries is the 2nd of September 2014.

One of our design team has created a layout to provide a little inspiration:


Hi everyone, it’s Pam again.

I hope you are all enjoying a fabulous summer, taking lots of photo and making lots of memories to scrap about. it’s those memories that become stories that need to be recorded on your layouts. And that is what the August challenge is: a journalling challenging. I know for a lot of us the fun part of scrapping is the cutting and pasting, and the journalling often gets forgotten. However, the stories are important, and we really should make an effort to record them on our pages. When I first started scrapping back in 2005, my daughter also joined in. She was about 10 at the time. The other day, I was looking at her old scrapbooks and they were so much more interesting than mine because she always wrote stories on her pages. When I look at her scrapbooks I get such a sense of the person she was when she made the scrapbook pages.

Journalling can be added in may ways: handwritten, typed or stamped. The journalling may be visible or hidden, for example on a tag tucked behind the photo. For my layout, I have chosen to do a block of handwritten journalling. Although I wish I had neat, regular handwriting, or arty scribbly handwriting, I’m afraid I have neither, but for me handwriting is both quick and personal, so that’s what I’ve chosen for this layout.

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For this layout I have used the Be-you-tiful collection by Kaisercraft. The background paper is the rear side of the ‘Delightful’ paper. This paper is speckled, so I used a plastic card to scrape some gesso over the space where my journalling would go. By knocking back the speckles, it makes the journalling easier to read. I started this layout by gessoing the journalling space, then applying some random stamping under where I would place my photo. I also added a couple of squirts of red Dylusions spray. Then I layered up some papers, and die cut Collectables.

Here’s some closeups of the layout:

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Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 2rd September 2014. We will then choose our favourite layout to win a fantastic prize – a £25.00 voucher to spend on anything you want from the Merly Impressions online store. Wow!

We do hope that you have fun with our challenge and that we bring some inspiration your way. Every month I love to look through all your gorgeous entries but please make sure you follow the challenge rules as we are sad to have on occasion to remove some entries as they didn’t follow those rules. You can find a full list of the Challenge rules on the Monthly Challenge page but we would like to politely remind readers that:

  1. anyone who puts their entry on their own blog must link back to this post (http://www.merlyimpressions.co.uk/blog/project-portfolio/scrapbooking/merly-impressions-august-2014-challenge/) so that all your visitors can find the gallery below and enjoy all the fabulous layouts being created
  2. each creation entered must be “new” (not previously entered into a Merly Impressions or any other challenge)

It can be difficult for us to view any of your entries linked through Facebook therefore we are kindly asking you if you could please post your photos on the Merly Impressions page as this should make it easier for us all to admire your work. You can also email your entries directly to us at info@merlyimpressions.co.uk and we will add them and link them through our Photobucket gallery.

Have fun!

Chrissy xxx



Our June Layout Challenge winner is…

The Merly Impressions Challenge for June has closed and we’ve looked through all our entries and chosen a winner. We had several really good entries this month but in the end we chose a winner and we can now announce that…

The winner for June is Jeni who created this layout:

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We really liked the great selection of photos and the bold colours. Well done Jeni – we will get your prize to you very soon but, in the meantime, here is a nifty badge to put on your blog:

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Due to the number of entries we’ve chosen just one top act – and that is Justt who created this fabulous layout:

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And here is a badge for our Top Act to use on her blog:

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We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter our June challenge and we hope that you’ll all enter the next challenge which will start very soon.

Chrissy & Paul  xXx

Challenge Inspiration from Sandra

Hey ho!

I hope we are nice and well, the weather is being kind so far so I hope we all have a nice summer and enjoy it!

Today I’ve got for you a challenge inspiration on our current June Scrap your space theme.  So here it is:

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I had the wonderful Mister Fox collection to play with. I must say my scrap space was in the kitchen corner (yes, was) when I made this layout. I have moved since I made this so I might make another one for you all when I settle in.

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I have coloured my title with green Kaisercolour paint to give it cold colours.

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Because of the ‘cold colours’ I decided to add a bit of warm drops using yellow and red Kaisercolour paint.

I hope you join us as I cannot wait to see your scrap space!

hugs xoxo

Sandra

Challenge Inspiration with Storyteller

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here with a brand new layout created for Merly Impressions’ June “Scrap Your Crafting Space” Challenge.

As you can see from my pictures – I don’t really have a scrap space… I’ve always wanted my own crafty studio, but somehow sitting alone on the third floor, when everybody else is downstairs, never seemed quite right to me. So, I decided to move to our dining table and claim some space in the book case. It is always a mess and if we have visitors I have to act really quick in order to have some free space to drink coffee on the table, but I wouldn’t change it for anything else! Like this I can to do the things I love and still be with my family every single day 🙂

This month I had the pleasure to work with the wonderful Kaisercraft collection “Storyteller”:

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For my background I used the Feature pattern paper and a matching paper from the 6.5″ Paper Pad from the same  collection.

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I embellished my layout with die cuts from the Collectables pack and the 6.5″ Paper Pad, which I arranged under and around my pictures.

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To finish off my design I added some resin flowers using Kaisercraft Blossoms Resin Flowers Dahlia.

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I hope I managed to inspire you today!

And don’t forget you’ve got until 2nd of August, 2014 to add your creation to the gallery under the  June Challenge post. We will then choose our favourite layout to win a fantastic prize – a £25.00 voucher to spend on anything you want from the Merly Impressions online store.

Have a great day!

Emmy

Challenge: Scrap Your Space

Hello it’s Ali with you today 🙂

First off let me just set the record straight; I know that most of you will look at my space and think I am mad! The truth is I can not abide mess, I believe there is a place for everything and everything is in it’s place…except for purple!! The P colour is banned from my crafty space, sorry to all you Indigo/Violet scrappers…..hence the title. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue!

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This is how my crafty stash is sorted ROYGB; patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments – if it has a colour then it gets organised. Actually if it doesn’t have a colour it gets sorted 😉

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The trays hold all my tools, paints, dies, metallic embellishments, embossing powders and inks. The paper shelf was made by my DH to fit the space; there is a steel strip on the bottom and all my Stickles have a magnet on the base so they hang upside down,primed and ready to go! The jars on the top hold beads, twine, buttons and washi tape. The chest of drawers hold all my punches…yes I do have a lot..and yet how often do you see a punched border on my layouts???? On my desk is my Cricut Explore, Silhouette and sewing machine. There is another desk at right angles to that where I work.

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To the right of the cubes (made by DH) is a wardrobe that holds my stickers, stamps, boxes of flowers and ribbons and some of my albums (the rest are in the loft!) I store all my stamps on laminated sheets in ring binders, except for the new ones and they sit in a basket in one of the cubes. The other trays hold all my embellishments (in colour order!) and my brads, chipboard and wood veneers.

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I used a selection of Collectables and stickers from Happy Snaps

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and clear stamp sets Calendar and Polaroid from the Captured Moments range as well as Mister Fox

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I also used the most delicious stamp of all time ever…Tiny Dots.

So that’s my little slice of heaven, I can’t wait to see yours 🙂

Ali x

Merly Impressions June 2014 Challenge

Hi everybody! It is that time of the month again and we are here to challenge you once more!

This month we are keen to learn a little more about you – we want to learn about where you scrap. So this month the theme of the challenge is:

Scrap your Crafting Space

Your layout should describe and/or show the space in which you craft. Your space can be quirky, colourful, untidy, organised or compact – we really don’t mind – as long as it features prominently in your layout.

We’ve decided to keep this challenge open a little longer than usual – the final date for entries is the 2nd of August 2014.

One of our design team has created a layout to provide a little inspiration:


Hi there,

It’s Pam here kicking off the Merly June Challenge. This month we’re asking you to scrap your scrap space. No matter how big or how small, how modest or how sophisticated your scrap space is, we want to see it!

My scrap space is in my open plan kitchen/dining/family room. I have my scrappy stash stored along one wall of the family room end, and I actually scrap on the dining table in the middle of the room….and on the island in the middle of the kitchen end! I am a very messy scrapper, and end up with stuff all over the room when I’m working on a layout.

And that’s what this layout is all about!

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As you can see, chaos reigns when I scrap – it’s one of the reasons I don’t go to crops – I don’t think other scrappers should have to put up with my mess!

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Although I’m lucky to have this space, the downside is that I have to clear everything way in order to cook, or eat meals! Or maybe that’s a good thing!

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This is a really simple layout using the Kaleidescope range from Kaisercrafts.

This mixed media effect paper was used for the the background, and only required the addition of some corrugated card, some stamped arrows, and some paper and journalling strips. Simple!

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We can’t wait to see your scrappy space-and you could win a voucher to spend at the fabulous Merly shop!

Pam


Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 2rd August 2014. We will then choose our favourite layout to win a fantastic prize – a £25.00 voucher to spend on anything you want from the Merly Impressions online store. Wow!

We do hope that you have fun with our challenge and that we bring some inspiration your way. Every month I love to look through all your gorgeous entries but please make sure you follow the challenge rules as we are sad to have on occasion to remove some entries as they didn’t follow those rules. You can find a full list of the Challenge rules on the Monthly Challenge page but we would like to politely remind readers that:

  1. anyone who puts their entry on their own blog must link back to this post (http://www.merlyimpressions.co.uk/blog/project-portfolio/scrapbooking/merly-impressions-june-2014-challenge/) so that all your visitors can find the gallery below and enjoy all the fabulous layouts being created
  2. each creation entered must be “new” (not previously entered into a Merly Impressions or any other challenge)

It can be difficult for us to view any of your entries linked through Facebook therefore we are kindly asking you if you could please post your photos on the Merly Impressions page as this should make it easier for us all to admire your work. You can also email your entries directly to us at info@merlyimpressions.co.uk and we will add them and link them through our Photobucket gallery.

Have fun!

Chrissy xxx