Travel Journal using the Documented collection

Hello everyone,

Today is tinged with a little sadness as I say goodbye to the design team. It has been a privilege to get to know you all and I hope you have been inspired by some of the projects I have shared. However, it is time to move on and I have every confidence that the next designer will also inspire you with their wonderful projects.

As my final piece for you I was lucky enough to be sent the wonderfully versatile, Documented collection to work with. On this occassion I took inspiration from the travel themed collectables and the Documented stamp set to create this travel journal.

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To create this I used a plain A6 notebook and covered it in White Gesso and Kaisercraft white acrylic paint for good coverage.

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I then used the 6.5″ paper pad to cover the painted base. I chose the small letters sheet for the front and the foiled grid paper for the rear. On each piece I had a small piece left over and I used these strips for the opposite edges of the front and rear. I stuck it all down firmly using PVA glue. (Don’t worry if it bubbles a bit, when it dries it will all pull back tight!)

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Next I stamped the large globe onto a piece of grey paper from the pad using the Documented Stamp Set and a Kaisercraft Black Ink Pad

I then mounted this on to foam tape and used two collectables from the pack as further embellishments. For the title across the front I cut the letters from the Notebook Ledger sheet of the 12″ paper.

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I also used a strip of Natural Lace to cover the wire spiral binding and I chose several travel related collectables to make a swing tag for the journal. I added them to the Metallic Hemp cord and tied them to the spiral binding along with a couple of charms from my stash.

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To finish I added some organza ribbon to the spiral and my travel journey is now ready to go..I wonder where it will take me?

Thank you for your support during my time with Merly Impressions and all that remains is to say goodbye! I hope to see you around on our crafting journeys together!

Elaine

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Documented school Scrapbook Layout

Good morning all

Thanks for joining us here today on the Merly Impressions blog. Today I have pleasure in bringing you a layout using the lovely warm toned collection, Documented.

IMG_2064This wonderful collection is just perfect for school photos and I have more than a few of those lurking around just waiting to be scrapbooked.. I’m sure you do too and this is the perfect collection to do just that!

To create this layout, I first took the Documented collection and I took the Scrap Paper sheet as the background. I then took a 10″ square of Coffee Bean Kaisercard  and a 9″piece of the reverse side of the Locker paper and matted it as so. I also punched small pieces of the edge of the Locker paper with a ledger punch.

IMG_2058IMG_2055Then I took a Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Ink Pad, a mini Ranger Ink Pad in Tea Dye and the Kaisercraft Vintage Ink Pad and layered them using the packaging technique. To do this I inked a piece of plastic packaging and sprayed with water using a mini mister. I then took the wet, inky packaging and ‘placed’ it on the Locker Paper on the left hand side.

Once dried I took the Documented Clear Stamp Set and stamped some of the rulers and the world on the background. I also used an old “Class of ’87’ Kaisercraft stamp set for the Star Student stamp together with a Tim Holtz stamp set for the film strip.

IMG_2061I then used strips from the Documented Sticker Sheet  and stuck them in a random fashion over the inked, stamped area and used the Discover sticker as the title. I also cut some strips of grey and silver checked paper from the 6.5″ paper pad. I then took pieces of Notebook Ledger paper and cut small pieces and punched them using a ledger punch and layered them beneath the photos using both sides of the paper. (The eagle eyed among you will have noticed I originally used two photos, then changed my mind and used three..lol)

IMG_2067I inked each of the pieces of the Ledger Paper using the Vintage ink Pad too. Once I was happy with the composition I added lots of collectables from the Documented collectable pack and some more stamping using the Clear Stamp Set and some more stickers from the sticker sheet.

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IMG_2068Beneath the clusters I added a swirl of Copper hemp cord and I cut individual letter J’s from the Ledger sheet as my Sons name is Jason..but everyone calls him ‘J’.

IMG_2066The journalling block is from the collectables pack and I used another piece of sticker sheet for the ruler and aded more collectables too. I also used some of the ledger punched pieces to tuck into the clusters.

Thanks for popping by today. I do hope the layout will inspire you to try the packaging technique for yourself. Merly Impressions do have lots to choose from!

Have fun!

Elaine

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Open Road Scrapbook Layout

 

Good morning all.

Today I am bringing a layout using the beautiful Open Road Kaisercraft  collection.

imageTo start this layout I first took a sheet of Sprout Kaisercard and gutted it to leave a frame 1.5″ wide all around. I then took the sheet of Bushwalk patterned paper and cut this down to 11″ x 11″. I then gutted an 8″ square from the centre and saved for later. I then layered the piece I had gutted from the Sprout Kaisercard over the first two layers and cut a piece of the Bushwalk paper into a 4″ strip.

I then used the 6.5″ paper pad and used two pieces of paper to create the long 12″ strip down the right hand side of the layers..as shown. I also used the paper pad to make the three varying length banners.

imageI then  cut and mounted my two 3.5″ square photos and matted them on white card which I then inked with Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distress Ink. I then Die cut my circular photo and matted it on a scalloped nesting die background.

imageI then arranged the photos as shown and  used embellishments from the Collectable Pack . In amongst the clusters I added some leaves that I cut using a Kaisercraft Decorative Die and Stamp set similar to this one here.  I also added some wood flourishes and Daffodil Sparklets.

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imageOn the left hand cluster I used more collectables from the pack, another die cut leaf and a further wood flourish together with a small piece of cheesecloth tucked into the cluster.  I also added a smattering of Chocolate coloured pearls and another Daffodil Sparklet.

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imageTo finish I added more collectables and another wood flourish alongside the square photographs.

If you have an Australia themed photos to use up this really is the most ‘must have’ collection ever!

Enjoy!

Elaine

Open Road Scrapbook Layout

Good morning everyone,

imageFirstly, although it is now over a week since the New Year was joyfully welcomed in, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year, and hope that it brings you everything you wish for!

Did you set any New Year resolutions? I did..mine was to be more organised! Mainly for my craft organisation I do confess! lol. If, like me, you need a helping hand organising your stash, why not pop over and have a look at Merly’s stock of great MDF organisers . I know that’s where I’ll be headed soon!

Anyway..back to the job in hand which is to share a scrapbook layout made using the fab Open Road, Australian themed collection.  I’ve been waiting for a collection for Australia as I have a niece who emigrated there five years ago and she  has shared some remarkable photos with me, which in turn, (with her permission) I am sharing with you all.

imageSo, to start, I wanted to use a piece of patterned paper for my background so I chose a sheet of Roaming Paper for this. I then took a 4″ strip of the Prospecting paper and matted it on to a piece of Sprout Cardstock. I then did the same with a piece of the pretty Kookaburra paper called Unchartered. I then stuck these in an off centre criss cross on the background paper.

Next I used a piece of the remaining Unchartered paper and flipped it to use the other side to cut out a circle of just under 8″ in diameter, also matting this on the Sprout Cardstock.

imageTo mat the photo I used a piece of scrap off white card and layered it over another piece of the Prospecting paper and punched a border strip to mat it on from the same Sprout card and I used a bracket shaped die cut piece from the 6.5″ paper pad to set beneath that.

The long title, that was cut from the bottom of a sheet in the collection, is based on the fact that my niece, who was visiting from Australia, was visiting my Mum who has been a huge influence in her life.

imageThe tag below the photo is a collectable from the pack and I used  many more collectables to form the clusters at each side of the photo and to embellish the surrounds. I also used a twirl of Natural Hemp Cord in amongst the clusters and for the tag string.

To finish I used some wood Flourishes to tuck in the clusters and some tiny Bronze Rhinestones at the bottom of the photo mat.

imageI do hope you like what you see and it will inspire you to give this fab collection a look.

Have fun!

Elaine

Australia Die Cut Open Road Layout

Good morning everyone

It’s Elaine here today and I have pleasure bringing you a scrapbook layout using the Open Road collection and the fabulous Australia shaped die cut from the collection.

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To start making the layout, first I took the Undiscovered paper from the Open Road collection. I then took a 3″ strip from the Prospecting paper and matted it on a piece of Sprout cardstock. I then stuck this on the left hand side of the base paper.

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I then layered the Australia shaped die cut paper over the top and set about matting the six circular photos onto Toffee Weave Kaisercard. I had five photos I wanted to use for the layout (it’s a great way to use up multiple photos like this). However, I couldn’t make the five photos work effectively so I used a page from the 6.5″ paper pad and cut the bottom photo out of one of sheets. It’s very realistic looking isn’t it? The pad and the whole collection has iconic photos of Australia within it including their ‘outback’ page which is featured twice in the paper pad and once in the whole collection and is called Unearth in the 12″ papers

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I then set about using embellishing the die cut using the Collectables pack and a extra elements that I fussy cut from the paper pad.

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To finish I added the leaves from the collectables pack to link all of the circles around the edge and added my title.

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I think you’ll agree this collection is just fab for all those travel photos you may have if you’ve been lucky enough to visit Australia, or have family there, as I do.

I do hope this has given you some ideas. Don’t forget to show us what you have created with your collection by linking your blog post to this post or, alternatively, adding it to the Merly Impressions Facebook page or to the Kaisercraft Corner Facebook Page where you can share all your creations using any Kaisercraft collection. I look forward to seeing you there!

Elaine

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Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Scrapbook Layout

Good morning again,

Elaine here again bringing you another Christmassay layout using the Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Collection.

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To male this I first took a sheet of Stone Weave Cardstock and lightly splattered it with Antique Gold Kaisermist. Next I matted some of the gorgeous Yule Post paper on to Cherry Weave Cardstock and adhered it to the left hand side of the base card. I then took some of the Holly Berries paper onto more of the Cherry card and placed it on the angle on top of the mounted piece of Yule Post paper. I then mounted my two photos on double mounted Stone Weave and Cherry card. I also mounted a banner using the Nordic Greetings paper onto cherry card too and tucked this under the photo mat.

On the right hand side I mounted another piece of cherry card and individually cut all the little stamps from the same Nordic Greetings paper. Once I had arranged these I added the round photo, mounted on more cherry card,  over the top of a larger mounted banner that I had cut from the Winter Wonderland paper. I then added the embellishment clusters to each of the photo arrangements. For the right hand one I used a Holly collectable and ribbon from the Basecoat Christmas Collection (which is currently in the Sale so do hurry..these are so useful!!) and a wooden holly flourish along with some Fire Red Mini blooms, a pre made poinsettia from my stash and a twirl of Cherry Red Hemp Cord together with some Lippy Red rhinestones. 

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For the left hand cluster I used a pine cone collectable and a sentiment from the Basecoat Christmas Collectables pack and more of the same as above.

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I love this wonderfully traditional G45 collection so do hurry and grab yourself one of these great collections so you’re all ready to scrap those Christmas Memories.

Have fun! Happy Christmas!

Elaine

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Winter Wonderland by Graphic 45

Good morning all

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Thanks for joining us on the blog today to see what we’ve all been up to!

This month I had the fortune to be sent the delicious Winter Wonderland collection by Graphic 45.. a super, traditional, Christmas collection perfect for all your Christmas crafting requirements.

On this occasion I made two multi layered Christmas cards.

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A 6″ card blank

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland sheet

Holly Berries sheet 

Nordic Greetings sheet

Rustic Holiday Paper

and Cherry Weave Kaisercard to mount the pieces on.

I also added a pre-made poinsettia and some holly leaves cut from the Christmas Collectables Basecoat collection (which, handily, are in the Sale!) and the chipboard Good Tidings tag from the Winter Wonderland collectables  that I tied with Cherry Red Hemp Cord. For a final flourish I added a Holly Wood flourish and inked it with the Kaisercraft Vine Ink Pad  and then added some Lippy Red Rhinestones.

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For this card I used

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A 6″ card blank

A sheet of the reverse of the Holly Berries sheet used previously and topped with a piece from the Rustic Holiday papers mounted on the Cherry Weave Cardstock and then double mounted on Moss Weave Cardstock.

I then placed this on another double mounted piece using the Pretty Poinsettia paper after adding a piece of Grosgrain Red Ribbon to the base papers and securing the ends around the top sheet of paper. To embellish I used a double mounted sentiment from the Christmas Collectable Basecoat collection together with a printed bow from the same pack, a wooden flower flourish inked with Cherry Ink pad a Fire Red mini bloom with a twirl of Cherry Hemp Cord finished with more Lippy Red Rhinestones.

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As there are so many wonderful pre-printed toppers in this gorgeous collection I feel this is a must buy for those last minute Christmas Cards.

I hope you like my samples? Do pop back later in the month to see what else I have made with this fabulously Christmassey collection!

Happy Christmas!

Elaine

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Two Mint Wishes Christmas Cards

Good Morning all

Elaine here again, this time bringing you two card made using the scrumptious Mint Wishes Collection.

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The first card I am bringing you is an easel card, now I’m not saying you should make lots of these cards as that would be way too time consuming, but making them for the special people in your life would certainly put a smile on their faces I’m sure.

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To make the card I followed a You Tube tutorial and there are lots on easel cards to choose from, so… once I had the base made ( I used a smooth piece of white cardstock) I took a 12″ sheet of Forest Paper as the background of the front piece. I have made my card at 7″ x 6″, however, this paper also features in the 6.5″ paper pad too so you could make the card slightly smaller to accommodate that size paper instead.

I then covered the base of the card with a piece of Shiver Paper and then mounted a piece of the reverse of the same Shiver Paper on silver Mirror card and mounted it using Mounting Foam Tape to create the ‘stop’ on the easel card. I inked all of these paper pieces with the Island Ink Pad.  I then die cut some silver flowers using a die from my stash but I think these individual snowflake dies would work just as well.

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I then created a floral cluster using a large Poinsettia using this Decorative Die, centred with a Sea Breeze Sparklet, that I mounted on an inked frame that I got in a Little Birdie collection previously. I then used several die cuts from the collectables pack, some silver mirror card flourishes (cut using my own die), some cheesecloth gauze, and two flowers from the Little Birdie Chrissy blooms.

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As a final flourish I splattered watered down white acrylic paint over the cluster and added small white pearls as a flower centre and on the frame and bottom left corner.

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I do hope you’ll give this a try!

For my next card I took a 6″ square white card base and added a piece of silver mirror card slightly smaller to the front. I then distressed a 5.5″ square piece of the reverse of the Logs Paper and sponged it using the Baubles Mini Designer stencil and a black ink pad.

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I then used my Sew Easy Stitch Piercer to make holes to sew using White embroidery thread. I used double sided tape to stick this to the mirror card and added a piece of cheesecloth as a base for my Christmas cluster.

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I added a Kaisercraft Rhinestone flourish, two die cut flowers and leaves from the Mint Wishes collectables Pack that I then centred with Silver Glass Glitter. I added a couple of flowers from my stash too, (also with glass glitter added to the centres), and a die cut flourish cut from silver mirror card using my own die. To finish I used a little more wet glue and sprinkled extra glass glitter to the cheesecloth base with some tiny polystyrene balls to represent snow together with a doily die cut and a saying also from the collectables pack.

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So, I hope you like my two cards for those special people in your life and that my tips will give you some ideas to create your own. Do let us know if you do, won’t you?

Elaine x

Mint Wishes Scrapbook Layout

Good morning all.

Thanks for joining me again on my journey into using the, most wonderful, Mint Wishes collection...another of my all time favourites (I know I say that nearly every month..lol)

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Today I am bringing you a scrapbook layout that I started by using a piece of Coconut Kaisercard that I have stencilled using the Baubles Mini Designer Stencil and a Silver Ink Pad and an ink dauber.

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I first gutted the card before stencilling it to create a frame for the layered papers so I could mount the photo on the remaining off cut together with a piece of Kraft Kaisercard.

Once I had stencilled all around the border, I took the Cabin Paper and cut it down to 10.5″ on each side. I then cut it diagonally and stencilled ‘snow’ using the Spotty 6″ X 6″ Designer Stencil to the top and bottom of the diagonal cut.

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I then took the Flanelette Paper and cut it down on the top and the right hand side, ensuring I left the printed floral element intact. I also cut this piece diagonally. I then ‘chomped’ two sections of starry border punch from both pieces of paper and stuck them to the Bauble Background I had created and added a strip of silver washi tape from my stash.

I then took the Shiver Paper and cut two sections, using both sides, to layer behind my photo and distressed the edges and inked them with the Black Ink Pad. I then used Foam mounting tape to raise the photo so I could tuck fussy cut flowers from the Frosted Paper behind it. I also used a flower die cut from the collectables pack along with a couple of other collectables and several Little Birdie Flowers in amongst the fussy cut ones and some Holly die cuts from my stash together with a Rhinestone Flourish. I used the title ‘Love’ from the collectables pack too.

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To give it a final flourish I then took Silver Glass Glitter and wet glue to add some extra sparkle around the centre of the flowers on the layout (with some Sea Breeze Rhinestone Sparklets) and on the punched sections of the border.

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I hope this gives you some extra ideas to use up this wonderful  collection..although it’s nice to ‘stroke’ it’s even better to use it up!

Enjoy!

Elaine x

Mint Wishes LO & Die Cut Gingerbread Cookie paper

Good morning all

Thanks for joining us again today to see what we’ve all been creating using the fabulous collections released last month. To give you some ongoing inspiration on how to use your fab new collections, the design team have been working hard on creating some extra special projects to inspire you. I do hope you will glean some ideas from them!

So..that said, here is my first offering using the wonderful Gingerbread Cookie die cut paper from the Mint Wishes Kaisercraft collection.

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To make my layout I first took the Fresh PIne paper and gutted it to make a frame for the paper. I then mounted the die cut paper to it. Next I took the Baubles mini designer stencil and used Transparent Matte texture paste with it to create a patterned background behind where I knew I was going to mount the photo cluster. Once it was dried I used a Kaisergel pen to trace the outline to make it pop.

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I then took pieces of the Shiver paper and some collectables to create long pennants behind the photo that I had mounted on Kraft Cardstock and a piece of the Forest Paper too. I mounted this on foam mounting tape and then added two die cut baubles from the collectables pack on foam mounting tape too. On the first one I added a pearl string from my stash and in the second one I coloured in my dotted line to create a string using the Kaisergel Pens.

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Next I took a Kaisercraft star, similar to this one, from my stash and heat embossed it after first inking it with the Island ink pad.

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Finally I tucked a few collectables around the photo cluster and on the layout and I used Joy as the title too. The photo is of my grand-daughter opening her advent calender for the first time..and I think her face has ‘Joy’ written all over it don’t you? I also used the saying from the Sticker Sheet.

Thanks for stopping by..don’t forget to let us know you’ve visited. Have fun!

Elaine

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