Best Friends with ScrapBoys Butterfly Meadow

Hello, it’s Karen here with my final page using the beautiful Butterfly Meadow by ScrapBoys. These papers are ideal if you are a fan of fussy cutting as they provide unlimited opportunities for getting out your scissors or craft knife.

For this layout I started by gutting a 1 inch frame from Paper 06, I trimmed a piece of Coal Kaiserweave Card to 11.25 square and stuck it to the frame, smooth side showing

From the remaining piece of Paper 06, I cut a piece 9in x 4.5 ins and fussy cut around the right side. 

I also cut a piece 4 x 3, fussy cutting the left side.  Finally, from the remaining piece of
Paper 06, I cut a 3 ins x 6ins and fussy cut around the right side

I added the 9 x 4 piece to the left of my page and the 4 x 3 piece to the right.  I tucked the 3 x 6 ins piece under the piece on the left of my page.

04used a piece of Paper04 to mount my 4 in square photo and also to back my title which I made using Ebony Alpha Stickers.

My photo  was added to the bottom right of my page with the title at the top right.

I fussy cut a selection of butterflies from Paper 07 and added them to the clusters of flowers on either side.

I cut the words ‘Happy Memories’ from the branding strip of Paper 06

As a final flourish – I added some Coral Paper Blooms and Orange Rhinestones.

I hope I have inspired you to make something beautiful using ScrapBoys
Butterfly Meadow .

Karen x

Family Christmas – Emerald Eve Collection

Hi Everyone,
I love this photo of me and my sisters and brother taken…….well over 45 years ago (I think) we don’t have many photo’s of us when we were young, but I do love this one. The Emerald Eve collection was just perfect to scrap it, the colours matched beautifully.

Products Used: Emerald Eve Collection – P2964 Christmas Pine x 2|P2965 Fir Tree x 2|P2968 Mistletoe Magic x 2|P2970 Emerald Leaves x 2|P2972 Fir Sprigs x 2|

Other Products Used: UCE1729 Gold Pearls|SB713 Pearl Pearls|KM132 Gold Kaisermist. For the wood effect base paper, I used one from my own stash – You can use P2967 Rejoice paper

Here are some brief instructions to create my layout

  1. Cut the Fir Springs paper down to 12 x 12 to form your base.
  2. Cut the Fir Tree paper down to 29.5 x 29.5 cm, mat onto base, leaving only an edge of the base showing on the right hand side and bottom.
  3. Cut the Rejoice paper down to 28.5 x 28.5 cm, mat this onto your layout.
  4. Sew around your layout.
  5. Splatter some gold Kaisermist all over your layout, mostly in the top left hand corner and bottom right hand corner.
  6. Fussy cut lots of elements from Christmas Pine’s & Emerald Leaves papers and the stars from Mistletoe Magic papers.
  7. Mat your 10cm wide x 14cm high photo onto your layout, then arrange all your fussy cut elements around it, in the top left hand corner and bottom right hand corner, use foam pads to give height and dimension. From the other paper, cut some 0.5cm green and gold strips, tuck these around your layout, top left hand corner and bottom right hand corner. Add some gold and pearl pearls to the centre of your stars.

Below are some close ups of the layering, you can also find more on my Instagram page – The Fussy Cutter

I really loved using this collection and hope I have inspired you to create with it also. Please feel free to join the Merly Facebook Group where you can share your creations using our products and where you will see sneak peeks of my kits.
You can find these products on the Merly Impressions Website

Happy crafting, stay safe

Chrissy xXx

So Thankful For You

Hello, Karen here with my second project using the ScrapBoys Butterfly Meadow collecton and Uniqolour brush markers.

 For this layout I started by scribbling with a Uniqolour marker on a small plastic bag, using a colour that co-ordinated with my papers.

I then sprayed it with some water

And dabbed it, in a diagonal line, onto a piece of smooth white card, repeating this process with two more colours and set aside to dry. I am using this for the base of my layout.   I use the same technique on another piece of smooth white card but this time covered the whole piece of card.  This piece will be used for stamping butterflies.

Onto the piece of card I am using for my layout base I added some roses using the 6 x 4 Roses Mini Designer Template and some texture paste.

I cut a piece of Butterfly Meadow Paper 01 that measured 12ins tall and 4ins wide and another 4 ins tall and 4.5ins wide.  I used a border punch on each of the long sides of the 4 in piece.  After layering the 4 in piece onto the 5 in piece I added them to my page 2.5ins from the right.

Next,using Smoke Kaiserink, I stamped lots of butterflies onto the piece of card that I had covered with Uniqolour splodges and fussy cut and die cut them out.

For my photo mat, from the reverse side, I cut a 5.25 square from Paper 03 and a 5.5 square from Paper 04.  I used foam mounting dots to layer these up with my photo on the top, keeping the pads away from the edges of the paper and photo, and added to my page 3ins from the top and 2ins from the right.

I used Paper 03 and the Layered Rose decorative dies to cut some roses and the Paper 04 and Décor Flourish decorative die to cut some flourishes. I inked the edges of the roses with Smoke Kaiserink before layering them up and added Orange Rhinestones to the centre of each one.

To complete my page I added a rose at the top left and bottom right of my photo and then clustered butterflies either side of the vertical strip of paper.  I used my Silhouette and Paper 03 and Paper 04. to make my title.

It was fun making my own inky background and a really easy way to achieve striking results.

Kare x

Like A Butterfly with Butterfly Meadow

Hello, Karen here with my first project for September using the Butterfly Meadow collection from ScrapBoys and Uniqolour Paint Markers from Uniquely Creative. These are water soluble real brush tip markers and a joy to use. The Butterfly Meadow is filled with flowers, fruit and butterfly papers – scrumptious.

I started by stamping a verity of butterflies from lots of different Kaisercraft clear stamp sets, using a Stazon ink pad.

In then coloured them by using a Uniqolour Paint Marker by using a marker to add some colour to an acrylic stamping block and then picking the colour up with a water brush to add to my butterflies. This is an excellent video showing this technique.

Once I was happy with my stamped butterflies I then cut all the butterflies (and there were a lot) from the Butterfly Meadow Paper 07. I also cut all the clusters of figs and flowers from Paper 05.

The next step was to lightly draw a circle onto a piece of Kaisercraft white smooth cardstock, with a pencil.

I placed my clusters of flowers and figs around the circle to make a garland and added a 5in x 7 in photo to the centre. The fussy cut and painted butterflies were added to the outside and inside of the garland of flowers with the outer ones flying clockwise and the inner ones flying counter-clockwise.

All that remained for me to do was to add my title (cut from a piece of Orchid Weave cardstock using my Silhouette) and I could call this page finished.

The Uniqolour Paint Markers worked perfectly for this project and I am looking forward to experimenting with different ways of using them on my next page.

Karen x

Love Your Smile with Primavera

Hello, Karen here with my fourth page using Primavera by Scrapboys. I had some scraps left over from my other three pages which were too gorgeous to be left in my scraps box so I decided to see what I could make.

I started with a piece of Bloom Kaisercraft weave cardstock and then added a piece of Snow weave cardstock, which I had cut .5 in from the bottom and one side.

From a piece of Kaisercraft Smooth White cardstock I cut a 5.5 square and a using Smoke Kaiserink pad and a Text Backgound Stamp I stamped randomly over the card – I didn’t put the stamp onto an acrylic block but held it and gently rolled it over the card.

and a Text Backgound Stamp I stamped randomly over the card – I didn’t put the stamp onto an acrylic block but held it and gently rolled it over the card.

I cut two pieces of Paper 01 to 11ins x 1.5ins and two pieces 5.5 ins x 1.5 ins and punched one edge with a border punch. A piece of Paper 06 was trimmed to 12 ins x 8 and added to the centre of my cardstock. I tucked the two longest pieces of punched paper under each side. Next I added two frames cut from Paper 06 to the top right and bottom left of my page. Onto this I placed a piece of Paper 02, which I had gutted from the frame used on a previous page – this measured 7ins square, I gutted a 4.5 in square from the centre of this. .My stamped square was placed on the centre of this with the two smaller pieces of punched paper at the top and bottom. Finally I stuck a strip of Paper 05 measuring 2ins x 8ins over the centre of this stack with a final piece of Paper 02, gutted from the 8 in square in the centre as my photo mount.

To finish my page I used I added a die cut title, some Champagne Pearls and some Little Birdie flowers.

I hope I have inspired you to try this gorgeous paper range and look forward to showing you what I make next month.

Karen x

Thankful For You with Premaveera

Hello, Karen here with my third project using ScrapBoys Primavera collection. I love all the pinks and greens that feature in this range and again, this layout features lots of fussy cutting, which the collection ‘cries out’ for.

I started by cutting an eighth of an inch from all four sides of Paper 02 and then cutting out the centre, using a scalpel, (I kept the centre to use on another layout).

Next, I cut the two patterned corners from Paper 01. I added the Paper 02 to a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard, only sticking the outer edges down, and then tucked the two corners from Paper 02 under the top right and bottom left of the Paper 01 . I added mounting foam dots under some of the flowers and leaves to give some dimension to my page.

From Paper 06 I cut two identical frames, trimming the right side border from one and the left side border from the other. I then placed them side by side in the centre of my page. I added lots of birds from Paper 07.

I used the phrase stamps from Clear Stamps Anthology to add my title using Cotton Candy ink, at the top left and bottom right of my photo mounts. I also added some Rose pearls under my phases and scattered a few around the page, to add interest to my page.

To finish my page, after adding two 3in x 4in photos, I placed a curio under my left photo and above the right one.

I have one more project this month, using ScrapBoys Primavera collection and this one only has a tiny amount of fussy cutting :0)

Karen x

Hello Love with Primavera

Hello, Karen here with my second layout using the stunning Premavera range from ScrapBoys. This range is perfect to use for any page that requires a soft delicate touch – like this one of my puppy Darcey!

I started by trimming .5 inch from Paper 03 and cutting it in half horizontally. I then stuck it onto a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard, with the pattern across the centre of the page. I used the Stonewall 6×6 Designer Stencil and some crackle texture paste to add some interest to the top left and bottom right of my page – absolutely love the effect this has on the page.

To cover the join I added some flowers fussy cut from Paper 04 to each side of my page.

Next I cut one of the circle frames from Paper 05, removing the centre also. In addition, I cut two small circle frames from Paper 06. These were added diagonally to my page.

I used Decorative Die Textured Criss Cross and some scraps from Paper 05 to cut two pieces which I placed overlapping the top of my centre strip on the left and the bottom of my centre strip on the right.

My title was die cut from a scrap of Paper 05.

Finally I embellished my page with some Champagne Pearls.

Another page, using the Premavera range, that I am delighted with!

Karen

Blooming Beauty with Primavera

Hello, Karen here with my first project using Primavera from ScrapBoys – this is a very pretty range featuring humming birds and orchids in very soft, subtle colours. As you can see there is lots and lots of potential for fussy cutting with this range.

I started by cutting 1 inch from the bottom and left of Paper 03 and attaching it to a piece of Snow Weave Kaisercard. I then cut the two longest strips of flowers from Paper 04 and these were placed 1 in from the top and 1 in

I fussy cut all the flowers and birds from Paper 07 and added some of these, on foam dots to the top of the two strips of flowers. I cut out one of the square frames from Paper 05, cutting out the centre also. My photo was placed behind the frame. Finally, I added one of the corners from Paper 07 to the bottom right of my page. Additional leaves, flowers and birds were also added.

For my title I used the Alpha Sticker Sheet in white.

I was really pleased with the end result – loving all the layers I was able to achieve with this gorgeous range.

Karen x

Perfect Day with Sunkissed

Hello, Karen here with another scrapbook page using Sunkissed – which may well be my favourite range this year, to date.  I knew I wanted to do something with the glorious wreath on the  the Martini paper and thought it was worth sacrificing all the phrases on the front to fussy cut this out.
Perfect Day

I also fussy cut the smaller wreath from the Pineapple Sour paper along with the two butterflies from this paper too and used pieces cut from Pina Colada,  and Tutti Fruitti.

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I started by trimming .25 in from all sides of a piece of Coconut paper and adding this to some Coal weave Kaisercard. I then mounted a 5in x 5.5in photo onto another piece of Coal weave Kaisercard and added to the centre of my page.

Onto this I added the large, fussy cut wreath.  I added a photo cut from a 4 x 6in one to the smaller wreath and this was placed at the bottom right of my a page.

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To finish my page I added flowers to the three remaining corners and dotted my butterflies about my page.  I had previously added Stickles to the bodies of my butterflies to give them a little sparkle.  All that was needed to finish my page was to add the ‘Perfect Day’ arrow from the Collectables pack. 

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I hope I have inspired you to try using this lovely wreath on one of your scrapbook pages/.

Karen xxx

 

 

 

Using Only 3 Papers to Make 2 Layouts with Urban Garden

Hello, Karen here with an extra blog post.  I run a crop and teach a class at it most months.  This month, for the class, I have used Urban Garden from Uniquely Creative.  This is a fabulous range as you can get so much out of each paper.

You Are My Happy - Merly

My budget for a class is between £5.00 and £6.00 and this month I have been able to make two scrapbook layouts from just three pieces of paper, two pieces of card,  some sequins, gems and Kaisermist.

The supplies I have used are Nursery Garden, Market Garden and Nature Strip papers, 2 pieces of Snow Weave KaiserCard, Iridescent Pearls, Violet Garden SequinLavender KaiserMist and of course lots and lots of Mounting Foam Dots.

You Are My Happy

I started by cutting approximately 1.5 ins from the top and bottom of the  Nature Strip paper – making sure not to cut into the flower wreath. I then fussy cut out the wreath.  From Nursery Garden paper I fussy cut everything then from the Market Garden paper I cut all the 3 x 4 cards, 2 x 2 cards and strips, remembering to set aside the branding strips from the three papers. This did take quite a time but it was well worth it as I then had lots of elements to play with.

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Add one 1.5 piece of script paper (cut from the Nature Strip paper), horizontally to of a piece of white card 6ins from the bottom. Add the flower wreath 1.5 ins from the left and 2.5 ins from the bottom – I used Mounting Foam Dots.  to give it some dimension.

Place a large fussy cut sprig of flowers under each of the two on the wreath – again I used Mounting Foam Dots.   Build up your clusters using your fussy cut flowers and leaves NOTE save one of the large flower clusters for your second page.

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Use the ‘Our Story’ from Nursery Garden along with the green and white polka dot 3 x 4 card and the ‘You are my Happy’ 3 x 4 card, trimmed to the green frame.  Arrange these along the top right of your wreath.  I used the green 3 x 4 card for my photo mount.

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Finally add the blue butterflies and an Iridescent Pearl to the centre of each flower.

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Live The Life You Love

Live the Life You Love - Merly

Start by cutting .5in from all of your remaining strips, including the branding strips so that they are 11.5 ins wide.  Add to the top of a piece of Snow Weave KaiserCard with a .25 border at the left, right and top.

Add some splatters using the Lavender KaiserMist and once dry place the small tags, cut from the Nursery Garden, in a banner along the top of your page, adding a small purple butterfly tonthe centre one, using Mounting Foam Dots for both the tags and the butterfly.

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Mount your photo onto the gray 3 x 4 card, from the Nursary Garden paper, and add to the centre of your page underneath the bottom paper strip.  To this add your photo.  On the left add ‘Live the Life You Love’ and on the right add ‘Love This Life’ both of these are stuck approximately 1.25 ins above and tucked slightly under the photo mount. Add a green banner under each of these cards.

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At the bottom of your photo place the final cluster of flowers with some additional leaves and butterflies, adhering with Mounting Foam Dots.

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Write your journaling onto the small tags and add to the bottom right of your page.

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Add OXOX, (cut from one of the 2 x 2 pieces) and the butterfly, cut from another, above your photo and also the heart which was cut from a third 2 x 2 piece.

To finish I added a small pearl to each of the little tags, three to each banner, one to the centre of each flower and then scattered some pearls and tiny sequins around my page in among the ink spatters.

I really was so pleased to be able to get such lovely pages from such frugal supplies.

Karen