Grey, White and a Title Tip

I always tend to add my title to the layouts as the last part of the creative process. It goes where there is space, where it fits. For this purpose I have a simple but so very useful method which I am sharing with you today.

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I made a layout that I wanted to be light and airy as the subject is a bit heavy and personal. Lately there has been lots going on in my life and many things occupying my mind which has caused lots of thoughts, often in the middle of the night. So, I would actually say this was nice therapy session for me, to create a layout about something that feels a bit difficult at the moment.

I used again papers of my all-time-favorite Base Coat Collection as well as the Sticker Sheet and Collectables. The stamp is Chicken Wire background stamp.

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So, about the title technique! As I haven’t got a place for the title really when the time for it comes, I need to test where it fits. What I do is take a slip of acetate and stick the alphabets on it.

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When I have the whole title ready on the acetate it is easy to try it in different spots on the layout to see where it looks the best and if there is enough room for it.

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Once I have decided where the title is going to be, it is easy to move the sticky letters from the acetate to their place on the layout. Easy and handy!

Linda

October Challenge – ‘Home’

Inspired by this month’s challenge theme of ‘Home’, I decided to create a canvas with lots of detail at the background.

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This canvas tells a story to me. It is about my dream to finally have our own house after years and years of moving around with the army. We have had six homes during last eight years and we are looking forward to have something for a bit longer than a year or two. The little white house with plastic wings represents my dream home, our forever home in somewhere hopefully near future!

The little houses are made with Base Coat 6×6 pad which makes the use of the lovely patterns of this collections easy to use even in smaller scale. On the background there is lace, some Base Coat Collectables, paper flowers and even more flowers, washi tape, lots of little treasures that my 5 year old keeps bringing home like can tops, buttons, coins and all sorts of little metal bits. I attached everything onto the canvas with glue first, then painted over with white gesso before using mists to color it all.

I am looking forward to seeing your layout creations for the October challenge!

Linda

The Welcoming Doorway

I have been happy crafting with my favorite Base Coat Collection again! As autumn is now definitely here my thoughts have drifted back to the warm summer days and I wanted to scrapbook a picture of a dear doorway from a summer place of ours in Finland, which is now for sale unfortunately, and most probably I will never have a chance to visit the lovely place again. This doorway has welcomed us for so many years to enjoy the summer days surrounded by beautiful nature.

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With the Base Coat papers it is so easy to add to the atmosphere of the layout! The patterns are so lovely!

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I used both 12×12 sized papers as well as papers from the 6×6 paper pad.

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Base Coat Collectables is a fantastic pack of lovely tags and little note cards as you can see in the picture above. I added some pretty detail with Liquid Pearls around the date.

I hope you are as inspired as I am by this lovely Base Coat Collection!

Linda

Use your stamps!

Hello, it’s me, Linda, here today!  I always like to find new ways of making the most of my supplies and today I am going to share one of my favorite things to do. Now, we all have stamps which we often don’t use, right? The most common way for me to use stamps is to stamp on the background of a layout. This time I stamped the images on a separate piece of paper and then I cut the image out and used it as an embellishment.

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See those mannequin dolls next to the photo? That is what I am talking about. First, you need a stamp. I used a lovely Kaisercraft Dress Form stamp.

dunnottar castle 03Stamp one or more images on a paper of your choice. I used some papers from my scraps. I wanted to have patterned papers this time but plain colored ones can be used as well.

dunnottar castle 04The next step is to do some fussy cutting. Good small scissors are helpful!

dunnottar castle 05Once you have cut all your pieces out it is time to use them on your layout.

dunnottar castle 01In my layout, done with the fantastic Base Coat Collection, the dress form dolls somehow, to me, represent the past and the people who lived in this gorgeous Dunnottar Castle in Scotland long time ago. This place was one of my favorite places to visit during the time we lived in Scotland. Such breathtaking views with the feeling of standing right at the edge of the world!

The background papers on the layout are Redwood and Concrete. There is some stamping at the background, of course, with the Rocks texture stamp which I though went well with the castle theme. The bigger title alphabets are from the True Romance Collection and the small ones are Mini Alpha Stickers, color Latte. A little bit of detail was added with Copper Pearls.

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial today! And that you have some new ideas and inspiration for you stamps!

Linda

Merly Impressions September Challenge

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

Personally I love to use odd sizes photos in my scrapbooking. You will rarely see me scrap a 6″x4″ shot and at the moment I am madly in love with the square formats of Instagram and Hipstamatic (both smart phones app that give a square vintage effect to your photos).

But I know that most scrapbookers still love to use the standard format of 6″x4″ so I have decided to challenge you and our wonderful DT to use other sizes/ format of photographs on your pages! So the theme this month is:

non-6″x4″ photos!!!!

And here is what our DT created to inspire you:

Pam

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The Take Note collection from Kaisercrafts contains some paper and stamps with the phrase ‘Life is all about the pretty little things’ – well scrapbookers don’t need to be told that do they? I used that phrase as the inspiration for this layout. This month’s challenge to use different sized photos went so well with the phrase and lent itself to a layout using an assortment of little photos of ‘pretty little things’. Rather than print and cut lots of little photos, I used Photoshop Elements (PSE) to place my photos in a grid on one document and printed it as one larger photo. If you like this look, and don’t have PSE, you can download Picasa, free from Google. Picasa has a collage facility that does all the hard work for you! Xxx

Ali

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I am an Instagram girl! Since getting my new phone I use it all the time to capture those every day moments. I love the different filters that are available, that can completely change the mood of your picture. Now that you can pick photos up from Facebook and print them off there’s no stopping me!

Linda

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In my layout I used three panorama photos taken with a phone camera. It is so much fun to use some other sizes of pictures than those normal 6×4″s!


So I hope this challenge inspires you to try new photo sizes! We can’t wait to see your creations!

Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 12th October 2013. 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-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!

Emilie xxx



Sometimes Blue

Hi, It’s Linda here today! I am so happy to share my all time favorite collection with you! It is the Base Coat Collection! I just adore the papers with so many different cool patterns.

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This time my layout is about some sad feelings we all sometimes feel. It is important to be able to scrapbook about the good times as well as the bad. Scrapbooking to me is real therapy! The background paper on my layout is from the Base Coat Collection and the lovely tags and tickets are Timeless Tag Collectables. And I tell you, this pack of collectables is full of loveliness! Every single piece in the packet will definitely be used as they are just so gorgeous and, simply, easy to use on layouts and cards!

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I used some baker’s twine around the photo as a pretty detail as well as some machine stitches. A bit of lace brings femininity and beautiful texture on any layout.

On the background I have used two different stamps: Checker Plate Background and Grunge. I love using stamps on my backgrounds and these Kaisercraft background stamps are just brilliant for that purpose! That is why I have collected quite a few of them!

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I hope you enjoyed my little blog post today! See you soon again!

Linda

Adding a few stitches

Hello everybody! I am very excited to share today’s tutorial with you! This is one of my favorite techniques to add onto my layouts: stitching!

Pattern 01

Stitching gives lovely detail and dimension on layouts. This time I stitched with a machine directly onto the photo on the layout following the pattern in the picture. I used the beautiful Enchanted Garden Collection to make this layout.

Pattern 02I started like I almost always do by finding matching papers to go well with the photo.

Pattern 03I attached the photo onto a piece of patterned paper with a little double sided tape, just enough to keep it in place when stitching.

Pattern 04I wanted to use three different colors from the photo for the stitches. I went through my box of thread spools and found just what I needed.

Pattern 05I removed the foot of the sewing machine to make it easier to see the needle as the patterns I followed were rather tiny.

Pattern 06For such a small pattern to sew for most of the time I actually preferred to manually move the needle by turning the wheel on the side of the sewing machine instead of pressing the pedal with my foot. This way I got more control over the stitching but as you can imagine it was very time consuming!

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Pattern 08After I had finished the stitching I secured the stitching and thread ends with some tape to make sure nothing starts to come off later.

Pattern 09All the hard work paid off and the texture looks wonderful on the photo!

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As I am a big fan of ink sprays and mists I added some of them on the background paper before attaching anything on.

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I finished the layout with some layering and cute Enchanted Garden Collectables.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today and give a go with stitching on your photos!

Linda

Merly Impressions August Challenge

Hi Everybody! Time flies so quickly and we are at the 15th already, our monthly rendez-vous for some challenging fun!

As I haven’t done it for a while, I have decided to challenge you with a sketch! I know you love them, so here it is:

Cool one isn’t it? We want to see how this sketch inspires you! You can flip it, turn it, resize it, make it yours but we still want to recognise it in your layouts. To inspire you and give you some ideas, here is what the gorgeous Merly DT did with it:

Ali Parris

Love Makes You Beautiful

I decided to rotate the sketch and layer up (of course!) all the lovely Sweet Pea papers and collectables. I just adore this collection!! I used some white Kaisercraft card to cut my title on the Silhouette….you really can’t beat it! The rub ons, stickers and stamps are fabulous, so they all make an appearance on the page! Gorgeous sketch, gorgeous product and my gorgeous girls :0)

Linda Iswariah

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I used stamps from the Enchanted Garden on the background with some ink running vertically inspired by the sketch. I love the possibilities with stamps when creating a background! There are also patterned paper and rubon text from the same collection. When I first saw the Enchanted Garden collection my first thought was to document my children exploring the nature! And here we go – it is my one year old’s cute little chubby hand reaching out to the plant.

Emilia van den Heuvel

Our Precious

I used Lavendar Haze collection from Kaisercraft. I used the paper pack and the Collectables pack to embellish my page.  For my background I used modeling paste, masking template and Kaisercraft clear background stamp Bubble Wrap. I used Tim Holtz “Broken China” and “Peeled Paint”.

I can’t wait to see your entries! Have fun!

Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 12th September 2013. 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-2013-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!

Emilie xxx



Fairy Birthday Party

Hi all! This time I had a chance to try out the beautiful and magical collection Enchanted Garden. I wanted to use some of the pretty fairies and ended up making a layout of my 3rd birthday where I was dressed as a fairy!

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As the background I used a die-cut paper which I placed on top of cardstock covered with some lace.

keiju 03I cut some fairies from a patterned paper and also used some fairies, flowers, tags and mushrooms from the Collectables.

keiju 04I often like to add detail on my layouts by sewing and here you can see that again. I am not sure what my trusty sewing machine thinks when having to stitch through card, lace, glue and double sided tape…

In the journaling I am pondering whether I will ever have a chance to organise a fairy party as my children are all boys. I am sure I can do it at least as an aunt or later as a grandma!

The final touch is the butterflies stamped on the right side of the layout.

What kind of projects would you create with this lovely collection?

 

Background Inspiration

Hello everybody! Today I want to show you an easy way to create an effective background on your layout. This layout is about my love for fabric. Going to a fabric shop is like going to a candy store! I love the different colors and patterns – actually it is same kind of affection that I have for patterned papers!

I have used a single photo on this layout and I chose the colors of the background matching the colors of the picture.

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This is how I started. Actually, this is how I almost always start my layouts. I have my photo and I go and find the background paper. Sometimes a blank card but more often a patterned paper. This time I used a lovely subtle lace patterned paper from the beautiful True Romance Collection. I also grabbed a few washi tapes.

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I decided where on the layout I wanted the picture to be and on that spot I created a kind of grid using the tapes. You can find some Washi Tapes here and here.

Fabric Love tutorial 02On top of the tapes and also around them I stamped with a Script Stamp.

Fabric Love tutorial 03The next step was to create some fun ink running effects. I held the paper upright when spraying with ink sprays, one color at a time. If the spray ink didn’t run enough I gave it a little boost with a squirt of water and it started to run better. I used a heat gun to dry the ink always before applying a new color.

Fabric Love tutorial 04In the bottom corner I created a little cluster of pretty elements using the Collectables from True Romance Collection and some twine.

Fabric Love tutorial 05On top of the washi tapes and the ink spraying I attached the photo along with some pretty bits from the True Romance Collectables and the title.

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Little ink drops always give a nice finishing touch!

Fabric Love tutorial 07And finally I added the journaling using a permanent pen. With such pen I don’t have to worry about paint drops, glossy tape etc where it might be difficult to make the ink from the pen stick.

Fabric Love tutorial 08I hope I inspired you to try some of these techniques on your projects!