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

Summer Days with Sunny Village

Hi Everyone,
I hope you have all had good summer capturing memories along the way. I know I certainly have! I have used some of my summer photo’s on this layout that I have created using the Sunny Village Collection by ScrapBoys and the Uniqolour Markers. I fell deeply in love with the sunflowers in this collection. They remind we of summers growing up, my mum always had sunflowers growing in the garden. So I have run with a yellow and brown on white theme with this project.

To create this project I have followed to steps below:

  • Take an acrylic stamping block and a yellow UNIQOLOUR MARKER, scribble onto the block and then use the water brush to water it down as desired, turn the block over and “stamp” the water colour onto the layout. I have added the watercolour on the inside and outside of my inked semi-circles.
  • Fussy cut the two circle frames from SUNNY VILLAGE – PAPER 05, including removing the centres.
  • Size, cut and adhere photos to centre of the frames.
  • Foam tape framed photo to layout, each inside a semi-circle.

I hope I have inspired you to create a layout with the Sunny Village collection to document those memories captured this summer.
Stay Safe and Happy Crafting!

Roxanne Xx

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

Sunflower Dreams with Sunny Village

Hi Everyone,
I have documented more of my summer photo’s using the Sunny Village Collection by ScrapBoys and the Uniqolour Markers. I fell deeply in love with the sunflower frame of paper 02 and just knew that I had to use for my sunflower filled photos! I have again focused on a yellow and brown theme, with lots of flowers.

To create this project I have followed to steps below:

  • Trim strip from SUNNY VILLAGE – PAPER 02.
  • Measure and rule a line 7.7 cm from the left and right side of the page. Fussy cut the flower frame on the inside of these lines. You should have two pieces to adhere to the top layer of your layout later.
  • Trim to 19 x 30.5 KAISERCARD DAFFODIL WEAVE CARDSTOCK and use your favourite punch along the long sides.
  • Ink the edges of the Daffodil piece in KAISERINK PAD – CHESTNUT and using the same ink stamp “you brighten my day” from the CLEAR STAMPS – BOMBAY SUNSET along the inside edge of your punched line.
  • Adhere prepared Daffodil piece to the centre of Paper 02, covering the cut flower frame.
  • Fussy cut the two frames with flower corners from SUNNY VILLAGE – PAPER 06, and including remove the centres.
  • Size, cut and adhere photos to centre of the frames.
  • Foam tape framed photo to the centre of the layout, with a layer of CHEESECLOTH GAUZE in between.

I hope I have inspired you to create a layout with the Sunny Village collection to document some of your summer memories.
Stay Safe and Happy Crafting!

Roxanne Xx

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

Sunny Village Cards

Hi Everyone,
Today I am sharing with you some mixed media cards using the Sunny Village Collection by ScrapBoys. I love the summer feel and the bright colours of these papers. I have also used the fabulous UNIQOLOUR MARKERS to create my backgrounds of these cards.

To create these cards I have used the steps below:

  • For two cards Take the brown and yellow UNIQOLOUR MARKERS and for the other two take the black, deep green and red markers.
  • Colour a line in the same direction of the texture paste in the darkest colour and then a gradient out. Use the water brush to blend the colours and move then as you wish.

I hope I have inspired you to create some cards using the Sunny Village Collection and the UNIQOLOUR MARKERS. Stay Safe and Happy Crafting!


xX Roxanne Xx

Baby Photo Album with Fairy Land

Hi everyone,
Today I would like to share the biggest project that I have created since joining the Merly Impressions Design Team! It is this beautiful album that I have decorated with the gorgeous Fairy Land Collection by ScrapBoys and I have used every single page of this collection for this project. Many of you may recognise this album as it is from the 2017 Merly Impressions Retreat! I know many of you will probably still have them to be used. So here is some inspiration for what you can do with them (3 years later!). I created this album as a gift for an unborn baby so I couldn’t add the photo’s yet but I know the parents like to take many photo’s so I know it is the perfect gift that will be filled up quickly!

To begin with I decorated the outside because I found doing so many pages at once was too over whelming! So I started by preparing a front, back and side strip with KAISERCARD ORCHID WEAVE CARDSTOCK. Under this layer I glued (and taped) three ribbons with different thicknesses so the album could be tied closed. Then a second layer of patterned paper where the front and back were from FAIRY LAND – PAPER 03 and the side strip I made from FAIRY LAND – PAPER 01.

After this step, the back was complete so I focused next on the side where I took a wooden letter E, painted it purple and covered the top surface in DISTRESS STICKLES – DUSTY CONCORD. Once the letter was dry I glued it to the side of the album and left it dry.

To decorate the front, I cut a photo matt from white cardboard and stamped the Toadstools from CLEAR STAMPS – ENCHANTED COLLECTION in Perfect Medium and applied the white Perfect Pearls. I have also included a SCRAPFX CHIPBOARD fairy that I painted in DISTRESS STICKLES – DUSTY CONCORD and DISTRESS STICKLES – BUNDLED SAGE. Next I fussy cut the elements from FAIRY LAND – PAPER 01, FAIRY LAND – PAPER 04 and FAIRY LAND – PAPER 07, and added them to the front and side, along with RHINESTONES – SILVER and WHITE ZIG WINK OF STELLA BRUSH MARKER. Lastly, I added some DISTRESS STICKLES – BUNDLED SAGE grass along the bottom of the front and added the name from painted wooden letters from in my craft stash.

Next I moved into the inside covers where I made pockets to store tags with photo’s and notes. I have gone for the animal pairs from FAIRY LAND – PAPER 07 as features for these pockets and more Perfect Pearl toadstools.

Next I moved on to doing the pages of the book, for those that haven’t seen this album before it comes with already made pages so I have just gone ahead and decorated them with the same Fairy Land theme from as the covers.

For the first page I focused on a purple theme with FAIRY LAND – PAPER 01, as the main background and have included a panel for a 7.5 x 5 cm (small) photo. I have embellished the page with some CHEESECLOTH GAUZE and a painted Uniquely Creative laser cut word.

For the second set of pages I have gone for a green theme, using KAISERCARD DEW DROP WEAVE CARDSTOCK and FAIRY LAND – PAPER 01 with one small photo square and two tags. On the tags I have used an ink blending tool and KAISERINK PAD – SPEARMINT through the STARS MINI DESIGNER STENCIL.

For the next set of pages I have selected purple as the main colour focussing on FAIRY LAND – PAPER 02 and FAIRY LAND – PAPER 06 with one small photo on the right page and a series of manual flip photos on the left hand side. The Flip photo section can hold up to 5 large portrait photos (just smaller than 10.2 x 15.4 cm) is tied down with a green bow on each side.

I have created this set of paged with contrasting colours compared to the rest of the album using KAISERCARD OATMEAL WEAVE CARDSTOCK and KAISERCARD MAROON PREMIUM CARDSTOCK. I was inspired by another project I created with this collection which focuses on the flowers from FAIRY LAND – PAPER 04. I just couldn’t help but bring it in here too. There is space for one 4 x 6 cm photo on each page.

For the last set of double pages I have gone back to the main purple theme but have included a fancy mechanism mini flip album the right page which is better viewed in a video that I will shared on my Roxii’s Craft Studio Instagram and Facebook accounts. The page on the left has a simple pocked with punched edges and two removable tags. The main paper inspiring this set of pages was FAIRY LAND – PAPER 05.

Lastly, I created the final page to match the first single page of the album with FAIRY LAND – PAPER 01 as the main background. I have used the MINI BACKGROUND STAMP – TEXT and MINI INK PAD – ORCHID to create the stamped background for these pages.

There is also a secret pocket space on the edge of each page for more tags which i have created from left over pieces of the album. I have also added some texture paste rhinestones, laser cut words into the album, as well as lots of Perfect Pearling, stencilling, stamping and edge inking too.

I hope I have inspired you to have a play with this gorgeous collection or with your old retreat album!
Stay safe and keep crafting!
Xx Roxii xX

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