Matchbook Mini Album with Pen and Ink


Karen here with my last project, this month using Pen and Ink.  For this project I have made a little matchbook photo folder using the 6.5 x 6.5 pad for photos of my daughter’s puppy to give to her when she comes home for the weekend soon.


I started with four 6 x 4 kraft cards and cut them down to 3.5 ins square.  These formed the basis of my folder.  I cut one in half along the fold.

To join my cards together I cut the front from an envelope and cut four 1 in x 3.5 in pieces, scoring these length-ways at .5 ins.  To make the pockets use the folded strips to join the cut down cards, starting with one of the ones you cut in half, then the three folded cards and finally the last one that has been cut in half.  When you have finished you should have a long strip of cards.  In the photo below I have added the paper from the step below but pulled it off again as I decided to add it later.


Next, using the front of an envelope, cut eight pieces of paper measuring 3.5 ins tall, with the top measuring 2 ins and the bottom measuring 1 in.  Score each piece down the centre, turn over and score .5 in from each side.


With the folds of the cards uppermost, make pockets by sticking the scored pieces along the edge of each of the cards.


From your 6.5 inch pad cut eight pieces of paper 3.25ins square and add to the inside of the pockets.

From a piece of Mocha cardstock, cut a piece 10ins x 4ins and score at 1.5ins, 2ins, 5.75 and 6.25 and fold to make a matchbook style cover for your project.  Using red tape, attach the pockets to the centre of the two squares of your cover. Use a corner rounder on the two corners of the flap.


I cut four ‘Bingo Cards’  from the 6.5 x 6.5 pad and mounted these onto the remaining piece of Mocha cardstock.  I popped these into the pockets and will add a photo on the front and back.



Finally, I used pieces of the beautiful gloss butterfly paper from the pad on my cover and cut one of the large butterflies from the Antiques paper.  Finally, I added a scallop border and a phrase from the sticker sheet.  To close my little booklet I used a black elastic hair fastener.


Karen xxx

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.


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



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!)


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.


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.



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!



Polaroid mini album with Lilac Whisper

Hello everyone,

Denise here with a little mini album using Lilac Whisper Kaisercraft Collection.


This is a really simple little album to put together, it consists of four frames.132I covered the fronts with the Aqua Foil speciality paper.


I then decided on my photos and stuck them to some Elephant Ears Kaisercard and placed the frames over them. 138

I marked the circles at the top and punched out with a hole punch or crop-a dile.

I used some wooden embellishments from the Garden Flourish Pack to embellish the frames

Flourish Pack - Garden



I also used some stickers and punched some flowers from the 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad.


I also used some Bundled Sage  Distress Ink around the edges.


and some gold rhinestones in the middle of the flowers.

i really enjoyed making this simple project which would be a lovely gift for anyone !

~ Denise ~

Treasured Moments …

Hi there !!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend . I have a beautiful album to share with you today . I made it using fabulous Kaisercraft Cherry Tree Lane collection .

DSC_0659 DSC_0660I cut two squares from patterned paper – bigger one form Post Box paper and small from Type paper and layered them onto the album front cover. Then I applied structure paste with stencil and used some background stamps and mists.

DSC_0651 DSC_0652 DSC_0654 DSC_0655I decorated my album using beautiful collectables, flowers and sissal .I also used cheesecloth and 3d art stones. I applied white gesso, gold splash ink i glitter over the design to finish.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Hugs, Margot

Best Friends with Cherry Tree Lane

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here with today with my last post for February. This month I had was able to design with the vintage Cherry Tree Lane collection from Kaisercraft (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). The collection has a great colour palette and wonderful quotes about friendship. So, my next layout is about friendship!  MI-Friendship-web-530For my background I used Quill pattern paper. I stamped the black pattern using Kaisercraft Texture Stamp and Ink Pad – Black. Once the ink has dried, I added the dimensional layer using Mixed Media 12×12 Designer Stencil and Texture Paste. As a final touch I sprinkled KaiserMist Spray Ink – Antique Gold on top. MI-Friendship-det-a (1) I layered my pictures on a slightly bigger square Kaisercard Weave Cardstock Coconut, which I distressed using Mini Distress Ink Pad – Antique Linen. To decorate my page I used various die cut embellishments from Letters perforated paper, the Collectables pack and the mini Paper PadMI-Friendship-det-b (9) MI-Friendship-det-b (8)The wonderful quotes are from the Sticker Sheet. I adhered them to the background using Mounting Foam TapeMI-Friendship-det-b (11) MI-Friendship-det-a (3)To add extra texture to my page I added little die cut elements here and there (Texture Woven). MI-Friendship-det-b (10)To assemble the flower cluster I used different colour paper blooms (Paper Blooms – Sage and Paper Blooms – Terracotta) and die cut foliage (Mini Foliage Decorative Die, Kaisercard Weave Cardstock Coconut and Olive and reddish pattern paper from the mini Paper Pad ). I also coloured a few of the Mini Paper Blooms – CoconutMI-Friendship-det-b (7) MI-Friendship-det-a (4)To finish off my design I added wooden hearts (Wooden Shapes – Love) and Rhinestones – Black.MI-Friendship-det-a (5)

I hope I managed to inspire you today!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Emmy xxx

Memory Journal with Cherry Tree Lane

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here with today and I’ve prepared something different to share with you. As you may know this month I have the pleasure to work with the truly amazing Cherry Tree Lane collection from Kaisercraft (available at Merly Impressions’ online store). I just love the vintage look and feel of this collection and I’ve decided to create a special journal for myself, decorated with all my favourite images and quotes.MI-notebook-web -530For my background I used Postcards pattern paper. I added the scalloped borders from the pre-cut embellishments from the mini Paper Pad.MI-notebook-det-a (1)For the flower cluster I used different colour paper blooms (Paper Blooms – Sage and Paper Blooms – Terracotta)… MI-notebook-det-a (6)… and I die cut the foliage using Kiasercard Weave Cardstock (Coconut and Olive) and various Decorative Dies (Foliage and mini Foliage). I aged the Coconut die cuts using Mini Distress Ink Pad – Antique Linen to match better the colour palette of this collection. MI-notebook-det-a (7) MI-notebook-det-a (4) MI-notebook-det-a (5)I used different embellishments from the Letters perforated paper and the Collectables pack to assemble the design on the notepad. MI-notebook-det-a (9)Did you know that Kaisercraft released a brad new collection of Texture dies, which are perfect for adding texture to your projects any place you like? I used Texture Woven on my project. MI-notebook-det-a (3)To finish off my design I added Rhinestone Sparklets – Coral and a vintage key.MI-notebook-det-a (10)I hope you enjoyed today’s project!

Have a lovey creative week!

Emmy xxx

Mini Book with Ubud Dreams

Good morning everyone,

Denise here with my first project using the divine Ubud Dreams Kaisercraft Collection. What a gorgeously interesting collection this is.

017I made a mini album to keep for me to as a special reminder of one of our son’s weddings last year. The colours of the papers were perfect for the wedding photos .

I started by using a piece of kraft card which I folded in half then folded the outside edges back on themselves in to the middle to make a ‘W’ shape.

004003Then I folded another piece of card in half and stuck all the folded edges together to make a book – I added a spine using Kaisercard in Grey

Next I covered the inside pages with selections of papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad

005Then it was time to decorate the front cover.

017I used a mixture of die cuts from the Collectables Pack, some co-ordinating mixed hemp cord and  a Rhinestone Sparklet.

Next it was time to add the photos together with some sticker embellishments and more Rhinestone Sparklets.



020I used some gorgeous mandala stickers and borders from the Sticker Sheet. I also used a colouring pencil from one of the new colouring pencil sets to colour a word that I die cut from my stash.

I used Sea Foam Kaisercard to mat my photos on and to put behind the white lattice arch die cut form the collectables.

I hope you like this little mini album. The papers are so versatile as there is scope for lots of fussy cutting,colouring in on some of the designs and plain papers too! I hope you’re inspired – I was !

~ Denise~

Sweet Baby Girl Album

Hello my crafty friends !!! Margot here today sharing with you an absolutely amazing mini album for a little girl made using  ” Pick-a-Boo “ Kaisercraft collection. I really adore this collection and I’m sure you will love it .

mini-album10First I created a base and covers for my mini album … I decorated a front and back cover using Infant – Pick-a Boo paper . To embellish the front cover I used doily die , next I cut out a tag from Tiny Tot paper and secured it on the top of a doily … and then I adhered gorgeous die-cuts from collectables pack . I also used beautiful Fairy Floss paper flowers , cheesecloth , 3d balls and chipboard decorative element . I finally added touches of white glittered paint onto the design to

mini-album13 mini-album12I decorated each side using papers from 6.5″ x 6.5″ Pick-a-Boo paper pad. I also used lots of collectables , paper doilies and beautiful stickers . I added flowers, cheesecloth , epoxy stickers,  and hemp cord . So let me take you through all the details in my album . mini-album2 mini-album3 mini-album4 mini-album5 mini-album6 mini-album7 mini-album8

mini-album9Thanks for stopping by … wishing you all a happy and very creative day xx

Margot xx

Recipes with Bon Appetit

Hello everyone,

Denise here with a little mini book using the Bon Appetit Kaisercraft collection.

076 (2)I’m one of those people who has a little ‘stash’ of recipes that are  all pushed into an old school recipe book of mine which I’ve had since I left school a very long time ago! Ahem about 40 years to be precise !

074So when I received this kit I decided to use the Recipe Cards to record some of the favourite recipes of mine that are scribbled on bits of paper – then I thought ‘Why not make a mini book’…

I started off with some Licorice Kaisercard, measuring two pieces to a tiny bit more than 6 x 4 inches. I then took a piece of Kaisercard Kraft cardstock and measured it to 6 x 4, then scored from one inch in every half an inch to one inch from the other end. Next I concertina folded it on the half inch scores to make the hinge as below.

063I stuck the one inch end pieces  to the edge of the black card. I then cut some more of the Kraft card into 6 x 4 to make the pages. These were then stuck onto one side of each hinge

The pages were made using lots of pieces from  the papers together with some from the 6.5  x 6.5  pad  and lots of items from the Collectables pack.

077 (2)I used some of the gorgeous Cool paper (the black checked) to make a triangular pocket inside the front cover and back so I can tuck some little bits and more recipe cards in.

I stuck some recipe cards onto some of the pages to record some of my special recipes.

078Some of the elements were raised up on foam tape. I also used some of the papers from the 6.5 x 6.5  paper pad to cover the pages and use as little strips and corners.

079I used some of the index tabs from the sticker sheet to label the pages and some of the borders.080I drew some faux stitching around some of the Kraft card pages and cut around the collectables to define them a bit more. On this page I used a flower pot and some herbs.

Some Kraft tags came in very useful too as extra embellishments .

081Inside back cover showing the pocket for tucking extra recipe cards into

082 (2)I also used some Black Soot Distress Ink to go round some of the edges.

I really enjoyed cutting and snipping and using the many elements in this collection and now my recipes are tidy !

I hope you can pop back to see some more inspiration very soon form the team.

~ Denise ~



Christmas Mini Album

Hello again,

Sandra here with a last Christmas project for this month, but that doesn’t mean I won’t bring any next month ;d

Using the North Pole collection I’ve decided to prepare myself an album for my Christmas photos. I’ve made the cover and a couple of pages inside – I cannot wait to fill them with my son’s photos!


Here’s my cover (the album will probably be about me and my son).


I must say I never actually prepared an album without photos, it’s kind of empty for me now and a new thing as well, but I guess once I add the photos it will look good?




Are you ready for Christmas?  I’m not sure if I am yet; I guess I should buy some presents, always leaving them till last minute! 😀

Enjoy your day