Wild + Free with Deep Sea


Karen here with the first of my projects for January using the lovely Deep Sea Collection.  As soon as I saw this paper range I knew the exact photo I wanted to use – one of Gracia when she was about 18 month and her first experience of bubbles.


For this scrapbook page I have used :-

Anemone and Sand Bar papers plus the corresponding bubble and anemone papers from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad.  Kaisercard in Duck Egg,  Deep Sea Collectables,  Deep Sea  Clear Stamp Collection, Decorative Die – Double Bubble, KaiserInk Pad – Pigment White Mini Ink Pad – Lagoon, KaiserMist – Turquoise and Pearls – Bliss.

I started by gutting a 1 inch frame from the Anemone  paper.  I then trimmed 1 inch from the bottom and one side of the Duck Egg card and stuck this to the centre of the Anemone frame – bubble side showing of the paper and smooth side of the card.

Next I used the bubble paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad to cut a 5 in square photo mount.  I laid this onto my page, drew around it with a pencil and set it aside for later.

From white card I cut three Decortive Die – Double Bubbles and arranged them around the drawn square.


I then used the bubble stamp from  Deep Sea  Clear Stamp Collection and  Pigment White and Lagoon, to stamp bubbles onto my design.


Some anemones were fussy cut from both the Anemone  paper and 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad as I thought that they also looked like bubbles.

The photo mat was added to the page but I made sure that it was not adhered to close to the edge so that I was able to slip some of the anemones underneath.   I stuck down the fussy cut anemones into available spaces and splattered some KaiserMist – Turquoise.


After adding some die cut bubbles and the ‘Wild and Free’ title to my page from the  Collectables pack, I cut ‘Always Keep Room ….’  from the Sand Bar paper and placed it bottom right of my photo.



The final touch was to add some  Pearls to my page as additional ‘bubbles’.


I am pleased with my ‘bubblicious’ page and am plotting and planning what I am going to make next.


Thankful Everyday



Karen here with the second of my projects using the Full Bloom collection.

For this page I wanted to use the lovely clear stamps but am not a confident stamper.  Then I remembered I have a stamping gadget that would make all the difference.  It looks like a large CD case and you place your stamps on the inside, ink them up and close it onto your project, ensuring that the image is in exactly the same place every time.

First I arranged my stamps to make a floral corner


and then inked some of the leaves with a Vine ink pad.


I used the corner of a baby wipe to wipe clean any bits that had ink where I didn’t want it.  I then stamped on all four corners of the smooth side of my Coconut Weave cardstock, which I had trimmed down to 11.5ins x 11.5ins. I did the same to the remaining leaves and flowers using Avocado, Berry and Petal Pink.


Next I mounted this onto a piece of Ballet Weave cardstock. To this I added an eight inch circle of Garden Bed paper with the large floral cluster, from the sticker sheet, horizontally across the middle.


I spent a happy evening watching a film and fussy cutting all the flowers from a sheet of Posy paper and then arranged them around my circle – attaching with foam dots.


I cut the ‘Thankful Everyday’ from the Blooming Foil paper, which as the title suggests has beautiful foiled accents in rose gold, and placed this centre top of my circle of flowers.


Next, I mounted my photo on three layers of paper taken from the 6.5ins x 6.5ins paper pad, using foam dots between each layer and the photograph.


My final touches were to add a heart from the Collectables Pack, three  Dusty Pink paper blooms, two little sprigs cut from the Posy paper and some glitter glue to the centre of my flowers.


I hope this inspires you to use this gorgeous range to create something and to even step out of your comfort zone and stamp directly on a page!

I will be back soon with my third project for this month.

Stamp only layout – Kaisercraft vintage re-visited

I love to collect a vast array of stamps but I did notice lately that apart from a small number of staples that I re-use time and time again on all (or most of) my projects, I tend to only use the others once or twice but then forget about them…

Not very purse friendly I hear you say but I know that I am not alone… So this month I have decided to re-visit an older set from Kaisercraft (2010, in Scrapbooking it may as well be called an Antique!) and give it a new fresh lease of life! Are you ready? Here we go!

Did you notice the trend of having hot-air balloons on our layouts? Well Kaisercraft had released an entire collection around that theme back in 2010. I decided to use the stamp set from Up, Up and Away and to bring it up to date with my choice of colours to make the most of what I already had! I also helped this updating by using the fantastic Chevron Stencil that I absolutely love but making my chevrons go upward to help the visual effect of the balloons flying away. The swirls from the stamp set are here to build a sort of cloud as a base for my photograph to rest onto.

To finish it all off and tie everything together I used the amazing Kaisercraft paper blooms in Fire Red, Sunset (yellow) and Sea breeze. I hope this inspired you to look at your stamps in a new light!

Emilie xxx

Stamp Only Layout – October 2012

Although the summer seemed like a drag with all that rain here up north, September flew by so quickly that I can’t honestly remember where it went!!!

I have had a lot of fun crafting though! Shame I can’t share it all with you just yet!

But I can share this layout with you!!! I love working with Chrissy and to be honest, she is the nicest person I know!!! It feels like Christmas every month!!!

October Stamp Only Layout

I soooo love this layout!!! It was one of those that just came together in no time at all!  I used some gorgeous Distress stains (gosh I love them!) in Tea DyeAntique linen and Stormy Sky shades. They work so well with my photograph that even I am impressed!!! I finished the layout off with my stamps: Check inTwig and BerryGrunge AlphasMiss Match and Journal Background. A few flowers in IcebergTerracotta and Honey and my layout was finished!

I hope this inspired you!!!

Emilie  xxx

A Stamp Only Layout – Get Inky!

You know me, I absolutely love to create my “Stamp Only” layouts! And when I received in my DT box the gorgeous Dusty Concord Distress Stain I knew that I wanted to create a very inky/splodgy layout!

Stamps only layout - August 2012

There is some serious brightness going on there don’t you think?! I coloured my background with Distress Stains in Spiced MarmaladeDusty Concord and Worn Lipstick then I added a few splashes with Black Soot. Afterwords I coloured three rectangles of white cardstock with the same colours to then stamp three different background: Wood GrainChicken Wire and Checker Plate. I decided to repeat the same colour Scheme with my flowers. For that I used the paper blooms in AmethystFuchsia,  Sunset and Black.

I love the end result and the great thing is that it was a very quick and simple layout to put together! I hope this inspired you to get inky!


A Stamp Only Layout for Summer

Are you the kind of crafter who uses background stamps only for backgrounds, alphabet stamps only to write words, image stamps only as an embellishment? Do you believe that you can only use a stamp for what it was designed to do? Well I am here to help you look at your stamps in a new light and to help you make the most of them!

The idea is turn your stamps use around. Here is how I used some of my Kaisercraft stamps for this layout:

August 2012 Stamps Only Layout

I used the Miss Match Bingo stamps, the Check-in stamps and the Grungy Alphas stamps to create my backgrounds. I showed you previously how to create the colour background I used once more here, but the idea is to either repeat an image to cover your paper (as done with the Check-in stamp) or to stamp the whole sheet of stamps to create a background image (as I did for with the Bingo cards stamps and the alphas). It is a fantastic way to give a new lease of life to your well used, well loved stamps. To make it quicker to stamp the whole sheet of stamps (especially the alphas), leave all the stamps on the backing sheet, ink them but then put the paper on the stamps, place your acrylic block on top of the paper and press down. It’s to create a patterned paper that will sit in the back of the layout so the image doesn’t need to be perfect and I think that the imperfection actually add some personality and edginess!

Here is how I used my papers:

August 2012 Stamps Only Layout - finished

I created a fourth paper with the Grid Background stamp simply because I wanted something lighter in colour to break between the background and the photograph. Still with the idea of changing the use of my stamps I added lonely spots of stamping behind my photograph with the Bubble wrap stamp and the Graffiti stamp. These are designed to be used repeatedly in order to cover wide surfaces but I wanted to show you that you can use it too by just stamping them once! I finished off my page with some Miss Match gorgeousness by adding some of the Collectables and some of the pieces that come with the Paper Pad. Some gorgeous Paper Blooms and Resin Flowers and I was happy with the finished result!

I hope I inspired you to look at your stamps in a new light!


Stamp Only Layout – June

I have been overwhelmed by the positive response to my first “Stamp Only Layout” for Merly Impressions! Thank you all so much for your positive feedbacks!

I am very pleased to be back with a brand new one and a new step-by-step to share with you! This month I will show you a very simple, quick and fool proof technique to create your own colourful patterned paper. Ready? Here we go!

step by step for stamps only layout - June 2012

Step 1: Rub some light Distress Stain all over your paper. Here I used the Antique Linen shade. This will give a bit of a worn look to your colours.

Step 2: On your Non Stick Craft Sheet, rub two shades of water based ink pads. I used the Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint shades from the Distress Ink pads range. Then sprinkle or spray some water over it. I love this colour combo! So jazzy!

Step 3: Rub your paper onto your craft sheet (coloured side face down) until most of it is covered with your bright ink. If you miss a few spots it doesn’t matter as we will sort them out later.

Step 4: With your heat gun (or hair dryer), dry your sheet fully.

Step 5: With your Ink Blender rub some Tea Dye Shade ink on the edges of your paper and onto those spots that were left uncoloured. I love this step as it adds a bright but yet vintage-y feel to your paper. I have owned this ink for a while now but only got started using it in the last couple of month! And now I can’t get enough of it!!!

Step 6: With black ink (I use Versafine) stamp repeatedly your Checker Plate Background on your paper.

There you go!  You have your own unique paper!!! Want to see how I used it?  Here is how:

stamps only layout - June 2012

I love those bright colours!!! As you can see I used this same technique to create my pink/orange paper but using the amazing Numbers Background Stamp BUT did you noticed I also used the same technique for my Brown patterned paper? I simply decided to use different shades of brown instead of brights and I stamped my design also in brown. I used Frayed Burlap and Brushed Curduroy for it. The stamp I used is the Vintage Fence Background.

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I also used my favourite stamps of the moment: Grunge font Stamps. I know that they are some of your favourites too! I embossed them with white embossing powder and to balance my page I added, still with white embossing powder, the Graffiti Background.

So there you go! I hope this Stamp Only Layout inspired you!!!


Stamp Only Layout – May

Stamps Only Layout logoWhen I first started Scrapbooking I was given some advice: “Whatever you are able to spend on your hobby, try to spend at least 50% of the total amount on lasting items such as stamps, punches and dies”. At first I didn’t really see the point but after a while it hit me.

That’s when I decided to take notice of that advice and I started investing my money in stamps. And I fell in love! I was sold by the fact I could use them again and again, telling a new story each time! They could become an embellishment, an accent, a texture, a pattern, etc… The sky is the limit! After years of learning, trial and error I am now confident in creating a layout from A to Z using only my stamps ( and a few flowers, cheeky me! lol!).

So we at Merly Impressions decided on a regular project – I will meet you here once a month to share with you a layout created with stamps and share a few tips and techniques. I am sooo excited about this! Ready to start? Well this month I show you how to create a sheet of background paper using your Kaisercraft stamps.

Stamps Only layout steps

Step 1: Stamp all over a sheet of plain white card stock your “Grid Background” stamp with some “Old Paper” distress ink.

Step 2: Rub your “Old Paper” ink around the edges of your sheet using a blending tool or a sponge.

Step 3: Stamp your “Grunge Background” image on the bottom left corner of your sheet and the top right corner. The top right corner is only a detail so make it small.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 but using your “Bubble Wrap” stamp and making it more prominent.

Step 5: Finish off your paper by using the frame stamps from the Chanteuse Collection.

There you have a bespoke sheet of paper! Of course the best thing about this is that you can create your paper so that the colours match perfectly your photos! Feeling overwhelmed? Follow those tips: Start with the lighter colour for the largest surface finishing with your darker colours for your details. It’s all about trial and error so get your stamps out and try creating your design on cheap plain paper you won’t be sad to throw it away if it doesn’t work! Don’t give up if you don’t like the results, sometimes adding a couple of extra images or details really make it work and last but not least: look at the papers you already have to see how it’s done. Manufacturers are the professionals and know how to put images together to create enviable backgrounds so get your inspiration from there. Find a paper you like, look at it in detail, decide what you like about it and then try to reproduce it with your own images!

So now you have created your background you have to use it and this is how I used mine:

Stamps Only layout for May

I created my own patterned papers with a variety of Distress inks, paint as well as the stamps I used to create the background. I added a few gorgeous Kaisercraft Paper Blooms as well as some Resin Flowers and pearls. I finished off my layout by creating my title/ journalling with some mini alphas and with my Grunge Font stamps. I hope that this inspired you to try for yourself! I had so much fun and so will you! Don’t hesitate to share with us your creations on our Facebook page or in the comment section bellow!