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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


Under £10 Project (Christmas) – Part 3

Welcome to our last part of this month’s Under £10 Project!

For this last installment I have something special! Do you ever struggle to get organised for Christmas? Do you have sudden ideas for the perfect present but will have forgotten what it was by the end of the day? Do you occasionally buy two of the same food item simply because you didn’t remember you had already purchased it? Well if you do, or even if you don’t but love to keep organised, then this is for you!!!

I have designed this little organisation book to stay on top of my game this year for Christmas!

I simply divided the December sheet in four squares of 6″x6″. I folded them in half, made five holes on the fold, placed them into each other and binded them by threading some twine through each holes.

Once the structure of my mini book was done I decorated it with some stickers and with the remaining papers from the Under £10 kit.

I chose each “list” and added frames to help me to keep organised for Christmas!

I am sure everybody need a wine list for Christmas!!! lol!

I hope that this little mini will help you keep organised! Thank you for joining me once more for this Under £10 project! Have fun!!!


Under £10 Project (Christmas) – Part 2

Welcome back to our Under £10 Project. As you know, this month’s Under £10 project is all about getting you ready for Christmas including, of course, Christmas cards. So here are two cards created with the Under £10 kit!!!

I decided to go for some 6″x6″ cards so I simply cut the Eve sheet in two and folded both strips to create my square cards. I then decorated them with the squares that came on the Hallelujah sheet, a few stickers and flowers! I know most people like to receive more “traditional” cards for Christmas so these do tick that box but still have a little bit of “me” in them.

I hope that this will help you getting started with your cards! Don’t miss out on our next episode!

Emilie  xxx

Under £10 Project (Christmas) – Part 1

With such gorgeous festive collections from Kaisercraft I had to do something different for my Under £10 projects! So this month I have decided to help you get ready for Christmas!!!

For my first project I have created some decorations. You can place them on a shelf or add a little ribbon and hang it up, it will look super cute in the middle of your usual decor!

Christmas 2012 Under £10 Project - Part 1

This are two very simple and quick rosettes! Cut your Advent sheet in two (6″ x12″) and fold it every 1/2″. Then glue it down in a rosette and decorate with your stickers, flowers and sentiments! You can find the complete Under £10 kit here.

I will give mine to my mum as her Christmas decoration are red/green/gold and it will look amazing on the fire place in the Chalet!!!

I can’t wait to see yours! Don’t miss our next episode!

Emilie  xxx

Under £10 Project (Aug 2012) – Part 3

Time seems to fly by – already we have the third part of this under £10 project!

August Under £10 project layout 3

I decided for this last layout to use the “busy” side of the Trilby sheet from the Sears and Sons collection from Kaisercraft. I used the sticky outside of the sticker sheet as a stencil to spray the moustaches as I thought that the moustache stickers themselves were too dark to make an impact on my background. I finished it off by layering some remaining stickers as well as some embellishments from the Collectable pack and writing my journalling. My title was made by the label “Father and daughter” and the sticker “Father and son”. The clustering also re-enforces the cosy feeling of the photo by keeping everything tight together.

I love this photo of my dad, my younger brother and me! I am happy that I will be able to look at it every time I go through my album!

I hope you have enjoyed this set of Under £10 layouts. Don’t forget that the kit for this months Under £10 project can be found in the Merly Impressions shop.


Under £10 Project (Aug 2012) – Part 2

Welcome back to this month’s Under £10 Project! Here I am to share the second part of this months Under £10 project…

This months collection inspired me to Scrapbook about my dad. What better to go with the Sears and Sons papers then my father’s glorious moustache?! I used the sheet “Charming” as my background onto which I have spread some Gesso and splattered some ink. You can use white paint instead of the Gesso. I mounted the photo directly onto the background and I then used the strips at the bottom of each sheet of paper from the Under £10 kit to create the rosettes at the corners of the photo. I finished it with a few elements from the Sticker Sheet and the Collectable Pack concentrating on the Moustaches that comes in this collection! I love the end result! I hope that you too will join me in this Under £10 adventure and have a go at re-creating this layout!

The kit for this months Under £10 project can be found in the Merly Impressions shop.

I hope you will join me back here in a couple of days for part three of the Project!


Under £10 Project (Aug 2012) – Part 1

This Month I am in love with the brand new collection Sears and Sons from Kaisercraft! So much so that I decided to use it for my Under £10 Project! I hope that you will join me! You can purchase this months Under-10 kit in the Merly Impressions shop.

My first layout for this Month’s Project is:

August Under-10 layout 1

I absolutely love this page! I simply layered different banners from the Sears and Sons Sticker Sheet and from the matching Collectables pack onto a sheet of Kaisercard Brey Cardstock. I then added a part of the clock strip (again from the Sticker Sheet) and some elements mounted onto foam pads. It is a very simple and quick layout but also so effective! I absolutely love it!

The kit for this months Under £10 project can be found in the Merly Impressions shop.

I hope this inspired you and that you will join me for the part two of the Project!


Under £10 projects (June 2012) – Part 3

I can’t believe I am already sharing with you my third and last layout for the June Under £10 Projects.

As you know this month has been a tough cookie for me but I enjoyed every minutes of it as it pushed me out of my comfort zone! It is the best way to improve your style and progress with your techniques!

For my last layout I wanted to create a very easy and quick layout to show you that with a wise choice of papers you can create very nice effect without having to spend ages on a page nor a lot of money! You can very easily realise this layout in under 30 minutes, even if you are only starting in scrapbooking! So without further delay here is my last page:

June Under £10 project - Layout 3

I love how some of the sheets in the Vintage Timeless Paper Pad look like a collage of different patterned papers! I used this by sticking two of those sheets below each other to make it look like a more elaborate layering than it really is. The borders down the sides of the sheets are cut from another page in the paper pad.

I know, I know, I told you that I am not a fan of my own hand writing BUT I decided to take the plunge with this layout and give some ideas on how to add your journalling to your layouts. I love this idea of a “trail” of text behind the butterflies.

June Under-10 layout 3 - detail 1

The paper pad is full of gems including those two cards impressions. I decided to cut them out and use them as embellishments. I also decided to cut out the rectangle of “Modern Masters” paper from another page and use it to mount my photo onto as it’s size was a perfect! I then mounted it on foam pads for extra dimension.

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So there it is! The best part of this mini kit is that I still have loads of paper left in my pad to create many more layouts. Most of the papers in there are in black and white which means that a great way to jazz them up is by rubbing some distress ink in bright colours all over them! I tried this with some red ink (on another project that I will share with you very soon) and trust me, it is a fantastic technique to give a new life to your papers.

I hope this inspired you. If you would like to create your own versions of these layouts don’t forget that the products I’ve used here are available in the June Under-10 Kit for a short time longer.


Under £10 projects (June 2012) – Part 2

Welcome back for the second part of the June’s Under £10 project!

I have to admit that it has been difficult for me to come up with different project this month simply because although I love papers I don’t tend to use a lot of them on my layout. So for this month’s under £10 where patterned papers had the spot light my Mr Mojo got stuck! We all go through phases of lack of inspiration and when this happens to me I have one solution: I hit Pinterest hard! And it really helped me to get the juice flowing! I ended-up designing this very simple layout that I love:

June Under £10 project - Layout 2

I used the sheet of grey Cardstock and decided to let the papers and the photo be the centre of attention. I really do love this page! Once again I used the alpha paper from the paper pad for the journalling and some alpha stamps for my title. If you don’t have any alpha stamps, a great technique to use for this layout is to write your title with a felt tip pen to then emboss it with some white or black embossing powder.

June Under £10 project - Layout 2 - detail 1

I cut all the squares of paper at the same size and then distressed the edges with my scissors. To add volume I simply decided to stick the middle of each square with tape but to then add some foam pads at the corners to give them a very striking risen effect.

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Some splashes of white paint add some interest to the plain background and help integrate the patterned papers to the grey cardstock. If you feel curious of what inspires me you can view my Pinterest board here. I hope this inspired you and that I will see you again soon for the third and last part of this months Under £10 Project!


Under £10 projects (June 2012) – Part 1

After the wonderful success of last month’s instalment of the Under £10 project I am very pleased to share with you three new projects for June!

Last night we made the June Under £10 Kit available on the Merly Impressions website so you can join in with me if you wish. As you might have guessed from the kit, this month we will focus on how to make the most out of your papers.

So lets start with the first layout…

June 2012 Under £10 Project - layout 1

For this layout I used the white sheet of card stock and entirely covered it with torn papers from the pad. I only used uncoloured papers for the background so that the coloured paper on which I mounted my photograph would pop out more. Want to save even more money? Well we all have sheets of card stock that we used to test a paint or ink effect or maybe some outdated patterned papers that we don’t like; why not cover those? That way you will save a perfectly fine sheet of blank card stock!

June 2012 Under £10 Project - layout 1, detail 1

For my journalling I simply decided to use the Alphabet paper that came in the paper pad. It is a great replacement for mini alphas. Also, I decided to stamp my title as I really don’t like my own hand writing. If you don’t own any alphabet stamp set why not try printing your own title directly on the paper or printing it on some plain white paper to then hand cut it out? It is a great cheap option when you have run out of alphas!

I hope this inspired you! See you again soon for the second layout.