Merly Impressions August 2014 Challenge

Hi everybody! After a short holiday break we are here to challenge you once more!

This month we don’t just want you to create a scrapbook page – we want you to tell us the story about what is included in it. This month the theme of the challenge is:


Your layout should include journalling to tell the story behind the layout. The journalling can be in any form (e.g. typed, hand-written, stamped) but it should form a predominant part of the design of the page. It should not be hidden (for example in an envelope or behind a photo).

The final date for entries is the 2nd of September 2014.

One of our design team has created a layout to provide a little inspiration:

Hi everyone, it’s Pam again.

I hope you are all enjoying a fabulous summer, taking lots of photo and making lots of memories to scrap about. it’s those memories that become stories that need to be recorded on your layouts. And that is what the August challenge is: a journalling challenging. I know for a lot of us the fun part of scrapping is the cutting and pasting, and the journalling often gets forgotten. However, the stories are important, and we really should make an effort to record them on our pages. When I first started scrapping back in 2005, my daughter also joined in. She was about 10 at the time. The other day, I was looking at her old scrapbooks and they were so much more interesting than mine because she always wrote stories on her pages. When I look at her scrapbooks I get such a sense of the person she was when she made the scrapbook pages.

Journalling can be added in may ways: handwritten, typed or stamped. The journalling may be visible or hidden, for example on a tag tucked behind the photo. For my layout, I have chosen to do a block of handwritten journalling. Although I wish I had neat, regular handwriting, or arty scribbly handwriting, I’m afraid I have neither, but for me handwriting is both quick and personal, so that’s what I’ve chosen for this layout.


For this layout I have used the Be-you-tiful collection by Kaisercraft. The background paper is the rear side of the ‘Delightful’ paper. This paper is speckled, so I used a plastic card to scrape some gesso over the space where my journalling would go. By knocking back the speckles, it makes the journalling easier to read. I started this layout by gessoing the journalling space, then applying some random stamping under where I would place my photo. I also added a couple of squirts of red Dylusions spray. Then I layered up some papers, and die cut Collectables.

Here’s some closeups of the layout:

P1160660-4 P1160659-3 P1160658-2So, we’re really excited to see all your layout with a focus on journalling.


Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 2rd September 2014. 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 ( 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 and we will add them and link them through our Photobucket gallery.

Have fun!

Chrissy xxx

2 thoughts on “Merly Impressions August 2014 Challenge

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  2. You need to double click on my entries to see them. Thanks. Would be nice if anyone would leave a comment too as I don’t have any.

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