Merly Impressions May 2014 Challenge

Hi everybody! It is that time of the month again and we are here to challenge you once more!

Well, the weather is improving and we are all, no doubt, thinking of long evenings, warm days and holidays. With this in mind we are challenging you to create a scrapbook layout on the theme of :

Spring is in the Air

Your layout should include elements that show what Spring is all about – newborn lambs, newly opened flowers, trees coming into leaf, etc. The photos can be taken anywhere – for example, in a garden, in a park or by the sea – as long as they are linked with the theme of Springtime

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

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


It’s Ali here with you today to share my inspiration for this month’s challenge; Spring :) I know that Spring is well and truly here when our magnolia tree is in full bloom. They are a short lived pleasure and within days we have brown petals all over the lawn but it is a small price to pay! it also makes the most beautiful backdrop for photos of my daughters :)

MAY Challenge II

I have been playing with Happy Snaps this month; my absolute all time without a doubt favourite!! So how to make this bright and vivacious collection look a little more pink and pastel? Well, as with all KC collections it’s about looking beyond the obvious; what? I hear you cry! Whilst this collection is super bright it also has a pale pink floral paper  that is reflected within some of the other patterned papers.

Click Click - Happy Snaps Collection Click Click  

So I started with this gorgeous paper as my inspiration and carried on from there!

Merly MAY 5

The heart was punched from one of the pink flowers on the paper. The ‘love this’ circle was punched from the Snap Shot paper and the heart stamp is from the Polaroid clear stamp set. I also added a smidge of delicious KC lace…I love it! I used a selection of white and pale pink embossing powders and the gorgeous Lattice background stamp – I thought it looked like a bit like blossom.

Merly MAY

More little icons cut from the papers, some vellum die cuts and little pink pearls.

MAY Challenge Title

I cut the title on my die cutting machine and brushed the embossed glossy paper from the 6.5″x6.5″ pad with white paint to tone the colour down as well as highlighting the pattern on the paper :)

What does Spring mean to you? We would love to see your layout in the gallery…why not give it a go? The winner of our challenge wins £25 to spend in the luscious Merly shop!!

Thanks for popping in today,

Ali x


Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 2rd June 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 (http://www.merlyimpressions.co.uk/blog/project-portfolio/scrapbooking/merly-impressions-may-2014-challenge/) 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 info@merlyimpressions.co.uk and we will add them and link them through our Photobucket gallery.

Have fun!

Chrissy xxx



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