Hi, it’s Pam here. I’m so pleased to do my very first blog post for Merly Impressions. I’ll start with a little bit about me. I live with my husband in beautiful Edinburgh. We have two grown up kids. Jack has just graduated from university, and Emily is about to start 4th at Uni. I hail from the Land Down Under, but have lived here in the UK for 25 years now! How time flies.! I’ve been a scrapbooker since 2005, and still love it as much today as I did way back then. I’ve been on few design teams over the years, the most exciting of which was Kaisercrafts. So you can understand why I’m excited to design for Merly, where all the gorgeous Kaisercrafts products can be found!!
This month I was given the Kaisercrafts Take Note collection to play with. I have to say I adore this collection. The neutral colour palettes makes for a very versatile range which can be used for all sorts of themes and photos. I particularly love the pack of coordinating diecuts which make embellishing your scrapbook pages a breeze!.
My starting point for this layout was the tiny cut out frames from the Snapshot Perforated paper, which were the perfect size for some old photos taken on the day I gave birth to my daughter Emily. Sadly the early photos of my children were taken in the days of film photography, and are nothing but snapshots, and as such I’ve not been motivated to include them on my scrapbook pages. However they work beautifully with those little frames.
To start this layout I swiped some gesso across the page to tone down some of the dark brown Document paper. I also sprayed some white, watered down acrylic paint across the page, and stencilled a chevron pattern with gesso. After that I began to layer up paper and diecuts.
Have you ever used personal ephemera on a scrapbook page? It’s a great way to personalise a page with something meaningful. For this layout I found the newspaper with Emily’s birth announcement, and decided to add it to the page for a personal touch.
I’m sure now you can see why I love this collection so much!