The Bookcase in the Corner by Deborah

Our second Guest Designer for May is Deborah Wood.

Debs has created this beautiful layout called “The Bookcase in the Corner”. I just love everything about this layout, the photo and the poem are brilliant.

The bookcase in the corner

Debs used the lovely Art of Life collection which features neutral colouring and strong yester-year designs including newspapers, books and dominos. Very fitting for her fabulous layout. For the base Debs used smooth white Kaisercard and stamped all over it to create the effective background. Stamps used were Rocks, Crackle & Dictionary Meanings. Debs then used a selection of the Art of life papers to mount her photo on, including Always, Moments and Remember. For the added detail Debs used elements from the Collectables Pack.

The bookcase in the corner

Thank you Debs for sharing your beautiful layout with us.

Chrissy xXx

You’ve Been Framed

The Art of Life collection from Kaisercrafts comes with this gorgeous stamp:

Clear Stamps - Art of Life Collection

I particularly loved the frames that come in this set, so today I thought I would share some ideas for using frames. In addition, frames in the form of film negatives are part of this collection, both as acetates and diecuts.

Layout 1


For this layout I firstly scraped some gesso across the patterned paper to allow the stamp to stand out a bit more. I then stamped some frames using Stazon Ink, then painted inside with acrylic paint to add a pop of colour to an otherwise monotone layout. If you are going to use a wet medium, like paint or inks, make sure you use a permanent ink like Stazon to stop the image from bleeding.


Layout 2

In this layout I used the frames around blocks of patterned paper. Measure just inside the frame then use those measurements to draw cutting lines around your patterned paper. Stamp onto your layout then adhere your patterned paper inside. I did that on three places in this layout, and also also framed a journalling card in this layout.


Layout 3

Here I’ve used frames in 3 ways: Firstly to frame some fussy cut flower images. Secondly, the negative frames add a layer underneath my photos. Thirdly, the acetate negative frames are placed over my photos.


And finally, frames are great way to make a fast art journal page. Here I simply stamped my frames onto my page, overlapping them in places to make new spaces. Then I simply painted in the shapes with watercolour paints. I think those framed  coloured blocks of colour would make a cool background for a scrapbook page, don’t you?

But in my art journal I used a variety of stamps in the coloured spaces. Such a simple and effective way to do a page, especially if you are not very confident with your drawing skills.


I hope this gives you some ideas for using frames on your layouts.


Time and the Art of Life

Having just had (I’m not sure celebrated is the right word) a significant birthday I am struck by just how quickly time passes the older we get. So it seemed fitting to make a layout which references this fact. And I was brave and decided to do a layout featuring me – and not just one photo but a whole 5 of them!! So that little diecut on the layout that says ‘Be Brave, Take Risks’ is appropriate!


I’ve kept this layout simple, with lots of white space, but there are in fact quite a few layers at play here. On the bottom I have some stamping using the Art of Life Clear Stamps and the Film Edges Stamps. I did some fussy cutting from the Creative 12×12 patterned paper :

Creative - Art of Life Collection

Under my photo I layered some of the Art of Life Collectables diecuts, and also used some to embellish the layout.


Over the photos I’ve adhered a strip of the Negative Acetate from the Art of Life collection.

Negative Acetate - Art of Life Collection

I also used some lace from the Kaisercraft Black Lace Pack and some of the Art of Life sticker sheet.

Sticker Sheet - Art of Life Collection

I absolutely LOVE the Art of Life collection. There’s just one problem though – every side of the patterned paper is gorgeous, and you know what that means? Yes – you have to buy double!!

Here’s a little photo sequence showing how the layout developed.





Hope you enjoyed my Art of Life layout.


Merly Impressions February 2014 Challenge

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

This month we are challenging to find artistic and inspiring ways to use something that most scrapbookers will have many of – we would like you to create a layout that includes :

Stamps & Stamping

Please note that the layout must clearly include some stamped detail. The final date for entries is the 2nd of March 2014.

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


This month I am so lucky because I get to play along with the absolutely fabulous Art of Life collection from Kaisercrafts. Not only that, but also this month’s challenge is to use stamps on your layout. So not only do I get to use these fantastic papers, but I also get to use stamps-what’s not to love?

When first looking at the Art of Life collection you can’t help be struck by a sense of romance, with the use of a neutral colour palette, script papers and flowers, but on closer examination you will see there are also some more edgy designs, like the photo negatives and the dot paper on this page. The other thing I like is that  this neutral colour means that the addition of  any colour will work beautifully. So here I have picked up the pink of my daughter’s scarf and added a pop of pink spray.merlyfebSo for the stamp challenge I used stamps from two sets of Kaisercrafts stamps: the stamp set that co-ordinates with this collection:Clear Stamps - Art of Life Collection

and this Film Edge set:

Clear Stamp - Film Edges

If you look closely you will see the frames used around blocks of patterned paper and journalling:


And the leaf stamp and film edge stamps are a lot easier to spot.

Anyway, I hope you have fun using stamps on your layouts – I can’t wait to see what you all get up to!


Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 2rd March 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

January 2014 Collections now available

This month we have three brand new Kaisercraft collections to welcome in the New Year.

Our first collection, Art of Life, features neutral colouring and strong yester-year designs including newspapers, books and dominos. We have nine double-sided 12×12 papers as well as collectables, speciality papers (including a film-strip style acetate), a sticker sheet, clear stamps, a 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad, a Paper Pack and a matching D-ring album.

Art of Life Collection

Our next collection, Spring Bloom, features bright colouring and cheerful springtime flowers. The Spring Bloom collection is sure to bring a little sunshine into your scrapbooking. It features nine 12×12 double-sided papers, a sticker sheet, a speciality paper, collectables, clear stamps and a 6.5inch Paper Pad. A good value Paper Pack is also available. Note that the Favourite Things Captured Moments cards match the Spring Bloom collection.

Spring Bloom Collection

Our third collection, Violet Crush, features fabulous shades of purple and violet plus butterflies, frames, flowers and prints. Violet Crush is ideal for scrapping special people in your life. The collection includes nine 12×12 double-sided papers, a die-cut speciality paper, a sticker sheet, collectables, rub-ons, clear stamps and 6.5inch paper pad and a Paper Pack.

Violet Crush Collection

We hope you enjoy the new January 2014 collections. Happy crafting !

Paul & Chrissy  xXx