Under £10 Project (May 2012) – Part 3

Welcome to the third and final part of this “Under £10 Project”. Have you had fun so far? We hope you did and we can’t wait to see how we have inspired you!

So far we have used a journal pen, paint and careful cutting out to create two layouts from our Charlotte’s Dream themed Under £10 kit. For the last part of this project I decided to focus on making the most of what we have left:

Under £10 project - layout 3

In part 1 of the project we cut a hole in the centre of the “Vision” paper. For this layout I covered the hole with a big square of the glossy “Prayer” paper. I used white paint to tame the brightness of the aqua so that my photograph wouldn’t be too overwhelmed. Once the paint has dried, rub it off with a damp tissue to get the glossy pattern to appear.

Under £10 project - layout 3, detail 1

You don’t have the letters you need to finish your text? How about “texting” it? I know a lot of people don’t like those abbreviation but they are part of our everyday life and they really are a testimony of our generation and of the modern days! Also use numbers to replace some letters such as an upside down 3 for a E or a 0 for a O…

Under £10 project - layout 3, detail 2

And to finish off, layer stickers or paper snippets in place of embellishments. It will add interest and details where you would otherwise have had just one poor flower on it’s own!

Want to know what was left at the end of those three projects?

Under £10 project - leftovers

This is not much for sure but I know I could decorate a card with it – and I just might so watch this space! Also alphas are always a keeper for sure so there will be no waste there.

I hope you liked those projects and that you will be back for next months Under £10 Project.


Layouts and Photos from May Crop

Many thanks to the scrappers who made our May crop so successful. We hope everyone who attended had as much fun as we did.

The kit for May was based on the Charlotte’s Dream collection from Kaisercraft and included instructions and stash to make two layouts that we called “The Happy Couple” and “Family” although some scrappers interpreted the layouts very differently.

Happy Couple layout

Famiglia layout

Since this was a special extended event (running until 8:00pm) we also put together a small Beyond-the-Page project to give our scrappers the chance to create a very personal Photo Display similar to the one below that I created as a sample.

BTP Photo Display

We also laid on a raffle with some lovely Kaisercraft prizes and some food for everyone so that we could go on crafting until 8:00pm. Thanks go to:

  • Annabelle for the fantastic food she laid on
  • Mim and Nathaniel (Annabelle’s husband and son) for their help on the day
  • Merley for the muffins and cupcakes she made
  • Paul’s Mum for making the (very popular) coffee and chocolate cakes

And thanks again to our scrappers for making it such a great day. Below are some pictures taken on the day (click the image once to open it and click it again to close it).

Chrissy   xxx

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Under £10 Project (May 2012) – Part 2

Welcome back to the second part of our “Under £10 Projects” for May! We hope you enjoyed what you’ve seen so far.

Today I have completed another layout using the Under £10 Kit featuring the Kaisercraft Charlotte’s Dream collection. This time I will show you how to give the impression that you are using a lot more layers than you actually are.

Under £10 project - Part 2

I created the impression of an extra layer of paper on the top right of this layout by drawing over the existing pattern with a black pen in the place where I would have normally added some extra papers. It brings detail without needing to use any more stash.

Under £10 project - Part 2 - detail 1

You see it doesn’t need to be perfect! I also jazzed-up my glossy paper by rubbing some distress ink over it. It really made the design pop out! It’s a great way to make any gloss or varnished paper stand out! Why not try this technique with an image you have clear embossed on card stock?

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A great way of adding layers is by cutting out a shape in your background, backing it with some paper so that you can re-use the shape you first cut out: example with the bunting: I first cut the triangles out of the background to then re-use them by turning them over and sticking them down. Also try and make the most out of the strips that come at the bottom of your Kaisercraft 12×12 sheets.

Under £10 project - Part 2 - detail 4

Running out of Alpha stickers? Have you ever thought of using the “negative” image of it? It really can add interest to your title and get you out of a sticky situation! (Do you like the pun?!)

I hope I have given you a few more ideas and techniques and inspired you to try them out. Keep your eyes open for the third and last part of our “Under £10 Project”!


May 2012 Challenge

Hello everyone! It is the 15th of May and you know what now happens on the 15th of every month: we announce the new theme for the Merly Impressions Monthly Challenge!

We had such amazing entries last month! We were amazed by how many of you took part even though I hadn’t been very kind with the subject by asking you to Scrapbook about yourself! But you all rose to the challenge and did an amazing job. So this month I decided to be a bit kinder to you all by proposing a sketch:

May 2012 Challenge Sketch

There is no imposed theme – all you have to do this month is let this sketch inspire you! You can flip it, rotate it, make it yours BUT we still need to be able to see it in your design.

Please link to your creation in the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 12th June. We will then choose our favourite, most inspirational, representation of the sketch to win this months fantastic prize – a choice of paper packs from Kaisercrafts June collections plus £10.00 worth of coordinating products – a total prize value of about £20.00!  Wow!

So here is my interpretation of this challenge:

May 2012 Challenge layout

Let me tell you first that I am NOT a sketch person so this was truly a challenge to me! I usually end up with a layout completely different from what I had in mind before I started so following a sketch and staying true to it is very difficult for me! I used papers from the gorgeous Charlottes Dream collection including the awesome paper pad.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

May 2012 Challenge layout details

I absolutely love this collection! So pretty!

We do hope that you have fun with our challenge and that we bring some inspiration your way. Here is a reminder of the rules as we would like all of your entries and hard work to count:

  1. Entries should be linked to the gallery at the bottom of the challenge post (see instructions below)
  2. When linking to your blog, please link directly to the post showing your entry (not just to your blog home page)
  3. If you include your entry in a post on your own blog, please link back to the challenge post on our blog
  4. You may enter the challenge more than once as long as each submission is with a different creation
  5. Each creation entered must be “new” (not previously entered into another challenge)
  6. The challenge is only open to residents of those countries to which we ship (shown here)

Entries failing to follow the challenge guidelines may be deleted. Please see the Monthly Challenge page for full details of the rules.

We noticed that it was 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.

All your comments and feedback are highly appreciated! Hope you will have a lot of fun with us!


This challenge is now closed.

May Crop – Layout Preview

The Merly Impressions May Crop is nearly upon us so we thought we would let everyone know about the kit our croppers will be using on Saturday 19th May.

The kit uses Kaisercraft’s collection called Charlotte’s Dream. This collection features a soft colour palette of light turquoise, coral and brown with exquisite vintage designs. The kit will include four 12 x 12 papers, three sheets of cardstock, Lace, Jute, Rhinestones, a Wood flourish and the NEW Kaisercraft Wood Grain Background Stamp.

The theme for the two layouts is “The Happy Couple” & “Family” but you can adapt your layouts to suit your photo’s.

The first layout, that we have called “The Happy Couple”, includes one photo measuring approx 9cm by 14cm high. preferably featuring shades of turquoise, coral and Browns. A Sepia photo would also work.

The second layout, that we’ve called “Family”, includes four photo’s, three of which measure 13.5cm wide x 9cm high and the fourth measuring 6cm wide x 8.5 high. The photos for this layout are to fit in pre-cut apertures in a frame made to replicate the beyond-the-page nine-frame photo display.  I have used Sepia toned photo’s for this layout but shades of turquoise, coral and browns would also work.

May Crop Preview

You are obviously free to alter the title (and therefore the theme) of the layouts and you can also add journalling.  We will bring a template to help you mark out the frame part of the Family layout.  We will also bring our usual supply of tools, the Cricut Expression machine, Grand Calibur and Big Shot to the crop if people would like to use it to create their own title or cut out other embellishments. Other items used on the layouts which you may need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, a journal pen and an Edge Scraper Tool. You will also need to bring a small pair of scissors because there is a little delicate cutting out on one of the  layouts. I have also used a script stamp on the “Happy Couple” layout, you can either use a similar stamp or the Wood Grain one in the kit.

We will post larger images and close-ups of the layouts after the May crop.

The kit will cost £10 on the day but is entirely optional. Because of the extended crop hours the cost for May is £8.00. The location of the crop, together with other details, can be found on our Crop Dates page.

Chrissy & Paul  xXx

Under £10 Project (May 2012) – Part 1

We all like to treat ourselves now and again. There is nothing better after a lot of hard graft than to spend a little bit of money on brand new stash. But in those times when we need to save and think of the future we can find it hard to choose what to buy and how to use it! We are pressured not to waste and this can often take the pleasure out of our hobbies. This is why after some brain storming on how to bring you the best inspiration available as well as value for money we came up with:

What is it exactly? Well, every month I will select for you £10 max worth of goodies (P and P not included) and create a minimum of three projects with it. No extra embellishments or papers. I will also share with you my tips on what to look for when buying on a budget and on how to make the most of what you have got. Are you excited yet? So let’s start!!!

This month I chose for you elements from the Charlottes Dream collection:

Under £10 project - May 2012 - image 1

We have two sheets of double sided 12×12 papers (Vision and Fantasy), one sheet of speciality paper (Prayer gloss), one sheet of die-cut paper (Contemplate), the sticker sheet and a packet of mini blooms in the sea breeze shade. It all come to a total of £9,94. Why didn’t I choose only the cheapest papers? The die-cut paper is so gorgeous you will definitely feel spoilt but it also has enough printing on it to minimise the need for extra embellishment. The glossy paper is perfect for inking and painting on as the clear-embossed flourishes will remain the same colour after you’ve played with it: it will give the illusion that you had more papers to start with. I chose the sticker sheet as it is a great way to embellish your layouts on a budget and it contain the alphas you will need. The mini blooms are here for extra dimension and texture as well making your layouts more expansive.

I used those basic tools:

Under £10 project - May 2012 - Image 2

Now you know the ins and outs of this new project here is my first layout:

Under £10 project - May 2012

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I used five of my paper blooms on this layout and created my own paper flower out of the glossy paper. I also used some of the flowers from the sticker sheet to integrate the photograph into the background.

I mounted my photograph onto the “Vision” paper by cutting the paper like this:

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Always think ahead: When cutting into a sheet of patterned paper always think of how you will want to use the remainder. Here I knew I would use the rest of the sheet as the background of a future layout. I also saved the paper that would be hidden under the photograph for a future layout. This way I can get three layouts out of one sheet of patterned paper!

A few more details in the top corner of the layout to balance the design and this layout is completed! Want to know what else I created with the leftovers? Well keep your eyes open for future posts as I have two more projects and extra tips to share with you!!!