Wish You Were Here…

Hi everyone!! I’m here to share my final piece with you, that I created using the Check In Collection. As someone who loves everything to do with Paris, I just had to make this card using the various Parisian die cuts from the Check In Collectables… I hope you like it!

To create this card, I used papers from the Check In Collection paper pad and matted this onto a piece of the matching Check In cardstock Match Pack before adhering them to my cardblank.

I added the various die cuts and some of the Printed Ticket Embellishments to create a collage onto the card front before creating some dimensional blooms using some more of the papers from the paper pad.

To finish my blooms, I drizzled the edges with some Glossy Accents and then completed the card by drawing a faux stitching effect around the edge.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve made using the Check In collection of products, just as much as I’ve enjoyed making them and using this gorgeous collection!!

See you soon…

Emma x

Favourite Places

Over the years we have tended to holiday abroad, but a few years ago, we visited Cornwall (Penzance to be exact).  We fell in love with Cornwall and have been back several times since.  We’re just about to go again for our main holiday this year and it reminded me of one of our favourite beaches that we discovered.

I’m not sure what it is about Crackington Haven that really attracts us – there are sandier beaches or beaches with more attractions, but there is something truly special. I wanted to make a layout about Crackington so that when we look back we can recapture those happy times that we have spent there.

I have played with the totally gorgeous Check-In collection this month – I simply adore anything travel related! Envelopes are definitely a favourite way to tuck in secret journaling or tickets.  This particular envelope was created using a home made envelope template.  Look out for cute kids cards at Christmas – they have adorable envelopes that you can carefully pull apart, draw around and create your own template!

These adorable acetate shapes are a really interesting way to matt your title. Those fabulous letter stickers  are exactly like the signboards that you see in airports and train stations. You can find a full set of stickers here.

Here’s a shopping list of everything I have used from the Merly Impressions shop:

I hope that you will scrap a favourite destination this month. It doesn’t have to be anywhere exotic, just somewhere special to you!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Love to Travel

I have always had itchy feet – always wanting to see the world from when I was a small child.  One place on my list was Venice.  I bagged some £10 economy tickets back in 2003 and so my dream was fulfilled!

I have used the gorgeous Check-In collection for my layout.  It has loads of brilliant imagery which is perfect for any holiday destination.  The 6 1/2″ paper pad and Collectables have heaps of brilliant tickets which I thought would be fun to lay across the top of my layout over the Departure paper.

I added stickers and the gorgeous Divine Twine (airmail) to add some dimension.

I used my favourite sheet from the collection – Passport as my base.  I cut a slit into the airmail border along the bottom to slip in a couple more photos.

The Acetate Shape makes a perfect title.  Just love the title and journal stickers from the Border sticker sheet.

I also layered the rub-ons and stamps from the collection for a little more depth.

A mini break wasn’t enough time in Venice so I’m waiting to go back again one day. I hope I’ve inspired you to scrap a holiday photo even if it is from a while ago.

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Fun-sized Travel Album

I have always loved to travel and one of my first ambitions was to travel the world. Well I haven’t quite managed the whole world yet, but I have been lucky enough to travel to a few far-flung places. We travelled the Dominican Republic to get married and honeymooned around the Caribbean on a cruise.  I hadn’t got around to scrapping many of my honeymoon photos as it was way before I started scrapping.

The Check-in collection is a fabulous mix of travel-themed images and papers. I wanted to make the most of my passion for travel and thought I’d make a cute mini-book in the shape of a suitcase.

The book is pretty simple to make – just covers made from chipboard which have been coloured with ink.  I stamped the postage stamps on the background before layering  lots of die-cuts from the Collectables as well as cutting out images from the 6 1/2″ paper pad. Finally I added some of the coloured rub-ons and a couple of tags.

The inside cover contains a little pocket made from the Acetate Shapes which are divine!  I love the way you can see the tags and ephemera through the postage stamp.

The pages are created from cardstock which has been folded and stuck together – concertina style.  It’s a really simple way of creating pages with an easy binding.  I love the cute suitcases that are in the Collectables – here I made a slit with a craft knife so I could tuck other shapes inside.

I love this spread with the small labels and tickets.  You can find plenty of tickets in the 6 1/2″ paper pad, the collectables and sticker sheet.  Again I created another pocket from the acetate shapes to tuck in my journaling and tickets.

The beauty of this type of book is that you can create as many pages as you wish.  Once all my pages were joined together, I attached the first and last page to my book covers before decorating the inside.

Some of my favourite details from the album.  There are loads of fabulous bits to cut out of the papers. I especially love the airmail twine – the perfect finishing touch for your tags!

Here’s a shopping list of everything I have used from the Merly Impressions shop:

Thanks for popping in.  I hope you’ve been inspired to scrap your photos from your holidays too!

Morag x

Our Olympics

I’m sure that the whole country has enjoyed the spectacle of the Olympics.  It has certainly made us feel very proud to be British.  Unfortunately we didn’t get tickets for the games so our only participation has been the Torch coming to Solihull.

Our Olympics 1

We didn’t have any celebrities on our leg of the journey but there was still a party atmosphere at 8am one Sunday morning. We bumped into neighbours and friends as we all turned out to see the torch.

Our Olympics 2

I used Check-In to create my layout.  It has very patriotic colours plus yellow which is rather handy!

(I added my journaling on the tag which tucks in behind the photo)

To liven things up, I embossed the background with white embossing powder and a gorgeous stamp.  I then layered the border sticker on foam tape as an anchor for my photos end embellishments.  I also used the fab letter stickers from the sticker sheet too.

It’s a great idea to tuck in little embellishments when you have a border like this. I have collected a bunch of old postage stamps which add great depth, before topping off with the journal stickers and acetate stamp.  Badges are just so cool at the moment – love this one in particular.

You can see more stickers and the compass layered up on a rosette.  An easy technique for upscaling your background is to add a little ink.  White is my favourite.  A few flicks with the straw and dipping the lid into the ink to make the circles.

Here’s a shopping list of everything I have used from the Merly Impressions shop:

I hope you scrap your Olympic memories – we’d love to see your layouts!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

A travel mini-book

It is not often that you will see a mini-book on this blog as I am not the kind of scrapbooker who like to be constrained to a theme or event for a long period of time but the recent visit of my godson to the UK and the pile of photos that resulted from that visit was crying out for me to make an effort!

And this is what came out of it:

Mini Album 1

For the spine I created the paper with Distress Ink in Faded Jeans and Barn door. I also used the gorgeous Kaisercraft paper blooms and mini blooms in the Sunset shade on the cover and all throughout the book. I worked the the amazing Check-in collection! I thought it was perfect for the theme of the mini and it was a real pleasure to work with! Without further delays here is the content of the album:

Mini Album 2

Mini Album 3

Mini Album 4

Mini Album 5

Mini Album 6

I have offset all the more feminine flowers with plenty of splodges and splashes to grunge it all up!  This album will soon make it’s way to Simon in a parcel and I really hope that he will enjoy it as a memory of his time here with us!

Thanks for popping in,


July 2012 Layout Challenge

It is the 15th of the month and I am sure that you do know now that this is the day we begin our monthly Merly Impression Challenge and this month we have a very special prize for you!

What about becoming part of our Design Team for a month? Yes! The prize for the winner is to become a DT guest member with a Design Team goodie box with an approximate value of £30.00 with which you will get to create two layouts and a card for the Merly Impressions Blog. If you prefer not to be a guest DT member then you will still receive a £20.00 goodie box of Kaisercraft products!

The prize kind of determined the theme of this month challenge as we are asking to create a layout telling us why you scrapbook. Your layout can be any size and can be with or without a photograph but must include the words “Why I Scrapbook” somewhere on it. And here is my take on this theme:

Emilie - Why I Scrapbook

I love to mix the Kaisercraft collections and did this here by using the papers “Odds” and “Bric a Brac” from the Miss Match collection with the papers “Delayed” and “Roam” from the Check-In collection. I love how easily it comes together! A few more bits and pieces such as cards from the Perforated sheetBingo cards and Polaroid frame to finish it all off and there you go.

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/scrapbooking/july-2012-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.

So I am really looking forward to see what gorgeous designs you come up with!


This challenge is now closed.

Live, Travel and Explore

For my second project of the month, using the Check In Collection, I made a little Memory Box!! I thought this would be a really good idea to make, and then give as a gift to someone who you want to share those precious memories with, or…if you can’t bear to give it away once you’ve made it…you can always keep it for yourself as a reminder of wonderful times!!

I really hope you like what I’ve created…

To begin with, I made a 5″ lidded box from some heavyweight cardstock and covered the inside and out, with papers from the Paper Pad. I added various die cuts from the Check In Collectables, which I used to decorate the top of the box.

Finally, I created a tag, aged it with Distress Inks and added one of the rub ons onto it, before attaching it around one of the die cut shapes, and leaving it to hang loose.

Thanks for taking a look at what I’ve made…

Emma x

Remember This…

When I received the fabulous Check In collection, the very first thing that I wanted to make was this scrapbook layout, which I just knew would compliment this photo of London so well…and that’s exactly what I did and I hope you like it!!

Layout using Check-In collection

To create this layout, I used the Coconut Kaisercraft cardstock from the Match Pack for the Check In collection, which I then sprayed with ink, before adding Distress Ink and Gesso through a stencil to give colour and texture to the plain card.

I then added my photo, together with various elements from the Check In Collection Paper Pad, Printed Tickets, an Acetate Shape and some of the die cuts from the Check In Collectables Embellishments to create a montage on the background. I added some Tim Holtz Nostalgic Tissue Tape over random areas of the L/O and then applied some rub ons directly to the cardstock. Finally, I blended some more Distress Ink around the edge of the cardstock and drew a fine line border as a finishing touch.

Thanks for popping by to take a look at my L/O and I hope it’s inspired you to create something using this fabulous collection.

Emma x

June collections available

This month we have two new Kaisercraft collections, lots of new Wood Flourishes, new Beyond-the-Page and some very exciting new 12×12 Paper Pads.

Firstly we have the Lake House  collection – featuring pretty flowers and vines that sweep across its papers in shades of dusty pink, green and a gorgeous chocolate brown. This large collection features nine double-sided 12×12 papers as well as a set of collectables, two speciality papers, a stickers sheet and much more. The Lake House is both beautiful and versatile !

The Lake House collection

Next we have the Check In collection – featuring gorgeous images of far away places in shades of blue, red, mustard and black. This collection includes nine 12×12 double-sided papers, a sticker sheet, printed tickets, acetate shapes, collectables and much more. Check In is perfect for layouts featuring your favourite holidays photos.

Check In collection

We also have 24 new Wood Flourish designs including many that coordinate with the new Lake House and Check In collections as well as the Rock Pool collection from last month.

New wood flourishes

Also new this month from Kaisercraft are some fabulous 12×12 Paper Pads each of which includes 60 sheets of single-sided, 160gsm paper (two each of 30 designs). The Papers Pads are available in six designs including Timeless Classics, Antique Rose and Oh Boy. Each set of papers is derived from classic Kaisercraft papers that have been modified slightly to create a perfectly coordinating collection in its own right

Kaisercraft 12x12 Paper Pads

And, for the altered artists, we have a number of new Beyond-the-Page products including six new Silhouette Wall Art designs.

Kaisercraft Silhouette Wall Art

We hope you enjoy all the new Kaisercraft products !