Not long to go now until the 2017 Merly Retreat. I hope you all have seen the extra sneak peeks over on the Merly Crop/Retreat facebook page. This post will give you detail of each project that is included in the retreat and a list of anything else you may want to bring to the retreat to finish them. Each project will include a photo and detailed instructions for you to follow.
Here is the first layout project which I have called – Selfie.
For this layout I have used the gorgeous “Keepsake” Kaisercraft collection. The layout features layers of film strips, tickets, vintage cameras and photography words & sayings. The cute kraft envelope holds a stash of hidden photos measuring 7 cm wide x 4.5 cm high. I have actually cut the envelope down so you could have taller photo’s in there if you keep to the envelope size of 10 cm high. The teeny tiny photo to the right of the layout in the film strip measures 3 cm wide by 2 cm high. This layout is all about capturing some fun moments. The larger photo measures 8.5 cm wide x 9 cm high, I have also used a vintage tone on my photos so they coordinate with the collection, but a coloured or sepia photo would also work and you could use a slightly larger photo if you wish.
Other items used on the layout are the EK Success Edger Punch – Round Binding Edge, Kaisercraft Autumn Leaves Decorative Die, (released July) the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Antique Gold Kaisermist, these items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.
Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, Or a similar product like Glossy Accents would also work.
Here is the second layout project which I have called: Life is measured by moments.
For this layout I have used the beautiful “Golden Grove” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny buttercups and butterflies, splashes of Kaisermist, stitching, punching and diecut flourishes. I have used one colour coordinating photo measuring 8cm wide x 12.5cm high. A sepia or black & white photo would also work well.
Other items used on the layout are the Kaisercraft Swirl Flourish Decorative Die, MS PATP set Vintage Doily, Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, white, yellow & Apple Kaisermists. These items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.
Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, yellow ink pad, I have used the Kaisercraft Saffron mini ink pad.
Here is the third layout project which I have called: The creation of beauty is art.
For this layout I have used the beautiful “Lilac Whisper” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny florals, a splash of Kaisermist, diecut interlocking circles, stitching and one of the main features – the stamping around the edge. For this I have used the fabulous “Daydreamer” word stamp and created a message around the layout edge. I have used a colour coordinating photo measuring 9.5cm wide x 12cm high. A black & white photo would also work.
Other items used on the layout are the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Kaisercraft Daydreamer stamp set, black ink pad for stamping & stamp block, Kaisercraft Interlocking Circles Decorative Die, Denim Kaisermist. These items & tools will be available to use at the retreat. We do have the Daydreamer stamp on the website for anyone who would rather purchase their own.
Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, or similar.
Here is the beyond-the-page 3 Panel Frame project.
For this project I have used the lovely Kaisercraft “3 Piece (MDF) Panel frame” and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous “Indigo Skies” Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers & butterflies adorn the frame and for extra detail I have used Kaisermist, cheese cloth & rhinestones, the three panels are then tied together using some beautiful blue organza ribbon. I have used three coordinating photo’s which measure 8.7cm wide x 12.5cm high. Black & white photos would also work.
Other items used on the project are Denim Kaisermist, Wood Glue, to glue the project together, these items will be available to use at the retreat.
Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes as there is a little bit of painting and (optional) a file/light sand paper if you want your MDF edges smooth. The white paint is included in the kit.
The Bonus project – Art plaque
For this project I have used a BTP plaque and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous Sage & Grace Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers from the blush paper and the gorgeous Rose Bouquet Foil paper, frames, Kaisermist and Chipboard letters create the words with a layer of Crackle Accents. This project could also be a room plaque, you could put a name on it, add a photo, mine started out as “Chrissy’s Craft Room” but I then decided to just add crafty words.
Other items used on the project are Candy & Charcoal Kaisermists, these will be available to use at the retreat.
Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes, as there is a little painting of the edges of the BTP, Crackle Accents or Crystal Lacquer & a pencil.
There will also be an extra layout project to purchase at the retreat for this project I have used the gorgeous bright and funky Bombay Sunset Kaisercraft collection. Here is a little sneak peek of the papers I have used. So bring extra photos that will coordinate.
Here is a little list of tools and anything else you might want to bring
Sharp craft knife,
Small scissors for fussy cutting,
Foam pads, double sided tape, or your choice of adhesives,
Portable table lamp for night time crafting,
Crystal lacquer/Glossy Accents or similar,
Black ink pad,
journaling pens if you want to journal.
Bull Dog Clips or similar to hold the BTP frame together.
Photos, photos & extra photos, as you may change your mind about what photo to use
A little alcoholic beverage of your choice. xXx
Any other craft item you like to take when you go to crops, if you do forget anything, don’t stress, there will be 74 other people there to borrow things from…….and a well packed shop 😀
Feel free to also bring your own extra projects to do. We all craft differently, so at the very relaxed Merly retreat you can all craft at your own pace, I personally wouldn’t finish any of the projects, I am a very slow crafter, I like to take my time, a layout from me can take up to a few weeks to finish, I enjoy putting the layout or project together, I like to move things around see how they look, take my time, for me it is not about finishing the layout or project it is about creating it.
Starting time of the retreat: The retreat will start at midday Friday (not before) please make your way to the Oakley Suite from midday on wards. Anyone arriving early, please feel free to have a tea or coffee at the training Centre, there are plenty of areas to relax and have a drink, please do not come over to the Oakley Suite before the time stated!! We have a lot to set up and want it to be perfect for you. The first hour will be about settling in, then lunch will start at 1pm-ish. I will give you more info on that when you arrive.
I think that is it for now, I am really looking forward to seeing you all.
Chrissy xXx xXx