Love Story using Gums and Roses

Hi everyone,
Today I am sharing a set of layouts that I like to call Twin Pages. This is because they are very similar, usually mirrored or copied, but not identical. I find pages like this really simple and easy to create, they also go quite nicely on opposite pages in a scrapbook. I highly recommend giving “Twin Pages” a go if you are hoping to at getting a few pages beautiful layouts done quickly! I have used two of the Gumnut Garden papers from the Gums and Roses Collection because they already have a pretty frame printed on them which was easy to add too.

To create this project I have followed the steps below:

I hope I have inspired you with my twin pages using the Gums and Roses Collection today. I have loved using this beautiful collection! I also highly recommend to try out a set of twin pages when you are next in your craft room (or space) and I would love to see any that you create so please share them.
Stay Safe and Happy Crafting!

xX Roxanne Xx

Factory 42 Multi Layered Scrapbook Layout

Good Morning everyone,

Today I am pleased to be bringing you a multi layered layout using the incredible Factory 42 collection 

IMG_0883To start this layout I used the large Cogs and Pulleys Die Cut sheet and cut two sections from the edges and arranged them as seen. (You will end up with a piece from the middle that you could use on another project as you will not be using the entire sheet in this one.)

When firmly stuck I assembled several of the cogs and gears from the collectable pack and mounted them on two torn pieces of corrugated card and I then inked the ridges with the Vintage Ink Pad (I find this such a useful little Ink Pad..well worth having in your collection!)

I used the rust effect patina technique on a few of the cogs (please see my tutorial on my first September blog post HERE) and some of the pipes to tuck behind the photo too. I mounted the photo on a page from the Paper pad and used some stickers from the Sticker Sheet that I used within a Kaisercraft Wooden Veneer Frame.

IMG_0889I then arranged the bottom cluster and used a quote from the  Workshop Paper that I mounted on a piece from the Paper Pad too and mounted it on another piece of the inked corrugated card. IMG_0884

IMG_0885I finished with some more sayings and stickers from the collectable pack and added a few bronze rhinestones, some sequins and a few brass bits from my stash too.

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Thanks for looking..enjoy! 

Elaine

A Trio of Mixed Media Tags

Hello

Elaine here again..this time bringing you a selection of mixed media tags to give you a flavour of all the exciting things you can do with your Kaisercraft collections and mixed media products.

imageTo make these tags I have used a similar process for each one and rather than describe all three (which would be an incredibly long post) I will describe one and apply the same principles to each. A product list will be added beneath each tag with lots of close ups. Each of these ideas can be applied to scrapbook pages, cards and, of course, tags amongst other Beyond The Page products too. 

In this instance, firstly, I took a tag and covered each with one of the wonderfully versatile Basecoat IV collection. I then used a stencil on each one to create depth and interest on each tag. On two of them I used Ranger texture paste and on the other I used ink through the stencil instead showing two different ways you can use your stencils. To get the coloured texture pasted I added a dab or two of ink from an ink pad (any of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks will work) and the texture paste to a cutting mat and mixed the two together to create the colour of my choice. (Just add more ink to intensify the depth of colour.)

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imageOn each I then created a cluster of embellishments using papers and collectables from different collections and on one I added dies too. I then incorporated some fussy cutting from the collections where necessary. In amongst the clusters I added various embellishments including pearls, cheesecloth, Kaisercraft blooms, die cuts, burlap, twine, sparklets, rhinestones and even some of the pretty pink tissue paper that Chrissy at Merly Impressions uses to send your purchases out in..I even recycled some inexpensive plastic straws and some corrugated card.. it just goes to show how much of your stash and other products you can use when making mixed media scrapbook pages, cards, tags and Beyond the Page products too.

When I was happy with the clusters I took Kaisermist and sprayed onto my cutting mat and added water. I then loaded a very wet paintbrush and flicked onto the clusters giving a mottled, splattered, look.

For the more masculine ‘Brick Tag’ I used

imageBase coat IV Collection Backyard Fence paper, Brick Mini Mix Stencil, Corrugated card, Decorative Cogs Die , Burlap roll, Twine, Red Gum Ink Pad (for the brick stencil) Generations collectables, Daffodil Sparklets, Bronze Rhinestones, Storyteller Collectable, White Kaisermist

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For the Indigo Skies Blue Butterfly tag I used

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Basecoat IV Jeans paper, Stained Glass stencil with coloured texture paste (using the method above), Indigo Skies collection, (for the fussy cut butterfly and flowers together with a die cut flower) Coconut Blooms (highlighted with a light touch of Apple Kaisermist on a small paintbrush). Twine, Cheesecloth, Pearls, Button,Indigo Skies collectables, Apple Kaisermist splatters

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For the High Tea tag I used

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Basecoat IV Metal Panels (reverse) paper

Floral Wreath stencil with the coloured texture paste- using the method above and Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Ink Pad

White crackle paint (or any thickly applied acrylic paint will suffice beneath the cluster or you can leave this step out if preferred)

High Tea collectables, Straws, Pink wrapping tissue, Flowers and leaves from my own stash, Pink Rhinestones

imageI think these will look great adorning a special gift and I hope my tutorial has given you the inspiration to try these techniques on your own mixed media projects using the wonderfully adaptable Basecoat IV collection. Have fun.. and do let us know how you get on

Elaine

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Hanami Garden Scrapbook Layout

Hi everyone.

Today I have pleasure in showing you a layout using the wonderful Hanami Garden which has fast become my favourite collection (I know I say that every time but Kaisercraft keep bringing out such great collections!) LOL

FullSizeRender (80)Firstly I took the gorgeous Cherry Blossom Kasa Paper and the Kireina Paper and spliced them together to make one 12″ sheet.

I then took several pages from the 6.5″ paper pad and layered them like this.

FullSizeRender (79)I then added the photograph which I first mounted on Scarlet Weave Cardstock and adhered using foam pads for extra dimension. I then fussy cut several pieces of cherry blossom and magnolias from two sheets of paper within the paper pad and made a large cluster to the right of the photo using die cuts from the collectables pack  and the sticker sheet too. I punched some leaves and butterflies and added Red Rhinestones for a little sparkle too. I then nestled some Fire Red Mini Blooms in amongst the arrangement.

FullSizeRender (81)To finish off the page I took several Die cuts from the collectables pack and the paper pad and added some stickers too and placed them among the layers of paper and above the photograph. The title is from the sticker sheet. The labels at the top of the paper arrangement are from the paper pad and I have added Cherry Red Hemp cord to tie through them.

FullSizeRender (80)I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my creation and hope it inspires you to join in too.

Elaine x

Wall hanging using High Tide collection

Today I am delighted to bring you this wedding frame made using the Kaisercraft 3D wall art round frame.

imageTo start with I painted the MDF with two coats of Gesso. Once I’d done this I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap ink.

imageOnce the paint and ink was dry I used the Overboard sheet from the High Tide collection to cover the MDF palings. After  they were dried I added the hangers to the back of the frame with the twine to hang it from. This gave it the stability to work on the front of the wall art.

imageNext I took the actual photo frame and also covered it in gesso, Kaisercolour gold paint and finally a layer of white Deco crackle paint.  Once it was dry I didn’t feel the colour was quite right so I used KC Antique gold Mist and Aqua KaiserMist . I then added some light misting in the same colours to the paper covered palings to co-ordinate the two elements.

Once I was happy with the colours I  took some 10cm Burlap Roll and added in the main central cluster and the smaller top right cluster. I then layered cheesecloth over it.

imageOnce I added the photo behind the frame I then glued the frame to the Burlap and cheesecloth mats. Once dried I started adding the embellishments. I started with some cream rope on the large cluster adding Kaisercraft Paper Blooms in Iceberg and Ruby. I also added some mini Iceberg blooms to fill in the gaps with a couple of other flowers from my stash.

imageI then added some elements I had fussy cut from an embossed sheet from the High Tide 6″ paper pad : The starfish and the desert island in the top cluster. The two seagulls were cut from the same paper too. I also added the anchor, some seashells, another starfish and a couple of sentiments from the High Tide collectable pack within the clusters.

imageI finally added some wired pearls, wooden anchors and some Prima Art Stones with cracked shells to give the final beach-like theme. To finish it all off I added a twist of Dark Blue Hemp Twine.

imageI plan on giving the frame to my niece (the bride) for a wedding gift after marrying in the Dominican Republic at Christmas. Perhaps you could try to make one too?

Elaine

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Glisten Bottle gift tags

Hi everyone,

With Christmas fast approaching my attention has turned to gifts and how to wrap them. If you are anything like me, wrapping bottles has always been a bit of a pain and using the bottle gift bags is not always satisfactory..so I have come up with these gift tags to add to bottles instead using the lovely Glisten Kaisercraft collection.

gold-bottle-tagsI used Willow weave cardstock and cut 9″ x 3″ rectangles and cut the two top corners into tag shapes. I then scored the tag 2.5″ down and covered the tags with papers from the Glisten 6″.5 x 6.5 paper pad. I used washi tape either side of the scored fold and then punched a 1 & 1/4″ circle into the top section (or for champagne bottles a 1 and 1/2″ circle).

more-bottle-tagsOn some I die cut a scalloped circle and then to decorate I added various die cuts from the collectables pack or the paper pad or even a large wooden snowflake flourish that I embossed with silver UTEE.

I hope this inspires you to make these quick and easy tags to help with your Christmas wrapping.

Have fun

Elaine

x

 

Be Bright – A Touch of Gold

Hi there!

The wonderful Touch of Gold collection is so great to use – it covers all occasions.

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My base card was Kaisercard stock in Coconut. On top of the card I sprayed and flicked KaiserMist in Antique Gold. Its a beautiful gold, and really picks out the gold foiling in the papers used. I cut a strip of Lavish paper, distressed  and inked the edges in Squeezed Lemonade. For the boarder I used  papers from the Paper pad as they are foiled. The gold spray picks out the gold and blacks beautifully.

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For the boarder I used the Decorative Die – Modern Doilie. It’s a very intricate die, with lots of detail to poke out. Because the dies is very intricate, it was a joy to use Kaisercraft Die Release Paper.  This releases the waste from the die easily.

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The die cuts were cut in half and layered.  On top of the dies another paper was cut down and inked, the paper was Deluxe. From the collectables I choose the polaroid collectables, photos of my son and his girlfriend were cut to fit the apertures.  String was stapled to the Deluxe paper, from the string I used tiny pegs which I had painted white and hung my polaroid’s from. For the finishing touch I used a collectable, strips from the papers and a sprinkle of Bronze Rhinestones.

Hope you enjoy my post!

Debs x

Take Note

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.

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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.

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Love those little metal Boutique Buttons, don’t you?  I used the Chatterbox pack.

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I’m sure now you can see why I love this collection so much!

Pam