Product Focus July 2013 – Part 1

Once upon a time I fell in love… With the Porcelain Rose collection that is! This collection is absolutely stunning and I had to have it!!! So when I had to choose a product to create my three projects for the “Product focus” feature, I decided to use the gorgeous collectables as well as the Rub-ons.

IMG_9568I used the rub-ons to add the “love” words in the background and then I layered the frame and the flowers and bird from the pack of collectables. I finished it all with the gorgeous Sparklets. Gosh I love this royal blue colour! I hope this inspired you!

Emilie xxx

Merly Impressions Retreat: A card class

Hello everybody! Let me tell you, I have just come back from the Merly Impressions retreat and I am still buzzing with excitement!!! I had so much  fun and met some amazing people!

Chrissy and I had a surprise class up our sleeve and had planned a simple and informal card class. I was overwhelmed with the response from the delegates! During the class, everybody was able to create three gorgeous cards following a few tips and guidelines to reproduce my designs but still making them “their own”! I was gobsmacked with the sheer talents present and I too have learned immensely as well as have been inspired by brand new ideas.

So let me show you the cards I designed during this class:

As a base kit everybody had three cards and envelopes, four tags from the First Love sheet of the Secret Admirer collection,  a few blooms in Sea Breeze, Hot Pink and Grape as well as some gorgeous sparklets in Sea Breeze, Crimson and Coral.
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For this card I decided to use the Arty Background stamp do add drama.

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For this card I decided to create an explosion of colours with distress stains in Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves as well as adding a little “Je ne sais quoi” to the flowers by blinging them with some Antiqued Bronze stain. I also added a bit of detail with the lacy stamp from the Miss Match set.

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For this last card I went for the Check-in stamp as my background and some splashes of Picked Raspberry stain.

I had a lot of fun designing those cards and I hope I was able to inspire you to get creative with just a few bits of stash!

June 2013 Layout Challenge

Hello everybody! How are you all? I am back with a little something for you! Yes, the Merly Impressions monthly challenge is back!!! Woop whoop!!!

And this month I have enrolled the help of Morag to inspire you even more!

A challenge is always there to push you to your limit and one thing I tend to struggle with is using more than one photo per layout. I never quite know how to place them on my page! So I thought that it would be a great theme for this months challenge:

Multi-Photo layouts!!!

We want to see layouts with more than one photo. It can be the same image repeated, they can be on show or hidden (show them in your post though if you hide them…), any size, any number, just more than one. We want to see you be creative! And here is my take:

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I used the gorgeous Hopscotch collection to create this layout. For my background I used the uber-cool Notes Die-cut sheet onto which I placed some stickers and some Collectables. I finished it off with a few blooms in Sea-breeze, Grape and Cranberry as well as some gems and I was done! I love this collection which is so much fun! Here are a few close-ups:

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And here is Morag’s version:

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I can’t wait to see your take on this month’s challenge! Also come back on Monday as we will be announcing our brand new Design Team! I am so excited about this!!!

Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 12th July 2013. 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 (http://www.merlyimpressions.co.uk/blog/project-portfolio/scrapbooking/june-2013-layout-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.

I really can’t wait to see all your entries! Have fun!

Emilie xxx


This challenge is now closed.

Product Focus: Hopscotch Collection Part 3

Hello everybody and welcome to the third and last part of this months product focus!

As always I decided to end this trilogy with a card.

This collection really gave me a taste for doodling! I used one of the collectables as my centre piece and made my sentiment using the mini alphas from the sticker sheet. I simply got the letters to “pop” more by tracing over them with a black pen. I stamped the flower dirrectly onto a sheet from the paper pad and blinged up the heart of it with one of those gorgeous sticky gems. A few blooms in Honey and Coral alongside some extra doodles and this card is ready to be sent to someone special! I really had a lot of fun with this collection and it has surprisingly has become one of my favourites!

I hope this inspired you!

Emilie xxx

Product Focus: Hopscotch Collection, Part 2

Welcome back to part two of this Product Focus dedicated the the Hopscotch collection.

In the previous instalment I was telling you how the “craziness” of the patterns made it so easy to me to come up with a layout. Well, there is more to this about this collection! Behind all this craziness there is a very cleverly designed collection all made so to help you create quick but gorgeous layouts!

I loved the Wonderous paper! It is designed so that all you need to think about is what photo to use and which title to choose! All the hard thinking is already done for you! I decided to layer some papers from the Paper Pad to add dimension behind my photograph, a few stickers from the sticker sheet to add interest and help it all merge together and finally crated my title with words found in the packet of Collectables.

I had so much fun creating this layout! It was so easy but yet I felt I was still able it make it mine.

I hope this inspired you!

Emilie  xx

Product Focus: Hopscotch Collection, Part 1

I didn’t plan for this to happen but I actually fell crazy in love with the new Hopscotch collection! So much so that I decided to dedicate an entire “Product Focus” trilogy to this amazing collection! I won’t talk about a specific product but more about all those little things that really appealed to me in this brand new collection.

So part one: as usual, a layout.

As I said, I loved many things about this collection and with this layout I wanted to talk about the amazing colours and designs! It is so fresh, young and modern! I love the randomness of all the elements. It really makes designing a layout super easy because where ever you decide to place your photo, it works! I decided to play along with the general design of the FAB paper by adding all my journalling dropping down the page with doodles and by inserting my photograph with the help of the Stickers and some Collectables. This layout came together in no time at all, ideal if you need a quick crafting fix and I love the final result!

I hope this inspired you!

Emilie xx

Product Focus: Ribbon Roses – Part 3

Welcome to the last part of this month’s product focus! I really loved playing with this Ribbon Roses and the gorgeous 75 cents collection!

To finish off this session, I decided to conclude with a card.

I pressed my bottle of Tea Dye Distress Stain onto my card in an horizontal line and then helped it drip down. I quickly dried it with my heat gun to avoid the paper fibres absorbing and spreading the ink. I then traced around the patch of ink with a black pen and layered paper tape, die-cuts from the paper pad, collectable, ribbon and blooms onto my card with a single rose from the Ribbon Roses. You know the feeling when you have completed a project and just love everything about how it turned out? Well this card is just “it” for me! I just LOVE it! I even have it on display in my craft room!

Anyway, I hope this series inspired you and that you’ll be using your Ribbon Roses in a whole lot of creative ways!

Emilie xxx

Product Focus: Ribbon Roses – Part 2

Hello and welcome back to this second part of my product focus on those gorgeous Ribbon Roses!

I told you in this first part of this Product Focus that I am not the most comfortable at using ribbons in my scrapbooking and that it was the reason why I decided, in a masochist kind of way, to create three projects using this ribbon. I thought though that I had taken it easy with my first layout as I only had used one small piece and that therefor, to really push myself, I should go full on with this second layout and make those gorgeous fabric blooms the main feature of my page.

In order to create a layout with a lot a ribbon but without actually out-staging the photograph I decided to go for a strong image with a lot of contrast. This is a photo of my brother and his girlfriend and I loved how it was framed and treated. The subject are in very close focus and the colours have a bit of a vintage feel. There is a lot of contrast too so I knew I would be able to go for a heavy background with plenty of embellishments without loosing the subject. The chevron paper “Tuppence” is perfect for this image as it is young but yet with that vintage feel that the photo has. I added some Tea Dye Distress Stains in the middle of the sheet letting it drip down to add even more “rust” to the general feel. I then layered some papers from the paper pad onto which I mounted my photograph followed by a few collectables. A cluster of paper blooms in Terracotta and Ruby as well as a little bit of paper tape for an extra “je-ne-sais-quoi” and it was time for my Ribbon Roses. I decided to use a whole length as “support” for my photograph but helped it merge with the rest of the embellishments by covering the link with a butterfly from the collectables pack. I also balanced the design by adding a single rose in the top right corner of my photo with another butterfly. I decided to create my title by stamping the words Precious Memories from the Botanical Odyssey stamp set onto some paper from the paper pad.

I am pleased with how this layout turned out! It is very different from what I usually do and I don’t think anyone would easily recognise it as one of mine as there isn’t any of my usual “trademarks” i.e. small photograph, stamped journalling, etc… but it felt good to get out of my comfort zone!

I hope this inspired you try new things! See you on the third and last instalment!

Emilie xxx

Product Focus: Ribbon Roses – Part 1

You know me, I love flowers and blooms but I am not really one to use ribbons in my scrapbooking. It is not that I don’t like them, I simply don’t really know how to incorporate them in my designs except in very small touches. So when I opened my goody box this month and saw the gorgeous Ribbon Roses, I was at first a bit taken aback… How could I use it?

The fact that I had to ask myself this question pushed me to take the decision to use the Ribbon Roses as my Product Focus for this month.

Like many of you I fell head over hills in love with the 75 cent collection and I decided to use my Mint Rose Ribbon in association with this gorgeous collection. Here I mounted different layers of papers from the paper pad onto this gorgeous background paper “Penny” that has an amazing textured look. I followed by adding my photograph to then layer my title, a few Collectables and some paper blooms in Ruby and Honey. So where does my ribbon come into play  hear you say… Well, the great thing about this ribbon is that you can either use it as a whole strip or you can also cut it in order to just use one flower at a time, which is what I did here! I love the extra texture it add to my layout!

I hope this inspired you and to see for the next part of this product focus!

Emilie xxx

March 2013 Layout Challenge

Hello everybody! I know I repeat myself every month but I can’t believe it is that time already!

I have been scratching my head long and hard to find an idea for this challenge and it was hard to find something new! After some pondering I thought that I would push you a little bit further into my world. This month’s theme is:

GET INKY!!!

I want you to use some ink in some ways on your layout: through stamping, sponges, misting, drawing, painting, etc…you are free to decide! I don’t mind how you add the ink or how much of it you use, I just want to see some of it! And to get your inspiration flowing I made a layout using a wide range of inky techniques:

I wanted to show you that you could use a patterned background as a base by using the gorgeous Sixpence sheet from the 75 cent collection. I then used a mister to ink the background with this amazing Chevron stencil. I stamped the Arty Texture clear stamp to create a base for my photograph to sit on and then layered some gorgeous paper blooms in Grape, Buttercream and Sage. I also decided to create my own little inky embellishments by inking some butterflies with some distress stains in Feathered Peacock, Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade. I finished them off by stamping on them with the Arty texture stamp I used earlier.

So I hope that this example inspired you to get inky! Please feel free to spread the word about this challenge! The more the merrier!

Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 12th April 2013. We will then choose our favourite inky 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 (http://www.merlyimpressions.co.uk/blog/scrapbooking/march-2013-layout-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.

I really can’t wait to see all your entries! Have fun!

Emilie xxx


This challenge is now closed.