Layouts & Photos from January Crop

Many thanks to the scrappers who made our January crop so much fun. We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did.

The kit for January was based on the Forget-Me-Not collection from Kaisercraft and included instructions and stash to make two layouts that we called “Friends” and “Cherish” although some scrappers came up with their own interpretations of the layouts.

It was great to see so many friends and a few new scrappers as well. We hope everyone enjoyed the Merly Impressions shop as well – the new collections seemed very popular (especially Secret Admirer) as were the Sew Easy tools.

We hope to see you all again for our next crop on the 16th of March 2013.

Below are some pictures taken today (click the image once to open it and click it again to close it). The chocolate cake went down very well – so well that we only managed to get a picture of the last slice or two.

Chrissy   xxx

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January Crop – Layout Preview

The first Merly Impressions crop of 2013 is nearly upon us so we thought we would let everyone know about the kit our croppers will be using on Saturday 26th January 2013.

The kit uses the Kaisercraft collection called Forget-Me-Not which features quirky honey bees and honeycomb patterns with fabulous shades of navy blue and mustard. The crop kit includes a total of six sheets of printed paper, the 12×12 Sticker Sheet, two sheets of Kaisercard cardstock, white Pearl and some cotton.

The theme for the layouts is family & friends, the layouts are called ‘Friends’ & ‘Cherish’ but you can adapt your layouts and titles to suit your own photos.

The first layout which I have called ‘Friends’ uses one photo measuring 15cm wide by about 9cm inches high. I have used a sepia-toned photo but you could also use a black & white photo. The colours in this layout are mainly mustard and navy blue.

The second layout which I have called ‘Cherish’ uses one photo measuring about 14cm wide by 9cm high. I have used a sepia-toned photo again, the colours in this layout are mainly mustard, beige, cream and olive green.

You are obviously free to alter the title (and therefore the theme) of the layouts and you can also add journaling. I have also used a punch set and the Sew Easy tool which will be available to use on the day. 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 them to create their own title or cut out other embellishments. Other items used on the layouts which you need to bring are a sewing needle if you want to do the sewing, Crystal Lacquer, a journal pen and Blue ink pad for inking round the edges. We will also have ink pads and Crystal Lacquer available to purchase on the day if you don’t have them. You will also need to bring a small pair of scissors because there is a LOT of fussy cutting out on both of the layouts. 😛 😛 😛

We will post full images and close-ups of the layouts after the November crop.

The kit will cost £10 on the day but is entirely optional and your seat is £5.00. The location of the crop, together with other details, can be found on our Crop Dates page.

There will also be the usual FABULOUS Merly Shop and a selection of cakes, choccies and biscuits, tea’s & coffee. Please bring your own lunch.

See you all very soon.
Chrissy & Paul xXx

Product Focus: Forget-Me-Not Collectables, Part3

Welcome back to the last installment of this months Product Focus! Today I am sharing a card with you.

By layering your collectables and a few extra embellishments into white cardstock you can easily obtain a striking card. It is a great way to finish off your pack and all you have to do is add a relevant sentiment! Easy-peasy!

I hope this inpired you!

Emilie xxx

Product Focus: Forget-me-not Collectables, Part2

Welcome back to our new monthly feature: “Product Focus”!

Today we are using the Collectables to help integrate the photograph into the background.

I used the “Queen Bee” sheet as the flowers printed on it are a perfect match for the flowers present in the set of collectables. I mounted my photogrpah on a sheet from the Paper Pad, glued it on my background and then layered my collectables on the bottom right corner of it to help it integrate to my all layout! Once again I used the words present in the pack to create my title. It is a fantastic technique for a quick, cheap and luxurious layout!

I hope this inspired you!

Emilie xxx

Product Focus: Forget-me-not Collectables, Part1

I have been thinking a lot lately on what kind of feature I could come-up with to help you get the most out of your gorgeous Kaisercraft goodies. I wanted to create a new monthly “Rendez-vous” where you could find ideas on how to use a particular piece of stash, collection, tool or even embellishment; old or new, to inspire you and get your mojo going. “Product Focus” will show you through 2, 3 or even maybe 4 posts different ways to use your stash.

This month I am using the packet of Collectables from the gorgeous Forget-me-not Collection. First stop is a layout:

Here I wanted to show you a great way to really make your collectables go further. I loved the honeycomb shapes present in the pack and decided to design a layout around them. There wasn’t enough of them in the pack so I simply used one of them as a stencil to cut some extra ones out of the Paper Pad to then cover them with glossy accent to help them look line the real thing. I used one of the words present in the pack as my title, added a few dodles and my layout was done!

I hope this inspired you!

Emilie xxx