Enjoy the Sea using The Uniquely Creative Tropical Dreams Collection

Hi Everyone,
Today I would like to share a fun layout that I have created using the Tropical Dreams Collection by Uniquely Creative. I absolutely love this collection, it is so bright and cheery with the beautiful blue and pink hues. I have many beach photo’s from our Portugal trip last year that suit these papers perfectly. The photo I have used is actually one of me trying to imitate a photo of me that was taken when I was much younger.

This layout actually had an alternative beginning, I have taken an old card board box and cut to 30. 5 x 30.5 cm to form the background. Then I ripped part of the top layer off before painting it in white Gesso and inking over this with Old Paper- Ranger Oxide.

For the next step, I cut UNDER THE SEA – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION to 23.5 cm and ripped the edges before adhering to the centre of the cardboard background. Next, I cut TROPICAL – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION to 20 cm x 30.5 and adhered to the centre of the layout too. For the final preparation of the background I added some texture paste through a Uniquely Creative Stencil.

Next I cut the beige and blue striped rectangles from OCEAN BREEZE – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION two rectangles to frame the photo (10 x 13 cm photo) before adhering to the layout.

For the final set of steps, I have fussy cut the flowers from PARADISE – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION and layered them below the photo and at the top right of the photo. I have also added “Enjoy” from the CREATIVE CUTS – TROPICAL DREAMS COLLECTION, some Blue Ice Rhinestones, lace butterflies and splatters of the Candy KaiserMist.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my fun and “recycled” layout! I definitely recommend creating some fun projects using the Tropical Dreams Collection. Keep an eye out for the fancy fold cards that I have also created this month using this collection.
Be safe, stay healthy and keep crafting!
Roxanne xX

Angel in Disguise using the ScrapBoys-Industrial Romance Collection

Hi everyone,
I would like to share with you this mixed media layout that I have created using the Industrial Romance Collection by the ScrapBoys. I love cogs and industrial themed papers so this one really caught my eye. I don’t usually gravitate towards orange as a colour so this one was a nice challenge for me.

I decided that I would go for a mixed media background for this layout. I have used the Spiced Marmalade- Ranger Distress Oxide to stamp a mix of the Factory 42 and Time Machine Collection cog stamps. Following this I added some watered down Oxide Ink, Brown KaiserMist and acrylic paint spatters to the background before adhering to a sheet of Marrakesh Cardstock.

Next I took two copies of my photo ( 8.7 x 14.2 cm) and cut the subject from one photo and foam taped it onto the same place of the second photo, creating a 3D effect. I also added the wings from INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 07 between the two photo layers. After adding a Marrakesh Cardstock frame to my photo I adhered it to the centre of my layout. Then I created a layered frame around the layout using fussy cut elements from INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 07, 2x INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 03 and INDUSTRIAL ROMANCE – PAPER 01.

To finalise the layout, I embellished with MINI PAPER BLOOMS – CORAL and Black Rhinestones.

I hope I have managed to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone today and try a new colour in your next project, or just create a project using this amazing ScrapBoys Collection. I hope you are staying safe, healthy and enjoying some extra craft time.
All the best,
Roxanne xX

Double Trouble in Paradise with Sunkissed by Kaisercraft

Hello Merly Impressions fans,

Today I would like to share with you a fun, multi-photo, double layout that I created using the SUNKISSED Collection by Kaisercraft. I went for a fairly simple layout with few layers this time, however I add a little bit of fun mixed media. This is the perfect layout practice mixed media with because most of the back ground is covered in photos and any mistakes with it! Or if you love the background, you can simply use less photos. I have tried to capture a weekend trip to Palma, Mallorca, with this layout.MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture1

To create this double layout I have used the instructions below:

  1. Take two sheets of KAISERCARD SNOW WEAVE CARDSTOCK and cut into three pieces 27.5, 24 and 4 cm wide and all 24 cm high.
  2. Take the smallest piece and add a leaf pattern by inking though TROPICAL LEAVES 6X6 DESIGNER STENCIL, using an ink blending tool with KAISERINK PAD – FOREST and KAISERINK PAD – BLUE HAZEMIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture2
  3. Apply Distress Oxide- Lucky Clover, Distress Oxide- Mermaid Lagoon and Distress Ink- Peacock Feathers to an INKSSENTIALS CRAFT SHEET, spray with some water. Dip paper into the ink, repeat until you are happy with how it looks.MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture3
  4. Take the two larger SNOW pieces and tape together behind. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on this larger section. MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture4
  5. Splatter with KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – NAVY 50ML.
  6. Take two sheets of MOJITO – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and trim off the bottom strips. From the centre of one, cut out a piece to use as a 11 x 14.1 cm photo frame for later. Tape MOJITO’s together create a double layout size. Using a rounded corner punch, punch the outside corners of the inked SNOW page and the double MOJITO. Adhere SNOW to MOJITO.
  7. Take the pre-prepared 4 cm SNOW strip and adhere to the left side of the layout. To the centre of this strip adhere the bottom strips from DAQUIRI – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and TUTTI FRUTTI – SUNKISSED COLLECTIONFOAM TAPE the bottom strip from MOJITO – SUNKISSED COLLECTION onto the top of the other bottom strips.MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture5
  8. Cut leaves from LEMON LIME – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and foam tape the section of three leaves together to the left side of the layout and the large single leaf to the bottom right.
  9. Prepare 4 photo mats with dimensions of 10.7 x 10.7 cm from the zig-zag and green spotted sheets from the PAPER PAD – SUNKISSED. Adhere 4 photos with dimensions of 9.8 x 9.8 cm. Adhere the 4 matted photos to the centre of the layout.
  10. Take pre-prepared photo frame from Step 6, adhere to photo (10 x13 cm) and adhere to the right side on the layout on top of the large leaf.
  11. Take the leaves (with same shape as in Step 9) from the COLLECTABLES – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and cut them from the PAPER PAD – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and TUTTI FRUTTI – SUNKISSED COLLECTION. Tuck and glue them under various photo corners.
  12. Further embellish with COLLECTABLES – SUNKISSED COLLECTIONCURIOS – PARADISE FOUND COLLECTION and fussy cut birds from PAPER PAD – SUNKISSED COLLECTION and TUTTI FRUTTI – SUNKISSED COLLECTIONMIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture1 MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture6 MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture7 MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture8 MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture9 MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture11 MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture12 MIDT2020-03 Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft-Double Trouble in Paradise- Picture13

I hope this post inspires you to purchase this bright and fun collection. I also hope you enjoy using it as much as I have!

Happy Crafting!

Xx Roxii xX

Exploring the Beach with Uncharted Waters

Hi Everyone,

I have created this busy, beachy, technique filled, double layout using the lovely UNCHARTED WATERS collection by Kaisercraft. This collection is gender neutral, making it perfect for all beach themed photos. I just love this collection with all the shells, beach creatures and boat related items! Since blue is my favourite colour, I love this collection for its colours too and because it is very suitable to co-ordinate in those mixed media effects. I thoroughly enjoyed incorporating oxide inks, background stamping, texture pasting, fussy-cutting, paper ripping and cheesecloth tucking techniques in this project!

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To create this layout I followed the steps below:

  1. Create a background using 2 pieces of KAISERCARD IVORY PREMIUM CARDSTOCK cut down to 30.5 x 30.5 cm and randomly stamping the ship’s  wheel from the CLEAR STAMPS – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION in KAISERINK PAD – CHOCOLATE over the layout.
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  2. Use an INKSSENTIALS CRAFT SHEET or baking paper for background inking techniques and a mix of blue Distress Oxide and RANGER DISTRESS INK PADS. Using the oxide inks first, take the darkest and smear it in a line on the craft sheet spray water on top of the ink. Take the ivory card stock and dip it in the watery ink, turn over and dry using a craft heat gun or hair dryer. Apply the rest of the ink and repeat drying. Excess ink can be removed using a wet cloth. Explore the Beach with Uncharted Waters 2
  3. Repeat with each colour, layer over the previous and adding the Distress Ink last
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  4. Tape the two Ivory sheets with home-made background together to create a double sized layout. Cut two 6.5 cm strips of STREAK – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION and adhere to the two short sides of the layout. Cut a 14 cm strip from the bottom of TIDE POOL – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION slowly and gently rip this strip in half diagonally using your hands. Attach one piece to the top left and the other to the bottom right of the layout. Take the left over strip of TIDE POOL – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION and also rip it diagonally and tuck each piece under the other corner pieces to create a layered effect.
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  5. Take HOOK – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION and hand rip different sized pieces. Layer these pieces under the wooden sections on the top and bottom of the layout.
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  6. Fussy cut the two middle ropes from SEA SHORE – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION, cut in half and foam tape next to each other over the two STREAK – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION sections of the layout, ~0.5 cm apart. Take a sheet of CHEESECLOTH GAUZE and colour with KAISERMIST SPRAY INK – GOLD SHIMMER 50ML, allow to dry and then cut into strips to tuck under the ripped layers. Also use this coloured cheesecloth to matt the photos. I have used three 9.5 x 13.4 cm photos and tucked them under the ripped sections.
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  7. Fussy cut the crabs and shells from OCEANIC – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION and embellish layout. Embellish with CURIOS – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION and stickers from the STICKER BOOK – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION
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  8. Transfer the pattern of BUBBLES 6X6 DESIGNER STENCIL onto the wooden sections of the layout using TEXTURE PASTE. Further embellish layout with more stickers from the STICKER BOOK – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION and COLLECTABLES – UNCHARTED WATERS COLLECTION.
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I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and full instructions to recreate this mixed media, double layout.

Happy Scrapbooking!

Xx Roxii xX

Loved with Pen and Ink


Karen here with the first of my projects for May using Pen and Ink Kaisercraft collection.  I have to confess that when I saw this range I begged Chrissy to send it to me for my DT projects as it was so gorgeous and such a usable collection.

31056924_10211906994454161_7942720622931476480_n_edited-1I am experimenting with mixed media at the moment and trying to push myself out of my comfort zone so thought I would try something I hadn’t tried before with this project.

I cut a 1 inch frame from Vanilla cardstock and cut 1 inch from the top and one side of the Lacey paper.  On the spotty side I inked around the edges with Walnut Stain ink and mounted it onto the Vanilla frame.

I then used the Collage 6 x 6 stencil and some texture past in the top right and bottom left of my page.  I used crackle paste but this one would work just as well.


I rubbed some ink onto the top of the texture paste.


Next I cut a piece of the Vanilla card, saved from above, to 9.5 ins x 4, for a photo mount and used the stencil and Walnut Stain ink to give this a pattern.  I used foam pads to stick this to my page. 


I tore two pieces of Ephemera paper and trimmed them to 9.5 ins wide, inked the edges and added to my layout at the top and bottom of the Vanilla photo mount.

Next I cut three bingo cards from Stamps and added to the photo mount.


After adding my photos I tucked as many of the cards from the Collectables pack as I could fit under the pieces of Ephemera paper.


Finally I used a flower cluster and the word love from the Collectables pack to make my title.


Mixed Media tag with Havana Nights

Hello Kaisercraft fans!

Emmy here with my last post for February. This time I decided to go mixed-media creating a tag featuring Kaisercraft’s Havana Nights collection (available at Merly Impressions’ online store).MI-mixed-media-tag-web-530And here is a short tutorial on how I did it:

MI-mixed-media-tag-det-a (1)For the base of my tag I used a ready-made tag from Ranger. I added colour to it by blending Distress Ink Pad – Tea Dye with Distress Ink Pad – Vintage Photo. MI-mixed-media-tag-det-a (2)Then I picked two of the pattern papers from the Havana Nights collection, Ferns and Clay, and I cut tow panels slightly smaller then the tag base. MI-mixed-media-tag-det-a (3)Using the Clear Stamps set matching the collection and Ink Pad – Bark I added the folaige pattern on one of the panels. Then using the Foliage Mini Designer Stencil with Texture Paste I added the white dimensional pattern on top of it. MI-mixed-media-tag-det-b (1)Once everything has dried, I distressed the edges of the pattern paper panels and sprinkled KaiserMist Spray Ink – Antique Gold and KaiserMist Spray Ink – Denim on top of all the layers. MI-mixed-media-tag-det-b (2)I used various die cut elements and pre cut embellishments to create my tag.

MI-mixed-media-tag-det-c (2)For the die cut elements I used Decorative Die – Texture Woven, Film Edges die, Mini Foliage die and various pattern papers from the  Paper Pad. I used pre cut embellishments from the Collectables Pack and the Paper Pad. To adhere everything together I used Mounting Foam TapeMI-mixed-media-tag-det-c (1)For the flower spread I used  Paper Blooms – Coral and die cut foliage, which I embellished with Rhinestones – SilverMI-mixed-media-tag-det-d (2)As a final touch I tied White LaceJute Cord – Grey and Mixed Hemp Cord – Ocean together.MI-mixed-media-tag-det-d (3)I hope I managed to inspire you today!

Have an amazing weekend!

Emmy xx

Travel Journal using the Documented collection

Hello everyone,

Today is tinged with a little sadness as I say goodbye to the design team. It has been a privilege to get to know you all and I hope you have been inspired by some of the projects I have shared. However, it is time to move on and I have every confidence that the next designer will also inspire you with their wonderful projects.

As my final piece for you I was lucky enough to be sent the wonderfully versatile, Documented collection to work with. On this occassion I took inspiration from the travel themed collectables and the Documented stamp set to create this travel journal.


To create this I used a plain A6 notebook and covered it in White Gesso and Kaisercraft white acrylic paint for good coverage.



I then used the 6.5″ paper pad to cover the painted base. I chose the small letters sheet for the front and the foiled grid paper for the rear. On each piece I had a small piece left over and I used these strips for the opposite edges of the front and rear. I stuck it all down firmly using PVA glue. (Don’t worry if it bubbles a bit, when it dries it will all pull back tight!)


Next I stamped the large globe onto a piece of grey paper from the pad using the Documented Stamp Set and a Kaisercraft Black Ink Pad

I then mounted this on to foam tape and used two collectables from the pack as further embellishments. For the title across the front I cut the letters from the Notebook Ledger sheet of the 12″ paper.


I also used a strip of Natural Lace to cover the wire spiral binding and I chose several travel related collectables to make a swing tag for the journal. I added them to the Metallic Hemp cord and tied them to the spiral binding along with a couple of charms from my stash.



To finish I added some organza ribbon to the spiral and my travel journey is now ready to go..I wonder where it will take me?

Thank you for your support during my time with Merly Impressions and all that remains is to say goodbye! I hope to see you around on our crafting journeys together!



Factory 42 beyond the page room plaque

Good morning all,

Today I am bringing you a beyond the page room plaque made using the Factory 42 collection and some mixed media techniques. imageFirstly though I would like to show you how I made the cogs on my plaque look like they are ‘rusty’. It’s a very simple tutorial but the theme runs through my three design team projects for September so I do hope you will have a go at creating these yourselves.. you’ll be surprised how easy they are to do..and we use the most unusual of ingredients too!

To begin with I took several chipboard dies  and I also cut some dies using this Decorative Cog die then I used a couple of the Factory 42 collectable pack cogs and altered these too (yet left some of the gears and cogs as they came from the pack).

imageTo make the rust effect you take a mix of three ‘rusty’ coloured acrylic paints..in this case I used Terracotta, Black and Raw Umber and I then took a, fairly stiffish, paintbrush and gently ‘dabbed’ the three different coloured paints over the die cuts ensuring a good, thick coverage. (You do not want to blend the three colours to make one colour, rather dab them individually until the dies are liberally covered.)

imageNext I took some mixed spice from my pantry (yes that’s right..mixed spice..that’s not some new colour from a well known designer!) or any ground spice you may have in your pantry. I can honestly say that this is unlikely to be acid free so don’t use the only copy you have of a precious photo..but it will smell nice!

Next sprinkle the spice over the wet paint and tap it with the wet paintbrush to adhere to the wet paint..and leave to dry. That’s it! A five minute technique that gives a wonderful effect that would fool most people until they actually touch it.

imageTo continue with the plaque, I covered the plaque sides and moulded edges with the rust effect.  I then took a sheet of Assembly Line Paper from the collection and adherred it with PVA glue and left to dry. Don’t worry if it bubbles, as it dries it will pull back tight. Alternatively, if you don’t want to wait for drying time you can use the Kaisercraft Glue Stick. When dry I then sanded the edges using the Sanding Block and inked them using the Vintage Ink Pad.

imageI then tore a section of corrugated card to fit the bottom right hand corner and inked the ridges with the same Kaisercraft Vintage Ink pad. I then arranged a selection of the cogs and gears from the collectables pack and used Kaisercraft chipboard letters to spell out the name I required. Of course the title is up to you but these chipboard letters are plentiful in the pack and once they have also been given the rust treatment they can be used for any name you choose!

TIP: do not stick down all the elements until you have ensured there is room for the title you want to use.

imageI also used some of my own die cuts and cut them to fit.

Once the bottom ‘layer’ was dried I added the gears on the top of the collectable dies and rusty cogs.

To finish I added the expression to the top left.

imageI hope you’ll agree that the tutorial is very easy to follow and the techniques of covering the plaque and using all the Factory 42 die cuts from the collectables is a fabulous effect..that would fool most people from a distance.





Mixed Media Basecoat scrapbook layout

Hi there

Elaine here again bringing you my latest project using the , oh so versatile, Basecoat IV collection.

imageNow, if you are anything like me, you will have lots of collectables and pieces of left over collections and stash and this new Basecoat IV selection is the perfect way to use up  some of those… or why not treat yourselves to some new ones to add to your stash?

For this layout I used the Scraped patterned paper. I then took the Diamonds Designer Mini Stencil and used  Ranger Modelling paste to create the background.

imageOnce this had dried I used the Kaisercraft Clear Butterfly stamp and a text stamp similar to the Together Clear Stamp to add more interest.

imageNext I took the Abstract Art paper and cut three pieces approximately 9″ x 4″ and used both sides.(I had cut the photos down to 3″ x 6″ and 3″ x 3″ already). I then distressed these papers and layered them in random directions behind the top layer with photos on.

imageI then added lots of collectable die cuts from the Generations collectable pack together with some from the High Tide collectables pack and added them around the large photo layers adding in cheesecloth and a twist of dark blue Hemp Cord from the Ocean collection beneath the layers. I also added a coin from my travels as the photos were taken abroad whilst on holiday. You may like to use some of your holiday coins in a similar way? I finished it off with a few other embellishments from my stash and a title using white foam Thickers alphas. What a clever collection to make you use up your leftovers.. a definite must to add to your stash!


Do join us again soon.



A Trio of Mixed Media Tags


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.)


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


For the Indigo Skies Blue Butterfly tag I used


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


For the High Tea tag I used


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