Ma Cherie

Hello everyone, It’s Pam here with another Ma Cherie layout.

I don’t normally place my photos in the centre of the page, but I made an exception here. This layout was really simple to construct, using just patterned papers, collectables, and stickers from the Ma Cherie collection.P1170803-Edit I started this layout with a symmetrical base, placing my papers in the centre. The scalloped paper was die cut using a Spellbinders labels die.P1170802-Edit-EditAlthough this layout started out with a symmetrical base, I was after a balanced layout rather than a purely symmetrical look. Consequently although I used similar elements on each side, I placed them slightly offset from each other. This gives the layout a less formal feel.
P1170803-EditThe layout is embellished with a combination of Diecut collectables and elements from the sticker sheet. Some black pen work on the perimeter finishes the layout off.

Sadly this is my last layout for Merly Impressions. Designing for Merly Impressions has been an absolute privilege and I have loved every moment. Thanks to Chrissy for giving me this wonderful opportunity to work with the best products in the scrapping world!!

Pam xx

Ma Cherie clear stamps layout

Hi Everyone,

it’s Pam here.

Today’s layout uses the gorgeous Ma Cherie collection, with a focus on using the coordinating clear stamps.
mI chose the subtle patterned side of the Elegant paper as the base for my layout. This paper has a subtle fan design, but I wanted to add a bit more pattern while still keeping the colour subtle. So I used the rose stamp and stamped all over the paper using a Kaisercraft mini ink pad in Sandstone which is very similar in colour to the fan design on the paper. I love these mini ink pads. They are very juicy and the small size makes it easy to tap the pad all over the stamp to get a good coverage of ink.

m7While I had the stamps and inks out I continued stamping, first the sentiment using an ink pad in Slate. I stamped this onto a journalling block from the Frilly paper, and then cut out the oval and butterfly.
m8Next I stamped the butterflies onto the Darling paper, using Slate and Brown ink pads.m6I then stated to build up my layout. I used another of the journalling blocks to place behind my photo, and fussy cut the corner floral arrangement from the Darling paper. The floral strip is from the coordinating sticker sheet.m5I embellished my layout with my previously stamped images, and some die cut collectables. I also used some blooms, and some adhesive pearls on the flower centres and the butterfly bodies.m2m3mSo that’s my layout featuring the clear stamps. I hope it gives you some ideas for using stamps on your layouts.

Pam xx

Ma Cherie Layout

Hello everyone, it’s Pam here.

This month I am using the stunning ‘Ma Cherie’ collection from Kaisercraft. This collection is so pretty with a mostly muted grey and pink colour scheme and features flowers, butterflies, and damask patterns. When I looked at the papers the Bamboo Foil paper immediately caught my eye, and I decided to try something a bit different, and go for gold! I must apologise for the photos in this post-it is very hard to get a good balance between the bright reflective gold, and the black of the paper, and to be honest I don’t think the photographs do this layout justice.

Here’s my layout:m7-Edit-EditAnd here’s how I set about creating this page:

First I took a damask stencil and drew through the holes with a glue pen.

P1170622-Edit-2Then I applied some foil papers that I had in my stash. The application wasn’t perfect, but I don’t mind that. I also applied some gold acrylic paint randomly through some sequin waste. Finally I spritzed  some gold mist over the page.P1170624-Edit-2While that was drying, I set about making my embellishments gold. I painted some flowers with gold acrylic paint and misted some of the die cut collectables.P1170623-Edit-2I used a doily die to cut a doily from the gold embossed paper from the 6×6 paper pad. I painted the outside of my photo with gold acrylic paint also.

P1170633-Edit-2Here is a close up of my embellishments-some gold leaves, some mesh ribbon, the gold painted flowers and a little die cut bird from the collectables pack. Finally I added some dots of gold Stickles  and some adhesive rhinestones.
P1170641-Edit-2I hope the close ups give you some idea of this golden glimmery layout.

Pam xx

Generations Daughter Layout

Hi everyone, It’s Pam here, with another layout using the Generations collection from Kaisercraft. This layout features some fussy cutting>

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I started this layout with a burst of Kaisermist through a circle stencil. When using these mists, it’s best to build up the colour in layers, drying each layer off before adding the next. That way your paper won’t get too saturated and the buckling will be reduced. I spray, then roll over the wet spray with a roll of paper towel. I also got out my Martha Stewart punch and punched out  a strip of circular flowers as a base line for my photo.
P1170572 I started building up some layers under my photo. the layers are a mixture of fussy cutting and die cut collectables.P1170573More fussy cutting, and collectables were overlapped around my photo. The title was cut from one of the patterned papers in the collection. The journalling block is one of the adhesive clear stickers from the Family sticker sheet.
P1170575 Some of the die cuts were adhered using foam tape to add dimension.P1170576 Close up of some die cuts…P1170577..and the clear sticker.
P1170578Here you can see I finished off by adding the clear ‘cherish’ sticker.

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This collection is fantastic if you want to make a scrapbook of family members.

Pam

Generations

Hi everyone,

Pam here with another layout using the Generations collection from Kaisercraft.

P1170604-EditFor this layout I used the ‘Son’ paper from the collection. I used a craft knife to cut around the word Son, just enough to be able to slot my photo under. I stamped the paper randomly using the Diamond clear stamp, and Antique Linen Distress ink. I over stamped that with the Generations sentiments stamps and Vintage Photo Distress ink. I adhered some strips of patterned paper from the collection.P1170596-EditI layered some more patterned paper on where the photo was to sit. Then I decided to sponge over some gesso to blend all the papers together a bit more.

P1170597-EditThen I redid the stamping of the diamonds, and the sentiments before I adding the photo, a frame from the Collectables, and a sticker from the co-ordinating sticker sheet.
P1170598-EditAt this stage my layout was looking a little bland so I decided to add some mixed media: machine stitching, stencilling, using a Diamond stencil and Kaisermists spray ink.

P1170607-EditThe layout has been embellished with some collectables and some stickers from the Time Machine collection which coordinated beautifully with this background paper. I also added a clear sentiment sticker from the Family set.

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Please visit us again soon,

Pam

Generations and Clear Stickers

Hi everyone,

It’s Pam here. This month I’ll be designing with Kaisercraft ‘Generations’ collection. This collection is somewhat different from other Kasiercraft collections, in that it includes a 12×12 single sided paper pad containing 48 different papers. The collection is designed for scrapping individual family members as many of the papers have family names as part of the design-grandmother, grandfather, son,daughter, mother,father, brother,sister.

So my here is first layout using this collection:

P1170570-EditHere’s how I went about creating this layout. First I decided to cut out the word ‘father’ from one of the 12×12 papers to use as my title. I adhered it to card stock to give it some rigidity before cutting around the letters with a craft knife. For intricate cutting like this I use a glass cutting mat, and a sharp craft knife. I cut out the inner parts of the letters first. I turn the paper rather than the knife when doing this type of cutting.P1170566Next I made the photo mount and the journalling tag. The inside frame is some fussy cutting from one of the patterned papers-a larger version of the frame I’ve used on my journalling tag.   I needed to make my photo mount rigid as it is raised from the base paper to leave a gap for the tag to slot under. So I used card stock and more patterned paper under the photo.
P1170570 copyHere you can see how I use some cardboard packaging strips on three sides of the back of my photo to raise it off the surface.

P1170568Then I adhered all the photo and embellished it with coordinating collectables. I also used another of the frames as a base for sticking on one of the new clear sentiment stickers. This set is called Family so it’s perfect for using with the Generations papers.

Below you can see how the layout looked before the tag was slipped under the photo.

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and finally, the finished layout with the journalling tag in place:

P1170570-EditI love the subdued, but masculine colours and patterns in this layout, don’t you?

If you want to put together a family album I think you would find the Generations Collection ideal.

Hope you like my post,

Pam xx

Time machine Acetate layout

Hi, it’s Pam here with another layout using the Time Machine collection. This great collection comes with a fabulous clock face acetate, and today I want to show you how I used this on my layout.

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To start my layout I first of all prepared my background paper. I used the plain green side of the Coggler paper, but to add some interest I stamped a brick pattern using white gesso. In case you are wondering which stamp I used, well the answer is none! Instead I used Kaisercraft’s brick embossing folder. All I did was to brayer some gesso onto the folder and stamp the surface onto my background.

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To add further interest I did some stamping using the coordinating stamp set. What a great versatile stamp set this is too. I can see me getting a lot of use from this set.s2-1 Now for the acetate. Usually when I use acetates I put the elements under the acetate and place the acetate on top. However this clock acetate has a fairly busy design. If I constructed my layout with this as the top layer it would have been difficult to see the underneath layers. To overcome this, I placed some die cuts under the acetate, and then constructed most of my layout on top of the acetate.s3-1 I adhered my photos showing my gorgeous son at various ages, and then embellished the layout with some Die Cut Collectables.s4 Some of the die cuts are adhered with foam tape to add dimension.s5Below  you can see the different layers that make up this layout-stamping, acetate, die cuts, and that lovely semi transparent decorative tape. All these layers add interest without adding bulk.

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P1170512web_edited-1I hope this layout has given you some ideas about using acetates on your layouts!

Pam

Time Machine Mixed Media Layout

Hi everyone, it’s Pam here with a mixed media layout featuring Kaisercraft’s Time Machine collection.Oct1_edited-1

So let’s have a look at how this layout was constructed. First I did some misting using an old Tim Holtz mask which worked really nicely with this collection that features cogs and clocks. I used Kaisermist Spray ink in Turquoise. I spritzed and dried with a paper towel a few times, building up the colour without saturating the patterned paper. My base paper is Steam Engine.P1170525_edited-1The next step was to do some embossing. I used the Brick embossing folder for this step. I placed the embossing folder under my patterned paper and used an embossing tool to trace the brick pattern through the paper to the folder below. The effect you get depends on which side of the embossing folder you use. Also you can get an even different effect if you place the paper front side down onto the embossing folder  and trace through the back side of the paper. Once I had done the embossing I used distress ink on a sponge to highlight the texture.P1170526_edited-1Here are some close ups of the embossing. I think this technique is great-it adds texture and interest without adding bulk.
Untitled-2After that I added some stamping using the Time Machine coordinating stamp set. Then I adhered my photo and embellished with some of the die cut collectables and stickers from the sticker sheet.P1170532_edited-1

The Time Machine has quite a few adventure stickers and die cuts, and I thought they would be perfect for scrapping this photo of my husband climbing the ‘Inaccessible Pinnacle’ on the Isle of Skye. And the brick embossing kind of relates to the rocky peak on top of the ‘Inn Pinn’.

And if you look closely below you will also see a strip of printed washi tape.P1170533_edited-1Oct1_edited-1

I hope this has given you some ideas for using different media on you layouts.

Pam

Time Machine Layout

Hi everyone, it’s Pam here.

‘Time Machine’ is a great collection, with, unsurprisingly,  a time theme! It’s full of rich dark colours, greens and browns, and the coordinating die cuts have sentiment strips, clock, cogs and gears which makes it a fantastic collection for masculine layouts. However, it has it’s pretty feminine papers too, and that’s what I used for my layout of my daughter, her gran and her cousin.

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As you can see I was in the mood for a bit of distressing. First I tore a piece of ‘Gears’ paper in two, and inked and distressed the edges. I used a craft knife to rough up the outer edges and applied ‘Vintage Photo’ distress ink on the edges. To cover the gap between the two pieces of paper I tore a strip of the ‘Gadget’ paper. I constructed the layout and then machine stitched around the edge before adhering it to the card stock.

TMweb_edited-1The layout has been embellished with some of the die cut collectables, some clock tape (love that!) and a decorative strip from the sticker sheet. Some of the die cuts are raised on foam tape to add  a little dimension.
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The scallop strip is from the small paper pad. Finally, the little stamped sentiment in the bottom left hand corner is from the co-ordinating stamp set.

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I’ll add some journalling under the sentiment strip later.

I hope you love this collection as much as I do.

Pam

Chase Rainbows Mixed Media Layout

Hi, It’s Pam here.

This time I’m going to show you a layout that I had a lot of fun making, using Chase Rainbows:

Pride_edited-1So here’s some of the steps to make the layout.

First I used the centre part of the Lace Doily stencil with some modelling paste to add some texture. If you don’t have modelling paste you could use gesso-(or even pollyfilla, but I wouldn’t know whether or not that was acid free). When the modelling paste was dry, I added some squirts of Kaisermist. The background paper is Tone.august1

When the mist was dry it was time to add some stamps. I used the doily semicircle from the coordinating stamp set. Of course you need two semicircles together to give you the circle impression. If you look closely you will see that I have stamped three ways. Firstly I stamped the turquoise doilies using a Kaisercrafts mini ink pad. The pink watery impression was made by squirting the stamp with KaiserMists and stamping with the mist. I really like the watery impression you get with that technique. Finally I stamped with black Stazon ink.august4After that I die cut some circles of paper, and machine stitched them in place.
august3I attached my photo and attached the transparency on top with washi tape.august5I also used a strip of plasterer’s tape to attach the bottom of the transparency.

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Then I layered on some of the die cut collectables.

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So that’s how I made my fun filled mixed media layout.

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I hope you like it!

Pam