November 2014 Crop – Layout Preview

Hi everyone,

Here are the sneak peeks and details of the layouts for the Merly Impressions Crop on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

The kit uses the lovely Kaisercraft collection Rustic Harmony which features a natural colour palette and shades of peach, with beautiful shabby chic flowers and pretty butterflies. The first layout which I’ve called “Just a Smile” uses one coloured photo measuring 9cm wide x about 13cm high. A sepia or black & white photo would also work.


The second layout which I’ve called “Memories” uses one coloured photo measuring 8cm wide by 12cm high. A sepia photo would also work. I have punched out a frame for each photo using a MS punch-around-the-page set on both layouts – your photo’s shouldn’t be any larger than the sizes specified for these frames to fit.


Other items used on the layouts which you will need to bring are a journal pen, a brown/sepia ink pad for inking round edges, foam pads. You will also need a needle for sewing (if you want to do it) and a small pair of scissors because there is a little fussy cutting on both of the layouts. 😛 I have also used some Crystal Lacquer on some of the flower petals. A similar product will also work and this is optional. We will however have Crystal Lacquer & ink pads available to purchase in the Merly shop.

We will bring our usual supply of tools (Grand Calibur, Big Shot, Martha Stewart punches, Sew Easy Tools (which are used on the layouts), Tim Holtz Dies, etc) to the crop if people would like to use them to create their own title or cut out other embellishments.

We will post full images, photos and close-ups of the layouts after the crop. For anyone who cannot join us on the day, the kit will be available to purchase on-line after the crop.

The location of the crop, together with other details and future dates can be found on our Crop Dates page.

There will also be the usual FABULOUS Merly Impressions Shop where you can purchase all the latest Kaisercraft goodies. Merley & Paul will be making a selection of yummy cakes & Sausage rolls. We will also bring biscuits, chocolates, mince pies, tea and coffee. Please bring your own lunch.

See you all on November 22nd at 10am, we finish at 5pm. The cost of the kit is £12.00 and your seat is £5.00 payable on the day.

Chrissy, Paul & Merley xXx

Rustic Harmony layout

Hi everyone, its Pam here again with a layout of my two sisters in Australia.

This month I have been lucky enough to scrap with Kaisercrafts ‘Rustic harmony’ Collection. For my first two projects I predominately used the grey/pink colour way, so today I decided to change it up a bit and create a largely monochroamtic layout focusing on the green parts of the collection.

Here’s the layout I made:P1160696-1

The first thing I did was to use embossing ink and white embossing powder to heat emboss the Morrocco Stamp.

Then I did a green watercolour wash over the embossing. The embossing resists the watercolour wash and adds some subtle texture to the background, which you can see more clearly in this photo: P1160697-2I then randomly stamped the Arty Stamp, using black ink:P1160699-4I then used some of the Captured Moments cards to layer underneath my photos. These cards are designed for pocket scrapping, but they also work really well on 12 x 12 layouts, so don’t limit yourself to using them only for your pocket style scrapbook pages!

My layout also uses some elements from the sticker sheet, the diecut collectables, some washi tape, and some self adhesive pearls.

P1160696-1So that’s my third layout using the gorgeous Rustic Harmony collection.

I hope you like it!


Captured Moments

I think I may have mentioned once or twice before how much I love pocket scrapping!  It’s so easy, so quick, and so useful for scrapping multiple photos of the same event, like my daughter’s graduation for instance.

Kaisercraft make it even easier with their ‘Captured Moments’ range designed to fit pocket pages.

The Rustic Harmony collection was perfect for scrapping some of Emily’s graduation photos. I printed all the photos in black and white. Graduations aren’t particularly colourful affairs anyway and actually this collection just seems made for black and white photos!

So here’s the finished page:_MG_1159-2-1As you can see it really is as easy as slipping your photos into some of the pockets and filling some pockets with some embellished Captured Moments cards.

Here I’ve used one of the 3″ x 4″ cards and just layered on some of the Die cut Collectables – so simple!!  _MG_1161-2-1And here I’ve cut some of the patterned paper into a 4″ x 6″ rectangle, then adhered mini photos and some stickers – again, simple!_MG_1162-1I wonder how many of you have started scrapping using pocket pages? Why not leave a comment and link to yours – I’d love to see them!


Sketch Challenge: Rustic Harmony

Hi everyone,

It’s Pam here.

This month I get to scrap with the wonderful shabby chic collection, Rustic Harmony. This collection has a subtle colour palette of soft greys,  browns, pink and green together with distressed patterned papers.

This is the layout I came up with using Sandra’s sketch this month. This photo of my great grandparents has recently been discovered. Photos like these are rare in my family so they are definitely worth preserving and scrapping. _MG_1386-1Here is Sandra’s sketch…..

10653880_10204170736336085_3566607315468260007_n….and here it is rotated. which is how I used it to make my layout:

10653880_10204170736336085_3566607315468260007_nAnd now for some  close ups.

The circle element of the sketch is made by sponging distress ink through the centre part of the lacey doily 12 x 12 stencil.

_MG_1386-1ed_edited-1I used a soft lead pencil to shade around some of the elements for a faux 3d effect:

_MG_1389-2Detail of one of the border stickers with some adhesive pearl embellishment:  _MG_1392-3

And some fussy cutting and tag detail:_MG_1393-4I’m really looking forward to seeing your interpretation of Sandra’s sketch.

Don’t forget you’ve got until 2nd of November, 2014 to add your creation to the gallery under the October Challenge post.