Getting wings

Hello everybody! I am here with my first ever “Beyond the Page” project! When I opened my fantastic goody box and saw the Kaisercraft Angel I decided to try and think of an original way of using it.

You see, every time I’ve seen an angel being used for home decor in the past, it was around the festive times of Christmas and let’s be honest, I am not really in a “Ho Ho Ho'” mood just yet! So I thought, how could I use this Kaisercraft Beyond-the-Page Angel so that I can keep it around the house all year ’round?

Kaisercraft beyond-the-page Angel

Well “Angel” led me to think of Cupid and that led me to think of that strip of photos I had of Iain and me. It was perfect too as I had in the same box the gorgeous Sweet Nothings paper pad in which was a sheet of super cute little Cupids!!! I mixed it up with some leftovers of the NSW sheet for the bottom “skirt” and the WA sheet for the wings from the Great Southern Land collection.

Kaisercraft beyond-the-page Angel detail 1 Kaisercraft beyond-the-page Angel detail 2

I am always amazed at how easy it is to mix up the Kaisercraft collections even though they don’t have anything in common to start with! A few flowers, a bit of lace and some gems to finish it all off and now this angel is proudly sitting above our television in the lounge!

I hope I inspired you to look at your BTP in a new light!


Sweet it is!

Hi everybody! Emilie here again for another layout! I really had a lot of fun creating this page! No surprise, it is about French Macarons (Macaroons). And I decided to use the Sweet Nothings collection, so sweet it was indeed.

Sweet it is Layout

I have used photographs of French patisseries and Macarons that I took through the window of the shop. When I am asked what I miss most about my country my first and main thought is the Bakeries/Patisseries. Yes I do miss hugely the cakes and posh desserts that are so widely available across the Channel! I used the “Dozen Roses” paper mostly because of the Eiffel Tower on it which tied-in nicely with my story. I then added a bit of stamped script image. You can obtain a similar effect with THIS stamp, a definite Must Have! I placed a sheet of pink paper from the paper pad on which I stuck my photos. I framed the pic on the left with the frame that came in the pack of Collectables. I then added one of the strips of stickers from the Sticker Sheet on the left of the layout as well as the big flower at the bottom (mounted on foam pads to give it depth). I loved the cheeky little angel so much that I thought he had to feature! I placed him at the bottom right hand side.

Sweet It Is layout detail 1

The rub-ons were exactly what I needed to add a few more details to my layout!

Sweet It Is layout detail 2 Sweet It Is layout detail 3

A few more elements from the paper pads (I love it! It’s full of papers AND die-cuts!) to finish off my page along with a few pearls and it’s a wrap!

I love this layout! I hope this inspired you, don’t hesitate to let me know your thought!


April 2012 Challenge

Hello – Emilie here to introduce the very first Merly Impressions Monthly Challenge. I am really excited about setting this challenge for you and hope it will be the first of many fun and inspirational challenges at Merly Impressions.

I was wondering, when you don’t scrap about your children, pets, hubby, etc… what do you scrap about?

You see, I haven’t got any children; most people are getting bored of seeing photos of my dogs AND my other half isn’t a camera lover… So once I have exhausted all my “Scrap-able” pics of childhood memories should I just stop creating until some more re-surface or until the man in my life decides to stop sulking long enough for me to take an acceptable photo? Well, my answer is NO! I mean, our future generation will know everything there is to know about our offspring, dogs, cats, moody husbands, brothers, etc… but what will they know about us? The real us, not just the fact that we love his/her smile, hair, voice, sense of humour,… Yep, I knew it, not much! We love to talk about others but we are fairly shy.

Well, at Merly Impressions, we challenge you – we want to see a layout about you! You don’t need to use a photo of yourselves, or even a photo at all, but create a page that is about YOU. The possibilities are endless: your favourite food, music, film, or about a journey, a weight loss, an achievement,… The subject is vast but at the end, the page has to make you think “Yep, they will know me a little bit better now”.

So, to summarise, for this months challenge we would like you to create:

  • a 12×12 scrapbook layout
  • that says something about YOU (a secret, a fact, a story, etc)

Please link to your creation in the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 12th May. We will then choose the most inventive and inspirational entry to win this months prize – a £20 voucher to spend in the Merly Impressions online shop.

Please see the Monthly Challenge page for a full list of the rules.

Of course, I wouldn’t challenge you and not take part in it myself! I decided to talk about my favourite writer: Guillaume Musso. His books really strike a chord with me each time! I just took different shots of the same pile of books with different Hipstamatic lenses on my phone and layered them on top of each other to give the impression of a lot more books.

April Challenge layout

I used the back of the Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings Cupids Arrow paper as my background and then I added a lot of elements from the pack of Sweet Nothings Collectables around my photos and at the bottom right corner of my page.

April Challenge layout detail 1 April Challenge layout detail 2

I then stamped my journalling all the way down my layout mixing it up with some of these rub-ons. A few splashes of black paint to continue the feeling of a manuscript and my layout was complete! I hope I inspired you to talk about you!


This challenge is now closed.

Layouts and Photos from January Crop

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

The kit for January was based on the beautiful Sweet Nothings collection from Kaisercraft and included instructions and stash to make two layouts that we called “My Beautiful Mum” and “One-Two-Three” although some scrappers interpreted the layouts very differently.

My Beautiful Mum layoutOne-Two-Three layout

Below are some pictures taken on the day (click the image once to open it and click it again to close it). Thanks to Merley (our daughter) for making another huge batch of very tasty Raspberry and Lemon Muffins – they must have tasted okay because they all got eaten !!

Chrissy   xxx

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January Crop – Sneak Peek

The Merly Impressions January Crop is nearly upon us so we thought we would let everyone know about the kit our croppers will be using on Saturday 21st January.

The kit uses Decembers Kaisercraft collection called Sweet Nothings. This collection features images of cherubs, flowers, butterflies and birds in shades of pink, blue and green – a truly beautiful and romantic collection. The kit will include five 12 x 12 papers, one die-cut paper and one speciality paper, the Long Birdcage Wood Flourish, a Pearl Flourish, a set of Latte Pearls and some Embroidery thread.

The first layout, that we have called “Beautiful Mum”, includes one photo measuring 10.5cm wide by 15cm high preferably featuring shades of Blue, Greens and peachy colours. A sepia tone or vintage photo would also work well.

Beautiful Mum layout

 The second layout, which we’ve called “One, Two, Three” includes three photo’s measuring 6.25cm wide by 6.5cm high. We have used Sepia toned photo’s on this layout but picture including shades of Blue, Green and Peach would also work.

One-Two-Three layout

Both of these layouts would suit romantic, or beauty themed photo’s (especially the first layout).

You are obviously free to alter the title (and therefore the theme) of the layouts. We will bring the tools we have used on the layouts such as the Spellbinder Ribbon Banners. I have decorated the Wood Flourish using Ranger Distress Ink Pads (Stormy Sky & Weathered Wood) and sprayed it with Perfect Pearl Mist (Blue Raspberry) – any blue ink pad would do but I will bring my Ranger ones for people to use if they wish. Other items used are Crystal Lacquer, a journal pen and an Edge Scraper Tool. You will also need to bring a small pair of small scissors (because there is some delicate cutting out on both layouts) and a sewing needle as there is some stitching on one of the layouts (although this is optional).

The kit will cost £12 on the day but is entirely optional. The location of the crop, together with other details, can be found on our Crop Dates page.