Challenge Inspiration by Pam (January 2014)

Hello everyone,

The latest Merly Impressions challenge is to create a layout about 2013. I decided to do my layout about the best day of 2013. Well I had plenty of great days last year, but the best was the day was the day the family came together in Australia to celebrate my mother’s birthday. My mum is a real matriarch. As you can see from the photos we have a large extended family, and this photo is of all the family who managed to attend. It’s particularly special for me, because as all my family (apart from my hubby and kids) live on the other the side of the world, I don’t get to see them very much. And that’s why this day was my best of 2013. This layout uses Kaiserkrafts ‘Looking Glass’ diecut paper as the main background.

I used a craft knife cut to around the balloon image and the orange flower on the left hand side. That meant I could slide the corners of my photo under the images. This is a fun way to add ‘photo corners’.


I adhered the diecut paper to a piece of patterned paper. To make it look like the diecut paper has dimension, I traced around the edge with a watercolour pencil, then went over the drawn line with a damp paint brush to add a shadow.

Here are some close up details:


I stamped the diamond stamp using white acrylic paint. Stamping with paint, rather than with a stamp pad means you get a less than perfect image, which is the look I was going for here:


I hope I have inspired you to produce your own layout of your own 2013 moment.


The Looking Glass

Are you an Alice in Wonderland fan? If so The Looking Glass collection was made for you! if you are not an Alice fan, The Looking Glass collection was made for you too!! Fabulous patterned papers, die cuts, stamps, stickers – all quirky and vintage!! This is such a versatile collection and I had a lot of fun with it:


I stencilled my background first, then began layering- patterned paper, fussy cut images, stickers, die cuts…just arranging, rearranging, juggling until I liked what I saw, then sticking it all down and adding some black pen outlines for some added pop. Sitting in the winter sunshine in Australia, sipping great Barossa Valley wine… l really did feel like a Queen, (hence the crown!!)


Using Acetates

I love to use acetate transparencies on my layouts. They add interest and layers without adding bulk, and there are lots of ways to use them too! So for this post I’m here to show you a few different things you can do with your acetates. I’m using the acetate sheet from Kaisercrafts ‘The Looking Glass’ collection for my layout.

Here’s my layout:


And here is the acetate sheet I used…

Drink Me Acetate - The Looking Glass Collection

Because I was scrapping three photos and placing them towards the edges of the page I wanted something that would connect all the photos. So I chose a stencil which I used with sponged-on Distress inks. Washi tape is useful for anchoring the stencil as it is easily removed.


The first thing I want to say about acetates is that you don’t have to use the elements the way they are printed on the sheet. For my layout I removed the centres from some of the frames and used the frames around my photos instead.


The second thing I want to mention is that you can colour acetates if you wish. You can use permanent markers, but for my layout I coloured some images with alcohol inks. You just need a tiny drop of alcohol ink applied with a fine paint brush, but you need to paint fast as the alcohol inks dry quickly.


These give a very subtle colour as you can see with this close up:


The second way I coloured my acetate image was with acrylic paint on the back of the image. This give a more opaque colour as you can see on this balloon-and it helps to hide the adhesive too!


You need to be a little careful with how you adhere acetates to the page. You need a light touch with glue to avoid unsightly smears. I use tiny dots of glossy accents, and I take care to place those tiny dots behind the black parts of the image. Other ways of adhering the acetates are staples, brads, washi tape or sewing.

Acetates are a great way to embellish your layouts. Why not give them a go?


November 2013 Collections now available

This month we have three brand new Kaisercraft collections, some fabulous new texture stamps and new products from Tim Holtz and Petaloo.

Our first collection, Garage Days, is a very masculine collection with vibrant primary colors and retro style car and garage themed designs – ideal for projects featuring the man in your life. We have nine double-sided 12×12 papers as well as collectables, speciality papers (including a fabulous foil paper), a sticker sheet, rub-ons, a 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad and a Paper Pack.

garage days

Our next collection, Tea Break, is a very feminine collection featuring 1950’s designs. If you are looking for soft pastel colours, florals and retro prints then this collection is for you. It features nine 12×12 double-sided papers, two sticker sheets, a speciality paper, rub-ons, collectables, clear stamps and a 6.5inch Paper Pad. A good value Paper Pack is also available.

tea break

Our third collection, The Looking Glass, is colourful, quirky and full of intrigue. It features a versatile colour palette with flowers, vintage hot air balloons and, of course, Alice and the Mad Hatter. It includes nine 12×12 double-sided papers, speciality papers (including an acetate sheet, a sticker sheet, collectables, clear stamps and 6.5inch paper pad. A Paper Pack is also available.

the looking glass

Also new this month we have several new designs of Texture Clear Stamps, new Dymo style Alpha Stickers and new Beyond-the-Page products including a Fusion Holder (a desktop storage unit for the KaiserFusion Marker Pens we added to the website in October).

We have also recently added new Tim Holtz Idea-ology products and some beautiful new Petaloo Botanical Floral blooms.

We hope you enjoy the new November products.

Paul & Chrissy  xXx