Wise & Free – Uniquely Creative

Hi Everyone,

Chrissy here sharing a layout I created using the gorgeous “Wise & Free” collection from Uniquely Creative.


Uniquely Creative is an Australian brand that have just started to design their own paper collections. I love the first two ranges they have bought out, “Wise & Free” and  “Urban Garden”, they are perfect for fussy cutting!!!!!! So of course I love them.

Here is my layout I created using Wise and Free


Here are some quick instructions if you want to re-create my layout using the Wise & Free Paper Pack.

1.) Cut a piece of “Snow” Kaisercard down to 12 x 12 to form your base

2.) Cut the “Loved” UCP1906 paper down to 29.5 x 29.5cm, sew down the left hand edge, mat onto your layout.

3.) Cut the “Dream” UCP1902 paper (reverse side) down to 20cm wide x 29.5cm high, sew along the left & right hand edges, mat onto your layout.

4.) Cut a little strip from “Strong” UCP1905 paper spotty side about 5cm wide x 29.5cm high, mat onto your layout towards the left hand side.

5.) I have added a die cut doily border, if you have a punch add a punched border down the left hand side.

6.) Mat your photo onto some spare paper, then mat onto your layout.

7.) Fussy cut the pale flowers from “Fearless” UCP1903 papers & feathers and banners from “Potential” UCP1908. Arrange them around your photo, use foam pads to give some height, add Crystal bling to finish.

Here are some close ups…






Another layout will follow later using the rest of the paper pack.

Check out all our recently added Uniquely Creative products here, each collection has added matching card stock and extra embellishments.

Check out my personal Instagram page for lots of new sneak peeks!!!

Happy Crafting!!!



Puppy Love with Flowers Story

Hello, Karen here with my first post for February and this month I have been given Flowers Story, to work with.  This is from a company called ScrapBoys and if you like Graphic 45 you will certainly love the products from this range.

Puppy Love

This Layout was inspired by a photo that popped up on my Facebook feed of me with my dog Kiera, who is sadly no longer with us, at Marks hall.  Coincidentally, I had had one taken at the same place, with the same coat and hat on, holding my new puppy Darcey and thought it would be lovely to document the two photos.

I started by fussy cutting flowers and butterflies from the Paper07 in preparation for adding to my page.  The ScrapBoys ranges have a paper in each collection which seems to be deigned for fussy cutting.  If you buy the paper pack – a very reasonable £9.95 for 12 papers , the back of the cover sheet has the elements for fussy cutting printed on it.

Next I trimmed .5 in from the top and one side of Paper01 and stuck this to the middle of a piece of Coal Weave Kaisercard.

From the Paper06 I cut four of the larger frames, gutted the centres but kept the gutted pieces to use at a later date.

I added these to my page with the first one portrait orientation, the one next to it landscape orientation (with the bottoms aligned) and the second row the first one was landscape orientation and the last one portrait orientation (with the tops aligned).  To the two portrait ones I added my photos (although you can’t really see Darcey in the bottom photo as she is black against my dark coat).


I then cut six cogs from Coal Weave Kaisercard using a cog die. Although the die I used is no longer in the Merly shop this one would work just as well.  I tucked my cogs under the top left and bottom right photo frames.


The two landscape frames were filled with my fussy cut shapes.  To the left of my top photograph and the right of my bottom one I added two sage mini blooms, one black mini bloom, one coconut paper bloom and two leaves.   I also added two wooden sprays from the Blooming flourish pack and a fussy cut butterfly.


To finish my page I added a title using white stickers from this Alpha Sticker Sheet and dotted some Latte pearls about the page.


I hope you have been inspired to create something with the Flowers Story range and if you do please show us on the Merly Impression Crop Facebook page.

Karen x