June 2013 Layout Challenge

Hello everybody! How are you all? I am back with a little something for you! Yes, the Merly Impressions monthly challenge is back!!! Woop whoop!!!

And this month I have enrolled the help of Morag to inspire you even more!

A challenge is always there to push you to your limit and one thing I tend to struggle with is using more than one photo per layout. I never quite know how to place them on my page! So I thought that it would be a great theme for this months challenge:

Multi-Photo layouts!!!

We want to see layouts with more than one photo. It can be the same image repeated, they can be on show or hidden (show them in your post though if you hide them…), any size, any number, just more than one. We want to see you be creative! And here is my take:


I used the gorgeous Hopscotch collection to create this layout. For my background I used the uber-cool Notes Die-cut sheet onto which I placed some stickers and some Collectables. I finished it off with a few blooms in Sea-breeze, Grape and Cranberry as well as some gems and I was done! I love this collection which is so much fun! Here are a few close-ups:



And here is Morag’s version:

Pose Layout


I can’t wait to see your take on this month’s challenge! Also come back on Monday as we will be announcing our brand new Design Team! I am so excited about this!!!

Please add your creation to the gallery below before the challenge closes at 1:00pm on 12th July 2013. We will then choose our favourite layout to win a fantastic prize – a £25.00 voucher to spend on anything you want from the Merly Impressions online store. Wow!

We do hope that you have fun with our challenge and that we bring some inspiration your way. Every month I love to look through all your gorgeous entries but please make sure you follow the challenge rules as we are sad to have on occasion to remove some entries as they didn’t follow those rules. You can find a full list of the Challenge rules on the Monthly Challenge page but we would like to politely remind readers that:

  1. anyone who puts their entry on their own blog must link back to this post (http://www.merlyimpressions.co.uk/blog/project-portfolio/scrapbooking/june-2013-layout-challenge/) so that all your visitors can find the gallery below and enjoy all the fabulous layouts being created
  2. each creation entered must be “new” (not previously entered into a Merly Impressions or any other challenge)

It can be difficult for us to view any of your entries linked through Facebook therefore we are kindly asking you if you could please post your photos on the Merly Impressions page as this should make it easier for us all to admire your work. You can also email your entries directly to us at info@merlyimpressions.co.uk and we will add them and link them through our Photobucket gallery.

I really can’t wait to see all your entries! Have fun!

Emilie xxx

This challenge is now closed.

Where did you Get That Hat?!

The Remember Me collection is a mix of heritage-style and modern patterns which makes it really versatile for all sorts of layouts!

I thought I would share a layout that I did which is very different in style to my first, heritage layout this month.  My DD came home wearing this ‘hat’ after Brownies one night. I was really impressed that she had created a hat from newspaper!

For a change, I created apertures in the background for the photo and elements. Although I cut the layout with my Silhouette, this could be easily achieved using a craft knife compass (these cool tools are really inexpensive). Alternatively, place the circles on top of the background. To make them pop, I outlined each one with a white pen.

The title has also been cut out. Check out all these fabulous patterns in the collection! I love the 6 1/2″ paper pad as the patterns are all scaled down – great for using as accents.

Check out the Remember Me collection including the paper pad and collectables.

Thanks for stopping by.


Pooch Crazy Girls!

My DD is totally obsessed with dogs. We don’t own a dog ourselves, so whenever we visit the park, she is immediately drawn to any passing pooch!

On a trip to the park recently, the kids accosted a complete stranger and took their dog for a little walk. The dog was totally adorable and I think they would have taken her home if they had the chance!

As the it was the first sunny day in ages, I wanted to create a fresh, spring layout using the Remember Me collection.

To keep the background fresh and simple, I started with a pretty stamped image – Timeless, Botanical and added small rhinestones to give it a little sparkle. From there, I used layers of patterned paper to form the base for the photos before adding in die-cuts from the Collectables. The gorgeous little tag is a fab way to add more interest and texture to the embellishments.

Rather than use just straight edges, why not try using your punches and die-cuts (from the 6 1/2″ paper pad) to add depth and texture to your photos? The paper pad features gloss and flock papers too so although you can’t really see it in the photo, there are different textures below the photo which gives the layout a real tactile feel.

I hope that you get a feel of just how versatile the Remember Me Collection is with is lovely mix of patterns and colours.

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Heritage Layouts

One of the reasons that I started scrapping was to pass the family history onto our children as well as documenting their own childhood. Unfortunately, I don’t  possess many old photos of my parents or my own childhood so I don’t create many heritage layouts. The handful of original photos are therefore even more precious to me.

This original photo of my Dad was taken as he joined the Navy at a ripe-old age of just 17. Although I don’t know very much about his service career, what I do know I documented and tucked it in behind the photo.

The Remember Me collection is designed to complement heritage or Service photos. The deep reds really help old photos pop. The Collectables have wonderful die-cuts which are elegant and often poignant.

To give my layout a very masculine feel, I distressed the background paper. A simple rip below the photo helps to draw the eye to the photo. I distressed the edges and added a little ink before  loosely sewing together with twine.

To add texture and age to the layout, I scrunched and inked the edges of the background paper. To make the ‘rusty’ letters, I inked each letter with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I then added Distress Powder in Vintage photo and heat set. Finally, I randomly inked the embossed letter with more Walnut Stain and Black Soot to give it more depth.

To see the full Remember Me collection take a look in the shop here.

Thanks for popping in.


A Little Shabby Chic

The Lulu and Roy collection is the perfect excuse for a little shabby chic, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be too shabby!

I’ve gone for a fairly basic layout, but the border sticker gives it that wow factor with a stunning focal point.

You can see on this picture that I backed the with a little gauze (from a bandage) which I have sprayed with ink first to add colour. To add more texture, I also punched out some leaves and used the collectables for more detail and interest.

A little bit of stamping helps to add some depth without any more bulk – I used Friends which is really versatile.

You can find the full collection of Lulu and Roy here.

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Using Overlays

Overlays can add a luxurious feel to a layout and this 12×12 acetate overlay from the Lulu and Roy collection adds real impact to my layout.

Using overlays can feel a little scary as adhering it to the background needs a little forethought. I wanted to cluster my photo and embellishments and these areas are ideal for hiding the adhesive.

I normally have to connect my elements together, so I really had to break out of my comfort zone and create two distinctive areas on the layout. The border pieces from the 6 1/2″ paper pad forms the basis of this grouping. I added pieces from the collectables layering several altogether and mixing them in with punched leaves and stickers. I added more flags below the border and topped it off with a new Bijou  Button – Utterly Butterfly.

To give some balance to the layout, I replicated the embellishment cluster around my photo.

I hope that you’ll enjoy the Lulu and Roy collection as much as I did!

Morag x


I have  certainly enjoyed playing with the Lulu and Roy collection! My ‘banner’ theme continues with this easy to do layout.

Create various strips of differing widths from several sheets of paper. Trim out the points to form a triangle. The key to this is to use different lengths and widths so that they overlap unevenly.

For the focal point, I added my own touches to really make the most of the collectables. Simply layer gauze, leaves and more flags before topping off with a mixture of collectables.

I hope that you’ll have a go with banners for yourself!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Lulu and Roy!

Lulu and Roy is such an interesting collection with an eclectic mix of patterned papers. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy working with papers that seem quite different to one another, but I was totally surprised to find myself  whisking off some layouts in no time at all!

For this layout, starting with a black base automatically makes everything pop! The stickers and collectables are teaming with fabulous images which can be layered and become a feature.

I am having a lot of fun with ‘flags’. It’s a great way to add pattern without overpowering your layout. Simply cut some strips and snip out a triangle at the end. Distress and layer them so that they are different lengths.

For more texture, I took some bandage and snipped the edges allowing it to fray, scrunch it allowing the edges to poke out from behind the flowers and leaves for a soft touch!

I continued the theme along the flower border adding smaller flags. I snipped these from the 6 1/2″ paper pad. Add some pearls so that they look like they are dropping from the border too.
Find Lulu & Roy collection here. I also used the Sticker SheetCollectables and pearls.

Thanks for stopping by.

Morag x

In the Frame

What I love about the Marigold collection is the versatility and mix of patterns. On one side there are gorgeous, vintage-inspired prints while on the other they have a modern feel.

The Ornate Die-cut paper (unfortunately no longer available) is stunning and as you can see, looks like a really expensive frame!

I didn’t really need to do much to add my own twist so I used two frames from the Collectables. I trimmed around the flowers and tucked the first frame below and the second frame is mounted with foam tape.

The background paper is already lovely, but to add a little pizzazz I used the rub-ons to add a quote. I then sliced around  the edge of the frame and layered different papers below, distressing them so that they curl slightly.

To make sure the layout is balanced, I also distressed the top left corner, this time peeling back the background, placing paper from the Paper Pad below and tucking in  journal card.

Check out the Marigold collection for yourself!

Thanks for popping in.

Morag x

Colour Blocking

I am playing with the Marigold collection all month. There are gorgeous pretty patterns on one side and the reverse feature more graphic patterns which I totally adore. So for a change, I am mainly using the b-side of the papers to create my layouts.

Colour blocking as I understand it, is where blocks of colour are laid down in layers. It is something I used to do more of and I was kind of missing it. Gorgeous patterns like these really suit this style of scrapping.

Blocks can be an easy way to scrap but it doesn’t have to be boring or too simple either. I  inked the edges for added definition before sewing into position. Try using a mixture of sewing stitches for extra interest.

Layering embellishments really help to break up the blocks. You can see in this picture that the die-cuts have text running through them which I really love. There are loads of frames and gorgeous images to choose from.

I thought I would also dust off some brads to accent one of the blocks. Mixing in old stash with new is a great way to revive them.

I think that this style of block scrapping translates really well into a sketch so I thought it might be fun to share!

I would love for you to try out the sketch too and share it with us. If you have never used one before, you can use the sketch quite literally or adapt it to suit your photos. For example you may have one 6×4 photo or a portrait photo may mean that you need to flip things around.

Materials used:

Thanks for popping in!

Morag x