Merly July 2017 Retreat info & sneak peeks

Hi Everyone,

Not long to go now until the 2017 Merly Retreat. I hope you all have seen the extra sneak peeks over on the Merly Crop/Retreat facebook page. This post will give you detail of each project that is included in the retreat and a list of anything else you may want to bring to the retreat to finish them. Each project will include a photo and detailed instructions for you to follow.

Here is the first layout project which I have called – Selfie.

File 29-06-2017, 14 52 03For this layout I have used the gorgeous “Keepsake” Kaisercraft collection. The layout features layers of film strips, tickets, vintage cameras and photography words & sayings. The cute kraft envelope holds a stash of hidden photos measuring 7 cm wide x 4.5 cm high. I have actually cut the envelope down so you could have taller photo’s in there if you keep to the envelope size of 10 cm high. The teeny tiny photo to the right of the layout in the film strip measures 3 cm wide by 2 cm high. This layout is all about capturing some fun moments. The larger photo measures 8.5 cm wide x 9 cm high, I have also used a vintage tone on my photos so they coordinate with the collection, but a coloured or sepia photo would also work and you could use a slightly larger photo if you wish.

Other items used on the layout are the EK Success Edger Punch – Round Binding Edge, Kaisercraft Autumn Leaves Decorative Die, (released July) the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Antique Gold Kaisermist,  these items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are  Crystal Lacquer, Or a similar product like Glossy Accents would also work.

Here is the second layout project which I have called: Life is measured by moments.

File 29-06-2017, 14 53 16For this layout I have used the beautiful “Golden Grove” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny buttercups and butterflies, splashes of Kaisermist, stitching, punching and diecut flourishes. I have used one colour coordinating photo measuring 8cm wide x 12.5cm high. A sepia or black & white photo would also work well.

Other items used on the layout are the Kaisercraft Swirl Flourish Decorative Die, MS PATP set Vintage Doily, Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, white, yellow & Apple Kaisermists. These items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, yellow ink pad, I have used the Kaisercraft Saffron mini ink pad.

Here is the third layout project which I have called: The creation of beauty is art.

File 29-06-2017, 14 54 04For this layout I have used the beautiful “Lilac Whisper” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny florals, a splash of  Kaisermist, diecut interlocking circles, stitching and one of the main features – the stamping around the edge. For this I have used the fabulous “Daydreamer” word stamp and created a message around the layout edge. I have used a colour coordinating photo measuring 9.5cm wide x 12cm high. A black & white photo would also work.

Other items used on the layout are the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Kaisercraft Daydreamer stamp set, black ink pad for stamping & stamp block, Kaisercraft Interlocking Circles Decorative Die, Denim Kaisermist. These items & tools will be available to use at the retreat. We do have the Daydreamer stamp on the website for anyone who would rather purchase their own.

Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, or similar.

Here is the beyond-the-page 3 Panel Frame project.

19030381_10212297066529261_1268421374879663440_nFor this project I have used the lovely Kaisercraft “3 Piece (MDF) Panel frame” and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous “Indigo Skies” Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers & butterflies adorn the frame and for extra detail I have used Kaisermist, cheese cloth & rhinestones, the three panels are then tied together using some beautiful blue organza ribbon. I have used three coordinating photo’s which measure 8.7cm wide x 12.5cm high. Black & white photos would also work.

Other items used on the project are Denim Kaisermist, Wood Glue, to glue the project together, these items will be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes as there is a little bit of painting and (optional) a file/light sand paper if you want your MDF edges smooth. The white paint is included in the kit.

The Bonus project – Art plaque

File 29-06-2017, 15 01 40For this project I have used a BTP plaque and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous Sage & Grace Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers from the blush paper and the gorgeous Rose Bouquet Foil paper, frames, Kaisermist and Chipboard letters create the words with a layer of Crackle Accents. This project could also be a room plaque, you could put a name on it, add a photo, mine started out as “Chrissy’s Craft Room” but I then decided to just add crafty words.

Other items used on the project are Candy & Charcoal Kaisermists, these will be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes, as there is a little painting of the edges of the BTP, Crackle Accents or Crystal Lacquer & a pencil.

There will also be an extra layout project to purchase at the retreat for this project I have used the gorgeous bright and funky Bombay Sunset Kaisercraft collection. Here is a little sneak peek of the papers I have used. So bring extra photos that will coordinate.

File 01-07-2017, 14 38 11Tools List:

Here is a little list of tools and anything else you might want to bring

Craft mat,
Sharp craft knife,
Small scissors for fussy cutting,
Craft scissors,
Paper cutter/Guillotine,
Foam pads, double sided tape, or your choice of adhesives,
Portable table lamp for night time crafting,
Crystal lacquer/Glossy Accents or similar,
Paper distresser,
Black ink pad,
journaling pens if you want to journal.
Bull Dog Clips or similar to hold the BTP frame together.
Paint brushes,
Crackle Accents,
Photos, photos & extra photos, as you may change your mind about what photo to use
A little alcoholic beverage of your choice. xXx

bfcb25a9e81df9e0268c99ee6205efa7Any other craft item you like to take when you go to crops, if you do forget anything, don’t stress, there will be 74 other people there to borrow things from…….and a well packed shop 😀

Feel free to also bring your own extra projects to do. We all craft differently, so at the very relaxed Merly retreat you can all craft at your own pace, I personally wouldn’t finish any of the projects, I am a very slow crafter, I like to take my time, a layout from me can take up to a few weeks to finish, I enjoy putting the layout or project together, I like to move things around see how they look, take my time, for me it is not about finishing the layout or project it is about creating it.

Starting time of the retreat: The retreat will start at midday Friday (not before) please make your way to the Oakley Suite from midday on wards. Anyone arriving early, please feel free to have a tea or coffee at the training Centre, there are plenty of areas to relax and have a drink, please do not come over to the Oakley Suite before the time stated!! We have a lot to set up and want it to be perfect for you. The first hour will be about settling in, then lunch will start at 1pm-ish. I will give you more info on that when you arrive.

I think that is it for now, I am really looking forward to seeing you all.


Chrissy xXx xXx

The Merly Impressions Retreat Projects

Many thanks to all the Delegates who made our very first Merly Impressions Retreat so very special and so much fun. We hope everyone enjoyed the weekend as much as we did. This post is about the projects at the Retreat. Altogether there were four layout Kits and two Beyond the Page kits. Each of the kits included full detailed instructions and all the stash needed to complete the project.

Project One – Family Photo Storage Box

For the first BTP project I wanted to make a family photo storage box. I came up with the idea of using the BTP Recipe Box which worked perfectly as it included  dividers so I thought it would be perfect for storing the photos. I also used Kaisercraft’s gorgeous 75 Cents Collection,  a quirky and vintage looking collection with rustic design elements plus butterflies & flowers in shades of teal, toffee & black. I was really pleased with the result.

Photo box 1


Project Two – Frame & Stand

For the second project I wanted to do a free standing frame so used the lovely “Dome Plaque” and the “Layout Stand” worked perfectly with it.  I used the lovely Flora Delight Collection which features exquisite floral patterns with a colour palette of purple, pink and green. I also  used a paper from the “Base Coat” Collection, which complimented the other papers and The sentiment rub-ons finished off the frame perfectly.

Dome Plaque

Project Three – “To Love” Layout

This layout is called “To Love”. I just had to use the gorgeous Porcelain Rose Collection which features floral patterns and birds in bold colours of red, blue & pink.

Project 3

Project Four – “Picture Perfect” Layout

This layout is called Picture Perfect. I just love this photo of my daughter when she was young and the gorgeous “Miss Empire” Collection (just released in June) compliments it perfectly. The collection features floral patterns and has a vintage, steampuck feel to it in colours of browns, oranges and greens – a very versatile collection.

Project 4

Project Five – “Happiness” Layout

I have called this layout “Happiness”. I used the lovely Elegance Collection which features exquisite floral patterns in a sophisticated colour scheme of gold, white, emerald and silver – as soon as I saw this collection I knew I had to use it for the retreat.

Project 5

Project Six – “Best Time Ever” Layout

This layout is called “Best Time Ever”. I  used the funky Hopscotch Collection which features fun shapes & friendship quotes in bright funky colours of pink, green & blue. My layout is all about “Merly Impressions”, the Merly Crop and us. I was really pleased with how this turned out, I particularly liked the little booklet of photo’s.

Project 6We had a great time at the Retreat and there were some lovely projects made.

Thanks for looking.

Chrissy   xxx

A Huge Thank You to all our Retreat Guests

We just want to say a big thank you to everyone that attended our first ever Merly Impressions retreat – we had an absolute blast and we really hope you did to.

We are truely touched by all your kind comments but in truth it was you, our guests (who we are now proud to call our friends), that made the weekend so special. We never expected to be part of a weekend filled with quite so much fun, laughter, positivity, creativity and friendship. Yes, there were hiccups along the way but we are truely grateful that our guests always filled the room with smiles and simply had fun.

All our guests had four kits (although many added bought more from the shop) and we were amazed by the variety of projects created from them. Many people did not finish all the kits – we hope you will continue to enjoy them at home. A few guests also managed to create a special journal from the fifth (surprise) kit.

We have many people to thank and we apologise if we miss someone out…

Firstly Emilie – your classes were inspirational and your energy boundless !  We hope that you will continue to inspire readers on our blog and that you will continue to be our friend for a very long time.

Thank you to Chloe & Merley who were absoloute stars working away in the shop and thank you to Mim & Anna for helping us set up on the Friday.

And thank you to everyone who made us laugh – Cathy (that’s with a “C” not a “K”), (not so mad) Jean, Chris (we’ll get you a lower chair next time), Lynne (one day you really will jump off a mountain), Margaret (who kept us all amused in the “refurbished” dining room), Val (we’ll sort out a label for your ham sandwiches next time), Gwyneth (thanks for the Marmite), and so many more (we are really sorry that we cannot mention everyone who made us laugh).

And thanks to the one who made me cry as well – Sarah – I was so touched by the surprise card you organised on Sunday.

We also want to say a special Hi to Janet who couldn’t make the retreat – you were missed and hope you feel better soon.

Lots of you have asked about “the next one”. Nothing is decided yet (we are too tired) but your positivity is tempting us to do it all again next year. We’ll keep everyone in touch with plans when they develop.

Thank you again everyone. Any comments are very much appreciated.

Chrissy, Paul & Merley xXx

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Retreat 2013 Information

For scrapbookers who love Kaisercraft, we are excited to announce the Merly Impressions Retreat for 2013.

Enjoy a relaxing weekend of crafting with great company and great Kaisercraft products…

Date: 21st – 23rd June 2013 (start time 5pm Friday, finish Sunday 3pm)

Venue: Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3BA

Prices and Options:

Option 1 Fully inclusive Scrapbook and Beyond-the-Page weekend
All meals + accommodation (single occupancy basis)
Option 2 Fully inclusive Scrapbook weekend
All meals + accommodation (single occupancy basis)
Option 3 Non-residential Scrapbook and Beyond-the-Page weekend
Lunch and Dinner included
Option 4 Non-residential Scrapbook weekend
Lunch and Dinner included


All options include:

  • All meals (Dinner on Friday & Saturday, breakfast & lunch on Saturday & Sunday)
  • Unlimited Tea, Coffee and biscuits all weekend
  • Your own cropping space all weekend
  • Goody Bag
  • Special Bonus Kit!
  • Shopping in the on-site Merly Impressions shop (accepts credit cards, cash and cheques)
  • Use of a great selection of tools including Cricut machine & carts, Big Shot, Grand Calibar, WRMK Sew Easy & Sew Stamper, Sizzix and Spellbinder dies and more
  • Access to a photo printer

Options 1 and 2 include:

  • Accommodation on Friday & Saturday night (single occupancy basis)

Options 1 and 3 includes:

  • Two Beyond-the-Page kits with full instructions
  • Two layout kits with full instructions

Options 2 and 4 include:

  • Four layout kits with full instructions

All attendees will also have the option to purchase:

  • Technique classes by Emilie Chamel
  • Additional layout kits with full instructions (at a special price)

The Venue

The Merly Impressions Retreat 2013 will be held at:

Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3BA

The Wyboston Lakes Hotel is located between Bedford and Cambridge close to the A1(M) and is easily accessible from the north and south. The hotel lies within 350 acres of rural landscape with facilities including:

  • A fabulous bar lounge and restaurant overlooking the Wyboston Lakes
  • Free WiFi
  • An 18 hole golf course (additional charges apply)
  • On-site Harpers Health Club with swimming pool (additional charges apply)
  • A day Spa including treatments (opening Autumn 2012 – additional charges apply)

Delegates will be able to enjoy the extensive grounds around the hotel and the lake during the Retreat which is being held when the days are at their longest.

The Accomodation

Delegates will be staying in well appointed bedrooms with en-suite facilities, TV’s and other modern amenities. The package will include dinner on Friday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

The Retreat

The Merly Impressions Retreat will be held in a large air-conditioned room in a quiet part of the Wyboston Lakes complex. Each delegate will have their own sizeable scrapping area which will be prepared before arrival on Friday.

There will be an adjacent area with comfortable seating and freely available tea and coffee. Optional technique classes taught by Emilie Chamel will be held in an adjacent room and there will be a well stocked Merly Impressions shop (selling all the latest products from Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, WRMK and others) close by.

There will also be a large selection of tools available for delegates to use. They will include a Cricut machine (with a selection of cartridges), a Big Shot, a Grand Calibar, WRMK Sew Easy and Sew Stamper tools, a selection of Sizzix and Spellbinder dies, various punches and much more. And we’ll be available to help if anyone needs any advice on how to use the tools.

Above all, we want our delegates to have a relaxing, fun and memorable weekend. We’ll be creating some great scrapbook and beyond-the-page projects using the latest Kaisercraft products. As well as the projects included in the chosen option, which will include full detailed instructions to allow you to craft at your own pace, each delegate will also receive a very special project designed especially for the Retreat. Delegates will also have the chance to purchase additional layout kits especially designed for the Retreat and there will also be Optional technique classes which will be taught by Emilie Chamel which will be held in an adjacent room.

We’ll also be spicing up the weekend with raffles, challenges and treats. We hope everyone will enjoy what should be a wonderful weekend.

For more details (including the payment plan)…

Download this PDF document for a printable version of the details above (this document also includes the payment plan).

At this time, places at the Merly Impressions Retreat 2013 are fully allocated. However, we are looking into the possibility of finding a larger room and may be releasing more places in the future. If you may be interested in booking a place if more become available, please use this form to register your interest and we will get back to you.

Merly Impressions Retreat

We’ve been busily working away in the background and we are finally ready to announce the dates for the first ever Merly Impressions Retreat.

If you love Kaisercraft’s scrapbooking and Beyond-the-Page products then you can’t miss the Merly Impressions 2013 Retreat. We’ll be offering two options (so that you can choose exactly how many projects you would like to complete) but all our delegates will receive a fabulous package of Kaisercraft goodies to work with and the chance to add some inspirational classes if desired. And, of course, there will be the Merly Impressions shop to enjoy as well.

We will be publishing full details very soon but, for now, here are the most important things you need to know (so that you can mark it in your diary):

Date :  21st to 23rd June 2013

Venue : Wyboston Lakes Hotel, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL

The room we’ll be scrapping in is large and airy with lots of space. All meals will be included as will all day refreshments (tea, coffee, etc). The venue itself is a fabulous hotel in 350 acres of grounds including a lake and an 18 hole golf course. By the time of the retreat next year they will also have completed their brand new Spa facilities. The venue is easy to get to being located close to the A1[M] with great links to the north and south.

Wyboston Lakes Hotel

We will be providing many more details of the Merly Impressions 2013 Retreat in the next week or two. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to be kept informed of further updates please feel free to contact us at

Paul and Chrissy

Kaisercraft Retreat

As some of you already know we attended the a retreat last weekend (March 30th) as the resident shop. There were six Kaisercraft projects included in the retreat. Each delegate had what they needed to complete them although many of the ladies decided to purchase different papers and embellishments and make the projects their own. Some of the results were truly stunning.

One of the retreat projects was the Kaisercraft BTP Memo Board so I decided to make my own version of it. I actually started this at our last Merly Crop and finished it in time to have on display at the retreat. Below is my Memo Board… still loving March’s Tigerlilly collection so I decided to use that – I do love my Butterflies!

Tigerlilly Memo Board

Below are some photo’s of all the beautiful projects that were completed at the retreat. We had a fabulous weekend and it was lovely to finally meet some of our lovely customers.

Enjoy & happy Kaisercrafting!

Chrissy xXx

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