I use to have a dining table

Things are starting to get much busier around here due to the up and coming Merly Impressions Scrapbooking Retreat in July – and my dining table is no longer a dining table, it’s my stock sorting/holding table and projects half done table and what ever else I can fit on there.

2017-04-13 10.44.15and that pile of papers and card on the end are for the May Merly Crop.

2017-04-13 10.43.39Lovely new G45 papers in the box, hoping to make up an extra kit to sell at the retreat.

2017-04-13 10.43.19Oh and there is a sneak peek of the layout for May crop, lovely pink and floral and my two finished G45 layouts using the gorgeous Portrait of a Lady collection.

Things will get worse once the products start to arrive, when that happens there won’t be much floor space left either.

Happy crafting,

Chrissy xXx

March Crop kit


Here are the layouts I created for the March Merly Crop. For this kit I used the gorgeous Hanami Garden Kaisercraft Collection which features intricate patterns, cherry blossom images in bold, striking colours.

Here is the first layout.

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again lots of fussy cutting.

Here is the second layout featuring mainly the gold tones of the collection, I also added some detail using the gorgeous Kaisercraft Gel pens to the base paper and the embossed black card. Check out the close ups for the detail.

dearm-1600…….and some close ups.

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Happy Scrapping,

Chrissy xXx

November crop kit


Where has the time gone, again I am a bit behind with my posts.

But here are the two layouts I created for the November Merly Crop. I used the gorgeous Ubud Dreams Kaisercraft collection, one of my favourites in 2016. Here is the first layout, I just love these colours and the beautiful Mandalas.


……and some close ups.


…….and here is the second layout, I had so much fun fussy cutting all the flowers and just the the Kemala paper with all those tiles on.


…..and here are some close ups of this layout.

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Happy Scrapping!!

Chrissy xXx

Name Place Cards.

Hi Everyone,

What am I like, no posts for a while then three come along at once.

Just a short one this time. I always make name place cards for the delegates who come to the Merly crop, they started off a few years ago with just the delegates names wrote on a piece of paper, the delegates seemed to like them and I really enjoyed making them. Love the idea of making something over and over again. Very relaxing.

So here are the November Name Place Cards – not the usual pink and black this time, tried to coordinate them this time with the colours in the crop kit.

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Chrissy xXx

November Merly Crop.


Many thanks to everyone who attended our November 2016 Merly crop.

It was another packed and busy crop, with lots of chatting, crafting and eating. We had an amazing day, it was lovely catching up with everyone and seeing some new faces as well.  We hope everyone who attended the crop also enjoyed the day and enjoyed making their layouts from the kit – including the bonus layout below.

fullsizerender-2-copy-2For the November kit I used the beautiful “Ooh La La” Kaisercraft collection. Included in the Crop Kit, were detailed instructions and stash to make two layouts and a bonus layout with the leftover papers and bits and pieces.

So if you have done the two layouts from the kit you will then be left with two spare 12 x 12 papers P2181 Bonjour & P2179 Merci. I cut the Merci paper down to 12 x 12 for the base, then gutted the centre leaving about a 2cm edge all around. I matted my photo onto a piece of the gutted paper and also cut out several small sections. I then took the Bonjour paper and cut it down to 29.5 x 29.5cm and using a craft knife cut around the bird and flower section in the top left hand corner, I then matted this and also the smoke Kaisercard that was gutted from the other layout, onto the base, tucking the card under the cut out bird and flower section in the corner. I then took some of the other left over pieces of paper and cut out various sizes of squares and rectangles. I decided to sew on the white sections to make them a bit more interesting. I added my photo then arranged the various squares and rectangles around it adding in the words cut from P2185 Tres Chic paperLive every precious Moment, love everyday, because before you know it, time slips away” Make sure you add this in order so it reads correctly as you look down the layout. I also added some left over flowers and a little clock cut from the P2178 C’est La Vie paper.

Here are the other two layouts from the kit, the first which  I called: “Who We Have In Our Life”

fullsizerender-2-2The second which I called: “Friends Become Our Chosen Family”

fullsizerender-3-1The kit is now available to purchase in the Merly Impressions on-line shop – it can be found in the Layout Kits section of the website.

Many thanks to Paul for making his fabulous cakes and sausage rolls for us to snack on they were yummy and a massive thank you!!!! to everyone that attended the crop, which made it such a special day. We look forward to seeing your finished layouts using this kit over on the Merly Crop Facebook page.

Here are a few photo’s of the day.

2016-11-19-11-54-412016-11-19-09-43-062016-11-19-09-41-242016-11-19-09-33-25As this was the last crop of the year, we will see you all in 2017.  You can find details and dates of our future crops here: http://www.merlyimpressions.co.uk/blog/crop-dates/

Many thanks,

Happy scrapping!

Hugs – Chrissy xXx

September Merly Crop.

Hi everyone.

Many, many thanks to everyone who attended our September 2016 Merly crop.

It was another packed and busy crop, with lots of chatting, crafting and of course cake eating. We had an amazing day, it was lovely catching up with people, some I hadn’t seen since the Merly Retreat back in July, wow that seems so long ago now. We hope everyone who attended the crop also enjoyed the day as much as we did and enjoyed making their layouts from the kit.

For the September kit I decided to use the more male themed “Barber Shoppe” Kaisercraft collection which features vintage timepieces, cars and aeroplanes with a classic, dapper charm.  Included in the kit were detailed instructions and stash to make the layouts that I called: “Handsome”

2016-09-16-15-32-57…………and “Cosplay”

2016-09-16-15-33-32Many thanks to Paul for making his fabulous cakes for us to snack on they all went down a treat and a big thank you to everyone that attended the crop, which made it such a special day. We look forward to seeing your finished layouts using this kit over on the Merly Crop Facebook page.

Here are a few photo’s of the day.

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Many thanks,

Happy scrapping!

Hugs – Chrissy xXx

The Kits for the Merly Retreat July 2016

Hi Everyone,

So this is my last retreat post and this post is all about the kits the delegates got to create.


I designed 4 kits for the retreat and a bonus surprise kit. Three of the kits were layouts and the third and bonus kit where BTP, MDF kits. All my kits include everything you need to complete the project inside and come with detailed instructions for the delegates to follow. Also available at the retreat for the delegates to use were die-cutting machines & die’s, WRMK Sew Easy Tools, texture paste & mists.

Here is the first layout kit which I called “Friends”

project-1-friends-1400For this layout kit I used the gorgeous “Sea Breeze” Kaisercraft collection which features a beautiful turquoise colour palette & floral imagery. I used a black & white photo measuring 10cm wide & 9cm high. The wording on the layout reads: “A Friend is a gift to treasure forever” beautiful and so true.

Here is the second layout kit which I called “Live a beautiful life”

project-3-live-a-beautiful-life-1400 For this layout I have used the beautiful “Cottage Rose” Kaisercraft collection which features vintage and shabby chic themes with traditional floral images and a soft pink colour palette. I have used two small black & white photos (and added some co-ordinating color with pens) they measure 6cm wide x 6.5cm high & 5cm wide x 4cm high, they fit nicely into the cut out frames from one of the papers. The wording on the layout reads “It’s the little things that make life wonderful” “Live a beautiful life” & “Love you”.

Here is the third layout kit which I called “You make me smile”

project-2-you-make-me-smile-1400For this layout I have used the beautiful “Always & Forever” Kaisercraft collection which features rustic textures of woodgrain and hessian (just love that hessian paper) plus pretty doily shapes (which I have cut out and layered onto the layout. I have used a sepia coloured photo measuring 9.5cm wide & 11cm high – which compliments the gorgeous orange & peach flowers. The wording on the layout reads: “You make me smile”.

Here is the MDF frame project which I called “Selfie Frame”

project-4-frame-1400I knew what I wanted to do for the BTP project, but decided not to use one from Kaisercraft this year. So I set about designing my own frame and getting it made for me. I love the finished made up frame. For this project I have used the beautiful “Boho Dreams” Kaisercraft collection. The full collection features feathers & Dreamcatchers and beautiful florals a hint of Denim and green. I have used two coloured photos one measuring 10.5cm wide x 14.5cm high and an oval photo 6.5cm wide x about 9cm high. There are words on the frame on the front panel: “You were born to shine” “LOL” “But first, let me take a Selfie”

For the surprise bonus project I decided to give everyone an MDF letter.


Obviously I used an “M” for Merley. I used the Boho Dreams Kaisercraft collection again.

So these were the projects the delegates made at the retreat.

You can find more detail and photos of the retreat over on the Merly Crop fb group, feel free to join.

Happy Scrapping,


Chrissy xXx

Setting up and first day of the Merly Retreat.

Hi Everyone,

I love everything about doing a retreat, from designing all the kits, setting up on or the day before to the actual retreat. So we picked up the van Friday morning and started loading the Merly shop into it, we also took one car for any extra bits we couldn’t fit in the van.

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So at about 1pm, we made our way to Wyboston Lakes. We then set about unloading the van & car and then made a start on setting up all the rooms – I love doing this, getting everything perfect before all the delegates arrive.


One row of tables in the large room, we had three scrapping rooms in total.



For this retreat I also set up a photo booth and a Candy Bar, both went down very well. Here is the pink & black Candy Bar.

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Signs I made for them both.


All the setting up was done on the Friday, it did take a few hours as I wanted everything to be in place for the delegates to be able to just arrive in the morning and start on their kits. Here are a few photo’s below just after everyone arrived and got stuck into their kits.

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Room 1) table one.

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Room 1) table two.

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Room 1) table three and some photo bombing by Sara 😀

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The other end of room 1) with Chris, Mary, Rhoda & June.

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All the lovely ladies in room 2).

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………and in room 3) the naughty room as it is always called.

Nearly forgot, we took most of the Merly Impressions on-line shop to the retreat and set it all up in another room, so the delegates got to shop as well as craft.

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I think I will add the layout kits to another post.

Happy scrapping,


Chrissy xXx


Getting ready for the Merly Retreat!!

Hi Everyone,

The next couple of posts will be about the July Merly Retreat, getting ready for it then the actual retreat. Once these posts are done then hopefully I will be able to keep up to date with my blogging. The retreat took up so much time that I fell behind.

I actually started organising the retreat way back at the beginning of the year. There were some other bits of prep before this, but starting to think about and planning the kits etc started in January.

Here is the table setting for one of my delegates.

13516306_10209116658981060_1664907084816259505_nSo inside the box were three layout kits & a BTP, MDF kit. On top of the box in book form were all the instructions for each kit. At my crops and Retreats I do the method of “crafting at your own pace”, with detailed instructions and everything supplied in the kits, the delegates can get on and craft at their own pace and start with what ever project they want to, it all results in a very relaxed but fun weekend – no running to classes and tring to keep up with everyone else.  In the kraft bag was a bonus surprise kit for the delegates.

The jar in front of the box had each of the delegates name on it, so they knew where they were sitting (it was their name placement) and for this retreat I decided to do – not a journal jar as such but some fun (I hope) questions, quotes etc they could read out and have a chat about at the retreat to who ever they were sitting near to. At the last retreat it was full of embellishments. 2016-06-14 12.12.46………..and yes, we had 65 delegates and I stamped and hand cut out all the flowers & butterflies, I think in total there were almost 600 plus pieces to cut out, maybe 700. But anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE fussy cutting!!!!!!

So here are a few more photo’s of the prep of the name jars etc.

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13418825_10208939013140025_7636159705416143101_nThe questions/quotes all in the jars.


13406938_10208977703907270_7111665805898889109_nOh and the kraft bags, I stamped on these and added some more fussy cut butterflies and a few Kaisercraft Rhinestones to finish off.


That’s it for now, the next post will be about setting up for the retreat at Wyboston Lakes.

Happy crafting,


Chrissy xXx

May – Merly Impressions Crop.

Hi Everyone,

So for this crop it was a little bit different, as I was really busy with organising the retreat, I decided not to design a kit as I just didn’t have time. So went with a sketch challenge or bring your own craft to do. So here is the sketch I drew.

13233007_10208800350353542_6259211304562061334_nAs a little incentive to get the croppers to do the sketch, we added in a £20.00 voucher for people to spend in the Merly shop, for the layout that my daughter Merley “liked” the best.

Here is my layout I created from my sketch. It just had to be pink & black, loved doing this and not having to stick to a budget or certain products.

13237783_10208800336833204_2598981171617414419_nThe papers were obviously Kaisercraft, but from a few collections and I did use quite a few of the same paper just so I could cut out as many flowers and embellishments as I needed. I will use the left over paper pieces in another project as there was a lot of waste by doing it this way.

The papers were mostly from the “Fly Free” Kaisercraft collection, two papers from “A Touch of gold” & “XO” and one from “Boho Dreams“.

Happy scrapping,


Chrissy xXx