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.

life-1600…….and here are some close ups.


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.

File-13-01-2017-17-59-54File-13-01-2017-17-58-222017-01-11-10.46.00You can find the complete Ubud Dreams collection here.

Happy Scrapping!!

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

January 2016 Merly Crop Sneak Peeks

The first Merly Crop of 2016 is this Saturday, so here are the sneak Peeks of the layouts that our croppers will be completing. The kit uses some of the papers from the lovely “Treasured Moments” Kaisercraft collection. The complete collection features beautiful butterflies, florals, damask patterns and gilded antiques for a feminine and romantic feel. Also supplied in the kit are black rhinestones, Kaisercard, cotton and two embossed card panels.

Here is a sneak peek of the first layout, which I’ve called “Time is precious” it uses one black & white photo measuring  9cm wide x 12.5cm high. A coloured photo would also work.

Photo-07-01-2016-14-04-11 …..and here is the sneak peek of the second layout which I’ve called “Times like These” this uses one coloured photo measuring 8cm wide x 10cm high.  A black & white or sepia photo would also work.


We are really looking forward to seeing everyone again, we have a full house, 46 people attending.

One last photo of the name place cards, loved making these.

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I’ll be back with the full images of the layouts and some photo’s of the day after the crop.


Happy Crafting,

Chrissy xXx

Merly Impressions November Crop & Kit.

We had such a fabulous day at the November Merly Crop, with lots of crafting, chatting and cake eating. It was lovely catching up with everyone again and  even had a few new ladies.

This month for the name cards I used my all time favourite  Lavinia Stamp the  “Tree Goddess Luna”

2015-11-12-16.01.37So here is the kit – which can be purchased on-line at Merly Impressions, it uses papers and embellishments from the beautiful “Fairy Dust” Kaisercraft collection.

layout-kit-november-2015Here are the two layouts I created with these gorgeous products.

2015-11-21-15.53.43……..and here are some of the lovely ladies that attend the crop.

2015-11-21-12.07.32Hope you enjoyed my post,

I’ll be back soon,

Happy crafting,

Chrissy xXx


Merly Crop 19th September

We had such a fabulous day today at the Merly Crop. Lots of chatting, crafting and eating yummy cakes. It was lovely catching up with everyone and wellcoming  a few new people to the crop as well.

So here are the two layouts which I created for the crop kit  using the beautiful Kaisercraft Bontanica collection. The first layout is called “Moments Together” and the photo was taken in July on a family holiday to Yorkshire. We had a day out in Harrogate, done the usual shopping and had tea in the gorgeous Bettys Tea Rooms.


The second layout is called “Things grow better with love. This photo was taken at my nieces wedding, love this photo of Merley. xXx


I really enjoyed using this beautiful collection and doing all the fussy cutting. The kit is now available to purchase over on the Merly Impressions website.



Chrissy xXx

September Crop Kit Sneak Peeks

With the September Merly Crop nearly upon us, I thought I would post the sneak peeks of the layouts in the kit. For the September Kit I have been using the beautiful Kaisercraft Botanica collection. I have loved using this collection as there is a lot I can cut out and anyone that knows me, will know I LOVE fussy cutting.

I have called the first layout – Moments Together.

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You can check out the Merly Blog for more info on the September Crop & Kit. I will post full images of the layouts after the crop, the kit will also be available to purchase on the Merly Impressions Website the day after the crop.

Many thanks,


Chrissy xXx

June 2015 Merly Crop

June Merly Crop & Kit.

I just want to say many thanks to everyone who attended the June Merly Crop. We hope everyone enjoyed the day and the kit, we had a fabulous time it is always so lovely to catch up with everyone. Here are just a few photo’s of the day.


Busy cutting and sticking.


Merley having fun helping set up.


the Layouts in the crop kit.

I designed the kit for June using the lovely “Secret Garden” Kaisercraft  collection, which was also released in June. The kit included detailed instructions and loads of stash to make three layouts!!

Here is the first layout, which I’ve called “Favourite Place” it uses one coloured photo measuring 13cm wide x 9cm high.The photo was taken at our favourite holiday destination, we have been going to Natural Retreats in Yorkshire for six years now, this time (June 2014 we were joined by Debbie, Adrian, Alex & the very cute, Alfie the dog). 


The second layout which I’ve called “Love You” also uses one coloured photo measuring 13cm wide x 9cm high.This photo of me and my daughter Merley was taken at my nieces wedding also in June 2014. 


The third layout which used all the left overs uses two photos about 5.5cm wide x 7.5cm high. This photo is of Merley again :) modeling the headband she created for her art work at school. 


For anyone that couldn’t come to the crop, the kit was available to purchase on-line at Merly Impressions. You can also view all the Merly crop posts on the Merly Blog and you can find details and future crop dates. You can also be kept updated and see sneak peaks over on the Merly Crop/Retreat facebook page.

I’ll be back soon and thank you for any comments they are very much appreciated.
Chrissy xXx