Studio Reveal–with The Altered Page

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I have long been a follower of Seth Apter and his blog The Altered Page and was lucky to take a class with Seth when he visited Australia recently. Over the past few weeks Seth has been inviting his readers to take part in a celebration of the studio table – uncensored, unedited, uncut if you will.  No prettying up for the camera, tidying beforehand or pushing that pile of UFO’s to the side!

I’d like to take you on a tour of my art room, it used to be our nursery when the boys were babies and years ago we extended our house to give hubby & I a lovely new bedroom.  Each of our boys got double bedrooms and I got this room as a study/art room. Forward on a few years and it is still a nice space to work in, courtesy of air-con I can use it all year round. But I’ve run out of room – of course I have my eye on one of those lovely big double bedrooms but have to wait until one of our sons moves out!

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Eagle eyes will spy two Ikea Raskog trolleys – one holds my Darkroom Door stamps and the other a variety of paint.  I don’t think you can ever have enough paint? More boxes of paint/inks/sprays take up a bit of floor space.

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On either side of my desk I have everything that I need – adhesives, inkpads, more stamps, Spellbinders dies, embossing folders, pens, pencils and all the stuff that goes into my projects.

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The back of the room has two sets of Ikea drawers holding more stuff! Each drawer is mostly sorted but from the piles on the floor you can see they are overflowing. Think I need to destash a bit.

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Of course I can’t share pics of my room without a shot of my constant companion, Zed. He is my art dog and loves hanging out with me. I have to be very careful what is left on the floor – he is rather partial to chewing things and loves to create beautiful paper art using carefully torn pieces of painty paper towel (actually he sneaks in to kill them dead and leaves the evidence all over the floor!)

Make sure you go and check out Seth’s post listing the links for everyone taking part, you will find it here.

Art Journal, Gelatos, LuLu Art, Mixed media, Tutorials

Becoming a Butterfly


Last week it was my turn to share a project on the LuLu Art blog and I’ve chosen to use a set of brand new Dina Wakley stamps to create an art journal page. I tend to love anything insect themed so these were perfect for the page I had in mind.


This page caused me to muse on the theme of transformation and what it can mean to each of us. It can be learning a new skill, taking on a new challenge, making new friends or making a major life change. Often, we don’t realise how big the change is until it is well past.

Here is a list of the supplies I used, don’t forget that you can find them all online in the LuLu Art store.

  • Dylusions – Creative Journal
  • Watercolour Paper scraps, Strathmore
  • Dina Wakley Stamps – Scribbly Insects
  • Dina Wakley Stencil – You Can
  • Gelatos – various colours for butterflies
  • Ranger Distress paint – Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade
  • Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic – Night, Ruby, Turquoise
  • Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black, Watering Can, Monarch Orange
  • Pearl Ex – Macro Pearl
  • Non-stick craft mat
  • White Sharpie
  • Matte Medium
  • Tissue paper

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Thanks for joining me again today, I love inspiring you to create something different and to give you some ideas on interesting techniques to try. Don’t forget to comment below with a link to your blog if you try something similar or have a project you would like to share with me.

Art Journal, Darkroom Door, Mixed media, Scrapbooking

Scrap Around the World Blog September Challenge

During the month of September, Darkroom Door are sponsoring a prize on the Scrap Around the World blog and once again the design team have been invited to participate.  This time the challenge image was certainly challenging with no clearly related Darkroom Door products to feature – it really caused me to put my thinking cap on for something different!


This was the beautiful challenge image, put together by Amy Voorthuis.  I ended up being inspired to create two projects.

Hobbiton by Robyn Wood -

I created this layout to feature a few photos from our recent visit to Hobbiton during a family holiday in New Zealand. The design was inspired by the books and brown/grey neutrals of the challenge image.  Hobbiton was an amazing place, so true to the imagery described in the books.  As a huge Tolkien fan in my teens it was fabulous to visit.  We took 340 photos during the morning of our visit and I printed 100 – only another 97 to scrap!


This layout was started with a spattering of watery Distress paints to give some colour and texture to the black cardstock. The Paint Splats were ‘inked’ with picket fence Distress Paint then stamped all over the page. The ruled lines are from the Calendar set and tore around the edges, inked and then stamped with the Coffee Stain stamp.  I also ripped some text paper into smaller pieces and did the same thing to age them a bit. I’ve kept my Scratched Alphabet whole so it was a little painstaking to ink each letter with white Distress Paint but the effect was worth it.


A coat of Distress Crackle added some instant texture and helped the letters stand out a bit. Before adhering the photos, I stamped the Stone background stamp in a few spots with black ink.  A quote from The Hobbit finished it off.



  • Darkroom Door stamps – Scratched Alphabet, Paint Splats & Calendar sets; Coffee Stain Eclectic stamp; Stone Background stamp
  • Ranger Archival ink – coffee & black
  • Distress Paint – pumice stone, iced spruce, vintage photo, walnut stain & picket fence
  • Ranger Distress Crackle – rock candy
  • Sharpie white paint pen

My next project is completely different!

Fairy Godmother - Robyn Wood -

This page was inspired by the soft pinks and greys of the mood board, the idea of fairy tales & fairy godmothers & the fantasy of an inanimate object (the dress form) coming to life.

To start this page I scribbled with some pink toned Gelatos in a vague backwards L shape and spread the colour with white gesso. The gesso lightens the tone of the Gelato colour and adds some permanency to the water-soluble product. A touch of grey Gelato added another dimension to the background.

Fairy Godmother

Layers were built with patterned paper, paper doyleys, stamped tissue paper (French Script & scissors), fabric, buttons and other ephemera. The focal image was collaged from the stamped dress form (Dressmaker set) and a butterfly (Butterflies set) – it looked so sweet accented with tiny pearls!



  • Darkroom Door stamps – Dressmaker & Butterflies stamp sets; French Script Texture stamp.
  • Ranger Archival ink – black & watering can

Thanks for stopping by! You can see the full post on the Scrap Around the World blog here – it features projects from other Darkroom Door girls.