New York scrapbook layout by Marjie Kemper

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 18, 2013

The toughest decision when using the New York Collection is choosing which photos to use... they are all magnificent!  You can use these on lot of projects, but I think they're especially great for scrapbooking because how else can you include full scale photos on your pages, in very small sizes?  Look at these minis of the New York skyline and the bridge:

And how about that gorgeous photo of Central Park?  That's actually the spot where the kids are sitting with that golden woman... same benches and everything!

I love that on this layout I was able to use four of my own photos plus five of the New York Collection photos.  There's no way I could have included that much detail on a single page if they were all my own photos.  And some are so classic, they tell a story all on their own:

These are made from thick card, very sturdy and totally alterable. You can sand, ink, paint or punch them. The variety of sizes allows great creative freedom, and they are arranged in both vertical and horizontal formats.

Thanks for the visit!

Marjie Kemper

Products Used:

New York - Montage

New York - Filmstrips Vol. 2

Sydney & Bright Blossoms Scrapbook Layouts by Connie Mercer

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hi everyone~I'm so excited to show you my work using the paper goods from the Sydney Collection by Darkroom Door!!!
I used the Montage sheet, Wordstrips and the Filmstrips.  The Filmstrips give the layout such a fabulous, unique look all its own!!!

Like I said~stand alone beauty!!! My next project is using the Bright Blossoms paper goods!!! Get ready these are bright and colorful!!!! and gorgeous, did I say that :):)

I used the Photochips sheet, Filmstrips and the Wordstrips!!  Here is a closeup...
These products are perfect for adding a little trim with and clustering around the photo!!! Gives the layout color and added FUN!!!!  Check out the store HERE!!! For a list of USA stockists go HERE!! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!!!!

Corrugated Iron Background Stamp project ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 09, 2012
Hi there! Belinda here today with some ideas using the Corrugated Iron Background Stamp

1. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock 17.5cm x 26cm. Score and fold in half. Stamp the front of the card with the Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp using Jet Black Staz On.
2. Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock 16.5cm x 12cm. Distress and ink the edges using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Stick down on the card front.
3. Cut another piece of coordinating cardstock 16cm x 11.5cm. Distress the edges and stick down on the card front. Apply the Darkroom Door Corrugated Iron Background Stamp  onto watercolour paper with Jet Black Staz On.
4. Apply various Tim Holtz Distress Markers to the image. (Black Soot / Pumice Stone / Rusty Hinge / Antique Linen/ Old Paper) Blend the colours with a water brush pen and dry with a heat gun.
5. Flick some Antique Brass and Silver Sugar Glimmermist over the surface and dry with a heat gun. Distress the edges and ink with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the card.
6. Stamp a house from the Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home stamp set onto watercolour paper using Jet Black Staz On. 
7. Apply white crayon to areas of the image and then colour with Tim Holtz Distress Markers as before. Cut out, ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and stick down on the card using 3D foam.
8. Add all other embellishments. 

1. Crop the Darkroom Door Venetian Collection San Marco pattern paper to 29.8cm x 29.8cm. Distress the edges and ink with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down onto a piece of kraft cardstock.
2. Using a template, apply gesso over the top with a paintbrush. Dry with a heat gun. Apply Glimmermist over the top and dry again.
3. Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to size. Tear the edges, peel back random areas of the top layer to expose the corrugations and distress the edges. Paint roughly with gesso. Stick down on the layout.
4. Stamp the Darkroom Door Corrugated Iron Background Stamp onto white specialty stamping paper using Jet Black Staz On.
5. Apply white crayon to the highlight areas of the image and then rub in Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Buff with paper towel. Distress the edges and ink with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on top of the corrugated cardboard piece.
6. Distress the edges of the photo and ink with Black Soot Distress Ink. Mount the photo on a piece of pattern paper cut to size. Distress the edges of the pattern paper and ink with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the layout.
7. Add all embellishments, the title and quote stamped from the Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home stamp set.

Here are 3 ATC's also using the Corrugated Iron Background Stamp. I love the texture it gives! 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Corrugated Iron Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Kraft cardstock
The Crafters Workshop 6”x 6”template chicken wire
Corrugated cardboard
Dusty Attic chipboard
Tattered Angels Glimmermist
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Fabscraps pattern paper
Specialty stamping paper
White crayon
Staz On Jet Black
Watercolour paper
Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Tim Holtz Door Knob

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Using Distress Markers on Scrapbook Layouts

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 29, 2012

Distress Markers are water-based pens which can be used forjournaling, colouring stamped images, tinting photographs and many moretechniques. They come with a dual tip – a fine point for writing and a brushtip for wider pen strokes, which makes them ideal for scrapbooking! Here's some ideas on how you can use Distress Markers on your scrapbook layouts!

Idea 1: Colour stampedimages

Using Distress Markers to colour your stamped images isfast, easy and fun. For this layout I’ve stamped lots ofdifferent sized flowers using an Archival Jet Black inkpad then coloured ineach flower with different shades of Distress Markers. By using the markers Iwas able to highlight areas of the flowers with different colours. If you’d like to create blended colours, simply colour thestamped image with the markers then gently use a waterbrush to blend thecolours together. You can blend the whole area of colour for a watercolour lookor simply just blend the area where two colours meet to have a graduation ofcolour over the image.


Cardstock: Basic Grey Two Scoops Collection
Rubber Stamps: Darkroom Door Spiral Flowers DDRS065
Ink Pads: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Rose Madder
Distress Markers: Broken China, Wild Honey, Barn Door, DustyConcord, Shabby Shutters, Black Soot
Pearl Pen: Viva Décor White
Chipboard Letters: Heidi Swapp
Mini alphabet: Making Memories

Idea 2: Tint aphotograph

One of my favourite techniques is hand tinting black andwhite photographs. I was so excited to find that Distress Markers are perfectfor this! Using the lighter and medium shades of the markers I tinted the snowyimage of Geneva to give it an old world feel. This photograph was printed onemulsion photographic paper (that goes through photo chemicals to bring out theimage). Distress Markers are also suitable for most inkjet and laser papers,however it’s always best to test a smallprint first to be sure you are using a suitable paper.


Cardtsock: Core’dinations Distress
Rubber Stamps: Darkroom Door DDRS090 Discover
Ink Pads: Archival Cobalt Olive, Sepia
Distress Markers: Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Stormy Sky, Frayed Burlap, BlackSoot
Tags: Size 5 & Size 8 Kraft
Wordstrip: Darkroom Door Venetian DDWS001
Tim Holtz Ornate Frame
Antique Copper brads
Black photo corners

Idea 3: Brushlesswatercolour stamping

Ink your stamps using Distress Markers to create the look ofwatercolour. Simply colour in or swipe the Distress Markers over the rubberstamp , mist with water and stamp onto cardstock. It’seasy and allows to you create stunning embellishments for your layouts!


Cardstock: Bazzil Basics
Chipboard: Heidi Swapp Alphabet
Rubber Stamps: Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 2 DDRS004, Viva La Flora Vol 2DDRS022, Wildflowers DDRS005, Art de Fleur Vol 2 DDRS040
Distress Markers: Barn Door, Broken China, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, WildHoney, Spiced Marmalade
Flowers: Heidi Swapp, Green Tara
Mini alphabet: Making Memories

If you'd like to see these markers in action, check out this video by Tim Holtz:

Hope this gives you some more ideas on how to use Distress Markers!

Happy stamping!

- Rachel

Using Background Stamps on scrapbook layouts

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 19, 2012

Background Stamps are so versatile! They come in a varietyof patterns and designs that you can mix and match to suit your project. Perfectfor creating your own patterned paper, making embellishments, decorating tagsand more. Today I want to share some ideas on how to use Background Stamps on your scrapbook layouts.

Idea #1: Creating patterned paper

One of the easiest ways of using Background Stamps is tocreate your own patterned paper. This means you can use ink colours thatco-ordinate with your photos and layout to make the perfect pattern to accentyour photos.


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Background Stamps: Darkroom Door DDBS006 Harlequin & DDBS019Flower Garden
Rubber Stamps: Darkroom Door DDRS072 Leaves, DDRS036 EnjoyLife
Ink Pads: Ranger Archival Olive & Sienna, RangerDistress Ink Frayed Burlap
Punch: Fiskars Threaded Lace, McGill Label Holder

Idea #2: Stamp resist tags

Another great way to use Background Stamps is with a stampedresist technique! This layout combines lots of different background designsthat are co-ordinated together by using only two different coloured inkpads. Itgives the layout lots of interest and texture!


Cardtsock: Bazzill Basics
Background Stamps: Darkroom Door DDBS008 Weathered Stripes, DDBS010Criss Cross, DDBS012 Scratches, DDBS022 Polka Dots, DDBS005 French Script, DDBS020Chevron
Rubber Stamps: Darkroom Door DDRS053 Seaside Vol 1
Ink Pads: Distress Embossing Ink, Archival Cobalt
Distress Stains: Frayed Burlap, Broken China
Tags: Size 4 Buff
Clear Embossing Powder

Idea #3: Create textured embellishments

Background Stamps are also useful to create small texturedembellishments. For this layout I combined Viva décor Ferro texture paste withDarkroom Door Background stamps to create two textured chipboard hearts. It’s asimple technique that adds lots of dimension to your projects!


Paper: Crate Paper
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Chipboard: Heidi Swapp Alphabet
Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Alphabet
Background Stamps: Darkroom Door DDBS010 Criss Cross, DDBS012 Scratches, DDBS005French Script
Paint: Viva Décor Precious Metal Colour: Purple, Pistachio
Texture Paste: Viva Décor Ferro Steel
Sizzix Heart Die

You can see how to create these embellishments in a video tutorial here!

These layouts with full instructions were published in a recent issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine.

Hope it gives you some more ideas on how you can use your Background Stamps!

Happy stamping!

- Rachel

New York Scrapbook Layouts

Darkroom Door - Saturday, August 18, 2012

Thanks to all who left comments on yesterdays post! It's so great hearing from you and reading about what you love about New York City! It definitely is a vibrant place - I love being there and cannot wait to go back!

We have some scrapbook layouts to share with you today from Connie Mercer. Connie has created so many wonderful layouts using the New York Collection. If you missed the first lot, you can see them all here. Connie has shown how versatile the New York Collection is by using the stamps and products not only for layouts about traveling to NYC, but she has also themed some of her layouts about dreams, hopes, and all that you can wish for - after all, New York is all about opportunites and living the life to the fullest!

Let's take a look at her layouts:









Aren't they fabulous! Click here to see products from the entire New York Collection.

Now... drum roll... we have some winners to annouce! All winners were randomly picked. Congratulations to the following ladies who will receive the New York Montage, Photochips, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:

Sharon Ling said...

Stunning collection again!
Start spreading the news,
I'm buying today, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York,
Those Darkroom Door stamps
They are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York
Via Adelaide!

I love everything about New York, the feel of the city, the vibe and most of all now you have made us feel a part of it, New York New York!

Adelaide said... I Love the stamps and so love what you gals have done with them...I've never just taken off into the city but have flown in and out of there so many times I can't even count...hmmm, this certainly makes me want to take a trip!
Margaret A. Cook said... I looove this New York range! I was lucky enough to go there in 2007 & the memories tey bring back, thank you Darkroom Door-I'm really enthused about making some great NYC cards now!

If you're a winner - please email us your snail mail address to: and we'll get your prize shipped out to you! Thanks again for commenting on the blog - we love hearing from you!

New York Rubber Stamps - Cards and Layouts

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 13, 2012

We have some exciting things to share with you this week! Creative Team member Godelieve Tijskens and Guest Artist Connie Mercer have been creating up a storm using the stamps from the New York Collection.

DDRS093_Stamps_NewYork_Vol1 DDRS094_Stamps_NewYork_Vol2

Let's take a look at what they've created...

Godelieve has created two cards using New York Vol 1 stamp set. These cards were then made into an accordion book. We'll share the whole book in a few days in a separate blog post - trust me, it's worth the wait - it is gorgeous!!! Consider these cards as a little teaser :)


Godelieve has combined the Statue of Liberty stamp with New York Vol 1 Filmstrips, Postcards Background Stamps and the New York Wordstrip.

Here's card #2:


Godelieve has also used the Alphabet Medley stamps, Weathered Stripes Background and New York Wordstrip.

Now we have some layouts by Connie Mercer using both rubber stamps and paper products from the New York Collection:



Connie has also used Alphastrips in her titles.



Here's one last layout celebrating the quirky things about NYC:


Connie has combined the stamps with the New York Vol 2 Filmstrips and New York Wordstrip.


I'm sure you'll all agree with me that these are fabulous creations and ideas on how you can incorporate the New York Collection into your own artwork! We'll share Godelieve's full accordion book on Wednesday so be sure to come back and check it out!!

Guest Artist - Irene Tan Day 3

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 06, 2012

Today we have three stunning layouts by Guest Artist Irene Tan to share with you...

Live Laugh Love Dream Layout:


Darkroom Door stamps used: French Script Background, Mesh Background, Butterflies, Wilderness Vol. 2, Journey Word Block

Other Supplies: Acrylic products: Clear Scraps; Pattern Papers: Glitz Designs, Making Memories; Inks: Ranger Inks, Tsukineko; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Others: Ranger Stickles, Glitz rhinestones, Canvas Corp burlap sheet, Prima flower, Beacon and other adhesives.




Precious Layout:


Darkroom Door stamps used: Journey Word Block, Scratches Background

Other supplies: Acrylic Products: Clear Scraps; Cardstock: Bo Bunny; Pattern Papers: Bo Bunny; Inks: Ranger Inks, Tsukineko; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Rub-Ons: Bo Bunny; Others: Ranger Stickles, Bo Bunny brads, wraps and trinkets, Petaloo flowers, pins and vintage tags, Copic markers, Ranger Gesso, Beacon and other adhesives.




Man Behind The Camera Layout:


Darkroom Door stamps used: Journey Word Block, Motorcycle Photo Stamp, Old Truck Photo Stamp

Other supplies: Pattern Papers: Glitz Designs, Inks: Ranger Inks, Tsukineko; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Others: Glitz rhinestones, Canvas Corp burlap sheet, SEI Velvet, Beacon and other adhesives.




Fantastic inspiration! I love how Irene has incorporated the Journey Word Block into each of these layouts!

Tomorrow we have the big finale of Ierene's Guest Artist posts... and believe me when I say you don't want to miss it! Until then, hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Guest Artist - Irene Tan Day 2

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 04, 2012

We are so pleased to be sharing more of Irene's work with you today! Thank you to those who have left comments on the blog and on Facebook & Twitter, I'm sure Irene loves hearing how much you are enjoying her work! So please keep those comments coming!

Let's take a look at today's projects:

You Have the Key Layout:


Darkroom Door Stamps used: Measuring Tape Background, Keys, Tick Tock

Other Supplies: Cardstock: Bo Bunny; Pattern Papers: Prima; Glitter paper: American Crafts; Inks: Ranger Ink, Tsukineko; Chipboard: Dusty Attic, Prima, American Crafts; Flowers: Petaloo; Others: rhinestones, brads, thread for stitching, Beacon and other adhesives.


The key is stamped and trimmed to make a great embellishment for the layout. Quotes are stamped into frames.



Be Free tag:


Stamps used: Wings




Adventure Memories Layout:


Darkroom Door stamps used: Mesh Background, Journey Word Block, French Script Background

Other Supplies: Acrylic Products: Clear Scraps; Pattern Papers: Bo Bunny; Inks: Ranger Inks, Tsukineko; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Others: Ranger Stickles, Bo Bunny trinkets and brads, Petaloo flowers, May Arts ribbon, Kay Kreative Korner butterflies, Zig writer, Making Memories acrylic paint, Advantus flim strip, Beacon and other adhesives.


The title is created from stamping the Journey Word Block and cutting out some of the words to use by themselves.



Just gorgeous! But wait there's more! Make sure you come back tomorrow to see what else Irene has in store for us...

Have a great weekend!

Guest Artist - Irene Tan

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 03, 2012

IreneTanName: Irene Tan
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Lives:  Penang, Malaysia
Known For: Not sure where this question is going but I'm going to say, a "multi-tasker" scrapper

Loves to: I love to play with all sorts of mediums and get messy!

Loves to create: layouts, mini albums and altered projects

Blog: Scrapperlicious

Favourite Darkroom Door product: of course, the gorgeous stamps!!!
Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? hmmm..this is tough....between a big bag to grab all the inspirations and goodies or a sleeping bag with a torch to spend a few nights in!


We are so excited to have Irene as a Guest Artist here at Darkroom Door! Her artwork is just beautiful and what she has created with our stamps and products is amazing, so make sure you continue to keep an eye on the blog this week to see all of her creations! Let's take a look at the first one...

Fly Layout:


Darkroom Door Stamps used: Measuring Tape Background, Wings Stamp Set

Other Supplies: Pattern Papers: Prima; Inks: Ranger Ink, Tsukineko; Chipboard: Dusty Attic, American Crafts, Prima; Flowers and butterflies: Petaloo; Others: Making Memories paint, Ranger Stickles, Uni-Signo gel pen, lace, thread for stitching, Beacon and other adhesives.


Beautiful quotes from the Wings stamp set!




Motorcycle Mail Art:


Darkroom Door stamps used: Mesh Background, Motorcycle Photo Stamp

Other Supplies:
Pattern Papers: 7 Dots Studio; Inks: Ranger Inks, Tsukineko; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Others: Ranger Glossy Accents, envelope, Tim Holtz mask, mini brads, Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, Canvas Corp burlap sheet, tissue paper, thread for stitching, Beacon and other adhesives.



Peace Layout:


Darkroom Door Stamps used: Leaves stamp set, Buttons Background Stamp

Others Supplies: Acrylic Product: Clear Scraps; Pattern Papers: Prima; Inks: Ranger Ink, Tsukineko; Chipboard: Dusty Attic, Prima; Flowers: Petaloo; Others: Copic markers, Ranger Stickles, Zig markers, Shimmerz Paints, rhinestones and dew drops, thread for stitching, Beacon and other adhesives.




WOW! Aren't these projects amazing! All of the stamped leaves look so real when cut out with such detail!

We have lots more in store for you as Irene has plenty of projects to share over the next few days! Please make sure you check back tomorrow to see what else she's created!