Darkroom Door Designer - Rachel Greig

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

RachName: Rachel Greig


Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


Lives: Central Coast, NSW Australia


Known for: adventure, taking risks, encouraging others to take risks, photography, and having a laugh. Oh, and for designing Darkroom Door product!


Blog, website or gallery: Rachel Greig Photography, Darkroom Door


Loves to: make a mess! And chocolate slice. YUM!


Loves to create: Anything – cards, layouts, books, ATCs etc. I’d love to get into more altered art and jewelry too. My style is anything from simple and quick to more elaborate arty projects.


Favourite Darkroom Door product: No specific favourites, love them all for their own reasons. However, when I discover a new way of using a product that I didn’t think of when I was designing it, I do tend to have a soft spot for that product for a while ☺ I feel like giving it a little gold star!


Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, every night when I turn out the lights to go to sleep. ;) But really, yes, much of my life has been spent in darkrooms. I eat my carrots. I see well in the dark. 


Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? A very good sense of humour!


Are you afraid of the dark?  Yes, and I still freak myself out when I’m in the darkroom (honest!) If I need to take the rubbish bins out when it’s dark, I think about what could jump out from the trees beside our house. My imagination gets the better of me sometimes.


How did Darkroom Door begin? I used my own still life and travel photos in my creations and artworks. I thought others may like to use the photos too, so I began the Filmstrips range a few years ago. I then went on to design some paper and rubber stamps that are distributed through Stamp-It Australia. My ideas have continued to grow and expand, so I needed a new business to be the platform and consolidation of our collections. So Darkroom Door began. Why the name? I am at my creative best in the darkroom. When I go through my darkroom door, I know I enter a world that is unlike the outside. It’s dark, it’s creative, it’s magic. You just never know what magic will happen behind that door. I want you to experience that too. I want to share it with you. I want you to unlock the artist within!


And onto the artwork... although I don't do a lot of layouts these days, I have created a couple of quick ones using a few different products... here they are:




Supplies used: Venetian San Marco paper, Esplori paper, Venetian Wordstrips.




Supplies used: Venetian San Marco paper, Ti Amo paper, Venetian Vol 2 Filmstrips, Journal stamps.




Supplies used: Darkroom Door Blush paper, Journal stamps, Ranger Archival inks (Olive, Grape, Tangerine, Carnation), Stamp-It Chipboard letters.




Supplies used: Darkroom Door Meadow paper, Full Bloom Quartet Vol 2 paper, Making Memories rub ons, Tim Holtz Chronicles foam stamps, Adirondack Snow Cap paint dabber.


Thanks for looking - hope you enjoyed it!



Full Bloom Photochips

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 05, 2008

Here's a few quick cards that can be made with the Full Bloom Photochips, Full Bloom Wordstrips and quotes and words from the Full Bloom Vol 2 Rubber Stamps. This first card is super quick and simple. Just grab some cardstock that is the same colour (or similar) to the petals on the flower, some ribbon, and  a little Wordstrip word. This same design can be repeated with all 6 Photochip images in the packet, just alternate the colour of the cardstock according to what colour the flower is. When made as a complete set it really looks like a rainbow! But here's just one for now:




This card is similar, but I have inked the flower with Antique Linen Distress Ink to give it a slightly warmer tone, and have scratched the edges. The tiny tags have been stamped with the tiny words from the Full Bloom Vol 2 stamp set.




Lastly, for this card I have stamped directly onto the Photochip itself. The Photochips stamp beautifully, and can be heat set if you're using a longer drying ink. I used Archival Grape for this card.



Thanks for stopping by today!



Stamp Camp Photochip Challenge!

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 31, 2008

I've just spent a fun weekend in Staveley, New Zealand teaching at the 2bStamping Stamp Camp! On the Friday night all the ladies were given a challenge pack from Doreen (owner of 2bStamping) which included a Venetian Photochip image, some Venetian Wordstrips, and then a selection of black and white card stock and ribbons. Everyone was challenged to create a card of some sort using anything from the challenge pack, and the card had to remain black and white. There was a flurry of activity and ideas being thrown around as the challenge was being done! I was so impressed with all the ideas and creations, and especially loved looking at all the different ways they used the Photochips! There were lots of prizes and stamps being given away too - which I hope you all enjoy!


The ladies were happy to share their art here on the blog too, so please enjoy a selection of these wonderful cards from the 2bStamping Stamp Camp Challenge:





Aren't they wonderful cards!! Such a great assortment of ideas! Thank you to everyone for sharing your creativity and taking part in the challenge, and for also making my weekend so memorable. I had a fabulous time, and hope to see you all again someday!

Here's a couple of group shots of everyone from the camp:



Thanks to each and everyone of you for a great weekend!