Tales from the Studio and woyww #230


I wasn’t around last Wednesday but I am in the studio today, so come on in to hear my tale (and see my latest art.)

As always: let’s start with showing you a “Golden Oldie

(I don’t create ‘traditional scrapbook layouts’ anymore but every Wednesday I dive into my albums and lift a ‘golden oldie.’ The layouts I pick are random, YOU – blog readers – name the number of the album and layout to show. Let me know in a comment which album you want me to open next week – to avoid that you name layouts that have already been requested, you can find a list showing the ‘free’ numbers to choose from on this page.

IKE requested the golden oldie layout that I am about to show by saying: “I would like to make a request please… ALBUM 5… No. 5 since 5 is my lucky number.”

I found one of my fave scrapbook layouts there: Dialogue


There’s quite a story to this layout!
You can find that, along with the complete ‘dialogue’ text and detail photo’s, in this old blogpost from December 2008.

If YOU want to request a ‘golden oldie': you can find the list of layouts to choose from HERE. Let me know in a comment which album you want me to open up and which layout you want me to show next time…

Wednesday is also another “What’s On My Work Desk? Wednesday.” WOYWW is Julia’s weekly blog hop and it is THE event where crafty and artistic individuals around he world share pictures of their desks. So let us take a look at my desk today.

WOYWW #230



See that book on the left? It is the Dutch edition of Dawn DeVries Sokol‘s book “Art Doodle Love” (The Dutch version is called “This Is Me,”  which is totally weird as that is also an English title. Why translate a book into Dutch and give it ANOTHER ENGLISH title???) Anyway, I had a voucher left over from my birthday and I decided to buy this book. I just had to have it – and that has a special reason because last week I received an email from Dawn saying:

Hello! One or more of your pages have been selected for inclusion in my next book, tentatively titled “A World of Artist Journal Pages”.

WOWZAH!! This is some news – and I received that email only a few days before my  post about me being published in THIS BOOK came online. Yes, I feel blessed and honoured!

Now you would think that all the excitement lead to the next, bright, spread in my art journal that I am about to show. These pages indeed look bright and happy. However, they are from the week before…

The Chronicles of Marit – Week 42


I hope your day (week!) is bright and happy!

P.S. Thanks to all who send me emails to check on me and my family after the storms that hit the Netherlands. The storm mainly hit the coastline – the west of the Netherlands – and since I live more inland, we did not have the heaviest wind overhere. My beloved and I even went for a long walk across the meadows – walking on paths with big trees growing next to it – enjoying the wind. We learned only later that the storm had been that bad and that accidents had happen in Amsterdam… but we are fine here, we do not even miss a roof tile…




  1. says

    How cool – I love that Dialogue page. :-) Thank you for publishing my choice :-D

    Happy WOYWW #230
    IKE in Greece #63 xxxxxx

  2. says

    Hi, how nice of you to share your scrapbooks, amazing page by the way. I too have slowly gravitated away from SB and I am more into Art Journaling. Glad to hear you are alright. I am married to a Dutch descendant with alot of extended family in Amsterdam, haven’t heard any bad news at least. Happy WOYWW Ann 72.

  3. says

    So glad to hear you are ok, we never know where people are situated when these nasty storms hit, like the fires here is Sydney Australia, another state away, but bad none the less. Great you are going to be published, congrats to you, love that journal page so bright and cheery. Oh and so glad to see the rubbish in the bin and not on the desk LOL

    Happy crafting.
    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 17

  4. Claire G (HamnMule Designs) says

    Hi Marit, firstly, thank you so much for my lovely card – it is wonderful and really made me happy to receive it. Glad you are ok, following the storms. I love the bright journal pages, so bright and cheery. Great that you are getting published. Your 40 for 40 card will be leaving me soon I promise. Cx #22

  5. Maisie Moonshine says

    Glad to hear you survived the storm Marit, it didn’t get as far north here in the UK as forecast so we were OK too. Massive congrats on the book!

    Hugs MMx #41

  6. says

    Well done for being featured in the book. So exciting for you. love your art journalling. I have tried and failed to do it. so am very impressed by your work :)
    Karen no.51 x

  7. says

    You are funny Marit! I modeled this shoe after a wooden shoe I saw in my head!! And I thought of you!!
    I am glad you are fine, and I hope your parents are too!!
    Congratulations on the book! Wonderful news!!
    And, guess what else? I quit too!

  8. says

    Glad to hear you missed the brunt of the storm. I too like to walk when it’s windy. I feel so a love and part of the world. Congrats on being published! Happy WOYWW! Nan G #6

  9. says

    Hi Marit! Glad to hear you’re ok from the storms. I just heard about them. Yikes! Congrats on your TWO book publications coming up. I’m going to be in Dawn’s book too. It should be fun to look at since I’m sure I will be familiar with a lot of the artists.

  10. Ali H says

    Brilliant you are getting published ! Love your vivid journal page ! We missed the worst of the storm too – both lucky ! Ali #28

  11. Lunch Lady Jan says

    Congrats on being featured in the book..how exciting!! I love your multicoloured journal page too :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 35 xx

  12. says

    Not surprised you page was chosen. I do love them every week. I keep trying to keep up with it, with limited success, but not ready to give up the idea quite yet….

    Busy with DS’s visit yesterday so Happy (late) WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (12)

  13. says

    Ha! now you know exactly how I felt when you asked me to be a part of Featured. congratulations, it’s long overdue that your work should appear in books, I think. love your page, you are so well disciplined to journal every day/week. I bet Dutch design week was fab!

  14. says

    well done getting published in the art book that’s quite an achievement you deserve to be over the moon….but as your work is so wonderful im not surprised . your journal page is awesome love the bright colours happy belated woyww wishes and crafty hugs Andrea #25

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