Sunday, 7 July 2013

I've Moved!

My new website, Amanda Robinson Studio, is on the way! I thought that considering it's been over a year since I got married, it was about time I updated my website to reflect the change in name. I'm so excited to share it with you. The official "launch" is 15th July, so come by and check it out!


I'll no longer be using this blog so head on over and sign up to my new site :)

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Changes

I'm currently in the process of changing my web host and re-designing things around here, so please bear with me if things are a bit out of whack for a while!

I'll be back soon :)

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Everyday Storyteller 2 - WIN IT!


Welcome to the Everday Storyteller 2 blog hop! It's almost launch time and I'm so excited! If you've somehow missed hearing about Everyday Storyteller 2 then here's a little more info for you:

Everyday Storyteller 2 is a brand new idea book offering more than 100 tips, tricks and techniques for scrapbooking. Go behind the scenes with 33 of your favorite memory keepers to see how they capture moments, tell stories and document their best memories. Sign up for the VIP list HERE to be the first to know when the book is released and receive an exclusive discount.

I can now share with you that my section in the book is "Connecting Stories Across Time to Find More Meaning." In it I share tips on how I find unique perspectives for storytelling in my scrapbooks.

Each person participating in the blog hop is giving away an eBook copy of Everyday Storyteller 2. Use this entry link or click the graphic below to complete your entry form. You must enter by 11:59pm PDT on April 30, 2013 to be eligible. You may enter from each stop. Winners will be contacted directly as well as posted at everydaystoryteller.com on May 1, 2013.

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Here's the list of contributors who are participating in the hop - remember you can enter to win the book on EVERY blog!
Tangie Baxter Kerri Bradford Joscelyne Cutchens Catherine Davis Patty Debowski Lisa Dickinson Karla Dudley Leah Farquharson Karen Grunberg Jenni Hufford Donna Jannuzzi Amanda Jones Mandy Koeppen Riikka Kovasin Kami Leonard Amy Mallory Amy Martin Ann-Marie Morris Celine Navarro Lynnette Penacho Kelly Purkey Krista Sahlin Linda Sattgast Cindy Schneider Wendy Smedley Elisha Snow Amy Sorensen Neisha Sykes Jill Sprott Laura Vegas Allison Waken Crystal Wilkerson Jennifer Wilson

Thanks for stopping by my blog, don't forget to enter the giveaway and sign up for the VIP list for your discount!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

JBS Mercantile: April

Well, hello! I found my blog again just in time to share with you my mid-month gallery layouts created with the April Mercantile kits :) Some of the kits are already sold out, so don't hang about if you want to get your hands on what remains!

 This page features an old pic of my Dad in the navy. I used the exclusive stamp and stencil to create my background with inks and modeling paste and the rest of the goodies are from the papercrafting and antiquarian kits.

 Next a fun Easter page, using only the Papercrafting kit. I'm in love with those gold sequins!

 Another page with the mini album kit.

I have more layout in the Design Team gallery if you want to check them out.  The rest of the team have done an AMAZING job this month!

I am still studying hard. In 5 weeks time I will have a break... phew! I'm getting my end of semester assignments ready at the moment. I'd forgotten how stressful studying can be.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Everyday Storyteller 2

I am so excited to share that I'm a contributor to Jennifer Wilson's new bok - Everyday Storyteller 2! If you've not seen the hype already you'll want to check out this link (click on the picture) which will tell you more and let you know how to get on the VIP list for news, prizes and discounts :)



The list of contributors is amazing! I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be included.

I'm trying desperately to find my way back to my blog. I started my University degree in February and it's been 5 weeks of non-stop study here. Only 8 more weeks to go until I get a few weeks off, yay! So please forgive me if I don't get to stop in here very often for a while ;)

Saturday, 26 January 2013

My double page layout epiphany!


Yep, I made a double page layout! Seriously, it's been years since I made one. I hate making them. Sorry, hated, making them. Hate's a strong word but, really, I did! Then I realised why I didn't enjoy them.

If you type double page layout into, say, Pinterest. Look at what pops up. Here, I've done the hard work for you: http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=double+page+layout

Notice that almost all of the resulting pages are filled almost entirely with stuff. Lots of photos. Lots of papers. Busy, busy, busy. Not my style. No matter where I searched, the results came up the same. So I stopped bothering. I didn't do 2 page layouts anyway, right?



Then one night at 2am it dawned on me: This is how lots of other people make double layouts. Many people who like 2 pagers do so because they like to get a lot of their pictures scrapped on a page. Or they like to journal a lot. Or both. Just because I approach my layouts differently than them it doesn't mean doubles won't work for me.


Why didn't I like them? Because I like white space. I don't like using lots of pictures. I like my pages uncluttered and free. DUH. I actually said DUH out loud to myself. What has more white space than a 12x12 page? A 12x24 page, surely. Is there a law that says I have to use half a dozen 6x4 photos on a double page? No. So why couldn't I make a 2 page layout with 1, or 2, or 3 photos, just as I do on my 12x12s?

 
So I tried it out. LOVE. I now have MORE WHITE SPACE. :) I can use a bigger picture and include more journaling if I like, yet still maintain my style.

 
I have more room to mess up, splatter, stamp and ink. That can only be a good thing!


That's the story of my epiphany. I made a 2 pager and I liked it. Actually, I made 2 double page layouts. But I can't share one of them until Thursday ;)

Friday, 25 January 2013

Die-cuts with Jenni Bowlin Studio

 
Gota love a page where my love for JBS, vintage and my Silhouette Cameo unite ;) This month on the JBS inspiration blog we're sharing ideas and projects using JBS mercantile cuts and JBS for Jessica Sprague digi cut files.

 
I used the stars from the Holiday Backdrops Digital Cut Files as a stencil for the background and then added a few of those stars to the layout as embellishments, cut from vellum. I also added some feathers (available exclusively through the January Papercrafting Kit - sold out) and the number 2 from last month's Stencil Numbers Digital Cut Files. The papers I used here are all vintage bits and pieces along with some plain cardstock.

 
My layout documents my love for the rabbit toy my Great Grandmother made for me when I was a baby, and how he "mysteriously" disappeared when we moved house ;)

I've been having fun doing something new with my layouts lately - tomorrow I plan to share my "epiphany", lol. See you soon!