Happy Friday everyone!
Today we are bringing you an interview with Robyn, who will be teaching our upcoming DIY Weddings & Events stationary workshop. Robyn is a Brisbane- based paper craft expert who has been making cards and scrapbooking since 2006. She is super nice, lovely and patient and we cannot wait to have her showing us how to make beautiful cards, invitations and gift bags.
How long have you been working with beautiful paper and ink (and why did you started)?
I have been stamping for 10 years now. I was a scrapbooker before that but that all changed when I attended the Papercraft Festival in Brisbane back in 2006. I remember my daughters coming and showing me a beautiful card that they had just made and urging me to come and try it. I had never stamped before and didn’t really believe my 7 year old when she told me she had made it. I will never forget the moment I sat down at the Stampin’ Up! display and inked up a stamp and stamped that blank piece of paper. I continued stamping a pattern over the card and was amazed at how beautiful and crisp the images were and how I was able to transform the blank paper into a beautiful but simple greeting card. Before this I had thought that stamping was very old fashioned but when I looked at the cards on display they were very professional and very coordinated. It also helped that this same daughter also won a $250 basket of Stampin’ Up goodies. My oldest daughter had stamped before and after pouring through the beautiful catalogue and after a little urging from her (it didn’t take much) I joined Stampin Up! that very next month when they opened and was the 45th demonstrator to join in Australia.
What inspires you &makes you happy?
Nature inspires me a lot, I love the beach. I like very crisp clean lines in my card making if I had to choose a style. I love to take a card sketch and love the feeling of putting together my own card based on a sketch. This makes me happy as it very rewarding rather than just casing card that i see on pinterest (although I do this a lot too).Teaching others also makes me happy too!
What other crafts do you enjoy?
I have always done what type of craft or another but since I started stamping I don’t have any other crafts that I have done in the last 10yrs. Before this I sewed a lot and had my own children’s wear business with my mum and we designed and sewed all the clothes so this kept me very busy and before this I did cross stitch.
We have heard that you also run craft retreats, can you tell us a bit more about them? They sound fun!
Yes yes so much fun. I am very busy at the moment preparing for our next retreat on the 21st October with some of my Awesome Stampers team mates. 40 ladies are booked in for a weekend of stamping/scrapbooking fun. They get all their meals so no cooking and stay in great little cabins. We provide a goodies bag of coordinated products and lots of displays made with products from their kits for their inspiration. The ladies are free to do what they like but the ladies were so impressed last time that they given heaps of inspiration to call on so they never felt stuck for what to do. We run a few technique workshops and have quite a few games as well which got a lot of laughs last time when we ran our first one in February. The best thing was seeing so many smiling faces and witnessing all the friendships that were formed and hearing all the fantastic feedback. They loved it…this next one booked out in 3 weeks so we must have done something right!
Thank you Robyn, we are looking forward to craft with you at the DIY Weddings & Events stationary workshop! Book here if you are interested in joining us!