Melissa Kennedy






To describe myself very briefly – fun loving.

I live in Geelong, Australia with my ever-patient hubby and three teenage daughters, who keep us extremely busy.

Working within the craft industry for over 20 years, starting as a Creative Memories consultant and for Kaisercraft for 12 of them, my style has ranged from clean and simple to shabby chic and grungy.  Being a Ranger Certified Instructor, I naturally love mixed media and getting my hands dirty - definitely not afraid to try something new - and hope I can inspire and encourage you to do the same.

There are many ways of achieving an end result so I don’t believe in mistakes and think that people get too caught up comparing themselves to others. At the end of the day if you love and our proud of what you have created then that is all that matters.

For the past 8 years I have also been extremely fortunate to be the main instructor on a number of crafting cruises.  That  interest has grown steadily - to the point that it has now a small business for me.  Along with teaching freelance on the side, I get to do what I love - encourage people to get their hands dirty, try new techniques, and have new adventures.  But best of all, form many wonderful friendships along the way.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing some of my creative knowledge through my classes when I come visit your beautiful country again.  Im so looking forward to the coming back and sharing with you the gorgeous collection that Glenda has designed.

LIFE is to be ENJOYED, lets LIVE it, EXPERIENCE it, LAUGH about it, and then SCRAP it.

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Glenda Viljoen

South African






Glenda Viljoen is a qualified teacher and has been passionately scrapbooking since 2004 with her work published in various local and international magazines and publications. Her formal teaching began with children, teenagers and adults in the school environment as well as in the computer industry.

In 2010, she attended Ranger University in New Jersey, USA and is now a certified Ranger Instructor. This has enabled her to educate and inspire others in the use of inks, stains, paints and embossing products and techniques. She was a Guest Designer for Prima Marketing inc’s magazine, ‘My Prima Place’ Vol 2 as well as for Scrap Africa in 2012.

She completed various design courses at reputable organizations, designing adverts and artwork for various magazines and publications in the industry in South Africa.

She designs layouts and teaches classes at major events and personalized classes as well as retailer education classes for the largest local scrapbook distributor in South Africa, Rubber Stamp & Engraving (Trodat South Africa). Advertorials of the various layouts are placed in local craft and scrapbooking magazines.

She has taught alongside Teresa Collins (Teresa Collins), Jodi Sanford (Fancy Pants Designs), April Foster (Studio Calico and American Crafts), Allison Black (BasicGrey), Trisha Ladouceur (My Mind’s Eye), Layle Koncar (Simple Stories), Jayme Shepherd (Hazel and Ruby), Jeri Tanner (BoBunny), Debby Schuh (Ruby Rock-it), Jeff and Charee Filimoehala (Graphic 45) and Prima inc in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

She was a member of the Prima Education Team, Hazel & Ruby Makery Team, CreateMagazine Design Team and the Fancy Pants Designs Project Design Team for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In June 2016, in partnership with Trocraft, she launched her own collection, Penelope Dee...South African manufactured papercraft products. The product launch was a success with the paper and product selling out in a few days.

Her primary goal is to take scrapbooking on a never ending journey beyond mundane, repetitious themes and content to an ever upward attainment of new and exciting layouts and new ideas. She has a unique creative style both in her layouts and her teaching methods which makes attendance to both her classes and conventions an enjoyable, life changing experience. This is evident in the growing number of delegates who attend her events year after year and now her classes she teaches at events and at RS&E.

In closing, she has never lost sight of the purpose of scrapbooking, which is her gift to family and friends that will enable her to leave a legacy of memories.

FACEBOOK: Glenda Viljoen
INSTAGRAM: Glenda Viljoen
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Ezme Hartman and Mare-Liez Oosthuizen

South African






Ezmé and Mare-Liez have both been scrapbooking for almost 15 years. What started out as a hobby to preserve photographs and memories in a way that was a bit more creative than the conventional ways, soon turned into a love for scrapbooking, telling stories and experimenting with photography. Sharing ideas with like-minded people became an important part of the hobby, and 10 years ago, they took the leap to become scrapbooking teachers.

Through their classes at Pics ‘n Tales, they share their passion with others, incorporating new trends and ideas, so that they inspire their clients to keep on growing creatively. While they each have their own personal style of scrapbooking, their love for combining creative elements from a wide range of different sources into each project has ensured a signature style for Pics ‘n Tales. Their work is regularly published locally.  

In 2016, they both became Penelope Dee Brand Ambassadors with the launch of this exciting South African scrapbooking venture. Through their designs both for Pics ‘n Tales and Penelope Dee, they hope to continue to inspire others to enjoy the freedom that scrapbooking allows us in documenting the special people, events and places in our lives.

FACEBOOK: Mare-Liez Oosthuizen
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Jowilna Nolte

South African








I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa after having studied Pastoral Psychology. Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in store at the time.

Traveling abroad to trade shows like Paperworld in Frankfurt, Germany and CHA in America gave me an even broader insight into paper and its many uses. This prompted a keen interest in stamping, especially in the craft industry where scrapbooking seems to be my favourite. I gained a lot of knowledge of the industry and was fortunate enough to spend time with the owners of Ranger Industries at their premises making the journey even more significant.

I have since gone on to be editor of two scrapbooking and craft magazines as well as being a contributing editor to several other craft magazines.
In 2007 Jayson and I started our own scrapbooking Magazine “imagine” The art of Scrapbooking. This was a dream come true but soon we were faced with the harsh reality of recession in South Africa. We switched over to a digital version for a while. I realized my dream of working in publishing while sharing my passion and knowledge of stamping, card making and scrapbooking.

While My work had been published extensively in local magazines and on the internet as well as in international publications such as Somerset Studios, Take Ten magazine, and Catch Up Issues I realized that there was an even bigger spectrum to publishing.

Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of my love for card making and stamping that also accommodates my love and passion for photography. I currently teach regular classes and host workshops around the country that mainly focuses on different techniques and stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making. I am proud to have been one of the teachers at the SA Scrapbook Convention in 2009 along side well known scrappers like Tracie Hudson(UK) and Melissa Kennedy (AU).

Creating can be a wonderful journey and therapy- making sense of things where life cannot, and I have tuned my life into this philosophy.

I am truly blessed that God is my provider and that He blesses me with this life and creativity! God the Father is my inspiration and source of creativity.

FACEBOOK: Jowilna Nolte
INSTAGRAM: Jowilna Nolte


Patricia Basson

South African





I'm Patricia Basson from Mpumalanga, South Africa. I have been Scrapping for a good 10 years after joining my youngest daughter for just a page or two! For the last four years my Paper Art has become influenced by Mixed Media. I have always loved my papers to move by distressing, curling and folding...and now with the addition of all the different mediums available, I can create and play with awesome textures and colours. I love using several patterned papers on my pages as layers and as matting behind my photos. Although an avid Scrapbooker, I also love to dabble in my Art Journal and make Tags and Cards as well.

I have been very fortunate during my Scrapping time to be on several local and International Design Teams where I can use my Art to inspire others as I am often inspired. Currently I am serving a third term on the Team of The Dusty Attic.

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