Cardmaking Cruise with Katrina and Sof – FEB 2020

A Cardmaking Delight. Cruising down to Hobart, on this particular sailing you will be spoilt with gorgeous instructors and inspiring cardmaking projects.

Join Katrina Thompson and Sofie Rossides (owner/designer Scrapmatts) as they share their wealth of knowledge with you.

This cruise is perfect if you haven’t been cruising before as its a little shorter, which also means its also more affordable.

Get a glimpse of what Hobart has to offer along with a stop off in Melbourne on the return trip.

With this price it won’t last long – so Don’t miss out. Get a few of your friends and book together.

Welcome aboard  VOYAGER of the Seas for this 6 Night adventure. (3 Sea Days)


The incredible Voyager of the Seas® introduced many of the iconic features that Royal Caribbean guests still love today. Conquer the rock-climbing wall, or find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. If it's zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing VitalitySM Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing, and duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends—with spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, and a spectacular three-story dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew.

Departing Sydney 19th February, 2020 and returning 25th February, 2020

From *$1550 per person,

Above price is per person based on an INTERIOR twin share and INCLUSIVE of classes/workshop fee
(4-5 Master classes by 2 instructors and 24 hours use of workshop room.)

On Booking Enquiry form please request price for;

  • other cabin types such as an Oceanview, Balcony or Suite.
  • 3rd /4th person
  • Single Supplement

Reduced rate is available for husbands, partners, family members or friends who would like to join an not participate in the classes.

*above price is subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC


  • Gratuities, Port Fees and taxes
  • Accommodation with private ensuite
    • Complimentary toiletries
    • In cabin safe
    • TV for in-cabin entertainment
  • All meals (alcohol additional - drink packages available onboard)
    • Full breakfast
    • Buffet or a la carte lunch menu
    • Buffet or 4 course a la carte dinners
  • All onboard entertainment and shows
    • Musical stage shows
    • Special guest entertainers
    • Choice of Bars and Lounges
    • Latest release movies (in cabin and on big screen)
  • Inspiring Scrapbook Classes (number of classes dependant on sea days)
    • Use of PRIVATE room - Convention Centre 24/7
    • Welcome Gift
    • Prizes and giveaway
    • Classes on the mornings of cruising days (some cruises may offer additional classes in afternoons)
  • Spectacular ports of call

*Optional Shore Excursions are available


Bookings are made by completing the online booking form which will be directed to Geelong Travel where an agent will contact you to confirm  and discuss cabin requirements.

A $200 deposit will be required to guarantee your position and this is payable to Geelong Travel. You will receive a reservation number once you have directly paid them the deposit.  Full payment for balance of cruise/any other travel arrangements made and the scrapbooking portion is payable and due by the date indicated on your invoice.



A warm welcome to everyone. I’m Katrina and I live a little north of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

I’ve always followed creative pursuits and enjoy using a variety of mediums. For over 15 years now, my focus has been on paper based projects, although I enjoy incorporating aspects from other mediums in my work. Cards, books and paper arts is where my passion lies.

I love the opportunities to design, share and learn through teaching and am thrilled to be asked back again, this time to tutor for the February 2020 Tasmania Cruise. This ship is fantastic and we aim to bring you an awesome environment to create and be inspired in.

I’m primarily a card maker and enjoy the challenge of creating different styles of cards to send your greetings and messages. My style is best represented by ‘Multilayered’, ‘Classic’, ‘Shabby Chic’. I’m a little grunge/texture/stamping sometimes too. There’s always a chance to try new techniques and incorporate them it to your own styling. I don’t like to rule anything out, you never know how it may inspire you!

I’ve owned a store and have taught at shows, retreats and stores in and around Brisbane over the years. The Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo is my largest show, where for the past 2 years, I have been lucky to be voted favourite tutor display. I was a finalist in the Cardmaker of the Year 2015 and have had work published in various Australian and O/S magazines.

You can find my work on facebook as ‘Katrina Thompson Paper Essence’.

Thanks for taking the time to read a little about me and I hope to see you for our adventures at sea. K x

Hi, I am Sofie Rossides, owner and designer for Scrapmatts, an Australian company manufacturing Chipboard & Stencils, along with my husband Andrew.

We are based in Sydney and have worked together in the Craft Industry for 33 years, I still don’t know who deserves the medal for patience. I often have an idea in my head and I need to get it out and make it work, which usually happens and create something unique. Andrew has a great passion for machines and enjoys the challenges I create for him.

My new passion is designing paper to complement Scrapmatts Chipboard, often it is challenging to find the correct paper, colour and size to fit on a card, so I just create my own.

I am a passionate paper crafter and I first started playing with colours and textures from the age of 11, which later lead us to run Craft Shops for over 25 years. I also enjoy creating layouts as well as Off The Page projects.

Having been a card maker for many, many years, I have a lot of knowledge and technique to share. Teaching throughout Australia, as well as overseas, I always enjoy seeing the results of my students. I also run crop days in Sydney as well as Retreats in NSW and Qld.

I am really looking forward to combining two of my favourite addictions on this cruise, teaching card making and cruising, a perfect combination.
You can connect with myself and Scrapmatts here -

Facebook  Sofia Rossides


You will need to bring along a normal basic tool kit.  Similar to what you would bring to any retreat.

Items to definitely include:

  • craft matt – needs only to be a small A4 mat but something to use with your craft knife.
  • craft knife
  • small scissors (blades to be no longer than 4″)
  • edge distressor
  • adhesives….lots of them  (include tape runners/adhesive tape and glues for embellishments)

PLEASE CHECK CLASS REQUIREMENTS for other specific products for each class.


 Requirements List for classes with Katrina

  • Craft Mat
  • Paper Towel, Wipes and (Gloves - if you wish)
  • Pencil /Ruler
  • 12x12 Paper Trimmer
  • Fine precision scissors for fussy cutting
  • Tweezers
  • Distress Tool / Sander
  • Double Sided Tape – a few widths are good, ie 6mm & 12mm
  • 3D Foam - Sheets or Tape
  • Liquid Glue – Strong for attaching flowers/lace
  • A crop-o-dile but only if you have one and can fit it in.
  • A glitter pen (clear), if you have one. Eg. Wink of Stella or Nuvo – Not essential though.

Inks – I use distress ink, however this is not a must. If you have the same shade inks that will be ok too. If you have a look at the ‘Bird Waltz’ paper range from Blue Fern Studios you will be able to colour match your colours to suit the palette. I have used ‘Tattered Rose’ the most. Here are my suggestions, so you have lots of options to create with:

  • (Pinks) -Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, (Blue/Greens) - Weathered Wood, Peacock feathers, Bundled Sage, Broken China, (Yellow/Ochre/Orange) - Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold. Pop a few browns in if you wish too, ie, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo.


“Overture on Opus” Hanging Canvas Card and Tags with Katrina Thompson

Using the beautiful Bird Waltz range from Blue Fern Studios we will create a whimsical Hanging Canvas Card with layers of lace, muslin, chipboard and fussy cutting.

Learn to dissect your patterned paper designs to make them work for you.

Your kit comes with an additional tag project to keep you busy for hours.


Layered Explosion Box and Step Card with Katrina Thompson

Using the Bird Waltz range from Blue Fern Studios, create a custom Exploding Box Card with multiple layers for greetings, decorations, hidden messages or photos.

Embellish with fussy cutting, flowers and Lace. In addition, create a coordinating Side Step card.

Between the 2 classes your kits will include the complete paper range from the Bird Waltz collection, so you will have lots left to create with in your free time.


Requirements List for classes with Sofie


Class 1 – Butterflies & Flowers in Blue

Using the Azulejos de Suenos range of papers from Stamperia, we will create a collection of beautiful cards. We will also be creating cards using construction techniques with a difference. Embellish with new Scrapmatts Chipboard designs, bling, inks, flowers and more.

Class Requirements -
Brilliance Inks or similar – Galaxy Gold, Graphite Black, Pearl Thyme (mid green), Pearl Lime (light green),
Wet ones

Shared Products – I will bring a small selection of the inks required, but please bring along any colours you have to avoid waiting.


Class 2 – My Favourite Things


This class will include some Australian cards, a few Male cards, some fold and construction cards, my new favourite thing!! Featuring new Scrapmatts Chipboard & Stencil designs, also adding some bling and stones to your cards. We will be using various papers and elements to enhance your card making.

Class Requirements -
Brilliance Ink Pads or similar - Cosmic Copper and Coffee Bean (brown)
Distress Inks – Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone + blending tool & extra pads
Wet Ones

Shared Products – I will bring a small collection of the inks required, but please bring along any colours you have to avoid waiting.


ALISON BEVIS from THE CRAFTY CHAIN in Brisbane - will be manning the onboard scrap store.
- if there i a product you do not have and would like her to bring it along (if she has one in stock) - please contact her at the shop.  (07) 3341 0060

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If you have any further questions don't hesitate to email Melissa at