Penelope Dee Scrapbook Cruise Oct 2019

Join Melissa and special Guest Instructor from South Africa, Glenda Viljoen, Owner & Designer of the gorgeous Penelope Dee Collections as we head downunder to New Zealand for a 9 Nights adventure onboard the awesome new OVATION of the Seas.

As well as creating some wonderful memories, completing wonderful projects to take home to share with your friends, you will get to explore this magnificent ship – one that you may never want to leave. So who would like to join us?

Welcome aboard Ovation of the Seas for this 9 Nights adventure.

Set sail for the ultimate exotic adventure on one of the world’s most innovative ships— Ovation of the Seas®. It’s game changers, space age spaces, dining that defies the imagination and edge-of-your-seat entertainment onboard

Ovation of the Seas® opens up exotic shores — plus a world of new experiences onboard. 300-foot-high views from the North Star®. Transformative spaces like Two70®. Roller skating and bumper cars at SeaPlex®. Restaurants like Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver and Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine, plus the robotic bartenders of Bionic Bar®— all only on Royal Caribbean®.

Departing Sydney 20th - 29th October 2019

From *$2385 per person,
Above price is based on an INTERIOR twin share and INCLUSIVE of classes/workshop fee

On Booking Enquiry form please request price for;

  • other cabin types such as an Oceanview, Balcony or Suite.
  • 3rd /4th person in cabin
  • 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*above price is subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC

Max. 25

*prices subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC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 below 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.



Glenda Viljoen is from Benoni, a city just outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the eldest daughter and the first grandchild in her family, married to Gary and has two sons. She is one of the leading doyens of the paper craft industry in South Africa and is an example of quality and local talent.

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 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, TroCraft. Advertorials of the various layouts are placed in local craft and scrapbooking magazines.

She was part of the following International Design Teams: Prima Education, Hazel & Ruby Makery, Create Magazine and three years on the Fancy Pants Designs Project Design Team before launching her own brand, Penelope Dee in partnership with TroCraft in June 2016. Penelope Dee product is designed by Glenda Viljoen. The paper has been carefully designed to enable the beginner or expert scrapbooker to produce layouts using only a few sheets of paper. The superior quality paper makes it suitable for card making and mixed media projects too.

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 classes and events year after year.

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 and a documented life story.

FACEBOOK Glenda Viljoen
Penelope Dee

INSTAGRAM Glenda Viljoen 
Penelope Dee


HOST / Instructor - Melissa Kennedy
As my business name states, we are all unique and unmistakable creations. Made up of everyday life experiences, growing and changing with each new day.

I've been fortunate to have been a part of this Industry for now well over 25 years and as mentioned in my very first blog post on this website, now starting to see how everything learnt along the way is coming together. I have been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with some big companies within this industry, learn (and still learning many design skills, as well as being an educator in an industry, that has taken me around the world a number of times.  “Are you for real – you seriously cut and paste for a living and travel the world”  (imagine the English accent spoken here) as one guy said to me on an trip overseas…  never really looked at it that way until then and thought – yeah actually I really do…  Now its great to be able to give this same opportunity to other educators in the industry as they join me on some of these cruises.

Along with my love of photography and travel, I am one of the fortunate ones who has been able to turn my hobby into not only a job, but a business. I still laugh when my beautiful girls inform me i don't have a real job.

Love (did i say love) getting my hands dirty, I LOVE PAPER, love exploring new techniques and would say my style evolves depending on the type of projects we are doing.  I'm not afraid to try something new and that is something I try to get across to those in my classes - there are no mistakes - only UNMISTAKABLE and unique creations .... oh did I mention I love to LAUGH and to have FUN!!!

But moreso than anything else on these cruises - I love watching people do something for the first time.  Whether that be a new technique in class or something they have wanted to tick off their bucket list and thought they wouldn't never do.  The belief in themselves that grows with that achievement, the excitement on their faces (yes you can see it) is something that makes the crazy hectic busy times all worthwhile.

Look forward to seeing you on board.

You will need to bring along a normal basic scrapbooking 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.
  • messy matt - non stick craft matt
  • 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)  Red Wonder Tape (if you have some)
  • ink blending tool with a number of replacement foams
  • Foam Tape 

Optional Extra’s  (not necessary but certainly helps if you have them

  • mini mister
  • baby wipes (to clean up your area and hands) – no taps in the conference room to wash hands.
  • please check Class requirements listing for addition specific products

You will be given kits for each class so its not necessary to bring along other scrapbooking products unless you have something specific in mind you want to work on whilst away.


   Sea Day 1 (21st October)

CLASS 1 - FLUERE (Melissa Kennedy)
Discover a delicate collection of subtle floral patterns on earthy backgrounds in the new FLEURE collection. Taupe, copper and rose gold tones paired with floral blooms and stylized leaves


  • Walnut Ink – or similar colour for inking edges.
  • Blending Tool and Replacement Foam.

OPTIONAL (will be supplied on share table – or save time by bringing your own)

  • NUVO Crystal Drops – Pale Gold
  • NUVO Embellishment Mousse – Fresh Copper
  • ADIRONDACK – Gold Dauber (no longer available – other gold acrylic paint OK)

PHOTOGRAPH REQUIREMENTS – These layout will be perfect for any formal photographs taken onboard.

  • DOUBLE LAYOUT – Two 4” x 6” portrait, One 4 x 4 3/4“
    and One 3 1/2“ circle ( I will provide a punch to cut these out)
  • SINGLE LAYOUT – One 4” x 6” Portrait

Sea Day 2 (22nd October)

CLASS 2 - NAUTILUS (Glenda Viljoen)
Take me to the ocean with the new NAUTILUS collection! Sapphire blue, light blue and golden hues combined with nautical elements such as anchors, fisherman rope, ship helm, starfish and marine floral elements make for plain sailing in documenting your memorable sea life moments.


  • General scrapbook tools and adhesives 
  • Water Mister
  • Foam squares or Sticky Thumb Dots: 6mm flat and 12mm raised
  • Wet wipes
  • Ink Blending Tool with replacement foam
  • Waterbrush or small paintbrush

OPTIONAL (will be supplied on share table – or save time by bringing your own)

  • Stickles: Platinum or Gold
  • Distress Oxide Ink: Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain/Ground Expresso, Bundled Sage, Faded Jeans (optional)
  • Dylusions Acrylic Paint: Black Marble and White Linen or other suitable acrylic paint
  • PRIMA waxes - a combination of any of the following colours or similar:
    (some will be available to share)
    - METALLIQUE: Vintage Gold, Fire Ruby/Red Amber
    - OPAL MAGIC: Turquoise Satin, Green Brocade, Royal Robes
  • PRIMA Art Alchemy Paint: shared product
    - OPAL MAGIC: Rose Gold, Violet Green (optional)
    - SPARKS: Unicorn Hair, Ginger Magic, Mermaid Sparkle, Night Shadow

PHOTOGRAPH REQUIREMENTS – These layout will be perfect for any formal photographs taken onboard.

  • DOUBLE PAGE LAYOUT: One 10 x 15cm, Two 15 x 20cm, Two 8x6cm or One 9x14cm photo

  • BONUS LAYOUTS:  One 15 x 10cm and one 10 x 15cm


Sea Day 3  (The Sounds - 23rd October)

Come into classroom early to get kit for Melissa's second class and you can commence the fussy cutting parts in advance over the next few days.
Will possibly give out the day before.


Sea Day 4 (27th October)

CLASS 3 - WHISPER (Melissa Kennedy)
WHISPER is an exquisite collection designed to document the beautiful shades of life with family and friends.
Leafy foliage, exotic orchids and dainty colourful hummingbirds combined with lilac, mauve, blue-purple, teal and fern green tones.


  • Dark Brown or Walnut Ink Pad
  • Blending tool and a number of replacement Foam
  • Old Credit card or pallet knife for modelling paste
  • Messy matt (blending matte)
  • Water Mister
  • Wet ones for clean up

OPTIONAL (will be supplied on share table – or save time by bringing your own)

  • DISTRESS OXIDES - Dusty Concord 
  • DISTRESS OXIDES - Bundled Sage
  • PRIMA - Liquid Acrylic Paint - Purple


  • DOUBLE LAYOUT  - Two 4 x 6" Portrait orientation,  Two 3 x 4" Landscape orientation
  • SINGLE LAYOUT 1 - One 6"x 4" Landscape orientation that can be cropped slightly smaller
  • SINGLE LAYOUT 2 - One 5 x 7" Portrait orientation and One 3 1/2" circle (circle punch available to share)


Sea Day 5 (28th October)

CLASS 4 - OUT AND ABOUT (Glenda Viljoen)
Explore the seasons in the sun with the OUT & ABOUT collection. Capture your amazing wayfarer, tourist, adventure seeking or details of life moments and stories with the royal purple, lavender blush and peach puff palette paired with fun-shine cork cameras, sunglasses, hashtag sayings and elements.


  • Non stick craft sheet
  • Ink blending tool with replacement foam
  • Wonder Tape - 0.25"
  • Craft foam sheet and Medium Embossing Tool
  • Foam tape/squares
  • Small Paintbrush

OPTIONAL (will be supplied on share table – or save time by bringing your own)

  • Gel Medium - Liquid Adhesive  
  • Circle Punches: 1",  1 1/4",  2 1/4" and 2 1/2"  (I have a number of 2" punches - if anyone has any of the others please advise)
    Creative Memories punches would be perfect if you have them.
  • Distress Maker - Frayed Burlap
  • DYLUSIONS Acrylic Paint - White Lines
  • NUVO Glimmer Pate - Silver Gem
  • PRIMA WAXES - Rick Copper Metallique
  • PRIMATE METALLIQUE ACRYLIC PAINT - Spring Blossom, Dark Velvet, Steampunk copper

PHOTOGRAPH REQUIREMENTS – These layout will be perfect for any formal photographs taken onboard.

  • DOUBLE LAYOUT - Two 10cm x 13cm and One 8cm x 15cm
  • SINGLE LAYOUT - One 15cm x 8.5cm Landscape Orientation


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