Z-South Pacific Adventure – March 2019

This cruise is perfect if you haven’t been cruising before as its a little shorter, which also means its also more affordable but with just as many sea days so you won’t miss out on any scrapping time.

Join me on the Explorer of the Seas (sister ship of the Voyager but just as good) and get a glimpse of what the South Pacific islands over this 9 Night cruise. Lifou is included in the itinerary this year and one of my all time favourite islands.

And what is more exciting – we will have a guest teacher on board – Jennifer Hedger, owner and designer at Dusty Attic.

Don’t miss out. Get a few of your friends and book together.

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


The incredible Explorer 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 1st March, 2019 and returning 10th March, 2019

Prices below are based on a TWIN SHARE – Please request prices for 3rd /4th person or Single Supplement

from $1055* – Interior room
from $1265* – Oceanview
from $1615* – Balcony
PLUS Scrapbooking FEE $450

*prices subject to availability and maybe withdrawn at anytime from RCC


  • Gratuities, Port Fees and taxes
  • All meals (alcohol additional – drink packages available onboard)
  • All onboard entertainment and shows
  • Use of PRIVATE room – Convention Centre 24/7
  • Welcome Gift
  • Prizes and giveaway
  • Classes on cruising days
  • 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.



Welcome: Sydney, Australia Australia

Welcome aboard Explorer of the Seas

What’s not to love about Sydney? Home to some of the friendliest people, countless museums, galleries, world-class restaurants and of course, the sprawling Outback, Sydney is a true adventure wonderland that no one can resist.


  • Welcome and general meet and greet your fellow crafters 9.30am
  • First Class 10.00 – 1.oopm. Enjoy the spacious teaching space and get ready for an awesome class to prepare you for what is to come over the next two weeks.
  • Feel free to shop an onboard scrapbook store
  • Lunch
  • Free to return to conference room to complete any uncompleted work from this morning’s class or just enjoy onboard activities.


  • 10:00 am – 1.00 pm Class 2 Commences
  • On-board Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Again feel free to return to work on projects or be a little adventurous and take on some of the onboard activities.
  • Cocktail Party – Get to know your fellow cruisers. Time TBA



Port of Call: Noumea, New Caledonia New Caledonia

New Caledonia is home to the world’s largest lagoon, spectacular reefs, beaches, mountains and more. The casual-chic capital of Noumea blends Melanesian tradition, Asian-Pacific influences and French style in a stunning hillside setting.



Port of Call: Lifou, Loyalty Island Loyalty Island

The largest of the three Loyalty Islands, Lifou is made of fossil coral, the geological legacy that shaped its diverse, dramatic scenery of immaculate beaches, precipitous cliffs, deep forests and immense caves.



Port of Call: Mystery Island, Vanuatu Vanuatu

Uninhabited Mystery Island is a tiny islet at the southernmost end of the Vanuatu archipelago, less than a kilometre from Aneityum Island. White sands fringed with palm trees and crystal-clear seas make it an idyllic beach getaway.



Port of Call: Isle of Pines, New Caledonia New Caledonia

A tranquil haven of unspoiled nature and enduring indigenous traditions, this island is called Kunie by its Melanesian residents. Explore its turquoise bays and emerald lagoon, powdery white sands and lush tropical landscapes.


  • 10.00 am – 1.00 pm Class 3 commences
  • Onboard Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy onboard activities or return to scraproom to work on your own projects.


  • 10.00 am – 1.00 pm Class 4 commences
  • Onboard Scrap Store Open ½ hour prior and after classes.
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy onboard activities or return to scraproom to work on your own projects.

Being the last sea day – we need to have packed up our tools and work area and vacate the conference centre by 4pm.

DAY 10


Port of Arrival: Sydney, Australia Australia

Imagine opening your balcony door to see a new and breathtaking part of the world each morning. A stateroom with a balcony is a great way to make your cruise adventure even more memorable and truly take in your destination.

Balcony Staterooms

A stateroom with a balcony is a great way to make your cruise adventure even more memorable and truly take in your destination. These Staterooms offer a spectacular view, small sitting area and a private balcony.


Oceanview Staterooms

Spend the day exploring the world, then come back to your room and never miss a moment as you enjoy the amazing views from the window in your stateroom. These larger staterooms offer a gorgeous view, two twin beds and a private bathroom.


Interior Staterooms

Spend your days on board by the pool, on sports deck or scrapbooking in the conference room. Then relax at night in the comfort of your interior stateroom.

The standard stateroom offers two twin beds, a private bathroom and all the facilities of our standard staterooms. Some interior staterooms have a virtual balcony.


Promenade Stateroom

For an interior room with a view, opt for a Promenade Stateroom, available on all Voyager Class ships. They offer all the features of a standard stateroom, plus a bowed window overlooking the Promenade.


The following is what you will need for Mel and Jen’s classes.

JEN’s Classes.

“Inspired by our South Pacific destinations, I have created these fun pages that you can use to document our awesome South Pacific adventure. Using two 49&Market paper ranges and a boatload of chipboard (pun Intended) I will show you how I love to create lots of layers just using paper and chipboard. Be prepared to get a little messy as we transform plain chipboard into tropical works of art”

Layout #1  “Adventure Awaits”
One 6 x 4″ and One 3″ x 4″

Layout #2  “Paradise found”
Four – 6 x 4
One – 4 x 6 and
Thirteen – 3 x 4
Layout #3  “Island Escape”
Two – 6 x 4 and
Two – 3 x 4
Layout #4  “Under the Sea”
Three – 3 x 2″ and
Three –  4 x 3″
Layout #5  “A little bit of Paradise”
One – 4 x 4″ and
Two – 3 x 4″ and
One – 3 x 4″
Layout #6  “perfect ocean adventure”
One – 6 x 4″
Three – 3 x 4″ and
Eighteen – 3 x 2″
The following are products you will need for these layouts.
  • double sided tape
  • foam tape
  • strong glue
  • paper trimmer
  • craft knife
  • paint brushes (small)
  • daubers or sponges
  • edge distressor
  • dark brown ink
  • **white paint**
  • paint sets (if you brought one)
  • glossy accents/varnish
  • wet wipes
  • messy mate – for painting
  • sanding block


Please bring white paper cut up to the sizes of the photographs required (if you dont have actual photos), this will enable you to finish layouts in class and then you can either use the white as a matte or replace with photo when you get home..

Sundrenched shores and sandy toes, our tropical inspired Paradise Found collection will fill your soul with nothing but good vibes! Featuring colourful hibiscus, pretty palm leaves and sun kissed sea shells, Paradise Found is the perfect collection to use for this our South Pacific Cruise.  Just remember to take lots of photographs as there are so many layout options you can do with this collection.

Instructions are done up for 8 layouts but we will only get through the technique based, stamp and stencil SINGLE and DOUBLE in class.  Therefore Melissa has scrapped up a few quick and easy pages samples with the leftovers that you can choose to copy or use leftovers to create your own little masterpieces.

DOUBLE LAYOUT: One 4” x 6” Portrait, Four 6” X 4” Landscape and Two 4” Square.
SINGLE LAYOUT 2 – Three 9.5cm (3¾“) Square
SINGLE LAYOUT 3 – One 6 x 4″ Landscape and Two 4″ Square
SINGLE LAYOUT 4 – One 6 x 4″ Landscape
SINGLE LAYOUT 5 – One 6 x 4″ Landscape
SINGLE LAYOUT 6 – One 6 x 4″ Landscape and One 4” Square

For the stamping and stencilling technique class
– an acrylic block
– blending tool with spare foam pads
– wet ones to clean stamp and stencil

If you have any of the following colours especially the blue and the green it would be advantageous but i will have some to share in class so don’t run out and buy them unless you already own them…


Our on-trend Greenhouse collection is a plant lover?s dream! Succulents, cacti and terrariums of all shapes and sizes playfully dance across pastel watercolour pages while inspirational quotes will have you living life in full bloom!

Double Layout – One 4” x 6” Portrait, One 6” X 4” Landscape and Two 4” Square.
Single Layout 2 – One 4” Square
Single Layout 1 – One 6” x 4” Landscape and One 4” Square

NEED/SHARED: Brown Ink Pad, Foam Tape, Gel Medium, Prima Art Stones (Normal and Mini), Pallet Knife or old credit card, Blending Tool.  Tim Holtz Distress Oxides – Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, Antique Linen, (Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet only used in title, Gloss Accents/Dimensional Magic or something similar. 


The items on the left here (weathered wood, Bundled Sage oxide inks are used quite a bit for stencilling on these layouts.  If you don’t have them in your stash you don’t need to go out and buy them but if you have them it would be helpful to have your own. Make sure you have named them.

almost a must have in your stash… these are my go to items and i use them all the time.





These inks i have used for accents, colouring chipboard etc.. Not really required unless you have and want to bring with you.


Items to definitely include:

  • craft matt – needs only to be a small A4 mat but something to use with your craft knife.
  • craft knife and ruler (with cm and inches)
  • paper trimmer
  • Foam tape
  • messy matt or some blending matt (to put ink and modelling paste on etc)
  • small scissors (blades to be no longer than 4″)
  • edge distressor tool -(to distress the edges of papers)
  • sanding block (helps to sand back brand new stamps – allows you to have a clearer image
  • a fine paint brush or some fan type brush for flicking paint/mists
  • brown ink pad – (e.g. Tim Holtz – walnut ink is my go to ink pad)
  • Blending tool to use with the ink
  • Pallet knife or old credit card (to use with modelling paste)
  • Mini Mister (to spritz and water down inks etc)
  • adhesives….lots of them  (include tape runners/adhesive tape and glues for embellishments)
    double sides foam tape and double sided adhesive tape
  • Permanent Black Ink (Archival)
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic Block for stamping
  • Baby Wipes

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

  • Dimensional Magic (Modpodge) – or Glossy Accents (Ranger)
  • Light Modelling Paste
  • Gel Medium

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.

Closer to the sailing date you will be given more detailed list of requirements.

In regards to photograph requirements which you can either bring from home or cut up white card stock to relevant sizes so you can use on layouts and replace with a real photo when you have a suitable one.  Bring lots of white paper cut up to 4 x 6″ – we can cut them in half if we have a smaller photo or make them 4″ square.  These are the usual sizes that we use.