We all love the idea of coming Home. And Berna Datema’s kit of the same name, is just as sweet. We are so glad to have her with us this month. Her kit is all sorts of artsy-awesome! I love all the flowers and the frames. So much fun. I know you will love it as well!
This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Berna’s Playground’s contribution:
Layout by Sharon. Supplies: Coming Home by Berna’s Playground; Template by Mommyish; Fonts: Cinnamon Cake, CK Bugle Boy.
Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Coming Home by Berna’s Playground.
Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Coming Home by Berna’s Playground.
Layout by Janet. Supplies: Coming Home by Berna’s Playground.
Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Coming Home by Berna’s Playground; Template by Fiddle Dee Dee Designs.
You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.
I’m Berna Datema. I live near Amsterdam in The Netherlands. I am mother of two nearly grown ups, a girl and a boy and I am married to Harry who works nearby and studied in America. I started my carreer as a fashion and art work designer, making patterns and placed prints for all kind of companies and all kind of target groups on a freelance base. I also illustrated picture books and now I already design digital scrapbooking stuff for over a decade.
My favorite hobbies are writing and painting, traveling and visiting great places. I have a list for everything and love to cook and eat 🙂 My favorite beverage is coffee and persian tea.
I have many fun projects at the moment, but when there is time I always love to make more of the Selfie Portraits as this one. I wanted to make 30 portraits in 30 days, but I was a litte optimistic about how much time I had for it. So now I have slowed it down and every now and then I make a new selfie and from that a new digital portrait. In this one you can easily see the collection I used for it. It’s called breakfast in America. If you want to see and red more about it, it’s all on my website at
and if you go to the tab Illustrations, you can see them all at the same time.
I started scrapbooking in 2005 and made a few paper albums before I realized that I could design them myself, these papers and elements. I am a pattern an art work designer and in fashion I did the same for years. I bought Photoshop and learned quickly how to design with the program. It was easy for me, because I already worked with programs that were a lot mor complicated. I made my first scrapbook collection a year after I started with paper scrapbooking and I loved to do it. My children were still young and I became a SAHM and digital scrapbook designer.
Common things, daily life, pets, food, house, garden, traveling, flowers, birds, lands, folks, it can be everything. I am also very inspired by old arts and crafts. I go to the museum. Any museum will do, but my all time favorite is the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with the old masterpieces made in the Golden Age. I especially like that museum for their ability to show stuff in temporary exhibitions like fashion or food or just a specific artist. It never stops inspiring me. I also love to be inspired in bookshops and in magazines for living and houses.
Computer: I have a Windows PC and and Adobe Creative Suite subscription which I totally love. My PC is custom made and I choose for a RAM memory of 8GB and 64 bits processor, because I want to work with every program opened at the same time. I really don’t know how the PC works, but I knew what I wanted nd needed and asked for the best options at that time. Now I have this PC 3 years and I still enjoy it very much. I only close Facebook and Instagram while working, but that is because I am distracted easily, LOL.
My biggest treasure however is my Wacom Cintiq, that makes it possible to do more with my drawings and paintings. I can work very precisely with it and it’s very direct and is like a big iPad where I work on with a pen.
My biggest wish is a Cintiq Companion, so I can design in the woods, in the city, in the Zoo or in my favorite coffe shop.
Program: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
I use Wix for my website because it is easier and I use MailChimp for my newsletters.
Camera: I dont’ have a camera anymore. It broke, but since I don’t scrap much myself, my Huawei P8 does enough for me. I nearly never distract stuff for my collections, I paint and draw instead. So I don’t need a camera for my designs. Still I think about buying one in the future.
Anything Else: Yes, that’s my iPad on which I sketch with Adobe. It’s fun when I am away from home. I just sketch with my fingers and send it to my PC when I’m finished.
Not aIl my collections contain quick pages, but when I make them, I always like to make double quick pages of 24 x12″. By combining two of the same backgrounds, mirrored and one single paper in a different pattern to cover the middle of this spread, I sometimes even succeed to make it possible to use it also in a reversed way where left and right can be changed. If you have backgrounds and you want to make an album, this is a simple way to do a lot with your papers and make it into a perfectly matching album.
It’s hard to think about what my own favorite product is, because I made them all and they become like my children. But I decided to choose for We Travel, because it’s so typical me: I love traveling and the colors are bright and the items are all hand drawn like I do that. I must say, the collection Coming Home is also my favorite, because I just made it and it has the feel and the warmth that I love and it’s got one of my favorite topics in it: home decor.
I think that it works. That people indeed buy your joy. I think it shows when someone designs just what they really like to design. I came up with We Travel as my favorite collection and guess what? It’s the bestseller of the year!
Here are some of my favorite products by Berna:
Here are some more inspirational layouts using Berna’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.
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