About Cariena

I am married to Marius and live in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, a small coastal village famous for surfing, calamari and scrapbooking! We have two four legged children - they are very busy little children and you will hear them in my videos...

I have been scrapbooking for 10 years, and have taught classes all over South Africa, as well as in Australia. I am passionate about teaching people that the process of memory keeping should be fun, not stressful, that there are NO mistakes in Scrapbooking, you can do whatever makes you happy and that making a bit of a mess while creating is just what the doctor ordered.  Sometimes I love just cutting pretty paper and adding a photo (or 10) and other times I love making my own paper and making a BIG MESS...

I have been getting requests from people to do online classes and I really hope that this way people will be able to lose their fear of cutting paper while preserving their precious memories or just crafting for fun!

Creating an online classroom in South Africa, with our very slow Internet Speed, has been a tremendous challenge. No wonder there are not lots of these kind of sites in South Africa! I don't think Jeffreys Bay will get Fibre Internet soon - so please bear with me.  My goal is to provide you with a high quality online classroom. Rome was not built in a day - but it sure got built! 

The whole idea behind Create with Cariena (I think) is to present the classes in a way I would have taught them as if you are actually in my class.  I might offer kits for sale of the classes I am doing (sometimes), but mostly you can just use your own product.  When I started Scrapbooking, I took some online classes - our internet was just way too slow 10 years ago and I remember a 10 minute video would buffer for about an hour...  Not ideal. I know time is really a very rare and precious thing to all of us.  Sometimes people contact me and say they really wish they could attend a class or Event, but they have obligations on that day, they are simply too far or it is too expensive.  This way I think it will be really affordable (cost of a class is less than R50) and it gives you the freedom to watch when you actually have the time.

I don't think I know it all.  I just know what I know and do what I love.  There is no such thing as a "mistake" or using a product "wrong" - there are easy ways and hard ways to do things, better and worse ways.  I might not have the easiest or best way of doing something, but I just enjoy what I am doing.

On this site I will share a short FREE video each month, available to the public.  Then there will be 3 different paid class options.

PDF Class Subscribers will receive three PDF Classes they can download per month.  Click here to subscribe to the PDF Classes. The links to the classes will remain available while your subscription is active.

For Basic Subscribers, there will be at least two class videos, up to 10 minutes each, PDF Classes, a PDF Sketch of a layout as well as access to all previous videos while your subscription is active. Click here to subscribe to the BASIC PLAN.

Premium Subscribers will receive access to up to 5 videos per month.  This will include in depth discussions about products, detailed technique videos and step by step videos showing how I create my projects.  You will also have access to the whole library of PDF sketches of layouts, examples, retired class instructions as well as layouts available for download, guest teacher classes, special offers from Scrapbook Studio and more while your subscription is active. Click here to subscribe to the PREMIUM PLAN.

I am always open to constructive criticism and welcome all suggestions!  We will add a member's gallery to the site where you can upload and share the projects you created based on the classes.  The idea is to create an online community that is safe, positive, fun and inspiring to everyone who shares the same passion for preserving memories or just being creative.

Thank you for taking this journey with me!


Any and all of the products I use in my videos, I buy myself.  None of them are sponsored, unless otherwise stated.


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