About Me

My name is Roulien Stahnke, I'm a 40-something child of God, wife for 26 years to the most amazing man, Herman!  We have 2 beautiful children, Monique and Ruan and a son-in-law, Brian.  On January 1, 2012 we became the proud grandparents of  the most adorable little grandson, Llewellyn, and in July 2014, baby Kate joined our tribe.


We were blessed to see a little bit of the world through my hubbies work and lived for 1 year in South-Korea and in total has now been 6 years in Saudi Arabia.

I started scrapbooking in 2009 after we re-located from South Africa to Saudi Arabia.  The lifestyle in Saudi Arabia was just so different than what I was used to, with loads of idle time on my hands.  A South African lady was holding crops at her house in one of the compounds, which I started to attend in early 2009.  I was instantly hooked on this craft!  I always loved photographs and the story they tell, but for me, scrapbooking gave a whole new way of telling a story through photographs.  Since we could only find one store in Saudi Arabia selling a little bit of scrapping supplies, I turned to the wonderful world of on-line shopping to get my hands on new products.  The word "paper addict" started to have new meaning to me.  I love it when the postman knocks on my door with a parcel . . . I slowly take each item from the box and drool over them!!  My hubby always laughs at me when I start smelling the paper and stroking it lovingly to feel the texture . . . Yes, I am a paper addict!!  I'm a true 12" x 12" girls . . . I love creating layouts!  I started of by mainly creating 2 pagers, but now I love the freedom a single page gives you.  With single pages one can be so much more artistic in your approach.  I also love to create off the page projects and home decor . . . especially around Christmas time. I create some cards, but by no means do I consider myself a card maker!

I've been honored to be on the several challenge blogs Design Teams, and even on a few paper manufacturing companies DT.  I will always cherish my time with these amazing teams!

One of my biggest scrappy achievements (for me) is being published.  I have been published numerous times in a South African magazine called Scrap Affairs! 

I've also been published in the online US magazine Scrapbook News and Reviews.

I would describe my scrappy style as classic, but I also love doing a bit of shabby chic!  Techniques I love to use on my work are distressing, inking, sewing and clustering. Things I need to work on are my journaling . . . telling the actual story of the photos!

Things I love . . . My Creator, my family, chocolate, shopping, scrappy paper, snow, the ocean, a good book, good friends, good food and good wine :-)

Things I don't like . . . People constantly complaining, bullies of any kind, ungratefulness.

2 comments:

  1. I have just come across your site via Pinterest. The first part of your 'about me' could almost have been written by me! That is my favourite verse and hangs next to my bed. I also married my childhood sweetheart and we have been married 47 years and he us still my best friend. We have 3 wonderful sons, 3 beautiful daughter-in-laws and 3 delightful granddaughters and 3 handsome grandsons. I love ll crafts and especially scrapping pages of our family. Pleased to have Lund your sit. Wndy x

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  2. ......opps few spelling mistakes on that last line. Should have read I love all crafts and pleased to have found your site. Wendy x

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