Introducing Embellish It’s Tutor for SENZ - Michelle Van Oudtshoorn


I have been married for 28 years to my childhood sweetheart - we met when I was just 15 years old. We have two gorgeous children aged 25 (son) and 22 (daughter). My son detests a camera, and my daughter is the complete opposite - hence why I tend to scrap more of her than my son!
I started scrapbooking about 16/17 years ago. My go to with scrapbooking, is usually flowers and fussy cutting – mixed in with some inks, texture pastes and chipboard. I generally do layouts, and also enjoy doing mini albums. I am known as the flower queen among my friends and whenever I bring along my gear to crop, I bring my flower tower (as they call it!) – 14 containers all stacked together with a handle – and my flowers all colour co-ordinated. I am not always about the flowers – I also love cogs and clocks, and I could say I have a fair stash of these amongst my supplies.
I started in Design Teams back in about 2014, where I used to design for The Paper Teapot in Christchurch, and did this for 2 years. I then moved onto designing for Artfull Crafts in Timaru. In 2017, I was selected to be in the team for White with 1. The art behind their challenges to use white and a colour for the specific month - the rule being 70% white and 30% the chosen colour of the month. This can be quite challenging, and is not always easy creating something with just one colour - but I have enjoyed it, and am on their team now for 3rd year in a row.
I also design for Embellish It in Timaru (who bought over Artfull Crafts in April 2018). I have been with Embellish it for 2 years. My most recent Design Team appointment is with Dusty Attic. I have also been on the design team for Sketchabilities. Let's Get Sketchy and Colorful Creations.
I am looking forward to coming to SENZ, and teaching some layouts and possibly a mini album.

Michelle is the guest tutor for the VIP and Exhibitors Class on the Thursday night.