Berna Datema was born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. She is married to her real highschool love Harry and they have 2 wonderful children, daughter Laila (1996) and son Noah (1998).
In the '80's Berna finished the fashion academy 'Vogue' in Amsterdam where her major was fashion prints and art work. She worked as a freelancer for 10 years and ended up as a fulltime surface and pattern designer in a wholesale business for baby's, children's, men's and women's clothes.
In 1996 Berna made her first picture book, about a family of slendertailed meerkats and there we a few books to follow. She also illustrated for an other author, Patricia De Landtsheer.
In 2004 Berna designed her first digital scrapbook collections but it wasn't until early 2007 that she became a designer at ScrapbookGraphics.
Since 2016, after a big break in which she did many e-courses such as Beth Kempton's Do What You Love for Life and Lilla Rogers' Make Art That Sells, she's also back in the digital scrapbook world under the name of Berna's Playground. Her designs are for sale at Digital Scrapbooking Studio.
Since September 2015 she became an independant designer and illustrator, and she sells at Society6 , They Draw and Cook and Spoonflower.
Berna also makes things like house styles for companies like De Ouwe Taart and De ouwe zak
in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Gumbleton's tearoom in Hoorn, the Netherlands.
fun facts - on the right
Berna really had a blast when she made this page about herself a long time ago, when she was still a scrapbook designer for ScrapbookGraphics. The lists can be a little bit different from what she feels today, but this was a very daring moment and a wonderful opportunity to tell who she was.