Berna Datema was born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands. She is married to her 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 other authors like Patricia De Landtsheer and Loes Masseree.
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 Spoonflower.
In the Summer of 2021 Berna takes a break from Digital Scrapbooking, because she still has one dream: making more children's picture books! She wrote and illustrated several books which now are waiting to be published...
Because of her love for illustrating, Berna also opened a webshop with printed goodies. All illustrations are of course from Berna's hand. The webshop is for customers. - For wholesale businesses,special wishes/orders and freelance jobs you can contact Berna via the contact folder in the menu.