Wilna Furstenberg

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Wilna Furstenberg is an artist, photographer, and scrapbook designer. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and came to Canada 9 years ago. Wilna won the Scrapbooking Hall of Fame in 2006 and shortly thereafter started to work for Making Memories and other scrapbooking companies like October Afternoon and Jenni Bowlin. Wilna was a designer for Two Peas in a Bucket for two years.

Her background in art led her to create to the very popular Art Class 1 & 2 workshops. Wilna lives with her husband of 23 years and 3 teenage girls in Saskatchewan Canada. She loves her schnauzers, coffee, a sense of humor, and Matthew McConaughey.




“To have a place in someone’s heart is to never be alone” 

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Who are you?

I am Wilna, a deeply emotional and complex being but simple and transparent all at the same time. I find happiness in the little things and am deeply thankful for the life I have been given. It’s not even close to perfect but it’s mine. I am a creative being to my bones and I can express myself the best through art and design.

What do you believe with all of your heart?

I am here by Grace. The slightest change in perception is a miracle. I believe in small steps and small beginnings.

When did you know that this was your path?

I was in Grade 11 when a teacher told me to take art. My response was that I am not artistic. She told me she would teach me. She saw something in me that no one else saw. From that day onwards, I knew it was my path. I discovered scrapbooking in 2003 and still love it passionately to this day.

Where is your favorite place on earth?

The Sabi Sand Game reserve in South Africa. I get emotional just writing these words.

Why do you love your life?

I love my life because it’s well lived. I have the tear marks, the heart scars. I have the laugh lines. I love deeply. I am thankful for every one of these things.

How do you do everything you do?

I wake up between 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning and work. Just kidding. I honestly have no idea. I do know there are weeks that there’s no cooking, cleaning, or laundry happening in my house.