Monday, January 29, 2007

#38 Gallery

Here's a link to #38 Gallery on slide

thank you to all who took part - you earned one ticket into the monthly draw :o)

Saturday, January 27, 2007


New look dares for the new look Speshals :) For each dare we have always taken a title and worked from there to create layouts....well from now on expect the unexpected!! Occasionally we may have titles but we feel its time to move onwards and upwards from the usual and into a whole new arena - we will bring you layouts, altered art, atc's and home decor. With 12 inspirational girls working on the team now I am sure there will be something to inspire everyone :)

This weeks dare is to get into that kitchen and rattle the pots and pans! Take an object out of the kitchen and update its look or create a layout based around your abilities in the kitchen - the choice is yours :)

We have a slide gallery which will be updated with each layout you create and link to in the comments section - each month we will chose a winner at random from all those uploaded to the gallery! Each entry to the gallery earns you one ticket into the draw so why not take part every week and increase your chances of winning :)

Please see the girls personal blogs for information on materials and techniques used in their challenge pieces.












Friday, January 26, 2007

A big welcome for the new additions to our speshal team :)

I'm sure you will join us in a big hello and welcome to the girls joining our speshal team :)

All of the girls are very talented, extremely well thought of in the scrapbooking world and have design team and magazine work to their names but most of all they are our friends and now part of our family here too :)

We never gave a full introduction to the original speshal girls so here we go with a full run down of our team :)

Bio: Self confessed grunge-kitten and purple lover, Ali has a very inspiring and distinct gothic/grunge style. Member of the Scrapagogo design team, Lippychic design team and also a member of The Scrapbook Magazine team. Ali has taught at many papercraft events including Bonanza.

Bio: Having been published in countless UK magazines Amber has recently hit the big time with a layout in Creating Keepsakes - the No1 USA scrapbooking magazine. Bumbleberry Crafts design team member. Amber was also the fantastic designer who got to choose the name of Cherry Arte new range of papers.

Bio: Clare, a scrapbooking mum of 2 boys, has previously been design team members for Scrapbook Magic and Creative Scrapbooking Magazines and is currently a regular contributor to Scrapbook Inspirations. Design team member of A Trip Down Memory Lane, Stamp Galaxy, she was the winner of the UKscrappers competion - Scrappers Block. A lover of all things inky painty and altered.

Bio: Founder of the Speshal dares and busy mum to 4 boys. A member of the Ribbonmad design team. Has been published in Creative Scrapbooking and a sister mag of Simple Scrapbooks. Currently working on a circle journal with the very talented Marilyn Healey, Kimberley Kwan, Kelli Crowe, Tia Bennett and 21 other fantastic artists from around the world.

Bio: Busy mum to 4 girls, a member of Scrapgenie design team, and former DT for Scrapagogo Debbie - was a DT member for both Creative Scrapbooking and Scrapbook Magic magazines and regularly appears in the challenges and readers gallery sections of Scrapbook Inspirations Debbie was a runner up in Scrappers Block competition. She regularly teaches classes at scrap retreats around the country.


Bio: Part time scrapbook/cardmaking tutor, part time spanish student, full time bossy boots. Totally addicted to ink, stamping and the colour red. With a style all her own and an attitude to match Elaine is one fun scrapper!

FionaBio: Mum of 2 Fiona lives in Devon and is an avid scrapper. She is the newest DT member for The Scrapbook Magazine and also DT for Scrapagogo. Fiona was recently named the winner of the 2006 Scrapbooker of the Year Competition and has contributed to Scrapbook Inspirations and Creative Scrapbooking.

JennieBio: Jennie is a working mum of 3 gorgeous children. She is on the design team for Scrapagogo and is a regular contributor to Scrapbook Inspirations magazine. A regular teacher at crops and scrapbooking retreats, jennie has aclean and fresh style that is all her own and greatly admired.


Bio: This mum of 3 small children has been scrapping for just over two years. A member of the Ribbon Mad design team and has been published in the readers' gallery of both Scrapbook Inspirations and Creative Scrapbooking. Loves bright colours and says she has a simple scrapbooking style.

Bio: A member of The Scrapbook Magazine design team, this busy mum of 3 is also part of the Scrapbook Sisters design team. A funky freestyle scrapper with a hint of grunge and more than a touch of glitter who is bound to inspire!


Bio: Design Team member of Scrapgenie, Blonde Moments, Freelance designer for The Scrapbook Magazine and Papercraft Essentials. Devoted mummy and top class photographer. Kirsty runs one day photography workshops especially for scrappers to help them get the most from their digital SLR cameras, and teaches papercrafts at events around the country.

SuzanneBio: Mum of 3, addicted scrapper, Design team member for Creative Scrapbooking and Scrapkits, loves all things shabby and distressed. All round inspirational scrapper who brings new ideas and flair to all she touches.

Speshal Blinkies

We always love to see how the dares inspire you, and we know there are lots of regular darer's who play along every week. If you are a regular darer and you want to have our logo in your forum sigs, or if you want to link to us from your own blog, please feel free to right click on the image of your choice and post away!

Friday, January 19, 2007


I can see....

What do you see when you take pictures? I dont just mean the image in front of you, do you see the emotion in the shot, maybe the love in the eyes of someone caught just for one split you see who that person is right now or can you see the person they are becoming? We tell stories every day but sometimes one look can tell the whole story better than a million words ever could - what can YOU see?

Thank you to our fab guest this week Michelle Soloman (shell-bean) :)








Saturday, January 13, 2007


Cold and Frosty

This year the weather has disapointed us with the lack of snow!! What the heck is a girl to do to get some decent winter pictures! These are our takes on the cold and frosty spell that has passed this winter :) Enjoy and remember to upload a link to your work in the comments section.






Saturday, January 06, 2007


Resolutions - how many of us keep them? do you (like me!!) every new year make yourself a list of resolutions that by February are forgotten? do you try and be realistic or do you go way over the top knowing you wont be keeping them anyway? Have you given up on making promises you can't keep and do you look for solutions instead? However you make your new year resolutions be it a scrap page, a list in a diary or a sampler on the wall - we want to see them :)