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We Dare You: Scrapbook Challenges About Real Life Paperback – August 27, 2007
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About the Author
Meg has been published in Creating Keepsakes magazine and scrapbooking idea books, including Imperfect Lives. A founding member of The Dares, Meg also is on the Scrapologie.com design team.
A Creating Keepsakes 2006 Hall of Fame winner, Nisa has been published in Imperfect Lives as well as Scrapbook Answers, Paperkuts, and Creating Keepsakes magazines. Nisa is on the design team for several manufacturers.
A 2006 Creating Keepsakes honorable mention, Gen has contributed to several scrapbooking idea books (including Imperfect Lives), and has been published in Scrapbooks, Etc. and Creating Keepsakes magazine. She also designs for the online store Memory Creators.
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I don't like this book and I do not recommend it.
I am pretty disappointed considering all the hype surrounding it.
Look through it at a bookstore or library before you spend your money. It's not all it's cracked up to be.
So I came home and turned to my best friend, The Google, and researched scrapbooking. After doing a messy visual journal for years it didn't take long to find the kind of personal scrapbooking I like. If I find it a bit challenging it's only because it feels a little self-absorbed to be scrapping only about myself. However, the finished product is something my children will love to have someday.
More and more people are documenting their stories, their daily lives, sometimes their own minutiae. And they're not doing it in nice neat orderly rows, either.
While searching for scrappers online, I came across Kristina Contes and was blown away by her stuff. One thing led to another and I ended up on the EfferDares website. Naturally, I had to order the book.
This book is filled with many one and two-word idea prompts to get you started. Each prompt is explained. Then each of the artists' interpretations is shown. The chapters are titled The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, The Silly Wacky Funny, The Random, and The Best. There are a couple pages about the contributors and several detailing the supplies used and sources to find them.
The dares do more than scratch the surface. They encourage you to document your inner dorkiness, your inner loveliness, your collections, your regrets, fears, and guilty pleasures. Put it all down!
If you're looking for prompts and eye candy, this is your book. Being a beginning scrapper I still need other sources for how-to and sketches. We Dare You is not marketed as a technique book so I wouldn't count this against it.
That said, this book is not for everyone -- and it is not for me.
I consider myself an out-of-the-box scrapbooker, meaning I'm always willing to try something new and shake things up a bit. But I agree with others who find this book to be unappealing. I would have liked to see the Dares undertaken by a wider variety of scrapbookers, not just "throw all the stuff I can find on the page and try to make it cool and urban hip." As a result, it is very trendy but won't necessariy make it to the "classics" section of a scrapbooker's bookshelf.