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Beryl Peters is an English designer and writer. She is
a keen member of the Ephemera Society and has built up
huge archives of Victorian scraps, old greeting cards,
postcards, autograph and illustrated photograph albums,
books, calendars and many other decorative images, which
she draws on to help her create designs. Her antiquarian
library also helps her in writing small gift books on
etiquette and English life in bygone eras. She is still
a keen collector and sells off duplicate and excess original
scraps in the store on her website, which is updated monthly.
Beryl's designs are used on products as varied as jigsaws,
greeting cards, calendars, photo albums, pad blocks, stickers,
gift wrap, crackers and many more items. She is now thrilled
to have her Afternoon Splendor designs produced on fabric
by P&B Textiles and hopes that it will be the first
of many of her designs made available to the quilting
industry. Beryl's new venture is designing 3D decoupage
kits for greeting card companies which will develop into
applications for the scrapbooking Industry. She designs
and oversees the hand crafting of nostalgic 3D decoupage
cards which are sold through smaller outlets in many countries.
Christmas images are her speciality.
Beryl was a teacher for over 25 years in secondary schools,
before beginning her design work after her children went
to university. She lives in the heart of England with
her husband and established a studio in their home so
that she could also care for her aged mother in law, who
died recently at the age of 96 years of age.
Mc Vittie/ Canada
Shelley tells a story with brushes &
acrylic paints that is quite unique. She creates images
that will take you back 'a few moments in time', allowing
you to reflect & remember times gone by ...
Her paintings are bright, inviting, delightful and her
recordings of even the tiniest details magically draws
the viewer into the paintings time & time again. Her
enchanting imagery that is so endearing and percolates
with her subtle humor, has captured collectors and galleries
from Europe, United States as well as her native Canada
Hand painted Matte Extensions and Personal Art Remarques
have become Shelley's signature for her artwork and are
gaining increasing popularity as she has developed her
own special way of making them uniquely yours, creating
a truly heirloom treasure for you and your family to enjoy
for years to come .
To date Shelley has produced over 36 Limited Edition Reproductions,
over 18 Art & Note cards and a couple of lines of
Sweatshirts and T-shirts ...
Shelley's work has graced several magazine covers and
articles have been written and/or artwork was featured
in such magazines as Century Home, Canadian Art &
Framing Magazine, Seasonal Post and the Daytripping, as
well as others ... and Shelley has been a featured artist
at several Art Shows in Ontario.
Gabriel / USA
Writer/editor and digital designer, Susan and her sweetheart
of 22 years live in Texas with two small dogs and two
parrots. As a mother of two children and grandmother of
three, Susan has a wealth of photo material for her interest
in scrapbooking. It was this interest that led her to
Susan has 30+ years of experience as a writer/editor,
and her expertise has been put to good use at MangelsDesigns
where she recently assisted in a rewrite of the site's
text. Amazingly enough, she says she enjoyed every minute
of it! Susan has always been an avid reader and even as
a child, would sometimes get distracted mid-sentence while
reading a book when a better way to phrase the sentence
would pop into her head.
Susan has edited technical manuals, books, newspapers,
and magazines and is a proposal writer in high demand—
her proposals have brought in hundreds of millions of
dollars in new business for her employers over the past
With a long-standing interest in art and design, Susan
always had the desire to express her creativity in a unique
way. When she discovered digital design, she quickly realized
that this versatile medium was perfectly suited to her
talents and abilities. To improve her skills in PhotoShop,
Susan took courses at a local college and now applies
her knowledge at her current job where she designs covers
for the technical proposals she writes. In her spare time,
Susan experiments with new scrapbook designs.
Susan's premier collection, Wish You Were Here, is a set
of pre-made double page layout designs exclusive to MangelsDesigns
and is perfect for framing your vacation photos or good
times at home. A recent trip to France and Great Britain
inspired Susan to create this collection and provided
us a photo of Susan in Paris that we could include with
| Dianne McFarlane / Canada
Dianne lives in a small town in Central Newfoundland,
Canada's most Eastern Province. She is originally from
Nova Scotia and met her hubby of forty years there.He
was in Dental School and Dianne in Nursing. They have
three grown children, and three grandchildren.
Her first passion is painting and has been drawing since
she was very young. Approximately thirty years ago, she
began painting in oils, and following a watercolor workshop,
became totally devoted to her new-found medium enjoying
the softness and gentleness of watercolor, and over the
years has learned how to control the medium. While she
spends most of her time painting in watercolor, enjoying
Acrylics and Soft Pastels. Recently began painting Acrylics
on the 'gallery profile' stretched canvas, usually quite
large. Dianne began teaching watercolors over twenty years
ago, and still has approximately thirty students attending
fall, winter, and spring classes. Much of her work is
sold, and resides in private collections.
Her second passion is the computer and admits to be totally
addicted to Paint Shop Pro doing many online classes in
PSP. This led her to joining groups to play with tutorials,
and have fun creating. All of this inspired her into doing
online HTML classes and web page design, as she wanted
to have her own site and write tutorials. Dianne has found
it to be both rewarding and enjoyable, having now her
own site, Vision Designs, plus she is the owner of a wonderful
group PSP FriendsNMore. It is a small group of folks from
all over the world, who just enjoy playing with PSP. Her
latest passion is to learn Virtual Painting...Classes
Not really big on the craft thing, but she does have a
couple of things she enjoys doing...Smocking and making
her own soap.
Her belief is ...'If two other hands and a brain have
accomplished something, she fails to see why she can't.
| Thomas Walker / UK
Thomas Walker works with the world's largest private newspaper archive based on the coast in South West Scotland near Scotland's national book town - Wigotwn in Dumfires and Galloway. This location provides the perfect conditions for storing and preserving archived newspapers as it's incredibly important to avoid atmospheres that are hot, bright and dry!
Thomas has enjoyed watching the archive grow over many years from various sources, such as libraries and private collections from all over the world. The archive continues to grow to this day as current titles are collected and stored so that they too can be referenced and enjoyed by future generations in years to come.
There are now over 7 million newspapers available dating back as far as 1685, with a huge range of titles of genuine originals predominantly from the UK and the US making up the bulk of the archive. Working alongside Thomas there is a dedicated research team who receive inquires ranging from researchers at theater companies to the police conducting criminal investigations.
Something else that Thomas is pleased to help facilitate is providing reproductions of newspapers from milestone historical events, such as World War II or the first moon landing. These are used as learning resource materials for students and are frequently provided to schools, universities, libraries and other accredited further education establishments.