Finger Pointing- November 19th

19 Nov

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all having a nice Sunday morning/evening. Right now, I am listening to Christmas songs while doing my post. Christmas is in the air! We are done putting up our Christmas tree with our kids and they love our new color motif for this year. Have you seen the galleries today? Make sure to drop by your favorite site for lots of inspiration. This is Beth a.k.a kewl_jive bringing you today’s gorgeous gallery standouts.

Dec 05, 2001 by Tracermajig.
Fell in love with this page the moment I saw it. Loving all the Christmas trees in different forms – brush works, acrylics, paper, and felt papers with stitches. Everything works perfectly. The lace added a soft touch and the use of embellishments too, not to mention the adorable photo in b&w, the postage frame is an amazing addition to. Did I just say I love everything about this page? And the brush border in black is just awesome!

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Puppy Snuggles by Mrs_Deb_Reynolds
Digging the white space and clean design on this one. Love the focus on the right side and how the photo treatment goes perfectly well with the papers and elements she used. What a sweet quote too and I’m in awe of her precious photo. Amazing work! Love the scallop border and the paper patterns.

Merry Memories by Deekaa
Could this be any cuter? This is just fabulous, love the background paper, so festive and done intricately. Beautiful memories to remember and such a wonderful page.

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Together we have it all by marijke
Great heritage page! Love the composition, blending, and how everything is done. The stitches add beauty to the page. Love the quad design, the drips, and splats brushes around the page.

Owl together by christellevandyk
Very striking! Love the big photo on the right side and all the strips of papers on the left side. I admire how she put everything together and how she group the different flowers together. Amazing how she opted to turn her photo into b&w to showcase both the photo and design. Fantastic work indeed!

Novemberrr by Anja_77
Love the softness of the page. Her title work is as kewl as the page. Great choices of paper and elements. Simply striking, not to mention the beautiful lil girl. Beautiful composition!

Thanks for taking a look at the layouts I’ve chosen. If you have time, it would be lovely to stop by and give them some well deserved pats in the back in the galleries.

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Finger Pointing – November 18th

18 Nov

Happy Saturday!  I hope you’re having a good one.  To be honest, it’s been a rather bleak one here, weather wise.  We have had a cold rain falling all day, accompanied by howling winds and dark skies.  Definitely a good day to stay inside and do some gallery stalking.  I hope you enjoy my picks — they sure picked me up.

Grateful – Thanksgiving 2015 – Heidi Nicloe

My first choice today is Grateful – Thanksgiving 2015 by Heidi Nicole.  I love the simplicity of the page because it allows everything she used stand out and make statement.  The straight composition, with the arrows, stitching, flowers and small scatter draws your eye across the layout and right to that photo.  I really like the choice of black and white for the photo because it showcases the resemblance between mother and daughter.  The heartfelt journal is the perfect way to finish this wonderful page.

Rennes 09 08 2015 – katell

I think the title work, Magic Moment, perfectly describes my next choice by Katell.  The photos are simply gorgeous and give us a rare glimpse (at least for me) into a part of nature we seldom get to see.  I love the crop on the photo — the different shape adds even more interest to the shot.  Her split background and choice of papers, (love, love, love the tree paper) creates a wonderful base for her photos while her paint splatters play up the marsh grass and water in the photo.  Definitely a magical layout.

Sweet Memories – mrsashbaugh

I love a good cluster so Sweet Memories by mrsashbaugh totally caught my eye.  The color palette is soft and beautiful and suits the adorable photo perfectly.  The pops of black in the palette create a strong visual triangle that further enhances the photo.  The mix of patterned papers creates a lot of interest while maintaining a sense of harmony with the photo and pocket card.  Finally, I love the touch of gold in the flowers, paints and scatters — after all, every girl, big or small, needs a little bling.

Birthday Interview – mrivas

It was the photo and the floral of my fourth pick, Birthday Interview by mrivas, that caught my eye.  The photo composition, with it’s play on colors and casual pose, highlights the Birthday Girl’s natural beauty in the most flattering way possible.  The floral 12 manages to stand out on the background without taking over the layout.  I love the birthday interview and the way she makes it feel like part of the background, but keeps it easy to read.  Last but not least, I like that the element clusters anchor the photo as well as draw your eye to it.  Beautifully done.

Grateful – Isa Marks

Grateful by Isa Marks is another beautifully layered page with a fabulous photo.  Again, I love the use of the black and white photo with it’s worn overlay because of the way it highlights the movement of her hair.  Her individual paper choices are gorgeous and tied together by her use of the floral pocket card as a photo mat.  While her use of elements is limited, what she does use are perfect to support her photo and her message of gratitude. Finally, her shadow work is some of the best I have seen.  I am completely awed by it.

Give Thanks Today – luan37

My final pick of the day, Give Thanks Today by luan37 is another example of great clustering.  Her use of paint for her first layer creates a light base against her background that makes the entire cluster stand out.  Her paper selections are a great choice to support her fall photo and gratitude theme.  I love how she uses bits of navy blue to break up the traditional fall palette and add more visual interest to her page.  By keeping her elements pretty simple, she gives her layout a natural feel that further enhances her photo.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed today’s picks.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these memory keepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Fingerpointing – November 17th

17 Nov

It’s a dreary Friday here in my corner of the world.  Life is happening today, and not in the best way possible for me.  My day started out with tired, sore eyes.  There was plenty of eyecandy in the galleries though,  so I’m going to get right into sharing what I’ve found.

Novemberrr by PLM

I was struck by the mix of colors, and that adorable little guy in a bright red jacket.  Wonderful choice of elements and perfect layering, along with a good amount of white space which includes the snow from the photo.  Very pretty indeed!

You Are Adorable by Rosie

I adore these soft colors of blue and gray along with the bits of silver metal and what a wonderful choice for a background.  The layering is absolutely inspiring and draws your eye right into that sweet photo.

Grateful by Annemiekkok 

It’s that time of year when we give extra thought to what we are most thankful in our lives.  This is a super nice page doing just that.  This is a great design, and I love how the wordart is arranged around the photo.

Let It Rain by Norma

What a gorgeous mix of colors!  I like how she framed that nicely masked photo and added corner clusters with the prettiest flowers!  The turquoise raindrops and umbrella are an extra nice touch.

The first snow by Mary-11

Some of the holiday pages are trickling in and this one caught my eye today.  Love those cute photos, and the clusters with flakes, pine needles and berries.  The large red and white stripes are great accents, and there is plenty of white space too.  Such an inspiring page to get us in the mood for the holidays.

WOMEN NEEDED by Nonni_f

Oh yes, we are a force to be reckoned with!  I could not pass this one up, coming from a male dominated workforce.   This page is vintage in the best way possible!  The design is just wonderful as are the elements used.  This page is “I want to hang it up in my room” good!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s picks.  If you have time, won’t you stop by the galleries and leave a positive message for these artists?  Until next time, happy scrapping everyone!

 

 

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Finger Pointing – November 16th

16 Nov

Happy Thursday….it’s that time of the year where the days and weeks seem to whisk by because there is so much excitement in the air.  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving here in the US is just a week away.  I’m looking forward to catching up with my siblings and their spouses this weekend and getting a chance to see my husband’s family for a few days next week. Seriously, what is better than two Thanksgivings?  Especially since neither one is at my house this year!!  This is also the time of year when I get all excited about creating crafts for Christmas presents.  There is so much magic in the air and so much to look forward to including lots of gorgeous layouts in the gallery.

Now that Christmas kits are hitting the scrap stores and people are getting caught up on last year’s photos while still trying to do this year’s Fall photos there is an awesome variety of layouts to admire, so let’s get on with the show!

My first featured layout is titled Oh Happy Day by keepscrappin.  The white cut out immediately caught my attention. I love the large chevron pattern over the more subtle background paper- such a nice look!  The watercolor filler card and water color spatters gives this a real paper feel.  The cluster added just the right amount of color to balance out the white and neutral grey.  Such a lovely composition!

Next I found a page with lots of great color!  Ski Day by MelissaMarti really stood out in the gallery with this bright blue color.  I was immediately drawn to the look of the clear pocket with the photo strips and fun things tucked in. What a great look! I like how the arrows draw your focus to the middle of the page.  Melissa does a great job moving color all over the page to keep your eye moving!  There are just so many interesting things to look at.  This whole page is so fun.

Next up I stumbled across a fabulous collection of pages from scullen2 about the birth of her grandson.  I chose this one page, Bennett’s Story Page 2 of 8, out of the collection to feature- but you really should check them all out!   I love how the scrapper is telling the story of her grandson’s birth.  This page is just beautiful.  The layers of paper are so well done on the textured white background.  The elements are all perfectly placed and work together to create such a soft and special feel. Finally the photo – how sweet is this?  A picture of the Big Brother and the Big Sister.  I just love all of her pages in the album and think this will be such a treasured gift for their family.

The next layout I’m featuring is 7 Days of Black and White by dawnfarias.  So many of my scrap friends have been participating in the 7 day challenge to post a black and white photo on Facebook each day that shows something in their life other than another person.  It’s been fun to see what other people post.  This scrapper took that to the next level and documented the fun she was having.  I just love how much the solid black background stood out in the gallery.  Each little bit of color looks like it’s perfectly planned for exactly where it’s placed.  The gold numbers are absolutely perfect for this!  Overall I just love that this scrapper took the time to document this little every life type project.  This page is just fabulous with the black and white photos and the white paint, not to mention the fun title work.  I think this is a really awesome page!

Next I chose another fun white space layout titled Knitting by Christina W.   I just love these colors together and how all these papers are layered across the page.  The photo is perfect right next to the story, which is on the most fabulous looking tag.  The little details like the stitching, the clipped on love this circle and the flair are all just perfect.  The use of the spatter and the beads just pulls this all together.  The balance between the white space and the design is just right!

 

Finally today I have an adorable Christmas themed page titled The First Snow by Kama.  The red in the background really draws in your eye.  then as you move in, the details steal the show. I love the use of the snowflakes around the page to help move your eye around.  The cluster with the photo tucked right it looks amazing and the shadows give a great sense of dimension.  I love the curled ribbon and the stitchced circle bunting. It seems there are all just the right details sprinkled over the page to make it feel magical and beautiful!

I hope you enjoyed my choices today!  Don’t forget to get out your camera and take lots of pictures over the holidays.  Don’t miss capturing and recording those little moments and don’t forget to get YOURSELF in front of the camera too!

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Finger Pointing – November 15th

15 Nov

Amidst all of the chaos of hurricane damage repairs, it’s wonderfully calming to wander through the galleries.  My choices today run the gamut and I love them all.  I hope you do too.

Frosty Song by tiramisu is a gorgeous winter page.  The frosty “feel” of the snow is warmed up by the color in the cabin. The blended photo is amazing and the additional smaller photos beautifully extend the landscape across the page.  She found the perfect embellishment in the pine branch.  I really love this page!

Gather These Moments by Applechick grabbed me immediately with the beautiful, warm color palette.  I love how the colors are so perfect with the photo.  Her embellishments are well-chosen and well-placed and I love how the twine bow and leaves frame the photo and the title.  Gorgeous page!

I really admire artists who tackle projects like December Daily, Week In The Life, Project Life, and 30 Days of Thankful.  I have completed one December Daily and one 30 Days of Thankful and I love them both but have not completed another one.  I love how 30 Days of Thanks-Day 14 by OKate uses a simple page with lots of white space for a stunning impact.  I have a feeling that I’m going to be scraplifting this idea for a 52 Weeks of New project.  Love the idea and the pages she has created!

I Will Not Live A Long Life by hoodsmom is an absolutely stunning page with such a powerful message.  The page itself is beautifully composed with the placement of the journaling, the intensity of the title, and the use of an atypical color scheme.  If you would like to read the essay that was behind the creation of the page, you can find it here.  This piece is art at its best.

Another page that caught me with the color scheme is Neighbourhood by margje.  The urban grunginess of the papers and brushes are perfect for the photos.  Love the large blended photo with the stacked smaller framed photos.  Another awesome piece of art by one of my favorite artists!

Remembrance by veer is a gorgeous heritage page. The interesting background she has created is the perfect backdrop for the photo of her grandmother and her brother and sister.  Beautiful placement of the title.  That photo is a treasure and veer has created a page that will be treasured for years.  Love it!

I hope that you have some time to wander the galleries yourself.  It really is a calming and inspiring thing to do.  If you can, please visit these pages and leave the artists a comment.

 

 

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Finger Pointing – November 14th

14 Nov

Hello all! Can you believe it’s the middle of November, and soon we will be swept away by the holidays? For today, let’s live in the now, relax and find delight in the pages I found in the galleries.

Although Christmas is not for several weeks, I was smitten with Little Snowman Story. The contrast of the grid design with the whimsical elements is eye-catching and very merry! Magnolia’s photo is captivating – Look at her sparkly eyes – and the candy cane extraction is the perfect finishing touch. Cheery and festive!

 

What a fabulous sense of movement and vibrancy in Loving Life by AnikaA. Her brushes, texture, title, and pops of color all enhance the effect. The extraction is super cool, too. Dynamic and lively!

 

Cheryl B has captured an opposite mood with Back to Life 2.The grey tones create a sense of peace and tranquility. The icicles, snowflakes and title come together to make a frosty and beautiful monochromatic page.

 

I can’t take my eyes off Fall Festive. Sugar Baby’s photo could not have been scrapped more artfully. The simplicity of her embellishing keeps your eyes on the photo, and the fall colors are incredible. Effervescent!

 

Don’t Worry Be Happy is another large photo page that captured my attention in the gallery. The vivid colors paired with the black and white photos create a spirited page. I like the layering over the background photo, and the spray of brushes. The exuberance she has captured bubbles over and makes me happy, too.

 

The Beauty of Winter is my last pick for today and it is stunning. The reflection of the mountains in the water is magical. I love how Norma has complemented the rich colors in her photo with the embellishments. Her page is beautifully balanced and the blending is superb. I want to visit this enchanting winter hideaway.

 

 

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Finger Pointing-November 13th

13 Nov

Hello Everyone! Hope your Monday has been a pleasant one. We woke up to some frozen fog this morning, so I decided it would be a good day to stay in and work on some crafting projects. After that, I enjoyed browsing through a lot of digital galleries and found these goodies to share with  you. Let’s get started.

Winter’s Light by Heather Prins

This is such a beautiful winter page! I almost feel like I am walking right alongside her. The sunlight really is striking and brings the focal photo to life. There’s a great balance with the smaller supporting photos on the right side of the page. I love the simple accents of nature (the leaves, the branches, the pinecone and the snowflakes) and also the pops of purple. The word art over the bottom framed photo is perfect and so is the blending.

seven days by Maruma

Fantastic example of a grid layout with only black and white photos! I have seen a lot of people posting this type of challenge on Facebook; one photo a day for seven days, black & white only, no people, no explanations.  It’s so interesting to see what people photograph and to wonder what the stories are behind them. The big title and journaling placed vertically on one side of the page are really striking along with the chevrons. Great idea to document her seven days of photos all on one page!

sgleason_teak by Kawouette

Wonderful artsy page full of eye candy! I love all the brush work and stamping on the kraft background and also the the bits of stitching! The paper pieces and elements placed behind the photo remind me of my days as a paper scrapper. Another great visual interest is the patterned paper behind the main page and the top edger. Her shadows are amazing and all of her colors work beautifully together. What a cute little frame too! She offset the photo with a staple and then placed a few more bits and pieces to tie everything together.

Anna Lift by suslyn

What a glorious page! It’s like being in the middle of a beautiful rose garden. Fabulous blending and amazing textures dominate the entire layout. The petals in the bottom right-hand corner really pop and look like your could just pick them up off the page. Brilliant colors, brilliant roses, brilliant artistry!

yes this! by KPertiet

Wow! Love this fabulous page by the very talented Katie Pertiet! Not many people could pull off a layout that is made almost entirely with word art, but she did it in such a stellar fashion. Great mix of fonts and brush work, mostly in black but with pops of pink as well. Her photos provide splashes of bright colors and the striped wall just adds to the eclectic mix found throughout. Wow!

NONSENSE by COJan

My final pick is the darling, whimsical art journal page. Those colorful ladies are wonderful and I love the bike with the cupcake in the basket. Love all the fabulous brush work on the background and the paint splats too. Cute little word snippets and the circular stitching not only mimics the bicycle wheels but ties everything together beautifully. I bet these two would be fun to hang out sometime!

I hope you enjoyed today’s gallery standouts and feel inspired to scrap a few layouts of your own. You have all week! :) These artists always welcome praise so please click on any of the title links to go directly to their galleries. Have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

 

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