And there is the first week of December gone…I have come to the conclusion that the saying about time slowing down when you are older is not applicable to me, I blink and there is a new digit in the year…and I sit here to write the post about midnight, next time I look up (with my heart torn as decisions decisions that are NOT easy to make must be made!) and it is 02:14 am!!! You also will have to excuse me tonight,. because I will do what I accuse my colleagues of doing and my very first pick HAS to be, even after 3 hours of browsing almost 100 pages of galleries (trying to convince myself that there must be another one of this calibre, but nope) one that you are very very used to seeing here, our darling Li Li, better known perhaps as misslovescraps with it’s possible:
In cases like this, I’m never sure what to say, because it is so obvious why this page is a standout: it is simply beautiful. There isn’t an awful lots of work here but one that requires skills and the talent of grabbing such a busy background paper, finding the image that will pass the message across and stick the little bits & pieces which will confirm that message…not an easy task. The blending of the paper with the sand of the image also couldn’t have been easy…and of course her shadows are a master class, there was not NO picking this page…..is superb, and yes, I do believe with self confidence, goal setting and hard work almost anything and everything is possible :)
Another art journal page by the hand of another lady very well known by all of us, also someone who is very often featured here, Vicki aka oldvwblues with I believe: and this I also could not NO pick…with the passing of Nelson Mandela and so many people keeping his voice alive posting pearls of his wisdom everywhere, the equality issue should be brought up to all people’s attention, and this is just such a wonderful way of portraying the statement.Mandela reminded us that kids are not born with discrimination of skin color or any other characteristic of the person, and told us not to teach to hate, but to love. We do know that love can be learned and in this colorful page, this fun baby seems to be almost saying the words: “hey…I’m watching you…behave” After all, what better way of celebrating Christmas than honouring the word of Jesus Christ (wether you are a Christian or not, we do know all religions tell us the same, all path lead to Rome kind of thing…) Love thy Neighbour……? An amazing mixture of pieces here that focuses on the word art, an amazing, powerful message for this time a year :)
Next is a lady I have been admiring for a couple of years now, and despite of my always trying to pick her pages, it has not been possible (we do have rules, which I try respecting to the T) with an amazing full but super clean lined page, is Staciahall with Elysse’s 30 days of Thankful. Here is another artist who can scrap almost any style and she will do it to perfection, I love her family memory keeping, the fact that we always know what is going on in the pages, and the story is always one which will bring up great emotions. Love the subtle pattern in the background and the little photos, the little bits of journal made up with so much care, and the delicately placed elements….a beauty to look at , which will bring beauty to the heart with such positive attitude, an amazingly well composed page, with emotion and gorgeous shadows to tie it all: excellence in memory keeping!
I’m sure my next pick is someone you should be acquainted with, though I don’t think I have come across her pages to being up here in quiet a while, and I am so delighted to be able to do so tonight: Treasured Moments by Tinkelbel is such a wonderful page, from the word go the photo is awesome, with a treatment that brings it up from the page, and combined with the color combo and the marvellous papers gives a mixture of vintage and modern, the stacking of the papers is masterful, making the many patterns harmonious, her clusters and layering in the sides are prefect, and the use of the empty circular frames gives dynamics to the page, all in all one of the most amazing pages of the whole day, with a more than well deserved place here.
Next in line is someone who is relatively new (at least to me) but each & everyone of her pages make me feel like I have known her for ages: JenEm with # Brrrr a page so delicate and beautiful, saying so much with almost so little, I couldn’t pass on this beauty. It is so (SO!) cold here in London, I’m sure you would be laughing if you saw me rolled in two blankets and with 3 pairs of socks ha! I should be looking for my compatriots pages, right? the beauty of the beaches & sun of Brazil? but this beauty I come across and immediately I am in love with winter…how can one not love a season that brings pages like this? These girls are making me love the blank space/clean page scrapping so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was to turn one up one of these days…and I hope I can do as perfect as this! The centred composition with the split color background, the beautiful, warm picture to balance the snow, the perfection of the idea of the snow flake (well, I know could be a flower or anything but in here we all have to agree: is a snow flake) on top of the card/composition, the different directions of the journaling bits….and I am in love with that wrinkled black/grey paper which gives a whole new dimension to the page, not only that, but every time you look, you discover another bit you didn’t realise was there…..amazingly well done Jen, LOVE this!!!!!!!
Last but never least, another much admired lady, I think I could call her a friend, though we haven’t had much time to talk in the past few months, but one I know is as passionate, not only her scrapping, but also the work we do for the people around us as much as I am. With her also, I haven’t had the opportunity to feature any of her pages, which is why am happier to be able to show this to you now: here is In The Eighties by Dutch_Diva. I loved the page the minute I saw it in Facebook, and though “my” time were the 70s, I was in my 20s in the 80s and have some amazing memories of the times. Love how she has combined different styles & technics in one page, and how great it all looks together: the one blended, almost to ghost thin, photo of herself, and another one with gorgeous treatement that fuses with the blending almost too. The different bits of paint and the beautiful journaling…and yes, I do remember those ripped jeans and the big earings…I did have a converse pair at some point but being 1.50m height (barely 5″!) I favoured boots with big heels!) the page not only shows me her person in the eighties, but takes me back to my eighties…gorgeous mixture here and the overall results are simply beautiful!!!!!
And with this I say goodnight to you at…wOw! 03:48! see? time is flying so I’ll get some sleep, hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. If you have a minute, you can get to the original gallery, as usual, by clicking in the highlit name of the LO & author, I am sure they will appreciate and treasure even if it is just one word! Have an amazing weekend!