Finger Pointing-August 4th

4 Aug

Hi there! Jana here on this August 4th evening. I have been in quite a whirlwind of having company at our house. Last week, my sisters, niece and our daughter were here, all from out of state. Today, a close friend of mine flew in from Baltimore for the week. I love every minute of having people here but I haven’t had much time to scrap. So for now, I will take a break and go gallery hopping in pursuit of today’s Gallery Standouts! I can’t wait! It’s always like going on a treasure hunt and I’m always amazed at all the talented artists out there. I hope you enjoy my picks and don’t forget to leave some love for the artists. The titles/authors are direct links to their galleries. Have a wonderful rest of the week and I’ll be back again next week.

The Sweetness of the Swamp by myla is such a gorgeous piece of art work! I love the landscape photo and how the waterway leads your eye right into the swamp. The trees surrounding the water are so lush and green.  The photo itself is a real beauty but myla created such a striking visual interest with her extraordinary masking! I also love how the photo stretches across the entire page.

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Los Angeles by Adryane is a fabulous example of thinking outside the box! Just look at those photos incorporated on the buildings!  You can’t help but wonder if those people really lived there, back in the day, and what their lives might have been like.  The tints of colors are subtle and very effective. I have been a huge fan of Adryane’s creativity for many years and I adore her style. This layout is truly a standout!

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Escale en eaux troubles by etoiledunjour  really grabbed my attention! Isn’t that baby adorable? She’s all swaddled up with a flower in her hair and sleeping, well sleeping like a baby. There is a lot of eye candy on this page, including the dog with the pirate’s hat. I love how the page is divided diagonally and how the main photo is accompanied by a smaller one in the top left corner. This page is rich with colors and textures and is truly gorgeous!

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Nature by tinkelbel is such a lovely layout. The flower is gorgeous and the blending is fabulous! All of the layers and textures are very painterly, as if this was actually painted on a canvas. I love the typography and the quote is one of my favorites. I have used it on my own layouts in the past. This is a beautiful example of a rectangular digital format.

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Inked by mugsbigsis absolutely blows my mind away! This artist is ultra creative and I always admire her work! Doesn’t this flower just scream HAPPY! I bet you’re wondering…was this a painted flower or did Kelly paint it with digital ink? I love all the drippy paint and the bright colors on that white daisy and how the photo is frames! Extraordinaire standout!

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tardis by zinzilah totally amazes me! I love the intense blue and all of the stars and other splashes of bright colors! The phone booth is awesome and the idea of the “tardis” time machine from Dr. Who is super. I love all of the blending as well. This standout is an excellent art journal layout!

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Finger Pointings – August 3rd

4 Aug

Hi there! It’s my  turn again to show you the pages I had a crush on today. Too hot again to go outside anyway so better stay in front of the computer and be amazed by beautiful designs, right? Hope you enjoy too!

Outdoor by MiekSter - I looooove the big page mask used with the patterned paper and the whole design against the wood pattern. Beautiful brush work behind the photo and cool title and bits to “frame” this picture. The crisp photos pops really nice with the overall soft and delicate colors of the page. Love it!

 

Downtown by ValeJules - Vale is one of the artists that makes this statement always true : “less is better”. Looks at this gorgeous design. I know it’s the first time I mentioned her pages here but what do you expect?! They are all noticable and gorgeous so they tend to be in the spotlight often lol!! I love the fading and sketchy effect and on the photo and the stitches that follow along the bridge rampage (is that the word?). Stunning job!

 

Awesome Dad by justjen - I looove the composition here with the big photo and the repeat at the bottom to accent the main “actor” in this page. Love how one is fading and the flow that make the elements and title. Great design for a sweet picture.

Summer Days by Nikki Epperson - Amazing cluster!!! I want her brain!!! Look at the color balance here. I love the B&W photos with those colorful flowers and the wooden background! The tiny butterflies and the confettis are a wonderful accent in the back and the shadows, oh my! Can’t take my eyes of the page. Simply YUMMILICIOUS to the eyes!!

 

Fierce by Scrapsandsass - Another fantastic layering here too. Love all those patterned paper pieces and the crop on the photo. Can you see how well all goes together color wise, all matches the pink of her shirt, the black of her hair and the blue eyes with the aqua dots in the patterns. The paint splatters and that long stitch are the cherry on top. Wonderful!

 

Just Keep Swimming by theolivesparrow - And let’s finish this post today with this super fun and colorful design. Man! This girl has some crazy layering skills, or what?! I love the complex mix of papers and elements stacked behind the journal card. Awesome shadow work too of course. If not, this wouldn’t look so real and beautiful I think. Stunning job!

 

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Fingerpointing – August 2nd

2 Aug

It’s getting hotter and hotter over here in Shanghai-China. Luckily we are able to spend our weekend at the swimming pool so no complaints here.
However I do look forward to a bit cooler weather and the start of the new school year. What about you?
It’s always great to browse the galleries and see what your summer memories looks like. Thank you for letting us in and showing your world.

Here are my fave picks for today:

1. So Thankful by Jackieclayton

This is such a sweet warm page. The photo is such a great capture of this cherished moment. The photo has been processed in a stunning way. The colours & papers chosen compliment the sunny warmth feeling of the photo and page. The torn edges of the paper gives it a nice oomph: love it!

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My 2nd page has a totally different view: it’s grunge urban and has a metropolitan vibe which I heart.  The point of view and angles of the images are outstanding and really gives a big city feel. The brushwork and blending is outstanding. Stunning page.

2. Chicago is …… by zlemon

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Another great point of view and angle of the photo taken and scrapped. Love the blending and the brushwork at the edges of the page. The pops of gold are a nice touch as well.

3. Up to the sky by Doti40

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A recurring theme in my today’s picks are definitely the angle & point of view of the photos chosen. Here another stunning example. The kit chosen to scrap this page with is gorgeous as well!!

4. Orbiting by Mum2gnt

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I love the flow of this page and how it draws the eye to the gorgeous blended photo. Again great brush and blend work. The placement and font of the title is nice as well.

5. Here I come by bcgal00

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The last pick is one of a very talented lady and I love the treatment of the photo and the flow of the page.
Colours are lovely and the blending stunning. Love the cute alpha used for the title.

6. Home by Mimisgirl

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Hope you like my today’s pick & please don’t forget the show some love in the gallery.

 

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Finger pointing – August 1st

1 Aug

I have a great job here, getting to look through all the galleries and highlight some of the many special projects out there! I have to tell you that today there were at least twenty pages or hybrid projects I would have liked to showcase. So much talent, so many ideas and thoughts and designs. My, what a creative group we are!  I really love the different feelings each project evokes. Today’s picks are about kids, fruit, scissors aging gracefully and love. Check out my picks and you’ll see how that all adds up to some pretty spectacular designs.

This is Liz and these are my picks:

my boys by gybogi

This circular design really stands out in the gallery. I like how the overlapping of the basic shape with patterned paper and word art lead us into the photo, and make us wonder where her boys are headed. It’s an interesting use of the text path by including two sizes of journaling. And, the pretty floral patterned paper is a nice touch on a boy page.

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nosh by sucali 

The cut out bits in the template worked perfectly for this sweet, summer page. I love the sheer joy in that photo! She used the stitched down patterned papers part of the template super effectively with the country colors and patterns (it all just shouts picnic!). The placement of the notched kraft paper pointing us up to the photo really worked for this page, and I love the rolled flower and the doodled framing of the photo.

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Grapes of the Finger Lakes by Miki 

One look at this gorgeous artwork by Miki and I want to go wine-tasting! Just look at the spectacular, artsy, beautiful, deliberate choices on this page. I loved reading about her process, particularly about incorporating the barn photo onto the page.  Stunning page, Miki!

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cards by amandajane

The exquisite details on these beautiful cards is astonishing. Every one of these little gems has its own unique detail work, with layer upon layer of (apparently) hand-cut elements. This is craft-making at its best, using supplies from different resources, both digital and real world, to create art that can be shared through the mail! These are very special.

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my way by Keely~B

Her journaling made me smile, then laugh, then nod. I like when journaling resonates. I enjoyed her attitude. From a design standpoint, this is so appealing. Great angles, superior shadow-work, and a fun mix of strong embellishments like the framing and the black lace, to the whimsical flowers, stamped title work and stitched triangles. Nice job.

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now by sterkeurs

This page is deceptively unadorned. And that is because there is a strong message, told both through the photo, which we are pointed to by the arrow nestled deep in that rather cool strip of elements, but also through the text. Anyone who has ever had to help a child through any new experience, whether it’s a physical change like glasses, or a growth spurt, or braces, or whether it’s an emotional change (too many of those to list!), will relate to the journaling here. This is what scrapbooking is great for, writing down how these experiences make us feel. I love this page.

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I hope you will agree that these are all special creations! If you love these picks please click on the title to each and leave some love for the person whose talent we are showcasing today. They all earned it! Have a great weekend!

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Finger Pointing – July 31st

31 Jul

Hello!!! Hope you are doing well wherever you are! I’m a bit shocked at how fast this year is going, already end of July? I have mixed feelings about this…my appliances all (including my computer) decided to give up on me so maybe August starting isn’t such a bad thing…I can get a new  computer soon and we are on the process to get a new dishwasher….anyway, I ll try to be brief as I had the post almost half done but my computer refuses to cooperate and I just had a crash…and had not saved the post. So without much further, here are some of the most beautiful pages from today’s galleries!

First page is very special as  she was the very first GSO I picked, I remember this well as at the time I didn’t know her and I was surprised at how came to be that I had never come across her pages! Every page of hers is amazing, and this one is no exception. Love how she integrated the photo to her composition, the template is amazing and her take on it makes it even more so, everything here is done to perfection,  from the harmony in combining colors to her perfect shadows…..love this, outstanding page!!! Downsizing 2014 by Carol aka Iowan

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Next is Be Amazing by Dana. She is an amazing scraper and this page is a great show of the talent… love how clean it is, how precise the composition, fresh feeling, the colors super well balanced (a fav combo of mine!) the B& W photo is precious and here again, the shadows are awesome!!!!

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Enjoy Summer by Akizo is another one of the pages that jump at my eye tonight.  The template is marvelous, the choice of colors super well combined… those patterned papers look so perfect here, clean and not at all crowding the page, this is impeccable ! Love her little clusters, the title work is beautiful, shadows also perfect… I cannot resist an Akizo page!!!!!

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This next page combine a number of things I love: Venice, The Digi Dares  and Paula Kesselring. One of our most passionate dreams with my daughter is to be one day wealthy enough or somehow be able to go to Venice in the Orient Express…though I don’t think we will…is extremely expensive, but of course this page takes us a bit closer. Always love Paula’s way to fill the page and always stick a bit of either humor, thoughts, emotions and there is always a story to them in the best way. Here with the facts about gondolas I even learned something new…absolutely gorgeous page!!!!!! Venice: The Digi Dares #414

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These last two pages are both amazing scrapping therapy and both very different but with all the strength, emotion in both that makes them stand out. I most definitely love writing down what goes on in my life, even if I have to admit that these days I don’t share as much journaling as I used to a couple of years ago,  but I have seen so many of us, connected by the love for memory keeping & art journaling, so many of us who in one way or another live with chronic pain, and I have met so many people who have become, honestly, as important in my life as the people I have known and have strong friendships for many, many years, and these people in many ways help me heal of my own thing, even if we don’t always talk… in not so many words: these two pages, I think, are two different shows of the strength and emotion that is present in so many amazing artist/scrappers… and this is something I love and the reason I am able to continue to make a record of our lives for my daughter.

Shine in the Darkness by eve11ne: the title is already a treasure. Love how she made a template work in such artistic way. Love the deep purples & blues with the pops of color, which keeps the page shining, I like to think that can represent the hope she knows and hopes for things to take a turn for the better… an amazing page coming out of a not so amazing situation… I wish, when I see pages like this, that I had the magic wand that could sort something out with some magical spell…or at least that I lived closer to some of my scrapper friends that go through the same…thanks so much for the inspiration and courage on putting this out :)

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and last but not least (absolutely not least!!!) Pain Sucks by Jana NJ- a page full of impact, with a punch, with all that tension and frustration and…well, I do know all these things too well. I have found an amazing page made  by Jana every day I have been to the galleries since founding Get It Scrapped…and each and everyone of her pages have the heart & soul… Here the visual is an impact that creates the dynamics with the words…having been a chronic pain sufferer for the past 12, almost 13 years, I understand the feelings behind the words…hope and determination to work through these things ( and making a  page like this is precisely that). I really really hope you find the answers soon Jana. Same as above, I wish there was something I could do…

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So…as usual, I hope you love and get inspired by this as much as I do…please, do click on the high-lit name of the LO & Author to get to their original galleries and leave them some love- Have a great weekend!!!!

 

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Finger Pointing – July 30 th

30 Jul

The last days of July are here again! Is this real? This summer, no this whole year is flying by! I sure hope you are using your camera’s  and make pages, capturing the memories of it all! This is Margje with tonight’s round of beautiful Standouts! I hope you enjoy my choices and get some inspiration out of them!

Rain in Amsterdam by kuba

I was born in Amsterdam the capital of the Netherlands! That’s one of the reasons I felt attracted to this layout!  kuba turned some ordinary grey  into something beautiful and i really like the umbrella photo blended in the upper right of the page paired with the water droplets! Also it has a great title and a wonderful use of word arts! Just love the whole feel of it!

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Catch a wave by sarahorton

These beautiful photos really capture the wave action! The total look here is perfection! The layering, the shadows, creating a wonderful depth! Her choice of elements is awesome, love the little cluster on the left, love all the textured blues on the pie chart! Terrific page!

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Flamengo by Tinisek 1978

A page full of passion! I love the energy and that warm atmosphere of a romantic summer (holiday) evening! It’s all in here! A beautiful blending in the background, that light swirl, the line art, beautiful clustering! A true Standout for me!

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Dear 10yr old me by corrin

She had me already by the title! Love a page like that! Great journaling of her older me talking to her 10 year young me! I so loved to read it! And then also I like the design of her page! The sweet black and white photo’s and the colorful elements, it all goes perfectly together! It just makes me happy to see a  honest page like this!

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I Heart My Furbabies by sarahwithers

Look at those sweet cats! Love them together on that photo! But what really grabs me are the fantastic colors in the beautiful background and the elements she used! They work so great together here! Also I love the hearts and the stamped title!

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hello sunny days by Anne PC

This whole page is full of sun(shine)! Love the cute photo of the boy and the extraction! The layering and shadows are awesome and I love the borders around the page! Those strips of paper work great here! It has a sunny light hearted feel that makes you happy looking at it! Great white space too! Hello GSO!

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There we go, please leave some extra loving for these pages, and be inspired to go and create an awesome page! Happy scrapping! See you next time!

 

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Finger Pointing – July 29th

29 Jul

Hey everyone! I’m back from my camp vacation with my youngest son and a friend of him, they are 18 and 17 and we had great fun in the Belgian Ardennes! Unfortunately we could not canoe, there was not enough water in the Ourthe, so we would get stuck on the rocks if we would have tried to canoe there.  But we did other fun things and the weather was working with us, we only had one day with some showers. So we got a little tanned and I enjoyed the shadow in my hammock between the trees ;). But, back to serious business, let’s talk scrappages!

Living for today by Wombat146 I love the rainbow colors and the impression of floating or moving through the colors on this page! And then the happy and a bit naughty face of the harlequin, I just melted away looking at it! Wombat did a great job giving the page depth and a feel of mystery, walking through a land of butterflies, lace and paint.

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Secrets by Brownie13 Wow, I love city pages and there are some scrappers who make great pages and Brownlie13 is one of them as far as I’m concerned! Love how she blended different pictures together to make one skyline that fits the journaling perfect! Great job!

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Great by Thimbleberrie A wonderful page with a great strong message! Love the drawn face here with the funny and slightly weird expression. Also love the burst of butterflies and the feel of freedom to be yourself, this page gives me!

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Chess by TerryB This could almost be a Christmas page, the feel is soo cosy and warm! Great how Terry used the boys picture twice, the blending is so delicate! To me this is a perfect double pager telling a lovely story of being together and having a great time!

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Harbour view by Caapmun And another perfect blended page and here I especially  love the frame drawing the attention to the empty and peaceful part of the page. Makes me want to travel right away to the nothern part of Europe to see the Aurora Borealis!

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2015 There For Each Other [always] by MrsPeel And last but not least my dear friend Cynthia with this beautiful page about BFF. I love the diagonal angle here and the real feel the page gives me. I love all the wrinkles and imperfections in the paper and the delicate drawings on it. Like Cynthis just doodled a little and placed the pictures on top of it to make her page. Love the journaling alpha words and the little beads nd other tiny bits!

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Well, these were my picks for tonight, I hope you like them as much as I do and if you visit the galleries, please leave the artists some love, it’s very much appreciated! See you next time!

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