Finger Pointing – September 19th

19 Sep

I’m always excited to browse the galleries looking for projects to feature on the blog. The autumnal equinox is just a few days away and my choices may or may not have been influenced by fall’s rapid approach. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Apples in Autumn by Stacia definitely has an autumn vibe whether it speaks to apple season or back to school. I really like the large blended photo she used for her background. The cluster of smaller, duplicated photos placed on top supports her theme. I like the torn paper applied to the edge adding texture to the page. The title work combining two alphas/fonts is very effective. Finally this artist is a wonderful story teller. Her journaling is a great read.

I really like the combination of masking and brush-work in Autumn Leaves by twinsmomflor. I love the bits of text and blooms scattered about the layout. The sketched flowers edged in black contrast wonderfully with the muted colors of the page. The bit of word art serves as the title and finishes off the page just right.

I like the selective framing in Beautiful Autumn by shawnbear. The photo taken from behind is always very appealing and the sun flare is outstanding. The photo treatment in the smaller photo is lovely. I like the orange paint added to the edges of the page and the blue flowers really pop. I also like the combination of realistic and sticker elements.

It’s never easy to leave summer behind.  I love the sunset photos in Footsteps in the Sand by bahtoy.  I like the way she gave a slight tilt to the masked photo and matched it with the smaller photos. The crop of the sandy toes lends meaning to her title. The combination of orange and blue really shine in her beautifully shadowed clusters.

The intent of Giverny 7 by myla may have been to document a visit to the home of Monet but this layout is a piece of art in its own right and really jumped out of the gallery for me. The large photo makes for a stunning background. I really like the way she added the watercolor paint set down the middle of the page as well as the photo of the artist on top. I love the out of bounds flower framing flowing into the title font. The sketchy lines and framing complete the layout perfectly.

bird bike by willimena is a perfect example of a layout where the photos and journaling really take center stage. I love the neutral tones of the papers she chose and the pop of red in the word strip and title work. The grid design is exceptional as are the photo crops.  I like the way she journaled in a blank spot on the large photo. This is really a great story.

I’ve come to the end of my post and I definitely veered away from my original theme which is easy to do when distracted by all the gorgeous layouts in the galleries. If you have a minute or two I hope you will leave some love for these well deserving artists. Thanks and have a great week.

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing-September 18th

18 Sep

Well, here we are on a Monday. When I was working, I used to dread Mondays and going back to work, even though I loved my job. Now that I’m retired, I look forward to Mondays. To me, they represent a fresh new week ready to unfold with all kinds of possibilities. There’s something about the crisp fall air that really wakes up my senses too. I took a walk this morning and saw a lot of trees turning colors already and I think a beautiful new season is unfolding. Before I go on with my day, I’d like to share some wonderful new standouts with you. Perhaps they will speak to your creative mojo and inspire you to create some new layouts too.

me_Designer by wvsandy

Gorgeous and colorful page! I adore the red-headed girl peeking out from behind the flowers. The watercoloring and brush work are designed beautifully across the page and just a few simple elements are perfect. The title is a message we can all appreciate.

Notable Aspen by isDK

The splendor of autumn! This artist did a fabulous job with her blending and the colors of the changing aspens are gorgeous! All of the elements are perfectly placed, creating such a beautifully balanced page design, moving on the diagonal. Love those cute whirlybirds!

In the Garden by OKate

I absolutely love how this vintage stack(s) pops off the page and draws the eye right to the focal photo! The stacked & stapled frames are a perfect compliment. The watery leaves are beautiful and add a nice touch to a garden themed-page. Great brush work on the background paper too. Lovely page with a vintage feel.

lips by erica zane

What a fun and lively page this is! It seems a lot of women are experiencing the LipSense colors and having fun mixing & matching them. That geometric template is great but what I really love about this one is the paint on the background, mimicking lipstick colors. Great idea! The left-aligned journaling is well-placed and helps to balance the rest of the page. A paper strip with two little elements at the top and bits of washi tape really tie this cute page together!

misty autumn days by pam p

As we see more and more autumn days unfolding, this layout just speaks to me. There is a lot of rich brush work and textures here and they all give the sense of a misty or foggy fall day. The blended full-page photo makes a beautiful background and looks like a painting. The colors are gorgeous and I love the cute little stitched pumpkins!

find a way to stay strong by *gina*

Wow! Stunning page! The lock and key inside the light bulb really provokes your imagination. Brilliant brush work and I love all the shades of blue and blending modes. The message here is very powerful and the simple typewriter font just works.

I hope these standouts help to make your Monday a good one! Have a wonderful week and I hope to see your pages in the galleries real soon!

Links: You may click on any of the titles is you want to see more details on any page(s) or want to leave comments for these artists; always appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – September 17th

17 Sep

Hello and happy Sunday! It’s hard to believe we are already half-way through September. School is in session, autumn has arrived, and the season is evident in the pages being created. I saw lots of wonderful pages in the galleries today, so let’s get right to them!

This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

school days by elwaechter

The angle on this page is quite the draw! I like the little group of b&w photos for the story of the child’s first school years, it gives this a vintage fun look. Great title alpha. All the little squares of school-themed patterned paper are the perfect accents. I like that she kept the angle on the short bit of journaling telling us about the star of the page.

Akaka Falls by NeelaNalam

Here is a great real-life paper page that uses some terrific techniques. I really like the vertical flow of the photo, using the full height of the page. The flair stickers make a fun border and add a fun tone. I always enjoy good use of word art this way. The list style journal cards gave her plenty of room to talk about this adventure, so she and her family will remember the best bits of their trip. That stripey paper used throughout gives this a great, cohesive feel.

Gloucester Buckets by Tamsin

At first glance I thought this “photo” had a very cool treatment, so that got me to take a closer look. It’s actually a painting that the scrapbooker incorporated into her page. What a clever idea! I can see using this in so many different ways with art work that you love. Great artsy look to this; I particularly like the stitching to the folded and torn paper, it grounds it nicely.

remember this by Bexy

This design is a simple, and an oh-so-fun way to use washi tape or strips of patterned paper! I really like the embossed look of the background paper, it makes such an interesting change to a real-life look from the whimsical feel of the stitched down paper strips. There are some other fun touches to this page too, the postage frame, the popped-out sticker word art, and the well-shadowed, layered flowers.

Lakeshore Leaves by AZK

I love the artistry of this page, welcoming autumn! Great perspective was created with the rake and the different types of leaf images. I really like the combination of styles, between the masked photo, the pencil line drawings and the stamped-look leaves. Wonderful poetry and wonderful fonts. Really lovely page.

US – T&Z by wendymck

I love the story of Wendy’s two daughters sharing a senior photo shoot! This is just beautiful, with the b&w photo and gorgeous colors in the paper and leaves. I like the framing with the stacked envelope paper, 2 cent postage strip and hanger. The blocked word art is a great addition, and makes great text.

That’s it for me for this Sunday. I hope you all enjoyed today’s picks too, and if so, please click on the linked titles and leave some praise for the artist! Have a great week!

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Finger Pointing – September 16th

16 Sep

Finger Pointing – September 16th

Happy Saturday everyone!  Here it is the last weekend of summer and my family spent the day on the boat and enjoying the beach.  The perfect way to unwind after a long week of post Hurricane Irma drama.  My heart goes out to all those affected by the storm and especially those that still don’t have power! Today I found some fabulous layouts that give us a hint that Fall is just around the corner…I personally cannot wait for cooler weather!!  On to today’s picks….

The first layout I’m highlighting is ps i love you by scrappurple.  There is so much on this layout to love!  I was first drawn in to the fabulous title work. I just love the cut out paper with the wire words over it. So creative!  I also really love the choice of the papers for the stitched squares.  All those colors look amazing with the black and white photo.  The little pop of teal in the flower and around the page really stands out.  I just love how this all pulled together. What a gorgeous page!

Next up is Back In The Routine by Dalis.  I really love the use of the white space on this layout. It helps you focus in on the perfect little photo, element combo that Dalis has created.  I love the perspective of the photo and how well it goes with the journaling.  They work together beautifully to tell the story.  The elements are purposeful and are just right to help tell the story and accent the photo.  The shadows are spot on and make everything look just like it’s sitting there on a piece of paper – so well done!  Finally I love the little pop of yellow and blue in the background. It goes perfect with her daughter’s jersey.  What a great everyday and slice of life layout!

This next layout by marijke titled Go for a walk is beautiful representation of how to use a huge photo to create a beautiful page.  She created this for a lens flare challenge.  I love the overlays she used here to make this look so amazing. I also love the title across the top.  This page is simple, but it’s perfect in every way!

EllenT’s layout Sweater Weather highlights that Fall is on it’s way!  I love her use of photos with non-traditional angles. Up close photos of things that make you feel like Fall.  This mixed with her fabulous cluster of flowers and ric rac really centers the page.  I love the use of the crazy stitching and the ink spatter to make this feel a little more fun. Finally the amazing title work.  I love how she used the word art to create such a fun look!

Another Fall themed layout caught my eye, 2012 Autumn Alex and Conner by lowan is a lovely mix of fall and fun.  I love the playfulness of the background paper and the fox images. So cute!  Then the adorable photos; these kids looks like they are having so much fun!  Everything comes together beautifully with the amazing clusters.  The layered papers at the bottom really anchor the page. This is such a well put together page! I love every little detail!

My final pick for today is a little good bye to summer called Island House by Beatricemi . The gorgeous blue color is what first caught my eye.  I love all the different things going on in this layout! The fun shapes in the background help move your eye around the page.  Then the word strips to help tell the story.  I love that the scrapper mixed in a journal card and a little cluster and even a banner, yet the sizing is perfect to keep this feeling clean. The grouping and placement of the title is awesome – love the look of this and it’s something I’mo going to have to try myself. What a soothing looking page!

I hope you enjoyed my choices for today!  I hope everyone enjoys these last few official days of summer, but honestly aren’t we all excited that Fall is coming??? I think so!

 

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Finger Pointing – September 15th

15 Sep

I love spending time in the galleries on Fridays, and today was no exception. I hope you are charmed and inspired by the following pages.

Always an Adventure is irresistible! The photo is delightful and so are the mix of papers – love the patterned neutrals. DanceERB has created a very special and sweet standout.

 

My Favorite People is a lovely page documenting a family trip. Rache77’s brushwork is exceptional, and I love her travel-themed cluster. The limited color palette and sepia-toned photos complete this graceful page.

 

G is for Grayson is such a heart-warming page. The entertaining elements, photos, papers, and journaling come together perfectly to tell the story of Stormchaser’s precocious boy. Makes me smile!

 

Pink is one of my favorite colors so Hunting Like a Girl jumped out at me. Sylvia’s shadowing, ultra-clean composition, and diagonal flow are captivating, too.

 

You can feel the fall wind on your cheeks and rustle of leaves beneath your feet in BrightEye’s Rainbow Autumn Colors. Her masking and framing are effective and lovely. And how adorable are the little critters? Fabulous fall page!

 

Another fetching fall page, Blessings, by Conny is a masterpiece of layers and clusters. The spectacular colors are in perfect harmony with her precious photos. Glorious!

 

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Finger Pointing – September 14th

14 Sep

Happy Almost Friday Everyone!  It’s been a long week and I for one am ready for the weekend.  But first we have to finish out Thursday and what better way is there to do that than looking at some beautiful layouts?  It’s almost like a sweet snack before I head to bed.  :)

Devoirs – katell

My first pick tonight, Devoirs by Katell, is simply beautiful.   I love the perspective on the photo — that downward angle gives it a studios feel that is a perfect fit for this page.  I also think the graph paper was a good choice and that the tape with the same type of grid is a wonderful compliment.  Finally the lifted shadow at the top right corner adds that touch of realism that I always adore.  Like I said, this one is simply beautiful.

One In Eight – Sucali

If you have read any of my previous post, then you know I have a mad scrapping crush on Sucali so my next pick should not be a surprise, but it should help you understand why said crush exists.  One in Eight is a great example of Sucali’s clean, minimalistic style and the beauty she can create with just a few well chosen and strategically placed items.  Add in a great color scheme, some painted textures and similar patterns that play well together — the yellow dots and the yellow pineapple — and you get the idea of why I love her layouts so much.

I Love Days Like These | Weaselwatchr

I Love Days Like These by Weaslewatchr is another wonderful example of minimalism with a really great twist – fun patterns.  The background paper reads as a solid, yet has a subtle pattern that adds a lot of texture and movement to the layout while the strongly patterned papers on the three squares are a great compliment to the second, striped background.  Weaselwatchr’s few, well chosen embellishments play up the color scheme created by her papers as well as adding pops of color that lead your eye right to her sweet photo.

#6-Swan82

My fourth pick, #6 by Swan82 had my number from the second I saw it in the gallery.  Much like my first pick, the perspective of the photo here really caught my eye as did the contrast of dark (her sweater and the water) and light (her hair, pants and the sand) that is played up in it.  I also like the pops of yellow that give the page that warm “end of summer” feeling.  Finally I think the seagull, doodle and banner work well together to create a sense of whimsy in an otherwise tranquil layout.

Goals-mrsashbaugh

As a quilter there is no way that I could not have chosen my fifth pick, Goals by mrsashbaugh.  Her patchwork squares, buttons, stitching and lace are all my favorite things in one beautiful place.  In addition to the quilted elements, I love the contrast of the black and white photo with the gorgeous colors of her palette and her well written journaling.  The other bits and pieces on her page, flowers, ribbons, etc add the perfect finishing touches to a lovely layout.

Jackson (2002-2016) – cmkb396

My final pick of the day is a hard one to post.  The loss of a beloved pet is a heartbreaking thing, so congratulating cmkb396 on her layout seems wrong, yet it is such a wonderful, loving tribute I wanted to share the beauty of it with you.  While the layout is visually appealing, the heart of it lies in the story of her and Jackson.  The unconditional love between us and our pets is a rare and precious thing that cmbk396 expresses beautifully.  I felt and empathized with their relationship and the strength it took for her to let him go.  Cmbk396, please accept my condolences on the loss of your sweet Jackson.  Thank you for sharing his story with us.

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

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Finger Pointing-September 13th

13 Sep

Hello Everyone!

My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by the major hurricanes that have hit our country in recent weeks. The devastation is so wide spread and will take a very long time to recover. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you.

I have been busy working on layouts of my own today and decided it was time for a much-needed break. There’s nothing better than finding inspiration from others as I always do when I go gallery hopping. I hope you like my picks as much as I do. Let’s get started!

These Adirondack chairs just seem to draw me in. come sit by pam p reminds me of a similar place my hubby & I visited last fall in New England. This is such a lovely, serene photo and the golden tones are perfect for the upcoming autumn season. Beautiful masking and blending really bring the focus right in and the textures are wonderful. Love those golden leaves too! “come sit”…I’d love to!

There’s nothing sweeter than a newborn baby and this next layout is just adorable in every way! Hello Baby by flsz_23 is the perfect way for this artist to start her baby’s album. Those photos right after his birth are amazing and so incredibly sweet! I love the blue woodgrain background and all of the cute elements she placed on this page. After reading her journaling, it sounds like he was ready to come out into the world. Cute title too!

Message in a Bottle by Angeljet is so beautiful! I love the soft, blended colors and the bit of seagrass around the bottle in the sand. The letter or message in the bottle is so eloquently written and you can feel the emotions as you read it; truly heartfelt. The last line brought a tear to my eye.

Can you say “Girl Power?” How fun is this layout! Girl Power by Sabyne jumped out at me all of its quirkiness and bright pops of color! Love the black & white photo and color scheme; it’s almost like a grungy chalkboard and all of the white text and word art are perfect for this. A pretty yellow border, some cute little flowers, a butterfly and splashes of paint bring everything together beautifully!

Wow! Someday by cfile is stunning!  I love the large, artsy portrait and the textures running through it. Take a minute to ready the well-placed journaling. I think we could all take that to heart. The mint green along with the faded gray-striped paper suits this page beautifully. The little peach flower is the perfect accent to bring out the lip color.

I leave you with this burst of color…Colour Run by tracermajig! What’s really unique about this layout is that the artist created her own background from doilies and clipping masks! How awesome is that! The colors coordinate with her son’s photos, well his shirt anyway, and also the title of the event. Very cool! Love the black & white striped border and photo mats. Black is the one color that can keep everything grounded in a composition. Great page!

So there you have it, my six standouts for today! Have a wonderful rest of the week and I hope to see what you bring to the galleries real soon!

 

 

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