I always read with great interest when one of the GSO bloggers selects layouts based on some kind of theme or common characteristic such as journaling, paint or large photo. It seems to make the post more organized and easier to read. I’ve made attempts along those lines but in the end what my choices have in common is this: Wow! why didn’t I think of that? It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.
I love how she used an ordinary, everyday photo and made it fill the page. Keeping the embellishments large and adding them on top of the photo adds color and interest. I like how she lined the cards up vertically toward the right hand side. The over -sized title work with the brad in the center of the letter o is a great finishing touch.
Next up is a layout that’s short on supplies but long on creativity. Her extraction is perfect right down to the shadows and the yellow in the shirt, which is repeated in the question mark, really pops against the gray background paper. I’m amazed at how she fashioned her title to substitute for the back of the bike. The date in a circle against the o in the title is a creative detail added to an already outstanding layout.
If you think I’m adding this next layout for personal reasons you would be right but it’s allowed. There’s no way I could ever pass up a layout featuring paper dolls, which for me were a long ago favorite and nearly forgotten. The composition of this page is outstanding. All the elements come together seamlessly and support her theme from the stitches to the needles, pins, buttons and bits of fabric and lace. I love the wooden frame set atop the bright, paint splashed paper. I really the title work with the hat placed on the letter o and that cookie ampersand is just darling. And of course her story is a delight to read.
As Stacia mentioned in her post yesterday, I can never pass up an opportunity to read the words on a page where the journaling is the star. I love the precious photo with the paper pieces stacked behind. The painted and scribbled edges frame the page just right and the other painty bits scattered about give a soft look to the page, perfect for her story. The little mouse on the scooter element is childlike and reinforces her theme. I hope to see more of this little fighter’s story!
My goodness, the overlay this artist created is amazing. I admit I checked the credits to see if it was actually part of a kit but as far as I can tell she made it herself. I read through most of the maxims and I don’t believe any were repeated. The idea itself is quite creative but actually executing it even more so. The single vertical cluster, script title work and bits of word strips were the only need accessories to complete the page.
This time of year there is no shortage of fall pages in the gallery. I love this one for both the photo and the masking. I’m not certain how much the artist manipulated the photo or if it’s straight out of the camera but its lovely. I especially like the pops of reddish orange in the roof tops and the trees both on the ground and in the reflection. The bows and paper strips mimic the colors in the photo and balance the quote and title work. The overall effect reminds me of a painting and is so soft and pretty.
I’ve come to the end of my post and I hope you’ve said wow a few times right along with me. I trust you will find time to do some creating of your own and as always please take a few minutes to click through and leave these well deserving artists some love. Have a great week.