Finger Pointing – August 30

30 Aug

Evening everyone! I was just looking at the date to put in the header of this blog post and realized it will be September in just a day or two.  September?!  How did that happen? My local stores already have all the Fall/Autumn things on the shelves, and some Halloween items to. The next thing you know, they’ll be playing holiday music.  What?  Too much?! (LOL!)  Okay, how about some awesomeness from the digital galleries, instead?

Starting out tonight’s picks is a template-based layout, Once Upon A Time from Ruebchensmum. I’m a big fan of templates, and love that many scrappers use these as a starting point in their layouts – some leaving things pretty much as-is, while others change the design up … a lot.  I love the unusual choice of page design for this, a wedding photo. The crop on the picture fits perfectly in the hexagon shape. The scatters of the tiny beads, small paint drops, and the teeny tiny flowers all add to the delicate feeling that this scrapper has created with her layout. Love the choice of the patterned paper on the upper half of the layout – once again, a small design was chosen, perfectly in keeping with the overall page.

This next page caught my eye for the great use of white space – I mean, literally, white! KarenB’s page titled Happy Day has just enough dimensional elements added to create visual interest, but the choice of a clean, simple font, the solid papers, and the thin boxed outline all disappear into the background, allowing the picture to really tell the story of a proud moment. This might look like a simple page, but pulling off a great clean and simple white-space layout can take quite a lot of planning and thought. Well done.

From minimalist to a more layered layout. Lovely from Isa Marks is quite simply that. Lovely. At first I wondering if this was a hybrid layout, but then I realized Isa’s done a wonderful job with shadowing here to make everything touchable (I love when scrappers can fool me like that!).  Whether by chance or by design, I love that the blue/teal colors in the paid pick up on the child’s clothing. The layering here of so many pieces is great!

Changing things up a bit is a more artsy-inspired page, 1950 Through the Lens from Annette. Heritage pages can be such a personal choice, and I love seeing how different scrappers record such memories. This page caught my attention with the unusual photo frame: a camera lens. The clouds have a somewhat ethereal quality to them, floating both in front of and behind the photo.  The small cluster on the left draws you back and forth, from one side of the layout to the other, with the journaling carefully placed in between the two main design elements.  I love the little pops of green with the leaves, too.

I recently completed a challenge that was ‘everything including the kitchen sink,’ so I love seeing other scrappers doing the same thing and pushing that creative envelope to mix and match, and mix and match – again!  When I saw the thumbnail of Kayleigh’s Ninja Warrior page, I fell in love with the striking colors (love pink and black together!), and then I saw it.  Kayleigh used more than 15 kits (elements or full kits) on this page! The strips of paper and stitches around the edges create a great border for the layout, and I love the choice of putting the journaling on the top of the page – an usual choice.

Rounding out today’s GSO picks is a layout that had me at “Aaaawww …” as soon as I saw it.  Simply titled, Teddy, the design of Geek_gurl’s page has all of the central items kept within the circular shape; it’s compact and easy to see the focal point of the layout. The shadowing in the loose thread is great, and what’s not to love about that photo!  Mounting the layout on the dark, almost black background helps give the page some additional presence, too. Love this.

Well, that’s all for now. Until we meet again next month – happy scrapping!

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Finger Pointing-August 29th

29 Aug

Hi and welcome to some Monday mojo! I’ve been looking through the galleries and have found a lot of inspiration to share with you. It’s hot and humid here, so being inside on the computer works for me. I know September arrives later this week, so cooler weather will soon arrive. I always look forward to fall. Let’s get started with today’s picks!

So I Don’t Forget by wombat 146

This is such a beautiful, artistic page! Achieving a part photo-part sketch look is not always easy. I love the color tones and the old world feel here. You can really imagine what this place was like in its time. The little word snippets are placed well and I think the ripped paper journaling is perfect for this layout.

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These Are Priceless Moments by DivaMom96

This is a lovely travel page and truly makes me want to see Venice! First of all, the gorgeous photo is well balanced with the sky, the buildings, the water,the gondola and of course, the people. I love the spill-over framing with the wrap around journaling. The brush work and the vintage tape edges, along with the stitching are beautiful and really create an artsy look. Just gorgeous!

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City Limits 2 by Traumelfe

This is a fabulous urban page with lots of grunge! The way the photo is cropped and placed at the top of the page is brilliant! Love it and love the blending too. Great textures and brush work, especially at the bottom. The paint colors are awesome and the title is perfect. Cool page!

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Happy by Janedee

Beautifully romantic page! I just love it! The photo absolutely says “happy” and the framing really makes it pop. The soft pinks and greens are lovely and the layers and brush work on the background are just gorgeous. Love the distressed title word art as well! This will make a wonderful addition to the couple’s engagement/wedding album!

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Happy Talk by LiMA Inspirations

Awesome, awesome layout! I adore that cute photo and the perspective; it really pops out of the gallery! I love the repeated circles and all of the blue flowers. The kite is a also a fun element and the stitching adds a great balance to the page. The filmstrip and word art complete the look on this darling page!

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Anxiety by Zanthia122

I’ll leave you with this fabulous page! It speaks volumes and we can all probably relate to it in one way or another and at one time or another.”My brain has too many tabs open” is so how I feel on some days. The brush work is simply amazing and so is the word art! I love the paint splats and the colors too. The blended background and the sketch of the girl gives this page a very beautiful, edgy  look.

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Have a wonderful week and I hope you find some inspiration to scrap some layouts of your own. There is a plethora of digitals designs out there! Have fun! See you next time, which will actually be later this week. Be sure and click on the individual titles to see these up close and feel free to leave comments for the artists. I know they’d really appreciate it.

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Finger Pointing – August 28th

28 Aug

Hello and happy Sunday! And a sunny day it was! Finally we had a week of summer in the Netherlands! It was warm but ooh so welcome! I enjoyed it very much! Felt like a little staycation! Hope everyone had a great weekend wherever you are! I hope to find some wonderful pages and some inspiration in the galleries this evening! My cat Brammie is sitting next to me, covering a big part of my desk here! I hope he keeps his tail still, because strange things will happen on my computer because of my touch screen!

At the beach by jetjez

What a beautiful photo and beach page! I love that time of day on the beach! And when I see it I am almost there! The design of the page is awesome! I love every piece of it! Everything she added is awesome and fits there perfectly! Wonderful colors and light too! And I totally agree “heaven seems a little bit closer on the beach”.

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The branch by annlavin

This is art! And you know that I love that! What an awesome bit mysterious feel this piece has! I love the blending and the grunge and texture! Pages like that make me wonder and thinking what’s behind it! They make me stop and looking for them for a while!

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You Are The Best by Oldenmeade

A very dynamic and energetic composition! Beautiful extraction work! Love how he is stepping up in the background! All the brushwork with the splatters and scribbles are fantastic on this! Awesome page to look at!

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The Flamenco Dancer by zlemon

She has portrayed both the excitement (with bold black and white) and the romance (with soft reds and blues) in this artsy piece! It is strong and soft at the same time! That’s really amazing! You can feel the power of the flamenco in this page! What drama and passion! Love it!

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Adventure by SonjaS

Another page with great energy and movement in it! The Black and White photo with the purple gives this power! Also the brushwork and gorgeous framing does! Sure! Say yes to awesome! Be the change! I love how she illustrated that!

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Dream by Gina

Stunning blending work, and very beautiful textures and colors! And then she made a fabulous cluster of elements to go along with it! How could I not be in love with this page! Outstanding work! Can look at this for a long time!

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This will be all from me for today! Hope you like the layouts I have chosen. My cat is sleeping now at my desk! No problems! Everything is OK! I wish you a wonderful new week, and I’ll see you next time! Happy scrapping!!!

 

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Finger Pointing – August 27th

27 Aug

Hello and happy Saturday! Today, apparently, is “great use of a template day” according to the inspiration I saw in the galleries. Naturally, I have included a couple of those, as well as some other unique ideas that just shone out from the gallery. As always I had such fun roaming through digi-land (and elsewhere!) and checking out the beautiful art on view! Ready for some fun?! Here we go.

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

Sweet Memories by bcnatty

There is so much to love about this page! Great combination of the bold lavender stripe with the cork-look paper, with the effective paint strip split between the two. I love the whimsical look of the flowers and hearts scattered down the page with the word strips. Great way to block the photo with the journaling, and the little “3” circle tells us all we need to know about the baby’s age. This is a wonderful page!

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You are so beautiful by RhondaR

I really love to see innovative ideas, and this real life paper page grabbed my attention right away. I love the stitched down curled edge paper, and the heart embracing the photo. Nice way to add the journaling on a hidden tag. But the best thing about this page? She made those flowers out of coffee filters! I will definitely be trying that technique! Fabulous page!

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You light up my world by mrphoto

Maribel has a great way of combining patterns, heartfelt journaling, and just the right number of embellishments, while using white space in a truly effective way. I love the staggered journaling, bold shadow work, and use of minimal but purposeful embellishments here. Seriously sweet big brother photos too. I would never have known she started with a template, I was so enamored of the story she told. That shows great skill!

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best ever (selfies with my girl) by Barbara Unzen

You’ve got to love a good selfie page! And, I enjoyed how Barbara used the template for these! Fun elements and word strips for the tone of this page. Really beautiful patterns that went together perfectly as a base for the photos. The journaling on the photo frame said it all!

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SD Dinosaur 2016 by OKate

Here is another great example of making a template your own! This one includes a road trip shot that has to be one for the record books! Great travel page, way cool photo treatment, and I love the elements she chose. Those Scrabble-like tile letters for the title were perfect.

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simply adore you by bessysue581

This one didn’t start as a template, but it would certainly make a great template! I love the repeat watery circles for the background, and the cut out circles highlighting elements is just genius. This is just so pretty!

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Those are the most fun, aren’t they? If you enjoyed today’s picks, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some love. Have a great weekend!

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Finger Pointing – August 25th

25 Aug

Hello everyone, it’s good to be here with you on this Thursday evening. It’s a public holiday here in the UK on Monday and I’ve taken a days leave tomorrow so I have a super four day weekend stretching out in front of me! After spending some time in the galleries this evening, I’ve picked up so much inspiration so I know what I’ll be spending some of my time on over the weekend… scrapping for sure! So let’s have a look at the gems I’ve found for you today.

I love the clean simplicity of Sur le Ponton by katell. Now I say simplicity but I often find this style one of the hardest to achieve. I love the text paper backdrop that compliments the smaller photo’s while allowing them to shine and the dainty elements, gentle masking and simple title work make for a classic looking page. Beautiful!

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When I saw Happiness by taxed4ever, it immediately made me think of the Red Arrows (the UK Royal Air Force aerobatic team) who, whenever I see them in action, make me feel really patriotic. taxed4ever has done a grand job of placing the subject of her page centrally and in such a way on the artsy backdrop that the aircraft appear to be emerging from clouds. The colour tones are beautiful and the title work and quote finish off this page perfectly. A stunning layout!

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Thanks to Niagara Falls Canada by Fonnetta, I now have a new addition to my bucket list! Terrific photography and neat colourful elements make this page really striking. I love the blending of the falls photo and the linear placement of the smaller photo’s and the perfectly positioned elements. I also love the little numbered tabs for each photo that correlate to the descriptions below. Rounding up the page, Fonnetta has chosen the perfect font for the title. Just gorgeous!

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I particularly like seeing pages where a photo spans a few frames. JenEm’s page, Go, is a perfect example and to go one step further, JenEm has also blended her photo in such a way that I feel that I’m sneaking a peek at the view through the fence. I like the vertical placement of the frames and how they are balanced by the horizontal blending. Minimalistic elements and a little brushwork add even more interest and the inclusion of the shadow on the page is fabulous! Love this!

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Pretty layers with lots of white space is always a winning combination and Loving by louso is a fine example. I like the structure of this page, with the delicate masking, colourful layers and the sweet perspective of the sepia photo. Again, understated title work gives this page a classic look and the borders of the page, left and bottom, with the dash of splatters add that little extra decoration to a beautifully sweet page. So pretty!

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My next pick popped out of the gallery… I love the use of the alpha on We Can Do Hard Things by LeeAndra and how the title work demands attention against the soft tones of the backdrop and the small black and white photo. A great page design with perfectly coordinated elements that add interest and split journaling that adds balance. I must say, this one really makes me want to think out of the box with my own scrapping! Great page!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my round up of standouts tonight. If you have a moment or two, please click on the page links and let the artist know what you like about their work and if you have time to scrap a story or two of your own, I’d love to see you in the galleries! As we head into the weekend, I hope you all have a good one and, till next time, take care!

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Finger Pointing – August 24th

24 Aug

It’s getting late here and I’m just getting started on my post.  It’s been a long, busy day but it ended with a great treat – dinner with our son.  To cap the day off, I’ve spent an hour in the galleries checking out all of the awesome art.  Here are my picks for today.

Once again, I’ve been awed by a page by Marleen.  This one is called Live in Color.  The bright colors added to the black and white sketch effect of the photo creates a stunning scene.  The scribble along the bottom of the photo grounds it and I love the exclamation of the blue brad at the end of it.  This would make a great wall print.

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The retro look of One Smart Cookie by chigirl is what pulled me into the gallery to get a closer look.  The red and black just pop off the kraft paper background.   And the photo looks right at home in the middle of all those retro elements.  Love the use of the photo corners!  Super cool back to school page.

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The composition of Jana_NJ’s page called Water Fun is just fantastic.  I love how the watery look  of the title, the brushes and the sun/cloud/rain element support the  subject of the page.  Such a fun page.  I love it!

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Life’s Labor by TrishD just made me say “Wow!” when I saw it in the gallery.  She’s taken a wonderful photograph and turned it into an amazing piece of art.  I love the photo treatment and the mask she’s used to blend it is perfect. Love the placement of the photo and how she’s used the frame.  The understated title finishes off the page beautifully.  Gorgeous piece of art.

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Canada Place by Vrielinkie is a beautiful two-page spread.  The left side is full of wonderful photos, elements, and bits of paper.  The large photo on the right side balances it out.  And I LOVE the large title.  You really need to go to the gallery to see this one in a little larger format to appreciate it fully.

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Gourmande  by brinic is one of those pages that just draws you in.  The black and white photos with the chevrons and title in their bright pink just pop against the white background.  Love the title and journaling area!  And what sweet photos!  Love this page.

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I hope you will take the time to visit the galleries to get a closer look at these amazing pages.  And, while you’re there, think about leaving a message (it doesn’t have to be long or detailed) to let the artists know you’ve enjoyed their work.

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – August 23rd

23 Aug

Hello everyone, here I am again and I promise you this will be the last time this week! LOL! I am even much earlier than I usually am. I picked some beauties again I think, let me show them to you!

This beautiful large B&W picture page, Little Cowboy by Electra, immediately got my attention. It is such a sweet declaration of love and so clever done with all the colored edges. Particulairly like the confetti in the left upper corner here. Wonderful page!

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This grungy and slightly urban page is also gorgeous. Black and white with a splash of color by NAdams gives me the feel we are secretly watching the boy from behind a fence. Love the touch of color in the sunglass

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The clusters of the happy colored flowers drew my attention of Summer Field All in One by lauser. The flowers look so real, as if someone just came in the room and placed them on the picture. Perfect shadowwork also! Beautiful!

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A lovely masked/blended page is Rue du Gros-Horloge by aliba. Love the soft colors here and look how the brushes along the right side fit the colors of the buildings real good! And that’s a large clock indeed! I love it!

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The title Don’t look back by rikki reminded me of the movie with the same title (a very good & scary thriller wit Donald Sutherland), so I took a closer look and there is a similarity I think. Don’t look back and move forward, that’s what is important! I love this AJ page and the message of course! Although we never should forget the lessons we’ve learned in the past. Love that little arrow pointing the way.

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This great grungy and superlarge B&W ‘selfie’ 1908 by ValeJules screamed pick me! The subtile colored touches on the face and hair give the page a wonderful touch of interest. So do the brushes, lines, ellies and splatters. A lovely piece of Art!

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Well guys and girls, these are my picks for tonight. I wish you a wonderful Wednesday and happy scrapping! See you next time!

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