Finger Pointing – May 5th

5 May

Hi, it’s Patsy here enjoying a sunny day in Florida after an all-day soaking rain yesterday.  I ended up spending a lot of time in the galleries and even more time than usual cutting my choices down to six.  My choices today run the gamut of style and subject and I hope you enjoy each and every one of them.

I think we can all relate to the subject of Burnt Out by Gerli.  Who hasn’t either had to deal with a child who’s had too little sleep or had to deal with too little sleep themselves!  That photo is so absolutely perfect and the combination of colors she’s used seem to bring a calmness to the page.  Love the crocheted edges!  A perfect page to record one of life’s ordinary moments.

Burnt Out by Gerli

Like The Model by digi371 is such a wonderful combination of whimsical and realistic elements.  The use of the brush work (or is it a masked piece of paper?) as a photo mat is awesome and coordinates with the element cluster at the bottom of the photo and with the photo itself.  And that photo is so cute.  This page just makes me smile!

Like The Model by digi371

2016 Days Gone By by easyeyes4you is another example of a page that should be framed and hung on the wall for all to admire!  The blue stains and the textured paper are the perfect backdrop for the beautiful lady in red with red umbrella (sounds like a painting, doesn’t it?!).  The loops and brushwork make sure your attention is on the subject of the page.  Love the placement of the title (and the title itself)!  And the double mat of blue and black really makes the whole page pop.  Gorgeous page!

2016 Days Gone By by easyeyes4you

It’s no secret that timounette is one of my favorite scrappers.  And her cigogne page is a perfect example of why I love her style.  This is another page that could be a wall-hanging or in a coffee-table book.  I love the angles she’s used for the photo, title, and journaling.  And the placement of those elements and the out-of-bounds portions of the bird create a beautiful composition.  Love how she’s used the scribble to suggest the flight of the bird.  Gorgeous page!

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I am in absolute awe of scrappers who can use multiple photos on a page even if they use a template!  Katie Pertiet’s Captured Moments [pg2] is a beautiful example of a multiple-photo page.  It was created to go with a “highlight page” (which is an awesome page too!).  I love the selection of photo she’s inlcuded and I especially love the crop on the bottom-right photo.  The grunged-up paper she’s used is perfect for the colors and energy of the photos.  These two pages will make a stunning addition to an album.

Captured Moments (pg 2) by Katie Pertiet

Perspective by Oldenmead is one of those pages that just draws you in and makes you wonder about the story behind it. (And how difficult will that first step be?)  I love the placement of the title and the brushwork beneath it.  The browns and grays and the blurring of the photo work well to set the tone of the page.  I think this would make an awesome movie poster!

Perspective by Oldenmeade

So those are my picks for today.  Hope you’ve been inspired by them.  If you have time, please visit the galleries and leave the artists some love.  The titles and images are all linked to make it easy.

 

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Finger Pointing – May 4

4 May

Hello, everyone! Katherine here with tonight’s AMAZING Standouts! After making my rounds through all the wonderful galleries I finally managed to narrow my choices to the required six, I could have easily chosen a couple dozen more! I hope you adore my picks!

Starting us off is this super lovely artwork titled Love you, Mom by pam p. Had I not known that this was digital, I’d swear it was a mixed media piece. I really LOVE the artistry here, it looks like a gorgeous oil painting. If this were mine I’d frame it and hang it on my wall!

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Next I have this little beauty by mrshobbes titled thankful for you. Really love the design with the vertical journaling along the left side. The tonal palette is just gorgeous, and I love all the layering under the focal photo. Such a beautiful layout.

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I absolutely fell in LOVE with this next work of art titled Love by zwyck. I absolutely adore the candidness in the capture, you just can’t beat the beauty in an unposed image! I also adore the simplicity in the design, really allows that gorgeous image to take front and center. The muted palette is so striking, and the blending is nothing short of flawless!

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I fell head over heels for this next layout by cocodou titled Misty Blue Beautiful. Such a sweet, sweet capture, the little puppy is so adorable! The simplicity in the design is perfect, and so is the minimal use of embellishments.

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Next up I have this adorable layout titled Play by Lizziet5. The vertical stacked design is super fabulous! I absolutely love the journaling/text beneath each of those fabulous images, really adds a lot of visual interest! I also love all the personality that was captured in each one of the photos!

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Rounding out my choices is this lovely layout by Biancka titled Our Family. Really love the way the layout artist used the chevrons here, really creates a nice flow in the design. Love the combination of colors, too and all of the layering! beautiful, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!

Our Family

That’s it for me. I hope you’ve found inspiration in my choices this week. I’ll see you all in the galleries again real soon! Blessings! XO

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Finger Pointing-May 3rd

3 May

Happy May everyone! Spring is in full bloom around here and I just love this time of year! Flowering trees are my favorite and it’s so nice to hear all of the birds singing early every morning. It’s as if all of nature is happy once again. The galleries seem to be bursting with all kinds of wonderful layouts. I keep going back and forth trying to pick only 6 for today. That’s not such an easy task, as there are so many I’d like to choose. This is Jana and I’ll share today’s standouts with you. Enjoy!

I’ve said it before, I’m a huge fan of Margje’s creativity! Every moment totally popped out of the gallery and I think it’s such a amazing page! I adore the colors and the photo treatment. Placing the focal point in the center of the page works beautifully here and all of the masking is gorgeous. The bold title and word art stretched across the bottom really make a bold statement and I think the stitching and little flowers really pull everything together. Awesome standout!

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I found this lovely spring page by anke. Take in the beauty reminds me of the flowering trees in our backyard and really speaks to my heart. I love how she blended the main photo and then placed smaller, framed photos off to its side. The loops seem to encircle the gorgeous pink blossoms, drawing your attention right to them. This has a beautiful, soft color palette and the blended striped paper is wonderful. Very artsy standout!

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Wow! You are My Heart  by JustTrace is a very powerful page! The composition, the monochromatic scheme and the use of white space are perfect.  The journaling, which may be a song or poem, will tug at your heartstrings and is simply beautiful. I think the placement, partially behind the frame is very effective, as is the angle of that black & white photo and spillover. The simple elements and title are the perfect touches to complete this page. Stunning standout!

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Worlds Greatest Wilds by Angelique’s Scraps is so wild and fun! Who doesn’t love a zebra or two ? This is just fantastic and so creative! I love how the main zebra is stepping out from the frame and the addition of the bright butterfly really pops against the stripes. Bits and pieces of the the foliage from the jungle also enhance this composition. Wild standout!

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Here’s another beautiful page by MiekSter. MAY Journaling Challenge is very colorful, yet it also has some great white space. I love that black & white photo of those three girlfriends and the word art looks fabulous placed right on it. I think it must be a selfie! Something I find very creative is the diagonal design with the pops of color in one corner and then faded in the opposite color. Very cool standout!

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Okay, there must be something wild in the air today. Look at this one! WalkOnTheWildSide Africa by dwagner is just terrific! The blended photo background is beautiful and I love the colors. Those hippos are awesome and those small, connected frames across the page really makes everything pop. I never would have thought to do that. The cute banner and title word art are spot on and they complete this page. A very “hip” standout!

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Those are my six picks for today. I hope you love them as much as I do and feel inspired to scrap some of your favorite photos. I added links to every page so feel free to check them out closer and even leave a comment or two for the artist. Have a wonderful rest of the week and see you next time!

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Finger Pointing – May 2

2 May

Happy Monday! It’s Beatrice and it’s my turn on the blog today. I like to think that all the artists have been busy creating and posting over the weekend so I have many gorgeous designs to view in the galleries. And yet I’m not certain that it makes my job any easier with so many to choose from. So without further delay here are my six picks for today.

Mothers by mugsbigsis

The photos in this layout are outstanding. I especially love the sun flare in the robin photo. The addition of the sticks and leaves under the bottom photo extends the nest beyond the photo. Both the sketched and painted flowers are just right as is the title work and journaling. I love the little stack of word strips stapled to the top of the photo.

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The Elephant Camp by Mum2gnt

This layout is one side of a two page layout and you can see it here: The Elephant Camp. In her description the artist makes it sound so simple but in my opinion she managed to create a standout simple or not. Sometimes the photos are so perfect they can stand on their own with just the right amount of embellishing and journaling.

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Harbour Town by EllenT

There is a lot to take in on this layout. My eye was immediately drawn to the partial sketch extending the lighthouse in the photo.  I love all the curves both in the cut-out pp and the banner across the top. It’s easy to get carried away with color and pattern but in this case the white background is ideal.

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My Favorite Book Worm by mrspotts

I’m always happy when I can pick a hybrid project and this card is absolutely darling. The alpha overlay just says “loves to read” and the layered papers, stitching and cute little bookworm add up to a sweet little greeting card that I’m certain will be loved by the recipient.

 

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Year 12 Formal – LBW wk5 by KarenW

This layout really jumped out of the gallery for me. The blue and yellow palette is gorgeous and there is an incredible amount of texture overlaying the large photo she used for the background. The dripping sparkles and golden scatter add to the formal look of her layout which works so well with her theme.

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Do What Makes You Happy by kcvance

I was inspired to make my final pick because of the palette she chose. The bright pinks, teal and navy are the perfect foil for the large, black and white photo. And it’s another gorgeous photo chosen as the background along with that charming, wood grain in pink which is quite unusual. I love the way the subject (the artist herself) is framed by the gigantic trees and the arrows pointing toward her outstretched arms are perfectly placed. Finally, her journaling is a lesson for us all.

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I hope you enjoyed my picks and found them as inspiring as I did. Please leave these well deserving artists some love by clicking on the links and as National Scrapbook Day approaches, happy scrapping!

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – May 1

1 May

May already!!! Have you seen the time go by so quickly? Spring is there and before you know it you are heading to the summer! Today we finally have a bit of Spring here in the Netherlands, after a week of weather that could be normal for an autumn or early winter! I’m happy to see my big yellow friend again today! He warmed my heart and body! It felt good to be in the garden with a book today! I needed that!

But now it’s time to have a look at the beautiful pages that are waiting for me in the galleries! Let’s see if I can find us something to OOh and AAh about on this wonderful first day of May!

Daisies by Myla

What a gorgeous page this is! The beautiful bright colors ( love that beautiful blue of the sky she captured), the framing work, the little out of bounds details, the photo treatment. I just love it all! A real pleasure to look at!

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Rain by mcurtt

Well I certainly have enough of rain but I think this page is awesome!  Love the design of the page ( It’s great how she used those circles)  and the contrast of the black and white with the red color! And the quote is really wonderful too!

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Watercolour Flowers by Robyn

Wow! I so love these beautiful watercolor flowers! And they are so beautifully masked! I totally dig the design and colors and textures on this page! The framing is sublime too! I would hang this on my wall for sure!

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Jonny by Ozegirl

This artsy page stands out in the gallery by its gorgeous colors and beautiful design! I love the art in the frame, what a beautiful photo treatment. I  love the text she added with the wonderful bird! Everything is just right! And that black scribble behind the frame is really giving it power and energy!

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Observe by Wombat146

And I sure did observe it! Another page of Ona that I love! Can’t help it but I love all her pages and this one is no exception! I love the beautiful  photo treatment and light on the flower and the beautiful design! Love how she blended all that text in! Great work!

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Comfort by jumlai

What a beautiful photo and photo treatment and blending! I adore the design  ( I love the lines and flow and energy in this page) and the colors are so warm and inviting! The scribbles are placed on just the right spot too! Really a fantastic page!

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So this is all you are going to get from me today. Hope these pages inspire you as much as they inspire me! We all know how wonderful is to get community recognition, so, if you could take one minute or two to leave these awesome artist a bit of gallery love, just click in the author/name of the LO highlighted.
See you next time! Happy scrapping!

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Finger Pointing – April 30th

30 Apr

Wow! Saturday is certainly an amazing day to look for Gallery Stand Outs! The galleries are just brimming with gorgeous layouts created with this week’s new releases at all the stores across digiland. You would think that designers and scrappers would be taking a break to get ready for next Saturday, National Scrapbook Day, but I saw no signs of that today.

Let’s get straight to the pretties, shall we?

The Girls by Laura/emmasmommy

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The clustering looks effortless, tucked and piled, tilted and anchored. Of course, we that scrap know that element placement that looks like true scatter takes TONS of effort to decide on the exact spot for everything to get that perfection. The multiple layers of paint ground the page and the repetition of the hot pink and yellow makes the eye go from the edges of the page right back to the center. Just lovely!

My Routine by LBscraps

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Any page with this many words will always catch my eye and demand that I click on it to read the story. Turns out the story is about yet another whirlwind week of travel for her. Awesome page design with the stitched swirl to echo the busyness and activity she described. I love the mix of photos of modes of transportation and the weather screenshots supporting her words. AND an amazing job on the element shadowing here!

1 by Marijke

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It’s a powerful image that grabs you and makes you want to know more… is she happy and dragging her best buddy outside to play or is she sad and headed for a little pout? Wherever she’s going, it looks like she’s with a treasured friend. Stunning masking, gorgeous use of the soft watercolor brushes with the neutral photo and background.

Ahoy by Conny

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Yep, total cuteness aboard! Could these photos be more perfect if she tried? I love the perfectly placed details, the stitching to anchor the word strips, the greenery passing through the titlework, the sand and paint drips to repeat the red. Absolutely stunning!

Imperfect is Beauty by Jana_NJ

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I adore everything about it. I love the mix of geometric and natural patterns both in her dress and in the background, the bold splashes of color on the black and white, the implied movement. It’s as if she’s walking through a noir film and it’s becoming colorized in her wake. So many little nuances to consider.

PL2015 Week 19 L & R by LRaeWoo

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I appreciate the time and effort it takes to do a PL pocket spread each week, both in keeping track of all the little details so that they stay fresh and in the creation of the pages themselves. This is a nice mix of squares and rectangles, photos and stories. The borders at the top and bottom tie the pages together along with the limited color palette. The pops of red are an unexpected, but subtle touch. What a totally fun perspective and crop on the photos. Gorgeous shadowing and clustering, I keep clicking on them again and again to see even more things tucked here and there!

I hope you’ve found some inspiration in my picks tonight! Please visit the galleries and share a little love with your fellow scrappers.

See you soon!

 

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Finger Pointing – April 29th

29 Apr

Hi, everyone, and Happy Friday!  The weather here is back to normal Florida weather – hot and humid!  So here I am, enjoying myself in the air conditioning and getting inspired with a leisurely browse through the galleries.  And what a wonderful adventure it was.  From Mickey Mouse to Mariseille in 1898 to an Elvis inspired recipe and more … fun, fun, fun!

How adorable are these pictures on EHS Studios’ page Currently?  Her page is a perfect combination of horizontal composition and white space that draws your eye immediately to the photos.  The doodled curlicue line creates a perfect grounding element for the photo cluster.  And I love the placement of the title and subtitle, the doodled circles, and the colorful splats!  Fun page!

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And who wouldn’t smile at the awesome selfies on #MomLife by kendallt!  Once again I will say that I am in awe of scrappers who can use a multitude of elements on a page and have the page look so great.  Gorgeous choices on the papers and the elements and I LOVE the title!  Awesome page!

# Mom by kendallt

Elvis Recipe by joannebrisebois is another page for her retro-inspired Las Vegas album.  I love all of the pages she’s posted but this one really spoke to me.  The photo is blended beautifully and I love the addition of the bokeh.  I look forward to more pages from her in this retro Las Vegas album.  Very cool page!

Elvis Recipe by joannebrisebois

AnnaLift: Mariseille 1898 by ziemon is a stunning piece of art.  The blending on this page is absolutely amazing.  The dotted paper peeking through the upper portion of the photo adds depth and interest.  The Urban Stitched frame is perfect for the mood of this page.  This piece needs to be framed and hanging on  a wall.  Love it!

Marseille 1898 by ziemon

Horizon de Toscane by clindoeil is such a beautifully serene page!  The gorgeous photo is blended perfectly and the textures and the text on the background paper create such a beautiful depth on the page.  That view (and the colors on this page) are just amazing!  Gorgeous page!

Horizon de Toscane by clindoeil

Mickey’s Philharmagic by Heidi Nicole captures the pure magic of Disney.  Love the two clusters and the font used on the journaling (love the spacing of the journaling, too!).  Truly a magical memory captured forever.

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Those are my choices for today.  I hope you enjoy them and are inspired by them.  If so, please think about taking a moment to leave them some love in the gallery.  The titles and images are linked so it’s quick to find them.  Have a great – and creative – weekend.

 

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