Hi, everyone! My name is Stacia and this is my very first post on Gallery Standouts. With all the gorgeous layouts being posted in the many digital scrapbook galleries every day, it’s certainly not easy to narrow your favorites down to only a few. In fact, I’m pretty positive it’s not going to get any easier with time. It’s a tough job, spending hours looking at eye-candy, appreciating technique and subtlety, photos shared and stories being told, but oh what a fun “job” it is!
Let’s get started with today’s finds:
Always on my Mind by Scrappie Irene – This one grabbed my eye immediately! The subtle reference to the subject of New York City in the title, the soft blended background, the red, white and blue paint and the brightly colored photo in contrast to it all. It almost feels like a doorway to walk through, the hustle and bustle stopped just for a moment to allow you to peer in.
Life Journey by Tropt – At first, it seemed like a page about travel but then I saw it was more about the importance of knowledge and growth on the journey through our own lives. I love the mix of circle shapes with arrows, the shaped journaling that makes you want to zoom in to read it and the roadway leading you in or moving you forward whichever view you might take.
These Are The Days by Dalis – This is so bright and happy in the midst of what is winter for many of us! Who can’t recall a window-shopping trip just to get out of the house? I love the mix of straight lines and angles, the combination of blended photos vs color, the split journaling placement, the scale of the patterns and all the words used (and reinforced), both in the story shared and in all of the paper choices.
Kindergarten Concert by Tronesia – I always LOVE seeing Tronesia’s layouts in the galleries! I know I’ll be treated to stunning photos, a clean background feel and amazing shadowing. This layout is no exception. Every element seems hand chosen for perfect placement. Your eye is led right across the page, from the multi-color painted background through the journaling and titlework all the way to a detail photo that totally reinforces the story.
Nuage s’amuse by Dady – I don’t need to be able to read the journaling to understand cuteness! I like how the journaling fits right into the blended photo background against the fun cat toy that I think is the subject of the story. The combination of crisp detail shots, the implied playful movement of the triangle shapes and the doodles that mimic the string bouncing through the air tell the story just perfectly.
Smile Through the Pain by dotcomkari – Can’t you just feel the maelstrom of emotions she’s implying here? The ransom letters and swirls of paint make me feel the struggle inside bubbling to the surface. You just have to read the journaling to hear her story.
Of course, I could have picked dozens more layouts that caught my eye today. There’s always next time! Please visit the galleries and give these scrappers a little love for sharing these bits of themselves with us. I hope you find some time to scrap and document your own memories this week!