Hello everyone, I hope you are well, starting to enjoy the weekend and, this I am SURE, having fun scrapping. And I say this because I have just spent the past almost 4 hours going around galleries, picking up amazing jewels, little pieces of history, some master artsy pieces, getting my heart full of joy and also tearing it apart when you have to start closing tabs as we cannot possibly afford to bring in all images……… but not only is the amount of talented YOUs we have in this industry, but each of you who post more than 1 (or 4 LOL) pages on the day…which means I have to choose…ohhh boy….. that almost hurts.
A couple of people have asked what do we “get” for being a blogger here…. I almost said nothing…but nothing is so very far from the truth… I know I can speak for ALL my colleagues as we do talk about this often…. the amazing inspiration, the pleasure of knowing we can highlight someone we admire and sometimes, even make someone’s day….. I do know, to me, the beauty that comes to my soul when someone whom we picked comes back to us, be that an experienced scrapper who knows us and had been around a while (which we would expect is used to being featured) or if is a first timer and the words we get on even the post comments or on private messages…. that, my friends, is so far from nothing…that is what makes me get energy from nowhere and spend hours going around…. but hey, I know I talk a lot, so I’m going to make this short:I tell you this because I couldn’t narrow down to 6, and because my first intention was to pick new people (as we have some rocking talent that has not been highlighted or at least not much or not by me) but the very first page I find is someone not only very known to me, but I am sure, to most of you….. a girl (a lady!) who is as talented in her scrapping as she is in her designing (don’t I always tell you how much I love designers who scrap?) but she doesn’t scrap that much these days…so I was almost jumping of joy when I find not one but two pages…. and I abandoned the idea of a “newbie” post…for today, but will be happening. So, now, my first page, is this gorgeous, happy, immensely full of beauty and perfection, the portrait of a family so delightful that their smiles light up your screen…and I’m only not crying because she hasn’t journaled in the actual page….because she is as gifted with the written word as she is with her talent in the visual arts, as a designer and as a scrapper. Amazing composition, ful of bits and pieces in a way that it feels hand made…..this is my first pick: Together by Rubia Padilha the one and only amazing creative hand that you may better know as Studio basic Designs
My next pick was one of those that kept me going back & forth between some of the pages she has posted…as each and everyone are so gorgeous, so wonderfully composed and elegant and full of scrappy goodness…almost a master class in each of them…..worse of all, Sarita (my daughter) has just had an operation so she is asleep, or I could have called her to help me decide…but I would suggest you click on the link, have a look at this page closer, then look on the right hand side and there is a link to her full gallery, because this lady is just beyond amazing….a wonderful, perfect extraction and a composition centered on it with perfect additions, another happy feel page that, if it wasn’t my crutches getting on the way…I would surely be dancing by now!!!!!!!! ;) The artist is Clin d’oeil Design and she has named this page Dancing. Absolute gorgeousness.
Now, with my heart even more and MORE full of joy, another lady who also doesn’t scrap too often, but then when she does…ohhh so much beauty, so much the essence of what we do with so much perfection, sweetness, amazing talent with which she fills the page with emotion…The photography is so much more than perfect, the capture of the moment , that kind of moment I think our scrapbooks should be filled with…the non posed photos that capture in perfection something which – I know, as I have shared it with my own child- will be shared in a not so distant future, in love, and will bring them smiles of a size impossible to describe. Full page photos are one addiction of mine, and in here this is composed to perfection, with much to see without taking away the focus from the incredibly beautiful image….(and if you are a girl’s mum…this will make you melt even more, I know I am on cute overload and flash back some 16 years in time!!!! -mine just turned 20!!!!) The page is Sweet Denim by this incredibly talented girl that is Liana, aka Yellowpeep.
And so much for wanting to bring you new people in the community, these next two pages are from two well known, awesomely talented ladies , those who can communicate so much with sometimes the elegant, amazingly stylish blank space pages, two girls I have my heart sing every time I come across their pages: Your Time to Shine by bcnatty, so so beautifully put together, I want to sit and study this piece by piece, love the base of paints, the gorgeous pieces of papers with the photo editing so subtle and beautiful, and the cutting the linear thing with the circle with the heart…LOVE absolutely love the layering here, perfect shadows, the journaling that brings even more emotion to the photo and such a positive, beautiful message… LOVE being part of this girl’s family, even if only by following the pages…. and maybe one day I win the lottery and get there ..who knows, right? LOL…… what can I say? the page is perfection!!!!!!!!!!!
And the next is another page that brings another overload of cuteness , sweetness, this is the kind of page in which is full of elegance, style, clean lines, perfect composition, and at the same time has all that feeling of huge mother love, amazing growing up boy, beautiful in so many ways. In her journaling I read the feeling I had so many times when Sarita was going into her pre-teens… 10 or 11…and they get a bit tired of being the eternal model of the scrapbook momma….but at times, like here…they let us become the mammarazzis again…. and the page captures it all, even if you can’t read the journaling…plus the perfection, her amazing talent all over the page… LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!!! This is So You by Ana.Paula
and now going to the complete other end of the spectrum, gorgeous, amazingly beautiful and full of layering goodness, a pocket page that may not necessarily be a pocket page, I am in love with the kids photo, the gorgeous contrast of the amazing colors with the beautiful black & white of the image, and the impressive, absolutely awesome general feel in the page…oh I don’t think I have words….I look at that marvelous clustered wave crossing the page, all those amazing elements, perfectly shadowed and layered to give life to the page….. absolute delight, LOVE the elements, LOVE the alphas, LOVE every thing about this!!!!!!!!!! Another superbly talented lady who isn’t a stranger to this blog: Then She Said, by Anita aka apottinger
Last but not least (as I honestly couldn’t NOT share this with you), is another amazing lady, with a page the kind I love so much, again, amazing layering, superb creativity, and brings to mind something is being discussed in a forum about planner stuff and what about if you, like me, have nothing to plan? you appeal to your amazing creative mind, let your imagination run and put it to use in the best, most amazing way possible… I know this may not be exactly the case, but it brought that to mind…love how she created a virtual diary, with the hand made feeling and lots of bits and pieces, love how much there is here and still how clean the page feels, but, once again, full of creativity and making you wanting to dive into the story whatever it is being told there…and to grab my heart even tighter, she has included a Louise M Alcott quote (Little Women was my first book total love!) telling us to preserve our memories…. even if I wrote down to the page that I spent the day doing nothing… it will be a glimpse into the past for the ones to come…isn’t it? Absolute delight of a page, from amazingly talented Julie, aka motherbear: Dear Diary.
So, I hope I haven’t bore you too much with my wide awake brain at 04:31 am, also hope you find these amazing people as inspiring as I do. Please do click on the name of the LO and author, it will take you to their original gallery, even if one word or two, we all know how much it can mean to us…. Have an amazing weekend..and see you in March!!!!!!!! :)