Phew! Ever just have “one of those days” where you seem to struggle just to keep your head above water? Welcome to my today and the reason why today’s blog post is a little later than usual. A full day of “stuff” at the office meant a long day, but it’s not all bad: now I get to escape to my little corner of digiland and oooohh and aaaahhh over the galleries and see what catches my eye. A nice way to wind up the evening.
My first pick today is a great example of less is more. In The Middle by EHStudios has just a few, well-placed elements, and the masking on the trees is awesome. A great example of a minimalist page, but one where I’m sure there’s many hidden layers with the blending of the trees, for example.
In my neck of the woods, cherry blossom trees are coming into full bloom (and queue allergy season!), but the hint of warmer weather and flowers in bloom says Spring is here – well, almost here. Sucali’s layout Sunshine and Daffodils just screams Spring to me. It made today’s list for the soft color palette and the great photo. Yes, it’s another more minimalist layout. After my hectic day at the the office, maybe I’m looking to simplify things tonight! (LOL)
Okay, nope, not all minimalist/white page layouts! Here’s Drew’s Essay from Farrisjc. This is a great read as Drew explains what his brother means to him as far as being a positive role model – it’s awesome! This is what memory-keeping is all about: preserving family moments and those special things that might not be easily seen by the naked eye. Fun color palette with the kit selection here, just perfect for the subject-matter, and I love how the essay assignment was included in the “write / explain” center block.
This next page caught my eye due to the unusual framing of the child in the photo. In Cynthia’s With All My Heart I was intrigued by the use of three or perhaps four frames – hard to tell since two (?) of the frames over the center of the photo seem to blend away into the paper. Is the center frame or frames paint … brushes … traditional frames … all of the above? Although the photo extends into the outer left and right frames, the page design and placement of the central elements just drew me in. Love the artsy touches with the texture and scribbles, as well as the sketchy font for the title.
When I start looking for layouts to include on the GSO blog, I never know where the galleries will take me – until I get that whoa! moment. DayDream by Annlavin did that for me tonight … I would SO love this on canvas, hung right above my computer workstation! There are so many fanciful bits ‘n’ pieces here to look at, all cleverly layered and blended together. Love!
Rounding out today’s picks is a layout that had me giggling – it’s just so much fun! As an added bonus, it’s great to see designers scrapping, too! Jen’s Teenager page cracked me up with both the photo and the comment about being more prepare for a zombie apocalypse than a math test. Too funny and, sadly, all too true. Oh, and that goofy face? I’ve seem similar from my son!
That’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed my picks – and don’t forget to stop by the galleries at your favorite stores and leave some layout love for your fellow scrappers.