Archive | November, 2016

Finger Pointing — November 30th

30 Nov

Today was a day of shapes and chevrons in the galleries, and oh what wonderful picks I have for you to see! As we finish up the last of November, these picks remind us of all the beauty to be found in every season, every life.

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

seems like just yesterday by DivaMom96

What an absolutely stunning, artsy, amazing page! I love how the text bits outline and give shape to the face. Terrific artistry here, and the perfect word art too. Deborrah was kind enough to share her technique, so we can all channel our inner artsy too! Really lovely, and a great way to get started with today’s post!

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Strangers in Paradise by apottinger

The paper cut outs here add amazing dimension! I really like how the cut outs are both above and below the outer edge framing, it’s just a visual treat. I really studied this page. This was a great way to showcase a family photo shoot, with an unusual design and beautiful elements. This was an easy pick, well-deserved!

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smile – even for homework by Lbickford

I love when people use kids’ art work in a scrapbook page! Such a clever way to incorporate a real part of life. I love the bright, whimsical feel of this page. Great handwritten font for the journaling, which really adds to the homey feel. And English muffins pizza as a homework prize! Genius. Love the use of the chevron paper as background too, it totally worked here without being too busy. Cute page!

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Autumn by Melissasmith

Check out this real-life paper page using very cool die-cut leaves backed by patterned paper! I love the big, bold elements she used, against the wood grain background paper. The banners nestled in the leaves are a nice touch. Very fun autumn page, which I was drawn to by its elements! Wouldn’t you love to try this page digitally? Especially the shadows!

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You by enzam

I have no idea if this one originated with a template or if this artist created that wicked cool chevron look herself, but this page got me to look twice and then again! Very fun and creative background, and the photo and elements suit the mood perfectly. I like the pretty doily behind the photo stack adding a completely different and very realistic looking dimension.

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in the woods by Mielz

I am loving all of the autumn and winter pages popping up in the galleries! This one is wonderful, with its near-monotone colors, with just a sprinkling of color in the leaves. I absolutely love the use of the postage frames as an accent! Nice use of the word art and unexpected sequins to adorn this turning of the seasons page. I really enjoyed this one.

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So that is it for the last day of November! I hope you enjoyed today’s picks, and if so, please click on the linked title and leave some praise for the artist. Have a great rest of the week, and ready or not, here comes December!

 

 

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Finger Pointing – November 29th

29 Nov

Here I am back again after a four week absence – not from choice it’s just the way the schedule worked out (and with the elections here in the US, I totally forgot the post on the 8th)!  It was a gorgeous day here in Central Florida and we took advantage of it to run some errands that had been on hold.  It was fun but it’s really nice to come home, sit down at my computer and go browsing through the galleries.  There were so many gorgeous pieces of art out there – again – but after some arguing with myself, I have finally managed to get my standouts to the required six.  And here are the six I chose.

I love the vintage look of Fully Fashioned by pachimac.  The black/white/gray color scheme is perfect for this look and the pop of color really makes those stockings stand out.  She has chosen perfect embellishments for her page and has placed them to truly enhance the total effect.  Love this one!

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The Tree by Mrivas is just an absolutely adorable page!  I love the textured look of the background paper and aren’t those trees and that car just the cutest!  The page works because of the mixture of digital embellishments and the framed photos.  At first, I thought this was a photoless page but upon taking a closer look, I realized that the photos were just perfectly edited in regards to hue/saturation to blend with the digital pieces.  Love the placement of the title and the addition of the hearts.  Sweet page!

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#answerforeverything by Shannamay is a wonderful piece of art and is also a reminder of a precious conversation.  I was first drawn to this page by the clean look and the beautiful composition.  Love how the gold and blue pop off the white background.  Shannamay has chosen a perfect combination of realistic embellishments and brushes for her page.  Make sure you read the journaling … it’s a treat!

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I love primary colors but rarely use them.  Melissa Marti has used them beautifully in her So Big page.  This page is a beautiful balance of photos, journaling, and embellishments.  Love the big title and the placement of the date.  And who could resist such a cute face!  This is another page that tells a story that shouldn’t be forgotten and reading the journaling made me smile!

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I am definitely journaling challenged but Sexy_Eyes is definitely not! My Day tells a story of a day that’s not quite going the way it was expected but it’s a story told with humor.  I love how she’s used the squares as a mat for her journal strips and photo.  The strips make it quick and easy to get through a lot of journaling without feeling bogged down.  Her color scheme is beautiful and the added touches of the flowers, brush, and ribbon are perfect.  Awesome page!

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I don’t have a particular style but I do love the look of a blended, large photo background.  Seattle Skyline by kathie02 is a gorgeous piece of art.  I love the half-sketch, half photo that is the background.  The smaller photo is beautiful and I love the way the word art is on top of it.  This is a gorgeous piece with amazing brushwork.  Love it!

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That’s it for today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my picks and that you will, not only click the titles or images to leave the artists a comment in the galleries, but that you will take a few moments to wander through the galleries and check out the other amazing art out there.

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Finger Pointing-November 28th

28 Nov

Welcome to our blog! Thanksgiving (in U.S.), Black Friday, Cyber Monday, holiday parties…yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! And that means it’s also the busiest time of the year! I’ve been seeing lots of holiday layouts in the galleries and I just get giddy with excitement and anticipation. Today, I have a mixed variety of Gallery Standouts for you to enjoy. Let’s get started.

Mistletoe Kisses by christellevandk

This happy page just made me smile! The two background papers are wonderful and the neutral colors allow everything else to pop. I adore the little deer couple kissing in the bottom right corner, mimicking the couple in the photo. Love the twisted string of holiday lights and the brightly colored cluster and layers that draw the eye in. So cheery and festive!

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Be Yourself by beszteri

I’m a huge fan of art journal pages and this one is just stunning! I love the beautiful colors and especially that purple background. The textures are fabulous and so is the outlined figure of the woman near the bottom of the page. The blended title and journaling are perfect. Eszter said those were the lyrics from one of her favorite songs. That my friends,  is what art journaling is all about.

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Sweet Traditions by justbnsharon

What a warm and rich holiday page this is! Wonderful textures, brush work and a fantastic use of  those little stitched frames and postage stamps! Don’t those cookies look yummy? I want to just reach over and take one off the plate. I adore the little holiday elements and the colors are gorgeous!

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Snow Dog by LindyShay

This beautiful Golden sure looks happy playing in the snow! His coloring really pops out against the blues on this page. The blending is absolutely gorgeous, as is the brush work, and the textures are amazing. The simple, but elegant, title, along with the string, button and twig are really all that was needed to complete this layout. The placement is perfect and this is just a joyous winter/holiday page!

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Reflection by Dady

Just look at all the gorgeous artistry on this layout! The focal photo looks like a painting and the the reflection couldn’t be any more perfect.  I love how she framed the photo and then extended it onto other areas of the page. The stitching and the little stringed element magically connects them with each other. The title with its faded reflection is a wonderful way to complete this page.

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All I Want by cutiejo 1

I love this very bright and festive holiday page! The colors really pop and are what grabbed my attention right away. Pink, gold, black…gorgeous! The photos are quite traditional of opening gifts and they remind me of many Christmas mornings at our house. I like how she used tags to frame them. I love the Christmas tree composed of word snippets and also the presents. Snowflakes, ribbons, pinwheels and the word art title are a darling accents and complete this page beautifully!

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So there you have today’s featured standouts!  I hope they brought you some joy and inspirations as we near the end of November. Please feel free to click on any of the links if you wish to look for more details or want to leave any comments for these artists. Have a fabulous week and I’ll see you again in December!

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Finger Pointing – November 27th

27 Nov

Temperatures have taken a bit of a dive here in the UK so I’ve cranked up the heating and taken a stroll through the galleries which is exactly where I like to be when the chill factor outside is a little daunting. I hope you enjoy my little slice from the galleries today!

I love how the large photo cluster on Loreta Labarca’s Together page is nicely supported by the date label and title work. The patterned back drop and fun images fill this layout with loads of energy and the black and white and colour photo mix, together with the selection of elements, adds interest to the page. Perfectly anchored by the doily and black key line frame, this is a super fun page!

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The striking colours in Autumn Days by rfeewjlj really grabbed my attention in the gallery. The clean design allows the photography and classic detail on the page to shine and I love the minimal elements. The journaling block is nicely tucked into the design and the split word art gives the page a playful feel. A gorgeous, seasonal layout!

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I really enjoy pages that document the artists thoughts and Sixty Years by armygrl is my new favourite! Fabulous photo treatment and a colourful and abstract backdrop that is completely at ease against the split tone backdrop, work like a dream on this page. I also like how the journal block to the top of the page poses the questions while the paper strip list beneath provides the answers. A fabulous ‘all about me’ layout!

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Another fine example of a layout where the backdrop compliments to content of the page is Mode by P’tiscrap. I love how the blocks of patterned brushwork, paint and watery spots mimic some of the detail and tones in the photo’s. I particularly like the mix of the text forming the title and the scribble provides the perfect artistic and carefree touch. I seriously love this!

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bekfek has effortlessly incorporated a lovely mix of shapes on her Jasmine Wrist Warmers page, with a circle, rectangle, square and triangle! The lovely title work and detailed journaling slot in nicely with the design while the pretty clusters are a feast for the eyes and I love how the paper strip with button and stitching detail at the bottom balance the layout perfectly. A gorgeous mix of traditional festive colours!

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We’ll be spending the majority of December in warmer climates this year and I’m not sure the traditional red and green will work for documenting our festive period in the sun. So it was on my quest to find inspiration for an alternative colour combination when I found this treasure by sindelkova.lucie. Gold. That’s seasonal and it should work with sunshine, right?! Aside from the light bulb moment this layout created in my head, I adore the total ‘lightness’ of this page, the series of photo’s that make up the story and a perfect amount of contrast with a darker, complimentary colour. Simply perfect!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my finds today and that they inspire you to document one of your own stories. If you get a chance, please click on the link above and leave a comment or two for the artists, I know they’d appreciate it. Till next time, take care and happy scrapping! Bye bye.

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Finger Pointing – November 26th

26 Nov

Evening everyone – well, it’s the start of the evening here on the east coast of the U.S.  After a busy day of house project, like painting the entire living room, and then straightening up the spare bedroom, I’m ready to just sit down, browse, and maybe even get my scrap on for a while.  It’s a good night for my turn here on the blog – so much inspiration out there with the galleries filling up with weekend layouts!

Starting out today’s picks is Wo69b from Hilu1956. This is the second page of a two-page layout (you can see the other page here), but I love that this one can easily stand alone. I love the balance this scrapper has achieved with the larger photo grounding the layout on the bottom, but still leaving plenty of room up top for more detailed pictures.  Also, great choice to use a mask on the large picture – the messy edge along the top helps break up the lines and also allows for a little white and separation on the page. And besides, how cute is that garden shed?  I want one!

Changing things up a bit, how about a hybrid project?  One of the things I love about the digital world is that as large as it might seem, sometimes there are opportunities to meet scrappers in person – and I’m pleased to say, I know this girl!! Kate’s hybrid projects are awesome and when I saw her Hybrid Christmas Tags, I just had to include them in today’s post.  What fun would it be to receive a gift with a handmade tag like this attached to it?  The machine stitching is great, and I love that everything is carefully placed on each tag so the stitching helps to keep everything secure. Fun colors, and a great mix of small elements, stickers and labels. Just fun all around!

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The galleries are filling up with holiday-themed pages, so I just had to include one or two here – and Vrielinkie’s Throwback Christmas Photo is the first of two Christmas pages for today. Looking at the thumbnail in the gallery, this page caught my attention with the vertical design elements – even the song words for Jingle Bells are vertical! The repetition of “3” here is clever, too, from “Ho Ho Ho” to the numbers 1, 2, and 3 representing the three children, and even to the three strips of red patterned paper under the photo. Great color combination, with hints of red and green for the traditional holiday colors, mixed with the vintage-y browns.

My second holiday page (well, I guess third, if you include the gift tags), is just adorable and that photo is too precious (and that’s a very patient dog to have not only a scarf, but a hat on, as well!). Miranda’s page, Homemade Christmas, has so many details to look at – all in tiny miniature – and yet the photo is still, quite obviously, front and center. A perfectly plain neutral background allows for everything to pop off the page, too.

Pulling off a guy page with flowers can be tricky to do, but Sweeet (Jenna) manages to do just that in her page Thankful for You. Jenna’s clustering is amazing, and the muted color palette and kit selection here make it perfect for a page about her guy. In addition to the wonderful soft tones, I love that she chose to repeat the journaling, over and over, down the left hand side of the page.  The narrow width of the journaling makes an impact, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the layout.

My final pick for tonight is an awesome blend of photos with artsy elements.  In jcaruth910’s page, NYC Skyline, the blue sky in the photos really stood out in the gallery and that made me look at little closer. I love the doodled skyline which is placed over the other images and brushes. I’d love to see the layers here to figure out what’s what! The addition of the apple is a great nod to the “Big Apple”.

Well, dinner is calling, so I’d better get that finished so the boys don’t starve! Happy scrapping everyone, and don’t forget to leave some love in the galleries for these and other scrappers.  Until next time …

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Fingerpointing – November 24th

24 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving to our American scrappers! I’m sitting here watching the misty rain fall out my kitchen window and thinking of everything I am thankful for (even though our Thanksgiving was in Oct!) I often sit and think while I stare out the window and today, I am grateful to be a part of this wonderful blog team. This will be my last post for a few weeks on the blog as I am having surgery on Tuesday. As I perused the gallery, I thought, wow…I’m going to miss seeing all these beautiful layouts and having the honour to choose some for the GSO blog.” I hope everyone who reads this has a wonderful holiday. I am hoping to be back soon…but for today, here are my picks.

Everyone who knows me, knows I am a HUUUGE Harry Potter geek. I love all things in the wizarding world and this layout by Cfile blew me away! I love the creative way she used the elements. I love how the layout looks like it could be a page out of a wizarding textbook! The story of the Deathly Hallows documented is wonderful and the colours are perfect. I want this layout for my collection of HP stuff!

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From Harry to Christmas! I loved this layout by Chigirl. I love the messy background paper and the brushes. The photo is just adorable and the little girl looks so happy. The stitching and the drawn elements of Santa and the reindeer are the perfect accents to this design. Lastly, the handwritten fonts are awesome and really lend to the old fashioned feel to the page. Just love it.

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What is more gorgeous than a fresh snowfall? Not many things….this beautiful layout by Glori2 caught my eye right away. (maybe because I love snow days being from Canada!) The colours of the paper and the title really compliment the stunning photos. I love the little diamond inserts and the little deer element she added into the photo. Just so cute! The stitching and the brushes/stamps are wonderfully placed and add to the design with such subtlety. Fantastic layout.

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I really like this layout by jlholden. Another winter page, but it’s such a great one. I love the perspective of the photo. The blend is outstanding and I really like how she added the elements in the bottom corner to mimic the tree on the left. I adore the little animals she added into the tree and the mailbox too. It just screams Christmas holidays and welcome home to me. Just a great layout.

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I just dropped my jaw open when I viewed this gem in the gallery. I am a huge fan of art journal and this one is exceptional! It’s so much to look at and you see something new at every glance. I love the word art. I love the fonts she chose. I love the all the doodles and brushes and paints. I think this is art at it’s best. Just amazing and sbpoet should be congratulated on her wonderful creativity here.

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Last but not least, this amazing layout by Wombat146 jumped out at me. The background wood paper is so authentic looking and I love the colours painted into it. The arrows draw your eye down to the photo and the elements and then the magic begins. I just love the whimsy of this layout. The photo evokes movement that mimics the arrows and the simple element placement just enhances it. The shadowing is top notch and I love the random numbers at the side. Just

 

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Well that’s all for today! As always, please remember to leave these ladies some love! Happy Holidays and hope to be back soon! Happy Scrapping!

Trace

 

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Finger Pointing – November 23rd

23 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving Eve in the US!  Tomorrows plans are to eat too much, slip into a food coma, and crash on the couch to watch some football. Perfect. Tonight, though, it’s all business with my gallery picks for the Standout blog.  Once again, perfect!  Let’s get started, shall we?

My first pick today is Boom by aliba2. I love exploring new-to-me galleries and that’s how I discovered this digital artist. Isn’t this fabulous?! Texturally, there so much to look at with layer upon layer of brushes and masks. The treatment of the layers is also interesting, perhaps a Liner or Color Burn application. I’ll admit to using a language translator to see what this picture was all about, and the scrapper describes the layout as a photo of trees in the fog taken during their holiday or vacation. Fabulous!

Turning things completely around 180-degrees, I adore Nate’s Let for the pure simplicity of the page. Although there are several photos on the page, it’s pretty obvious which one is front and center – and so it should be.  This is one half of a two-page layout, and when you put the two pages side by side, the photograph pops even more (you can see the other page here). The clean and simple style can sometimes lend itself to a grid-style layout, but don’t let the apparently simple design fool you! A page like this can still take much planning. I love how, through the photos, we have a snapshot of the day’s activities at Lake Gringny (Lac de Grigny). The title for the layout is also an awesome choice, just a single word, Let.  Seems very appropriate to me.

When I look through scrapbooking galleries, I love seeing designers who scrap and my next pick for today is just that, a designer (I didn’t realize this at first!).  The page design of Winter Berry by Tiramisu (Natalie) caught my attention with everything being focused around the edges of the page and the expanse of nothing-ness in the middle of the page. I love the pop of red from the photo (I wonder if this is a favorite holiday ornament?), and how it works so well with the green on the top half of the page – not a traditional evergreen-type green that you might see at the holidays, but that wonderful blue/grey/green. I love all the texture that’s here on the background with the paint and gesso swatches, too.

Pumpkin Homework by Kim_R had me with the wood background. I love seeing how scrappers use backgrounds such as this, especially with adding brushes that partially blend into the paper – see the faint newsprint ones on this page? The star bursts popping off the background add a nice brightness to the layout, mimicking the sun starburst that’s carefully placed behind the leaf clusters. There’s so many details here to look at, from the itty-bitty leaf flair to the screw head holding the string on the photo. Everything so carefully and deliberately layered to frame a cute photo – and that’s someone who is obviously very proud of her craft homework assignment!

Another artsy page, Beckturn’s layout Falling Leaves jumped out of the gallery in the thumbnails for what I thought was a simple, white space page – and I mean, literally, white!  Boy was I wrong – there’s nothing “simple” about this!  The small details here are fabulous, from the birds flying into the sky to the oh-so-faint tree brushes. The photo treatment is interesting, almost washed out, and the shadows on the leaves just add to the illusion that they are falling.

Rounding out the selections for today is a layout that made me giggle – we’ve all be here, right? The anticipation of a gift, opening it up and then the fist pump and a quiet “Yes!” that it is all that we’d hoped for.  No doubt, the parents and grandparents among us have seen this look on our children or grandchildren.  Special by IntenseMagic (Jan) captures just that moment. The tight cluster of the design, as well as the central location of the picture and elements, just speaks so much to my white space tendencies.  However, today, I picked this layout more for the photo and the moment of joy that it recorded.

Well, that’s it for tonight. I hope you’ve enjoyed my selections.  Happy scrapping everyone, and to those of you celebrating the joys of family and friends tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving!

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