Archive | February, 2017

Fingerpointing – February 28th

28 Feb

Good Morning everyone! Can you believe it’s the last day of February already? Where does the time go?

My time this morning flew by while gazing at all the deliciousness in the galleries this week! Wow, the layouts and designs just keep getting better and better. Today, as always, I have a hard time narrowing my choices down to these 6. All of these layouts spoke to me today. I’m Trace and here are my picks.

 

The unique creativity of people always astounds me. This layout by Anika68 made me smile. I love how it looks like a comic and all the little word bubbles she put as the journaling. The treatment of the photos is awesome and lends itself to look like a newspaper. I love the sequence of the photos and I can’t imagine how long it took to get each one just perfect. Her husband looks like he had a great time too! Just a fantastic, creative layout. LOVE IT.

You all know by now that I love an artsy/art journal style. This layout by dalis is no exception. The stamps and the doodled hearts are so well blended here. I love the title overlaid over the brain image. I love the simplicity of this, yet it’s chock full of eye catching colour. Just so very well done.

One of my favourite artsy scrappers is *gina*. She always does such amazing things with blends and masks. This layout blew me away today. The photo is timeless and beautiful I love how she kept the mask edges visible and dark. It add such dimension to the photo. I love the cluster and how she blended some of the elements in and out. I love the background mix of papers and textures. It’s just so wonderful and I strive to scrap like Gina does one day.

I’ve seen a few of these mini inchies layouts in the last few days. This one by mimisgirl caught my attention because I love the Big Bang Theory. This is brilliantly done. I love the references to the show. The quotes and the giant Bazinga title. (is it wrong that I read it in Sheldon’s voice?) The little squares are all just placed so well and the elements are so perfect for the theme. I think I might have to grab this template and try one myself!

Rarely do we see designers in these posts, but today, I have added one of my favourite designers who also happens to be an incredible scrap artist too. Rachel (Seatrout Scraps), doesn’t only make beautiful kits, but she also scraps like a pro. This layout is so pretty. I love the blended photo and how your eye is drawn in by the angle of the beach. I love the touches of spatters here and there. I love the little cluster with the title. Everything about this layout calms me and I want to visit the beach with her dog, Mitzi at my heels.

Lastly today, This amazing layout by weaselwatcher.  That moon photo she took and extracted is outstanding! What a magical but simple statement. The background is perfect, the little light bursts are so appropriate for this layout. It reminds me of a page from a space magazine or textbook. I love the composition and the title. I love how it stands on it’s own without a lot of accents. I just love the whole thing! IT’s brilliant!!!

So that’s it for me today. It was so good to be back and posting these wonderful layouts. Please click the names and give these amazing artists some love. Until next time…keep on scrapping
Trace

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Finger Pointing – February 27

27 Feb

Monday is not the most popular day of the week but today is a good day for me. It’s an opportunity to wander through the galleries and bring you your daily dose of inspiration. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Doing Laps by Keely-b is such a perfect pet page. I really like the whimsical look combined with the goofy photo. Keeping the title large and in black really makes it stand out. I love the play on words too. The journaling is delightful and easy to read. I like the bow she added in the corner and the puppy themed embellishments sprinkled about the page.

The stacked and angled papers make the perfect backdrop in In My Garden by ajm. It’s always fun to see a capture of the layout artist himself/herself. The elements both in front of and behind the photo are beautifully clustered and shadowed. I like the added paint and doodles and the way she used the word strips to replace her title and journaling.

I always think I could never do anything as robust as a weekly project 365 because I don’t have enough photos or enough to say. Week 8 by DELISAK proves me wrong. Of course once I found this page in the gallery I took a peek at the preceding weeks as well. I really like the way the layout looks like a page from a notebook. She only needed to choose one representative photo and add some colorful paint and embellishments to complete the look of her layout. The prompts as well as her responses provide an interesting insight to her personality. Once her book is complete she will have a treasure for sure.

I find I’m becoming more attracted to layouts that document via text and not just photos. Top 10 by AmandaJ is a perfect example. The combination of papers she added to the numbers is just the right mix of solids and patterns. I really like the added paint in the background, especially the rainbow. Keeping the background white is an outstanding way to show off her list. The title work is a creative way to complete the layout.

The photo in Just Stay Little by KayTeaPea is sublime. I enjoyed looking at her recent gallery layouts of her young puppy and finally settled on this one. It’s lovely in its simplicity with the stacked papers and banner mimicking the colors in the photo. The tiny clock supports her theme of the effort to make time stand still.

My final pick Wanderlust by Deekaa uses one of my favorite techniques, filling the background with a large photo. I like the way she kept the title large and ran it across the entire page. The smaller photos show other lovely points of interest. I can’t read the journaling but I imagine it talks about an outstanding vacation. I like the way she added the faint lines behind the words to help them stand out from the photo.

I’ve come to the end of my post and can only look forward to my next turn on the blog. I hope you have enjoyed today’s inspiration and if you have a minute please click through the links and leave these well deserving artists some love. Thanks and have a great week!

 

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Finger Pointing-February 26th

26 Feb

Hello on this special Oscars Sunday, always an exciting night in Hollywood! Before the awards begin, let me show you some of the stars I found in the galleries today. I think you’ll find them inspirational.

Unique is beautiful by Clin d’oeil

This really popped out at me with that uniquely different photo. You can’t fully understand it until you read the little journal block at the top and then the text lines at the bottom. What a great way to illustrate the title, “Unique is Beautiful.” I love the extraction and the blending. The little doodles and brush work here and there add some whimsy to this delightful page.

world cup at home by amandaresende

What a bright and happy page! The chevron border with the embroidered ribbon grabbed my attention right away. It is complimented by the black and white striped border on the left edge. I love all of the circles and brush work clustered together in this well-balanced design. The mix of a black & white photo with the other ones is perfect and it enhances the bits of black & white throughout the page. The color palette is gorgeous each color really pops against the white background.

White Space by rache77

Ah, this make me want to go on vacation to a beach! This page was created for a challenge using white space and it is truly a beautiful example of such. I love the watercolor brush work and sea colors. The photo placed in the geometric frames is wonderful and the clusters and loops around it are simply gorgeous. Notice how the title is tucked in the cluster too…perfect! There’s another fun cluster in the top left corner which compliments the page but allows the white space to shine.

You can’t cross the sea by neatfreak

(flattened version)

Gorgeous artistry here! One simple word art quote against a white background with brush work added. The perfect recipe for this fabulous card. It’s always a great thing when digi artists create and print their work to use in some way. I need to remember to do that more often. What about you? Technically, we call this a hybrid project and I just love this beautiful card!

(actual folded card)

Lisbon Pink Street by Dady

I’m totally drawn into this scene with the striking leading lines of the street and archway. The sketch effect on the photo is amazing with so many penciled in colors and textures. I adore the pink street and the placement of the title at the edge of it. The little pink flower and brad are cute elements to tie in with the pink theme here. This page looks so grand with the photo kept at a full-page size. A bit of word art at the bottom is all that was needed to complete this page.

friends by AnikA

I’ll end my post with this fun page. What a great idea to take a series of photos and transform it into a comic book style layout! Love it! Childhood friends are treasures and documenting their adventures, as they say, is priceless. I love the photo effects and speech bubbles, in true cartoon style. The grid design is perfect for multiple photos and the simple brush work and doodles complete this page beautifully.

Okay, it’s off to the red carpet now for the big event in Hollywood! Good luck to everyone and enjoy the show! Afterwards, maybe you’ll have your own special events ready to scrap and can find inspiration from these standouts. As always, please try to leave a comment or two for these artists by clicking on the title links to their gallery pages. They’ll love you for it!

 

 

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Finger Pointing – February 25th

26 Feb

Hello all! I’m running a little late with this post having spent a lot of time sourcing my picks for today but better late than never, hey?! The galleries are so full. Full of colour, full of different designs, arty, linear, layered and classic. There’s layouts with oodles of detail and others that are minimalistic. The thing they all have in common is that they’re all created by people who are passionate about story telling, about memory keeping and people who are happy to share the snippets of their life for others like you and I to enjoy. Let’s take a look at some fabulous pieces of work that resonated with me today.

Starting off with a primary colour combination is Jay Bike by mrivas. I love the bold blocks of colour here that compliment the story of the page, in particular the yellow block with the spot-on word art, brave. The wonderful series of photo’s tell the story which is backed up by the journaling – I love how the journaling is split between the photo top left which could be a layout all on it’s own and the journaling block bottom right. The linear design of the page works so well here and I love the mix of different sized photo’s and the various photo matting that has been used. A smashing layout!

Staying with primary colours for a moment, Sweetness by scrappydonna is a super example of how well a black and white photo (with some further photo treatment if I’m not mistaken and I love the crop) works well with various elements of colour. I love the top and bottom borders, how they differ from one another but both anchored by the triple line of stitching. The banner top left is balanced beautifully with the pretty floral cluster bottom right and the scatters and splatters tie the layout together. Finishing off with the word strips and heart and arrow stamp, this is a beautifully structured page!

Moving on from the primaries, Scenic Route 1946 by ptabbert proves how well landscape images work in tandem with blending masks that result in a fabulous work of art. I love how the image with it’s own leading lines spills outside of the frame and the distressed and vintage back drop does a grand job in providing a neutral base. The large and bold title work rounds this page off perfectly!

From an arty style we move on to the other end of the scale with Oh la la by margote05. A simply stunning page with super white space, I love the clean and classic layering of this one. Beautifully shadowed, the minimal layers combine together and the soft colour tones give a feather-light touch. The rounded corners are carried through to the little blocks on the vertical strip and I like that the word art to the right on the pink strip takes nothing away from title of the page that stands proud on a little layer of it’s own. So gorgeous!

Sometimes we just want to get a story documented that does not need to be supported by photo’s. Goals by LBscraps63 makes great use of patterned paper in a very clever way. The various pieces add so much interest and I like how the title of the page adds a different dimension. The smaller detail of the page, the chevrons, the paint splatters, the border strip to the right, the little stars, heart and flowers add a celebratory feel to the new beginnings story told in the journaling. Terrific!

I know I’ve mentioned in previous posts about us recording the good and the not so good and the fact that I always admire an artist who can document and share the more difficult stories about this thing we call life. So I take my hat off to Jasmin as she recorded a difficult time with her layout appropriately entitled Some Days are Hard. I love how the majority of the page is made up of grey tones and the scribble indicates that more often than not hard days generally tend to be ‘messy’ too. The word strips are encouraging affirmations and I like the repetition of the photo while the circular one supported by the stitching and flower element dares to be different to the blocks that make up the design. The most telling thing for me on this layout is the block of colour together with the scatters of colour appear to indicate there is light at the end of any tunnel and things will get better. A super ‘this is real life’ page!

I do hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for today as much as I did in finding them. If you get a chance, please check out the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists. Till next time, enjoy the rest of your weekend, take care and I’ll see you in the galleries!

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Finger Pointing – February 24th

24 Feb

Hello again, I’m delighted to be back to bring you some amazing inspiration from yesterday’s galleries, as I am writing a bit (ok a lot LOL) later than I should have.. I can’t believe we are already in the end of February, my daughter turned 21 years old (and to me it was yesterday I was driving her to school!) I had always heard that life slowed down once you crossed the 50s threshold, but I think in the era of internet and technology things have changed so much, time seems to be speeding up for me! So I will try make it short. Here are some of the most amazing pages I found :)

Hand in Hand by ashleywb is a delightful, impressive, amazingly put together page that takes over my heart and my eyes are happier. I remember noticing her years ago, when I started discovering that blank space pages were an art that needed to be thought long, as it is more difficult to impress with little than with more, and she remains one of my most loved Blank Space/Minimalist Queens. This page has everything that made me fall in love with her gallery a few years back and more, as she has grown so much (which I didn’t think was possible as she was already a master artist!) The amazing capture of the photo (Love the casual/non posed ones!) the sharp contrast within the photo and the photo with the  super clean background, the gorgeous repetition of reds and a dash of yellow to complement…shadows to perfection….and the soul of hers all over the page. Absolute, awesomely awesome stand out!!!!!

This next page, The Journey by Anne of Alamo,  not only amazes by the wonderful page design, the visual feeling, the gorgeous touches and, though no blank space here, a bit on the minimalist side catches your eyes, your mind and heart. As if this wasn’t enough,  not only she transcribes the journaling, but also explains the background story, and then the page gains an even fuller, intensive feeling, so we can understand better. And we do. We understand, we cry in emotion with her, we delight our eyes and heart with the journey in all ways we can think of. This is what I love about the scrapbooking, not only the beauty of visually gorgeous pages, but when through the art expression of the author we can live, feel, get to know people who become part of our lives.  And she excels on that. Once again: Absolute amazing stand out!!!!

There are some people I rejoice so very much when finding their pages and then checking they are not listed as picked in our previous 7 days list…because they get chosen a lot by many of my colleagues and so it happens  I can’t highlight them often, which is the case with this awesome next page, The Sweetest by  JennMcCabe. (I know she doesn’t need an intro, so loved and admired by me and many more!)  And if you put her together with arrows -my second most loved element for my own pages (first one are clouds!) – and sweets… perfect combo to rejoice even more!!! The take on the awesome template is equally awesome, the colors follow the movement given by the arrows and the more than perfectly located, delicate and cute elements together with the journaling and word strips …oh I am at loss for words to explain you how much I love this!!! [insert all possibly adjectives of love existent in the world here]

I have to bring this to you too, because sweet things are so much of a therapy (I think I am not alone on this one!) and the pages I found made with this are impossible to pass,  and Sweet Life by eve11ne is fabulous, fun, marvelous on that filling the page in a way that feels like a hand written journal page, so much to see & discover, the awesome mixture of textures with the doodles, also a variety of kinds of word arts, this is music to my heart!!!

And from a gorgeous full page, I found the beauty of one of my latest discovery styles, although I couldn’t keep up with scrapping pocket style for all my pages (even if only so because of lack of photography these days) I have started trying it out to scrap some life events or outings and in doing so, I look for inspiration and there is so so very much fantastic samples to delight one’s heart with,  Melissa is one of those who will bring joy to my heart each & every time. March 23-29, 2015 by scrappyjedi is perfection in so many ways: the dominance of close up/macro photos that are master pieces on it’s own each, the beauty of all colors playing in awesome harmony across the double pager, the amount of info in all those bits of journaling (I have to confess I haven’t read as my sight is disastrous this morning) the gorgeous touch of the hand written word arts that compose the perfect spaces of this composition…. all over fabulous, makes me love the pocket scrapping even more!!!

So in love with the pocket scrapping I find another gem from another non pocket scrapper like me, but who does it to perfection in this, 2017-Feb-NickMatt-Park-Copy. Courtney aka bestcee brings such an amazing life to the already awesome template, the softness and strength of the colors perfectly balanced, the everyday joy  so present in every block and the making the record even better with the journaling of the family’s day out, absolute happiness from everywhere I look!

From the making a record of everyday (or not so everyday) life, I come across some of the most amazing, intense art journal pages, and more intense feelings and inspiration come along: Butterfly Dreams by InkyDartsworks is so beautiful, so full of beauty and strength and leads to our imagination, there is so much going on here that captures my eyes and makes me disc0ver even more! The blending and the sharpness that live in this page are so crazily well put together,  so much life and food to my imagination…. absolutely amazing!

Last but never ever least, this gorgeous creation by someone who can do any style and always catch my heart: ArmyGrl ‘s SLandFS is awesomely tidy and still wonderfully intense,  the vintage photograph taking us to an era I would have loved to live in, the amazing composition so masterfully done with the red making an impact, that beautiful left  border and the perfection of the tittle work…. I have a heart full of beauty right now!!!!

This is all from me today, I hope these are as inspiring to you as they are for me, please remember you can access their original galleries by clicking on the highlighted name of the LO & author, and leave them a couple of loving words…thanks so much for sharing with us your amazing art, ladies, and thanks so much to those who always come to get inspiration here with us! Have an amazing weekend!

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Finger Pointing February 23rd

24 Feb

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday! It’s almost the end of the week. I bet you are all craving for a relaxing weekend. This is Beth, a.k.a. kewl_jive, bringing you today’s gallery standouts
Without further ado, here are my faves for today.

Remember this moment by neitis

This really caught my attention in the galleries. Love the elephant cut-out and how she decorated the page. Amazing how she put everything together and the flowers that lead my eyes directly to the subject. Love the mix of colors too.
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Somewhere by EHstudios
Love the clean design and how she picks a white background so everything would pop. The colors are very inviting, can’t wait for spring. Love the photos too and how she used the template.

Xoxo by Jang
I miss working with this paper size. Beautiful in every way. The orange just screams happiness. Nicely done on the layers of paper and the cute photo.

Loves a cuppa by Applechick
Breathtaking! Everything is just amazing in everyway. Love, love her composition here. Guess you all could see the beauty of this page, right?
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Fresh by Saarmf
Another beauty. Happy spring colors and fantastic photoless page. Loving the background paper. Spring is fast approaching and I can’t wait to see more amazing spring pages.
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That’s it for now, hope you enjoyed my picks. It would be awesome if you could stop by and give them some well deserved love in the galleries.

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Finger Pointing – February 22nd

22 Feb

Hello and welcome to Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Today we have a fun mix of projects that are all truly standouts, come take a look!

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

2017 PL week 7 by RebeccaH

I am Project Life-challenged, so I am always fascinated when I find PL pages that seem to come so easily to others. Probably this was not as easy as she made it look, but the result is inspiring to the non-PLers in our midst that there is hope we could do this too! The dog really drew me in, and then I really took a good look at this page. It’s packed! I like the list-style text right in the middle, for easy reference. Very fun weekly captures here, and a lot of fun accents to create the wonderful whimsical feel to this!

Tata by nessita

This gorgeous page has an interesting split in the design, with the sketch-treatment destination photo taking up residence in the top half, and that interesting butterfly element along the bottom. I found that design very appealing. I also like the simple text line, which is made more dynamic by the wonky typewriter style – it looks kind of sing-songy, adding a whole other dimension to the piece. Quite cool!

Mini layout with washi tape by Sarah Richards

I love a good real life project! Part of the appeal of this one is the way she showcased the page, by photographing it with the photo-decorated pencil holder, and with the little washi tape rolls strewn strategically nearby. She created some very cool design features with the washi tape (I always seem to forget about washi tape, this is a good reminder of its varied uses)! I like the binder clipped banner too. I just went back to take a final look and noticed the kitty in the layout photo, that’s just fun!

My Secret Life as a Dog by connieg

You cannot go wrong with a good dog story, particularly one told from the dog’s point of view. The journaling on this one is truly delightful. The tilted filmstrips are just genius, adding such fun to this design! I love the blended big photo and inset “glamour shot” photo combination too. Who knew they give biscuits out at the bank? You’ve got to read the text on this one. Super cute page.

The Couch by hollygenc

This is such a boy thing, I had to pick this page. Anyone who’s ever spent time around little boys (or little kids in general) knows the appeal of couch cushion forts. Especially when you don’t have to share with your bigger siblings, it’s the best! The photos really express that sentiment well, and I like the design surrounding them too. The big b&w floral paper is a nice non-distracting backdrop, and I like the subtle repetition of that pattern underneath the journaling. The couch element is a cute touch. The title font totally worked. He will enjoy re-visiting this page later in life, what a great memory shared!

One Lifetime With You by EllenT

Whenever I see a really great page that lists a template in the credits, I like to check out the template to see how far the artist took the piece from the original template. And I must say that, even though this template has very strong lines, the design of the finished layout here just took my breath away in a way I wouldn’t have thought of in looking at the original. Which, I think, is a tribute both to the template designer, for providing a great starting place, and to Ellen, for an incredibly beautiful statement made with all of the components added together. Love that word art. The b&w split photo looks like a completely gorgeous scene among those soft greens. Love the “lifetime” barcode, that is a nice accent. Really effective shadow work on this page too. Well done.

Alrighty then, weren’t those special? If you loved today’s picks too, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some love. Have a great rest of your week!

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