Archive | April, 2017

Finger Pointing – April 28th

28 Apr

Hello! Its Deborah and it is a gloomy Friday here in Minnesota, but I found some glorious color in the galleries. Here are my picks for today:

Good Vibes by Kaleigh

Talk about color – Could you find a more vibrant layout than this one? It screams, “Spring!”. The circle anchors the page perfectly, and she has done a super job of embellishing and layering. She is a master at shadowing, too.

En Randonnee by Dady

This layout makes me happy. The photo is quietly beautiful, and the sketching outside of the frame compliments its quietness. Her embellishing is simple but very sweet, especially the boots on the bottom of the page. Love the mood of this darling page.

Weekend Vibes by kaphelps

Love the simplicity of this layout. The title work, framing and overlay all work together to draw your eye to the action. The blue paint is the perfect finishing touch, and gives the page a feeling of serenity. Great work!

Champ de Colza by Cocodou

The background photo is amazing and looks like it goes on forever. Her yellow brushwork emphasizes the seemingly never-ending fields of flowers. I have never heard of Champ de Colza but after looking at this stunning page, I want to visit. Even on a rainy day, it is gorgeous! The contrast between the bright flowers and the dark clouds is striking. Beautifully done!

Flirty Girl by Weaselwatchr

Doesn’t it look like  little flirty girl is going to reach out and swat the flowers? The photo is so sharp and clear, and the flower clusters are realistic, too. Everything is perfectly placed to create a little piece of magic for the kitty and us!

 

Adventure, The Great Outdoors by Ga_L

This page has so many awesome details. I love the circle framing the part of the photo that spills out of the conventional frame, the cute tree brush work, the camera grounding her title, and the pops of red that bring so much energy to her fabulous layout. Love this adventure!

 

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Finger Pointing – April 27th

27 Apr

I was so happy to find so many uplifting and fun pages to showcase today! As always, looking around in the galleries was such a delight! I hope these pages bring you as much joy as they did for me.

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

Duly noted by lindyshay

Nothing better than a good dog selfie to start the day! I love the simplicity of this design, with the big, bold deep-shadowed circles. Too cute. Great doggie photos. That dog has some personality! The simple text lines and pretty yellow drew me in (right after the awww, look at the dog! moment). The little wire heart is a simple and sweet adornment, and the sticker word art is a great final touch. I like it.

Chronicles of a naturalist by mediterranka

This page has such a great feel, doesn’t it? I love the ethereal quality to the photo, but even more, I love that the child is sketching outdoors. That just made me glad. All of the elements are beautifully placed. I enjoyed the little definitions, the library card, the beautiful florals. Just stunning.

Mrs. Garris, K4, by Stephanie Buice

I am always on the lookout for a great real-paper design! When I first saw this one I thought oh, what a clever idea to incorporate the real tools onto a digital page! It made me laugh to realize it is a photo of the real life page and real life tools. Wouldn’t that be so fun to replicate digitally though! The depth she created with the cuts on the flowers was a super touch. I really like the way she did the journaling with some of the words popped out onto cut-outs. The title work matches the theme nicely, and the little file label frame with the pretty quote are lovely. The best part though is the story of the child’s first day of kindergarten with this lovely teacher. I really must try incorporating real looking tools onto a digital page now!

interview by zinzilah

I like a good interview page! It’s a really fun idea to interview yourself, so this AAM page called to me. I like the map paper and title work. I read each line of this, and felt I came away from this knowing the artist a little better. That’s something we don’t get to do often enough as scrapbookers, give just a glimpse through a simple technique like an interview. It’s a great photo too, and matted against the map paper it seems full of possibilities, particularly given her answer about getting stronger. The use of the yellow bits in the paint, ampersand tag and butterfly offset the neutral colors just enough. Well done.

cartwheel by melscrap

I spent five days in March trying to get a good shot of a cartwheel, so I am seriously impressed by this photo! This is not an easy shot to get! And then look at how she did the text along the slant of the sidewalk in the photo, how cute is that?! This photo really worked for the full page photo look, and she accented it with just the right amount of word strips and whimsical elements. Love the celebratory banner and paint to use up some of the unnecessary white space and make it fun! This one has me smiling big.

Jake by maureenreynolds

Anytime someone used florals effectively on a masculine page, it gets my attention. That fan pattern with the beautiful floral paper is an incredibly beautiful design. I liked the fact that Maureen chose to use that non-traditionally masculine look on a page about a grandson going off to start the next phase of life. The repeat word art is evocative to the theme. There are some nice, subtle details, like the fern, studious owl flair and word strips, that all contribute nicely to the positive feel of this page.

Wow, I can’t believe how amazing the pages were today! If you love today’s picks too, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some well-deserved praise. Have a great weekend!

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Finger Pointing – April 26th

26 Apr

Hi everyone! Jeanine here on the night half Holland celebrates Kingsnight in the bars and pubs and even in the cold outside. Tomorrow king Willem Alexander celebrates his 50th birthday and the streets of the villages and cities will be filled with people who want to make a little money with their garage sales, it’s a tradition to have garage sails on Kingsday. Others stroll through the stalls and stands to find something they maybe weren’t even looking for to find a bargain or two. I found something too! I found six gorgeous pages to hopefully inspire you and be a delight for your eyes!

Monthly Muse by AmandaJ This is so awsome and creative! A sweet tribute to a mom! And it looks so real also! Like you could pick one of the branches and put it somewhere else. This is a wonderful tribute to Amanda’s mom!

Robolivers Granny Mae Another touching tribute to a wonderful and sweet woman, Granny Mae! I love the use of colors and bold paintstrokes here. Everything on this page in my opinion is carefully chosen and placed to honor this granny. Love it how all the elements and words surround and embrace her.

Your Classic Photobook vol13 by Skripka  Wow, these pictures are stunning!! And the colorcombination is too! The turqoise, pink and orange work so well together and it makes me want to join the party! Must be great fun with that clown too! Love the clean approach here, it needs nothing more to dress it up!

Tatiana by Maxi B As far as I’m concerned this could be a Renaissance painting from an old master! Beautiful blended with the leaves on the back of the girl. Love the dreamyness and her look downwards. Is she expecting someone? I can look for ages at this one, making up a story in my mind.

Kellygirl made this beautiful AJ page Keeping a Diary! I love everything about this page, the bold colors, the funny pink ‘glasses’, the scribbles, the quote, the stamps, the messy black frame and the big wasp on her head. This kind of pages inspire me to make pages out of my comfort zone!

Butterfly by Madi Another wow! The frames are used so clever, following the shape of the wings of the butterfly. Love how Madi brightened the center of the butterfly and softened the tips of the wings. Very creative and very beautiful!! And I love that quote, it gives hope, something we all need sometimes.

These were my choices. I hope you like them and hopefully inspire you too! Wishing you a wonderfull end of the day and see you next time!

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Finger Pointing – April 25

25 Apr

Hello there friends!!  Today as I was browsing through the galleries, I was struck by how blessed we are to be part of such a wonderful community! Even though we don’t all “hang-out” at the same sites, we all share the love and passion for scrapping – be it digital or paper.  We all have that one common thread that ties us together and I am certain someone looking in from the outside just might not understand! :-)   I hope that you are as happy to be part of the scrapping community as I am!  Okay, enough of that sappy stuff – on with just a few of the beautiful pages I spied today!

The design of this page, My Girl, by Bright Eyes really caught my eye.  I love that she has layered elements on top of and under the precious photo, and the placement of the butterflies is perfect, giving true ‘life’ to the page.  The arrangement of the elements and photo of her lovely great-granddaughter on her page at an angle is superb!

With all of that beautiful white space, Sucali‘s Real Moms page popped out from her gallery at me!  The subtle coloring of the paint splatters adorning her page are wonderful!  It drew my eye directly to the sweet photo and fun elements (and that awesome shadow work!).  The touch of the blue cropped paper and teeny elements on the bottom of the page bring it all together!  Love this so much!!

I think the photo that Cinna scrapped for the April 17 – Random Challenge is so cool!  I wonder where her adventure is taking her!  The colored paper at the top and bottom of her page gives her layout pizzazz – and pages with pizzazz are what scrapping is all about!!

This layout, aptly named Best Photo Ever is filled with so many awesome layers!!  akizo‘s use of the different patterned papers along with the lace edges gives her page interest and depth!  And golly, could that photo be ANY more perfect!  The little tab elements stuck in between the layers is so creative!!  What’s not to love about her page!!?

Well since I showcased a photo of fingers giving the “peace” sign – I will move on to cute little toes relaxing in the sun!  Isn’t this a fun photo that KittyY snapped during her recent spring break?  Her page, Watching makes me smile, because I know she is relaxing … and because she’s used so many fun colors on her page!  I love that she has some of the elements oriented vertically and others horizontally – that’s a great way to draw the viewer in for a closer look!

Okay friends, those are my picks for this edition of Finger Pointing – hope you all have a super day!  Until next time – happy scrapping!!

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing-April 24th

24 Apr

Hi everyone! Here we are on the last Monday of the month…already! I think a lot of people had a chance to scrap some memories over the weekend. The galleries were brimming with beautiful pages. I had company over the weekend, so no scrapping for me. However, I had a chance to this morning and that’s always a great way to start a new week. Let me show you my picks for today.

When the Storm Hits by dotcomkari

I always love a great art journal page and this one is outstanding! The sketches are just wonderful on the blue background and I love how she created four distinct panels on this page. That really helps tell the story and convey the various messages and mood here. Messy scribbles and fun brush work always add to almost any art journal page.  The colored word art “RAINBOW” in the title really pops and made me smile. Rainbows always bring joy and hope, don’t you think!

Spring by JenEm

This layout caught my eye when I saw a shadow, rather than a photo. I knew I wanted to take a closer look. What a unique way to illustrate a self portrait! The journaling strips are gently tucked behind the “photo” and contain words of fresh thoughts and hopes for spring, the season of new beginnings. I love the little yellow flowers echoing the yellow daffodils and of course the green title and ribbon flowing down add just the right touches to complete this page.

Love, love, love this by myssp

Gorgeous, gorgeous prom page! I love this photo of the young couple because it clearly is non-posed and simply captures a moment in time. Let’s be honest, most prom photos are posed, which is fine, but I think this is wonderful. This artist gently faded the full-page photo into the striped background paper, which totally compliments the black tux and the red dress. She added a cluster in one corner and sprinkled some little red hearts in two corners. An elegant word art title finished this beautifully.

promenade dans le port by myla

This is a very striking layout! The blue and white color palette displays such a simple elegance. I love the full-page photo and how it’s blended into the background. This artist created a wonderful sketch effect and the blue birds are a delightful touch. The leading lines across the bottom and along the right edge are excellent features and add to the perspective of this photo. This page makes me want to go on a cruise!

Lunch Date by MamaBee

Love this sunshiny layout! Yellow, green, orange and teal….yummy colors! Looks like someone sure has a cute date for lunch. Love his big smile and the big title at the bottom of the page. The wood veneer chevrons point right to the focal point and the clusters behind the photo and all around the page are so bright and fun! The big partial sun and the the sun print paper really scream happy sunshine!

April Ditty by Traumelfe

I leave you with this gorgeous spring layout! It’s a wow and it really popped out of the gallery. This artist creatively blended the yellow flowers with masks and added stellar brush work. I adore the raindrops; perfect for April showers. Beautiful colors throughout and the title word art has a blending mode that adds to the overall beauty.

That’s a wrap for me this evening. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s standouts and got inspired to create some layouts of your own. Feel free to click on the provided links for more details on each page and/or to leave some love for these talented artists.

 

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Finger Pointing – April 23rd

23 Apr

Hi, everyone!! I want to start by saying thanks to everyone who took the time to comment on my very first post here. We have such a wonderful community and I have really been looking forward to posting again! I hope that wherever you are in the world, your weather is better than ours. We have had nothing but rain for days and it’s supposed to continue for a couple more. I guess it’s better than being snowed in, but when it’s like this, I just want to crawl back in bed and sleep!! I do have to say that I have been enjoying being able to leisurely stroll through the galleries and admire all the gorgeous creations! Here are a few that caught my eye right away!

When I came across Market by HeatherH, I knew I had to see it closer. The artsy sketch effect on the photo is absolutely gorgeous!! It gives it such a unique look and still highlights the beauty of the market! I love the big vertical title and the subtle scattered elements are the perfect touch. Just a wonderfully creative page!

I absolutely love the dreamy feel of Dream Big by aussiekat. All the blending work and paints are just beautifully done. The hexagon shapes and pattern choices are lovely. The whole pages is so full, but it feels so light and airy. The little flowers and butterflies add nicely to the soft feel of the page. Beautifully scrapped page!

I absolutely could not resist Ahoy by DeborahWagne! How adorable is that photo! She has done beautiful work with the out of bounds. The paper strips and sweet elements clusters are the perfect touch for showcasing her cute fur baby! The paint behind on the background gives it even more of an “at sea” feel! This one just really makes me smile!

I am such a fan of photoless layouts. It’s not something I am ever able to pull off very well, but For Mum by Oldenmeade is such a wonderful example!! The background and border is just beautiful! I love the stamped bits and lovely word art. Everything draws your eye right to that gorgeous cluster of flowers. There is so much depth to them and the shadowing is perfect. This would be lovely printed and framed!

And from no photo, to a big photo…Life is Sweet by mrsashbaugh. I love how the photo fills the whole page, and the fact that it’s black and white makes it absolutely stunning.  I am blown away by those gorgeous corner clusters and all the beautiful colors! The fun scatters and stamps are so great, and the title is absolutely perfect! The shadow work is pretty darn amazing, too! This is just a fabulous page!

And my final pick for today is Discover – Explore by justbnsharon. I am totally in love with those beautiful blended patterned papers in the sun burst design. They lead your eye right to that sweet photo. I love photos taken from behind and this one is just precious. The simple element choices and great word art title make this page simply perfect.

That’s it for me today! I hope you enjoyed my choices and take the time to leave them some love yourself. Until next time, keep spreading the love in this great community of ours!

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Finger Pointing – April 22nd

22 Apr

It seems like a lifetime since my last post, since I had a good, solid scrapbooking session myself, since I’ve had such an opportunity to take a long wander through the galleries. And here I am now, having periodically worked on my own stories today in-between checking out what’s going on in this creative world in which we record our memories and take pride in our art. So… I’ve had a lovely day! Let me share my gems for today.

The moment I spotted Dot, Dot, Dot by digi371, I smiled. This layout exudes Spring and sunshine in abundance with the vibrant colour combination, the swirly brushwork and the photo that is oh so cute! A sweet, playful page that implies a carefree and fun memory!

Another layout that brought the true feeling of Spring into my living room today is Take Every Chance by Alinalove. Firstly, I love the photo perspective and all the pretty layers highlighting the frame. Then I caught sight of the journaling and considered how the patterned paper strips are boldly supporting the commitment in the story, with pretty little ‘tuck-ins’ here and there. Finished off nicely with the multi coloured title and the cute little smiley face charm, this is a fabulous, bright and breezy layout!

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I still have some artwork that my kids produced when they were little. It’s hard sometimes to accommodate all their little projects but readstoomuch has come up with the perfect solution! Check out her page entitled The Royal Caterpillars that she created using a scanned copy of her grandchildrens’ artwork and a few digital supplies – imagine having a book full of layouts like this! Such a cool idea! I love this page – it’s so, so priceless!

Older by hclappy speaks to me. Seriously. How much I like the neat layering, the delicate doilies, the pretty florals and the soft lighting of the photo and tones of this page, is a given but the title work and the journaling grab me too. I couldn’t agree more! The white matting and the striped border provides a wonderful backdrop for all the detail on this layout and the design is simply gorgeous!

Another layout making use of pretty layers is The Story Begins by Mana1. I love the placement of the mixed font title, the neat paper strips and the word art that overlaps the landscape photo. The journaling spans the same width as the papers and photo and I like that parts of the text are highlighted. The pretty cluster balances the page beautifully and yes, I have a soft spot for kitties! I so miss having one about our place. Wonderful!

I have huge admiration for anyone who can firstly capture city/urban scenes and then take that photography and enhance it further into a piece of art. Street Life by profolly has me captivated. I love the photo treatment and the vibrant colour vs black and white sections that are so beautifully blended. Together with the worn texture and perfect placement of the title, this layout is wall worthy!

I normally take six picks for my posts but today, I have a bonus pick for you. I simply couldn’t pass by I want to be left alone by DigiGrace. I love the monotone of this with the mere hint of blue in the eyes and the great choice of brushes. Totally glam and I love it!

I hope my picks for today inspire you to document some of your stories. When you get a chance, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists. In the meantime, take care and happy scrapping!

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