Archive | May, 2017

Finger Pointing — May 25th

25 May

Hello – happy Thursday, we can almost see the weekend from here! I am delighted to bring you some super-inspired and well put-together projects for todays standouts. Come take a look and enjoy!

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

This by bellbird

Oh, okay so that wasn’t actually the title bellbird gave this piece, but that word art popped out at me so I took the liberty of giving this page a title! In fact, I liked the way all of the little word strips worked to frame the inset portion of this piece! That sunburst photo made an amazing backdrop! Combined with all the little doo-dads and elements, some whimsical, some real-looking, this page is stunning.

Sandy Feet by JennyG67

I saw this page on a FB digiscrap group, and went searching for it (which reminds me to point out again that you never know where the GSO bloggers are going to see your creations, so be sure to post your beautiful art out there in digi-land! The more you post the more likely we’ll see it and love it!). I love the perspective on this page. The background looks like the water turned into paper turned into water again. I can’t honestly tell if it’s really the photo creating that background, or paper, but either way it turned this into art and I was quite drawn to it. The word art woven behind the extraction is very eye-catching. The elements adorning the corner are a nice touch.

Soul kitchen by Antonia

This is just fun! I absolutely love the way she did the title, that’s just super. There are some great elements used to create her “kitchen” here. There’s a companion page that gives us a lovely look at the cook! Well done, I love the super creative use of elements!

Top 10 vacation memories by stormchaser

I thought this was a very clever way to document an idea. She probably has loads of photos from each of the 10 vacations highlighted, but it’s left to our imagination to envision the places described. A fun, whimsical style that is fun to read. I particularly like the reminder to be happy! The speech bubbles make quite a statement (oh, a pun!). Great shadow work too.

Some see a weed card by Nimena

This card is so soft and beautiful, what a great use of materials! I love the asymmetrical stacking with the vellum. The gold brads make it quite elegant. Just lovely!

road trip by digi371

That color combination, between the b&w photos, kraft background, and pop of teal throughout, is just amazing! I love the bold, stamped title running down the side. Sherry did a nice job of delineating between the sites in her photos, and I like that she labeled each to the side. The brush overlay and painted page border really worked to tie it all together. I really like this one.

So hey, weren’t those terrific fun? If you like today’s picks, please click on the linked title and give the crafty ones some praise, they’ve earned it! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Fingerpointing – May 24

24 May

Hello, everyone, and welcome! Katherine here with today’s round of GORGEOUS Standouts! After having made my way through all the wonderful galleries I finally managed to narrow my choices to the required six, I could have easily chosen a dozen more! Seriously, at least a dozen more! I hope you adore my picks!

Starting us off is this beauty titled  Vacation Memories by a very talented Mielz. The masking/blending/extraction (it’s hard to tell which was used, maybe a combination?) is absolutely stellar! Love the perspective of the image and how it plays with the title, makes it appear as though she were looking back on her memories. The pops of red contrast so beautifully against that tonal background, and I love the paint and text!

Next up is this darling layout by Amandaressende titled happy day. I really love the split-like design here and how well everything has been balanced! Love the pinks and reds with the orange, and those photos are so adorable!

I fell head over heels for this next Standout titled Old Ways Won’t Open New Doors by Miki. If I didn’t know that this was a digital artwork, I’d swear it was painted. Such a gorgeous work of art! LOVE the image, and the blending and masking is absolutely flawless! I so hope the artist frames this and hangs it on a wall somewhere where it can be enjoyed by everyone!

Up next is this super adorable layout by Breeoxd titled Achievement: Unlocked. I so adore the blocked design here! The contrasting color palette and all the text creates a TON of visual interest, and that capture is absolutely priceless (I have a similar capture of my oldest granddaughter when she was one and had just learned how to open the doors! LOL!).

Next I have this very striking Project Life layout appropriately titled PL2017 Week 13 by Lizziet5. While I soooo LOVE Project Life layouts and the “simplicity” of the concept behind the style, I have yet to attempt a Project Life project … layouts like this remind me that I really need to get my fanny in gear and START! LOL! Absolutely LOVE how striking this is! All the journaling cards are paired so well with the gorgeous images, to frame everything with the border all around is brilliant!

In wrapping up my post I give you this STUNNER by KarenW titled Dark and moody. The creativity here is just amazing! I absolutely LOVE every little inch here! And like Mikis’ ‘Old Ways Won’t Open New Doors’ above, I hope the digital artist frames this and hangs it on a wall somewhere where it can be enjoyed by everyone!

And with that I’ll bid you all a wonderful day! I hope you’ve found inspiration in my choices! See you all in the galleries again real soon! Have a FABULOUS rest of the week!

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Finger Pointing – May 23rd

23 May

Hi all! Deborah here with Tuesday’s captivating picks. I often find myself wowed by pages with filters, extractions and photo actions. Today I was drawn to simple and classic. I hope you love them as I do!

Style by ouisiekellly

I saw this one immediately! She has used only 2 colors and one embellishment but what a stand-out page this is. The photo is priceless, and it deserves a very special layout. Ouisiekelly has certainly created that! Wonderful, amazing and striking…I don’t have enough words to describe how much I LOVE this page.

Snapshots by miimsgirl

Another beauty with a limited color palette. The vintage-style photo and pops of red are eye-catching. I love her white space design, shadow work and button scatter. Elegant and classic!

Paris by Alinalove

The background she created makes me swoon. I love the textured paint, and the subtle row of butterflies in the upper right corner. Her touching journaling tucked between the photo of herself and the Eiffel tower is wonderful storytelling. To me, this page exemplifies what scrapbooking is all about.

Joseph-Class of 2017 by jenevang

I adore pages with big photos, and this grad photo of Joseph certainly deserves center-stage. Her neutral color palette with the pops of red and gold glitter stars is tailor-made for a masculine tribute page. The placement of the title and cluster is ideal as it follows the line of the photo and draws attention to her handsome son. Another classic beauty!

Wanderers by Cherrygutz

I love the mirror composition of this page. The tag, quote, and flower embellishments are perfectly paired with the focal area. Her clusters, title work. layering and paper choices all add to the charm of this lovely artwork. Delightful!

It’s Out Now by Lego

If this toothless smile doesn’t bring a little joy to your day, nothing will! Such a fun composition to go along with the super-cute photo. The masking and framing keep the toothless grin in the lime light but the embellishing, journaling placement, and touches of paint add whimsy and lightheartedness to this darling layout! It will certainly be cherished in the years to come.

 

 

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Finger Pointing – May 22nd

22 May

I always enjoy browsing the galleries on Mondays since so many layout artists have been busy throughout the weekend creating and posting layouts.  It’s difficult not to get distracted by so many gorgeous pages and I find myself filling my Pinterest boards accordingly. Still the time finally arrives and I must narrow down my choices to the six allotted to my post. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

I love when I can pick a hybrid project to feature and there were many to choose from today. I decided to stick with the first thumbnail I enlarged, Baby Shower invite with matching envie by Oscaralley. The soft colors are perfect for the theme and the lining of the envelope is a great touch. The flower adorned dream-catcher is so delicate and pretty. The tiled paint blended into the background adds so much to the white cardstock. The script font combined with the sans-serif font finish off the invitation perfectly.

I love the photo treatment and simple design in Perfect Moment by emily.stitches.33 I’m a big fan of alphas used for titles and the center alignment and large size work so well with the large photos. The vertical cluster and bits of paint and scattered flowers add to the celebratory theme of the page. I especially like the partial star element on the right side edge.

 

It seems to me that there must be more cat scrappers than dog scrappers or maybe the cat scrappers are just more prolific. So I’m always excited to find a page like Happy Puppy? By Breeoxd. I love the design, including the hand-drawn puppies and paper-filled hexagons. There is a lot going on in this page but what keeps it clean is the limited color palette. The white borders also make the photos standout. I like the placement of the word strips and journal card and the pop of yellow in the yellow flowers.

The watercolor scene in Texas Truck by Miki is so appealing. There’s a certain sophistication about an old, red pickup.  I like the slight texture in the background paper and the additional texture created by the gesso. The small details like the stitched circle and star as well as the scribbles and buttons add so much to the scene. The bit of color added by the soft, green buttons and the small touch of the stitching holes finishes things off just right.

There’s an amazing amount of texture in Michael by KarenK. The masked papers create the perfect back-drop for the stacking behind the photo. I really like the angled frame highlighting the most important area of the photo. The small, floral cluster placed on top is so lovely and delicate. I like the combination of fonts she shows in the script title and descriptive words and journal strips. The journaling is easy to read and incredibly heartfelt.

My last pick, Get Creative by Anita Bownds is actually a paper page though I didn’t realize it at first. I love the way the arrows, which she fussy cut and stitched down, draw the eye to the center of the layout. The snips of plus paper tucked here and there as well as the other bits work well with the overall clean look of the layout.  The photo is outstanding and who doesn’t need more confetti in their life. She describes her process in creating this page on her blog which is linked to her layout. It’s worth a quick read. I’d like to say this layout has inspired me to dig into my giant stash of paper supplies but I think I’ll leave that for those with more patience and steadier hands.

I’ve come to the end of my post and I hope you will take the time to click through the layouts and leave these artists the praise they deserve. Thanks and have a great week.

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – May 21st

21 May

Hey, hi, everyone!! Jan here and running a little behind this evening. My daughter and grandson dropped by for a visit as I sat down to write this post, so I had to do the grandma thing for a bit. It’s a great gig!! It has been raining here all day, so I’ve had lots of time to stroll through the galleries and admire all the amazing talent out there.

I fell in love with You are… by LiMa Inspirations the minute I saw it! This layout is absolutely stunning!! I love all the soft delicate elements, beautiful cluster work, and that gorgeous photo. The balloons and amazing title work are absolutely perfect.

Sunset by caapmun is absolutely breathtaking! I love how that gorgeous photo is masked and extends beyond the frame with the stunning paints. The element cluster is just so perfect and the shadows are just amazing!!

I’m a sucker for cute fur baby pages and Bliss by bcgal00 sucked me right in! What an adorable pup and he does look blissful for sure! The wood background is awesome and the beautiful greenery and bird nest create a perfect background for those photos! The flying birds and word bits are such a great added touch!!

This page jumped out at me in several galleries and it is by one of my favorite scrappers. Dole Plantation by weaselwatchr is so bright and fun and cheerful! I love that gorgeous cluster and the shadow work is simply perfection! Add all that to the awesome photo and great title work and you have one fantastic layout!!

I so totally relate to the word art on Drama Queen by Biancka! I know that most days I roll my eyes at least a thousand times! I absolutely adore this layout! The shape and amazing cluster work caught my eye immediately, but the more I looked the more I loved. All those perfect elements and that awesome photo make this one fabulous layout!!!

And last, but certainly not least is Sisters by suzanner. I love those great black and white photos and the layers here are just fantastic! I adore the addition of the big clip and her clusters are fabulous! Such a great mix of patterns, paints and stamps!! This is a stunning page!!

That’s it from me for today! Take some time to leave these amazing ladies some love and I hope you all have a fantastic week to come! Until next time, keep the awesome creations coming!!

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Finger Pointing | May 20th

20 May

Hello Again!  I hope you all are having a beautiful day.  I certainly am, (which is why I am posting a bit later than I like) despite the rain we have been having.  My son and his fiancee just announced their engagement and I could not be happier knowing there is a wedding in our future.  Maybe that is why this first page appealed to me so strongly!

Christellevandyk | Fairytale

While I love all the bling on this layout, it was the photo that really caught my eye.  The black and white treatment of that gorgeous photo nestled in all the color and glam of the cluster really made it stand out in a way it would not have had Christelle used a colored version of it.  I further love the soft creaminess of the background paper against all the gold elements and the pops of red throughout the page.  I also think the title is appropriate because this layout gives you a perfect glimpse into the beautiful fairytale wedding of this lovely couple and the happily-ever-after they are going to share.

eve11ne | Carousel

Speaking of Fairytales, this layout by eve11ne represents a different kind, but is equally full of magic.   Again, I adore all the bling on this page, but the photos are my favorite part.  With her dark hair and black shirt, the little girl stands out beautifully against all the colorful elements and papers and the angle of the top photo makes it seem that the horse is about the leap off the page.  The cluster itself is full and rich and well grounded with the paint splatters and sparkles beneath it.  Finally, the flow of the title across the cluster provides a sense of movement to the layout that is reminiscent of a carousel and is the perfect finishing touch.

Conny | This Life-May

Great photos are also what drew me to this layout by Conny.  What an adorable black and white photo series of a beautiful little girl.  The three floral clusters create an effective visual triangle that manages to highlight all of the photos.  Over all, the black and white photos, papers and elements seem to be perfectly balanced against the colored papers and elements in a way that creates a sense of harmony across the entire page and a one of a kind layout.

Beach | Mother Bear

Beach by Mother Bear is another example of great photos and clusters, but it was the blending that caught my eye on this one.  The photo blended into the weathered wood background screams beach to me in the best possible way.  I also like the use of circles throughout this page, in the cutouts and element choices, as well as the tiny bubbles.  It gives the page a nice cohesiveness and a sense of playfulness.  Finally, the pops of red against the blues and neutrals adds to the beachy feel while the green leaves are a nice surprise.

Shunnstergirl – Veni Vedi Amavi

This next layout takes us from the beach to the waters of Venice.  The bright colors of this page really stood out in the gallery, calling at me to take a closer look, and I am so glad I did.  The photos are gorgeous and show off Venice in the most wonderful way.  I especially love the details of the architecture and the view from the front of the boat.  The group photo is the perfect way to capture the rest of the memory and what it meant to share the experience together.

Sucali | Italien

My final pick of the day, by one of my favorite scrappers, gives us another view of beautiful Italy.  The panoramic view of the country side makes me feel like I am standing right on the hillside with the photographer while the Leaning Tower of Pisa photo and the town photo give me a better sense of this gorgeous place.  Over all, the layout feels like a fabulous mini tour of Italy.  Sucali always adds the perfect finishing touches to her layouts as well, like the hearts that express her love for this place.  They are small things that make a big statement while letting the photo shine.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memorykeepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – May 19th –

19 May

Hello! Hope you are all well! For us here in London was a weird week, with a couple of very sunny days, super warm weather which I love (body pain is much less!) only to get back to gray and rainy…but managing, especially after getting lost in the galleries with so much beauty & talent! As it is already 3 am Saturday for me, lets get to share these awesomeness!!!

I know, I get repetitive, but there is so so much talent, so much amazement in the galleries, I have been arguing with myself about which pages I could let go…and this, Perfect Timing by jk703 is one of those I would love to have hanging on my walls, would love to be able to produce so much elegance and perfection like these clean lines, the fabulous play with the light through colors and shapes, the perfection of her photography (AND the beauty of her boys, which I just keep thinking what a shame they are so young for my Sarita! LOL.  The tittle work is also perfect and that one little line under it resumes the whole feeling, a beautiful moment captured in time with all the beauty and elegance that Jenn always brings to her pages!!!

This next page isn’t from today, not even from this week, but I happened to see it and made a note to be able to find it again, because is one of those that, for whatever the reason, time of the day we post, not being able to stop…anything really…one misses it…and this, Live Like a Child by misslovescraps,  is definitely NOT to be missed!!!!  The super gorgeous extraction made into a sticker, the little details of elements added, the composition that flows  with that awesome sun…every little bit of this page is full of talent, love and that magic that Li Li always happens to bring us with her pages!!!

Following the amazing art subject, I found this absolute delight , Be a Good Person by  edillow. I love street art, and living in London as you can imagine we have the chance to see some fantastic pieces, including some of Banksy’s  early stuff. We have lots of photos of them, they are indeed amazing….but this?  This one takes the crown!!! Super colorful, not complicated or complex in it’s design, but it’s message is so incredibly true, and so amazing not only to be able to drive by and get out of the car to take a photo, but the awesome way in which this has been preserved for the future… the super elegant page in the gorgeous minimalist style, the simple title work and the perfection of framing the tittle. Gorgeous!!!!

I think I have mentioned here before how much I used to dislike templates and how my mind changed about them. Since, a new , huge respect for them and people who can make the magic happen has kept growing more and more, and when I find certain pages not only respect, but I am in awe of how much creativity thede people have! In  this case, I found this, Dreaming of the Louvre by Hey Jude, and she also made another page with one of the templates in the pack…and if you can see her amazingly talented mind work wonders of beauty and perfection here…I am sure you will be amazed by taking also a peek to her gallery . This one is super , the perspective and the blending of the background, the use of the shapes fits so wonderfully, and the nu,ber as a tittle, the colors, all together functions in perfect harmony!

Another superb creation that completely filled my heart with joy,  Born to Standout by DigiGrace. I think here words are superfluous, there is such a wonderful explosion of creativity, color, laughter, fun, determination and million more emotions plus some crazy talented skills, I want to be inside that page!!!!

Also with amazing, endless creativity is this page, Awesome Day by Aki Zo, who is a designer herself and always creates pieces that are to look at them for a master class, In this case, the amazing clustering combined with the cutout background make the perfect combination, LOve this so so much!!!

Last but never least, another amazing creation where layering, clusters and amazingly beautiful everywhere I look at it, the photos are gorgeous, the whole spring feeling. The tittle work is clever with the cutout and   all colors so well put together….super gorgeous page!!!!    Dandelion Wish by Cherrylej   

Hope you love these as much as I do! As usual, you can click on the high lit name of the LO and author to get to their original galleries, you, we all know how much a word or two of love can make our day!!!!!

TFL!!!

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