Archive | June, 2017

Finger Pointing – June 30th –

30 Jun

Hello! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!! I am (once again!) writing on the morning of the 1st of July as my health plays tricks on me as usual, I woke up later than I thought I would, so I thought I try to go for a fast process of choosing…but (once again!) that seems to be impossible. Going through the galleries and discovering the amazing magic of people’s lives, memories and art expressions is not only inspiring but heart warming and even makes you hopeful, with all the ugly events happening here in the UK (and all over the world) is so great to see people doing their little bit to keep the world full of love and sharing :) So here I have some amazing creations to inspire you with your own.  As always, it was painful to have to choose just a few, hope you love them as much as I do!!!

Starting with an awesome page, Escape to the Sea by  talktoheather  (you may know her as Heather Joyce or Fonts by Heather). This is so beautiful, perfectly composed, full of elegance and superb detail!  My first thought was how I wish I scrapped when my daughter was a baby. I did get to make her life in scrapped books until her 8th year, but it was the beginning of me scrapping, so perfection on technique that translates in joy to the heart like this? nope, it wasn’t possible. This page just makes me want to go start all over again. The big close up photo that tells the heart of the story, the smaller photo with the layering so clever, the perfection of the choice of elements and placement, the right amount of blank space that lends total elegance, everything so amazingly balanced…. yup, definitely a Stand Out!!!!!

Next, another superbly elegant, more than amazing Queen of Blank Space/elegant artist with heart & soul : Here by JenEm. She was one of the first people who changed my perception of the blank space, sometimes clean & simple styles, I had a tendency to think that kind of styles did not need much…so wrong I was, but I am again talking about myself when I should be just ..not doing so LOL.  Through Jen I discovered how much one can say with concentrating a composition to a limited amount of space, how much a photo or two can speak out for the experience, and then over the years (4 or 5!!??!!! LOVE this girl!!!!)  seeing her combining styles, telling stories and sharing feeling in her elegance that I can now tell at 10 miles distance…. and all of that is present here. The absolute perfection of the photo split and the treatment, the opacity and blending that gives the nostalgic feel you will then get even deeper with the journaling which touches every mother’s heart, the focus on breaking the lines with circles that is more than perfect, Everything here is  a balm for the heart, perfection in every way possible, as she always, each & every time, does!

Moving onto another of my most loved and inspiring scrappers, one of those than can master any style, all with the same talent that brings perfection in technique hand by hand with amazing heart & soul, NO BRA by Dalis, and yes, the tittle in caps for you to hear how loud she is shouting proud! Love the colorful explosion she has created here, the photo that warms my heart and shines light into the whole page, the amount of stuff used without making a dot of mess, so much detail and this is one of the things I love most in full on pages, so much to discover and learn for our own pages… the journaling  in a hand written font that gives it even more personal feeling, a hand made text full of pride which makes me proud as I read… and I could be here for another few hours talking about all the marvels this page brings to our attention, exactly the type that makes my heart sing for days, and love the power of scrapping that brings so much by sharing personal experiences, a jewel in the gallery!!!

Now this just made me go OMG as soon as I saw the thumbnail, and when I looked closer the OMG turned into a w0w oh my how AWESOME is this page???!!!! Some of my Favorite LOs by Cinderella has so much awesome, so much gorgeous beauty, heart & soul, amazing technique that I am honestly lost as to where to start. I think one good point is the fact that she shares the way she achieved the look of the sphere from a tutorial, then the expertise she used in choosing the order the pages to go in so that the eye follows in perfect harmony, love that top border stitched to the page, the hand written font (again) and word art that combined with the stamps gives so much of a hand made feel to the page and this continues the feel with the choice of background paper…. and even more so as she used one of my top favorite kits of all time. I just can’t stop staring at this page, LOve and LOVE and LOVE and then love a little bit MORE!!!!

And keeping in that feeling of amazement, the OMG and wOws and oh how I wish I could make stuff like this is this next page, Travel by Applechick. Not only all the photo treatment, all the editing, blending, combining photo to come up with this FABULOUS piece of art, but also the fact that she gives us an account of  what inspired, what made the page happen, and I know only too well the feeling of getting stranded in airports, loosing trains and buses as a result, the stress of it all that I think I would feel with this page even if I had never left the place I live in, so amazing well done this is!!!! I think more words would get lost in this excellent piece of art, so I will stop here, but, again, I can’t stop looking at this. A perfect in every way page!

Carrying on the superb pieces of art, Dare to Fly by alannabanana is (as a norm with her!) a delight for the heart and sight, an inspirational page that has it all. The gorgeous choices of elements, perfection on her layering that makes you feel like stretching into the screen to touch because the shadows are so amazingly done, subtle but with enough strength to make them real, the amount of different textures like the brushes and paints with the more corporeal elements like those gorgeous bits of lace and the perfectly (again) shadowed string, the pieces of word art in the same line with written ones and word strips, all together makes me see wings even in the background paper….perfection and beauty that inspires, once again, in love with this!!!!!!

Another more than awesome piece of art in this next page, Brave Man by JanaNJ. I know I can’t stop myself marveling with her creations, each of her pages is full of story telling with a huge heart and a strength in soul that shares her experiences in all ways you can think of, and here the whole thing is present. Amazingly gorgeous blending, the processing of the image that makes it turn into almost an oil painting but it goes beyond what a painting would tell me, the gorgeous tittle work , all the brushes and paints, the combination of it all is just a piece to stare at for hours…. superb as always with her pages!!!!

Last but not in the slightest way least, an amazing piece of hybrid: Summer by cropkat. I have the highest admiration for hybrid people, which isn’t saying I would love a hybrid project more than a digital page just because of the skills one needs to own to produce hybrid, but when something like this comes to my attention…I cannot but be marveled with the whole thing. The whole page makes my heart sing with the gorgeous choices, the perfect ones so the tropical feeling is, most definitely, present (and I know about that feeling, spent half of my life in the tropics!)  the photos are amazing, the fun with all the colors and the super cute cacti and flairs, her layering with gorgeous use of word arts, that tittle work that is SO amazing!!!!! if you click on the name of the LO and author high-lit here you can go to the gallery and see the other images for this more than superb creation. I know I am not just amazed but also taken into that tropical feeling to last me for the week to keep smiling!!!!!

This is all from me today, hope you enjoy and get inspired as much as I am!!! As I mentioned above, you can click on the high-lit name of the LO and author to get to their original galleries, please take a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how amazing a day can turn with just a couple of words !!! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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Finger Pointing-June 29th

29 Jun

Hi Everyone! The summer is in full swing now (here anyway) as we are fast approaching July. I could say the year is half over but that might make us gasp. I think I found a great variety of standouts in the galleries today. I hope you enjoy them and get some inspiration from each one!

THE SAME MOON by sbpoet

Wow! This layout is stunning and really jumped out at me!  I love the gorgeous colors and how they are blended together. The repetition of circles across the page is such a great design and the brush work is stellar. But what makes this page truly special is the poem this artist wrote herself and incorporated into her layout. LOVE that!

Hey You by EHStudios

I’m crazy about this awesome, messy layout! It’s like this artist had a blast splattering paint all over and making scribbles and marks. Now, who wouldn’t like to do that? The photo is adorable and the black & white edit is perfect with the neutral tones on the page. A repeated title just adds to all the fun here!

I Need Sleep by tracermajig

I adore every pixel of this layout! Love the painted background and those yummy colors! Stitching, distressed typecast, doodles, splatters, darling elements, word art, etc., all pop against the white canvas. The black/white striped background ties everything together, along with that cute black/white photo. But the best part? Just read the journaling for yourself…a sweet little note to her daughter and then some honest feelings about their current lack of sleep. I’m sure a lot of mothers can relate!

Splasch! by Clin d’oeil

This layout really did make a splash in the gallery! Great capture and this photo looks super in the geometric frame. All of the water colors on the background are perfect and the neutral colors really work well with the colors in the photo. I love the vertical design and her placement of all the word art.

Playful Fun by Stefanie

Playful, joy, fun…all of the above! Fantastic page with the large photo and the series of smaller ones documenting a fun day on the playground. Love how that slide comes right down the page. That gives this a real sense of energy! The bright colors of the elements, the wood veneer accents and the journaling all complete this page beautifully!

Tans Will Fade by biancka

This one will quickly make it into my favorites folder! I can see a large copy of this framed on the artist’s wall. The photo captures the pure essence of a child’s play on the beach in the summer. I’m in love with her blending and brush work that makes this look like a watercolor painting! Awesome title and mix of word snippets with the alpha.

Have a great upcoming weekend! If you enjoyed any of these amazing standouts today, please click on the links and leave a comment or two for these talented artists! See you next time!

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Finger Pointing — June 28th

28 Jun

Today, apparently, is all about yellow day. With some orange. And pops of green. Come see what I mean!

This is Liz J., and these are my picks. Full of fun today!

Rojo and Dad by MrsGaramer

I love it when the very first layout I look at is a yes, yes, YES, this one is a standout! And so it was with Rojo and Dad. Love that big open-wire word art! It makes quite an impact against the pastel background. Nice paper stacking, great photo perspective, and an all-around lovely feel to this one.

So Much Fun by DeLisak

I love how this page looks like they are zip-lining right out of the trees at us! DeLisa created a wonderful scene surrounding those fabulous photos – lots of fun embellishments, and pretty foliage to set the stage. Great word art, great times, clearly!

Sending Love and Hugs by Char4355

Oh, you’ve got to love a beautiful card with lattice-work and amazing die-cut detail like this one! Gorgeous gradual color change on the flower. The stitching holes are a great touch! Whoever receives this card will absolutely love it!

Home50 by geek_girl

I like this one for a few reasons: 1. Cute. 2. There are a lot of popped out elements that make this look very much like a paper page, which I always enjoy on a digital page. 3. Layouts that make me laugh out loud are almost always going to get called a standout. 4. Loved the staggered-look pun in the journal strips. 5. That’s a design begging to be scraplifted.

live bright by sucali

This artist is uber-talented, and I often find myself stopping and studying her pages. This unique design really caught my eye today, with the lean toward the bottom left corner, balanced by the very bold yellow stripe in the background. I like the black and yellow, and that little strip of sea moss paper made a nice color shift. Great word art/journal tag. What I like best about this page is that the white mat looks like the blank canvas of the child’s life, just waiting to be filled. This page is optimistic, and I loved that quality.

Still Waters by MaggieMae

This is so serene and beautiful, just like Julie’s granddaughter! I love how she captured Sarah’s personality with the elements she chose. The brads and twist leading us through the flower background and up to the sun are very effective. Great way to ground the page with the curved stitching border.

I hope you love today’s picks too! If so, please click on the linked titles and leave some praise for our standout artists! Thanks, and have a great rest of the week!

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Finger Pointing – June 27th

27 Jun

Hello fellow-scrappers! Deborah here with the picks of the day. Enjoy and admire.

July by Mother Bear

I love pages with big photos, and this one is exquisite. The placement of the focal photo with the little girl’s eyes gazing into the summer sun is a perfect fit for the journaling and word art. The supporting photos are also fitting for her theme. Lastly, but certainly not least, look at her masterful clustering. I am green-eyed of artists who can create such glorious, yet realistic, clusters. Well done!!

 

Now is the Time by Marie-Claire

Did I mention I adore big photos??  This page has much to love. The blending at the bottom of the large photo is intricate and mesmerizing. Her title work is eye-catching with contrasting fonts and stamps. And the final, splendid detail is the subtle extraction of the butterfly. Impressive!

 

Family by JAMSquared80

The lovely vintage photo paired with turquoise and lime green is striking. The stitching, layering, and clusters all come together to make a charming heritage page. Special!

 

Creative Life by Annave

What an engaging guy page! The extraction and shadows are top-notch. Fantastic use of brushes and light, too. The pink flower is delightfully unexpected, and draws your eye to the handsome young man. Very clever and creative.

 

Love You by Marijke

Clean, crisp and captivating! The arrows and caption for each photo is a skillful way to highlight them. How about the shadow work on the papers?? Outstanding!!

 

Wild Summer by Mymalloryboys

The colorization of photos to coordinate with her layout is super-fun. This is a delightful summer story told with photos and wonderful element work. Every layer is truly fabulous!

 

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Finger pointing – June 26th

26 Jun

Well HI everyone!! It’s so good to be back after a 2 month hiatus. I can’t believe it’s summer already and the kids are almost out of school (here)! It’s been so much fun looking through the galleries again and finding outstanding layouts to post for all to see. I didn’t go with a theme this time, just which layouts caught my attention right away. I really hope you like my picks and again, good to be back! This is Trace, and these are my picks:

My first pick is amazing! I love how graphic this is. Ann06 has done a fantastic job with the blending and the brushes on this layout. It caught my attention immediately. I love the muted background with the pop of the face. It’s just stunning.

My next pick is from dotcomkari. She always has the most brutally honest and in your face journaling on her layouts. I love how she scraps it all..the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, her layouts are NEVER ugly!!! They are always amazing. I love the scribbles here and the way they draw you into the center of the layout with her journaling. The small photo is perfect for the white space she’s created. Just awesome.

This next layout blew me away. I am a HUGE fan of *gina* as most know. She is an artistic genius. This layout is no exception. The blend, the colours, the brush over the profile of the girl. Just outstanding. Gina always knows just how much to embellish and how little too. Her layouts always look like something from an art exhibit or a magazine ad. She is a brilliant, brilliant scrapper. I’m honoured to be able to showcase her layouts.

I really love the simplicity of this layout by isDK. She is a new scrapper to me, but very talented. I am enamoured by the painted background with a simple, but so effective photo of the duck. I love the stitching and the minimal elements here. It’s just such a well rounded, very beautiful layout.

This next scrapper is not only a friend, but she is an amazing artist too. Her clustering is up there with the best. This layout by robinismai makes me smile. Love how she blended the paper over top of the photo and the lipstick on his cheek is just that, very cheeky and fun! I love her clusters and the placement of her elements. The way she filled the wire title with a patterned paper is just smart! All around an amazing tribute and fun layout!

Another new to me scrapper is thuria. I really enjoyed seeing her work in the gallery. This layout stood out for it’s white background and graphic look. I really like how she used the quote brush in the back as an element and as her title. That’s so neat. I love the graffiti look behind the photo.  That photo itself? Adorable!!!! Just a simple but exquisite layout. Well done!

Well that’s it for me today!!! Thank you all for reading the blog and supporting these wonderful scrappers. Please click the link (highlighted names) and leave these wonderful ladies some love. Until  next time, happy scrapping and HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Trace. xx

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Finger Pointing – June 25th

25 Jun

Hello All!  I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday.  I have spent the weekend with my son, his fiancee and the grand pups playing in the heat.  More than once I was thinking a nice dip in the pool would have been the perfect was to cool off.  Problem is we don’t have a pool.  Thankfully, we do have air conditioning, so I came inside to pick some cool pages to share with you today.

A Story Captured | flohbock

Up first is this wonderful page by flohbock.  It is simply stunning.  I like how the aqua paper leads you into the page and to the photos.  The photo themselves are fantastic as are the shadows behind them.  They have a moody feel to them that is both intriguing and adventurous.  I appreciate that flohbock kept the elements simple and on topic as they further enhance those gorgeous photos.  Finally, the bits of red are a nice accent pop that keeps the page interesting.

sweeet | Summer

My next choice, Summer by sweeet also puts an aqua paper to good use, this time as the perfect drop back to adorable pool photos.  I love how the little girl’s round sunglasses are reflected in the crop of the photos, in the sun and in the three circular element clusters.  I also think using the stitched banner, (I always love stitching on a layout), to tether the lone cluster at the side of the page to the main grouping is very cleaver and helps pull the entire layout together in a wonderful way.  The title and bit of journaling are the perfect finishing touches.

jaye | Come Sail Away

My third choice, Come Sail Away by jaye, keeps me at the waters edge with the aqua tones and another wonderful boat photo.  The crop on the sepia photo makes me feel like I am getting into the boat and ready to cast off on a grand adventure.  All the blending on the background makes the paper feel as alive as the sea, while the sequins give it a sparkle that is reminiscent of the sun on the water.  Less Monday & More Summer is not only the perfect journalistic touch, but it could also serve as our battle cry as we pull away from the dock on our adventure.

tkradtke | Summer Delights

Summer Delights by tkradtke, my fourth choice, is another fabulous water/beach page.  The three photos tell a wonderful story of a day spent playing in the surf and the sand.  There is a strong sense of camaraderie in the photos that says these children are working together to create a wonderful castle and memory.  I love tkraddtke’s choice of messy background paper with it splats and drips that echo the splashes and waves of the sea.  I also appreciate her choice of simple elements and a lot of white space that allow the photos not only to speak, but to shine.

EllenT | Swim

Up next is a gorgeous page by EllenT called Swim.  The eyes definitely have it in this layout, as in those beautiful blue pools that pull you right into this page in a fabulously mesmerizing way.  Seriously, it is a stunning photo that Ellen shows off perfectly  I love her use of words, water and fish in the cluster around the photo to support her title, Swim.  Finally, having the fish paper peek out from the cut out in the background is both cleaver and fun.

LindyShay | Paraiso

My sixth and final pick of the day comes from one of my favorite scrappers, LindyShay.  Paraiso is the perfect rendition of a summer day because of LindyShay’s wonderful blending techniques.   A water color sky, lush green vegetation, the feel of sand between your toes and the chance to relax and enjoy it all are what summer, and this page, are all about.  Add in one of those fabulous umbrella drinks and you have all the ingredients for a perfect day, memory and scrapbook layout.

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 memory keepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – June 24th

24 Jun

Summer has just begun here in Michigan but it always moves too fast. Yesterday was muggy and rainy but today the temperature has dropped a bit and the sun is shining. I’m posting a early since I’ll be heading outside soon to take advantage of this gorgeous day. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

I’ll begin with this page as bright and sunny as the day is here, Besties by Nietis. I love the story told by the journaling. The black paper really makes all the colors pop. I like the circular photo and the way it just adjoins the lager photo.  The contrast of the sideways title work and date tab with the vertical journaling is a great touch. The element clusters are lovely and placed in a triangle to help walk the way through the layout. The bit of a tilt to the journal card is the perfect final addition.

This Is the End by beszteri is scrap therapy at its finest and I’m really grateful that she shared this page with us. The stark black and white palette tell the story best. The split between the bride in white and the groom in black, represented by filled text, creates a visual story even when one cannot read the journaling. The bride’s skirt is made touchable by the edition of folded gesso and the black paint spatters and falling leaves are the little details that render this layout a true standout in every way.

I’m always attracted to a clean and simple page like Exploring (Amy in China) by esther_a. Regardless of how simple the layout appears, the list of credits is impressive. The shadowing on the collage of photos is perfect and makes them appear to lift a bit from the page. I like the pops of red in the fans, bow and brad. The centered title work and journaling draws the eye down to the bottom of the page. The Chinese characters placed to the side of the photos is a great design touch.

At first I thought Elegance by Jill was a heritage page but a quick read of the journaling proved that it’s not though the story is fascinating. How lucky indeed to find vintage clothes among other old treasures. The photo treatment works perfectly with the kit palette. I love the tucked fan and that she kept it large. The lace and lacy flags are so delicate and pretty. The cascade of flowers and petals help us to take in the entire gorgeous page.

I’m in love with the layout design in Sassy Cat by Erin Shannon. I don’t know much about cats so I was interested to read the journaling. I really like all the themed added touches like the cat brad and the cat cutout, complete with bow. The vertical paper strips and border contrast with the horizontal design. The tied green arrows and triangles point to the photo and the half painted alpha is perfect for the large scale title.

I’ll leave you with this darling dog page, Journaling Challenge – June 17 by KarenB. I like the soft colors in the kits she chose and the orange really pops against the blue. The layout design is very creative with the two circles meeting where one is cut out to accommodate the other. Finally I like the bits of blue paint and spatters that mimic the water in the photos.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s standouts. If you have a minute or two please click through the layouts and leave these well deserving artists some love! Thanks and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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