Archive | November, 2017

Finger Pointing-November 30th

30 Nov

Hello Everyone! I’m really getting into the spirit of the holidays seeing all of the beautiful pages in the galleries today! My shopping is almost done, which is the earliest I’ve ever been able to say that. No matter what holiday you may celebrate, I think you will find some wonderful inspiration today to create your own digital layouts. The links to the artists’ pages are highlighted in the titles, in case you want to find out more details or leave them any love.

blessings by lizj

This beautiful page was created by our own talented blog team member, Liz Jutila! I adore the sweet photos of her granddaughters and the sepia tones she used. Liz is a pro at taking a template and making it her own. The doilies, the butterfly, the buttons, all perfect little additions. I admit to getting a tear in my eye when I read her journaling. A very special layout expressing much love and gratitude!

Believing? by kellygirl!

This page jumped out out me for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s simply gorgeous! Love the colors and the art journal doll; she’s darling! There are some great textures and and trimmings all across the page. But then, okay, seriously, is that word art not just the best? I was totally LOL! Awesome art journal page!

Don’t cage me by JanaO

This page…..wowza! Absolutely stunning in every way! The powerful image of the woman is enhanced with a plethora of textures such as gesso, drips, lace and gorgeous blending. I love the feathers, the hot air balloon and the pops of yellow against the blue background. The subtle title adds visual interest and the words are so powerful. Outstanding layout!

fashion week by *gina*

Can you say Paris Fashion? Love the artsy style of this layout! The models wearing the latest fashions from Paris and the Eiffel Tower in the background are charming and so elegant. This artist took the sketch look and the blending to the next level; really superb! The actual color photo pops against the monotone background and certainly draws the eye right to the focal point. Truly a glamorous and sophisticated layout!

Ice Skating by Ozegirl

Winter will soon be in many places around the globe and ice skaters will take to the frozen ponds and rinks. This is a gorgeous collage of wintry goodies such as ice skates, snowflakes and sparkles! I do love the holiday feel this artist created and how the photo, framed in blue, is gently tucked in amidst all of the elements. There are some beautiful colors throughout too! Splendid layout!

Joy of winter by Mary-11

Ah, the wonder of a child, beautifully showcased on this holiday layout! That photo is just adorable and I love those big brown eyes and the little fingers resting in the corners of her mouth; so sweet and innocent. The faded lyrics in red against the snowy background are a great way to add texture and journaling at the same time. The cluster is simply gorgeous and is the perfect way to connect the two photos. The small black and white photo adds a nice contrast here and echoes the large, blended one. Special standout!

I will keep this a bit shorter than usual. Today is our anniversary and I have a dinner date with my hubby! Time to go get ready! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day/night and upcoming weekend! I’ll see you next month!

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Finger Pointing – November 29th

29 Nov

Finger Pointing – November 29th

My goodness gracious, time is just flying by. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving has already passed and it’s time to be full swing in to Christmas.  The evolution of the year and the holidays is evident in the galleries already. I love seeing photos of all the holiday activities that families are participating in this time of year.  It reminds me to keep my camera charge and out and ready for pictures.  For any picture, it doesn’t have to be a perfect moment. Maybe it’s the packages by the front door, or the Christmas cards coming in the mail, or an actual hot meal on a plate at the dinner table. All these minutes are perfect and worthy of recording in their own little ways!

Today I have a nice variety of layouts for you…I sure hope you’ll enjoy taking a look at these beauties too!

First off we have this page titled Family Time by Carla R.   The use of the wood grain paper really anchors the page.  The clusters around the photo look very nice mixed with the mixed media brushes. This shows a great way to integrate the two together on a page.  The shadowing of the flowers is really nice and gives the whole layout a feel of depth.  The use of the folded ribbon does a great job moving your eye across the page to complete the visual triangle.  Such a pretty fall page!

My second choice today is Ladies Night by Margje.   The first thing that caught my eye was the background.  This looks like multiple layers of blended maps and old books mixed with some color.  The overall effect really sets the tone of the layout. Then in the front, the silhouette of this trendy looking vintage lady really brings in your eye.  Next the use of the blending of the building with the accounting paper is brilliant. I love how the two mix so well together.  Then finally the title that has been clipped to some fun paper.  Overall such an awesome look!

The third layout I’m featuring today is kind of the opposite of the layout above.  Sentimental by EH Studios is simple and sleek and so amazing.  I just love the white space and how everything is so purposefully placed.  The stamp under the photo looks so real on the wood background. It blows me away how simple, yet stunning this layout is!

Next up is the is fun and lively page by Kim Walker (Kim21673) titled Miss Being Warm.  I just love the use of the bright colors with a cold winter photo. It’s perfect with this little guy’s jacket!!  I also love the mixing of the circles with the long rectangular shapes.  The flower sprinkled in not only bring color and depth, but I love that that a mom isn’t afraid to put flowers on her little boy’s layouts.  Go mom!

Moving to our next layout titled Christmas by Elizabeth22.  This layout totally wow’d me! I just love the lighting on this photo.  It’s just so perfect!  The black background really enhances all the Christmas themed elements and gold accents on the page.  The way the large cluster seems to gently cradle the photo is just fabulous.  I also love the use of the black damask paper angled on the background to provide some more texture and movement to the page. The pops of red from the patterned paper sitting below add a nice pop to the page as well.  Such a lovely, lovely page!

Finally today I have this fabulous layout by Kayleigh titled Merry Christmas.  What really drew me to this page was the texture and movement.  I just love the textured white background used here. It adds character, interest and depth.  Then the transparent paint/ink and the spatters with the drawn circles all work to build a great little background for the focal image.  The papers are then stacked on top in a way that the patterns and textures mix so nicely.   The little details mixed in make this pop. The pine cones, the ribbon and the lace. Everything works together so well to give you that holiday feeling. Such a fabulous page!

I hope you will take a few minutes and go look through the galleries and leave some love for a page that inspires you.  Until next time…I hope you are taking a few minutes each to also enjoy the holidays and take some different pictures so you have lots of neat things to add to your scrapbook.

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Finger Pointing – November 28th

28 Nov

Hello! It’s an honor to be here again showcasing the impressive artist in our community. I am taking care of my 2-year-old granddaughter for a few days, and she is a fireball so tonight I will make it short but very sweet.

All Messed Up by LiMa Inspiration sparkles with joy. The paint and gorgeous photo blend together as one. Dreamy and exotic!

 

Just Breathe makes me want to do just that – Inhale, exhale and enjoy the beauty of Sucali’s peaceful page. I love the varying shades of blue she has used, and who wouldn’t be enchanted by the little doll grounding her photo? Lovely!

 

I haven’t had the time to scrap the last several days, and this page makes me want to open Photoshop and start scrap lifting. (And I will as soon as my energetic angel finally falls asleep). I am utterly enchanted with When You Wish upon A Star. Where do I start? I adore the lighting in Beaute’s photo, the soft pink brushwork, star shaped journaling, and the ornament with the perfect reflection. I LOVE everything, and I think this page is BRILLIANT.

 

Love This Boy by EarlofOxford is energetic and vibrant. She has been one of my favorite artist since I started digital scrapbooking 9 years ago. Her pages are usually photo-centered and everything she does makes her photos shine. This page is no exception. Her use of color, the composition and fabulous extraction spotlight her photos perfectly. Engaging and delightful!

 

LO1287 has a fresh, contemporary look. Olivia123’s artsy blending combined with the realistic clusters is dynamic. The incredible background has so many cool details – the intertwining ribbon, notebook paper, paint, netting and text overlays. Very creative and intriguing!

 

Wow! That is what I thought when I saw the thumbnail of Grace of a Swan. Rosie has created a fascinating piece of art. I love how the embellishments go from opaque to translucent. The reflection within the ripples of water is stunning. The sparkling flourishes radiating from the swan work beautifully to create a mystifying, magical page.

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – November 27th

27 Nov

As I write this post, there are only 27 days 7 hours 25 minutes and 38 seconds until Christmas…unbelievable!  For those of us in the US the time between Halloween and Christmas becomes more blurred with the passing years.  I’ve done my shopping, started my cards and annual Christmas letter, done a little decorating, and even wrapped some of the gifts and, I have to say, it’s another blessing to have the opportunity to receive the gift of spending time in the galleries just selfishly wrapped up in all of the beauty!  Cutting the list to only six was, as always, a chore but it’s done and here are the six gallery standouts for today.

SSL: White Space by MaggieMae is a stunning heritage page with a touch of winter beauty.  I’m in love with that photo and she sets it off beautifully with the vintage brushwork and the placement of the journaling.  The horizontal strips and the little gold stars add a punch of color.  The background paper is perfect with  the softly brushed snowflakes which add a wonderful depth.  Love this page!

Thanksgiving is all about being with family and friends and being grateful for what you have.  Playing Pandemic by musicmom3 embodies both of those traditions.  I love that the family enjoys playing board games and that a new one has joined the “family”.  The two photos are blended perfectly (she includes a link to the tutorial, if you want to have a go at it).  I know I get repetitive about the placement of the journaling on pages but it really does make a page and the journaling on this page is placed perfectly to highlight the small photo!  All I can say about the title is … Superb!  Gorgeous page!

Spending Time Together by Glori2 is another page about, well, spending time together but with a totally different tone.  So sorry to hear about the food poisoning .. no fun!  But this page is full of fun!  Absolutely love the photo in the circular frame!  Love the mix of the large, masked photo with the two smaller, framed photos.  And what fun are those clusters.  Love the journaling and even though it wasn’t the trip she envisioned, it was definitely one she will remember.  Awesome page!

I am always attracted to art journal pages and Sometimes by TrishD is an absolutely stunning one!  The use of B&W lets the lighting take center stage.  The photo is perfect for the subject of the page and I love how it’s blended.  I think this would make a beautiful page in a journal!  Love it!

Well, I couldn’t avoid it!  There are so many Christmas pages, cards, and projects in the galleries. It’s always fun to see craft projects that use digital supplies.  This Christmas Ornament by oscaralley is totally adorable!  Love how she’s finished it off with the red/white twine.  I would be proud to hang this on my tree!

This gorgeous 2017 Christmas Card by Katie Pertiet sets the tone for a beautiful season.  The handwritten greeting is perfect for the soft look created by the watery holly and the watery splats/stains.  The sprinkling of stars is the perfect finishing touch.  I’d love for this to be my Christmas card this year (or any year)!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks today.  If you have time, please visit the galleries and leave some love for the artists.  The titles and images are both linked so it is really easy to get to the right page in the gallery.  Thanks for letting me share these beauties with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – November 26th

26 Nov

Hello, and welcome to the last day of the four-day weekend in the United States. Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude, and that is just what I felt when looking through the galleries for today’s picks. It’s wonderful to be part of such a terrific community of talented, creative people! I just loved what I found for today’s post, and I hope you do too.

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

Polaroid & Selfie by purlz76

I SO love a good hybrid project! This is a wonderful combination of an All About Me style-composition, and a fun real-life planner. The quirky combination of journal cards pasted (literally!) into the planner make a fun read. I like the idea of the monthly selfie page; that would be fun to look back on later as a reminder of your style that month. I also like the coloring she included to fill in some of the blank space on the pages. And, I appreciated the presentation, including the markers, scissors and glue in the photo. This made me happy.

Zoie-goggles by destiney1

This totally made me smile! That little face peeking out behind her self-made goggles, is just the cutest! I love this design, too. I am always amazing at how a little angle in a design can completely transform the look of a page. The pretty strips of accent papers in different sizes and combinations with the large journal tags all work nicely to mat that adorable photo. The stitched circle made a nice frame for the word bits. I love the sentiment and the feel of this one!

floral card by Convintojm

Being a card-maker myself, I am quickly drawn to beautifully crafted projects. I enjoyed reading the process in the description that it was die-cut and colored. This is so pretty! I love the pearl accented swirly bits. Just lovely! I know the recipient will really appreciate the love and work that went into creating this.

Calendar 2018 by Madi

I thought it was rather clever of this artist to showcase all of the calendar pages she created in the form of a layout! This way she can preserve the entire calendar past its year, and look back at the entire set of calendar pages as one. I like that she used art and other layouts to create the backdrops for each calendar page too. That must have been fun to create!

Top 5 Thanksgiving memories 2017 by karlimarie

There is nothing better than a good list to get memories preserved on a scrapbook page! That little turkey costume was a show-stopper for me, and I had to take a closer look then! Love the list, love the left-hand weight of the page, and that giant circular word art was just the perfect way to balance the page. Super cute. I had to include one Thanksgiving tribute in today’s post, and this was my favorite!

team moment by Maruma

Uly is one of my favorite scrapbookers! She has lots of variety in her pages! There were actually a couple of other pages I could have easily chosen of her recent work. This one just tugged at my heart-strings, with the giant heart outlining the little team-mates working together to cross the sand towing their wagon. I love how the photo is blended with paper and the grid pattern, and the sea-fronds edging the page are a nice touch. Such a sweet feel to this one!

I loved each of today’s picks so much, and I hope you did too! Please click on the linked title to leave our creative friends some well-deserved love. Have a great week!

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Finger Pointing – November 25th

25 Nov

What a treat it’s been to visit the galleries today! Wow! I’m in awe of all the wonderful work that people around the world share with us and it’s a great pleasure to bring you my standouts for today. I’ve got a bumper post of no less than nine picks for you today, yes, nine, so I’ll get right on with it!

A mix of neutral tones with gold and silver are guaranteed to make a project a winner. Joy by IntenseMagic has been created with a super mix of festive elements, all beautifully layered and shadowed appropriately to add both depth and detail against the perfect backdrop. I like that the black and white photo, nestled neatly in the detail, plays along with the tones. Absolutely stunning!

Another page with super detailed layers is First Snow by Caroline Scrap. I love how the red striped paper simply pops here and that some of the elements are tucked underneath while there’s still more detail to devour on top! For me, black and white images work so well with traditional festive colours and I like the circular framing that makes me think of a pretty Christmas bauble. Nicely balanced with the bottom border detail, this is wonderful!

Before I  move onto my other standouts for today, I just want to share another seasonal page with you. Peace by Traumelfe adds the glitz to the lower temperatures and reminds me how snow, in the right light, glistens beautifully. There’s so much to love about this page, the vertical design and pretty border, the detail and the circular framing, repeated in the arc to the right that pulls it all together. Just gorgeous!

So let’s move on to the cute! Click with Love by brinic uses a simple and classic design while the detail in the backdrop and the pink pops add the punch. I love the repetition of the stars, the little date tab and the title work. And just how adorable is that image?! I think this little one is going to be a trendsetter, for sure! Super, super cute!

There are some wonderful templates available in the marketplace and I love how different artists can take the same template and give it a completely different look, be it with colour, adding or subtracting an element or two and, quite simply, making it their own. Mymalloryboys has done just that and picked the perfect one for The Story of You, the opening page of her new baby boy’s book. A great colour palette, an additional brush and some word art makes this completely individual. Congratulations to you and your family and I can’t wait to see this project unfold!

Staying with a similar colour palette but a little more saturation is New Breath by Sabyne. One of my favourite ways to include patterned paper in my own work is to layer strips and I just love how striking the strips on this layout are as they pick up the colours in the gorgeous image. There’s a little bit of lace there too, and a doily, which add a little softness while the wonderful brushwork, those lovely butterflies and the pretty flower and bow clusters finish off the page perfectly. I so love this!

There’s many a scrapper out there that enjoys making a great layout with a statement image. Tamzen’s 21st by silent ranks is a perfect example. A pretty photo to the left balanced beautifully on the right with repetitive detail – that always works on a layout, a couple of pretty clusters and some word art make for a truly perfect page design. Again, a great colour combination and a little white space goes a long way. A beautiful page!

I haven’t done much scrapping myself of late but Just a little girl by Loulou31 makes me want to fire up Photoshop, grab just a little stash and create a ‘less is more’ page. Although my own style has gotten more simple over time, I do still find this style a little challenging every now and then, especially when there are so many goodies that I want to use! Extractions are not always easy to do – in my opinion anyway – but they tend to have a massive impact on a piece of work. This little girl, framed perfectly, certainly draws me in here. The brushwork is exquisite while those pencil scribbles add an element of playfulness. A first class page!

Rounding off my post today is Buster is One by carollee. There’s nothing quite like a dark canvas with a glow to grab my attention. I love the neatness of this page and the simple, left and lower framing of the image while the carefully chosen selection of elements leads the eye around the page, adding an aloofness too that is so fitting for a page about a kitty turning one! I also love how those twisted dots break to let the super title work and journaling tell the story – brilliantly! Happy birthday Buster!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my standouts for today and that you’ll find a little time to click on the links and let the artist know what you like about their work. Till next time, take care, happy scrapping and I’ll see you in the galleries!

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Finger Pointing – November 24th

24 Nov

Hello!!!! Hope everyone is well and enjoying (should we read running mad around? LOL) the weekend!!! I’ll be short (or at least try) as I wasn’t able to post last night so wont hold the day for Liz who will be posting for today!!! So I ll go straight to the awesome, amazingly marvelous pages from Friday. As usual, choosing becomes a very difficult task! Hope you enjoy these and get inspired as much as I do!!!! Remember you can access the original pages by clicking in the linked/high-lit name of the LO and author!!!

Realizing how close we are to the end of the month and, for some of us, the arrival of the most waited time of the year, I find this awesome 2017 DYD Cover Page by Erin Crouch. This seemed the perfect way to start the post. Now if you know me, you know I am an element hoarder, but the amazing clean lines, gorgeous bold letters and color, cleverly composed background with subtle patterns makes this a perfect cover page!!!!

To carry on the magic, the most magical place on earth seems the perfect option, and here I found this masterful piece by Dawn Inskip , 100% Adorable, and adorable it is indeed!!!! My love & passion for designers who scrap is well documented, and love the way Dawn always comes up with original compositions, amazingly designed pieces, unique signature of her talent!!! My heart is taken by this awesome page!!!!

Another super original piece, Just do It by cfile, which amazed me as I was reading at the Get It Scrapped classes something about transporting habitats into our pages…this couldn’t be a better show for it!!! As usual Christa shows a passion for page design, a wonderful creativity and amazingly beautiful results! Love the color palette, the perfection of the setting, almost like a set design for theater translated into a scrapbook page, the delicate embellishment, absolutely fabulous!!!

Another superb creation, an incredible blending, extraction, artsy use of paints and super outstanding tittle work in this gorgeously awesome page, Be Strong by Wombat146. Love the way Ona documents her family life, events that she transforms into incredibly gorgeous master pieces, this is a gorgeous jewel with complete perfection with the added journaling!!!!

I am so, so delighted to find this, Santa’s Village by weaslwatcher, not only because it is another master piece, but also because I hardly ever am able to highlight her pages! It is either her on the 7 days list or me not coming across her pages when on duty, but thing is my heart was full of happy when I looked closer and saw it was hers!!! Love Danica’s versatility to compose super wonderful pages in extreme styles, in here the perfection starts by the awesome photo, I am amazed always by the documenting of her travels, then there is the continuity given to the photo by the super clever choice of background paper, the gorgeous clusters which make my element hoarder heart sing without overwhelming the page, the beautiful sign as tittle work and even a scribble to give it a hand made touch. All the way awesome!!!

The festive feeling is with us with a more than fabulous page, Holiday Magic by tammybean04. I’m always in love with people who can combine patterns in a truly wonderful way, and here the magic fills my heart, absolutely perfect layering, shadows that makes me want to reach and touch, more layering goodness and fantastic cluster with the card adding a touch of cute , this is so beautiful, I may have to consider lifting this to the t!!!!!! Perfection!!!!

As a story teller, I love the photography that speaks volumes with originality, and this couldn’t be a better example of how non posed, or should I say almost anonymous ones, can tell a story without words. The season colors are wonderfully represented in this awesome page, Feeling Blessed by stormchaser. In here too, love the combination of patterns, the earthy tones gorgeously constructing a cluster with a touch of gold that I love and lighten up the page to complete this beautiful piece!

Last but never ever least, a marvelous page that conquers my traveler’s heart, Spain_first_page by LBickfor63 is such a wonderful introduction to a travel book, I’m in love with the photographic goodness made into the map, and, once again, even to my element hoarder this is a perfect master piece!! Done so elegantly , with a subtle tittle on the top and the gorgeous little tag with the thread at the bottom, as if this wasn’t already a visual amazement, the amount of journaling makes this into a perfect diamond, a jewel to close today’s post with a wonderful happy heart. This also makes me happy as I know Lori’s beautiful work well, but don’t think I have ever come across a page of hers whilst on duty here!!!!

This is all from me today, Hope you have a great weekend, don’t forget to click on the high-lit names to go to the original gallery, we all know how much our day can be made by a word or two of praise!!!! Thanks so much for joining us!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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