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Finger Pointing – September 19th

19 Sep

I’m always excited to browse the galleries looking for projects to feature on the blog. The autumnal equinox is just a few days away and my choices may or may not have been influenced by fall’s rapid approach. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Apples in Autumn by Stacia definitely has an autumn vibe whether it speaks to apple season or back to school. I really like the large blended photo she used for her background. The cluster of smaller, duplicated photos placed on top supports her theme. I like the torn paper applied to the edge adding texture to the page. The title work combining two alphas/fonts is very effective. Finally this artist is a wonderful story teller. Her journaling is a great read.

I really like the combination of masking and brush-work in Autumn Leaves by twinsmomflor. I love the bits of text and blooms scattered about the layout. The sketched flowers edged in black contrast wonderfully with the muted colors of the page. The bit of word art serves as the title and finishes off the page just right.

I like the selective framing in Beautiful Autumn by shawnbear. The photo taken from behind is always very appealing and the sun flare is outstanding. The photo treatment in the smaller photo is lovely. I like the orange paint added to the edges of the page and the blue flowers really pop. I also like the combination of realistic and sticker elements.

It’s never easy to leave summer behind.  I love the sunset photos in Footsteps in the Sand by bahtoy.  I like the way she gave a slight tilt to the masked photo and matched it with the smaller photos. The crop of the sandy toes lends meaning to her title. The combination of orange and blue really shine in her beautifully shadowed clusters.

The intent of Giverny 7 by myla may have been to document a visit to the home of Monet but this layout is a piece of art in its own right and really jumped out of the gallery for me. The large photo makes for a stunning background. I really like the way she added the watercolor paint set down the middle of the page as well as the photo of the artist on top. I love the out of bounds flower framing flowing into the title font. The sketchy lines and framing complete the layout perfectly.

bird bike by willimena is a perfect example of a layout where the photos and journaling really take center stage. I love the neutral tones of the papers she chose and the pop of red in the word strip and title work. The grid design is exceptional as are the photo crops.  I like the way she journaled in a blank spot on the large photo. This is really a great story.

I’ve come to the end of my post and I definitely veered away from my original theme which is easy to do when distracted by all the gorgeous layouts in the galleries. If you have a minute or two I hope you will leave some love for these well deserving artists. Thanks and have a great week.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fingerpointing – September 7th

7 Sep

I haven’t had the opportunity to post for several weeks and I really enjoyed my time browsing the galleries. There are so many amazing projects in a variety of styles I’m constantly inspired and I hope you are too!

I’ll begin with Crisp Fall Day by cutiejo1 which reminds me that fall is coming soon. Her split page design is so creative and her extraction is perfection. The photo from behind is always intriguing and this one leads the eye directly into the page. The circle framing the opposing front-view photo contrasts beautifully and the addition of the leaves and flowers reminds me of a wreath. The other bits sprinkled about add charm and the title-work finishes the layout just right.

The photos in Joy by Nietis are so appealing. Her paper stacking is amazing and the embellishments are tucked into exactly the right spots. The slight tilt to the photos adds interest and the title and journaling in the empty photo spot is a clever touch.

Speaking of photos, check out the black and white photos in Pillow Fight by sam ellis. The shots reflect incredible movement and could really stand on their own. She chose to add just a few embellishments so as not to detract. I especially love the pop of the red heart but my favorite part is the journaling, definitely worth a quick read.

If a photo is worth a thousand words, sometimes none are worth just as many as in Fresh Air by ruthmelody. Her brush work is amazing. I especially like the dark blue in the iris. The addition of the flowers and butterfly perfectly shadowed and placed on top reiterate her theme as does her colorful title-work.

I really like the use of the template in For the Birds by scrap-genie.   She only added papers to a few of the spots and otherwise filled them with brush-work and bits of lace. I like the placement of the stitches, dividing only some of the squares. The journaling is perfectly placed in two opposing squares and the embellishments scattered about support her theme. Finally the stacked photos placed on top remain the focal point in this otherwise busy layout because she kept the page monochromatic.

I found more creative paper stacking in #amazing by dotcomkari. The photo-crops are spot-on and I love the combination of color and black and white. The framed paper squares are a unique touch and I like the tucked in heart frame. The large ampersand is a clever addition and I enjoyed reading the heartfelt journaling.

Mother Nature has been wreaking havoc all across the country whether as fire or water and I’m adding my thoughts and prayers along with many others to all those affected. As always please consider clicking through the links and leaving these well deserving artists some love. Thanks and have a great week.

 

 

 

 

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Fingerpointing – August 15th

15 Aug

When it’s neither the end nor the beginning of the week, there’s something renewing about wandering the galleries looking for inspiration. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Kelly’s Ford by ouisiekelly

The photos in this layout are outstanding as is the layout design. I love the vertical stack placed above the partially framed circle finished off by the blend in the corner. The gesso and paint add dimension while the journaling completes the layout in just the right way, no additional embellishments required.

Carpe Diem by stormchaser

The photo treatment in the large photo perfectly compliments the smaller in-color photo. I like the way the large photo divides the page in half while the slice of patterned paper is added at a slight angle behind. The large cluster surrounding the smaller photo is so pretty and I especially like the way the date tag is attached. The wood title works perfectly here both in theme and style.

The Walk by Westina

At first glance this appears to be a relatively clean and simple layout but there is a lot of creativity present here. I love the partial framing of the photo as well as the reflection below. The texture of the background paper is ideal for the design. It’s interesting that the journaling mimics the framing technique explaining why a single person remains outside the box.

Another Vacation Layout by MaggieMae

Apparently today’s post is all about photos because there are some more gorgeous photos displayed here. I love the simple grid design. The bits of blue watercolor in the papers emphasize the blue in the sky. I love the fragment of paper masking/paint with the heart placed on top. The right-aligned journaling is perfectly placed within the grid.

Swing & Slide by Deekaa

I really like how this is a pocket layout but not. The spaces are rectangular and aligned but without borders, creating a clever design. Of course the photos from behind are engaging and invite us into the layout. I like the bold title-work and the storyteller style used in the journaling.

Somethingness by EHStudios

I really like that there is a lot going on in this layout without looking cluttered. The photos are adorable of course and I like the combination of black and in-color. I like the variety of shapes, including circles, hexagons and triangles some of which are divided in half or off the edge. I like the tiny scribbles outlining the page and the bits sprinkled about. Everything about this page feels sweet to me just like the photos.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post and if you have a minute or two, please click through the links and leave these exceptionally creative artists some love.

 

 

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Fingerpointing – August 8th

8 Aug

It’s still summer in my part of the world but I feel like we are tumbling headlong toward fall. I hope to enjoy the warm days and spend time outside for as long as possible. Still it’s nice to have a brief respite and wander through the galleries hunting down inspiration. As always there is no lack of creativity to be found there. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Speaking of summer, Amazing Summer by ChaosLounge has a great warm-weather vibe. I love the bright summery colors and the way the diagonal paper strips lead the eye down the side of the page. The flower clusters are full without being overwhelming and the tucked in journal card is fitting for the theme. Great photo series and title-work too.

It can be nice to have a break from the sun with a little rain and The Rain by doti40 definitely fills the bill. I love the blocked design and the way the colors pop a bit against the dark background. The photo crop of the boots is darling and I like the tiny bit of out of bounds so the child’s had can grasp the umbrella kit element.

I love the sketch created from the photo in Breathe and Relax by clindoeil. The journal cards are used so creatively in establishing the horizontal line across the page. I like the way the simple white frame outlines both the cards and the photo. The added paint and gesso lends additional texture to this simple yet artsy page.

I enjoyed the snippet of journaling in Bookworm by catgoddess. She presents a compelling reason for preferring non-fiction in contrast to my love of fiction. I like her layout design with the neutral paper bracketed by the colorful patterned strips. Her vertical design with embellishments tucked in front and behind is very appealing. I like the way she placed the word strip across the book and tucked in the cards. The framing on her “to-read” book list places the focus there.

I’m a big fan of large photo layouts and Treasure by Wendy Johnson is a great example. I really like the smaller photos angled, stacked and placed atop the stunning panorama. The red strips on top and bottom echo the red roofs further back in the photo. I like the small cluster at the top and the bit of text placed directly on the large photo under the smaller photos. The tag for the bit of journaling is the perfect added touch.

In contrast to the large photo with a bit of journaling is a small photo with a great deal of journaling in Dad by silent ranks. I really like that she kept her design simple and monochromatic. Her journaling is heartfelt and echoes the sentiment in the quote. I like the pop of yellow in the butterfly and yellow bouquet contrasting nicely with the black and white in the other elements.

I’ve come to the end of my post and it’s time for me to sign off with a quick reminder to leave these well deserving artists some love by clicking through the layouts and commenting. Thanks and have a great week.

 

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Finger Pointing – July 17th

17 Jul

It’s very early but I have a busy day planned with my grandsons. It’s a perfect day to go to the beach. The picnic, toys and towels are packed. The only thing missing is the boys so I’ll be leaving soon to pick them up. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Sometimes the first thumbnail I enlarge makes it to the blog and that’s the case with This is Love by lbscraps. I really like the combination of turquoise and kraft background papers with a pop of yellow placed on top. The gold foil doily and title alpha are surprising but effective. The photos are darling and quite good for day 1 and the combination of black and white and color are perfect here. Finally the shadow on the banner makes the entire page look more realistic.

I’m surprised this is the first page I’ve found featuring fidget spinners, which clearly are all the rage. I like the technique used in Fidget Spinner by kikimama. I saw several gorgeous pages featuring this presentation where the patterned paper “fades” into the background.  I like the way she added the circular brush and star sprinkle which actually give the layout a scientific aspect, supporting her theme. Placing the title work and journaling above the faded paper makes them more legible reinforcing the use of this technique.

Mendocino by ZhuLi is such a happy, summery page. I really like the way she used the pastels, which complement her photos, instead of the typical brights. I like the varied size and orientation of the photos. The outline of the state tucked under the paper-strip journaling works well to move the eye down the page. The clusters are so pretty and I like the combination of sticker and realistic flowers.

I’ve become accustomed to seeing a single photo spread over two or three photo frames but I think Say yes to new Adventures by cinderella is the first time I’ve seen one clipped to so many. The angle and perspective, showing just a bit of the wing of the airplane, is amazing. I love the way she tucked in the journal card and placed the title on top of the photos. The few added elements work perfectly with her subject.

I love the texture in the blended photo combined with the smaller framed photo in Every Boy by silent ranks. You will never find me arguing with the sentiment she journaled here. The title work is outstanding, combining painted and outlined alphas or fonts with the large, blue epoxy ampersand placed on top. I like the sketchy heart and the bits of colorful embellishments scattered about the page. The bright colors contrast so well with the black and white of the photos.

I like the monochromatic appearance of It’s the Smile by beckturn. I love the way the photo is enlarged and treated to appear like a sketch. I like the look of the stitches placed atop the smaller photo. It looks to me like the framing behind actually contains a part of the background rather than a duplicate of the photo. The gesso and paper folds add dimension and the leaf element is perfectly themed with the journal strip. Placing the title at an angle is a great artsy touch.

I’ve come to the end of my post and I’m ready to begin my busy day. I’m so happy I had some quiet time to browse the galleries. I hope you have enjoyed my post and that you will take a few minutes to click through the links and leave these well deserving artists some love. Thanks and have a great week.

 

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Finger Pointing – July 11th

11 Jul

I’m an early riser thanks to my puppy who is actually no longer a puppy. I’ve enjoyed a few hours wandering the galleries, selecting layouts to feature today. It’s difficult to narrow down my choices to just six but here they are in no particular order.

Letter Home #2 by mocamom  showed up in my Facebook feed and I knew I needed to search for it to show it here. As a person who often changes a journal spot to a photo, I’m always impressed by layouts with lots of journaling. I hope you can read her story because it’s outstanding. I love the layered papers and the toys sprinkled about the page. The arrows and geotags point toward the heartfelt journaling and direct the eye there.  I love the cluster at the bottom and the inclusion of the journal card.

Puffin Fun by jana is such a fun layout featuring the equally adorable puffins. I really like all the themed elements she placed on the layout, especially the bow-tied starfish. I love the torn frame and the word art placed around the edge of the page. I like the contrast between the square corners of the background paper and the rounded corners of the word art. The title work combining two distinct fonts/alphas is a perfect finishing touch.

Fall in Love with Shamian by Scrapping with Liz has an impressive list of credits but everything works perfectly together. The pops of pink in the flower and button pick up the pink in the photos. I love the paper strips combined with the ribbon, lace and word art and the way the title is placed on the tag. The flock of birds direct the eye into the layout. I like the way she discretely placed the qr code so a specific viewer may be able to see video footage of the event.

A Day for a Bike Ride by helenedubois has such a colorful palette. I like the way she duplicated the colors from the photo to the paint rings and spatters and even the banner across the top. The photo mask really makes the bikes the focus of the layout. The blended music background may have the rider singing along as he/she pedals away. The title work in black really stands out and mimics the black in the bike frames and tires.

Hugs in Person by cfile is a great story about online friends meeting in real life. The layout is beautifully crafted. I love the sketchy photo treatment of the Kings Cross Station and the way it’s extracted and blended into the background where midway it almost looks like bricks. I like the white journal card and the rotated title. The pops of dark pink/red in the flower, title and camera element really stand out. The resized photo and card work so well together and the text on the word bits embellishes the story in just the right way.

Cleo’s Last Pose by kbrivitch is a beautiful tribute page to a majestic kitty. I really like the framing in both the layered patterned papers and the photo frames. The journaling placed in the half circle is so heartfelt. The pink in the flower clusters works really well with the black and white kitty. I like the stacked banners and the adorable cluster combining the journal card and elements. The striped ribbon divides the page between the photos and journaling perfectly. I am so sorry for your loss.

Once again I have come to the end of my post. I hope you will click through the links and leave these well deserving artists some love. Thanks and have a great week.

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Fingerpointing – July 4th

4 Jul

I’m excited to be on the blog and writing my first post for July. For readers in the U.S. I hope you are having a happy and safe holiday. I know you are anxious to see some creative projects so I’ll move right along and begin with Colors of Spring by Bright Eyes. I saw this yesterday in my Facebook feed and knew right away that I wanted to show it to you here. I love all the blending, paints and brushwork. The neutral background really makes the blues and purples pop. Shadowing on an Art Journal page can be a bit tricky but it looks just right here with bits of shadowing on the bird, flowers and leaves. I like the black scribbles too.

Wild and Free by AnikA68 is a burst of color, delighting the eye. I really like the frame placed atop the blended photo with the perfect out of bounds. The girl appears to be tossing the flowers directly from the photo to the page. The butterflies scattered about and the bit of text support the theme and complete the page perfectly.

I love the clean and simple look of Nostalgia by ChantalK. I’m fascinated by her Tupperware collection and I love the piece she chose to display here, especially the way she cropped the photo. The horizontal flow of the design contrasts beautifully with the scalloped border. The stitched felt circles add to the retro look and the tucked, floral sticker is perfectly placed.

 

Stadtlauf by AmberR gives us a lot to look at without appearing busy. This is a beautifully scrapped event page. The dark background really keeps the photos in focus. The perspective in the crowd photos is amazing. All of the added bits like the footprints, flag and word art are just right for her theme. The script title partially hidden by the perfect extraction is very creative.

I love this hybrid project, well suited to the holiday, 4th of July Party Favor by oscaralley.  I like the layered red, white and blue with the cut-outs perfectly sized to hold the sparklers. That glittered clothespin holding the stems together is just right. I like how she photographed her project with the worn, wood background and sprinkling of stars.

Perfectly Imperfect by bbe showcases a beautiful series of photos. The sketchy flowers and blue and green paint compliment the photos perfectly as does the script title. Placing the washi tapes behind the journal strips really helps them stand out from the rest of the page. I like how the author points out that the butterfly has learned to compensate for his broken wing.

It’s time for me to wrap it up and head outside to enjoy the beautiful weather we are having here. I hope you will take a minute to click through the links and leave these well deserving artists some love.  Thanks and have a great week.

 

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