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Fingerpointing – March 20th

20 Mar

I’m told today is the first day of spring but you wouldn’t know it here in Michigan. It’s a gray, gloomy day, perfect for browsing the galleries looking for inspiration. There’s certainly no lack of gorgeous pages to be found. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

This was the very first thumbnail I saw while perusing the galleries and once I enlarged it I knew I would include it in my post today. I adore the simple horizontal design in 1.11.17-Wyatt by fonetta.  The soft palette is perfect for the sweet photos and the title work is outstanding. But what really made this a stand-out for me was the journaling. Take a few seconds to read it and I’m certain you will agree.

I always enjoy reading interview or “favorites pages” and 13 at 13 by MrsDebReynolds is no exception. I think this idea could be cleverly carried out over the years, beginning with 1 favorite at 1 and so on. The layout design filled with brightly colored papers, is so cheerful and works perfectly with her happy photos. I love the curve to the paper spots and the stamped title work. The single cluster completes her layout in just the right way.

The photo crop in Old Charm by jaye drew me in to the story behind this layout. I like that she kept the photos black and white to contrast with the colorful background paper she chose as her foundation. The strips of ribbon create the perfect shelf and the single cluster is ideal for this simple yet pleasing layout.

The next layout, Being Green by connieg, is another take on the same theme as the layout above. While the layout took me back to my own childhood, the photo is actually a current one. I love the deckle edge frame she chose and attaching it to the page with the clothes pins is a clever touch. The minimal embellishing is just right for her theme.

I’m always on the lookout for non-traditional project life pages like Sunset at Ouchy by aridra. Although she journaled about her entire week she chose this stunning photo series to feature on her layout. I’m not certain if she selectively recolored parts of the photos or if the effect is that of the setting sun. Either way they are gorgeous and the colorful embellishments scattered about contrast with the nearly monochromatic photos perfectly. The paint and colorful title-work wrap up this layout very well.

It’s never easy to limit picks to just six layouts. Last but definitely not least is Create your world by Azeline.  I really love the curvy design filled with blue papers against the white background. The photo is precious and keeping it black and white works well with the monochromatic tone of the layout. The black frame further defines the photo and the clusters of blue flowers are gorgeous and so well shadowed. The hand-drawn little girl on the journal card looks very much like the subject in the photo. Using the dictionary definition as journaling adds to the outstanding composition of the layout.

I’ve come to the end of my post. If you have a minute or two I hope you will click through the layouts and leave these well deserving artists some love. Thanks and have a great week.

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Finger Pointing – March 13th

13 Mar

Honestly I think the galleries are filled with more gorgeous layouts than ever. It’s such a delight to browse and search for inspiration. It’s Beatrice on the blog and here are my picks for today.

The design in Priceless by umyesh is very appealing in its simplicity. The photo is so adorable and I love the way the tape measure splits the layout.  The orange really pops on the otherwise monochromatic page. I like the little bit of stitching she used to tack down the large capital L the first letter of the child’s name which also serves as a design element. Placing the word art close to the bottom of the page helps the eye travel through the layout as a whole.

The beautiful photo in Little One by bcnatty deserves the focus so I’m happy to see she kept it large. The paper filling the other half of the layout is perfect for her theme. The cluster down the center of the page is gorgeous and the vellum word art place on top of the photo is the ideal added touch.

I’m a big fan of pocket or grid style pages whether used for project life or just to showcase a number of photos as in Kisses for Mama by marlathrall. The photos are outstanding and planting the kisses a clever idea. The journaling, bits of flowers and word strips are the only embellishments needed to complete her darling layout.

I’m starting to wonder if there is a reason behind all the baby pages I’ve chosen. If you know me you know that our 6th grandchild was just born yesterday so I may have babies on my mind.  Still it’s time to move on with this beauty, your smile is made of sunshine by lizj. I first spotted this gorgeous page on Facebook so I had to go seek it out in the gallery to show you here. I really like the split title and the way the circle stitches frame the delightful photo. The large painted blooms opposite the lace border really bring the focus into the center of the layout. The beribboned branch with the hanging charm is the perfect finishing touch.

I love everything about this heritage page, Memories Live Forever by jirsev. I like the combination of the framed and blended photos. I find her shadows to be realistic without being overdone which almost make me wonder if this is a hybrid page. I like the angle of the papers with the focal point the book which holds the photos. The cluster work is outstanding and the tucked word strips and vintage postcard support her theme perfectly.

My final pick, but no less worthy, is Spotted in the Country by pam p. I really love the photo treatment and blending of her subject. The gesso is so realistic I want to reach out and touch it. I like the way she used the tiny branch and hanging thread as a shelf to support her title. This layout is really a piece of art.

I’ve come to the end of my post. If you have a few minutes please click through the layouts and leave these well deserving artists some love. Thanks and have a great week.

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Fingerpointing – March 6th

6 Mar

I’m excited to write my first blog post for March. There are a lot of overworked phrases about the weather in Michigan, so I’ll just say it’s a cool and rainy day, perfect for exploring in the galleries and hunting down inspiration. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Simplicity by Azeline really stood out in the gallery for me. I love the layout design with the photos crossing the page diagonally and clusters and paint in the opposite corners. The sepia photos work perfectly with the colors in the papers and embellishments. I like that she chose a solid paper for her background which really makes the photos and embellishments the focus.

The masking and blending in Perfect Right Here by DivaMom96 make for a gorgeous piece of art. I love the subject she chose, both about herself and her photography. I’m not certain if it’s intentional but the scribble above the title looks just like a heart, perfect for her theme. The pop of orange in the flower compliments the photos and works so well with the otherwise blue background in the layout.

Practice Makes Perfect by stacia hall is absolutely stunning. I love the photo crop, that she made it black and white and kept it large. I enjoyed reading her heartfelt journaling. The concentric circles of tiny stars reinforce her theme. The word bits and arrows sprinkled about are the ideal embellishments for the page.

I am really impressed by the layout design in Dreaming by ReneeB . The overlapping pie shapes are perfect for showcasing all the patterned papers. I like the way she omitted one of the pieces and replaced it with the word art.  Framing the colorful photos in white, makes them stand out. Finally, tucking the banner into the cluster is a great design touch.

I’m rarely able to write a blog post without showing at least one heritage or pet page or sometimes even both. The Simple Life  by EllenT is such a beautiful heritage layout. The photo is lovely of course and I really like the way she added the card behind. Her clusters are so pretty and her shadowing is outstanding. I like the way she tucked the ornate frame into one of the clusters. The bits of paint and handwriting, as well as the tape measure ribbon are clever additions to her heritage layout.

I couldn’t pass up Undeniably You by Shannamay. How cute is this kid and his unmatched sense of fashion? I really like the stacked photos and the way she incorporated the tag into her paper stack. The brushwork and scatters of stars and buttons are perfectly suited to her theme. I love the combination of fonts she used to create her title.

My fun is over and I’ve come to the end of my post. I hope you will click either on the title or the actual layout itself to visit the gallery and leave some love for these incredibly talented artists. Thanks and have a great week.

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Finger Pointing – February 27

27 Feb

Monday is not the most popular day of the week but today is a good day for me. It’s an opportunity to wander through the galleries and bring you your daily dose of inspiration. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Doing Laps by Keely-b is such a perfect pet page. I really like the whimsical look combined with the goofy photo. Keeping the title large and in black really makes it stand out. I love the play on words too. The journaling is delightful and easy to read. I like the bow she added in the corner and the puppy themed embellishments sprinkled about the page.

The stacked and angled papers make the perfect backdrop in In My Garden by ajm. It’s always fun to see a capture of the layout artist himself/herself. The elements both in front of and behind the photo are beautifully clustered and shadowed. I like the added paint and doodles and the way she used the word strips to replace her title and journaling.

I always think I could never do anything as robust as a weekly project 365 because I don’t have enough photos or enough to say. Week 8 by DELISAK proves me wrong. Of course once I found this page in the gallery I took a peek at the preceding weeks as well. I really like the way the layout looks like a page from a notebook. She only needed to choose one representative photo and add some colorful paint and embellishments to complete the look of her layout. The prompts as well as her responses provide an interesting insight to her personality. Once her book is complete she will have a treasure for sure.

I find I’m becoming more attracted to layouts that document via text and not just photos. Top 10 by AmandaJ is a perfect example. The combination of papers she added to the numbers is just the right mix of solids and patterns. I really like the added paint in the background, especially the rainbow. Keeping the background white is an outstanding way to show off her list. The title work is a creative way to complete the layout.

The photo in Just Stay Little by KayTeaPea is sublime. I enjoyed looking at her recent gallery layouts of her young puppy and finally settled on this one. It’s lovely in its simplicity with the stacked papers and banner mimicking the colors in the photo. The tiny clock supports her theme of the effort to make time stand still.

My final pick Wanderlust by Deekaa uses one of my favorite techniques, filling the background with a large photo. I like the way she kept the title large and ran it across the entire page. The smaller photos show other lovely points of interest. I can’t read the journaling but I imagine it talks about an outstanding vacation. I like the way she added the faint lines behind the words to help them stand out from the photo.

I’ve come to the end of my post and can only look forward to my next turn on the blog. I hope you have enjoyed today’s inspiration and if you have a minute please click through the links and leave these well deserving artists some love. Thanks and have a great week!

 

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Finger Pointing – February 13

13 Feb

I’ve spent a few hours browsing the galleries and being inspired. It’s Beatrice on the blog and here are my picks for today.

The layout is so serene and the photo equally precious in Photo by fanon. I love the horizontal design and how everything is just slightly off- center. The two opposing word strips balance one another and the word art for the title works perfectly for her theme. The overall monochromatic look of the page is outstanding.

I probably would have chosen Little Love – Little Burano by evadraga because of the large orange flower alone which really popped out in the gallery. I discovered an amazing piece of art when I took a closer look. The photo, which was captured by the artist herself, is most likely amazing in its own right, but with the photo effect applied it becomes even more gorgeous.  The title work is lovely and indeed the entire layout is magic.

I’m inspired by the creativity in Snowy View by jaharvey.  Using the cats-eye view as her background is genius. The snowy ground even works to hold her journaling. I love the little speech bubbles by the cats’ faces looking out at all that snow. The little pop of blue, via the paper and word strip, is the perfect finishing touch.

There are lots of love related pages in the galleries with the impending arrival of Valentine’s Day. I really like the wood paper and touches of gold in You Are My Everything  by bekfek. I’m always attracted to layouts that combine black and white with colored photos. The patterned hearts behind the photos with the masked paper barely peeking out make for the perfect back-drop. The word art fits perfectly in the space allowed and completes her page just right.

How adorable is the puppy page, Ferocious by pixie. I really like the journaling/title work and it’s worth a chuckle that this sweet pup is named Grizzly for his ferociousness. I love the clean lines and bit of pink in the bow and word art. The page is perfect in its simplicity.

Perhaps it’s because I am longing for winter to be over, but Right Where We Want to Be by Anke drew me in instantly. I like the perspective on the masked photo, especially when combined with the smaller framed photo.  The horizontal placement of the oar and the paint and brushwork in opposite corners direct the eye into the scene in the layout.

I’ve come to the end of the post and hopefully have inspired you today. If you have a minute please click through the links and leave this well deserving artists some love.

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Finger Pointing – February 1st

1 Feb

I’ve just spent several hours browsing the galleries and trying to narrow down my choices. I can’t believe February is already here. I’m so happy it’s a short month because that means spring is upon us (I admit I am an optimist). It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

How very serene is the scene created in WhatTheWindWhispered by ArmyGrl. The line art behind is the perfect framing for the photo and the slight lift to the corners helps draw the focus in. The inked edges on the background paper and small strips of patterned paper across the bottom edge in no way detract from the clean lines of the page. The only added embellishments needed are the small cluster, the bit of brushwork and tag with the title. Such a pretty piece of art.

I love the variety of photo techniques in Us by justagirl from blended, to extracted to framed. Turning them to black and white means they all work together and also contributes to the little bit artsy look of her layout. The sketched borders are perfect for this whimsical layout and keeping the flowers large is another unique touch, especially where it appears the boy is leaning against them. I really like the pop of pink in this otherwise monochromatic layout.

I’ve seen quite a few layouts with triangle shapes and Dream Trip by Jana uses them flawlessly. The photo, including the reflection, is gorgeous. The bits of red in the paint and brad bring out the red in the roofs of the building. I really like the combination of word art she chose and the circle brush reminds me of longitude and latitude lines which reinforces her travel theme.

There’s a lot to love in Always Coffee Time by cfile. I’m always impressed by layouts that combine so many elements yet remain uncluttered. I love the perspective of the photo. The title work is an outstanding combination of alphas and fonts. I love the varying styles of clock faces and the way the blue flowers balance perfectly on opposite edges of the page.

The photo treatment used in This Year I by emily.stitches.33 is so soft and pretty. I like the multiple frames and the journal strips. The paint in the bottom corners and small cluster with trailing strings frame the large photo perfectly. The heart scatter and butterflies finish things off just right!

I really like the design in Her Favorite Shoes by AmaneseFe. The various photo treatments are amazing and I also like the way she kept the main photo a bit larger and in front.  What better way to display a favorite than by cropping to keep it the focus. I love the masking of the papers behind and the criss-cross created by the heart banner and buttoned up lines.

I’ve come to the end of my post and I hope you have enjoyed the inspiration. If you have a minute or two please click through the links and leave these well deserving artists some love.

 

 

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Finger Pointing – January 23rd

23 Jan

I know Monday is not a favorite for many, but for me today is a good day. I had the opportunity to wander through the galleries looking for outstanding layouts and as you know there are many from which to choose. It’s Beatrice on the blog and here are my picks for today.

I really like the split framing in Winter Wonderland by Chloe.  Turning the photos (which are stunning by the way) black and white emphasizes her theme. The clusters are cool and sparkly, perfect for her layout. I admit to a brief chuckle when reading her journaling.

I found another gorgeous photo in A Perfect View by Heather Prins. Keeping it large and masking it across the center of the page places the focus where it really belongs. The bits of gesso and stamping in black add texture without detracting from the clean look of the layout. The title work is exceptional, framed by the circular branch and cluster of leaves with the beaded word carefully placed on top.

The color palette in Bare Feet by jetje, really caught my eye. It works so well and seems to extend her photo. The flowers sprinkled about are so pretty and that tiny ladybug is a pop of red in her otherwise purple and green landscape. I can’t read the journaling but she mentions that her kids loved walking along this muddy path. There’s no accounting for taste.

If you are going to scrap about your pet I say keep it large and that’s exactly what happens in Willy by kathie02. I really like the way she balanced her design by placing Willy on the right with the title work on the left. Instead of obscuring the line in the cement she actually incorporates it by adding a doodle border. The strip across the bottom and the stitched circles extending the diagonal finish things off just right!

I’m a big fan of a block design like I found in Hello Life by mimisgirl. The square in the center with photos and journal cards in opposite corners is very striking. She manages to make the predominantly black and pink palette work with her photos by using a neutral background. The little details like the arrow pointing to the stapled date tag, sketchy lines and bits of paint make this one a standout.

I’ll be honest; the simplicity of Home by EHStudios made me pause and nearly left me breathless. The text in a circle with the tiny flower wrapped beside, the title work, photo and bit of journaling around two sides add together to equal perfection. As an aside, the journaling is amazing to read.

I’m almost sad that I’ve come to the end of my post. I hope I have inspired you even in a small way and if you have a minute please click through the links and leave these well deserving artists some love.

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