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Fingerpointing – June 18th

18 Jun

Each year on the third Sunday in June we celebrate Father’s Day, along with our friends in Canada and England.  I’d like to wish all the father’s, dads, daddy’s, papa’s and step-dads a Happy Father’s Day.  I would also like to honor the mother’s who fill both the roll of mother and father.  It happens a lot.  One of my boys makes a point to call me on Mother’s Day, but also on Father’s Day.  The first time he did that and explained that understood how I filled both rolls, it brought tears to my eyes.  As it happens, both of my boys are here with me today, so without further adieu, here are today’s selections:

Mollie – 1st Father Day 1968

In honor of this special day, I wanted to share a couple of pages dedicated to the dads.  This page by Mollie is a wonderful vintage page with heartfelt journaling, and it even includes a map with the exact location that they were living at the time.  This page is an absolute family treasure and I just love everything about it.

Walk With Me by cinderella

This is a fresh, modern approach.  I’m not sure if this page is dedicated to Father’s Day, but I see daddy written all over it.  There they go – daddy and Zoe, walking down the street hand in hand.  I just know that daddy is so proud of his little girl.  I really like the fun stripes and chevrons, and of course the title is perfect as can be.

One Mean Mug by mystampin2003

This is so darn funny!  I love how she lined up multiple silhouettes and framed each one with a different mug shot of her man.  This page is definitely a super fun, masculine design with lots of grunge.  That’s my kind of page.

Sunday Drive by Heidi Nicole

I love the theme –  a perfect Sunday drive.  Imagine the group piling into the jeep and heading out for parts unknown, taking each moment as it comes.   Sounds good to me.  The horizontal design looks great with the outer photos in black and white, with a colored center photo.  Check out those smiles!  Makes me wish I was there for the ride.  Gorgeous clusters and colors along with those cute corner tabs and some great journaling make this page a real keeper!

Having a Moment by Joyce

It’s just one of those days for this young man.  I don’t know if we’ve all been there, but I sure have.  Yep, just leave him alone and let him have his moment.  I can’t imagine a different title for this page and it looks great on those paper strips.   I like that the photo is actually part of the background and then the elements were layered over it.  Those pretty red flowers really pop, as does that newspaper flower.  In addition, the black and white dotted borders add a lot of interest.  I hope that in about 20 years, this little guy sees the humor in this page like I do right now.

Chewie by Dunia

I so admire the minimalist approach to scrapping.  This page just stole my heart.  Do I say I’m in love everytime I see a cute pet page?  Well guess what.  I’m in love all over again.  With just a few words, a colorful instamatic frame and some yellow hearts, this page is complete, just.like.that.  And I couldn’t agree more.  Life IS better with a dog.  The little #woof wordart off to the side makes me smile.  Love love love this.

This brings me to the end of today’s choices for Gallery Standouts.  I hope you find some inspiration among these pages and I hope you have had a little time of your own this weekend for some creativity.  It’s so good for the soul.

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Fingerpointing – June 8th

8 Jun

Good afternoon to one and all!  I started looking through the galleries this morning and left to take care of some business.  My intent was to come back this afternoon and briefly go through the galleries again and wow, there has been a lot of activity today!  I wish I’d been able to showcase a few more, but rules are rules.  I’m Brenda, and these pages have been selected as gallery standouts today:

On the Beach by profolly

What a gorgeous scene!  This page reminds me of my own two adventurous sons.  I’m drawn to the beautiful shades of blue water and soft wispy clouds, but still the focus is contained to the lower left portion.  Wonderful photo treatment as well.

He’s tough but he loves his sister by Ozegirl

This is a super nice design and it starts out with that sweet brother/sister photo.  I like how the large photo is used as part of  the background and then she layered the four snapshots on top of it. As with the first page mentioned, this large photo has a great treatment and because she made it into a black and white, it really makes the colors in the framed photos really pop.  Love the text strips too.

NO TRAINING WHEELS by NiftyEm

Look mom, no training wheels!  Now THIS is a must document.  I just love these candid photos of her little one learning how to ride on two wheels.  What a thrill!  Great elements, mix of colors and layered perfectly.  Please give him a yahoo and high five from me too?

Brain Freeze by Cherrylej

I couldn’t pass up this cute page.  It’s just perfect for the season.  All of these cute little elements make me smile.  The springy colors and fun patterns all flow so well together and those clusters look great!

Be Wild And Wonderful by jakrn

I like this advice – Be wild and wonderful!  The photo drew me in at first.  Who wouldn’t want to be flanked like this?  The title on the lower left of the photo is perfect.  The somewhat messy background looks great for this boy page, and yet when I look at it, I consider it to be white space.   How did she do that?  There’s a lot going on, but it all flows so well.  My kind of page.

Kiss the Cook by Angel Jet

Isn’t this adorable?  What a sweet photo.  (insert smily face)  I especially like the background and those well placed food and kitchen elements adorning this mini chef.  Too cute.

Just a quick side note before signing off.  I was thrilled to see that the DigiShopTalk gallery is up and running again.  Welcome back!  (you’ve been missed)   I hope you’ve enjoyed these selections.  Have a great rest of your day.

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Fingerpointing – May 26th

26 May

Good Morning and a big ‘ol TGIF!  Brenda here, with your Friday edition of Gallery Standouts.  The sun is shining in my part of the world, but there is a threat of rain in the forecast for this afternoon.  I’m going to get straight to it this morning, so I can get out there and enjoy the sun while it’s still smiling down on us.  This is my time of year.

Anything is Possible by Traumelfe

I have to say that when I saw this page I thought, wow, this is busy.  The good kind of busy, you know?  There is so much to take in and it all flows so well.  Wonderful artistry, wonderful title and  I agree, anything is possible.

Hutt valley by LynnG

This is another great design.  What a nice mix of vintage and new, and Lynn’s black and white photo is very nice with such pretty shades of blue.  I’m always interested in seeing how people scrap their precious vintage photos and this one really caught my eye.  Well done!

Botanical by tiramisu

There are so many different ways to place your design on a page.  This one sits at the top and leaves plenty of nearly white space at the bottom.  For me, the blue colors on both the right and the left stand out.  Super cute photo and I love the little clip that holds the photo and those delicate greens together.  Plenty of texture and a great title, all add up to one gorgeous page.

Hold On by Jeanet

L.O.V.E  this page.  Everything works so well together.  I’d say it’s ArtJournaling at it’s finest.   Jeanet says after the week she’s had, she needed some scrap therapy.  It makes me wonder what kind of week she’s had but most of all, I hope it helped.

Moments in time by mediterranka

This is another vintage page that caught my eye.  Such beautiful blending and what a great black and white photo.  I adore the deep colored florals in the top left corner and again at the bottom right.  The quote is perfect and the vintage looking font is just right for this page.  Absolutely beautiful.

First day of school by Shivani.sohal

Isn’t this fun?  I love the multi-photo design (with both color and black & white)  and all of those smiles.  The large title looks great here, as well as the top and bottom borders.  In another ten years, this page will be treasured even more than it is today.

Thank to all for sharing this time with me.  I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s eyecandy and maybe even found some inspiration.  Wishing everyone a happy weekend!

 

 

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Fingerpointing – May 2nd

2 May

Hello everyone!  I’m Brenda.  It’s been a good day so far. I’ve had a leisurely stroll through the galleries and have found these scrapbook pages that I’d like to share with you today.

Bells passed by faby33

There are so many different ways to enhance your photos.  This particular photo treatment looks nice, doesn’t it?   I love the bright blue colors and her brushwork is perfect.  The textured background works well here too.  I like the placement of her vertical journaling as well as the thin, messy left corner border.

Doggy Playtime by bcgal00

I’d be lying if I said the first thing to catch my eye was her layering perfection and great choice of elements, the clustering and soft, pretty background.  What a great design.  And for me that’s what this thing “scrapbooking” is all about.  Setting the perfect scene for your treasured photos, and this particular photo certainly is a treasure.  Too cute!

creative by Mother Bear

This is absolutely gorgeous.  Such a pretty background and the scattered flowers look great around the photo.  I just love the way those two frames are arranged on top of the photo.  It’s very visually appealing.

let’s go outside by Maaike

Such a striking design.  I like the different textures, the splatters and the bold title.  Would it sound strange if I said that I even like the white space?  This has an artsy feel that I really like.

icy treats by Katherine Bley

This is just cute as can be!  I love the grid style, filled with black and white patterns with small bits of red and yellow for some pops of color.  What a cool (or should I say cold?) title, and a nice block of journaling to preserve the memory.  I’m going to make a guess.  Chocolate ice cream?

smile by Isa Marks

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this cute little boy page was . . . . SCRAPLIFT.  What a fabulous overall design!  I just love the messy look that Isa created.  Super nice brushwork, use of splatters and wordArt.  What an inspiration!

These are my standout choices for the day.  I do believe I’ve been inspired to do some scrapping today.  How about you?  If you’ve enjoyed these pages, please consider clicking on the links to leave some positive feedback.

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Finger Pointing – April 18th

18 Apr

Hello, friends!  It’s mid morning and already my day is off to a good start.  My puppies and I have full bellies and all is peaceful and quiet.  I’ve been browsing the scrapbook galleries with great interest this morning and I’d love to show you a few pages that caught my eye.

Serenity by femke272

We all have those photos we take and then sort of forget about for a while.  Femke272 shares that this was one of those photos.  Ultimately, she turned it into this elegant and calming page.  The placement of the statue in-between the paper folds is simply perfect and all that was needed to finish the look was some well placed lace and a great title.  For me, this is one of those pages that I could stare at for hours.  For those that practice Yoga, doesn’t this inspire you to quiet yourself and chant . . . .  Om?

Oh spring by Ga_L

This page caught my eye right away.  I was impressed with the photography first.  That kitty certainly is beautiful, and look at those eyes!  The arrangement of photos seems perfect in connection of the soft colored and small patterned papers and small sized elements.  It leaves plenty of room for white space.  Great designing!

Leave a Little Magic by zinia

This page just stole my heart.  Yes it’s true,  I’m partial to pet pages, and this one seems to have it all.  The adorable pet, the mix of soft colors and organic patterns, great shadow effects, perfect layering and some very sweet wordArt.

Ready to Ride by lizj

What a time this must have been!  To be there while this little one was learning to ride a bicycle, AND to have a camera in hand to record those moments!  I’d say, the timing could not have been better.  The large photo grouping on the right is a real eye catcher and trust me, Liz is one of the best at storytelling.  I can see that a lot of work went into this page, but I have no doubt that it was a labor of love.

All About Me by ChristineF

What a great way to document a specific time in your life.    I’ve seen this type of page for the little ones as they’re growing up, but not so much with adults.  We forget that we’re important too.  The “me at 30” ship has sailed, but it’s never too late to do one of these.  This is a super cute design with a nice color combination.  I like the scattered flower clusters and her selfie right in the middle.  Is everyone ready for an all about me page?

18th April – Tracy

I just love these front and back beachy photos and if it were me,  I’d be smiling too.   How could I pass up this happy page in bright yellow?  The light pink and hot pink flowers as accents are a nice touch, and the use of white text paper along with the geometric designs in the background look great.   It might be spring here, but at least for today, I’m looking towards summer.  Thanks for the inspiration Tracy.

I  hope you have enjoyed today’s selections.  If you get a chance,  please click on the individual links to leave a kind word for these designers and memorykeepers.

 

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Finger Pointing – April 14th

14 Apr

First of all, to those that work Monday – Friday I have a message.  TGIF!  Life is too short to be spending all of that time doing something other than scrapbooking.  Am I right?  Well the weekend is almost here,  and there was no shortage of beautiful pages in the galleries this morning.  I’m Brenda, and today, it’s my pleasure to share with you these pages:

This Moment by Myssp (Rachael)

This style is what I like to call “vintage meets modern.”  Such a beautiful vintage inspired background.  The slightly tilted photo in front of the frame instead of behind it is a nice touch, as is that pretty floral cluster below, and all in such pretty colors.  If I had to guess, I’d say that Ms. Molly wasn’t in the best of moods.  Is it wrong for me to say that her little pouty face brings a smile to mine?

oh no! by Amandaresende

As memorykeepers, we scrap life – the good and the bad and the every day.  This story could be told by photos alone, but with the addition of some appropriate elements, some heartfelt journaling and the perfect WordArt this page will be a treasure even more in years to come.  For the time being, I hope she has a quick and painless recovery.

Promise of Spring by digigrandma  (Merrilee)

The more I look at this scene, the more I like it.  With the use of the botanical overlays and scattered beads, I see a clear entry leading right into the walking  path in the photo.  Genius!  Her title is so inviting too.  Come outdoors, enjoy this day.  It’s just the nudge I needed.

Easter Chicks by tape

This is cute as can be.  I love the unusual placement of the traditional Easter chicks among the succulents in these photos.  What struck me right away was the top and bottom borders in a small black pattern, with the additional black pops in the design itself.   Speaking of  design,  I like how this horizontal design is a bit askew.  The colors are so springy as are the elements themselves.  All of the little details here make such an attractive and fun page.

Magical Moments by Anja_77

For me, this page is pure eyecandy.  I think I could stare for hours at these beautiful, rich shades of blue that run throughout.  I adore the watercolor paper and elements.  The well placed butterfly at the bottom of her sweet photo is the icing on the cake.  Daydreaming?  Count me in.

Paint your own happy ending by justpattyanne

What a great photoless page.  The overall design really packs a punch and the message “paint your own happy ending” reminds me that our happiness is in our own hands.  I like the note that pattyanne  includes.  She opens up the kit and without any notion of where she’s going,  she lets the elements decide for her.  Given the end result, I think she’s onto something there.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s standout choices.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memorykeepers.

 

 

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Fingerpointing – April 4th

4 Apr

Hello everyone!
Rain, rain and more rain.  It’s a perfect day for staying indoors and browsing the galleries in search of some standout scrapbook pages.
I’m Brenda, and this is my first blog post here at Gallery Standouts.  Since retiring just one year ago, I have had the luxury of doing things I want to do, rather than basically what needs to be done.  What a great feeling.  These days, most of my mornings consist of sitting down with a hot cup of tea and browsing the scrapbook galleries, as well as pinterest, in search of beauty and inspiration.  I appreciate all the different scrapbooking styles and digital art in general.  It seems like a great fit for me here, to be able to actually have a specific purpose while browsing and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.  So with that, I’ll share these gems that caught my eye today.

Rainy Days by Mandy

I thought it was appropriate to start out with this rainy day theme given the day here in my part of the world.  April showers indeed.  The wide stripes paired with a small patterned vertical strip, and all in shades of blue.  Need I say more?  But I will.  This simple, clean style really packs a punch!  The bulleted list is a nice touch and I’m onboard with each of the listed items and an extra dose of puppy snuggles please.

I Dreamed Last Night by marijke

Take away the kitty,  add 3 dogs and this could be me!  Can anyone else identify?  My guess is we’ve all been here.  With only twenty four hours in a day, how does one person keep up?  I’ve yet to figure that out.  She certainly does have my sympathy.  With all of the household elements scattered about,  they basically tell the story.  (that and the look on this poor lady’s face)  She needs a spa day, and the sooner the better.  But seriously, marijke did a fabulous job of  setting a scene that is easily identifiable and I certainly do appreciate the ability to do that.

Time to Shine by Kellygirl

I’m always happy to see affirmations.  Who doesn’t appreciate support and encouragement?  I love this fun, quirky and colorful style and can tell there was a lot of thought put into the arrangement,  as it all flows together so well.  My wish for today is that we all take this message to heart.  Yes!  Now is the time to shine.

Silver Lining by Memories.matter

I’m a firm believer that there is power in positive thinking.  How many times have you heard, “look on the bright side?”  Easy enough to say.  Not so easy to do when you’re in the middle of a bad situation.  If I had to guess, I’d say this was some scrap therapy.  The smiling selfie with a positive message, the silver lined clouds and bright whimsical cluster.   It all tells me that moving forward,  she’s got this!  To quote Martha Stewart, “that is a good thing.”

Perfectly Imperfect by donnagoar

What drew me in initially was of course that sweet photo of these little girls all lined up (sort of) just as the instructor had taught them.  How totally adorable!  This looks great in black and white with just a whisper of color.   The brushwork and blending are simply gorgeous, and the overall look is perfection.  Add in the Dr. Seuss quote and it’s a must have in today’s lineup.

Jack Snuggles by Katie

I have a quote printed out and it is placed just above the place where I’m sitting right now.   It goes like this:  “To have a child is to decide forever to have your heart  go walking around outside your body.”   As I look at this photo, it takes me back to the very best time in my life.  That love between mother and child is like no other.  Katie used this perfectly cropped photo in black and white and then added bright stripes behind it to really draw us in.  She kept lots of white space for her thoughtful journaling.  And the result?  Something that will be absolutely cherished in years to come.

Believe it or not, I think the sun is trying to peek out, and my time is up.  I hope you have been inspired by today’s selections.  I know I have.   If  you could,  I’m sure these artists would appreciate some love.  Just click on the title and share your thoughts.  Until then, always remember:  one page at a time,  we are the memory keepers.

 

 

 

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