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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.



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.




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.