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Finger Pointing-June 21st

21 Jun

Hi everyone! Happy first day of summer to us in the northern hemisphere! For those of you in the southern hemisphere, hang in there as winter arrives. I’m back from a wonderful 2 weeks vacation in California. It was awesome to see so many beautiful places and to just have time with my hubby; the perfect way to start the summer. I am delighted to bring you my picks for today after drooling all through the beautifully filled galleries. Believe me, it was hard to narrow it down to just 6!

Trek to Gold by musicmom3

First of all, I loved reading a little bit of history in this artist’s journaling. I know riding on this train must have been a wonderful experience. The blending on this page is gorgeous and I love how many colors were brought out. Not only that, but there’s a reflection there too. That train looks amazing and it makes me with I could ride on it just once. The curved track along with the curved scribble serve as great leading lines. The title font is perfect and I also love the little word strip in the center of the page, anchored with the little yellow button.

Coastal Dreams by scullen2

I was drawn to this ocean page immediately when I saw it, maybe because I was just at the Pacific Ocean. The photo of this sweet family is gorgeous and so is the blending with all the watercolors. The cluster with the netting is a wonderful beach element and I love the sprinkle of beads too. Great brushwork and everything against the woodgrain background really pops.

Crafting by Tree City

Okay, just look at the awesome title…does that not speak to a lot of us here! When I’m not on my computer, chances are I’m in my “happy room” with my paints, papers and stamps. The kraft paper makes the perfect background for this topic and also allows for some great white space. The yummy colors really pop against it too! Love the artsy border and the paint tube with the splash of colors spilling out.

UK by Eyeore

Fabulous travel page! The (almost) full-page photo is so grand because you can see building, the huge ferris wheel, water and people. It’s a very effective way to showcase a particular place or landscape. I’d love to go see this place, wouldn’t you? I love the smaller framed photos of the wheel from different angles. Lots of energy on this page and the UK banner and accents are perfect!

Groningen by femke272

Another lovely travel page! I need to make a list of all these places to visit. You can really sense the rainy day here with the gray tones and the watery blending. The recoloring of the girls under the umbrella draws your eye into the focal point in such beautiful way. I love the little bit of green in the trees too. Seeing the different buildings and that brick street makes for a wonderful background. Perfect title and message! Rainy day standout!

Trillium by digi371

To celebrate the first day of summer, I leave you with this gorgeous summer green layout! The sweet flowers in the photo are adorned with beautiful brush work and painted leaves behind it. The placement of the entire cluster in the corner is gorgeous and the scribble line does a perfect job of connecting it to the cute little stamp and flower in the upper corner. I love the striped paper background the the gradient title sticker. They really tie everything together.

I hope you enjoyed my picks for today and maybe got inspired to create some summer/travel photos of your own. Just a reminder, you can always click on the highlighted titles to see more details. You can also leave some nice comments for today’s artists if you feel so inclined; always appreciated! Have a wonderful rest of the week and happy scrapping!

 

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Finger Pointing-May 31st

31 May

Hi everyone! It’s the last day of May! Unbelievable how fast this year is zooming by! We had a crazy busy weekend with a wedding, an uncle’s 100th birthday party, and traveling out of state. I’m enjoying being at home today and catching up on things. I found some wonderful layouts in the galleries to share with you. I hope you’ll be inspired.

Let’s start with this whimsical page, ahhhh by debby todd. That girl is darling and I love the little butterfly on her nose and her straw hat! There are a lot of beautiful layers and textures here and so many cute elements all around. The black circle brush leads the eye to all of them and helps ground everything together. The chevrons are a great accent as well.

Lost in the moment by veer is a beautiful beach page! I know summertime is just around the corner and lots of people will enjoy those days at the beach. Her blending is gorgeous and I love how she framed the focal point/subject. Using script and word art brushes are a wonderful way to add texture to just about any layout and as you can see, is perfect on this one. And seashells…a must for any beach page!

I couldn’t resist another fabulous beach page today,  COCOA BEACH by bbe. I think the blended background is just gorgeous and the echo of the lighthouse behind the photo is striking! Creating a scene, such as you see here, and then adding a photo is really a beautiful way to create an artsy layout. Love the ripped frame and the pelican cluster!

My People Live in the Grey Area by chickypow is a striking layout using white space! I like the horizontal and clean page design. Sometimes just a few photos and words is all you need to tell your story. I also like how she used a journal card in place of a photo. Great placement of the title and text!

Take a look at this next layout; so eye catching! Botswana by MerylBartho Using a globe for world travel just makes sense. It sure is a wonderful way to showcase multiple photos. I love the angle and also the reflection. Most of all, I keep looking at all of the photos of a place I’ll probably never see. So awesome! The title and date are placed just right and the stitching gives this page a nice border.

I leave you now with Today We Explore by Rae. That beautiful Dalmatian caught my eye right away! I love how this layout is from his or her perspective, out to explore. The background colors and the map overlay lend themselves to an outdoor adventure so beautifully. This artist did a wonderful job putting together so many layers and textures, especially around the photo. Love it all!

Thanks to all of these amazing artists for sharing their talents with us and getting us inspired to scrap some pages of our own! I know if my mojo disappears, I can always find inspiration in the galleries. Hope you do too! You can always click on the title links to visit the individual galleries and please leave a comment when you do. The artists always appreciate that.  I am headed out on vacation so I will be back here later in June. Happy scrapping!

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Finger Pointing-May 17th

17 May

Hi everyone! Jana here with today’s featured layouts. There seems to be an abundance of talented scrappers around, along with a lot of designer challenges in the galleries this month. It’s always fun to see all the different takes on these. I’m ready if you are…let’s get started.

Fairest of all by anelia-

What a beauty this is! A series of poses is always a great way to showcase multiple photos on a page. I adore the large focal photo on this one and also the title. All of the gorgeous roses and pops of red are very striking against the green background! Luscious standout!

Love This Most by tracermajig

People often wonder about creating a page without photos. Well, this is a perfect example of just that. No photos, yet incredible design with all of the circles! This artist is one of the best journalists around. I love her tidbits of information on the circles and then how she documented what she loves the most in the paragraph at the bottom of the page. Even that list is done in a clever way. The title across the middle of her page really draws the eye into the page and I am crazy about the large ampersand and cute little accents throughout the page. And isn’t that a cute little polka-dotted tab she placed at the bottom! Amazing standout!

Technique challenge 5/15-21 by Danesa

Wow! This page really jumped out at me! There is a lot going on but just take a look at those silhouettes in the background and the shadow work on the soccer player’s photo! The polaroid frame and the arm extraction bring the attention right to the focal point. Love all the brush work, colors and the chevron pattern on the right side. Totally awesome standout!

Muse De MAI 02 by orkan

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! Just look at all of those blended faces on this artistic layout! The bright colors…LOVE! I think that focal figure is darling and the black and white attire is perfect with all of the other colors. I adore the feathers and all of the legs placed in different directions. Fabulous standout!

2015 Eilean Donan Castle by Iowan

This is an incredible travel page with eye candy everywhere! It’s like a postcard you’d love to get in the mail. Just look where the castle is blended in at the top right; very cool placement. I love that rowboat planter and all of the great textures/brush work that surround it. The title and extra travel elements really bring everything together. Extraordinary standout!

cocoa brownies by lego

I leave you today with this fabulous recipe page. My mouth is watering just looking at those chocolate brownies! This artist has been creating digital recipe books and an album for quite a while and she always does such a wonderful job. I wish my recipe book looked like hers!  The page design here makes everything so easy to follow with the grid of pocket cards. This is such a unique way to digi scrap. Delectable standout!

Have a wonderful rest of your day and week! I hope you found some inspiration looking at all of these layouts. As always, feel free to click on the title links if you want more information or care to leave any nice comments for the artists. (always appreciated!) Time for me to go and create a new layout for myself!

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Finger Pointing-May 3rd

3 May

We are finally having a rain-free day here, after 5 straight days of rain. I took a brisk walk this morning, even though it’s a little chilly. We had frost last night! Yeah, in May. But now I’m ready to share some wonderful new layouts I’ve been drooling over in the galleries. Sit back, enjoy and get inspired. I think you’ll like my picks for today.

Family Story by LiMa Inspirations (Heike)

Beautiful page by a very talented artist! I think her photo of those little ones is just priceless. They look so cute sitting there and photos shot from behind usually are just wonderful. If you’ve never taken a photo of someone from behind, you owe it to yourself to try it. They can really set the mood and can be very powerful at times. The black and white edit works well with the colors on her page too. Her brush work is simply gorgeous; the colors, the placement both behind and on the top layer is perfect. She has a lovely triangle connecting the flower brush, the leaves and the title work, which brings everything together so nicely. Love the watercolor splash, the art strokes and the word art.

Castleton by Mielz

I love the simple elegance of this page! There is a lot of white space which leads the eye right to the center of the page, the focal point. I think her clipped stack with the photo and journaling is marvelous. The blended bird and butterfly are lovely and add such a sweetness to her outdoors photo. Also, look at how she used the word frame and title to keep everything cohesive. There’s a pretty background paper behind the solid one. Perfect choice for the colors on her layout.

Retail Therapy by EllenT

Oh wow! Just the title alone caught my eye! I swear by retail therapy…always a good thing for me! What a fabulous scene, I’m guessing at some outside mall, which is way better than indoor malls. The blending of part sketch/part watercolor is fabulous and I love all of the colors! Putting everything on a neutral background makes it all pop and the word art is awesome!

You make my heart smile by marijke

Be still my heart! This is draw-dropping gorgeous! It begins with a photo of this beautiful little girl and then becomes beautifully artistic with the blending and watercolor effects. Take a look at where she placed the cluster of frames…really brilliant! That’s a great way to keep the attention on the focal photo but to also bring attention to another important area of focus. The black scripted title and messy threads complete this page, along with the tiny crown charm and heart.

GroW by Armygrl

What a powerful image! A self portrait cropped and blended into an ocean photo so beautifully. That alone would make a great layout. The background colors and watercolor brushes coordinate with the photo and the journaling strips help to support that photo. The clusters of circles and the flower work well to complete this page.

my wanderer my son by sunnie2004

This is one of the finest masculine pages I’ve seen in a long time! The photo of this handsome man, set off to one side of the page, is just wonderful. Photos sure don’t have to be centered on a layout. The blended photo with the door makes a nice background and is symbolic of the wanderer. I love the diagonal title and other word art as well as that funky arrow at the top. The lock and key are very fitting elements.

I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired to try a few new techniques on my next layout. National Scrapbooking Day is this coming Saturday, May 6th! The perfect time for sales and scrapping in the digi world! If you feel so inclined, please leave some positive feedback for these awesome artists by clicking on the title links to their galleries. Have a wonderful rest of the week and I hope you make time to create some pages of your own!

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing-April 24th

24 Apr

Hi everyone! Here we are on the last Monday of the month…already! I think a lot of people had a chance to scrap some memories over the weekend. The galleries were brimming with beautiful pages. I had company over the weekend, so no scrapping for me. However, I had a chance to this morning and that’s always a great way to start a new week. Let me show you my picks for today.

When the Storm Hits by dotcomkari

I always love a great art journal page and this one is outstanding! The sketches are just wonderful on the blue background and I love how she created four distinct panels on this page. That really helps tell the story and convey the various messages and mood here. Messy scribbles and fun brush work always add to almost any art journal page.  The colored word art “RAINBOW” in the title really pops and made me smile. Rainbows always bring joy and hope, don’t you think!

Spring by JenEm

This layout caught my eye when I saw a shadow, rather than a photo. I knew I wanted to take a closer look. What a unique way to illustrate a self portrait! The journaling strips are gently tucked behind the “photo” and contain words of fresh thoughts and hopes for spring, the season of new beginnings. I love the little yellow flowers echoing the yellow daffodils and of course the green title and ribbon flowing down add just the right touches to complete this page.

Love, love, love this by myssp

Gorgeous, gorgeous prom page! I love this photo of the young couple because it clearly is non-posed and simply captures a moment in time. Let’s be honest, most prom photos are posed, which is fine, but I think this is wonderful. This artist gently faded the full-page photo into the striped background paper, which totally compliments the black tux and the red dress. She added a cluster in one corner and sprinkled some little red hearts in two corners. An elegant word art title finished this beautifully.

promenade dans le port by myla

This is a very striking layout! The blue and white color palette displays such a simple elegance. I love the full-page photo and how it’s blended into the background. This artist created a wonderful sketch effect and the blue birds are a delightful touch. The leading lines across the bottom and along the right edge are excellent features and add to the perspective of this photo. This page makes me want to go on a cruise!

Lunch Date by MamaBee

Love this sunshiny layout! Yellow, green, orange and teal….yummy colors! Looks like someone sure has a cute date for lunch. Love his big smile and the big title at the bottom of the page. The wood veneer chevrons point right to the focal point and the clusters behind the photo and all around the page are so bright and fun! The big partial sun and the the sun print paper really scream happy sunshine!

April Ditty by Traumelfe

I leave you with this gorgeous spring layout! It’s a wow and it really popped out of the gallery. This artist creatively blended the yellow flowers with masks and added stellar brush work. I adore the raindrops; perfect for April showers. Beautiful colors throughout and the title word art has a blending mode that adds to the overall beauty.

That’s a wrap for me this evening. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s standouts and got inspired to create some layouts of your own. Feel free to click on the provided links for more details on each page and/or to leave some love for these talented artists.

 

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Finger Pointing-April 19th

19 Apr

Hello everyone! It’s been raining here today, so I was happy to spend some time perusing the galleries. This is Jana and I’m delighted to share some outstanding layouts with you today.

Speaking of rainy days, take a look at this artistic page created by one of my favorite digi artists, margje (Marianne). Spring Rain is a wonderful example of photo editing using a black & white image and then applying different filters such as watercolor, sketch, etc. It’s always surprising to see what effects can be achieved. I love the watery colors and the umbrella. The vertical type is placed perfectly for visual interest and so is the title.

I’m a huge fan of abstract art and this one, Valentin_nap by Secima is absolutely fabulous! First of all, the colors are so beautiful and I love the bird of paradise blooms peeking through. The flowers are blended throughout the page and then are brought together in collage form. I think the black accents help to ground everything in cohesive layers and in particular, the black lines and loops. She added some lace and great textures to further add to the abstract look. A simple word art title, also black, is all that was needed to complete this layout.

My next pick really jumped out at me when I saw the photo. Is that really an owl? As a pet? How cool is that! I love his cocked head and inquisitive face. Bagel loves by dawnskip, is a gorgeous mix of grays and lavenders that certainly compliment the photo. Neutral backgrounds are always easy to work with when you want to add pops of color. There are so many awesome textures here; watercolor paper, flowers, shabby paper tears, stitching and feathers. You’ve got to have feathers with birds! Everything is placed beautifully around the photo, drawing the eye right to the focal point.

Another rainy day layout caught my attention today. listen to the mythymn of the rain by *gina* reflects the somber mood we often feel on rainy days with the gray background and desaturated photo. And take a look at how the photo was cropped and blended in…masterful! There’s no doubt that these boots are the focal point. I think gina did a fabulous job adding some subtle color to her page and at the same time added a beautiful border and accents. Great textures with the watercolor circles, white gesso and the chicken wire as well.

This next layout is simply gorgeous! Roses by Mielz, although a digital page, would also make a beautiful card for someone special. The blended roses are arranged beautifully on both sides and the lovely butterflies, sprinkled throughout, add a delicate touch. Flowers and butterflies…always a good thing! I love the three stitched circles that unify the piece and create some movement and texture. Even with all that you see here, there is still plenty of white space and it actually leads the eye to the center of the page and rests on the word art quote. This is a well balanced and artistic page.

My final pick, last but not least, is this wonderful layout. Simple things by Corrink is a wonderful example of  horizontal design and simplicity, beautifully composed. Every piece here stretches across the entire page.What a beautiful photo by the shore with the splash of water captured! It looks so serene, yet also full of action. The smaller framed photo is adorable and is the perfect accent to tell the story of the day. The paper strips on the top half of the layout are from a soft color palette, which greatly compliments the focal photo’s tones. Word art, stitching and a flair completes this page.

The sun is trying to peek out now and is shining on some of our trees that are trying to bloom. I love spring! Enjoy your day/evening and I hope you got inspired by these artists. To take a closer look, you can click on the highlighted titles. Until next time, happy scrapping!

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Finger Pointing-March 29th

29 Mar

Greetings everyone! Here in the U.S., I’m seeing signs of spring all around; goldfinches are turning bright yellow, the robins have all returned and there are little green buds on the trees. I’m looking forward to flowers blooming and sunny skies…coming soon I hope! The galleries are certainly blooming with gorgeous layouts and inspiration. Let me share with you my picks for today.

Sweet Summer Afternoon by wombat146

Oh just look at those yummy colors! That gorgeous photo looks like it was intended to be used with this kit. The vase of flowers and the delicious pink lemonade are so inviting. I’d love to be there on a summer afternoon. All of the beautiful flowers and the photo really pop against the neutral background and I love the gradient “Sweet” in the title.

spring_deck  by pam p

Nothing says spring more than fresh flowers! This is a gorgeous page design and composition with the watering can alongside the beautiful flowers. The purple and yellow compliment each other and I love the lighting and blending of these photos. The stitched frames are darling and add such a wonderful organic element. Once again, a neutral background really makes everything pop.

Journey by Lor

Fabulous urban layout! I love the photos taken in the city and the energy on this page! The artist’s beautiful daughter looks like a professional model here. The skyline is awesome and is truly the perfect element for these photos. The mix of two classic frames along with the blended 3rd photo is a great combination and the flowers and heart tie them all together well. The colorful title and word art complete this fine page. Great brush work too!

HELLO SPRING by Dea Photograph

What an awesome hybrid project this is! The artist combined traditional scrapbooking with digital and made this explosion album. (If you click on the link, you can find more samples of her pages.) Hybrid projects always make great gifts, something tangible to hold in your hands. I love the cute spring papers with the black & white photos. All of the cute little elements and title block in the center complete this album.

Desert Inn Motel by Miki

This page really jumped out at me! The artistic photo treatment and blending modes are gorgeous and I just love that cactus! You will want to read her story about the cattle ranchers, “crackers” in Florida. Who knew? All of the colors and brush work are beautiful against the teal background. Did you notice the butterfly glows at the bottom of the page? Very cool!

waiting fior spring by MrsPeel

Wow, this layout is absolutely stunning! This was created by the very talented and prolific artist and fellow blogger, MrsPeel. She never ceases to amaze me with her designs…everything from traditional to extraordinaire! I keep looking at this art journal page and it is so rich with brush work, textures and pops of color. The lady is very expressive and I feel like we’re all waiting for spring with her. Love her red heels too! Gorgeous artistry Cynthia!

I think we are ready to spring forth and I hope you enjoyed today’s picks and found inspiration from these amazing artists. For more information and to leave your own comments, simply click on the highlighted titles. They are direct links to the galleries. Have a wonderful week and see you next time!

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