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Finger Pointing-October 4th

4 Oct

Hello Everyone!  I have some wonderful standouts for you today! I don’t have as much time today as I usually do, so will have to keep my comments a bit short. I hope you enjoy them regardless and get inspired to created some new layouts of your own.

The perfect pumpkin by myla

I adore this artsy pumpkin layout! The cute little flowers behind the blended pumpkin really add interest to the page. The fall colors are so warm and beautiful too. No journaling required…just the awesome title word art!

music in my life by Maruma

What a grand page this is! This artist created a fantastic background and I love all of repeated circles that hold her journaling. The photos of the instruments in the rectangular frames are a nice contrast to the circles. The pops of red are very striking.

Dream Big by Meredith78

Oh my goodness, how sweet is this! The newborn baby all swaddled and yawning just melts my heart. The monochromatic scheme of black & white is really beautiful  and I love the big title word art. The journaling that spans the left side of the page from top to bottom is just amazing and it’s such a wonderful message for the baby.

Fall by KingsQueen82

Just look at that gorgeous tree with its brilliant display of color! The trees are turning where we live too; one of my favorite times of year. The background is quite a busy one, but somehow it works here. I love all the papers and textures. There are lots of fall elements scattered around but in the end, everything leads the eye right back to the photo, which is perfect.

Perfect Pick by bessiesue581

What a wonderful layout from the pumpkin patch! The photo is so cute and that’s such a cool-looking pumpkin! I really admire this artist’s talent for layering a plethora of products on her pages. There is eye candy no matter where you look. Love, love, love this!

a memory away by Adryane

I’m a huge fan of this artist and her creativity! This is a lovely vintage photo and the title is perfect for it. She did a remarkable job with her extraction and blending of layers. The frames in the back and all of the textures are fabulous and so are the subtle colors she used.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week! If you want to find out more details about any of these standouts, or want to leave comments for the artists, simply click on the title links. Happy scrapping!

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing-September 28th

28 Sep

Hello Everyone! I think fall has finally arrived here. We had chilly temps today and the nights are even colder. Time to put the blankets back on the bed. It’s also time to share some new layouts I found in the galleries today. Make yourself at home and enjoy some new inspiration.

I thought I’d start with a seasonal layout, one I find quite delightful. 17-09 Let’s Blend by maureenreynolds. Who doesn’t love some pumpkins in the fall! I really like the mix of real pumpkin images with the water color one. Big shapes, butterflies and lots of fabulous blending make this a fantastic page! Great title work too!

Let’s go retro with this next layout. Go See the World by Miki. What a cute and creative idea this artist had here. Great viewpoint (read the journaling and title) and that postage stamp photo is just wonderful. It brings back fond memories of how we wore our hair in high school; yep, my era too! Love the Viewmaster showcasing her many places of travel.

This next layout caught my eye right away. Special things by dawninskip has a beautiful story to tell. I love the watery numbers scrolling down the page and the blocked title. But after looking at the photos, I really wanted to read her journaling. She shared these special family keepsakes, added the little fames and just a few elements along with a piece of torn paper, giving this a lovely vintage feel.

Wow! Amidst color by margje is simply gorgeous with all of its lush shades of rose. That’s a stunning photo and I love the subtle edits, giving it such an artistic flair. This artist used a simple frame but then added lots of brush work and blocked everything behind it. Really effective! The placement of a few leaves and a branch, along with the word art title,  complete this page beautifully.

This next layout, Wonderfall by Lady22, is perfect for this month…September. I absolutely love that dotted background with the white edging. Lovely photo and composition! The soft colors this artist used are so pretty and that little squirrel tucked in the cluster is darling.

I leave you with one more seasonal layout. Autumn Color by caapmun truly reflects this glorious time of year. Wonderful blending and those dimensional leaves look like they were just picked up off the ground. Cute little heart tags too. My favorite part of this page just has to be the photo masked in the maple leaf; so awesome!

Fall is my favorite season and I love the brilliant colors that emerge! I love the crisp, cool air and chilly nights. I love blankets and sweaters and the anticipation of the first frost. And I love to scrap on my computer when I’m all cozy warm inside our house. I think I’ll go do just that. Have a fabulous fall weekend and take some time to digiscrap on your computer too! The titles are direct links to the individual layouts for your convenience. Thanks for stopping by!

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Finger Pointing-September 18th

18 Sep

Well, here we are on a Monday. When I was working, I used to dread Mondays and going back to work, even though I loved my job. Now that I’m retired, I look forward to Mondays. To me, they represent a fresh new week ready to unfold with all kinds of possibilities. There’s something about the crisp fall air that really wakes up my senses too. I took a walk this morning and saw a lot of trees turning colors already and I think a beautiful new season is unfolding. Before I go on with my day, I’d like to share some wonderful new standouts with you. Perhaps they will speak to your creative mojo and inspire you to create some new layouts too.

me_Designer by wvsandy

Gorgeous and colorful page! I adore the red-headed girl peeking out from behind the flowers. The watercoloring and brush work are designed beautifully across the page and just a few simple elements are perfect. The title is a message we can all appreciate.

Notable Aspen by isDK

The splendor of autumn! This artist did a fabulous job with her blending and the colors of the changing aspens are gorgeous! All of the elements are perfectly placed, creating such a beautifully balanced page design, moving on the diagonal. Love those cute whirlybirds!

In the Garden by OKate

I absolutely love how this vintage stack(s) pops off the page and draws the eye right to the focal photo! The stacked & stapled frames are a perfect compliment. The watery leaves are beautiful and add a nice touch to a garden themed-page. Great brush work on the background paper too. Lovely page with a vintage feel.

lips by erica zane

What a fun and lively page this is! It seems a lot of women are experiencing the LipSense colors and having fun mixing & matching them. That geometric template is great but what I really love about this one is the paint on the background, mimicking lipstick colors. Great idea! The left-aligned journaling is well-placed and helps to balance the rest of the page. A paper strip with two little elements at the top and bits of washi tape really tie this cute page together!

misty autumn days by pam p

As we see more and more autumn days unfolding, this layout just speaks to me. There is a lot of rich brush work and textures here and they all give the sense of a misty or foggy fall day. The blended full-page photo makes a beautiful background and looks like a painting. The colors are gorgeous and I love the cute little stitched pumpkins!

find a way to stay strong by *gina*

Wow! Stunning page! The lock and key inside the light bulb really provokes your imagination. Brilliant brush work and I love all the shades of blue and blending modes. The message here is very powerful and the simple typewriter font just works.

I hope these standouts help to make your Monday a good one! Have a wonderful week and I hope to see your pages in the galleries real soon!

Links: You may click on any of the titles is you want to see more details on any page(s) or want to leave comments for these artists; always appreciated!

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing-September 13th

13 Sep

Hello Everyone!

My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by the major hurricanes that have hit our country in recent weeks. The devastation is so wide spread and will take a very long time to recover. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you.

I have been busy working on layouts of my own today and decided it was time for a much-needed break. There’s nothing better than finding inspiration from others as I always do when I go gallery hopping. I hope you like my picks as much as I do. Let’s get started!

These Adirondack chairs just seem to draw me in. come sit by pam p reminds me of a similar place my hubby & I visited last fall in New England. This is such a lovely, serene photo and the golden tones are perfect for the upcoming autumn season. Beautiful masking and blending really bring the focus right in and the textures are wonderful. Love those golden leaves too! “come sit”…I’d love to!

There’s nothing sweeter than a newborn baby and this next layout is just adorable in every way! Hello Baby by flsz_23 is the perfect way for this artist to start her baby’s album. Those photos right after his birth are amazing and so incredibly sweet! I love the blue woodgrain background and all of the cute elements she placed on this page. After reading her journaling, it sounds like he was ready to come out into the world. Cute title too!

Message in a Bottle by Angeljet is so beautiful! I love the soft, blended colors and the bit of seagrass around the bottle in the sand. The letter or message in the bottle is so eloquently written and you can feel the emotions as you read it; truly heartfelt. The last line brought a tear to my eye.

Can you say “Girl Power?” How fun is this layout! Girl Power by Sabyne jumped out at me all of its quirkiness and bright pops of color! Love the black & white photo and color scheme; it’s almost like a grungy chalkboard and all of the white text and word art are perfect for this. A pretty yellow border, some cute little flowers, a butterfly and splashes of paint bring everything together beautifully!

Wow! Someday by cfile is stunning!  I love the large, artsy portrait and the textures running through it. Take a minute to ready the well-placed journaling. I think we could all take that to heart. The mint green along with the faded gray-striped paper suits this page beautifully. The little peach flower is the perfect accent to bring out the lip color.

I leave you with this burst of color…Colour Run by tracermajig! What’s really unique about this layout is that the artist created her own background from doilies and clipping masks! How awesome is that! The colors coordinate with her son’s photos, well his shirt anyway, and also the title of the event. Very cool! Love the black & white striped border and photo mats. Black is the one color that can keep everything grounded in a composition. Great page!

So there you have it, my six standouts for today! Have a wonderful rest of the week and I hope to see what you bring to the galleries real soon!

 

 

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Finger Pointing-September 6th

6 Sep

Hello everyone! It is a breezy, chilly day here and fall is definitely in the air! I have to admit, I love fall with its crisp days and I’m already looking forward to the leaves changing to their brilliant colors. Tomorrow, I’m going to the apple orchard to make my annual run for apple cider donuts. A tradition not to be missed! I’ve been perusing the digital galleries today and have some fantastic layouts to share with you. This is a great way to find inspiration for your own pages. Ready? Let’s get started.

PUBERTY by Roboliver

This really popped out of the gallery! It was created for a metamorphosis challenge and the butterflies are a beautiful analogy here. Love the pop of the yellow one! It’s also a great example of all things black & white. Love the placement of the photo and the angled paper strips, along with the word snippets.

A New Normal by MaggieMae

Documenting life’s stories is really why we all scrap. This is very true with this page. Unfortunately, this is all smoke from the multitude of wildfires burning in the western United States and Canada. The journaling is spot on. Even though this is a terrible situation, this artist created a beautiful page. Love the smoky brush work and how it depicts the environment. The neutral color palette is perfect for these photos. One blended photo in the background, supported by the smaller framed ones make for a well-balanced composition. I hope this isn’t the new normal for long.

Wow! 40K by zlemon

Great fun & energy with this one! First of all, I love the vertical design against the gradient background! The mix of wordart and fonts is terrific and my eyes keep scrolling down to see more. I adore all the little elements and the brush work as well.

Steam Locomotive by zwyck

Wow, this is fabulous in so many ways! The old steam engine and conductors are wonderful and the photo treatment is amazing. This artist is a master of blending, as you can see here. Lots of textures, watercolors and brush work in a beautiful composition. The distressed title/word art makes this look very authentic to the time.

Nothing’s Going to Change by Janedee

This is another layout that popped out of the gallery. GORGEOUS artistry! Love everything and I keep looking into this scene to see more and it makes me want to walk down this street with those people. The shades of green and blue, the blending and the distressed brush work are outstanding! I love John Lennon’s quote this artist used as her title.

Let’s Stay In by jenn mccabe

My final pick today displays a several of my favorite things to see on a layout; a focal photo framed within two geometric shapes, leading lines and great white space. Love that sweet photo of Jenn’s dogs warming up by the fireplace and her journaling done in all lower case type. She placed just a few small accents and word snippets to complete her page. 

 

It’s time for me to start dinner.  I hope you got inspired by some of these awesome layouts are ready to scrap some pages of your own. You can only find out more about each one by clicking on the title links. If you do, please take a moment to leave some love for these artists. Have a wonderful rest of your Wednesday. See you back here next week.

***Many thoughts & prayers for all those in the Houston area and those in Florida. This hurricane season is proving to be a monster.

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing-August 10th

10 Aug

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Is it me or are the galleries just getting more and more amazing? I just love looking at all the creativity and story telling. Let me share with you my six picks for today.

I’ll start with this fantastic art journal page, FEED YOUR INNER FIRE by sbpoet.  That hanging light bulb caught my attention right away and I the text that goes with it is marvelous. This is pretty much a monotone page but the splashes of vibrant colors really make it sparkle and shine. All the of awesome brush work keeps me looking!

Celebrated Moments by bessiesue581 is a beautiful page documenting her son’s milestone birthday. I love the way she framed the photo as a spill over and then added the all around word border. Such a fabulous effect! That’s a super fun photo of her son on the beach writing his “13” in the sand. The clustering edger, the brush work and the “beachy” colors on this page are perfect too.

This next one made me smile! Surprised face by mediterranka. Just look at that cute photo her expression on her face, while listening on the telephone! It would make anyone smile. I love all of the cartoon elements along with the newspaper clipping; such a fun mix. Everything just seems to work beautifully on the watercolor background and the big yellow flower is a great added splash of color!

I love the mysterious feel of *gina*’s Arabian Nights.  This is a stunning layout and the photo edit is amazing with its rich tones and crop! I think airy ribbons sure add to the mood of this page. Everything is blended beautifully with the background and the palm trees add a nice desert touch.

Summer Morning by Anja_77 is a gorgeous, vibrant page! I adore the sweet photo and how her pretty dress is perfect with the colors used. The clustering and double frames around it are beautiful and oh so summery. I also love the flower cluster off the right edge. This artist created a lovely painterly background on one side and then added a bold pattern on the other; a great mix!

I’ll leave you with the beautiful and endearing page, Best times are spent together by Ernie88. She tells of the sweet relationship with these little boys and their big sister. I’m a huge fan of photos shot from behind and I also like how she included a close-up of all 3 of them facing the camera. The wood veneer title and border are perfect for this outdoors page, as is all the watery foliage and colors against the neutral background. The taped border really gave it a cohesive look.

Hey, Friday is just a few hours away! Enjoy your weekend and I hope you liked today’s gallery standouts as much as I did! Happy scrapping!

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Finger Pointing-August 2nd

2 Aug

The calendar turned but I’m in disbelief that this is the 2nd day of August already. Summer is coming to an end and school will be starting soon, here in the States anyway.  So my picks for today celebrate this wonderful season we all enjoy! Come take a look.

Blue Summer by meterr

Drippy popsicles and shirtless toddlers are certainly fond summer memories for most of us! I can taste that ice cold, blue raspberry treat right now and can definitely remember taking shirts off the kids outside. The painterly background really pops and the bright colors coordinate beautifully with the blue popsicle. The white paint provides a place for the eye to rest and focus on that cute photo. Love the van and surfboard too! Delightful summer page!

Paradise Pier by QuiltyMom

This page just screams summertime fun! I don’t think any summer is complete without a trip to an amusement park if you have kids. This is a grand collage of photos, showcasing rides, carnival foods and popular characters. I love how the ferris wheel circular frame breaks up the squares and rectangles. Keeping the elements simple and few are key to keeping this layout photo based. Perfect font for the title too! Fantastic summer page!

jump by lego

Can you say awesome? What a fun photo idea and a great capture! I bet they made a big splash into that beautiful lake! The orientation on the left side of the page really works beautifully here. It’s very well balanced with lots of supportive elements, word art and brush work both above and below the photo. The blues are gorgeous against the neutral background. Great summer page!

Like a fish in water by faby33

When I think of summer, I think of swimming, don’t  you? What a great close-up action shot,  showing this little swimmer taking a breath and wearing her goggles. The horizontal page design beautifully spans across the center of the page.  The bright colors and repeated word art really makes everything pop against the white background, which just happens to be some brilliant use of white space on this layout. I love those cute little fish and the ones swimming off the right side of the page adds a little whimsy. Cute summer page!

Me Time by bcgal00

The title grabbed my attention right away. I think we all can relate to needing a little me time now and then. The sketchy scarecrow blended at the top right is marvelous; adds such an artsy feel to this page. I love the summer garden photo and it looks like a great place to visit. Reading the artist’s journaling made me feel so peaceful and it’s clear she took time to enjoy a summer day on her photo walk. Fabulous summer page!

Baignade by timounette

I will leave you with this wonderful double-page spread from the river Dordogne. The watercolor sketch is gorgeous and leads the eye right into the photos. Children playing in the water with their crocodile raft just screams summer fun! And how lucky mom is to relax in the water with a good book! The simple word art and one-line journaling is all this layout needs. I love how the script follows the line of the river. Gorgeous summer page!

What are your summer memories so far? I hope these pages and artists inspire you to scrap some of your own photos. After all, summer is disappearing fast. Feel free to leave some comments for these artists. I know they would appreciate it. Just click on the title links to do so. Have wonderful first week of August and I’ll see you in the galleries!

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