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Finger Pointing – June 19th

19 Jun

Finger Pointing – June 19th

It’s Juli back again and I’m hiding out upstairs in our bedroom today while I wait for the air conditioner repair person to come figure out what is wrong with our 1st story air.  It’s way too hot for no air in June in Florida – it’s like a swamp down there.  While I’m waiting, I’m passing the time looking at all the lovely layouts posted over the weekend.  Wow!  There are some mighty talented scrappers out there!  Let’s take a look at my top 5 favorite layouts I’ve come across today.

First up we have Week 24 by DELISAK.  When I saw this layout initially on FB I had to hunt it down in the gallery to learn more.  I just love the idea of having a digital journal with photos and words in such a different format than what I’ve seen before.  I love the balance between the pictures, the journaling and the white space here.  The little details like the stamp edged photos and the tape and shadow on the bottom picture really bring this page to life.  Not to mention the daily journal prompts.  I think this is such a great idea and looks so fabulous.  I’m going to have to try this myself!!!

Next we have this stunning layout by beaute called Sweet Kiss of Spring.   I was drawn in by the way the scrapper took a photo and made it look like it was spilling out of a frame.  As I looked closer I realized that an action was used to make it look like the photo is becoming a painting.  How incredibly cool!  This is so unique and looks amazing!  This is a technique I would love to learn how to do myself!

I next stumbled upon this very thought invoking layout by flowersgal that was made for a Mixed Media challenge.   I immediately felt like I should be standing in an art gallery.  This layout, with its divided sides, shows happiness and sadness.  It’s truly a work of art with the stamped images and the colors that are blended together so beautifully!  I find myself contemplating what the scrapper was thinking and what kind of conclusion they want us to draw from this layout. I think the word art really says it all…this is a deep layout and one I find to be wonderfully created!

Next up we have a really fun and graphic page titled Change by IntenseMagic. What initially drew me in to this layout was the white background with the bright colors.  I really love the bits of word art around the page that echo the change theme – they really get your eye to travel.  The mass of different colored butterflies has such an amazing effect!  Not only do they represent change but they make the page feel grounded as the top seems to fly.  The other little bits of paper, flowers, and buttons are just icing on the cake bringing more color and interest.  This page is so cool!

My final pick is Leave Her Wild by hollyxann.   This black and white photo is so, so amazing! It totally makes the page and brings you in to the theme of leaving this little girl wild.  The addition of the gorgeous colored papers and the flowers only accents this phenomenal photo.  I like the way the scrapper tucked some of the flower under the layers instead of piling them all on top.  Such a bold and exciting page!

These are my top 5 picks for this hot, muggy and cloudy Monday here in Florida.  I hope these layouts brought a little sunshine in to your day and that you’ll go visit and leave these scrappers some much deserved love!  See you soon.



Finger Pointing – June 15th

15 Jun

Time is literally flying by this month, which is why I am late with my post…we are back from vacation, but it’s time to now send my daughters off to camp. Complete chaos from our normal routine!!!  Today I have some fun picks for you.   I know many people take time off from scrapping over the summer so they can spend more time with their family.   I actually find that I have more time in the summer because our day to day routines vary so much.  I hope all of you reading along today will find some time to scrap this summer, because it’s great way to remember this short period each year when life is out of routine and everything seems fun.

My first pick is this soothing page by Sheana called Free Spirit. What drew me in was the fun arrangement of the triangles.  But looking further I just adore her idea of using the two different approaches for the title.  The transparent Free mixed with the heavier word art Spirit is an unexpected, but amazing looking combo!  The mix of the patterned papers really gives this page a fun feel and then the small focal center with the photo and elements just finishes the show.  What a gorgeous and fun looking page!


My second pick is Notes from the Road by JenEm.  I picked this page for a few reasons. First of all the way the scrapper used one photo in the multi-photo template is so unique.  I’ve seen this done on pocket pages, but never on a true digi scrap page like this. I just love how the segmented photo looks. Second the white background. The colors in the photo really stand out with the white background. The scrapper has achieved a great balance by doing this and leaving the page very minimal so the photo is the start. Finally the story – I love pages that tell me what I’m looking at…especially when they draw me in like this one did. This is such a unique page and now I have a new technique I’m going to have to try with some panoramic photos.

Next up we have Venue (right) by ColorMeScrappy.   When I saw this in the gallery I just had to zoom in to see the photo in the rope circle frame!  What an amazing spot to get married!!!  The cluster and shadowing here are really the star of the show. These flowers, shells and greenery just seem to come together in the most amazing way to highlight this photo.  The way the background papers are divided really brings your eye in, especially with help from the angled paper on the right. The scrapper did an amazing job of pulling me in to learn more. And then the story…again…I just love pages that tell the story with photos, elements AND words.  Such a beautiful page!!

Apparently I’m craving some more beach time, because my next pic is beachy too!  This amazing page is called Summer On the Beach and it’s created by Traumelfe.  What an incredibly complex and fun page!!!  First I just love the circle photo and the elements tucked underneath. The way everything is flowing out from the circle makes me think of a fun day just floating in the water.  The background paper helps this feeling with the unexpected changes in color and movements.  Finally the bow with the cluster at the bottom of the page really anchors the photo and brings everything together.  What a great page!

My last pick for today is Summer Bucket List by Gwalters.  This layout just screamed summer not only with the Summer Bucket list but with the colors, elements and the starburst paper the scrapper used for the base of her page.  I Love looking at all the little details on this page.  Ribbons here, flowers there mixed with elements.  Everything is perfectly placed within the fun list.   This page totally grabbed my attention in the gallery so I couldn’t not show it off to everyone!

Well, as we go in to the weekend I hope you all have some kind of fun plans! Remember to take lots of pictures and give yourself time to scrap these fleeting summer memories (hopefully in the cool AC) before summer is gone.


Finger Pointing – May 29th

29 May

Finger Pointing – May 29th

It’s Juli here again and it’s time to wrap up Memorial Day weekend here in the US.  I hope those of you living in the US enjoyed your long weekend.  For me it was the perfect combination of family, friends, honoring those who served and getting some time out on the boat.  The summer heat is definitely upon us in Florida, so I’m looking forward to all that brings like vacation and having my kids home from school for the summer.  Today I have some great picks for you.  It looks like many of you fellow scrappers were busy this weekend scrapping your memories…so let’s get on to today’s featured layouts.

My first pick is this incredibly layered and decked out page by titled Boho by mrsashbaugh.  As I just stated, the layering on this layout is so incredible!  I just love all the layers of paper and clustering of elements. The use of great shadowing gives everything the perfect bit of depth.  Little details like the lace and the paint are really spot on as well.  Finally the rich the colors really draw you in.  I just love every little bit of this layout!

Next we have this layout titled Gerald the Bird by yellowpeep.  This layout really stood out in the gallery for me.  I think it’s the use of the bold color on the white background – it’s so graphic and fun!  I really love the shadowing used here too!  Everything has just the right depth and it makes this look like a paper page.  Finally the use of the angle here is so striking!  It really makes you want to jump in read the journaling to find out more about this bird.

My third pick is titled Oh The Places We Can Go by Carrie1977.  I was originally drawn in by the tabs at the top of the page.  Then I started looking at these photos and reading the story.  Carrie is scrapping pictures of her parents’ new motorcycle and the adventures they have had – which is so cool!!!   I jut love all the fun paints and blending she did on the background.  And then the old school slide frames are just perfect.  Everything on this page mixes together beautifully – it’s a bit of adventure traveling around the page taking in all the little details.  Such a fun page! 

Next up we have a photoless page by fruitysuet title Hunting (Dream Home).  The large chevron caught my eye and then all the journaling.  The scrapper is describing the pain in moving and trying to find a new home.  I like the way the journaling is shaped to mimic the chevron stripes; this really makes the eye go towards the adorable house cluster.  The detail on the left side scallop is great too! I love the addition of the paint, scribbles and buttons – it just makes everything meld together beautifully.

This next layout looks so calm and cool that I couldn’t help featuring it!  Take me to the sea by tanpopo features an artistic look with some incredible blending.  I just love how the whole page feels like it’s floating.  The stenciled look to the background makes the whole page look like it has movement.  The layering here is just awesome!  I just love the depth the scrapper created with her shadows and stacking of elements. The pop of yellow makes the whole page feel light and fun.  Such a gorgeous page!

My final pick for this holiday weekend is Currently by Tracermajig.  I have to say that I needed to do a triple look to make sure this wasn’t a hybrid or paper layout. The shadowing here is just amazing!  Plus just look at all these little details.  So many fun things to look at!!  I love how she grouped the elements and ribbons by color – what an amazing look!  The little pictures are the perfect addition to help tell her store of what is currently going on in her life.  Finally the black stripes just make the mix of all the colors and the white totally pop.  This is such a wow page!!!

As this holiday weekend comes to a close and we move forward in to summer I hope that all of you will remember to pick up your cameras more each day and snap those everyday life photos.  Before you know the years have sped by and while you might selfishly take pictures to have something to scrap, down the road you will be so happy to have these memories!


Finger Pointing – May 27

27 May

Finger Pointing – May 27

The galleries are alive with summer themed pages this weekend!  I have just realized that suddenly all the fruit in the grocery store looks and smells good; and it was time for me to get my hair cut (4 inches off the back!)…it must be that the summer vibe is alive out there and I’m loving it!!!  Bright colors, sunshine, kids laughing…they are all awesome things (well until it gets so hot that you can’t even stand to go outside). So today my layout picks are all about summer colors and themes.

My first pic is the sweet layout titled Delicious by Alannabanana. The small print background allows the pretty pink be the star of the show.  I just love all the layers on this from the flowers, to the string , to the washi.  The depth in this page is awesome and black just makes all the others pop!  The summery colors make that watermelon look extra tasty.  This layout is so fun and so vibrant…it just screams summer to me!

My next pick is Flip Flops by EllenT.  How could I not pick this fun page?  Not only is the theme super summery, but the colors are so fun!  I love how Ellen uses the sequins across the page along with paint to  spread the color around the page.  I also love the depth she creates with her ribbon, and flowers and the alphabet. The shadowing is spot on and creates just amount of depth!  The way she balanced the photo with a cluster is really brilliant, while not being overly symmetrical.  I just love all the fun bits sprinkled around the page, which keep your eye moving.  The longer you look the more details you see.

The next amazing layout is This Boy by kristalund.   I am such a sucker for pocket style scrapbook pages and Krista’s pages never disappoint!  I just love these colors with her son’s shirt – they are perfectly matched.  I also love all the little sprinkles and add ones she mixes in to the squares and below the word art. The whole page offers little bits of interest no matter where you look.  I just love this style!

My next pick today, STL Day Trip by Heidi Nicole, reminds me of summer road trips.  I adore the way she got so many pictures and the story on to one page! The mix of the cards, the photos and the story plus a little bit of word art is simply brilliant.  I think the whole page is fun and screams summer.   All the little details draw you and make you want to read and look more – which in my book makes for a fabulous page!

It isn’t summer without some time at the beach, right?  This page titled sun sand surf by Mother Bear totally captures the thrill and the beauty of being at the beach!   I just love large photo at the bottom that captures how much fun these kids are having in the surf and the smaller picture at the top compliments the large photo nicely.  All the elements clustered at the top with the banners is just gorgeous!  I love how she used the flowers with the shells and the animals. It all mixes together beautifully to give you the feel like you are right there at the beach with them.  The final and perfect accompaniment are the decorations at the bottom of the page. It’s just what this page needed for balanced and mixing a few more beachy elements makes it all work together beautifully!

Finally I chose this page by majula titled Lagerfeuer (which Google Translate says means campfire).  What is summer without a little camping?  I just love these pictures.  The kids look like they are having a great time at the campfire and making lots of summer memories!  I also like how she mixed the fire and the compass in with her flower clusters add just enough theme without being over the top.  The balance of the page is just perfect!  It makes me want to join in the fun!

I hope you enjoyed my summer themed pics for today!  I look forward to seeing more and more summer layouts in the galleries and getting to read about your family adventures!  So get out there and have some fun and then don’t forget to come back and scrap it!!


Finger Pointing – May 1st

1 May

Not only is today a Monday, but it’s also May 1st.  I can’t believe how fast time flies!  That to me is what makes this wonderful hobby of ours so important and rewarding.  We not only get the satisfaction of creating a unique piece of art with each layout we create, but we also our preserving our family memories.  The stories and feelings on a scrapbook page capture a wonderful (or not so wonderful) moment in time.  To me there is nothing better than going back through these pages and remembering the stories and the younger faces. I even often remember what music or TV show I was listening to when I created the page (but I can’t remember why I walked in to the kitchen on some days to save my life).  This hobby of ours is amazing and being able to show off other people’s layouts and memories makes this one of the sweetest gigs ever!!!  On to today’s picks…

My first pick today is #momlife by marnel.  I have to say that I’ve been a huge fan of Ma’s for years and years now.  Her sense of balance and color and fun are always reflected in her layouts and this one totally shows off that skill!  I just love the pink repeating circles with the arrows.  The large black butterfly cut out really grounds the journal card and photo in the middle.  And then all the paint spatter fills in the space, but also goes with what she’s saying in that mom life is chaotic and scattered.  The whole page seems to reflect her topic/theme and that is what makes this so amazing!   I love every little bit she put on there!


The next layout I’d like to highlight is this one titled All Who Wander Are Not Lost  by Jenn33199.  The first thing about this layout that caught my eye were the warm yellow tones.  Then I took a closer look.  I just love how she edited her photos to match the black lines in the background photo – what a brilliant idea!  This gives the whole layout a cohesive and artistic look that I just love!  I also really like her choice for embellishments.  The flowers aren’t too heavy even with the heavy metal frame – it feels light.  The addition of the word art makes this page feel complete. I love that she not only used word strips but also used word art in the lower right to balance the page!  

My third choice for today is Once In A Lifetime by DivaMom96.  At first I was drawn in with the blending.  The flowers on the left side mixed with the photo on the right. When I zoomed in for a better look I realized how the pink flowers on the left mimic the pink flowers on the building.  This looks like a place I would love to visit so I had to read more.  The journal card tells a wonderful story about why this building and this trip is significant to the scrapper (if you click through to her layout you can read her journaling in her comments).  The little bits of lace and washi with the arrow and the stamp – are so perfectly delicate and balanced as to not over power the card and the story – I just love that!!

This next layout called out to me because it’s so fun and fits with my own personal scrapping style.   Playful by  IntenseMagic is simple but so fun! I just love the different colored blocks matched with just little bit of flowers.  The title on the photo is perfectly spaced to fill in some dead space on the photo.  Then the word strips are the perfect color pop and carry your eye down the page.  Finally the journaling up and down the sides is so awesome!  It tells the story but doesn’t intrude on the design.  Such a clean but fun page!

Looking through the galleries I couldn’t help but pick this next layout titled Shine Like the Stars by Carrie1977.  This layout is stunning! The dark background with the amazing cluster of flowers is striking. Then you mix in all the little details.  The stitched on triangle at the top that is rustic and grungy.  Then the black and white photo – so perfect for this because it really draws in your eye with all the other colors!  Finally all the gold elements and paint full the whole layout together.  What a sweet page and stunning page!

My final layout pick for today is this beautiful layout called Winter Wonderland by conniemiles.    I was draw in by the mix of the purple and the yellow.  When I came in closer I became totally in awe of the blending and detail on this page!  I love the duplicate photo here – it really draws in your eye and the soft colors compliment the bolder colors in the photo.  That upper  and lower clusters are just amazing!  The mix of snowflakes and flowers with the paper strips looks so soft and pretty together!  Finally the story, I loved being able to read why this page was worth scrapping. Who are these people and what’s going on – well I’m not going to spoil it for you – go read the journaling for yourself. But I love that the artist adding the journaling to tell more of the story, otherwise I would have thought this was just a really nice posed photo…this afterall is why we scrap, right? To remember.

I hope these selections inspired you to create some wonderful pages this week – complete with the story and the feelings.  Have a great week everyone!





Finger Pointing – April 20th

20 Apr

Things are so crazy at our house right now! The school year is winding down with two high schoolers.  That means lots of AP exams and End of Course exams to study for and the teachers are cramming in lots of review packets. It’s actually pretty quiet at my house at night because my girls are so busy.  So I’ve been enjoying having some scrapping and designing time…National Scrapbook Day is right around the corner and I’m already super, super excited.

Today I’ve found 5 different layouts that speak to me in different ways right now. That is one of the things I love about scrapbooking and looking through galleries – creating and see others create layouts that really speak to their current moods.

Me, Sarcastic by tammybean04

I love this pocket style layout! Not only are the colors nice and bold, but I love that the scrapper can make fun of herself. She knows she’s sarcastic and sassy, and she’s not afraid to document this about herself.  What really draws my eye is how the black pops with the turquoise and lime green. I also really love the cluster in the second row. What a great way to dress up a pocket style page!

Hypnotic by alannabanan
The mix of the textures, colors and blending is what drew me in to this sweet, but melancholy page.  I just love all the layers of texture and the drippy paint that mimics rain.   Each layer seems to have a meaning and a purpose.  It all mixes together beautifully!

You Are My Sunshine by Cherrylej

This bright and sunny page by Cherrylej makes me smile.  I love the blended background mixed with the fun printed paper.  The word art title looks awesome and the word strips really just make it even more fun.  The “rays” of sunshine are perfect as well.  The lovely flower clusters round out the page.  Clearly Cherry is feeling happy!

Fort Hill Hiking by HelenGullet
I love this layout that shows a family adventure.  The large photo at the top really draws you in. Then the little pictures at the bottom, clustered with the elements, is a perfect way to show things they saw on their hike.  I just love how it all works together and shows something fun her family did together – one of my favorite kinds of memories!

Life in Bloom by ScrappinRae

This layout by ScrappinRae is so bright and fun! I just love this picture of these sisters together.  The wood background had amazing grain detail and it looks like the paint has soaked right in to the wood.  The addition of the arrows really directs your eye to the photo.  The green leaves gives it all that little pop it needs to pull it together. Such a lively and fun page!


I hope you enjoyed my picks today and that it encourages you to scrap your current mood!


Finger Pointing April 7th

7 Apr

Hello fellow digiscrappers and happy Friday to you!!! This is Juli Fish and I’m so excited to have joined the GSO blog team.  I’ve been a member of the digi community for over 12 years now and I think it’s an absolute honor to be able to go through galleries and highlight the amazing work that you memory keepers produce!  This weekend my youngest daughter is being confirmed as a member of our church. So we are looking forward to a house full of family and friends to help us share this joyous occasion and of course lots of photos to scrap afterward.

My first pick is this totally awesome layout by JenEm called Between Us.  Visually this layout grabbed me right in from the gallery, the bright colors on the white background made me want to come see more. Then I started reading the journaling about a young man who came home from college for spring break and spent time with his parents.  I can totally relate to how this mother must feel as my oldest is about the leave the nest.  I really enjoyed following the journaling along the path down the page and the elements are all placed precisely in a way that guides your eye along.  Such a heart touching and fun looking page!


Next I found this layout titled Rainy by Gemma. I just love how a whole bouquet of flowers looks like it is exploding from the center umbrella.  The balance between the journal card and the black and white photo is just perfect.  The little pops of yellow really move your eye around the page. The tiny bit of paint helps make everything look like it’s elevated off the page.   This is April all wrapped up in one layout!

Next I found this amazing layout by scrapapcture called Downhill Skiing.  I was totally drawn in by the bright colors in the bottom third of the page. The colors come completely from a large photo of her boys skiing.  The contrast between the colorful clothes and the white snow is just stunning.  I love how she’s added minimal  items to make the page come alive.  Her journaling is brief but it really makes you understand why this photo is so important to her…and really isn’t that what scrapping is all about?

I also really love the softness of this layout titled Family by deegazzo.    The swirls at the top of this page are very dramatic, however the soft colors really calm it down and make this page feel lovely.  I just adore the use of the heritage photos in black and white to tie together the family theme.  The little bit of glitter with the swirls really draws in your eye and the placement down the page keeps you wanting to look around and take in more and more!


This layout titled anxious by Mimisgirl just popped right out of the gallery at me with the striking blue.   Then I started reading her journaling and could totally relate to feeling anxious about something that is out of your hands, but that you care so much about.  I was also drawn in by the stack behind her black and white photo and all the little details like the stitching and stamps.   This page looks almost real with the textures and dimensions achieved through her shadowing.  This is such an intense and truthful page.

My final choice is Right Here Right Now by Rubia Padilha.  First of all I love it when kit designer scraps and with her own products it’s even better.  But what really drew me in was the gorgeous photo and the little sections of journaling sprinkled all over the page.  The journaling is mixed in with decorative elements, but each little area represents a thought.  It’s a like a stream of consciousness but on a page and the arrows really help direct you to where she wants you to read.  On top of that I love the pops of color and the way they play off the white background.  This is a great mix of feelings, real life and artsiness.


I hope you will find one or all of these layouts inspiring enough to do some scrapping yourself this weekend.  Until next time….