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Finger Pointing – December 7th

7 Dec

Happy Thursday (well, almost Friday)!! Am I the only one caught up in the holiday craziness?  I bet not.  Tonight we put up our main Christmas tree and its currently half way covered in lights.   Some how holiday song videos turned in to a Weird Al video fest..and this is holiday craziness in our house.  Everyone gets easily distracted and things don’t get done, but we have a good time and that’s what’s important -right???

I was so excited looking through the galleries tonight.  Christmas photos and layouts are in full swing.  I love December and seeing other people’s holiday celebrations and traditions is so fun to me.  So lucky me for getting to pick 6 amazing layouts to feature today!!!

We’ll start out with this layout titled German Village Walk by becky_a. This looks like a day filled with fun! First of all I love the large photo she used for the background to set the stage. Then the photos in the shape of the Christmas tree look great!  I love that she highlighted all the different things they did during their visit to the German Village.  The little elves tucked in are just adorable and the bit of glitter at the top is just right.  I also love how she mixed in some flowers.  Finally, the story of why this day was so important – I love it!!!  This looks like my kind of December event.

 

Next up we have this fun page by Kim Ege titled A Wonderful Awful Idea.  This page really called out to me because The Grinch is my favorite animated Christmas show and I love watching it (myself so I can say all the words out loud) each year.   I really love what Kim did here.  This page looks like something right out of a Dr. Seuss book.  The title work with the hand holding the bulb behind the title is totally draws you in.  I love how she used a fun font and included words from the book/movie to help your eye move down the page.  Then there is this great family photo and a wonderful story of their family tradition.  So heartwarming!!!  Kim’s layering and shadowing look awesome, I especially love her clusters and how the bring the whole page together.  This is the best Grinch page I’ve ever seen!!

 

Next up is this sweet page by dawninskip titled Today I Choose Joy.  I have to admit right off the bat that snowmen are my favorite. My whole house is decorated in snowman. This page starts with a fun a photo. Then I love how  Dawn uses muted colors and let’s the ribbon and the flower petals pop off the page.  So classy looking!!  I love the use of the product sku tucked behind the ribbons and the card of buttons- what a cool idea!  The journaling being partially hidden makes this feel like a real paper page. Finally the texture on this page is fabulous. I love the white watercolor looking paper and how Dawn blended colors and ink doodles in to the paper to add to the realistic look.  So stunning!

 

Next I found this pretty in pink page titled Winter Wonderland by Stacia Hall. This page features the new free download at Scrapaneers (check it out!!!).  What I love about this page is that it’s a pocket page style with a fun twist.  I love that Stacia doesn’t put spaces in between the photo, but instead buts everything up against each other just leaving the wood grain paper to show at the top and the bottom.  The the use of the layered elements gives this page such a great dimension!  I really love the use of the angle at the bottom right for the title. The angle really draws your eye up the page to the featured photo.  So well done!  I also love all the little bits around the page from the twine to little snowflakes all over.  Every little bit you look at evokes this feeling of Christmas warmth and love.  Such a soft and pretty page!!

 

This next layout’s photo really caught my eye!! I love the perspective used in the layout Christmas Eve by jcb5600.  The use of the white space here (with the little bit of wood grain for texture) is just perfect to make the Christmas colors pop off the page!  The red and green paper pop right out from the white background and really draw you in to the picture. Then seeing the fun glasses and the bow on the head, you just “have” to read what’s going on…who doesn’t want to join in the fun?   I love that the scrapper is documenting a family tradition and did just beautifully.  Such a festive page!

 

My final choice is so fresh and fun!  Merry & Bright by azkio is just that…merry AND bright.  I really love the design here.  I love how it looks like these photos are dangling from strings and ribbons tied together with the fabulous cluster at the top – such a neat idea!  The cluster is well shadowed and everything works together so beautifully.  Then the ribbons hanging down is nice touch to give the photos more of a hanging feel. The photos are so cute!  The background paper is the perfect choice to fill the space without making the page feel too full.  So, so cute!!

I hope you are having a wonderful December and you’re taking time to take those every day photos to try to capture the spirit, colors, sights and craziness of the holiday season!!

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Finger Pointing – November 29th

29 Nov

Finger Pointing – November 29th

My goodness gracious, time is just flying by. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving has already passed and it’s time to be full swing in to Christmas.  The evolution of the year and the holidays is evident in the galleries already. I love seeing photos of all the holiday activities that families are participating in this time of year.  It reminds me to keep my camera charge and out and ready for pictures.  For any picture, it doesn’t have to be a perfect moment. Maybe it’s the packages by the front door, or the Christmas cards coming in the mail, or an actual hot meal on a plate at the dinner table. All these minutes are perfect and worthy of recording in their own little ways!

Today I have a nice variety of layouts for you…I sure hope you’ll enjoy taking a look at these beauties too!

First off we have this page titled Family Time by Carla R.   The use of the wood grain paper really anchors the page.  The clusters around the photo look very nice mixed with the mixed media brushes. This shows a great way to integrate the two together on a page.  The shadowing of the flowers is really nice and gives the whole layout a feel of depth.  The use of the folded ribbon does a great job moving your eye across the page to complete the visual triangle.  Such a pretty fall page!

My second choice today is Ladies Night by Margje.   The first thing that caught my eye was the background.  This looks like multiple layers of blended maps and old books mixed with some color.  The overall effect really sets the tone of the layout. Then in the front, the silhouette of this trendy looking vintage lady really brings in your eye.  Next the use of the blending of the building with the accounting paper is brilliant. I love how the two mix so well together.  Then finally the title that has been clipped to some fun paper.  Overall such an awesome look!

The third layout I’m featuring today is kind of the opposite of the layout above.  Sentimental by EH Studios is simple and sleek and so amazing.  I just love the white space and how everything is so purposefully placed.  The stamp under the photo looks so real on the wood background. It blows me away how simple, yet stunning this layout is!

Next up is the is fun and lively page by Kim Walker (Kim21673) titled Miss Being Warm.  I just love the use of the bright colors with a cold winter photo. It’s perfect with this little guy’s jacket!!  I also love the mixing of the circles with the long rectangular shapes.  The flower sprinkled in not only bring color and depth, but I love that that a mom isn’t afraid to put flowers on her little boy’s layouts.  Go mom!

Moving to our next layout titled Christmas by Elizabeth22.  This layout totally wow’d me! I just love the lighting on this photo.  It’s just so perfect!  The black background really enhances all the Christmas themed elements and gold accents on the page.  The way the large cluster seems to gently cradle the photo is just fabulous.  I also love the use of the black damask paper angled on the background to provide some more texture and movement to the page. The pops of red from the patterned paper sitting below add a nice pop to the page as well.  Such a lovely, lovely page!

Finally today I have this fabulous layout by Kayleigh titled Merry Christmas.  What really drew me to this page was the texture and movement.  I just love the textured white background used here. It adds character, interest and depth.  Then the transparent paint/ink and the spatters with the drawn circles all work to build a great little background for the focal image.  The papers are then stacked on top in a way that the patterns and textures mix so nicely.   The little details mixed in make this pop. The pine cones, the ribbon and the lace. Everything works together so well to give you that holiday feeling. Such a fabulous page!

I hope you will take a few minutes and go look through the galleries and leave some love for a page that inspires you.  Until next time…I hope you are taking a few minutes each to also enjoy the holidays and take some different pictures so you have lots of neat things to add to your scrapbook.

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Finger Pointing – November 16th

16 Nov

Happy Thursday….it’s that time of the year where the days and weeks seem to whisk by because there is so much excitement in the air.  I can’t believe that Thanksgiving here in the US is just a week away.  I’m looking forward to catching up with my siblings and their spouses this weekend and getting a chance to see my husband’s family for a few days next week. Seriously, what is better than two Thanksgivings?  Especially since neither one is at my house this year!!  This is also the time of year when I get all excited about creating crafts for Christmas presents.  There is so much magic in the air and so much to look forward to including lots of gorgeous layouts in the gallery.

Now that Christmas kits are hitting the scrap stores and people are getting caught up on last year’s photos while still trying to do this year’s Fall photos there is an awesome variety of layouts to admire, so let’s get on with the show!

My first featured layout is titled Oh Happy Day by keepscrappin.  The white cut out immediately caught my attention. I love the large chevron pattern over the more subtle background paper- such a nice look!  The watercolor filler card and water color spatters gives this a real paper feel.  The cluster added just the right amount of color to balance out the white and neutral grey.  Such a lovely composition!

Next I found a page with lots of great color!  Ski Day by MelissaMarti really stood out in the gallery with this bright blue color.  I was immediately drawn to the look of the clear pocket with the photo strips and fun things tucked in. What a great look! I like how the arrows draw your focus to the middle of the page.  Melissa does a great job moving color all over the page to keep your eye moving!  There are just so many interesting things to look at.  This whole page is so fun.

Next up I stumbled across a fabulous collection of pages from scullen2 about the birth of her grandson.  I chose this one page, Bennett’s Story Page 2 of 8, out of the collection to feature- but you really should check them all out!   I love how the scrapper is telling the story of her grandson’s birth.  This page is just beautiful.  The layers of paper are so well done on the textured white background.  The elements are all perfectly placed and work together to create such a soft and special feel. Finally the photo – how sweet is this?  A picture of the Big Brother and the Big Sister.  I just love all of her pages in the album and think this will be such a treasured gift for their family.

The next layout I’m featuring is 7 Days of Black and White by dawnfarias.  So many of my scrap friends have been participating in the 7 day challenge to post a black and white photo on Facebook each day that shows something in their life other than another person.  It’s been fun to see what other people post.  This scrapper took that to the next level and documented the fun she was having.  I just love how much the solid black background stood out in the gallery.  Each little bit of color looks like it’s perfectly planned for exactly where it’s placed.  The gold numbers are absolutely perfect for this!  Overall I just love that this scrapper took the time to document this little every life type project.  This page is just fabulous with the black and white photos and the white paint, not to mention the fun title work.  I think this is a really awesome page!

Next I chose another fun white space layout titled Knitting by Christina W.   I just love these colors together and how all these papers are layered across the page.  The photo is perfect right next to the story, which is on the most fabulous looking tag.  The little details like the stitching, the clipped on love this circle and the flair are all just perfect.  The use of the spatter and the beads just pulls this all together.  The balance between the white space and the design is just right!

 

Finally today I have an adorable Christmas themed page titled The First Snow by Kama.  The red in the background really draws in your eye.  then as you move in, the details steal the show. I love the use of the snowflakes around the page to help move your eye around.  The cluster with the photo tucked right it looks amazing and the shadows give a great sense of dimension.  I love the curled ribbon and the stitchced circle bunting. It seems there are all just the right details sprinkled over the page to make it feel magical and beautiful!

I hope you enjoyed my choices today!  Don’t forget to get out your camera and take lots of pictures over the holidays.  Don’t miss capturing and recording those little moments and don’t forget to get YOURSELF in front of the camera too!

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Finger Pointing – November 4th

4 Nov

Finger Pointing – November 4th

Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone out there has had a wonderful Saturday.  The galleries are full of gorgeous pages today.  It seems to be that time of year when everyone is scrapping and that makes me so happy.  I love to look at pages and read other people’s stories.  Don’t you?

My first choice today is titled Matt has an Idea by Karen B.  I just love the graphic feel of the blue and white on the black background here.  I also love the story.  This is Matt having an idea to layout down in the back of a moving car to try to get a good picture of the biker.  What a great idea to take a picture of this and tell the story.  The white arrow does a great job at directing your eye to the story and the mixed font title is very striking.  What a great page!

My next choice has all the colors and feels of the month of November.  Thankful by Kjersti, has the perfect November feel.  I love how she’s layered the photos up the page so they look they are all tucked in to the layers.  The gorgeous clusters bring beautiful color to the page. The shadow looks awesome and makes the clusters look awesome.  I love everything else that was included on this page too. The filler card, the sequins, the butterflies…so many perfectly little details to make this look just right.  What a gorgeous page of three gorgeous ladies!

Another gorgeous November page is Jumpstart Your November by tanpopo.  The first thing I noticed right away was the great lighting on the background. It makes the center of the layout glow. Then I noticed the mixed clusters. I really like the look of the drawn flowers with realistic looking flowers. The shadowing gives such nice dimension.  Finally the use of color across the page looks great.  The different shades of blue look great with the bright orange background and it really balances the page out.  The bits of black seems to ground everything.  This page is perfectly put together!

I found another gorgeous Fall themed page titled Falling by Sarrmf.  The composition here is fabulous! I just love all the different shapes of patterned paper layered with the clusters.  The clusters tucked in behind the photos look awesome! I love the way the bunting ties the sides in and keeps your eye centered o the page.  Such a beautiful page and what a great photo of Sara and her cat too!

From fall we move on to winter. This next layout really stood out in the gallery for it’s simple, yet beautiful design!  Winter Wonderful by anke has the perfect balance of white space and design.  I love the use of the white distressed wood paper for the background. It gives such a nice anchor to build on. Then the goldish paint and tree and elements.  Everything looks perfectly and thoughtfully placed.  Finally her photo – makes the snow look so beautiful and inviting yet, I love the journaling where the scrapper is saying it’s pretty but she doesn’t want to to drive in it.  Such a nice look at real feelings and real life!

My last pick today is I Love Zombies by shunnstergirl.  I had to pick this layout for two reasons. First – it looks amazing!  I love how the scrapper worked in elements along with these fun cards. The little doodle faces crack me up.  The second reason I picked this page is that the story made me giggle.  The scrapper is talking about her three year old son being zombie obsessed.  A true look at motherhood, in my opinion.  The final thing I loved was the zombie hands at the bottom of the journaling – talk about the perfect touch!  What a well put together page.

 

I hope you enjoyed my 6 featured layouts today!  I’m off to do a little scrapping of my own now that I’m inspired by these lovely layouts and many more I saw in the galleries today.

 

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Finger Pointing – October 22nd

23 Oct

Finger Pointing – October 22nd

Happy Monday!  Most people don’t like Mondays, but once I get out of bed, I love to kick butt on Monday.  There is nothing better than getting things checked off my list.  That includes scrapping, after getting all my to do’s done I love to sit down on Monday nights and scrap. It’s also my favorite day to look through galleries because I can see all the beautiful layouts posted over the weekend for inspiration.  So let’s take a look at my top 6 favorites today.

My first choice is Never Give Up by tammybean004.  The green on this is what caught my eye and made this layout pop out in the gallery right away.  There is so much going on that it’s a feast for your eyes.  I love how all these different elements, flowers and doodle are mixed together and layered on the page.  Such a wonderful mix of traditional and artsy styles.

 

My next choice is the fabulously blended page titled Early Morning by frani_54.   I just love the way the scrapper layered and blended this photo in to the background. It’s so striking!  Then the added journaling is great!  I always love a page that tells a story and that’s what this page is all about! I just love the way the scrapper tells her story. It’s almost like reading a novel with a beautiful page all around it.  Just gorgeous!

The next layout I chose is this fun layout titled We heart Newsies by pixelyyy.  First I love that this layout is grounded with a newsprint background (so fitting!). The paint is a nice buffer between the newsprint and the focal image.  Then the skyline of New York city is awesome!  Love how the title is front and center and the journaling in the heart is such a great idea.  Finally I love how the photos are added at the bottom. They really anchor the page and add nice visual appeal.

Next up is this amazing page by tracermajig titled Always Something to Explore.  I absolutely adore full photo pages and this one is so fabulous! I just love how the scrapper uses the open space at the bottom of the photo to add the title and the little banner (which is perfectly shadowed).  Then the addition of the journaling is just perfect.  I love the calming colors on the black and white photo as well.  Everything works together so beautifully!

Next up we have a page that is so warm and inviting titled Warm by IntenseMagic.  I just love the use of the bold flower paper at the top.  What a great print and it’s so warm and inviting. The next thing that caught my eye is the amazing layering in the clusters around the photo.  The shadowing gives everything great separation and these elements work together beautifully.  Finally the little bits of spatter at the bottom are perfect with the title.  Such a lovely, fall page!

My final choice for today is elevation 7901 by lizj.   I just love the mix of photos and elements on this page. There are so many things to look at!  The way the photos are layered is awesome. It helps move your eye across the page. Then the clustering of the elements it he upper right is very striking. The orange and and greens work together perfectly. Everything looks great on this pretty light woodgrain background. The perfect balance of photos, elements and white space!

Today’s layouts are amazing! I hope you’ll spend some time in the gallery today leaving a little love on your favorite layouts.

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Finger Pointing – October 12th

12 Oct

Finger Pointing – October 12th

I can’t believe it’s October already and it’s almost half over to boot….time slow down please!!!  I am absolutely loving that things are starting feel a little cooler here in Florida in the mornings and the evenings.  I’m looking forward to going to the pumpkin patch this weekend, doing some yard word and maybe  some fall crafting (while sipping something pumpkin spiced.)  That’s what fall is all about, right???

I had the great pleasure of looking through the galleries to find our 6 fabulous layouts today. There are so many great pages out there.  I’m sure most of you are feeling scrapped out after the prep and then actual event of Digital Scrapbooking Day, but I hope that these pages today, and all the other great pages out there, will get you scrapping this weekend.  We need to be recording those memories because time moves so fast!!

Our first page is titled Closure by Sheana.  The warm yellow polka dot paper is what caught my eye at first.  Then the word art. I love the variety of word art, fonts and alphas used on the page.  It gives this such a great graphic feel but the wood background tones that down so it’s not “too graphic”.  All the details here play together so well.  The stitching, the ribbon, the little layered bundle…they all bring something cozy and cute to the page.  Then there is the story.  I find it so hard to put a story on a page, so I admire people who put it out there!  I love how the scrapper is telling her story about moving on and that she included a photo of herself.  I’m sure this will become such a gem over time!  I just love the composure of this page and how everything comes together and sings!

Next up I have this soothing page titled Quietude by Lynn Marie.  Now I have to point out right from the start that Lynn Marie is a digital designer and here she is using her own product for her page.  I absolutely love it when kit designers do this!  This page is fun but calming.  I love the soft colors with the punch of the mustard and the navy. It’s perfectly balanced with the white space.  The use of the paint behind the main image cluster makes this look like it’s up off the page and gives this layout depth.  All the perfectly placed circle elements really help your eye travel around the page and create the visual triangle.  I love that the scrapper added some journaling and cute photo of her feet.   Such a great composition and use of white space here!  I love it!

My next pick, just screams fall to me. You Make Me Smile by weaselwatcher has a great mix of open space and design. These rich colors can often be too much combined on the page, but here, Danica uses the tone on tone print of the brown paper to really ground and the page.  Then adding the plaid and the polka dots plus confetti brings color and visual interest.  I really love her cluster and how she stacked and shadowed the flowers and leaves looks great! It’s often tricky to shadow on darker paper without making everything feel darker and she does a great job of that here.  I have to mention this handsome cat too…how perfect is he/she with the colors of the page?  Everything here plays off each other so nicely! It’s a perfect fall page!

My next choice is a layout done during a speed scrap…gasp!  I can’t scrap fast so I’m always in awe of people who can.  Face Time by cfile is an excellent example of how you can get a page done quickly but it can still look amazing!  What caught my eye was the hot pink leaf, in the cluster at the top of the page and how lovely the shadows look on this little group of elements!   Then I saw it was for a speed scrap and I was so impressed!  Everything is so well placed on the page.  The spatter brings depth, the sequins are just enough to give interest, yet not be distracting and the washi peaking out adds feminity.  I also really like the story here.  The scrapper is scrapping about Face Timing with her brother and I think that is so cool (plus I really like that font!!).  Over all this page is not only fun, but the shadows are awesome and the memories that are recorded are also beautiful; what a great combination! 

In my world, no gallery viewing trip is complete without falling in love with at least a few pocket scrapbook style pages.  This page titled Busy Busy by Stacia Hall really caught my eye!  I love pocket style pages for trying to tell a story with lots of pictures and lots of details you want to record.  This layout shows Stacia and her family moving.  I love how her story highlights memories like the chairs looking awesome once assembled, but being very hard to put together.  That is one of those things you’ll forget in 6 months, but when you look back in your album you will be reminded and it almost makes you smile inside.  I also love that Stacia included a card showing the schedule -which is just a list of all things they accomplished in this weekend.   Now I have to say that the plaid card in the second row with all the tags and banners is my fave.  It’s fun and I love all the little comments.  Overall this is such a great page and it really documents this weekend in such a nice way (so much info on just one page) and it makes me want to sit down right now and scrap pocket style!

My final highlight for today is this sweet page titled I Love You by LorieM.  I once again was sucked in by the polka dots!  I just love the black and white polka dot paper as the background here.  It really makes everything else on the page pop.  I love how the scrapper used a shaped mask for the photo instead of the traditional square or rectangle shape. This adds such nice interest to the page!  Then the flowers – wow!! I just love the shadow work here and how the flowers seem to be floating on the page – just a pretty look and the colors are so perfect on the darker background.  It makes the whole layout pop!

Well today’s mix of layouts has be wanting to scrap right now and probably all weekend (so much for my landscaping projects).  I hope you all have a great day out there and are inspired to scrap some memories of your own.

 

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Finger Pointing – September 16th

16 Sep

Finger Pointing – September 16th

Happy Saturday everyone!  Here it is the last weekend of summer and my family spent the day on the boat and enjoying the beach.  The perfect way to unwind after a long week of post Hurricane Irma drama.  My heart goes out to all those affected by the storm and especially those that still don’t have power! Today I found some fabulous layouts that give us a hint that Fall is just around the corner…I personally cannot wait for cooler weather!!  On to today’s picks….

The first layout I’m highlighting is ps i love you by scrappurple.  There is so much on this layout to love!  I was first drawn in to the fabulous title work. I just love the cut out paper with the wire words over it. So creative!  I also really love the choice of the papers for the stitched squares.  All those colors look amazing with the black and white photo.  The little pop of teal in the flower and around the page really stands out.  I just love how this all pulled together. What a gorgeous page!

Next up is Back In The Routine by Dalis.  I really love the use of the white space on this layout. It helps you focus in on the perfect little photo, element combo that Dalis has created.  I love the perspective of the photo and how well it goes with the journaling.  They work together beautifully to tell the story.  The elements are purposeful and are just right to help tell the story and accent the photo.  The shadows are spot on and make everything look just like it’s sitting there on a piece of paper – so well done!  Finally I love the little pop of yellow and blue in the background. It goes perfect with her daughter’s jersey.  What a great everyday and slice of life layout!

This next layout by marijke titled Go for a walk is beautiful representation of how to use a huge photo to create a beautiful page.  She created this for a lens flare challenge.  I love the overlays she used here to make this look so amazing. I also love the title across the top.  This page is simple, but it’s perfect in every way!

EllenT’s layout Sweater Weather highlights that Fall is on it’s way!  I love her use of photos with non-traditional angles. Up close photos of things that make you feel like Fall.  This mixed with her fabulous cluster of flowers and ric rac really centers the page.  I love the use of the crazy stitching and the ink spatter to make this feel a little more fun. Finally the amazing title work.  I love how she used the word art to create such a fun look!

Another Fall themed layout caught my eye, 2012 Autumn Alex and Conner by lowan is a lovely mix of fall and fun.  I love the playfulness of the background paper and the fox images. So cute!  Then the adorable photos; these kids looks like they are having so much fun!  Everything comes together beautifully with the amazing clusters.  The layered papers at the bottom really anchor the page. This is such a well put together page! I love every little detail!

My final pick for today is a little good bye to summer called Island House by Beatricemi . The gorgeous blue color is what first caught my eye.  I love all the different things going on in this layout! The fun shapes in the background help move your eye around the page.  Then the word strips to help tell the story.  I love that the scrapper mixed in a journal card and a little cluster and even a banner, yet the sizing is perfect to keep this feeling clean. The grouping and placement of the title is awesome – love the look of this and it’s something I’mo going to have to try myself. What a soothing looking page!

I hope you enjoyed my choices for today!  I hope everyone enjoys these last few official days of summer, but honestly aren’t we all excited that Fall is coming??? I think so!

 

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