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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….