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Finger Pointing – May 14th

14 May

Hello everyone and a happy Mother’s Day to those of you celebrating today! I’ve often wondered why we celebrate Mother’s Day here in the UK in March but having one daughter in the UK and one overseas, I get lovely wishes on both days so I’m not complaining! Given the occasion then, it seems fitting to begin this post showcasing a ‘Mom/Mum’ page.

Delisak pulled the colours from her photo on her Love my Mom page and I love the rose pink and grey tones. Using a mix of brushes, watery spots and scribbles, Delisak has created great framing around the photo, keeping all the love felt here right there in the frame. Finished off with some word art and a wood veneer, this page has a certain glow about it and, let’s face it, everyone loves a good hug, don’t they?! A lovely page that I’m sure will be looked back on for many years to come!

The moment I saw the thumbnail of My Space by Shivani.sohal in the gallery, I was immediately intrigued. I love the busy-ness of this with the super use of patterned paper, a few coloured embellishments and some journal strips and how none of the detail takes anything away from the colour photo. The black and white shots strategically placed within the spheres leading off the page add another dimension and the title work is fabulous. Yes, the more I study this page, the more in awe I am! Magic indeed!

I am an ardent Project-Lifer so it was fun to see luckyme use a typical Project Life design for her Alex Janvier page. Love the clean lines of this and how the black word art and journaling balance the layout and allow the colourful exhibition art to dominate the page while the white areas allow a resting place for the eyes. A super, neat page!

Moving onto Me circa 1979 by fruitysuet, I particularly like how the photo stands out against the delicate hues of the paintwork and how the bright pink dotty brush brings a little boldness to the layout. A pretty cluster anchors the photo while the thread creates the perfect flow down to a second little cluster. And lots of white space… love it!

I’m often drawn to layouts with texture and Throw by P’tiscrap is a super example. A great design and colour combination, I love the perfectly shadowed vertical strips, each broken to make room for a photo, and how the eye is drawn from left to right. A few splatters here and there and a little date tab bottom right finish this page off beautifully!

Rounding off my post today, Happiness Manifesto by Deekaa, proves that sometimes less is more. The central white strip separates the story from the striking backdrop and the details form an orderly vertical flow. The photo is perfectly cropped  and the pretty pink flower provides the page with a softness. A beautifully understated layout that packs a powerful punch. Totally gorgeous!

I hope one or two of my picks inspire you to document some of your own stories and if you do find a spare moment, please click on the links about to leave a comment or two for the artists. Till next time, have a good week, happy scrapping and take care!

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Finger Pointing – April 22nd

22 Apr

It seems like a lifetime since my last post, since I had a good, solid scrapbooking session myself, since I’ve had such an opportunity to take a long wander through the galleries. And here I am now, having periodically worked on my own stories today in-between checking out what’s going on in this creative world in which we record our memories and take pride in our art. So… I’ve had a lovely day! Let me share my gems for today.

The moment I spotted Dot, Dot, Dot by digi371, I smiled. This layout exudes Spring and sunshine in abundance with the vibrant colour combination, the swirly brushwork and the photo that is oh so cute! A sweet, playful page that implies a carefree and fun memory!

Another layout that brought the true feeling of Spring into my living room today is Take Every Chance by Alinalove. Firstly, I love the photo perspective and all the pretty layers highlighting the frame. Then I caught sight of the journaling and considered how the patterned paper strips are boldly supporting the commitment in the story, with pretty little ‘tuck-ins’ here and there. Finished off nicely with the multi coloured title and the cute little smiley face charm, this is a fabulous, bright and breezy layout!

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I still have some artwork that my kids produced when they were little. It’s hard sometimes to accommodate all their little projects but readstoomuch has come up with the perfect solution! Check out her page entitled The Royal Caterpillars that she created using a scanned copy of her grandchildrens’ artwork and a few digital supplies – imagine having a book full of layouts like this! Such a cool idea! I love this page – it’s so, so priceless!

Older by hclappy speaks to me. Seriously. How much I like the neat layering, the delicate doilies, the pretty florals and the soft lighting of the photo and tones of this page, is a given but the title work and the journaling grab me too. I couldn’t agree more! The white matting and the striped border provides a wonderful backdrop for all the detail on this layout and the design is simply gorgeous!

Another layout making use of pretty layers is The Story Begins by Mana1. I love the placement of the mixed font title, the neat paper strips and the word art that overlaps the landscape photo. The journaling spans the same width as the papers and photo and I like that parts of the text are highlighted. The pretty cluster balances the page beautifully and yes, I have a soft spot for kitties! I so miss having one about our place. Wonderful!

I have huge admiration for anyone who can firstly capture city/urban scenes and then take that photography and enhance it further into a piece of art. Street Life by profolly has me captivated. I love the photo treatment and the vibrant colour vs black and white sections that are so beautifully blended. Together with the worn texture and perfect placement of the title, this layout is wall worthy!

I normally take six picks for my posts but today, I have a bonus pick for you. I simply couldn’t pass by I want to be left alone by DigiGrace. I love the monotone of this with the mere hint of blue in the eyes and the great choice of brushes. Totally glam and I love it!

I hope my picks for today inspire you to document some of your stories. When you get a chance, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists. In the meantime, take care and happy scrapping!

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Finger Pointing – April 1st

2 Apr

Happy April everyone! I don’t know about you but life is super busy for me at the moment, I’m really not getting to everything on my to do list at work, at home, with exercise, with time out and I believe this is one of the biggest reasons for why I personally feel life is going way too fast. My cup overfloweth! However, yesterday I took some time out to get together with my siblings (always love the five of us catching up) and while it’s pushed other stuff further down my to do list, time with family and loved ones is always high on my list. I make the most of every opportunity for us to get together. They are important to me, I appreciate the time we do spend together on these occasions and I never take it for granted. And there’s always memories to be documented afterwards… now the challenge is to make time to record those stories! So before I sit and scrap today, I took a peek into the galleries and here’s what I found.

While I enjoy ‘occasion’ scrapping, my true penchant is everyday stories and recollections of a particular moment in life. Currently by Hillarey falls in my ‘favourite topic’ bracket, documenting the books that are currently on her daughter’s nightstand. I love the pops here with the topical photo providing the majority of colour and the fabulous shadow work on the large text that steals the show. I also like how the dark edging to the white backdrop automatically brings to mind the contrast of text in a book. A super layout that has gone into my personal fave folder!

I’m sure you’ll agree that whenever Spring arrives in your part of the world, there’s a ‘newness’ about life, one that has been perfectly captured by mrphoto on Hello Spring. The buds, the blossom, new shoots and new life. And everyone smiles so much more! What a super cute way to document Spring than to use two stunning and fun photo’s of a beautiful young girl and an unusual mix of pretty blue tones with a splash of peach and mustard. I love the dainty patterns showcased here so well with the geometrics that span the page diagonally. And what better way to finish off a cute layout than to add a butterfly or two! Such a refreshing page!

Staying with the Spring theme and using a more traditional colour palette is Lisse by Mielz. A truly pretty page that gives us a wonderful glimpse of Spring with each little circle that make up the design. The delicate brushwork of the backdrop, the softness of the title work coupled with the twist quite simply make this layout flow. And again, topped off with the true sign of Spring, a dainty butterfly! So much prettiness captured in one place by the doodled edging!

Another project that has excellent flow is Loved by Enzam. A pretty photo neatly layered and framed by a mix of cascading flowers, some shadowed, some not, some with delicate colour, some not. Together with an unusual mix of elements and a pretty pink border, this is such a sweet page!

I’m always intrigued by collections and fascinated by the stories behind those collections. tkradtke’s Camera Collection is fabulous and the journaling does a grand job of explaining how this collection came to be. I love how the photo is framed so beautifully with carefully chosen elements and a smashing colour combination while the word art adds a playful and ‘hobby’ feel to the page. Such a grand collection and beautifully documented!

OK, so let me state this first off. I am in awe of anyone who puts together amazingly pretty planners. How gorgeous is Renew by sucali? While everyone is busy, busy, busy, one look at the beauty here allowed me to breathe, to relax and to realise that even busy can be calmly serene. It’s just that my busy would not look like this at all! For me, to create something a stunning as this, you’ve got this life down to a fine art. How can busy not be compartmentalised and orderly when you have something as beautiful as this to help organise your day? There’s definitely a lesson here and thanks sucali for highlighting it to me with such a wonderful piece of work that’s so, so good for the soul!

I hope you’re as inspired as I am with my picks for today. When you get a chance, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists of these wonderful pieces of work. I’m itching to scrap now and I’m definitely going to make some time for that today. I hope you do too… I’ll see you in the galleries! Till next time, take care, bye bye!

 

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Finger Pointing – March 25th

25 Mar

So far, 2017 has really been rather strange for me. It seems that all aspects of my life have been touched in some way that I’ve not known before and if I appear to be talking in riddles, it’s probably because I’m struggling to understand a lot of things myself! Today, a Saturday and a day of the week I normally look forward to with great gusto, has been equally odd. I’ve not been my most productive self, there’s still wet washing in the machine from this morning waiting to be hung, I had a two hour afternoon nap which I know I’ll suffer from later as I lie awake till all hours of the morning, and I’m just feeling generally out of sorts and if there’s one pick me up to get me feeling more like myself, it’s taking a look at the galleries. Here’s what stood out for me today.

I always find a page with a mix of cut out shapes very appealing. Renew by amandaresende uses a super mix of shapes that add a huge amount of interest to the design of the page. Together with some pretty elements like the butterfly and flower, a little journaling, word art and brushwork, it makes for a very appealing page. I also like the yellow and blue colour combination that adds an element of calm. A gorgeous page!

Staying with a similar colour combination is You by sokee. The lovely black and white photo provides an element of neatness against the backdrop of a great mix of brushes and masking. Subtle shadowing provides depth and again, I love how the dotted circles are in contrast with the angular shape of the photo while a little bit of foliage and a silver button add the perfect touch to this masculine layout. Perfect!

Tamsin has captured the essence of the subject of her layout aptly entitled Street Cafe. My initial observation of this piece of work was that, for me, the masking, cascading from the top, appears to mimic the outline of the continent of Africa – one that has filtered into every aspect of my life – and the scene is also not unlike something one may find in the Cape. I love the relaxed atmosphere here with a perfect mix of colour splashes and scribbles, gosh, I can almost here the music playing too! A fabulous page!

I’m always attracted to pages with a little bit of glitz and glamour, just like The Dress by OKate. Classic layering against a softly patterned backdrop and the vintage style photo frames add so much grace that compliments the fabulous story – one that I was intrigued to read about and told so beautifully by the journaling! A simple title and a little word art complete the story. Love this!

I couldn’t pass by Enjoy by margote05 without admiring the clean and simple style and all.that.white.space. Oh, be still my heart! A super fun black and white photo, a few triangular pieces of pretty paper, a tiddy arrow and a printed label, a little word art and some paint splatters go a long, long way here. Totally neat!

Having some young grandchildren who don’t keep still for a nano second, I have what seems like a zillion photo’s of them, one little livewire having moved just a smidging since the shot before. So much so, that if I quickly flick through my previews, I have my very own action movie of them! I love how Pam Baldwin has made use of similar shots in a super fun way on her page entitled Love Story. A great combination of pinks and grey work beautifully and I love the numerics that fill their frames so boldly. The little circled hearts create a visual triangle that lead the eye beautifully around the layout and over to the oh so sweet journaling. Way too adorable!

I hope you’re inspired by my picks for today. When you have a moment, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists, I know they’ll appreciate it! Enjoy the rest of the weekend and I’ll see you in the galleries! Take care and happy scrapping, bye bye!

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Finger Pointing – March 18th

18 Mar

OK, so what’s the weather like in your part of the world? Here by me in the UK, it’s wet, miserable and windy so what better way to spend my Saturday than to check into the galleries and brighten up my day by seeing all the lovely pieces of art you’ve all been sharing across the world. All the little gems in the galleries are lifting my spirits immensely – I haven’t been running at 100% this week which culminated in me losing my voice yesterday. So while it takes a little more effort than usual to talk, there is nothing wrong with my typing fingers! Here’s what sparkled in the galleries for me today.

Roxana makes perfect use of a beautiful blend and layers on her page entitled The Good Stuff. I like that the layered section of her page is made up of a mix of different shapes and runs alongside the vertical blended image while the choice of the bright and breezy patterned papers adds to the ‘Spring and Summer’ feel to this layout. It makes you thirsty, doesn’t it?! A lovely, well structured page!

Take a look at the brush work on Incredible Journey by tracermajig. Isn’t it just so pretty? I love the soft colour tones on this page and the journaling reveals a story that is so very deserving of the great attention to detail here. The layering comprising a little matting and pretty stickers provides a perfect backdrop to the stunning image, the side strip with a coordinating little doily cluster balances the design beautifully and the printed labels add depth. Great title work and super journaling round off this amazing layout!

This page by veer seriously inspires me to dig deep and find my inner arty self. I know it’s there somewhere but I’m struggling to find it. I so want to create a piece of work like this – one that I have no words to describe just how soft and pretty and beautiful and gorgeous it is. Soft watery spots and masking form the base with dark splatters, scribbles and stitching adding contrast to the lime on the page. The blooms add the ‘beautiful’ to this layout and I love the quote. Totally in love with this!

I’ve seen a lot of Disney layouts of late and as I was admiring them I found Time Together by pixleyyy. I instantly loved the unusual colour combination for a ‘Disney’ page. Soft grey and pink tones work beautifully with the black and white photo that’s lying ever so casually on the lace edged strip. The pretty hearts, stitched circles and shimmers give the impression that they’re floating down like confetti and the title work is brilliant! Time (as in clock) Together… see what pixleyyy did there?! Love how the little journaled tag is hanging on the end of the title too! A beautifully unique Disney layout!

This utterly sophisticated page by myssp had me at hello. Oh my days. I love the film star quality of this, the drama, the romance, the elegance, the absolute beauty. I’ve absorbed every little detail of this layout and I find it completely mesmerising. The combination of soft and dark tones, the lighting, the different art mediums, the pretty little butterfly and the use of the blends make this a true eye-catcher!

Staying with the drama to finish off, Past Times by Pemberley22 is another terrific example of using blends with layers. The blend here is fabulous, I love those meshed edges! The neat vertical display of photo’s and layered backdrop bring an orderly feel to the page while the chevrons, flowers and title work bring the perfect amount of colour. Finishing off with the white journaling on the blended image, this is fabulous!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for today. I’ve certainly enjoyed finding them and showcasing them. When you get a moment, please head over to the galleries by clicking on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artist. I know they will appreciate it! Till next time, enjoy the rest of the weekend and I’ll see you in the galleries! Take care, bye bye.

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Finger Pointing – February 25th

26 Feb

Hello all! I’m running a little late with this post having spent a lot of time sourcing my picks for today but better late than never, hey?! The galleries are so full. Full of colour, full of different designs, arty, linear, layered and classic. There’s layouts with oodles of detail and others that are minimalistic. The thing they all have in common is that they’re all created by people who are passionate about story telling, about memory keeping and people who are happy to share the snippets of their life for others like you and I to enjoy. Let’s take a look at some fabulous pieces of work that resonated with me today.

Starting off with a primary colour combination is Jay Bike by mrivas. I love the bold blocks of colour here that compliment the story of the page, in particular the yellow block with the spot-on word art, brave. The wonderful series of photo’s tell the story which is backed up by the journaling – I love how the journaling is split between the photo top left which could be a layout all on it’s own and the journaling block bottom right. The linear design of the page works so well here and I love the mix of different sized photo’s and the various photo matting that has been used. A smashing layout!

Staying with primary colours for a moment, Sweetness by scrappydonna is a super example of how well a black and white photo (with some further photo treatment if I’m not mistaken and I love the crop) works well with various elements of colour. I love the top and bottom borders, how they differ from one another but both anchored by the triple line of stitching. The banner top left is balanced beautifully with the pretty floral cluster bottom right and the scatters and splatters tie the layout together. Finishing off with the word strips and heart and arrow stamp, this is a beautifully structured page!

Moving on from the primaries, Scenic Route 1946 by ptabbert proves how well landscape images work in tandem with blending masks that result in a fabulous work of art. I love how the image with it’s own leading lines spills outside of the frame and the distressed and vintage back drop does a grand job in providing a neutral base. The large and bold title work rounds this page off perfectly!

From an arty style we move on to the other end of the scale with Oh la la by margote05. A simply stunning page with super white space, I love the clean and classic layering of this one. Beautifully shadowed, the minimal layers combine together and the soft colour tones give a feather-light touch. The rounded corners are carried through to the little blocks on the vertical strip and I like that the word art to the right on the pink strip takes nothing away from title of the page that stands proud on a little layer of it’s own. So gorgeous!

Sometimes we just want to get a story documented that does not need to be supported by photo’s. Goals by LBscraps63 makes great use of patterned paper in a very clever way. The various pieces add so much interest and I like how the title of the page adds a different dimension. The smaller detail of the page, the chevrons, the paint splatters, the border strip to the right, the little stars, heart and flowers add a celebratory feel to the new beginnings story told in the journaling. Terrific!

I know I’ve mentioned in previous posts about us recording the good and the not so good and the fact that I always admire an artist who can document and share the more difficult stories about this thing we call life. So I take my hat off to Jasmin as she recorded a difficult time with her layout appropriately entitled Some Days are Hard. I love how the majority of the page is made up of grey tones and the scribble indicates that more often than not hard days generally tend to be ‘messy’ too. The word strips are encouraging affirmations and I like the repetition of the photo while the circular one supported by the stitching and flower element dares to be different to the blocks that make up the design. The most telling thing for me on this layout is the block of colour together with the scatters of colour appear to indicate there is light at the end of any tunnel and things will get better. A super ‘this is real life’ page!

I do hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for today as much as I did in finding them. If you get a chance, please check out the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists. Till next time, enjoy the rest of your weekend, take care and I’ll see you in the galleries!

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Finger Pointing – February 19th

19 Feb

Hi everyone and welcome to todays gallery standouts! As usual, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the galleries and seeing all the amazing layouts from all over the world. You know, that’s one of the things I love about this memory-keeping, story-telling, art-making thing we do… the fact that it unites so many people from far and wide who all have the love of this pastime in common. That’s a pretty powerful thing, don’t you think?! So before you head off to to work on a project of your own, take a look at some of the delight I found today!

I love the page design of Kindness Matters by Tinaphillips215 with the contrasting patterned paper choices and mix of brush work. I also love that the photo appears to be rebelling against conforming to the scattered frames that add interest and how the variety of ribbons and title strip work so well with the film strip. With a little twine and some paint splatters thrown in for good measure, this is an amazing page!

Moving onto softer tones, marnie has managed to stop time with the adorable photo on her page aptly entitled Tiny Toes. The gentle masking and doily detail up top add such a calming effect to the layout while the torn frame and pretty little floral detail add a little depth. Completely adorable!

Perspektiva by Secima is a fine example of the use of mixed media. There’s no doubt that the fabulous lighting in the photo draws the viewer in while the pretty button and stitching detail simply compliment the focus of the page. I could study the blending and texture on this project for hours and I love the mix of tones. A fine piece of work!

Another project with beautiful blending that I admire so much is Selfie by faby33. This really inspires me to think outside the box of my own creativity with it’s blending formation and clever incorporation of the pretty photo. I also like the edging here – just enough to enclose the detail of the page without detracting from it. A smashing layout!

I’m a huge fan of super neat layering and Shannamay is a master. Take a look at her page entitled So Tired. Pretty little details adorn the sweet photo while the banner and framing behind are perfectly in proportion. I like the gently patterned back drop and the fact that the title of the page mirrors the border on the right and, oh my, I love the shadowing on the twine leading down to the cute little flair! I really feel I can reach out and touch this! A stunning page!

A black backdrop is perfect to highlight all the pretty detailed clustering on Love You by AliceM. The pink, peach, silver and black colour combination is so gorgeous and compliments the black and white photo beautifully. I like the chunky patterned paper layering and mix of brush work that anchor the detail of the page and those little stars are so cute! A layout that truly pops!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for today and when you get a chance, please click on the links and leave a comment or two for the artist. Have a great week, happy creating and I’ll see you in the galleries! Take care, bye bye.

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