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Finger Pointing — May 25th

25 May

Hello – happy Thursday, we can almost see the weekend from here! I am delighted to bring you some super-inspired and well put-together projects for todays standouts. Come take a look and enjoy!

This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

This by bellbird

Oh, okay so that wasn’t actually the title bellbird gave this piece, but that word art popped out at me so I took the liberty of giving this page a title! In fact, I liked the way all of the little word strips worked to frame the inset portion of this piece! That sunburst photo made an amazing backdrop! Combined with all the little doo-dads and elements, some whimsical, some real-looking, this page is stunning.

Sandy Feet by JennyG67

I saw this page on a FB digiscrap group, and went searching for it (which reminds me to point out again that you never know where the GSO bloggers are going to see your creations, so be sure to post your beautiful art out there in digi-land! The more you post the more likely we’ll see it and love it!). I love the perspective on this page. The background looks like the water turned into paper turned into water again. I can’t honestly tell if it’s really the photo creating that background, or paper, but either way it turned this into art and I was quite drawn to it. The word art woven behind the extraction is very eye-catching. The elements adorning the corner are a nice touch.

Soul kitchen by Antonia

This is just fun! I absolutely love the way she did the title, that’s just super. There are some great elements used to create her “kitchen” here. There’s a companion page that gives us a lovely look at the cook! Well done, I love the super creative use of elements!

Top 10 vacation memories by stormchaser

I thought this was a very clever way to document an idea. She probably has loads of photos from each of the 10 vacations highlighted, but it’s left to our imagination to envision the places described. A fun, whimsical style that is fun to read. I particularly like the reminder to be happy! The speech bubbles make quite a statement (oh, a pun!). Great shadow work too.

Some see a weed card by Nimena

This card is so soft and beautiful, what a great use of materials! I love the asymmetrical stacking with the vellum. The gold brads make it quite elegant. Just lovely!

road trip by digi371

That color combination, between the b&w photos, kraft background, and pop of teal throughout, is just amazing! I love the bold, stamped title running down the side. Sherry did a nice job of delineating between the sites in her photos, and I like that she labeled each to the side. The brush overlay and painted page border really worked to tie it all together. I really like this one.

So hey, weren’t those terrific fun? If you like today’s picks, please click on the linked title and give the crafty ones some praise, they’ve earned it! Have a great weekend, everyone!


Finger Pointing – May 13th

13 May

Hello and happy Saturday! I love Saturday blogging, because it gives me lots of time to scroll through the galleries. There were lots of scenic pages today that called to me, wide, tall and well-cropped photos, and some fun, whimsical pages too. Come take a look, I know you will enjoy these projects too.

This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

Mary Lake hike by MariSt

Well wow! Check out that panoramic! I don’t know about you, but I find panoramic photos very challenging. She used this technique very effectively to capture the scene. I love the translucent big word art overlaid on the left side of the layout. The little inset photos hugging the sides tell the rest of the story about the setting. Part of what I like about this is the absence of a lot of digital embellishment, she really relied on the photos and just a little bit of text to set the tone, and it worked!

April Fun by grannytoby

Oh my hybrid heart! I love the popped-out stitched clouds and paper-filled title work on this real-life paper page! The leaves, stickers, sequins and beautiful colors are so appealing on this. The corrugated paper used at different directions created fun depth, along with the pop dots! I was so caught up in looking at the design, I looked at the photos last, and then broke out in a huge grin. That big #1 is such a fun way to memorialize the occasion! Just adorable, all the way around.

new adventure by happyGRL

That photo crop and the happy colors on this real-life paper page really drew me in. The title work done with stickers and thickers (raise your hand if you know what those are!) on top of the photo is a fun touch. I like the whimsical feel she created with the doodly background and banner behind the photo, and the effective use of white space. This is just fun, and it makes me want to walk into the photo and tag along on the new adventure along with them!

Wild Pacific Trail by janedee

This great travel page has so much to love! That texture added to the background photo gives this an artsy look, while the inset photos, title and story tell the tale. I like that combination, just enough artistry mixed in, yet telling the story of their outdoor excursion. The wide border combined with the stitched border ground this nicely. I like the drawn-look chevrons leading us into the title, and the painted mats supporting the photos.

Golden Sunset by caapmun

I love how Carmel created a wave effect over the photo! The near-monotone look of this and the photo treatment make this look so beautiful. And all of the touches of gold turn this into such an elegant piece! Really lovely.

maurices by Barbara Unzen

As we head into Mother’s Day, I had to pick a page that says “Mom” to me. This page about Barbara’s daughter, Lauren’s, first job, grabbed me with its great bracket title work. Such a cute idea for the store “advertising.” I enjoyed reading Barbara’s proud story, and the way she combined the two colors in the text kept it fresh. That wide photo bordered with the stitched ribbon and circle background paper really appealed to me, it is simple and effective.

I hope you all enjoyed those picks too, and if so, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some much-deserved praise. Have a wonderful Sunday, and Happy Mother’s Day to mothers and daughters alike!


Finger Pointing – April 27th

27 Apr

I was so happy to find so many uplifting and fun pages to showcase today! As always, looking around in the galleries was such a delight! I hope these pages bring you as much joy as they did for me.

This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

Duly noted by lindyshay

Nothing better than a good dog selfie to start the day! I love the simplicity of this design, with the big, bold deep-shadowed circles. Too cute. Great doggie photos. That dog has some personality! The simple text lines and pretty yellow drew me in (right after the awww, look at the dog! moment). The little wire heart is a simple and sweet adornment, and the sticker word art is a great final touch. I like it.

Chronicles of a naturalist by mediterranka

This page has such a great feel, doesn’t it? I love the ethereal quality to the photo, but even more, I love that the child is sketching outdoors. That just made me glad. All of the elements are beautifully placed. I enjoyed the little definitions, the library card, the beautiful florals. Just stunning.

Mrs. Garris, K4, by Stephanie Buice

I am always on the lookout for a great real-paper design! When I first saw this one I thought oh, what a clever idea to incorporate the real tools onto a digital page! It made me laugh to realize it is a photo of the real life page and real life tools. Wouldn’t that be so fun to replicate digitally though! The depth she created with the cuts on the flowers was a super touch. I really like the way she did the journaling with some of the words popped out onto cut-outs. The title work matches the theme nicely, and the little file label frame with the pretty quote are lovely. The best part though is the story of the child’s first day of kindergarten with this lovely teacher. I really must try incorporating real looking tools onto a digital page now!

interview by zinzilah

I like a good interview page! It’s a really fun idea to interview yourself, so this AAM page called to me. I like the map paper and title work. I read each line of this, and felt I came away from this knowing the artist a little better. That’s something we don’t get to do often enough as scrapbookers, give just a glimpse through a simple technique like an interview. It’s a great photo too, and matted against the map paper it seems full of possibilities, particularly given her answer about getting stronger. The use of the yellow bits in the paint, ampersand tag and butterfly offset the neutral colors just enough. Well done.

cartwheel by melscrap

I spent five days in March trying to get a good shot of a cartwheel, so I am seriously impressed by this photo! This is not an easy shot to get! And then look at how she did the text along the slant of the sidewalk in the photo, how cute is that?! This photo really worked for the full page photo look, and she accented it with just the right amount of word strips and whimsical elements. Love the celebratory banner and paint to use up some of the unnecessary white space and make it fun! This one has me smiling big.

Jake by maureenreynolds

Anytime someone used florals effectively on a masculine page, it gets my attention. That fan pattern with the beautiful floral paper is an incredibly beautiful design. I liked the fact that Maureen chose to use that non-traditionally masculine look on a page about a grandson going off to start the next phase of life. The repeat word art is evocative to the theme. There are some nice, subtle details, like the fern, studious owl flair and word strips, that all contribute nicely to the positive feel of this page.

Wow, I can’t believe how amazing the pages were today! If you love today’s picks too, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some well-deserved praise. Have a great weekend!


Finger Pointing – April 16th

16 Apr

Hello and happy Easter Sunday! I had a terrific time checking out all of the beautiful pages in the galleries today. We have a wonderful sampling of great nature photos, whimsical designs, and some fun topics to document. Come take a look, you’ll be glad you did!

This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

Not all who wander are lost by conniemiles

Love the framing on this one! She used the photo space very effectively to create a scene within a scene. I like the fading-into-the-page polka dot paper. The pretty sprigs of flowers work nicely to lead the eye from one spot to another on the page. It’s a very reflective scene, and looks like a lovely place to visit. The word strips telling us all we need to know worked perfectly in the corner. And, cute frog accent!

love of family by Phellewell

That heart shaped border really drew me in! I love the mix of patterned papers filling in the shapes. This is a paper page, made more amazing by the work that must have gone into that heart border! It has sweet hand-written journaling, a thing I can never get enough of. I like the use of the tags to give a secondary border to the photo. The bold title work was a terrific touch too.

love roses by Pixie

I thought this had a nice design, really embracing that rule of thirds… and sure enough, this artist cites a rule of thirds tutorial in her credits! I like the composition, well done with the tutorial! The large focal photo of the single bloomed pink rose and the bud about to bloom just filled me with hope, it’s such a lovely sight. Love those Scrabble tiles for the word art. The elegant striped paper and sprinkling of hearts were a nice touch. And, again, I was drawn to the hand-written journaling, done with a beautiful font.

i cn rit by lorryfach

The title on this one intrigued me enough to take a closer look, and then I was hooked. It’s a great design against the kraft graph paper, with all the little bits of stacked and cut out papers. The placement of the text is an interesting choice, and it made me read it all, having it offset from the focus, which was cleverly done. I love the tone of this piece, encouraging but still recognizing that the child has to learn this particular skill without the adults doing the work for her. I love that Lorry documented this. Such a great milestone, and this child will look back and smile at how far she’s come, in no time at all. And, by the way, look a little closer at the photo. That’s a budding artist, too!

Alaska berries by indigosd

This piece was made during a speed scrap, can you believe that?! Such an unusual subject, which allowed her to tie in her relationship with her brother. Love the word art, and the great way the photos are framed. The masked state shape with the patterned paper applied made for a cool embellishment. Love the title font too.

bike ride by Roxana

We all know that a great starting point is lifting someone else’s design. It’s so fun to see where someone’s creativity takes them in a scraplift! I loved the tilt on the papers, the cute sticker word art, the banner anchoring the top of the page, and the whimsical feel. The patterned paper chevrons leading us across the page are a super idea to give the page movement. Best of all is the framing, separate, but inclusive of the photo. It was so effective to align the pavement of the photo with the tilted paper, it looks like the rider will ride right out of the photo! A very fun page, and a lift that she definitely turned into her own terrific design!

Such fun pages today, weren’t they? Please click on the linked title and give the artist some well-earned praise! Have a great week!


Finger Pointing – April 10th

10 Apr

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great start to your week. This is a post of similarities and differences! Come take a look at what I found in the galleries today, I know you will be amazed!

This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

fierce by Miekster

I love the simple style of this, mainly because I know those were not simple decisions that contributed to the design. It feels like all of the lines were carefully drawn in this artist’s mind as she put this together, and its linear composition really appealed to me. The gray and blue combination is so soothing. Love the popped out word strips, and the copper colored wire title, with the matching paper clip! And, of course, loved the sentiment.

dance is a way of life by Twinsmomflor

I love how this page combines those great big doodly trees with the sketchy photo, and makes it look like it is part of the pretty, artsy painted background. This is everything fun and great about digital, it’s like a dream ballerina come to life! The text print border with the paint drips grounds the whole thing nicely.

Life’s a Climb by TrishD

This page also embraces that sketch style, but with a completely different look. I love the staggered big bold outlined word art. The sketch style has a cool transition into reality as the person on the left walks into our focus. I stared at this one for a while, which is always fun when the page is so engaging you want to keep looking at it. The title work with its offset lines gives this some interesting dimension too, and the affirmation phrase in the title made me smile.

true beauty by tkradtke

This page made me stop and go back to the first couple of picks of this post and say, hey, doesn’t this look like all the best bits of those pages put together in a whole new way? So naturally it gets a nod as a standout, because nothing in life is really a coincidence! And it’s a reminder that great designs can be similar to other great designs, and yet be different and lovely all on their own. I love the soothing use of white space, the pretty, big flowers, the great colors, and the grounding edgework. But the best part of this page is the little sprite in the photo. So stinkin’ cute! I love the capture of that photo, it is so special.

room to grow by tammybean04

Oh look at this one! I absolutely love that paint overlay creating all that great extra white space for the doodly bits! The orange, aqua and grey combination is so beautiful and just pops out of the gallery! Here again we have a very candid, un-posed photo, and when you can grab one of those, they are just the best, aren’t they? I like that ruler and flower element top left, and the grey stripey border paper.

sunset by lego

Well that got a wow out of me, so I knew it was going to be a standout! I really love a good full page photo, and this one is amazing. Elisabeth used a wonderful combination of travel elements down the side of the page to convey the adventure of the page. The perspective using the silhouettes of the photo is really evocative and makes me want to head out to the beach!

That’s it for me on this beautiful April Monday! I hope you all enjoyed today’s picks too. If so, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some well-deserved praise! Have a great week!



Finger Pointing — March 14th

14 Mar

Hello and welcome to today’s GSOs! I am stepping in quickly for my friend, Jeanine, tonight, so we are going to keep this a little brief. But, there were some great pages out there today, so come take a look with me, I know you won’t be disappointed!

This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

Blah blah blah by DeLisaK

This page is a WOW moment for those of us in the “hearing” world! I really encourage you to read the text on this one. It had me captivated all the way through. Being deaf in world of insensitivity is something most of us can’t even begin to understand, but DeLisa really sheds light on this subject in a raw, revealing way I don’t want you to miss. Love the speech bubble and title, which really draw us in. This is a powerful page, made better by the focus on the text.

best friend by amandaresende

You really can’t go wrong with a good doggie page, and this one totally delivers! Love the doggie close up, the word art, the doggie elements, and the great feel to this. Super fun page, made me smile, and it doesn’t get better than that.

lavender fields by GGGarden

I can almost smell the lavender on this page, can’t you? I love the colors, the music paper, the design, the extension of the photo bleeding outside the frame. Just beautiful!

Pappy by mamaestes

There is something so appealing about a little boy emulating his dad. This one caught my attention with its very masculine look, the cut out bits from the template, the muted colors, and mostly that amazing photo. Truly special in its simple, but straightforward style.

Moments by Deekaa

I love a page with a whimsical feel! And the bonus of this page is that it’s both whimsical and a lovely subject! Love that doodly look to the background polka dot, and the raised sticker word art. This has a fun grid feel to it, and the word art breaking up the grid totally worked. Love the offset camera journal tag, and the colors really worked with the kraft background.

cityscapes by caapmun

I cannot get enough of this sketchy photo style! Love the map paper border and wonky title work. This just makes me want to visit this place! I think Carmel is one of the most talented artists in our community, and I could pick pretty much every page she creates for a GSO! Great job!

I hope you loved today’s picks too! If so, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some well-earned praise! Have a great week!


Finger Pointing — March 2nd

3 Mar

I had the unusual privilege of blogging two days in a row, and it gave me the opportunity to go back through the galleries and pay attention to some of the layouts I wanted to pick before, and some new ones too! How fun! Come check out these beautiful pages with me, you won’t be disappointed, I promise!

This is Liz J., and these are my picks!

Sledding Schroon by Jk703

Love those big speech bubbles against the page-width focal photo. “Insert loud groans” made me smile big, as it is something we have all heard from some family member or another complaining… but so fun in this page! Love the concept of this one, love the execution.

et bla, bla bla by clindoeil

So who hasn’t heard the “bla bla bla” from one teen or another?! What a great way to document this, with the running text over the blended photo. There is an interesting paint block over the blended photo that really sold this one to me. Love the insert repeat photo to accentuate the point.

So small… by AliSarah

Everyone loves baby feet, right? But here she used a really unusual monotone b&w to feature those baby feet, and the sweet baby sleeping, and wow that totally worked! Love the big floral heart too, what a sweet page!

What’s for dinner, Grandma? by deanie

Between the adorable puppies, the pretty pink tones and the amazing arrow work on this page, I am completely enamored! Love that zig zag border work across the top and the text on this one. So fun, this one really had me smiling!

Wut Did Dinorors Et? by caliten

I am a huge fan of using kid-art in any memory page! I love the title work, the drawings, the dinosaur phonetics, and serious cuteness of this one. The little artist is going to love seeing these in a scrapbook sometime soon!

our car by lego

Great story telling on this one! Really love the whole concept, and super fun car elements! Sometimes the best part of the story is in the comments, and you really have to read them here, to appreciate the nail-biter memories of the story!

How fun were those?! If you enjoyed these spectacular pages as much as I did, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some love! Enjoy and see you soon!