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Finger Pointing – September 17th

17 Sep

Hello and happy Sunday! It’s hard to believe we are already half-way through September. School is in session, autumn has arrived, and the season is evident in the pages being created. I saw lots of wonderful pages in the galleries today, so let’s get right to them!

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

school days by elwaechter

The angle on this page is quite the draw! I like the little group of b&w photos for the story of the child’s first school years, it gives this a vintage fun look. Great title alpha. All the little squares of school-themed patterned paper are the perfect accents. I like that she kept the angle on the short bit of journaling telling us about the star of the page.

Akaka Falls by NeelaNalam

Here is a great real-life paper page that uses some terrific techniques. I really like the vertical flow of the photo, using the full height of the page. The flair stickers make a fun border and add a fun tone. I always enjoy good use of word art this way. The list style journal cards gave her plenty of room to talk about this adventure, so she and her family will remember the best bits of their trip. That stripey paper used throughout gives this a great, cohesive feel.

Gloucester Buckets by Tamsin

At first glance I thought this “photo” had a very cool treatment, so that got me to take a closer look. It’s actually a painting that the scrapbooker incorporated into her page. What a clever idea! I can see using this in so many different ways with art work that you love. Great artsy look to this; I particularly like the stitching to the folded and torn paper, it grounds it nicely.

remember this by Bexy

This design is a simple, and an oh-so-fun way to use washi tape or strips of patterned paper! I really like the embossed look of the background paper, it makes such an interesting change to a real-life look from the whimsical feel of the stitched down paper strips. There are some other fun touches to this page too, the postage frame, the popped-out sticker word art, and the well-shadowed, layered flowers.

Lakeshore Leaves by AZK

I love the artistry of this page, welcoming autumn! Great perspective was created with the rake and the different types of leaf images. I really like the combination of styles, between the masked photo, the pencil line drawings and the stamped-look leaves. Wonderful poetry and wonderful fonts. Really lovely page.

US – T&Z by wendymck

I love the story of Wendy’s two daughters sharing a senior photo shoot! This is just beautiful, with the b&w photo and gorgeous colors in the paper and leaves. I like the framing with the stacked envelope paper, 2 cent postage strip and hanger. The blocked word art is a great addition, and makes great text.

That’s it for me for this Sunday. I hope you all enjoyed today’s picks too, and if so, please click on the linked titles and leave some praise for the artist! Have a great week!


Finger Pointing — September 11th

11 Sep

Hello and happy Monday! I am jumping in with a quick post. I hope you will love these picks as much as I did! Let’s take a look!

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

Tackle by AnotherAmanda

There are four things I really liked about this page. One, huge fan of angles. It is simply amazing what a difference tilting things makes. Two, love the mix of different types of flowers, both of which are very pretty. For what appears to be a boy page, I love that! Three, the little bracket journal spot is just a fun way to break it up for the journaling. Four, all of the word art, spread out, stitched down, different styles, all together worked beautifully. And fifth (yes, I know I said four!) I giggled at the idea of the baby climbing onto her and tackling her while she photographed him. This is quite adorable and made me smile. Doesn’t get better than that!

precious boy by aly321

Another sweet boy page! Love the journaling on the lines below the photo. She created a great combination of whimsy with the wonderful stacked embellishments surrounding the photo. Seriously great shadow work! I particularly like the light wood embellishments offsetting the blues in this one.

end of summer by JustMel

Love the split look to this page. The tent is a great embellishment, and the journaling fits perfectly in all that white space below. Great use of the white space again in that gorgeous photo. I love the little half circles leading us through the page. The stamped date is a great final touch. This is terrific.

every photo has a story by faby33

Isn’t that the truth?! That’s an amazing look she achieved with the dark background and pretty white word art. I don’t know what I was expecting her to say about this, but when she said that the children and dog had found a new favorite hiding place – the trunk of the car(!) I knew this was a stand-out. She could have scrapped this any number of ways, but the effect with the unusual stage-lit photo treatment was just a super technique, I am just wowed!

Between the Pages by jessicalynn01

Well, start them young, I say! Love that book pattern for the background, all the bright colors, and the fun glasses frames. The stacked folders with the genre tabs is a very cute touch. Love the title alpha, and the little journaling card that mimics a library card. Just darling, I loved it.

Remembering nine-eleven by jw

It’s hard to believe it’s been sixteen years since this terrible day in history. My last pick of the day is the most important. This is a wonderful tribute page, well done. I love the way she incorporated the drawn buildings, that’s a beautiful touch. Thank you for creating this one.

That’s it for me for today! If you liked today’s picks, please click on the linked titles and leave the artist some love. Have a great week!


Finger Pointing – August 16th

16 Aug

Who’s in the mood for a little whimsy?! Me! I just love feel-good pages, and today’s picks are all about fun. We also have a bit of vacation-y adventure too, and to finish things off, an awww look-at-the-cute-dog page. Come take a look, I think you’ll enjoy these too.

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

Best Friends by shawnbear

This page makes wonderful use of an unusual color combination that totally works. I like that she found a way to incorporate that sunspot in the photo into the focal part of the circle enveloping the two friends. Great use of bubble wrap paint, layering and I love that whimsical grid paper! Nice font for the simple statement about the length of the friendship, too.

Can’t People by Keely-B

Hilarious use of the journal card and the great whimsical background paper! I love the sentiment and the pairing with that very expressive photo. Very fun use of the smattering of elements, well placed and well-shadowed. This made me laugh out loud, and that always gets me to look closer!

Water Adventures (Canada 150) by joannebrisebois

A fun example of a designer using her own products! I love the whimsical touches with the dotted line and bracket framing, and the loosely painted and scribbled background. The numbering system intrigued me and made me want to see the rest of the album! This is a terrific vacation page, loved it. It’s particularly effective on that notebook style template.

Together is the Best Place by Missy Whidden

How fun is this real-life paper page?! Love the very artsy painting for the background. That stitched heart is the perfect jumping off point for all of the other great embellishments she used. Converting the photo to b&w worked perfectly here, and it just pops against all of the colorful bits behind. I particularly liked the use of the word art at the bottom, which made for a happy statement.

Arya Snuggles by RebeccaH

She had me at snuggles. Look at that face! Okay so part of why I loved this page is that she used imperfect photos. I love when people use imperfect photos creatively, or baldly, just putting them out there, because they capture a moment that you just couldn’t let slip by, in a very real life setting. The little alpha dripping down, journal tag and all the whimsical elements make a nice balance. I liked the dark mat polaroid style of the base for the photos. Cute little date element! I really loved this one.

On the Road by sarahorton

I couldn’t resist this vacation page! I love that key line word frame over the large photo, the little rectangles of patterned paper leading us across the page, and all of the great travel embellishments. Such fun photos and great vacation feel to this! Nice use of word art. And, it’s a great reminder to take pictures of where you are along the way, loved that she included the highway sign. Super design.

I truly hope you all enjoyed today’s picks too! Please click on the linked titles to leave the artist some well-deserved praise. Have a great rest of your week!


Finger Pointing — August 7th

7 Aug

Hello and happy Monday! I hope you are up for some fun, light-hearted pages, that will make you feel good! We have lots of fashion and whimsy in today’s pages. But, we have one really serious page too, because scrapbooking is not only about fun, it’s about life. Read on, and I hope you’ll agree, these were all outstanding in different ways.

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

Bloom by cropkat

I love starting off my search by finding a great hybrid page! This page has such depth and fun and glitter and character! And it’s a great girly page, to boot (oh, a little shoe pun for a shoe page, does it get any better than that?!!!). I love that glitter-dipped alpha for the title, and all the little bits and pieces she added to surround the photo. Great use of journal cards and word art and funny embellishments.

Be yourself by erinshannon

She got me with that doodly paper! I can never pass by a page with good doodly bits without taking a closer look. And, she used that whimsical feel just perfectly here with that fun photo. I enjoyed the disclaimer in her comments about what her subject is drinking… it all adds to the tone of this one. Fun and more fun! Erin did a great job with the element placement to lead us right into the photo. My favorite part is the popped out word strips, which was a very effective way to give the white word strips some extra oomph against the white of the background.

Visitor by ouisikelly

I just loved that framing, such a clever way to give us focus on her little visitor. Great title work, and a rather amusing photo combined to make a wonderful page. The brush work and overlay created a nice little spot in the white space for the title and text.

Kate Spade Purse by kaybeetoo

Well, who doesn’t love a good shopping story?! This is a real-life paper page, and it’s so charming. I love this page so much! Great use of patterns, word art and the cute little dress-up doll. The doilies are a wonderful accent to keep your eye moving through the page. She left enough white space to keep this page from overwhelming, while still being glamorous. Love the crop on the photo. And I love that she documented this, what a great subject!

Matchers by bbymks5

And speaking of photo crops, check out the crop on this one! It’s amazing what impact a good photo crop has. Such a fun, edgy feel to this one, kind of a grunge meets girl thing. The black & white and pink is very striking. I loved the inset photos offset by the hot pink paint. She added just enough color in that inset photo area with the big beads and banner. The newsprint paper is the perfect final touch.

Me, my heart, and gratitude by Katie Pertiet

So, amid all the fun and frivolity of today’s picks, I have a very serious page to share. One of our industry’s most talented and beloved designers, Katie Pertiet, had a pretty astonishing health scare recently. I hope Katie will not mind my sharing her story here. It’s a topic and experience about which we should all take note. I appreciated that Katie was willing to share her story, in such a raw, pull-no-punches way. As scrapbookers, we often share the stories of others, but when it comes to our own journeys, that’s harder to lay out there. We all wish Katie a smooth and swift recovery, and hope for a very healthy future. We love you, Katie!

Those are the standouts for this beautiful Monday! I hope you all loved these picks too. If so, please take a moment to click on the linked titles and leave the artist some much-deserved praise. Have a great week!


Finger Pointing — July 31st

31 Jul

Welcome to the last post of July! Sit back and enjoy, we’ve got some fun for you today!

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

Saving Memories by shunnstergirl

We should all do a page like this one once in a while! Fabulous idea to put some of your favorite scrapbook pages on a page to showcase them! I love how the little layouts and favorite photos circle the focal photo. Great word art and embellishments scattered throughout. And the wood background made the perfect neutral backdrop. This is so adorable.

Play Soccer: Got Game? by SonjaC

I am always on the lookout for paper pages that could be made digitally, and this one just jumped out at me. This took some work to make by hand, clearly! I love that explanation Sonja provided about how her son learned his skills, and also about the process for creating this page. That’s a cool chalk look on the grass and for the signals on the grid background. Great elements tie this together in a very all-boy sports page. Loved it.

Drama-in-5 by alannabanana

If a page makes me laugh out loud I’m pretty likely to consider it a standout, and this one totally cracked me up. Love that monster background, great slanted word art, pouty photo and the general theme to this one. Who hasn’t experienced the small child time-out-provoking tantrum?! That border around the background paper is awesome, very vibrant and energetic. Very fun page that will probably make the subject laugh (later, much later!).

Young Love by JaneD

Oh my, this is so romantic, isn’t it? That textured photo printing had an amazing impact. This is another wonderful real-life paper project, and it just sang to me from the gallery. I love the combination of materials, tags and frames Jane used to house the journaling, accented with the sweet hearts. The embossed copper circle tucked in above the photos is a great touch, with that sprinkling of stars. This is just lovely.

beautiful day by JenEm

That’s way cool! I love the combination of the waves she created behind the photo, and the bracketed framing of the horizontal photo. That subtle sky coloring adds a lovely dimension too. The patterned paper peeking through the waves is a subtle and effective use of the paper. Love the placement of the journaling. Really wonderful page!

Pardalote by esther_a

This is just delightful! I love the border work Esther incorporated top and bottom, and the shadowed banner is a great touch. Wonderful framing, and terrific extraction. The vertical design worked beautifully against the wood background. So pretty! The word art is the perfect final touch.

I hope you enjoyed today’s picks! If so, please click on the linked titles and leave the artist some well-deserved praise! Have a great week as we head into August!


Finger Pointing — July 23rd

23 Jul

Today’s picks are for the adventurous among us, including fishing, flying, bicycling, and trips abroad or near. Oh, and one sweet dog page to get us started! Ready?! Come take a look at today’s standouts, and enjoy!

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

If I had a Flower by wendy johnson

Those drawn embellishments really called to me on this page. This just has a nice tone to it, sweet, and kind of nostalgic. I love how the word art goes two different directions! The photo treatment is quite effective, making the dog look out from a make-believe window. The way the flowers incorporate into the photo and then overlap the frame is a nice technique. Love the whimsical elements!

Ashlyn by Deanna

How cool is that ripped, folded paper to create waves?! I like a lot about this page, including the great shadow-work, that wire fencing for background combined with the diamond striped shapes, and the great extraction. I feel like we are on the boat with Deanna’s granddaughter, ready for the big catch.

One day in York by CookingMyLife (Maureen Reynolds)

I like a good story, and I particularly like a good story that evokes memories, as this trip did for Maureen. It’s a wonderful two-page spread, and you can see the other page here. The background she used created an interesting, crumbling-building feel, perfect for the historic district she describes. I like how the photos included over the two pages include scenery, people and food, so that when we look at the pages we get the full experience of her adventure!

View by jennschultz

And this page provides us with an adventure too, but this time without words! Jenn managed to convey the feel of her experience using photos only, and a simple date to remember the event. Love the colors, shapes and vivid large accents against the text paper background. I don’t know if she was on holiday in Hawaii, or looking out her kitchen window on any given weekday, but she definitely told us the story that she likes that view, and I was hooked. Great alpha for the title too.

Bike Ride by helptheold

I love that full page photo used with the multiple frames, what a great scene that made! Nice use of accents to border the piece, and the green text paper as background is a good touch. The journal card broke up the photo in a good way. The arrows are a great accent on this page, giving it even more motion!

California Trip Flying Photos by shannonroller

Shannon created a wonderful airborne feeling with this page! Love the plane accent and all of the smaller inset photos. All of the travel and adventure elements she included really add to the excitement on this page. It feels like we are flying with them, such fun! Great page.

I hope today’s picks put you in the mood for your own sort of adventure, or at least to scrap your memories of an adventure! If you liked today’s picks, please click on the linked title and leave the artist some well-deserved praise. Have a great week!


Finger Pointing — July 18th

18 Jul

Today’s picks are about love letters, great titles, cool photo crops and lots of great feelings! Come take a look, I know you will enjoy today’s pages.

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

Vienna by michele hillam

I love the wire title work on this one, don’t you? I’m always interested in successful letter sized pages, and this one really shines. Love the paint behind the photos and title, the swirly string, and the whimsical embellishments. That stacked journal spot under the top photo provided just enough room for the story, which I enjoyed reading. All of the little touches like the buttons, flowers and banners really add just the right amount of flair.

Lucky in love by luan37

Wedding photos and wedding albums can be kind of tricky to scrap, because there is a lot of same-ness from photo to photo. It is so fun to see a unique idea for a wedding theme, like this one! I love that idea to combine the bright patterned non-wedding themed paper with that adorable cropped photo. It’s clearly a bride and it makes a very distinct statement about her attitude and optimism for the future. I like the little leaf scatter with the butterfly, for a simple and sweet accent against that neutral wood background.

Week 2 letter home by beckychart

It’s a love letter! That’s a lovely way to commemorate an important anniversary. This has a unique and effective color combination. Love those torn big corner patterned paper pieces. The white hand-written font lends a more personal feel against the darker background, and the text is just wonderful. Congratulations on your anniversary, and I too wish you many more happy years together!

beach time by emily33

This makes such a beautiful impact with the large, sepia photo bordered with the big, bold elements across the top. The corrugated cardboard title works well in the photo’s white space. The little bits of floral and script text overlay in the corners creates a nice balance.

Little happy moments by JanaO

Love that photo technique, wow! Lots of fun blending on this page, with a cool color block background that appears to be incorporated into the photo. The little border embellishments tie it all together beautifully.

Getting Along by kathleen.summers

What a beautiful page! Kathleen has an amazing eye for combining elements. Gorgeous colors and embellishments to border the photo cluster. It was smart to convert a couple of the photos to black & white, it makes it quite restful. I really like the way she numbered the photos with the large alpha numbers, and gave us a key to match the action in the photos, that’s a great idea. Nice combination of fonts in the title too. Love this one!

Weren’t those lovely?! If you enjoyed today’s picks, please click on the linked titles and leaves the artists some well-earned praise! Have a great rest of the week!