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Finger Pointing – August 12th

12 Aug

Hello All!  I hope you’re having a great weekend.  Mine has been busy, so it’s nice to take a few minutes to sit down, relax and look at all the wonderful layouts posted in the various digital galleries.  Today I found myself picking a rather eclectic group to share with you, but each one spoke to me.  I hope they speak to you as well.

Memory | Mother Bear

My first pick is this gorgeous layout by Mother Bear.   I love everything about the photograph — the perspective from which it was taken, her use of black and white to make it stand out against the papers and elements and the way she cropped the bottom of it at an angle.  It feels like they are laying on a hill enjoying the beauty of the day and time together.  The word art is a hat tip to the power and beauty of the photo while the gorgeous floral background paper enhances the outdoor feeling of it.  The floral elements are the perfect finishing touch, especially that little butterfly by their heads.

Joyful | mrivas

The photo in Joyful by mrivas is another one that caught my eye right away.  Again, it has a great perspective that pulls you into the scene and allows you to experience the same sense of peace and wonder.  The wood background paper is a great use of a natural element to compliment the sand, while the blues in the papers and doily pick up the tones of the sea and sky.   I love her use of word art, combined with journaling, to tell the story of this joyful moment captured forever.

Adventure Awaits | JenniferHignite

Okay, so maybe there is a theme to my picks today after all, because Adventure Awaits by JenniferHignite is another layout I was drawn to because of the photos.  All three photos are wonderful and full of action, but the large photo is my favorite.  Nothing says adventure to me like a trio of boys with walking sticks in hand headed off to explore the woods.  You just know they are going to have fun.  Since the photos tell the story so clearly, it makes sense that she kept the rest of the layout simple and allowed them to shine.

This Is My Happiness | alannabanana

This Is My Happiness by alannabanana grabbed me for the photo as well.  The close crop on that happy grin is perfect for her happiness theme and definitely put a smile on my face.  Alanna is a talented scrapper who knows how to create beautiful clusters that pull in a little bit of everything a kit has to offer — papers, brushes, ribbons, scribbles, flowers and more, in a way that feels completely natural.  She uses everything at her disposal to create a unique backdrop that enhances a sweet photo and not only captures a particular moment in time, but the wonder and joy of childhood.

Pool Party | biancka

Biancka is another talented scrapper who knows her way around a great cluster as evidenced in Pool Party.  She makes great use of simple design principles like the visual triangle (the use of blue accents to frame the photo) and use of odd numbered repeats (the three floral clusters).  She combines those basics with a flawless sense of scale and creates fun, full clusters that accent, and not overwhelm, her photos.  With all that she has going on, her son’s face remains to focus of the page.  Also I think it is all kinds of neat how the background paper plays into the photo and makes the entire layout feel like a great big pool.  That’s a cool effect.

Magical Dream | cherrygutz

My final pick of the day, Magical Dream by cherrygutz, caught my eye for two reasons.  One, because I love Disney and two, because it is so pretty.  When I think of Disney, I generally think of bright, primary colors and playful elements, so this spin on a classic castle photo feels fresh and unique as does the diagonal movement of her clusters.  Her shadowing gives the clusters a lot of depth and interest which is enhanced by the relative flatness of her circle frame and journaling.  Everything is very touchable on the page, which makes the magical dream feel very much within reach.  I don’t about you, but this one makes me want to go to Disney more than ever.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memory keepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – July 22nd

22 Jul

Hello All!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend full of all the things you enjoy.  Mine certainly has been and I can’t think of a better way to finish off my Saturday then sharing some wonderful layouts with you.  Tonight as I wandered through the galleries, it was one photo layouts that seemed to catch my eye.  I hope they catch yours as well.

Smiling | corrin

I love the softness of this layout.  Corrin’s paper choices are so pretty and girly and go perfectly with her lovely photo.  I think the green in the floral paper does an excellent job of picking up the greenery in the photo and gives the layout a pretty punch of color that is further enhanced by the black accents.  I also like the scale of her elements and the small clusters she has created with them and the handwritten look of the word smiling.  I think it provides a nice contrast to the background layers and photo.

brinic | brother and sister

Brother and sister by brinic is simply beautiful!  I love the look of the white wood background and the double exposure treatment of the photograph.  The mask used on the bottom exposure gives it a strong, organic feel as if the dirt was smudged on to the background itself.  The photo is adorable — I especially love the pop of orange from their soda bottles.  The hearts and journaling strips are a nice finishing touch.

adventure | jerilie

Adventure by jerilie caught my eye for a number of reasons.  First I loved the photo effect she used on her selfie and that she paired it with a neutral, yet fun patterned background.  By clustering so many colorful papers and elements around it, she created layers of interest that serve the duel purpose of telling a story and making the photo pop.  Her three floral clusters are pretty and create the perfect visual triangle for her face.  The use of the light blue paper and the Enjoy Nature sign is especially attractive and give the entire palette a breath of fresh air.

Choose Happy | immaculeah 

Since my personal motto is “Choose Happiness,” Choose Happy by immaculeah was bound to catch my eye and I am sure glad it did because this is the kind of layout that makes you smile the instant you see it.  I love the sparkle of the little girl in the photo, what a sweetheart, and the bright, fun patterns of the papers.  The rainbow hearts are another fun choice as are the two pieces of word art and title.  Like I said, this one just makes me happy every time I look at it — I hope it does the same for you.

Beach Hair | KarenB

Beach Hair is another layout that makes me smile.  What can I say?  I love adorable puppies and that one is especially cute, so the photo alone would have been enough to draw me to this page.  But there is more good stuff happening here.  In addition to the wonderful photo there are some eye catching colors that both coordinate (the orange with his fur) and contrast (that punch of blue) beautifully, a fun, messy pattern and an array of sweet elements that enhance the photo, title and theme.

As Tall As Me | Kelleanne

My final pick of the day, As Tall As Me by Kellyanne is another one that spoke to me.  I think it is the perfect depiction of that moment when we all see our kiddos growing up and wonder where the time has gone.  It is also that moment when we can see the future and that our babies will not always be babies. To capture such a momentous thing with a photo and a few well chosen words is truly impressive.  To capture it in such a pretty, yet masculine, way, is equally impressive and worthy of some finger pointing.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memory keepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – July 15th

15 Jul

Hello All!  Recently I have been redecorating my house, and despite my love of color, through the process, I have discovered the beauty of a neutral background.  I find a neutral base very soothing and a great backdrop for some pops of color.  Obviously my design choices have impacted my layout choices this week and I hope you find the following pages as appealing as I do.

In The Moment | Sylvia

I love the white-washed wood background on this layout and how it allows the sweet little girl, especially her eyes, to pop from the photo.  This page reads that she is main focus of this moment and everything else is just there to accentuate how adorable she is.  The mixing of different medias, paint, wood, paper, adds texture and depth to the neutral field, while the small pops of yellow and orange add a little color and interest.  It’s a wonderful moment captured on a wonderful page.

Saint-Cado | Marijke

My next choice, Saint-Cado, is striking in it’s simplicity.  Marijke’s choice of the neutral kraft background is perfect for her blended photo.  Not only does it stand out well, but the tan tones give it a warm vintage feel that invites you into the timeless scene.  The addition of the small photo helps extend as well as end the blended scene, while the stitches and orange paint add more texture and appeal.  Simply Beautiful.

Prague | Marleen

Prague, by Marlee is another simply stunning layout.  I love that the black and white photo covers almost the entire page; the photo effect she used gives it an artistic texture that reminds me of pencil drawings.  The paint splatters add to the sense of a hand drawn image while the touches of yellow lend a sense of whimsy and warmth to the layout that is both an unexpected and wonderful surprise.

Lazy Days | Alannabanana

While Lazy Days by Alannabanana isn’t in the same neutral family as my three previous picks, it evokes that same soothing sense that says sit down and relax.  The photo is warm and inviting and blended perfectly into the perfectly blended background paper.  The addition of the neutral borders helps to ground the photo while the paint splatters, flowers, butterflies and stitching add more texture and movement to the peaceful scene.  The star scatters on both edges are the perfect finishing touch.

Monochromatic Love | Melhope1230

While it was the black and white tones of this one that first caught my eye in the gallery, it was the photo that really grabbed me.  I love the crop on it and that the father and daughter have the same look of quiet anticipation on their look-alike faces.  The shadow on the photo is also wonderfully done; it feels like it would fly off the page if not for the camera holding it down.  The paint splatters, frames, leaves and numerous red hearts are a fun finishing touch for the page.

Explore | Karen B

My final pick of the day is Explore by Karen B.  I can not say enough about the beauty of that photo; the rich colors of trees against the softness of the sky is a stunning, natural contrast that never gets old.  The panoramic viewpoint against the white background is fabulously dramatic and plays up the length of the bridge and the distance to the other side.  The explore title and one life – live it word art, with the single line of journaling, are all that is needed to tell this adventure story.   Another simple, yet stunning page.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memory keepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – July 9th

9 Jul

Hello All!  I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday. Sorry I am posting so late, but my air conditioning is out so I put off sitting at the computer until the later hoping that things would cool down.  They haven’t cooled down as much as I would like, but I probably won’t melt before I finish.   ;)

I think the heat helped me make my choices tonight, as everything that caught my eye was cool and calm, like our first layout from caliten

{tuesday} Evening | Caliten

I am really digging the neutral feel of {tuesday} Evening by caliten.  I love how she has echoed the tones of the photo in her background paper, mat and framing then added the greens and the soft blue as pops of color.  All the stitched down bits and pieces and her circular journaling are fabulous, but my favorite part has to be the blending and shadow work on her title.  That attention to detail gives the layout a sense of realism that I am always striving for on my own pages.

TGIF | huyentrang43

My next choice, TGIF by huyentrang43 caught my eye right away because of it’s fresh, clean look.  I love that the patterned background is small and busy, yet still reads neutral in the gallery.  The use of the green papers and small floral cluster echos the fauna in the beautiful photo and pulls the layout together in a way that is very crisp and bold.  Finally, being someone who is particularly fond of Friday herself, I just really enjoy the entire TGIF vibe.

Amazing Snapshot | Ga_L

My third choice, Amazing snapshot by Ga_L is another neutral beauty.  I love the black and white photo and all the circular mats.  The small pops of red, yellow and blue give the layout a playful vibe that goes beautifully with the photo.  The brushwork is a great backdrop for the title work, but my favorite part is the shadowing. The photo and journal card look like you could reach out and flatten them to the page with your fingers.  Those two shadows provide a strong sense of realism, which I really admire, to the entire page.

Poolside | 3littleks

I don’t think is is any surprise that Poolside by 3littleks was calling my name loudly from the gallery.  I love that 3littleks took one large photo and stretched across the three frames.  It adds more visual interest and substance to an already amazing pool shot.  The empty fourth frame has a playful feel to it that echoes the photo while the pops or yellow and black provide a nice contract to the colors in the photo.  The use of the word art for a title is a great finishing touch.

What A View | Scrapping2girls

I think the title of this one, What A View, says loud and clear why it caught my eye.  The photo(s) are gorgeous.  I love the fluffiness of the clouds against the hardness of the mountains and sturdiness of the trees.  I really like the multiple frame look of the photos and that she changed the lighting on the second one to add even more visual interest.  I appreciate that she kept the background and elements simple and clean to allow the photo to shine.

Wild Summer Flowers | jaye

My sixth and final pick for today is Wild Summer Flowers by jaye.  Without a doubt jaye is becoming one of my favorite scrappers and I think this layout in a great example of why.  The photo is gorgeous and has a artistic flair that provides a lot of interest.  I like that jaye used a mix of brushes and elements to create her beautiful cluster.  The paint splatters, stitches and laces feel messy yet delicate while the leaves and flowers provide more stability to anchor the photo.  Just a truly beautiful page.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memory keepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – June 25th

25 Jun

Hello All!  I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday.  I have spent the weekend with my son, his fiancee and the grand pups playing in the heat.  More than once I was thinking a nice dip in the pool would have been the perfect was to cool off.  Problem is we don’t have a pool.  Thankfully, we do have air conditioning, so I came inside to pick some cool pages to share with you today.

A Story Captured | flohbock

Up first is this wonderful page by flohbock.  It is simply stunning.  I like how the aqua paper leads you into the page and to the photos.  The photo themselves are fantastic as are the shadows behind them.  They have a moody feel to them that is both intriguing and adventurous.  I appreciate that flohbock kept the elements simple and on topic as they further enhance those gorgeous photos.  Finally, the bits of red are a nice accent pop that keeps the page interesting.

sweeet | Summer

My next choice, Summer by sweeet also puts an aqua paper to good use, this time as the perfect drop back to adorable pool photos.  I love how the little girl’s round sunglasses are reflected in the crop of the photos, in the sun and in the three circular element clusters.  I also think using the stitched banner, (I always love stitching on a layout), to tether the lone cluster at the side of the page to the main grouping is very cleaver and helps pull the entire layout together in a wonderful way.  The title and bit of journaling are the perfect finishing touches.

jaye | Come Sail Away

My third choice, Come Sail Away by jaye, keeps me at the waters edge with the aqua tones and another wonderful boat photo.  The crop on the sepia photo makes me feel like I am getting into the boat and ready to cast off on a grand adventure.  All the blending on the background makes the paper feel as alive as the sea, while the sequins give it a sparkle that is reminiscent of the sun on the water.  Less Monday & More Summer is not only the perfect journalistic touch, but it could also serve as our battle cry as we pull away from the dock on our adventure.

tkradtke | Summer Delights

Summer Delights by tkradtke, my fourth choice, is another fabulous water/beach page.  The three photos tell a wonderful story of a day spent playing in the surf and the sand.  There is a strong sense of camaraderie in the photos that says these children are working together to create a wonderful castle and memory.  I love tkraddtke’s choice of messy background paper with it splats and drips that echo the splashes and waves of the sea.  I also appreciate her choice of simple elements and a lot of white space that allow the photos not only to speak, but to shine.

EllenT | Swim

Up next is a gorgeous page by EllenT called Swim.  The eyes definitely have it in this layout, as in those beautiful blue pools that pull you right into this page in a fabulously mesmerizing way.  Seriously, it is a stunning photo that Ellen shows off perfectly  I love her use of words, water and fish in the cluster around the photo to support her title, Swim.  Finally, having the fish paper peek out from the cut out in the background is both cleaver and fun.

LindyShay | Paraiso

My sixth and final pick of the day comes from one of my favorite scrappers, LindyShay.  Paraiso is the perfect rendition of a summer day because of LindyShay’s wonderful blending techniques.   A water color sky, lush green vegetation, the feel of sand between your toes and the chance to relax and enjoy it all are what summer, and this page, are all about.  Add in one of those fabulous umbrella drinks and you have all the ingredients for a perfect day, memory and scrapbook layout.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memory keepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – June 10th

10 Jun

Hello!  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  I am knee deep in the middle of redecorating my house and have spent the day picking out paint colors, wall art and accent pieces, so picking out some beautiful layouts to share with you is the perfect way to end it.

Sucali | Frolic

First up is this gorgeous layout by Sucali.  The photo is amazing; I love the different perspective and movement in it.  I like that you can still see her joy even though you can’t see her full face.  That one rosy cheek tells the story.  I appreciate that Sucali mimicked the floral of her dress and the stripes in the background of the photo with her paper choices.  It gives the layout a subtle sense of cohesiveness.  Finally I think the small clusters and title work are the perfect finishing touches.

Amson | Pingyao

I chose my next pick, Pingyoa by Amson, because of it’s great photos, particularly the big one — it’s absolutely stunning.  I love the architecture of the roof tops. the worn, rough texture of the bricks and the neutral color palette that lets the handsome man blend in yet stand out at the same time.  Amson’s use of red accents plays off the red of the hat in the bottom photo and give the layout the pops of color that it needs to enhance the palette while her choice of blue plays up the softness of the sky, creating a wonderful contrast with the hardness of the landscape.  The Chinese symbols in the left corner of the photo are a great touch as well.

Jacinda | Sweet

Jacinda has a way with big photos layouts and one is no exception.  Not only is the photo itself incredibly sweet, as stated in the title, but the black and white effect is a perfect choice to let it, as well and her papers and elements, all stand out.  I love her use of the three clusters to create a visual triangle that brings the focus to those adorable faces and grins.  Finally her journaling is very moving speaks clearly about the bond between these two girls.

Sea and Sand | Mother Bear

Sea and Sand by Mother Bear is another example of a wonderful, big photo.  I love how the sea, sand and sky all seem to blend together and the family stands out strongly against it.  I love the blue background paper she chose; it says both sea and sky like the photo does.  Mother Bear’s clusters are beautiful, fun and add bright touches of color to the layout while the repeating and mirroring of the elements again echos the blending of the sea and sky.  Subtle and stunning.

MrsPeel  – 1999 Mermaid Fun

This next layout by MrsPeel finds us on the beach again admiring another big, beautiful photo.   I love that MrsPeel used the photo as her background and then employees masks, frames and other elements/techniques to make her focal point stand out in such a fun way.  The paint perfectly plays up the colors of the surf and sand, the stitches create a wonderful boarder and the elements give the layout a lot of movement while the small touches of gold add that needed sparkle and shine.

cfile | Great Grandma Glamor Girl

My final pick of the day stays on theme with a big, gorgeous vintage photo.  cfile’s great grandma is a beauty as is that wonderful classic car; they both seem to shine with pride.  I love how the large black and white photo blends into the background and how the car grill blends into the camera image.  I am a huge fan of heritage layouts, especially the journaling, so I enjoyed reading about cfile’s memories of her great grandmother.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memorykeepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – May 20th

20 May

Hello Again!  I hope you all are having a beautiful day.  I certainly am, (which is why I am posting a bit later than I like) despite the rain we have been having.  My son and his fiancee just announced their engagement and I could not be happier knowing there is a wedding in our future.  Maybe that is why this first page appealed to me so strongly!

Christellevandyk | Fairytale

While I love all the bling on this layout, it was the photo that really caught my eye.  The black and white treatment of that gorgeous photo nestled in all the color and glam of the cluster really made it stand out in a way it would not have had Christelle used a colored version of it.  I further love the soft creaminess of the background paper against all the gold elements and the pops of red throughout the page.  I also think the title is appropriate because this layout gives you a perfect glimpse into the beautiful fairytale wedding of this lovely couple and the happily-ever-after they are going to share.

eve11ne | Carousel

Speaking of Fairytales, this layout by eve11ne represents a different kind, but is equally full of magic.   Again, I adore all the bling on this page, but the photos are my favorite part.  With her dark hair and black shirt, the little girl stands out beautifully against all the colorful elements and papers and the angle of the top photo makes it seem that the horse is about the leap off the page.  The cluster itself is full and rich and well grounded with the paint splatters and sparkles beneath it.  Finally, the flow of the title across the cluster provides a sense of movement to the layout that is reminiscent of a carousel and is the perfect finishing touch.

Conny | This Life-May

Great photos are also what drew me to this layout by Conny.  What an adorable black and white photo series of a beautiful little girl.  The three floral clusters create an effective visual triangle that manages to highlight all of the photos.  Over all, the black and white photos, papers and elements seem to be perfectly balanced against the colored papers and elements in a way that creates a sense of harmony across the entire page and a one of a kind layout.

Beach | Mother Bear

Beach by Mother Bear is another example of great photos and clusters, but it was the blending that caught my eye on this one.  The photo blended into the weathered wood background screams beach to me in the best possible way.  I also like the use of circles throughout this page, in the cutouts and element choices, as well as the tiny bubbles.  It gives the page a nice cohesiveness and a sense of playfulness.  Finally, the pops of red against the blues and neutrals adds to the beachy feel while the green leaves are a nice surprise.

Shunnstergirl – Veni Vedi Amavi

This next layout takes us from the beach to the waters of Venice.  The bright colors of this page really stood out in the gallery, calling at me to take a closer look, and I am so glad I did.  The photos are gorgeous and show off Venice in the most wonderful way.  I especially love the details of the architecture and the view from the front of the boat.  The group photo is the perfect way to capture the rest of the memory and what it meant to share the experience together.

Sucali | Italien

My final pick of the day, by one of my favorite scrappers, gives us another view of beautiful Italy.  The panoramic view of the country side makes me feel like I am standing right on the hillside with the photographer while the Leaning Tower of Pisa photo and the town photo give me a better sense of this gorgeous place.  Over all, the layout feels like a fabulous mini tour of Italy.  Sucali always adds the perfect finishing touches to her layouts as well, like the hearts that express her love for this place.  They are small things that make a big statement while letting the photo shine.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memorykeepers.  Thanks!  :)

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