I am super excited to be doing my first post of gallery standouts, and super late getting it posted. Because of that and the fact that I can’t wait to share my finds with you, I am going to jump right in.
Embrace by catgoddess
I love color, so this one caught my eye right off the bat. I really like how everything pops off the black background; it reminds me of the flowers pushing up in my garden right now. In addition to catgoddess’s use of color, I also love her generous use of elements and that this is a non-photo layout. No photo means that the journal card message stands alone, making it a strong focal point and all the flowers, paint splatters, hearts, buttons, etc. come together to create their own beautiful mess.
Between Us by Kelleanne
This is another layout that caught my eye right away. I love the mix of colors, neutrals and black and white that Kelleanne uses here, as well as the basic composition tricks that always help create strong layouts. Using the odd numbers trick, three circles and three paper strips, and creating a visual triangle with her elements, ensures that her fabulous black and white photo stands out like it should. The tone on tone title work is a wonderful finishing touch.
Hop by Sucali
Sucali is one of my favorite scrappers. I totally adore her deceptively simple style each and every time I see it. She has a way of making the most of a photo using very little. Hop is no different. From the bunny ears, to the button, to the flower and gold hearts and beyond, everything is perfectly placed to show off those adorable bunny photos. Simply beautiful.
Cousines by Brinic
Without a doubt is it the photo that makes this layout shine for me; it is adorable. I especially love how the black and white effect plays up their half hidden features and makes their eyelashes and grins stand out. The simplicity of the the white and gray backgrounds works to draw attention to that sweet photo while the few colored elements create a sense of whimsy. That bunny is the cutest thing ever!
The Water by Jaye
Yeah, I sorta like the black and white photo, so it is no surprise that I love this layout. The stunning photo is the first thing I noticed, followed by the messy stitching and paint and the judicious use of color. What sold me on this one though is the journaling. I love journaling and I think using a poem to convey your message is a great way to journal. It doesn’t hurt that it is a fabulous poem as well.
Radiate Love by breakingbrie
breakingbrie is another personal favorite of mine for two reasons. One, she is a wonderful writer who journals from the heart to her twin daughters and two, she knows how to layers flowers to create a virtual garden that feels so real, I want to bend in to smell them all. This layout is the perfect example of both of those strength highlighted by a beautiful photo of her girls.
Those are my first picks! I hope you like them as much as I do. If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these designers and memorykeepers. Thanks! :)