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Finger Pointing – November 24th

24 Nov

Hello!!!! Hope everyone is well and enjoying (should we read running mad around? LOL) the weekend!!! I’ll be short (or at least try) as I wasn’t able to post last night so wont hold the day for Liz who will be posting for today!!! So I ll go straight to the awesome, amazingly marvelous pages from Friday. As usual, choosing becomes a very difficult task! Hope you enjoy these and get inspired as much as I do!!!! Remember you can access the original pages by clicking in the linked/high-lit name of the LO and author!!!

Realizing how close we are to the end of the month and, for some of us, the arrival of the most waited time of the year, I find this awesome 2017 DYD Cover Page by Erin Crouch. This seemed the perfect way to start the post. Now if you know me, you know I am an element hoarder, but the amazing clean lines, gorgeous bold letters and color, cleverly composed background with subtle patterns makes this a perfect cover page!!!!

To carry on the magic, the most magical place on earth seems the perfect option, and here I found this masterful piece by Dawn Inskip , 100% Adorable, and adorable it is indeed!!!! My love & passion for designers who scrap is well documented, and love the way Dawn always comes up with original compositions, amazingly designed pieces, unique signature of her talent!!! My heart is taken by this awesome page!!!!

Another super original piece, Just do It by cfile, which amazed me as I was reading at the Get It Scrapped classes something about transporting habitats into our pages…this couldn’t be a better show for it!!! As usual Christa shows a passion for page design, a wonderful creativity and amazingly beautiful results! Love the color palette, the perfection of the setting, almost like a set design for theater translated into a scrapbook page, the delicate embellishment, absolutely fabulous!!!

Another superb creation, an incredible blending, extraction, artsy use of paints and super outstanding tittle work in this gorgeously awesome page, Be Strong by Wombat146. Love the way Ona documents her family life, events that she transforms into incredibly gorgeous master pieces, this is a gorgeous jewel with complete perfection with the added journaling!!!!

I am so, so delighted to find this, Santa’s Village by weaslwatcher, not only because it is another master piece, but also because I hardly ever am able to highlight her pages! It is either her on the 7 days list or me not coming across her pages when on duty, but thing is my heart was full of happy when I looked closer and saw it was hers!!! Love Danica’s versatility to compose super wonderful pages in extreme styles, in here the perfection starts by the awesome photo, I am amazed always by the documenting of her travels, then there is the continuity given to the photo by the super clever choice of background paper, the gorgeous clusters which make my element hoarder heart sing without overwhelming the page, the beautiful sign as tittle work and even a scribble to give it a hand made touch. All the way awesome!!!

The festive feeling is with us with a more than fabulous page, Holiday Magic by tammybean04. I’m always in love with people who can combine patterns in a truly wonderful way, and here the magic fills my heart, absolutely perfect layering, shadows that makes me want to reach and touch, more layering goodness and fantastic cluster with the card adding a touch of cute , this is so beautiful, I may have to consider lifting this to the t!!!!!! Perfection!!!!

As a story teller, I love the photography that speaks volumes with originality, and this couldn’t be a better example of how non posed, or should I say almost anonymous ones, can tell a story without words. The season colors are wonderfully represented in this awesome page, Feeling Blessed by stormchaser. In here too, love the combination of patterns, the earthy tones gorgeously constructing a cluster with a touch of gold that I love and lighten up the page to complete this beautiful piece!

Last but never ever least, a marvelous page that conquers my traveler’s heart, Spain_first_page by LBickfor63 is such a wonderful introduction to a travel book, I’m in love with the photographic goodness made into the map, and, once again, even to my element hoarder this is a perfect master piece!! Done so elegantly , with a subtle tittle on the top and the gorgeous little tag with the thread at the bottom, as if this wasn’t already a visual amazement, the amount of journaling makes this into a perfect diamond, a jewel to close today’s post with a wonderful happy heart. This also makes me happy as I know Lori’s beautiful work well, but don’t think I have ever come across a page of hers whilst on duty here!!!!

This is all from me today, Hope you have a great weekend, don’t forget to click on the high-lit names to go to the original gallery, we all know how much our day can be made by a word or two of praise!!!! Thanks so much for joining us!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – October 27th-

27 Oct

Hello!!!! here I am again, late, of course, even though I started the process that leads to this as early as 19:00 hs of the 27th UK time, now being 03:34 am of Saturday…finally here after a “little” detour for a few episodes of Stranger Things series 2…. oh well, one has to binge once in a while, right? LOL Anyway, in a better mood this week than I have been in quiet a LONG time…I bring you some of Friday’s gallery jewels!!! Hope you love these, get inspired and amazed as much as I do/am!!!

Starting with an amazingly awesome beauty, November Rain by EllenT, I’m sure you know by now she is one of my most favourite artists, and here, playing with stuff from another two faves of mine, both designer kit & template, she most definitely shines in all ways possible!!! but never mind what Ellen chooses to play with, it guarantees it will be a precious gem, in here the take on the template displaying a show of elegance, amazing movement and perfection of color palette. Love the fact that the photo (with some amazing treatment!) actually isn’t the star here, but still has a huge pull over the whole page…each and every little bit of the page come together in the most perfect dynamic and beauty!!!

This next page, Travel Day 1 by norton94, makes my heart sing and smile with so much joy…I’m a bit at loss for words. You see Krista is one of those amazing layout artists that not only brightens the gallery, but also one of those unsung heroes every community has, the ones behind the scenes to make everything work to perfection, remind us of our schedules, create amazing ads for our chats & scraps and a lot more, which sometimes leaves not much time for scrapping…which in turn makes her pages even more of a jewel. This one, a perfect beauty of a mum & daughter page, gorgeously elegant with delightful layering,  absolutely awesome shadows and clean cut lines that make the template shine, every detail coming together in this pristine, marvellous beauty, brilliantly composed in the pure white background. Perfection. Absolute & total perfection!

Going from two wonderful clean cut/blank space beauties, we move into a fuller elegance, a fabulous master piece, this page called MB by marnel, another superb artist I admire and get inspiration from. Love the way the spaces are filled with a gorgeous combination of photos (black and white making them delightful contrast) and papers, a little detail here and another one there with cleverly placed elements, or a stitch or a piece of lace, each detail leading the eye to another mini surprise on a perfect design making it all come together with the deep green background and as if all wasn’t enough, the addition of the ink splatters that give a hand made feel in the finishing. Amazingly Awesome!!!

Next has me delighted in so many ways, I am not sure where to start!!!!! Maybe a good place to do so would be the mouth watering subject… yup. It is called Smores Cupcakes, created by Amien1 in that super amazing, stylish way of hers which turns any subject into fine art!!!! Mouth watering photo with a more than perfect angle, amazing way to scrap a recipe, with so much to love, my eyes keep going from top to bottom and one side to the other and keep being amazed with the perfection of every choice: the title and subtitles, the gorgeous fonts chosen and the amazing balance with the superb cluster. I could be here for hours loving the colours, the delicate shadows…everything comes together in a stand out way!!!!!

Carrying on with another super amazing artist, and obviously today I am on a clean cut, beautifully stylish lines, comes Young at Heart by Alannabanana , a treasure full of what I would find difficult combinations, yet she achieves harmony in the best way possible, patterns that could have clashed together if not for Alanna’s mastering on the equilibrium and the soft touch, the amazing shadows, the awesome talent of hers showing in each and every choice, from the colours combined to perfection and the beauty of attention to detail…. as always with her, the most wonderful result!!!!

Last but never ever least, I find an amazingly beautiful, vibrant, awesome in so many ways my excitement wishes my typing could go as fast as my  mind on this one, Hocus Pocus by biancka really, really makes to my post the perfect seal, her being one of the most amazing Queens of Blank Space of mine…and achieving with equal talent the full on way….oh wonderful!!!!! LOVE the photos, perfect colors to make an impact, and the clusters of elements so very well done, they seem to become part of the photos!!!!! Of course every detail is done to perfection, what an amazing show of talent!!!!

I’ll say good day to you all now, hope you enjoyed these and get inspired. Please take a moment to click on the name of the LO and author, and leave them a comment :even a word or two can make any of us have a much better day!!!! TFL!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – Oct 20th {The Halloween-ish Edition!}

20 Oct

Hello my lovely people! Hope everyone is well and enjoying the festive vibes in the air!!! Couple of true facts: growing up in South America did not include Halloween, for me, it was something seen in TV programs imported from the USA, but, hey, we have Carnival!!!! Great, but that didn’t stop me feeling like a 10 years old the first time we properly did Halloween here in England… I used to go full on, especially after 2008, first time we saw Wicked the Musical, and I started dressing up as Elphaba the green witch with full on body make up!!!!!! Another true fact: I think this was 2012, I was in so many CTs, I scrapped so much Halloween I swore of it for about 2 years… until 2014 in which the designers won me over again…. and these days, oh so much fun!!!!!! Hence the majority of the pages today go in that tone….the oranges and fall feeling, the fun and the OHHHH AWESOME pages!!!!!!!! It is (as usual for me!!!) almost 03:30 am here so I ll try be brief!!!! I bring you some of the gallery jewels!!!!

Spooky by cfile, I clocked this earlier and then kept finding pages of hers that made this decision a really REAAAALLLY difficult one!!!!!!! As I keep telling you, in my humble opinion, making a stand out blank space/clean page isn’t as simple as you may think. So many things have to fit, it isn’t just dropping a small photo and sticking an element or two….(or 45….you get me) In this page, Christa has put together every perfect choice: awesome photography, super amazing composition, details that elevate the page to a height that screams GSO!!!!!!! Have a look at her gallery as the whole thing is a jewel!!!!!

Another gorgeously beautiful page, Candy by Neverlandscraps, full of super cute detail, amazingly elegant and at the same time fun, with gorgeous shadows that enhance the beauty of the composition, a mixture of bits and pieces with so much dimension… love also how the journaling is done bi color and such a fitting font for it, the whole ting is amazing!!!!

Another amazing, irresistible page by another super talented artist!!!! Iowan’s Mysterious is also a page I have bookmarked since I saw it and HAD to have it here. Carol’s talent is limilless, never mind which style she decides to go for, she will deliver with the best, and in here there is a combination that embodies the word “creativity”. The amount of blends going on, the amazing location of the art doll, and the superb tittle work with the word art and the lock and key , the way the paints give the whole page so much substance and beauty…Love and LOVE more and can keep loving the awesomeness all month!!!!!!

The next page, Fall is For by Lauren Wonsik,  was calling me to click and view close up, a mixture of beauty in perfect photography and the memories that I imagine every mother of girls has one time or another experienced, the wonderful world of dance, bringing memories of a time that will stay forever in my memory and makes me wonder how amazing would have been if I knew of Project Life format then. This page is alone a gorgeous record of elegance and a golden memory, and together with the rest of the images on her gallery today, a brilliant, absolute show of perfection!

Continuing on the Fall, warm and earthy colours of the season, Cooler Temperatures by Kellygirl! brings a beauty that I would love to have as a title page for the season book, translate into fabrics for the home, art pieces for the walls, even transport into wearables. The gorgeous feel of rustic paint, the casual hand made feel with the doodles and splatters, and the completion of perfection with a wonderfully chosen font, all together a treasure!

Last but never ever least, another one of my most favourite ladies, Saar with Trust the Magic, and Magic she brings us with this delightful photo-less piece, with warm palette and the amazing talent of hers to fill the page with the most amazing taste, a wonderfully expressive in awesome detail, with perfection in the layering, shadows that make the clusters shine and the element become almost touchable. The combination of the centred circle with the balance of all the horizontal lines , the gorgeous background full of life and warmth…the whole thing is a perfect beauty!!!!

This will be all from me today! Remember you can get to the original gallery by clicking in the high-lt name of the LO & author, and leave a word or two to these amazingly talented ladies!!! Have a great weekend!

 

 

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Finger Pointing – October 6th –

6 Oct

Hello!!!! I’m delighted to be posting for you today, I have missed some posts, as a matter of fact I couldn’t even scrap almost the whole of September, I was unwell, my dad was admitted in hospital,I was in & out of hospital the whole month, but I was determined to be able to make it to enjoy iDSD and that included coming to post for you. Our internet isn’t working it’s best either, and if that wasn’t enough….only a few hours ago I got a phone call that now my mum was admitted in hospital which almost took me of my tracks, so I may not be as thorough as my usual, but I hope you love these pages and get inspired as much as I do. As usual, it had been difficult to cut them to just a few, but finally got it done :)

I’m going to start with one of my most loved, admired, inspirational scrappers in the whole industry, Jenn aka jk703 with a page she calls Outtakes. She always shines and this one I have been loving since she first posted, her boys gorgeous with those shinning smiles, the photo of a high quality treated to make it even more amazing, the take on the template such perfection, the colors superbly in sync, the super simple embellishment  and then there are those shadows, and the perfect seal to the page with that tittle … absolutely amazing!!!!!!

To follow, here is another awesome artist, one who can wow us with any style, scrappydonna with this amazingly gorgeous, super cute page called Xoxo.  Funny, I just realized now that both pages have black & white photos, and here like in Jenn’s page above, the treatment illuminates the whole page! Love big photo LOs, I used to make at least 50% of my pages with big photos when I started, so this caught my heart from very first look. The whole thing is beauty all together, and full of precious little details. Love how the pattern paper fits perfectly to add value to the page without taking over the importance of the photo, and her masterful creation of the embellishment strip/cluster, the layering is perfect, the elements chosen are delicate and ohhh those shadows!!!!! Perfection everywhere!!!

Another incredibly talented girl whom I am always, always happy to find in the gallery, no matter which is the style her page comes in, LeeAndra with Fall is My favorite. Love the more than fabulous statement here, how well achieved: Not only the feeling of the crisp season is present with strength with the colors, the dimension those shadows give to the whole composition, the layering is so amazingly perfect and the photo so amazingly beautiful and happy, topped with the gorgeous word art, it makes my heart sing!

Having chronic conditions (both visible and invisible type) I am always excited with new “doctor” medical kits and the pages that I see coming out of them. In this page, Ouch by always amazing JillW, there is so much beauty, starting by the fact that a not so beautiful event is transformed into a mini master piece, amazingly elegant, full of pieces to have me staring for ages, and loving it so so much! Love how she concentrated the delicate, beautiful composition to the middle and took the journaling to be as important part of it. The wonderful layering with the addition of the subtle, super gorgeous shadows makes the whole thing a delight for the heart and sight!!!

Another one of my super favorite ladies, who also happens to be a designer, one of those who shines as much in her designs as in her pages. Colorful Autumn by Akizo also achieves that wonderful warm feeling of the season,  the choice of patterns is amazing, super harmonious, the crossed paper strips give movement to the whole page. The dominant terracotta color brings October into the page, the photos with also harmony in colors, gorgeously located and those flower cluster are the most beautiful thing!!!!

From some pages delightfully filled, we go to one of the most amazing Queens of Blank Space. Rae aka bcgal00 with Hummingbird. I am in love with this from way go with the black background, the wonderful composition, the way the red  brightens up the LO, the perfectly layered elements with amazingly gorgeous shadows, which to me are very difficult when scrapping a black background, but here she makes it all look effortless!!!!

As an adopted Londoner, I am always looking for inspiration for the so many photos we have, so coming across this one is jut what I was looking for!!! The blending is a complete work of art, I can get lost in so much detail, and at the same time all is pure harmony! The whole spirit of modern London blends with the old and this page is just one marvelous that can transport us there in  a second!!! Here is London by zwyck

Last but never ever least…this page is called Picture of You by faby33, and I am so taken, so in awe of this, that words escape me and I want to carry on just looking at it!!!! The blending, the amazing expression that is even deeper worked by the blending and touches all over, this is just something to be hugely admired!!!! Love the perspective too, everything in here is wOw!!!!!

This is all from me today, I hope you love these, and, as always, you can get to the original galleries by just clicking on the high lit name of the artist & LO. Please spare a minute ir tow to live an encouraging word, we all know it is a powerful thing that can be and how beautiful is to be able to do it! Thanks so much for looking!!!!

 

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Finger Pointing – August 25th –

25 Aug

Hello once again! As usual, my week was a crazy one, which, thanks to my baby girl (a 21 years old baby! LOL) went as smoothly as a week of our lives can be, but made it impossible for me to post last night so, here I am on the almost afternoon on a Saturday, almost sunny, in an (also almost!) peaceful state of mind, especially after getting around the galleries to share with you some of our most amazing artists!!! Here you are, from yesterday (just a couple of galleries this time!)

Shadow, by the awesome beszteri: Not sure if you have noticed, but I rarely start a post with the art journal pages, but in this case? I couldn’t NOT post this as a starting point, because there is so much awesome, so much creativity, beauty, wisdom and I  could carry on with adjectives to enhance this awesome page but I am sure you are more than capable to feel these by your own self. The talent Eszter has is obvious in each ad everyone of her pages, and in this one with also much strength, it made me stop for quiet a long time to just bask in the amazing feeling of the visuals, composition, technique, overall beauty and then the amazing wisdom of that quote which is a good reminder to (I am sure) most of us. Absolute Stand Out!!!!!

Ocean View, by also awesome 3Littleks:  it becomes so difficult to avoid common words with someone like Brenda, because, like with Eszter, she has all these qualities that make perfection in every way, possible. She is one of these talented people whom, even though we have never spoken beyond galleries or forums or chat scraps, I have this amazing feeling of knowing her so much, enjoying the knowing of her family life and her own feelings with so much delight through her always amazing pages. As usual, here she manages to give us so much with that always impressive elegance of her blank space beauty. I am so in love with the amount of photos and how amazingly well worked with those masks (one? two? three? whatever the number, AWESOME!) the delicate addition of the elements, and the beautiful journaling… I know I would be willing to go back in an instant if possible too!!!! Absolutely, and amazingly wonderful!!!!

Juneau, by another awesome, JillW: even though I have come a long way and have now grown and learned that scrapbooking can hardly be tied to a simple definition, if you ask me what it is, I still would answer to the linear simplicity of memory keeping with beauty and application of the arts. I don’t accept the “craft”  definition because if you, looking at these amazing creations, don’t see art, I would not waste another minute arguing my case. In this page, I see all that reflected. As I said, even though I have grown to learn to understand, love  and admire the elegance of the minimalism in scrapbooking,  the importance of showing photos & enhancing them with wonderful art is my passion and in this page my heart sings in every pixel, every piece of the composition brings joy. The big photo, not being the sunny stereotype of the travel brochures, makes me even more wanting to investigate the page and then discover every awesome part of the cluster of elements, the perfect layering, the absolutely awesome shadows, the overall perfection of all put together. The row of anchors is perfect to frame the gorgeous smaller photo, and the choice of font is so in sync with the whole thing (I had to look closer to see if it was text or some border beautifully painted!), it is all so very beautiful…my heart keeps singing, and my traveler soul is in need of movement!!!!

September Mambi Happy Planner Spread by undeniably awesome Jenn McCabe: I maybe a bit biased here as she is my Friend, my confident and my rock, my listener and adviser, but hey…she got to be all that because it all started with me admiring her pages so, so much, and the power she has through them to make one’s day so much better…so the biased doesn’t quiet count…right? Her pages are all delightful, awesomeness in every way possible, and when she goes hybrid, oh well, then I want to make my life happen, so I can have a planner like this!!!! Love the way all is super clean and ready to be filled with busy times, and the idea of having life recorded like this, and that in later times someone, 50 or a hundred years in time, will be able to look back and have a beautiful account of life in our era…or even if only ourselves looking on these in 10 years, looking at the beauty and color, the super cute elements and labels and, as if the visuals weren’t enough, she shares with us how she made the most of the planner set…. so that my heart sings even louder!!!!!!

You Are My Favorite by OH so awesome Rubia Padilha aka Studio Basic Designs, whom, despite all her awesomeness (as much as a scrapper as with her designs) she is so humble that I am sure she rather I was highlighting some other page from her designer gallery….which I could have, as each and every page posted is more than amazingly awesome (I should mention Hey Jude, Nietis, Donna, Keeley-B, Mother Bear and more but I reckon you better go see for yourself HERE) still, Rubia’s page calls me and I click and I fall in love over and over again!!!!! Even if you haven’t gone through the whole Brian’s story with her, you can’t but melt your heart with that gorgeous little face, that cheeky smile that reaches the eyes and goes through your heart, and then all the explosion of superb additions on that hand-made feeling I so much love for my own pages!!! impossible not to fall in love. The layering behind the photo is already a work of art. LOVE the mixture of a very much smaller frame that plays with the photo white and makes the eye make a double take, and then come back to discover more, like the black small frame and all that myriad of gorgeous layering on the left bottom corner,  that amazingly gorgeous tittle work with a perfect choice of pattern (which to me- in my own scrapping-  is an achievement!!!) the mixture with the different textures including the metal word art, my heart is so full of joy and when you think she has done it all and is perfection… you read the journaling done both in English and in Portuguese, with those words we could really try translate but our language is so rich, we would need to use so many English ones… oh I’m almost overwhelmed but there is more so I see the bracket and that cute camera element, and the balance of color with the top pat of the tittle is joyful too….. so I could carry on, but I am going to be cheeky and go into the fact that, in Portuguese, she says the boy is only hers….I have news for you Ruh, you are sharing him with us (even if in a minimal way) at least with his crazy Brazilian “auntie” that would love to hold her daughter growing so she can marry him one day!!!!  (hey, didn’t Madonna & Elba both married boys 25 years their juniors? there is less than that with Brian & Sarita!!!LOL) Blissful. enchantingly full of perfection page!!!

Ellie Standard Time by another awesome fav of mine, LeeAndra, not only I LOVE each and everyone of her pages, but I have seen by now a pattern of how our lives seem to have so many similarities, even though I know we are probably very different (starting by the fact that I maybe old enough to be her mum!) She is so talented, so very talented, I know her only through her pages, gallery comments and forums, some chat/scraps  but her talent is so great, she pours her soul and her every day with such quality, I have grown to love her as if she was living around the corner from me and we were having coffee every other day…she also has this special gift with her photo-less pages: never afraid of journaling LOTS and capturing the every day with literary beauty, and in this page specifically, the creativity starts in the tittle, extends to the gorgeous visual composition and goes into the journaling which made me smile and laugh and think how much it applies to my own daughter (only mine should know better, at 21 years old!!! LOL)  Love the way she makes me understand that what I see as laziness can actually be one of those amazing discoverings of special talents our kids have….and inspires me to get all this into paper myself.  The choice of template is perfection, love the geometric creativity and her application of color and the awesome subtle addition of that busy pattern in the bottom left corner…again, and again, and again, LOVE this girl, LOVE this page!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoying the Beach, by another superbly amazing creative, DeannaJ: Here is another of the eclectic awesome creatives, the kind that shines in no mater which style she takes on, an amazing memory keeper with so much beauty and passion, I take inspiration in each and everyone of her pages. I love looking at the ways she creates to never make her pages alike, and still, even one can recognize her a mile away, each and every page has its originality and is full of beauty and the love for her amazing family. When I first saw this one, I thought it was a one photo blended…and to my surprise I see there are in fact 3 of them!!!  Love how beautifully they are blended, how gorgeous the subtle patterns are incorporated to the images, like the net in the bottom and those white doodles at the top, I can see her thinking on composing and love discovering how much there is through the beautiful shadows here, just enough with very few elements and the addition of those amazing waves at the bottom…..Love the tiny bits of yellow to cut through the almost monotone composition, there is love, peace, beauty, relaxation and that awesome way of memory keeping she has …so so glad to have come across this!!!!!Pure awesome!!!!!

Last but never ever least, Vacation Highlight by another awesome lady, eve11ne: I remember discovering her in 2014, when I was writing GSOs for Andrea of Little Green Frog Designs (rest in peace, my amazing Friend). It was after I had fallen in love with templates and discovered how NOT easy it is to interpret a template well, especially when we talk about extremes. It isn’t at all easy to compose a really great blank space, minimalist page, as it isn’t easy to create, like in this case, a page that fills the whole of the surface,  without making it confusing and making you want to move into something else……and here is, without a doubt, a page so amazing to follow, so beautifully clean yet full of amazing perfection… the choices to fulfill the template and interpret it so that is easy to follow and a delight to stop to read and discover, the gorgeous freshness and fun with the colors, the amazing surprise to look closer and see it is an actual winter page…and even more of a delight to read it is South Korea. One of my daughter’s best friends, Nadia, has been feeding us (literally and culturally) South Korea for years, and she is traveling to spend a month there is just a week, plus we are going for Korean barbecue on Monday!!! LOVE this page, love the affinity I feel as we also travel to see family and have so much same and different, I always love her pages but this is one for the “to lift, most definitely” list!!!!!! Amazing art with all the passion of memory keeping!!!!!!

This will be all from me today. As usual, you know you can reach their original galleries by clicking on the high lit name of the LO and author. We all know how much a word or two of praise can make our day for the better, so, please, take a minute or two to do so!!!! Congratulations to all these awesome creative ladies and Thanks to you all so much for stopping to get inspired and amazed with us, have a great weekend!!!!!

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – August 11th –

11 Aug

Hello hello!!!  Hope you are all having an amazing weekend!!! I had the week from hell from Thursday before last until this past one, to do with failed supermarket deliveries and really dumb customer service, with two of the biggest chains of groceries shopping in the UK…so I think when I finally got over my high blood pressure and anxiety that elevates pain levels (I have a heart failure condition too!) my body decided that insomnia wasn’t right and gifted me with long hours sleep!!! Luckily, our community is filled with awesome people, some of them who sometimes come to our rescue as family members…so here I am, late- nothing new here LOL- but with you! As usual, my heart is completely broken after having to close so many tabs in order to fit into the post…but here you are, some of the most amazing creations from yesterday galleries :)

I’m quiet sure this is a familiar feeling for most of us, the feel a wonderful connection and even deep friendship with other scrappers, so much that you can spot their pages from 5 miles, you know their style, their kids, the family history, and feel with them in every page. This page, Wanderlust by Jenn McCabe is one of those moments in which I realized how blessed I am with the talented people around me whom I can call friend. She always shines in each and everyone of her pages and this has me wanting to stay, stare and discover.! The layering is awesomely out of this world, with different textures and so perfectly clever shadows, the perfect balance of elements, the awesome photo treatment…. and the feeling that this all gives me as I was in a situation like this a couple of years ago when Sarita (DD_ went to work at Summer Camp in Canada, almost the same picture, almost the same heart breaking a little together with a huge pride on the knowing they start to fly solo. Absolute. Awesomness. Without a doubt!

And to follow, another one of those incredibly talented people, this one shines in any style she proposes to create, and to me, is the kind that always inspire and impress. For many of us, scrapping school pages can be a challenge, so finding something like this page, Homework Time by EllenT, is marvelous inspiration! The stitches grid as a mat is gorgeous, one can never have too many stitches! as usual her talent shines in using almost the whole element pack but making it in a way that the page is so clean cut and tidy, so beautiful at first sight, and then you want to keep finding hidden tiny details, but here what impresses me the most (and this is mainly why I picked instead of one of the other amazing pages she posted yesterday) is the incredibly wonderful idea to base the whole composition with one of the kit’s elements, this is pure awesome!!!!!!!

You are probably tired of me being so repetitive, but this has to be said again and again: LOVE love LOVE and love a little but more designers who scrap!!! even more so those who are so prolific that inspire constantly. They also give me the biggest dilemma as which page to highlight, and believe you me, today it was a heart break . Finally I decided to go for  Waipatiki by LynnG.  So many reasons why:  The big photo, which is gorgeous and a record of one of these moments that are not an everyday thing, and the joy it captures in the little one smile is so strong I can feel it all the way here. The use of a busy pattern is so cleverly chosen so nothing gets taken over, the addition of  the word arts for the tittle and those beautiful word strips, the super gorgeous layering in the top right…. and I can be here till the cows come home to tell you how much I love the page, and the author!!!! But you can’t stand me that long so I move on LOL

Another one of those Layout artist who can delight and make your jaw fall with any style they propose to go for, and each and every time I learn something new from them, each and every time I wish I had all the time and enough health to be a lot more around the galleries to stop in every page they make, well she is one of those. Her gallery is so full of gems, it is hugely difficult to come up with just one, after much deliberation,  here is 2015 Connor In 2nd Grade by Iowan.  She has that gift that reflects and shines in this page (and each and everyone of the other pages, but as we are here…) … a blank space but not blank space page? well, I am not sure I can label it but sure thing is, I am in love with this and the absolutely amazing way she can scrap with such a busy background  and make the actual centered composition shine… LOVE the photos!!!!! The color play here is fabulous ad keeps the whole thing tidy with keeping it to mainly the red & black, the fabulous details like that string  which I had not seen first time I looked, the initial a bit of center with the smaller elements, oh this is just pure joy!!!!!!

From the blank space not so blank, to one of my most loved and admired Blank Space, Clean and Simple Queens, here is Sucali with Travelogue. She is another one of those I could pick each and every week, her pages always have such an impact, she is one of those with whom I learned how difficult it can be to make an impressive bank space , clean and simple page. I used to think it wasn’t much of an effort, but how wrong I was! in here you can see all the right choices: a more than amazing photo incorporated into a card, with just a couple of lines, combined fonts or word art,  the detail of that tab with the washi so, so amazingly well shadowed one can almost touch, so real it is, the gorgeous straw circle with the flower, again, shadows so amazing… Susanne’s talent shines with elegance!!!! Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!

This has my heart jumping of joy and almost speechless with much beauty and talent in the overall way this,  In Love with Paris by Barbara Houston, is made. We call them Gallery Stand Outs and this cannot be closer to that definition. As soon as I saw the whole gallery page, the thumbnail of this one stood so much that was calling me…and when I go to look closer…oh my!!!!!!!! this is so so amazing!!!!!!!!! The photo is the kind I LOVE to scrap and love so much seeing it in others who are such an inspiration as this…a non typical landmark photography that tells the story of the kind I love the most when traveling, the discovery of old places, the sensation of being in the depths of the country’s history and beauty. Not only visually here the page is a blast: gorgeous photo editing, absolutely mind blowing blending which I cannot find the words to explain but is almost as if I am standing in the same alley in front of that broken wall, that black thread and just a gorgeous inked title work, great font (or maybe a word art),  with a one liner in the bottom for the record, the subtle ink splatter, just a few drops in a perfectly balanced work of art…so, not only visually but also there is a detail that makes me fall in love with this even 1000 times more: there is an explanation of how the page came to be, the story, not just the process with which is made -which is great that they share- but to me, the story behind a page when there isn’t much of journaling and the page is such artistry as this…it makes it more complete. Totally in LOVE!!!!

Now this next page, Everything is a Gift by joelsgirl, is another mind blowing awesomeness!!!!!! LOVE love LOVE and love it, my heart sings and dances and I am in awe when I find things like this: super original, combining tons of stuff, wonderfully composed, impact that stays with you for days, months and that I am sure will keep in my memory and heart for even years. Again, not only the visual side of this page is out of this world impressive, the colors jumping at me in the most amazing way, the fabulous tittle work, those more than marvelous extractions and the way they are placed in the whole composition, but also the heart of this page pulsing  with the journaling in the way it is done, a soul pouring in short sentences and making us recognize life in it’s most real everyday, this is by all standards a work of art, the most awesome memory keeping,  but even more so for me, having lived in many different countries and having to adapt to completely different cultures…… Impressive. Original. Indeed A Gift!

Last but never, ever, ever ever least, another one of my most favorite girls around: LeeAndra with this awesome page called Me. As usual with her, the whole package here: great visuals, colors defined that jump and make an impression, love it that there are very few colors and the black & white thing is predominant, the photo is gorgeous and so so perfect with the journaling, which is delightful (even though me being very, very much her senior I feel like giving a few words of advise LOL) This is another example of how much very few items in the page can make it a piece of art that makes an impression, beautifully selected elements, super cleverly chosen color scheme, more than amazing shadows, simple tittle and a heartfelt journaling… as always with her, I feel like I know her quiet well even though I don’t think we have ever crossed path outside of galleries comments and forums conversations….and this page just has my heart!!!!!!!!

This is all from me today. Hope you enjoy and find inspiration in these amazing ladies’ pages, and, as always: you can reach their original galleries by clicking in the high-lit name of the LO and author, sparing just a couple of minutes to give them a word or two of love, always goes a long way!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing, have an amazing weekend!!!

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – July 14th –

14 Jul

Hello!!! It is good morning to me (as usual, writing on the morning after!!!) I think I got so upset by a problem I had with Amazon on Prime Day, that I needed two days of sleeping to calm me down! I keep telling myself I should not let these things affect me…but, sadly, they do. Anyway, slept and happy now,  so I will share with you some of the most amazing pages I have found from the past couple of days in the galleries! As usual, remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the high-lit name of the LO and author, we all know how much a word or two can make a difference in our day!!!!

I will start with this awesome, amazingly gorgeous page by an equally amazing (and gorgeous!) lady whom I love with all my heart, Lula Belle by Lor. As the name of our blog tells you, we look for pages that stand out in the galleries, and each and every page by Lor does, without a doubt. In this case then? ohhhhh how much sweetness and cute overload this gives to my morning!!!!!! Love so much the use of the template here, the delicate way of embellishing, the elegance of the colors combined with the awesome photograph…. this page makes me feel like (almost) giving up on my denying Sarita a puppy!!!!! Absolute delight of a page!!!!!!!

Next, with a heart full of JOY (in caps because I cannot explain the dimension of it unless you hear my voice and see my face!) is July 4th 2017 by yellowpeep. We don’t talk outside of the galleries & forums little chats, but I have learned in the past 4 years to know this amazing lady and the work she does, which reflects in her scrapping. This one particularly, with the gorgeous family photo, the journaling in white standing out with the gorgeously added word strips, and ohhhh my to the awesome clustering here!!!!!!! Perfectly chosen elements – I love those windy thingies (and here you know I am not a native English speaker, apologies) but never know how to make them look good in my pages-  they look so perfect here!!! The gorgeous stamps/brushes/paints in the background to highlight even more the perfection of every element, and the realistic, wonderful shadows that complete this as a super inspiring, total joy of a page!!!!!! I have to add here that, even though we aren’t USA nationals or live in the country, both my daughter and I celebrate the 4th with you all, as we have a huge love for all things North American…which makes this page even more of a joy!!!!! (and yes, I made a 4th of July page too!!!)

Now next page will become actually a couple of pages by the same {amazingly awesome} scrapper, AmberR. Almost every week I am on blog duty I see pages of hers I make a mental note to highlight but for one reason or another it hasn’t happen so I thought I take the liberty of making this a double.  The first page is Sk8 – A more than gorgeous pocket style page, with such delightful, awesome photos, again with the wonderful red, white & blue color scheme that jumps at the eye with energy and makes you stay staring to discover every detail. The beautiful choice of paper patterns added, the elements as fun as the photos , everything so completely in sync, wonderful clean lines of the template being made even more wonderful by the marvelous elements addition.

Second page is Hello Friend. This was just calling me in the gallery this morning when I came to make the post, and I thought I could NOT not show case it!!!! Love that the central element is that fidget spinner (and this I looked up the name on google!!LOL)  the page makes me want to go back in time enough that my {21 years old now} daughter would want to play with it, more than anything for me to make a page LOL.. Love the dominant green, the background paper that gives that graffiti, street feeling, the gorgeous composition with the stamps and the gorgeous layering. The realistic elements like the frame, the fidget spinner , leaves and thread on top of the paints are so perfectly shadowed, the kind that makes me feel I can stretch to touch, and the addition of the journaling which I couldn’t completely read (old age, wrong glasses, it pixelates when zooming too much!)  but I know talks about friendship and a girl who gives her heart to family and friends…. making the page even more amazing!!!!!!

You know how I always explain my love and deep admiration for people who go hybrid, and I tell you not juts because is hybrid is better, but when I find an outstanding project, it is a given my love and admiration is doubled, tripled and grows even further when I think how much I use the “undo” button, and how in paper once you put scissors to it …that’s it… so yes, my admiration for hybrid people is HUGE. We do have some amazingly awesome hybrid artists around, and I have discovered one whom I already loved on digital. Her hybrid projects are so amazing I almost jump of happiness when I found this in the gallery!!!!  This, You are my Sunshine Greeting Card by londoncuppa , is one of those that makes me stare in awe for hours. Gorgeous choices of elements, the beautifully soft pastels in contrast with the deep green and the bright yellow, all beautifully layered and that superb tittle with the word art…oh this is so amazing!!!!!!! I have to add that even her logo is something gorgeous!!! Even more so when you think this is a North American lady in love with all things British. Absolutely and amazingly awesome all together!!!!!!!!

This next page, SumCamp17- Wk 2 Letter by LisaDV first called my attention visually, with the beautiful image, the soft blending and the clean feeling with the white , the gorgeous word art and the detail of the pink tabs  framing the page. Then I got on reading the journaling, and as someone who lives on high levels 24/7 pain,  being a mother and knowing that even a head cold when is my daughter’s hurts 50 times more than all my health conditions together…. my feeling was wanting to go find this lady to hug her and wishing I could help in some way. This is one of the things that I also talk about often: the power of our art, the wonderful power of the scrapbooking which not only makes memory keeping  a legacy to our families, a therapy like no other for many of us who suffer of chronic conditions, but also the huge power of turning events often sad or angering (like a child’s illness, something I sometimes have trouble understanding about our world) into beyond words beautiful pieces of art.  I’m so glad to be able to share this with you’ll. I also wish I could somehow help, will have you in our prayers, and try to keep updated to be able to come give you some virtual hugs & celebrate when she is back to her cheerful self.

Next is Buddies by Erica Zane. Once again: designers who scrap!!! awesome!!!! Even more so when they are as prolific as she is, though it is difficult for me to decide which of the pages to highlight…this one is one I not only in LOVE by visuals, with the clean cut lines and big tittle, many (amazing!) photos, super cute elements and marvelous shadows, but the whole feeling of the page, from title to journaling, something I know well, in parts of my life me being the one moving, more recently lots of my friends moving far away… wonderfully reflected!!! I love the way she makes the tittle composition with the card extending to the gorgeous cork alpha (wonderful depth!) and fonts…the whole feel is represented in each and every bit of the page!

If you know me, you know I love passionately full on pages. Then when this, This Old Tree by Jill shows up… I NEED to share this with you!!!! Love the main big photo, the sequence so well coordinated of the smaller ones, the perfection of the way she thought the way to place the photos in a way that the tree becomes an element in the page to support the movement… Love the colors, subtle and also integrated, the gorgeous greens of the nature elements used, those flowers are gorgeous, the whole thing is amazing!!!!!!!

Last but never, ever , ever ever least…talking about full on pages…she is the Queen of them!. Actually, she can shine in absolutely ANY style she takes on, but this, Eat Your Veggies by apottinger,  a super full on, happy, wonderfully put together page is just what my heart delights on!!!! LOVE how much there is on the page, me making so many food/cooking pages I am always on the hunt for gorgeous kits and this is just so super awesomely show cased!!!!! Love the take on the template, the title work is great, and love that she included the book cover…this is something I will be looking for too!!! In love with this super cheerful, awesome page!!!!!

This will be all from me today. Hope you enjoyed, get inspired as much as I do!!! As I mentioned above, you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the high-lit name of the LO & author. If you can spare a few minutes to stop and leave them some love, I know this will be greatly appreciated!!!! Have an amazing weekend!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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