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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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Finger Pointing – July 7th –

7 Jul

Hello!!! Hope you are all well, around here in London, the weather is playing the extreme heat and just now (almost 3am of Saturday!!!) it is giving us a bit of a breather so I thought I get to come here to enjoy the gorgeous pieces in the galleries and get inspired helping you getting inspired too! With July started and the hot temps in some parts of the world, the themed summer pagers abound, all of them are more than amazing which, as usual, kept me hours trying to decide which pages to keep…but finally got down to very few, here they are:

Summertime by wombat146 is one of those jewels (as she does!!) that shows how a scrapbook page can transform a wonderful photo into an even more wonderful, shining piece of art and even give it soul…. love the word art used fir the title, the way it reflects the light & plays with the golden sun…overall perfection!!!

Following the summer theme, I’ve found this incredibly, beautiful, amazingly well composed  page, summertime by gracielou. There is so much so beautiful, the whole page is so amazingly though through, that the choice of every paper adds and the sum of all the parts is beyond perfection. There is everything: the gorgeous photo treatment, word arts, beautiful and super elegant cluster, the journaling, each & everything so little and delicate…as I said: beyond perfection.

And as we go escalating into the summer theme, here I found it in all it’s glory in fls by Marnel:  super fun photos, an explosion of color so well mixed with all the bits and pieces  and then we have those absolutely perfect, awesome shadows!!! the layering  is so rich, so perfectly arranged and (once again) the shadows complete the super fun experience!!!!

Bejaardensoos by berniek : Now with this page I am so SO delighted to have found, as I don’t usually come across her pages late at night (which is now more like early in the next day morning LOL) Love her gorgeous clean style always, and in here love the fact that she went a bit out of her usual with so many layers, so well thought! Those clusters are amazing and the diversity of element type and textures also carefully thought too, I run out of words but you only need to look and you will know!!!

Weekend Shots by Shivani :  More amazing inspiration from this talented girl with skills in every area in life and with her photographs (that ares so incredibly gorgeous!!!!!) and her talent to add just the very right amount of  layers, title words, word arts, everything is balanced… here those shadows enhance the whole page even more!!!

Extra by Rubia Padilha aka Studio Basic Designs always, each & every time, wOw’s with her pages, and this one has already grabbed my heart. There is a bit of magic in every child, and this one has it in a double dose..that cheeky smile, the wonderful photo with the perfect, awesome light, the gorgeous  framing with those stars and the layering/blending in the background that brings all to the eye with beauty, soul and amazing technique…. those shadows that have the power to enhance the whole page, and the touch of the string that also takes the eye all around…oh I could be here for ages telling you how much I love this!!!!!

Weekend by Shannon C is another one of the beauties I chose for today. I am a bit weary of people who keep posting food photos that are not exactly  appealing.. but this is not just a gorgeous dish, but the most beautiful compilation of photos that with the work done for the page turns the ordinary into extraordinary. The colors are beautifully combined, the cutouts area created for the journaling is perfect, Everything works in more than perfect harmony…and now not only I LOVE the page but I am so hungry!!!!!!

Last but never ever least, (& to make me even hungrier! LOL) Tapas by ValeJules. I love Tapas, best way to share food, the presentation of the place here is such an original way to show, love how there is so much in this composition that it is almost hiding, so subtle incorporated, and still the blank space and her amazing skills for blending, the result is a master piece!!!

As usual, this is all from me today, hope you enjoyed and get inspired by these awesome, creative people. The original gallery can be reached by clicking in the high-lit name of the page and author, leave them a word or two, we all know how huge a difference can make in one’s day!!!! Have a great weekend!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – June 30th –

30 Jun

Hello! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!! I am (once again!) writing on the morning of the 1st of July as my health plays tricks on me as usual, I woke up later than I thought I would, so I thought I try to go for a fast process of choosing…but (once again!) that seems to be impossible. Going through the galleries and discovering the amazing magic of people’s lives, memories and art expressions is not only inspiring but heart warming and even makes you hopeful, with all the ugly events happening here in the UK (and all over the world) is so great to see people doing their little bit to keep the world full of love and sharing :) So here I have some amazing creations to inspire you with your own.  As always, it was painful to have to choose just a few, hope you love them as much as I do!!!

Starting with an awesome page, Escape to the Sea by  talktoheather  (you may know her as Heather Joyce or Fonts by Heather). This is so beautiful, perfectly composed, full of elegance and superb detail!  My first thought was how I wish I scrapped when my daughter was a baby. I did get to make her life in scrapped books until her 8th year, but it was the beginning of me scrapping, so perfection on technique that translates in joy to the heart like this? nope, it wasn’t possible. This page just makes me want to go start all over again. The big close up photo that tells the heart of the story, the smaller photo with the layering so clever, the perfection of the choice of elements and placement, the right amount of blank space that lends total elegance, everything so amazingly balanced…. yup, definitely a Stand Out!!!!!

Next, another superbly elegant, more than amazing Queen of Blank Space/elegant artist with heart & soul : Here by JenEm. She was one of the first people who changed my perception of the blank space, sometimes clean & simple styles, I had a tendency to think that kind of styles did not need much…so wrong I was, but I am again talking about myself when I should be just ..not doing so LOL.  Through Jen I discovered how much one can say with concentrating a composition to a limited amount of space, how much a photo or two can speak out for the experience, and then over the years (4 or 5!!??!!! LOVE this girl!!!!)  seeing her combining styles, telling stories and sharing feeling in her elegance that I can now tell at 10 miles distance…. and all of that is present here. The absolute perfection of the photo split and the treatment, the opacity and blending that gives the nostalgic feel you will then get even deeper with the journaling which touches every mother’s heart, the focus on breaking the lines with circles that is more than perfect, Everything here is  a balm for the heart, perfection in every way possible, as she always, each & every time, does!

Moving onto another of my most loved and inspiring scrappers, one of those than can master any style, all with the same talent that brings perfection in technique hand by hand with amazing heart & soul, NO BRA by Dalis, and yes, the tittle in caps for you to hear how loud she is shouting proud! Love the colorful explosion she has created here, the photo that warms my heart and shines light into the whole page, the amount of stuff used without making a dot of mess, so much detail and this is one of the things I love most in full on pages, so much to discover and learn for our own pages… the journaling  in a hand written font that gives it even more personal feeling, a hand made text full of pride which makes me proud as I read… and I could be here for another few hours talking about all the marvels this page brings to our attention, exactly the type that makes my heart sing for days, and love the power of scrapping that brings so much by sharing personal experiences, a jewel in the gallery!!!

Now this just made me go OMG as soon as I saw the thumbnail, and when I looked closer the OMG turned into a w0w oh my how AWESOME is this page???!!!! Some of my Favorite LOs by Cinderella has so much awesome, so much gorgeous beauty, heart & soul, amazing technique that I am honestly lost as to where to start. I think one good point is the fact that she shares the way she achieved the look of the sphere from a tutorial, then the expertise she used in choosing the order the pages to go in so that the eye follows in perfect harmony, love that top border stitched to the page, the hand written font (again) and word art that combined with the stamps gives so much of a hand made feel to the page and this continues the feel with the choice of background paper…. and even more so as she used one of my top favorite kits of all time. I just can’t stop staring at this page, LOve and LOVE and LOVE and then love a little bit MORE!!!!

And keeping in that feeling of amazement, the OMG and wOws and oh how I wish I could make stuff like this is this next page, Travel by Applechick. Not only all the photo treatment, all the editing, blending, combining photo to come up with this FABULOUS piece of art, but also the fact that she gives us an account of  what inspired, what made the page happen, and I know only too well the feeling of getting stranded in airports, loosing trains and buses as a result, the stress of it all that I think I would feel with this page even if I had never left the place I live in, so amazing well done this is!!!! I think more words would get lost in this excellent piece of art, so I will stop here, but, again, I can’t stop looking at this. A perfect in every way page!

Carrying on the superb pieces of art, Dare to Fly by alannabanana is (as a norm with her!) a delight for the heart and sight, an inspirational page that has it all. The gorgeous choices of elements, perfection on her layering that makes you feel like stretching into the screen to touch because the shadows are so amazingly done, subtle but with enough strength to make them real, the amount of different textures like the brushes and paints with the more corporeal elements like those gorgeous bits of lace and the perfectly (again) shadowed string, the pieces of word art in the same line with written ones and word strips, all together makes me see wings even in the background paper….perfection and beauty that inspires, once again, in love with this!!!!!!

Another more than awesome piece of art in this next page, Brave Man by JanaNJ. I know I can’t stop myself marveling with her creations, each of her pages is full of story telling with a huge heart and a strength in soul that shares her experiences in all ways you can think of, and here the whole thing is present. Amazingly gorgeous blending, the processing of the image that makes it turn into almost an oil painting but it goes beyond what a painting would tell me, the gorgeous tittle work , all the brushes and paints, the combination of it all is just a piece to stare at for hours…. superb as always with her pages!!!!

Last but not in the slightest way least, an amazing piece of hybrid: Summer by cropkat. I have the highest admiration for hybrid people, which isn’t saying I would love a hybrid project more than a digital page just because of the skills one needs to own to produce hybrid, but when something like this comes to my attention…I cannot but be marveled with the whole thing. The whole page makes my heart sing with the gorgeous choices, the perfect ones so the tropical feeling is, most definitely, present (and I know about that feeling, spent half of my life in the tropics!)  the photos are amazing, the fun with all the colors and the super cute cacti and flairs, her layering with gorgeous use of word arts, that tittle work that is SO amazing!!!!! if you click on the name of the LO and author high-lit here you can go to the gallery and see the other images for this more than superb creation. I know I am not just amazed but also taken into that tropical feeling to last me for the week to keep smiling!!!!!

This is all from me today, hope you enjoy and get inspired as much as I am!!! As I mentioned above, you can click on the high-lit name of the LO and author to get to their original galleries, please take a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how amazing a day can turn with just a couple of words !!! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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Finger Pointing – June 17th

17 Jun

Hi!! Hope you are all well and having a great weekend!! Over here we are having great weather, I wasn’t well to enjoy it so much, but finally we got it together and got to sit outside with my daughter, a book and our car stereo blasting the Legally Blonde Musical sound track (the musical theater one!) Then I had a draw back after the pain management clinic made me go back to….talk about EXACTLY what we had talked about in the assessment (the second one actually) for which they have made me wait for 6+ months…. and I was so upset to have wasted all that energy and time for nothing (spent the whole afternoon in the clinic) that I have been falling asleep sitting up since then… which means I am a little bit late (as usual ) so I am trying to make it brief (as usual, which means I may not be able to LOL) Here are some absolutely awesome, amazingly gorgeous pages to inspire you!

Every time I come across Dalis pages my heart fills with love, my face has it’s jaw drop and I’m in awe of each and every bit of the whole thing….my problem today (and every time!) is which one of her awesomely awesome pages to share with you, as she has her gallery shinning with beauties. I was more than amazed with a page she made called Insta Love, so I would love it if you click HERE to have a look at it, and I will also now show you this page from her called Serenity, which I think is a star page to start this post…with all her talent combined, the shinning perfection of the photography with the blending and the brilliant use of word art and fantastic construction of her corner cluster that binds the whole concept with (yeah, I repeat myself, I know) total perfection. A star stand out!

Designers who scrap, and in this case even more so, designers who scrap often , result in us loving their creations even more. I know my love keeps growing for them, and every page these particularly talented ladies make has my love, admiration and fascination for how much I learn with her pages too growing. The first one I found, Parenting by Lynne Marie, is especially touching for me as I am just now coming out of a very, extremely difficult time of parenting, so the quote feels so truthful and  almost hurts, but also like her statement in this fabulous page, I, too, go back and do it all again.the background paper was already stunning plain as it came, and then her blending work and her total master of color and the word art put together….another super star that stood out in the gallery with all the heart in it. As I said, constant growing love!

The next awesome designer who scraps prolifically and makes our heart beat faster and, once again, stare in awe at her creations. The make us love every bit of the page  and be amazed with the possibilities their creations can bring us, open a world to any style of scrapping, as is the case of   Dawn Inskip with this beautiful piece called Mistake. Another stunning photo-less page, one that combines the perfection and beauty of the composition, the gorgeous shadows, the touch of fun and even cuteness with the beautiful from the heart expression of the difficulties we all confront in our lives, the amazing feeling of acceptance that makes this page a total stand out, all put together with awesome choices and a mixture of textures plus stunning shadows….as I said, I could be here forever with me talking about it, here it is:

As if my heart wasn’t already racing by the beauty, soul and perfection of the two pages above, I would need a whole post to express how much my heart fills with love, beauty and admiration for this awesome lady who not only is a brilliant artist, a scrapper of the finest class there is, but also shares her talent for the composition  with us through her designs. There is much more I could say but, once again, we will be here ’till the cows come home LOL, so I will try make this short. The page is called Wild Spirit and the author is gonewithethewind, Cheryl, whom you may best know as Fiddle Dee Dee Designs. Her talent shines all over the page: the perfection of multiple action photos, the awesomeness of the crops, the fabulous ability to layer and translate the feeling with color and elements, the more than amazing, absolutely perfection of the shadows, every detail here is more than perfect, and, once again, as if this wasn’t enough to have us all in awe, she shares her talents for free as we can see her scrap her LO on a video (a free master class, if you ask me!) Oh I could keep going, my heart is filled with joy!

Talking about the impressive talent of combining multiple photos, I found this super cute, amazingly gorgeous page, Logan May 2017 by daedesigns and my heart is melting with it! The perfection of the fun way in which all the photos are fitted, the delightful addition of a few elements here and there perfectly located, plus a round up of the whole thing with quiet a lot of journaling and super well fitted is amazing, plus who wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the super beautiful cute face of this gorgeous baby? Awesome page!!!

Another stunning page I found is the gorgeous Snuffle by bbymk5, whose gallery is full of gems and this one brought some memories of my own childhood (even though the one toy of mine that survived was a doll, for some reason I never had bears, at least not that I remember) The beauty of the almost simplicity, the perfection of the blending over a big element, the watercolor background and to make us even happier, an amazing piece of journaling that makes the whole page come alive with sweetness of the childhood has me wanting to share the page with the world…. absolute beauty and soul come shining through!

Another stunning page going for the blank space gorgeousness, with a superbly fabulous take on a template, gorgeous choices, perfection of color combination is Awesome Dad by weaselwatchr, the gorgeous texture of the wood background with the wonderful combination of papers used for the shapes, a super beautiful photo of an awesome dad (which I can vouch for 100% as we met them in person last year! they are both awesome!!!) the shadows that are beyond perfection and the added line/tittle all together makes the whole page really stand out in the gallery!!!

Also on the impeccable gift of the blank space scrapping that combines elegance with gorgeousness of choices, perfection of shadowing and amazing feeling of awe overall is this super awesome page, Space Expo by biancka. Love the sticker like elements that she coordinated so perfectly in this template take, the perfection (once again) of her shadows makes me want to reach and grab, and then the super cute photo in black and white to fill a perfect spot, this is so amazing!!!! Funnily enough, I was watching on Netflix a documentary about Space Camp,  so this on a close up makes me love it even more!!!! Absolute gorgeousness!!!

Now this page, Bingo Challenge #12 Stamped Alphabets by KingsQueen82 really, really stood out and with so many good reasons!!! Love photo-less pages and the ones that use words art of alphas mixed to express, put out a message are my favorites, this one is most certainly done to perfection. Love the amount of alphas she used, the awesome combination of textures, the delicate composition in the sides that is very noticeable but still doesn’t take over the main core of the page, everything works so beautifully here, and with a quote so amazing, so amazingly expressed!!!! I’m in love with this!!!

Another stunning, super stand out is Patience by bbe. The gorgeous big photo not only has an amazing treatment, but is also blended into the puzzle pieces with such perfection, as a matter of fact, there is a lot of crazy blending all over the page that makes me want to stay longer and longer to discover each and every little detail…the page has it all: beauty, great composition, gorgeous elements choices and even the journaling (wise one to follow) all perfectly put together!!!!

Another superb blending master class here with 1920’s The Finger Wave by Iowan. I know Carol does not need introduction if you are a regular visitor here, every page of hers opens a world of possibilities and in my case, the “OMG this is so so amazing I wish I thought of that!” exclamation. Being one of my very top 10 faves, she always, always delights my heart and makes me want to learn the “how to” to every little bit of her compositions, and this one is kind of a master class : perfect blending, amazing clustering, gorgeous shadows and a wonderful piece of journaling to transport you to ones the most amazing times…. my heart is singing now!!!!

Last but not least, an explosion of color, beautiful multiple photo combining, absolute perfection on filling in the page, is this gem from GraceLee, Fun Fair. Love how many layers the template she used has, and how perfectly beautiful her translation of it is! Love the gorgeous Ferris wheel from the kit, I’m in love with her little clusters, a gorgeous one in the top left that balances marvelously with the tittle work in the bottom, the card next to the journaling , everything is delightfully awesome!!!! Now I want to scrap a funfair!!!!

This is all from me today, hope you enjoyed these as much as I do!!! Remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking in the name of the LO and artist, we all know how a word of encouraging  vibe can do to our day!!!! Congrats to all of you awesome creative ladies, and have a wonderful weekend you all!!!!!

 

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Finger Pointing – June 2nd-

2 Jun

Hello!!! Hope everyone is having a great time! Starting the weekend here with beautiful weather, is warmer in London which means all my health conditions behave a bit better, plus I have new medication…the difference isn’t that much as they will only increase dosage in a couple of weeks, but enough to make me less grumpy and more social! As usual, I am writing in the early hours of the morning of the Saturday (03:19 am to be precise!) even though I got started around 11pm, the amount of breath taking pages we always get on the weekend is such, no easy decisions to make! Here they are, some of the most amazing creations I found in today’s galleries!

Summer by Isa Marks: well, I am a bit at loss for words (something that very, VERY rarely happens!!!) or more like I have SO many words that they get scrambled in my head and I am not sure where to start…. this is so, so amazingly well done, I am still in doubt , even after staring at the page for ages, if this is a digital LO or a paper page. Not that it matters in the result, which is absolutely and deliciously amazing, perfectly composed and makes my heart sing in awe…… but, if this is actually a digital LO, you will, I am sure, agree with me that these shadows are something so beautiful, so perfect!!!!!!! The panoramic image is marvelous, the blue sky in harmony with the subtle paints, the layering is gorgeous, beautiful elements , perfect amount  of them too! There is so much harmony here, everything is perfectly balanced, love the cutout paper title…and, once again,,, those shadows!!!!!!! I have a joyful heart after seeing this!

2017 Alex Does a Cartwheel by Iowan: if you know me, or read the blog regularly, you know I LOVE her. My main pr0bkem with Carol is usually that I spent at least an hour trying to decide which of the pages she posted in the day is the one to pick…as each and everyone are a show of limitless talent and the family, memory keeping and her wonderful art-soul with the art journal pages she sometimes delights us with. This double pager is a jewel. I think the key word for tonight should be “balance” as here too I see that perfect harmony in every aspect of the page. The photo series are gorgeous and the way they are layered and fit perfectly into a sequence, this is dynamics at it’s best!!! The paints used in the background, the addition of the circle made of little circles complete even more this amazingly wonderful creation!

Homebody by Natascha: Again, here is an amazingly talented girl with a heart of gold that shines through every page! Doesn’t matter which style, she masters them all, and this page here is full of that gorgeous summer feel, the oranges lift the whole page into a beautiful happy mood, and the photo angle with the little kitty having a wonderful moment, here again the harmony  is present in every cm of the page! The clusters and elements in general are so wonderfully put together…and the more I look a this page, the more I remember what someone said to me when I used to frown up on templates: Interpreting a template well is an art…and not just anyone can do it this well! the way the yellow & white paper shape cut in diagonal plays with the photo extends the sense of space ad I can almost feel the kitty stretching!

You are a Work in Progress by hollyinjapan: another super talented artist, the series Holly has been making with the books has the most amazing pages, each and every one of them worth being featured here. Not only she is talented making choices and composing the page with elegance being a delight visually, but her journaling always comes with strength or reflection (or both- and more!). The design here is flawless, the way Holly fitted all pieces to look like they are part of the base book, the gorgeous composition on the journaling side, the amazing choice of font…once again : harmony , beauty and heart!

If I would have dyed by Rikki : Another photo-less page, another wonderful art journal expressing in a completely different approach but equally stunning. An amazingly creative piece, one of those that makes you stop and be still and can even change the way you look at color, at least this is what is going on in my head right now. Not only love the way Rikki plays in her pages, but especially in this case, she  shares with us her source of inspiratioon, which is none less than Paul Klee’s Separation in the Evening and, to round it up to own the awesome creativity, the shadows work is perfection!

Then I Blinked by HeyJude: I am always, each and every time, marveled by the way she can fit so much in the page and still be an impressively clean lined composition with even room for blank space. Here there are so many super original, creative details, for example the cutout layered placed almost outside the photo, which is also incredibly beautiful, and the way the gold in it is continued with one of the paints, or the triangles at the page borders… also the tittle with the word art in wood, there is such a perfect color balance here…a delight for the eyes and heart!

Cool Kid by Rubia Padilha : LoVE designers who scrap, and especially ones who have the magic touch like Rubia here does. I am in love with the whole thing, starting by the superb photo angle and how amazing the layering is! I am almost useless when it comes to use scatters, it never seems to “fit” properly in my pages , most often I split it and use very few of the pieces, but looking at the way this is so perfectly done, I want to go but the kit and lift this page!!!!! The mixture of different textures is gorgeous, the white paint offers a beautiful base to show of the little bits spread all over, and her shadows are so amazing! Perfection is all over the page, the detail of the tittle on the photo drawing the eye to it…. there is a mother’s heart beating on the page…and is an amazingly  beautiful sound to me!!!!!

This is all from me today, hope you enjoyed and are inspired by these amazing artist as much as I do. Remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the high-lighted name of the LO and artist, even a word or two can make  a day much brighter when it comes from the heart!!! Have an amazing weekend!!!! TFL!!!

 

 

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