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Finger Pointing – August 30th

30 Aug

It’s so difficult to watch and read about the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.  Prayers for everyone in the path!  I feel so blessed to be able to sit in my home, healthy and dry, and check out the beautiful online galleries.  As I browse, I realize that I really don’t have a favorite style of page.  I LOVE them all.  A well-planned and executed page thrills me no matter what!  I have pulled my favorites, checked them out closely, cut my list to six, and I am now ready to show them to you.

As soon as I saw the thumbnail of Arte Banale’s Pompei in the gallery, I was hooked!  What an amazing page!  Once I stopped oohing and aahing over the impression this page made, I began to look more closely at all of the goodies she’s included.  Love the frame around that cute photo and the placement of the title.  And the brushwork under and around the photo is perfect. The way she has divided  the page is awesome.  And have I mentioned that the colors are gorgeous?  Love this!

Orange-o-lanterns by AmaneseFe is just so darn cute!  Love the circular design with the photo at the top and the journaling at the bottom.  And how cute is the placement of the swirl and the jack-o-lantern.  The flower cluster at the bottom right is just the finishing touch this page needed!  A fun, artistic layout!  Love it!

 Big 40! by LindyShay is a gorgeous page and I really  love the composition.  The black and white with the pops of red create a sophisticated look.  The textures give a wonderful dimension to the page.  That picture is perfect and the embellishments are subtle enough to draw your eye to it and to let it shine.  Stunning page!

I love to see masculine pages in the gallery and Adventurous by AFTdesigns is a gorgeous one!  The colors she’s used on the page are perfect for the beautifully blended photo.  And aren’t the sandal prints awesome!  Love the coloring on the title to make it stand out against each background.  The choice of the dotted paper for the background is perfect as it adds so much texture to the page.  This is awesome!

Tinisek digiscrap did an awesome job with layers on her page Mask Challenge with Eileen.  That photo is awesome and so is the out-of-bounds look on the frame!  I’m so lost when it comes to banners and she has placed hers perfectly on the page.  A great page for a great memory!

Where can I begin with describing my feelings when I first saw (and continue looking at) Scouting by bbe?  That beautiful photo just made my heart sing! Those eyes and his solemn expression … love!  And bbe has created a page that enhances the photo without overwhelming it or taking away the attention it deserves.  Love the geometric composition.  This page makes me feel so proud that I can only imagine what a mother or grandmother must feel when they look at it.  Superb!

Those are my six standouts for today.  I hope you can find the time to stop by the gallery (images and page names are linked) to leave the artists some love for these outstanding works of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – August 23rd

23 Aug

Well, it’s been a very warm few days at our house.  The air conditioner went out and it’s not pretty in Florida in August without air conditioning!  We have a new central unit being installed on Friday and bought a window unit to keep us cool at night until then.  Whew!  So after a long day of running errands and installing the window unit, I now get to sit in a comfortably cooled room and browse the galleries. Awesome!

The Beach by Anita is a gorgeous page reminiscent of a vintage painting.  Love the sketch effect and the subtle addition of color.  The text, birds and additional “grunge” add a beautiful texture and depth to the page.

As a dog lover, I am always drawn to pages with dogs and Fearless by MaggieMae is a beautiful one!  This page is a brilliant example of use of white space.  The cluster of brushes, word strips, and elements below and above the photo are just the right touch.  Love the placement of the date and how the three buttons create a visual triangle keeping your focus on that awesome photo.

Do More Of What You Like by marijke is a stunning page.  There have been many gorgeous pages in the gallery using this template but this one drew my attention because of the use of color and texture.  Using a lighter color background within the frames creates a beautiful contrast.  I also love the OOB – it’s subtle but effective!  Love, love, love this page!

# Selfies by Dawn Inskip is one of those pages that makes you smile when you see it in the gallery. She has created a beautiful background for those amazing photos.  And that cluster is beautiful and cute at the same time.  I love the overall look of the page but my absolute favorite part of it is the journaling with the stitches.  Fun, fun, fun page!

Sliding Home by mrsashbaugh brings back from softball and baseball memories.  I LOVE how she’s used a large photo as the background for her page.  The series of photos is blended beautifully to create the “sliding home” image.  The little touches of the baseball stitches, the banner flags, and the journaling all work perfectly with the rest of the page.  Awesome page!

Crazy… by jennyjennyjenny is a beautifully blended page.  The three clusters surrounding the vintage automobile, as well as the out-of-bounds effect, are beautifully done.  Love the the words in different styles that are included in the clusters.  Beautiful page with so much to discover!

I hope you have enjoyed my choices today and that they have inspired you to check out the other amazing pages in the galleries.  If you have time, please click on the image or title and get a closer look at the pages.  And, while you’re there, please take a moment to leave the artist some love.

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – August 3rd

3 Aug

Wow, it was a busy day today and that’s why I’m a little later than usual with the post.  Hopefully, the awesome pages I’ve chosen for today will make it worth the wait!

I am a huge fan of Arte Banale.  Her page for the Color Challenge Blue Lemons is a stunning example of what keeps drawing me to her work!  She has an amazing talent for using brushes!  This piece is so soft and yet so strong.  I love the placement of the title and word art and the cluster at the top right is gorgeous.  One of my favorite parts of the page is the border … it’s the perfect finishing touch.  Gorgeous page!

Dady is another of my favorite artists and when I saw her page Nuage come across my Facebook feed, I knew it would be a contender for the GSOs today.  That photo is so striking and I LOVE her choice of black and white with gold accents for the color scheme.  The gold complements the eye color of that gorgeous cat!  Love the look of the striped paper behind the photo.  Stunning page!

I love to see techniques used on photos and the sketch technique wombat146 has used on the photo on Rainbows is amazing!  I am also a fan of large photo pages so this one really struck a chord with me.  The sepia tone of the photo is a beautiful backdrop for the flower/word strip cluster.  The brush work is awesome and is perfectly placed.  Love this page!

When I saw dance by AnikA68 in the gallery, I was mesmerized.  The light effects are so gorgeous against the black background.  I love how the composition flows across the page from edge to edge!  Her shadowing on the dancer is perfect.  This is just a stunning piece of art!

My next standout by P’tiscrap is titled surf and smile and it did, indeed, make me smile.  The background paper is so unique but works beautifully with the strip frame.  Love the placement of the words in the title!  Those photos are very cool and the out of bounds creates so much energy on the page.  The addition of the small amount of brush work and the tag with the date complete this fun page!  Love it!

I am not a fan of Quick Pages (probably because I don’t have a knack for creating pages with them) but Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful by Rosie demonstrates just how powerful a Quick Page can become in the right hands!  She has added her own touch to the QP (I keep studying it and finding new pieces she’s added) and created an absolutly gorgeous piece of art.

That’s it for today.  I hope you found my choices inspiring!  If you get the chance to check them out in the galleries (the images and titles are linked), please leave a comment for the artist.  Everyone loves to hear that someone has enjoyed their art!

 

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Finger Pointing – July 6th

6 Jul

June was a busy month for us with traveling back to Minnesota for two weeks and then moving on to Las Vegas for two weeks.  We cut our trip back by ten days and it was really a good idea!  During June I didn’t do a blog post and I didn’t even have a chance to browse the galleries so it is exciting to be able to jump back into both today.  As usual, it was hard narrowing my choices down to six but I did and here they are.

The Amiracle Flag by Julie Billingsley first caught my eye in the gallery because of the beautiful clusters and that awesome title.  When I opened it up and read the journaling I knew this page was a definite Gallery Standout for today.  Her story is not just about her son’s pride in our country and its flag but about the kindness of strangers.  In addition to the clusters and title, this page is a beautiful example of combining patterned papers – love, love, love that background!  And that tiny photo tucked behind the cluster is just precious!

I just love it when scrappers document family traditions especially the newer ones.  That’s what tjscraps did in her darling Punch Buggy No Returns page.  The “road” of flowers and elements she created for that cute car embellishment is awesome.  The placement of the title and the journaling creates the perfect flow down the center of the page.  Awesome page!

I am a big fan of artsy, blended pages and lkdavis is a master at creating them.  Victorian Garden is a gorgeous example.  I love how she’s used brush techniques to create a beautifully textured effect.  The brushwork and button direct your eye right to the perfectly placed title.  This piece of art would be at home on any wall.

dreaming by jlholden15 is a beautiful, dreamy page with a touch of grunge.  The soft beige and pink colors create the perfect background for the blended photo.  And the woman in the photo has such a pensive look it leaves me wondering about her story.  Love the brushwork!

 Héron by timounette is a stunning piece!  Her photos are gorgeous and are beautifully blended.  The stitches and brushwork along with the background paper add a wonderful texture.  Framing one of the photos to create a focal point is the perfect touch.  Love the sepia tones of the photos and the minimal use of embellishments.

Moxie by jakrn jumped out of the gallery at me.  I love pages with a dark background that allows the colors to pop.  The  blend of doodled and realistic elements creates a fun but grounded look.  Love the addition of the word background paper.  Beautifully composed page.  Love it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my choices as much as I’ve had making them.  It’s always fun spending time in the galleries and I don’t think we allow ourselves the pleasure often enough.  Think of it as browsing through a scrapbooking/art magazine (hopefully, everyone remembers magazines!). If you want a closer look at the pages, the images and titles are linked to make it easy.  If you’re in the galleries, take some time to leave a little love for the artists as you browse.  Everyone needs to have the feeling that their work is appreciated and I, for one, love it when a comment pops up in my gallery!

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Finger Pointing – May 18th

18 May

I sometimes find myself wondering what criteria I use to determine whether a page is a gallery standout.  Then I realized that it’s really not rocket science.  There are so many beautiful/creative pages out there but a special few just scream “Pick Me” when I see them in the gallery thumbnails.  When they do it’s sometimes because of the overall look and/or feel of the page but it can also be a photo, a color scheme, a composition, a message, or a technique.  All of those are represented in my picks today.

First off is Hunter by blackkathy.  When I opened the gallery page, the thumbnail for this captivated me.  When I opened it up to see the enlarged photo, it absolutely blew me away!  This one falls in the category of “overall look”.  I love the textures, the colors, and the white title on the white background.  Along with beautiful brush work this one is definitely a standout.

I really love hybrid projects and journals in particular.  This hybrid art journal by larkindesign is an absolute treasure.  I love that she used a digital kit to create her pages.  I’ve seen planners made with digital products but this is the first journal I’ve seen.  And it’s not the only pages she has in the gallery.  This one was also a contender for the blog today.  Love, love, love this and I’m definitely going to give the process a try.

I love finding pages using a new (at least to me) technique and those abounded in the gallery using a shadow technique.  Yes! by jlholden15 is just amazing.  Her extraction is perfection and I love how the shadow makes it pop off the page!  And those colors are exquisite!  She’s added just the right amount and style of brushes to accent the page!  Love this!

When I saw Game Set by margje which uses the same shadow technique I knew I couldn’t leave it out!  Love the sketch effect on that amazing extraction.  And that shadow really creates a sense of motion.  The use of the red/black/white color combination adds great visual impact.  The choices of splatters and brushes perfectly sets off the extraction!  Awesome piece of art!

Pet photos and pages are always winners and when they include great composition and great color choices they are standouts.  On Jenifer’s The Story of Bilbo, the blue and white color combination works beautifully with the black and white photo.  Love the “off the page” papers and the horizontal composition.  The matted piece with the photo looks like a professional announcement!  If you click on the image or title you will be taken to the gallery where Jenifer has a link to her process for the photo.  I am always impressed with artists who can pull off this formal look on a page!  I would love to see this framed and hanging on a wall!

My final page for you today is I Wish by flowersgal.  It is never easy to document the hard times but flowersgal does it with a beautiful page and heart-wrenching journaling.  Her words are words that I hope everyone hears and believes.  We lost a nephew to suicide at the age of 20 and I would have loved for him to hear and understand this message and maybe had the strength to go on.  I’m so sorry for your loss flowersgal and I thank you for sharing this page with us.

Those are my standouts for today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed and been inspired by them.  As always, the images and titles are linked to the gallery so please take a moment to get a closer look at these pages.  A comment by you for the artists is always appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – May 4th

4 May

Is anyone else feeling like they were picked up by a tornado in March and a few minutes later dropped right into May?  It seems that time just goes faster and faster.  It’s one of the reasons that I enjoy the opportunity  to slow down and to wander through the galleries looking for exceptional art to showcase on the blog.  There are so many deserving pages but I can only feature six so I encourage you to visit the galleries and check the others out for yourself.  That being said, here are my picks for today.

The digital scrapbooking world recently lost a friend and colleague.  There were many pages in remembrance of her but I loved Celebrating Pam by smcloone.  For her page Sylvia lifted one of Pam’s amazing layouts about her life on a ranch.  The subjects celebrate vastly different lifestyles but the pages are both beautifully constructed.  It is amazing the depth that Sylvia has created using lyers of masks, frames, and elements.  Love the torn edge strips and the messy stitching.  This is a stunning page created with love.

Selfie by Anja 77 just popped out of the gallery at me!  That photo is so adorable and the B&W is set off so perfectly by the bold colors she’s chosen for the embellishments.  Love the text, scribbles, and paint layers underneath the photo.  She has created a beautiful balance with white space.  Love it!

I just love the “mood” evoked in Miki’s Moody Spring layout.  I love photos of old barns and this one is blended beautifully. Love the birds!  The element cluster is placed perfectly above the torn section of the paper creating a “frame” for the description.   Gorgeous piece of art!

I love it when I see a page that makes me laugh out loud!  My Alone Time by gypsyowlartco is just such a page.  I love the strong lines on this art journaling page.  And the colors just pop.  There are so many layers that I keep finding new things to love about it.  Awesome art piece!

I am definitely challenged when it comes to using templates but it’s obvious looking at I Am A Warrior by cherrygutz that she’s not at all intimidated by them!  She’s also mastered another of my challenges, the art of journaling.  The symmetry of this page is awesome and I love how all of the components work together to keep the focus on the journaling and photo.  Awesome work on the title!  Love this page!

The strong colors of pam p’s AnnaColor Challenge layout are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the photo is just full of interesting items!  The grungy papers are the perfect background for blending the photo.  How cool is the placement and the font of the title!  The flower element adds just the right touch!  Stunning page!

I hope my choices today have inspired you.  I also hope that you will take the time to visit the galleries and check out all of the awesome art.  Leave a little love, if you’re so inclinded.  The artists always appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fingerpointing – April 5th

5 Apr

Another beautiful day here made all the more beautiful by being able to spend time with good friends.  As I wind down and start my search for the standouts for today, I am reminded of how I feel a connection with so many of the artists and of how I am always excited to see a new (to me) artist’s work pop up on my screen.  I love browsing the galleries and I love knowing that I get to pick six of my favorite pieces of art to showcase here.  It was a really tough decision today (as it almost always is!) but these are the six I picked.

The first words that popped into my head when I saw Go For Your Dreams by bessysue581 in the gallery were Wow! Wow! Wow!  Ok, not very creative but true!  This piece blends together so beautifully with the shades of gray on the white background.  The composition is brilliant with one sightline being a diagonal line and the second (including the photo and journaling) being horizontal.  Make sure you go to the gallery so you can read the journaling.  It’s a wonderful story.   Every choice for this page was a perfect one!  Gorgeous page!

Passion by mystampin2003 is an amazing art journal page. You would never guess that she started with a template.  I find it amazing to see these artsy templates in the store and then see how different the resulting layouts are.  This one really stood out in the gallery.  The photo is awesome and is blended beautifully.  She has created a perfect “frame” around it with the word art, elements, and brush work.  Everything on this page works!  Love it!

HORIZONT by Margeda is truly a piece of art.  The textures of the background paper are the perfect backdrop for the beautiful blended photo.  The colors of the multimedia hearts are a wonderful complement to the colors of the photo.  Love, love, love the title/date placement!  Stunning piece of art!

The combination of gorgeous textures with that awesome photo add up to a stunning focal point on cocodou’s Spring page.  With the addition of the soft look of the text brush  she has created an almost magical page.  I love that she has kept it simple with a soft white background allowing the photo to sparkle.  This would be gorgeous as a canvas hanging on a wall.  Love it!

It Was Always You by Kelly M is a beautifully crafted page that started with a template.  By changing things up a bit Kelly made it her own.  The pops of color on the white background are awesome.  The strips along the right side lead your focus to the central cluster and the placement of the word art journaling and the title keep it there.  Gorgeous page!

The last pick I want to share with you is by one of my favorite digital artists, Dady.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a piece by her that I didn’t love.  And speaking of love, this gorgeous piece of art is entitled Peace and Love.  The textures on this page are amazing and the blending of the photo is totally awesome.  A stunning piece of art!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my choices as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you.  If you have the time, it is always worth going to the galleries to get a closer look at these pages.  The titles and images are both linked to make it easy to do.

 

 

 

 

 

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