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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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Finger Pointing – March 19th

19 Mar

As I sat down to write this post, I started to think about why certain pages just seem to scream at me to pick them.   So what makes a page scream at me?  It might be the photo(s), a quote that’s used, a technique, a color scheme, or the composition.  I just know it when I see (hear?) it.  Sometimes these pages make me smile or laugh out loud.  Sometimes they make me cry or think deeply about a subject.  Sometimes they are just amazingly beautiful.  You would think it would be an easy process to pick six for each post but the problem is that there are so many deserving pages out there all screaming at me.  In the long run, I guess it’s all about which pages scream the loudest!  So here are the six that were doing that today.

Wall Art by Traumelfe is so absolutely gorgeous that I don’t know where to begin!  The bright colors are so beautiful together and they are what really screamed at me about this piece.  The watercolor look does indeed make it the perfect wall art.  The black splats and stitches as well as the quote ground the whole piece.  Love this!   (If you want to take a look at it on a virtual wall just click here.)

Family by mcurtt caught my eye (and ear) because of the use of the census record as the background paper (a woman after my own heart).  The vintage black and white photo is such a treasure. I love that she kept all of her title/journaling in black and white and I also love all of the different fonts.  The red hearts are a perfect touch.  Love this page!

Love Teaching by kikimama screamed at me because it tells a story.  It leaves a powerful message to future generations about who she was and what she did at this point in her life.  I love the composition of her page with the vertical line of title/journaling/embellishments.  And such cute embellishments!  Her journaling is just amazing (another really challenging thing for me so I really appreciate it on pages!).  This page is what scrapbooking is all about … leaving a piece of us for our descendants.  Love it!

Life In Harmony by Ruebchensmum won my heart with that sweet photo (amazing how loud a sweet photo can scream!).  The use of the formal composition and the soft colors from the photo create an elegant page.  I love how she kept the embellishments to a minimum and let the photo take center stage.  Gorgeous page!

Say Cheese by Applechick is one of those pages that just makes me smile!  That darling series of extractions is what screamed at me from this page.  She sure seems to know what to do with a camera … even if it doesn’t have a viewfinder!  Love how Applechick desaturated the paper to achieve the tones she was looking for.  The brushwork in white adds depth and the placement of the word art behind the extractions is great.  This is just awesome … I can’t quit smiling!

Amy L’s Carriage Ride is so gorgeous.  The screaming from this page came from the multiple photos … not an easy look to achieve (at least for me!).  The color palette of subtle shades of brown, green and orange showcase the photos beautifully.  There is so much to see on this page … photos, journaling, and embellishments peeking out to grab our attention.  Love that she layered the cream paper onto a busier paper in the same color scheme creating a calm and cohesive look.  Beautiful page!

The screaming is over for today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed and been inspired by my picks.  If you have time, please visit the galleries and leave the artists a little love.  And maybe take time to check out what screams at you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – March 11th

11 Mar

We’ve been on the go all day, every day this week so it’s nice to start the weekend off by taking my time and browsing through the galleries.  I am always amazed at the diversity in the art that fills the galleries.  If asked to say which style I like best, I would be hard-pressed to answer.  I love artsy pages.  I love scrapbook pages that look like they’ve been scrapped with paper and embellishments.  I love art journal pages.  I love pages with a lot of journaling but I also love pages with very little (or no) journaling.  I love Project Life, December Daily, and Week In The Life style pages.  I love fantasy pages.  I love pages with just one photo (especially if it’s a BIG one) and I love pages with lots of photos.  I love pages that are altered photos.   I love grungy pages and I love clean pages.  Truth is, I just love the art and am intrigued and inspired by them all.  So, with that in mind, here are the six pages I chose for standouts today.

When I saw Restore Your World by bekfek in the gallery, I couldn’t wait to enlarge it and read the journaling.  Everything about this page is just so perfect!  The colors are beautiful (and a touch vintage looking) against the cream background.  The title cluster is awesome!  The masked/blended photo in the background creates a beautiful center for the visual triangle created by the photo cluster, the title cluster, and the journaling/word art cluster.  This page just makes me smile!

And, speaking of colors, the ones Traumelfe used on her For Art page are just stunning and create such a sense of joy.  The use of black for the text brush work and the title keep the colors grounded.  The white splat behind the extracted photo (beautiful extraction by the way) makes it pop and I love how she’s framed it.  The splats and additional brush work are beautiful.  Love this page!

me by sylvia really drew me in when I saw it.  The complex background she has created adds to the sense of drama of the photo.  This drama is  enhanced by the  use of the torn frame over a portion of the blended photo.  Love the subtle title and the single flower stapled to the corner of the photo.  This is just a totally stunning page!

ht5 by marnel is a beautiful mixture of a grungy, artsy page and a clean, traditional page.  Love the large photo!  Her vertical cluster with the journal strips listing his faves is awesome – my faves are the squiggly arrow and the dog.  The blue and brown color scheme blends beautifully with the almost sepia-toned photo.  Love this page!

Love, love, love the colors Tammys_scrapping used on her One Little Word Challenge – March 17 page.  The arrows are super cool.  Normally, I am a right align, left align, center align, or justify journaling type of gal but the casualness of the journaling formatting perfectly offsets the squared-off photo cluster.  The embellishments are the perfect finishing touch to this awesome page.

This Was An Awesome Day to by clindoeil is such an exquisitely soft and beautiful piece of art.  The coloring on the multi-media hearts is gorgeous! Love the placement of the date.  At first glance the journaling appears to be, not journaling, but a part of the overall design…perfection!

I hope my picks today have inspired you to spend a little time in the galleries looking for your own standouts.  If you want to visit these pages in the gallery, the titles and images are linked.  If you do check out these, or other, pages in the gallery please take a moment to leave a comment for the artists.

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – March 5th

5 Mar

Hello from windy Florida.  It’s been a gorgeous weekend with warm temps during the day and nice cool (great sleeping weather) temps at night.  Today things are being blown about so I decided that indoor activities would be great for this afternoon.  I can’t ever say enough about how happy it makes me browsing through the galleries and seeing all of the beautiful creations.  And how much fun is it that I get to showcase some of the best!

morning by estir_bune captures my feelings about mornings beautifully!  That photo says it all and it’s wonderful how she has “framed” it with the torn notepaper and the crease in the background paper.  The colors are soft and beautiful and her choice of embellishments is flawless.  Awesome page!

I agree with rfeewjlj … I also love books.  And I love her page about loving books, I Love Books.  The composition and the color scheme first caught my eye in the gallery.  Her use of white space is perfect.  Love both of her clusters and the “just one more chapter, just one more page”!  Fun, fun, fun page!

Wow, wow, wow!  That pretty much sums up the thoughts I had when I saw Longing For Spring by donnaluisa in the gallery.  When I look at this piece of art, I feel a shiver of cold.  The girl, the winter scene, and the spring flowers are beautifully blended.  I am just mesmerized by this!

It’s no secret that I adore a “grungy, artsy” page so I was excited to find grunge kit by Lella in the gallery!  The grunge brushes add such character and dimension to that very cool photo.  The title, and it’s placement, are perfect as is the circular brush around the face.  I could look at this for hours.  Love it!

My next featured page, Move Mountains, is by Katie Pertiet (one of my favorite designers).  I love to see designers use their product on pages and, thus, give us a peek into their vision for the product.   There is so much to this page and all of the individual pieces combine to create a cohesive, stunning page.

Talking of Spring, baseball says Spring in America like nothing else.  I love baseball and when I saw Good Catch by bbe I knew it was going to be one of my choices today.  I absolutely love “full-page photo” pages!  And this action shot is a beauty.  The photo is amazing and could stand on its own but the addition of the word art and the title focus attention on that sweet face.  The addition of the edge overlay to this page adds just the right touch of grunge.   Love this so much!

Those are my picks for today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed them.  If you’d like to see them in the gallery, the title and image are both linked to make it easy.  If you do visit the gallery, please leave a comment for the artists.  It’s always so encouraging to see a comment on your page.  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend, and we’ll see you later in the month.

 

 

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Finger Pointing – February 16th

16 Feb

After a very busy day, it was a treat to (once again) troll through the galleries looking for my gallery standouts for the day.  Since we didn’t have a post yesterday, I allowed myself to make nine choices rather than the usual six (fun!).  Since it’s late and I have extra layouts to comment on, let’s get started.

Skyline Rotterdam – the Netherlands by Marleen is a stunning piece of art by one of my favorite artists.  This is a beautiful composition with the placement of the photo and its reflection. Love the addition of the splats and swirls.  I can see this one on a canvas hanging in an art gallery.

photography: a passion by P’tiscrap is another stunning piece of art!  Love how she’s “built” the rocks for her photographer to stand on.  The line with the arrows leading your eye away from the camera lens is a perfect touch.  I really love that she’s created it in all B&W.  Love this!

There were many awesome art journal pages in the galleries using this kit.  Pisces by snowdropz stood out because of the unique placement of the mermaid – awesome!  I love the background she’s used and the way the word strips lead your eye from the mermaid’s beautiful eyes down to the title.

As most of you know, I love family history pages.  The John Family by caapmun is a beautifully crafted page.  The blendable she used to ground the photos and elements is absolutely gorgeous.  That is one amazing family photo and I love how she’s isolated her grandfather’s image as an individual photo.  Beautiful use of embellishments and word art!

Feb Random Challenge – Big Title by Squirrely had me from the moment I saw the thumbnail in the gallery.  Who could resits that sweet face!  Love the use of the letter coasters to create that big title.  And the cluster with the flowers and soccer balls is brilliant.  I could look at this all day … with a smile on my face the whole time.

After all the rioutous fun in my last choice, I ran into that time when … such a peaceful layout by Marijke.  I love the blended photo and text.  And the stitching is a beautiful addition.  The composition with the elements and the photo, and the title leading your eye across the page is gorgeous.  Love this!

pin by terryb is an awesome sports page.  Love how the selective coloring leads your eye to the focal point on the page!  And what an amazing photo!  The blended photo in the background and the watery brushes add a beautiful depth to the page.   Awesome page and congrats to him on his wrestling success.

There were a lot of examples using this kit in the store but En Route by DALE caught my eye immediately.  Love the grunginess of the page and the placement of the word art.  Looks like a vintage magazine cover.  Love it!

–incredible journey– by beehive50 is a beautiful page documenting the kind gesture of a friend.  The diagonal composition with the clusters in the top left and bottom right corners is wonderful.  And those clusters are so sweet.  I love the use of the hearts as a mat for the photo and journaling.  A special page for a special gift.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for today.  If so, please visit the galleries (images and titles are linked) and leave the artists some love.

 

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