Evening everyone! I was just looking at the date to put in the header of this blog post and realized it will be September in just a day or two. September?! How did that happen? My local stores already have all the Fall/Autumn things on the shelves, and some Halloween items to. The next thing you know, they’ll be playing holiday music. What? Too much?! (LOL!) Okay, how about some awesomeness from the digital galleries, instead?
Starting out tonight’s picks is a template-based layout, Once Upon A Time from Ruebchensmum. I’m a big fan of templates, and love that many scrappers use these as a starting point in their layouts – some leaving things pretty much as-is, while others change the design up … a lot. I love the unusual choice of page design for this, a wedding photo. The crop on the picture fits perfectly in the hexagon shape. The scatters of the tiny beads, small paint drops, and the teeny tiny flowers all add to the delicate feeling that this scrapper has created with her layout. Love the choice of the patterned paper on the upper half of the layout – once again, a small design was chosen, perfectly in keeping with the overall page.
This next page caught my eye for the great use of white space – I mean, literally, white! KarenB’s page titled Happy Day has just enough dimensional elements added to create visual interest, but the choice of a clean, simple font, the solid papers, and the thin boxed outline all disappear into the background, allowing the picture to really tell the story of a proud moment. This might look like a simple page, but pulling off a great clean and simple white-space layout can take quite a lot of planning and thought. Well done.
From minimalist to a more layered layout. Lovely from Isa Marks is quite simply that. Lovely. At first I wondering if this was a hybrid layout, but then I realized Isa’s done a wonderful job with shadowing here to make everything touchable (I love when scrappers can fool me like that!). Whether by chance or by design, I love that the blue/teal colors in the paid pick up on the child’s clothing. The layering here of so many pieces is great!
Changing things up a bit is a more artsy-inspired page, 1950 Through the Lens from Annette. Heritage pages can be such a personal choice, and I love seeing how different scrappers record such memories. This page caught my attention with the unusual photo frame: a camera lens. The clouds have a somewhat ethereal quality to them, floating both in front of and behind the photo. The small cluster on the left draws you back and forth, from one side of the layout to the other, with the journaling carefully placed in between the two main design elements. I love the little pops of green with the leaves, too.
I recently completed a challenge that was ‘everything including the kitchen sink,’ so I love seeing other scrappers doing the same thing and pushing that creative envelope to mix and match, and mix and match – again! When I saw the thumbnail of Kayleigh’s Ninja Warrior page, I fell in love with the striking colors (love pink and black together!), and then I saw it. Kayleigh used more than 15 kits (elements or full kits) on this page! The strips of paper and stitches around the edges create a great border for the layout, and I love the choice of putting the journaling on the top of the page – an usual choice.
Rounding out today’s GSO picks is a layout that had me at “Aaaawww …” as soon as I saw it. Simply titled, Teddy, the design of Geek_gurl’s page has all of the central items kept within the circular shape; it’s compact and easy to see the focal point of the layout. The shadowing in the loose thread is great, and what’s not to love about that photo! Mounting the layout on the dark, almost black background helps give the page some additional presence, too. Love this.
Well, that’s all for now. Until we meet again next month – happy scrapping!