As I get ready for a holiday weekend here in the U.S. (and an even longer weekend due to some vacation time that I planned), I’m looking forward to cookouts, swimming, and a few days of creative time. Bliss. I just love the opportunity to do anything creative, from scrapping (well, there’s a shocker! LOL), to take photos, chatting with other scrapping friends, and then oooh’ing and aaah’ing in the galleries at all the digital goodies … and that’s where I found myself today. I hope you like my picks for today.
Starting off today is Beach by Amber Ries. I love how Amber has blended brushes with flatter elements, and that little shell just pops out. Oh, and the horizontal stitching? Love! The photo is beautiful too, and I love the way it’s taken or cropped with the children over to one side. Oh, I wish I were at the beach seeing this kind of sunset, too.
I love participating in scrapping challenges – they’re a great way to sometimes think a little outside the box, or just simply join in on some fun and see what you come up with. In response to a challenge, Deanie’s page, Patriotic Challenge, had me laughing pretty hard with the moment she captured in her photo. This was a case of being in the right place at the right time during a parade and being able to capture one of the clowns as she sat down next to a young lady who was watching the proceedings. How much fun does this look like? The small tag, “Living in the Moment,” just perfectly describes the scene. The red, white and blue elements provide just enough of a hint regarding the theme of the page, but they’re not too overpowering; the photo is still the centerpiece of the layout. The layering of the frames is nicely done, especially with the photo spilling out in some places.
Photography Challenge (Summer Memories) by Ivancura is a great example of less is more. Just a few elements and two pieces of patterned paper really allow this picture to shine. Once again, I wish I were there. The journaling so perfectly captures those summer activities and the memories we make.
Pulling off a dark background with darker-colored elements can be challenging, but shunnstergirl does a great job in her layout, Wicked. As I look through galleries, sometimes I’m drawn the bold colors, patterns, or overall design. In this page, I saw dark, dimensional, photos … and oh, I had to take a closer look! I was intrigued! Love the purple and green color combination, which is striking against the grey and black. The white borders around each photo is a great way to help them stand out and hold their own. I bet they had fun at the show!
From dark to light – and another layout that made me smile. Mrs. Waddle by Tamsin is quite simply all about a duck, and while that was what caught my attention at first, as I looked more closely at the page, I fell in love with the techniques being used here. The canvas texture that’s been added, combined with the brushwork and the pencil scribbles … all very different items, and yet this scrapper has found a way to make them all work so well together. The addition of the small wordstrip, “Life is a story,” has me wondering, “Where is Mrs. Waddle heading as she walks down that garden path?”
Rounding out today’s picks is A Very Important Date by lizziet5. The white on white elements really caught my eye, tricking me into thinking this was a white-space layout, but no, there’s quite a lot of elements here, all carefully and thoughtfully layered and tucked in behind each other. As a goal-oriented person, I applaud Lizzie and wish her well on her goal for the year to get back into her comfortable, soft jeans – good luck!!
Well, that’s all for today. I can’t believe that we’re almost in July and half the year will soon be behind us. To those of you in the U.S. that will be celebrating the July 4 holiday – happy holiday!