So far, 2017 has really been rather strange for me. It seems that all aspects of my life have been touched in some way that I’ve not known before and if I appear to be talking in riddles, it’s probably because I’m struggling to understand a lot of things myself! Today, a Saturday and a day of the week I normally look forward to with great gusto, has been equally odd. I’ve not been my most productive self, there’s still wet washing in the machine from this morning waiting to be hung, I had a two hour afternoon nap which I know I’ll suffer from later as I lie awake till all hours of the morning, and I’m just feeling generally out of sorts and if there’s one pick me up to get me feeling more like myself, it’s taking a look at the galleries. Here’s what stood out for me today.
I always find a page with a mix of cut out shapes very appealing. Renew by amandaresende uses a super mix of shapes that add a huge amount of interest to the design of the page. Together with some pretty elements like the butterfly and flower, a little journaling, word art and brushwork, it makes for a very appealing page. I also like the yellow and blue colour combination that adds an element of calm. A gorgeous page!
Staying with a similar colour combination is You by sokee. The lovely black and white photo provides an element of neatness against the backdrop of a great mix of brushes and masking. Subtle shadowing provides depth and again, I love how the dotted circles are in contrast with the angular shape of the photo while a little bit of foliage and a silver button add the perfect touch to this masculine layout. Perfect!
Tamsin has captured the essence of the subject of her layout aptly entitled Street Cafe. My initial observation of this piece of work was that, for me, the masking, cascading from the top, appears to mimic the outline of the continent of Africa – one that has filtered into every aspect of my life – and the scene is also not unlike something one may find in the Cape. I love the relaxed atmosphere here with a perfect mix of colour splashes and scribbles, gosh, I can almost here the music playing too! A fabulous page!
I’m always attracted to pages with a little bit of glitz and glamour, just like The Dress by OKate. Classic layering against a softly patterned backdrop and the vintage style photo frames add so much grace that compliments the fabulous story – one that I was intrigued to read about and told so beautifully by the journaling! A simple title and a little word art complete the story. Love this!
I couldn’t pass by Enjoy by margote05 without admiring the clean and simple style and all.that.white.space. Oh, be still my heart! A super fun black and white photo, a few triangular pieces of pretty paper, a tiddy arrow and a printed label, a little word art and some paint splatters go a long, long way here. Totally neat!
Having some young grandchildren who don’t keep still for a nano second, I have what seems like a zillion photo’s of them, one little livewire having moved just a smidging since the shot before. So much so, that if I quickly flick through my previews, I have my very own action movie of them! I love how Pam Baldwin has made use of similar shots in a super fun way on her page entitled Love Story. A great combination of pinks and grey work beautifully and I love the numerics that fill their frames so boldly. The little circled hearts create a visual triangle that lead the eye beautifully around the layout and over to the oh so sweet journaling. Way too adorable!
I hope you’re inspired by my picks for today. When you have a moment, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists, I know they’ll appreciate it! Enjoy the rest of the weekend and I’ll see you in the galleries! Take care and happy scrapping, bye bye!