It’s still summer in my part of the world but I feel like we are tumbling headlong toward fall. I hope to enjoy the warm days and spend time outside for as long as possible. Still it’s nice to have a brief respite and wander through the galleries hunting down inspiration. As always there is no lack of creativity to be found there. It’s Beatrice and here are my picks for today.

Speaking of summer, Amazing Summer by ChaosLounge has a great warm-weather vibe. I love the bright summery colors and the way the diagonal paper strips lead the eye down the side of the page. The flower clusters are full without being overwhelming and the tucked in journal card is fitting for the theme. Great photo series and title-work too.

It can be nice to have a break from the sun with a little rain and The Rain by doti40 definitely fills the bill. I love the blocked design and the way the colors pop a bit against the dark background. The photo crop of the boots is darling and I like the tiny bit of out of bounds so the child’s had can grasp the umbrella kit element.

I love the sketch created from the photo in Breathe and Relax by clindoeil. The journal cards are used so creatively in establishing the horizontal line across the page. I like the way the simple white frame outlines both the cards and the photo. The added paint and gesso lends additional texture to this simple yet artsy page.

I enjoyed the snippet of journaling in Bookworm by catgoddess. She presents a compelling reason for preferring non-fiction in contrast to my love of fiction. I like her layout design with the neutral paper bracketed by the colorful patterned strips. Her vertical design with embellishments tucked in front and behind is very appealing. I like the way she placed the word strip across the book and tucked in the cards. The framing on her “to-read” book list places the focus there.

I’m a big fan of large photo layouts and Treasure by Wendy Johnson is a great example. I really like the smaller photos angled, stacked and placed atop the stunning panorama. The red strips on top and bottom echo the red roofs further back in the photo. I like the small cluster at the top and the bit of text placed directly on the large photo under the smaller photos. The tag for the bit of journaling is the perfect added touch.

In contrast to the large photo with a bit of journaling is a small photo with a great deal of journaling in Dad by silent ranks. I really like that she kept her design simple and monochromatic. Her journaling is heartfelt and echoes the sentiment in the quote. I like the pop of yellow in the butterfly and yellow bouquet contrasting nicely with the black and white in the other elements.

I’ve come to the end of my post and it’s time for me to sign off with a quick reminder to leave these well deserving artists some love by clicking through the layouts and commenting. Thanks and have a great week.


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