Hello all you wonderful creative people! Today is the last scheduled post for 2018, and it is my pleasure to wrap up the year’s standouts with you. First, I want to thank our dedicated Gallery Standout bloggers for an incredible year of blogging! We are all volunteers participating on this blog, many of whom work full-time, or have life events that we work around in order to blog each day. It takes really special, generous people to give of their time and enthusiasm in such thoughtful posts every day. For those of you lucky enough to receive their attention throughout the year, I hope you will join me in saying a very big thank you to the Gallery Standout bloggers for bringing so much joy to our inboxes all year long!

We will be taking a much-needed hiatus through the first week of the new year, to enjoy the holidays and refresh our creative minds. We wish you all joy, health and happiness through the holidays! We look forward to being inspired by you once again when we pick up the blogging again in January.

I tried hard to find a good mix of styles for this post; naturally there are a lot of Christmas and holiday pages gracing the galleries at this time of year. But we also have some humor, a dog (of course!), traditions, friendships, and as always, great designs. I hope you’ll enjoy today’s picks, come take a look!

This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

Hello Winter [cold day] by katell

This artist had more than one layout in the galleries that really appealed to me, but I saw this one first so it gets the mention! I love the clean design of this page, which (frankly), is unusual for me, as I’m usually drawn to a more clutter-it-up style. The little squares alternating patterns and photos got me to take a close look at each one, and I felt the placement of each square and element really had its own purpose. I love the vertical dot leader line next to the squares, leading us down to the title. Very appealing design, well done. And I’m definitely feeling the winter brrr here!

Holding On To Family Traditions by mamaestes

Here again is a clean and simple design, with a powerful family message about tradition. Love those cut-out bits for holding the patterned paper. Converting the photo to black & white was a nice touch here, it gives it a homey, nostalgic look. Love the kraft for the background. The best part about this page is the heart-felt journaling. Her grandkids will enjoy reading about and continuing this lovely family tradition in years to come.

Lifelong Friends by shannonroller

This is everything good about scrapbooking. It doesn’t get better or more important than this: documenting those special relationships in life. I love the word art, and the text, and the design. The rich history of the friendship just flows from this page. There are some great elements used on this page that set just the right tone — the boots were a great touch! The text is a loving tribute to a life-long friend, who will clearly be missed. I loved this one.

Merry & Bright by ouisiekelly

This page was apparently made for a make-a-tree challenge, and I love that she actually included two on the page! The little berry tree well-shadowed on the bottom right is a fun touch. But, what really appealed to me about this creation was its whimsy! Adorable drawings that create a magical tree scene. This page could easily be printed and used for a Christmas card, don’t you think? Very versatile design, definitely a stand-out.

Finn by JennMcCabe

This is so stinkin’ cute I can hardly stand it! That face! But, also, it’s a great design. That right-leaning cascade of wood wonky hearts leaves no doubt that this puppy is loved! I love all of the elements, so carefully placed – the string, the vellum word strip tucked under the dot word art, the flowers, the letterpress X’s representing kisses, the key… I definitely stopped long enough to take a close look at this one! Too cute, Jenn, love it!

Days of December — 5 December 2018 by carollee

Could documenting December be any more hilarious than a daily newspaper account like this one?! I don’t know how Carol is going to keep this up for an entire month, but sign me up for a subscription! If you’re looking for an inspired idea for the ever-popular daily December layouts (which I admire greatly but will never, ever attempt myself!), this is the best one I saw in my travels through the galleries. The black & white newsprint style is, of course, perfect for this. Too funny!

I hope you enjoyed today’s picks; please remember to click on the linked title and leave the artist some well-deserved love. Happy holidays, everyone!

10 thoughts on “Finger Pointing — December 15th

  1. Congratulations to all of the artists whose pages were chosen for the blog post today … some of my very favorite ones! A big thank you to the GSO team for giving their time and talents to the blog this past year. And, Liz J., you are an amazing member and leader of the team. I’m looking forward to seeing more great posts in 2019!

  2. These are wonderful picks today, Liz! Thanks for getting us inspired for the new year–hope your hiatus is full of joy. ♥

  3. Liz!!! Thank you so much for noticing my pug page. I do love him so much – could have filled the whole page with those wonky hearts! Happy holidays to you and the entire GSO team. You ladies rock! And are all appreciated. Enjoy your well deserved break!!! Xoxo

  4. Thanks for another wonderful year on the GSO blog! You are all doing a fantastic job! You all rock!!! Wishing you Happy Holidays! Big hug from me Marianne

  5. Grand merci à toute l’équipe qui est vraiment formidable !!!
    Je vous souhaite de Joyeuses Fëtes de fin d’année , profitez bien de vos vacances et que tous vos voeux se réalisent !
    MERCI MERCI !!!!!!!

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