Hello and happy Saturday, you wonderful, talented, artsy people! Today’s picks are all about the story. I love a good story, well-told. Stories can be told by a single photo (Amy!), or with lots of words (Donna!) or somewhere in between (Heather, Joan, Anett and Kat!). However you tell your story, if it’s got a discernable story, I will stop and read it. And isn’t that just so much fun, when someone likes the story you told?! I hope you like the stories I found today too. This is actually my last blog post for a while, as I am taking a break from blogging, so it’s quite fitting that my last post would focus on what I think is the best gift of scrapbooking: our stories.
This is Liz J., and these are my picks!
You’ve got to love that camera perspective! This is a terrific all-boy page, with loads of fun elements, great shapes and terrific shadow-work. But it all starts with that amazing photo, and I love how Amy used it to build such a great, whimsical tone to her page. Personally, I find “boy” pages difficult to create, so I really appreciate a well-thought out design like this one, that keeps the focus on the great moment shared by Amy’s little grandsons.
What makes a scrapbook page great? The story. I absolutely loved the way Donna described her family’s impromptu Thanksgiving of yesteryear holiday! (Did you really feed the alligators marshmallows?!!!) This is a terrific two page spread, and you can see the other page here. Love the color combo, and the pointers on page two leading us to the points of interest. Those old black and white photos are so important for preserving these great memories! Great job, and what a blast from the past!
This one just grabbed my attention with that big, amazingly-cropped photo to the left, looking out onto the page with the wistful, wish-I-was-anywhere-but-here look. (You’ve got to read the story to know how I knew what that look meant. It’s worth the read.) That was a cool design idea, very captivating. Love the use of the real-looking elements like the book plate and ribbon, and the staggered photos with the occasional pop of color (color in an otherwise gray place, I totally got the metaphor!). This page is fab-u-lous. Love the title – both the design of the title and the point behind the title were total attention-grabbers. This kind of page is very inspiring to me.
I really enjoyed the subjects of this piece. I can just imagine Joan floating around nearby, snapping photos in as inconspicuous a way as possible. Peering over their shoulders to see how the paintings were shaping up… then stepping back so as not to intrude. Love the positioning of all of these photos, and the black & white conversion in the middle made a nice break to rest the eyes. Clever title work too. Loved the whole idea, well executed.
Words to live by, for this audience! This is a delightful design, with an amazing pastel ombre color effect (like little paint swatches, I loved those!). It’s a great use of real life alpha and word art embellishments on this page. Of course, all of the crafty people who frequent this blog will agree with the sentiment (even though I can’t read the text, I got the point!). I love the title in particular, it’s good advice!
Well, who doesn’t love a sexy, great singer, who can also tell a great, ad libbed, funny story?! And she totally won my heart that she went to this concert with her Mom! It felt like I was right there with them, singing along and loving every minute of our great seats! Super concert page (these are harder than they look!). I liked the horizontal design here with the different sized and shaped photos flowing one to the next. Now I’m singing a whole Michael Bublé medley over here…
Those are my picks for this hot day at the end of July! I hope you loved these wonderful stories today, and if so, please click on the linked titles and leave the artist some well-earned praise! Enjoy the rest of the summer! I hope to be back here spreading joy sometime in the future. Happy crafting!