Good morning and happy Monday. If you happen to live in the US you might have a day off for Martin Luther King Day which is considered a national holiday here. I’ll take some inspiration from blogger Jenny and begin with a quote from King: “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
Photo-focus is definitely a style that jumps out of the gallery for me. I really like that this artist used a watercolor background and actually placed some of the brushwork on top of the perfectly shadowed photos. The bits of black stitching work really well with the journaling.
The large masked photo is a great foundation for the smaller framed photos. I like the use of the capital J combined with the small January calendar. The textured paper supports the snowy theme. The hanging bird charm is a small yet effective embellishment. The split journaling assists the eye in taking in the entire page.
While this page is a reminder of the current devastating situation in Australia it is very well documented in this page. It’s amazing to me that this photo is most likely straight out of the camera. The embellishments and torn vellum piece are such a great match for the photo. I like the bits of netting peeking out at the right hand side. The stamping in the corners as well as the bird are the ideal finishing touches for the page.
The combination of red and dark blue in the background paper highlights the sweet photo. The rounded corners of the stitched border contrast so well with the sharp edges of the background. The single cluster is amazing. So many elements combined effortlessly. Placing the title in the blank spot of the photo creates balance.
The photos in this layout are so adorable. The combination of patterned papers, especially the large floral with the herringbone, is what made me take a closer look at the page. I like the use of both square and circular framing. The embellishments are placed to help the eye travel all around the page.
It can be difficult to use a themed kit but this artist definitely used the lovely collection to its best advantage. Even though there is a lot going on the elements are combined in a way that the page does not appear overly embellished. I especially like the envelope stuffed with ephemera and photos as well as the single framed photo supporting the story of the page. I like the large title and the split journaling.
Once again I’ve come to the end of my post hoping you will take a few minutes to click through the links and leave these well deserving artists some love.
Thanks and have a great week!!