Have you ever asked yourself why you do what you do? As a creative? As a scrapbooker? There will be commonality in most of our answers but some will be really personal while there will also be those whose reasons are pretty unique. I know why I scrapbook. Aside from documenting my life and that of my loved ones, aside from preserving the stories for future generations, aside from using all the gorgeous goodies that designers create for us, scrapbooking gives me freedom and allows me to be me. It cheers me up when I’m feeling down, it helps me make sense of this sometimes messy life and it reminds me of how much I have to be grateful for. I love that there is no right or wrong with this creative outlet we all enjoy. Anything goes and each page we create is unique to us whether we’ve used a template or a kit or a colour palette that others have also used because our work is our life… our story… our hard stuff… our good stuff… our memories. Don’t you just love that?! So let’s take a look at some wonderful one-off pieces of work I spotted today…

Smile for the Camera by Rubia Padilha is a wonderful mix of grunge and paint and brush work and fabulous layers. I love the range of elements used, the black and white images and those awesome paint swatches. The riot of colour and all the detail is so striking, it’s difficult not to give this page a closer look. Totally love this!

I always enjoy a vertical design and Happy by sylvia is a super clean example. I love that the unframed photo’s are of different sizes and the rounded corners are the perfect added touch. The splash of paint and colourful title work add a playful feel to this bright and breezy page. Delightful!

From a vertical design, we move onto a horizontal one. I love how the images on Recharging by JenEm span the page and continue in the blended backdrop. Detailed clusters anchor (excuse the pun!) the images beautifully and I like the casual angles of the journaling. Wonderful!

I always, always struggle to use patterned backdrops in my own work but Dalis has pulled this off beautifully with the delicate backdrop of Sunshine & Mami. Aren’t those little coloured hearts cute?! Pretty layers with the mix of alpha for title work and the photo spilling out into the mask beneath make this page amazing!

Perfectly shadowed layers of patterned papers and threads always bring an abundance of life to a page and make my heart skip a beat! I love the shadow work on 2021-Connor-gets-his-first-Covid-Vaccination by Iowan that makes those paper strips curl and the staggered, factual journaling is one for the history books for sure. Fabulous!

Rounding up my post today is this beautifully calming page simply called Beach by Mielz. The dash of coral adds pizazz to the blues and I love how the title work is superimposed over the nicely framed image while the twisted dots mimic the waves rolling ashore. Simply stunning!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pages I’ve brought to you today and that they inspire you to create a page or two of your own. When you have a spare moment, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists, they will really appreciate it. Till next time, take care and happy scrapping of your unique stories!

9 thoughts on “Finger Pointing – May 22nd

  1. Awwww thank you, Liz!! Such a great moment to find my page here! And I love the way you see scrapbooking because it is basically what I think about it too! 🙂 Thank you again! ♥

  2. Liz, thanks bunches. I really appreciate your kind words. Congratulations to all those who had their pages featured today.

  3. Liz, Thanks so much for picking up my page. As soon as I saw that heart pattern paper I knew I wanted to showcase it in my page.

    — Dalis

  4. Thank you so much, Liz, for including my layout with all of these gorgeous pages. Congrats to all the other artists who are featured in this post as well. xo

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