Finger Pointing – January 28th

Hi!

Happy Saturday (night), sorry I’m so late, I have been out adventuring with my bestie who is here in Tampa visiting.

Smileark – Album Cover

A wonderfully elegant way to start an album. I love the little pops of red and the flow of the wordstrips.

Coady – Colour Pop

I love all the triangles used here, the mix of photo, text and papers is lovely. Red is always a great choice for a colour pop, especially when working with mostly black and white. The minimal use of elements complements the layout really well.

Norton94 – Book and Coffee

I’m a big fan of Krista’s layouts and I always love seeing Scout her adorable dog. I love all the wonderful muted layers here and her use of tabs. The colour palette really makes the photos pop. Gorgeous.

Ana Santos – This is Us

The blending here is just amazing. I can’t tell where the photo ends and the paper starts, just wonderfully done. I love the title work too, really great example of how to mix fonts and alphas to create something eyecatching.

AZK – AJ-Winter Bliss

Hahahaha, love this. I too was not made for winter, so I love her face here as I normally look like this when faced with the cold. I love the circular frame with the charm, evokes memories of a child’s bracelet. Great blending, really making the photo the focus.

crazycat1126 – Home

Such a gorgeous photo. I love the layered, clustered elements anchoring the photo. The colours are wonderful, another example of red as a little pop of colour. The use of wordstrips is so clever and really tells the story of how the scrapper feels about her family.

I hope you liked my little wander through the galleries and will show these talented scrappers some love. Again, sorry for the late hour of my post, but better late than never right!

Claire x

 

 

 

 

Finger Pointing – November 12th

Hi, sorry I am a bit late today. I have been prepping for my trip home to London next week.

Christmas has exploded in my craftroom lol.

Surfing the galleries gave me a nice break from that chaos..

Keepscrappin – Deck the Halls

I absolutely love the bright candy colours used here. The cluster is amazing, I love the limited colour palette, it makes the flowers pop. Even though the cluster is large and central, the gorgeous photo still shines. I love the little peek of twine throughout the cluster. I am a sucker for twine.

Alinalove – Found Here

WOW!! This is stunning. Another limited colour palette, that works really well. I love that it picks up all the colours in the photo. The paint/brushwork behind the photo is wonderful and really anchors everything. The giant bow has me swooning.

Cfile – Up on the Mountain

I love everything about this page by Christa! It is gorgeous. The layers under the photo are composed of mainly neutral colours, so it all lifts off of the darker background. To me, the background looks a bit like a frosted windshield. I really love seeing alphas used as part of a title, it is done so well here.

sucali – Make it Happen

I think I might have a thing for limited colour palette use today! Another fabulous example of it here. I love the use of the same photo too and the muted tones of them. The paint and the tiny little converse cluster anchor the images so well. The large scribble is such a nice touch, leading your eye to the main sentiment of the page.

Dady – Good Day

The blending here just blew me away! The colour alteration of the photo and the blending it into the frame and the paper is just so very creative and gives a stunning focal point to the page. Teeny tiny pops of colour add a bit more interest, as do the carefully placed word arts. Again a limited colour palette used so effectively.

Armygrl – Memories Past

Our very own Lisa! I could not pass this by! It is such a stunning Day 1 page for DYD. I love the tight central layering here and the huge 1 is perfection.  The big red banner gives it all a nice anchor point. I really like the mix of twine and ribbon in the bow that secures the journaling strip. And last but not least, the photo of Lisa and Maggie is so cute.

I hope you will go and leave these talented scrappers some love. I am heading back to my Christmas chaos. See you in a few weeks (maybe from London!!).

Claire x

Finger Pointing – October 28th

Hello everyone, happy Friday to you!

A bit later in the day today – mainly because of work and my epic hangover LOL (I went to a concert last night…)

I have been a bit awol in the galleries with the move to the new house, but I was so happy to graze through them today.

Icpereyra – Autumn Walk

This is gorgeous. I love that the beautiful photo is the hero here. The torn paper, is such a lovely touch and breaks up the page nicely and adds a bit of delicate detail with the pretty polka dots. Minimal elements used really well to just keep the focus on the photo.

EllenT – Pumpkin Patch

The layering here is just stunning. I love the colours here, they make the photo pop. All the messy paint and the subtle newsprint in the background are wonderful and I love the title work too.

Mrs Peel – Summer Light

Our very own Cynthia!! I could not leave this out of my picks this week – how stunning is this photo!! And the gorgeous corner cluster. I love the wings added behind the card to illustrate the ‘goodbye’. And again another wonderful example of simple but beautiful title work.

Veer – Finding Balance

Feels like my picks today are all about gorgeous photography! This is such a lovely photo. I love that the tones of all the elements, papers, paint, etc echo the tones in the photo and are just perfectly complementary.

Keepscrappin – Yes

Another stunning photo with beautiful layers!! LOVE the shadow work here and the amazing cluster. The layers make me so happy, the mix of patterns and textures are gorgeous. The paint / brushes just add even more interest to this stunning page.

Thuria – Heart

Oh the side cluster is amazing. So artsy, it feels like a page out of an art journal. And the amazing shadows, so all the elements pop and don’t merge into each other. And that over-the-shoulder glance in the photo is too cute!

That’s all from me today, I hope you will leave these talented scrappers some love. Have a wonderful weekend, I hope you find time to scrap and browse the galleries.

Claire x

Finger Pointing – October 7th

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you have fun plans for the weekend or at least some scrapping time. I am in packing hell, as we are moving soon..

I hope everyone is ok, following Hurricane Ian, we are based in Tampa and it did not hit us as badly as we had first thought it would. The winds were pretty scary and we lost some branches and a fence, but all good aside from those small things.

bjthomas – Hey Fall

The only thing I miss about living in NYC and London is Autumn aka Fall. This page, with her cute converse, just really feels like Fall to me. I love that the papers pick up the colour of her converse and the cute pumpkins in the fun pastel shades are perfect here. LOVE the title work and the amazing shadows.

mcurtt – Love

I love Marilyn’s work, she is such a talented and versatile scrapper. If this was my wedding photo I would be framing this page! I love everything about it. The vellum overlay and the grids are very creative and frame the photo so well. The little cluster at the top is perfect, the soft colours evoking romance for me.

Dady – Love This

I am a big fan of monochrome pages and this is so wonderful. It is super soft and clean, just like the adorable photo – I always think of babies feet as being soft and clean. The brushwork at the top and the bottom of the photo is really well done and I especially like the tinest pop of colour in the flowers.

Cfile – Fall

One of the comments on this page in the gallery said ‘I feel like I can touch this’. That is 100% true and is exactly how I feel. Christa’s shadow work is always amazing, but this feels like a master class. The partial extraction is amazing and I just can’t stop looking at it. The little sequin scatters and the splattered paint are the perfect finishing touches. It’s also a wonderful use of a frame, really drawing you in.

KarenJB – Love This

Karen always has the most awesome photos of her family and her life. Her clean layouts are always an inspiration to me. I love the layers here and the cascading title is a lot of fun. The big cluster is gorgeous and I love that it’s holding a piece of wordart.

Allison Pennington – Scary Squid

I LOL at the title of this page when I realised that the Scary Squid is actually Allison’s cute kitty. This page is just perfect, with the little pop of colour from those fabulous alphas! All the black elements compliment the photo of Squid and it’s just a really clean and elegant page.

I hope you enjoyed my picks today and will go and show these talented scrappers some love. Have a wonderful weekend, I will see you again towards the end of the month.. by then I will be unpacking!

Claire x

Finger Pointing – September 17th

Hello there!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I am mainly hanging with Hubby this weekend, as I was away for 5 days on vacation and then we had a house guest.

I am just getting back into the swing of scrapping and the galleries are inspiring me a lot, so I will be spending some of my day today scrapping.

Angels – You

I just love everything about this. It is very me to go with a busy background and then a big cluster. It’s so impactful and Angels does it so well here!! I love the mix of title work and all the fab word strips. Her shadows are amazing. It’s just wonderful and cheery and happy!

Stefanie – Grey Skies

I love digital pages that feel like physical art journal pages. I love the monochrome palette Stefanie used here with the splashes of yellow to add interest. I love that there are little bit of journaling and text all over the page, so your eye is drawn to all the details. A really great example of how to art journal digitally.

Vrielinkie – Chores & Chores: Laundry

This made me LOL when I saw it! I love the photos.. I love doing laundry and I often wonder if I was fascinated by washing machines as a child! I love the elegance of the layout and the simple colour palette. The bubbles are just such a perfect touch for the subject matter. Again another great example of mixed title work, which I am a big fan of. A perfect fun, elegant layout.

JenEm – Wish

Perfect kit choice for this cute photo. I love the composition here so much detail, but the monochrome palette means that it doesn’t feel busy. I am a big fan of stars, so I really love all the different ones scattered throughout the page. I never really recolour my photos, but this is a great example of how to do it and is making me want to give that a go in my pages.

FiddletteDesigner – Love

I really love it when designers make layouts with their own products, really giving me food for thought when using them myself. If this page were a blank colouring page, I would be thrilled and excited to colour it. I love the composition here with the girl taking centre stage and all the other elements leading to or from her. The shadows are amazing and I really love the mix of coloured and outlined mandalas in the background.

Anja_77 – Cherished Memories

I mean just WOW!! The soft background with the blended text and paints is perfection. The large cluster to the left of the stacked frames is wonderful. An almost monochrome page, with just a couple of pops of colour, so pretty. I love that Anja has added a frame over the girl, creating a focus on the gorgeous photo and it’s an extra piece of detail that works really well. I’m in love with the whole page, the flow, the colours, I just love it.

That’s all from me, I’ll see you in October – likely to be later in the month, due to us moving! I hope you have enjoyed my picks today and will go and show these talented scrappers some love. Keep scrapping and have a wonderful weekend.

Claire

 

 

Finger Pointing – 3rd September

Hello! Happy Saturday to you.

Hope you are enjoying the start of the Labor Day weekend if you are in the US. I am getting ready to head to NYC on vacation, so I’ll be missing for a week or so.

Caapmun – Apple Pie

How can you look at this page and not want apple pie?! The photos are gorgeous and I love the quote, I agree wholeheartedly. I really like the use of the apple paper consistently throughout the page and I especially love the little piece in the top right corner. Fabulous page, really simply embellished, letting the photos shine.

mywisecrafts – Take a Leap of Faith

I had to include this page by our very own Esther. It is beyond gorgeous. The b&w photo is perfect for the very minimal, but super impactful colour palette of gold, white, and black. The two clusters are so rich and full of details – stars, flowers, foliage, word strips, and ribbon, a total feast for the eyes, and of course, as always, her shadow work is amazing. I love the unexpected use of the torn papers, it adds another layer of interest to this stunning page.

Leahblahblah – Dream It

I have long been a fan of Leah’s work. This is amazing! I love the mix of ‘real’ and drawn elements, it works so well and to me, the clusters feel happy. In fact the whole page just screams happiness, it made me smile a lot. Her shadows are perfection and I like the little butterfly paint behind everything, giving the page a really pretty anchor.

Beszteri – Hope

I was blown away by the brushwork here. I love the ‘steps’ she has created, leading you to the flowers and the simple title. So elegant and the little Hummingbird detail is perfect. The whole thing feels like a cover for a book and I would totally want to read it!

AMarie Charp – Assortis

The large cluster caught my eye. It’s just wonderful, again another great example of mixing ‘real’ and drawn elements. The happy smiling photo, made me smile, loving their almost matching shirts. I love the colour palette, not the usual summer colours, so it stands out. The little chipboard word strips are perfectly placed. A perfect summer page.

*sylvia* – So Much Fun

Another gorgeous layout from Sylvia. It looks like the girl in the photo is having a lot of fun. I love the vertical layout with the mixed stitches as a great detail that anchors the page and at the same time is a great detail. I really like the split title, I am a big fan of splitting up your title.

I hope you have enjoyed my picks today and will go and show these talented scrappers some love. I’m off to watch the F1 qualifiers, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you in a few weeks.

Claire x

 

Finger Pointing – August 27th

Happy Saturday to you all!

Hope you are having a great weekend so far. I am sewing, watching F1 qualifiers, and having a lovely quiet me focused weekend!

Ferdy – Memories

I loved the bright colours of this layout, even the gorgeous cluster is a riot of colour! I LOL when I read the story in the comments, that Ferdy’s partner leaves his hand up too long when they are taking selfies using the hand motion function. It made for a hilarious photo, where Ferdy is totally obscured by said hand! All the little details make this layout for me, the googly eyes, the laughing emojis, and the word art that perfectly describes what is going on.

Jenn7 – Giving

I loved the journaling here. I believe in giving back too and I have a lot of respect for Jenn teaching her children this sentiment at an early age. The two clusters are stunning. The larger one to the right, is wonderful, so full with perfect shadow work and I love the addition of the doily, giving it an anchor.

Bonnenuit – Lucky Us

Another layout that showcases the journaling. I love how elegant this feels with the limited colour palette (even continued with the text colour) really working to tie everything together. The mix of paint, brushes, and elements is perfectly done. And I love the darker scripty brush that adds a little bit of extra interest.

Marleen – Waiting For

This just blew my mind!! I love the way the paint, papers, elements, and blending have been used here. The newspaper blended to create her skin is just fabulous, really well done and super creative. The painty flower border that makes up the top of her shirt is so clever. A really wonderful art journal piece.

Veer – Proud

Another elegant layout that makes the journaling the focal point. I am a fan of framing your journaling, it really makes it stand out. The cluster is gorgeous, I especially love the way that it sprays out, making it feel larger than it is.

Amien1 – This is the life

I love the epic amount of white space here. Because of all that lovely white space, the happy photo becomes the focal point. The pattern mixing and perfect shadows are making me very happy. I really love the use of the tags at the top of the photo. The stacked background papers, just peeking out, add another piece of interest and help anchor the date tab and panda element perfectly.

That’s all for me this month, I will be back mid-Sept as I am going on vacation. I hope you enjoyed my picks today and will go and show these talented scrappers some love.

Claire x