Finger Pointing – December 2nd, 2021

Hello December – the month of cold days and long nights for the Northern hemisphere. But I do hope these GSO picks warm your heart and spark your creativity!

Wonder by Ajm

First up is an art journal layout beautifully executed in a scrapbook style. I am drawn into the dark circle placed on top of the lighter paper.  The red totally pops from the layout but is well balanced. Into my scraplift folder this goes!

Reality bites by Margje

Margje is a master blender.  In Reality Bites, the photo, elements and digital paints weave in and out of one another creating a singular, cohesive piece. The tones are soothing, yet the overall piece has grit and determination – an interesting juxtaposition. I love the graphic-gritty look to this one!

Christmas Tags by Kate

Oh wow!  How cute are these personalized tags?  When I see such wonderful hybrid projects, it makes me want to go out and buy a printer. Each tag with the whimsical character or decoration is expertly crafted and adorned with a little extra bling.  Bravo!  I’d love to have one of these tags on my gift.

Stockings by ChristyHC

Stockings by Christy is merry and bright!  The horizontal flow with coordinating cluster on the lower portion is one of my favorite design compositions.  Look at all those adorable elements, like the big butt Santa on top – and the scale that draws you in for a closer look into all the details…this layout is not naughty at all.  Its very NICE!

Christmas Magic by Cutiejo1

Christmas Magic by CutieJo1 is such a pretty layout.  The use of tags with the bells and star is fantastic.  The soft yellow background paper is warm and inviting. I am also a fan of the curled tag and the lift, through shadows, on the photo.  What a magical Christmas layout!  I love this season!

Biltmore Grounds by Kim517

Speaking of magic…Kim shared her magical adventure to Biltmore with us.  What a lovely pocket styled layout with equally beautiful photographs of a summer adventure.  Be sure to zoom in closer to read Kim’s journaling.

Thank you for joining me in admiring today’s Gallery Standouts!  If you can, please leave a little love and magic in the galleries.  Titles are hyperlinked for convenience.


Lisa (aka Armygrl)

Finger Pointing – November 18th

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…everywhere you go! All across the USA the weather has cooled.  Some have had a dash of snow (or more).  Most are gearing up for Thanksgiving next week…and in the galleries we are even seeing signs of Christmas!  It is a marvelous time of year!  Many color palettes are toned down and neutral like the grasses in Hiddenartist’s Sweater Weather.  But we also get a wide variety of topics and layouts, including the sprinkle of Christmas inspired layouts!

It was such a joy perusing the galleries this evening.  Many are sharing what they are thankful for, and I found quite a few layouts that made me chuckle.  Here is to the magic of this very special season!

Always by Roxana

Oh boy! This is gorgeous! In a clean and simple styled layout, each element must be expertly placed and aligned.  Otherwise, the layout does not deliver the visual punch and effectiveness.  In Always, Roxana delivers!  The little hand drawn hearts, the star, the Oh Boy tag, the paint splatters – everything is perfectly placed to create a visually stunning layout!  Bravo, Roxana!

These Strange Days by Dalis

Dalis is one of my scrappy crushes!  She has an amazing and creative art journal style that results in unique and original layouts.  In These Strange Days, Dalis combines paper strips with awesome journaling.  I don’t care to catch COVID, but I don’t mind catching myself grinning from ear to ear as those smiles are contagious!  Wonderful layout, Dalis!  Your use of paper and your shadows are awesome.

Sweater Weather by Hiddenartist

Wow!  Super big fan of the large photo format combined with spectacular blending.  Add in some wonderful clusters, soft shadows and the handwritten font – we have a Gallery Standout!  Gosh, I love fall grasses – those photos make me want to put on a jacket and go for a walk.  You’ve made such a beautiful layout, Hiddenartist.

Do You Believe – Elf On the Shelf by Lori Ann

Okay, so, I giggled when I saw this layout in the galleries…that mischievous little Elf.  But then I read Lori Ann’s journaling about the layout, and I felt a little sad.  When a child stops believing in Santa, a bit of magic is gone from the world. Well, Lori Ann, your layout is a little of bit magic.  And it made this gal chuckle!  So, I think the balance of magic in the universe is okay.  I’ll just have to watch the Polar Express tonight to relive the magic of Christmas and Santa.  I believe!!

Give Thanks by Miki

Gosh, what heartfelt journaling.  Yes, we age and our bodies change.  But each day on this beautiful Earth is a gift.  And to see traces of our grandparents in ourselves, that is a gift too.  Miki, your layout is as beautiful as it is touching.  Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of art and reminding us that time is a gift.

Humbug by Maggie Mae

Uhh – I giggled out loud again.  Maggie Mae may be ba-humbug; this layout is not!  I love the torn paper and how adding the sticker trees to that very spot makes the paper looks like hills. And of course, I love that photo!  Maggie Mae makes quite the Christmas Elf!

It is never too early for the Christmas Spirit, in my book! Of course, I am also the gal that keeps her tree up all year long.  I don’t have ornaments on it – but I love the lights!   All around the World, I hope we are full of joy, thankfulness, and feel the magic of the Season!

If you can, please leave a little love and magic in the galleries.  Titles are hyperlinked for convenience.


Lisa (aka Armygrl)

November 3rd

Happy Wednesday!

Here are some Gallery Standouts to spread cheer, provide inspiration and help you get over those mid-week blues.

Without further ado, first up is Fire-Sitting by Garrynkim.  I was instantly drawn to the flower cluster that combines a mix of sticker-styled and realistic, fabric flowers.  What an awesome combo that produces a beautiful visual punch!  The black and white photo and pops of white work wonderfully with the rich blue, purple and maroon tones throughout the layout.

Fire-Sitting by Garrynkim

All About the Memories by Wombat146 also has a beautiful flower cluster.  I love how Ona integrates ephemera and the bird into the cluster. The pink paint below the cluster is a lovely complement too, adding lots of visual interest and an arty flair.  It is the photo, however, and its wonderful processing that steals the show!

All About the Memories by Wombat 146

Apparently I am on a flower kick because flowers are the topic of my next pick too!  Truth be told, it was the diagonal tilt of the layout that instantly caught my attention combined with the beautiful blue colors.  Upon closer look, I love the use the open alpha, the papers that complement the photo – and of course, that wonderful photo!  When I was a little girl I used to pick weeds and little flowers for my mom.  So this layout touched my heart. And did you notice the dog wanting to be a part of the action too?

2021NOV_Challenge_Style by Smileark

Holy smokes!  Or maybe holy socks?  What’s not to love about Rainbow Socks by Ozegirl? This layout is fun and bright! Rainbow is my favorite color for sure! The use of the paper cut out leaves and the little strings coming out of the clusters is pure delight.  The extraction on the photo is superb!  And as a crazy sock lover, of course I love the socks!!  Now I want some.

Rainbow Socks by Ozegirl

Little Miss by Ajafillmore is totally scrapliftable.  Sometimes I struggle with patterned papers.  But here, the use of stacked triangles shows off multiple patterned papers (which is why I want to scraplift this). The photo is adorable, and the sunflower stickers are marvelous too! This is a beautiful layout.

Little Miss by Ajafillmore

My last pick for the day is what I call digital art.  In Halloween DressUp, Caapmun creates a beautifully haunting world full of atmosphere and mood. The clusters with all their stringiness are expertly crafted and complement the spider web. I think this layout would make a wonderful book cover.

DressUP by Caapmun

If you’ve enjoyed these picks as much as I have, please take a moment to leave some gallery love!  Each title is hyperlinked for convenience.  Please enjoy the remainder of your week.

Take care!

Lisa – Armygrl

October 26, 2021

Good evening and Happy Tuesday!

My first pick of the evening is Faded Days by Adryane.  This is such a lovely style, full of blending and soft colors.  The elements are expertly clustered and shadowed, allowing the beautiful black and white photo to shine.   Days may fade, but this layout will last forever.

Faded Days

Next up we have Alyssa by our very own Cherylndesigns.  Like me, Cheryl is one of the newest members of the GSO Blog Team.  If you are familiar with Cheryl’s layouts, you know her gorgeous granddaughters are often featured in them.  Here, I love the big photo format and Alyssa’s gorgeous smile!  The yellow paint and elements are wonderful complements, as is the whimsical pumpkin for October.


It is no secret; I love digital art and I love it when digital scrapbooking kits are used to make gorgeous works of pure art.  In Scandinavian Folklore, Peppapig has created such a beautiful digital illustration – I love her cut out digital flowers, the rhythmic patterns, and gorgeous colors!

Scandinavian Folklore

October Beauty by KayTeaPea has lots of wow-power.  The design is superb with lots of flow from the tree photo to the leaf, journaling, and paint splatters. This layout is wonderfully arty yet clean and simple at the same time – what a combo!

October Beauty

“Eeek!” is right! Lol.  Michele’s journaling in her Arachnophobia! layout made me giggle. I love her mailbox picture and giant spider too! Plus, I like the creative use of all those fabric tags. Michele’s layout is a perfect mix of visual and written storytelling.

Michele Hillam

Last but not least, the last pick for the evening is Cozy by Aussiegirl.  Can you say “mega-clusters?”  Holy smokes, aren’t they gorgeous? I love the sweet fall vibes mixed with the monarchs.  Unfortunately, I have not seen many monarchs this year – they typically migrate through Texas mid-October.  However, I will enjoy their beauty in Aussiegirl’s layout.


My dear digi-friends and community – I hope you enjoyed this evening’s picks as much as I did.  Please have a good night and enjoy the remainder of your week. If you have a few moments to spare, please leave some love in the galleries!  Each title is hyperlinked for convenience.

Lisa – aka – Armygrl

Finger Pointing – October 18th

Happy Monday!

What a great start to the week – showcasing marvelous scrapbooking layouts posted throughout the weekend.  The inspiration is phenomenal and gets me excited to create my very own treasures!

First up, October scraplift challenge by Annsofie
Ann-Sofie’s layout is a beautiful representation of Fall.  The golden, red and green leaves against the bright blue sky are stunning.  Ann-Sofie’s use of the photo inside frames and clipped to a mask with an added watercolor effect are nothing short of brilliant!  Its these extra little touches that make this a GSO!

October Style Challenge 21 by Meterr
Terri is a pro at using vintage family photos in her layouts.  Looking though her gallery is looking into the American past. Here, Terri’s vertical cascade of elements and brushes is a visual stunner.  I adore the singular red heart and the endearing photo of her great-great-aunt. For these reason, Terri’s layout is a GSO in my book!

In the City by HeatherH
Holy smokes!  HeatherH’s urban grunge layout is a visual smorgasbord.  The large photo format turned greyscale blended with map papers and little pops of color grab my attention and invite me to look for additional details.  Those details include the deeply shadowed clusters, the big, bold title, “LIFE,” and subtly placed and stamped “DREAM.”  The contrasting graphic design  +  urban grunge + phenomenal clusters + color splashes = GSO!

bb by Marnel
Marnel created a gorgeous Art Journal styled layout.  Her use of paints and paint splatter give such a grungy vibe to her layout but are expertly placed to draw attention to the center piece. The center piece reminds me of a caduceus, a popular medical symbol, and reinforces the AJ theme of beauty, power, and health.  Mary created an AJ masterpiece, earning this layout a GSO!

Day 4 Leaves by Tedasgram
Here we have another large photo format with blending (I love this technique) + additional complementary photos that paint such a gorgeous, gorgeous picture of Autumn. The teal-sage background paper is a wonderful complement to and brings out the oranges in the photos and elements.  Because I want to jump into this layout and enjoy camping at Algonquin Park, Day 4 Leaves earns a GSO from me!

Shy by Barbaraj
Shy by barbaraj is artistic, clever and beautifully unique.  I love the bouquet of smiling faces Barbara constructed. I hope my last GSO pick for the day brings a smile to your face, as it has done mine!

Thank you for time!  If you enjoy these layouts as much as I do, please stop by and leave some gallery love on each of them!  The titles are hyperlinked for convenience.

Please have a wonderful, safe and enjoyable week!

Lisa – aka Armygrl