Finger Pointing – April 6th

Hi!  It is Armygrl-Lisa filling in for Kari (which is super easy to do)! It is so fun admiring the talent within our digital scrapbooking communities and drooling over the gorgeous layouts and photos!  Today I am blown away by black backgrounds – colors POP off the pages, and awesome photography.

Werd by Weaslewatchr

First up is a quirky, fun, and adorable layout by Danica.  I am mesmerized by those eyes and love the bold colors on the black paper.  But the legs through the house slippers, with the paws sticking out seriously has me laughing out loud!  Cat shoes – tee-hee!

Play Ball! by Stasianary

Yesssss!  Another striking layout with a black background.  This layout strikes a home run with me!  The purple and teal pop from the black background with splashes of green too. The design is a winner with the journaling on top.

Explore by Stormchaser

This layout is a showstopper with a palette of colors that is totally American Southwest.  The photos and clusters are superb. This is scrapbooking and memory keeping at its finest – pure gorgeousness!

Costa Rican Sunset by MariSt

Oh boy, between the Grand Canyon pictures and the Cosa Rican Sunset, I realize I really, really need a vacation!  But alas, I will settle for wishing and hoping as I gaze at amazing pictures in the galleries.  I could not agree more with MariSt, one of the prettiest sunsets ever!!! And it goes to show, a layout does not have to be full of clusters or 3D elements to have boat loads of WOW POWER!

April Scraplift Challenge by Cherylndesigns

Hee, hee, I’m sneaking one in from one of our very own bloggers, Cheryl!  Once again, I am blown away by beautiful nature photography.  My-oh-my how I’d love to be in a kayak on those waters.  I love how Cheryl offset the blue skies with the use of red-orange and yellow papers and elements.  This layout is full of positive energies.

Sandy Beaches by Ana_Santos

Well gosh, the vacation photos are dominating the galleries today!  Here, in addition to wishing that were me in the photo, I love the soft, washed-out beachy colors and arty blending. This is a beautiful work of art!

Well – better late than never!  I hope you enjoyed the 6ths picks as much I enjoy them.  I am seriously yearning for a vacay now!!

Take care and be well!


Lisa (Armygrl)

Finger Pointing – April 5th

April showers bring May flowers!  In the Northern hemisphere, early Spring has spung!  After a cold, dreary winter it is nice to see a smattering of pastel and bright colors popping up in my yard and neighborhood parks.  Apparently, I am not the only flower lover.  The galleries are in BLOOM!

Polinator by CathQuillScrap

Come on in for a closer look.  You’ll find a worker bee busy collecting pollen from one of my favorite flowers, the Passion Flower.  Awesome crop on the photo!

Your smile… by KarenK

The photo treatment is spectacular, but this Spring beauty’s smile steals the show.  I love the flower cluster in her hair, too.

Flowers by KayTeaPea

The color combination here is superb!  The newsprint paper wonderfully offsets the yellow and green paints.  And those stickers – it seems like I could reach in and pluck them off the page.  The homemade bouquet for prom is beautifully arranged and perfect for this lovely young miss.

OOB-pop-up-hole-in-one-with-edges by Mary-Lynne

What a fun out-of-bounds photo edit!  And that lawn of green – so gorgeous.

Mobile-Wallp-Challenge-April22-web by BlueWave

I LOVE digital art and the magic one can create using this medium.  The rhythm, balance, and circular designs are gorgeous!  As are the color palette, lighting, and spring flowers (I especially like the purple tulips).

Hello world by Saar

Sara is an amazing scrapbook artist; I’ve been following her for some time.  She is such a sweet person in the galleries too.   Although Finn is not quite a spring baby (born a few days before the Spring Equinox), I reserve my last spot for the evening for Finn.  Welcome to the world indeed you beautiful baby boy!

To my fellow Northerners, I hope the sprinkling of warmer weather and bloom of flowers has lifted your hearts and spirits.  And to my Southern friends, you too are entering a beautiful time of year – fall.  Stay cozy and warm and enjoy your fall foliage.

Take care my beauties and may peace be with you.


Lisa (Armygrl)

Finger Pointing – March 27th

Good evening and happy Sunday.  I am forever amazed at the talent and creativity displayed by our scrapbook, art journalist, and digital artists.  Each layout is filled with memories, meaning, and messages.  We make art to commemorate BIG moments as well as little ones too.  We mark the passing of time, knowing how important each moment is.  We share our souls and shoot for the stars.

Girl Power 1 by Ann-Sofie

As March comes to a close, Women’s History month, it is fitting to pay homage to Ann-Sofie’s gorgeous hybrid full of Girl Power and beautiful women.  I looked up “earth colors” and this very palette was one of the first images.  The sage, forest greens and terra cotta are soft, yet strong – a perfect tribute to amazing women.


A Shining Star by EvelynD2

When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are.  Anything your heart desires, will come to you (lyrics from Leigh Harline, the movie Pinocchio).  Evelyn’s layout is beautifully constructed and makes me want to shoot for the moon!  But alas, the young lady’s smile steals the show – its prettier than all the starts in the sky.


Wither Away by Tanteva

Tanteva writes, “Quote from the song Tyna Bort by Ebba Grön.  Translation: ‘Big men who are playing with lives will soon take their final step. They will wither away.’” Oh, how I wish this were true.


This Happens by Caapmun

I am transported to another place, another time.  I can smell the ozone, the rain, and feel the dampness.  The lights dancing off the wet streets capture my attention, how the rays from the lamplights glow.  It is a lovely night.  And Carmel’s little arty cluster adds to the beautiful mood.


2008 Alex First Day of Preschool by Iowan

Ah – happy colors and happy memory. All the firsts, like the first day of pre-school; one tiny step to this little human becoming her own person.  I love the combination of art marks, paints and splatters combined with the linear, vertical cluster containing traditional ribbons and flowers, all accenting the red shirts in the photo.  This is a beautifully balanced layout.


Seasons by Meibritt

I am not sure what season I’m in these days – somewhere between winter and spring, lol!  I don’t know.  What I do know is I really, really like this whimsical piece by Meibritt highlighting seasonal favorites like flowers in spring and ice skating in winter.  This quad layout is cute, fun, whimsical and captures the essence of each season.

Thank you for joining me in this evening’s GSO adventure! I love the mood, message, and atmosphere of each piece.  What amazing artists!

I do hope you have an amazing and blessed week.


Lisa – Armygrl


Finger Pointing – March 14

Spring time is just a week away with the vernal equinox falling on March 20th for those in the Western Hemisphere.  Its nice to see spring colors and photos from the outdoors in the galleries! And with March being Women’s History Month, it’s nice to see layouts in the galleries highlighting women’s strength and what we’ve accomplished through the decades.

Red Bellied Woodpecker by Cfile

In addition to being a gorgeous layout with the strip of red going down the left side, I find these layouts where Christa (Cfile) used her Dad’s photos to be especially touching!


Us by Kat

I am a sucker for pooch photos!  And here we have five photos featuring them!  What an awesome multi-photo layout!


SI-HerStory by SonjaS

Sonja’s art journal layout makes my heart go pitter-pater. The colors and blending are fantastic as are the graphics! This seriously looks like it was hand stamped and overlayed with gesso.


BE by BrightEyes

This is layout is so well put together, I thought the bunny photo was an element too!  Wow!  Great use of white space.


Good Times by Immaculeah

I keep waiting for Spring to pop.  But alas, I’ll have to settle for the pretty spring colors in this dynamic and vibrant layout.


MyDrawings by MrsPeel

And last but not least, an art journal page from our very own blogger, MrsPeel – Cynthia.  I love art within art.  And I’m so happy to see her hand drawn figures intermixed with digital.  Big hugs and shout out to my scrappin’ Mama!!

Thank you for stopping by the GSO Blog today!  Let us continue to pray for peace for all.


Lisa (Armygrl)

Finger Pointing – February 28th

The Brightest Star by Cuteojo1

First up is this stellar layout by our very own blogger, Joanna.  The star with the crisp white border is an attention grabber; mixed with lovely blending that softens the layout – this layout is dreamy!


Winter Geese by Jcaruth910

Super big fan of digital collage and collage art so naturally I LOVE this layout by Jcaruth910.  The photograph is blended seamlessly with the digital elements creating a cohesive and visually stunning collage.  Makes me wonder, “how’d she do that?!”


Imagine Dream Believe by Christellevandyk

This layout is super cute!  And the unicorn photo with the beautiful sunset is gorgeous!  Lots of wow-power here with the big photo format, the blending, and accompanying clusters.


Sixteen by ChristyHC

Christy’s creative placement of the alpha spelling out sixteen, draws our eyes around the layout and focal point.  This layout is dynamic – full of motion!  And the photo is fantastically fun too!


Unique and Precious Memories by Marnie4two

A split page design draws me in! Combined with minimal colors – just a splash of baby blue – and the arty, gritty look – yep, this layout is a winner in my book!


Long Brownish Season by Roxyrenders

Yes, for me too it’s been a long, brownish season!  But blues and browns are so lovely together, and there are unique textures in this season!  Roxyrenders created a delightful layout highlighting the beauty of nature!  And this time, we have a layout with elements all along one edge – creating a striking page design.

That’s it from me on this Monday morning and last day in February!  I hope you enjoy my picks.  Feel free to leave some love in the galleries.   Each title is hyperlinked.


Lisa (aka Armygrl)



Finger Pointing, February 24th

In a world full of craziness, I hope we can find comfort in one another through our appreciation of a beloved artform– scrapbooking!  Let us celebrate our differences and cherish our sameness.  We are a global community, and when things get ugly, let us hunt the good stuff and find the beautiful in everyday, ordinary living.

Chall2022_02 by ad77

This layout is a pocketful of happiness with the arty vibe, the awesome clustering, the dragon fly and strong message.

BHS Grad 2021 by Gina

Gina has every right to be proud of this beautiful, smart, young lady.  Congratulations, Grad!  And beautiful layout, Gina.  I love your limited palette with the strong blue and pops of yellow (and nice eagle peeking through!).

Small beginnings by ajm

Oh yeah!  This gal is craving a bit of summer and I’m getting it from this gorgeous layout! I like the brown leaves.  They remind me of how my current world looks – but I’d love to open my window to summer. I love the use of the lock and key elements too!

Feel the Burn by Chaos Lounge

Yes, thank you for the reminder and motivation! I love the use of vibrant orange here, and the filled page style is marvelous.  This page has energy!

Happy Birthday by DawnMarch

This is such a sweet birthday layout!  I adore the wreath design and the use of all those pins!  And the birthday girl is glowing!

This View by stormchaser

Yes!  Let us cherish Mother Earth and delight in her beauty!  Thank you for sharing this magnificent view with us!  And what a wonderful multi-photo spread!

Thank you for stopping by!  If you have time, please leave love in the galleries – each title is hyperlinked.  And let us hope and pray for peace.

– Lisa

Finger Pointing January 30th

Oh boy!  The first month of 2022 is almost over.  And it has been a doozy.  Many of my friends and co-workers became positive with COVID-19 and crazy weather struck North America, much like last year.  I think we all hoped for a better 2022.  And while I cannot say 2022 has started 100% better – it is milder.  So here is to 2022!  And here is to the beautiful, inspiring layouts in the galleries.  Each of you outstanding digital scrapbookers and artisans makes my month and 2022 a litter brighter!

She Felt Powerful – Chickie

There is such a gorgeous vintage vibe to Chickie’s layout. Her blending is phenomenal.  And kudos to embracing one’s power.

2022 – Mrivas

What a gorgeous layout by Maribel!  Here is to documenting 2022, month by month!  I look forward to more!

Goodbye 2021 – ClaireG

Yes, goodbye 2021 and hello 2022.  I love the little comment at the top addressing high points as well as low – but forever being grateful.  Thank you Claire for an attitude of gratitude.

Patience… – Marleen

What a powerful image to complement the word “patience.”  Marleen can give a master class in artistry.

Stories in Reverie – Nadams

Digital artistry at its finest – BRAVO!  I am in awe of how the photo looks like a negative.  The colors here are magnificent.  And there is storytelling too. What a brilliant heritage layout.

Beauty All Around – JenEm

I end this evening with a perfectly titled layout – Beauty All Around.  I agree.  Sometimes we just have to open our eyes.

Spreading love cheer also makes for a beautiful day!  So, go ahead – do it!  Click a hyperlink and leave some gallery love!  Thank you joining me this fine day in January.

Lisa (Armygrl)