Finger Pointing – May 13th

Friday May 13th… hope it’s not unlucky for any of you! I feel so organised today, we’re off to celebrate our daughter-in-laws’ 40th birthday tonight, hence I’m posting earlier than I would normally and here’s some eye candy that I found in the galleries today!

First up is Adventure Ahead by kaklei. Love the photo treatment and how all the elements form the perfect base for the page design. Wonderful!

My Boy by LilachO is a fine example of a young masculine page with its urban tones and linear design. Love that the photo cluster spans the page while the little red elements add a little pop! Gorgeous!

Layouts with black and white images are always a win and Not Perfect by roxanat is no exception. Love the horizontal design that meets the vertical strip of patterned paper and how the pretty florals add feminine softness. Lovely!

Love the chunky layers of SWL Designer Challenge – unlimited by bellbird… they’re bold and add great depth against the painted and textured backdrop and the quote is perfect. Love this!

Repetition on a page always works well and I love how mosbaskets has used a variety of circle shapes to create a cascading layout entitled Oh Deer. Little buttons add interest while the pegged labels keep the images in check. A fabulous winter page!

Lilac is not a shade that I normally scrap with but I love how it’s paired with black on The Black Sheep by dotcomkari. The split design works well with the candid journaling and all the little detail is eye catching. Awesome page!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today and that some of the pages above inspire you to document some of your own stories or memories. Remember to click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists when you get a chance. Till next time, take care and happy scrapping!

Finger Pointing – April 29th

As I browsed the galleries today, a couple of thoughts crossed my mind… how many of us scrap in chronological order? How many of us just go with whatever our fancy takes us? How many of us are overwhelmed with photo’s and stories that we don’t know where to start? How many of us struggle with not enough photo’s? How many of us feel like we’re “behind” with our scrapping? I can bet my bottom dollar that there are many of us in each of those camps. I for one, am so far behind on my Project Life, both for last year and this year (yes, I still love that project and I have a Photobook credit for last year that expires next Sunday!) and worst of all, I’ve not kept my diary up to date and my photo’s are in what can only be described as a state of chaos. So, I’m on a wing and a prayer with it all but enough of that, let’s take a look at the pages that wowed me today!

I always love a page with a blended image and some layers on the periphery that provide interest and depth. Around Here by anke is a delightful example and those green and neutral tones are simply the best!

Now if this next page doesn’t scream Spring, I don’t know what does! Hello Spring by aziko is super charming in a cute sort of way. Love the assorted framing, the diagonal backdrop and the wonderful Spring colours that make this page so easy on the eye!

When the Sun Comes Out by keepscrappin packs a punch with all its glorious layered florals and I love how the image is nestled in amongst it all. An interesting page with its unusual backdrop and colour combo… love it!

For me, whimsy is one of the hardest page styles for me to create but janik has done a perfect job with her page entitled Family of Friends. The mix of florals and little creatures compliment the sweet deckle-edged photo and the textured, watercolour backdrop provides the most lovely setting. Just gorgeous!

Pretty minimalistic in style, Breathing Dreams by LDArtist has a certain mystery about it. A pretty little cluster anchors the image nicely and the landscape format makes me question my own stubbornness in continually creating square layouts… would a change in format shake up my scrapping style that I’ve been longing to do for a while? Food for thought, for sure but in the meantime, I love the intrigue that this layout provides. Amazing page!

Ah, those who create art journals and art journal pages, I salute you! A terrific mix of elements on Hopeful by tanteva capture my attention, make me linger as I take in all the detail and make me want to turn the page for the next instalment! Fabulous!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the standouts I’ve shared with you today and that you are inspired to document some memories or stories of your own. When you get a chance, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists, I know they will appreciate it. Till next time, take care and happy scrapping!

Finger Pointing – March 29th

I’ve finally managed to set aside time to do some of my own scrapping and it’s been great to join in with everybody in the galleries and while I was there today, here’s a handful that I’d like to give a shout out to…

I love pages like MAR CL – Scraplift by nhudao but for me to create something like this, I’d really have to think way outside of my creative box! This page is beautiful with its soft and gentle tones and the oodles of white space, while pretty little embellishments adorn the photo. So lovely!

Sketchings with a dash of coloured embellishments always make for a super page and Early Morning Walks by AJM is wall worthy! I love the unusual element choice and I really do wish this was on my early morning walk… splendid!

Torn edges are another of my favourites and I love how Jill has nestled in lots of pretty florals to frame the photo and journaling on her page, Fly. Great layers with perfect shadowing add depth and dimension to this wonderfully coordinated page!

I’m intrigued by Week 4 – Art Journal Means to Me by Janisn. I personally have never worked with products like these (and if I’m honest, I wouldn’t know where to start, such is my limited creativity) but I love how cohesive this page is with its unusual elements and striking colour palette. Fun and interesting!

Repetition always works well on a page and Be You by Sylvia is a fine example. The rings overlap beautifully and I love the soft patterned papers and delicate detail that compliment the photo’s. A really neat page!

Be That Girl by marijke is a wonderful, dramatic looking page that stopped me mid scroll with it’s great design, dark backdrop and rich, sultry tones. Absolutely love this!

I hope you’re inspired by my picks for today. when you get a spare moment, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists. Till next time, take care and happy scrapping!

Finger Pointing – March 10th

Hello from a very hot and sunny Cape Town! We’ve spent the last three weeks back here with family to help with a house move and are returning to the UK next week for a quick three week stint before we return to Cape Town for a longer period and to welcome the arrival of our new granddaughter who is due mid-April! Exciting times! Needless to say, I’ve not had the time or the energy to be scrap-creative over the last few weeks but I do pop into the galleries every now and then to see all the amazing pieces of art. Here’s a few I found for you today…

Extractions always fascinate me, especially if there’s a shadow involved too! Sleepover by Amy L is a playful page with the cute series of photo’s, the title work and, of course, that amazing extraction and shadow! Absolutely delightful!

Forever in Our Hearts by mosbaskets is beautiful tribute page. I love the soft tones and the cascading hearts and carefully chosen elements that anchor the dear photo perfectly. A wonderful, peaceful page.

I’ve been saying for so long that I really want to try my hand at mixed media pages despite the fact that they are totally out of my comfort zone. What’s Coming by Roxana reminds me that I still have to give this art form a whirl! Love this!

Black and white images always look great on a page, even more so when they’re adorned by pretty pinks and lilacs. The perfectly shadowed layers of Loved by Blackkathy nestle on a beautifully soft back drop and a single flair provides the title for the page. Excellent!

Krolik by magnolia is another really pretty page with its sepia toned image and touches of whimsy. The colour palette is so easy on the eye and I love the patterned backdrop. Gorgeous!

With St Patrick’s Day looming, I couldn’t resist finishing my post today with Lucky Us by Ferdy. I love the element mix, the stitching and threads, and those little pink sequins that add contrast. Terrific!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the art that I’ve brought you today and that you find inspiration to create your own pages. When you get a chance, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists, I know they will appreciate it. Till next time, take care and happy scrapping!

Finger Pointing – February 4th

It’s Friday… the sun is shining… and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for the weekend! I have 4 working days left before I hand in my work uniform and move onto the next phase of my life… one that will allow me to spend much more time with my family and on my hobbies! It all seems a little surreal at the moment but when I look in the galleries, man, I want to be creating like you all!

Kicking off my post today is Handle with Care by chigirl. Oh my. Have you ever seen such cuteness?! I love how everything on this page is centred around the vertical strip and the patterned paper choices are just gorgeous! A nice balanced colour palette and gentle shadowing in all the right places make this page a real eye-catcher!

Now I don’t know if I’m mistaken but I’m pretty sure Heart Grid Layout by Paigetaylorevans is a ‘paper’ page. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Either way, I love the detail of all those hearts, the soft tones and the grid design. Again, a great mix of patterned paper and a perfect amount of stitching. Wonderful!

I love seeing double page spreads in the gallery and January 2022 Summary Page 1 by digigrandma is a wonderful example. Perfect use of a template here – I love to see how people make them their own. I love this one in particular because of the book effect and if like me, you want to see more, you can check out page two here. An amazing duo!

Another great use of a template is Bun in the Oven by nana_vg. Teal and peach always work well together on a page and I love how the florals add to the feminine topic. A ‘progress’ page is always good to document facts and the journaling here is going to be a real treat to read in future years. Priceless!

Of course, we’re in February so there are lots of pages with hearts in the galleries! Precious Memories by cfile captured my attention with the gorgeous black and white photo’s that are circled by a flurry of layered hearts and stitches. I love the addition of the sequins… such a pretty page!

This post wouldn’t be mine if it didn’t showcase a mixed media page… man, I love Art is Everywhere by ajm. Great design, gorgeous texture, a smattering of elements and an intriguing image captivate me! I’d love to have creativity like this, it’s just awesome!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing them to you. When you get a moment, please click on the links above and leave the artist a comment or two, I know they really appreciate it. Till next time, take care and I’ll see you in the galleries!

Finger Pointing – January 24th

While I haven’t been active myself in galleries of late due to one thing or another, I do pop in regularly to see all the wonderful pieces of art from all over the world and I’m so happy that it’s my turn to share some eye candy with you today!

Shutterbugs by kikimama is a fine example of the term less is more. I love the white space and the dark framing which really makes the detail of the page, all anchored by those three pretty butterflies, pop. It’s a lovely nature page and the circular journaling reminds me of a globe of the world. Gorgeous!

The busy-ness and energy of MOC10 D15 – Filled Page Style by nhudao makes for a striking piece of work. The mix of different size photo’s add interest and the elements are well coordinated with the backdrop. A beautiful, uplifting page!

I always enjoy a page with an air of mystery so Do What You Love by patriciaaben caught my eye immediately. I love the dulcet tones with the smidging of pink. Wonderfully intriguing!

Fearless Today by Pia/Pippin makes great use of a riot of colour that compliments the sweet photo and a mix of brush work and layered elements that make for a super fun page. Delightful!

There is so much to love about Very Romantic by TrishD. The textured backdrop, the blending, the colour palette, the pretty detail, the wonderful photo, the word art… all come together on this perfectly designed page! Stunning!

I’m often a tad envious of those of you who have snow photo’s to scrap although even a smattering of snow can bring the UK to a grinding halt. I love the tall photo and mix of title work on Icicles by wsprite_ad and the creased backdrop and brushwork help tell the story. An amazing page!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the pages that I’ve shared today and when you have a moment, please click on the links above to leave a comment or two for the artists, I know they will appreciate it. Till next time, take care and I’ll see you in the galleries!

Finger Pointing – November 23rd

Anyone else feeling ‘end-of-term-ish’? Despite the fact that I’ve got a couple more weeks before I finish work for a long overdue holiday, I’m ready! More than ready! And I’m hoping a break away from the rat race will recharge my batteries and give me a new perspective for 2022. But before I start winding down, let’s take a look at a few pieces that caught my eye in the galleries today!

A terrific mix of elements make up Street Story by TrishD. Wonderfully masculine!

Love Memories by extase is delightfully romantic with it’s soft pink and purple tones and pretty element mix. Gorgeous!

Sunsets are always pretty on a page and if there’s a reflection involved like Reflection by Tamsin, that’s a winner!

Grateful for Vision by grandma lynnie really draws me in with the focus on the eyesight chart. Brilliantly done!

Always on My Mind by RJMJ is a glorious composition of various blends. Truly striking!

Beautifully Broken by carolwenxin really puts a spring in my step with it’s pops of colour. Stunning!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for today and that they inspire you to create a piece of art of your own. When you get a moment, please click on the links above and leave a comment or two for the artists, they will really appreciate it. My very best wishes go to those who are celebrating Thanksgiving this week and as this is my last blog post for this year, my best wishes also go to those celebrating Christmas next month! Till next year, take care and happy scrapping!