Finger Pointing — July 27th

Hello and happy Saturday, you wonderful, talented, artsy people! Today’s picks are all about the story. I love a good story, well-told. Stories can be told by a single photo (Amy!), or with lots of words (Donna!) or somewhere in between (Heather, Joan, Anett and Kat!). However you tell your story, if it’s got a discernable story, I will stop and read it. And isn’t that just so much fun, when someone likes the story you told?! I hope you like the stories I found today too. This is actually my last blog post for a while, as I am taking a break from blogging, so it’s quite fitting that my last post would focus on what I think is the best gift of scrapbooking: our stories.

This is Liz J., and these are my picks!

My Brother and Me by Amy L

You’ve got to love that camera perspective! This is a terrific all-boy page, with loads of fun elements, great shapes and terrific shadow-work. But it all starts with that amazing photo, and I love how Amy used it to build such a great, whimsical tone to her page. Personally, I find “boy” pages difficult to create, so I really appreciate a well-thought out design like this one, that keeps the focus on the great moment shared by Amy’s little grandsons.

Thanksgiving road trip by Donnatopia

What makes a scrapbook page great? The story. I absolutely loved the way Donna described her family’s impromptu Thanksgiving of yesteryear holiday! (Did you really feed the alligators marshmallows?!!!) This is a terrific two page spread, and you can see the other page here. Love the color combo, and the pointers on page two leading us to the points of interest. Those old black and white photos are so important for preserving these great memories! Great job, and what a blast from the past!

Stinkin’ Lincoln by HeatherH

This one just grabbed my attention with that big, amazingly-cropped photo to the left, looking out onto the page with the wistful, wish-I-was-anywhere-but-here look. (You’ve got to read the story to know how I knew what that look meant. It’s worth the read.) That was a cool design idea, very captivating. Love the use of the real-looking elements like the book plate and ribbon, and the staggered photos with the occasional pop of color (color in an otherwise gray place, I totally got the metaphor!). This page is fab-u-lous. Love the title – both the design of the title and the point behind the title were total attention-grabbers. This kind of page is very inspiring to me.

True Art by Joansmor

I really enjoyed the subjects of this piece. I can just imagine Joan floating around nearby, snapping photos in as inconspicuous a way as possible. Peering over their shoulders to see how the paintings were shaping up… then stepping back so as not to intrude. Love the positioning of all of these photos, and the black & white conversion in the middle made a nice break to rest the eyes. Clever title work too. Loved the whole idea, well executed.

Create Every Day by Anette Galencser

Words to live by, for this audience! This is a delightful design, with an amazing pastel ombre color effect (like little paint swatches, I loved those!). It’s a great use of real life alpha and word art embellishments on this page. Of course, all of the crafty people who frequent this blog will agree with the sentiment (even though I can’t read the text, I got the point!). I love the title in particular, it’s good advice!

Michael Bublé Concert by Kat

Well, who doesn’t love a sexy, great singer, who can also tell a great, ad libbed, funny story?! And she totally won my heart that she went to this concert with her Mom! It felt like I was right there with them, singing along and loving every minute of our great seats! Super concert page (these are harder than they look!). I liked the horizontal design here with the different sized and shaped photos flowing one to the next. Now I’m singing a whole Michael Bublé medley over here…

Those are my picks for this hot day at the end of July! I hope you loved these wonderful stories today, and if so, please click on the linked titles and leave the artist some well-earned praise! Enjoy the rest of the summer! I hope to be back here spreading joy sometime in the future. Happy crafting!

Finger Pointing — May 25th

Hello and happy Saturday! Today’s picks are all about shapes, angles, cities and clever design ideas. And, one seriously cute dog. I hope you will all enjoy today’s picks too, come take a look. This is Liz J., and these are my picks.

May stuff by lady22

I always think it ‘s a fun touch when people use calendars as part of layout designs. And this page has two different types of calendars, even better! She created nice balance between the circular calendar and the wreath of leaves. Loved the angle of the dotted paper; it is just amazing what a difference an angle makes!

Prickly by scrapbookmama

That face! This one made me laugh out loud, so naturally it made it into my standouts for today. Love all the detailed paint work on this, she created such a pretty background. Such a fun combination between the dainty florals and the very amusing tone of the photo and word art. I enjoyed this one. Great title!

tiny dreamer by Silver26AK

What a cool rainbow effect this artist created with the cut file! I love the popped up repeat circle, and how it mimics the rainbow padding of the baby’s bouncy seat. I like the use of same-color elements surrounding the circles and in the outer border. This is a great reminder that digital cut files can be used in very creative ways on real-paper pages too. Love the doily and rainbow-effect title work to round this one off.

Extraction challenge by netcooks

A good extraction is always a treat. It’s hard to know which parts of this layout were part of the original photo, and as a result it created an intriguing look. Love the sketchy city in the background, and the wildflowers leading off the retaining wall in the foreground. Can you tell where the extraction ends? Sweet page.

I give you Chicago by mcurtt

And here’s a completely different city look! That is maybe my most favorite title work ever, isn’t that cool? I love the way the C in Chicago is looped behind that great shadowed heart, and then how the title borders and overlaps the photo. The colors on this page just pop out, love that gray/red/teal combination with the black accents. This should be on a travel brochure for the windy city!

Flanders Field by LisaMcG

In honor of Memorial Day, which is coming up on Monday in the United States, my final pick for today is this wonderful tribute to by Lisa showcasing the amazing tribute to the American soldiers from World War II. I absolutely love how Lisa incorporated the text of the famous poem into this beautiful page. Really love the watercolor poppies surrounding the photo, too. This is a very special tribute piece to our fallen soldiers, it gave me chills to look at this one. I always think it’s important to be reminded of the purpose of this American holiday, so we never forget. Thank you, Lisa, for reminding us so eloquently.

Those are my picks for today, and I hope you enjoyed each one as much as I did. If so, please click on the linked titles and leave the artists some much-deserved love! Have a wonderful weekend!