Finger Pointing – April 8th-

G’Day everyone!!! Hope the weekend is being kind to you guys, in England the weather has not, but after so many bad news, ill health and some more distractions to my scrapping, some good news in the form of an amazing lady that started working for me has us celebrating, and more time to scrap! LOL Anyway, as always, you all give me SO MUCH hard work on trying to pick just a few pages from the galleries, so much beauty, so much thought and reflection, family life or fantasy…these pages are superb and I can’t wait to share them with you!

PLEASE NOTE: Remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living!

I’m getting started with one of my most treasured Queens of Elegance, Sucali with When the Clouds Part. The layered cards, the gorgeous black & white photo treatment, the word art placed on the background paper and the card coming together with such a beautiful, hopeful message, I’m in LOVE with those key-ring dates too!!! Brilliant shadows to complete Susanne’s master piece!!!

More incredible elegance in this awesome page from Hanah aka Vrielinkie with Celebrating a Dream Come True. Love her take on the already awesome template, such a fabulous palette, soft and not over powering the photos that, especially taking that is a major event, should be the star. There is more accent on the elegance with the choice of black background, those corner’s painted flowers are just perfect here. I am so amazed by the amount of patterns, also the number of paper pieces and elements…and still the page is such a clean feel, Awesome!!!

This is one of those treasures, pages we should print and hang on a wall. This is Susie aka Pachimac with Music is my Muse. The changing colors in the background give light to this awesome album cover inspired page, if you know me, you know my passion for using the whole elements pack, and here she is done that and further… brilliantly chosen flowers, the perfection of staying within the color range with so much in the page is marvellous, the butterflies almost hidden are a beautiful discovery and the use of paints are both absolutely wonderful, the guitar being queen even when placed at the side, and the cursive text in the background give it even more appeal…. fabulous all over!!!!

Another super favorite of all of us here at the blog, Marilyn aka mcurtt with Get Your Read On.  There is so much feel in my heart with this page that I’m kinda struggling to give it proper words, don’t want to fall on the same words over and over but…. impressive, absolute elegance, wonderfully thought page and much more … The gorgeous black and white with the red accents, the pick of book cover which seems to shine calling the eye, the super cute library and all the word art, the amount of different textures and, even with all that , there is awesome blank space…..I better show you the page because I could keep talking!!!!!

Net is always marvellous HeatherB with Monster in the Middle. This is actually a double pager, you can see the other side HERE, I am impressed by the perfection of both, very different pages but unified by a fun, happy family memory, which Heather does in such an inspiring way, (oh and look at the credits’ list!!!) The choices of colors for the letters, those shadows that give dimension and her always elegant clusters, all completed with the journaling and the awesome sprinkles/paint myst as a base giving even more light to it….that continue in the other side with lots of photos perfectly combined and the memory of a day of family fun is capture to perfection!

Next is one of my most recent discoveries, Kjersti with Be Happy. There is a number of scrappers Sarita (DD) calls my Cover People, as in glossy magazine cover, because there is external beauty but the kind transformed into even more by the beauty that comes from within, shining and taking the pages to a higher level…  well, this one is one of those. The gorgeous mother and daughter photo, the wonderful surroundings, nature shining with those smiles, I wont go into it because I need to get some sleep, but…cowboy boots!!!! LOVE! So, back to the page: There is fashion great taste, gorgeous layering, clusters perfectly placed, marvellous management of green on green, those stitches, the shadows….. the whole thing is amazing, and then there is the journaling that makes it be even more a soulful page… absolutely awesome overall!!

I should be stopping here, but there are a couple of pages I could not let go, so I’m gonna share them. One is Boss Lady by hichchei, such an amazing message that comes across in every way, the photos,  OH those glasses!!!!!! It really looks like the products were made with these pictures in mind! Again, we find here beauty outside and that one that comes from within, that reaches the eyes in that cheeky expression and continues with the marvellous clusters, those borders, the fabulous shadows….even a sprinkle off glitter that accents even more so the spirit of the page! I’m always in awe of those who scrap everyday life into wonderful art pieces!!!!

And as always, last but not least, a blast from the past, a talented lady scrapper I had not seen in years has come back and is shining even more than she did before….! Is tanteva with You Think You Can Fly This Thing (even the title is absolute marvel!) Love her passion for art journal and fantasy scrapping as much as her more everyday pages, and this one is literally shining! The perfectly combined elements, the creation of lights that expand, the fun, the beauty, the creativity …again, one of those I would hang on my wall!!! FABULOUS!!!!

And now yes, I will leave you to get inspired by these fantastically gifted ladies, please,(once again!) remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living! Have a great weekend!!!

 

 

Finger Pointing – March 25th-

Good day to everyone at any point of your day! Back here after a very difficult week health wise, it has been hard to keep the emotional balanced too, not just on the personal side (which I know everyone has battles) but the whole world current situation….still, I find so much solace in our industry, both on the wonderful products designers create for us to bring life memories or artful expressions or both, and the hyper talents we have in the galleries that gives me a pause and the chance to keep filling my heart with love and beauty, which brings me to the fact that I have a few more pages than usual, so I will try be as brief as my compulsive Latina allows. Here are some gems from all over, enjoy and be inspired!

Remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make always, but even more so in these crazy times we are living!

Starting with Favorites by Kayla aka keepscrappin. I love templates, but love it even more so when the scrapper can add and transform without loosing the basic structure, something in here she most certainly does! The art of using lots of elements and different designers and kits is not an easy one, here she makes it all shine, from the photo to the last of the tiny flowers, all in the most perfect harmony!

Another one of those who impress each and every time, EllenT with Little Joys. Not only take my hat to Ellen on her wonderful ability to combine patterns, but the beauty of transforming pocket scrapping products into a gorgeous patchwork, the marvellous use of stitches and scatters, also a beautiful take on a template, once again, the whole thing is a delight!

Next is AmandaJ with Real Spring. Love big photo pages, this one is perfection with that awesome depth of field, the capture of nature in such way that makes the heart sing, even more so when the embellishing is as perfectly done as in here, letting the image be the star, and at the same time make great use of the card, gorgeous elements that enhance it and a fabulous shadows work. Gorgeous!

And another talent making templates shine is Trish with a page for a Template Challenge. I’m in love with the impact of a solid strong background with beautiful texture, the gorgeous layering, tons of tiny details that makes the whole thing a big success, the super sweet photo, everything here feels marvellous!!!

Back to big photos, another amazing creative, Susie aka Pachimac with Grampa Touches The Ocean. There is so much to admire in each and everyone of Suzie’s pages, and this one is no exception. Truly a moment to remember, a record of our family life gains even more beauty and makes the heart sing with delicate little clusters and the most amazing journaling, perfectly placed, the marvel of all in the most amazing sync. Perfection to make the heart sing!

From big photos to delicately scrapped nature with emotion, Marieke aka Romajo with You Beautiful Soul brings elegance in this wonderful creation. The photo is delightful, love when we get not just the typical blooms but those different angles of photography that make the everyday life, here scrapped with talent and the attention for detail, awesome shadows that give dimension, the soft, almost neutral colors that point to the image and adding a fabulous elegant touch with a piece of lace (or a cutout? either way fabulous) layered in between, enhancing even more the already great, subtle patterns. The choice of title couldn’t be more perfect: beautiful soul in the core of this page indeed!

Next is someone most of you are acquainted with (as she is often featured by all of us here!) , dotcomkari with Keep Moving On. For about 10 years I have seen this girl, one of those life warriors that succeed even when confronting the most difficult ones, put her soul in her pages, and she still touches our heart, in my case especially when she goes back to fuller pages – a skill not many possess – to be able to fill in without loosing elegance, make completely different textures and styles live in harmony and make the composition shine as it is here. The bits of word art, the combination of labels with word strips, the fabulous colors coming together with a background combining all of the above, everything feels to me like a hopeful, positive expression that allows us, indeed, to move on!

Another take on filling the page masterfully, is Betty Jo with Make Your Own Happy. There is SO much to say about this, beautiful, marvellously composed patchwork of images processed by her, amazing combo of products that live together harmoniously, I’m fascinated by old buildings and here so wonderfully put together with nature and text bits, brushes and masks, the addition of tiny details that make the whole thing grow every time I look back… There is one thing that stands out to me:  her crediting the images and her manipulation of them, simply sharing a few words, barely a couple of minutes of our time…but that bring the page to a higher level, so thank you for that! In my ideal world, every person should credit like this. Fabulous all over!

This one keeps my heart singing loud, is called The-Rufous, created by taxed4ever, I know there was a time in which I remembered her name, but one thing my memory (or lack of it!) has never quite fade, is that she is one of the top favourite people on my list, even if I don’t get to see her pages as often as I did many years back, my soul sings with creations off hers. The talent for minimalist, blank space wonderfully scrapped is not an easy skill, still she makes the style shine bright here. The image beautifully blended and enhanced by beautiful touches here and there, the perfect choice of background and the shadows making it all come alive like a paper page, and then there is the learning about natural life, as she explains the Rufous in her journaling but also (marvellous for people like me) in her page description.As with Betty Jo in the previous, a couple of minutes more of the time of the author helps bring the page to a much higher level to me….Anyway, in LOVE with this, all over awesomeness!!!!

Back to brilliant takes on already brilliant templates is KarenDiamond with Dady Hold My Hand. The appeal that a black and white photo has grows with the heart of the image, it has an old time feeling, and the choices to scrap it with hard clean lines, modern bits and earthy colors makes it all together fabulous. The combination of patterns, the gorgeous shadows, marvellous layering, all together gorgeousness!

Last but in no way least is AimeeH with Blossom Street. So much to say about this beauty!!! More talent in combining patterns, giving the page the feeling from the gorgeous wooden background to the tiniest of elements, all come together on making the photos (wonderfully treated) shine. Love the tilt, the sweet smile of this girl that lightens up the whole thing, the sweet, super cute flowers stand, the title work, and the incredibly beautiful way in which she uses a patterned paper to introduce even more elements…a woman after my own heart! If I am not mistaken, she is the designer responsible for the products too…love how designers who scrap bring their creations to life…this one takes a high award!!!!

This is all from me today. Hope you enjoyed and get inspired by these awesome, super talented artists. Remember : you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living! Have a great weekend!!!

 

 

Finger Pointing – March 4th-

Hello again! Hope everyone is doing as well as humanly possible in this troubled times for the whole planet. I keep counting the blessings that keep my family (both blood and chosen ones) together and within comes the wonderful friendships and the possibility to share art paired with memory keeping with so many talented people in this industry, so, with a heart full of beauty after a while rounding the galleries (marvellous way to heal the soul!), here I am again to share the pages of just a few of these awesome talents 🙂

Gonna start with the marvellous Chloe_digiscrap with her U R Loved page. She always makes an impact in my heart, and this one is no exception. The perfection of the capture in the big image, her expression (you haven’t aged at all in all these years!!!) that conveys that kind of feeling, to me impossible to describe with words, the presence of the older and younger generations, the gorgeous black and white and the masterful way in which she, with all her elegance, embellished, giving even more strength to the image…. love that tag, perfection again in shadows, and that delicate title work…all together making my heart sing!!!

Next is another fabulous piece, Paris, Mon Amour by Vrielinkie, another amazingly talented creative, a master class on interpreting a template to make it shine. The perfect choice of photo angle to make the gorgeous burst of the template gain even more dimension, the choice of patterns, amazing shadows and those clusters to harmonise all together, pure awesome!!!!

This next page is a very, very special one, not just to me, but I know as a matter of fact, by many of us… is the return of one of our most loved designers, who also happens to be one of the most talented LO artist I have encounter in all these years : Lynne ~Marie with Hope. The gorgeous transfers, the choice of colors, the impressive layering of paints and that solitary butterfly with elegant shadows…everything all together making many, many hearts sing!

More of the amazing, super talented designers who scrap: This one is so beautiful, Berlin by LynnG, the focus on that very special expression, an almost stolen portrait, perfect capture of a day out in the city enhanced by the beauty if the small details:  stitching, word strips, some ink splatters and the shadow perfection, the refined elegance of this amazing lady in every bit, very present.

Keeping on the line if the designers who make their own designs shine, Rachel Jefferies with It’s Us, a gorgeous composition making textures and dimensions work together with the beauty of the black and white, the almost audible laughter of the little ones, another jewel of family life!

From clean minimalism to the awesome talent of filling the page with excellence, another designer who scrap, only not with her own designs in this one, but a master piece as is every one of her creations, cinderella with Lost in Music. This girl has the talent of making me forget the pain, not just my own physical one but getting lost in her awesomeness makes me forget the world (which at this point in time can be an amazing thing for me) there is everything to discover by getting lost in her music, a beautiful symphony of textures put together by her talented soul. Pure. Awesome.

Before I go, I’m gonna have to share with you another superb, marvellous, exceptional, fabulous page by one of the most amazing creatives I know in the entire industry, this one makes me want to make a deeper effort to have more time to be around in her gallery and express my admiration, I’m singing right now, heart and voice, and if my mobility impairments weren’t that many, I would maybe be jumping in dance with the feelings she brings in this page, is Craftytam with Chatterbox. The perfect extraction, that expression that couldn’t be better translated than with the gorgeous explosion of color and fun through Tammy’s talent, there is laughter and cute overload and so much more that not all the words in the world would be able to express how much I love this – and her entire gallery is made of inspirational pieces to inspire us, all speaking loud with incredible talent, but this one particularly dear to my heart!

I have to confess I started this last night and kept falling asleep with everything on, is late morning here in England right now, so I ll make a fast exit with a heart full of love, hope you can get a bit of these awesome feeling too, 🙂  Edit to Add: I just saw her impressive credits list…. and I have no words to express my admiration for this lady, once again: what a talent!!!!!

Remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living! Have a great weekend!!!

 

Finger Pointing – February 27th-

Hello again!!! Delighted to be back so soon, With the world in the state it is, being here with you, sharing the beauty and feelings, the translated memories of so many talented creatives sooth the soul! As usual, I’m here very late (or very early?) almost 5 am of Monday, I ll bring you some of the most beautiful pieces I found in the galleries, hope you enjoy!

One of my most amazing, inspirational talents to start the post, is HeatherB with Living the Good Life. Her full gallery is one gem after another, and as she has been one of my main inspirations since I started, over 10 years ago, I feel in some way like part of the family… I have seen her boys grow up, turn into the wonderful young men they are now, love it also when we share the passion for going back in time with our children in pages ….and I melt with the beauty of this one! Love the big title, those super cute smiles in the photos shine, her talent for layering and the gorgeous shadows, love that dotted circle in the background that gives movement….brilliant all over page!!!!!

Another amazing, inspirational creative, one that surprises me every time, even after all these years, with her elegance no matter what style she chooses, is SeattleSheri with Soar. Her talent for clustering, her layers of wonderful colors and those dimensional shadows that give volume and that “made on paper” feeling…. absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!

Another immense talent, gonewiththewind (you may best know her as the creative genius of Fiddle Dee Dee Designs) with Breathe. I can be here for hours telling you of the love and admiration I feel for this lady, but I’m sure at least an 80% of this industry feels the same way. The page gives me a mixture of feelings for a number of reasons, one is that I know that feeling well, as I know many of us who find solace in our creativity probably do, when you fight with a body that refuses to cooperate, when life becomes harder and we still need to carry on… so much present in the page, and I think this is the very first time I see a photo of Cheryl without a smile…and isn’t the mask that is covering…those eyes speak a language many of us know well….and still, with all her talent, she transforms all that into the most beautiful piece of art, and a message that helps each and everyone of us who feel that way so many times…. the beauty of every every bit of the composition, the mixture of doodles with more corporeal elements, a soft background that grows with stamps and little bits in scatters, the beautiful word strips, then the strength of that picture cemented with the black and white….but softens by great pieces of nature, layered and surrounding it are flowers, hearts and butterflies…. once again, that incredible power we have been given with our scrapping…we transform the not so beautiful, the hard facts, feelings, events that have nothing of beauty…into a marvellous piece of art. And I wish I could give more than words here….

Next is Introverted by HeatherH. On a lighter way, we continue with the representation of feelings, this one is so brilliantly done, that, even though I’m far from being introverted, think of what I could do with the pieces of this kit that shine here!!! Love the wooden background with fading patterns, the contrast with the black silhouette and the awesome explosion of flowers, and then looking closer, all those tiny bits… flairs, musical notes, hearts, beautiful butterflies…..all beautifully shadowed…amazing and super fun photo-less page!!!

Another amazing lady, CindyB with Celebrating 50 Years. I had to choose from many of her pages today and each was awesome, but I think I share the passion for the mouse with many of you…and can’t resist a great family picture in the  land of magic!!!  As always, Cindy brings together the photos with perfection in clustering, the colors amazing, all in sync and shining with the reflection of the golds, LOVE the elegance here, that oval frame so delicate and Cindy’s shadows making the whole thing feel regal!!!!!! The division in the background with the different color patterns makes its all shine even more!!!!

Last but not least, a super marvellous play in red, February by bkasko brings that Valentines feeling we love this month with a gorgeous take on a template, love the photos (you have the nails I always wanted!!! my nail beds are too small) gorgeous nail art, this gives me the vibes of being a brilliant cover for a book to print, or a first page in style, also a calendar page….so many possibilities with this gorgeous, happy and fun page!! LOVE the big month wording, the elegance in the combination of patterns, the clusters and those flowers tucked behind the photo, the whole thing is full of details like those pearls in a swirl, vibrant and elegant at the same time, fabulous vibe to start my week!

This is all from me today, hope you enjoyed these and get inspired!

Remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living… Have an amazing week!

Finger Pointing – February 25th-

Hello! I’m (as usual) a bit late, writing on the Saturday morning of the 26th, in a weather that seems to be determined to wreck through my bones, and in general wreck places in the world ….. but lets not get into the craze going on in our planet  in so many ways….lets instead concentrate on the beauty and passion, the wonderful souls our creative sisters share, which I’m sure, fills all our hearts with most beautiful, positive feelings!

Starting with one of my very first Queens of Elegance, I still remember seeing her pages almost 10 years ago and being marvelled, I still am, plus got to know her beautiful heart along the way, that heart she pours in each and every page… she is JenEm, & calls this Fly High. The awesome talent of hers to make the still images move, her photography is so very beautiful, the template seems like it was designed for these photos, the perfection of those shadows, so very powerful and soothing at the same time….!

On the other end of the style (though she can do minimalist amazingly too, her talent knows no limit!) is Iowan with 2005-Thanksgiving. I spent a good half hour trying to pick just one page, she has so much, so inspiring! Love how there is so much “work” done in each quadrant, the choice of color is perfection, the blending and different textures, each very individual, different, and still “at home” all together! LOVE love LOVE what she did with the wings, and, of course, seeing her in this is an added bonus!!! Absolute perfection!

Next is another sister I am sure you all know well, Marilyn aka mcurtt with Frolic. I’m always amazed by her prolific, creative soul that keeps surprising me even after so many years. Love the way she brought together the old photo (her aunts and friends) with the super cute , modern colors and the clean lines of the template, marvellous combination of patterns, lots of tiny details like that isolated staple, and, of course, that amazing bicycle paired with the gorgeous alphas, awesome all over!!! …and I JUST realize she has a new, super fun avatar!

Another super standout, What a Kid by amyjcaz, a fabulous monochromatic, almost full page photo, this is one of my most favourite type of layouts… I am of the opinion that a great photo can make the page, but then there is need of talent to make the photo shine in a scrapbook page…and she most certainly has it! The beautiful smile, perfect capture, the blending marvellously done, if I am not mistaken there are at least 2 papers blended, then the great cluster, the mixture of textures that continues into the title work, plus the detail of lowering the opacity makes it all together fabulous!

Another super talented girl whom I have been admiring for years, but it seems only lately I had the chance to stop in her gallery… this is tjscraps with Beautiful. She is another talent, no matter what style, a memory keeper, a storyteller that makes me wanna spend more time around to keep getting inspired! Love the apparent simplicity here…apparent because it takes more than a few simple brushes or stamps to make this (beautiful!) photo shine…., here again: different textures coming together in harmony, the soft myst in the background bringing those branches to the eye, the more corporeal elements shadowed so well, it feels almost like a non digital page! Marvellous!!!

Last but not least is magnolia with Inspir(art)ion. Maybe because I draw, and upon to some time ago, I kept a hand written journal, I’m fascinated by kits or paper packs that have notebooks type in them, and this one is so gorgeous!!! The background with splashed ink and paint, the layering and delicate shadows that make it all delightful. I’m not sure if the drawing is hers, but even if not, the idea and the putting together the pieces is amazing!

This is all from me today….

Remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living! hope you enjoy your weekend…!!!

 

 

Finger Pointing – February 11th-

Hello again! Hope everyone is doing well! There is a lovey dovey feeling around the galleries, with Valentine approaching, a lot of sweet pinks and vibrant reds…but as always, we have such talented people in our communities, I have found expressions of love so marvellous and particular each on their own… it is a delight and an extremely difficult task at the same time…but you know this, of course., as I keep telling you.so.. lets dive straight into it….only just before we do…

Please Note:  you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author (not the actual image) It will open another tab, please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living!

I’m going to start with a beyond marvellous page, wonderful from the choosing of the title to the tiniest detail, this is Good Golly, Miss Molly (and I will be singing it in my head for at least a couple of days!) by djp332. It is no surprise that she shines in the galleries, all her pages are great, but this one has it all, that power of the awesome feel of a new life, the big photo pulled me in from the thumbnail and from them I got lost in that beauty, the gorgeous mix of textures, the transfers together with the journaling so well laced together… you keep fighting, Miss Molly!  When working for the  UK’s National Health Service, I have seen over 200 hundred premature babies getting through beautifully, and growing into wonderful young people.

Following on the most amazing take on love, another documenting the beauty in a new life, is our IntenseMagic with the more than appropriately named page, Cute. And this baby is not just cute….she is trendy from birth! The amazing take on the template, the talent to get so many patterns and make them look like they belong, just very few elements combined with a title work that pulls it all together, the beauty of those shadows… I think “perfection” says it best!

Moving on from babies but continuing in the line of extremely talented ladies, this one being one of my most favourite and inspiring for over 10 years, is HeatherB with Puzzled. Love the photo-less being powerful with just a few details, the puzzle pieces and paint scattered and the circles give movement and the big title, all shadowed to perfection!!! She inspires, as always!!!

Another impressive photo-less creation from ravenbyrd: PGAD : Make it Your Own. I always keep saying how we have such a gift in scrapbooking, we get to make beautiful art pieces out of not so good events, things, feelings…. and this is a great example. Among the many health conditions that I daily battle on, is Fibromyalgia, and I know well how truthful the statement is. The feeling is wonderfully interpreted in the page, starting by the background paper , the fabulous layering of a few elements that speak even before reading the journaling….clouds are my most favorite elements, the word art perfect here too, all together a very strong statement. a beautiful light and softness coming together in one awesome, harmonic piece!

Back to love in pinks and reds, another one of my most loved ladies, norton94 with a page she calls Oh Sweetheart (and I can hear her saying it) Starting with the visual beauty of the page,  I take pause to admire this awesome background, the marvellous clusters, there is a balance so perfect in the colors, and those faces, all. human, and pup’s…. touches the heart even more so with the journaling taking the page to an extra high. Again, that power of translating the battles of life into pages as awesome as this.. no need for more words 🙂

Another one of the amazingly inspiring lades that have pieces of my heart, this one of the most creative and strongest expressive, RJMJ with Enough is Enough (I maybe singing Gloria Gaynor for a few days too!!!) As usual with Rhonda, we don’t just get the marvels of her pages beauty, but she shares where her mind goes with each of them…which I know for many of us means meeting another life warrior, and keep creating… also she has that power of filling a page and giving life to characters in them, the ink drawings here with the empty frames take my mind into a lot of different possibilities, there is so much detail one keeps finding, tiny elements incorporated brilliantly, the smudges of red paint, fabulous all over!

Last but not in the least least is Applechick with Morning Peace, a beyond words blending here, the perfection of integrating the photo into this particular background, the creation of light and a marvellous way creating volume, dimension within the blend… can’t read the entire journaling but her one line commentary and looking at the page got a big smile from me!

This is all from me tonight, Hope you enjoyed and get inspired by these awesomely talented ladies!!!!

Remember you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living! Have a great weekend!!!

 

 

Finger Pointing – January 21st-

Hello everyone! I’m here again, reminding me of the times when we were just a very few pouring love here at the blog, each of us posting 3, sometimes 4 times a week!  It is 04:39 am of Saturday in London, a very, very cold English winter, trying to find a bit of beauty and warmth after the devastating news of my sister in law passing away Thursday night, a young (very early 40s) mother of 2 teenager boys and a young adult girl, the life companion of my younger brother, a devoted Christian who did nothing but dedicate her life to others….. and what better than coming to find solace in the art of our scrappers sisters, who always shine a light all over the world. I found so much, so amazing, that my browser crashed with gazillion tabs open, here are some of those wonderful sisters’s creations 🙂

Story of My Life [MOC 10 January 14th : Mosaic Photo Effect] by gonewiththewind.

All her pages are a standout, actually, she IS a standout herself. Her galleries are full of gems, if you don’t know her as a scrapper, you may as the creative talent behind Fiddle Dee Dee Designs. I’m sure her templates have given many of us foundation to some of our most amazing pages. I found so much joy in finding this, as Cheryl is like my sister in law was, a giver, a warm soul that, even fighting life herself, always has a way to heal ours…I’m sure many, many of us in the industry have experienced the power of her creations AND the marvellous soul she is… I had made myself a promise that this year I would try not to write about the artist beyond the page, but today, and with these lady?  I find it almost impossible, the page itself gives way to my pouring my heart. This is not just a beautiful visual marvel, but a truthful portrait of someone so talented, so creative and inspiring, words feel short.  Here is her beautiful self, in a photo using a mosaic overlay done with all the layouts she made in 2011 (I think it is, unless my sight tricks me, I’m reading 2011). To make her even more beautiful, a mixture of textures and colors co-habit in perfect harmony. There is dynamic in the composition, the perfection of those shadows, the attention to detail all over the page…. absolutely amazing, as she is.

This next page is simply called Love, by breeoxd,

Another amazing artist with so much talent that every one of her creations could be featured every day. As a matter of fact, she has posted during the day a couple of pages that are both breathtaking, you can find the other one HERE. I went for this one because to me, the power of memory keeping is – especially when people do, as in her case here, give us a bit of background in the page description- the heart and soul of scrapbooking. Here everything honours the title : super big word, the child’s artistic expression, the delicate embellishing that makes it all beyond beautiful, the layering with tucked in details, gorgeous shadows, all along giving focus to the drawings, the soul of the page…  love indeed!!!!

2016 Camera Joy by bestcee.

Now this next one makes my heart sing loud, very loud! I’m a bit element obsessed (yeah, ok, a lot! LOL) but maybe because of that I know that making a page that is not chaotic and confusing using lots of them is extremely difficult, and in this case, treble kudos to Courtney whose usual style does not involve many of them…. showing that her talent knows no style frontiers! I already loved the page from the thumbnail, looking closer love it more, then reading the description I’m joyful all the way : 111 cameras!!! If I’m not mistaken, every camera is an original, there are not repetitions. The thought of placing them all bordering the page is one I had not thought of, nor think anyone else playing the challenge did. The image giving front row to the camera and herself a bit behind makes it a perfect sync, the beautiful word art & alpha combined title  with deep shadows is another fabulous addition, all over Love & JOY!!! Gorgeous!!!! Edit to Add: forgot to mention her AWESOME credits’ list!!!! Oh LOVE love LOVE and LOVE MORE!!!!!!!!

2021 In Review by Kimberley27.  

I “met” Kimberley when I was playing some challenges during the first lock down, Her pages were appealing back then, and since I have seen her grow so much, seeing new ideas and gorgeous compositions, never loosing the focus on her memory keeping. Here she combines a wonderful photo blend with the great idea of the numbers made of the year’s photos, which comes to a super playful result, there is beauty and fun in the whole thing, and maybe (to those of us who love driving) the wish to jump into the page, enjoying the road! Brilliant take on the year review!

No Diagnosis by joelsgirl

Once again, the power of our art/craft, our hobby that is (for most of us) much more than a hobby, shines here. The power to create beautiful pieces out of not so beautiful, sometimes, like in this case, straightforward ugly and frustrating subjects, is done here with perfection. The base being dark blues and blacks sets the tone for the journaling, then the yellows, the beautiful clusters, the journal card, all bringing a bit of light and humour that transforms the whole thing. I know in my own skin the frustration of no diagnosis, it really affects all your life deeply, and don’t even get me started about the kind of doctor who react like this… also experienced in my own skin. The page translates it all beautifully, also great title work, awesome shadows and the stitching holding it on is a fitting detail. An ugly subject transformed into a beautiful piece of art!

Frightful Weather by LynnZant

Following the line of memory keeping is this wonderfully journaled page. A great composition with photo placement that gives movement, still, the muted tons give the base for the journaling, setting the mood. The word art for the title is equally playful, the layering details give volume and fantastic addition with the clusters and elements choice in general, love the shadows, especially on that curly ribbon inviting the touch, so real it feels! and then…. the journaling! So great to find scrappers that keep the heart and soul of scrapbooking with pages like this! It is a bit of a reminder for me, I used to journal in each page, always thought that was the difference that set scrapping aside from just having photo albums with dates…. and this one most wonderfully makes it! Pure awesome!

Snow by chigirl

So, there is my love for journaled pages and then there is my love for big photo pages, the kind that makes one’s heart sing (again!) We go way back with Judy, she was inspirational some 10+ years ago, and keeps shining in the galleries with every page. I have learned to recognise her family, some happy moments, see the children grow, here she translates the joy of it all so well! The template is perfection for the chosen theme, love the combination of subtle patterns, those fabulous clusters with the super cute cartoonish element, beautiful shadows keeping the feeling of the whole page, and, to wrap it up, the big word title that seems to almost shine!

Last but absolutely not least, 2022 – New beginnings by cinna 

Starting and closing down the post with two wonderful women, both who love to scrap about  themselves, which I keep insisting, is so important we do… Carina has talent  in any kind of style, but I particularly love it when she goes heavy on layering and combining different kind of elements, still producing super elegant results, as it shows here! I love purple in clothes, sometimes in decor stuff, but find it a bit more difficult to make it work in my pages…therefore so much admire this incredibly beautiful talent to make it shine. Starting with her photo giving light to the whole page, the amazing amount of elements of all kinds, the great choice of background pattern and gorgeous combination of the pieces that are the base…all together absolutely awesome!!!!!

It is now 07:47am Saturday, it was great spending a few hours with all the talent and heart…so this is all from me today, hope you find inspiration here as much as we do!

REMEMBER : you can get to the original galleries by clicking on the name of the page and author ( not the actual image) Please do spare a minute or two to leave some love, we all know how much of a difference it can make, always, even more so in these crazy times we are living! Have a great weekend!!!