Finger Pointing – September 4, 2021

Hello everyone!! I hope all is well on this fine Labor Day here in the United States! I plan on a nice steak and potato dinner this weekend! I live in the desert, so I am one of the people who are happy to see the summer fade into fall!

Without further ado – let’s get to the pages!!!!

Ellen T Golden Season

I got that special chill that only fall/winter brings when I saw this page. It’s like Lorelai Gilmore smelling snow…

Sometimes when there are numerous elements, the photo gets lost, but not here. The shape of the tree, the fabulous shadowing, the piles are all superbly placed. Her color sense is also very good – the teal and the mustardy green are perfect contrasts of each other!

Kayleigh Happy Days

I was just pulled into this page hard!!! How inventive is this??!!! I love the way she separated each adorable photo by the colors and made a big rainbow out of her page! There are so many visually interesting elements that you can spend a lot of time viewing this one! I think the stacking of the elements along a color way is perfect! The topper is the swaths of paint behind each color.

Galactic Scrappinnewbie

Ok, so sorry. I can never pass up anything “Star Wars”, and an entire page of Storm Troopers was too much for me! Keeping the one photo large helps to know what’s going on in the smaller pictures, and the juxtaposition of the Bad A$$ Troopers having flowers around them is just too perfect!

Explore ScrappyMara

Oh, to explore our world is such an amazing thing! My family was planning to go to Arches this summer, but the road was washed out and we couldn’t get there. Oh well…we’re going to try for next Spring.  Mara did so well choosing those amazing orange, green, and browns to complement her amazing picture of desert blooms and rock formations! The Huge lettering (and the adorable pair of hiking boots hidden in it) for the title is also perfect to use complementary patterned backgrounds. Finally – I love the inked edges. They were really big in the early 2000’s and I love that they are coming back.

Feel the Moments Jirsev

This page is achingly beautiful! The pictures are an absolute treasure, and the flowers are just amazing. I think they’re heather? I like how the title is hidden within the flowers and the sentiment is so very true! I think my favorite part of the elements is how they highlight, but don’t overtake the photo, and the hidden paint and text under the cluster gives the background a beautiful texture.

Past, Present, Future Justagirl

I have always loved then and now pages, but this one is phenomenal!  The paintwork behind all the pictures is wonderful enough, but then add those adorable pictures, and the paper piles that separate the photos and you’ve got yourself an award-winning page!!! I loved her journaling, and I think she should print this out and frame it on the wall. Hurrah!!!!!!!!!

So there you have it! Another day of amazing pages!!! Enjoy, and see you soon!!

 

Finger Pointing – August 29, 2021

Hello again, my friends! Susan here with another batch of amazing pages to share with you today! I don’t know about you, but summer isn’t my favorite time of the year. I live in the desert, so it’s over 100 every day. I cannot wait for fall and its cozy sweaters and beautiful fall colors. When the seasons change, I am so happy to scrap with fall kits! It’s almost here!!!

Mother Bear – My Best Friend

Ohhhh the autumn colors are coming!! I cannot pass up a doggy, let alone a beagle!!  Mother Bear brings us this absolutely adorable page commemorating an equally adorable doggy! I love the circle around the photos, and that fabulous photo of him/her swimming in the middle. That IS pure joy!  The flower piles are beautifully shadowed and I love the interesting textured background.

Zotova – So Happy

I was surfing over at The Lily Pad and this artistic page caught my attention. I wasn’t sure if it was a hybrid page or not. That tulle skirt looked so real! I loved how she showed the small piece of the beautiful wedding dress, and accented it with that wonderful paint frame. The use of the tulle, the flower, and the foliage with the sketched body was so ingenious! What a fabulous page!!!

BCGal00 – Beach Explorer

BCGal really knocked it out of the park with this one. That fantabulous photo of the bird on a limb is framed perfectly by the flower clusters. The picture of Orchard Park in the middle and backed by the paint is so perfect. I couldn’t think of a better way to scrap this wonderful picture.

Anke – You Captured My Heart

I told you that I could not pass up a doggie!!!!! I think what first caught my attention was the diamond shape of the photos up top. The beautiful transfer underneath is a perfect color and the name is just too perfect. Dogs sure do capture our hearts!!  Then I looked deeper and that little cluster with the adorable little deer was just perfect. The dotted line showing the path of the butterfly helped to tie the entire page together!

Blackkl1545 – New York

I think this is actually one of the most beautiful pages I’ve seen of the Statue of Liberty! I love the paint being subtle behind everything and the words being used as texture. Using photo strips to show the skyscrapers is ingenious as well! I’m really taken by this most artsy page!

Neverland Scraps – Brother Sister Love

Where do I start with this one??? I was intrigued enough to click in when I saw the view master slide and the map background because I wondered if it would be a travel page.  Once I looked closer, I was amazed at how many little pieces and elements she has on this page!! The shadowing is amazing, and the layering looks so very realistic! Even though there is a lot going on around it, it still doesn’t take away from the wonderful picture!

So, there you have it! Another installment of Gallery Standouts!! Have an amazing day, and

Finger Pointing – August 9, 2021

Hello again!! It’s Susan, here to bring you six new goodies to finger-point and highlight for you today!  It has been such a crazy summer. I hope this day finds you healthy and well, and if your kids have gone back to school already, I hope you enjoy a little quiet time for yourself!!

I took a few minutes (okay hours) scouring the galleries around town, and here are some exceptional pages that I found. You can go to the page by clicking on the photo or the name of the page. Please go give these ladies props!! They deserve them!

Over at Pickleberry Pop, I saw these pictures and I was DONE!! I had to click and see these adorable pictures of the Pandas.  Liz0704 did an amazing job capturing the fun, playful side of that adorable panda – and the title “Happy” was perfect. I loved the soft colors she chose, a long with the ancient feel of the blended paint background!

Happy by Liz0704

My next stop in digi-land was Katie Pertiet Designs. What a treat I had in store for me today. It was really hard to choose just one!!  But just one I did, and it’s FAB!!

Blackkathy posted this page and oh, those eyes!!! Those little girl eyes pulled me right in and I had to see the rest of it. The sweet little butterflies around that photo are a wonderful layer to the paints that she used. Flowers, leaves, text, splats – all perfect to contrast her photo. I loved the singular string and the simple “loved” bottle cap.

Favorite  by Blackkathy

I rounded the corner and stopped off at The Sweet Shoppe for some delicacies to feast my eyes on. I found this bright and cheery layout, and I’m always a sucker for lemons. Get it? Sucker? LOL

Oh, that FACE!!! I just want to pinch those cheeks!! I don’t know what it is about babies, but they all seem to be entranced by lemons, and even though they don’t like it, they many times grab for more!! I have some pictures that would be perfect for this kit!!! I love the double background, the piling of the lemons, and the cute little pile for the title. This is perfection!!

Lemonade Season  Scrappy Penguin

Next stop: Scrapbook dot com! This is a huge site and a huge busy gallery. After searching and enjoying so many pages, the one I picked is actually from the first one!  Margje posted this amazing layout with so much character! I love the photo with the old-fashioned flying cap and I think what I like most about this page is the TEXTURE!!! I wanted to run my fingers over the screen to see if it was real! The cracked paper, the paint, the scratches – all of them make this page such a treat for the eyes!

Let’s Fly Today  Margje

I’m getting a little hungry with all my visiting of galleries, so I bet it’s time to have some cookies and tea with the GingerScraps Gals!! I sat down to take a bite of my gingerbread cookie when this delight came into view.  Mother Bear has captured the beauty and the femininity of a twirly dress and a little girl! I love the way she made the picture frame into a window that she is dancing in front of. The flower bunches are beautifully shadowed and perfectly placed. I absolutely LOVE the quote “There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings. ” As a parent, I sure have that wish for my daughter as well!

Aviary Collection  Mother Bear

Alas, my travels have taken me to my last destination of the day: The Lily Pad.  I was surfing and saw a big ole “LOL!!!!!” and had to click in. The layout was made to showcase Cinderella’s favorite joke! I have never seen this – what an original idea! All her paper stacks, laughing elements, and fun blended background are perfect for this “funny” layout!

My Favorite Joke   Cinderella

Finger Pointing – July 22, 2021

I hope these last few weeks of a very hot summer have been good to everyone and that you’ve had time to enjoy your scrapbooking hobby!! I love surfing galleries for your art – and I was so happy to find these 6 pages to share with you! You can click on the title OR the photo and it will take you to the gallery in which it resides. Take some time to give them love if you can!

One thing I love about Digital Scrapbooking Studio is that they really do have a variety of styles in their member galleries. You never know if you’re going to find an artsy page, a template, realistic shadows, or some great pages with amazing photography.  Our first page for today is by LovelyMissKait, and I was pulled in by the butterflies and watercolor images.  I am a sucker for Butterflies!!! When I clicked in, I cried with her as I read the heart-felt journaling about her Mama. She really made this page so special, from the title work to the stitched-down photos with the photo corners, to the happy flowers, I found this to be a wonderful tribute to her Mother.

Painful Regret       by LovelyMissKait

Pickleberry Pop has many artsy pages and I really love the colorfulness and artistry of the ladies there. I am always happy to find great extractions, wonderful blending, and all different kinds of styles. This time I was entranced by a page that was simple,  yet very finely elemented (if that’s a word??). I was enchanted with the beautiful photo fo the two hugging young girls, and how Lencik Vredniy used the colors in the photo to tie in the paint, the flowers, and the papers. It’s a super sunny, happy page with just enough elements to have visual interest, and just enough negative space to let the flowers, foliage, elements, and photo work together without losing any detail of anything.

Today is a Good Day       Lencik Vredniy

When I’m looking for colorful and pages that tell stories, I like to go over to the Sweet Shoppe and browse. Of course, I’ve always got a sweet tooth when I’m browsing the galleries, so it wasn’t a surprise that I stopped on this yummy delicacy!!  This page by Dalis has sugar written all over it!! I love that she has pictures of her “date’, a close up of that fabulous eclair, and all the donuts as well. Her clusters are so wonderful. The shadowing is magnificent and really feels like there is dimension there!!! I like the splooshes of white paint behind the photos and clusters, and the sweet strings do beautifully shadowed!!

Fresh Donuts – Channel Islands    Dalis

I have been lurking at Scrapbook.com for years, and I love all the great ideas that I have gotten from the paper side of the gallery here as well as the digital. I really enjoy seeing what people do with paper and love to see if I can replicate it digitally.  I thought this page by Margje was absolutely fantastic!! From her blended background to the photo that she digitized, to the little touches of planes on the background, this makes for an amazing piece of art! I can see this framed and hung up on a wall in a family room. It’s pure art!

Come Fly With Me.      Margjie

Gingerscraps has been my digital home for years, and I find that there are so many styles to keep me occupied in the gallery!! One artist that never disappoints is Mother Bear. I think I have quite a few of her pages in my favorites, but I can never scraplift her and do it justice!! From the very large main photo to the two adorable photos wrapped in flowers, a butterfly, and word art this page is a delight to the eyes. It’s beautifully shadowed, color-coordinated, and the background is rich and textured! I especially like the effect of the Bokeh and the hint of lace surrounding the page!

Life is Beautiful.       MotherBear

And finally, not the least of all the galleries by any means is The LilyPad. I have to say that more of my spirit animals live there and post there than at any other place. I’m fascinated and drawn in by their sheer variety of types of pages, but I find myself in the art journaling section most of all.  I truly think the best pages in all of digi-dom happens here at TLP for the Month of Challenges in January. The talent!!!! OY!!!  My pick for the day is this fabulous Art Journaling piece, “The Ocean’s Daughter” by wombat146. The first thing that caught my eye was the mermaid, and I had to see what this piece was all about. The strips of paper that made the emerald sea were perfect, and the background gave the impression of nighttime, with the glowing orb of the moon shining down!  I started to read the journaling and began singing as it’s one of my favorite ELO songs of all time! The color scheme of dark emeralds and blues is perfect for this!

The Ocean’s Daughter.     wombat146

Well, there you have it!! The contents of Susan’s scrapping mind tonight!! I hope you enjoyed this little trip around digi-land, and I’ll catch you next time!!!

Susan

Finger Pointing – July 19, 2021

Hello, Digi-land!! My name is Susan and I am absolutely THRILLED to be a new member of the Gallery Standout Blog!! Some of you may know me as Pachimac around Digi-land. I have followed this blog for years and have been honored to have a few of my favorite pages picked through the years. I hope you enjoy the batch of six layouts that I found while I was browsing the galleries this week!!

Just a little housekeeping here: You can click on the title of each page and you will be brought to their page in the gallery in which I found them. Take the time, if you have it, to give them some sweet praise for their work. I hope you are inspired by them. I can tell you that there is nothing like the thrill of logging onto the blog and seeing your work and having it be showcased for everyone to see!!

Without further ado…our 6 layouts!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful layouts and talent with us.

Time With You   BlackKathy

I found this gem in the gallery of Katie Pertiet Designs. It is a very precious page celebrating our most precious gifts: children! I was immediately drawn to the photo of two babies playing and discovering the world. Her use of the clock encircling the photo is perfect to convey a sense of time, and the splashes of pink contained in the clock’s face are a perfect touch to accent the page. I love the photo spilling out of the frame and the very light touch of gesso paint she used to blend the photo into the lightly textured background.  Finally, using the background paper as negative space draws one’s eyes straight to the fabulous photo!!

La couleur des Fleurs.  Grazyna Wrzask

This colorful layout is from Pickleberry Pop, and boy does this layout POP!! I was pulled in by the most adorable pictures of this little girl, and I had to see what it was all about. Then the genius of matching the color of her dress to the paint underneath each photo, and a small spray of flowers in that color on each photo was wonderful! The paint swooshes on the edge of the page tie everything together and make an adorable, bright, and colorful page that makes me smile. I hope it did for you too!

Secret  Rubia Padilha

While browsing The Sweet Shoppe’s gallery, I was stopped by this most amazing collage. I saw the blended picture and the words “I should say NO” and had to see what this layout was all about. The shadowing is amazing and I felt like I could pick the items up right off the screen! Each little piece in the collage seems to have a meaning, and I enjoyed looking at all the pieces and trying to figure out what she was trying to convey. The title “Secret” is perfect for this collage.

Really, I’m Fine. JustPattyAnne

Digital Scrapbooking Studio always has some really unique and fun pages in their gallery! The red and the screaming woman was enough for me to stop scrolling and spend some time with this one! As I looked at it, I felt what the scrapper was trying to say. There are so many days when I just don’t have the energy to share what stress I am under, and “I’m Fine” seems to come out of my mouth too easily lately. She portrayed this feeling so well with the red hot colors, and the equally hot white – the piles of words, and the perfectly placed word art. The scribbles near her face just make a perfectly messy, mad, stressed page that I’m sure was a great stress reducer just to have made it.

She’s All That! Claire Grantham

Ok, I admit it. I’m a shoe hound. My husband calls me Imelda Marcos because I have so many pumps, heels, sandals, and shoes that he had to build me a shoe rack in our closet. So when I saw this page by Claire at The Lily Pad, I knew I was going to click. I was not disappointed!! This is from The LilyPad’s Summer School, and they were supposed to take an image and make a collage in a shape. Those heels were perfect for it, and the choices she made are perfect – from the pink instep of the shoe to the matching pink heel. The title “She’s All That!” is perfect for the attitude this page portrays – funky and powerful!! I love the way she did pieces of newsprint and splashes of color for the border, and the arrows pointing to the shoes is perfection!!!

“It Wasn’t There”  RoxanaTC

Oh, just rip my heart out and hand me a hankie!! I saw this page in Gingerscrap’s gallery and the butterfly and the hand caught my eye. When I read the journaling, it touched a part deep inside of me that feels the exact same way. My Mom too, is gone, and those moments when you really want to share something are so difficult.  The blended background is perfect and I love how she brought the opacity of the hand down to blend with the background, but left the elements and especially the butterfly vibrant and colorful. It made me feel like in the pain there is still joy. Her shadowing is wonderful, her font choice perfect, and I love the tiny little butterfly above the title.

So there you have it – my first GSO post!  I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did to bring them to you!!

See you around Digi-land!

Susan