Hi Everyone! Lorie of LJS Digital Designs here with my first post as a “gallery stalker” for the Real Life Scrapped team. I love gallery stalking and could spend hours at it discovering creative gems, seeing the latest trends in action and marveling over the rampant creativity that fills our community. Just take a look at these beauties!
My first pick, Adventure by LindyShay, jumped at me from the Real Life Scrapped gallery.
Adventure by LindyShay
Being that I am a more traditional scrapper, I am always in awe of people who are able to blend and use brushes in such an eye catching manner. I also love the juxtaposition of the message, have an adventure, with the laid back feel of the photo. To me it says take time to relax and enjoy this adventure we call life. Wonderful page LindyShay!
Next up is a fabulous fall page by Jenn MrCabe.
Loving This Season by Jenn McCabe
Fall is one of my two favorite seasons, so my eye is naturally drawn to this gorgeous photo, but what really stand out for me is the richness of the colored paper pieces against the stark white background; such a great contrast. Also I love that blue mixed in with the more traditional autumn tones. So pretty and fresh! Great job Jenn!
Take a look at this pretty page by Kerstin called More Amazing.
More Amazing by Kerstin
It seems only right that the photo is in the center of the page because to me it is the star attraction and everything else plays to it. I love the use of purple to bring out the color of her eyes, how the paint and doodle create a mat to frame her face and how the darkness of the bird and butterfly reflect her dark hair. Fabulously done Kerstin!
Here is another fabulous fall page by Rachel (seatrout):
October by Rachel (seatrout)
Rachel has been one of my favorite scrappers for years now. She has a way with a cluster that just makes me swoon and is in evidence on this layout as well. But I think my favorite thing about this page, besides her beautiful grand daughter, is the softness of the fall colors. All the tones are there but the hombre effect on the background makes the entire page feel soft and misty. Perhaps a bit like Wales in October? Fantastic page Rachel!
Next up is a page called My Guy by another scrapper who knows her way around a cluster, Simone,
My Guy by Simone (TwoTinyTurtles)
I love when a cluster is balanced by a lot of white space, something that Simone does exceptionally well. The black and white photo looks great against all those pops of blue and orange, while those pops of color look fabulous against the white background. Everything just goes together and plays off each other so well. Wonderfully done Simone.
I love a page that touches me on a personal level, even though it has nothing to do with me. That is what this page, Hope by Margje, does.
Hope by Margje
What a fabulous photo and an equally fabulous cluster to show it off. I love how the vertical elements all follow the line of the railway and are very linear and how the horizontal elements mimic the span of her arm and encompass the greater message of hope. The bingo layered near the word hope popped right out at me as well, beautifully enforcing my own personal belief and “bingo” moment, when I fully realized that with hope anything is possible. Gorgeous page Margje.
This next page, Joyful by Carmel, is simply beautiful.
Joyful by Carmel
What a gorgeous photo! I love how Carmel allows the serenity of the photo to shine through by not over complicating the layout with a lot of elements. (True praise from someone who loves to use everything in a kit on her page.) The soft brush work, stitching and doodled flowers are the perfect accompaniment to the photo and her word art message. This page is joyful and thoughtfully done Carmel. Thanks for sharing it!
Last but not least, is this fabulous masterpiece by Julie (mother-bear):
Love You by Julie (mother-bear)
Again, great photos, (for me great photos are a must I guess) and a simply gorgeous cluster to display them! The shadow work here is exquisite and I love how each element serves a purpose. (Did you notice how well the string, stitching and doilies move your eye through the page?) But, I think the thing I love best about this page is the light. Everything feels soft, bright and happy and I can’t help but smile when I look at this one. Great job Julie!
That’s it for my first round of gallery stalking. I really enjoyed it and I hope you enjoyed my choices. Take a little time and do some stalking of your own. I promise, you won’t regret it!
Until next time, you know what I always say. Live the moment. Scrap the memory.